Lady Antebellum Shares the Details on Their Collaboration with EDM DJ Audien

Capitol NashvilleIt turns out Lady Antebellum had already dipped their toe in the waters of electronic dance music before they teamed up with Zedd on last week’s CMT Music Awards. Earlier this year, the band recorded a song called “Something Better” with EDM DJ Audien that’s due out later this summer.

At first, Lady A was taken aback when Audien approached them about the song, but they ended up loving the track’s lyrics and melody.

Band member Charles Kelley says of his first listen to “Something Better,” “It was like, ‘This is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time,’ ’cause lyrically it was kind of powerful.”

Recording with an EDM DJ took Lady Antebellum out of their comfort zone, but they think that’s a very good thing.

“I think we’re learning as a band to not be too scared about things,” Charles says. “We’ll always stay true to the country genre, but it doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun and go, ‘Hey, we’ll be featured over here.'”

Charles points to tour mate Sam Hunt‘s recent crossover to pop with “Take Your Time” and Tim McGraw‘s 2004 collaboration with Nelly on “Over and Over” as examples of country stars flirting with other genres to great success.

Says Charles, “It’s like, come on! It’s Tim McGraw. George Strait‘s not gonna do that, but…”

Lady Antebellum is now climbing the country chart with “Long Stretch of Love,” the opening song from their album, 747.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLady Antebellum sang backup on which one of Darius Rucker‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Wagon Wheel.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne is showing off their favorite spots in Nashville for Airbnb’s Loval Lens series. You can check out their picks at

Look for A Thousand Horses to perform their new single, “(This Ain’t No) Drunk Dial,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Wednesday, June 24. The band’s debut hit, “Smoke,” has been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams.

Luke Bryan‘s son, Bo, caught a really big fish all by himself, and Luke tweeted a photo of the catch Wednesday.

Danielle Steel‘s new book, Country, is out this week telling a love story involving a fictional country star who performs at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas several times a year. Of course, real-life married couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood played the Wynn for several years before launching their current World Tour last year.

Sam Hunt has released the new video for his single, “House Party,” featuring footage of his life on the road so far this year.

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Keith Urban Loves Being the Father in a House Full of Girls

CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman‘s oldest daughter, Sunday Rose, will turn seven on July 7, and the couple can’t believe how fast she’s growing up.

Keith says, “She’s transformed all in this incredible, little period of the last handful of months, and she’s a girl.”

As Father’s Day approaches this Sunday, Keith relishes his role as a dad to Sunday and her little sister, Faith Margaret. Since he grew up with his mother being the only woman in the house with his dad and brother, Keith admits he’s learned a lot now living in a house full of girls.

“And I’m very comfortable in it, too,” Keith adds. “I think, ’cause it’s a very expressive, artistic house. Nic and I are very much in sync with the way we want to raise our girls.”

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Trisha Yearwood Celebrating New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit with July 9 Performance

Country Music Hall of FameTrisha Yearwood is headed to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, July 9 for an interview and performance at the CMA Theater. The appearance celebrates her new Hall of Fame exhibit, “Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When,” opening July 3.

“It’s such a thrill to see my life and career milestones displayed in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” Trisha says, “from the first guitar I ever played to the dress I wore to the Grammys on the night I won Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “How Do I Live.” I’m so happy to be able to share these memories with my country music family.”

The new exhibit also features several stage costumes and awards from Trisha’s multi-platinum career, as well as the receipt for her first demo recording in 1983, paid for by her father. You can also check out the wedding gown Trisha wore when she married Garth Brooks in 2005, as well as a letter Johnny Cash wrote to Trisha, telling her that she has “what it takes to make it big — and stay there.”

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Little Big Town Cancels, Reschedules Shows Through July 30; Jimi Having Vocal Cord Surgery

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook will undergo surgery next week to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. While he’s expected to make a full recovery, Jimi will have to go on voice rest to recover from the surgery. That means all of Little Big Town’s shows through July 30 will be canceled or rescheduled.

The band says in a statement, “It breaks our hearts to let you guys down, but Jimi’s health is the most important thing and he is expected to make a full recovery with rest and treatment. We will keep everyone updated on Jimi’s progress. Thanks for your understanding and support.”

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Trace Adkins and Wife, Rhonda, Reach Amicable Divorce Settlement

Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins and his wife, Rhonda, have settled their divorce amicably, according to Trace’s attorney, Larry Hayes, Jr. Hayes says in a statement that the couple worked together to settle the matter in the best interest of their family.

The statement continues, “All that remains is for the court to approve the agreements that have been executed by them both.  An updated petition seeking such Court approval will be filed in the coming days.”

Rhonda filed for divorce in 2014 citing irreconcilable differences. They were married in 1997 and have three daughters together.

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Kacey Musgraves OK with “Not Being the Biggest Superstar on the Planet”

Nino MunozKacey Musgraves is on the cover of Redbook‘s July issue. Inside, she explains why she doesn’t worry about people getting upset with her lyrics sharing her support of marijuana usage and equality for the LGBT community.

She says, “I’ve come to conclusion that people are always going to find a way to be offended about something, and it’s almost like they want to be.  I won’t be everybody’s cup of tea.  I’ve found peace in that.  I’m cool with not being the biggest superstar on the planet.  I don’t let people’s approval make or break what I’m doing.”

Kacey isn’t a wild child on the road, though. In fact, her life as a touring country singer is pretty low-key.

“I think the craziest thing we do is venture out and find a Thai place on Yelp that we’ve never been to,” says Kacey.  “We might jam a little bit and have some wine.”

As for her stint as an opening act with Katy Perry last year, Kacey says the pop star is just as you would expect her to be in real life.

“I mean, she’s got major balls,” Kacey tells Redbook. “You can put this on the record: I’ve seen Katy Perry’s proverbial balls.  She’s had some doors slammed in her face, and it’s cool to see that if you keep doing what you think is good, it will work out.”

Redbook‘s July issue is on sale June 23, the same day as Kacey’s sophomore album, Pageant Material.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Alan Jackson‘s duet partner on the 2003 hit “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”? ANSWER: Jimmy Buffett.

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Alan Jackson Releases New Song, “Jim and Jack and Hank,” from Upcoming Album, “Angels and Alcohol”

Universal Music GroupAlan Jackson‘s new album, Angels and Alcohol, doesn’t hit stores until July 17, but the country superstar is sharing a song from the project now on Vevo. The uptempo song is called “Jim and Jack and Hank” and features Alan’s traditional country style in full effect.

Alan headlines the Rock the South Festival in Cullman, Alabama this weekend.

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