Kristian Bush Releasing Debut Solo Album, “Southern Gravity,” on April 7

Imgae Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush of Sugarland fame will release his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, on April 7. The project features the lead single “Trailer Hitch.” Kristian says the new songs “feel like home” to him.

He says to his fans, “They are your stories as much as they are mine, and I hope you hear yourself in here, no matter if you are standing up, falling down or dancing in between the pieces of your life.”

Kristian is a co-writer on all 12 tracks on Southern Gravity.

Here is the Southern Gravity track list:

“Make Another Memory”
“Light Me Up”
“Trailer Hitch”
“Southern Gravity”
“Flip Flops”
“Giving It Up”
“Feeling Fine California”
“Waiting on an Angel”
“Walk Tall”
“Sending You a Sunset”
“Sweet Love”
“House on a Beach”

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Josh Turner, Eric Paslay & More Sign on for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner, Eric Paslay, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton have signed on to be torchbearers in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America. The torch will be lit in Athens, Greece and travel across all 50 U.S. states for 46 days before making its way to the Special Olympics World Games in July.

More than 20,000 people will participate in the relay — you can sign up to participate at ESPN will carry nightly highlights from the Special Olympics World Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony on July 25.

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Dierks Bentley Heads Home to Phoenix for Multiple Appearances Surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is in his hometown of Phoenix to participate in several big events surrounding Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. His performance at the official NFL Tailgate will be broadcast as part of NBC’s pregame show Sunday afternoon. Dierks is also hosting a pre-Super Bowl bash at his bar, Whiskey Row, on Friday night.

Says Dierks, “It’s going to be a fun weekend in my hometown. There are a lot of country fans in the Valley and we are looking forward to taking over this week! I’m excited to have a lot of friends from Nashville in town and to be a part of some of the big events around the game.”

Dierks kicked off his public appearances in Phoenix playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am golf tournament Wednesday. According a few Instagram posts, Dierks flew in to town Tuesday night and enjoyed some drinks at Whiskey Row with pals Thomas Rhett and Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of the Oklahoma town Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert call home? ANSWER: Tishomingo.

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Mickey Guyton Opens Up About the No-Good Man Who Inspired “Better than You Left Me”

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleMickey Guyton clearly isn’t singing the blues over her ex-boyfriend on her debut single, “Better than You Left Me.” The lyrics were inspired by Mickey’s old relationship that was clearly going nowhere when she decided to make the move to Nashville a few years ago. Mickey says it all came to a head for the couple during a final fight when he told her, “Don’t make me find someone else.”

Mickey tells ABC News Radio, “I can’t even believe someone would even say that. We were together for four years, and he was always so back-and-forth and unsure with me, and he was always going and finding someone else, and he was always throwing me to the wayside.”

At that point, Mickey found the courage to tell that guy goodbye once and for all.

“I realized that he was not the prize and that I was the prize,” she says. “I said, ‘No more,’ and I told him to go find someone else.”

Mickey has now moved on with her life, but she still gets emotional singing the song.

She says, “I’m so much better than I was — just a better person than I was back then, and I’m so thankful.”

Now that “Better than You Left Me” is climbing the country chart, Mickey has been busy promoting the single at radio stations across the country. She’s been amazed to hear that a lot of other people find strength in her lyrics.

Says Mickey, “I’ve had a lot of women call in and just say, ‘I had to pull over on the side of the road ’cause I was bawling my eyes out, because I’m going through that.’”

“Better than You Left Me” is now available for download at iTunes.

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“Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas” to Air Feb. 28 on ABC

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNext month, Shania Twain is bringing her Las Vegas show to ABC.

The concert special Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas will air February 28 at 9 p.m. ET.  It documents the show that Shania staged for two years at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before wrapping it up in December.  The ABC special features over an hour of never-before-seen footage documenting the show’s development, as well as the entire performance, which features a live band, trained horses, a flying motorcycle and more.

Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas will be released on CD and DVD on March 3, exclusively at Walmart.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn celebration of Glen Campbell‘s 79th birthday coming up on April 22, a remastered and expanded 40th Anniversary Edition of Glen’s 1975 album Rhinestone Cowboy will be released on March 31. The album features five rare or previously unreleased tracks.

Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young are performing at the 40th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida May 6 through 10. Go to for details.

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Luke Bryan Almost Released Latest Hit, “I See You,” as the Lead Single from “Crash My Party”

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is on track to score his sixth #1 hit from his latest album, Crash My Party, with the power ballad, “I See You.” Luke always hoped the song would be a single.

He says, “You know, ‘I See You’ and ‘Crash My Party’ were the two that we were going back and forth with on what should be the [first] single, and we chose ‘Crash My Party.’”

“Crash My Party” was released in April 2013, so it’s taken quite awhile for Luke to get around to “I See You” as a single. As for why he was drawn to the song, Luke adds, “It’s got that youthful lyric, kind of almost a hip-hop lyric and then that big ol’ chorus that really kind of jumps off the speakers at you.”

Luke is also a big fan of the big guitar riff in “I See You.” The song will be featured on Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour starting February 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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The Band Perry Named Curators for the 3rd Annual Grammy Amplifier Program

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has been named curators for the3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program.

The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

The Band Perry will help evaluate online submissions to narrow the field down to the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted director; or securing an opening act spot for an established musician and/or at a music festival.

The program is currently accepting submissions at Based on their track plays and social media performance, the top 25 finalists will be brought together for a mentorship experience, and then narrowed down by program curators to a short list of finalists. The program’s curators this year also include Ziggy Marley and singer/songwriter Allen Stone. Hit artist/producer Mark Ronson will pick the three winners and decide which winner gets what prize.

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Blake Shelton Reportedly Lands Role in Upcoming Adam Sandler Comedy

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Blake Shelton has picked up another acting gig. Fresh off his stint hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend, Blake has reportedly joined the cast of the new Adam Sandler movie, Ridiculous 6.

According to TheWrap, Blake will play Old West icon Wyatt Earp in the comedy. Adam Sandler will play an orphan raised by a Native American tribe, with Nick Nolte playing his biological father. Vanilla Ice is also part of the cast along with Luke Wilson, Taylor Lautner and Dan Akroyd.

Production on Ridiculous 6 starts next month. The movie will air on Netflix as part of Sandler’s deal with the on-demand entertainment company.

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