Luke Bryan Taking Cole Swindell and a Few Other Friends Out on His Farm Tour 2014

Image Courtesy Michael MonacoLuke Bryan is bringing Cole Swindell and top Nashville songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, along for his sixth annual Farm Tour. DJ Rock and female newcomer Chancie Neal are also on the bill for the trek, launching October 1 at Maple Lane Farms outside Knoxville, TN.

Luke’s Farm Tour will hit eight Southeastern cities, with a portion of the proceeds going to students from farming families in the areas surrounding the concerts. Tickets for all shows are now available at LukeBryan.com.

Here are Luke’s Farm Tour 2014 Dates:

10/1 — Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/2 — Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms
10/3 — Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place
10/4 — Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm
10/8 — Statesboro, GA, Meldon Farm
10/9 — Athens, GA, Meldon Farms
10/10 — Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/11 — Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park


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Blake Shelton Tweets Excitement About New Duet with Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new duet with Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight,” has already hit #1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart. Blake tweeted a screenshot of the chart Wednesday with the message, “Sooo…I’m guessing he word is out about my duet with Ashley Monroe…. Happy happy joy joy!!!”

“Lonely Tonight” and Blake’s current hit, “Neon Light,” are both included on his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, coming out September 30.

In other Blake news, he and fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani engaged in an epic lip sync battle with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Blake showed off his tap dancing skills while lip syncing to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Taco, but his gender-reversing performance with Gwen on Diana Ross and Lionel Richie‘s “Endless Love” convinced Fallon to throw in the towel and declare Blake and Gwen the winners.

Gwen and Blake join Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams as coaches on the new season of The Voice premiering Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack sang her signature hit, “I Hope You Dance,” at the recent funeral of which major literary figure? ANSWER: Maya Angelou.


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Tyler Farr Plans to Keep Singing About What He Knows on Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr plans to include several songs about drinking beer, partying and driving trucks on his upcoming sophomore album because that’s what he does to have fun. Instead of living near downtown Nashville, Tyler lives south of town in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, which is home to the largest tractor pull in the South.

He tells the Arizona Republic, “There’s not a lot more that you do on the weekends than drink and party.  And I write what I know about.  So I am gonna have songs that have partying and hot girls and pickup trucks.”

“A Guy Walks Into a Bar” is the lead single from Tyler’s new album, due out next year.  Fans can look forward to hearing a collaboration with his friend and tour mate Jason Aldean on the project, too.


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Lee Ann Womack Tapes CMT “Crossroads” with John Legend

Image Courtesy Sugar Hill RecordsLee Ann Womack teamed up with pop/R&B star John Legend to tape a new episode of CMT Crossroads Wednesday night in Franklin, TN.

The eight-song set included the two singers swapping vocals on their biggest hits, including Lee Ann’s “I Hope You Dance” and “I May Hate Myself in the Morning,” as well as John’s pop hits “All of Me” and “Green Light.” Lee Ann’s new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” also made the set list, as did John’s new offering, “You and I (Nobody in the World).”

CMT Crossroads: Lee Ann Womack and John Legend premieres Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. Lee Ann’s new album, The Way I’m Livin’, is due out this Tuesday.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlan Jackson will re-release his holiday album, Let It Be Christmas, on October 27 to all digital retailers.

Lady Antebellum‘s new song, “Freestyle,” is now available for download at iTunes. It’s included on their new album, 747, coming out September 30.


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Lee Brice Gives the Inside Story of Performing the National Anthem with Luke Bryan in New York City

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice still gets emotional talking about his performance of the national anthem with Luke Bryan during their September 12 concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Since it was the day after the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Luke gave a shout-out to those who lost their lives on that day in the attack on the World Trade Center. As the crowd chanted, “USA! USA!” Luke brought Lee onstage and whispered in his ear, “I just feel like we should do the national anthem.”

After they decided Luke would start it off, Lee then jumped in on harmony. Says Lee, “It was something really special. I’ve never heard a crowd sing the national anthem that loud. It was a moment I will never forget, and I think Luke’s the same way.”

Lee especially loves that the big display of patriotism was all off-the-cuff, too.

“I don’t think he even knew he was going to ask me to do that,” Lee says of Luke’s decision to sing the anthem, “but he definitely just threw it at us as we’re walking out onto the stage in front of people, he’s whispering in my ear. So, that was the coolest part.”

Lee is very thankful to Luke for letting him warm up the crowd every night on the That’s My Kind of Night tour. They’ve played two sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden this year before moving on to become the first country concert ever held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last week.

Lee says of the opportunity to tour with Luke, “There has been a lot of experiences that I, you know, who knows if I would have ever gotten to do?”

The good times keep rolling for Lee. He had a party in Nashville Wednesday to toast his latest #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance.” It’s the title track from his latest album, which just debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.


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Grand Ole Opry Star George Hamilton IV Dead at 77

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGrand Ole Opry legend George Hamilton IV died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77, ABC News has confirmed. He’d suffered a heart attack last weekend.

Hamilton IV released his signature hit, “Abilene,” in 1963. However, he’d scored a number of hits before then, including “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” “Before This Day Ends,” “Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)” and “If You Don’t Know I Ain’t Gonna Tell You.”

Hamilton was known as “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” a title he earned after becoming the first American country singer to perform in the then-Soviet Union and in Prague.

Hamilton had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1960.



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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Headed to the Beach for Some Downtime with Loved Ones

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott is taking some downtime at the beach with her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Eisele, this week.  She’ll also meet up with a close friend who is raising her children while her military husband is deployed overseas.

Hillary posted a photograph of New York City on Instagram as she took off Wednesday morning with the message, “Off to meet Chris and Eisele in VA Beach to get some quality time with my best friend and her boys!!! #bff #militarymom #myhero.”

In other Lady A news, fans can get their new song, “Long Stretch of Love,” by signing up for their Passport Challenge at LadyAPassport.com.  That song and their latest hit, “Bartender,” are both included on Lady A’s new album, 747, due out September 30.


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Joe Nichols Having a Blast Navigating Life with His Three Daughters

Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJust like any 16-year-old girl, Joe Nichols‘ oldest daughter, Ashelyn, is totally embarrassed when her dad shows up at her high school.  What makes it even worse is that Joe often performs at acoustic charity events to help out around the school.  Some of Ashelyn’s teenage girlfriends get a little star-struck when Joe shows up to sing, too.

Joe says with a laugh, “Her friends start giggling and they huddle up, and she’s like, ‘Oh my God! It’s my dad, y’all!  Stop talking like this!’  That’s kind of fun.  I love that — embarrassing her in all kinds of ways.”

Ashelyn has gotten star struck herself when she attended awards shows with her famous dad.

Says Joe, “My 16-year-old has definitely experienced some of this stuff with me and been around at some high-profile things and seen some really cool stuff and met Hunter Hayes, which is all she wanted to do.”

Introducing Ashelyn to Hunter didn’t up Joe’s hip factor at all, though.

He says, “[Ashelyn] still thinks I’m completely the most uncool person in the world.”

As for his two younger daughters, Joe says his baby girl, Georgia, is always “super-chill” and “smiling.”  The two-year-old, Dylan, is a little more high-strung.

Joe explains, “She’s a good kid, but I think she has a strong chance of either being class president and running for office or a serial killer.  I’m not sure which one she’s gonna be yet.  I’m not sure yet.  She’s capable of either one.”

Joe is scheduling time with his three girls in between his busy tour schedule.  See where he’s playing next at JoeNichols.com.


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