Kenny Chesney Performs at Flora-Bama

Danny ClinchKenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama-Jama appears to have been a success. He took the stage Saturday at the legendary Flora-Bama lounge, located on the Florida-Alabama state line. A crowd of over 40,000 people showed up to watch him perform behind the 50-year-old roadhouse that inspired his latest single, “Flora-Bama.”

“Man, when those people kicked in and started singing ‘Flora-Bama’ back to me, that just hit me in the heart,” Chesney said.

During a two-and-a-half-hour set, Chesney performed a mix of old favorites and songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival. It was Chesney’s first time back on stage with his band in almost a year.

The show, which was free but required wristbands to get in, was filmed for a TV special set to air this fall. Chesney’s new album comes out September 23.


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David Nail Applies Lessons Darius Rucker Taught Him for I’m a Fire Tour

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleAs David Nail sets out on his I’m a Fire tour this fall, he’ll be drawing on some wisdom he picked up from Darius Rucker. David served as an opening act on Darius’s True Believers tour earlier this year and was really impressed by how well the headliner treated him and his crew.

David tells Billboard, “Everybody just treated us with respect, and inspired me to be available to the opening acts — and to pass along some of the lessons that guys like him taught me.”

David is now passing those lessons on to his opening act, new duo Native Run. He does admit it’s a little odd being the veteran act on this tour, though.

“I always joke with them that they make me feel old,” David says. “They make me feel like I’ve been doing this longer than I really have been. They are extremely talented, and have a unique sound.”

Go to DavidNail.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Kacey Musgraves Enlists Katy Perry to Sing Backup on “Keep It to Yourself” Video

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/WireImageKacey Musgraves performance of “Keep It to Yourself” with Katy Perry singing backup didn’t make the cut when their CMT Crossroads special aired earlier this summer. Now the clip has been released at CMT.com as the single climbs the charts.

The studio version of the song is on Kacey’s Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park. She’s touring behind that album with the Same Tour Different Trailer trek this fall.


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Little Big Town and Kenny Rogers to Help Mark 200th Anniversary of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleMost of music’s big stars have, at one time or another, been tapped to sing our national anthem at a sporting event.  Now, a group of them — including Little Big Town and Kenny Rogers — are getting together to wish a happy 200th birthday to “The Star-Spangled Banner” in an upcoming PBS special.

The two-hour live broadcast, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem, will air as part of the PBS series Great Performances September 13, starting at 8 p.m. ET.  The show will originate from Baltimore, Maryland, presumably because it’s where Fort McHenry is located.  In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the anthem after watching the fort being bombarded by the British during the War of 1812.

In addition to performing, Jordin Sparks will co-host the event with actor John Lithgow, and besides Little Big Town and Kenny, the special will include performances by pop act Train, Motown legend Smokey Robinson and actress Kristen Chenoweth.


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Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line Headlining 2015 Kicker Country Stampede in Kansas

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line have signed on to headline the Kicker Country Stampede festival June 25 through 28, 2015 in Manhattan, Kansas. FGL will headline the Friday night show, and Blake will close out the Saturday night lineup. More country stars will be added to the Kicker Country Stampede lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to CountryStampede.com.


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Lee Brice Ready to Headline His Own Arena Tour in 2015

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice‘s days as an opening act are numbered.

As he gears up to release his third album, I Don’t Dance, next month, Lee is already looking forward to launching a headlining tour in the coming year. He’s been on the road with Luke Bryan all year long, and their recent concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden really gave Lee the itch to play his own sold-out arena shows.

“I came out, and it was filled to the rim when I hit the stage,” Lee tells Cleveland’s News-Herald paper. “That makes me jump and sing harder and run faster and get crazier and let it all loose. I feel like I’m champing at the bit for the next year to get out on my own.”

For now, catch Lee on Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night tour through the fall. Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance, comes out September 9.


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Darius Rucker to Announce CMA Nominees on “Good Morning America” September 3

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will announce the nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, September 3. He’ll also perform his brand-new single, “Homegrown Honey,” during the appearance.

Says Darius, “I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry.”

He adds, “Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for.”

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be handed out live in Nashville and broadcast on ABC Wednesday, November 5.

In other Darius news, he’ll perform at the 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Show September 3 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The show will be streamed live that night at CMASongwritersSeries.com.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Luke Bryan‘s fan club? ANSWER: The Nut House.


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Kenny Chesney Ready to Get the Band Back Together at Saturday’s Flora-Bama Show

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is primed and ready to entertain his fans at the Flora-Bama Lounge on the Gulf Coast this Saturday. He hasn’t been on stage with his band in almost a year, so Kenny plans to keep the show loose and just have fun with it all.

He says, “We might not have a set list until that day, which is kind of cool ’cause we’re going to have a lot of new music we’re gonna play. Who knows. We’re gonna play for a while that day.”

Of course, Kenny is referring to songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23. It’s been a while since Kenny recorded the vocals for that project, so he’s been working to get his vocal cords strong for the show.

“Your vocal cords are like a muscle,” Kenny explains. “It’s like anything else. If you don’t use ‘em, they get weak.”

Kenny’s also going back over the lyrics to his biggest hits so he doesn’t forget the words on stage.

He says with a laugh,”I haven’t sang any of these songs in a year or over.”

While the Flora-Bama show is free, fans have to have wristbands to get into the show. Those passes were all claimed very quickly after becoming available online a few weeks back.

He says, “It made me feel so good that so many people wanted those wristbands. That they cared. It’s just gonna be a fun, fun, fun day of music and getting everybody together and just enjoying the atmosphere and the environment of the Flora-Bama.”

Of note, show organizers are asking fans without wristbands to stay away from the Flora-Bama this weekend. According to AL.com, the show will be taped for a TV special, so fans who can’t make it to the show can look forward to seeing highlights at a later date.


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Florida Georgia Line to Release New Album, “Anything Goes,” on October 14

Image Courtesy Republic Nashville(NEW YORK) — Before Florida Georgia Line rocked the stage Friday at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series, they made a special announcement fans have been waiting for.

“We got some new information on our brand new album, record two,” Brian Kelley teased, before saying, “Release date is October 14th, 2014.”

Tyler Hubbard then dished on the album’s title. “We had to call this one Anything Goes. That’s our motto for the album too,” he said to cheers from New York City’s Central Park.

The country duo said the album is very much inspired by where they are in their careers right now.

“It’s just where we are in life at this point, and where we’ve grown and who we’ve become,” Tyler added. “And to be honest we’ve learned a lot from our fans. We’ve learned a lot from playing every single night for the last three years. So we’re excited. We tried to step up our game and we’re ready for you guys to hear it.”

During the concert, FGL performed their brand new single “Dirt,” and also rocked out to “Cruise.” They later revealed the album cover via Instagram.

 
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