Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s 2015 calendar to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is now available for purchase at KeithUrbanFans.com. Keith’s fans put the calendar together every year and have raised more than $850,000 for the cause since the first one went on sale in 2003.

This year’s CMA Country Christmas special will re-air on ABC Saturday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET.


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Jason Aldean Says “Just Gettin’ Started” Makes a Great Addition to His Catalog of Uptempo Hits

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean‘s latest single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” will fit in nicely on his 2015 tour set list next to the other uptempo hits like “Dirt Road Anthem,” “When She Says Baby” and “Hicktown.” In fact, Jason says he’s built his career with those fun songs.

He tells ABC News Radio, “When you’re going into a tour, you want something that’s being played on the radio that’s fun and gets people excited about the shows and all that.”

Jason will be playing his own headlining tour in the new year. He’s also teaming up with Kenny Chesney for a few stadium dates, including a May 16 stop at AT&T Stadium in Texas. While Jason has a huge arsenal of hits, he’s a little nervous about putting his set list up against Kenny’s catalog of #1′s.

Says Jason, “He got a few years head start on me with hits. He’s got a lot more than I got. I gotta get me a couple more before that tour kicks off.”

For a complete list of Jason’s tour dates, go to JasonAldean.com. “Just Gettin’ Started” is included on Jason’s platinum-selling album, Old Boots, New Dirt.


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Shania Twain Releases Anti-Family Violence PSA as Las Vegas Residency Comes to an End

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain wrapped up her two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas over the weekend, and she’s using the occasion to shine a light on an important cause. The Canadian native’s just released a PSA against family violence for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s YouTube channel.

In the clip, Shania encourages people to report incidents of family violence to the police. She also stresses that abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional and can happen in any family.

“Family violence shouldn’t be kept a secret,” says Shania. “You can break the silence. There’s always someone who can help.”

Now that she’s finished with her shows in Las Vegas, Shania’s continuing her work in the studio, making new music.


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Kacey Musgraves Announces 2015 Same Tour Different Trailer Tour Dates

Image Courtesy UMG/Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves has added a new round of 2015 dates for her Same Tour Different Trailer outing starting February 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. She’s taking along new duo John & Jacob in the opening spot.

Kacey performed at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. She’s currently in the studio working on the follow up to her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park.

Here are Kacey’s new tour dates:

2/12 — Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/13 — Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
2/14 — Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live!
2/19 — Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
2/20 — Minneapolis, MN, State Theatre
2/21 — Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater
2/26 — Louisville, KY, Brown Theatre
2/27 — Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theatre
2/28 — Richmond, VA, The National


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Is Carrie Underwood Plotting a Collaboration with One Direction?

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryIs Carrie Underwood plotting a collaboration with pop superstars One Direction? The band is managed by Simon Cowell, who was a judge on American Idol when Carrie was crowned the winner in 2005.

Carrie tells U.K.’s Daily Mail, “If One Direction ever wants to go country, I’m here.”  She adds, “I think I should get on the phone to Simon.”

When asked if she would ever step into Simon’s shoes as a judge on a TV singing competition, Carrie says, “I feel like it would be really hard to be honest, and I do think a lot of judges lose face, because I think people really need to hear it like it is. I think I’d be too nice.”

Carrie’s country music career is keeping her very busy these days. Her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, came out just last week featuring her latest hit, “Something in the Water.”


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Little Big Town Announces 2015 Dates for Pain Killer Tour

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will continue their Pain Killer tour into 2015 with special guest Chris Stapleton. The new round of dates kicks off March 5 in Savannah, GA. These shows follow LBT’s run through the United Kingdom starting February 10 in London.

Look for Little Big Town to perform the halftime show at the 2014 Capitol One Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Eve.

Here are Little Big Town’s new tour dates:

3/5 — Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre
3/6 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
3/8 — Chattanooga, TN, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium
3/12 — Evansville, IN, Aiken Theatre
3/13 — Louisville, KY, Louisville Palace
3/14 — Muncie, IN, Emens Auditorium
3/19 — Davenport, IA, Adler Theatre
3/20 — St. Louis, MO, Fox Theatre
3/27 — Sioux City, IA, Orpheum Theatre
3/28 — Enid, OK, Enid Events Center



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Brad Paisley Explains His Visual Approach to Songwriting

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley always thinks of the visuals his words will create in the listeners’ minds when he’s writing hit songs like his latest offering, “Perfect Storm.”

Brad says, “My idea of country music is always about the pictures it paints for you. I don’t like songs that don’t give me images in my mind.”

That approach can be found in rock and pop music as well, even if the meaning of the lyrics isn’t always clear. Brad points to The Eagles‘ classic “Hotel California” as an example.

“I don’t know totally what that’s about, but you know, ‘On a dark desert highway,’ you know, it’s just…you see everything they’re sayin’,” Brad explains.

“Perfect Storm” is the latest single from Brad’s current album, Moonshine in the Trunk, available now.


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Country Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country group sang backup on Darius Rucker‘s hit, “Wagon Wheel”? ANSWER: Lady Antebellum.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCondolences to Vince Gill and his band mates in The Time Jumpers on the death of the band’s other vocalist, Dawn Sears. She died Thursday night after a battle with lung cancer.

Lee Brice is playing Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on February 24 with special guests Maddie & Tae.

Luke Bryan‘s 2014 Crash My Party tour brought in nearly $62 million to finish as the highest-grossing country trek of the year, according to Billboard. George Strait is second with more than $58 million coming in this year on the road, and Jason Aldean finishes third with more than $53 million in ticket sales.


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Florida Georgia Line Says their Fans Made 2014 the Best Year Ever

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s hot streak continued in 2014 with the release of their sophomore album, Anything Goes, and a few headlining dates sprinkled in between their opening dates on Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. The guys walked away with hardware at just about every awards show this year, too, but FGL’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio the people in their concert crowds are really what made this year special.

“I think the thing we leave this year on is the fans,” Brian says. “They are what makes country music. They’re what’s making country music explode again. Night after night, I think, they continue to blow our minds.”

While Anything Goes contains FGL’s current party anthem, “Sun Daze,” the guys showed off their serious side with the project’s lead single, “Dirt.” That ballad only deepened FGL’s relationship with their fans.

Brian adds, “[We're] Very blessed to do what we do and to have the support and the loyalty that not only our fans are showing up singing these songs out with us every night, but they’re living them out with us. It’s incredible.” 

Florida Georgia Line will kick off their Anything Goes tour in January 15, 2015 in Toledo, OH with special guests Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.


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