Eric Church’s “Austin City Limits” Performance Premieres Saturday

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s performance on PBS’s Austin City Limits premieres Saturday night at 9 ET. The show will be available for a limited time at as well. Eric calls the show “iconic.”

He says, “I grew up watching Austin City Limits, and it’s really cool to be a part of it. It’ll be something that we try to make sure we do something unique or different that allows that to live forever.”

Eric’s set includes his big hits “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Springsteen.” Fan favorites “These Boots,” “Sinners Like Me,” and “Guys Like Me” round out the set list.

You can check out a preview of Eric singing “Drink in My Hand” now at

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Brantley Gilbert Reveals Fiancée

James MinchinWhen Brantley Gilbert announced his engagement last month, he didn’t reveal his fiancée’s name. However, he’s now identified the lucky lady to People magazine.

Her name is Amber Cochran, and she’s a schoolteacher from Gilbert’s Georgia hometown whom he’s known for many years. He tells People, “Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from ‘More than Miles’ to ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ for the last 10 years.”

Gilbert adds, “I’m a blessed man to have her back in my life and can’t wait to make her my wife.”

Gilbert was previously engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler is a guest co-host on ABC’s The View Friday.

Blake Shelton was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Miranda Lambert was also on hand to honor another inductee, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson.

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Justin Moore Prefers to Keep His Three Daughters Out of the Spotlight

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore doesn’t share many photos of his three young daughters even though he knows his fans would love to see more of his kids. Instead of thrusting them into the public eye at a young age, Justin hopes to let them make their own decisions about how much media exposure they want when they get older. Plus, he’s concerned about the girls’ safety since their dad is a country star.

“Let’s be honest, there’s a lot nut jobs out there, who, you just never know,” Justin says. “And if I ever, because of a decision I make to have a picture of them out there or something that causes them harm, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself.”

Justin is looking forward to spending two months off the road with his family in Arkansas this holiday season. After seven years on the road, Justin has finally reached the place in his career where he can play about 80 to 100 shows a year. For now, Justin enjoys having his family with him when he tours.

He says, “Ella, my oldest, starts school next year. So, I really want to take advantage of all the time I can with her while she can still come out on the road during the week and stuff.”

Justin closes out his 2014 tour dates with a November 23 show in Missoula, Montana.

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Josh Turner Shares Stories and Advice with Students at His Alma Mater, Belmont University

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returned to his alma mater, Nashville’s Belmont University, on Wednesday to speak with students. The interview-style session featured Josh telling the story of writing his debut hit, “Long Black Train,” while a student at Belmont in 1999.

Josh says of his time at the school, “Although I was only able to attend Belmont for three years, if I had it to do all over again, I’d come back to Belmont.” 

Josh delivered an acoustic performance of “Long Black Train” for the students. His new single, “Law Low,” is currently climbing the country chart.

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John Fogerty Defends Bruce Springsteen and Zac Brown’s “Fortunate Son” Performance at Tuesday’s Concert for Valor

Image Courtesy Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has responded to the controversy that arose after Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown performed his classic song “Fortunate Son” at the star-studded Concert for Valor event on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C.  Some conservative media outlets in particular maintained that performing the song, which addresses the circumstances of soldiers in the Vietnam era, wasn’t appropriate for an event honoring U.S. military members.  Fogerty disagrees.

In a statement on his official website, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman explains, “‘Fortunate Son’ is a song I wrote during the Vietnam War over forty-five years ago.  As an American and a songwriter I am proud that the song still has resonance.  I do believe that its meaning gets misinterpreted and even usurped by various factions wishing to make their own case.  At its core I believe the issue is really about what a great country we have that a song like this can be performed in a setting like Concert for Valor.”

Fogerty adds, “Years ago, an ultra-conservative administration tried to paint anyone who questioned its policies as ‘un-American.’  That same administration shamefully ignored and mistreated the soldiers returning from Vietnam…As a man who was drafted and served his country during those times I have ultimate respect for the men and women who protect us today and demand that they receive the respect that they deserve.”

It’s worth noting that Fogerty also performed the song last week at the White House at the “A Salute to Our Troops” concert, which was attended by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.  The show aired on PBS as an episode of the In Performance at the White House series.

The Concert for Valor, meanwhile, aired live on HBO on Tuesday, and also included performances by Carrie Underwood, Metallica, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Eminem and The Black Keys.

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Keith, Carrie, Miranda, Dierks & More Up for Vevo Hot This Year 2014 Honors

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry stars earned several nominations for Vevo’s fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 Awards.

Keith Urban is up for Best Male Video with “Somewhere in My Car,” and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert got a nod in the Best Collaboration category with “Somethin’ Bad.” Carrie and Miranda are also up for Best Country Video, along with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan‘s “This Is How we Roll,” Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Drunk on a Plane,” and “Bartender,” by Lady Antebellum.

Dierks is also up for Best Live Performance with “I Hold On” from the Vevo GO Shows series, while “Drunk on a Plane” earned an extra nod for Funniest Video.

Voting is now underway for the Hot This Year 2014 Awards  through November 23 at You can vote once a day at the site, or post the link to the video along with the category hashtag on Facebook or Twitter to cast a vote.

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Larry the Cable Guy Hosting CMT Artists of the Year 2014 Special December 2

Image Courtesy CMTLarry the Cable Guy has signed on to host CMT Artists of the Year 2014 special, Tuesday, December 2 live from Nashville. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored during the 90-minute broadcast, which will air on VH1 as well as CMT.

Larry can’t wait to host the show. He says, “I’m very excited to get out of the house for a few hours and let the country celebrate this fantastic body I get to look at every day.”

CMT Artists of the Year airs December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Dierks Bentley‘s oldest daughter’s name? ANSWER: Evie.

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“Nashville” Recap: I’m Coming Home to You

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoGunnar Scott seemed to be adjusting well to life as a father to his son, Micah, on Wednesday’s Nashville, and that’s a good thing since Micah’s mom, Kylie, left town without her son to pursue a love interest. It looks like Gunnar and his girlfriend, Zoey, will have to adjust to full-time parenthood now.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant found some common ground before attending the premiere of their reality show. They were able to smile for the cameras on the red carpet, but the show was edited to make Layla look stupid and Will look like a beefcake. The audience at the premiere loved the show, so Will and Layla will probably have to continue their charade of a marriage for the cameras a little while longer.

Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler struggled to find time to spend with each other due to their crazy schedules. As they tried to plan their wedding, Rayna was forced to spend her only weekend at home catering to a Rolling Stone reporter working on a cover story about her career. Unfortunately, that reporter was in the house when Rayna and Luke discovered her daughter, Maddie, making out with Luke’s son. In order to keep the future step-sibling’s romance under wraps, Rayna agreed to tell the Rolling Stone reporter all about her rocky relationship with ex-love interest, Deacon Claybourne.

Juliette Barnes struggled with loneliness as she faced delivering her baby all alone. Her record label president, Rayna, didn’t like the songs she was writing, so Rayna told her to write about her experience with the baby’s father, Avery Barkley. She wrote a new song, called “Disappearing,” about the pregnancy. In the end, Avery stepped up to be Juliette’s delivery coach.

Jonathan Jackson plays Avery, and he’s glad to see his character come out of the drunken fog he’s been in most of this season.

Jonathan tells ABC News Radio, “It’s exhausting, you know, playing somebody who’s wasted and that angry and drunk all the time. So, yeah, I was kind of happy when he’s starting to kind of pull it together a little bit.”

Even though Avery and Juliette are coming together for the sake of their child, Jonathan doesn’t know if they’ll ever be lovers again.

“I think that’s sort of the big question is whether he can overcome the devastation of the betrayal that happened, you know,” says Jonathan. “And if anything were to give them hope, I think it would be something like a child that they shared. Something that connects them regardless of the current emotions.”

Music from Nashville is available on iTunes. The show returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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