Tyler Farr Says Drinking with Jason Aldean Is Like Mixing “Fire and Gasoline”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr and Jason Aldean have become big drinking buddies this year on Jason’s Burn It Down tour. Tyler can’t go into detail about their parties since he wants to keep his friendship with Jason, but Tyler tells Rolling Stone, “He’s the kind of guy that when you mix me and him together — he drinks tequila, I drink whiskey — tequila and whiskey together equals bad.”

Jason and Tyler always have a blast together, but Tyler admits, “It’s like fire and gasoline.”

Tyler opens Jason’s two shows in Detroit coming up Friday and Saturday night.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes‘ duet partner on “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me?” ANSWER: Jason Mraz.


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Academy of Country Music Salutes George Strait with New Biography on Stands Now

Image Courtesy ACM/CBS WatchThe Academy of Country Music and their TV partner, CBS, have teamed up to release a new tribute “bookazine” celebrating George Strait, as part of the run-up to the 50th Annual ACM Awards.  The Strait biography is now on newsstands everywhere as well as on Amazon. The ACM combed through their archives to compile the book. Fans also get a look at George’s life on his Texas ranch.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19, 2015 on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as hosts.


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Florida Georgia Line Launching Anything Goes Tour in January

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line will kick off their Anything Goes tour January 15, 2015 in Toledo, OH. They’re bringing along Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard for the trek. So far, FGL has announced shows through May, with more dates expected soon.

Ticket information for Florida Georgia Line’s new tour will be announced Friday. If you sign up at the duo’s website, you’ll be the first to get pre-sale ticket information.

Florida Georgia Line’s new album, also titled Anything Goes, is due out next week.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s 2015 tour dates — venues will be announced soon:

1/15 — Toledo, OH
1/16 — Dayton, OH
1/17 — Charlottesville, VA
1/22 — Biloxi, MS
1/23 — Lafayette, LA
1/24 — Little Rock, AR
2/12 — Sioux City, IA
2/13 — Lincoln, NE
2/14 — Moline, IL
2/18 — Manchester, NH
2/19 — Ottawa, ON (CAN)
2/20 — Kingston, ON (CAN)
2/21 — Uncasville, CT
2/25 — New York, NY
3/21 — Orange Beach, AL
4/30 — Columbia, SC
5/1 — Charleston, WV
5/2 — Hershey, PA
5/3 — Wilkes-Barre, PA
5/7 — Providence, RI
5/8 — Atlantic City, NJ



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon’t miss Big & Rich on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday.

Hunter Hayes‘ new song, “Dream Girl,” is included on the just-released soundtrack for the new film The Best of Me, in theaters October 17. Starting October 14 through November 4, fans can sign up for The Best of Me Sweepstakes at Fandango.com to win a trip to meet Hunter at one of his upcoming tour stops.


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Martina McBride Shows Off Her Party-Planning Skills in New Book, “Around the Table,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Harper CollinsEveryone knows Martina McBride has one of the most-celebrated voices in country music, but until now, only her friends have known she’s just as talented at throwing parties at her home in Nashville. Now, Martina is letting everyone in on her party-planning secrets with the new cooking and entertaining book, Around the Table.

She’s included step-by-step instructions on how to throw parties ranging from a Red ,White and Blue Backyard Cookout to a Retro Valentine’s Day Supper Club gathering.

“There are 12 different chapters that are 12 different parties,” Martina tells ABC News Radio. “There’s lots of pictures. It’s kind of like a how-to book to throw 12 different parties. So, we could do one a month.”

Martina hopes Around the Table inspires readers to host more get-togethers with the friends.

She says of party-planning, “It’s a little intimidating and overwhelming and you want everything to be perfect and you don’t want to mess up. And you have to clean your house, which is always the biggest hurdle for me.”

Look for Martina to talk about Around the Table on ABC’s The Chew on Wednesday and Fox News’s Fox & Friends on Friday.


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The Band Perry Says Touring with Blake Shelton Is Like “Summer Camp”

Joseph Anthony BakerWhat’s it like touring with Blake Shelton? Pretty fun, according to The Band Perry.

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry stopped by E! News Tuesday to spill the behind-the-scenes details of their recent tour with Shelton.

“2014 has been totally slammed. We’re very blue collar when it comes to our touring life,” Kimberly Perry said. “It was funny being out with Shelton all the time. It was like summer camp.”

And apparently, The Voice judge is just as crazy as he is on TV. “He is, especially when he’s out playing basketball between the buses,” Kimberly said. “He gets really intense.”

Shelton and The Band Perry will be working together again soon. Shelton picked the group as his team’s guest advisers on The Voice. They’ll help with the Battle Rounds, which begin Monday night on NBC.


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Florida Georgia Line Explains Why They Passed “Burnin’ It Down” on to Jason Aldean

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley knew “Burnin’ It Down” was a big hit as soon as they co-wrote it with songwriter Rodney Clawson. So, why did they give it away to Jason Aldean?

It turns out the song was written about a year ago, and FGL had just finished up recording the new tracks for the re-release of their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times. They knew they wouldn’t be able to put it out for at least a year or more if they held on to it.

“The timing was tough on it,” Tyler tells ABC News Radio. “We were listening to it one day, and I think it was B.K. that said, ‘Hey dude, I think Jason would kill this song. We should try to give it to him, and at least let him hear it.’ And next thing we know, he’s cutting it.”

“Burnin’ It Down” has gone on to become a huge hit for Jason as the lead single from his just-released album, Old Boots, New Dirt. Having a superstar record one of their songs is a big dream-come-true for Florida Georgia Line, too.

Says Tyler, “We’re songwriters at heart, first and foremost. To get an outside cut’s big for us. I mean, that’s what we dreamed of for years.”

As for that line in the song about laying “naked in my bed,” Brian says they gave Jason the option of not singing it all. While recording the song’s demo, Tyler explains, “We threw in ‘dreaming [in my bed]‘ on the second chorus, ’cause we didn’t know who was gonna cut it.”

Jason sang that “naked” line with no hesitation, and Brian couldn’t be happier with the end result.

He says, “You know when the right song gets to the right person when you hear it back like that. It sounds incredible. He crushed it.”

Florida Georgia Line isn’t hurting for hit songs at all, though. Their latest single, “Dirt,” is included on the duo’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, due out next week.


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Zac Brown Band Releasing “Greatest Hits So Far…” on November 10

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits So Far…, is coming out November 10. Kicking off with their debut hit, “Chicken Fried,” the 14-track  collection also includes their collaborations with Alan Jackson on “As She’s Walking Away” and Jimmy Buffett on “Knee Deep.” Hits like “No Hurry,” Goodbye in Her Eyes” and “Toes” are also featured.

Here’s the Greatest Hits So Far… track listing:

“Chicken Fried”
“Whatever It Is”
“Toes”
“Free”
“Highway 20 Ride”
“As She’s Walking Away” (featuring Alan Jackson)
“Colder Weather”
“Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy Buffett)
“Keep Me in Mind”
“No Hurry”
“The Wind”
“Jump Right In”
“Goodbye in Her Eyes”
“Sweet Annie”


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Keith Urban Picks Up Two Nods for Australia’s ARIA Awards

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Keith Urban on his nominations at this year’s ARIA Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the Grammys. His latest album, Fuse, is up for Best Country Album. Keith’s also mentioned in the Best Live Act category for his Light the Fuse tour, which kicked off Down Under. The ARIA Awards will be handed out in Sydney, Australia on November 26.

Back in the U.S., Keith is up for four CMA Awards next month including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Fuse. Look for Keith to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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