“Nashville” Recap: “You’re Lookin’ at Country”

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Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards aired Wednesday night, but the action was mostly in the audience and backstage.

Rayna Jaymes swept the night with six wins, but she didn’t thank her fiancé, Luke Wheeler, whom she beat out in four of those categories. Since they had a small fight about signing a prenuptial agreement on the way to the awards show, Rayna’s slight led Luke to down doubles throughout the night.  Those drinks led to a showdown in the bathroom backstage, where Luke told Rayna she wouldn’t have this success if not for the press she got off their engagement. Rayna finally thanked Luke when she won Entertainer of the Year, and they made up in their bedroom after the show. However, Rayna got a text from her ex, Deacon Claybourne, so there may still be some heat left in that flame.

Juliette Barnes was feeling very insecure about only having one nomination at the CMA Awards. Sitting with her baby daddy, Avery Barkley, and his judgmental father didn’t help the situation. While Avery’s dad came down hard on Juliette’s background, Avery ended up standing up to him. While reassuring each other that they wouldn’t turn into their screwed-up parents, Juliette told Avery they are expecting a baby girl. Avery took Juliette home after the show, but he didn’t give in to Juliette’s subtle invitation to stay the night.

Gunnar Scott and Zoey Dalton got into a big fight when Gunnar’s son, Micah, went missing at the CMA Awards ceremony. As Gunnar’s named was called as the winner in the Song of the Year category for writing “Ball and Chain,” he was out on the concourse looking for his son. Once Gunnar found Micah, he blamed Zoey for not watching the boy closely enough, and walked off. At the end of the episode, Zoey broke up with Gunnar, saying she didn’t want to make him choose between her and his son.

Layla Grant was lampooned at the CMA Awards for her ditzy image, created by the producers of her reality show with closeted husband/country star Will Lexington. In the end, Will agreed to hold Layla and comfort her after she got upset about all the negative attention.

New Artist of the Year winner Sadie Stone, played by Laura Benanti, got an unwelcome text from her ex-boyfriend, who inspired her latest hit, “You Can’t Stop Me.” You can download Laura’s recording of that song now at iTunes.

Nashville returns with a Christmas-themed episode December 3 at 10 p.m. ET, on ABC.

 
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Sam Hunt and Chase Rice Book Monday Night Dates with Late Night

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGBoth Sam Hunt and Chase Rice have Monday night dates with late night in the weeks to come.

Sam performs his new single “Take Your Time,” the follow-up to his chart-topping “Leave the Night On” on the Late Show with David Letterman on November 24. He’s currently looking at adding dates to his Lipstick Graffiti Tour, as the first round of shows sold out in most cities.

The following Monday, December 1, Chase will do two songs on Jimmy Kimmel Live! — his top five hit “Ready Set Roll” plus his new tune “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” He’ll have at least 16 sold out solo shows under his belt by the time he joins Kenny Chesney for his Big Revival Tour next year.

Both shows air at 11:35 p.m. ET, with Kimmel on ABC and Letterman on CBS.


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Hunter Hayes Cancels St. Louis Concert as Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency

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Hunter Hayes is cancelling his Thursday night concert at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, as the nation waits for the grand jury decision on whether a police officer will be charged in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown in August, a case that has led to protests and unrest in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. 

In advance of the announcement of the grand jury’s decision, the governor of Missouri has declared a state of emergency there.

In a statement on his website, Hunter says the decision is “out of respect for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon‘s declaration declaring a state of emergency in Missouri.”

Some heartbroken fans took to Hunter’s website to express sentiments like “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reschedule this concert. You don’t understand how upset thousands of girls are because they don’t get to see you. I have been looking forward to this for months and months.”

Ticket holders can get refunds at the point of purchase for this concert, and Hunter assures fans they only need hold out a little longer, promising he’ll be back in St. Louis next year.


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Blake Shelton is Now Officially Sexy, Thanks to People Magazine

Courtesy: NBCAfter an entire year of kidding Voice co-star Adam Levine about being People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2013, Blake Shelton is now officially swoon-worthy himself. The magazine says it seems fitting the 38-year-old should make this year’s A-list, if only to see how the Maroon 5 front man can get back at him. The pair’s comical bromance also landed the two on the list of “Sexiest Best Friends in Hollywood.”

Keith Urban may turn a few heads with his contribution to People.com’s “Talk Dirty: 10 Sexy Quotes from 10 Sexy Guys.” The Aussie superstar says he keeps his marriage to Nicole Kidman hot with “Nice sex texting.”

Brett Eldredge is the only country bachelor to rank among the “Sexiest Guys Still Up for Grabs,” while revealing a penchant for women from the West Coast. “You’ve got to love California girls,” he says. “You know, being a single guy, out here I’m always like, ‘Wow, there are so many beautiful girls in L.A.’”

Tim McGraw represents the 40’s as People runs down “Sexy at Every Age,” while Nashville’s Sam Palladio is one of England’s “Hottest Guys from Around the World.” The issue proclaiming actor Chris Hemsworth 2014’s “Sexiest Man Alive” is out Friday.


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Sara Evans Puts Her Stamp on the Holidays with New Album, “At Christmas”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans‘ first full-length holiday album, At Christmas, is now on sale. Instead of hiring a bunch of orchestras, Sara opted to take her own country sound and adapt it to holiday classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland.” The project came together rather quickly since her record label only asked her to make the album a few months ago.

In an interview with ABC News Radio, Sara says, “In a way, that was great, because I didn’t obsess over it. I just kind of let [my producer] Mark go in, and I guided him on the phone. Like, ‘Let’s make it sound like Sara Evans’ music, but it’s Christmas songs.’”

Sara went in to record the vocals for At Christmas in a studio in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. She brought a few special guests along with her for the recording sessions, too.

“My girls sang on one song with me, on ‘The 12 Days of Christmas,’” Sara says. “It’s really precious.”

Here’s the track listing for At Christmas:

“At Christmas”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” (featuring Olivia and Audrey)
“Silent Night”
“Winter Wonderland”
“O Holy Night”
“Run Rudolph Run”
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
“O Come All Ye Faithful”


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood won American Idol in which year? ANSWER: 2005.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLauren Alaina debuted two new songs, “Doing Fine” and “Breathe Again,” during her Saturday night performance at the Grand Ole Opry. It was her first public performance since undergoing vocal cord surgery in August.

Brantley Gilbert has been added to the presenters lineup for Sunday night’s American Music Awards airing at 8 ET on ABC.  Garth Brooks is slated to perform.

Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will launch a four-date run of shows together January 27, 2015 starting in Glenside, Pennsylvania.


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Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and Trisha Yearwood Adding Star Power to “Nashville’s” CMA Awards Episode Tonight

Image Courtesy ABCFans tuning in to ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night might experience a little déjà vu if they also caught the CMA Awards earlier this month. Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards airs Wednesday with engaged couple Luke Wheeler and Rayna Jaymes squaring off in the Entertainer of the Year category. Real-life CMA Awards hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley actually filmed a cameo for this episode of Nashville in the days leading up to actual ceremony.

“In between our hosting meetings and duties and running through things, we were able to go up there and quickly shoot that for ‘em,” Carrie says. She adds with a laugh, “It’s not any major, life-changing role or anything. We’re just doing what we do!”

The Band Perry also appears on Nashville‘s version of the CMA Awards, and lead singer Kimberly Perry admits she was excited to see Luke and Rayna on set.

Says Kimberly, “I’m such a fan of the show, so I was a little bit star struck when I walked in and saw these actors who in my mind are kind of like country music singers, ’cause that’s what they are on the show.”

The Band Perry’s Neil Perry got up close up and personal with Connie Britton, who plays Rayna, during one scene.

He gushes, “She looked at me and I was able to kiss her on the cheek. That’s all I can say. I love just leaving it there by the way.”

Trisha Yearwood jumped at the chance to play herself as a CMA Awards presenter on Nashville. While she was late to catch on to the show, Trisha doesn’t miss an episode of Nashville these days.

She tells ABC News Radio, “It was a good representation, I thought, of the way the music business works. I mean, it’s dramatized, but a lot of it is real. So, I loved it, and then you get sucked into the storyline, and you’re just all about it.”

Since she shot her part about a month ago, Trisha found out about a few plot twists in advance.

She says with a laugh, “The hardest part for me, being on the set, was knowing what’s coming in a few episodes and knowing that I want to talk to the writers about some changes that I’d like them to make. Things I don’t like.”

The CMA Awards episode of ABC’s Nashville airs Wednesday night at 10 ET.


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Maddie & Tae Reach Gold Status with “Girl in a Country Song”

Image Courtesy Kevin White/Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae‘s top five debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” has been certified gold for 500,000 downloads and streams. The song has caught on as an answer to all those guys singing about girls wearing cut-off shorts dancing on tailgates and drinking next to a bonfire in the woods.

“We had no idea people would respond like this,” says the duo’s Maddie Marlow. “We wrote a song where we looked at how the girl in these songs must feel… It’s hard, being expected to be in those Daisy Dukes and that bikini top all the time… Tae and I wanted to show people the other side.”

“Girl in a Country Song” is included on Maddie & Tae’s self-titled EP, available for download now.


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Will Reba Launch a Caesars Palace Residency in 2015?

Image Courtesy CMAA female country star with multiple #1 hits is gearing up for a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas in 2015. According to the Las Vegas Sun, some of the names bouncing around for the spot include Reba and Dolly Parton. Shania Twain will welcome the new headliner to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before she wraps up her Shania: Still the One residency next month.

We’ll keep you posted on the big announcement.


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