Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Give Kelly Clarkson’s Baby Girl a Custom Guitar

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got Kelly Clarkson‘s baby girl, River Rose, a custom Gibson acoustic guitar. Kelly posted a picture on Twitter of the little one in the guitar case posing next to the guitar, which has River Rose’s name inlaid in the fretboard. The caption says, “She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys!”

Blake is managed by Kelly’s husband, Brandon Blackstock.



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Blake Shelton Returning to “The Voice” Next Season in Early 2015

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has agreed to return for The Voice‘s eighth cycle, starting in early 2015 on NBC.

Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will join Blake on the coaches’ panel next year. The show’s seventh cycle recently premiered with coaches Blake, Adam and Pharrell, joined by Gwen Stefani, who’ll be departing.

Blake and Adam have appeared on every season of The Voice since it premiered in 2011.



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Luke Bryan Launching Winter Leg of That’s My Kind of Night Tour in February 2015

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has added a winter leg to his That’s My Kind of Night tour, kicking off February, 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are in the supporting slots. Tickets for this run of show go on sale this Saturday. Check LukeBryan.com for ticket information.

In other Luke news, his Farm Tour 2014 wrapped up this weekend after playing to more than 110,000 fans in eight cities. Ticket proceeds are granted to colleges in each city to give scholarships to students from local farming areas.

Of note, Luke is also slated to perform in New Orleans on February 14 at the Endymion Extravaganza.

Here’s are Luke’s new That’s My Kind of Night tour dates:

2/10 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
2/11 — Evansville, IN, Ford Center
2/12 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
2/18 — Estero, FL, Germain Arena
2/21 — Orlando, FL, Amway Center


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Tim McGraw Wishes He Could Get Away Without Releasing Singles from “Sundown Heaven Town”

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has gone on record saying he’d be happy with any song from his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town, being released to country radio. He’s following up the album’s first hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” with the new single, “Shotgun Rider,” but Tim would prefer there be no singles from this album at all.

He explains, “If I had my way it’d be one of those albums that you could turn in and just say, there’s not a single. Every station could play whatever song they want. I wish there was a way to do that, but I know you have to have a focus and you have to pick a song.”

As he’s done in the past, Tim has gone a little left of center when choosing songs to round out the Sundown Heaven Town track listing.

Says Tim, “I always know that there are songs that are a little more artistic or other songs that are more not really radio, but just more for reflection and for listening and for just sort of creating a part of the body of an album.”

Look for Tim to perform a song from Sundown Heaven Town on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 5 on ABC.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert often carries his dog on the road with him. What’s his pup’s name? ANSWER: Sylo.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana is back with a brand-new single, “Trouble,” hitting the airwaves soon.

Florida Georgia Line has announced a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 14, 2015.


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The Swon Brothers Show Off Their Close, Sibling Harmonies on Just-Released Debut Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans of close sibling harmonies will find a lot to love about The Swon Brothers‘ just-released debut album.  

Zach and Colton Swon started blending their voices together as kids singing a medley of Everly Brothers songs, including “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” with their family’s band. Those duet performances earned them a spot on NBC’s The Voice, which led them to sign a major label record deal in Nashville. While recording the album, the brothers made sure the songs allowed them to sing together as much as possible.

Colton tells ABC News Radio, “So, when we were writing, we tried to write melodies that fit that harmony. When we were looking for songs, we were looking for those that just complimented what we do.”

The guys worked with Carrie Underwood‘s long-time producer, Mark Bright, on the album, and he was highly impressed with The Swon Brothers’ clear vision for their debut album.

Says Colton, “We didn’t know what songs, exactly, but we knew the sound that we wanted to create, and it made for a pretty fun project, you know.”

The Swon Brothers even recruited fellow Oklahoma native Carrie Underwood to turn their act into a trio on the album-closing song, “This Side of Heaven.”

“To have her step out and just sing on our first record, it’s very humbling and just unbelievable,” Colton says. “You’re looking at two very grateful brothers, ’cause she doesn’t have to do that. She’s a superstar. Everything she touches is golden.”

The Swon Brothers’ debut album also includes their hit single, “Later On.”


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Garth, Trisha, Reba and More Performing at Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Kevin Mazur/WireImage/ABCGarth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Ronnie Dunn and Nashville‘s Charles Esten will join Kelly Clarkson for a special Christmas show in Nashville on December 20. Billed as “Miracle on Broadway,” the concert will take place at the Bridgestone Arena with proceeds going to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee.

Hayley Williams of Paramore and “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will perform, too. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 18. Go to KellyClarkson.com for more details.


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Brett Eldredge on Hanging with Hollywood’s A-List: “You’re Never Cool Enough”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge was honored as one of People magazine’s Ones to Watch at a party in Los Angeles last week, but he admits rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite in-crowd is intimidating.

“You’re never cool enough,” Brett tells People. “You know, it’s like you just keep trying. A lot of people don’t know your name or anything, but it’s all right. You just keep making music and maybe one day everybody will know your name.”

Brett adds that he plans to “keep dreaming” and “having fun” making music. He’s up for New Artist of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Kenny Chesney Releases Intimate Video for “Til It’s Gone”

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney has released a live video for his latest single, “Til It’s Gone,” taken from his intimate show at the Georgia Theater in Athens film for CMT Instant Jam. Fewer than 1,000 people were in the audience for that show, so Kenny is glad to share this performance with his fans on a larger scale.

Kenny says, “If you think about what the song says, it’s very much a one-on-one piece of communicating. It’s about hanging on to the one who matters to you.  For me, it’s talking straight to those hardcore fans who’ve been there — and saying ‘no matter where or what, I’m in this as long as you hang on.’”

You can check out the “Til It’s Gone” video now at RollingStoneCountry.com. Look for it to premiere on CMT on Tuesday.


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