Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook Discusses Band’s Involvement in Super Bowl Fundraiser

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will be part of the Super Bowl festivities this weekend. They’re set to perform Saturday at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL Party with a Purpose in Scottsdale, Arizona, an event involving top chefs and NFL players to raise money in support of food banks.

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook explains in a new interview with ESPN.com how his band got involved: “We had gotten a call from our manager telling us about this amazing function where all of these chefs were coming in to do a tasting, and they invited us to come play while this is happening….To be able to be there with these amazing chefs is an exciting opportunity.”

He adds, “You always think of hunger issues being in other places and other smaller countries, but to know there is so much hunger still going on within our own country, and to know that even with child hunger that one in five children in America are suffering from hunger — that’s an astounding thing to know. Anything we can do to help with that, we try to lend our talents.”

The day after the event, the Seattle Seahawks will play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Westbrook analyzes both teams for ESPN.com, concluding that Seattle will win. He says of the defending champs, “That defense is super-intense….I think it’s gonna be close but I think the Seahawks are going to edge ‘em out at the end.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three will launch their Aviators and Radiators tour Friday in Tampa, FL.

The Band Perry has been added to the performers lineup for the upcoming CBS special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, airing February 16. The show tapes February 10 in Los Angeles.

Randy Houser‘s #1 hit, “How Country Feels,” has sold three million copies.


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Sam Hunt Paying Tribute to the Ladies of ’90s Country on Lipstick Graffiti Tour, Launching Tonight

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleMost male country acts only cover songs made popular by other male artists. There’s no doubt you’ve heard a guy in a cowboy hat take on Garth Brooks‘ “Friends in Low Places” or a random Tom Petty hit at a country show in recent years, but Sam Hunt is always looking to break away from the pack. That’s why he’s covering songs from ’90s female country stars like Reba, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna on his new Lipstick Graffiti tour.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, “Covers are tricky, but we’ve been sort of working up a little thing where we’re gonna do some cool songs that I grew up listening to. Maybe it’s sort of a nod to a lot of the female country singers of the era.”

While some songs Sam is covering, like Wynonna’s “No One Else on Earth,” could be sung by a guy or a girl, a few other selections are definitely written from a woman’s point of view. Sam isn’t overly concerned about getting the pronouns all worked out, though.

“At times, I think, as we cover those songs, I’ll change a few lyrics,” Sam explains, “but sometimes, like the song that we’re gonna do, ‘Fancy’ by Reba McEntire, there’s no real way to get around that, so I’m just gonna sing that one. It’s such a great song that hopefully it won’t matter.”

As for the title of his tour, Lipstick Graffiti, Sam lifted that phrase from the lyrics of one of his unreleased songs, “Vandalizer.”

He says, “The very first line of the song is ‘Lipstick graffiti on the bathroom mirror/What happened to me ain’t real clear.’”

Sam found those old song lyrics while searching for an intriguing name for his club tour. Something about the combination of those two words captured the vibe Sam hopes to create at his shows.

“When you look at a word or read a word off a piece of paper, they have emotions attached to them,” Sam adds. “The words ‘lipstick’ and the word ‘graffiti’ have these two different emotions that somehow blended in a cool way.”

Sam’s Lipstick Graffiti tour launches Thursday night with a sold-out show at The Troubador in Hollywood, CA.


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Carrie Underwood Releasing “Little Toy Guns” Single and Video Friday

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood is releasing “Little Toy Guns” as her new single, and the emotional video for the song will premiere Friday on Carrie’s Facebook page. A 30-second sneak preview of the video is now posted on Facebook. Look for E! News to air a first-look feature on the video Thursday.

“Little Toy Guns” is the follow-up release to Carrie’s latest hit, “Something in the Water.” The new single addresses the hurt a child goes through listening to her parents fight, and the video will play out that heartbreaking scenario.


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Trisha Yearwood Releasing Third Cookbook, “Trisha’s Table,” on March 31

Image Courtesy Clarkson PotterTrisha Yearwood has revealed details of her third cookbook, Trisha’s Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life.

The book is due March 31 and will feature a mix of lighter dishes and a few traditional Southern comfort food recipes. The offerings reflect Trisha’s new approach to dieting, which has helped her achieve a slimmed-down physique. The secret to Trisha’s weight-loss success lies in allowing herself to indulge in her favorite Southern dishes 20 percent of the time while eating healthy for the rest of her meals.

Trisha says in the book’s introduction, “I am not one of those people who gets so busy with my day that I suddenly think to myself, ‘Wow, I forgot to eat lunch!’  That never happens to me.  Never.  I think about food all the time, so making peace with eating is a daily battle for me.  I won’t say I’ve completely figured it out, but I will say that right now, I win that battle more days than I lose it, and I believe that’s the key.”

Some of the lighter recipes in Trisha’s Table include dairy-free angel hair pasta with avocado pesto and vegetarian smashed sweet pea burgers. More indulgent dishes, such as slow cooker Georgia pull-pork barbecue and chicken tortilla casserole, also are featured.

Trisha’s Table is the first cookbook she has released since the premiere of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, in 2012.


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Kristian Bush Releasing Debut Solo Album, “Southern Gravity,” on April 7

Imgae Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush of Sugarland fame will release his debut solo album, Southern Gravity, on April 7. The project features the lead single “Trailer Hitch.” Kristian says the new songs “feel like home” to him.

He says to his fans, “They are your stories as much as they are mine, and I hope you hear yourself in here, no matter if you are standing up, falling down or dancing in between the pieces of your life.”

Kristian is a co-writer on all 12 tracks on Southern Gravity.

Here is the Southern Gravity track list:

“Make Another Memory”
“Light Me Up”
“Trailer Hitch”
“Southern Gravity”
“Flip Flops”
“Giving It Up”
“Feeling Fine California”
“Waiting on an Angel”
“Walk Tall”
“Sending You a Sunset”
“Sweet Love”
“House on a Beach”


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Josh Turner, Eric Paslay & More Sign on for the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner, Eric Paslay, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton have signed on to be torchbearers in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America. The torch will be lit in Athens, Greece and travel across all 50 U.S. states for 46 days before making its way to the Special Olympics World Games in July.

More than 20,000 people will participate in the relay — you can sign up to participate at UnifiedRelay.org. ESPN will carry nightly highlights from the Special Olympics World Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony on July 25.


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Dierks Bentley Heads Home to Phoenix for Multiple Appearances Surrounding Sunday’s Super Bowl

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is in his hometown of Phoenix to participate in several big events surrounding Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. His performance at the official NFL Tailgate will be broadcast as part of NBC’s pregame show Sunday afternoon. Dierks is also hosting a pre-Super Bowl bash at his bar, Whiskey Row, on Friday night.

Says Dierks, “It’s going to be a fun weekend in my hometown. There are a lot of country fans in the Valley and we are looking forward to taking over this week! I’m excited to have a lot of friends from Nashville in town and to be a part of some of the big events around the game.”

Dierks kicked off his public appearances in Phoenix playing in the Waste Management Phoenix Open Annexus Pro-Am golf tournament Wednesday. According a few Instagram posts, Dierks flew in to town Tuesday night and enjoyed some drinks at Whiskey Row with pals Thomas Rhett and Jaren Johnston of The Cadillac Three.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of the Oklahoma town Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert call home? ANSWER: Tishomingo.


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Mickey Guyton Opens Up About the No-Good Man Who Inspired “Better than You Left Me”

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleMickey Guyton clearly isn’t singing the blues over her ex-boyfriend on her debut single, “Better than You Left Me.” The lyrics were inspired by Mickey’s old relationship that was clearly going nowhere when she decided to make the move to Nashville a few years ago. Mickey says it all came to a head for the couple during a final fight when he told her, “Don’t make me find someone else.”

Mickey tells ABC News Radio, “I can’t even believe someone would even say that. We were together for four years, and he was always so back-and-forth and unsure with me, and he was always going and finding someone else, and he was always throwing me to the wayside.”

At that point, Mickey found the courage to tell that guy goodbye once and for all.

“I realized that he was not the prize and that I was the prize,” she says. “I said, ‘No more,’ and I told him to go find someone else.”

Mickey has now moved on with her life, but she still gets emotional singing the song.

She says, “I’m so much better than I was — just a better person than I was back then, and I’m so thankful.”

Now that “Better than You Left Me” is climbing the country chart, Mickey has been busy promoting the single at radio stations across the country. She’s been amazed to hear that a lot of other people find strength in her lyrics.

Says Mickey, “I’ve had a lot of women call in and just say, ‘I had to pull over on the side of the road ’cause I was bawling my eyes out, because I’m going through that.’”

“Better than You Left Me” is now available for download at iTunes.


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