Luke Bryan’s Life Story Told Through His Personal Items in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Image Courtesy Country Music Hall of FameLuke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville opens May 22. The country superstar has loaned several items to the museum to tell his life story, including his Little League baseball uniform and glove, and his second-grade school backpack and denim jacket, as well as his first guitar, which his parents gave him when he was 14 years old.

Luke’s CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies will also be on display along with the handwritten lyrics of his recent #1 hit, “I See You.”

Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diary exhibit will run through November 8.

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Brett Eldredge Proves He Really Loves Cereal in Manic New Instagram Post

Image Country Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has many passions in life, including music, making hilarious social media posts, and eating cereal. Brett displays his passion for sugary breakfast items in a manic new Instagram post, which finds him quickly sampling some of his favorites —  Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch.



A video posted by Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) on May 7, 2015 at 8:23am PDT


Since Brett has more than 248,000 followers on Instagram, there’s a good chance his fans will be giving him tons of boxes of those particular cereals in the coming weeks. Brett hits the road with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style tour starting May 14 in New Jersey.

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Shania Twain Extends Rock This Country Tour into the Fall

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has extended her Rock This Country tour into the fall, thanks to overwhelming fan demand. The new dates kick off September 12 in Spokane, Washington and will continue through October 11 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shania hasn’t toured North America in 11 years. She says, “The Rock This Country tour will have a different spirit than my past tours. It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before.  A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Gavin DeGraw will be the special guest on most of Shania’s fall dates. The tour starts June 5 in Seattle, Washington. Go to for ticket information.

Here are Shania’s Fall Tour dates:
9/12 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/13 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/15 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/17 – 19/28 — Calgary, AB, (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
9/20 — Winnipeg, MB (CAN), MTS Centre
9/21 — Fargo, ND, Fargodome
9/23 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
9/24 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
9/26 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/27 — Madison, WI, Kohl Center
9/29 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
9/30 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/2 — Allentown, PA, PPL Center
10/3 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
10/6 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/7 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/9 — Quebec City, QC (CAN), Videotron Centre
10/11 — Toronto, ON (CAN), Air Canada Centre

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Brantley Gilbert Gets Tattoo of the 2nd Amendment Tattooed on His Back

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert often sings about his belief in the right for Americans to bear arms, and now he’s taken that belief to a whole new level.

The country singer took to Instagram to reveal a brand-new tattoo of the 2nd Amendment earlier this week. The new ink features the word “Amendment” written in bold letters across Brantley’s shoulder blades, with two pistols inked underneath. Text from the 2nd Amendment is written below the guns: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Brantley added that his friend, tattoo artist, Carl Grace, did the art work at Brantley’s house in Georgia.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Miranda Lambert‘s middle name? ANSWER: Leigh.

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Brantley Gilbert Putting His Event-Planning Skills to Use for Upcoming Wedding Ceremony

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has been putting his arena shows together for years now, so he knows a thing or two about planning big events. That’s why Brantley is also taking a pretty big role in organizing his upcoming wedding to his fiancée, Amber.

Brantley tells Billboard, “I’m involved — as much as she wants me to be. I make sure I’m on hand when she needs me to be.”

The couple isn’t stressing out about their big day too much, though.  Says Brantley, “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it.”

On the music front, Brantley is currently climbing the country chart with his latest hit, “One Hell of an Amen.” He’ll release an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19.

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Trace Adkins Throws It Down for the Grand Ole Opry During USO Tour

USO photo by Cherie CullenTrace Adkins saluted the Grand Ole Opry while on a recent USO tour in the Middle East and Europe.

During his performances, Adkins threw down a replica of the six-foot Opry Circle of wood symbolizing the oak center stage at the Opry House. It was in honor of the Opry’s 90th anniversary celebration.

Dozens of artists will take part in similar “Circle Throwdowns” around the world to salute the Opry.

You can check out Adkins’ “Throwdown” on

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“Nashville” Recap: Is the Better Part Over

Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Deacon Claybourne‘s sister Beverly initially turned down Rayna Jaymes‘ million-dollar offer to donate a piece of her liver to Deacon, who is facing terminal cancer if he doesn’t get a transplant. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, Beverly made a surprise appearance at Deacon’s show at the Bluebird and told him she would make the donation anyway. No word on whether or not Beverly intends to collect Rayna’s million dollars, too.

New mom Juliette Barnes was hyper-focused on re-launching her stalled career with surprise concert dates and a promise to deliver a new album to her label in just two days. All of this happened at the expense of her baby, Cadence. Juliette pawned the baby off on her assistant, Emily, who called Juliette’s husband, Avery, to let him know Cadence hadn’t been fed or changed in hours on Juliette’s watch.

Avery and Emily quickly called Juliette’s doctor and staged an intervention to address her post-partum depression, but she refused to listen to them and headed back to the studio.

Closeted country star Will Lexington was reunited with his father, Bill, who kicked him out of the house at 17 years old for being gay. His dad was on hand to see Will perform a new song, “I’m on It”, for country radio programmers in Nashville. Will’s dad ended up telling his son he loved him for the first time ever, but Will’s new boyfriend, Kevin Bicks, wasn’t happy to see Will reconnect with someone who had hurt him so badly.

Will’s dad and everyone else in the world will know he’s gay very soon thanks to some leaked photos of Will and Kevin on vacation together. It’s cause for concern with Will’s record label boss, Luke Wheeler, who just found out a tabloid is going to out Will with those photos next week.

Actor Chris Carmack plays Will on the show, and he admires the sensitivity the writers on Nashville have shown towards his characters’ journey to accept his sexuality.

Says Chris, “I think the writers are so on point with this character and where he’s going. Every scene I get is just, it’s just exciting to read. They’re givin’ me so much to work with. They’re givin’ Will interesting stories and interesting scenes episode after episode and I have nothing but enthusiasm for every scene I’ve read so far.”

Will Lexington’s performance of “I’m on It” is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville’s season three finale airs next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to “Did It for the Girl” singer Greg Bates on marrying fellow singer-songwriter Shelley Skidmore last Saturday in her hometown of Stanton, Kentucky.

Miranda Lambert, A Thousand Horses front man Michael Hobby and Big Kenny were among the stars on hand for RaeLynn‘s 21st birthday celebration at John Rich‘s Nashville estate, Mt. Richmore, Monday night.

Parmalee is celebrating the month of May by giving away an iPhone 6 loaded with Parmalee music, photos, voice memos and apps. To register to win the “Already Callin’ You MiPhone” contest, go to

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Florida Georgia Line Moves Anything Goes Tour to Outdoor Amphitheaters Starting This Weekend

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is moving their Anything Goes tour outdoors to amphitheaters across the country starting this weekend after playing arena shows all winter long.

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard says, “That’s always a very exciting time for us. Kinda just underneath the stars. You can pack a ton of people in there. It’s always a good party.”

FGL will be playing amphitheaters all summer long, and duo member Brian Kelley thinks fans from coast-to-coast love enjoying concerts in that environment.

“It’s got a different feel,” Brian says. “People start to warm up and loosen up.”

Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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