Eric Church Following in His Father’s Footsteps with New Furniture Line Launching Next Year

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church is the latest country star to introduce a home collection. His Highway to Home furniture line will go one sale next year through a licensing deal with a North Carolina-based furniture company. Eric’s father, Ken, is a longtime executive in the furniture business, so the country star was raised around this industry.

“Highway to Home is a natural extension of my family heritage,” Eric explains in a Facebook post. “My dad was in the industry. My first job was in a furniture plant, so yes, it is in my blood. Staying connected with my roots has always been important to me…my history and connection runs deep in this business.”

According to FurnitureToday.com, Highway to Home is inspired by Eric’s life on the road as he travels from city to city. Some pieces will have a western-inspired look while other items in the collection will have more of a southern influence.

Eric will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Highway to Home line to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through his Chief Cares charity organization.



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Trisha Yearwood’s Third Cookbook, “Trisha’s Table,” Debuts on New York Times Bestseller List

Image Courtesy Clarskon PotterTrisha Yearwood‘s third cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller. Trisha’s Table debuts at #7 on the paper’s Advice, Hot-To & Miscellaneous book chart in its first week. The book features lighter takes on recipes from Trisha and her friends and family.

This weekend, Trisha returns with the sixth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. The premiere episode airs Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET with Trisha preparing a breakfast spread for her friends.


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Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann Co-Hosting Fan Bash June 10 in Nashville

Image Courtesy EB Media PRLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann are co-hosting their annual Fan Bash again, this time on Wednesday, June 10 in Nashville. This year’s show and fan event will take place at City Winery during the CMA Music Festival.

Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Wednesday morning at FanBash2015.Eventbrite.com.



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Chris Young’s ACM Sessions Performance Now Live Online

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young‘s ACM Sessions is now posted at ACMCountry.com as part of the ramp-up to this Sunday’s 50th Annual ACM Awards. The feature includes an acoustic performance from Chris, as well as a Q&A session. Fewer than 100 lucky fans got to see Chris tape his ACM Sessions performance earlier this year at Nashville’s Bluebird Café.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS Sunday night at 8:00 ET.


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Rascal Flatts Performing with Christina Aguilera on Sunday Night’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMPop superstar Christina Aguilera is teaming up with Rascal Flatts for a performance on the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night. The collaboration will include Christina’s song, “Shotgun,” as well as the Flatts’ new single, “Riot.” Look for Christina to perform “Shotgun” during her three-episode story arc on ABC’s Nashville, starting Wednesday night at 10 ET.

Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus tells USA Today, “It’s going to be a nice, seamless transition and a really powerful performance.”

While Christina hasn’t yet met the members of Rascal Flatts, she’s a big fan of lead singer Gary LeVox‘s vocal performances.  Says Christina, “I really love the rich tone of [his] voice. He has a sound that fans recognize immediately.”

Of course, Christina has become friends with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, since she and Blake are both coaches on NBC’s The Voice.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars performing on the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at 8:00 ET on CBS.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks‘ band is named for which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Stillwater.


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Reba Returns with New Album, “Love Somebody”

Image Courtesy Starstruck RecordsReba’s brand-new album, Love Somebody, is out Tuesday featuring her latest hit, “Going Out Like That.” She was attracted to the sassy attitude of the woman in the song getting over her ex and on with her life.

Reba tells ABC Radio, “I think it’s a woman’s anthem, about not giving up, not giving in. I’m going out and having a blast. I ain’t goin’ out like that, like he expects me to.”

When it came to finding songs for this album, Reba used her tried-and-true method of looking for lyrics she could relate to in some way.

“Same formula as always,” Reba says. “Just trying to find the songs that touch my heart, ’cause if it touched my heart when I sing it, it’s gonna touch your heart. Whether it’s happy [or] sad.”

Reba recruited some famous faces to help her out on Love Somebody. Jennifer Nettles is featured on the duet, “Enough,” and Sam Hunt and Brandy Clark are among the writers on the album.

As for tapping into Music City’s talented pool of songwriters for the project, Reba says, “There are so many great songwriters on this album that I’ve been a huge fan of for many years. Some new. Some…been around a long time. Can’t say old anymore, because that’d be me too. I’m not gonna admit that. But talent. Talent is what Nashville is full of.”

Tune in to see Reba on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! Thursday night. She’s also performing on the 50th Annual ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks played the 100th show of his World Tour Sunday in Portland, OR. So far, more than two million tickets have been sold for the trek.

Bill Anderson, Mac Davis, Mo Pitney and Pam Tillis will perform at the CMA Songwriters Series show at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, April 21.

Blake Shelton has been announced as the first performer scheduled for the 2016 Rock the Ocean Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, next April.


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Toby Keith Hosting 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 15 and 16

Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith will host the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 15 and 16 at the Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. The event raises money for the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families in Oklahoma.

Toby says, “I’ve been blessed with healthy kids, and I’m more than blessed to bring a bunch of folks together who want to help folks who haven’t. The great time we have – and we do have one, now – is a far distant second to making a difference for kids and families right here where we live.”

The Golf Classic kicks off Friday night with dinner with a live and silent auction. Toby will also bring in some friends to perform during the evening. Jason Aldean, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Willie Nelson are among the stars who have donated silent auction items. For more information, go to TobyKeithFoundation.org.


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Keith Urban Gearing Up for a Jam-Packed Weekend Leading Up to the ACM Awards

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban isn’t planning on having any downtime when he’s in Dallas for the ACM Awards this weekend. His non-stop schedule kicks off Friday night with a performance at the ACM Benefit Lifting Lives gala at the Omni Hotel. Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and The Band Perry will also be on hand for the event, and proceeds go to the ACM’s charitable organization, Lifting Lives.

Keith says, “I think country music in general has always been very, very strongly connected to community. So, events like Lifting Lives, it’s such a natural marriage, I think, for a country artist to be involved, and I’m glad we get to do it this year.”

On Saturday night, Keith is teaming up with country legend John Anderson for a performance at the ACM Party for a Cause festival in Arlington, TX. That collaboration will be featured on the ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special airing May 15 on CBS.

He says, “There’s so many events happening in and around the actual award night. So, it’s gonna be magical. First time they’ve done it down in Dallas, too. So, huge.”

Look for Keith to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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