Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Kacey Musgraves Featured on Carole King Tribute Concert DVD

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride are among the country stars featured on a new DVD and Blu-ray release honoring Carole King. Due out on June 23, A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King was filmed in January 2014 at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes also are among the artists performing on the concert along with Lady Gaga, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys and Gloria Estefan.

Carole also takes the stage to perform, both on her own and with her dear friend and recent touring partner, James Taylor. The DVD and Blu-ray is now available for pre-order at ShoutFactory.com.

“Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)” — LeAnn Rimes and Steven Tyler
“So Far Away” – P!nk and Paul Mirkovich
“I Feel the Earth Move” — Train
“You’ve Got a Friend” — Lady Gaga
“It’s Too Late” — Gloria Estefan
“Love Makes the World”/“Where Is the Love?” — will.i.am and Leah McFall
“Beautiful ” — Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Raining Jane
“Way Over Yonder” — Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love
“Where You Lead” — Jesse & Joy
“Crying in the Rain” — Miguel and Kacey Musgraves
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — Alicia Keys
“Been to Canaan” — Jennifer Nettles
“I’m Into Something Good” — Amy Grant
“It Might As Well Rain Until September” — Miranda Lambert
“One Fine Day” — Martina McBride
“Up on the Roof” — James Taylor
“Home Again” — Carole King, Moez Dawad and Ahmad A. El Haggar
“Sweet Seasons” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Hey Girl” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Jazzman” — Carole King and Tom Scott


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David Nail Debuts New Song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail debuted his new song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. He wrote the song for his wife, Catherine, and it’s expected to be included on David’s new studio album, which he is now recording. His two-song appearance also included the #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got.”

David’s Opry appearance is part of the show’s nine-month 90th anniversary celebration. Go to Opry.com to see who’s playing in the coming weeks.


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Dierks Bentley Added as a Headliner for Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Concert Vacation

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has been added as a headline performer for Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert vacation coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Luke will headline two nights of the beachfront concert series in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and another headliner will be announced soon for the remaining night of the trip.

Travel packages for this January’s Crash My Playa event go on sale Thursday, April 9 at CrashMyPlaya.com.


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Scotty McCreery Trying to Track Down Couple Who Used “See You Tonight” to Get Engaged

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is on the lookout for a couple who got engaged on a Southwest airlines flight while his hit song, “See You Tonight,” played over the intercom. In the latest issue of Southwest: The Magazine, Greg Freyer wrote in telling the story of how he surprised his girlfriend by hopping on her flight as she went to fly home after visiting him. He got on the plane without his girlfriend seeing him and had the flight crew help him pull off the big reveal.

Greg writes, “After takeoff, a flight attendant announced that a debit card with my girlfriend’s name on it had been found. When they handed it to her, ‘See You Tonight’ by Scotty McCreery started playing. I walked up from the back row, took the intercom and proposed!”

Scotty read this story during a recent flight on Southwest, and now he is trying to track down Greg and his fiancée.

Says Scott, “I’d love to give Greg and his fiancée tickets to a show and have them come backstage so we can meet and celebrate their engagement. I hope Greg hears that I’m looking for him and that he e-mails my team at info@ScottyMcCreery.com so we can connect.”

Scotty is playing several headlining shows before joining up with Rascal Flatts for a summer tour starting next month.



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Zac Brown Signs On to Perform at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18

Image Courtesy CMAZac Brown is teaming up with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to perform at the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18. They’ll honor inductees Paul Butterfield Blues Band on the show, taking place at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

Look for the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to air as a special on HBO Saturday, May 30.


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Garth Brooks Opens Up About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad in New Issue of “People”

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryYou might assume Garth Brooks had nannies and assistants helping him raise his three daughters when he retired from touring in 2000, but you’d be wrong. In the new issue of People, on stands Friday, Garth talks candidly about his time spent raising Taylor, August and Allie. At first, the family of four was living in a one-bathroom bunkhouse on his ranch in Oklahoma.

“I’d just stare at them,” Garth says of his early days alone with the kids. “I knew their sweet faces and their dispositions. But I didn’t know who they were.”

Garth soon got the hang of making the girls lunches, assigning them chores on the ranch and driving the girls to soccer games and school plays.  He says, “You start being a part of the community. The dads across the soccer field looked at me as a dad just like them. And I was very grateful.”

Garth adds that he now prays for his girls more than ever now that they’re off living their own lives: “For some reason when they were under my roof, I felt like I might have had some control, you know?”

Garth is back on the road now, playing shows with his wife, Trisha Yearwood, whom he calls “the love of my life.” Check out the new issue of People to see Garth’s personal family photos, along with more thoughts on his return to touring.

Of note, Garth is slated to share some big news on ABC’s Good Morning America this Friday.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich ACM New Artist of the Year nominee is a co-writer on Kenny Chesney‘s #1 hit “Come Over”? ANSWER: Sam Hunt.


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Montgomery Gentry Releasing New Album, “Folks Like Us,” June 9

Image Courtesy Dennis EntertainmentMontgomery Gentry will release their first album in more than three years this summer. Folks Like Us finds the duo honoring their Kentucky roots and recording songs that capture where they are in their lives right now.

Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry says, “There are probably a few more introspective moments on the album, and front to back, this might just be our strongest record yet.”

Look for Montgomery Gentry’s album, Folks Like Us, to come out on June 9.  Here’s the track listing:

“We Were Here”
“Headlights”
“In a Small Town”
“Back on a Dirt Road”
“Two Old Friends”
“Folks Like Us”
“Pain”
“Hillbilly Hippies”
“Better for It”
“That’s Just Living”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry‘s Kimberly Perry tells People she and her husband, baseball player J.P. Arencibia, went paddle boarding for two hours every morning during their honeymoon last year in Maui.

Reba will make an appearance as an adviser next week on NBC’s The Voice.

Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and Brandy Clark performed alongside Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson on Skyville Live‘s second webcast Tuesday night in Nashville. Check out highlights at SkyvilleLive.com.


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Kip Moore and His Band Turn a Wedding Reception Upside Down in “I’m to Blame” Video

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore came up with the concept for his brand-new video, “I’m to Blame,” which means he’s the one who made his band mates dress up in tacky, vintage tuxedos complete with puffy dress shirts. In the clip, the guys play a band hired to perform at a wedding reception for a very unhappy couple, and the guys aren’t happy with their wardrobe.

Kip tells ABC Radio, “We pull up in these suits because that’s what we were asked to do by the people having the party. [My guitar player] Dave‘s kind of like, ‘I’m done with these gigs. You’ve got to do something different.'”

To make matters worse, the wedding venue is a run-down VFW Hall. Once they see the sad wedding ceremony, the guys decide to change quickly into their regular stage clothes and start singing “I’m to Blame.” Kip ends up running off with the bride in the end, too.

He says, “I don’t know if it’s comedy, but there’s definitely some funny parts in it for sure.”

“I’m to Blame” is the lead single from Kip’s upcoming album. Look for him to hit the road with Dierks Bentley on the Sounds of Summer tour starting in June.


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