The Band Perry Trades Arenas for High School Gymnasium

Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.

The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according to The Press Sentinel.  Russell Thomas, the Student Council’s vice president of operations, told the paper, “They’re so humble and nice. They greeted us and talked us through a little bit.”


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Brad Paisley Sends His Condolences to William Shatner

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy

“Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning. 

Brad and Shatner first combined their comedic talents in 2003, when the man who played Captain Kirk appeared in the video for “Celebrity.” Four years later, he also guested in the clip for “Online.” The “Crushin’ It” hitmaker returned the favor, contributing to Shatner’s 2011 album, and even making a guest appearance in his Broadway show Shatner’s World:  We Just Live In It the following year.

On his official Facebook page, Shatner said of Nimoy: “I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love.”  The two remained close friends throughout their lives, with Shatner commenting that he and Nimoy became even closer following  the 1999 death of Shatner’s third wife. Nimoy was 83.


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Josh Turner Competes in CrossFit Open

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleYou can now add CrossFit competitor to Josh Turner’s list of accomplishments.  The “Lay Low” hitmaker first became interested in the sport that combines aerobics, gymnastics and weight lifting after seeing CrossFit Champion Rich Froning on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, and then running into him in the Nashville airport.

“He casually asked if I had ever tried CrossFit and I told him no, so he invited me out to his [gym] and I took him up on it,” Josh recalls. “The first workout he put me through had me coughing my lungs up for hours, but it didn’t deter me.”

Two years later, Josh is following in the four-time champion’s footsteps and entering a CrossFit competition of his own. On Thursday, he traveled to Boston to support his friend in the Reebok CrossFit Games, before finishing his first competition workout on Friday.

“I never dreamed I would be competing in a CrossFit Open! I’m looking forward to it, but I’m scared to death because I’m far from being an expert at CrossFit,” he says. You can keep up with Josh’s progress on the CrossFit website.

 
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Jason Aldean Hints He May Not Have a Bachelor Party

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThough the details of Jason Aldean’s upcoming wedding to Brittany Kerr are top secret, the “Just Gettin’ Started” hitmaker says there’s one thing for sure — it won’t be a complicated affair.

“Everything that’s ever happened with that has been so out there, so scrutinized and all that,” he reflects, “so this is just something we want to keep a little simpler and just have people that are really important to us there and kinda try to enjoy it, you know.”

Jason’s desire to keep things low-key may even mean he’s not having a bachelor party. But he promises the wedding will more than make up for any lack of celebrating beforehand.

“I don’t know. I don’t necessarily know if I’m having one. I ain’t got time!” he jokes. “So, you know, the wedding will be fun. We’ve got some characters showing up there, so it’ll be interesting. Hangover, if we get after it, I mean, on a scale of one to ten, it’s gonna be a six-plus for sure, especially with some of the ones that are coming!”

As for the wedding date, Jason will only hint that he’ll work it in between performances on his Burn It Down tour.

“It’s gonna be, you know, one of those things where hopefully I’ll find a date somewhere around the tour, a day off here or there and make it happen. You know I think for the most part I think it’s gonna be something pretty small, low-key, have some of our close friends there and family.”

 
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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhen did the Grand Ole Opry hold its first performance at its current location? ANSWER:  March 16, 1974.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNashville’s Grand Ole Opry House has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Opry kicks off the celebration of its 90th birthday with a special show on Tuesday, March 24.

Bucky Covington and his daughter Kennedy appear on Friday’s episode of The Doctors, discussing treatment for the infant’s rare birthmark. Check your local listings to find out when The Doctors airs in your area.

The band Old Dominion is officially the newest artist signed to RCA Nashville. The quintet heads out on Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival tour this summer.

 

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Luke Bryan Says His Overseas Tour Is All About the Beer

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleWhen Luke Bryan heads overseas for the Country to Country festival this weekend, he admits there’s one thing he’s looking forward to almost as much as meeting his European fans.

“I get the most excited at proving yourself to audiences, just talking with other artist friends that have gone over there. The enthusiasm and the passion in the fans over there from what I hear is on a whole ‘nother level of enthusiasm and stuff like that,” he says. “So I’m excited to get over there and see these countries, and see the beer. The beer’s gonna be really good I bet, [I’ll] probably come back 20 pounds heavier. “

Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and others join Luke for shows in Oslo and Stockholm on Saturday and Sunday, with performances the following weekend in London and Dublin. Luke jokes he may not be in the best of shape when he comes back to the States for his free shows in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 11 & 12.

“I have to do spring break right when I get back from Europe. I’ll probably look like Elvis at 42, sweating out Amsterdam,” he laughs.


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Maddie & Tae Ready to “Start Here”

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae’s first full-length album, Start Here, is due in stores and online June 2. It will include both their chart-topping debut, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their latest hit, “Fly.”

“We had so many names,” Maddie says of choosing the title, “pieces of lyrics, song titles, our names. But when it really came down to it, what this record is to us is the beginning of everything! You only get one first album.”

In the end, Tae believes Start Here says it all. “It is one of those sentiments that holds all the promise, all the chances and maybe a little bit of being scared. But you have to start somewhere, and this is pretty great place to begin.”

The weekend following their album’s release, Maddie & Tae kick off Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer tour with Kip Moore and Canaan Smith June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 
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Kacey Musgraves Sends “Biscuits” to Country Radio

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Kacey Musgraves is baking up a batch of “Biscuits” for country radio. Her new single will be fans’ first taste of new music from her sophomore album for Mercury Records Nashville. Her debut, Same Trailer Different Park, won the Grammy for Best Country Album.

“I’m very proud to be kickin’ things off with ‘Biscuits’! I think it’s the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making,” Kacey says. “The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned — it may inspire a square dance,” she jokes.

Kacey co-wrote “Biscuits” with frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Best New Artist Grammy nominee Brandy Clark. You should start hearing it on the radio around the middle of March.


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Christina Aguilera Gives Kudos to Miranda Lambert

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Don’t be surprised if you see some of Miranda Lambert’s influence when Christina Aguilera steps into her upcoming guest role on Nashville.

“Miranda is no joke,” Christina told Seth Myers Wednesday on NBC’s Late Night. “She’s awesome. I’ve become such a huge fan… Honestly, if I were a country singer, I’d probably be her. She’s awesome. She’s really awesome. I’ve got to give her kudos!”

Christina will play a pop star trying to cross over into country on the ABC show set in Music City. She’s hoping the new role will step up her cred with country contestants when she’s competing against Miranda’s husband Blake Shelton to secure contestants for her team on The Voice.

“I’ll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists,” she says. “I’ll be like ‘Well, I’m actually on the show Nashville, recording in Nashville.’”

You can catch Nashville Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.  The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.


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