Tyler Farr Completely Unplugs While at Home on His Tennessee Farm

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr’s career is in overdrive these days thanks to his latest #1 hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” and his opening spot on Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. Keeping that momentum going takes a lot out of Tyler.

He tells ABC Radio, “If I’m working, I’m just going 90 to nothing, and I’m like that with anything.”

When he needs to recharge his batteries, Tyler just heads to his farm south of Nashville for some peace and quiet.

“Living in the country in a small town similar to where I grew up, and by the river, makes it easier for me when I come home to just unplug,” Tyler explains. “I turn my phone off and sit on the back porch and sometimes I’ll just sit out there and just sit and just clear my mind because that’s when I write the best songs.”

Tyler’s Tennessee spread is close enough to Music City that he can come into town for interviews or business meetings. You won’t find Tyler hanging around Nashville’s booming downtown area in the evening, though. The dramatic increase of new residents and tourists coming to Nashville in the past few years doesn’t appeal to Tyler at all.

He says, “They’d have to lock me up in a lunatic house if I lived down here, ’cause I would go nuts. There’s a condo [building] going up every week. Yeah, it’s changed a lot.”

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Keith Urban and Blake Shelton Join the Lineup for Thursday Night’s “Red Nose Day” TV Special

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton and Keith Urban have joined the lineup for the NBC charity event Red Nose Day on Thursday. Keith is teaming up with John Mellencamp for a performance of “Pink Houses,” and Blake will be featured in a pre-taped segment visiting a mobile health clinic in Los Angeles.

The Red Nose Day special seeks to raise money to help lift children out of poverty in the United States and abroad. Jimmy Fallon, Zac Efron and Liam Neeson are among the other stars appearing on the special Thursday night at 8 ET on NBC.

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Kenny Chesney’s First Tour Bus Hits the Million-Mile Mark on The Big Revival Tour

Image Courtesy EB Media PRKenny Chesney‘s first tour bus — affectionately named Moby — recently hit the million-mile mark on the interstate between his shows in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa.  It’s still part of the caravan of buses and tractor trailers on Kenny’s The Big Revival tour. Kenny bought the bus before he hit it big, so it was a big gamble for him to make such a big investment.

Kenny explains, “It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it — and the bank had no business lending me the money ‘cause all I owned was a little pickup and my guitar. But I knew if I owned my bus, we could keep doing this, keep bringing the music to the people!”

Members of Kenny’s tech crew travel on Moby these days, but the bus still means a lot to the country superstar. He even wrote a song about the vehicle called “If This Bus Could Talk” that’s included on Kenny’s latest album, The Big Revival.

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Brad Paisley Plays for More than 50,000 Fans on Opening Weekend of Crushin’ It World Tour

Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Bieber PRBrad Paisley kicked off his Crushin’ It World Tour over the weekend with sold-out shows in Philadelphia and Raleigh, North Carolina. He closed out the weekend headlining the Shaky Boots Festival in Atlanta. More than 50,000 fans caught Brad’s show over the weekend. His new set includes an edited version of his new, animated video for “Crushin’ It.”

Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton are the special guests on the road with Brad this summer.

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Randy Houser Surprises Army Veteran with Free Groceries for a Year

Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser surprised Army veteran Aaron Woods and his family with a year of free groceries at Albertsons. Randy brought James and his family backstage before his recent show in Boise, Idaho for a meet-and-greet and gift card presentation in association with Eckrich Meats. It’s all a part of the Eckrich Operation Inspiration campaign to “honor, thank and support” military personnel for their service through Operation Homefront.

Randy has taken been working on the campaign with Eckrich and Operation Homefront for the past year. He says, “It was great to meet the Woods family, hear their story and have them enjoy the concert courtesy of my partner, Eckrich.”

For more information on Eckrich’s Operation Inspiration campaign, go to Eckrich.com.

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Little Big Town and Faith Hill Rank Among Top Shazamed Moments at “Billboard” Music Awards

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABCLittle Big Town and Faith Hill’s performance of “Girl Crush” on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards had lots of viewers whipping out their mobile phones to find out more about the song. The song-search app Shazam ranked “Girl Crush” at #5 on their list of “Top Shazamed Moments” of the night, beating out searches for performances from Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and more. Ed Sheeran topped Shazam’s list with his solo performance of “Bloodstream.”

LBT and Faith earned a standing ovation for their Billboard Music Awards performance. The rare musical performance from Faith coincides with her return to the big screen in the gritty indie film, Dixieland.

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Jon Pardi Getting Unreleased Songs Out to His Fans on New EP, “The B Sides 2011-2014”

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleJon Pardi is busy working on the follow up to his 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, but he had a few unreleased tracks from that first project he really wanted to share with the fans. That’s why he’s releasing the six-song EP, The B Sides 2011 – 2014, to all digital outlets this week.

Jon tells ABC Radio, “I thought it’d be cool if we got this little project as something to kind of give the fans in between the first and second album.”

Some of the songs on The B-Sides were written seven years ago, but Jon hasn’t gotten tired of hearing those tracks or singing them in concert.

“I’m excited to see what a fresh listen will [do],” Jon says. “You never know what song’s gonna be a fan favorite or something.”

Here’s The B Sides 2011-2014 track listing:

“Fightin’ the Fool”
“Over My Head”
“Drinkin’ with Me”
“Back on the Backroads”
“Rainy Night Song”
“Borrowed Time”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Kacey Musgraves single won Song of the Year at last November’s CMA Awards? ANSWER: “Follow Your Arrow.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Paslay is a co-writer on Steven Tyler‘s debut country single, “Love Is Your Name.”

Laura Bell Bundy will release her new album, Another Piece of Me, on June 9.

Tim McGraw appears on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to talk about his role in the new movie, Tomorrowland.

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Kelsea Ballerini Gives a Voice to Her Female Fans on Debut Album, “The First Time”

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini had a hand in writing every song on her debut album, The First Time, including the lead single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” While she considered cutting a few songs by other writers around Nashville, Kelsea ultimately decided recording her own songs would be the best way to introduce herself to country fans.

She tells ABC Radio, “I wanted it to be the best album that it could be, but I also wanted it to be my album. I’ve been writing since I was 12. I signed my publishing deal with 240 songs, so I just had a ton to sort through.”

The result is a collection of songs that capture Kelsea’s confident approach to life while also showing her vulnerable side on songs like “Second Hand Smoke,” which addresses her parents’ divorce. Even when the subject matter is sad, Kelsea works to include a twist in the lyrics to provide a positive spin on things for both the singer and her audience.

“I am a girl. I struggle with insecurities all day, every day,” Kelsea admits, “but even when I get to sing these songs, it helps me to remember to be confident and remember to stand up for myself and that kind of stuff. But I think it’s really important for girls to have that voice, and I just kinda want to be that for them.”

Kelsea’s empowering message is getting across through her debut hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” As the song hits the top 10 at country radio, Kelsea is amazed to hear fans singing every word of the song during her concerts.

She says, “I mean, it’s my first single. It’s my first time experiencing all of this. So, that’s all you could ever ask for.”

The First Time is now available in stores and at all digital outlets.

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