Hunter Hayes Previewing New Tour on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tonight

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes takes over the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night to give fans a small preview of his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. The trek kicks off October 30, and each fan in the audience will get a customized LED wristband that allows fans to actually be a part of the concert experience.

Says Hunter, “This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we’ve done before, and we’re using technology that’s never been used on tour before. Not only will fans be part of the show, but they will really BE the show.”

Hunter will also work with the USO to create special moments for U.S. troops and their families at each show. Before the trek kicks off, Hunter will play one USO show in the U.S. and other one overseas.



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Florida Georgia Line Performing Live on “Nashville” Season Three Premiere September 24

BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCFlorida Georgia Line will perform live on the season three premiere of ABC’s Nashville on September 24. They’ll actually perform twice that night — once for the East Coast and then later for the live West Coast broadcast.

As previously announced, Charles Esten‘s character Deacon Claybourne and Chris Carmack‘s Will Lexington will also perform live on Nashville‘s season three premiere.



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Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” Being Developed into a Six-Hour Limited Event TV Series

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s hit song, “Two Black Cadillacs,” has inspired a new six-hour limited event series coming to Fox. According to Deadline.com, the project is in development, with Carrie joining Jerry Bruckheimer as an executive producer. In keeping with the song, Two Black Cadillacs will explore a murderous love triangle in the modern South.

Carrie co-wrote “Two Black Cadillacs” for her 2012 album, Blown Away. No word on whether or not Carrie will have an acting role in the series.



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Garth Brooks Releases His Music Digitally with New Venture, GhostTunes

Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has launched a new digital music outlet, GhostTunes, offering his music catalog online for the very first time.

Fans can purchase a bundle including all of Garth’s eight studio albums, a new double live project, as well as two upcoming albums, including the project due on Black Friday, November 28. Fans who pre-order the Garth bundle will get an instant download of his latest single, “People Loving People,” and another new track, “Send ‘Em on Down the Road.”

In addition to Garth’s catalog, music from country’s top stars, including Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert, is featured on the GhostTunes.com home page along with releases from pop, rock and hip-hop.

Explaining why he opted to form his own digital music service instead of working with iTunes or another existing outlet, Garth says, “I didn’t find an existing way that really fit how I wanted to do it. I shared my dream with some amazing minds and together have created something really special – GhostTunes.”

He adds, “This is a site that treats music with the utmost respect, where our job everyday is to offer music the way the artists want to share it to the listeners who live for and love it.”

Check it out now at GhostTunes.com. Garth launches his World Tour Thursday night in Chicago.



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Brad Paisley Headlining Grand Ole Opry’s Salute to Country Cares for St. Jude’s 25th Anniversary

CMABrad Paisley will perform a special 30-minute set at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, September 23. Eric Paslay, Charlie Daniels and Maddie and Tae are also on the bill that night for the Opry’s celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude kids.

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales that night will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a patient from St. Jude will appear as a guest announcer that night as well. Go to Opry.com for ticket information.

Country Cares for St. Jude Kids was founded in 1989 when Alabama lead singer Randy Owen met St. Jude founder, actor Danny Thomas. Since then, the organization has raised more than $500 million to help St. Jude in the fight against childhood cancers and other diseases.


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Alabama & Friends “At the Ryman” Coming Out September 30 on CD, DVD and Vinyl

Image Courtesy Eagle Rock/KayosAlabama’s star-studded concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is coming to life with the new DVD/CD/LP release, Alabama & Friends At the Ryman. The live project is due out September 30 featuring Alabama singing their biggest hits with special guests Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Trisha Yearwood, Eli Young Band, and Jamey Johnson.

The DVD version of the release includes several bonus features that include interviews with Alabama and their famous friends. Go to MyPlayDirect.com/Alabama-Friends to pre-order your copy now.

Here’s the Alabama & Friends At the Ryman track listing:

“If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)”
“Tennessee River” (featuring Jason Aldean)
“Dixieland Delight”
“Song of the South”
“One in the World”
“Forever’s as Far as I’ll Go” (featuring Trisha Yearwood)
“Dancin’, Shaggin’ on the Boulevard”
“Born Country”
“All American”
“Love in the First Degree” (featuring Luke Bryan)
“The Closer You Get” (featuring Eli Young Band)
“High Cotton”
“Take Me Down”
“I’m in a Hurry (and Don’t Know Why)” (featuring Florida Georgia Line)
“That’s How I Was Raised”
“My Home’s in Alabama” (featuring Jamey Johnson)
“Mountain Music”


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Ronnie Milsap Box Set, “The RCA Albums Collection,” Features His Complete ’70s and ’80s Discography

Sony/LegacyRonnie Milsap will be formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville next month, and a new Milsap box set is coming out November 4 to celebrate the milestone.

The RCA Albums Collection features remastered versions of all of Ronnie’s albums, from 1973′s Where My Heart Is to his 1991 album, Back to the Grindstone. His 2006 release, My Life, is also included in the 21-CD set, which features several albums that have never before been released on CD.  Of note, four of the albums in this set were honored with CMA Album of the Year trophies. The RCA Albums Collection also includes all of Ronnie’s 48 consecutive top-10 country singles.

Ronnie says, “The idea that all the music I made for RCA will be available in one place thrills me. It is my life’s work. These songs, and the record I made are a big piece of who I am — and the people who loved them.”

The RCA Albums Collection includes the following albums:

Where My Heart Is (1973)
Pure Love (1974)
A Legend in My Time (1975)
Night Things (1975)
20/20 Vision (1976)
Ronnie Milsap Live (1976)
It Was Almost Like a Song (1977)
Only One Love in My Life (1978)
Images (1979)
Milsap Magic (1980)
Out Where the Bright Lights Are Glowing (1981)
There’s No Gettin’ Over Me (1981)
Inside (1982)
Keyed Up (1983)
One More Try for Love (1984)
Lost in the Fifties Tonight (1985)
Christmas with Ronnie Milsap (1986)
Heart & Soul (1987)
Stranger Things Have Happened (1989)
Back to the Grindstone (1991)
My Life (2006)



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Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley Appearing on Public Television’s “Front and Center” Next Month

Image Courtesy Donn Jones/CMALady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley are bringing some of their songwriter friends along for two new installments of the public television series Front and Center next month. The first show will be available to public television stations starting Tuesday, October 14 with Dierks leading some of country’s top songwriters in an in-the-round performance of their biggest hits. That show also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the highly successful CMA Songwriters Series.

Starting Tuesday, October 28, public stations can air the Front and Center episode featuring Lady Antebellum performing songs from their new album, 747. Some of the group’s favorite co-writers join them for collaborations on the special, too.

Check local listings for Front and Center‘s air date and time in your area.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star extended his CMA nominations record Wednesday with an 83rd nod? ANSWER: George Strait.


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Garth Brooks Teases Big Digital Music Announcement During “Good Morning America” Appearance

John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks is kicking off his big tour tour with wife Trisha Yearwood Thursday night in Chicago, but before then, he’s got yet another big announcement to make.

“We’re going to change everything,” Garth teased on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “This is gonna be awesome. There’s a new window opening with digital music coming and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Garth wouldn’t give any specifics, saying all would be revealed at a press conference today at 1:00 p.m. Central time.

As for tonight’s concert, Garth said on GMA fans should expect him to perform a lot of his old material.  “Yeah, I mean we bring new things but the truth is, I’m a fan. I sit in that audience, I pay that ticket, I go see the people I love. And I don’t go there to hear the new stuff. I go there to hear the old stuff,” he explained. “So we brought all our old stuff with us and we’re going to sprinkle a little bit of the new stuff. But it’s gonna be fun.”

The “new stuff” includes Garth’s new single, “People Loving People.”  He said after all of these years in the music business he still gets excited when he releases new music, and when he hears it on the radio.

“I heard this on the radio yesterday evening for the first time and it just…if somebody sits here and says, ‘Ehh, it’s OK if you hear yourself on the radio,’ they’re lying to you,” said Garth.  “It’s the greatest thing on the planet.”

After his shows in Chicago and Atlanta, Garth kicks off a run of shows in Jacksonville, FL starting October 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 12 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.



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