“Nashville” Season 3, Volume 2 Soundtrack Coming Out May 12

Image Courtesy BMLG/ABCThe new soundtrack for ABC’s Nashville is coming out May 12, just a day before the third season finale airs May 13. The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2 will be available at all digital retailers. A physical version will be available at Target featuring two exclusive bonus tracks.

Look for Nashville cast members Chris Carmack and Aubrey Peeples to perform a song from the soundtrack on ABC’s The View Wednesday. The Nashville Live in Concert Tour kicks off Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as well.

Here is the track listing:

“Borrow My Heart” — Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
“Can’t Help My Heart” — Laura Benanti, Will Chase
“I’m On It” — Chris Carmack
“Longer” — Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio
“This Is Real Life” — Connie Britton, Lennon & Maisy
“My Heart Don’t Know When to Stop” — Aubrey Peeples
“The Rivers Between Us” — Connie Britton, Charles Esten
“I’ve Got You (and You’ve Got Me)” — Lennon & Maisy
“My Song” — Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
“Sad Song” — Laura Benanti
“If I Drink This Beer” — Will Chase
“Broken Song” — Chris Carmack
“Hold You in My Arms” — Jonathan Jackson, Hayden Panettiere
“Mississippi Flood” — Hayden Pannettiere
“This Is What I Need to Say” — Jonathan Jackson
“Heart on Fire” — Lennon & Maisy
“I Found a Way” — Aubrey Peeples
“Have a Little Faith in Me” — Will Chase, Maisy Stella
“One by One” — Jonathan Jackson, Hayden Pannettiere (Target Deluxe Track)
“Novacaine” — Laura Benanti, Jonathan Jackson (Target Deluxe Track)

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Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney Working Up Unique Collaborations for Joint Stadium Dates

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean and Kenny Chesney merge their respective tours for 10 stadium dates starting this Saturday in San Francisco. While each artist will give fans a full solo set, the superstars will come together to collaborate on several songs during the concert.

Jason tells Rolling Stone, “You’re going to hear songs that you wouldn’t typically hear from us. . . some Americana type stuff, [Bob] Seger, [John] Mellencamp.”

Jason and Kenny started rehearsing together a few weeks ago, and they’ve been talking and texting about additional ideas for the show ever since.

“Kenny has the same idea as me,” Jason says. “He wants it to be something special.”

Kenny and Jason will play their final joint show August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out JasonAldean.com and KennyChesney.com for details.

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Zac Brown Band Expands Upon Their Wide Range of Influences with New Album, “Jekyll + Hyde”

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band‘s latest album, Jekyll + Hyde, is now on sale featuring their latest #1 hit, “Homegrown.” As always, the guys cover a lot of musical ground on the new project, and the title, Jekyll + Hyde, is meant to capture the shifting moods of the new music.

Zac Brown says, “[The new album] kind of time travels and goes to different genres and goes to different periods in time, and there’s some [songs] that have a real kind of darkness to them and some of them have a light and some of them are full of emotion and kind of a mourning in some of the songs and then some of them are just a celebration.”

While Zac Brown Band has explored rock, country, blues, reggae and gospel on previous albums, Zac says they’ve pushed the envelope even further on Jekyll + Hyde.

“It’s about expanding,” Zac explains. “It’s about growing as artists and as musicians and opening ourselves up to the world, and what else the world has. It’s about bringing people to music and bringing them to the show, and I’m excited.”

Zac Brown Band launches their Jekyll + Hyde tour Friday night in Nashville.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Zac Brown Band‘s recording studios in Nashville? ANSWER: Southern Ground.

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Tyler Farr Indulges His Love for Sad Country Songs on New Album, “Suffer in Peace”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr‘s new album, Suffer in Peace, is out this week. As you might have guessed from the title, there are plenty of sad country songs on the new project, including his latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” Tyler named the album after one of the songs on the project, and he knew it would grab people’s attention.

Tyler tells ABC Radio, “Suffer in Peace, for me, the title is kind of like a book, where you read a chapter, and if it’s good and interesting, you want to read more and dig more into it –‘I wonder what the rest of it’s gonna be like,’ you know?  That’s why I picked the title for the album.”

Other album cuts, like “Withdrawals” and “I Don’t Even Want This Beer,” pull no punches when it comes to addressing heartbreak. While there are a few uptempo songs on Suffer in Peace, Tyler felt it was important to honor his love of classic country music with those sad ballads.

“I’m not a trendsetter,” Tyler says. “That’s been going on for years all the way back to Hank Williams to now. So, I’m just trying to keep it alive.”

He adds, “There’s a lot of stuff going on right now [in country music] that’s all happy, rays-of-sunshine and flower songs, so I think a lot of other people got all the ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy’ stuff covered, so I guess I gotta cover the darker end of the spectrum, which I’m fine with ’cause I’m a sucker for sad songs.”

Fans looking for some lighter fare will find it on Tyler’s album-opening song, “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.,” and his duet with Jason Aldean, “Damn Good Friends.”

Tyler says of his song selection for Suffer in Peace, “We tried to create a painting that had something for everyone.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is getting back together with his rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, to perform “Hold My Hand” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night. The group’s appearance on Letterman essentially launched Hootie’s career in the mid-’90s, and they’re making a rare appearance on the show in honor of his last month on the air.

Tim McGraw sits down for an interview and gives a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday afternoon.

Jana Kramer is set to perform her new single, “I Got the Boy,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night.

Lee Brice has released “That Don’t Sound Like You” as the new single from his latest album, I Don’t Dance.

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A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini and More Playing Free Shows at CMA Music Festival

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses, Keslea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, CAM, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray are among the new artists performing at the CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Plaza Stage outside Nashville Bridgestone Arena. These concerts are free and open to the public during each day during the festival which runs from June 11 through 14.

Lauren Alaina, Greg Bates, Nashville star Chris Carmack and Sunny Sweeney are on the bill for the Belk Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park that weekend, too.

Go to CMAFest.com for a full list of talent performing free shows during CMA Music Festival this June in Music City.

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Randy Houser Releases Progressive New Single, “We Went,” to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Stoney CreekRandy Houser‘s new single, “We Went,” has been delivered to country radio and will be available for download on Monday, May 18. It’s the lead release from Randy’s upcoming studio album, the follow up to his hit 2013 project, How Country Feels.

As for the new single, Randy tells Rolling Stone, “The song is about hanging out, a little bit of danger, running from the cops — all things I grew up doing (well, maybe avoiding the cops is more accurate). But rhythmically and lyrically it’s more progressive than what I’ve ever done.”

Randy will be performing “We Went” on the road with Luke Bryan‘s Kick the Dust Up tour starting this Friday night.

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Eric Church Admits It Took Him Awhile to Adjust to Playing Arena Shows

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church feels right at home headlining arenas on The Outsiders World Tour, but he admits he didn’t handle his first arena tour very well. His third album, Chief, had just broken through to country radio when he started playing those big rooms in early 2012.

Eric tells the Asbury Park Press, “We came from where we were really in our element in these bars, clubs, theaters, and we just owned those places. And then all of a sudden we’re an arena act. And what I found is I was a little insecure in the fact that I didn’t know how to play an arena.”

Eric only had a few country radio hits at the time and didn’t realize fans were also coming to hear him sing his notable album cuts, like “These Boots” and “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.” Now, those songs get just as much reaction from the crowd as his #1 hits “Springsteen” and “Talladega.”

Says Eric, “With this tour, we’ve just been more confident to go out and play things that maybe people haven’t heard as much of, those album cuts. The real fans that are there, they know everything.”

Eric continues The Outsiders World Tour Thursday night in Boston.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Tim McGraw‘s 2014 tour? ANSWER: Sundown Heaven Town tour.

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