Zac Brown Band Avoids Boredom by Incorporating Many Different Musical Styles

Danny ClinchWhen you go to a Zac Brown Band concert, you’re just as likely to hear Van Morrison‘s “Into the Mystic” or Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as you are their signature hit, “Chicken Fried.” On their latest album, Jekyll + Hyde, the band even incorporated some dance and heavy rock sounds into their music. Having eight band members with diverse musical backgrounds helps Zac Brown Band cover so many different genres.

Lead singer Zac Brown says, “We’ve had enough immersion in a lot of different styles of music, and we studied it, so we’ve learned, actually, music from a lot of different places.”

Changing things up and challenging themselves keeps Zac Brown Band from getting stagnant, creatively speaking.

“If you’re going to be safe and play the same role and the same thing every single time, that doesn’t really move the needle,” Zac says. “It’s exciting to get to push the boundaries and to get to try to not be predictable.”

Zac’s concert crowds benefit from the band’s restless spirit, too.

He adds, “People show up and have no idea what they’re going to see, but we try to do it all with integrity and musicianship.”

Go to to see where they’re taking their musically-diverse show next.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride and her fan-powered charity effort, Team Martina, will be featured on CBS This Morning Friday.

Florida Georgia Line will perform at the 2015 Canadian Country Music Association Awards Sunday, September 13 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s combined $57 million income has earned them a spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest paid celebrity couples of 2015. The couple is included on Forbes‘ Celebrity 100 list, which goes live on Monday, June 29.

Reba has sold her Los Angeles home in the gated Beverly Park neighborhood for $22.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Jennifer Nettles Debuting New Jewelry Line July 5 on QVC

Jamie Schramm / CMA Jennifer Nettles is expanding her creative empire with a new jewelry line coming to QVC. Jennifer will debut the collection on the network Sunday, July 5 at 6 p.m. ET. Jennifer collaborated on the line with American West Jewelry, and the pieces capture her eclectic and bohemian style combining sterling silver, brass, leather and suede with “vibrant gemstones.”

Jenifer says, “I enjoy accessorizing my own wardrobe on a daily basis and I cannot wait for people to experience all of the fun this line has to offer.”

A few pieces are available for purchase now at The full line will be available July 5 while supplies last.

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Brad Paisley and Wife, Kimberly, Co-Chairing Fundraising Campaign for New Children’s Hospital

CMABrad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are co-chairing the Close to Home fundraising effort for the new children’s hospital near their home south of Nashville. According to The Tennessean, the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center opens on July 1, and the Paisleys are helping raise $8 million to provide art and other amenities to the patients.

Brad even provided some of his own superhero artwork for a preview party at the hospital this week. He says, “This hospital is about being a place kids can be at home.”

Brad and Kimberly live in Williamson County, Tennessee with their two sons, Huck and Jasper.

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“Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” Returns for a Sixth Season Sunday, July 5

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan returns with the sixth season of his TV series, Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors, coming to the Outdoor Channel Sunday, July 5 at 11 p.m. ET. Over the course of the 13 new episodes, Craig takes you king salmon fishing and rafting in Alaska, into the wild for the annual Grand Ole Opry hunt with his fellow country stars, and overseas for an African safari.

On the music front, Craig has been in the studio for the last six months working on a new album. He expects to release the first single from that project this summer, with the full album coming out in 2016.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich pop star joined Hunter Hayes on the duet version of his hit, “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me”? ANSWER: Jason Mraz.

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Frankie Ballard Explains Why His Stylish Wardrobe Is Good for Business

John Russell/CMAFrankie Ballard always looks sharp as a tack on red carpets whether he’s wearing a custom-made Manuel suit or a designer tuxedo. While other country stars have been known to walk the carpet wearing just a t-shirt and jeans, Frankie likes to keep it old school and give his fans something to look at while he’s doing interviews.

“I think that show business is still show business,” Frankie explains. “I think fans do want to look at their favorite entertainers and go, ‘He puts his pants on one leg at a time just like I do,’ and there’s that. But there’s also — I know it, because as a fan of music myself –I want my rock stars mowing the lawn in leather pants, you know?”

While Frankie considers dressing up as part of his job as an entertainer, the fancy duds give him a personal boost, too.

Says Frankie, “The truth about me being dressed or being put together is that I don’t really feel comfortable and confident as myself unless I feel like I look my best. It’s not like a showboating thing. I just don’t have as much confidence talking to somebody at AutoZone unless I’m dressed.”

Of course, Frankie doesn’t go into AutoZone in a full tuxedo, but you get the point. His latest single, “Young & Crazy,” is currently climbing the country chart.

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Brett Eldredge Working on His Really Bad Golf Skills While on Tour with Darius Rucker

Warner Music NashvilleWhen Brett Eldredge accepted a spot on golf nut Darius Rucker‘s Southern Style tour, he knew the gig would come with some mandatory time on the links. The only problem is, Brett is seriously bad at golf.

“That’s not my game,” Brett admits. “I’m trying to learn because I’m on tour with Darius, and Darius is, like, a great golfer. He’s great pals with Tiger Woods and all these people that are great golfers while I’m friends with friends that like to have drinks and play golf and are bad, too.”

Brett’s lack of golfing skills didn’t stop him from taking part in Darius’s annual golf tournament earlier this month to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Says Brett, “When it’s for St. Jude, I’ll go out there, and I will hit it into the woods a hundred times. As long as I’m helping out sick kids [and] that give ’em a shot at living a normal life like they should get to live.”

Darius and Brett are headed to St. Louis for a show this Friday night.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes performed on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night with the campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp. The group sang the original song, “Wherever You Go,” they wrote last week with some of country’s top songwriters. The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp offers music enrichment programs to people with Williams syndrome.

When you head to the nightly concerts at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville next June, the stadium, LP Field, will have a new name — Nissan Stadium. The name change is expected to be in place in time for the Tennessee Titans football season this fall.

The first three seasons of ABC’s Nashville will begin airing in syndication on AXS TV this fall. The show’s fourth season premieres on ABC September 23.

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Jana Kramer Performing “I Got the Boy” on TV Friday Morning

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer is getting up early Friday to perform her latest single, “I Got the Boy,” on Fox News’ Fox & Friends as part of their Summer Concert Series. If you’re in New York City that morning, you can catch Jana’s performance in person in the plaza of the Fox building.

Jana says, “It’s always a blast, so make sure you tune in or if you’re in Manhattan come out and party Friday morning!”

“I Got the Boy” was co-written by Britney Spears‘ sister, aspiring country artist Jamie Lynn Spears, along with two of Nashville’s top songwriters.

Jana says, “It’s amazing how songwriters can write your life. ‘I got the boy, she got the man’ perfectly summarizes the relationship of my high school boyfriend.”

Jana recently wrapped up her co-headlining trek with Kelsea Ballerini on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour.

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