Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert Drew on Real-Life Betrayal to Perform Their New Single, “Trouble”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGloriana‘s Rachel Reinert didn’t have to get into character to sing the trio’s latest single, “Trouble,” since the song came from her real-life experience. Rachel co-wrote the song with band mate Mike Gossin about an ex-boyfriend who cheated on her about two years ago.

Rachel tells ABC News Radio, “We dated for a couple years. I ended up finding out that he was cheating on me, which I did suspect. He, of course, lied about it, which, shocker, right?”

Like anybody, Rachel can be nice and sweet, but it’s a different story when a guy does her wrong.

“If you cross me, then then I’m gonna make you pay for it,” Rachel adds.

Mike and Gloriana’s third member, Tom Gossin, had a bad feeling about Rachel’s ex-boyfriend from the start, though.

Says Mike, “We had suspicions about this guy, I’ll leave it at that, that he was not the best fit for her.”

It was Mike who suggested Rachel channel her anger about the cheating into a song, and that’s how “Trouble” was born. He’s now very proud of her for being open and honest about what she went through.

Mike explains, “The fact that she was cool enough to put down that wall and open herself up and put herself out there — tell her story for people to hear and to relate to and hopefully help through a cheating situation, whether it’s boy or girl, I think, is the best part of the whole situation.”

Gloriana’s new single, “Trouble,” hits the airwaves soon.


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The Band Perry Teaches Master Class for Aspiring Musicians at Nashville’s Belmont University

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Band Perry recently gave a Master Class for aspiring musicians at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville. During the hour-long event, The Band Perry’s Reid, Neil and Kimberly Perry shared stories of playing shopping malls, campgrounds and campsites while trying to make it as performers. They also stressed the importance of a strong work ethic and a good support system for those trying to make it in the music business.

The sibling trio also took questions from the students in the audience before serenading them with an acoustic version of their signature hit, “If I Die Young.”


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Miranda Lambert’s 7th Annual Cause for the Paws Event Raised More than $600,000

Image Courtesy Becky Fluke/SonyMusicMiranda Lambert‘s 7th Annual Cause for the Paws event raised more than $600,000 to help rescue dogs in need of forever homes. The event took place in Las Vegas in conjunction with Miranda’s performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier this month. A VIP experience complete with a live and silent auction helped to boost proceeds.

Miranda says, “Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas; it doesn’t get any better.  With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.”

The money raised will benefit Miranda’s Mutt Nation Foundation and their ongoing projects, including the building of the Redemption Ranch, a new owned-and-operated shelter in Miranda’s hometown of Tishomingo, OK opening November 22.


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Reba Explains How Little Big Town’s New Album, “Pain Killer,” Is Inspiring Her to Take Chances

Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba is working with two of her closest friends, Tony Brown and James Stroud, to produce her upcoming studio album, but a new release from one of country’s hottest acts has her thinking it’s time to rock the boat and work with totally different people on future projects.

Reba says, “I did hear the new Little Big Town album. Yes.  So, yeah, now I’m considering it, yeah. I would love to kinda see what somebody else could do with me.”

Little Big Town’s just-released album, Pain Killer, really pushes the envelope when it comes to loud guitars and gritty song lyrics. Since Reba hasn’t released an album since 2010, she wanted to work with familiar people on her next album.

Reba says, “It’s comfortable, and it may be time for me to step out of comfort and go try some new stuff.”

Look for Reba’s new album to come out next year.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan‘s wife’s name? ANSWER: Caroline.


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Reba’s Father, Clark McEntire, Passes Away

Image Courtesy CMACondolences to Reba on the passing of her father, Clark McEntire. He died Thursday night in Coalgate, OK.

Reba posted the news on her Facebook page saying, “He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home.”

Clark McEntire was born in Oklahoma on November 30, 1927 and went on to win the Rodeo World Championships in 1957, 1958 and 1961. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He went on to play a major role in encouraging Reba to pursue a singing career when he told her she should sing the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo. It was at that performance that recording artist Red Steagall discovered Reba.


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Kenny Chesney Launching The Big Revival Tour March 26, 2015 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney will launch The Big Revival tour on March 26, 2015 in Nashville. That date also happens to be his birthday.

Kenny says, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate. I’ve been ready to get out there for a long time. Now that we’re announced I’m fired up!”

Kenny revealed the big news on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday. The trek will include 18 to 20 stadium shows. He’ll have different opening acts for different shows on the tour. Look for tour dates to be announced soon.


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Tim McGraw to Perform on “A Very Grammy Christmas” Special

Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsFor the past several years, CBS has been airing The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!, a special that reveals the Grammy nominations in the top categories, interspersed with live performances.  This year, however, the network is changing things up.

Tim McGraw, along with pop stars Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams and Ariana Grande, will all perform on A Very Grammy Christmas, a one-hour special that will replace the Grammy nominations concert show.  The show, taping November 18 in L.A., will air December 5, and also will reveal the nominees for the Grammys’ prestigious Album of the Year category. The rest of the nominations — 82 out of a total of 83 categories — will be revealed the morning of December 5, in a way that has yet to be announced.

The presence of Tim on the show likely indicates that the Grammy folks consider him a good bet for a nomination.  His current album Sundown Heaven Town is eligible for nomination.

Tickets to attend the taping at the Shrine Auditorium are now on sale via Ticketmaster.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Kenny Chesney to make a big announcement on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday.

James Otto is back with a brand-new single, “Somewhere Tonight,” now available for download at iTunes.


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Glen Campbell’s Musical Legacy and Alzheimer’s Disease Chronicled in New Film, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”

Image Courtesy PCH FilmsGlen Campbell‘s Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday. The movie chronicles Glen’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.

I’ll Be Me doesn’t shy away from showing Glen’s descent into dementia, but it also serves as a reminder of the multi-platinum career that put Glen Campbell in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the western True Grit are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits, “Rhinestone Cowboy,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and many more. The film also shines a light on Glen’s role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many more acts.

Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, Blake Shelton and Paul McCartney are among the stars singing Glen’s praises in I’ll Be Me. Footage of Glen’s performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards with Blake and The Band Perry is also included, and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio it was very humbling to be in Glen’s presence.

She says, “I always feels like he’s just a living piece of history, a lot like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.”

Her brother Neil Perry recalls Glen giving it his all, even at the rehearsals for their Grammy Awards performance.

“He was getting ready to play ‘Rhinestone Cowboy,’” Neil says, “and I remember before he did, he took his guitar off, someone handed him an actual rhinestone jacket. He put it on, and then played the song, just for rehearsals. So, that was pretty cool to see that. Kind of him get in character, you know?”

The Band Perry performs a special version of Glen’s hit, “Gentle on My Mind,” featured in I’ll Be Me as well.

Glen Campbell’s children, Ashley and Shannon, played in their father’s bad on The Goodbye Tour. Even though they knew their dad was a living legend, meeting his fans on the road made a huge impression on them.

Ashley tells ABC News Radio, “Just [to] hear their own stories of what the show meant to them, and what Glen Campbell means to them. It was just so inspiring to know that my dad had inspired so many people. “

Glen’s wife, Kim Campbell, hopes I’ll Be Me introduces Glen’s music and legacy to an entirely new generation of fans.

She says, “A lot of people aren’t even aware that he’s one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, and that he’s played on so many hits before — as part of the Wrecking Crew — before he was ever a solo artist himself. He maybe didn’t get the credit that he deserved for so many years. Now, I hope that this film will help people really understand how great of an artist he was.”

To find out where Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is playing in your area, go to GlenCampbellMovie.com.


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