Hunter Hayes Adds Second Bluebird Cafe Show to Benefit Alive Hospice

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has added a second show at Nashville’s Bluebird Café to raise money for Alive Hospice. The organization provides end-of-life care and support for families. The new show is set for Tuesday, January 6, with special guest Eric Paslay. Tickets for Hunter’s original show at the Bluebird on January 2 are sold out.

Go to Tickets.WarnerMusic.com/HunterHayes for ticket information.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock?ThinkstockLee Brice is a co-writer on which one of Garth Brooks‘ #1 hits? ANSWER: “More than a Memory.”


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Kip Moore Took a Guy Friend as His Date to See Shania Twain Back in High School

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKip Moore is a big Shania Twain fan, but he couldn’t find a girl to take to her concert back when he was in high school. That’s why he recruited a guy friend to go with him to the show.

Kip tells People, “I once attended a Shania twain concert with just one other dude — my buddy — which is probably a no-no, but we were both crazy about Shania in my high school years and we wanted to get a close-up look at her!”

Fans are now buying tickets to get a close-up look at Kip. Go to KipMoore.net to see where he’s playing next.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the NRA Country concert at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, February 14.

Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum has been named the best country album of 2014 by Rolling Stone.

Dustin Lynch raised more than $15,000 for the Karing for Kids charity at his Tuesday night benefit concert in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The organization provides coats, sweaters and shoes for needy families in the area. Jerrod Niemann joined Dustin on the bill.


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“Nashville” Recap: First to Have a Second Chance

Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCNashville’s winter season finale was full of high drama with Rayna Jaymes breaking off her engagement to fellow country superstar Luke Wheeler just hours before the ceremony. She just can’t shake her feelings for old flame Deacon Claybourne, but he may not be around much longer. After passing out in his hotel room, Deacon was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver from his years of drinking. The doctors also suspect Deacon has cancer.

While Luke and Rayna didn’t get married, Avery Barkley and Juliette Barnes did tie the knot. He proposed to her after weeks of trying to be friends as they prepare for the birth of their child.

Gunnar Scott prepared to go to court with his son Micah‘s grandparents for custody. As part of the process, Gunnar and Micah had DNA tests, which showed that Micah was actually fathered by Gunnar’s late brother, Jason. It turns out Gunnar ex-girlfriend, Kylie, cheated on Gunnar with his brother 10 years ago.

Will Lexington wanted his record label president, Jeff Fordham, to stop sleeping with Will’s wife, rising star Layla Grant, so Layla could go on the road with him. Rumors about Will’s homosexuality started circulating online, so he needed Layla with him to keep up the façade of their sham marriage. While attending a party at Jeff’s house, Will slept with a female country music reporter to disprove the gay rumors. Layla walked in on them having sex and downed a lot of pills and alcohol to deal with that betrayal on top of the rejection from Jeff. At the end of the episode, Layla was floating face down in Jeff’s pool. Jeff called Mayor Teddy Conrad to help him cover up the scandal of having a starlet die at his party.

There was some music in the midst of all the madness on Nashville this week. Lennon & Maisy, who play Rayna’s daughters Daphne and Maddie, performed a song called “We Got Love” at Luke and Rayna’s rehearsal dinner.

“Maddie and Deacon wrote the song for the wedding and for her mom, I guess, as the gift,” Lennon tells ABC News Radio, “It’s a great song. We love singing it. Loved recording it.”

Her sister Maisy adds, “It’s such a sweet little message. I love it. Yeah.”

“We Got Love” is just one example of the songs written especially for Nashville to fit certain scenes in the show.

Says Maisy, “It’s unbelievable how they do it.”

“We Got Love” is now available on iTunes. Nashville will return with all new episodes in the new year.


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Keith Urban Thanks Fans and “American Idol” Staff for Support After Nicole Kidman’s Father Died

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban was devastated when Nicole Kidman‘s father, Antony, died suddenly in September after suffering a fall.

“I can’t even describe what that moment was like for our family,” Keith says. “I was very, very close to Nic’s dad. It’s very fresh. It’s very recent.”

Keith was scheduled to go to New York City for American Idol auditions at the time of Antony’s death, but Fox allowed him to skip the auditions.

Says Keith, “It was an amazing thing that a TV network would step in and say, ‘Don’t you worry. You be with your family. You’ve gotta be there. We’ll figure out a way to cover all of this. Don’t worry about it.’ I don’t take those things for granted.”

Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert stepped in for Keith at the auditions. Keith also thanks his fans for understanding that he had to cancel some concerts due to the death.

He says, “It was an amazing thing to see that support. So, I was very, very grateful.”

Look for Keith to rejoin Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez at the judges table for the new season of American Idol premiering January 7 on Fox.


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Carrie Underwood Unveils Fitness Apparel Brand in NYC

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood was in New York City Wednesday to promote the recently-announced fitness lifestyle apparel brand she’ll launch with Dick’s Sporting Goods next year.

CALIA by Carrie Underwood is billed for women who embrace an active lifestyle and demand “more versatility from her wardrobe.”

Carrie said working with Dick’s Sporting Goods on the design process has been a rewarding experience. She added, “The inspiration for this line came from my desire to have clothes that seamlessly take me from workouts, to errands, to rehearsals and beyond.”

“As someone who is passionate about health and fitness, I’m excited to offer women a wardrobe that will move with them and encourage them to stay the path of leading an active lifestyle,” she continued.

CALIA by Carrie Underwood debuts at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores and online in March.


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Kix Brooks, Brandy Clark and Sam Palladio Taking CMA Songwriters Series to London

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks, Brandy Clark and Nashville star Sam Palladio are taking the CMA Songwriters Series overseas to ingio at The O2 in London on Friday, March 6, 2015. The show is part the annual C2C country music festival at The O2 that weekend. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore are on the bill for that festival.

Hit songwriters Jessi Alexander and Jon Randall are also performing. Tickets go on sale Friday at AXS.com.


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Eric Paslay Extends Make Every Night a Friday Night Tour into 2015

Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay is extending his Make Every Night a Friday Night tour into 2015 starting with a show in Chicago on January 2. The trek runs through April with stops in Charlotte, Minneapolis, Denver and Nashville lined up.  The tour announcement comes as Eric wraps up his most successful year ever in the music industry.

He says, “2014 has been such an amazing year for me with ‘Friday Night’ being my first No. 1 as an artist and the release of my debut album. I can’t wait to be back out on the road continuing to share my music in the New Year.”

Here are Eric’s 2015 tour dates:

1/2 — Chicago, IL, Joe’s On Weed
1/3 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
1/8 — Virginia Beach, VA, Eagle’s Nest Rockin’ Country Bar
1/9 — Greenville, SC, Blind Horse Saloon
1/10 — Charlotte, NC, Coyote Joe’s
1/15 — Overland Park, KS, Kanza Hall
1/16 — Springfield, IL, Boondocks
1/17 — Springfield, MO, Midnight Rodeo
1/31 — Nashville, TN, 3rd & Lindsley
2/5 — Duluth, MN, Grandma’s Sports Garden Bar & Grill
2/6 — Sioux Falls, SD, The District
2/7 — Minneapolis, MN, Mill City Nights
2/12 — Woodbridge, VA, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
2/13 — Elizabethtown, PA, Leffler Chapel & Performance Center
2/14 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun — Wolf Den
2/20 — Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose
2/21 — Farmington, NM, Farmington Civic Center
2/22 — Flagstaff, AZ, Museum Club
3/5 — Providence, RI, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
3/6 — Jordan, NY, Kegs Canal Side Event Center
3/7 — Mount Laurel, NJ, Prospectors Saloon
3/26 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
3/27 — Shelby Township, MI, Coyoto Joe’s
3/28 — Cincinnati, OH, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill
4/12 — Breckenridge, CO, Breckenridge Ski Resort
4/23 — Macomb, IL, The Forum Live
4/24 — Urbana, IL, Canopy Club
4/25 — Medina, OH, Thirsty Cowboys



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Blake Shelton Performing on NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has signed on to perform on NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly coming up Wednesday, December 31. His fellow judges from The Voice Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams will perform along with Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett and Seth McFarlane.

New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly airs live from Times Square that night starting at 10 p.m. ET.


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