Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of The Swon Brothers is the oldest —  Colton or Zach? ANSWER: Zach.


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Carrie Underwood Explains How She Knew “Something in the Water” Was a Stand-Out Track

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood is closing in on yet another #1 hit with her latest single, “Something in the Water.” She co-wrote the songs with some of her long-time collaborators, and Carrie had a good feeling about “Something in the Water” from the very beginning.

She says, “I knew while we were writing ‘Something in the Water’ that we really had something special. This was one that as it was happening, I was recording stuff on my phone.  Like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Like, ‘Let’s do it again. I can make that better. We can do this better.’”

Carrie goes on to say the writers room felt “electric” that day, and the demo version they cut only made her more excited to record the final version.

“We knew it was special, for sure,” Carrie says.

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation, available now.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks is spending a seventh non-consecutive week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with his latest offering, Man Against Machine.

Southern Living has ranked Miranda Lambert‘s The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast in Tishomingo, Oklahoma at #1 on their list of The South’s Best New Hotels for 2015.


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Brad Paisley Super-Fans The Swon Brothers Ready to Hit the Road with Their Hero Tonight

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLanding a spot on Brad Paisley‘s Country Nation tour is a dream-come-true for The Swon BrothersZach Swon. He started playing electric guitar at age 15, and Zach spent hours learning to play Brad’s songs like “Mud on the Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

Zach tells ABC News Radio, “I wanted to play guitar like Brad Paisley so bad.”

Zach and his younger brother, Colton, built quite a following over the next few years as a duo, and they started playing an big annual show in their Oklahoma hometown. That concert happened to fall on Zach’s 18th birthday one year, and Zach’s father surprised him onstage with a pink paisley Telecaster guitar to celebrate the occasion. Since he doesn’t want to look like a Brad Paisley super-fan, Zach doesn’t play that guitar in public anymore.

“I do have it hanging on my wall, ’cause it means so much to me,” Zach explains. “So, now I’m hoping when we go on tour with Brad, I can tell him the story and maybe he can write me a little note, and it means more on the wall.”

Zach and Colton recently got Brad’s phone number to send him thank-you texts for picking them for the tour. Colton admits it’s very odd to have Brad’s number.

He says, We probably shouldn’t put his name under Brad Paisley in our phone, but I do, just to see it on my phone.”

Parmalee is also on the bill for Brad’s Country Nation tour. Go to BradPaisley.com for dates.


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Martina McBride to Be Honored with Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association Luncheon

Image Courtesy BMLGMartina McBride will be honored with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association’s 2015 Awards Luncheon coming up May 14 in Nashville. The event recognizes Martina’s years of philanthropic work in the fight against domestic violence as well her participation in events raising money for muscular dystrophy and cancer research.

Martina says, “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this recognition will encourage more people to support worthy organizations that speak to their hearts.”


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Florida Georgia Line Adds 29 Dates to Anything Goes Tour

Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line has added 29 new dates to their Anything Goes tour, which kicks off Thursday night in Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will be along for the newly announced shows, too.

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, January 20.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s new tour dates:

5/9 — Columbia, MD
5/28 — West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 — Tampa, FL
5/30 — Birmingham, AL
7/24 — Philadelphia, PA
7/25 — Washington, D.C.
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 — Bethel, NY
8/8 — Darien Center, NY
8/13 — Raleigh, NC
8/14 — Charlotte, NC
8/15 — Pittsburgh, PA
8/20 — Beaumont, TX
8/21 — Austin, TX
8/22 — Dallas, TX
8/27 — Bakersfield, CA
8/28 — Sacramento, CA
9/10 — Holmdel, NJ
9/11 — Hartford, CT
9/12 — Boston, MA
9/24 — Wichita, KS
9/25 — Tulsa, OK
9/26 — St. Louis, MO
10/3 — San Diego, CA
10/9 — Albuquerque, NM
10/10 — Phoenix, AZ
10/15 — Southaven, MS
10/16 — New Orleans, LA
10/17 — Atlanta, GA



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Reba Scores Highest Country Songs Chart Debut of Her Career with “Going Out Like That”

Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s latest single, “Going Out Like That,” bows at #28 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — her highest debut ever on that tally. 

This bests her previous entry at #32 on “If You See Him/If You See Her” with Brooks & Dunn in 1998. At that time, Hot Country Songs chart positions were based solely on radio airplay; now, downloads and streams are factored in with airplay to determine chart placement. “Going Out Like That” benefits from 21,000 downloads sold in the first week, which is Reba’s best digital sales week ever. Her previous digital high mark was the #1 hit “Consider Me Gone,” which sold 19,000 downloads one week in January 2010.

“Going Out Like That” is the first single from Reba’s new studio album, due out in April.


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Chris Young and Lee Brice Launching Joint Headlining Tour January 22 in New York

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLee Brice and Chris Young are headed out on a joint headlining tour starting January 22 in Syracuse, NY and continuing through a March 8 show in Honolulu, HI.

Lee and Chris have toured together in the past. Chris says, “Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad [Paisley] and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter.”

Lee agrees. saying, “Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun together!””

Brothers Osborne will be joining Lee and Chris on the road for select dates. Here’s the itinerary:

1/22 — Syracuse, NY, War Memorial at Oncenter
1/23 — Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino
2/6 — Jonesboro, AR, ASU Convocation Center
2/7 — Corbin, KY, The Arena
2/19 — Independence, MO, Independence Events Center
2/20 — Bloomington, IL, U.S. Cellular Coliseum
2/21 — LaCross, WI, LaCross Center Arena
3/7 — Kahului, HI, Maui Arts & Cultural Center
3/8 — Honolulu, HI, Blaisdell Concert Hall



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lee Ann Womack‘s signature song, which she performed at Maya Angelou‘s funeral last year? ANSWER: “I Hope You Dance.”


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Some of Country’s Hottest New Acts Playing “Nashville Lifestyles” Event Next Week

Image Courtesy BMLGA few of country’s hottest new acts have signed on to perform at Nashville Lifestyles magazine’s 11th Annual Music in the City event, coming up Tuesday, January 20. Danielle Bradbery, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Ell and new duo Native Run are on the bill.

The show takes place at Barlines at Nashville’s Omni Hotel.  Tickets are available now at NashvilleLifestyles.com. Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the magazine’s Music Issue, on stands now.


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