Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery Added to Tree Town Festival Lineup in Iowa

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill.  You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.  


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Maddie & Tae Reveal Their Hometown Connections to Blake Shelton and Sugarland

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo’s Tae Dye heard all about the town’s other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, “My best friend’s grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that’s such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had really good hair.”

Blake pays tribute to Ada with a picture of the town’s water tower on the cover of his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Tae admits she got a little misty when she saw that image.

“I almost cried because I love Ada and I miss it so much,” Tae says. “I saw the album cover, and I freaked out.”

Tae’s duo partner, Maddie Marlow, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but she doesn’t have a connection to the country duo that shares a name with the town.

Says Maddie,  “I love Sugarland. They make amazing music, but we were, like, ‘I wonder if they came through Sugar Land? That’s how they named their band?’”

The town of Sugar Land was named for a now-closed sugar mill, and Maddie often has a hard time convincing people it’s a real place.

Maddie says, “They’re like, ‘Candy Land?’ I’m like, ‘No! Sugar Land!’ And they’re like, ‘There’s no way!’” 

Hopefully Maddie can help put the town of Sugar Land on the map. Maddie & Tae will release their self-titled debut EP on November 4.


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Country Stars Mourn the Sudden Death of Former Tennessee Titans Kicker Rob Bironas

CMACountry stars took to Twitter over the weekend to express their grief over the sudden death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He was killed Saturday night after losing control of his SUV while driving less than a mile from his home in Nashville. The vehicle hit a line of trees before coming to rest upside down in a large culvert area. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a role in the crash. He got married to NFL legend Terry Bradshaw‘s daughter, Rachel Bradshaw, this past June.

Rob Bironas was a close friend with several country stars including Luke Bryan, who tweeted, “I’m heartbroken. One of most genuine and charitable persons I’ve ever met. Praying for everyone.”

Here is a collection of other country stars’ tweets mourning the loss of Rob Bironas:

Carrie Underwood — “Shocked and saddened this morning at the passing of Rob Bironas. Such a nice guy. Sending prayers and love to his family… RB # 2″

Dierks Bentley — “i don’t know anyone that didn’t like rob bironas. lot of heavy hearts in nashville today. prayers for his family.”

Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney — “Saddened by the news of our @rascalflatts friend @RobBironas – Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with his family at this time.”

Kix Brooks — “So sad – lost good buddy@RobBironas last night – heartbroken for dear friend @RachelTBradshaw – he was a great guy – and an amazing talent:(“

Jerrod Niemann — “I’m so sad about the loss of our buddy @RobBironas please keep him & his wife @RachelTBradshaw in your thoughts & prayers. He will be missed.”

Chase Rice — “No words man. No words. @RobBironas u are my friend. Gone way too soon. @RachelTBradshaw praying hard for u and family. Unreal.”


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Blake Shelton Reveals His Fellow Coaches’ Tricks as “The Voice” Season Seven Starts Tonight

Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn’t know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he’s impressed with Pharrell’s tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

“It’s like reverse psychology,” Blake explains. “He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he’s just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam and Gwen are just so good at what they do and he loves ‘em. And next thing you know, these artists are like — they fall for it every time. It’s so frustrating.”

Blake admits he’d probably choose to be on Gwen Stefani’s team if he was a contestant on The Voice.

He says, “Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani. Who’s gonna look at her and not see that she’s just such an accomplished artist and what she’s done for women in music.”

Of course, Blake and Adam have become close friends in the past few years, and Blake considers them all very lucky to have this gig helping up-and-comers realize their dreams.

Says Blake, “We get to come in and share some of the knowledge that we’ve gathered over the years of just banging our heads against the wall and being lucky enough to make our dreams come true. To be able to pass some of that knowledge on to some of these people, it’s perfect.”

The Voice‘s seventh season premieres Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

Lady Antebellum has released the music video for their new song, “I Did with You.” The song is included on the soundtrack to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, out next month.


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Jason Aldean Explains Why You Won’t Find Him Smiling in Press Photos

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHave you ever noticed Jason Aldean doesn’t smile in photographs? Unlike his pal, Luke Bryan, who is always flashing his teeth, Jason just doesn’t think it looks natural for him to be grinning in photos.

He tells Billboard, “We’ll do a photo shoot and I’ll look at all the ones of me smiling and I’ll just move them to the side, like, ‘Those are out.’”

True to form, Jason isn’t smiling on the cover of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.


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Tim McGraw Explains Why Social Media Makes His Acting Gigs That Much Harder

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw shares little snippets of his life with fans via Twitter and Instagram, but that kind of openness isn’t exactly ideal for Tim’s acting career. Tim, who’s appearing in the upcoming George Clooney film Tomorrowland, admits it’s hard to disappear into a character when everyone knows intimate details about his life as a country star.

He tells Rolling Stone, “When an actor is so good that you can know all that stuff about them and you still buy that character, still believe them every step of the way, that’s something else. That’s real art.”

As for the complicated plot of Tomorrowland, which includes themes of time travel and rocket science, Tim says he’s still scratching his head.

“There’s not much I can say about it because I read the script, I acted in the movie and I still don’t understand it,” Tim says with a laugh. “It’s a huge production; there’s a lot going on. All the stuff I hear back, it’s going to be spectacular.”

Tomorrowland will be in theaters in May 2015. On the music front, Tim’s new album, Sundown Heaven Town, is now on sale, featuring the singles “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” and “Shotgun Rider.”


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Thompson Square Moving Forward with Work on Upcoming Third Album

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013′s Just Feels Good.  Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean‘s backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.

The duo’s Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, “This time we don’t have to wait for schedules to match up.  We’re going to move ahead with the album and see how it works out.  I know that we will put out the best music we can, and that’s a top priority for us.”

Thompson Square has concert dates lined up for the rest of the year, too.  Go to ThompsonSquare.com to see where the duo is playing next.


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Garth Brooks to Honor Jay Leno at Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Event

CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno.  The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.


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