Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley was inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2001.

Luke Bryan fans have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy truck he customized in conjunction with Texaco by entering the contest at LukeTailgateTruck.com. The contest is only open to residents of Alabama, Georgia and Texas.


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Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles Ties the Knot

Jeff LipskyOne-half of the duo Love and Theft got hitched on Sunday. Stephen Barker Liles, 30, married longtime girlfriend Jenna Michelle Kennedy during a ceremony at Ruby Nashville, just blocks from the city’s famed Music Row.

The ceremony was performed by Liles’ father, according to People magazine, and included a dedication for the couple’s 9-month-old son, Jett Barker Liles. “Stephen and Jenna had a beautiful ceremony and baby dedication that brought their guests to tears,” said wedding planner Alex Bovee.

The bride wore a David Tutera gown.

Liles’ bandmate Eric Gunderson was among the guests.


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Lee Brice Still Following His Creative Instincts on New Album, “I Don’t Dance”

Image Courtesy CurbLee Brice spent years playing small club shows and writing hits for other artists before striking it big with his own string of hits. That time in the trenches gave Lee the confidence to do things his own way in the studio on his two previous albums, Love Like Crazy and Hard 2 Love. He’s still chasing his own sound on his upcoming project, I Don’t Dance.

Lee tells Ohio’s Youngstown Vindicator newspaper, “It’s been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Also, I’ve been able to make these last two albums on my own, which proved to me you have to be yourself as an artist, and you can’t let the label tell you what to be or do.”

I Don’t Dance features the hit title track and his new single, “Drinking Class.” It comes out September 9.


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Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and More Added to Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Concert Event in Mexico

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe lineup for Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boostm with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton. They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.

The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015. For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.


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Surprise! Dierks Bentley Is This Summer’s Hottest New Country Headliner

ABC News RadioDierks Bentley has been a staple at country radio for more than a decade now, so it may shock you to learn he’s just now stepped into the role of headlining his own major tour this year. While he’s co-headlined a trek with Miranda Lambert, Dierks is now playing to the biggest audiences of his career on the Riser Tour. This career development is something of a mystery for Dierks.

“I don’t know how the hell I’m here, really, but something’s happening,” Dierks tells Billboard. “Ten years into my career, I’m headlining these places, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, man. It’s been a great climb. A slow climb.”

That climb got a big boost from Dierks’ runaway summer hit, “Drunk on a Plane.” It’s such a highlight of his set, Dierks keeps pushing it back to later in the show.  He says, “It started off like fourth in the set list, then we moved it down to about sixth, then eighth, and now it’s down pretty far towards the bottom. It could be the bottom if I wanted it to be, it’s that big of a song.”

Dierks on the road with the Riser tour into the fall.


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Cole Swindell ‘s Overnight Success Was Seven Years In the Making

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell may seem like an overnight success, scoring a #1 hit with his debut single, “Chillin’ It,” but he spent seven years in Nashville before his music was ever played on country radio. During that time, Cole was busy writing songs and trying to get his music heard. In hindsight, he’s thankful for that time to grow as a writer and learn how the country industry really works.

Cole tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, “If this would have happened when I moved to Nashville there’s no way I would have been ready, but giving it a couple of years with me being around the business, growing up a little bit, that helped me get ready for everything that’s happened.”

It’s not that Cole doesn’t feel the pressure to continue cranking out hit songs and improving his live show.  He adds, “There’s a lot of people expecting things out of me. I want to do good. It’s a good kind of pressure.”

Cole’s latest single, “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” is now racing up the country chart. His self-titled debut album is available now.


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Kacey Musgraves Celebrates Her 26th Birthday at a Skating Rink with Pal Katy Perry

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Wire Image/CMTKacey Musgraves and her pal, Katy Perry, took over the Skateville skating rink in Burnsville, MN Thursday night to celebrate Kacey’s 26th birthday. Katy posted several photos with Katy and the rest of the Prismatic tour crew on the rink.

Before they went skating, Kacey posted her birthday shopping list, which included knee pads, champagne, fake lashes, tube socks, and glow sticks.

Kacey later thanked the skating rink for hosting the party and added, “I didn’t even fall once.”

Look for Kacey to continue her opening stint on Katy’s tour for the next few weeks.


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Hunter Hayes Launching Tattoo (Your Name) Tour October 30 in Pennsylvania

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Warner MusicHunter Hayes heads out on his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour Thursday, October 30 in University Park, PA. As always, Hunter has spent a lot of time planning this tour, and he promises it will be different than anyone has ever seen before.

Hunter says, “Every tour is all about the fans, but this one proves it. Not only are they going to be part of the show, they are the show…you’ll see what I mean!”

Dan + Shay and The Railers will support Hunter on his new tour. Hunter sported a henna tattoo sleeve with emblems from each tour city to announce the new outing during appearance on NBC’s Today Friday morning.  He’s also created a video to announce the tour, that shows him and the band in a tattoo parlor.

Here are Hunter’s new tour dates.  Find out more at HunterHayes.com:

10/30 — University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Center
10/31 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
11/1 — Providence, RI, Thomas M. Ryan Center
11/13 — Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
11/14 — Moline, IL, iWireless Center
11/15 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
11/20 — St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
11/21 — Chicago, IL, Sears Centre Arena
11/22 — Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills
12/4 — New Orleans, LA, Lakefront Arena
12/5 — Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
12/6 — Atlanta, GA, Arena at Gwinnett Center
12/11 — Cleveland, OH, Wolstein Center
12/12 — Kingston, ON (CAN), Rogers K-Rock Centre
12/13 — London, ON (CAN), Budweiser Gardens


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockScotty McCreery made a big impression on American Idol singing which Josh Turner hit? ANSWER: “Your Man.”


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Brad Paisley Reveals His Picks for Sunday Night’s “Rising Star” Season Finale

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoBrad Paisley says goodbye to his first season as a celebrity expert on ABC’s Rising Star Sunday night on the show’s season finale. As he looks back over the experience, Brad says he’s loved every minute of this first season.

He tells ABC News Radio, “What really surprised me is my favorite part of it is the mentoring  — is getting to know these kids and trying to give them the right song.”

Leading up to the finale, Brad is mentoring the young rocker Jesse Kinch, who he says is “so gonna have a career when this is done.”

Brad’s fellow celebrity expert panelist, rapper Ludacris, is mentoring Brad’s absolute favorite Rising Star contestant, Audrey Geiger.

Brad tells us, “She is one of the most unique voices I’ve ever heard, but she’s not the kind of voice that normally wins one of these shows.”

When Ludacris asked Brad via text for advice on mentoring Audrey the other day, Brad replied, “Tell her she’s already won. She’s in the final four. That was our goal all along. I wanted to see her get there.”

Brad did get in a song suggestion for Audrey — “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. See if she sings it on the season finale of ABC’s Rising Star Sunday night at 9 ET. During the show, Brad will also perform a song from his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out Monday.


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