Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s Platinum album track “Another Sunday in the South” is a tip of the hat to which Shenandoah song? ANSWER:  “Sunday in the South,” which went to #1 in 1989.


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Dolly Parton Accepts ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Kenny Rogers

Webster & AssociatesWhen Kenny Rogers challenged his good pal Dolly Parton to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, he never thought she’d go through with it — but she’s now proved him wrong.

“Kenny Rogers dared me!  He said you’ll never do it with your false hair, your false eyelashes, and your false nails,” Dolly says in her video accepting the challenge.  “Kenny, you’d be surprised at what all I do with my ‘falses’ for a good cause and a good laugh.”  The icon then removes her earrings and her scarf, but when someone off camera suggests she remove her shoes, she says, “My shoes are plastic. But then again, so’s the rest of me!”

Dolly then enlists two of her nieces, Rebecca and Hannah, to pour two buckets of ice water over her head, as she screams.  “Yes, I have on a bra!” she yells. “Kenny, you gotta pay extra for the wet t-shirt contest!”

In a statement, Dolly says, “Although I didn’t challenge anyone, I do challenge everybody to make a generous donation like I did!”



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Miranda Lambert Says Kenny Chesney Taught Her How to Tour

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleAs Miranda Lambert cris-crosses the country on the Platinum tour this summer, she says she owes a debt of gratitude to Kenny Chesney for teaching her how to run a happy tour.

“When I was on the Kenny tour,” she remembers, “ his crowd and his crew and his everybody has his spirit, which is, ‘I love my job. I love what I do. This should be fun. This is entertainment.’ It’s just his great spirit and love of the beach and love of relaxing and having a margarita leaks throughout the entire camp, therefore throughout the entire tour to the person on the back row of the stadium, and that’s what’s important.”

Miranda believes having camaraderie with your opening acts also helps set the right mood.

“The people I’m taking on the tour this year are people I’ve been out with before. I’m kind of a creature of habit. I get real comfortable. Like, I was just with Dierks [Bentley] last year, and we’ve been on tour three or four times together,” she laughs. “It’s Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett. I love them to death. They’re both great guys.”

Ultimately, Miranda’s found that what goes on behind the scenes  translates to what audiences see on the show.

“A lot of it’s about how it feels backstage, too, because as much as you say you leave it back there and don’t bring it on the stage, there’s  a feeling about the whole package, the whole process and what it feels like,” she says. “And a tour can have a whole vibe. I think the crowd can feel that.”

This weekend, the Platinum tour swings through New York and Connecticut, before heading to Toronto next Thursday.

 
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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockZac Brown Band will be one of the headliners at this year’s Music Midtown festival in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on September 19 and 20. They’ll join heavy-hitters from mainstream rock and pop like Eminem, Jack White, John Mayer, Lana Del Ray, Iggy Azalea, Gregg Allman and Run DMC.

The self-titled debut EP from new band Old Dominion is due out October 7, featuring their new single “Shut Me Up.” This fall, they open for Chase Rice on select dates.

After a 17-year departure, lead singer Marty Raybon will reunite with the band Shenandoah in October for a reunion tour. Miranda Lambert references the late 80s and early 90s hitmakers in her Platinum track “Another Sunday in the South.”


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Chase Rice Ignites the Country Albums Chart

Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleNewcomer Chase Rice is currently savoring the success of his first major release, Ignite the Night, as it debuts at the top of Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, selling 44,000 copies in its first week. He finds it particularly satisfying, since along the way he’s been an NFL hopeful, a contestant on Survivor, and a member of a NASCAR pit crew.

“We’ve built things a little bit differently, starting with live shows and building up our fan base through touring,” Chase says. “Now people are showing up night after night to sing these songs right along with me, and to do it the way we’ve done it and have the No. 1 country album in the nation this week is unbelievable. It’s surreal.”

Chase wrote twelve of the fifteen songs on Ignite the Night, with his current single “Ready Set Roll” having already gone gold before the CD even came out. He kicks off the Ignite the Night Tour September 5 in Denver.


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Brad Paisley Challenges College Football Fans to Wear Their Colors

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleSince Brad Paisley namechecks 18 mascots in the song “Country Nation” from his new CD Moonshine in the Trunk, it seems appropriate he’s the face of College Colors Day this Friday. He’s partnering with 12,000 U.S. retailers to encourage fans to wear their gear during the official kick-off of college football season this weekend.

Brad himself is an avid fan of West Virginia University.  You can see his challenge to his fellow WVU Mountaineers on YouTube.


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Tracks from Swon Brothers Debut Album Streaming Online

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The Swon Brothers‘ self-titled debut album won’t be out until October 14, but you don’t have to wait that long to hear some of it. From now through the Labor Day weekend, fans can stream four songs at People.com:  “95,” “Pretty Beautiful,” “Pray for You” and “This Side of Heaven.”

The album also features Zach and Colton’s first top twenty hit, “Later On.” The Oklahoma natives debuted the song as part of Team Blake on season 4 of The Voice. They co-produced the record with Mark Bright, who’s known for his work with Carrie Underwood and Sara Evans.

 
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George Strait and Garth Brooks Named America’s Favorite Country Musicians

Photo Credit: Art StreiberGeorge Strait is America’s favorite country musician, according to an unscientific Harris Poll conducted in July. King George comes in at number five on the overall list, with only Led Zepplin, Beyonce, Elvis and the Beatles outranking him in popularity. Garth Brooks is the only other country artist in the top ten, tying the Eagles and Neil Diamond for the number seven spot.

Several country artists dropped off the yearly poll, including Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and Alan Jackson. When the Harris Poll broke down their data by demographics, seniors routinely named Willie Nelson as their favorite musician.

The results come from an online poll of 2306 Americans.


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Naomi Judd Ready to Auction Off Her Treasures

M2M PRIf you’ve ever wanted to raid Naomi Judd‘s closets, now is your chance. The Beverly Hills auction firm Julien’s will help the “mother” half of the legendary Judds part with some of her treasures in November.

The collection includes many of Naomi’s custom stage clothes, including the ensemble she wore in the video for the Judds’ 1985 hit, “Love is Alive,” with the centerpiece being the vintage 1920′s radio she and Wynonna and Ashley used to listen to before they were famous. The auction also includes a signature red, white and blue guitar given to her by Buck Owens, as well as some Elvis items from her husband, Larry Strickland, who used to work with the King.

The items will be on display at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills from November 3-7, before bidding starts both online and in person on November 7&8. Naomi will donate part of the proceeds to Tuckers House, a charity that helps families with children with disabilities.


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Lee Brice Says Terminally Ill Girl Changed His Performances of “I Drive Your Truck”

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice‘s latest chart-topper, “I Don’t Dance,” had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming after ACM Song of the Year winner “I Drive Your Truck.”  And although of course Lee is proud of his latest hit, which is self-penned, “I Drive Your Truck,” which he didn’t write, remains a life-changing song for him. 

“I mean, it’s obviously, a defining thing in my career, and it will always be,” he reflects. “And obviously, I hear stories all the time from other folks and how it impacts their life. And I’ve heard so many of those, and they’ve meant so much to me.”

Lee says it was actually an adolescent fan who really brought the meaning of the song home for him.

“I met this little girl, and she was 12 or 13, and she was, like, terminally ill. And it just hit me really, really on a very real level,” he remembers. “I guess, maybe it’s because I got kids.  If you close your eyes — I just started to try to do this — put yourself in her shoes or put yourself in her parents’ shoes, and how does it make you really feel? And, like, imagine that.”

The little girl’s situation touched Lee so much, it made it hard for him to sing his hit.

“I think about her, and I’m like, ‘Oh God, how do you do that?’ It made a positive impact on my life to make me appreciate every day that I got, every minute I got with my family, ’cause that’s why I’m enjoying it so much,” he says. “That’s why I’m happier than I’ve ever been.”

Lee’s new album, I Don’t Dance , arrives September 9.

 
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