Dierks Bentley Comes Clean About Getting “Drunk on a Plane” with His Band

Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has plenty of experience living out the title of his latest single, "Drunk on a Plane." Though he's sure to stay sober while piloting his own plane to and from concerts, Dierks and his band and crew have been known to imbibe while flying the friendly skies.

"I'm pretty proud of the fact that my band, just my band alone, and the crew had some help too. We have drunk a Southwest plane completely dry of alcohol," Dierks says. "I mean, just, halfway into the flight, you know, it's just like, 'We have no more booze thanks to you guys. Your band has completely decimated our supply.'"

Dierks recruited several band members to play some of the rowdy passengers in his "Drunk on a Plane" video. They'll perform it at the CMA Music Festival at LP Field Thursday night in Nashville.


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Taylor Swift: My Next Album Is “Already My Favorite Thing That I’ve Ever Created”

ABC/Chris HolloTaylor Swift has raised the expectations for her next album quite a bit. She recently met with reporters in Shanghai, China, during her ongoing Asian leg of her RED tour, and addressed the project.

Taylor noted that with her RED tour soon coming to an end, she can focus more on the album. She added, “I’ve already been working very hard on it and it’s already my favorite thing that I’ve ever created.”

Chances are strong that she’ll continue to write songs that draw from her personal experiences -- something she said she’s done since she was a pre-teen. She has a good reason for doing so. She told reporters, “I think I really just love the unity that it brings me and the audience because chances are they’ve felt exactly the same way I felt when I wrote the song and I think it kind of reminds everyone -- and it reminds me -- that the human experience isn’t so lonely. It doesn’t have to be so lonely.”

The RED tour is scheduled to conclude in Singapore on June 12.


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Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood Goes for the Whiskey When Playing “Bartender”

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's latest single may be titled "Bartender," but you won't find the group pouring themselves too many cold ones during their concerts.

Lady A's Dave Haywood tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, "When we’re getting warmed up for the show we have a little bar area backstage. You got to make at least one drink to take the edge off."

Dave and his band mate Charles Kelley usually indulge in some whiskey after the shows, though. When it comes to their favorite brands, Dave says, "Bulleit and Woodford are definitely the go-to’s."

Lady A performs "Bartender" on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET.


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Eric Church Finds Success by Staying Left of Country’s Creative Center

EB Media PREric Church had the biggest first-week sales of any country artist so far this year when his album The Outsiders came out in February. He credits that success with staying true to his art no matter what's happening on the country charts at the moment.

Eric tells the San Francisco Examiner, "Any decision we make, we just try and be artistic. Because essentially that's what we're all supposed to be doing -- making art and not worrying, 'Is this going to commercially work?'"

Eric is now climbing the chart with his funky, new single, "Cold One" -- the third release from The Outsiders.


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Cole Swindell, Brett Eldredge and More Performing at Warner Sound Event Next Week in Nashville

Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell and Frankie Ballard will perform the CMT Awards Official Fan After Party at aVenue next Wednesday, June 4. Their record label, Warner Music Nashville, has taken over that downtown Nashville venue again this year for the Warner Sound Event during CMA Music Festival, too.

On June 5, Cole, Jana Kramer and Gloriana will hold fan events at aVenue, with Charlie Worsham, Brett Eldredge and Dan + Shay following suit on June 6. For details, go to WarnerMusicNashville.com/MusicFest.


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Florida Georgia Line Teases New Song Lyrics via Twitter

CMAFlorida Georgia Line teased a lyric from their upcoming sophomore album via Twitter on Friday. It reads, "You ain't gotta say it girl I know what you like…we do it #everynight." The tweet also included the hashtag, "#awwwwebouttochangeitupagain."

For now, Florida Georgia Line is enjoying a big hit with Luke Bryan on "This Is How We Roll." Look for them to perform on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night.


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Miranda Lambert Announces Major TV Appearances to Promote “Platinum”

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has lined up several big TV appearances to promote her new album, Platinum, due out Tuesday, June 3. She'll be featured in an in-depth profile from her home in Tishomingo, OK on CBS Sunday Morning this weekend. On Monday night, Miranda performs "Automatic" on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Then she'll be up early on Tuesday for an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

Following her performance of "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMT Music Awards Wednesday night, Miranda heads back to ABC's The View on Friday, June 6, for another performance of "Automatic."

Fans who pick up a copy of Platinum next week will hear Miranda's most personal album to date.  "I feel I have a responsibility as a female artist, songwriter and musician to keep reinventing myself and stay fresh," she says. "I didn’t know exactly what that was going to be but I didn’t want a concrete plan that we were locked into. So I actually felt pretty vulnerable writing this album and picking songs, and I think you can hear that on the record.”

Platinum also includes guest vocals from Little Big Town on the standout track, "Smokin' and Drinkin'."


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the "GS" on Cole Swindell's baseball cap stand for? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.


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Miranda Lambert Planning Her Album and Tour Plans Around Horse-Riding Competitions

Photo Credit: David McClisterMiranda Lambert is excited to release her new studio album, Platinum, next week, but all the TV appearances and interviews that go into promoting the project are distracting the singer from her favorite new hobby -- horse-riding competitions. She recently picked up a few ribbons in her first competition, and Miranda is planning her upcoming Platinum tour around even more horse shows.

She says with a laugh, "I'm trying not to let myself take away from my career, but I already marked on the calendar, 'Cannot tour this weekend and this week. I have a horse show.'"

Miranda's obsession started last November when husband Blake Shelton bought her a Gypsy Vanner show horse for her birthday.  That's when Miranda decided to begin taking proper English riding lessons.

She adds, "I knew how to ride a little bit here and there, but I wanted to learn for real. So, I've been three times a week, every week since January first."

There have been mishaps along the way, though.

"A couple times I've jumped and she didn't," Miranda says with a laugh. "My horse didn't, so that was fun, but you gotta hit the dirt a couple times to be a real cowgirl, I guess."

Miranda has now added two Welsh Cob horses to her stable -- one named Sayeth, as in "Sayeth the Lord," and another named Ellie. Her love for those horses runs just as deep as her affection for her large pack of adopted dogs.

Says Miranda, "I'm just enjoying it. I love animals, and I've been really enjoying a challenge learning something new."

Miranda will leave her horses at home in Oklahoma when she performs "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood on the 2014 CMT Music Awards coming up Wednesday, June 4.


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Luke Bryan Falls Off Stage During Thursday Night Concert in Charlotte

Capitol NashvilleGet well wishes go out to Luke Bryan, who fell off the stage during his Thursday night concert in Charlotte, NC. A fan video captures the moment Luke fell into the pit while performing a cover of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis pop hit, "Can't Hold Us." He later tweeted, "I'm good. Few stitches."

Luke plans to continue his That's My Kind of Night tour with a two-night stand in Bristow, VA Friday and Saturday night.


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