The Band Perry Collaborates with Pop DJ Diplo, Performs for Students in Iowa

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has teamed up with dance/pop DJ and artist Diplo to create a new song. Diplo tweeted about the collaboration, saying he is addicted to the Perry siblings’ “good vibes.”

In other Band Perry news, the group performed a concert at Cascade High School in Cascade, Iowa Monday. The students won the concert through their participation in State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive campaign to promote safe driving among teenagers.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockReba performed a Valentine’s Day show in Music City Saturday to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.

Kacey Musgraves regularly covers Dolly Parton‘s 1977 hit “Here You Come Again” in her live shows.


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The Band Perry Performing on “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute” Monday Night

Image Courtesy Monty Brinton/CBSTwo days after the Grammy Awards, music’s top stars gathered to tape a special paying tribute to Stevie Wonder that’ll air Monday night.  The special, Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute, features a cover of Stevie’s 1974 song, “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” performed by The Band Perry.

LL Cool J hosts the special, which also features everyone from Lady Gaga, Beyonce and Ed Sheeran, to John Legend, Tony Bennett and Jennifer Hudson.  Some of the presenters on the show include Tyler Perry, Craig Robinson, Jamie Foxx and former SNL star Maya Rudolph.  Rudolph’s appearance is notable because her late mother, Minnie Riperton, hit #1 on the charts in 1975 with a song Stevie Wonder produced: “Lovin’ You.”

At the end of the show’s taping, Stevie told the audience, “We must, without question, let the world know that love is king and queen. I encourage all of us as artists to write songs about love. Love is the key, and you’ve given me love, and I thank you for it.”

The special will be broadcast with video description, so that blind and visually impaired people — like Stevie himself — can enjoy it as well.

Here a full list of who sings what on Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute.  It airs Monday night on CBS at 9 p.m. ET/PT:

Beyoncé — “Fingertips”

Beyoncé & Ed Sheeran – “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”

Beyoncé, Gary Clark Jr. & Ed Sheeran – “Higher Ground”

Tony Bennett — “For Once in My Life”

John Legend – “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)”

Annie Lennox – “My Cherie Amour”

Lady Gaga – “I Wish”

Andrea Bocelli – “I Just Called to Say I Love You”

Babyface & Ariana Grande – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

The Band Perry — “You Haven’t Done Nothin”

Ed Sheeran – “I Was Made to Love Her”

India.Arie, Janelle Monáe & Jill Scott – “As”

Pharrell Williams & Ryan Tedder – “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”

Jennifer Hudson – “All in Love Is Fair”

Ne-Yo – “Isn’t She Lovely” (joined by Stevie’s daughter Aisha Morris, the subject of the song)

Stevie Wonder –  “Contusion,” “Sir Duke,” “You Are the Sunshine Of My Life,” “Ribbon in the Sky” “Overjoyed,” “Superstition”

Stevie Wonder & Ensemble –  “Happy Birthday,” “Another Star”


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Willie Nelson Releasing New Autobiography, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” on May 5

Image Courtesy Little, Brown and CompanyWillie Nelson‘s new book, It’s a Long Story: My Life, will be released on May 5. The book covers his childhood in Texas during the Depression to his time as a Nashville songwriter in the ’60s to his reinvention as a cultural icon starting when he moved back to Texas in the ’70s. The stories behind Willie’s classic albums such as Stardust, Red Headed Stranger and Phases and Stages are included, too.

Fans will also get to read about Willie’s relationship with his fellow country legends Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

It’s a Long Story is Willie’s first book since 2012′s, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.


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Lady Antebellum Creates Coca-Cola Freestyle Mixes for New Contest

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleHere’s your chance to mix with Lady Antebellum

The band is offering fans the opportunity to meet them backstage, courtesy of Coca-Cola Freestyle. If you visit a participating restaurant with Coca-Cola Freestyle — a dispenser that offers a wide variety of flavors — between now and March 31 and pour a special mix inspired by the group, you’ll receive a code that could win you a trip for two to a Lady A concert, or other prizes.

The personal mixes include Charles’ Smooth Rollin’ Mix, a sweet blend of Vanilla Coke and Barq’s named after Lady A’s Charles Kelley; Dave’s Rock ‘n’ Bold Mix, a combination of Sprite Vanilla and Seagram’s Ginger Ale named after Dave Haywood; and Hillary’s Southern Cherry Mix, a Coke Zero Cherry/Coke Zero Raspberry concoction named after Hillary Scott

More info is available on Coca-ColaFreestyle.com.


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Brantley Gilbert Ready for a Romantic Valentine’s Day with Fiancée, Amber

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert may seem like a rough biker dude with his tattoos and love for brass knuckle accessories, but the Georgia native isn’t afraid to get romantic with his fiancée, Amber.

“I think every guy, we got our [different] sides, right?” Brantley says. “If you listen to my record, I think you can tell I’m a hopeless romantic from time to time.

Just because he’s a romantic at heart doesn’t mean Brantley is good at planning for Valentine’s Day.

He says, “It’s coming, and I gotta come up with something to do!”

Brantley and Amber are expected to the walk down the aisle in the coming months.


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Christina Aguilera Coming to ABC’s “Nashville” for a Multi-Episode Story Arc

Image Courtesy ABC/Richard Harbaugh Christina Aguilera is coming to ABC’s Nashville. She’s set to play a pop superstar Jade St. John who is looking to make a country album during a multi-episode story arc this spring. Of course, Jade’s record label wants her to keep cranking out pop hits.

We’ll keep you posted on when to expect Christina to appear on Nashville.


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Toby Keith Launching Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour May 29

Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith‘s Good Times & Pick Up Lines tour launches May 29 in Mountain View, California. The trek extends through a September 26 date in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with several festival shows along the way. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

You can find ticket information and a complete tour schedule at TobyKeith.com.

Here are Toby’s 2015 tour dates:

5/29 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
5/30 — San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
5/31 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/14 — Hunter, NY, Taste of Country Music Festival
6/19 — Vineland, CO, Bands in the Backyard
6/20 — Sheridan, WY, Big Horn Country USA
6/28 — Cadott, WI, Country Fest
6/30 — Moose Jaw, SK(CAN), Mosaic Place
7/1 — Calgary, AB (CAN), Cowboy’s Stampede Tent
7/10 — Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
7/11 — Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake PAC
7/17 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/19 — Chillecothe, IL, 2015 Country Life Music Festival
7/23 — Monticello, IA, Great Jones County Fair
7/24 — Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/25 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/1 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/2 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/7 — Holmdel, NJ, PNK Bank Arts Center
8/8 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
8/9 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/14 — Boston, MA, XFINITY Center
8/21 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/22 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/5 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/25 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/26 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion


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Reba Releasing New Album, “Love Somebody,” April 14

Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s new album, Love Somebody, is due out April 14 featuring her latest single, “Going Out Like That.” She’s been working on the project for some time now, and the song-searching process has been a long one.

Reba says, “We listened to thousands of songs to find just the right ones for this album.”  She adds, “We can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”

Love Somebody features 12 songs, including Reba’s viral hit, “Pray for Peace,” and the title track, co-written by Sam Hunt. Jennifer Nettles makes a guest appearance on the song “Enough.”  A special Target version of Love Somebody will feature two additional songs.

Here’s the Love Somebody track listing:

“Going Out Like That”
“Enough” (featuring Jennifer Nettles)
“She Got Drunk Last Night”
“Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet”
“I’ll Go On”
“Until They Don’t Love You”
“Promise Me Love”
“Just Like Them Horses”
“Love Somebody”
“Love Land”
“Pray for Peace”

Target exclusive tracks:
“Whatever Way It Hurts the Least”
“More Than Just Her Last Name”



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Brantley Gilbert‘s first breakthrough hit at country radio in 2011? ANSWER: “Country Must Be Country Wide.”


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