Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan has joined the lineup for the Georgia on My Mind benefit concert for the Georgia Music Foundation coming up Tuesday, May 12 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr are among the previously announced stars on the bill.

Scotty McCreery will host his fourth annual Fan Club Party Wednesday, June 10 at Rocketown in Nashville. Tickets are now on sale at

Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard shows off the duo’s onstage trampoline from their Anything Goes in a slow-motion video posted to Instagram.

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They never quite understood why we wanted to build a stage trampoline… Now they do. #anythinggoes @flagaline

A video posted by Tyler Hubbard (@thubbmusic) on May 8, 2015 at 9:02am PDT



A Thousand Horses Rounds Out Southern Rock Sound with Three Big-Voiced, Female Vocalists

Image Courtesy BMLGIf you’ve checked out A Thousand Horses‘ video for their debut hit, “Smoke,” you might have noticed the band includes three big-voiced, female backup singers. Taking a page from Southern rock legends such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, A Thousand Horses began experimenting with adding female voices to the mix while working on their upcoming album, Southernality. The backup singers soon became an essential part of the band’s live show, too.

Lead singer Michael Hobby tells ABC Radio, “We wrote the song, [the lead track on Southernality] ‘First Time,’ which really kind of amplified that type of sound and music. Since we were able to take them out on the road, it was a no-brainer for us. We were like, ‘Yeah, we’d love to have three girls singing backup with us.'”

Having that wall of sound coming from those female vocalists sets A Thousand Horses apart among the other country bands on the road today.

“It adds a cool element,” says band member Zach Brown. “You come out to a show, and you’re like, if you’re not expecting that, it’s like a whole ‘nother little treat you get.”

A Thousand Horses’ album, Southernality, is due out June 9.

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Eric Paslay Always Has a Blast with His Mother, Donna

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleEric Paslay is one of the nicest country singers you’ll ever meet, and you can thank his mother, Donna, for giving him that welcoming personality.

Says Eric, “She would be the fun mom, just goofing off in the sprinklers outside or we’d go out and play in the rain and all that stuff growing up. She’s always good to be around; always happy.”

This Mother’s Day, Eric wants to salute his mother for all of the gifts she’s given him over the years.

He adds, “I wanna thank my mom for giving me faith, laughter and pride in the family I come from.”

Eric could be making his mother a grandma pretty soon. He just tied the knot with long-time girlfriend, Natalie, last month in a ceremony just outside Nashville.

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Thomas Rhett Says His Mother Shaped Him into the Man He Is Today

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett often talks about the influence his singer/songwriter father Rhett Akins had on his life, but now he’s shining a light on the work his mother, Paige, did to make him the man he is today.

“My mom’s a saint,” Thomas says. “She’s a very, very sweet lady. So, you know growing up mom was one of the main people that always took me to football practice, or whenever I had a play she’d always take me. She was always there at everything, you know ’cause dad was on the road a lot.”

Thomas’s mom also made sure he was involved in the church youth group as a kid and instilled him with the values that still guide his life to this day. Thomas’s parents are divorced, so his mother was skeptical about him following his father into the music industry at first. Watching Thomas balance his career and his marriage to wife, Lauren, has put his mom’s mind at ease, though.

Says Thomas, “Now that she’s seen me do it, she’s very proud of me. She’s one of my biggest fans.”

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Frankie Ballard’s Song “Drinky Drink” Featured in New Movie, “Hot Pursuit”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard‘s song “Drinky Drink” is featured in the new comedy, Hot Pursuit, now in theaters. The track appears on Frankie’s 2014 album, Sunshine & Whiskey, and it’s his first song to be featured in a motion picture.

Frankie says, “I haven’t laid eyes on the scene yet, but hopefully it’s a sexy place for ‘Drinky Drink’ to live forever. I know one thing, if [the film’s stars] Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon are dancing to it … my life will never be the same.”

Hot Pursuit also features Miranda Lambert‘s new song “Two of a Crime,” which she wrote especially for the movie.

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Scotty McCreery Performs with His Old Elementary School Chorus in North Carolina

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery returned to Timber Drive Elementary school in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina on Thursday to perform with the school’s chorus at the students’ year-end concert. Scotty attended the school and sang in the chorus when he was a kid, and he was glad to see the students having so much fun performing music.

Scotty tells Raleigh, North Carolina’s News & Observer, “That’s what you want for them. To be happy, and they are young and having fun. It would have a big night regardless of if I was here, but I hope I made their night a little better.”

Scotty heads out on tour with Rascal Flatts starting later this month.

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Brett Eldredge Credits His Mom with Helping Launch His Career, Keeping Him Grounded in Reality

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge might not have the thriving country career he has today without his mother’s belief in his talent. When Brett was growing up, his mother drove him to singing gigs near their home in Paris, Illinois, and even ran the sound board as Brett performed.

“I’ve won the lottery with the mother I have,” Brett says. “Everybody says it, but my mom is the best mom in the world. In my mind, she’s just so amazing. She really is something special and believed in me when it was just a side thought for somebody else to say, ‘Oh, he’s a good singer.'”

Now that Brett’s dream of country stardom has come true, he depends on his mother to keep him grounded.

Says Brett, “She’s always calling me on the road making sure I’m getting enough sleep, making sure I’m being healthy. I’m always trying to make her proud, so she keeps me in check and is the reality I need when I’m in a sometimes unrealistic world traveling all over the place.”

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Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd Teaming Up for CMT “Crossroads” Premiering June 27

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is teaming up with Lynyrd Skynyrd for a new installment of CMT Crossroads. The special premieres Saturday, June 27 at 10 p.m. ET and marks the second time Skynyrd has appeared on the series. Look for the two acts to trade vocals on new arrangements of hits from their respective catalogs.

Brantley and Lynyrd Skynyrd will tape their CMT Crossroads performance June 5 in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Gears Up to Celebrate Her Second Mother’s Day as a Mom

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott will celebrate her second Mother’s Day as mom to her daughter Eisele this weekend.

Says Hillary, “Oh my gosh, I mean, I can’t believe my daughter’s almost two. It’s flown by.”

Since Eisele can’t buy her any gifts yet, Hillary plans to treat herself to some relaxing spa treatments this Mother’s Day.

“I might go get a massage,” Hillary says. “Go get a mani-pedi or something.”

Hillary also wants to spend some quality time with her daughter, but that’s not always easy when her husband, Chris, is around.

Hillary says with a laugh, “I’m just trying to get her out of her daddy’s arms as much as I possibly can, ’cause she’s a total daddy’s girl.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will celebrate a milestone wedding anniversary on December 10. How long will they have they been married? ANSWER: 10 years.

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