Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton's middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.

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Carrie Underwood Named to “TIME” 100 List of the World’s Most Influential People

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made TIME magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Not only did she make the list, she's included in the category "Icons."

In an accompanying essay written about Carrie by Brad Paisley, her CMA Awards co-host says, “Not only has she earned her place [in country music], she's raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter, and an Opry member.  But it's her decency as a person that is so impressive.”    

Brad adds, "So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood."

Carrie is also set to perform at the TIME 100 Gala, April 29 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. The black-tie event will include past and present TIME 100 list members. Previous attendees have included Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Bill Clinton and Taylor Swift.

The TIME 100 issue is out Friday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan's album, Crash My Party, is back at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums tally in its 37th week on the chart.

Eric Paslay performs a cover of the Sheryl Crow song, "I Shall Believe," on Ram Country on Yahoo Music. Check it out at RamCountry.Music.Yahoo.com.

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Is Jerrod Niemann Secretly Writing Songs for a New Garth Brooks Project?

Sony Music NashvilleGarth Brooks is expected to announce plans for a massive world tour in the coming months, and he's hinted there might be some new music to go along with the trek. Since Jerrod Niemann had a hand in writing several of Garth's singles, including 2005's "Good Ride Cowboy," we wondered if Jerrod might know something about Garth's recording plans.

"When I chat with him, I don't hit him up for a bunch of details," Jerrod tells ABC News Radio. "You know, I wouldn't probably trust myself with any details 'cause I get so excited."

While Jerrod doesn't have any insight on what or when Garth is recording, he is just as excited as everyone else about Garth's return to the concert trail.

Says Jerrod, "Any day that Garth Brooks cares to make music is a good day for everybody. So, yes. We all love Garth, and we can't wait for him to get back out there."

As for Jerrod's career, he just celebrated the #1 success of his gold-certified single, "Drink to That All Night" with a party on Music Row in Nashville this week.  It's the lead release from Jerrod's latest album, High Noon, available now.

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Chris Young Previews Brand-New Live Show in Nashville

RCA NashvilleChris Young hosted a preview of his brand-new live show for a few members of the press Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The hit-filled set kicked off with the title track from his latest album, A.M., and continued with the single from that album, "Aw Naw" and "Who I Am with You."

The massive stage features high-tech LED screens and state-of-the-art lighting, making this Chris's biggest tour production ever. Hits like "Gettin' You Home," "Voices" and "You" rounded out the set list.

Look for Chris to take his new show out on the road this summer with a mix of headlining shows and dates opening for Dierks Bentley. A complete list of tour dates is posted at ChrisYoungCountry.com.

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Craig Morgan Challenging Fans to Go-Kart Race at 2014 Fan Club Party

Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan is challenging fans to a go-kart race at his "Wake Up Racing You" fan club party, coming up June 4 in Nashville. The event takes place that morning at the Music City Indoor Karting & Entertainment Center. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance and a light breakfast in addition to the race.

Go to EventBrite.com to purchase tickets.

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Miranda Lambert’s 2013 Year in Review Going on Display in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Country Music Hall of FameThe new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, "Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access," opens May 16 with a focus on what Miranda did in 2013. Items going on display include outfits from last year's CMA Awards, ACM Awards and CMA Music Festival as well as a costume she wore on her Locked & Reloaded Tour.

The outfits Miranda wore in her "Mama's Broken Heart" video and the "We Were Us" video with Keith Urban are also going on display. Miranda's own tweets accompany each item to tell the story of Miranda's life last year.

For more information, go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org.

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Rascal Flatts Performs for Patients and Families at Nashville Children’s Hospital

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts performed for young patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday in Nashville. After singing their hits "Fast Cars and Freedom," "My Wish" and "Rewind," the Flatts posed for photos with every family in the audience.

Over the last 10 years, Rascal Flatts has donated more than $3 million to the Children's Hospital. They are now focused on raising funds for research on premature babies.

Lead singer Gary LeVox tells The Tennessean, "We branched out and took on the neonatal thing for premature children because it's the only thing medically that they don't know how to stop. When we first heard that, that there's no rhyme or reason for babies born premature, that was a goal and we're on our way."

On the music front, Rascal Flatts' new album, Rewind, comes out May 13.

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Grand Ole Opry Kicking Off CMA Music Festival Week with Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner

Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Grand Ole Opry has a big show planned for Tuesday, June 3 to kick off CMA Music Festival week. Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham are on the bill for two shows that night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Terri Clark will be there  as well, to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

The party continues that Friday, June 6 with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and more set to perform on the Opry. Go to Opry.com for more info.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Rascal Flatts cast member made a cameo on ABC's Nashville this season? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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