Florida Georgia Line’s Latest #1 Hit, “Sun Daze,” Came Very Late in the Game

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s latest #1, “Sun Daze,” was actually the last song they wrote and recorded for their latest album, Anything Goes. The track was written toward the end of their baseball stadium tour with Nelly last summer.

FGL’s Brian Kelley says, “We thought we pretty much had every song we wanted  [for the album], but this one definitely kicked one of the songs off. It shows that right down to the wire you need to keep writing and stay in your creative zone. We knew we had something special.”

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard sends a shout-out to their fans and country radio for their continued support. He says, “We have been beyond blessed the past few years and know that we wouldn’t be here without you.”

Florida Georgia Line is currently on the road with their Anything Goes Tour 2015. They’re headed overseas for the Country 2 Country festival tour in Europe, starting February 28 in Stockholm, Sweden.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country legend is featured on Toby Keith‘s hit “Beer for My Horses”? ANSWER: Willie Nelson.


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Brad Paisley Offers Parenting Advice to Pal Carrie Underwood

Image Courtesy ABCBrad Paisley has been very forthcoming with parenting advice for his CMA Awards co-host and mom-to-be, Carrie Underwood. She’s reached out to ask him questions about finding a good pediatrician in Nashville and raising a kid while on the road. Brad admits Carrie will face more challenges than he does balancing parenthood and a demanding concert schedule.

Brad tells CMT.com, “My kids get to be home with my wife, their mother, and it’s a much different thing when it’s the mom going on the road. I cannot imagine what it would be like if she’s got a weekend with three shows, and she’d have to just leave breast milk in the fridge. That would be rough.”

Brad’s sons Huck and Jasper love being on the road with their dad, but they mostly stay home in Nashville because of school. Check out BradPaisley.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Randy Houser Put His Emotions on the Line Releasing “Like a Cowboy” to Radio

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser had three number one hits from his latest album, How Country Feels, before he released the fourth single from the project, “Like a Cowboy.” That song will most likely top the country chart in the coming weeks, and Randy is proud the traditional-sounding track about a guy who can’t commit to a relationship is catching on with fans.

“[It's] definitely more of the songwriter side of me and me expressing myself more than trying to get a hit,” Randy says. “We obviously have to record things that sound like they would sound good on the radio if we want to have a career, but I think that this song definitely represents more of the guy that has to say something.”

Releasing “Like a Cowboy” to radio was an emotional risk for Randy since he believes in the song so much.

He says, “Those are the songs that you get a little more self-conscious about. You know, as artists, we’re very self-conscious about our music in the first place because we’re trying to express ourselves.”

Randy is performing “Like a Cowboy” during his opening set on Luke Bryan‘s That’s My Kind of Night Tour 2015.


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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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