Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to “Did It for the Girl” singer Greg Bates on marrying fellow singer-songwriter Shelley Skidmore last Saturday in her hometown of Stanton, Kentucky.

Miranda Lambert, A Thousand Horses front man Michael Hobby and Big Kenny were among the stars on hand for RaeLynn‘s 21st birthday celebration at John Rich‘s Nashville estate, Mt. Richmore, Monday night.

Parmalee is celebrating the month of May by giving away an iPhone 6 loaded with Parmalee music, photos, voice memos and apps. To register to win the “Already Callin’ You MiPhone” contest, go to ParMAYlee.com.


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Florida Georgia Line Moves Anything Goes Tour to Outdoor Amphitheaters Starting This Weekend

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is moving their Anything Goes tour outdoors to amphitheaters across the country starting this weekend after playing arena shows all winter long.

The duo’s Tyler Hubbard says, “That’s always a very exciting time for us. Kinda just underneath the stars. You can pack a ton of people in there. It’s always a good party.”

FGL will be playing amphitheaters all summer long, and duo member Brian Kelley thinks fans from coast-to-coast love enjoying concerts in that environment.

“It’s got a different feel,” Brian says. “People start to warm up and loosen up.”

Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for a full list of tour dates.


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Thompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee & More Performing on Country Cruising Voyage in October

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee and Trace Adkins are among the stars hitting the high seas for the Country Cruising voyage this fall. The cruise sets sail from Miami, Florida October 23 with stops in the Bahamas, Key West and the Grand Cayman Islands through October 30.

Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy and newcomers Charlie Worsham and Lindsay Ell are also performing on the cruise. For more information, go to CountryCruising.com.


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Little Big Town Cutting the Ribbon on CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X June 11 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will cut the ribbon on the opening day of Fan Fair X at the 2015 CMA Music Festival, coming up June 11 through 14 at the Music City Center in Nashville. After the opening, LBT will be featured as the Fan Fair X Artist of the Day and answer fan questions at the CMA Close Up Stage that morning. Hunter Hayes will take fan questions as the Artist of the Day on Friday, with Chris Young following on Saturday and Darius Rucker closing things out on Sunday.

Fan Fair X will also feature performances from Dustin Lynch, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush and Nashville star Charles Esten. Parmalee, Thompson Square and Canaan Smith are among the stars signing autographs in the CMA Booth throughout the festival, too.

Tickets for Fan Fair X are available now at CMTFest.com.


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Report: Tim McGraw to Star in TNT Drama, “Robbers”

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsIt looks like Tim McGraw is headed to the small screen in a big way. According to Deadline, Tim is set to star in the new TNT drama series Robbers, based on the 2000 book of the same name by Christopher Cook. Tim would play a drifter named Ray Bob on a crime spree across Texas. There’s no word yet on when Robbers will premiere.

The TV series would be a first for Tim, but he’s appeared in many movies, including the George Clooney film Tomorrowland, opening May 22.



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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Building a New House with Plenty of Room for the Pets

Image Courtesy Country LivingMiranda Lambert serves as the first-ever guest editor of Country Living magazine for the June issue, out May 19. In the cover story, Miranda also reveals she and hubby Blake Shelton are currently building a new house with their 15 rescued animals in mind.

Miranda says with a laugh, “I’ve been saving inspiration [for the house] on Pinterest. A friend of mine recently said, ‘I can see your Pinterest boards, and all you have on there are dog rooms.’”

Blake and Miranda also plan to spend a lot time in their garden this summer.  “This year, we’re planting tomatoes and strawberries to make jam, “Miranda says. “I have a little downtime this summer, so I’m looking forward to this task.”



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Zac Brown Band Scores Third Consecutive #1 on “Billboard” 200 with “Jekyll + Hyde”

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/Varvatos/Southern Ground/BMLGZac Brown Band‘s new album, Jekyll + Hyde, is the group’s third consecutive studio project to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. According to Billboard and Nielsen Music, Jekyll + Hyde moved 228,000 equivalent albums in its first week. That tally takes into account actual album sales along with statistics from streaming services.

Jekyll + Hyde also tops Billboard‘s Country Albums chart, with Tyler Farr‘s new release, Suffer in Peace, following at #2 with 42,000 units sold and streamed. Suffer in Peace also comes in at #4 on the overall Billboard 200, which is Tyler’s highest position on that chart to date.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockTim McGraw and Kenny Chesney toured stadiums together in 2012. What was the name of that trek? ANSWER: Brothers of the Sun Tour.


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Keith Urban Hosting “American Idol” Chat Wednesday on Facebook

Image Courtesy CMAThe 14th season of American Idol is coming to a close soon, so it’s a great time to ask judge Keith Urban some questions about this year’s finalists. Keith is hosting a Facebook chat about Idol on Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. ET just hours before the show airs at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

American Idol‘s 14th season wraps up with a two-part finale airing Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson appears on ABC’s The View and NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday promoting his just-released memoir, It’s a Long Story.

Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley shared a photo on Twitter Tuesday from the beach in Florida showing off his reading material — a special issue of Life magazine profiling his “favorite band of all time,” Fleetwood Mac.


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