Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe 50th Annual ACM Awards will take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 19. Where were the 49th Annual ACM Awards held? ANSWER: The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.


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Craig Campbell Hosting Third Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge Sunday in Nashville

Image Courtesy Kristen Barlowe/Sweet Talk PRCraig Campbell will host his Third Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge in Nashville this Sunday at Centennial Park. The event raises awareness of and money for Fight Coloretal Cancer, and fans can bid online to join stars like Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Worsham and Lindsay Ell for the game of cornhole. To sign up, go to FightCRC.org and search for “Craig Campbell.”

Craig will perform a concert following the Cornhole Challenge as well.


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Reba Performs on Tonight’s “Nashville: On the Record” Concert Special

Image Courtesy ABCThe second installment of ABC’s Nashville: On the Record concert special airs Wednesday night at 10 ET with special guest Reba. The country superstar performs her latest single, “Going Out Like That,” on the show. She also admits to playing favorites when it comes to the male cast members of Nashville.

“I got a crush on [Charles Easten], to tell you the truth,” Reba says of the actor who plays Deacon Claybourne. “He’s really good.”

Reba can rest assured the feeling is mutual. Charles actually got to sing Christmas carols with Reba at a mutual friend’s holiday party last December.

Charles tells ABC Radio, “I don’t know that anything will ever surpass that. That was one of those out-of-body moments that I love so much, but she, of course, makes you feel utterly at-ease.”

Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, enjoyed getting to know Reba at the Nashville: On the Record taping even though he was a bit awestruck by the superstar.

Says Will, “She’s the coolest, like, down-to-earth lady. Like, you’re a trailblazer legend in this business, in this world, in this country industry.”

In addition to Reba’s performance, the stars of Nashville perform fan favorites from all three seasons, including Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen — A.K.A. Gunnar and Scarlett — singing “Fade into You.” Lennon and Maisy Stella are also featured singing “We Got a Love,” and the entire cast taking the stage for a sing-along on “Friend of Mine.” Sharing this music with the fans makes the experience a pleasure for the cast members, too.

Charles explains, “To get to interact with them and to get to feel what these songs mean to them, that’s what I love the most.”

Nashville: On the Record was filmed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, which has become a special place to cast members who have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years.

Aubrey Peeples, who plays Layla Grant, says, “We feel so fortunate that we get to perform here outside of the show, and to get to do so with the show I think just provides more legitimacy and authenticity to what we’re doing.”

Nashville returns with brand-new episodes starting next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.


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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMontgomery Gentry has signed on to perform at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum 2015 Induction ceremony April 10 in Lexington. They’re among this year’s inductees along with Brian Littrell and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys.

Sunny Sweeney‘s video for her new single with Will Hoge, “My Bed,” is now airing on CMT and CMT.com.

Blake Shelton opens up about three chins and man boobs in a new behind-the-scenes YouTube video previewing the 50th Annual ACM Awards coming up Sunday, April 19 on CBS.


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Tyler Farr’s Upcoming Album, “Suffer in Peace,” Includes Duet with Jason Aldean

Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr has revealed the track listing for his new album, Suffer in Peace, and it includes a duet with a country superstar. Tyler sings with pal and current touring partner Jason Aldean on the track “Damn Good Friends.” The album also includes Tyler’s latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” and fans can now pre-order two special album bundles at TylerFarr.com.

One of the bundles comes with an autographed CD and an instant track download of Tyler’s cover of the AWOLNATION hit, “Sail,” which has become a highlight of Tyler’s live shows lately. The Deluxe Package includes all that plus a Tyler Farr leather and stainless steel flask and a real bullet bottle opener keychain.

Tyler Farr’s sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, comes out April 28.

Here is the Suffer in Peace track listing:

“C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.”
“A Guy Walks into a Bar”
“Withdrawals”
“Damn Good Friends” (Duet with Jason Aldean)
“Suffer in Peace”
“Raised to Pray”
“Criminal”
“Better in Boots”
“Poor Boy”
“I Don’t Even Want This Beer”
“Why We Live Here”


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Blake Shelton Releases Sexy New Video for “Sangria”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has released the video for his sexy, new single, “Sangria,” exclusively through Vessel.com, a new premium video service. It will be available only to subscribers at Vessel for 48 hours before becoming available everywhere on Thursday.

As for the song, Blake says, “‘Sangria’ is one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever cut. It sounds like something that came from a different time, almost like something Chris Isaak would have had on one of his records at some point.”

While “Sangria” isn’t “over-the-top,” Blake admits, “It’s pure sex — that’s the only way know to describe that song.”

Blake shot the video for “Sangria” at wife Miranda Lambert‘s The Ladysmith bed and breakfast in their hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It’s the third single from Blake’s latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.


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Little Big Town Never Thought Twice About Recording Their Provocative New Single, “Girl Crush”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s latest single, “Girl Crush,” has turned a few heads with some listeners thinking it’s about a woman experiencing romantic attraction toward another woman. That’s not the case, though. Once you get to the chorus, it’s clear “Girl Crush” is written from the perspective of a woman experiencing intense jealousy over the woman’s relationship with her male ex.

LBT’s Karen Fairchild, who sings lead on “Girl Crush,” admits the song is provocative, but the band never thought twice about recording it. The song’s writers played it for her and band mate Kimberly Schlapman during a writing session.

Karen tells ABC Radio, “[The songwriter] Liz [Rose] said, ‘Hey, I gotta play this song we just wrote. You guys’ll never cut it, but I gotta play it for you,'” Karen tells ABC Radio. “I couldn’t get finished with the song listening to it before I could say, ‘Can we please have this song?'”

Karen feels like every woman has experienced the kind of jealousy she’s singing about in “Girl Crush.” Her husband and band mate, Jimi Westbrook, was floored when he heard the chorus, which is when the full force of the woman’s jealousy is revealed.

He says, “Yeah, when that turns at the hook, it’s like, ‘Wow!’ That’s good writing.”

Watch Little Big Town perform “Girl Crush” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night.


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Brad Paisley Hosting Stand-Up Comedy Show at Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley‘s wacky sense of humor will be on display as he hosts a night of standup comedy in Nashville Thursday, April 16. The show features several comedians as part of the weekly Wild West Comedy Festival in Music City running April 14 through 19. Brad will emcee that event on the 16th in addition to interacting with the comedians, including Jon Reep, Greg Hahn, Theo Von, Sarah Tiana, and Keith Alberstadt.

Kevin Hart, Joel McHale, Nick Kroll and Saturday Night Live‘s Colin Jost are among the other comedians performing at the Wild West Comedy Festival. Go to WildWestComedyFestival.com for details.


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“Nashville” Cast Members Launching Spring Tour Next Month in New York City

Image Courtesy ABCCast members from ABC’s Nashville are hitting the road for a tour this spring. The trek launches April 29 with Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy on the bill for all dates. Sam Palladio will join the trek for the shows in New York and Los Angeles, and Jonathan Jackson will be there for the date in Chicago.

For a preview of the tour, tune in to Nashville: On the Record 2, airing this Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC. The concert special was filmed earlier this year in Music City and features a guest appearance from Reba.

Here are the Nashville spring tour dates:

4/29 — New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/2 — Boston, MA, Wang Theater
5/3 — Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
5/5 — Chicago, IL, Rosemont Auditorium
5/6 — Minneapolis, MN, Northrup Auditorium
5/8 — San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theater
5/9 — Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
5/10 — Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will host his second Crash My Playa Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Go to CrashMyPlaya.com for details.

Country newcomer Canaan Smith‘s self-titled EP is now available featuring the top 30 hit, “Love You Like That.”

Thomas Rhett’s new single, “Crash and Burn,” is coming out April 7.


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