Little Big Town Mentoring Blake Shelton’s Team on “The Voice” This Fall

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will serve as battle round mentors for Blake Shelton‘s team on the upcoming season of NBC’s The Voice. The band made the announcement by posting a photo with Blake on their Instagram account.

Stevie Nicks will mentor Adam Levine‘s team, and rocker Gavin Rossdale will help out his wife Gwen Stefani‘s group. The mentor for new coach Pharrell Williams hasn’t been announced yet.

Season seven of The Voice premieres September 22 on NBC.


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Luke Bryan, FGL, Jake Owen and More Ride Second Wave of Teen Choice 2014 Nominees

Image Courtesy CMAA few country stars have earned nods in the Teen Choice 2014′s second wave of nominations.

Luke Bryan is up against the likes of Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Katy Perry and Beyonce and Jay Z for Choice Summer tour. Florida Georgia Line is up for Choice Summer Music Star: Group, and they’re also nominated for Choice Country Song with Luke Bryan on “This Is How We Roll.” Luke’s  solo hit, “Play It Again,” gives him a second nominee in the Country Song category along with “Bartender” by Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen‘s “Beachin’” and “Somethin’ Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

Fans ages 13 to 19 can now vote for their favorites at TeenChoiceAwards.com through Saturday, August 9. The winners will be revealed on Teen Choice 2014, airing Sunday, August 10 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


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Brett Eldredge Swims with the Sharks to Celebrate “Beat of the Music” Success

Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove’s Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge made good on his promise to go shark diving if his latest single reached the top of the charts, taking the plunge off the coast of the Bahamas Wednesday. The trip was planned with the non-profit organization Rock the Ocean in celebration of his latest #1 hit, “Beat of the Music.” Brett even took the plaques commemorating his gold-selling hit down with him for an underwater photo op.  

Brett tells People, “The people who ran it told us the sharks are curious and would be swimming all around, but respect them and be smart and we’d be fine. I decided right away to be smart!”

He adds, “It was such a surreal feeling. I am definitely hooked on sharks!”

This isn’t the first time Brett has risked his life in celebration of a #1 hit. He went skydiving last year after scoring his first chart-topper, “Don’t Ya.”


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Kenny Chesney’s Fans Snatch Up All the Wristbands for Free Flora-Bama Show in Just Five Minutes

Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Blue Chair/SonyWristbands for Kenny Chesney‘s free Flora-Bama-Jama show were gone just five minutes after fans could sign up for them at Kenny’s site Thursday morning. The show is set for August 16 at the Flora-Bama on the Florida-Alabama line on Perdido Key.  Kenny will preview songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

This concert is the only show Kenny is performing in 2014. He says with a laugh, “Maybe the fans are as hungry to see me as I am them. ‘Cause I can’t wait to get out there and play.”

“American Kids” is the lead single from The Big Revival.  It’s currently racing up the country radio chart.


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Brad Paisley Carries On a Second Generation “River Bank” Tradition

Arista NashvilleWhen you hear Brad Paisley‘s latest hit, “River Bank,” it’s not hard to imagine the West Virginia native enjoys the water.

“I grew up 500 feet from the Ohio River… and summertime, for me, was that body of water.  My dad got a boat when I was probably eight,” he remembers. “It was a little 75-horsepower Evinrude on the back of some mustard-yellow awful fiberglass thing, but I learned to ski there. I learned to fish. My fondest memories are with him and my granddad.”

When he had his first success, Brad put his money where his song is. He used his first royalty check to head out on the water.

“For $8,000, I bought a bass boat with a $10,000 check,” he laughs. “That’s how smart I am, ’cause boats never lose value. I just realized that that is really the trick in the summertime if you’re a country person at all. It’s like a body of water, an innertube, something to float, you’re good.”

Now that he’s a father himself, Brad continues the tradition with his boys.

“I have a pond on my property that I built, which is about a two-acre pond, and that’s fun. We’ll float around in that. We got bass in it, and I got a little jon boat with a little engine on the back… We have fun. “

“River Bank” is the first single from Brad’s new CD Moonshine in the Trunk, due out August 26.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was LeAnn Rimes‘ first number one hit? ANSWER:  “One Way Ticket (Because I Can),” in 1996.


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Florida Georgia Line Connected to “Dirt” Through Tragedy and Triumph

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWith close to 183,000 downloads, Florida Georgia Line‘s “Dirt” has given the duo the largest sales week for a country digital song in a year, since their own “Cruise” sold 193,000 downloads in its first week in July of 2013, according to Billboard.

Even though Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn’t write the song, the first single from their sophomore album, the two say it immediately hit home, partially because of a personal experience in Tyler’s life. His father died in a helicopter crash in Georgia while Tyler was in college in Nashville.

“Yeah, I think that’s the main reason that we were so touched by it,” Tyler tells ABC News Radio. “As songwriters, when you hear a song you didn’t write that you feel like you did write, there’s something to be said about that. For us, it was a no-brainer. As soon as we heard it, we were pumped that we were able to cut that song.”

But Tyler goes on to point out that “Dirt” doesn’t just remind him of sad times.

“Definitely, you know, we relate to that in so many different aspects of life, you know, through sports and through working hard and where we grew up and losing family members and just all types of different ways. For us, it’s just a very special song, and we look forward to singing it for a long time.”

Thursday night, the duo performs a medley of their hits on Nickolodeon’s first-ever Kids’ Choice Sports Awards.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/ Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJamey Johnson‘s tribute to Waylon Jennings — held July 9 in Nashville with Waylon’s widow, Jessi Colter, and son Shooter Jennings — raised more than $70,000 for pancreatic cancer research.

Luke Bryan‘s “Play It Again” is the only country song featured on NOW That’s What I Call Music! Volume 51, which comes out August 5.

Toby Keith was on hand last Wednesday night as his daughter Krystal made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


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Wynonna Puts on her “Hollywood Game” Face

Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesThursday, Wynonna competes on Hollywood Game Night, alongside Scandal star Scott Foley, Olympian Johnny Weir and actress Leah Remini, among others. She’ll also give fans a chance to win a pair of shoes from her “Got Soul” line via Twitter during the NBC show that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

On August 2, Wy will be back in Los Angeles, performing a free Saturday night concert, before singing the national anthem for the Dodgers Sunday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs.

When she’s not on tour, Wy continues to work on her eighth studio album, due out sometime next year.


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Jason Aldean Hits Home Run with MLB Stadium Shows

Greenroom PRThis weekend, Jason Aldean kicks off a five-night run at Major League Baseball stadiums with two sell-outs in Ohio. Friday he’ll play Progressive Field in Cleveland, before heading to Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park on Saturday.

“This stadium run is something I’ve been looking forward to all year,” Jason says. “I dreamed of playing MLB stadiums since I was six in Little League and watch games at these stadiums every season.  It’s wild to stand on the mound during load in and watch an empty park totally come alive with our production and crazy, loud fans.  These next two weeks will definitely be something I look back on with unbelievable pride and gratitude.”

The stadium concerts are an extension of the 2014 Burn It Down tour with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr. Miranda Lambert joins the boys this weekend and at PNC Park in Pittsburgh on Saturday July 26. MLB dates in D.C. and Philadelphia round out the run.  


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