Kenny Chesney Plans Free Flora-Bama-Jama August 16

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Thursday morning, Kenny Chesney will release the details of his only concert scheduled so far this year– the Flora-Bama-Jama. The August 16 show takes its name from its location:  the Flora-Bama bar on the beach at the Florida-Alabama border. Kenny took a break from touring in 2014, as he focused on his new CD, The Big Revival, due out September 23.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year… and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” he says. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lotta music and even more fun.”

A clip from Kenny will be posted Thursday at 7 a.m. CT on his website, as well as specifics about how to get a free wrist band to enter the enclosed area where Orange Beach and Gulf Shores meet Perdido Key.


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Blake Shelton Loves Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer” CD

Capitol NashvilleBlake Shelton has had a dose of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer, and apparently he likes it.

Tuesday night, Blake tweeted, “I just heard some [of] what WILL be one of the most important albums in country music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!”

Little Big Town’s sixth CD, featuring their hit “Day Drinking,” is due out October 21. Their last CD, Tornado, was one of only ten country albums to sell a million copies last year.

Meanwhile, tickets go on sale this Friday for LBT’s appearance at Baltimore’s Star-Spangled Spectacular. Actor John Lithgow will host the concert commemorating the 200th anniversary of the national anthem, with Kristin Chenoweth, Pentatonix and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra also on the bill. The two-hour show will air live on PBS as part of Great Performances at 8 P.M. ET on September 13.


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Hunter Hayes Gives Fans A Fleeting Glimpse of His “Tattoo” Video

Warner Music NashvilleEven though he’s keeping the premise of the music video for “Tattoo” a secret, Hunter Hayes has released a teaser clip that goes behind the scenes of the shoot. It was filmed on the outskirts of Nashville in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at least partially inside a large warehouse. The 23-second preview shows Hunter playing the guitar and chatting with an attractive brunette in front of a wall that resembles the back of a large white building.

 “[‘Tattoo’] is about inspiration,” Hunter says. “It’s about that moment when you meet somebody and you’re inspired by them and all you want is to encourage them as much as they’ve motivated you. And that’s the fun of it — meeting that person you’re crazy about.”

We’ll have to wait until July 28 to see the finished “Tattoo” video when it premieres on CMT. In the meantime, expect more teases from Hunter’s camp.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich 1997 movie featured Trisha Yearwood‘s version of “How Do I Live?” ANSWER: Con Air, starring Nicolas Cage.



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Writing “I Don’t Dance” Signaled the Start of Lee Brice’s New Album

Curb RecordsWhen he wrote his latest top 10 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice says he knew it was time to start a new record.

“We could’ve come with another single or two off of Hard 2 Love, and the label actually really wanted to,” he recalls, “but I asked them, I said, ‘Guys, I feel like the next step [is] these songs — this next record.’”

Lee says the song took a change in his personal life and carried it through to the music he was making.

“That’s where I was at in my life… I was getting married, having a new young’un. Every part of my life, the joy of my life came from home. So, it just fell out all over a lot of the songs that I was writing,” he says.

You can hear those songs when I Don’t Dance the album comes out September 9.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne shot their first music video in their hometown of Deale, Maryland, for their hit, “Rum.”

Striking Matches opens for headliner Josh Turner October 15 at the 17th Annual Concert for Cumberland Heights. The show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium benefits the local alcohol and drug addiction center.

Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle contribute covers to Look Again to The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. The August 19 release pays tribute to the golden anniversary of the Man in Black’s classic 1964 album.


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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley to Host Hometown Charity Event With His Brothers

Capitol NashvilleThis year, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his brothers will host their first-ever Kelley Brothers & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament & Concert near their hometown of Augusta, Georgia. The October 27 event kicks off on the golf course that morning, and wraps up with Lady A headlining a concert that evening.

Proceeds will benefit local charities, including an endowment named for their father, who’s a retired cardiologist. Charles’ brother Josh is in the music business as well, while his brother John does construction and development in North Carolina.

Tickets go on sale July 22 at TheKelleyBrothers.com.

 
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Blake Shelton Brags About How Miranda Lambert Has Helped His Hometown

CMABlake Shelton says his marriage to Miranda Lambert had an unforeseen silver lining– it revitalized the economy of his hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. After relocating to Tishomingo, Miranda opened her store, The Pink Pistol, in November of 2012.

“I think it’s great what it’s done for the community and the people there love it, and I’m proud of her when you do drive through,” Blake boasts. “If you could have seen a picture of downtown Tishomingo four years ago and see it now, it would blow your mind. It’s unbelievable. It went from absolute ghost town with tumbleweeds and skinny dogs walking up and down the street to, it looks like Pigeon Forge or something around there now. And that is all centered around The Pink Pistol. It’s amazing what it’s done.”

The star of The Voice is quick to admit he really can’t take much credit for the renaissance the little town has experienced. In fact, Blake says it’s become such a big deal he tries to avoid it.

“It’s my wife. I mean, she owns and operates and has a personal touch on The Pink Pistol… I have nothing to do with it. In fact, when I go, I purposefully drive way around it,” he jokes.

Blake gets serious for a moment as he considers what Miranda’s store has meant to his neighbors.

“It’s changed people’s lives in that area. I mean, in a town that there was basically no jobs, it really has turned it around, and it just keeps getting better. People want those pink t-shirts!”

 
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Kellie Pickler Set to Play a Yam in New “VeggieTales” DVD

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First, she was the Dancing with the Stars champion. Now she’s playing a sweet potato. This fall, Kellie Pickler makes her debut as a yam named Mirabelle in a forthcoming feature-film-length installment of the popular animated children’s series VeggieTales, starring alongside Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

The former American Idol contestant lends her voice as the lead singer of a family band of sweet potatoes in the winter-themed Beauty and the Beet. Kellie also performs seven original songs in the film which will be available October 14 both on DVD and via iTunes. The songs also will be available separately on a holiday album also due October 14, and includes a special rendition of “Deck the Halls.” 


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Billy Currington Feels Pressure To Be More Social

Mercury NashvilleIf you’ve noticed that Billy Currington‘s not quite as active on social media as some other country stars, he says it’s no accident, partly due to his private nature.  “I like [to keep] a little more to myself sometimes. More than others, I’m sure, but that’s just me,” he laughs.

Billy says he does enjoy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — just not as much as his manager wants him to. “I know people that I’m working with wish I was on it more. I hear that quite a bit, and that makes me not want to be a part of it sometimes,” he confesses. “I like it, when I want to use it, I’ll use it, and when I don’t, I don’t. “

This Saturday night, Billy plays Stockdale, Texas — though he won’t necessarily be tweeting about it.



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