Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Luke Bryan‘s first hit? ANSWER:  His debut single, “All My Friends Say,” went to #5 in 2007.


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Zac Brown Says It’s All About the People

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s new single, “Homegrown,” is the first venture in the band’s partnership between their own Southern Ground Records, fashion designer John Varvatos‘ record label and Nashville-based Big Machine Records. Zac believes the kind of people he surrounds himself with has been crucial to the band’s success.

“It’s all about the people,” he reflects. “It’s all about the help that I have, and I’ve got brilliant, passionate people that I try to instill the way that I would answer or to do things. We have our philosophy behind it, but that’s the only way it gets done, with all of our people.”

The new album from Zac Brown Band is due in stores and online this spring.


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Nashville Notes

Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Florida Georgia Line on Access Hollywood Live on Thursday, discussing the sold-out opening weekend of their Anything Goes Tour 2015. Check local listings for details about the syndicated show.

Love And Theft will join Jerrod Niemann for his January 27 Chords For A Cause Benefit at Nashville’s Dan McGuiness Irish Pub, to raise money for Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.


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Blake Shelton Taunts Adam Levine in SNL Promo

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt appears that Blake Shelton is taking his rivalry with Voice co-star Adam Levine to Saturday Night Live. Blake shot several SNL promos ahead of his appearance on the show this weekend, taking the opportunity to taunt his fellow Voice coach and Maroon 5 front-man.

In one of the promos, SNL cast member Cecily Strong asks Blake if his rivalry with Adam on The Voice is real or fake. “It’s real,” he says. “I mean, it’s so real. In fact, that guy is such a punk.”

Blake then looks directly into the camera and says, “I actually have a message for you Adam. Hey Adam, look who’s hosting SNL now, pretty boy? Hot shot!” He stops himself when he realizes he can’t cuss on TV. “Oh, well I’m done then,” he says. To which Cecily adds, “Me too. Levine.”

Blake will be the host and the musical guest on Saturday night’s edition. Adam hosted SNL back in 2013.

 
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Vince Gill Hits the Road with Ashley Monroe and Charlie Worsham

Image Courtesy CMAVince Gill and Ashley Monroe will take a break from working on her new CD to set out on a unique mini-tour in March. Charlie Worsham and Vince’s daughter Jenny will join them for four “Vince Gill & Friends” shows, which the Country Music Hall of Famer says may not be what you’d expect.

“This won’t be a ‘guitar pull,’ where one person sings while the others listen and wait for their turn,” Vince explains. “We’ll all be pitching in, picking and singing harmony for each other and doing each other’s songs. It will be a musical collaboration — not a headliner with opening acts.”

Vince produced Ashley’s current album, Like a Rose, and the two are collaborating on the follow-up, as Ashley enjoys the top 10 success of “Lonely Tonight,” her duet with Blake Shelton.

Here are the dates for the Vince Gill & Friends tour:

3/19 — El Dorado, AR, El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
3/20 — St. Louis, MO. River City Casino
3/21 — Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
3/22 — Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Theatre


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Miranda Lambert Set to Perform at Grammys

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has joined the ranks of superstars like Madonna and AC/DC who are set to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Miranda potentially could take home four trophies:  Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for “Automatic,” Best Country Album for Platinum, as well as Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood.

As previously reported, Eric Church will also sing on the live telecast, even though it’s right around the time his wife is expecting their second child. He competes in the same four categories as Miranda, receiving nods for “Give Me Back My Hometown,” his album The Outsiders and “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Sam Smith, Pharrell Williams, John Legend, Usher and Ariana Grande are among the other artists confirmed for the February 8 show. It starts at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

 
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Luke Bryan Maps Out Busy 2015 with Kick the Dust Up Tour

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleOn the heels of being named 2014′s CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan certainly won’t be slowing down in 2015. This morning in Nashville, Luke mapped out details of his new tour, new album and a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After wrapping up his remaining U.S. dates on the That’s My Kinda Night tour in February, Luke heads overseas for his first international shows in the U.K., Germany, Sweden and Norway at the end of the month. Immediately after his return, he’ll release his seventh and final Spring Break set on March 10, titled Spring Break… Checkin’ Out. He’ll keep with tradition by delivering two free shows in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 11 and 12.

In May, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum unveils its new exhibit dedicated to the Leesburg, Georgia native. It’s set to run through November.

Once Luke finishes the final Canadian leg of the That’s My Kinda Night trek, he’ll launch his new Kick the Dust Up Tour May 8 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch will open, with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett joining the show on its seven stadium dates. Tickets for select cities go on sale January 30.

Here’s the complete list of dates for Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up Tour:

5/8 — Grand Forks, ND, Alerus Center
5/9– Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
5/14 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Pavilion
5/15 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
5/16 — Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
6/4 — Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
6/6 — Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
6/18 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
6/19 – Bonner Springs, KS, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
6/20 — St Paul, MN, TFC Bank Stadium
6/25 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
6/26 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
6/27 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
7/11 — Nashville, TN, Vanderbilt Stadium
7/16 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/17 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/18 — Cincinnati, OH, Paul Brown Stadium
7/24 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/25 — Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/30 — Scranton, PA, The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/31 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/1 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/22 — Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/26 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/27 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
8/29 — San Francisco, CA, Levi’s Stadium
9/3 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/4 — Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
9/5 — Cleveland, OH, FirstEnergy Stadium
9/11 — Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
9/12  – Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
9/18 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/19 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/20 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/24 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/25 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/26 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
10/15 — Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
10/16 — San Diego, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/17 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/18 — Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
10/22 — San Antonio, TX, Alamodome
10/23 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
10/24 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
10/28 — Chicago, IL, United Center
10/29 — Chicago, IL, United Center
10/30 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field


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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Gets a Workout Carrying Fiancée’s Shopping Bags

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard took the opportunity to spoil his fiancée, Hayley, with a trip to Saks Fifth Avenue in Beverly Hills Tuesday. The couple was in town for FGL’s performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Tyler posted a photo on Instagram showing him carrying Hayley’s bags for her. The caption reads, “No need for a workout when [Hayley] takes you on a shopping spree in LA.”

No need for a workout when @thevoguetrip takes you on a shopping spree in LA #beverlyhills #freshies @saks

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Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes Tour continues Thursday night in Biloxi, Mississippi.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star is a co-writer on Florida Georgia Line‘s #1 hit, “Round Here”? ANSWER: Thomas Rhett.


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LeAnn Rimes’ Reality Show Canceled After One Season

True Public RelationsLeAnn Rimes has a reason to be feeling a little “Blue” these days.

The 32-year-old singer’s VH-1 reality show with her 41-year-old husband, Eddie Cibrian, has been canceled after an eight-episode first season, according to People magazine.

The couple hoped to use the series LeAnn & Eddie to clear up misconceptions about their marriage.

“The biggest global misconception would be that we’re not two people who are really in love with each other, that there are ulterior motives to our relationship,” Rimes told the magazine back in July.

Speaking about the exposure the series would bring, Rimes told the magazine, “Hopefully people will get a chance to see how we just click.”

The two met while they were both married to other people: Rimes to chef Dean Sheremet, and Cibrian to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville.

Rimes and Cibrian wed in 2011.


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