Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton will perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on August 18.

A Thousand Horses will celebrate their #1 hit, “Smoke,” with a party in Nashville Wednesday, August 12.

Hunter Hayes put an acoustic spin on Justin Timberlake‘s pop hit, “Mirrors,” in a new video on the Country Now Channel on YouTube.

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Chris Janson Just Wrote About What He Knows and Loves with “Buy Me a Boat”

Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson and his writing partner were coming up dry the day they ended up penning his breakthrough hit, “Buy Me a Boat.” Chris’s co-writer had written down the phrase “Buy you a boat” in his notebook of song ideas. When Chris heard that, he responded, “Buy me a boat?”

“That’s literally the answer I gave,” Chris tells ABC Radio. “It was like, we stopped right there. I started playing the melody, and the song just kind of wrote itself.”

The song they ended up writing had the “I don’t care” attitude Chris was look for in a song that day.

He says of their approach, “Let’s just write about things that we know and love, and some of those things happen to be boats, trucks, Yeti coolers.”

Chris is quick to stress that “Buy Me a Boat” isn’t meant to promote materialism, but he does admit that having some money makes life a lot easier.

Says Chris, ” I don’t know any one person out there who, we don’t love money, but doesn’t like having money at some point in their life, or wishes they had more.”

Chris is currently working on a full-length album on the heels of his “Buy Me a Boat” success.

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Maddie & Tae Credit Their Supportive Families for Encouraging Them to Chase Their Dreams

Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae are following up their #1 debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” with the inspirational single, “Fly.” The song reminds the duo’s Tae Dye of her family’s belief in her dream of being a country singer. Both Tae and her duo partner, Maddie Marlowe, are blessed with very supportive parents.

Tae says, “Thankfully, we were both raised in homes where no dream was too big, or unrealistic, and if you wanted something you could go get it, you’d just have to chase it and not give up.”

That kind of supported helped Maddie & Tae earn their first big hit before either of them turned 20.  “We did it,” Tae says, “and so we just, we have our families and God to thank for that.”

“Fly” is currently in the top 15 and climbing at country radio. Maddie & Tae’s debut album, Start Here, will be released August 28.

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Luke Bryan Writing and Recording Songs About You Today Via His Social Media “LukeBox”

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is teaming up with Target to write songs specifically about you. All day Thursday, Luke is activating the “LukeBox” and writing and recording personalized songs using details from his fans submitted via social media. Follow Luke on Twitter at @LukeBryanOnline and the use the hashtag #LukeBox to request your personalized song, and check out what he’s singing about others.

Luke’s new album, Kill the Lights, is out Friday. He’s also releasing a deluxe version of the project with three bonus tracks exclusively at Target. Luke is promoting the new album with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday.

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The Band Perry to Debut New Single, “Live Forever,” on “Good Morning America” August 14

BMLGThe Band Perry will launch their new single, “Live Forever,” on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday, August 14. The track will be released to radio and digital outlets that same day, with the video following on CMT on August 15.

“Live Forever” is an introduction to the “empowered and electrified” sound of The Band Perry’s third album, due out this fall.

Lead singer Kimberly Perry says, “It emotionally sums up everything we’ve been feeling creating this new collection of songs.”

Her sibling and band mate Reid Perry adds, “It’s one of those songs that, after listening to it, makes you feel like you can conquer the world.”

“Live Forever” is co-produced by The Band Perry’s frequent collaborator, Dann Huff, and pop/dance producer RedOne, best known for his work with Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and more.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich rising country star got his start selling t-shirts for Luke Bryan? ANSWER: Cole Swindell.

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Tyler Farr Reveals His Carefree, Romantic Side with “Better in Boots”

Sony Music NashvilleAfter crying in his beer on the #1 hit, “A Guy Walks into His Beer,” Tyler Farr is ready to have a good time with his lady on his new single, “Better in Boots.” From the first time he heard the track, Tyler couldn’t stop himself from singing the catchy chorus.

He says, “The beat on this one had me about sold from the beginning, and then, I’m listenin’ to it, and I’m like, by the time I got from Music Row to my house, I’m sittin’ there [singing the song].”

Tyler adds, “I’m like, Gosh, that thing’s infectious.'”

“Better in Boots” is the new single from Tyler’s sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, available now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOscar winner Robert Duvall will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on August 18 serving as an announcer and performing the song “Cheyenne” from the movie Wild Horses. Also that night, Billy Bob Thornton will perform on the Opry for the first time as a member of his roots-rock band, The Boxmasters.

The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special aired Tuesday night on ABC and came in second only to NBC’s America’s Got Talent in the ratings race. The three-hour country special actually ranked #1 among all networks in the final 10 p.m. ET hour.

Lee Ann Womack performs on ABC’s The View on Tuesday, August 11.

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Luke Bryan Continues the Party and Digs Deep on New Album, “Kill the Lights,” Out Friday

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan‘s new album, Kill the Lights, is out Friday featuring the #1 party anthem, “Kick the Dust Up,” as well as the follow-up, “Strip It Down.” That new single is downright sultry, and Luke says it’s an indication of some of the more romantic material on Kill the Lights.

He explains, “[It’s] something for people that want to dance and have a romantic night, and I’ve never really done that in any of my music now that I look back.”

“Strip It Down” is one of six songs Luke had a hand in writing on Kill the Lights, which is a big increase from his previous project, Crash My Party.

“On Crash My Party, I really, really wrote a lot of songs, probably 40 or 50 songs prior to that album getting done,” Luke says. “Then I didn’t have but three songs on that album. And then with this album, I didn’t write but about 10 or 12 and a lot more songs landed on the album. So, I’m pretty excited about that.”

While Kill the Lights includes plenty of up-tempo tracks to help get the party started, Luke does include some more reflective songs like “To the Moon and Back” and “Scarecrows.” In the past year, Luke and his wife, Caroline, have been helping their nieces and nephew deal with the loss of their father, Luke’s brother-in-law, Ben Cheshire. Ben was married to Luke’s sister, Kelly, who passed away in 2007. That situation led Luke to dig a little deeper emotionally when it came to song selection for Kill the Lights.

He says, “I certainly want to keep the youthfulness and the fun going for as long as I can, too, but I also know that a lot more things in my life are a lot more serious these days, too. And that stuff will come out also.”

Luke also feels like Kill the Lights features his best vocal performances to date.  “Each album that I’ve had the ability to get in the studio, I always feel like I have learned new things on singing a little better and being more prepared to sing in the studio,” he says. “So, I couldn’t be prouder form track-to-track on a lot of my performances on this album.”

Kill the Lights includes a duet with Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild on the song “Home Alone Tonight.” Look for Luke to kick off the new album with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday.

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The Band Perry’s Grammy Win Was Quite a Shock to Lady Gaga

CMAThe Band Perry‘s reaction to their Grammy win earlier this year apparently didn’t sit well with Lady Gaga. The sibling trio got the news they won the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “Gentle on My Mind” while doing interviews on the red carpet before the show.

“Someone whispered it in our ear we had won,” band member Neil Perry tells The Modesto Bee. “We all did a unified yell. I think we scared Lady Gaga, too. She was looking at us, giving us the stink eye afterward.”

We’re sure Lady Gaga will forgive the Perry siblings for their outburst. After all, that was their first Grammy win.

Look for The Band Perry’s brand-new single, “Live Forever,” to come out August 14.

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