The Band Perry to Appear on ABC’s “We Day” Broadcast August 21

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry is joining Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Hudson and others for the first-ever national broadcast of We Day, coming up August 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The We Day event shines a light on young people taking action on pressing issues like bullying, body image and equality. Students across the country attend We Day events by pledging to become involved with causes to bring about change.

Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Oscar-winner Common are also appearing on the We Day special.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Kenny Chesney‘s middle name? ANSWER: Arnold.


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Chris Stapleton Performing on “The View” in Support of New Album, “Traveller”

Image Courtesy UMGChris Stapleton has written songs recorded by everyone from Miranda Lambert and Adele to George Strait and Keith Urban. Now he’s stepping out with his debut album, Traveller, coming out Tuesday, May 5. The project includes Chris’s bluesy version of the George Jones classic, “Tennessee Whiskey,” which he’ll perform on ABC’s The View Tuesday before playing a show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge that evening.

Chris will round out his album release week with a two-night stand at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom May 8 and 9. He’ll hit the road with Eric Church for a few shows next month, too.


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Garth Brooks Reveals Eight Houston Shows, Adds Knoxville Show

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Houston, TX, for eight shows over nine days, beginning in June.

Garth will play two shows each on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and again on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, at the Houston Toyota Center.  Tickets go on sale starting May 8 at 10:00 a.m., local time. 

Garth’s also added a Friday, May 28 show to his already announced dates at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Thompson Boling Arena.  Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday, May 1 at 10:00 a.m., local time.

As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will play a rare, co-headlining concert July 3 in Fairlea, West Virginia, as part of the annual Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament. For ticket information, go to GreenbrierClassic.com.

Kenny Chesney is co-producing a new studio album for “Dust on the Bottle” singer David Lee Murphy. Kenny made the announcement at a #1 party in Nashville Tuesday honoring “American Kids” and “‘Til It’s Gone,” which was co-written by David Lee.


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Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet Recovering from a Broken Hand; LBT Christmas Album on the Way

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Phillip Sweet is on the mend after breaking a bone in his right hand. He sustained the injury when he accidentally hit his hand on a wood door at his Nashville-area home. Phillip was packing for the ACM Awards at the time, so he ended up performing on the show without realizing how seriously he was injured.

Phillip explains, “I’ve never had a broken bone in my whole life, so I didn’t know what it felt like.”

Thankfully, Phillip can still play guitar and only has to wear a brace on the hand when he’s not performing.

“All will be well,” he says. “No surgery required.”

Phillip will be playing some guitar next month as Little Big Town begins work on a Christmas album. It’s still too early to tell how the holiday project will shape up, but fans can expect LBT to put their spin on some familiar Yuletide favorites.

“I think you have to really address the classics,” Phillip says. “I think that’s what people want to hear. Of course, we want to do some originals.”

No matter what they record, Little Big Town’s Christmas album will include some unexpected moments just like their studio albums.

Phillip adds, “We always want to do something a little different, but always still fresh but at the same time familiar and beautiful.”

Little Big Town’s latest single, “Girl Crush,” is shaping up to be one of the top-selling country songs of the year so far. It’s included on their latest album, Pain Killer.


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Thompson Square Rebuilding Their Alabama Dream Home Following Devastating Flood

Image Courtesy Stoney CreekThompson Square‘s Keifer and Shawna Thompson are rebuilding their dream home in Alabama after a water leak in the upstairs bathroom flooded the entire house a few weeks ago. Water spewed throughout the house for six days while the duo was on the road.

Keifer tells ABC Radio, “[Shawna’s] mother went to the house to let somebody in to do some work, and she stepped into ankle-deep water. Literally destroyed the house. It’s all down to studs. It’s been a nightmare.”

To make matters worse, the people cleaning up the flood backed their truck into the home and destroyed the front porch.

Says Keifer, “I’m just like, just burn it down. What else is next? I’m waiting for lightning to strike.”

Keifer and Shawna had only been in the house for a year-and-a-half, and they’d just gotten all the furniture and rugs into place when the flood happened. They’ll be able to salvage their ACM and CMA Awards, but the envelopes announcing Thompson Square as Duo of the Year winners of those trophies were destroyed in the flood.

The Thompsons are keeping perspective on losing their possessions, though.

Shawna says, ” It was so cute. One of the guys that came out to help us clean it out, he was like, ‘I can’t believe stuff like this happens to people like Thompson Square!'” She adds, “We’re just normal people like everybody else!”

Keifer adds, “There’s nobody avoiding that. It’s gonna happen to anybody.”

Of course, Thompson Square is on the road with back-to-back shows in support of their new single, “Trans Am,” so they were already planning to spend a lot of time on their tour bus this summer.

Keifer says with a laugh, “It’s not like we were gonna see the house anyway!”


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“Nashville” Season 3, Volume 2 Soundtrack Coming Out May 12

Image Courtesy BMLG/ABCThe new soundtrack for ABC’s Nashville is coming out May 12, just a day before the third season finale airs May 13. The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2 will be available at all digital retailers. A physical version will be available at Target featuring two exclusive bonus tracks.

Look for Nashville cast members Chris Carmack and Aubrey Peeples to perform a song from the soundtrack on ABC’s The View Wednesday. The Nashville Live in Concert Tour kicks off Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as well.

Here is the track listing:

“Borrow My Heart” — Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
“Can’t Help My Heart” — Laura Benanti, Will Chase
“I’m On It” — Chris Carmack
“Longer” — Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio
“This Is Real Life” — Connie Britton, Lennon & Maisy
“My Heart Don’t Know When to Stop” — Aubrey Peeples
“The Rivers Between Us” — Connie Britton, Charles Esten
“I’ve Got You (and You’ve Got Me)” — Lennon & Maisy
“My Song” — Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio
“Sad Song” — Laura Benanti
“If I Drink This Beer” — Will Chase
“Broken Song” — Chris Carmack
“Hold You in My Arms” — Jonathan Jackson, Hayden Panettiere
“Mississippi Flood” — Hayden Pannettiere
“This Is What I Need to Say” — Jonathan Jackson
“Heart on Fire” — Lennon & Maisy
“I Found a Way” — Aubrey Peeples
“Have a Little Faith in Me” — Will Chase, Maisy Stella
“One by One” — Jonathan Jackson, Hayden Pannettiere (Target Deluxe Track)
“Novacaine” — Laura Benanti, Jonathan Jackson (Target Deluxe Track)


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Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney Working Up Unique Collaborations for Joint Stadium Dates

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean and Kenny Chesney merge their respective tours for 10 stadium dates starting this Saturday in San Francisco. While each artist will give fans a full solo set, the superstars will come together to collaborate on several songs during the concert.

Jason tells Rolling Stone, “You’re going to hear songs that you wouldn’t typically hear from us. . . some Americana type stuff, [Bob] Seger, [John] Mellencamp.”

Jason and Kenny started rehearsing together a few weeks ago, and they’ve been talking and texting about additional ideas for the show ever since.

“Kenny has the same idea as me,” Jason says. “He wants it to be something special.”

Kenny and Jason will play their final joint show August 28 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Check out JasonAldean.com and KennyChesney.com for details.


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Zac Brown Band Expands Upon Their Wide Range of Influences with New Album, “Jekyll + Hyde”

Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band‘s latest album, Jekyll + Hyde, is now on sale featuring their latest #1 hit, “Homegrown.” As always, the guys cover a lot of musical ground on the new project, and the title, Jekyll + Hyde, is meant to capture the shifting moods of the new music.

Zac Brown says, “[The new album] kind of time travels and goes to different genres and goes to different periods in time, and there’s some [songs] that have a real kind of darkness to them and some of them have a light and some of them are full of emotion and kind of a mourning in some of the songs and then some of them are just a celebration.”

While Zac Brown Band has explored rock, country, blues, reggae and gospel on previous albums, Zac says they’ve pushed the envelope even further on Jekyll + Hyde.

“It’s about expanding,” Zac explains. “It’s about growing as artists and as musicians and opening ourselves up to the world, and what else the world has. It’s about bringing people to music and bringing them to the show, and I’m excited.”

Zac Brown Band launches their Jekyll + Hyde tour Friday night in Nashville.


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