Blake Shelton Makes Surprise Appearance at Miranda Lambert’s Hometown Concert in Dallas

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert realized a big dream come true Thursday night when she headlined the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, which is 80 miles from her hometown of Lindale, TX. When she still lived in Texas, Miranda passed that arena on her way to the airport in Dallas and often dreamed of bringing her own show to the venue.

To make the milestone even sweeter, Miranda’s husband, Blake Shelton, surprised the audience to sing a duet. Miranda posted a photograph to Instagram of the couple kissing onstage at the show. The caption reads, “Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud.”


Still on cloud 9 from last night! Thanks @blakeshelton for surprising everyone in Dallas! #hubby #home #family #Texasproud

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Mar 13, 2015 at 9:20am PDT


Blake performed his hit song “Austin” for the crowd, with Miranda joining him on harmony vocals.

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Gary Allan Rediscovering the Beauty of Vinyl Records with His New Turntable

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan‘s latest single, “Hangover Tonight,” was inspired by the classic sounds of Motown, so it’s clear Gary has a love for vintage music. He’s been indulging that passion recently with the purchase of a new record player.

Gary tells ABC Radio, “I’m surprised it took me so long to buy another turntable. So, I’ve been, just all over albums.”

Gary had a few albums from his parents’ record collection he was keeping at his Nashville boutique, The Label. He says, “I think I’ve got a Willie Nelson in there, Hello Walls, and there was a Bobby Darrin, I think, that I just took.”

Gary also swung by Nashville record store Grimey’s to pick up some classic rock albums from Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Listening to those records in their entirety makes Gary realize what is lost in today’s singles-driven, digital music experience.

“People today don’t listen to album cuts,” Gary explains. “I mean, everybody has their own little playlist, and it’s usually singles, and the depth — I think that’s why we’re losing so much depth in music in general is because of that.”

“Hangover Tonight” is the lead single from Gary’s upcoming studio album, due out in the coming months. No word yet on plans for a vinyl release, though.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockReba made a big splash on Broadway starring in which classic musical? ANSWER: Annie Get Your Gun.

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Reba Says She’ll “Never” Write a Follow-Up to Her Bestselling Autobiography, “Reba: My Story”

Image Courtesy CMAReba has lived a lot of life since her 1994 autobiography, Reba: My Story, became a bestseller, but don’t hold your breath for her next memoir. She uses the word “never” when we asked if she would consider writing a book about her experiences conquering Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun, or starring in two network sitcoms. It all goes back to what Reba experienced after her first memoir was published.

“There was stuff on there that I wish I hadn’t have said, and I got my facts wrong,” Reba says, “and it’s so embarrassing when people come up to you and say, ‘You know, that didn’t happen that way.’ I said, ‘You know what, go write your own book. Then you can tell it the way you want to.'”

Reba goes on to say she could only write what she knew back in 1994, and she admits, “Oh my gosh, it was hard.”

This proclamation doesn’t mean you won’t see Reba’s name in the new releases section at the bookstore again. She adds, “I’d like to write a book, but not a story about me.”

Reba prefers to let her music do the talking these days. Her new album, Love Somebody, is due out April 14 featuring the lead single, “Going Out Like That.” Look for Reba to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards a few days later on Sunday, April 19. The show airs that night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts wraps up their Vegas Riot! residency at the Hard Rock Las Vegas this weekend.

Kenny Chesney will preview The Big Revival Tour with a two-hour special at at noon ET on Wednesday, March 18. The trek kicks off March 26 and 27 in Nashville.

Sam Hunt‘s video for “Take Your Time” is out Friday. Entertainment Tonight had a sneak peek of the clip Thursday.

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Jon Pardi Selected as NRA Country Artist of the Month for March

Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/NRAJon Pardi has been chosen as NRA Country Featured Artist for the month of March. Starting now, you can head over to NRA Country’s Facebook page to check out an exclusive performance video from Jon.  A new performance video from him will be posted there each Monday for the rest of the month. Jon is also taking part in a Twitter chat Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. You can tweet questions to @NRACountry using the #NRACPardiChat.

It’s a natural fit for Jon to partner with NRA Country, since he has a lifelong love of the outdoors.  He says, “I grew up in rural Dixon, CA and I’ve been hunting with my father ever since I was a young boy,” says Pardi.  “He taught me how to hunt and shoot, firearm safety and have respect for the outdoors.”

Jon is on the bill for Alan Jackson‘s April 11 show in Nashville, presented by the NRA.

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Keith Urban Wins Two Trophies at Australia’s CMC Awards

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was a big winner at the Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards this week in Australia. He took the International Artist of the Year and International Video of the Year for “Cop Car” at the event in Brisbane. 

Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae were among the performers at the CMC Awards, which coincide with this weekend’s CMC Rocks Queensland festival.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThere is no one in the Eli Young Band actually named Eli Young. What is the lead singer’s name? ANSWER: Mike Eli.

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Darius Rucker Announces Details for Sixth Annual Darius and Friends Benefit Concert

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will host his Sixth Annual Darius and Friends benefit concert June 8 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday at The event has raised more than $439,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the past six years. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch have all performed at Darius and Friends in recent years. This year’s lineup will be announced soon.

Darius will also host his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 9. Last year’s tournament raised more than $120,000 for St. Jude.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan covered Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” during his first of two spring break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday. He’s playing the final show Thursday night.

Brad Paisley will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live next week as the show broadcasts from the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

’80s hitmaker K.T. Oslin will release a new album, Simply, on June 2. The new project features new versions of her hits “Hold Me” and “80s Ladies,” as featured during her recent concerts in Nashville.

Eric Church filed a federal lawsuit in Nashville Tuesday seeking to stop illegal vendors selling unlicensed T-shirts and other merchandise outside his concerts.  Eric is seeking damages from the vendors.  

Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, are enjoying some time off in Key West this week according to her Instagram account. She posted a photograph of Thomas enjoying a Dark and Stormy by the ocean.


A Dark and Stormy for a not so dark and stormy day at the Casa

A photo posted by Lauren Akins (@laur_akins) on Mar 11, 2015 at 1:43pm PDT


Garth Brooks is taking his World Tour to State College, Pennsylvania May 1 and 2. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20 through

Eric Paslay has released the video for his new single, “She Don’t Love You.” The clip was filmed at the Staar Theatre, a historic opera house in south Tennessee.

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