Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Zac Brown Band‘s recording studios in Nashville? ANSWER: Southern Ground.

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Tyler Farr Indulges His Love for Sad Country Songs on New Album, “Suffer in Peace”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr‘s new album, Suffer in Peace, is out this week. As you might have guessed from the title, there are plenty of sad country songs on the new project, including his latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” Tyler named the album after one of the songs on the project, and he knew it would grab people’s attention.

Tyler tells ABC Radio, “Suffer in Peace, for me, the title is kind of like a book, where you read a chapter, and if it’s good and interesting, you want to read more and dig more into it –‘I wonder what the rest of it’s gonna be like,’ you know?  That’s why I picked the title for the album.”

Other album cuts, like “Withdrawals” and “I Don’t Even Want This Beer,” pull no punches when it comes to addressing heartbreak. While there are a few uptempo songs on Suffer in Peace, Tyler felt it was important to honor his love of classic country music with those sad ballads.

“I’m not a trendsetter,” Tyler says. “That’s been going on for years all the way back to Hank Williams to now. So, I’m just trying to keep it alive.”

He adds, “There’s a lot of stuff going on right now [in country music] that’s all happy, rays-of-sunshine and flower songs, so I think a lot of other people got all the ‘Happy Happy Joy Joy’ stuff covered, so I guess I gotta cover the darker end of the spectrum, which I’m fine with ’cause I’m a sucker for sad songs.”

Fans looking for some lighter fare will find it on Tyler’s album-opening song, “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.,” and his duet with Jason Aldean, “Damn Good Friends.”

Tyler says of his song selection for Suffer in Peace, “We tried to create a painting that had something for everyone.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is getting back together with his rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, to perform “Hold My Hand” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night. The group’s appearance on Letterman essentially launched Hootie’s career in the mid-’90s, and they’re making a rare appearance on the show in honor of his last month on the air.

Tim McGraw sits down for an interview and gives a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday afternoon.

Jana Kramer is set to perform her new single, “I Got the Boy,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night.

Lee Brice has released “That Don’t Sound Like You” as the new single from his latest album, I Don’t Dance.

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A Thousand Horses, Kelsea Ballerini and More Playing Free Shows at CMA Music Festival

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses, Keslea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, CAM, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray are among the new artists performing at the CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Plaza Stage outside Nashville Bridgestone Arena. These concerts are free and open to the public during each day during the festival which runs from June 11 through 14.

Lauren Alaina, Greg Bates, Nashville star Chris Carmack and Sunny Sweeney are on the bill for the Belk Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park that weekend, too.

Go to for a full list of talent performing free shows during CMA Music Festival this June in Music City.

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Randy Houser Releases Progressive New Single, “We Went,” to Country Radio

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Stoney CreekRandy Houser‘s new single, “We Went,” has been delivered to country radio and will be available for download on Monday, May 18. It’s the lead release from Randy’s upcoming studio album, the follow up to his hit 2013 project, How Country Feels.

As for the new single, Randy tells Rolling Stone, “The song is about hanging out, a little bit of danger, running from the cops — all things I grew up doing (well, maybe avoiding the cops is more accurate). But rhythmically and lyrically it’s more progressive than what I’ve ever done.”

Randy will be performing “We Went” on the road with Luke Bryan‘s Kick the Dust Up tour starting this Friday night.

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Eric Church Admits It Took Him Awhile to Adjust to Playing Arena Shows

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church feels right at home headlining arenas on The Outsiders World Tour, but he admits he didn’t handle his first arena tour very well. His third album, Chief, had just broken through to country radio when he started playing those big rooms in early 2012.

Eric tells the Asbury Park Press, “We came from where we were really in our element in these bars, clubs, theaters, and we just owned those places. And then all of a sudden we’re an arena act. And what I found is I was a little insecure in the fact that I didn’t know how to play an arena.”

Eric only had a few country radio hits at the time and didn’t realize fans were also coming to hear him sing his notable album cuts, like “These Boots” and “Pledge Allegiance to the Hag.” Now, those songs get just as much reaction from the crowd as his #1 hits “Springsteen” and “Talladega.”

Says Eric, “With this tour, we’ve just been more confident to go out and play things that maybe people haven’t heard as much of, those album cuts. The real fans that are there, they know everything.”

Eric continues The Outsiders World Tour Thursday night in Boston.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Tim McGraw‘s 2014 tour? ANSWER: Sundown Heaven Town tour.

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Miranda Lambert in No Hurry to Move on from Her ACM, CMA and Grammy-Winning Album, “Platinum”

Image Courtesy RCA RecordsMiranda Lambert‘s latest release, Platinum, will be a hard act to follow since it’s been named ACM and CMA Album of the Year and won the Best Country Album Grammy in the past few months. Since she’s only on the third single form the project, “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda is in no hurry to start work on her next album, anyway.

She says, “I definitely am still riding out Platinum. I’m not even close to being tired of it yet. I feel like it’s brand-new, even though it’s been out a year.”

Miranda is proud of the impact Platinum has had on women in country music, too. The second single, “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood, is  a rare country duet between two female acts. She recently shared Song of the Year honors at the ACM Awards with her “Automatic” co-writers Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon, too.

“I guess I’m inspired because of everything that’s going on in country music right now,” Miranda syas. “Winning Song with Natalie and Nicolle, it’s three female songwriters and artists in their own right, and that makes me really excited for the future of females in country music.”

Miranda is playing select shows this summer, including a June 6 date at Soldier Field in Chicago with Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival tour.

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Eric Paslay and Fiancée Tie the Knot

UMG NashvilleEric Paslay is a married man. He tied the knot with music publisher Natalie Harker at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee, on Sunday, according to People magazine.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 200 guests.

Commenting on her champagne-colored Vera Wang wedding dress, Harker tells People, “This was one of the only dresses I saw that had that old-world elegance to it. I think it’s just really, really beautiful.”  

Paslay says of his bride, “[The best part] is knowing that my best friend is the steady star in my sky, and knowing that she’ll always be there.”

They will spend their honeymoon in Italy.

Paslay and Harker, both 32, got engaged last December. They had dated for two years but had been friends for seven.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley was on hand for the opening of the new George Jones Museum in Nashville Thursday night.

Garth Brooks has added a Thursday, May 28 show at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee to his previously-announced shows there May 29, 30 and 31.

Look for Lee Brice to sing “Drinking Class” on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night.

Randy Houser released a snippet of a new song on Instagram Friday. The caption reads, “New music coming soon! #WeWent.”

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New music coming soon! #WeWent

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