Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Darius Rucker album features his Grammy-winning hit, “Wagon Wheel”? ANSWER: True Believers.


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Stars for Second Harvest Benefit Concert Set for June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium

Image Courtesy Second HarvestThe 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest concert is coming up Tuesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Every year, hit songwriter Craig Wiseman recruits his famous pals like Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban to perform at the acoustic show. This year’s star-studded lineup will be announced soon.

Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.  Craig hopes to raise $150,000 with this year’s show. Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.


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Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mom Has Cancer: “She Wanted You to Know”

Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsOur thoughts go out to Taylor Swift, who has revealed via Tumblr that her mom, Andrea, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Taylor explains, “I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.”

She then goes on to explain that for Christmas, she asked her mother to get screened for health issues.  That’s when she received the cancer diagnosis. 

Describing herself as “saddened,” Taylor adds, “I’d like to keep the details of her condition and treatment plans private, but she wanted you to know.”  Taylor goes on to say the reason her mother wanted her to go public is so that Taylor’s fans will think about reminding their own parents to get checked, which “could possibly lead to an early diagnosis and an easier battle…or peace of mind in knowing that they’re healthy and there’s nothing to worry about.”

In addition, Taylor writes, “She wanted you to know why she may not be at as many shows this tour. She’s got an important battle to fight.”

Taylor finishes by saying, “Thank you for caring about my family so much that she would want me to share this information with you.  I hope and pray that you never get news like this.”



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“Nashville” Recap: “This Just Ain’t a Good Day for Leaving”

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Sadie Stone‘s future hung in the balance as she faced criminal charges for shooting her abusive ex-husband, Pete. As you’ll recall, Luke Wheeler drove up to the scene after Sadie shot Pete, but he stretched the truth and told police he saw Pete actually attacking Sadie. The D.A. decided she acted in self-defense, so Sadie went free. Instead of acting on her growing feelings for Luke, Sadie left Nashville to go put her life back together in her native West Virginia.

Juliette Barnes was in a full-on hormonal rage as she put the finishing touches on her baby shower. Her husband, Avery Barkley, was on the road, so Juliette was left to host the party alone. She grew increasingly agitated as she got news fellow country stars Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgaves had to cancel their RSVPs at the last minute.

After a few rounds of throwing decorations and yelling at her staff, Juliette was so worked up her water broke. Rayna Jaymes helped her get to the hospital, and Avery made it in from the road in time to welcome their new baby. You’ll have to wait until next week to find out the name they’ve chosen for the little one, but the lullaby they sang for their new daughter, “Hold Me in Your Arms,” is now available on iTunes.

 Gunnar Scott and Scarlett O’Conner went on with their Triple Exes performance without Avery. Still jealous from discovering Scarlett spent the night with her new doctor boyfriend, Gunnar finally worked up the nerve to tell Scarlett he wanted to rekindle their romance. Scarlett told Gunnar it was too late, but their musical connection was strong as ever as they performed the new song, “Longer,” as a duo.

So, will Scarlett and Gunnar ever find their way back to each other? Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar, hasn’t given up on the couple.

He says, “I think there’s hope for the two of them romantically maybe further down the line. I don’t know if they’re in the best place right now, but I’m sure Nashville could take us there.”

Since Scarlett and Gunnar’s duets have been some of the biggest iTunes hits from Nashville’s three seasons, Sam is certain they’ll continue singing together.

“I think the fans have been so loyal and appreciative of that sort of folky, Americana thing that the two of them do,” he says. “I think we should see more of that, and I hope to see more of that.”

Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker‘s latest album, Southern Style, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with 51,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It’s his fourth consecutive country album to pull off that feat.

Look for country newcomer Chris Stapleton to make his network TV debut performing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 14.

Little Big Town has released a moody, black-and-white video for their latest hit, “Girl Crush.”


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Sam Hunt Feels Like the Newest of This Year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees

Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt has scored his first ACM nomination in the New Artist of the Year category even though his #1-selling debut album, Montevallo, just came out last October. Since then, Sam has posted two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time.”

Even with all that success, Sam says, “I still really feel like too new to be New Artist of the Year, but so many good things have happened over the last several months that have allowed us to reach so many people. It’s phenomenal.”

Sam will be taking part in the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. He’s also performing the ACM Party for a Cause festival the Saturday before the ACM’s are handed out. As always, Sam’s band mates will be on stage with him in Texas, and he looks forward to sharing this experience with the guys he calls “my best friends in the world.”

“We’re all doing this for the first time, so all these things that we’re experiencing are firsts for all of us,” Sam explains, “and that really is what makes it special for me.”

Sam is nominated in the ACM New Artist of the Year category along with Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell. Fan voting in that category is now open at VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced live on the ACM Awards April 19 on CBS.


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Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Kacey Musgraves Featured on Carole King Tribute Concert DVD

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride are among the country stars featured on a new DVD and Blu-ray release honoring Carole King. Due out on June 23, A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King was filmed in January 2014 at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes also are among the artists performing on the concert along with Lady Gaga, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys and Gloria Estefan.

Carole also takes the stage to perform, both on her own and with her dear friend and recent touring partner, James Taylor. The DVD and Blu-ray is now available for pre-order at ShoutFactory.com.

“Hi-De-Ho (That Old Sweet Roll)” — LeAnn Rimes and Steven Tyler
“So Far Away” – P!nk and Paul Mirkovich
“I Feel the Earth Move” — Train
“You’ve Got a Friend” — Lady Gaga
“It’s Too Late” — Gloria Estefan
“Love Makes the World”/“Where Is the Love?” — will.i.am and Leah McFall
“Beautiful ” — Sara Bareilles, Zac Brown, Jason Mraz, and Raining Jane
“Way Over Yonder” — Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill and Darlene Love
“Where You Lead” — Jesse & Joy
“Crying in the Rain” — Miguel and Kacey Musgraves
“(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” — Alicia Keys
“Been to Canaan” — Jennifer Nettles
“I’m Into Something Good” — Amy Grant
“It Might As Well Rain Until September” — Miranda Lambert
“One Fine Day” — Martina McBride
“Up on the Roof” — James Taylor
“Home Again” — Carole King, Moez Dawad and Ahmad A. El Haggar
“Sweet Seasons” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Hey Girl” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Will You Love Me Tomorrow” — Carole King and James Taylor
“Jazzman” — Carole King and Tom Scott


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David Nail Debuts New Song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail debuted his new song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. He wrote the song for his wife, Catherine, and it’s expected to be included on David’s new studio album, which he is now recording. His two-song appearance also included the #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got.”

David’s Opry appearance is part of the show’s nine-month 90th anniversary celebration. Go to Opry.com to see who’s playing in the coming weeks.


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Dierks Bentley Added as a Headliner for Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Concert Vacation

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has been added as a headline performer for Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert vacation coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Luke will headline two nights of the beachfront concert series in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and another headliner will be announced soon for the remaining night of the trip.

Travel packages for this January’s Crash My Playa event go on sale Thursday, April 9 at CrashMyPlaya.com.


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Scotty McCreery Trying to Track Down Couple Who Used “See You Tonight” to Get Engaged

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is on the lookout for a couple who got engaged on a Southwest airlines flight while his hit song, “See You Tonight,” played over the intercom. In the latest issue of Southwest: The Magazine, Greg Freyer wrote in telling the story of how he surprised his girlfriend by hopping on her flight as she went to fly home after visiting him. He got on the plane without his girlfriend seeing him and had the flight crew help him pull off the big reveal.

Greg writes, “After takeoff, a flight attendant announced that a debit card with my girlfriend’s name on it had been found. When they handed it to her, ‘See You Tonight’ by Scotty McCreery started playing. I walked up from the back row, took the intercom and proposed!”

Scotty read this story during a recent flight on Southwest, and now he is trying to track down Greg and his fiancée.

Says Scott, “I’d love to give Greg and his fiancée tickets to a show and have them come backstage so we can meet and celebrate their engagement. I hope Greg hears that I’m looking for him and that he e-mails my team at info@ScottyMcCreery.com so we can connect.”

Scotty is playing several headlining shows before joining up with Rascal Flatts for a summer tour starting next month.



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