Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama will kick off the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts Thursday, June 5 with a full performance at LP Field. This appearance marks Alabama’s first time performing at CMA Music Festival, formerly known as Fan Fair, in 19 years.

Luke Bryan will serve as the grand marshal for the FedEx 400 benefit Autism Speaks NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway Sunday. The race starts at 1 p.m. ET on FOX.

Joe Nichols joins Lady Antebellum for a trio of concert dates this weekend starting Friday night in Cincinnati.

Luke Bryan takes fans to a recent Nashville concert featuring fellow Georgia musicians Cole Swindell, Jason Aldean and more in the new installment of LBTV.


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Get a Sneak Preview of Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry’s CMT “Crossroads” Performance

CMTKacey Musgraves and Katy Perry‘s CMT Crossroads episode doesn’t premiere until June 13, but a sneak peek of their duet on Katy’s song “Roar” is now posted at People.com.

In addition to that pop hit, Kacey and Katy trade vocals on Kacey’s breakthrough single “Merry Go Round” and later hit “Follow Your Arrow.” Covers of Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and Dolly Parton‘s “Here You Come Again” round out the Crossroads set list.

This installment of CMT Crossroads marks the show’s 50th episode.


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Kenny Chesney Gets Big Honor from “Billboard”; Teases New Music Coming Soon

Sony Music NashvilleEven though he’s taken the year off the road, Kenny Chesney is still being recognized for his achievements in the touring industry. Just this week, Billboard named Kenny the only country artist in the top 10 touring acts from 1990 to 2014, with nearly 13 million tickets sold. That puts Kenny at #9 on the list, behind the likes of the Rolling Stones, U2, and Bruce Springsteen.

Kenny has been using his time off the road to work on a new album, and fans can expect to hear those songs on the road next year.  He says, “These songs are gonna rock live; but more importantly, they say a whole lot about how the fans live. I can’t wait to play ’em onstage.”

Though his record label can’t confirm anything just yet, Kenny tweeted the date 9/30/2014 earlier this week. That may indicate we can expect to hear something from him on that date. Regardless, Kenny expects to release his new album by the end of the year.


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Rascal Flatts, Cassadee Pope and More Join Presenters Lineup for “2014 CMT Music Awards”

CMTRascal Flatts, Cassadee Pope and LeAnn Rimes are among the first presenters announced for the 2014 CMT Music Awards next week in Nashville. Actors Beth Behrs, Brooklyn Decker, James Van Der Beek, and Kate Walsh will also hand out trophies, along with CMT’s Broken Skull Ranch host Steve Austin.

Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban are all performing on the show, along with several of country’s other top stars. Fan voting for the 2014 CMT Music Awards is now open at CMT.com.

The 2014 CMT Music Awards broadcast live on CMT Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET.


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Luke Bryan Is “People Country” Sexiest Man 2014

People CountryLuke Bryan has been named People Country‘s Sexiest Man 2014, and in the cover story, he opens up about what he finds sexy in a woman.

“Confidence, and the ability to wing it and the ability to get fancied up and pretty,” Luke says. “I love the whole girl-next-door thing, the whole thing of, you know you’re pretty but not going too far with it.”

Of course, Luke’s wife Caroline embodies all of these qualities, and she’s not asking for much from Luke in return. She just wants him to stay off his mobile phone when they have dinner at a restaurant.

Says Luke, “The best thing for me is to leave it in the car and then I know I won’t answer it. Whenever I’m like, ‘I left my phone in the car,’ she’s like, ‘Ooh — special!’ “

Luke and 51 of country’s other hottest guys are featured in the new issue of People Country, on stands Friday.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of the first Pistol Annies album? ANSWER: Hell on Heels.


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Randy Houser, Love and Theft, Cassadee Pope Added to Gulf Coast Jam Lineup

EB Media PRRandy Houser, Love and Theft, Cassadee Pope, Jon Pardi, Casey James, and Big & Rich have joined the lineup for the 2nd Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Labor Day weekend, August 29 through 31 in Panama City Beach, FL. Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley were previously announced as this year’s headliners.

Tickets for the event are available at GulfCoastJam.com.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney tweeted the date “9.30.14,” which could mean he’s got new music coming out on that date. He’s been in the studio in the past few months working on a new album.

Angaleena Presley of Pistol Annies fame has signed a new record deal and will release her first full-length album this fall.

Sara Evans will perform on PBS’s A Capitol Fourth special July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Brothers Osborne, The Henningsens, Leah Turner and Kristian Bush will perform at the Great American Country Breakfast concert series June 5 through 8 at the Music City Center in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival. For more information, go to GACTV.com/Breakfast.

Love and Theft and Josh Thompson will headline NRA Country’s 2nd Annual Fan Club Party Thursday, June 5 at Margaritaville in Nashville. The event is free that morning and fans will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Florida Georgia Line will perform at the 2014 Miss USA pageant airing June 8 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Fans attending George Strait‘s final tour stop at AT&T Stadium in Texas on June 7 will want to check out the venue’s policy on purses and handbags. More information can be found at GeorgeStrait.com.

Dolly Parton‘s new video for “Home” is now airing on Vevo.


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Jon Pardi Serenades “The Bachelorette” This Monday Night

UMG NashvilleJon Pardi helps set a romantic mood on Monday’s episode of The Bachelorette. This season’s bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, and one of her suitors will watch Jon perform his song “Happens All the Time” during their date.

Jon filmed the performance a few weeks back at the Mohegan Sun casino. He says, “It had this really cool backdrop that the guys had scouted out. It was like this big waterfall kind of looking thing.”

Andi and her date danced while Jon performed “It Happens All the Time.”

He adds with a laugh, “That’s like the most countriest song pretty much that’s ever gonna be on The Bachelorette.”

Jon’s appearance on The Bachelorette airs Monday, June 2 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Carrie Underwood’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Performance Airing Saturday Night

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Carrie Underwood‘s performance at last month’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony will air Saturday night at 9 ET on HBO. Carrie joined Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow to sing big hits from inductee Linda Ronstadt‘s catalog, including “Blue Bayou,” “You’re No Good,” and “It’s So Easy.”

Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Nirvana and KISS are among this year’s other inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


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