Dierks Bentley Takes Friend Battling Cancer Out for a Spin in His ’67 Camaro

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley often returns to Nashville’s famed bluegrass club, the Station Inn, to catch a show or even sit in with some of his musical heroes. Over the years, Dierks has become close friends with Ann Soyers, the woman who collects cover charges and books talent at the Station Inn. According to The Tennessean, Ann was an early supporter of Dierks’ music before he became a staple of country radio. Now that she’s battling cancer, Dierks has kept a regular vigil at her hospital room in west Nashville. He even took her out for “one last ride” in his vintage ’67 Camaro this week.

Dierks posted a picture on Instagram of their ride. The caption says, “She’s hanging tough. Enjoying good friend and music.”


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Miranda Lambert Taking Annual Cause for the Paws Event to Las Vegas Friday

Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert is taking her seventh annual Cause for the Paws festival to Las Vegas this Friday in conjunction with the first-ever Route 91 Harvest Festival. Miranda will headline the Friday night show, and all proceeds from her appearance will go to her charity, the MuttNation Foundation, to help homeless dogs get a new lease on life.

Miranda says, “I am so excited to be playing Vegas to raise money for a cause so dear to my heart. With your donations, we are able to watch happy, healthy dogs being given a second chance at life through adoption.”

The Cause for the Paws event also includes a sold-out VIP cocktail party prior to Miranda’s show, complete with a live and silent auction of items from Miranda and her husband, Blake Shelton. An online auction will go live on eBay to coincide with the event.

Miranda’s Cause for the Paws raised more than $400,000 event last year in Oklahoma. Overall, the MuttNation Foundation has generated $1.5 million to help dogs in need in the past seven years. For more information, go to MuttNationFoundation.com.


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Brantley Gilbert Carries a Fleet of Harleys on His Let It Ride Tour

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.If Brantley Gilbert ever starts feeling cooped up on his tour bus, he’s got his choice of five Harley-Davdison motorcycles on the road with him all the time. His pal, Harley-Davidson dealership owner Ricky Kelley, actually gave Brantley three motorcycles to take with him on tour, but Brantley couldn’t leave his own hogs at home.

He says, “My newest one and my ’99, I’m so addicted to ‘em, that I end up bringing them out anyway.”

Over the past few years, Brantley has become friends with bikers all over the U.S. who are glad to show him around when he’s in their city.

Brantley explains, “If we don’t know a lot of road systems around there and what roads are good to ride and what’s got a good bit of scenery, these guys will show up and we’ll kind of follow ‘em around and get a good ride during the day.”

Brantley is on the road with his Let It Ride tour through December 13.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lady Antebellum‘s 2007 debut hit? ANSWER: “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich continue promoting their new album, Gravity, with a performance on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Eric Paslay has released “She Don’t Love You” as the new single from his self-titled debut album.


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Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Brings a Much-Needed Female Perspective to Their New Album, “747″

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s new album, 747, comes out this week featuring something most of this fall’s other major country releases don’t have — a female voice. In fact, Lady A’s Hillary Scott sings lead or duet vocals on most of the new album’s 11 tracks, including the lead single, “Bartender.”

It’s not that the group made 747 in response to combat the lack of women in country music.  Hillary tells ABC News Radio , “It just kind of fell that way. I think a lot of songs that we cut that were outside songs weren’t originally duets, and then we made them into duets, which ‘Lie with Me’ was one of those, and then ‘Damn You Seventeen’ another one.”

While “Bartender” is a drinking song,  it’s written and performed from the point of view of a woman. Hillary was especially glad to be the voice singing that song as it topped the country chart.

“It was at such a time where there was so few female songs on radio,” Hillary says. “So, having that female perspective is so important. That’s the majority of who is listening to our music on a daily basis driving in their car. You know, you have to have that voice, that perspective.”

Fans of Lady A’s other lead singer, Charles Kelley, will find plenty of vocals from him on 747, too. Lady Antebellum performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.


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Blake Shelton Finds Inspiration in His Early Hits on New Album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFans of Blake Shelton‘s early hits like “Austin” and “Ol’ Red” should be very happy with his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, available now. While Blake is happy with the progressive sounds of his recent hits “Doing What She Likes” and “Boys ‘Round Here,” he wanted to find a way to incorporate his early country sound in the new music.

Says Blake, “I think we did that. ‘Neon Light,’ I think, is a perfect example of staying true to who I’ve become as an artist but also tipping my hat to that old honky-tonk sound that I started with.”

Blake points to the crowd reaction to his older hits, including “Some Beach,” during his live shows as a big reason for going back to his musical roots.

“They get as big of a reaction still today as ‘Boys ‘Round Here’ and whatever other current song I’ve had,” Blake explains. “So, it shows me that that’s still alive —  that sound, that type of music is still alive.”

In keeping with the theme of going back to his roots, Blake sent his team to his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma, to take photographs for the new album’s artwork. They ended up using a shot of the town’s water tower on the cover of Bringing Back the Sunshine because Blake says, “I’m tired of seeing pictures of myself!”

He adds, “I’ve been looking at that water tower my whole life. It may not be iconic to everyone out there, but it is to me. When I see it, it takes me back to being a kid.”  

Look for Blake to promote Bringing Back the Sunshine with an appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael on Thursday.


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Hunter Hayes Adds Two “Wild Card” Shows to Tattoo (Your Name) Tour

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes had added two “Wild Card” shows to his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour beginning with an October 28 concert at Best Buy Theatre in New York City. The newly scheduled dates continue with a November 29 show at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie in Dallas, Texas. The “Wild Card” shows are named after a track from Hunter’s latest album, Storyline.

Dan + Shay and new country group The Railers join Hunter in the opening slots on the Tattoo (Your Name) Tour.


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George Jones Museum Coming to Downtown Nashville

Image Courtesy Webster PRThe George Jones Museum is coming to Second Avenue in downtown Nashville soon featuring a gift shop, restaurant, event space and music venue. George’s widow, Nancy Jones, will unveil plans for the museum very soon.

She says, “We hope that this will draw George’s friends and fans worldwide to our great city.  George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City.”

George Jones died in April 2013. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.


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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Send Thanks for Support Following Her Father’s Death

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban and Nicole Kidman have shared a word of thanks via Facebook for the encouragement they’ve received since Nicole’s father, Antony Kidman, died unexpectedly. The note reads, “We would just like to thank everyone for their love and prayers over these past couple of weeks. We are all heartbroken but knowing we are in the hearts and thoughts of others is so comforting.” It’s signed, “Sending love, Nic and Keith xx.”

Antony Kidman died earlier this month after suffering a fall in Singapore.


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