Little Big Town Ready to Do Some “Day Drinking” with Kathie Lee and Hoda

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will appear on the fourth hour of NBC’s Today on Tuesday morning. Since they’ll be performing their latest single, “Day Drinking,” LBT couldn’t think of better hosts to talk with about the song than the show’s Kathie Lee and Hoda.

The group’s Karen Fairchild says, “I mean, they always have a glass of wine in their hand.”

Band member Jimi Westbrook adds, “I never really thought about that until we found out we were going on there. I was like, ‘Brilliant! That is their song! Everyday!’”

In all seriousness, Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman is a big fan of Kathie Lee and Hoda.

“We love them,” she says. “We have always loved them. I think their show is just so real and they are who they are.”

Look for Little Big Town to talk about “Day Drinking” as well as their upcoming album, Pain Killer, due out this fall.


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Brad Paisley’s Firefighter Father Inspired Song on “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Soundtrack

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley sings two songs on the soundtrack to the new Disney film Planes: Fire & Rescue, including one he wrote from personal experience, “All In.” The movie is all about firefighting, and Brad tells ABC News Radio he has a lot of family members in that line of work.

“My dad was, or is, a firefighter,” Brad says. “He’s retired. Doesn’t really do it now. My brother-in-law is also a full-time firefighter. Used to be an L.A. firefighter. It was a chance to pay tribute to them in a movie.”

He adds, “My favorite line in the song is, ‘Where there’s smoke and flames, and everybody needs out, I’m all in.’”

Brad also sings a song called “Runway Romance” on the soundtrack, due out July 15. Listen for him to make a voice cameo in Planes: Fire & Rescue, hitting theaters in 3D on July 18.

As for the film itself, Brad says, “It’s really inspiring, actually. It’s a really interesting take on firefighting, ’cause really the whole movie’s about these vehicles that fight fires.”

Brad previously contributed two songs to the 2006 Disney film Cars.


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Justin Moore and Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” Video Premiering Tuesday

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesJustin Moore and Motley Crue‘s new video for “Home Sweet Home” premieres Tuesday on RollingStone.com. The song will go to radio and hit iTunes that day, too. Justin and the guys in Motley Crue hit some of the honky tonks on Nashville’s Lower Broadway for the clip, and a behind-the-scenes feature on the video is now posted at RollingStoneCountry.com.

“Home Sweet Home” is the lead single from the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Country Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 15. Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker are among the other stars covering Crue hits on the project.


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Zac Brown Band Joins Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Lineup

Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has joined the lineup for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on NBC this Friday night. Hunter Hayes and Miranda Lambert are among the previously announced performers along with Enrique Iglesias, Lionel Richie and Ariana Grande.

Nick Cannon hosts the two-hour 4th of July special at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The show broadcasts live from the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.


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Taylor Swift Keeping Elite Company on “Forbes” Celebrity 100 List

Image Courtesy Sarah BarlowTaylor Swift is keeping pretty elite company on Forbes‘ Annual Celebrity 100 list. She comes in at #18 on the countdown of the world’s most powerful famous people. Toby Keith is ranked at #51 thanks to his touring schedule and multiple business ventures, while Kenny Chesney is ranked at #71.  Beyoncé tops the list, which is based on income, influence and power.

Here are Forbes’ top 10 Most Powerful Celebrities.  To see the full rankings, go to Forbes.com.

1. Beyoncé Knowles, $115 million
2. LeBron James, $72 million
3. Dr. Dre, $620 million
4. Oprah Winfrey, $82 million
5. Ellen DeGeneres, $70 million
6. Jay Z, $60 million
7. Floyd Mayweather, $105 million
8. Rihanna, $48 million
9. Katy Perry, $40 million
10. Robert Downey Jr., $75 million



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What Can’t Kelly Clarkson Can’t Wait for Her Baby to Do?

Justin Lubin/NBCWhen a new baby arrives, most parents start looking forward to the day he or she sleeps through the night, or is toilet trained, or old enough to say “Mommy.”  Kelly Clarkson, however, is looking forward to something much simpler from her new baby daughter, River Rose.

“Is it weird that I wait every day to hear my little baby laugh?” she tweeted. “I just really want to hear her giggle and all I get are quirky smiles :)”

River Rose, the first child for Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, arrived June 12.   Kelly shared a photo of the baby on Twitter on June 20, calling her, “the greatest thing on the planet.”  Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.


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Kenny Chesney Takes a Step Forward with New Album, “The Big Revival,” Due Out September 23

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney‘s new album, The Big Revival, is due out September 23 featuring his latest single, “American Kids.” His pal Grace Potter makes a guest appearance on the project along with Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski. Kenny took the summer off the road to make sure he got the new album right, and the title, The Big Revival, points to the renewed passion Kenny feels for his music.

He says, “After all this time, if I can’t push myself and give the fans something that inspires them, that gets them pumped up, there’s no reason to just make a record to make a record.”

While Kenny kept an eye on country radio while making The Big Revival, he made sure his new songs would relate to his fans’ everyday lives.

“There’s so much more to country than trucks, creek beds and cut-offs,” Kenny says with a laugh. “That stuff is fun, but when you look at how people really dig in and work, the things they face every day, you wanna remind ’em how hardcore they really are, show ’em that and also show ’em that you know there’s more to ’em than people might think.”

The music video for “American Kids” is now posted on Vevo.

 

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Billy Currington Is Country Music’s Shoeless Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleYou won’t see Billy Currington joining the growing list of country stars with their own shoe lines. In fact, you’ll rarely see Billy wear any shoes at all. He’s been going barefoot since his childhood just outside Savannah, Georgia. Unless it actually wintertime, Billy won’t put shoes on for anyone.

Billy says with a laugh, “I’ve definitely been some places in the past few years barefoot, where they’re like, ‘Hey man, you got some shoes or you’re not coming in.’ So, I just don’t go in.”

He even goes shoeless when he’s exercising.

“I’ve been running barefoot for so long, not all the time, but probably half the time, you know, eight, 10 miles,” Billy explains, “and so my feet, they’re used to it.”

Billy is performing barefoot all over the country this summer. His tour dates are posted at BillyCurrington.com.


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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Dierks Bentley hit is titled after the Los Angeles police code for involuntary psychiatric hold? ANSWER: “5-1-5-0.”


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Dolly Parton Duets with Richie Sambora, Gets Huge Sales Award on European Tour

Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton had a huge weekend in the U.K., starting with her show at London’s O2 Arena. Bon Jovi‘s Richie Sambora joined her onstage for a duet of “Lay Your Hands on Me, which Dolly covered on her latest album, Blue Smoke.

Dolly’s European tour continued with a Sunday set at the Glastonbury Music Festival in Somerset, England. Before the show, Dolly was presented with a plaque commemorating worldwide sales of 100 million albums over the course of her career.

“I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales, Dolly says.  “What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years.”

Dolly’s European trek continues through a July 14 show in Switzerland.


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