Kellie Pickler Unveils New ‘Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler’ Home Goods Collection

Sheri Oneal Photography/Grand Ole OpryKellie Pickler has partnered with the Grand Ole Opry to launch a new home goods collection — Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler. The line is named for Kellie’s great-grandmother, who inspired Kellie’s design choices on the collection’s picture frames, dishes, aprons, candles and select furniture pieces.

Says Kellie, “My great-grandmother had a simple, loving touch that made her house a home like no other.  It’s really nice being able to take things I know she would have loved and create a line inspired by her.”

You can check out the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler now at the store at Opry.com or at one of the two Grand Ole Opry retail stores in Nashville.


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Easton Corbin’s Third Album, “About to Get Real,” Due Out June 30

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin‘s third album, About to Get Real, will be out June 30. The project features Easton’s latest top-15 hit, “Baby Be My Love Song.”

As for that album title, Easton explains, “When country fans listen to this album, I want them to take away that even though the music mixes the modern with the classic, it’s entirely real. Like the music of my heroes, it’s the real deal.”

Look for Easton’s new video for “Baby Be My Love Song” on Vevo.


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ACM Backstage App Offers Fans Unprecedented Access to the ACM Awards

Image Courtesy ACMThe new ACM Backstage app gives you an unprecedented view behind the scenes of this Sunday’s 50th Annual ACM Awards. Live cameras placed throughout AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will be streaming footage to the app all night as the show broadcasts live on CBS. Viewers will get access to red carpet footage, the backstage press room, and exclusive messages from artists on the show following their performances.

Also, fans who use the Shazam app during the CBS broadcast will be entered to win a trip for two to next Year’s ACM Awards, as well as a guitar autographed by co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

Download the ACM Backstage and Shazam apps at iTunes or Google Play. Go to ACMBackstage.com for more details.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Releasing New Album, “Django and Jimmie”

Image Courtesy Sony LegacyCountry icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are releasing a new album together June 2.  Titled Django and Jimmie, the title track pays tribute to the relationship between jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Rodgers.

Willie explains, “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.”

Willie and Merle also take solo turns on selections from each other’s respective catalogs on the new project.  Willie wrote a few new tracks for Django and Jimmie, too.

Merle says, “[There’s] new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager.”

Willie and Merle first found success together with their #1-selling 1983 album, Pancho & Lefty. They’ve recorded and toured together several times since then.

Here’s the Django and Jimmie track listing:

“Django and Jimmie”
“It’s All Going to Pot”
“Unfair Weather Friend”
“Missing Ol’ Johnny Cash”
“Live This Long”
“Alice in Hulaland”
“Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
“Family Bible”
“It’s Only Money”
“Swinging Doors”
“Where Dreams Come to Die”
“Somewhere Between”
“Driving the Herd”
“The Only Man Wilder Than Me”


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Thomas Rhett Streaming Live Concert from Dallas Friday Night on Yahoo Music

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is kicking off the ACM Awards weekend with a live streaming concert on Yahoo Music Friday night at 9 ET. He’ll perform at the legendary club Gilley’s in Dallas as part of the Ram Country Live! series.  You can watch at RamCountry.Yahoo.com/Thomas-Rhett-Live.

“I can’t think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley’s,” Thomas says. “It’s one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren’t in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool.”

Thomas is up for the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award; voting is still going on at VoteACM.com. Thomas will be performing “Make Me Wanna” on the 50th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts is married to former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Tiffany Fallon? ANSWER: Joe Don Rooney.


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Rascal Flatts “Humbled and Honored” with ACM Vocal Group of the Year Nomination

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has been named ACM Vocal Group of the Year seven times since they first took the category in 2002, but it’s been a few years since they’ve been nominated in that category. The rise of vocal groups like Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town has made that award one of the toughest to win, so the Flatts are excited to be back in the running this year.

“You miss what you don’t have,” says lead singer Gary LeVox. “So, we were just so humbled and honored. We were just filled with joy.”

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus admits he had stopped looking at the ACM nominations in the past few years because he just assumed they wouldn’t be in the running anymore. Looking back on the morning the ACM nominations were announced earlier this year, Jay says, “It was a fantastic way to start the day. I had so many great emails and phone calls from friends, from people that were pulling for us to be back in there. I was really speechless.”

Look for Rascal Flatts to collaborate with Christina Aguilera on this Sunday’s 50th Annual ACM Awards. The show broadcasts live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Garth Brooks Reveals Knoxville Show Dates

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Knoxville, TN May 29 and 30 at the Thompson Boling Arena.

Tickets for the show, Garth’s first Birmingham dates in over 18 years, go on sale Friday, April 24 through KnoxvilleTickets.com. 

As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com.  Garth’s also making a major push there for fans to give him their vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year.  The 50th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 on CBS.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry is performing July 28 through 30 aboard Carnival Cruise ships docked in Nassau as part of the cruise line’s Carnival LIVE concert series. Go to Carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE for details.

Sam Hunt will headline the first Country Night Lights festival September 26 in Athens, Ohio, according to Billboard. More stars will be added to the lineup soon.

Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman has released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, available now online and at bookstores everywhere.

Billy Currington, Reba, Big & Rich and Chris Young are among the stars playing the Country Life Music Festival April 24 through 26 in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Darius Rucker remembered R&B legend Percy Sledge, who died Tuesday at age 73, with a tweet saying, “We lost a legend today. Prayers to Percy Sledge’s family, may he rest in peace.” Percy Sledge was best known for his 1966 classic, “When a Man Loves a Woman.”


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Dierks Bentley Isn’t Preparing Speeches for Sunday Night’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley has seven nominations going into Sunday night’s 50th Annual ACM Awards, including nods for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, with Riser. The songs on that project, including “I Hold On” and “Drunk on a Plane,” have catapulted Dierks’ career to new heights as a headliner on the road.

He says of the recognition from the ACM, “I’ve been nominated for some stuff along the way, but to get the seven ACM nominations kinda at the end of that whole cycle is just icing on the cake, and I couldn’t be more proud for everyone in my camp. It’s just really awesome.”

Dierks won his first ACM Award back in 2004 with he took the New Artist of the Year category. Now that he’s older, Dierks says, “I have a lot more gratitude and perspective. Just being nominated is awesome, but it’d be fun to win.”

While Dierks is fully prepared for his performance on Sunday night’s ACM broadcast, he isn’t writing any acceptance speeches ahead of time.

He says, “It would be straight from the heart and it’d be very loud and probably a lot of arm motions. It’d be a lot of fun.”

The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.


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