Darius Rucker to Announce CMA Nominees on “Good Morning America” September 3

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will announce the nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards on ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, September 3. He'll also perform his brand-new single, "Homegrown Honey," during the appearance.

Says Darius, "I know what it feels like to be nominated for a CMA Award, and I was happy to accept the invitation to announce the final nominees and have this opportunity to deliver good news to my friends in the industry."

He adds, "Set the alarm guys, this is worth waking up for.”

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be handed out live in Nashville and broadcast on ABC Wednesday, November 5.

In other Darius news, he'll perform at the 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Show September 3 at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. The show will be streamed live that night at CMASongwritersSeries.com.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Luke Bryan's fan club? ANSWER: The Nut House.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kenny Chesney Ready to Get the Band Back Together at Saturday’s Flora-Bama Show

Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is primed and ready to entertain his fans at the Flora-Bama Lounge on the Gulf Coast this Saturday. He hasn't been on stage with his band in almost a year, so Kenny plans to keep the show loose and just have fun with it all.

He says, "We might not have a set list until that day, which is kind of cool 'cause we're going to have a lot of new music we're gonna play. Who knows. We're gonna play for a while that day."

Of course, Kenny is referring to songs from his upcoming album, The Big Revival, due out September 23. It's been a while since Kenny recorded the vocals for that project, so he's been working to get his vocal cords strong for the show.

"Your vocal cords are like a muscle," Kenny explains. "It's like anything else. If you don't use 'em, they get weak."

Kenny's also going back over the lyrics to his biggest hits so he doesn't forget the words on stage.

He says with a laugh,"I haven't sang any of these songs in a year or over."

While the Flora-Bama show is free, fans have to have wristbands to get into the show. Those passes were all claimed very quickly after becoming available online a few weeks back.

He says, "It made me feel so good that so many people wanted those wristbands. That they cared. It's just gonna be a fun, fun, fun day of music and getting everybody together and just enjoying the atmosphere and the environment of the Flora-Bama."

Of note, show organizers are asking fans without wristbands to stay away from the Flora-Bama this weekend. According to AL.com, the show will be taped for a TV special, so fans who can't make it to the show can look forward to seeing highlights at a later date.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line to Release New Album, “Anything Goes,” on October 14

Image Courtesy Republic Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Before Florida Georgia Line rocked the stage Friday at Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series, they made a special announcement fans have been waiting for.

"We got some new information on our brand new album, record two," Brian Kelley teased, before saying, "Release date is October 14th, 2014."

Tyler Hubbard then dished on the album's title. "We had to call this one Anything Goes. That's our motto for the album too," he said to cheers from New York City's Central Park.

The country duo said the album is very much inspired by where they are in their careers right now.

"It's just where we are in life at this point, and where we've grown and who we've become," Tyler added. "And to be honest we've learned a lot from our fans. We've learned a lot from playing every single night for the last three years. So we're excited. We tried to step up our game and we're ready for you guys to hear it."

During the concert, FGL performed their brand new single "Dirt," and also rocked out to "Cruise." They later revealed the album cover via Instagram.

 
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Sam Hunt makes his Grand Ole Opry debut on August 19.

Condolences to David Nail, whose grandmother, Opal Brents, passed away Thursday in Missouri.

Time for a random tweet from Brett Eldredge: "I wish salsa dancing was actually just about doing a weird dance while eating salsa....I love salsa."


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift: “I Have to Try a Little Harder” to Look Good After a Gym Workout in NYC

Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift always seems to look great, even after a workout out at the gym.

Taylor, who lives in New York City these days, has been photographed a number of times coming out of the gym after a workout looking like she’s ready to walk the red carpet at an awards show.

During an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Thursday, the singer explained that she feels she always needs to look her best when she’s walking around the Big Apple.

“I just feel like when I walk out onto the sidewalk in New York…I have to try a little harder.”

The 24-year-old singer denied the tabloid rumor that she spends an hour getting dressed after her workout. “That’s ridiculous,” she insists.

Taylor was on Late Night to promote her appearance in the film The Giver, opening Friday, as well as her Yahoo! worldwide live stream next Monday.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Luke Bryan Welcomes Fellow Georgia Boy Brantley Gilbert for Tonight’s Stadium Show in Philadelphia

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan welcomes Brantley Gilbert on the bill for his show at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Friday night, and fans at the concert are in for a special treat from the two Georgia boys.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, "I've got to call him because we're going to work on some cool stuff to kind of collaborate on for that show. So, we're excited about having him out."

The Philadelphia show is just the latest stadium date on Luke's That's My Kind of Night tour. Though the show has some similarities to his regular arena shows, Luke tries to make the most of playing such large venues.

"We shoot off a bunch of fireworks at the end of the show," he explains, "but then we do have intimate moments. I feel like it gets real small in that feel, and I think that's a special moment for your show. I try to do the whole emotion of everything no matter where I’m playing a show."

So, what advice would he give to other country stars hoping to headline those big stadiums someday.

Says Luke, "The only way to learn how to play stadiums is to walk your butt out there and play the stadium. I learned that my first one in Heinz Field. It's a whole 'nother animal."

Lee Brice and Cole Swindell are also on the bill for Luke's big show in Philadelphia.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Scotty McCreery Taking See You Tonight Tour into the Fall with Danielle Bradbery

Russ Harrington/MCA NashvilleScotty McCreery is extending his See You Tonight tour into the fall with special guest Danielle Bradbery. The set list features Scotty's latest single, "Feelin' It," as well as his top 10 hit, "See You Tonight."

Scotty has already played more than 50 shows on the See You Tonight tour this year. He says, "The fans have really been incredible at all of our shows so far. I’m excited to keep all the momentum going with Danielle coming out with us; it’s going to be great. We’re going to have a blast on the road!”

Look for Scotty to announce additional dates soon.

Here are Scotty's fall tour dates:

10/17 -- Fayetteville, NC
10/18 -- Toms River, NJ
10/19 -- Bethlehem, PA
10/24 -- Williamsport, PA
10/25 -- West Point, NY
10/26 -- Indiana, PA
10/30 -- Louisville, KY
11/1 -- Athens, OH
11/15 -- Kansas City, MO
11/16 -- St. Louis, MO
11/21 -- Columbia, SC
12/3 -- Westbury, NY
12/4 -- Wallingford, CT


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thomas Rhett’s Ready to Boogie with His Disco-Inspired Single, “Make Me Wanna”

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThomas Rhett was born in 1990, but his latest single, "Make Me Wanna," takes its sound straight out of the '70s. According to Billboard, the inspiration for the disco-leaning track came from a scene the 1980 movie Airplane! spoofing John Travolta's disco-king role in Saturday Night Fever.

Watching the movie, Thomas was taken with the Bee Gees hit they used in the film, "Stayin' Alive." He then went online to find out how to play those disco chords on his guitar, and incorporated that sound into writing "Make Me Wanna" the very next day.

"Make Me Wanna" will most likely be the last single from Thomas's debut album.  He hints the song's adventurous spirit will continue on his sophomore album.  Thomas tells Billboard, "It really is a great lead-in to what's gonna be coming on the next record."

Thomas is on the road with Miranda Lambert's Platinum tour this weekend, with shows in Illinois, Indiana and Kansas.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban Take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Image Courtesy BBMA/ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsEven more country stars have poured ice-cold water on themselves as the challenge to raise awareness of ALS sweeps the nation. Florida Georgia Line got in on the act at their Wednesday night show in Missouri. Video of FGL taking the challenge was posted online Thursday morning, and they called out none other than Garth Brooks to accept the ice bucket challenge.

Keith Urban took the challenge with former Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett while in Kansas City filming American Idol auditions. Keith then called out Eric Church, Tim McGraw and John Mayer to douse themselves with water next.

Justin Moore, Luke Bryan and Lee Brice are among the other stars dousing themselves with cold water this week. We'll keep you posted on who takes the challenge next.


Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FGL Ice Bucket Challenge from Florida Georgia Line on Vimeo.