Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are featured hosting a summer dinner party in the June issue of Southern Living magazine. Check it out at SouthernLiving.com.

In continuing his work on behalf of America’s troops, Toby Keith has announced plans to give a portion of the proceeds from sale of his Wild Shot Mezcal to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., or VFW. The 6,800 VFW posts in the United States will now carry Toby’s mezcal, too.


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Country Newcomer Mickey Guyton Releasing Self-Titled EP on May 26

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will release her self-titled, debut EP on May 26. The project features her hit single “Better than You Left Me,” which she recently performed on ABC’s Good Morning America.

Mickey co-wrote two of the four tracks on the EP. Its release comes on the heels of her joining Brad Paisley‘s Crushin’ It World Tour starting May 15.


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Florida Georgia Line Announces Star-Studded Lineup for This Is How We Cruise Voyage

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has recruited some of country’s hottest new stars to join them on their This Is How We Cruise voyage from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, November 7 through 11. Sam Hunt will perform during the cruise’s Pool Deck Sunset Fiesta in Cozumel. Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, RaeLynn and Canaan Smith are also singing for FGL’s fans as they sail the high seas.

For more information on Florida Georgia Line’s 2nd Annual This Is How We Cruise trip, go to FGLCruise.com.


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Kacey Musgraves’ Sophomore Album, “Pageant Material,” Due Out June 23

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves‘ sophomore album, Pageant Material, is coming out June 23 featuring the lead single “Biscuits.” The cover shows Kacey with a big, retro hairdo, heavy makeup and a pageant crown on her head. In following up her CMA and Grammy-winning debut, Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey feels she had a very clear direction for Pageant Material.

“The majority of Pageant Material was recorded live — which was a bit of a departure from Same Trailer — and gave it more of a concise, classic sound,” Kacey explains. “All of the incredible musicians were in the same room playing on the entire record, and I think that spirit comes across.”

Kacey goes on to say she still gets emotional about some of the lyrics on Pageant Material even though she’s heard the project many, many times.

Says Kacey, “It’s a great glimpse into where my head is from Same Trailer to now.”

Here is the Pageant Material track listing:

“High Time”
“Dime Store Cowgirl”
“Late to the Party”
“Pageant Material”
“This Town”
“Biscuits”
“Somebody to Love”
“Miserable”
“Die Fun”
“Family Is Family”
“Good Ol’ Boys Club”
“Cup of Tea”
“Fine”



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDierks Bentley and wife, Cassidy, welcomed their first baby boy in 2013. What is the boy’s name? ANSWER: Knox.


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Dustin Lynch’s Career Kicks into Overdrive Thanks to Edgy New Sound

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch‘s career was on the upswing before he released his latest album, Where It’s At, but things have really taken off since Dustin introduced an edgier sound on that album’s singles, “Where It’s At” and “Hell of a Night.” It also doesn’t hurt that Dustin has landed a spot on Luke Bryan‘s 2015 tour.

As for his solo shows, Dustin tells OC Weekly, “We’re selling out everywhere we go… It’s crazy how far we’ve come as a band. Seeing the progression and the crowds grow is a testament to what we’re doing on stage, and what we put into our live show -and it’s so much fun.”

Dustin is a special guest on Luke Bryan’s Kick the Dust Up tour stop in Boise, Idaho this Thursday night.


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Brad Paisley Assembles Team of Animated Country Star Superheroes in “Crushin’ It” Video

Image Courtesy Bieber PRBrad Paisley has assembled a team of country superheroes in his new animated video for “Crushin’ It.” Brad not only came up with the concept himself, he also drew the cartoon caricatures.

Carrie Underwood appears as “Carrie Under-Woman,” Keith Urban is “Captain Australia” and Kenny Chesney is “Agua Man.” Dierks is “Derx Skydrink” and Florida Georgia Line is drawn as Beavis & Butthead. Blake Shelton, Luke Byran, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Eric Church and George Strait are among the other stars getting Brad’s cartoon treatment.

Brad’s “Crushin’ It” video is now live on YouTube.



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Steven Tyler Releasing Debut Country Single, “Love Is Your Name,” on Wednesday

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsSteven Tyler makes his official move into the country format Wednesday with the release of his new single, “Love Is Your Name.” The Aerosmith frontman moved to Nashville in January and recorded “Love is Your Name” very early in the process of making his debut country album.

Steven says, “The FIRST DAY in the studio, I recorded a song that became my first single, and if ‘Love Is Your Name,’ then Nashville’s my new girlfriend. I guess you could call that Beginner’s Luck.”

Steven will promote “Love Is Your Name” with interviews on CBS This Morning and Entertainment Tonight Wednesday. He’ll perform the new single that night on the American Idol finale at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.



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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood, Easton Corbin and Scotty McCreery are performing at the Grand Ole Opry’s CMA Music Festival kickoff show Tuesday, June 9 in Nashville. Tyler Farr and newcomer Mo Pitney will perform at the free Opry Plaza Party in front of the Grand Ole Opry House that afternoon, too.

Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini‘s debut album, The First Time, is now streaming at KelseaBallerini.CMT.com before it’s available for purchase on Monday, May 18.

Country newcomer Logan Mize releases his debut EP, Pawn Shop Guitar, on May 19 featuring the single, “Can’t Get Away from a Good Time.”

Wynonna will co-host CBS’s The Talk on Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday, May 13 when the show broadcasts from New York City.


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Lady A, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood Revealing 2015 CMT Music Awards Nominees Wednesday

Image Courtesy CMTLady Antebellum will reveal a portion of the nominees for the 2015 CMT Music Awards on NBC’s Today show Wednesday morning. Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood will reveal a few other categories on their social media accounts that morning, and other categories will be announced on CMT’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms. 

The 2015 CMT Music Awards will be handed out Wednesday, June 10.


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