Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail was going through a tough time a few years back when a friend invited him to help coach a summer high school baseball team just outside Nashville. Since he’d just lost his first record deal, David took the job.
He says, “I went out to help him and just fell in love with all of the kids and really just credit for kind of getting me through that period of time.”
Since David wanted to be a baseball player himself at one time, he’s been living vicariously through those players, who have now gone on to play college and minor league baseball. One of the players, Taylor Hill, just got called up from the minor leagues to play for the Washington Nationals this summer.
Says David, “It’s neat to see other people, especially something that’s so difficult and the odds are so against you in that, I guess, business, to see them work their rears off from the very, very low rungs of the minor leagues, to climb that ladder and to achieve that dream.”
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJoe Nichols just passed the one million likes mark on his official Facebook page.
Eric Church celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Give Me Back My Hometown,” with a party in Nashville Tuesday. Eric’s publisher presented him with a custom wooden plaque of his home state of North Carolina with his hometown of Granite Falls marked on it.
Kenny Rogers has a little fun with his signature hit, “The Gambler,” in a new Geico commercial explaining why it gets old fast to play cards with the Country Music Hall of Fame member.
Image Courtesy Harper CollinsMartinaMcBride revealed the cover for her new cookbook and entertaining guide, Around the Table, via Twitter this week. It’s due in stores October 7, but you can already pre-order the book at the Harper Collins website.
Martina often hosts big parties at her home in Nashville, and she’s excited to share her best tips and recipes with everyone in Around the Table.
“I have a passion for food and entertaining so I’m excited to be putting everything I love into the pages of my new book,” Martina says. “The response from fans to the cover on Twitter this morning was incredible. I can’t wait for everyone to see the full book.”
Martina is currently on the road with her 11-piece band touring behind her #1-selling album, Everlasting. Go to MartinaMcBride.com to see where she’s playing next.
Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentCondolences to Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook on the passing of his nephew, Tyler Holsted. Jimi posted a picture of himself on Instagram wearing a T-shirt bearing Tyler’s name. The caption reads, “In loving memory of my nephew @tylerholsted. You were and are an angel. I love you. JW.”
Tyler passed away June 29 due to a hereditary heart condition that also took the life of his younger sister, Chelsea. Last month, the members of Little Big Town all wore “Prayers for Tyler” T-shirts in another photo posted to their social media sites.
Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleChase Rice will release his first full-length album, Ignite the Night, on August 19, which just happens to the birthday of his late father.
He says, “The fact that this album is coming out on my dad’s birthday makes it that much more meaningful. I hope I do him proud.”
The lead single from Ignite the Night is Chase’s gold-certified hit, “Ready Set Roll.” Chase is especially thankful to the fans who have downloaded that song and bought tickets to his concerts.
“I wouldn’t have a career without them,” Chase says, “and I’m excited to get new music out so we can keep the party going.”
The regular edition of Ignite the Night includes 15 tracks, and a special iTunes Party Edition will feature four additional tracks.
Here’s the Ignite the Night track list:
“Ready Set Roll” “Do It Like This” “Beach Town” “MMM Girl” “Beer with the Boys” “Carolina Can” “We Goin’ Out” “Gonna Wanna Tonight” “Look at My Truck” “U Turn” “50 Shades of Crazy” “What’s Your Name” “How She Rolls” “Jack Daniels & Jesus” “Whoa”
iTunes Party Edition tracks: “Party Up” “Country in Ya” “Best Beers of Our Lives” “Ride”
Image Courtesy ABC News RadioMirandaLambert hosted a sock-hop party at Nashville’s aVenue Monday night to celebrate her latest #1 hit, “Automatic.” Miranda dressed in a ’50s theme, wearing a pink, vintage dress and sporting a shorter, shoulder-length hairstyle. During the presentation, Miranda shared the stage with her “Automatic” co-writers, Natalie Hemby and Nicolle Galyon, and thanked all the people who helped her take the song to #1.
“I’m overwhelmed right now with everything that’s going on in my life,” Miranda told those in attendance, adding, “and every day I wake up and pinch myself because I’m thankful and I’m scared and I’m excited. But I know that everybody in this room contributed in some way to every dream I have coming true right now, and I’m so thankful for that.”
After Miranda’s remarks, the honky tonk band Brazil Billy played as a few partygoers hit the dance floor.
Next up, Miranda hits the road on her Platinum tour next month. She posted an artist rendering of her elaborate new stage set on Instagram Monday.
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.
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.