Kristian Bush Enjoying the Simple Life with His Debut Solo Single, “Trailer Hitch”

Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsAfter a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, “Trailer Hitch.” The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that’s more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.

Kristian tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t know how recently you’ve been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, ‘Two bags!  You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,’ or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less.”

Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn’t hard for Kristian, since he’s prone to leave things behind on planes all the time.  “I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month,” Kristian says with a laugh. “I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!”

“Trailer Hitch” is the lead single from Kristian’s upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them.  He says, “I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn’t realize I was doing it!”

All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he’s hitting notes he’s never been able to hit before.

“There are songs that I can sing where I’m getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that’s in my brain when I write some of these songs,” Kristian says. “There’s just a lot more control involved.”

He adds, “It’s exciting! It’s exciting to feel that change.”

“Trailer Hitch” is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.


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Garth Brooks Taking World Tour to Atlanta September 19

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Atlanta Friday, September 19. This is the first time he’s played the Georgia capitol in 18 years.  Trisha Yearwood will once again open the show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8 through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Since the Friday night show time is 6:30 p.m. ET, we’re thinking Garth may add more Atlanta shows, as he did last week for his 10 upcoming Chicago shows.


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Eric Church’s Anticipation Is Building for The Outsiders World Tour Launch in September

Image Courtesy EB MediaEric Church released his latest album, The Outsiders, back in February, but he’s not launching the world tour behind the album until September. That’s given him plenty of time to rehearse and really get excited about playing these new songs live.

Says Eric, “I can look forward to it, you know? I’ve never had the anticipation that I have for this one. So, I wish it was September right now.”

To round out the bill, Eric has invited one of his heroes, as well as a brand-new duo, to open his shows.  “I’m bringing Dwight Yoakam, you know, back with me,” he says. “I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music. And Brothers Osborne, who’s a new band that’s out right now that I like a lot.”

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark will also open a few shows on Eric’s tour, which kicks off September 11 in Bossier City, LA.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s cover of Motley Crue‘s “If I Die Tomorrow” is available now at iTunes. The song will be included on the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 19.

Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

Lucy Hale‘s new video for “Lie a Little Better” premiered on CMT this week.


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Danielle Bradbery Is Taking Your Requests in New Vevo Video Series

Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery gained experience singing a wide range of songs on The Voice, and now she’s taking fan requests for a new video series on Vevo.

Danielle’s Request Line will feature the singer performing a new song each Tuesday for the next few weeks. Fans can request the song they want Danielle to sing by calling  (615) 450-0410(615) 450-0410 or posting their requests to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DBREQUESTLINE. Fans can also vote on the PAUWOW [pr: Pow Wow] app.

For her first fan requested performance, Danielle sings a country version of A Great Big World‘s pop hit “Say Something.”


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Trace Adkins Making TV Appearances This Weekend; Two New Vocalists Added to Touring Band

Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News’ Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston’s Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.

Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen’s Club.  They’ve just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years.  Trace says with a smile, “With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen’s Club may just have a shot at salvation after all.”

Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.


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Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light Introduce “Playable Poster” Technology on Platinum Tour

Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States’ first-ever “playable poster” to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.

The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda’s Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.

Miranda says, “I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”

Miranda’s Platinum tour continues through October.


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Tyler Farr Drops First Single from Upcoming Sophomore Album

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, “Whiskey in My Water” and “Redneck Crazy,” with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.

The song is called “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” but it’s not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.

“A Guy Walks into a Bar” is now available for digital download at iTunes.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes‘ duet partner on “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me?” ANSWER: Jason Mraz.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn’t mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.

“It’s a pretty nice mix,” says Tyler. “You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through.”

FGL’s Brian Kelley adds, “And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids.”

Tyler goes on to call their shows a “big family night,” but he stresses, “At the same time, it’s a party.”

Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn’t listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.

Says Brian, “We love representing country music. We feel it’s an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format — it’s amazing. It’s changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like.”

Florida Georgia Line’s string of hits continues with their latest single, “Dirt.” Their new album is due out later this year.


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