Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country duo hosted the CMA Awards before Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood took over? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.


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Jake Owen Has a Lot of Toys on the Road with Him This Summer

Sony Music NashvilleFans who tuned into the 2014 CMT Music Awards got a peek at Jake Owen‘s beach-bar tour set from his current Days of Gold tour during his performance of “Beachin’.” The show features start-of-the-art lighting and production, but Jake took a few toys on his new tour to enjoy offstage, too.

He says, “I have a old-school woody Jeep. My dad, when I was a kid, had a Jeep wood side, woody. So, I bought one this past year and had it restored, and it’s baby blue. So, we’ll take that around with us.”

Jake also has some tricked-out golf carts to run around in backstage thanks to his friend, NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick. So, what does it take to haul all of Jake’s band, crew, tour set and toys around the country?

“Believe it or not, we have four trucks out this year on the road with us and four buses.”

Keep up with Jake’s tour schedule at JakeOwen.net.


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Nashville Notes

Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town‘s new video for “Day Drinking” premieres Wednesday on People.com.

Zac Brown Band has added rising singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson to select dates of their Great American Road Trip tour this summer.

Tracy Lawrence will perform at Craig Morgan‘s 8th Annual Charity Event July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee.


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Luke Bryan Sets Country Record for Sold Tickets at Pittsburgh Venue

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan’s first headlining show at an NFL stadium this past weekend was a record-breaker.

Luke’s show Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh set a record for sold tickets at the venue. More than 50,000 fans attended the show, which featured special guest Dierks Bentley and Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour openers Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

Shortly after the concert wrapped, Luke declared, “Just had the most unbelievable night of my life.”

On Sunday, he tweeted, “I’m still amazed by last night. Whew. So awesome. Thank y’all.”

Luke will also headline Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Soldier Field in Chicago; and Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia this summer.

The next stop on his That’s My Kind of Night tour is Tuesday, June 24, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.



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Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dead at Age 86

Grand Ole OpryGrand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman died Saturday night in Nashville following a brief illness. He was 86 years old and is survived by his wife, Mae.

Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956 and was well known for his mix of Cajun and country music. The Louisiana native’s biggest hits include “A Fallen Star,” “Cry, Cry Darling” and “Alligator Man.” He is a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Newman last performed on the Grand Ole Opry June 6 with his band, Cajun Country. A public memorial service will be held Wednesday morning at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In lieu of flowers, fans can make donations to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund in Newman’s memory.


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Brad Paisley Treats His Opening Acts to a Midnight Screening of “Godzilla”

Photo Credit: Ben EnosThere are a lot of perks to being an opening act on a Brad Paisley tour, like good catering, great crowds and even free movies. On Friday, newcomer Leah Turner posted an Instagram photo of herself sitting in an Indianapolis movie theater with tour mates Brad, Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham and DJ Silver with the caption, “Midnight movie last night!”

It turns out Brad rented out the entire theater to treat his supporting acts to a screening of Godzilla. Leah said of Brad, “So NICE.”

To see where Brad and his movie buddies are playing next, go to BradPaisley.com.


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Miranda Lambert Expanding Her Oklahoma Empire with New Bed & Breakfast

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has revitalized her hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, with her boutique, The Pink Pistol, bringing in thousands of tourists every year. Now she’s expanding her small-town empire with the Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast opening later this year. Miranda’s new venture is located right across the street from her boutique.

She says, “It’s built in 1901, so it’s been over a year of renovations. It is a bed and breakfast, but it’s also an events center. So, you can rent it for weddings and showers and private parties — all kinds of stuff, but it does have eight rooms.”

Miranda admits she doesn’t know anything about running a bed and breakfast, but she just couldn’t let this building go unrestored.

“We’re hoping to open in late summer and have people come,” Miranda says. “I’m not setting a date, ’cause I don’t wanna set myself up for failure, you know, but it’s really beautiful, and I think it’s gonna be so much fun for people.”

For fans planning a trip to check out Tishomingo, Miranda says the closest airports are Dallas and Oklahoma City.

She says, “[It's an] hour-and-a-half both ways. Southwest goes to each one of those.”

Miranda’s also finding some time to tend her to her main gig of being a country superstar. Her Platinum tour launches July 10 in Fort Laramie, Ohio.


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Little Big Town Had a “Sixth Sense” About Latest Single, “Day Drinking”

ABCLittle Big Town kicked off the recording sessions for their upcoming album laying down the lead single, “Day Drinking.” In an effort to capture a live party vibe, the band recorded their vocals as the band played the song in the studio.

LBT’s Phillip Sweet tells Billboard, “We had some sound partitions, but we were all experiencing it in the same room.”

While Little Big Town is excited for fans to hear the rest of their new music, they knew all along “Day Drinking” would be the lead single.

“When we got done with everything, it still stood out as the one,” Phillip says. “There was a sixth sense about it.”

“Day Drinking” is now available for digital download.


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Luke Bryan Achieves NFL Stadium Headliner Status Saturday Night in Pittsburgh

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan plays his first headlining show at an NFL stadium Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Only a few country artists — like Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Taylor Swift — have reached the status of stadium headliner, and Luke is taking time to savor this milestone.

He tells ABC News Radio, “Being able to go play stadiums and sell out stadiums is the pinnacle of my dreams in this business, and I’m super-honored that the fans showed up and bought the tickets, and I’m going to put every fabric of my mind together to make it a great show.”

Luke will also headline Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts; Soldier Field in Chicago; and Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia this summer on his That’s My Kind of Night tour. The show is on the road through an October 25 date at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


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Kenny Chesney Encourages Repeated Listens to “American Kids” to Uncover the Lyrical Details

Photo Credit: Allister AnnKenny Chesney‘s new single, “American Kids,” may have an infectious groove and a catchy hook, but Kenny encourages fans to listen to the lyrics to uncover the song’s deeper meaning.

He says, “Just because it makes you smile, that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something! To me, it’s the songs that feel so good that really bring home a message.”

Kenny adds, “It’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things!”

“American Kids” is now available for digital download. Look for a new album from Kenny to come out this fall.


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