Maddie & Tae Show Their Vulnerable Side with Latest Single, “Fly”

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae‘s latest single, “Fly,” is a left turn from their sassy, debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song.” The duo wanted to dig a little deeper this time around, and they felt the inspirational message of “Fly” would help fans understand them more as artists.

The duo’s Maddie Marlow says, “‘Fly’ was not the obvious choice. You know, most people might go the up-tempo, rockin’ song to follow up, but sometimes what’s the easiest choice is not always the best choice.”

The decision to show their vulnerable side is paying off for Maddie & Tae. “Fly” is already getting a big response from fans when they perform it live.

Maddie adds, “They know every single word, and that just is proof that it’s resonating well.”

We can expect more unexpected moments when Maddie & Tae’s new album, Start Here, comes out June 2.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge hails from which Illinois town? ANSWER: Paris.

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Little Big Town Opens Up About the Brilliant Jealousy of Their Latest Single, “Girl Crush”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe members of Little Big Town didn’t write their latest single, “Girl Crush,” but the group’s Jimi Westbrook thinks the lyrics about a woman’s all-consuming jealousy make it one of the most brilliant songs he’s heard in years.

Jimi explains, “It’s taking a lyric that you’ve heard so many times, and the way it turns at the hook just catches you. So, it gives me chills every time I listen to it.”

His band mate, Phillip Sweet, adds that “Girl Crush” is just the latest in a long line of hit songs about wanting what we can’t have.

“Country music was built on songs about heartache and jealousy,” says Phillip.

LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman can’t help but sympathize with the emotion conveyed in “Girl Crush.”

She says, “This woman is just looking at the woman her man left her for and wondering, ‘What does she have that I don’t have? What am I missing? What is it that I can’t give you that she’s giving you?'”

“Girl Crush” is the latest single from Little Big Town’s current album, Pain Killer.

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New Group A Thousand Horses Rocketing to Stardom Thanks to Breakout Hit, “Smoke”

Image Courtesy David McClister/Republic NashvilleNew country group A Thousand Horses is on the verge of scoring a top-10 hit at country radio with their debut single, “Smoke.” The track entered the chart in January, and even the guys in the band can’t believe the song has become a hit so quickly.

Lead singer and South Carolina native Michael Hobby tells ABC Radio, “It’s been a fast and wild ride so far. We’re honored, and [to have] country radio to spin it as fast as it’s risen — it’s pretty overwhelming. It still sinks in every day. It’s like, ‘Oh wait, we have a [hit]? It’s in the top 20?'”

Michael collaborated on “Smoke” with two of Nashville’s top songwriters, and it ended up being the first song the group recorded for their upcoming album, Southernality.

Looking back on that day in the writing room, Michael says, “We said [it was] a cool metaphor to smoking and a girl being that addiction and danger that you necessarily, maybe, shouldn’t have, but want.”

A Thousand Horses guitarist Zach Brown, who is no relation to the lead singer of Zac Brown Band, adds, “I think it’s just about the story, man. Lyrically, it just tells a story that people can relate to, and we love it.”

A Thousand Horses’ album, Southernality, is out June 9. The band hits the road with Darius Rucker on May 14.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA vinyl box set including all six of Johnny Cash‘s American Recordings albums will be released on March 24.

Plans for Brett Eldredge‘s sophomore album are moving along quickly. He posted an Instagram video from the album’s photo shoot Tuesday.


Photo shoot for the next album!!!!!! Wooohooo!

A video posted by Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) on Mar 17, 2015 at 8:24am PDT


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Zac Brown Knew It Was Love at First Kiss with Wife, Shelly

Image Courtesy Southern GroundIn the latest single from Zac Brown Band, lead singer Zac Brown sings that he’s “got good looking woman with her arms ‘round me.”  He’s singing about his wife of nearly a decade, Shelly, who is the mother of their five kids. Zac says it was love at first kiss for him and Shelly, who met after one of the band’s early concerts.

“We ended up New Year’s Eve playin’ a show. My date had stood me up,” Zac recalls of that night he first kissed Shelly. “I remember walkin’ back to my friends with like two minutes before midnight and thinkin’, ‘I’m not gonna have anybody to kiss on New Year’s,’ and there she was, standin’ right there and I remember kissin’ her. “

Zac says that moment was “game over” for him, and he’s been with Shelly ever since. “Homegrown” is the lead single from Zac Brown Band’s new album, Jekyll + Hyde, due out April 28.

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The Band Perry Added to ACM Lifting Lives Gala

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has joined the lineup for the ACM Lifting Lives One Night, Two Cities All Music Gala coming up Friday, April 17. The sibling trio will perform at both the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas that night.  They’re bringing along some surprise guests, too.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are hosting both events, which will run simultaneously. TV host Montel Williams will help host the Dallas gala, while Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O’Dell will serve as emcee at the Fort Worth event.

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban and Little Big Town are among the other stars performing at the ACM Lifting Lives fundraisers that night. Tickets are available at

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Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and More Playing Boots on the Beach Vacation in Jamaica

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr are headlining the Boots on the Beach Vacation at Sandals Resort in Jamaica this Memorial Day Weekend. The event runs May 22 through 26. Casey James is on the bill along with newcomers Cam, Josh Dorr and Logan Mize.

In keeping with the spirit of Memorial Day, the Boots on the Beach Vacation will raise money for The Boot Campaign, an organization working to provide assistance to military personnel and their families.

For more information on the vacation package, go to

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Garth Brooks Playing Omaha May 8 and 9

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks will play the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska on May 8 and 9. Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill for these shows, which mark Garth’s first time playing Nebraska in 17 years.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27 through

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the last female act to win ACM Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: Taylor Swift in 2012.

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