Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Zac Brown Band and More Added to CMA Music Festival Special

Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” on the CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi’s Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing “Home Sweet Home” with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

The CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.



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David Nail Launching I’m a Fire Tour September 11 in Mississippi

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I’m a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.

Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, “I’ve always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records.”

Here are the I’m a Fire tour dates:

9/11 — Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford
9/12 — New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
9/24 — Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
9/26 — Tallahassee, FL, The Moon
9/27 — Orlando, FL, House of Blues
10/9 — Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
10/10 — Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose
10/16 — Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar
10/17 — Jacksonville, FL, Maverick’s
10/24 — Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest
10/26 — Cincinnati, OH, Bogart’s
10/29 — Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
10/30 — Tulsa, OK, Cain’s Ballroom
10/31 — San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
11/6 — Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center
11/7 — Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/8 — Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/9 — New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11/11 — London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater
11/13 — Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/14 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
11/15 — Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theatre


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Toby Keith Tops “Forbes” Country Cash Kings List for a Second-Straight Year

Show Dog/Universal Forbes magazine has released their 2014 Country Cash Kings list, and Toby Keith tops the countdown for a second straight year, with an estimated $65 million coming in from his tour dates, restaurants and other business ventures.

Taylor Swift is second with $64 million, and Kenny Chesney rounds out the top three with a $44 million payday.

In fourth place, Jason Aldean earned $37 million from about 88 shows during the ranking period.  Luke Bryan took in $34 million for a number-five finish.


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Tim McGraw Reveals Album Cover and Track Listing for “Sundown Heaven Town”

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw revealed the album cover and track listing for his new project, Sundown Heaven Town. via social media Monday morning. The a album features his latest hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” with wife Faith Hill, as well as a collaboration with Kid Rock on the song “Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs.” The deluxe edition of Sundown Heaven Town will feature a total of 18 tracks, which is an indication of just how excited Tim is about the new music.

He says, “I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that’s part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could. I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music.”

Tim has been out on his Sundown Heaven Town tour all summer long. The new album is due out September 16.

Here’s the Sundown Heaven Town track listing:
“Overrated”
“City Lights”
“Shotgun Rider”
“Dust”
“Diamond Rings and Old Barstools” (with Catherine Dunn)
“Words Are Medicine”
“Sick of Me”
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” (featuring Faith Hill)
“Keep on Truckin’”
“Last Turn Home”
“Portland, Maine”
“Lookin’ for That Girl”
“Still on the Line”

Bonus Tracks:
“Kids Today”
“Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs” (duet with Kid Rock)
“The View”
“I’m Feelin’ You”
“Black Jacket”



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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.


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Brantley Gilbert Gets His Racing Fix Watching NASCAR

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleBrantley Gilbert performed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as part of the events surrounding the big NASCAR race there this past weekend. The country star always jumps at the chance to play at NASCAR events since he’s such a big fan of the sport. In fact, he recently went out for a couple of laps with NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Brantley says, “That joker can drive the hell out of some race cars. So I think I became a fan that day of his. He’s just an awesome guy, and it was great hanging out with him.”

Like most race fans, Brantley loves to see a good pile-up on the track.

“I do like watching wrecks,” Brantley admits. “I think there’s a few of us out there. It’s fun, you know, when they get a little bit out of control. I don’t want nobody to get hurt.”

You can catch Brantley on his Let It Ride tour all summer long. His concert dates are posted at BrantleyGilbert.com.


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Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard Says Their New Album Is Full of Hit Singles

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been logging long hours in the studio working on their upcoming album. The new project is due out later this year, and the duo’s Tyler Hubbard is giving fans a hint about what to expect with the new music.

“All of [the songs] have their own flavor, their own taste, and all serve their purpose,” Tyler tells Rolling Stone Country. “They fit their slot on the record and it’s fun to listen to all the songs and not want to skip one. That’s one of our goals when we’re recording — slam an album full of singles and make people want to listen to every song.”

The first single from FGL’s new album, “Dirt,” is now on sale at all digital outlets.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban gave his tour mate Jerrod Niemann a birthday cake, champagne and cigars to celebrate his 35th birthday last week.

Kacey Musgraves will play the historic Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Texas, on October 23.



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Blake Shelton Reveals How He and Miranda Lambert Deal with Tabloid Gossip

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert aren’t shocked to see their faces on the cover of supermarket tabloids anymore, but Blake says Miranda was pretty upset with the rags started making up stories about their marriage.

He explains, “I do think some of that early tabloid stuff that happened probably did have an effect on her, and it was a little tough for her to go through.”

Miranda is able to shake off the tabloid rumors a little more easily these days, though.

Says Blake, “Now it’s as common as slapping a fly off of your back. Know what I mean? It’s annoying, but you don’t even remember that it happened.”

As for the outrageous stories about Blake and Miranda getting divorced and having babies, Blake says it’s never true.

“There may be a shred of something in there that they grab a hold of, and then they create this alternative reality,” he explains. “I would think they would get bored with it after a while, but they don’t.”


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Reba Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of “Pray for Peace” Recording Session

Image Courtesy StarstruckReba’s new song and video, “Pray for Peace,” has racked up more than 340,000 views since it went live. Now Reba is giving fans a look at the making of “Pray for Peace” in a new video at Billboard.com.

In the clip, Reba gives direction to the musicians on how she wants the song to sound and then goes in to record the track at her studio in Nashville. The video also shows Ronnie Dunn adding his ad lib parts at the end of the song.

“Pray for Peace” is now available as a free download at Reba.com.


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