Willie Nelson Releasing New Autobiography, “It’s a Long Story: My Life,” on May 5

Image Courtesy Little, Brown and CompanyWillie Nelson‘s new book, It’s a Long Story: My Life, will be released on May 5. The book covers his childhood in Texas during the Depression to his time as a Nashville songwriter in the ’60s to his reinvention as a cultural icon starting when he moved back to Texas in the ’70s. The stories behind Willie’s classic albums such as Stardust, Red Headed Stranger and Phases and Stages are included, too.

Fans will also get to read about Willie’s relationship with his fellow country legends Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

It’s a Long Story is Willie’s first book since 2012’s, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.

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Lady Antebellum Creates Coca-Cola Freestyle Mixes for New Contest

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleHere’s your chance to mix with Lady Antebellum

The band is offering fans the opportunity to meet them backstage, courtesy of Coca-Cola Freestyle. If you visit a participating restaurant with Coca-Cola Freestyle — a dispenser that offers a wide variety of flavors — between now and March 31 and pour a special mix inspired by the group, you’ll receive a code that could win you a trip for two to a Lady A concert, or other prizes.

The personal mixes include Charles’ Smooth Rollin’ Mix, a sweet blend of Vanilla Coke and Barq’s named after Lady A’s Charles Kelley; Dave’s Rock ‘n’ Bold Mix, a combination of Sprite Vanilla and Seagram’s Ginger Ale named after Dave Haywood; and Hillary’s Southern Cherry Mix, a Coke Zero Cherry/Coke Zero Raspberry concoction named after Hillary Scott

More info is available on Coca-ColaFreestyle.com.

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Brantley Gilbert Ready for a Romantic Valentine’s Day with Fiancée, Amber

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert may seem like a rough biker dude with his tattoos and love for brass knuckle accessories, but the Georgia native isn’t afraid to get romantic with his fiancée, Amber.

“I think every guy, we got our [different] sides, right?” Brantley says. “If you listen to my record, I think you can tell I’m a hopeless romantic from time to time.

Just because he’s a romantic at heart doesn’t mean Brantley is good at planning for Valentine’s Day.

He says, “It’s coming, and I gotta come up with something to do!”

Brantley and Amber are expected to the walk down the aisle in the coming months.

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Christina Aguilera Coming to ABC’s “Nashville” for a Multi-Episode Story Arc

Image Courtesy ABC/Richard Harbaugh Christina Aguilera is coming to ABC’s Nashville. She’s set to play a pop superstar Jade St. John who is looking to make a country album during a multi-episode story arc this spring. Of course, Jade’s record label wants her to keep cranking out pop hits.

We’ll keep you posted on when to expect Christina to appear on Nashville.

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Toby Keith Launching Good Times & Pick Up Lines Tour May 29

Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith‘s Good Times & Pick Up Lines tour launches May 29 in Mountain View, California. The trek extends through a September 26 date in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with several festival shows along the way. More dates are expected to be announced soon.

You can find ticket information and a complete tour schedule at TobyKeith.com.

Here are Toby’s 2015 tour dates:

5/29 — Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
5/30 — San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater
5/31 — Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/14 — Hunter, NY, Taste of Country Music Festival
6/19 — Vineland, CO, Bands in the Backyard
6/20 — Sheridan, WY, Big Horn Country USA
6/28 — Cadott, WI, Country Fest
6/30 — Moose Jaw, SK(CAN), Mosaic Place
7/1 — Calgary, AB (CAN), Cowboy’s Stampede Tent
7/10 — Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
7/11 — Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake PAC
7/17 — Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/19 — Chillecothe, IL, 2015 Country Life Music Festival
7/23 — Monticello, IA, Great Jones County Fair
7/24 — Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Frontier Days
7/25 — Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/30 — Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
7/31 — Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
8/1 — Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/2 — West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/7 — Holmdel, NJ, PNK Bank Arts Center
8/8 — Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live
8/9 — Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/14 — Boston, MA, XFINITY Center
8/21 — Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/22 — Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
9/5 — St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/25 — Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/26 — Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion

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Reba Releasing New Album, “Love Somebody,” April 14

Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s new album, Love Somebody, is due out April 14 featuring her latest single, “Going Out Like That.” She’s been working on the project for some time now, and the song-searching process has been a long one.

Reba says, “We listened to thousands of songs to find just the right ones for this album.”  She adds, “We can’t wait to hear what you think about it.”

Love Somebody features 12 songs, including Reba’s viral hit, “Pray for Peace,” and the title track, co-written by Sam Hunt. Jennifer Nettles makes a guest appearance on the song “Enough.”  A special Target version of Love Somebody will feature two additional songs.

Here’s the Love Somebody track listing:

“Going Out Like That”
“Enough” (featuring Jennifer Nettles)
“She Got Drunk Last Night”
“Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet”
“I’ll Go On”
“Until They Don’t Love You”
“Promise Me Love”
“Just Like Them Horses”
“Love Somebody”
“Love Land”
“Pray for Peace”

Target exclusive tracks:
“Whatever Way It Hurts the Least”
“More Than Just Her Last Name”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Brantley Gilbert‘s first breakthrough hit at country radio in 2011? ANSWER: “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

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Luke Bryan Plans to Join in the Crazy Fun Headlining Mardi Gras Parade and Concert Saturday

Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan is taking his wife, Caroline, to New Orleans Mardi Gras this Valentine’s Day as he serves as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Endymion in their big parade Saturday. While Luke plans to indulge in quite a few drinks while riding on the float, he knows he has a show to do that night at the Endymion Extravaganza.

“Once you get on the float, you’re on the float,” Luke says of his Mardi Gras dilemma. “And then I’m like, ‘Alright, don’t get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Don’t get drunk.’ I don’t really know if there’s any way around that.”

Since there’s a good chance Luke will still be feeling the effects of his alcohol once show time hits that night, he jokes that he should enforce a no photos or video policy during the concert.

Luke says, “I have never been to Mardi Gras, and I’m the worst at getting excited about something and then overdoing it. So, yeah, I’ll be toast.”

Luke is on the road with his That’s My Kind of Night tour. See where he’s playing next at LukeBryan.com.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSinger/songwriter Will Hoge — who co-wrote Eli Young Band‘s #1 hit “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” — will release his new country album, Small Town Dreams, on April 7. The lead single, “Middle of America,” is now climbing the country charts.

The Mavericks will release their new album, MONO, this Tuesday, February 17. Look for the band to perform on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday, February 18 before launching their MONO MUNDO TOUR 2015 on Thursday, February 19.

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Sam Hunt Shares Some Tips on How to Get the Girl This Valentine’s Day

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleSam Hunt does a lot of smooth talking to a girl in a bar on his latest hit “Take Your Time,” and he encourages single guys to use that approach if they’re looking to meet someone new this Valentine’s Day weekend.

“My philosophy on that scenario is to just keeping talking,” Sam tells ABC News Radio with a laugh. “You know, as long as you keep talking, and this girl still seems interested and is listening and you don’t run out of interesting things to say, then you’re on the right path.”

Sam admits he’s a little more shy than you might think from listening to “Take Your Time,” though. While Sam and his band mates enjoy talking to the ladies they meet on the road, he doesn’t want to be painted as a “player” or “Lothario.” Sam hopes that sincerity comes across in “Take Your Time.”

Sam adds, “Hopefully, there is that endearing quality in the song that doesn’t come off as if he’s trying to get with her in a shallow way, but he’s genuinely interested in this girl.”

It looks like Sam’s fans are getting the message loud and clear. “Take Your Time” has become Sam’s second consecutive #1 hit on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. It’s the follow-up to his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” from his first album, Montevallo, available now.

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