“Nashville” Recap: “I Can’t Keep Away from You”

Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes wanted to support her long-time love Deacon Claybourne after learning he has liver cancer. Deacon did his best to shut Rayna out, but she wore him down and they eventually made up, made love and decided to pursue a relationship. Their daughter, Maddie, was ecstatic to see Deacon and Rayna together, but that happiness was short-lived as they told Maddie and her younger sister, Daphne, about Deacon’s potentially fatal liver cancer.

Still hurting from his breakup with Rayna, Luke Wheeler turned to Sadie Stone for some company and a harmony singer on his song, “I Can’t Help My Heart.” It looked like sparks were starting to fly between Luke and Sadie as they bonded over their miserable love lives. Sadie kept her distance since she was still dealing with her abusive ex-husband, Pete, who she outed as a wife-batterer on Good Morning America.

After Luke and Sadie parted ways, Pete cornered Sadie in a parking garage. Sadie pulled a gun on Pete and ended up shooting him as he came after her. Luke pulled up just after Sadie shot Pete, so it looks like the two country singers could be bonding over getting rid of Pete’s body.

Meanwhile, Will Lexington wrote the introspective tune, “Broken Song,” with openly gay songwriter Kevin Bicks. Will and his label head, Luke Wheeler, were happy with the track, but Kevin didn’t like the way Will seemed uncomfortable around him. Kevin assumed Will was a bit homophobic and told him he didn’t want to write any more songs. Will later came back to Kevin and started opening up about his own homosexuality.

While it’s not clear if Will and Kevin’s writing partnership will turn romantic, actor Chris Carmack, who plays Will, tells ABC Radio we shouldn’t expect his character to start singing love songs directly to guys.

Chris says, “A veiled way is a good way of putting it because I don’t think he’s going to immediately jump out and write the truth of anything that’s happening.”

This working relationship with Kevin will help Will open up to deal with his homosexuality through his music, though.

Says Chris “There are opportunities coming up for him to dig into himself a little deeper and put down on the page and into a song something that he has not been able to do before.”

“Broken Song” is now available at iTunes along with all the other music from this week’s show. Nashville returns with an all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThomas Rhett will toast the #1 success of his latest hit, “Make Me Wanna,” with a party in Nashville next Thursday.

Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini will release her debut album, The First Time, on May 19. Her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” is now climbing the country chart.


SURPRISE! Here is the album cover for #TheFirstTime! May 19th! ❤️

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on Apr 1, 2015 at 2:34pm PDT


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Eric Church Says Duet with Keith Urban on “Raise ‘Em Up” Is an Undeniable Hit

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church loves the anthemic quality of his collaboration with Keith Urban on “Raise ‘Em Up,” but he also points out there’s a deeper meaning to the song than just having a good time.

“There’s also a line in there about kids and about life,” Eric explains. “Yeah, it’s about lighters. It’s about drinks. One verse is about, you know, black umbrellas, about a funeral. It’s a very serious song. And plain and simple, it’s just a hit.”

Eric goes so far as to say “Raise ‘Em Up” could even be a hit in Portuguese.

He adds, “It’s gonna be a big hit for Keith, and I’m glad. I’m glad to be a part of it, and I’m glad he asked me.”

“Raise ‘Em Up’ is included on Eric’s latest album, Fuse. Check out the song’s video now on Vevo.

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Trace Adkins, Alabama and More Featured on Lynyrd Skynyrd Live CD/DVD Set

Image Courtesy Blackbird Production PartnersTrace Adkins, Alabama and Jamey Johnson are featured on a new CD/DVD set documenting the all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert held this past November in Atlanta. Lynyrd Skynyrd — One More for the Fans! features the famed Southern rockers and an impressive cast of other music stars performing some of the band’s best-loved songs.

Among the many other artists who participated in the show were Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels and Donnie Van Zant.

The concert was held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the same venue where Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded its 1976 live album One More from the Road, which has sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. alone.  The release date and track list for the One More for the Fans! CD/DVD will be announced soon.

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Brett Eldredge Has Some April Fool’s Day Fun with Fans on Twitter

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had some April Fool’s Day fun with his fans Wednesday morning. He tweeted, “It breaks my heart to say I’m retiring and will be joining the US Olympic water polo ping pong team…it’s been a great ride! Thanks.”

Of course, Brett has some obligations to fulfill before he starts his water polo ping pong training. He’s set to perform at the ACM Party for a Cause April 17 and 18 in Arlington, TX before joining Darius Rucker‘s Southern Style Tour May 14.

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Keith Urban, Eric Church, Lady A & More Added to ACM Party for a Cause Lineup

Image Courtesy ACMKeith Urban, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, and Brooks & Dunn have been added to the lineup for this year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival in Arlington, TX. The event runs April 17 and 18, just before the 50th Annual ACM Awards on April 19.  The festival will be filmed for a two-hour CBS special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, airing May 15.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Band Perry, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Reba, Cole Swindell and Brandy Clark also join the bill, along with John Anderson, Deana Carter, Ashley Monroe, David Lee Murphy and Marty Stuart. Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker and Dierks Bentley are among the previously-announced performers.

The ACM Party for a Cause benefits the ACM’s Lifting Lives charitable organization.

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Does Chris Young Use His Own Song Lyrics to Pick Up Women?

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young‘s latest hit, “Lonely Eyes,” contains one of the best pickup lines on country radio these days — “Those lonely eyes don’t have to be alone tonight.” It got us wondering if Chris has ever used his own song lyrics out in the wild to try to meet a girl.

“I honestly have never tried that,” Chris says with a laugh. “I don’t even know if that would work. I mean, most girls are gonna be able to figure out that’s from a song, aren’t they?”

Thinking again, Chris admits using song lyrics might make him sound “cooler” and “smarter” with the ladies.

He adds, “I’ll just go find songs that I’ve written already that haven’t come out and just have that shelved for when I need to say somethin’ that doesn’t sound moronic to a woman.”

“Lonely Eyes” is the latest single from Chris’s album, A.M.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockChris Young will celebrate a milestone birthday on June 12. How old will he be? ANSWER: 30.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe cast of ABC’s Nashville will play a second show at New York City’s Beacon Theatre on April 30. Tickets for the first show on April 29 are sold out.

Craig Campbell‘s 3rd Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge raised more than $100,000 for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention last Sunday in Nashville. Jerrod Niemann and Charlie Worsham were among the stars taking part in the concert following the Cornhole Challenge.

Country newcomer Cam has released her debut EP, Welcome to Cam Country. The project features her debut single “My Mistake.” Look for her to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 29.

Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are taking over the Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas for a concert on Friday, August 28.

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Cole Swindell Closing Show with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Due to Fan Response

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s latest #1 hit, “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” has become such a favorite with the fans that Cole is now closing his shows with the song.

While his first two chart-toppers, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” get a great reaction in concert, he says, “There’s just something about ‘Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,’  man that everybody, whether they’re going through it or they’ve been through it, you can tell [by] the way they sing it, the way they mean it.”

Cole personally understands what those fans are going through when they identify with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

“I fell in love with country music because it can make you feel something or help you through something,” says Cole, “There’s been so many people that have had songs that have gotten me through stuff. If I can have one that’ll get somebody through it, then that’s crazy.”

Cole takes his live show to Council Bluffs, Iowa Thursday night.

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