Chase Bryant Records Doobie Brothers Classic with Michael McDonald for Rediscovered Web Series

Image Courtesy Barry CantrellChase Bryant got to team up with Michael McDonald for a cover of The Doobie Brothers classic “Takin’ It to the Streets.” The collaboration was captured on camera as part of Kia’s Rediscovered series on YouTube as a tie-in with the upcoming YouTube Music Awards. Michael actually surprised Chase in the studio as the young singer was recording the song.

Chase says, “To be able to say I got to work with Michael McDonald, whose music was the soundtrack to many years of my life, is something I’ll cherish for years, thanks to Kia. Great music never dies.”

The Rediscovered series also includes footage of Chase playing tour guide at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House and historic Orbison Building near Music Row. Chase is the first country artist to take part in Kia’s Rediscovered series, which pairs new acts with established stars for collaborations.


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Miranda Lambert Celebrates Her Female Friends’ Music on International Women’s Day

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert celebrated International Women’s Day Sunday by listening to all of her favorite female friends’ music. She posted photos of her playlist on Instagram, starting with her friend RaeLynn‘s new single, “For a Boy.” The caption read, “Yes please! I may have already played this 10 times tonight!”

 

 

Miranda continued by posting screenshots of Ashley Monroes “On to Something Good” single cover, as well as selections from fellow Pistol Annies member Angaleena Presley and singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile.


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Kristian Bush’s “Trailer Hitch” Is a Massive Hit in Australia

Image Courtesy StreamsoundKristian Bush‘s single, “Trailer Hitch,” is such a big hit in Australia, his record label just released his new album, Southern Gravity, Down Under a full month before it comes out in the United States. The song’s video has also hit #1 on Australia’s video channels, and Kristian is making the most of his success with an Australian tour starting this week.

“I had gotten a phone call about doing a festival over there saying, ‘Would you consider doing this?’ Kristian tells ABC Radio, “and then it suddenly was piggybacked with two dates opening for Lady Antebellum.”

Kristian will play for about 45 minutes just before Lady Antebellum comes on to headline the shows. Getting that slot on the bill was pleasantly shocking for Kristian, who expected he’d just get to play for about 20 minutes as the first act on the show. Having the album out in Australia makes Kristian even more excited for these dates.

He says, “There are gonna be people out there that are gonna be singing these along with me, and that’s a thrill. You know, you think that would happen in your hometown first. You didn’t think it would happen in Melbourne.”

Kristian’s fans in the United States will have to wait until April 7 to purchase Southern Gravity.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockTrace Adkins played the head of a biker gang in which Matthew McConaughey movie? ANSWER: The Lincoln Lawyer.


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Young Guitarist Fulfills Dream of Jamming with Brad Paisley

Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloBrad Paisley last Thursday fulfilled his promise to jam with a young guitarist named Blaze Baum.

Earlier this year, Blaze posted to YouTube a music video titled “I Wanna’ Jam With Brad Paisley” that features him jamming with Paisley — actually, Paisley’s head superimposed on Blaze’s body.

Paisley watched the video, shared it on Twitter, and wrote,  “Speechless. Obviously, a lot of work went into this. & yessir, I will jam with you. My local @guitarcenter or yours?”

The collaboration ended up taking place last Thursday at Paisley’s show in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They jammed during his soundcheck. As a surprise, Paisley also invited Blaze onto the stage during the concert to perform Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Pride and Joy” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way,” plus Paisley’s own hits “River Bank” and “Alcohol.” 


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstocBrad Paisley has been honored a second time with the CMA International Artist Achievement Award for his work taking country music to Europe. He first won the award in 2011.

Trace Adkins will play a veteran therapy group leader in an episode of NBC’s The Night Shift to air in early May.

Brett Eldredge has joined Snapchat. You can follow him at @Brett_Eldredge.

Mickey Guyton‘s scheduled Friday performance on ABC’s Good Morning America has been postponed to do a later date due to breaking news coverage. We’ll keep you posted on the new airdate.

Alabama, Lee Greenwood and Phil Vassar have been added to Charlie Daniels ‘ 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on August 12.

Lee Ann Womack is releasing a three-song limited edition vinyl EP, Trouble in Mind, for Record Store Day on April 18. The project will only be available at independent record stores.


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Ashley Monroe Says Traveling with Duet Partner Blake Shelton Is Like Rolling with Elvis

Image Courtesy CMAAshley Monroe knows the value of having friends in high places. Her pal Blake Shelton put her on his song, “Lonely Tonight,” which just hit #1 on the country chart last week. She found out about the good news last Monday night through a text from Blake, and his support has meant a lot to her personally

Ashley tells ABC Radio, “He is genuinely so proud of me, and he wants me to shine. He texts me the whole time we’ve been at #1. I can tell he’s excited for me way more than he is him. That means so much.”

Ashley has known Blake and his wife, Miranda Lambert, for years now, but Blake’s star is shining a lot brighter lately thanks to his gig as a coach on The Voice.

“He’s like such a superstar these days,” Ashley says. “We’ve known him so long. He’s so much the same still, though, too.”

Singing with Blake has given Ashley a lot of opportunities, including performances on the CMA Awards, The Voice and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ashley even filmed a Pepsi commercial with Blake on an aircraft carrier in Texas.

She recalls, “We had a police escort for that commercial in Corpus Christi. We landed in his private plane, and police escort takes us and we go on that aircraft carrier, police all around us. I said, “I’m so glad I’m friends with Elvis.” That’s what it felt like!”

Ashley is now climbing the country chart with her brand-new solo single, “On to Something Good.” It’s the lead release from her upcoming studio album.


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Garth Brooks Hopes to Stay on the Road for the Next 20 Years

Image Courtesy Pearl/SonyGarth Brooks took more than a decade off from making music and touring to raise his three daughters, but don’t expect him to hang up his guitar anytime soon now, that he’s back on the road.

Garth tells The Oregonian, “I hope I get to do this for 20 more years, to tell you the truth. I love every second of it and can’t get enough of it, no matter — I don’t even want to use the word ‘work.’ No matter how busy you are, it’s fantastic. “

Garth is currently playing a run of shows in Buffalo, NY with his wife, Trisha Yearwood.


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RaeLynn Kicking off Music in Our Schools Tour Saturday at Disney World

Image Courtesy BMLGRaeLynn is kicking off the Music in Our Schools tour with a performance at Walt Disney World in Florida Saturday. She’ll perform as part of Festival Disney, a national competitive music event for high school students.  From there, RaeLynn will visit music students at five schools across the country.

RaeLynn can’t wait to share her story with the next generation of music makers.  Looking back on her school days, she says, “The way for me to be creative was being in choir and being in orchestra because you know, I wasn’t the kid that was good in sports. I was the kid that was always writing songs and playing my guitar. So, having those electives was always so awesome every day because it was my way to learn more about the craft that I wanted to do in the future.”

RaeLynn is hitting the road with Rascal Flatts this summer.


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Cole Swindell Salutes the Troops in “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Video

 Image Courtesy Jim Wright/WarnerCole Swindell is saluting the troops in his new video for “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

The clip was shot at Nashville’s Silver Dollar Saloon and features an appearance by Kyle Davis, a friend of Cole’s who has served five tours of duty in the Middle East with U.S. Special Forces. Cole had Kyle join him onstage for a sing-along of “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” It’s the latest single from Cole’s self-titled debut album, available now.


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