Florida Georgia Line Admits Marijuana Use: “We’re Professional Partiers”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has more in common with country icon Willie Nelson than you might think.

In the new Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard admits they smoke marijuana after a reporter noticed a small metal pipe that smelled like weed on a counter in Tyler’s tour bus.

The news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, though. The guys’ new song, “Sun Daze,” contains a reference to getting stoned, and Tyler even tells Billboard, “We’re professional partiers.”

“Sun Daze” is included on FGL’s new album, Anything Goes, due out Tuesday. Look for Florida Georgia Line’s CMT Instant Jam special to premiere Friday, October 17 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is George Strait‘s middle name? ANSWER: Harvey.

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The Swon Brothers Perform with the PS22 Chorus in New York City

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers performed their song “Pretty Beautiful” with the PS22 Chorus in New York City last week. The track is included on the duo’s self-titled debut album, due out October 14. The students spent two hours outside of regular school hours to rehearse and perform with The Swon Brothers. They also got to ask the guys questions about their journey to country stardom.

The Swon Brothers’ Zach Swon says, “We’ve been on the run so much lately that it was great to have the chance to slow down for a few hours and share that pure, simple love of music through the eyes of these incredible kids.  It was just an amazing experience.”

The Swon Brothers are now climbing the country chart with their debut hit, “Later On.”

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Lauren Alaina Headed Back in the Studio After Undergoing Secret Vocal Cord Surgery in August

Image Courtesy Mercury/19American Idol finalist-turned-country star Lauren Alaina is back in the studio and stepping back into the spotlight after undergoing vocal cord surgery in August. She kept the surgery a secret until making an appearance at the Nashville premiere for the movie The Best of Me Thursday night.

Lauren explains, “I just started singing again, and I can still do that, so that’s great news. ‘Cause I was scared to death, but I’m gonna start recording here in the next couple months and try to get everything out.”

After the surgery, Lauren couldn’t say anything at all for a full eight days. She adds, “Eight days after that I could talk for five-minutes a day, which, you might as well just not talk at that point. I mean, what are you going to say in five minutes? Have you met me?”

The doctor told Lauren she would need the surgery at some point, and she could’ve found herself out on tour having to cancel dates due to the vocal problems.

She says, “I had to do it. There was really no other choice for me.”

Now that she’s back in the studio, Lauren is ready to record material as a 20-year-old woman. She made her debut album at age 16 after finishing second to Scotty McCreery on American Idol. Her young age limited the kind of material she could take on with her hit debut album, Wildflower.

Lauren says of the time since she made her first album, “I’ve grown up a lot and learned a lot about myself.”

Lauren’s debut project, Wildflower, bowed at #2 on Billboard‘s Country Album chart and #5 on the overall Billboard 200 tally in 2011. It’s gone on to sell more than 300,000 copies.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s new single, “Something in the Water,” has already hit #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart, which tracks sales, airplay and streaming in the inspirational market.

Don’t miss Rascal Flatts on ABC’s The View Friday.

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George Strait Releasing Deluxe Edition of “The Cowboy Rides Away” Live Album November 10

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleA deluxe CD/DVD edition of George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium will be released exclusively at Walmart on November 10. The expanded version features 28 live tracks on two-CDs and a DVD of the 40-song show at George’s final tour stop on June 7, 2014 in Dallas.

A single-disc version of this live project was released a few weeks back. The new version includes all of those tracks as well as George’s collaboration with Eric Church on “Easy Come, Easy Go,” Alan Jackson on “Amarillo by Morning,” Miranda Lambert on “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” and Kenny Chesney on “The Fireman.”

Exclusive interviews with Strait are also included on the deluxe edition. Other special pre-order offers are available at MyPlayDirect.com/George-Strait.

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Lady Antebellum Going into Georgia Music Hall of Fame Saturday

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday night in Atlanta. Since she hails from Tennessee, band member Hillary Scott wasn’t sure she’d get to share the honor with band mates, Georgia natives Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.

Hillary tells ABC News Radio she didn’t believe their manager when he told her she was included in the honor. She says, “I’m like, ‘So, the whole state of Georgia is OK with a Tennessee girl being inducted.’ We were joking and saying, ‘I guess if more than 50 percent of the band is from that state, then you’re in.’”

In all seriousness, Hillary says the honor is very humbling. As for Dave, he and Charles were surrounded by Georgia’s rich musical heritage growing up in Augusta, which was the home of R&B legend James Brown.

Dave says, “You grow up around that, and you’re really influenced by that.”

This honor marks the first time Lady Antebellum has entered any kind of Hall of Fame, too.

“It feels like you’re really being recognized as something you can show your grandkids one day,” says Dave. “This is a big, kind of, first for us to be recognized at this level. It’s that much sweeter being from our home state.”

The Georgia Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Saturday night at the George World Congress Center in Atlanta. Country comedian Jeff Foxworthy is also being inducted.

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Jon Pardi Launching Up All Night Club Tour This Weekend with Two Sold-Out Shows

Image Courtesy UMGJon Pardi’s Up All Night headlining club tour kicks off this weekend with sold-out dates in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. The trek comes on the heels of Jon’s stint opening Dierks Bentley‘s RISER tour with Chris Young and Chase Rice in the past few months.

Says Jon, “It’s been a great summer with Dierks and the guys.  Now it’s time to hit the clubs and share some new music we’ve been working on with the fans.” 

Jon will play a lot of tunes from his debut album, Write You a Song, which has already produced the gold-selling hit single “Up All Night.” His new single, “When I’ve Been Drinkin’,” is also included on the debut project.

For a full list of tour dates, go to JonPardi.com.

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Alan Jackson Launches Country Music Hall of Fame Residency with Two-Hour-Plus Show

Image Courtesy Rick Diamond/Getty Images/Schmidt PRAlan Jackson played for two hours and 22 minutes during the first of two Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame Wednesday night in Nashville. Alan’s band members say they don’t remember him ever playing a show that lasted over two hours.  The usually-reserved Alan also talked to the audience quite a bit throughout the night.

The set list included performances of Alan Jackson classics “Gone Country” and “I Don’t Even Know Your Name,” as well as recent hits such as “Good Time” and “As She’s Walking Away.” After Alan sang a brand-new song, titled “Angels and Alcohol,” the audience gave him a standing ovation.

At first Alan was concerned the new song was too sad to sing. He told the crowd, “I don’t know why, but those sad ones are easier to write. I love listening to them, I love singing them, and I love writing them.” 

Alan returns for another sold-out performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater on October 22. He’s also featured in an exhibit at the Hall of Fame titled Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Blake Shelton hit refers to a dentist visit that goes awry? ANSWER: “Some Beach.”

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