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A Thousand Horses Guitarist Zach Brown Reveals the Tim McGraw Album That Turned


Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses guitarist Zach Brown is heavily influenced by rock acts The Rolling Stones and The Smashing Pumpkins. He might not have found his way to country music if it weren't for Tim McGraw's 1999 album, A Place in the Sun, which includes the hits "My Best Friend," "Please Remember Me,"  "Something Like That," and "My Next Thirty Years.""It was the first country album I ever bought," Zach tells Country Aircheck. "I was in high school and I came late to country music, because I grew up with all my parents' classic rock records. But all the girls in school listened to country music, so I figured I should get in on that. After I heard that album, I was hooked."A Thousand Horses is currently climbing the Country Airplay chart with "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial." It's the follow up to their #1 debut hit, "Smoke." Both songs are included on A Thousand Horses' debut album, Southernality, available now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert Opens Up About His Dad's New Earrings


Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is one of the more colorful country stars today, and it sounds like he's cut from the same cloth as his father. Brantley recently had his dad move onto his farm in Alabama, and Brantley says the state is "rubbin' off on him, slowly but surely."The move has caused Brantley's dad to expand his views on guys wearing earrings, too."I thought he was gonna kill me when I got my ears pierced," Brantley admits, "and he called me one night and he said, 'You ain’t gonna believe this.' I said, 'I think you’re right, but go ahead, shoot.' He said, 'I’m just gonna send you a picture.' I said, 'All right.'"Brantley was quite shocked when the picture of his dad came through.Says Brantley, "He got his ears pierced, but they’re studs."Country stars like Brantley and Jason Aldean are known for wearing little hoop earrings, but studs are usually associated with rap acts. You shouldn't have to worry about Brantley featuring his dad on a new song, though.Brantley says with a laugh, "He’s not gonna break out mad beats or nothing."Next up, Brantley joins Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean for a show this Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in St. Louis.  Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church to Be Featured in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening Nex


EB Media PREric Church will be featured in a new cameo exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on September 18. It's called Eric Church: Inside the Outsider and will feature stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts and other items from Eric's personal collection.Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will be open through February 2016.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Shares Songs with Songwriter Friends and Karen Fairchild at Nash


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert performed with her songwriter friends and her favorite up-and-coming female acts Tuesday night at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley. The sold-out show was set up as a songwriter round, which meant Miranda sat on the stage with her special guests throughout the night.Miranda admitted she was nervous as the show got started with her performance of "Bathroom Sink," a song about facing self-rejection from her latest album, Platinum.  She also mentioned that she had been writing a lot this past week with her fellow songwriters onstage, including Jessi Alexander, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Jon Randall. That means you can expect to hear Miranda's emotions following her divorce from Blake Shelton show up on her next album.Speaking of Blake, his music was played over the speakers for a solid hour before the show started. When it came time for Miranda's second song of the night, she admitted she was getting by on a lot of caffeine and sad songs these days. In keeping with that sad song theme, Miranda launched into the cheating song, "Dear Diamond," which she recorded a few years back with Patty Loveless. Miranda wore a sparkly Patty Loveless tour T-shirt throughout the night. Just another Sunday in the South. @mirandalambert and friends. A video posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on Jul 28, 2015 at 6:18pm PDTLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild made a special appearance to sing with Miranda on her latest single, "Smokin' and Drinkin'." Karen also sang "Pontoon" for the audience and returned to the stage at the end of the night to trade vocals with Miranda on "Girl Crush."The other writers onstage mostly sang hits they had written for other acts with Miranda singing backup. Jessi Alexander sang two hits she'd written for Blake -- "Drink on It" and "Mine Would Be You." Natalie Hemby sang lead vocals on the songs she's written with or for Miranda, including "Baggage Claim," "White Liar" and "Virginia Bluebell," which is a song of hope Miranda says she's been listening to a lot in the past week.Newcomers RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole all performed their new songs. Miranda will take all three of those acts on the road this fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://instagram.com/p/5s4plsguL2/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Just another Sunday in the South. @mirandalambert and friends.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A video posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-07-29T01:18:05+00:00">Jul 28, 2015 at 6:18pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote><script async defer src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

Rascal Flatts Chats with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview" Tonight


Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts gives Dan Rather an in-depth look at their life on the road on The Big Interview Tuesday night at 8:00 ET on AXS TV. The chat took place earlier this year during the Flatts' residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.Rascal Flatts guitar player Joe Don Rooney says, "To be able to offer such an esteemed reporter a look into our everyday life was an honor and I know we all really enjoyed talking with him and discussing things that are important to us as a band, as well as a little trip down memory lane, which is always fun.” Rascal Flatts is currently headlining the Riot Tour 2015. Go to RascalFlatts.com to see where they're playing next.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert Lined Up for ACM Honors September 1 in


Academy of Country MusicJake Owen returns at the host of the Annual ACM Honors Tuesday, September 1 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Roy Clark and Restless Heart are slated to perform, and Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers are among the presenters.Look for more stars to be added to the 9th Annual ACM Honors lineup soon. The event recognizes the ACM Awards winners not presented on camera during the nationwide telecast in the spring. Tickets for the ACM Honors go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31 through Ticketmaster.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Establishes Women Creators Scholarship Fund at Nashville's Belmo


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is using her position at the reigning ACM and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to help up-and-coming women get a head start in the music business. The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide $40,000 in scholarship money to outstanding female students at Belmont University's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,” Miranda says. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am supporting outstanding women who want to pursue their dreams in the music industry.”Proceeds from Miranda's sold-out acoustic show Tuesday night at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley will be used to establish the scholarship fund. Her songwriter pals Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby are also on the bill, along with RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole. Of note, Clare, Courtney and Natalie all graduated from Belmont.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Willie Nelson Announces 30th Annual Farm Aid Concert September 19 in Chicago


Sony LegacyThe 30th Annual Farm Aid concert will take place September 19 in Chicago. Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson leads the bill along with Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Kacey Musgraves will perform, too.Willie helped start Farm Aid in 1985 as a response to the farm crisis. He says, "Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people -- farmers, eaters, advocates and activists -- who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible."Farm Aid will be held at FirstMeritBank Pavilion at Northerly Island in downtown Chicago. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 3 at LiveNation.com and at 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000 FREE.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.CallSend SMSCall from mobileAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype

Little Big Town Explains How They Ended Up on Pal Miranda Lambert's "Smokin' and


John Russell/CMAMiranda Lambert's latest single, "Smokin' and Drinkin'," would probably have ended up on Little Big Town's latest album Pain Killer if Miranda hadn't found the song first. Once Miranda found out LBT wanted the song, she just invited them to sing the song with her for her album, Platinum.Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet, "I'm just really thankful it happened. I love the sound of it. It takes you back and it's a feel-good groove. And I love it."Phillip's band mate Kimberly Schlapman says of Miranda, "We love that girl. We always wanted to do something together.""Smokin' and Drinkin'" is the latest single from Miranda's album, Platinum. Of note, Miranda plays a sold-out club show Tuesday night at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley. Newcomers RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole are also on the bill along with Miranda's songwriter friends Jessi Alexander and Natalie Hemby.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Ray Fills in the Blank About What Happens Overnight in "Kiss Me in the M


Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray's debut hit, "Kiss You in the Morning," leaves a lot to the imagination between the last two lines of the chorus -- "I wanna kiss you with the neon light in your eyes glowing/Then I wanna kiss you in the morning." While it's obvious where this romantic night is leading, Michael thinks there's at least one stop before the couple in the song heads home."There was a 3 a.m. Waffle House visit for sure," Michael tells ABC Radio. "That's the time where you're recapping the night, you know, and you're rethinking. The lights are on, you're sobering up a little bit, and you're going, 'OK, we're good. Everybody still agrees with this.'"Of course, a trip to the Waffle House isn't complete without spending some money on the jukebox. So, which songs would Michael play to set the right mood for the night?He says, "I would always start with some classic Keith Whitley, some good, good classic country songs."Besides "Kiss You in the Morning," Michael says he would definitely play John Legend's romantic hit, "All of Me.""['All of Me'] is what you probably asked her to dance to," Michael says. "You know, 'All of Me' is great. John Legend has really helped a lot of us out.""Kiss You in the Morning" is the lead single from Michael Ray's self-titled album, out Friday, August 7.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ashley Monroe Announces The Blade Tour Starting October 1 in Georgia


Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe is going on the road this fall in support of her new album, The Blade. The Blade Tour will kick off October 1 in Macon, Georgia and continue in New York, Chicago, Nashville and Washington, D.C.Tickets go on sale this Friday morning. Go to AshleyMonroe.com for details.Here are Ashley's The Blade Tour dates: 10/1 -- Macon, GA, Cox Capitol Theatre 10/27 -- New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom 10/29 -- Washington, D.C., Sixth & I 10/30 -- Wilmington, DE, World Café Live 11/13 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks 11/14 -- Chicago, IL, SPACE 11/19 -- Decatur, GA, Eddie's Attic 11/20 -- Nashville, TN, City Winery 11/21 -- Birmingham, AL, Workplay TheatreCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alan Jackson Scores 14th #1 on "Billboard" Country Albums Chart with "Angels and


EMI/ACRAlan Jackson scores his 14th #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Angels and Alcohol. The set sold more than 45,000 copies in its first week. That's enough for a #3 finish on the overall Billboard 200 albums tally.Angels and Alcohol features Alan's latest single, "Jim and Jack and Hank."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jason Aldean Got Chills Playing for 53,000 Fans at The Rose Bowl Saturday Night


Greenroom PRJason Aldean's Saturday show with Kenny Chesney at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California attracted more than 53,000 fans. The concert marked the first time country artists have ever headlined the venue.Jason says, "Standing out there in a sea of country fans at an iconic stadium like Rose Bowl sent chills down my spine. It reminds me how lucky I am to be doing this for a living."Coming up this Friday morning, Jason plays Today's 20th Annual Summer Concert Series on NBC. He adds, "I hope to see a lot of people there too!"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Little Big Town Cancels More Shows as Jimi Westbrook Heals from Vocal Cord Surge


CMALittle Big Town has canceled an additional three weeks of shows under doctor's orders as band member Jimi Westbrook continues to heal from vocal cord surgery.LBT released a statement saying, "We want to come back on the road to you guys at 110% and this additional time will make sure that happens! Thanks again for all of your support during this time, and for your love, patience, and excitement for us to come back! We can’t wait to see all of you."Little Big Town will return to the stage August 22 in Avondale, Canada.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Blake Shelton's 2012 holiday album? ANSWER: Cheers, It's Christmas.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert Explains Why He Left Nashville to Move Back Home to Georgia


Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert loves being a part of the country music community, but living in the center of it all in Nashville just doesn't work for him.Brantley tells The Las Vegas Review-Journal, "You know, I tried that out, but, man, I moved back home. It wasn't that there was anything wrong with Nashville, but I knew I had people at home that would call me out and hold me accountable."Brantley and his new wife, Amber, now live in Maysville, Georgia, just 10 miles north of where Brantley was raised.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"Just Got Started Lovin' You" singer James Otto has a new EP, titled Somewhere Tonight, available at all digital outlets.Brett Eldredge premiered his new song "Just a Taste" with Entertainment Weekly. The track is included on his sophomore album, Illinois, due out September 11.Josh Turner is barely recognizable with his new beard. The new facial hair is on full display in a picture Josh posted on Twitter Friday in support of the Children's Miracle Network.Condolences to Brantley Gilbert, whose grandfather recently passed away after a 20-year battle with COPD and emphysema.Kenny Chesney and Reese Witherspoon posed for a picture together backstage Saturday before his concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. What Southern girls do on Saturday night! Gettin' country with @kennychesney A photo posted by Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon) on Jul 25, 2015 at 9:37pm PDT

Jason Aldean's Debut Album Turns Ten Years Old This Weekend


Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's self-titled debut album was released 10 years ago today. The project launched Jason's career with the top-10 hits "Hicktown" and "Amarillo Sky," as well as his first #1 single, "Why." The project has been certified platinum, and "Hicktown" remains one of Jason's most dynamic numbers during his live shows.Of note, Jason just scored his 16th #1 hit this past week with "Tonight Looks Good on You," from his current album, Old Boots, New Dirt.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trisha Yearwood Looks Back on Her Experience Performing at a Nashville Gay Bar


Russ Harrington/Sunshine Sachs Kacey Musgraves recently hosted the album launch party for her project, Pageant Material, at the Nashville gay club Play, but she's not the first country star to appear at a venue catering to Music City's LGBT community. It turns out Trisha Yearwood made an appearance at a benefit concert at the now-closed Nashville gay bar, The Connection, back in the '90s.That concert was staged to raise money for a gay hairdresser friend of Trisha's who was fighting cancer at the time. Trisha admits she got some "backlash" on the performance from people she knew. That resistance didn't stop her, though.  She tells the Nashville Scene, "I was like, "This is for my friend. This is what you do. I don't give a crap what his personal life is about. This is somebody that I care about.'"Trisha goes on to say she tends to focus on her relationships with individual people, rather than looking at any bigger political picture."I wish more people felt that way," Trisha explains. "I think that's the only way we're going to get through all this is if we just let people be who they are and love one another. That's my job not to judge anybody. Good God, I wouldn't want anybody judging my life."On a lighter note, Trisha recalls going to another Nashville gay bar for a friend's birthday and watching male performers in drag lip sync her signature hit. Says Trisha, "Somebody did 'She's in Love With the Boy' in drag and I was like, 'I'm a star! I've totally made it.'"For more on Trisha's colorful history, check out her new exhibit Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, now open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Darius Rucker Working to Get "Countrier" with Every New Album


Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker first shot to fame as a rock star with his band Hootie & The Blowfish, but you shouldn't expect him to lead the charge in incorporating rock sounds into his country albums. Instead, Darius is pushing to make his music even more in line with the artists that made him fall in love with the country format -- Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, and Foster and Lloyd.Darius tells Woodland, California's Daily Democrat, "I've just been saying for the last couple years, 'Let's do something a little countrier.' And we started going in that direction. This is where I wanted to go, where I want to go. I'm trying to get a little closer to those records that made me want to sing country music."You can hear what Darius is going for on his latest single, "Southern Style," which is also the title track of his current album.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Shares His Evolving View on the Confederate Flag


Capitol NashvilleGeorgia native Luke Bryan grew up seeing the Confederate flag quite a bit, but he admits his view on the symbol have evolved over time."Where I grew up, I never understood the Confederate flag to be a negative thing," Luke tells Billboard. "But if the Ku Klux Klan is going to walk around and turn the Confederate flag into their deal…it's become a symbol of racism to a majority of people. And we live in a country where we have to listen to people's opinions and work it out."Luke is on the cover of Billboard's August 1 issue with his manager and a few other country music power players. His new album, Kill the Lights, is out August 7.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Returns to the Stage to Sing "Heart Like Mine" with Ashley Monro


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert returned to the stage to sing "Heart Like Mine" with her friend and co-writer on the song, Ashley Monroe, Wednesday night at The Basement East in Nashville. It was Miranda's first public appearance since she announced her divorce from Blake Shelton on Monday.The duet was the unplanned encore to Ashley's album release show for her new album, The Blade. Miranda came out wearing little makeup and exclaiming that she was only wearing her Target dress. She seemed to gain strength as the two swapped vocals.The lyrics seemed to speak to Miranda's resilient spirit, especially the first line of "Heart Like Mine": "I ain't the kind you take home to mama/I ain't the kind to wear no ring."Ashley's new album, The Blade, comes out Friday. Miranda will perform a full, sold-out acoustic show this Tuesday night at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Randy Houser Playing 55th Birthday Celebration for Famed Nashville Honky-Tonk, T


Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser is performing at the 55th birthday celebration for famed honky-tonk Tootsie's Orchid Lounge October 21.The party will take over Nashville's Lower Broadway with an all-day concert. Jamey Johnson and Terri Clark are also on the bill,  Organizers expect a few special guests to show up throughout the day as well.Go to Tootsies.net for more information.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Has Country Music in Her Blood


Capitol NashvilleHillary Scott of Lady Antebellum has no idea what it's like to live in a house where music isn't being played or talked about all the time. Her mother is Grammy-winning singer Linda Davis, best known for the duet "Does He Love You" with Reba, and her dad is Reba's former guitar player, Lang Scott. That means Hillary literally couldn't get away from country music while growing up.She tells South Dakota's Argus Leader, "Honestly, it's like breathing in our family. We don't know really know how not to do it and I love that. It was really just ingrained in me from day one, and it obviously became quickly evident that it was what I was called to do as well."Hillary is married to Lady A's drummer, Chris Tyrell, so their daughter, Eisele, is growing up in a similarly musical environment as her mother.Lady Antebellum is on the road all summer with their Wheels Up Tour. Go to LadyAntebellum.com to see where they're headed next.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line Surprises Five Lucky Fans with VIP Cruise This November


Fox/Katherine Bomboy ThorntonFlorida Georgia Line appeared on Fox's new show Knock Knock Live Tuesday night surprise five fans with a VIP trip on their This Is How We Cruise this November. The guys also gave the lucky fans some FGL merchandise and some T-shirts from Brian Kelley's Tribe Kelley clothing line.The duo's Tyler Hubbard says of the experience, "It was such a cool moment to share with our fans. They were definitely surprised and I think there may have been a few excited tears."Brian adds, "To give back like this is a reminder of why we get to do what we love and we’re looking forward to hosting these fans on our cruise this fall. It’ll be another celebration for sure.”To see a clip of FGL on the show, go to KnockKnockLive.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.