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Comstock/ThinkstockSam Hunt played quarterback for which college football team? ANSWER: UAB -- University of Alabama at Birmingham.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan's Sons, Bo and Tate, Can't Get Enough of Dad's New Single, "Kick the

CMALuke Bryan has some pretty trusty advisers telling him which songs to record for his albums.  He knew his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up," was a hit when his two young sons, Bo and Tate, couldn't enough of the songwriter demo of the track.Luke says, "My boys wanna hear that song over and over and over and over, and they're going, 'Let's tear it up, up!' It's simple as can be, but there's a time and place for just a big, 'ol, fun, simple song."Luke explores some deeper topics on his upcoming album, Kill the Lights, but he agreed with his record label's decision to put out "Kick the Dust Up" first.He says, "The label was like, 'Yeah, we're doing that one.' So, I was like, 'All right, let's do it.'"Luke's new album, Kill the Lights, comes out August 7.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith's 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event in Oklahoma earlier this month raised $1.2 million for the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. The facility serves as a home away from home for the families of pediatric cancer patients.Montgomery Gentry has been selected as the NRA Country Artist of the Month for May. Check out an exclusive video for their latest single, "Folks Like Us," at Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have each donated a portion of ticket sales from their recent shows to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music. The total for all artists' donations comes to just under $30,000.Mo Pitney's video for his debut single, "Country," is now live at © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba and Kelly Clarkson Get Ultra-Competitive Playing Board Games at Family Part

Rick Diamond/Getty Images/ACMReba and Kelly Clarkson are together for most holidays since Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock. So, how do these two superstars pass the time during these big family get-togethers?They all love watching movies together, but Kelly and Reba love making everyone play board games, too.As for who wins those epic family board games, Kelly tells Rolling Stone, "Reba and I are both competitive – she'll tell you she's not, but she's a liar. I can win Sequence, but if we play backgammon or Mexican Train dominoes, she kills me. She's like a backgammon magician."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge's Career Is Going Crazy with His New Single, "Lose My Mind"

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's New Artist of the Year win at last year's CMA Awards has kicked his career into overdrive. "Lose My Mind," the lead single from Brett's upcoming sophomore album, is shaping up to be a big hit as a result.Brett tells ABC Radio, "'Lose My Mind' is rising faster than any song I've ever had times 10. So, it's good to have that momentum and people having my back out at radio."The song is taking over the airwaves just like the girl in the song is taking over Brett's mind.He explains, "[It's about] the way girls drive you crazy in a way where you can't get 'em out of your mind. Every thought is consumed by that girl and what they do. And I think we've all been there. It just has that crazy feeling."Brett's as-yet-untitled sophomore album will be released later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Ray Making Third Grand Ole Opry Appearance in Four Weeks Tuesday Night

Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray is becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He's set to make his third appearance in four weeks on the show this Tuesday night.Michael says, "To be invited back for a third time in such a short time frame is mind-blowing. I was just as nervous the second time I performed and I'm sure I'll be just as overwhelmed.  It's an honor to step inside the circle of the Grand Ole Opry and I'm ready to play anytime they want me.”Michael is currently climbing the country chart with his debut single, "Kiss You in the Morning."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kristian Bush Launching International Military Concert Tour with Memorial Day Sh

Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.Kristian's new single, "Light Me Up," is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, "Trailer Hitch." Both tracks are included on Kristian's debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert Looks Forward to Life as a Married Country Rocker

Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has written and recorded several hit songs about his on-again, off-again relationship with his fiancée, Amber. Now that they're settling down and getting married this year, Brantley's worried he won't be able to write more of his signature party songs like "Bottoms Up" and "Country Must Be Country Wide."He tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "What am I going to do when I get to be a married guy? Nobody wants to hear that on every song on the record."Brantley goes on to say he and Amber have a "really good little love story" going on, and they've had no problem making compromises for their upcoming wedding ceremony.  Says Brantley, "She gave us permission -- the guys to get wear boots."The Platinum Edition of Brantley's latest album, Just As I Am, is now available in stores and online.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scotty McCreery Talks Baseball and Guitars in Upcoming Online & TV Appearances

Scott Stem/EB MediaScotty McCreery sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch at the New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals game in New York City Tuesday night. He'll talk about that performance, and his love of baseball, on Sport Illustrated's SI Now Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at for Scotty to also appear on the Road Trip with Anna Dooiman segment of FOX News's FOX and Friends, coming up May 28. The reporter visited Scotty at his show earlier this year in North Dakota to learn how to be his guitar tech.  You can see how well she did when the segment airs.Next up, Scotty begins his gig as a special guest on Rascal Flatts' RIOT Tour 2015 starting May 30 in Noblesville, Indiana.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Craig Campbell Returns with Sexy New Single, "Tomorrow Tonight"

Red Bow RecordsCraig Campbell is back with a brand-new, sexy single, "Tomorrow Tonight," now available on iTunes. Craig co-wrote the single and says it encompasses everything he loves about country music right now.He explains, "It has a balance of what you think of as more traditional, and also more modern sounds. I really believe in finding a way to meet in the middle --  it lets me be proud of the music I make and am writing." Craig will debut the new single at the CMA Music Festival June 11 in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Thousand Horses Leaving Their Southern Rock-Influenced Mark on Country Music

Joseph Llanes/Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio with their debut single, "Smoke." The track merges the band's Southern rock roots with today's country sound. A Thousand Horses lead singer Michael Hobby looks back to the '90s when country stars like Travis Tritt and Confederate Railroad mixed Southern rock into their hit songs."It's always kind of been in country music throughout the years," Michael explains, "and it's been a little bit since it's happened actually."Band member Graham DeLoach adds, "I feel like both genres are very like-minded. So, it only makes sense."With their debut album, Southernality, coming out very soon, A Thousand Horses hopes to make an even bigger impact on the country format.Guitarist Zach Brown says, "I think it's cool to kind of contribute to the future of country music. We were just thinking about that. Even on our tour, we're like, 'Man, this could be people's first time, first concert, you know. We could be someone's first concert.' That's awesome."A Thousand Horses release their new album, Southernality, on June 9.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.