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Kelsea Ballerini Already Has Her Sophomore Album Written


Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini has made a big splash in the country world with her debut album, The First Time. The project has produced her debut #1 hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," as well as her latest single, "Dibs." There are plenty of more potential hits on the project, but Kelsea already has an eye towards her sophomore album.She tells West Virginia's The Exponent Telegram, "Songwriting is something I do all the time. It was hard for me to pick songs for this album, [The First Time]. I have a lot of them. I have the next album written and ready to go.”Look for Kelsea to be on hand at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Still Heavily Invested in Album-Making Process


Big Machine RecordsMore than two decades into his career, Tim McGraw is still heavily invested in the album-making process. He's currently working on his next studio album, which will feature his latest hit, "Top of the World."I think as an artist, part of what you do is you feel important about what you do, about your music," Tim tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "It counts, and it matters to you, and that's what it feels like to me right now. It may not matter to anybody else, but it matters to me.”Tim's next album also will feature his collaboration with daughter, Gracie, on the new song "Here Tonight." They performed the song together at Tim's Nashville concert earlier this month.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Zac Brown Featured on New Avicii Album, Due Out October 2


ShorefireZac Brown Band recently scored a #1 at rock radio with the Chris Cornell collaboration "Heavy Is the Head."  Now Zac is headed to the pop/EDM world. He's teaming up with Avicii for a song on their new album, Stories. The project is due out October 2.Gavin DeGraw and Wyclef Jean are also featured on the Avicii album.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Darius Rucker Reflects on Last June's Deadly Church Shooting in Charleston


Capitol NashvilleLast June's church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina hit very close to home for Darius RuckerHe tells Rolling Stone, "My son goes to school directly across the street from Mother Emanuel. I mean directly across the street. I park in the parking lot to pick him up sometimes. That was . . . home. That was right in the heart of where we live, of our community."In the time since those shootings, Darius says he's seen a big outpouring love in the Charleston community.He adds, "It's just love, coming every day and every minute."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line Taking Over Your TV September 4


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is taking over your TV on Friday, September 4. The duo will close out Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series that morning on ABC. Later that night, FGL will perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.Florida Georgia Line continues their Anything Goes tour into the fall. Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for details.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Kelsea Ballerini's new puppy? ANSWER: Dibs.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer's new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana's latest single, "I Got the Boy."George Strait's final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, "Move On."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum's Backstage Daycare Getting Crowded with Charles Kelley's Baby C


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in the spring. The little one will join Dave Haywood's son, Cash, and Hillary Scott's daughter, Eisele, in the Lady A daycare backstage at the band's shows.Hillary tells E! News Charles and Cassie know the sex of their baby, but they aren't announcing it just yet."They're going to be the most amazing parents," Hillary says. "It's just so funny to see how Charles is starting to look at the world differently and through a different lens, and as Cassie continues to carry this baby you're forever changed, and the pregnancy process starts that change, even for the dad, too."Look for Cassie Kelley to talk about her fertility struggles on ABC's Good Morning America Friday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Says Sons Bo and Tate Are Adjusting Very Well Since His Nephew Til Mo


CMALuke Bryan's oldest son, Bo, went from being the "alpha male" in the house to being the middle child when Luke's 13-year-old nephew, Til, moved in with them last year. The adjustment hasn't fazed Bo or his younger brother, Tate, though."It's been amazing watching them do so well with it," Luke tells People. "They treat Til like their brother, and Til does the same."Til has even helped Bo and Tate improve as athletes.Says Luke, "When I come home, they're throwing the baseball a little farther and hitting the ball a little harder. I know that's 'cause Til's been out in the yard with them."Til came to live with Luke and his wife, Caroline, late last year when his father, Luke's brother-in-law Ben Cheshire, passed away. Til's mother, Luke's sister Kelly, died in 2007. When it comes to guiding his family through the loss, Luke leans on his faith to see him through."I think with everything that's happened in my family, I just have to lean on my faith and the understanding that God has a plan for all of us. We just wake up every day and do our best."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shania Twain's Rock This Country Tour Doing Big Business


Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain is raking in the cash on her Rock This Country farewell tour. According to Billboard, the trek has grossed $40 million so far. More than 407,000 tickets have been sold since Shania launched the tour in June.Shania will continue the Rock This Country tour this fall with a six-week run of shows starting September 12 in Spokane, Washington.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jennifer Nettles Signs New Record Deal; Launching Playing with Fire Tour in Octo


James Minchin IIIJennifer Nettles has signed a new contract with Big Machine Records and will release a new single this October. A new album will follow in early 2016.In celebration of the new music, Jennifer is headed out on the Playing with Fire tour in October with special guests Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. She's currently filming her part as Dolly Parton's mother in the new NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, airing December 10.Here are Jennifer's new tour dates:10/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 10/24 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall 10/25 -- Melbourne, FL, King Center for the Performing Arts 10/29 -- Newark, OH, Midland Theatre 10/30 -- Bethlehem, PA, Sands Bethlehem Events Center 10/31 -- Mashantucket, CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino 11/13 -- Red Wing, MN, Treasure Island Resort & Casino 11/14 -- Elkhart, IN, Lerner Theatre 11/15 -- Windsor, ON (CAN), The Colosseum at Caesars 11/20 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore 11/21 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 11/22 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury 11/27 -- Johnson City, NY, Magic City Music Hall 11/28 -- Salamanca, NY, Seneca Allegany Casino 12/3 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues - Dallas 12/4 -- Bossier City, LA, Horseshoe Bossier City 12/5 -- San Antonio, TX, Majestic Theatre 12/11 -- Reno, NV, Silvery Legacy Resort and Casino 12/12 -- Indio, CA, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center 12/13 -- Temecula, CA, Penchaga Resort and CasinoCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Steps Away from Her Problems in Order to Solve Them


Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood's latest single, "Smoke Break," is all about stepping back from the worries of your life and giving yourself some time to breathe. While Carrie doesn't have a cigarette in her hand while she's taking a break, she finds it incredibly useful to just sit and think when she's facing a problem.Carrie says, "It puts things in perspective, and you can come back and actually solve the problem. I just go somewhere where it's quiet. You know, that's kind of my way of handling things. Go sit out on the porch for a second. Just have a moment where nobody is talking at me, you know?"After taking some time away from distractions, Carrie usually finds the answer to the problem was right in front of her.She adds, "I think that's kind of a good tool that anybody could use. Just step away from [the problem]. Go to your happy place.""Smoke Break" is the lead single from Carrie's upcoming, fifth studio album, Storyteller, due out October 23.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dan + Shay Knows How to Stretch a Dollar at a Mexican Restaurant


Warner Music NashvilleCountry duo Dan + Shay consider themselves experts when it comes to hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants in Nashville. If they're downtown, the guys love to go to Las Palmas. While making their debut album, Where It All Began, the duo's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney spent a ton of time at a little place called Nacho's in the Music City suburb of Bellevue.Dan tells ABC Radio, "When we were writing most of our album out at [our producer] Danny Orton's house, we went to this place."Shay chimes in, "I thought you were gonna say we wrote most of it at Nacho's, which is probably true."Since they were just getting started on their country career, Dan and Shay didn't have much money to buy tacos and burritos. They found a way to make it work.Says Dan, "We would just get, like, a huge basket of chips. I had, like, 20 baskets of chips."After 30 minutes of eating chips, the waiters would start to wonder if Dan and Shay were ever going to order. That's when the guys would order a small bowl of the tortilla soup.Shay says with a laugh, "That's like 89 cents. It's the dream."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Stripping It Down with Wife Caroline as Other Celebrity Couples Call


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan wrote his sexy new single, "Strip It Down," thinking about his wife, Caroline. It's an indication of where the couple's marriage is these days, which means you likely won't see Luke and Caroline headed for divorce court any time soon.It's a bright spot for country fans in a summer that has seen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert end their four-year marriage. Jake Owen and Reba have also announced splits from their respective spouses."Any time we hear of couples in the public eye breaking up, me and Caroline talk about it," Luke tells People. "It really hurts our hearts that people arrive at that and can't work it out. Yeah, you do think about it in this business. Caroline and I just say our prayers that we're happy and that things are good."Luke and Caroline look forward to growing old together as Luke celebrates his 40th birthday next summer.He adds, "Caroline says growing old is a privilege, so you gotta understand it like that."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wife of Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Talking About Fertility Issues on "Good


Womanista/Greenroom PRLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in spring 2016. The couple faced infertility issues as they tried to conceive the child. Cassie will be talking about their fertility struggles on ABC's Good Morning America Friday morning. The appearance is a part of GMA's Fertility Week programming.Cassie is also keeping fans updated on her pregnancy through her women's lifestyle site, Womanista.com. She announced the pregnancy on the site earlier this month.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Newcomer Cam Making Her "Good Morning America" Debut September 1


Sony Music Nashville/Ninelle EfremovaCountry newcomer Cam will perform her breakthrough hit, "Burning House," on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, September 1. She's also featured on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday.Cam's single is the highest-charting solo female song at country radio right now. It should hit the top 20 in the coming weeks.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kacey Musgraves Unveils Kacey for Lucchese Boot Collection


Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves has partnered with Texas-based Western brand Lucchese to unveil her Kacey for Lucchese boot collection. The footwear is inspired by Kacey's life and experiences as a musician in the past few years. Our new #KaceyforLucchese boots stand for two Texas icons with one shared spirit! And they're awesome. Stay tuned! #LuccheseBoots @spaceykaceyA photo posted by Lucchese (@lucchese) on Jul 29, 2015 at 8:07pm PDT She says, "As a native Texan (and a boot wearer!) this brand means something special to me and this opportunity was a dream come true. Every detail on each boot in this line represents sentiments and pieces of me and my career. I hope y'all will wear them as proudly as I will!”To check out the Kacey for Lucchese collection, go to Lucchese.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kelsea Ballerini's Latest Single, "Dibs," Could Have Been Sung by a Guy


CMAKelsea Ballerini has her eye on a return trip to #1 with her latest single, "Dibs." It's the follow-up to her debut chart-topper, "Love Me Like You Mean It," and both songs were written in a similar fashion.It all started out with Kelsea throwing out that word, "Dibs," which she describes as a "fun, flirty title.""It was super spur-of-the-moment," Kelsea says of the "Dibs" writing session. "We weren't supposed to write a song, but we did. 45 minutes later we were jamming."One of Kelsea's co-writers on "Dibs" is up-and-coming country singer Ryan Griffin, who just signed a record deal with Sony in Nashville. Since they weren't sure whether Kelsea or Ryan would cut "Dibs," they ended up writing two versions of the song.Kelsea explains, "We wrote the song in a guy perspective and a girl perspective, and then I was like, 'Can I cut it?'"Obviously, Kelsea won that battle. "Dibs" is included on Kelsea's debut album, The First Time, out now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Frankie Ballard Doesn't Go for the VIP Treatment When He's Attending Another Art


Warner Music NashvilleAs one of country's hottest new acts, Frankie Ballard could probably pull strings to get special backstage access to any concert he wanted to see. That's not Frankie's style, though. Instead, he likes to buy his own tickets and sit in the audience with everyone else. That approach helps him make his own concerts better for his fans.He tells ABC Radio, "I learn a lot about what I don't like about going to shows so that when, someday, I'm putting on shows I can try to eliminate some of that stuff."One of Frankie's biggest pet peeves is being kept waiting during a set change between the opening act and the headliner. If that wait lasts 20 or 30 minutes, Frankie starts getting antsy."I'm like, 'All right, man, let's go!' Frankie says. "Like, that kind of stuff, I like knowing that."Frankie also pays attention to the things he likes at every show.He adds, "I always try to go and steal stuff, steal tricks that I want to keep."Frankie is on the road with Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour through October. He joins Randy Houser's We Went tour starting in November.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.