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Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney Admires The Rolling Stones' Ability to Evolve


CMARascal Flatts has been going strong for 15 years now, but that's nothing compared to the 53-year career of their heroes, The Rolling Stones. The Flatts opened for the Stones on July 4 in Indianapolis, and the experience of watching their set was inspirational for Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney.He tells Massachusetts's Sun Chronicle, "I go, 'There's more in store for us.' And that's a great thing to see, a band like that that's still hungry and still passionate, still going out and kicking a** like they are at 70 years old."Joe Don says that desire to evolve and be on the cutting edge of music has kept the Rolling Stones relevant all these years."There's something to be learned from that if you're willing to put in the time and the work and the passion, and you really care about it enough," Joe Don says. "You can't be scared to dive deep into it and try to keep evolving."Rascal Flatts is just one of the acts featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special, coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum Shares Their Picks for the Perfect Summer Playlist


Capitol NashvilleIf you're looking to spice up your summer playlist, Lady Antebellum has a few song selections to get you on your feet. Band member Charles Kelley tells USA Today he goes for The Weeknd's hit, "Can't Feel My Face," for its "gnarly melody." Hillary Scott likes to keep things light with WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" and her pal Kelsea Ballerini's new single, "Dibs."Dave Haywood opts for tour mate Sam Hunt's latest hit, "House Party," when he wants to get amped up. He says, "This is the jam of the summer, perfect for a good time."Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour continues through next month. Check out their tour dates at LadyAntebellum.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Rose Garden" Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at Age 67


CMA/Donn JonesCountry singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit "Rose Garden," died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.Lynn Anderson was born September 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota and raised in California. Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive."In 1966, Lynn Anderson released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called "For Better or for Worse." It failed to chart, but she went on to score her first top-5 hit, "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)" in 1967. Anderson went on to appear on ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.With the release of her first #1 country hit, "Rose Garden," Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart. She also won a Grammy Award for the song in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards.  Lynn also took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early '80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, "You're Welcome to Tonight." She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville. She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.Several stars have shared their thoughts on Lynn Anderson's contribution to country music:Reba: "I am a huge fan of Lynn’s.  She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music.  Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. 'Rose Garden' was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed."Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys: "It was a pleasure to record with Lynn.  I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair.  We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage.  She owned Utah that night.  She didn't stop until she won everybody's hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kenny Chesney Spotted at Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Ahead of Saturday Nigh


Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney plays a show in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, but he got to town a day early to hang out with the Kansas City Chiefs. The country star was on hand at the team's training camp Friday morning. Kenny even posed with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in a picture on the team's Instagram account. Sleeves are optional at camp. Thanks for stopping by @kennychesney! #ChiefsCamp #ChiefsKingdom A photo posted by Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) on Jul 31, 2015 at 9:19am PDTKenny plays Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night with co-headliner Jason Aldean.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Brad Paisley to Mentor Blake Shelton's Team This Fall on "The Voice"


CMABrad Paisley has signed on as a mentor on NBC's The Voice this fall. According to Us Weekly, Brad will mentor Blake Shelton's team on the show's upcoming ninth season.Other mentors this season include Selena Gomez for Gwen Stefani's team, John Fogerty for Adam Levine's team and Missy Elliott for Pharrell Williams' team.The Voice returns September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Opens Nashville's New Ascend Amphitheater with First of Two Acoustic


EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville's brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Talladega" alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric's singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.Eric closed out the night with a brand-new song, "Three Year Olds," inspired by his oldest son, Boone. Before playing the song, Eric told a story about Boone throwing a fishing rod and a tackle box into the water during a fishing trip. He told the crowd, "I am 38 years old and I did not know a fishing pole would sink faster than a tackle box. I also learned a garbage can is a good place to hide truck keys.”The lyrics to "Three Year Olds" includes the lines, "Say I love you all day long/When you’re wrong you should just say so/I learned that from a three year old.”Eric will wrap up his two-night stand at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater with another sold-out acoustic show Friday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Luke Bryan Premieres Lyric Video for "Kill The Lights" on Dating App Tinder


Capitol NashvilleIf you're a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That's because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut "Kill the Lights," the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, "I'm happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they're not on Tinder, now's the chance."Of course, if you think that even downloading the Tinder app would cause major problems in your relationship, you'll be able to grab the track on iTunes this Tuesday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood's Post-Baby Return to the Stage Captured on ABC's "CMA Music Fe


Donn Jones/CMACarrie Underwood was anxious to get back in front of her fans at last month's CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The performance at LP Field was one of Carrie's first public appearances since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, earlier this year. If you couldn't be there in person, Carrie's set will be featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.Before taking the stage for the massive crowd at the CMA Music Festival, Carrie said, "It has been a while. I've been very busy doing lots of other things. But the whole singing in front of people, I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited."Country artists always say they have the best fans in the world, but Carrie insists that cliché holds true. That's why every artist who performs at the CMA Music Festival does so free of charge."I really do have the best fans," she says. "I mean, there's people that are in my fan club and everything that I have seen since day one. I know them. They know me. To have that support over the past 10 years has been really incredible."Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are among the stars also performing on CMA Music Festival:  Country's Night to Rock. Little Big Town hosts the special for the third year in a row.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Young Taps into Universal Themes of Love and Desire on "I'm Comin' Over"


Sony Music NashvilleIf you've ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you'll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, "I'm Comin' Over."He says, "It's all first person, so it's not he or she. It's just the side of, 'I'm coming over. I'm running every red light. I'm just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.' This is just, 'I just need to be with you.'"Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, but Chris is certain the song will strike a chord with listeners who have loved and lost before.Chris adds, "Whether it's girl, guy, in a serious relationship now, not in a serious relationship, I just think there's something about this song that everybody can kind of put themselves in. You've probably been there before.""I'm Comin' Over" is the lead single from Chris's upcoming studio album. We'll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Brett Eldredge do to celebrate his first #1 single, "Don't Ya?" ANSWER: Went skydiving.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini has been added to the lineup for the annual New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway in downtown Nashville. She joins previously announced headliners Kings of Leon on the bill.Congratulations to Gloriana's Tom Gossin, who is expecting his first child with his wife, Jamie, in February 2016.Craig Morgan will host his second annual Billy's Place 5K August 22 at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson, Tennessee. Proceeds go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to help foster children in Middle Tennessee. Go to CraigMorgan.com for details.Randy Houser's new video for "We Went" features car chases, explosions and a lot of stunts, as seen in the sneak peek just released this week. Look for the clip to premiere on CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday morning.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.We Went Behind The Scenes from Fitz Hart on Vimeo. 

Scotty McCreery Premiering New Single, "Southern Belle," During Friday Morning T


Eric Adkins/Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will premiere his new single, "Southern Belle," on Fox News's Fox & Friends Friday morning. Scotty is performing on the show's All-American Summer Concert Series during the 8 a.m. ET hour. The full concert and additional interview footage will stream live on FoxandFriends.com/Concert."Southern Belle" is the lead single from Scotty's upcoming third studio album, due out in early 2016. The song will go to country radio in late August.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Tops "Forbes" Country Cash Kings List with $90 Million Payday


Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks tops this year's Forbes Country Cash Kings: 2015: The Top 15 Earners list with an estimated $90 million in earnings, thanks in large part to his current World Tour. That total is the biggest single-year amount Forbes has ever recorded for a country act.Toby Keith is second with $53 million coming in from his shows and various business interests. Jason Aldean is third with an estimated $43.5 million payday.Forbes' Country Cash Kings list is compiled using data from Pollstar, Nielsen, industry insiders and artists themselves to estimate income from concert tickets, merchandise, publishing and other business interests. The amounts only cover income earned between June 2014 and June 2015.Here is the complete Forbes Cash Kings 2015 List:1) Garth Brooks, $90 million 2) Toby Keith, $53 million 3) Jason Aldean, $43.5 million 4) Luke Bryan, $42.5 million 5) Kenny Chesney, $42 million 6) Tim McGraw, $38 million 7) Florida Georgia Line, $36.5 million 8) Zac Brown Band, $32 million 9) Miranda Lambert, $28.5 million (tie) 9) Blake Shelton, $28.5 million (tie) 11) Keith Urban, $28 million 12) Eric Church, $26 million 13) Brad Paisley, $24 million 14) Rascal Flatts, $19.5 million 15) Lady Antebellum, $17 millionCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Performs with ACM Lifting Lives Campers at Special Olympics World G


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes teamed up with 10 campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp Tuesday night to perform at a special event at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles. The group sang "Heart to Heart," a song they wrote with songwriter Terry McBride earlier this summer in Nashville. Hunter rounded out the set with a few of his own hits.The performance took place at the Family's Picnic in the Park at Grand Park LA, a private event for Special Olympics athletes and their families.“It was an honor to support such a fantastic cause and get to perform for all of these athletes and their families,” Hunter says. "I had the opportunity to meet the ACM Lifting Lives music campers earlier this summer, and it reminded me how pure and powerful music can be. Being part of this event tonight and getting to perform with them again was an experience I won’t forget.” ACM Lifting Lives® is thrilled to support the 2015 @SpecialOlympics World Games! @hunterhayes & ACM Lifting Lives campers performing at the @la2015 Family Reception! #ReachUpLAA photo posted by Academy of Country Music (ACM) (@acmawards) on Jul 28, 2015 at 8:44pm PDT The ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp offers musical enrichment opportunities for individuals with Williams Syndrome and is held each summer in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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 PDT Little 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.