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Sam Hunt Hoping to Live Some Life Off the Road Before Writing Next Album


Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is happy to have a non-stop tour schedule these days, but he admits all that traveling is cutting into his time as a songwriter.Sam tells Entertainment Tonight, "I have not been writing at all. I just haven't had any time to do that, but I'm excited to get back in the studio."While he hopes to start writing new songs this fall, Sam knows he needs to get out of the bubble he's been in while living on a tour bus."There is a lot of life that I've experienced that will inspire writing," Sam says, "but I think I'm gonna have to find some time to do some living outside of the road to find some new experiences and new inspirations for new songs."Sam heads out with Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour starting Friday, May 1 in Lubbock, Texas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider Tour Might Be a Miracle Cure for Troubled Marriages


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsCan Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider Tour actually save troubled marriages? That's the claim put forth in a hilarious new video on Tim's YouTube page.In the clip, spoofing ads for drugs like Cialis, guys suffering from their wives' INS, or Intense Nag Syndrome, are looking for ways to make their wives happy. When they go about seeking a cure, their doctor prescribes tickets to Tim's Shotgun Rider tour.  The prescription seems to work, but the side effects may include pregnancy, hysteria, male dancing, unusually tight male jeans, fainting and air guitar playing.Tim's Shotgun Rider tour kicks off June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba Explains Why She Was "Ticked Off" the First Time She Saw a Reba Drag Queen


Image Courtesy ABCReba has grown to love the drag queens who dress up like her and perform her biggest hits in clubs across the country, but she was thrown off the first time she saw a man dressed up in Reba drag.Reba tells The Advocate, "One night in the early ’90s, shortly after [my single] ‘Fancy’ came out, I had a gentleman at one of our fan club get-togethers we’d have, and he showed up in full regalia -- total drag -- and it really ticked me off because his hair and makeup looked better than mine!”Unfortunately, Reba didn't have time to get any tips from the drag queen because she had to go perform her show. She still sees Reba drag queens show up at her concerts from time-to-time, and it always gives her a thrill.  "Imitation is a huge form of flattery," she says.Now those drag queens can use Reba's new cosmetics line, Reba Beauty, to achieve the right look. Check out the first offering, the Deluxstick lip gloss shade Fancy, at Reba.com/Reba-Beauty.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean teamed up with Eric Church and Luke Bryan to collaborate on which one of his hit singles? ANSWER: "The Only Way I Know."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton will perform his latest hit, "Sangria," on NBC's The Voice Monday night.Chase Rice and Frankie Ballard are featured in a new Funny or Die Concert Cops video filmed at the Tortuga Music Festival in Florida earlier this month.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw on Sandy Hook Promise Backlash: "I Don't Put a Political Blanket on W


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has gotten backlash from gun rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, over his upcoming concert to raise money for Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, whose stated purpose is to help protect children from gun violence.When asked how he is dealing with the headlines the concert has been generating, Tim tells ABC Radio, "I don't put a political blanket on what I'm doing. This is about helping people and leading with your heart. I think that that's what I try to do, and we're doing things are earmarked for a lot of good in the community."Tim's fiddle player, Dean Brown, is a friend of Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting. Meeting Mark and his wife backstage at one of his concerts a few years ago had a big impact on Tim.He says, "When you sit across from a family who've gone through such a great tragedy, it's just heartbreaking. And when you sit and have a conversation and you feel connected and they want you to help, and you feel like you can help, then you lead with your heart."Tim goes on to say he thinks Sandy Hook Promise is a "great organization" that falls in line with his belief in spreading the message about mental health awareness among today's youth.He adds, "When you talk about protecting our kids from violence and doing everything you can to protect our children, I'm all in."As previously reported, the Concert for Sandy Hook Promise in Hartford, Connecticut this July is part of Tim's Shotgun Rider tour with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, but Currington dropped out of the show last week, saying on his Facebook page he was bowing out because of the controversy, but would make a donation to a "local organization.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jason Aldean Feeling "Focused" and "Grounded" One Month into Marriage with Britt


Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, just celebrated their one-month anniversary, but they haven't been able to spend much time at home as husband-and-wife.Jason says, "I mean, we've been on the road pretty much the whole time since we got married. We really haven't had a chance to have a honeymoon or any of that stuff, but that's a cool thing. She gets to travel with me, and we get to go all over the country."Jason and Brittany also spent 10 days in Europe last month while he played the Country to Country Festival. Having Brittany on hand on the road has been good for Jason.He adds, "I think she just kinda keeps me a little more focused, grounded, which I think I kind of needed in my life, for sure."Jason and Brittany tied the knot March 21 in Mexico.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Goes Makeup-Free for "People" Magazine's World's Most Beautiful


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert poses with no makeup on for People magazine's annual World's Most Beautiful issue. The natural look is close to what Miranda looks like when she's at home in Oklahoma with husband, Blake Shelton.She says of her at-home beauty routine, "I just put on some tinted moisturizer and sunscreen and mascara. And lip gloss! It's kind of an addiction."  Miranda only has a glam squad for big events like last Sunday's ACM Awards. On tour, she does her own hair and makeup as a way to have some alone-time before shows."That's my time to focus and calm down, listen to music and warm up a little bit," Miranda says. "I have a product bag the size of Texas -- just makeup and hair stuff and curling irons."Miranda adds that Blake thinks she looks prettier without a lot of makeup on, which causes her some frustration.Says Miranda, "I think, 'Stop! Really? This took me three hours!' But he doesn't care. He sees me the same, whether I have a whole glam squad or I'm just hanging out at home."  Carrie Underwood also opens up about a disastrous perm she got at age 13 in the Beauty Confessions section of People's World's Most Beautiful issue, on stands Friday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Currington Releasing Sixth Album, "Summer Forever," on June 2


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington's sixth album, Summer Forever, is due out June 2. The project features his latest hit, "Don't It," as well as other songs written by Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and several other top songwriters."Making this album was such a blast for me," Billy says. "I put a lot of love into this project and couldn’t be more excited for fans to hear the new music. Summer Forever for me represents a positive, happy, good time lifestyle and that’s what I hope the fans feel when they hear this record.”Fans can pre-order the new project at SummerForever.BillyCurrington.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba Scores 12th #1 Country Album with "Love Somebody"


Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/BMLGReba's latest album, Love Somebody, debuts at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. It's Reba's 12th time at the top of the country chart. The project sold more than 62,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen Music.Reba launches her residency with Brooks & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting June 17.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Sandy Hook Fundraiser Causing More Fallout


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw's Concert for Sandy Hook Promise is generating more headlines.  Eleven of the 26 families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT are now distancing themselves from the fundraiser.According to the Hartford Courant, the families released a statement clarifying they aren't associated with or supported by the Sandy Hook Promise organization. The non-profit's stated purpose is to help protect children from gun violence, but these families want donors to understand the organization doesn't represent all the victims' families. Some of them feel Sandy Hook Promise is raising money off their dead children without their consent, in order to to lobby for tougher gun laws.As previously reported, The Concert for Sandy Hook Promise in Hartford, CT this July is part of Tim's Shotgun Rider tour with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant, but Currington dropped out of the show last week, saying on his Facebook page he was bowing out because of the controversy, but would make a donation to a "local organization.”McGraw received backlash from gun rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, after announcing his participation in the fundraiser.  He responded last week in a statement to the Washington Post, declaring, “As a gun owner, I support gun ownership.  I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety -- most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children.  I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.  Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain. The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.”The “personal connection” to which McGraw refers is his fiddle player, Dean Brown, a longtime friend of Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.Of note, country group Little Big Town has spoken out in support of Tim McGraw's Concert for Sandy Hook Promise.LBT's Phillip Sweet tells Rolling Stone, "It is depressing that people have that much time and energy to invest, when they could be doing better things, like educating their child and loving people in the world instead of attacking someone who's trying to do something good, like Tim McGraw. Why would you want to attack that?"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gary Allan Kicking off Riverfront Stage Concerts at CMA Music Festival on June 1


Image Courtesy CMAGary Allan is kicking off the CMA Music Festival's free Riverfront Stage performances in Nashville Thursday, June 11. The shows will continue every day through June 14 with Rodney Atkins, Kristian Bush, Nashville's Charles Esten, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, Dustin Lynch, Scotty McCreery, Ashley Monroe, Parmalee, RaeLynn, Cassadee Pope, and Chase Rice on the bill, as well as Canaan Smith, The Cadillac Three, Thompson Square, and The Swon Brothers.Go to CMAFest.com for the full lineup and more details.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sam Hunt Rises Above the Clichés with Latest Hit, "Take Your Time"


Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleSam Hunt's latest hit, "Take Your Time," tells the story of a guy trying to pick up a girl in a bar, but he took pains to write the song in a way that would show a classy exchange between two people.Says Sam, "I think those interactions between strangers, in terms of a guy going up and pursuing a lady or introducing himself or expressing his interest, that can get cliché at times. It can get kind of sleazy and shallow."Instead of listing all the great things about himself, the guy in "Take Your Time" is careful to point out what an honor it would be for the girl to spend a few moments talking to him."Hopefully, the singer in this song and what he’s saying overcomes some of those stereotypes," Sam explains, "and you can see past just a surface attraction and you can see that he’s genuinely interested in this girl, who has just completely gotten his attention.""Take Your Time" is the second-consecutive #1 hit from Sam's debut album, Montevallo, available now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge Finds the Groove with His "Wacky" New Single, "Lose My Mind"


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's brand-new single, "Lose My Mind," is all about the way a love interest can totally take over your thoughts, which is exactly what the song's groove did with it first came to Brett the night before a writing session.He says, "I'd been laying in bed, one of those laying in bed [up] all night kinda things, and this groove was in my head. I was going nuts. It was like, 'What is this?'"The next day at his songwriting meeting, Brett shared that groove with his co-writers and told them "Let's just get wacky with this." That's how "Lose My Mind" came into being."You feel like you're losing your mind when you're listening to it, and that's what I wanted," Brett says. "I grew up listening to soul and bluesy kind of music, and I love Ray Charles, and there's a little part in there that has a little Ray Charles-esque kinda thing to it."Brett just premiered the video for "Lose My Mind," too. It takes place in a mental hospital with Brett wearing a straitjacket and seeing visions of his sexy co-star, Victoria's Secret model Rachel Hilbert, appearing as a nurse, a therapist, a janitor and a fellow patient."Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Brett's sophomore album, due out this fall.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Keith Urban Celebrates 32nd Top-Five Hit with "Raise 'Em Up"


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban latest single, "Raise 'Em Up" featuring Eric Church, has become his 32nd top-five hit and 33rd consecutive top-10 song at country radio.Speaking about that accomplishment, Keith says, "The support I get from my friends at country radio and the fans, is absolutely astounding. It's what makes ALL of this possible, and I can’t wait to hit the road again and thank you all in the best way I know how!”Keith and Eric opened last Sunday's ACM Awards with a performance of "Raise 'Em Up." It's featured on Keith's latest album, Fuse.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Reba Shares the Details on Attending Her First Gay Wedding


Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/BMLGReba has fully embraced her gay following for many years now, so it's no surprise she attended her first gay wedding earlier this year. The ceremony took place in California for her two friends Michael and Steven, who have been together 20 years. Ready for the celebration to begin.Congratulations Michael and Steve! Love you both.A photo posted by Reba (@reba) on Feb 15, 2015 at 4:25pm PST Reba tells PrideSource.com the wedding was a celebration of the couple's love, but it also solved a practical problem for her friends.She says, "It wasn't because they just wanted to get married. If one of them had gotten injured and gone to the hospital, the other one couldn't make decisions for them. It's very upsetting. It's not only for convenience or for romantic reasons -- it's for practicality."Reba has also given her gay fans a little treat with the new Bummerman dance remix of her latest single, "Going Out Like That." The original version appears on her album, Love Somebody, in stores and online now.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Performing at "TIME" 100 Gala Tonight in New York City


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is joining Kanye West on the performers list for the TIME 100 Gala Tuesday night at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Both artists made the list of the magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, which was revealed last week.Oscar winner Julianne Moore, comedian Amy Schumer, actress Juliana Margulies and Last Night Tonight host John Oliver are among the stars attending the gala.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Band Perry Describes New Music Just "Around the Corner"


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWith the first single from their third album due to come out just “around the corner,” The Band Perry says we can expect a “less is more” approach from their new music.“[It’s] very minimalist in the sense that we're leaving a lot of space in both the visuals and the sound of the music as well,” Reid says, describing their concept for the CD. “I love minimalism 'cause anyone can find their own taste and their own love in something that's minimalist,” Kimberly interjects. “So, we're gonna leave enough blanks for people to use their imagination and take away from it what they want. We're chasing melody more than ever before [in] the sound of the records,” she adds.While the siblings may be simplifying their approach to the music, they admit they’re branching out when it comes to the way they look.“We are known as the black leather country band, but we are starting to incorporate more colors,” Neil says, “And me as, like, the visual guy, that's really exciting, 'cause you have so many more options with that.” Reid confesses it is a bit more challenging for the guys, joking they’re both color blind. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Randy Travis Married Fiancee Mary Davis Last Month


Warner Music GroupRandy Travis' appearance at the ACM Awards this past weekend wasn't the only surprise the singer had up his sleeve.  His rep confirms to ABC News that last month, he married his fiancee Mary Davis.  People reports that the two were wed March 21.Randy, 55, had been engaged to Davis before he suffered a debilitating stroke two years ago.  This is his second marriage; he was previously wed to his former manager, Lib Hatcher.Randy wrote a letter to fans after his ACM Awards appearance, where he received a standing ovation, expressing gratitude for their support, and saying he looks forward to playing music again.  "It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans...my friends, who with God's amazing grace have brought me this far," he wrote.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Wears Whatever He Wants


Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAt last weekend’s ACM Lifting Lives Gala in Dallas, Texas, Garth Brooks sported the signature of his hero, George Strait, on his collar.“Am I not George Strait? I thought I was,” he joked. “I've wanted to be George forever.”“Can I call you George tonight? Is that all right?” wife Trisha Yearwood chimed in, and the Entertainer of the Year nominee answered affirmatively.He was actually wearing a western shirt from Strait’s line, something Garth knows a little about, having partnered with an Oklahoma company to offer the Sevens Collection, which replicates some of the iconic fashions he’s worn throughout his career. But so far, he hasn’t lent his name to a line of clothing.“You know what, I just never have really, I guess, done it. We've done things with Maury with the Mo Bettas. He's got a new line out now for the new tour, so we're wearing his stuff, too.”Garth confesses what he really enjoys is putting on whatever fits his mood.“What I like is being free to wear whatever you want. So, if you want to put on a George Strait, or you want to put on a Wrangler, old-school kinda thing, then you can wear it. And that's what I like,” he says.For the next two weekends, Garth’s world tour stops at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.