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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Appearing on New Ryan Seacrest Series, "Knock K


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are teaming up with Ryan Seacrest to surprise some unsuspecting fans on Ryan's new Fox series, Knock Knock Live.The show enlists Kellie Pickler and a few other personalities to show up unannounced on people's doorsteps across the country. Should they answer the door, the person living there might have a chance to win a prize, turn their wildest dream into reality or meet their favorite celebrities, like Luke or FGL.Look for Knock Knock Live to premiere July 21 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Florida Georgia Line Takes You to Their Backstage Cornhole Tournament in New You


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line takes their cornhole games very seriously, as seen in Episode 17 of the duo's Inside the Line YouTube series.The clip features footage from FGL's band and crew's backstage cornhole tournament, complete with custom-made cornhole boards and bags. Though the duo's Brian Kelley participated in the competition, he didn't end up winning the tournament.The rest of the episode features footage from one of Florida Georgia Line's headlining shows. They're on the bill for Luke Bryan's big stadium show at Vanderbilt in Nashville this Saturday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Unveils Shorter Haircut for Summer


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott is rocking a shorter haircut for summer. She posted a picture of her new hairdo on Instagram with the caption, "New hair today…thanks [Lee at Style House Salon in Nashville] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid."Look for Hillary to be showing off her new, shorter cut when Lady A's Wheels Up tour plays San Diego Friday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. New hair today....thanks @stylehousesalon [Lee ??] for my color and trim!! #nofilter #newhairnewday #gotmyhairdid ?????A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on Jul 6, 2015 at 7:03pm PDT 

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley Headlining All for the Hall Fundraiser October


CMACarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are headed to New York City's Times Square Best Buy Theater to play a fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  All for the Hall New York is set for Tuesday, October 6, and Country Music Hall of Fame members Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill join Carrie and Brad for the informal, guitar-pull style show.VIP tables and individual tickets for the show are now on sale at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/afthny.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert's Wife, Amber, Says He'll Be a Pushover with Their Kids


Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert and his new wife, Amber, got married late last month at his home in Georgia. Now, they're starting to think about having kids, but Amber has a feeling Brantley won't be the one disciplining the children as they grow up."She says I'm gonna be putty," Brantley explains. Amber points to the lack of discipline Brantley gives to his dog, Sylo, as evidence of her claim."He can't do a whole lot wrong," Brantley says with a laugh, "He’s a pitbull, but he’s cute as hell.  I don’t know how that works. He’s just awesome, and she says I let him get away with anything. I’m just gonna be worse with kids."Brantley and Amber are enjoying some time off this week. He heads up to Philadelphia on Saturday to join Eric Church on the bill for Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival Tour stop at Lincoln Financial Field.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canaan Smith Says Communication Is Key in His Marriage to Wife, Christy


UMG NashvilleCanaan Smith was inspired to write his breakthrough hit, "Love You Like That," about his wife, Christy. They tied the knot in September 2014, and Canaan says their marriage comes first in his life. They've also grown a lot in the past few months while living together as man and wife."We're learning, basically, how to be better human beings through marriage," Canaan tells ABC Radio. "That's one of the best things it teaches you. It points out your imperfections so that you can become better and help somebody else become their best version of themselves, too. She does that for me on a daily basis."One big area Canaan has been working on with Kristy is paying attention to the day-to-day details of running a home.He explains, "I'm no good at details! I'm used to a tour manager just saying, 'Here. Go there. Go there.' But in a marriage and in a real-life situation, you have to have factual details and communicate those to be successful."So, how is Canaan doing when it comes to paying attention to the details? He says, "We're doing better.""Love You Like That" is included on Canaan's debut album, Bronco, available now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Newcomer Chris Janson Has Already Played the Grand Ole Opry More than 100 Times


Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson's name may be new to you if you're just hearing his breakthrough hit, "Buy Me a Boat," on the radio. If you've been to a show at the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years, there's a good chance you've seen Chris perform on the show. He's already played the Opry more than 100 times and is now considered an Opry regular.Performing on that stage gave Chris a leg up on building a fan base. He tells the Hartford Courant, "The Grand Ole Opry is definitely attributed to putting a platform of fans in front of me at the same time, from all different places around the globe. And it's pretty cool because it's like a tour in one room."Thanks to the success of "Buy Me a Boat," Chris has landed a spot on Toby Keith's latest tour. Go to ChrisJanson.com for a list of tour dates.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kelsea Ballerini Reveals How She Celebrated Her First #1 Hit, "Love Me Like You


Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini has answered a few questions you submitted for Vevo's Ask: Reply session, and she's shared quite a few fun facts about herself in the video. Here's a roundup of our favorite Kelsea revelations:--How she celebrated her first #1 hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It": Bought beautiful, pink high heels and new perfume.--Food she can't live without: Chicken tenders and honey mustard.--Favorite throwback country song: Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine," which she's been performing with Lady Antebellum when she's on the road with them.--Favorite places to shop: Nordstrom for shoes. Posh boutique in Nashville for stage clothes.--Dream venue she'd like to play: Tennessee Theater in her hometown of Knoxville, and Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.--On becoming friends with Taylor Swift: "She is even more awesome in person than she is as an artist, and that's hard to believe."Kelsea is following up her #1 hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," with the new single, "Dibs." Both tracks are included on Kelsea's debut album, The First Time, out now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Reveals Track Listing, Special Guest for "Kill the Lights," Due Out A


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan's new album, Kill the Lights, is due out August 7 featuring six tracks co-written by Luke himself. There are 13 songs total on the project, but if you buy the Target exclusive version, you'll get three bonus cuts all co-written by Luke. One song on the album, "Home Alone Tonight," features Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on guest vocals.Luke's latest hit, "Kick the Dust Up," is the lead track on Kill the Lights. Look for him to perform that song on ABC's Good Morning America on the album's release date, Friday, August 7.Here's the Kill the Lights track listing:"Kick the Dust Up" "Kill the Lights" "Strip It Down" "Home Alone Tonight" (featuring Karen Fairchild) "Razor Blade" "Fast" "Move" "Just Over" "Love It Gone" "Way Way Back" "To the Moon and Back" "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day" "Scarecrows" Target Bonus Tracks: "Corner Booth" "Little Boys Grow Up and Dogs Get Old" "Buddies"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Dolly Parton’s last #1 duet on the Billboard country chart? ANSWER:  “Rockin’ Years” with Ricky Van Shelton in 1991.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Previews Her Progress on Album Five


John Russell/CMANow that Carrie Underwood has taken “Little Toy Guns” to the top of the country charts, that means her next single will be from her as-yet-unreleased new album. The new mother says taking time off to have a baby may actually translate into more writing credits for her on the new project.“Well, I had a lot more time to write,” she reflects. “The whole pregnancy was kind of like, ‘Well, I can't exactly be out on tour and things like that like I would normally be.’  So, I definitely filled my time working in other ways. Yeah, I spent a lot more time writing,” she says.Now that her son Isaiah just passed the four-month mark, Carrie says she actually feels like she’s had some of the material for quite a long time.“It's interesting because there's some songs that I feel like we've been listening to, or we have been listening to for over a year,” she reflects. “And you know if you still love them even though you've heard them a gazillion times,” she laughs, ”you know you're on the right track, and I feel like that's where we are right now.”Overall, Carrie says she’s “in a really good place” when it comes to progress on the new album. So far, there’s no word on how long we’ll have to wait for the first single or when the American Idol winner’s fifth studio album may be released.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Parton’s August 1 benefit for the Opry Trust Fund at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium sold out Thursday in less than 25 minutes. She added the second concert after seats for her July 31 date went in a matter of minutes a couple weeks earlier.Kip Moore played a special concert for NASCAR fans before Sunday’s race at Daytona International Speedway.Cole Swindell has signed on to play in Major League Baseball’s Legends & Celebrity Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba Wraps First Leg of Residency, Talks Comforts of Vegas


Greenroom PR/Russ HarringtonHaving just finished the first leg of her Las Vegas residency this past weekend, Reba gives the entire experience high marks, adding it’s actually quite ideal for a performer.“You know where you're gonna be. You've got the same hotel room, dressing room. It's kind of like doing the TV show,” she says, recalling her hit sitcom. “Everything's consistent. So, you don't have to worry about your surroundings. You're comfortable, and that comfort level really does help when you're trying to be creative and give all you've got. You don't have to worry about where you're gonna step. Is the stage uneven? None of that kind of stuff. You just go and have fun.”But just because she feels at home, don’t expect Reba to “hole up” in her room. “I don't like to stay in a hotel room anytime except to sleep and eat and get on out,” she confesses. “I love to get out. I like to even go out to Mt. Charleston. I like to go to Hoover Dam. I like to go eat at the restaurants. Outside of Vegas. In Vegas. No, I'm a get-out-and-see-what's-around-me person!” she asserts.And when she does venture out, one of the places you might find the Country Music Hall of Famer is in the casinos. But Reba says she’s actually pretty conservative when it comes to gambling.“Two-hundred dollars is my limit, and then I start begging for money from other people, and they give it to me, and then I spend their money,” she jokes. “I'll sit there and play $25 chips at poker… I do gamble when it's a group. I wouldn't go down there and play by myself at all," Reba reveals.The "Going Out Like That" singer says her stepson Brandon Blackstock and his wife Kelly Clarkson have helped educate her about some of the new gambling attractions she wasn’t aware of before.  And if Reba really does run out of money, she says she knows where to turn. “Kelly. Yeah, she's rich. She's rich. And Janine Dunn. She's rich,” she laughs, referring to Ronnie’s wife.Reba and Brooks & Dunn pick up their Together in Vegas residency at Caesars Palace in December.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Dierks Bentley Plans Powerful "Riser" Performance for NYC 4th


CMAThis Independence Day, Dierks Bentley marks an item off his bucket list, as he’s set to perform on Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.“I've watched it many times and seen all the acts on there,” he recalls. “You know, I've had a chance to perform at the Capitol building, which is amazing, in front of the steps of the Capitol for the 4th of July, but I've never had a chance to do it in New York City.  So, this is a big deal and a huge honor to be part of it. It's going to be great.” When it comes to which songs he’ll sing, Dierks believes a couple tunes from his latest CD are only fitting. “You know, we'll probably do a little 'Drunk on a Plane' 'cause you know 4th of July around here, people are having a few drinks. And probably do ‘Riser.’ Yeah, the song, being in New York, the backdrop, I've heard is -- the city skyline is the backdrop. Think about all the city's been through in the past 15 years,” he reflects. “Yeah, it should be pretty powerful.”  Brad Paisley, Kelly Clarkson and Meghan Trainor are also set to appear on the show, which includes a 25-minute fireworks display complete with 50,000 pieces of pyrotechnics. You can catch the show live Saturday at 8 p.m. Eastern on NBC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Trisha Yearwood Lives Up to Her Culinary Reputation on the 4th, Before Garth Mak


Image Courtesy RCA/GwendolynHaving written three best-selling cookbooks and hosting a hit show on the Food Network, it’s no surprise that Independence Day at Trisha Yearwood’s house sounds like it lives up to her culinary reputation. But the Peach State native says she tends to stick to family traditions, like her mother’s coleslaw. “4th of July at my house is one of my favorite holidays just because it's all of my favorite summer foods,” she muses. “My dad was the grill master, and he used to make barbecue chicken for the whole town of Monticello, Georgia. We don't make it for the whole town, but we do these ribs now that were a favorite of my mom that have kind of a thick, sweet sauce, and they're part oven and part grill, and they say 4th of July to me.”For dessert, Trisha tries to “go for something red, white and blue,” but often serves strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. In the afternoon, she’s a fan of the swimming pool, ahead of the evening’s pyrotechnics.“My favorite part is watching the fireworks. Since marrying Garth (Brooks), we shoot off our own fireworks, which makes me a little bit nervous,” she admits. “But we also watch the whole town. You can see downtown fireworks in cities surrounding from our back porch. So, it's pretty cool to just sit out and watch all the fireworks.”  This Friday, the exhibit honoring Trisha, called “The Song Remembers When,” opens at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Cole Swindell Visits the Inspiration for "Roller Coaster" This July 4


Warner Music NashvilleThis Independence Day, Cole Swindell is headed for the town that inspired the hit he co-wrote for Luke Bryan, “Roller Coaster.” “I think I have a few days blocked off to go down to Panama City, maybe, and just relax with some friends,” Cole says. The summer hit was inspired by PCB’s Miracle Strip Amusement Park, and mentions one of the city’s main drags, Thomas Drive.But after his trip to Florida’s Gulf Coast, Cole is looking forward to getting back to work. “Then it's busy. Back out with [Jason] Aldean and Kenny Chesney, man. This is a big opportunity and while things are hot, I want to get out there for the fans and play music as long as I can,” he reflects.Look for Cole to perform his latest hit “Let Me See Ya Girl” as he puts his nose back to the grindstone with a solo date in Louisville, Kentucky on July 10, before playing Target Field in Minneapolis with Jason, Kenny, Brantley Gilbert and Old Dominion on July 18.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kacey Musgraves' "Pageant Material" Claims the Crown, Debuts at #1


Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves officially claims the crown, topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, as her second album, Pageant Material, debuts at number one. Her sophomore effort sold close to 55,000 copies during its first week, besting the 43,000 her debut moved in 2013, according to Billboard. Same Trailer Different Park bowed at number 2 on the Country Albums ranking.The new 14-song set also emerges in third place on the all-genre album chart, outpacing Taylor Swift’s 1989, which comes in at #4. Kacey kicks off her Country & Western Rhinestone Revue August 27 in Atlanta.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Zac Brown Band Explores EDM with Swedish Producer Avicii


Danny Clinch/Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGWhat do Madonna and Zac Brown Band have in common? Both have recently collaborated with Swedish DJ and producer Avicii. Best known for his 2013 hit “Wake Me Up,” Avicii recently debuted  a new song on his podcast,  “Broken Arrows” featuring Zac Brown Band and calling Zac an “amazing singer” with “a really unique voice.” While this make be Zac Brown Band’s first foray into Electronic Dance Music, this isn’t the first time Aviici has called on a singer from the country side of the tracks for vocals. He teamed up with Dan Tyminski from Alison Krauss & Union Station for his 2013 hit “Hey Brother.” Zac Brown Band is currently climbing the charts with “Loving You Easy” from their latest ablum Jekyll + Hyde. Avicii’s sophomore album Stories is expected later this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Georgia Line Looks Forward to Rare Weekend Off


Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleWhile most Americans will be celebrating Independence Day, this weekend will be special for the guys in Florida Georgia Line for a completely different reason:  they’ll be enjoying some rare time off.  “We don’t really get many Friday nights when we’re not playin’,” Brian Kelley points out. But his leisure-time activities may not be as exciting as you’d expect.“We did get one recently. I think my wife and I, we had a Friday night off in town like a week or two ago and I think we just got pizza and hung with the dogs and watched a movie, and I hadn’t done that in years, and it was awesome,” he recalls. “Didn’t feel like going out at all. It was nice to kick back and know you’re gonna feel really, really good in the mornin’.”The next work day for Brian and musical partner Tyler Hubbard is July 9 in Fort Loramie, Ohio.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes


Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsAs America prepares to celebrate its independence on July 4, Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country. So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by the tour’s end through his partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront.“[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” Tim reflects, “and we’re able to do that back for them in a small way.” In the three years he's worked with Chase and Operation Homefront, they’ve partnered to give away 114 homes in 30 states.Tim’s next tour stop with Billy Currington and Chase Bryant is July 10 in Raleigh, North Carolina.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brantley Gilbert Ties the Knot with Amber Cochran at Home in Georgia


Valory Music Co.Congratulations to Brantley Gilbert, who tied the knot with his fiancée, Amber Cochran, over the weekend at his home in Georgia. The couple dated several years ago, and their relationship inspired some of Brantley's biggest hits, like "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" and "More than Miles." They reconnected after Brantley got sober in recent years and the couple got engaged last fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan Brings 2015 Farm Tour to 4 New Cities


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan kicks off his seventh annual Farm Tour September 30 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. This year, the eight-concert run adds four new cities including Ft. Wayne; Lexington, Kentucky; Starkville, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama.Last year, the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year played for 110,000 fans on the rural tour, with some proceeds helping fund college scholarships for students from local farming families. Ticket presales start July 7, with seats for the general public going on sale July 10.Here are the dates for Luke Bryan’s 2015 Farm Tour:9/30 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, M&J Farms      10/1 --  Lexington, KY, Talon Farm & Winery 10/2 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms 10/3 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms 10/7 -- Starkville, MS, Holtzcamp Farms 10/8 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Twin Creeks Farm 10/9 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park                10/10 -- Valdosta, GA, MJ Taylor FarmsCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Zac Brown and Hunter Hayes Share Their Playlists on Shazam


Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever wondered what music your favorite performers listen to, Shazam is now making it easier to find out. Starting today, the popular music-recognition app will now let you follow artists like Zac Brown Band and Hunter Hayes to see what songs they’ve recently checked out.Hunter and Zac join mainstream bands like Maroon 5, Coldplay and One Direction, who are also sharing their playlists.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Raps "See You Again" Mashup


John Russell/CMACarrie Underwood can now officially add “rapper” to her list of skills. Sunday at the Big Barrel Country Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, she delivered both Wiz Khalifa’s rap from the hit “See You Again,” and also covered the vocals contributed by Charlie Puth.The tune was part of a mashup that included Carrie’s own hit by the same name from 2013. The Wiz Khalifa track is a tribute to the late actor Paul Walker from the Furious 7 movie soundtrack.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kenny Chesney Visits the Man-Made Reefs He Helped Fund in Florida


Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney is donating proceeds from his line of Costa Del Mar sunglasses to the Coastal Conservation Association, and he recently got to visit the two man-made reefs built with those funds in Jacksonville, Florida. The two structures were built in just two weeks in the city's St. John River using 1,300 tons of concrete. In the 18 months since they were built, Kenny says the reefs are "thriving with life."“What they were able to create here says a lot about the ways man can live not just in harmony, but supporting our natural aquatic resources," Kenny says. "Beyond clean water, it is about supporting healthy marine life... and that includes being aware of the impact of erosion under the water.”Kenny goes on to thank the University of Jacksonville for its help in making the man-made reefs a reality.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Easton Corbin Balances Traditional Country Influence with Modern Sounds on "Abou


Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin's third album, About to Get Real, is out this week featuring the lead single, "Baby Be My Love Song." That track does a good job of updating Easton's sound while staying true to his traditional country roots, and Easton keeps up that balancing act throughout the new album. That nod to tradition is a key ingredient in Easton's ongoing success."I have a lot of fans out there that tell me they appreciate me being true to who I am and keeping that traditional country flavor in there," Easton tells ABC Radio, "and I think that's very important, 'cause that's who I am. It really is."While staying true to himself, Easton also worked to push himself on About to Get Real by experimenting with new sounds he'd never explored before.He adds, "I think that you have to be fresh, and you've got to keep your sound fresh, and you've got to push the envelope. I think that's healthy, but you've got to keep that element of who you are in your music."As for the album title, Easton chose to name it for a song on the project because, he says, "It just sounds good as an album title." He describes the title cut by saying, "The song really reminds me of a modern-day Conway Twitty song."Look for Easton to perform "Baby Be My Love Song" on NBC's Today on Tuesday followed by another performance on Fox News's Fox & Friends on Wednesday. Getting up early two days in a row is rare for Easton, who is used to going on stage at night. So, how does he deal with those early morning call times?"Well, usually you just don't go to bed. You know, if you're a country music singer you just stay up. You're still drunk," Easton says with a smile. "No, I'm joking. I'm totally joking. No, you better go to bed early."Easton is also performing a pregame concert at Citi Field Tuesday night before the New York Mets take on the Chicago Cubs.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Football Star Helps Zac Brown Band Dispose of Onstage Intruder


Danny Clinch/Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band received an assist from football star J.J. Watt when a fan popped up on stage during a performance over the weekend.ESPN.com reports a fan jumped on stage and danced during the band's appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee Sunday night. That's when Watt, a star defensive end with the Houston Texans who's a native of Wisconsin, swooped in and tackled the fan. He tweeted a video of the moment.ESPN.com notes that the whole thing was likely staged.  Zac Brown Band continues their tour Friday in Denver.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.