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Gary Allan Taps into His Rockabilly Past for New Single, "Hangover Tonight"


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan's new single, "Hangover Tonight," finds him exploring a '50s and '60s-inspired sound, which is a very comfortable place for the singer. Gary tapped into his own musical history to co-write the song with Chris Stapleton and two other young Nashville hitmakers.Gary says, "I was in rockabilly bands my whole life, and to me it was just a throwback to my youth writing with these guys.  It was a lot of fun.”"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's new studio album, due out later this year.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.

Carrie Underwood Welcomes Baby Boy, Isaiah Michael Fisher


Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCongratulations to Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, on the birth of their son, Isaiah Michael Fisher, February 27. Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher - born on February 27. Welcome to the world, sweet angel! A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Mar 3, 2015 at 7:33am PSTCarrie made the announcement on Instagram, posting a picture of the baby's tiny hand. The caption reads, "Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift!"She adds, "Welcome to the world, sweet angel."Carrie and Mike were married in 2010. This is their first child.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.

Chase Bryant Earning a Reputation as Country Music's Best New Chef


Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is a triple-threat when it comes to singing, writing and performing guitar on all his songs. His creativity doesn't stop when he leaves the stage, though. Chase is fast becoming one of country music's best chefs, too. He's mastered Italian, Mexican and steak dishes in the past few years, but Chase's specialty is still his grandmother's fried chicken recipe.Chase tells ABC Radio, "I like to make it like my grandma used to. Put it in a brown bag and shake it up and then toss it in the fryer and go to town."Lately, Chase has been drawing culinary inspiration from TV cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef, and the results are pretty out there."I'm taking, like, wacky ideas like making these crazy sauces out of, like, cotton candy and different stuff," Chase explains. "It's crazy, but it's really cool. I'm just way into it."Getting creative in the kitchen ultimately helps recharge Chase's batteries when it's time to make music again.He says, "It's a way to be creative in another way and kind of get away from the music for a minute and just kind of give it a break. So, that's really cool. "Chase is currently on the road with his Take It On Back tour. He'll join Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider tour starting in May.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 Houser Creating Magic Moments Opening for Luke Bryan This Year


Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser just wrapped up his first run of shows opening for Luke Bryan, and performing on Luke's massive stage is requiring some adjustment for Randy.He tells ABC Radio, "It is amazing all the real estate that's out there. The big stage. There's a lot of ground to cover."On some tours, Randy would be restricted to performing on a small portion of the stage, but Luke has given Randy the freedom to use the entire stage and all his video screens to create the best show possible."He's so gracious," Randy says of Luke. "Gives us access to all the production and everything. It's just really neat. We've had a blast."Even though Randy is entertaining the largest audiences of his career, he still tries to create intimate moments during his concerts. He pulled that off recently by playing his latest hit, "Like a Cowboy," backed up by a single acoustic guitar.Randy says of that performance, "It was such an amazing thing to hear people really singing with me on it. It was, I don't know, a really unexplainable feeling. Really, one of the best experiences I've ever had playing music.""Like a Cowboy" is the latest single from Randy's current album, How Country Feels.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.

Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award


Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation's first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix's pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Next up for Kix, he's kicking off a run of shows with Reba as one-half of Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting this June.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.  

Faith Hill's Pixie Cut Is Most-Googled Hairstyle from Oscars Red Carpet


Image Courtesy ABC/Rick RowellIf you notice a lot of women coming out of your local salon with much shorter hair, you can thank Faith Hill. According to Google, her blonde pixie cut was the most-searched hairstyle from the red carpet at last month's Oscars.Faith was on hand to support her husband, Tim McGraw, who sang the nominated song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the documentary Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me.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 Gets New Tattoo to Celebrate Certified Platinum Tour


Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is having such a great time on her Certified Platinum tour, she got a new tattoo to celebrate the experience. Miranda, her backup singer Gwen Sebastian, and opening act RaeLynn took to Instagram to show off the matching music note tattoos they got on their forearms over the weekend in Tulsa, OK. I love @raelynnofficial and @gwensebastian! Inked in perfect harmony! Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink #TattoosInTulsa #certifiedplatinumtourA photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:03pm PST The three ladies sing the Dixie Chicks' "Cowboy Take Me Away" during the show every night, so the tattoos represent their performance as a trio.The caption to the photograph says, "Inked in perfect harmony. Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink."Miranda continues her Certified Platinum tour with a show at the Houston Rodeo Thursday night.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.

Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe Celebrate Separate Milestones with #1 Hit, "Lone


Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton has scored his 14th consecutive #1 hit with "Lonely Tonight," featuring Ashley Monroe.  It's his 19th career #1, but "Lonely Tonight" marks the first time Ashley has topped the country airplay chart.Blake says, "What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”Ashley thanks Blake for giving her the opportunity to sing on "Lonely Tonight.""It’s so incredible to see my name aside his at the #1 spot on the chart," Ashley says. "Since I was a little girl it’s been my dream to be a part of country radio and this is truly a dream come true for me.”"Lonely Tonight" is the latest single from Blake's current album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Ashley's new solo single, "On to Something Good," is now starting its climb up the country chart.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.

Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes Among Winners of 2015 YouTube Music Awards


Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something it’s never done before. A collection of exclusive new music videos from 15 of the winning artists will be released on The YouTube Music Awards channel March 23. The videos will debut simultaneously at 10 a.m. PT.YouTube has enlisted VICE to produce the videos and some A-List video auteurs to direct. You'll also have the chance to get in on the action: artists will take some lucky fans behind the scenes and invite others to be a part of the videos.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.

Frankie Ballard Rocks Madison Square Garden with Florida Georgia Line


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and there’s like an inch of tolerance all the way around the outside, so the engineers wanted the house to actually rock, and it will," he says. "You can feel it moving. Sometimes it feels like an earthquake in there because it’s actually swinging in the air.”He discovered one thing that’s not necessarily so easy, though, is trying to park a tour bus in New York City.“Honestly it’s kind of hectic, cause there’s not a lot of places to park…  We were like, ‘Well we’re on the show,’ and they were like, ‘Well we don’t really care,’ you know. So we were gonna shuttle in from Jersey or something. Then at the last minute, they were like, 'OK we’ve got a space,' so we actually got to park the bus down there, which was cool. But it’s right on the street,  you know there’s people walking everywhere. It’s exciting, you know there’s so much happening in the streets and you’re like ‘Wow! Madison Square Garden!’”The “Young & Crazy” crooner reunites with the Anything Goes tour March 21 in Orange Beach, Alabama. 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 News Radio

Eric Paslay Enjoys "Double Number Ones" and Being Engaged


Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay was set to be featured at Friday night’s prestigious New Faces Show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, and on the occasion, Ericcouldn’t help but look back on the journey that brought him there.“I mean really, the last two years, I recorded this album over two years ago, which is crazy to think it’s been over two years.  But 'Friday Night' went number one just over a year ago, 'Song About a Girl' rocked it, I call it my double number one,” he jokes. “It went eleven on the charts. I’ve had five number ones and a double number one.”And while Eric’s current hit, “She Don’t Love You,” may be a heartbreak song, he confesses he’s happy that's not his case in real life.“I’m honored to get to sing a song like that on country radio and that it’s doing so well for everybody,” he reflects. “Yeah, it’s great. I’m glad I’ve got a fiancée to get to share the parties with!”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 News Radio

The Band Perry Trades Arenas for High School Gymnasium


Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according to The Press Sentinel.  Russell Thomas, the Student Council’s vice president of operations, told the paper, “They’re so humble and nice. They greeted us and talked us through a little bit.”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 News Radio

Josh Turner Competes in CrossFit Open


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleYou can now add CrossFit competitor to Josh Turner’s list of accomplishments.  The “Lay Low” hitmaker first became interested in the sport that combines aerobics, gymnastics and weight lifting after seeing CrossFit Champion Rich Froning on the cover of Muscle & Fitness, and then running into him in the Nashville airport.“He casually asked if I had ever tried CrossFit and I told him no, so he invited me out to his [gym] and I took him up on it,” Josh recalls. “The first workout he put me through had me coughing my lungs up for hours, but it didn’t deter me.”Two years later, Josh is following in the four-time champion’s footsteps and entering a CrossFit competition of his own. On Thursday, he traveled to Boston to support his friend in the Reebok CrossFit Games, before finishing his first competition workout on Friday.“I never dreamed I would be competing in a CrossFit Open! I’m looking forward to it, but I’m scared to death because I’m far from being an expert at CrossFit,” he says. You can keep up with Josh’s progress on the CrossFit website. 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 News Radio

Jason Aldean Hints He May Not Have a Bachelor Party


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThough the details of Jason Aldean’s upcoming wedding to Brittany Kerr are top secret, the “Just Gettin’ Started” hitmaker says there’s one thing for sure -- it won’t be a complicated affair.“Everything that’s ever happened with that has been so out there, so scrutinized and all that,” he reflects, “so this is just something we want to keep a little simpler and just have people that are really important to us there and kinda try to enjoy it, you know.”Jason’s desire to keep things low-key may even mean he’s not having a bachelor party. But he promises the wedding will more than make up for any lack of celebrating beforehand.“I don’t know. I don’t necessarily know if I’m having one. I ain’t got time!” he jokes. “So, you know, the wedding will be fun. We’ve got some characters showing up there, so it’ll be interesting. Hangover, if we get after it, I mean, on a scale of one to ten, it’s gonna be a six-plus for sure, especially with some of the ones that are coming!”As for the wedding date, Jason will only hint that he’ll work it in between performances on his Burn It Down tour.“It’s gonna be, you know, one of those things where hopefully I’ll find a date somewhere around the tour, a day off here or there and make it happen. You know I think for the most part I think it’s gonna be something pretty small, low-key, have some of our close friends there and family.” 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 News Radio

Luke Bryan Says His Overseas Tour Is All About the Beer


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleWhen Luke Bryan heads overseas for the Country to Country festival this weekend, he admits there’s one thing he’s looking forward to almost as much as meeting his European fans.“I get the most excited at proving yourself to audiences, just talking with other artist friends that have gone over there. The enthusiasm and the passion in the fans over there from what I hear is on a whole ‘nother level of enthusiasm and stuff like that,” he says. “So I’m excited to get over there and see these countries, and see the beer. The beer’s gonna be really good I bet, [I’ll] probably come back 20 pounds heavier. “Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and others join Luke for shows in Oslo and Stockholm on Saturday and Sunday, with performances the following weekend in London and Dublin. Luke jokes he may not be in the best of shape when he comes back to the States for his free shows in Panama City Beach, Florida on March 11 & 12.“I have to do spring break right when I get back from Europe. I’ll probably look like Elvis at 42, sweating out Amsterdam,” he laughs.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 News Radio

Zac Brown Band to Be the Musical Guest on "Saturday Night Live" March 7


Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has lined up a pretty impressive gig as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live March 7. The appearance marks the first time they've appeared on SNL, which is celebrating its 40th season this year. Chris Hemsworth will be the host that night.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.

Kristian Bush Offering Concert Tickets and Pre-Show Dinner with Pre-Orders for "


Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush's debut solo album, Southern Gravity, is now available for pre-order at iTunes. With each purchase, fans will get an instant download of Kristian's top 20 hit "Trailer Hitch."Fans who pre-order the album at KristianBush.com get an even sweeter deal. The bundles offered come with a CD copy of Southern Gravity as well as an exclusive T-shirt and poster. Kristian will even sign the first 100 albums purchased.With each bundle purchased, fans will be entered to win concert tickets, a Skype chat with Kristian and other goodies. One lucky fan will get the Ultimate Kristian Bush Concert Experience, including a meet-and-greet and dinner with Kristian, side-stage access during the show and a shout-out and song dedication during the show.Kristian's new album, Southern Gravity, will be released on April 7.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.

RaeLynn Releases New Song, "Always Sing," Launching National Music in Our School


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn will visit schools across the country next month to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Music in Our Schools Month. As part of the program, RaeLynn has written and recorded a new song, "Always Sing," to encourage today's youth. That track is now available at iTunes, and RaeLynn will perform the song with Nashville middle school students at the Grand Ole Opry on March 14, too.She says, "‘Always Sing’ seemed like a perfect way to celebrate everything that music can do for students -- and adults.”RaeLynn will kick off the Music in Our Schools Tour with a performance at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as part of the Disney Performing Arts competitive music festival. Top school instrumental and vocal groups from across the country compete in that event.Here are RaeLynn's Music in Our Schools Tour stops:3/9 -- Sayville, NY, Sayville High School 3/10 -- Bowie, MD, Bowie High School 3/11 -- Canton, OH, Mason Elementary 3/12 -- Hobart, IN, Ridgeview Elementary 3/13 -- Jeffersonville, IN, Thomas Jefferson ElementaryFollow @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.