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Cole Swindell Salutes the Troops in "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" Video


 Image Courtesy Jim Wright/WarnerCole Swindell is saluting the troops in his new video for "Ain't Worth the Whiskey."The clip was shot at Nashville's Silver Dollar Saloon and features an appearance by Kyle Davis, a friend of Cole's who has served five tours of duty in the Middle East with U.S. Special Forces. Cole had Kyle join him onstage for a sing-along of "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." It's the latest single from Cole's self-titled debut album, 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.

Luke Bryan Releases "Spring Breakdown" Video from New Album, "Spring Break...Che


Image Courtesy Schmidt RelationsLuke Bryan's new video, "Spring Breakdown," is now live at Vevo. The clip features footage from his past six Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, FL, as well as behind-the-scenes video of Luke recording the song earlier this year."Spring Breakdown" is included on Luke's new album, Spring Break…Checkin' Out, coming Tuesday. The project includes five brand-new songs as well as all the tracks from last year's Spring Break EP.Luke will perform his final Spring Break shows in Florida this Wednesday and Thursday at Spinnaker Beach Club. More than 230,000 fans attended last year's shows.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 Introducing His Brand of Country Music to Europe


Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean closes out his first-ever shows in Europe this weekend as the C2C Country to Country Festival wraps up. He's on the bill with Lady Antebellum, Brantley Gilbert and Florida Georgia Line at London's O2 Arena Saturday and Sunday, and Jason has had a blast playing tourist in between shows in Sweden, Ireland and Norway.Before he left for the trek, Jason said, "I think it's fun to go see things and be a tourist and get to play for people who have never heard your music or seen a show or any of that stuff."A big reason Jason wanted to tour in Europe is to introduce fans to his more aggressive style of country music."I still think there's a lot of misconceptions around the world about what country music is. Like, what today's country music is," Jason explains. "For us to be able to go, 'OK, this ain't your grandaddy's country music anymore. This is what it is.' And it's completely different than what, I think, a lot of people think."In the future, Jason hopes to play more shows in Europe and possibly expand these package concerts to other continents, too.Says Jason, "I think it would be huge, not only for me, but for country music in general."Jason brings his tour back home to the U.S. March 26 with a show in Toledo, Ohio.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.

Hunter Hayes Is Ready to Become Country Music's Hottest New Awards Show Host


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes served as a host for last month's pre-telecast at the Grammy Awards, and he's definitely open to emceeing even more events in the future.Hunter tells ABC Radio, "I've always wanted to host stuff. Really, honestly. That's been a secret goal of mine for a long time."At first, Hunter was nervous about reading the Teleprompter at the live Grammy pre-telecast. He messed up several times reading his script from the Teleprompter during a video shoot to promote the Grammys, but Hunter got the hang of it when it came time to rehearse for the live event."We did rehearsals, and it was, like, phew, easy," Hunter says with a laugh, "I was so tempted to drop the mic [after rehearsals]."Now that he's gotten his feet wet hosting a live music event, Hunter is ready to emcee other big events like the CMA or ACM Awards.He says, "Anybody who needs a host anytime soon, I know a guy.  Call me. Plenty of people that I can have as a co-host, too."Hunter will host a press conference in Nashville next week to announce some changes coming to this year's CMA Music Festival. Look for that update on Friday, March 13.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.

Chris Young Announces Full Slate of International Dates for 2015


Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityChris Young has been a favorite of American audiences for years, but now he's taking his brand of country music around the world.Chris kicks off a tour of Australia and Asia March 11 in Melbourne, Australia. He'll play military installations in South Korea and Japan on the trek, too.In September, Chris heads over to Europe for a string of shows starting with a two-night stand in Gstaad, Switzerland.Here are Chris's 2015 World Tour dates:3/11 -- Melbourne, Australia 3/13 -- Sydney, Australia 3/14 - 3/15 -- Ipswich, Australia 3/17 -- Pohang, South Korea 3/19 -- Fuji, Japan 3/21 -- Okinawa, Japan 9/11 - 9/12 -- Gstaad, Switzerland 9/14 -- London, England 9/16 -- Glasgow, Scotland 9/17 -- Dublin, Ireland 9/19 -- Munich, Germany 9/20 -- Cologne, Germany 9/22 -- Berlin, Germany 9/24 -- Stockholm, SwedenFollow @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.

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox Shaving Heads for Charity This Weekend in Las Vegas


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is trading in his microphone for a pair of clippers this weekend in Las Vegas. Gary joins The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd and Olivia Newton-John among the celebrities shaving volunteers' heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick's Foundation in their fight against children's cancers.According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gary and Craig will be shaving heads at Club Vinyl this Saturday. Olivia will be Rascal Flatts is currently performing their Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.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.

Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and More Playing ACM Party for a Caus


Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicLuke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars performing at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival April 17 and 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. They'll collaborate with country icons Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, and Clint Black. The performances will be taped for a new TV special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! The new special will air Friday, May 15 on CBS.Tickets packages for the ACM Party for a Cause are now available at Ticketmaster. The festival leads up to the 50th Annual ACM Awards, taking place April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The show broadcasts live on CBS starting at 8 p.m. ET.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.

Zac Brown Band Releasing New Album, "Jekyll + Hyde," April 28; Major Tour to Fol


Southern Ground/Big Machine/John VarvatosZac Brown Band's new album, Jekyll + Hyde, will be out April 28 featuring their latest hit, "Homegrown." They'll perform music from the album this weekend as they make their first appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The new project features collaborations with rocker Chris Cornell and pop star Sara Bareilles.Zac Brown Band will launch a major tour in support of the new album on May 1 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Here's the Jekyll + Hyde track listing:"Beautiful Drug" "Loving You Easy" "Remedy" "Homegrown" "Mango Tree" (Featuring Sara Bareilles) "Heavy Is the Head" (featuring Chris Cornell) "Bittersweet" "Castaway" "Tomorrow Never Comes" "One Day" "Dress Blues" "Young and Wild" "Junkyard" "I'll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter)" "Wildfire" "Tomorrow Never Comes"  (Acoustic Version) Zac Brown Band 2015 Tour Dates:5/1 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 5/7 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre 5/8-5/9 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 5/16 -- Gulf Shores, AL, Hangout Music Festival 5/21 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 5/22 -- Cincinnati, OH, PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center 5/23 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 5/24 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 6/4 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 6/5 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 6/6 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 6/7 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion 6/13 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Country Superfest 6/27 -- Ozark, AR, Thunder on the Mountain Festival 6/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest 7/3 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field 7/9 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 7/10 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena 7/11 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre 7/12 -- Ridgefield, WA, Amphitheater Northwest 8/6 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center 8/7-8/8 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 8/14 -- Washington, DC, Nationals Park 8/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Citizens Bank Park 8/21 -- Flushing, NY, Citi Field 8/23 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 9/6 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center 9/11 -- Chicago, Il, Wrigley Field 9/12 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park 9/19 -- Del Mar, CA, Kaaboo Music & Arts FestivalFollow @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.

Lady Antebellum and Kris Kristofferson Performing on "Skyville Live" April 7


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum and Kris Kristofferson are among the next group of artists performing on Skyville Live next month. The online broadcast will air live from Nashville April 7 at 8 p.m. ET. Taking part in innovative projects like Skyville Live appeals to Lady A.Group member Dave Haywood says, "Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it'll give us a chance to make a few new ones too!"Skyville Live launched in January with a live online broadcast featuring Martina McBride along with R&B stars Gladys Knight and Estelle.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.

Thomas Rhett Reveals Release Date and Possible Title for Follow-Up to "Make Me W


Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett just scored his third #1 hit with "Make Me Wanna," but fans won't have to wait long to hear his new single from his upcoming sophomore album. Thomas tells ABC Radio the new track is coming out in about three weeks, and he's got it narrowed down to two possible song choices."It's between two songs -- "Crash and Burn" and "T-Shirt," Thomas says. "And they're both kind of in the same vein."Fans can expect Thomas to continue exploring the sound he introduced on "Make Me Wanna" on the new album, too.He says, "I think "Make Me Wanna" was a great bridge for what you're gonna hear on the second album. Gonna explore the more funky, R&B, soul side of T.R.. It's gonna be a fun record, man. It's gonna be very diverse."Thomas's debut album, It Goes Like This, was released in October 2013, but Thomas had been living with the music on his debut album for a few years before it got to the public."For the fans, I guess they can technically say they've only had the album in their hands for like a year-and-a-half, but I've been playing these songs for, like, three years," Thomas explains. "So, for me to get out there and play new music that's on the radio is a very exciting time for us."Thomas has been performing "T-Shirt" during his opening set on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour in the past few weeks.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" Recap: "That's the Way Love Goes"


Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoCloseted country star Will Lexington wasn't happy when his new label boss, Luke Wheeler, set up in a writing appointment with Kevin Bicks -- a hit Nashville songwriter who just happens to be gay. Will was very uncomfortable with the writing session at first, but he and Kevin eventually bonded over their bad relationships with their dads. In the end, they managed to write a great song, too.Will's ex-wife Layla Grant stood up for herself as an indie artist in her new deal with Rayna Jaymes' label, Highway 65. Her new manager, Jeff Fordham, even managed to get some traction on her single via iTunes, but it looks like Jeff and Layla's romantic relationship is staying on the down low for now.Sadie Stone decided to use her interview on Good Morning America to expose her abusive ex-husband, Pete, who just took a big settlement to get out of her life. Pete was watching the segment, so we're guessing this storyline will continue in the coming weeks with another altercation.Meanwhile at the Grand Ole Opry, Deacon Claybourne left quickly after he sang onstage with Rayna and her daughters, Maddie and Daphne. He'd been missing in action for the past few weeks, so Rayna tracked Deacon down to his cabin, where he finally told her he has liver cancer.Keeping Deacon's illness a secret has taken a toll on his niece, Scarlett O'Conner, too. She went on a date with Deacon's oncologist, Caleb, but ended up talking about her uncle's disease the entire time. The evening went very badly, but Caleb accepted Scarlett's apology the next day. It looks like they'll be an item for at least the next few episodes.Scarlett just happened to get a gig opening for Rascal Flatts in Nashville as one-third of a new trio with her two ex-boyfriends, Gunnar and Avery. She ended up taking Caleb as her date to the show, and he's the one who gave Avery and Gunnar the idea for their new band name -- The Triple Exes.Scarlett, Avery and Gunnar debuted a brand-new song, "If I'm Still Dreaming," during their big debut. Clare Bowen, who plays Scarlett, is happy to see her character back onstage after suffering a nervous breakdown last year. Clare admits there are some similarities between her and Scarlett.Clare tells ABC Radio, "She is a part of me. We're very different creatures. We both have that introvert quality about us. I think it's wonderful that now, like, later on in the show, she is starting to enjoy being out onstage."Unlike Scarlett, Clare has always loved sharing her music with a live audience."Her happiness onstage is more merging with my own," Clare says. "I love it out there. I love giving that gift to people. You're giving them something to make them feel good. Make them feel something." "If I'm Still Dreaming" and all of the other songs featured on Nashville are available at iTunes. Of note, Nashville is taking a break for the next two weeks. The Nashville concert special, On the Record 2, airs March 25th on ABC, and a brand-new episode of Nashville will air on April 1st.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.

Willie Nelson to Headline Fourth Annual Heartbreaker Banquet at His Luck, Texas


Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson will perform at the fourth annual Heartbreaker Banquet at his Luck, Texas ranch near Austin. The event takes place March 19, and tickets are now on sale at HeartbreakerBanquet.com.The Heartbreaker Banquet showcases artists in the roots music community and is timed to coincide with the South by Southwest conference each year. Willie's son, Lukas Nelson, is also on the bill with his band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.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.

Lady A's Hillary Scott, RaeLynn and Craig Campbell Playing Nashville's Tin Pan S


Image Courtesy Campbell Entertainment GroupLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, RaeLynn, Casey James, Craig Campbell and Brandy Clark are on the performers lineup for the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, March 24 through 28 in Nashville. The event takes places at multiple venues around Music City with 92 shows booked throughout the week.  Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson and Vince Gill are also on the bill along with dozens of Nashville's top songwriters.Go to TinPanSouth.com for ticket and schedule information.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 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, Eric couldn’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