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March 27th


Luke Bryan may be done Spring Breakin’… but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  He says that now he’s got more time to focus on Farm Tour and potentially start growing it even more – more venues, more shows, possibly Farm Tour albums, and more charities.
 
Brantley Gilbert has gotten engaged since his split with his former fiancée, Jana Kramer.  And now Jana’s got herself a new fiancé, as well. She met former Jags and Redskins tight-end Mile Caussin on Twitter.
 
Lee Brice has partnered with REVERB – a non-profit organization that unites artists and colleges to affect environmental and social change – for a series of concerts.
 
Can you picture Keith Urban and his family hitting the open road in an RV?  He certainly can…

 

March 26th


Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Reba, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, and Taylor Swift will receive the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the ACM Awards on the 19th!  The award honors the 7 acts for their groundbreaking achievements in the history of the ACM.
 
Luke Bryan’s Spring Break… Checkin’ Out remains the top-selling country album for the seconds week in a row, according to the latest SoundScan figures… followed by Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt, Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes, and Chase Rice’s Ignite the Night.
 
Cole Swindell may sing “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” but that’s sweet tea you’ll see in his glass.  He says he sticks with tea and water because he’s got to be able to perform his very best.

The Oak Ridge Boys are among the 2015 class of Country Music Hall of Fame inductees. Joe Bonsall spoke emotionally at yesterday morning’s announcement in Nashville…

 

March 25th


Brad Paisley will host a night of stand-up comedy as part of this year’s Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville.  He’ll be introducing comedians – including Frank Caliendo and Kevin Hart -  on April 14th at Tennessee Performing Arts Center with his own special brand of comedy.
 
Here’s something interesting… Kenny Chesney once PAID to keep Taylor Swift off his tour.  The reason isn’t one you might think… it was because she wasn’t even 18 and his tour was sponsored by Corona Light.  Now… when she won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award that year, he joked backstage with her that he wanted his money back.
 
Dierks Bentley will join Nashville TV stars Connie Britton, Lennon and Maisy Stella, and Charles Esten, along with Amy Grant at the “Nashville for Africa” benefit concert this Sunday, to raise funds for the African Children’s Choir programs.
 
Luke Bryan recently participated in White Sox training camp and had a GREAT time – despite the fact that he’s not much of an athlete.  But he spends a lot of time playing the game with his sons and his nephew, Til…

March 24th


Brad Paisley was in Houston on Saturday to give his 9th performance at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo… drawing over 75thousans paid attendees… honoring him with the highest attendance for any country act this year.

Wanna be a great songwriter?  Perhaps the secret is starting early… like Lee Brice did.  He wrote his first song when he was 10.

Luke Bryan might have ended his Spring Breakin’ days, but the party continues with his 2nd Annual Crash My Playa* all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya**, Mexico next January!

When Darius Rucker and his people sat down to plot his upcoming tour, Darius was positive of who he wanted on the bill…

March 23rd


We reported this on Facebook over the weekend, but for those who missed it… Jason Aldean is, once again, a married man.  He married Brittany Kerr in Mexico Saturday night surrounded by close family and friends – including Jason’s two daughters, Keeley and Kendyl.

Meanwhile, the Paisleys took a moment to renew their vows after 12 years of marriage.  Brad surprised Kimberly with a silly, campy ceremony… one in which her pink undergarments showed through her wedding dress.

Zac Brown Band will make history from east to west this summer.  They’ve sold out 3 nights at Fenway Park in Boston in August, becoming the first act to play 3 consecutive nights there.  And in July, they’ll be the first band EVER to play Coors Field in Denver.  The guys will be playing some new music tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live! So set your DVR!

Reba is the new face of the Outnumber Hunger Campaign, in which General Mills will donate meals to local food banks.  Beginning in April, Reba’s face will be on boxes of Cheerios to promote the campaign…

March 20th


Luke Bryan's Spring Break concerts might be over, but the memories will live on. His final Spring Break release, Spring Break...Checkin' Out is the nation's top-selling country album in its first week, according to the latest SoundScan figures.

Tim McGraw has honed his acting chops on movies, but he says he wouldn't be opposed to doing a Broadway or movie musical if the right one came along. Tim's next movie, Tomorrowland, casts him as the father of a teenager who's trying to uncover the secrets of a mysterious place called Tommorrowland. The movie, starring George Clooney, opens in theaters May 22nd.

Hunter Hayes has been trotting the globe, performing in Australia and England and spreading the gospel of country music. Hunter says that country music's themes translate to all people, no matter where they're from. When he returns to the States, he'll open along with Sam Hunt for Lady Antebellum at the Tampa Amp on September 5th.

March 19th


You know those parents on Facebook with constant updates on the kids? Looks like our country stars are no different. Having kiddos on tour is definitely a hot topic of conversation whenever Eric Church and Keith Urban get together. A new music video for Keith and Eric's “Raise ‘Em Up” is in the works. The two are each nominated for trophies at the 50th annual ACM Awards, which air live from Dallas on April 19th on CBS.

Brad Paisley brought a heavy dose of Moonshine Spirit to Austin, Texas this week for his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Brad dressed Jimmy’s sidekick Guillermo in duds from his Boot Barn clothing line. And Brad even had Jimmy play harmonica on the Huey Lewis and the News’ cover “I Want a New Drug” at a private after party.

If you’re skipping off for a weekend in Jamaica for the Memorial Day weekend, Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr are the headliners for the Boots on the Beach Vacation at Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios. The concert vacation takes place Memorial Day Weekend, May 22nd through the 26th.

March 18th


Miranda Lambert has a habit she just can’t shake. And it happens to be brilliant! She loves getting lost in her own daydreams. Some of her mind-wandering has led to some of her top business moves. Miranda Lambert says you have to daydream to build an empire. The Certified Platinum tour hits Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi this weekend. Miranda takes over New York’s Madison Square Garden on March 28th. And she's up for eight ACM Awards on April 19th.

Brett Eldredge definitely makes lookin’ good look easy. But lookin’ good on an early morning flight isn't so easy for the CMA’s New Artist of the Year. His un-sexiest moment was on a 6 a.m. flight. Running on one-hour of shut-eye, Brett said he was looking pretty rough when he was seated next to a passenger with the People issue listing him among country’s sexiest men. Brett is sittin’ pretty at the top of the Mediabase chart this week with “Mean to Me.” It’s his third consecutive love song to hit number-one.

We can’t determine a winner in our new separation anxiety contest -- celebrities or their pets. Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes all missed their respective pooches hard while they were in Europe for shows. But the mugs on their beloved canines might spell a win for the dogs.
• Jason tweeted a pic of his bulldog’s priceless wrinkly face with the caption, “My main man, always full of excitement.”
• Another Twitter shot shows Hunter’s rescue greyhound with a long face lapping water from Starbucks. Hunter posted, “Things that happen when I’m in another country -- my dog has to go to Starbucks to feel close to me.”
 

March 17th


Rascal Flatts played a role in the engagement of Bristol Palin and Sergeant Dakota Meyer over the weekend in Las Vegas. Bristol writes about her fiance on her website saying, “He’s so romantic! He asked me to marry him at a Rascal Flatts concert.” Gary LeVox, dedicated “Bless the Broken Road” to them, and then Dakota got down on one knee and proposed!

Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum and Kacey Musgraves take part in March Madness and you don't even have to include them in your brackets. They'll perform at the 2015 March Madness Music Festival in Indianapolis home to the Final Four on April 5th. The three-day music festival will be held at White River State Park and is free to the public. The concerts will stream live at NCAA.com/musicfest.

Gary Allan is back on K Country with a new single called "Hangover Tonight" and he's also got a brand new album on the way later this year. It's been two years since Allan's last albumSet You Free and he talks about why the long wait in between music this time. "We finished a while back and I just didn't feel we pushed ourselves enough you know I feel like if you keep doing the same thing you always do you have to evolve to stay. And if you keep doing the same thing or if you get too attached to one sound then you end up just kinda jaded and thinking, 'Well, why don't all focusing on this kind of country music.' So to me I'm trying to get myself out of my box. I feel the same way about this stuff as I did when 'Smoke Rings' came out I felt like that was so out there at the time. You know but you make it you. So this is me pushing myself out of my skin a little bit and then you see which ones you like and rope 'em in."

 

March 16th


CMA Music Festival is just a few months away and this year's event has added some new features including a new logo and additional free music venues. The festival has always been about giving back. Artists perform for free, and the proceeds from the event benefit music education programs across the country, including giving instruments to students in need. And you can register to win a “Dream Trip of a Lifetime” to the CMA Music Festival by stopping by Honda of Ocala and register. No purchase necessary and you have until the end of this month.

It's been five years since Reba McEntire recorded her last album, All the Women I Am. But she's set to release a new album, Love Somebody, on April 14th and she says it's like no time has passed.

Keith Urban is surprised by the recent verdict in the lawsuit involving the smash pop hit 
"Blurred Lines." A jury decided that the song, written by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and rapper T.I. was ripped off from the late Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Marvin Gaye's children were awarded $7.3 million dollars. At an American Idol after-party, Keith said that it’s tough because everybody is influenced by things and has mixed feelings on all of it. Keith said he’d be most curious to hear what Marvin thought about the whole situation.

March 13th


Keith Urban won two trophies at Australia’s Country Music Channel Awards in Brisbane yesterday.  He picked up the honors for International Artist of the Year, as well as International Video of the Year for “Cop Car.”

Luke Bryan entertained thousands at Spinnaker Beach Club in PCB yesterday and Wednesday.  The party went on for nearly two and a half hours!  Those were his final Spring Break shows.

Tyler Hubbard put in his two cents worth to defend his Florida Georgia Line partner, Brian Kelley, on Instagram.  A fan voiced that Tyler should go solo and that Brian didn’t do anything for the duo. Tyler responded, “FGL would not be FGL without BK.”

It’s been a little over a year since Frankie Ballard released his album Sunshine & Whiskey. Even though he’s tasted success, he doesn’t see it as a sign to slow down…

Frankie will be at Cowboy’s Saloon next Friday night with K COUNTRY.

 

March 12th


Eric Church has filed a lawsuit against bootleg merchandisers in an attempt to stop sales of unlicensed t-shirts outside his concerts.  And he’s going after them for monetary damages, too.

Speaking of Eric, he’s among the first round of performers announced for the ACM Awards Show on April 19th along with Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake and Miranda, and more!

George Strait may have hung up his touring hat… but he’ll be performing NEW MUSIC on the ACM Awards Show.  Hmmmm… could this mean a new album?

Luke Bryan will be the subject of a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit beginning May 22ndLuke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary will feature stage clothes, instruments, awards, photos, and other memorabilia from Luke’s personal collection…

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Local celebrity Dawn Wallace of Belleview is 42, Richard Bergeron of Dunnellon is 46.

 

March 11th


Tim McGraw returns to the big screen this year in Disney’s upcoming film Tomorrowland about a curious and a former boy-genius inventor as they go on a mission to uncover the secrets of a place called Tomorrowland, which exists only in their memories.  Tim plays the teen’s father.  The movie will be in theaters starting May 22nd.

Carrie Underwood Tweeted that for her birthday, she had a late-night date with a tiny, semi-bald, chubby dude who likes to grunt and cry and pass gas.  She was talking about her son, Isaiah.

Trace Adkins has landed a role in the NBC medical drama Night Shift. He's been cast as the leader of a veteran's therapy group in an episode that will air in May.  The part is a perfect fit for Trace, who is a spokesperson for the Wounded Warriors Project.
 
Miranda Lambert says her new song, “Red Wagon” speaks to girl power…

March 10th


Garth Brooks had Pro Football Hall of Famers Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas join him in holding a football camp for more than a hundred kids at the Buffalo Bills’ practice facility Sunday.  It was part of Garth’s Teammates For Kids foundation holds camp at each concert stop. 

Cole Swindell has premiered the new video for his current Top 5 single “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey.”  Last month, Cole invoted some of his fans to the Silver Dollar Saloon in Nashville to appear in the video!

Jason Aldean’s got himself another #1 with “Just Gettin’ Started.”  It’s his FIFTEENTH chart-topper, and he says he never gets tired of the fans going crazy when he plays the song at shows.

Carrie Underwood was a 22 year old college student when she won American Idol’s first season.  After the show she was thrown into the spotlight, but wasn’t too sure of what she was doing.  But she is now...


CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Carrie Underwood is 32.

 

March 9th


Snap it up while you can! Luke Bryan’s final annual Spring Break album comes out tomorrow.  It’s called Spring Break… Checkin’ Out.  He’ll also play his final Spring Break shows at Spinnaker Beach Club in PCB Wednesday and Thursday.

Maddie & Tae are still celebrating their first #1 hit with “Girl in a Country Song,” and the girls say their debut album, Start Here, will be available on June 2nd.  Their currently on tour with Dierks Bentley and Kip Moore.

Zac Brown Band made their musical debut on Saturday Night Live over the weekend.  They performed their current single “Homegrown,” plus a new track from their upcoming album Jekyll + Hyde featuring grunge-rocker Chris Cornell.

Brad Paisley is the CMA’s new recipient of its International Artist Achievement Award. The honor recognizes accomplishments by a US-based act that works to make country music more popular around the world.  Brad first won the award in 2011.  He tells us about his fans outside the US…

March 6th


The Band Perry has been hard at work on their 3rd album, and they’ve called on someone pretty special for an assist… The Voice coach Pharrell Williams.  Pharrell is a HUGE country music fan!  The new album is expected sometime this year.

Zac Brown Band has a lot going on.  They debut as musical guest on Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, and they’re getting ready to release a new album called Jekyll and Hyde on April 28th. They’ll also kick off a US tour on May 1st which includes a stop in Jacksonville on June 13th for Florida County Superfest.

Toby Keith has officially announced dates for his Good Times and Pick Up Lines tour.  He’ll kick it off on May 29th in California and swing through Florida at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amp on August 1st.

Florida Georgia Line’s single “Dirt” was definitely a step away from their usual bro-country songs.  Brian Kelley says he and Tyler Hubbard loved the song the moment they heard it…


 

March 5th


Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry are among those performing at the Nightly Concerts for CMA Music Festival!  You can register to win a trip there at Honda of Ocala through the end of this month!

Michael Ray is currently working on his debut album for Warner Brothers Nashville with Blake Shelton’s longtime producer Scott Hendricks.  Michael grew up right here Florida and grew up learning old country music from his dad and grandpa.

Carrie Underwood’s new athletic clothing line hits stores today.  Between that and her new baby boy, she’s staying pretty busy.

Darius Rucker has one simple rule for Brett Eldredge when they go on tour together…

March 4th


The cat’s out of the bag!  Baby Fisher made his way into the world on Friday.  Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike, named their little angel Isaiah Michael.

Here it comes… Jason Aldean is now talking about SINGING with his soon-to-be wife, Brittany Kerr.  Or, more accurately… NOT singing with her.  He loves her voice, but the two of them can’t agree on which song they’d want to do together.

Blake Shelton says he already likes the talent he sees in new contestants on The Voice.  He says record labels need to hire whoever these people are who find and screen and bring in the contestants because he says they’d be “better off if they did that.”

Florida Georgia Line is in Europe this week and the guys – who both have significant others – love getting advice back from them and others, as Brian Kelley tells us…

March 3rd


Blake Shelton is celebrating his 14th consecutive #1 song and his 19th overall chart-topper with “Lonely Tonight.”  Plus, he’s pretty excited that it’s his duet partner Ashley Monroe’s first visit to the top.  The song is also nominated or Vocal Event of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards Show in April, which Blake hosts alongside Luke Bryan.

Faith Hill was sporting a shorter hairstyle on the Oscars red carpet with hubby Tim McGraw… and a scar on her neck.  According to People magazine, a source says Faith had neck surgery last month to correct damage from an injury a few years earlier.  She’s now going through physical therapy.

Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, and Florida Georgia Line are among the 50 artists from all musical genres who are winners at the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Speaking of Tim… former Packers quarterback Brett Favre has challenged him to get 10thousand followers on a new sports social network called Sqor (Score) or he’ll have to wear Brett’s football jersey for 24 hours.  If Tim does hit the deadline, Brett will sing a line from one of his songs...

 

March 2nd


Several of country’s biggest stars are currently in Europe for the multi-nation Country to Country festival including Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, Chris Young, Lady A, and Jason Aldean.

The boys in Parmalee are cat people… like… SERIOUS cat people… They have 5 between them all including Josh’s “morbidly obese cat” named Scamper.

Miranda Lambert, RaeLynn and Gwen Sebastian got matching music note tattoos over the weekend after the final show on the “Certified Platinum Tour.”

Tyler Farr is in the Top 20 on the country charts with his latest single “A Guy Walks into a Bar.”  He says the song is kind of sad…

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Jon Bon Jovi is 53.

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