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Dierks Bentley sure does give out some high-tech gifts to thank his tour mates. He gave Chris Young, Jon Pardi, and Chase Rice iPad-controlled drone cameras that can fly over crowds and take pictures during shows.
Lady Antebellum popped up in Miami Monday morning and surprised a South Miami Elementary Expressive Arts Center music teacher by sneaking into her classroom with an instrument donation for the school. They also invited her and her husband on an all-expense paid vacation to New York City to attend Lady A’s album release show!
The Swon Brothers celebrated National Coffee Day and the 20th Anniversary of the hit TV show Friends with Eight O’Clock Coffee at the Central Perk Coffee Shop in SoHo on Monday. They performed their hit single “Later On” along with other songs from their self-titled debut album that will be out on the 14th.
Kenny Rogers has announced his Christmas & Hits Through The Years Tour with special guest Linda Davis. He’s got 3 Florida dates – in Fort Pierce on November 28th, Sarasota on the 29th, and St. Pete on the 30th.
Don’t forget to set you DVR – Luke Bryan plays himself on ABC’s Nashville tonight!
Hot new albums out today…. Blake Shelton’s latest Bringing Back the Sunshine is his 11th studio album and is again produced by his longtime friend and collaborator Scott Hendricks. Blake says in some ways the album is a return to his roots, but in other ways it’s not.
Lady A is pretty excited about their new album 747which is available today. They wrote more of their own songs for this record – and Hillary was doing all this writing with a newborn.
Chris Young is finally able to play guitar again! He injured his hand while cooking dinner and had to cancel his CMA Fest appearance earlier this year. Even though he’s learned to love singing it, he’s missed it a little when he performs.
More performers have been added to the CMA Awards Show on November 5th – including Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and The Band Perry.
Congrats to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine. They are expecting their 2nd son. Their son, Boone, turns 3 next month.
Jason Aldean says Cole Swindell wasn’t the best merch guy when he was selling merchandise on Luke Bryan’s tours. Jason reveals that Cole used to pay his merch guys to load his stuff so he could go party after the shows.
Florida Georgia Line spent the weekend in California and yesterday signing autographs for fans at a Walmart with the Wounded Warriors.
Scotty McCreery is once again on Billboard’s 21 Under 21 list – the annual ranking of music’s most powerful stars under-21.
Jason Aldean is off the market! He’s giving marriage another try. He proposed to his girlfriend, American Idol alum Brittany Kerr, on Wednesday at the San Diego Zoo!
Starting Monday, Lady A is launching 7FOR7… a week-long campaign where the band will travel across the country to surprise and fulfill 7 wishes for 7 fans in 7 days. Their new album – 747 – will be available on Tuesday.
Blake Shelton’s latest album comes out on Tuesday, too. It’s called Bring Back The Sunshine and features his latest hit, “Neon Light.”
Set your DVR… Big & Rich are on The Chew on ABC today, Kenny Chesney will be on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Carrie Underwood appears on the Global Citizen Festival on NBC tomorrow.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild turns 45 on Sunday.
Luke Bryan is set to appear on ABC’s Nashville this Wednesday as himself. He filmed is appearance while he was performing a concert in Central Park for Good Morning America.
Garth has announced his next round of concert date. They’ll be in Minnesota in mid-November. Meanwhile, Garth’s wife and tourmate, Trisha Yearood, will release her 12th studio album PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit on November 17th. It’s available for pre-order now on GhostTunes. Six new songs, and 10 hits.
Carrie Underwood is making some big announcement Friday morning. Maybe she’s having twins...
Maddie & Tae made their Grand Ole Opry debut recently. Brad Paisley tweeted how impressed he was with the girls calling them the “dang real real.”
Congrats to Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard... he has announced that he and his girlfriend, Hayley, are engaged! He posted a picture on Instagram with the message, “This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my fiancé. #loveisintheair #literally
Garth Brooks surprised Trisha Yearwood on her 50th birthday Friday night at their show in Atlanta with a Georgia-shaped cake and gifts from the Atlanta Braves.
Tim McGraw says that he and his wife, Faith Hill, strive for a private personal life – unlike other superstar couples like Jay-Z and Beyonce.
Tyler Farr wants to make something very clear... his music is NOT “Bro-Country.” He’s more traditional and credits George Jones as being a big part of his life. His step-dad played guitar for the Possum for 15 years.
Kenny Chesney’s long-awaited album The Big Revival is out today!
Big & Rich also have a new album out today called Gravity. It features the duo’s latest single - Top 20 hit “Look At You.”
The Nashville Symphony is honoring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with the Harmony Award, in honor of their tireless work promoting music in the Nashville Community.
Eric Church shoots his first appearance on “Austin City Limits” tonight.
Florida Georgia Line made a special appearance at WWE’s Night of Champions Sunday night in Nashville. They were commentators for the match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental title.
Eric Church is taking his creativity to the fashion world. He’s teamed up with Lucchese to launch a new line of boots called “These Boots” after his 2006 song. Even the boots are named after his songs – like his women’s line which features 3 styles – “Carolina,” “Hell on the Heart,” and “Wrecking Ball.” And the men’s styles – “Sinner,” “Talladega,” and “Outsider.”
Jerrod Niemann is almost officially off the market, ladies! He and fiancée, Morgan Petek,will be married in San Juan, PR on October 12th and in lieu of gifts, have requested donations be made to Jerrod’s recently-launched charity – “Free the Music USA.”
Way to go, Dustin Lynch! Dustin has his FIRST #1-selling Digital Country Album with “Where It’s At.”
Garth Brooks will release his new album on November 11th. It features his current single, “People Loving People.” You can already pre-order at garthbrooks-dot-com and ghosttunes-dot-com.
Montgomery Gentry’s latest single “Headlights” is the first new music from the boys since 2011. Eddie and T-Roy promise a new album for 2015, too. They’ll be at Silver Springs State Park on Saturday, November 22nd with Easton Corbin and Jackie Lee. Tickets go on sale October 4th at 10AM.
Easton Corbin says that his latest single, “Baby, Be My Love Song,” was one of the first songs he recorded for the new album due out next year. He said the first time he heard it, it just felt really good and the more he listened to it the better it got.
It is OFFICIAL... Cole Swindell will join Luke Bryan on his Farm Tour along with The Peach Pickers which includes Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, and Ben Hayslip. Chancie Neal and DJ Rock will also be on hand on October 4th at Whitehurst Cattle Farm. Tickets still available at lukebryan-dot-com.
Garth Brooks has announced that his next set of shows will be in Kentucky. And his wife, Trisha Yearwood, isn’t the only family member on the road with him. His youngest daughter, Allie, sang as part of his backing band at his Chicago show on Sunday.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Trisha Yearwood is 50. Faith Hill turns 47 on Sunday.
Garth Brooks is holding a press conference before he starts his string of shows in Atlanta on Friday. Tickets are still available for most of his upcoming shows in Jacksonville – however, we did receive confirmation that his October 11th show is SOLD OUT.
If you want to hear some of Kenny Chesney’s new album The Big Revival before it hits stores on Tuesday, go to KennyChesney.CMT.com and you can check out 6 of the 11 tracks including songs featuring Grace Potter and Allison Krauss.
Kenny’s not the only one with a new album coming out Tuesday... Lee Ann Womack will release The Way I’m Livin’ and Big & Rich’s new album Gravity will be available.
Keith Urban is helping the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development by appearing in their newest commercial.
Florida Georgia Line has just signed a deal with CBS Sports for a customized version of their song “That’s What’s Up.”
Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Town is in stores today. Tim says that he found so much great material for the album that in addition to the standard 13-track album, there’s also a Deluxe Edition with 5 additional songs.
George Strait has a new album out today, too… The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium features special guests including Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and more and was performed in front of nearly 105thousand people at the final show of his final tour.
Dustin Lynch has reached a milestone with his latest single “Where It’s At” sitting at the top of the Mediabase Country Charts! It’s Dustin’s first #1.
Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays on October 27th. It includes holiday classics, two originals, and a duet with Sheryl Crow on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers is 64.
Keith Urban was forced to reschedule a show over the weekend after his father-in-law passed away unexpectedly. Dr. Kidman lost his life following a fall he took in a hotel room while visiting his youngest daughter, Antonia, and her 6 children.
This should be... interesting. Willie Nelson will be featured on an upcoming Paul McCartney tribute album called “The Art of McCartney.” Willie will sing “Yesterday” which Sir Paul wrote for the Beatles’ 1965 album “Help!”
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney can now add “fashion expert” to his resume. He and his 6-year-old son have inspired a golf fashion line for Slingo Wear.
Cute Tweet from Blake Shelton yesterday: Football is back in full swing. Hallelujah! Hunkerin down to watch with my Bacon Stuffed Crust. TRY IT.
Carrie Underwood will be the executive producer for the limited event series, “Two Black Cadillacs.” The 6-hour series has been picked up by Fox and she will work alongside veteran producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The show follows the storyline of the song, and focuses on a love triangle in the “modern south.” No premiere date has been set yet.
Kenny Chesney just earned his 25th #1 single with “American Kids.” WOW! The new album comes out on the 23rd and it’s called The Big Revival.
Miranda Lambert broke ground on Redemption Ranch. It’s a 5-acre no-kill shelter to provide animals a safe haven while awaiting adoption to the furever families. The grand opening is set for October.
Dolly Parton told Southern Living Magazine that she’s not ashamed of her “redneck” upbringing. She says her background keeps her humble.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Jennifer Nettles is 40 today. Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts turns 39 tomorrow.
Kelli Pickler will release her next album, “The Woman I Am,” on pink vinyl on the 30th. She’s donating the proceeds to Gilda’s House – a community-centered home for those dealing with cancer. Kelli’s friend Summer was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and Kelli shaved her head to show support.
Dustin Lynch has a MASSIVE crush on Reba! He even takes a special Reba memento on stage with him when he performs... it's his Reba cup.
Jason Aldean just bought himself a brand new Ford pickup truck that will spend the next month in a Georgia shop getting all tricked out for one cool ride.
Frankie Ballard is an old soul who loves Elvis, vinyl records, and writing letters... but when it comes to today’s technology of social media, he’s a big fan and does Twitter and Facebook often. Check out our K COUNTRY BuzzClip on Facebook and on our website... it’s Frankie’s brand new video for “Sunshine & Whiskey.”
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Charles Kelley is 33.
Congrats to Lady A’s Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli. They welcomed their first child – a baby boy named Cash Van, into the world Sunday night.
Good thing Florida Georgia Line discussed their name a little longer... they were originally going to call themselves Orange Peach... for Florida and Georgia.
Seems Garth has learned something from Luke Bryan... and that’s how to take a fall. Garth fell when he was jumping from the drum riser to the stage during his Friday night show in Chicago, but managed to jump back up and save face.
Miranda Lambert has opened a brand new bed & breakfast in her hometown of Tishomingo, OK called the Ladysmith.
David Nail kicks off his “I’m A Fire” tour in Mississippi on Thursday. He’ll be at the House of Blues in Orlando on the 27th.
New albums out today – Dustin Lynch “Where It’s At,” Lee Brice “I Don’t Dance,” and Brothers Osborne’s debut CD.
Florida Georgia Line will appear on the season premiere of ABC’s hit show, “Nashville.” They’ll perform with Charles Esten, who plays Deacon, on the show. Luke Bryan is set to appear later this season. The new season begins on the 24th.
New Nicholas Sparks movie is coming out – he did The Notebook... and the soundtrack includes songs from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kip Moore, and Eli Young Band.
Kenny Chesney and his Blue Chair Bay Rum have partnered with Logan’s Roadhouse for the Everlasting Summer promotions currently running through mid-November. The menu features signature dishes and drinks made with Kenny’s rum.
Congrats to Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer... they welcomed their 4th son on Thursday morning.
Yesterday Garth Brooks unveiled the beta launch of GhostTunes – a full-service music store giving fans the freedom to listen to the music they purchase on the platform and device of their choice, and giving artists a new way to sell their music any way they dream. The site arrives with the digital distribution debut of Garth’s complete catalogue, a super bundle of his existing music and videos, as well as pre-order of his 2014 album AND his newly announced 2015 album – for one “crazy love price” of $29.99!
Hunter Hayes is addicted... he has been known to chug FIVE Mountain Dews a day. He admits he’s addicted to caffeine.
Got another pilot in the country mix – we know about Dierks Bentley... but last weekend Tim McGraw piloted his own plane to his show in North Carolina.
Carrie Underwood is reportedly on board among the executive producers behind an upcoming FOX 6-hour, limited-event series based on her smash single, “Tow Black Cadillacs.”
The nominees have been revealed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Miranda Lambert tops the list with NINE nominations – matching the record she set in 2010... the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA awards. Dierks Bentley received 5, Eric Church and Keith Urban collected 4 nominations each. Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood each received 3 nods. The show will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 5th at 8PM with your hosts... Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Charlie Worsham, not too shabby a musician himself, says no one can compare to Dolly Parton. He says she schooled everybody – all the guys in country music can’t hold a candle to Dolly.
Luke Bryan continues to break concert records on his current “That’s My Kinda Night” tour all over the country... and if records were kept on falling off stage... Luke would have that record covered as well. He took another tumble off stage on Saturday when he played a concert in Indiana.
Rocker John Mellencamp had something pretty nice to tell Rolling Stone Magazine about Darius Rucker: “You know, I had the curse and blessing of being a pop star once. For this guy to recover from that and go on to a new genre is very admirable.”