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Kenny Chesney Wants Your Old iPod


Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairIf you’ve ever wondered what to do with your old iPod, Kenny Chesney has the answer. The country superstar has partnered with the non-profit Music & Memory to encourage fans to donate their old mp3 players to help people struggling with Alzheimer’s.“The gift of a music player full of favorite songs can help reconnect people with Alzheimer’s to good memories and to the people around them, and that’s a ray of hope for a lot of people,” Kenny says in a PSA he taped for the organization.Music & Memory provides patients with individually-tailored playlists that help enhance their quality of life. It started with four facilities in New York, and has grown into a nationwide program with 1,000 outlets.This week, Kenny kicked off his Big Revival tour with two shows in Nashville.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

Brett Eldredge Has Broadway and a Standards Album in His Sights


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleSo far, fans have only glimpsed Brett Eldredge’s talent as a thespian in his music videos. But if he has his way, we’ll likely one day see him on Broadway.“I'd do it in a heartbeat,” he reveals. “I would totally do that. I mean, I was in that stuff. I was in musicals in high school and stuff. I loved it. I loved being onstage. I love acting. I definitely want to get into that as well. So, absolutely, I would do it. It's fun. I love to watch shows.”Brett adds he’d also like to record a standards album inspired by his hero, Frank Sinatra, but it’ll be a while before he branches out to do either project. He’s currently climbing the country chart with his top ten hit, “Mean to 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 News Radio

Brad Paisley Pulls Hidden Camera Pranks on Repeat After Me


Arista NashvilleNotorious prankster Brad Paisley shows off his comedic chops in primetime next week. Brad guests on Repeat After Me, the hidden camera show hosted by The Goldbergs' Wendi McLendon-Covey. She communicates with celebrities via an earpiece, suggesting awkward and often inappropriate things for the stars to say and do, as they interact with unsuspecting civilians.Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the half-hour series started as a sketch on her daytime talk show. Repeat After Me airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.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.

Sam Hunt Had His Doubts About "Take Your Time"


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleEven though “Take Your Time” has turned out to be Sam Hunt’s latest top ten hit, he confesses he wasn’t always sure that would be the case.“‘Take Your Time’ is a song I wrote two or three years ago,” he recalls, “and it was sort of my first experience using a unique cadence in the verses and flowing from that spoken thing into a melody and then back again.”Along the way, Sam worried the song might just be too different for country radio.“It probably represents a lot of the R&B influence that a lot of my music has, and I’ve always been really attracted to that rhythmic style of music. It’s a song that I’ve had for a while and been most antsy about putting out, because it is one of the first songs I wrote when I started working on my own project.”Sunday night, Sam takes his Lipstick Graffiti tour to the campus of Iowa State University.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 

Lee Brice Embarks on Environmentally-Friendly College Tour


Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice goes back to school next month, as he launches the first leg of a unique tour of college campuses. He's partnering with REVERB, a non-profit that brings musicians and students together to work toward environmental and social change. The avid hunter and fisherman will focus on outdoor preservation and water conservation, even working to lessen the effect of the shows themselves."We're hoping to offset the environmental impact of the tour by supporting clean energy projects and using buses and trucks fueled with locally produced biodiesel," he says. "I have two sons and I look at this as investing in their future and that of kids around the world."  The South Carolina native plays his alma mater, Clemson University, on April 11. Here are the dates so far for Lee Brice's college tour:4/8 -- Buies Creek, NC, Campbell University 4/9 --Erie, PA, Penn State University 4/10 -- High Point, NC, High Point University 4/11 -- Clemson, SC, Clemson University 4/15 -- Saint Charles, MO, Lindenwood University 4/22 -- Conway, AR, University of Central Arkansas 4/24 -- Monroe, LA, University of Louisiana 4/30 -- North Andover, MA, Merrimack College 5/1 -- Slippery Rock, PA, Slippery Rock University 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.

Taylor Swift Joins Kenny Chesney for His Tour Kickoff Show


Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kenny ChesneyTaylor Swift was a special guest at Kenny Chesney's opening show on his Big Revival tour in Nashville on Thursday night.She joined Kenny -- who turned 47 on Thursday -- on stage at the Bridgestone Arena for a performance of his hit song "Big Star."Video of their collaboration was quickly posted on YouTube. 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. 

Darius Rucker Takes His Southern Style to TV


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will be making the media rounds next week, as he unveils his fourth solo album, Southern Style on Tuesday. The admitted sports fanatic will make multiple appearances on ESPN on the release date, after starting his morning on the Today show. Darius guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, April 6, before stopping by ABC’s The Chew on April 16.Darius co-wrote all thirteen tracks on the new album, including his current top 5 collaboration with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, “Homegrown Honey.”Here’s the track listing for Southern Style:“Homegrown Honey” “Good for a Good Time” “Baby I’m Right” (featuring Mallary Hope) “Southern Style” “High on Life” “Perfect” “You, Me and My Guitar” “Low Country” “Need You More” “Half Full Dixie Cup” “Lighter Up” “You Can Have Charleston” “So I Sang” Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

New Artist Striking Matches Is Already Huge in the UK


I.R.S. NashvilleEven though the debut album by Striking Matches just came out stateside this week, the two are already big stars in the U.K., thanks to the popularity of the ABC show Nashville. So far, the duo has written eight songs that have been featured in the nighttime drama, and Sarah Zimmermann says it’s not uncommon to see fans overseas singing along to every word, thanks to the show’s huge British following.Sarah met musical partner Justin Davis in 2007 when a professor paired the two together when both were freshmen guitar majors at Nashville’s Belmont University. Their CD Nothing But the Silence features their latest single “Hanging on a Lie.”Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Kenny Chesney's Sleepless Nights End Tonight with The Big Revival Tour Launch


Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has spent several sleepless nights worrying about The Big Revival tour. The trek kicks off tonight in Nashville, and Kenny admits he's been anxious about putting the new show together for his fans.He tells The Tennessean, "To see it all start to come together is the exciting part. This is a very creative, stressful but rewarding process for me. That anxiety is brought on by myself; it's just because I care so much. "Today just happens to be Kenny's 47th birthday, too. He says he wanted to play Music City on his birthday so his mother could be with him to help celebrate.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.

Darius Rucker Explains the "Homegrown Honey" Lyric About a Girl Being "Money"


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker is obviously singing about his lovely wife, Beth, on his latest hit, "Homegrown Honey," but we wondered what the song's lyric about her being "money" actually means to him.Darius explains with a laugh, "[To borrow a] 2002 term, she's all that and a bag of chips, man! She looks real good when she's money."When asked if there is any specific times Beth looks especially "money," Darius replies quickly, "Always. My wife is always beautiful. She's always gorgeous. She had the flu the other day, and she was money.""Homegrown Honey" is the lead single from Darius's new studio album, Southern Style, due out Tuesday.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.

Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line and Vince Gill Featured on Dan Rather's "T


Image Courtesy AXS TVTrisha Yearwood is the featured guest on Dan Rather's series The Big Interview coming up Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV. In addition to talking about her dual music and cooking careers, Trisha opens up about her work with Habitat for Humanity and the special surprise her husband Garth Brooks pulled off to celebrate her 50th birthday.The Big Interview continues with new episodes featuring Vince Gill on April 21 and Florida Georgia Line on May 12.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.

Tyler Farr's Upcoming Album, "Suffer in Peace," Includes Duet with Jason Aldean


Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr has revealed the track listing for his new album, Suffer in Peace, and it includes a duet with a country superstar. Tyler sings with pal and current touring partner Jason Aldean on the track "Damn Good Friends." The album also includes Tyler's latest hit, "A Guy Walks into a Bar," and fans can now pre-order two special album bundles at TylerFarr.com.One of the bundles comes with an autographed CD and an instant track download of Tyler's cover of the AWOLNATION hit, "Sail," which has become a highlight of Tyler's live shows lately. The Deluxe Package includes all that plus a Tyler Farr leather and stainless steel flask and a real bullet bottle opener keychain.Tyler Farr's sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, comes out April 28.Here is the Suffer in Peace track listing:"C.O.U.N.T.R.Y." "A Guy Walks into a Bar" "Withdrawals" "Damn Good Friends" (Duet with Jason Aldean) "Suffer in Peace" "Raised to Pray" "Criminal" "Better in Boots" "Poor Boy" "I Don't Even Want This Beer" "Why We Live Here"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.

Little Big Town Never Thought Twice About Recording Their Provocative New Single


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's latest single, "Girl Crush," has turned a few heads with some listeners thinking it's about a woman experiencing romantic attraction toward another woman. That's not the case, though. Once you get to the chorus, it's clear "Girl Crush" is written from the perspective of a woman experiencing intense jealousy over the woman's relationship with her male ex.LBT's Karen Fairchild, who sings lead on "Girl Crush," admits the song is provocative, but the band never thought twice about recording it. The song's writers played it for her and band mate Kimberly Schlapman during a writing session.Karen tells ABC Radio, "[The songwriter] Liz [Rose] said, 'Hey, I gotta play this song we just wrote. You guys'll never cut it, but I gotta play it for you,'" Karen tells ABC Radio. "I couldn't get finished with the song listening to it before I could say, 'Can we please have this song?'"Karen feels like every woman has experienced the kind of jealousy she's singing about in "Girl Crush." Her husband and band mate, Jimi Westbrook, was floored when he heard the chorus, which is when the full force of the woman's jealousy is revealed.He says, "Yeah, when that turns at the hook, it's like, 'Wow!' That's good writing."Watch Little Big Town perform "Girl Crush" on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday 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 Releases Sexy New Video for "Sangria"


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has released the video for his sexy, new single, "Sangria," exclusively through Vessel.com, a new premium video service. It will be available only to subscribers at Vessel for 48 hours before becoming available everywhere on Thursday.As for the song, Blake says, "'Sangria’ is one of the sexiest songs I’ve ever cut. It sounds like something that came from a different time, almost like something Chris Isaak would have had on one of his records at some point."While "Sangria" isn't "over-the-top," Blake admits, "It's pure sex -- that's the only way know to describe that song."Blake shot the video for "Sangria" at wife Miranda Lambert's The Ladysmith bed and breakfast in their hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. It's the third single from Blake's latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine.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 Hosting Stand-Up Comedy Show at Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashvi


Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley's wacky sense of humor will be on display as he hosts a night of standup comedy in Nashville Thursday, April 16. The show features several comedians as part of the weekly Wild West Comedy Festival in Music City running April 14 through 19. Brad will emcee that event on the 16th in addition to interacting with the comedians, including Jon Reep, Greg Hahn, Theo Von, Sarah Tiana, and Keith Alberstadt.Kevin Hart, Joel McHale, Nick Kroll and Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost are among the other comedians performing at the Wild West Comedy Festival. Go to WildWestComedyFestival.com for details.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" Cast Members Launching Spring Tour Next Month in New York City


Image Courtesy ABCCast members from ABC's Nashville are hitting the road for a tour this spring. The trek launches April 29 with Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy on the bill for all dates. Sam Palladio will join the trek for the shows in New York and Los Angeles, and Jonathan Jackson will be there for the date in Chicago.For a preview of the tour, tune in to Nashville: On the Record 2, airing this Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC. The concert special was filmed earlier this year in Music City and features a guest appearance from Reba.Here are the Nashville spring tour dates:4/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre 5/2 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theater 5/3 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall 5/5 -- Chicago, IL, Rosemont Auditorium 5/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrup Auditorium 5/8 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theater 5/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live 5/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica TheaterFollow @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 Meets Baseball Legend at Spring Training


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan met a baseball legend on Monday while hanging out at the Chicago White Sox spring training home in Arizona with his pal, player Adam LaRoche.Bryan met former All-Star Bo Jackson, a special instructor for the Sox, and got his autograph, the Chicago Tribune reports.Bryan joined the team for field and batting practice, but don't expect him to leave country music for a baseball career. Manager Robin Ventura said it would be "perfect" if Bryan wanted to sing the national anthem before one of his team's games. He added, “The guys had a great time with him out here. It’s always fun, especially when a guy is good friends with somebody....He’s going to be a little sore, I think.”  Bryan and LaRoche are longtime friends and are collaborators on the hunting show Buck Commander.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 Rice Celebrates "Good Morning America" Appearance, Gears Up for Kenny Ches


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice was excited to perform his new single, "Gonna Wanna Tonight," on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, but he admits his mom was "freaking out" over the TV gig.Chris told ABC Radio after his GMA performance, "I should have brought her in. Next time I'm gonna bring her in and make sure she gets the full experience."The big TV performance kicks off a huge week for Chase as he gets ready to begin his opening slot on Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival tour. Their first show is Thursday night in Music City, and Chase still hasn't fully realized he's about to hit the road with one of his heroes.Chase describes getting the spot on Kenny's tour as "surreal." He adds, "I've seen so many of his shows from the stands, so to be able to go out and do it with him is gonna be awesome."Chase hasn't actually met Kenny yet, but he hopes to become friends with the superstar over the summer.Says Chase, "Once we get on the road, it'll be a lot of business. It'll be a lot of fun. A lot of get-to-know-each-other time, and I'm looking forward to that."Go to ChaseRice.com for a full list of tour dates.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.

Eric Church Celebrates the Team Effort of His Latest Gold and Platinum Success


Image Courtesy Jon Peets/EMI NashvilleEric Church was the guest of honor at a party on Nashville's Lower Broadway Monday afternoon. The event celebrated his latest #1 hit, "Talladega," as well as the platinum certification of his current album, The Outsiders. After nearly 30 minutes of speeches from music industry insiders praising Eric, he turned the spotlight back on his team that allows him to make his music and get it out to the fans.Eric told the crowd, "I've been doing this awhile, and I've learned it's not what you do -- it's who you do it with."While the celebration centered on his latest #1 hit at country radio, Eric stressed he's just as proud of the songs that didn't even make the top 10 from The Outsiders -- "Cold One" and "The Outsiders."He added, "It's about that passion. It's about going out there and delivering that. So, I'm the luckiest guy alive."Eric was also presented with a gold album plaque for his 2006 debut project, Sinners Like Me. The album didn't produce any top 10 hits at country radio, but it has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies.  Many songs from that album continue to be staples in Eric's live show to this day."In Chicago, we played nine songs off this album, and the people sang every song," Eric said. "That, to me, is what music's about. It's about finding that connection and not being afraid to put it out there."Eric's The Outsiders World Tour continues Thursday night in Tallahassee, Florida.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.  

Thompson Square Reveals Bold Sound with New Single, "Trans Am"


Image Courtesy Dove ShoreThompson Square is back with a brand-new single, "Trans Am." The fiery love song captures the high-energy side of the married duo. It's also a good indication of what fans can expect from Thompson Square's upcoming, third album.The duo's Keifer Thompson says, "This new music is a very tempo-driven project that probably represents us more than both of its predecessors."As for the single, Keifer adds, "'Trans Am’ is a state of mind. It’s about liberation and not being painted into a corner. These new recordings show a more aggressive side of Thompson Square and reflects what fans experience at our live shows."Thompson Square has released "Trans Am" to all digital retailers. The single goes to radio on April 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.

Cole Swindell Scores Third Consecutive #1 Hit with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey"


Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell has scored his third consecutive #1 hit from his self-titled debut album with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." The song has also earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 downloads and streams."Ain't Worth the Whiskey" includes a shout-out to Cole's friend Kyle Davis, who has been on several tours of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Special Forces. Says Cole, "I want to dedicate this #1 to him and once again, thank country radio for all their support.”Look for Cole to celebrate his #1 hit with a performance on NBC's Today Wednesday.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.

Eric Church Sets Chicago Attendance Record; Earns North Carolina Music Hall of F


Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church set a new attendance record at Allstate Arena outside Chicago over the weekend. More than 18,600 fans were in the crowd.That record is a long way from Eric's first show in the Chicago area. He says, "Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe's Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000."In other Eric news, he's been named as a 2015 inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place Thursday, October 15 in Kannapolis, NC.  Eric hails from Granite Falls, NC.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 Sets Country Attendance Record at Houston Rodeo


Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Bieber PRBrad Paisley may be emerging as the new country king of the Houston Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo. His Saturday performance at the annual event drew 75,167, which is the highest attendance number for any country act this year. In fact, it's the second-highest attendance number for any act of any genre this year, and the ninth-highest attendance number in the history of the Houston Rodeo.Luke Bryan closed out the Houston Rodeo with a performance Sunday 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.

Jason Aldean Isn't Going to Talk Your Ear Off During His Concerts


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean tries to keep his mouth shut during his shows unless he's actually singing one of his hit songs. You won't find the superstar doing a lot of talking to the audience in between songs.He says, "They don't come out to hear me talk. You know what I’m saying? So, they come out, we're gonna try to play as many songs as we can play."Most of those hit songs, like "Johnny Cash" and "When She Says Baby," are designed to get fans on their feet. Jason and his band have been together for more than a decade now, but they still put their all into delivering those hits during the show."[The fans] know that when the show is over, I'm gonna be exhausted 'cause I'm gonna try to go out there and give it everything I've got," Jason says. "My  band, obviously, they're one of the best in the business. They do the same thing. I think that's what really makes it work is that it's all of us up there doing that."That team effort creates the kind of atmosphere Jason wants fans to experience at his concerts.He adds, "Anybody that's been to one of our shows knows that it's gonna be loud and it's gonna be fun, and that's what we want."Jason's Burn It Down tour continues this weekend with shows in Ohio, Illinois and Iowa.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 the Motown Vibe for Latest Single, "Hangover Tonight"


Image Courtesy CMAGary Allan found a song he really loved for his next album, but someone else recorded the Motown-inspired track before he could hit the studio. As a result, Gary met up with the writers of the song -- Chris Stapleton and Jesse Frasure -- to write another song with that soulful vibe he liked in the first song. That's how Gary came up with his latest single, "Hangover Tonight."Gary tells ABC Radio, "I got together with 'em, wrote three songs and all three of 'em made the record.""Hangover Tonight" is actually about a guy trying to keep his wits and moderate his drinking as he tries to get somewhere with his love interest. As for a real hangover, Gary admits it's more difficult to recover from a night of drinking now than it was in his younger days."Lord knows I can't drink or smoke like I could," Gary admits, "but for me, I gotta run through it. I gotta get up and exercise. Like, I can't chemical up or chemical down. That just builds on me. So, I have to get up and I have to sweat it out.""Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's upcoming 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.

Kenny Chesney Explains Why He's Launching His Tour in Nashville


Danny ClinchKenny Chesney has a good reason for kicking off his Big Revival tour in Nashville this Thursday and Friday.Chesney turns 47 on Thursday, and he wanted to celebrate it with a special woman in his life. He explains to USA Today, "My mom wanted to be with me on my birthday, but I wanted to open my tour on my birthday, which meant I had to do it pretty close to home."Chesney took a cue from Major League Baseball and took part in his own "spring training" earlier this year to prepare for the tour. He went on a strict diet that includes not eating carbs after 5 p.m., "and that's tough. But I eat a lot of vegetables."  He also works out one hour per day.Chesney's crew is surely looking forward to the dates ahead on the tour -- and the possibility for a big payday. The singer says he will put his crew's names into a hat for a monthly drawing to win proceeds from merchandise sales. In the past, he explains, "they ended up splitting it amongst everybody, so not just one person got it. They could have, but they decided to take the money and split it, which is great."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.