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Glen Campbell's Musical Legacy and Alzheimer's Disease Chronicled in New Film, "


Image Courtesy PCH FilmsGlen Campbell's Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday. The movie chronicles Glen's diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.I'll Be Me doesn't shy away from showing Glen's descent into dementia, but it also serves as a reminder of the multi-platinum career that put Glen Campbell in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the western True Grit are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits, "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and many more. The film also shines a light on Glen's role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many more acts.Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, Blake Shelton and Paul McCartney are among the stars singing Glen's praises in I'll Be Me. Footage of Glen's performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards with Blake and The Band Perry is also included, and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio it was very humbling to be in Glen's presence.She says, "I always feels like he's just a living piece of history, a lot like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton."Her brother Neil Perry recalls Glen giving it his all, even at the rehearsals for their Grammy Awards performance."He was getting ready to play 'Rhinestone Cowboy,'" Neil says, "and I remember before he did, he took his guitar off, someone handed him an actual rhinestone jacket. He put it on, and then played the song, just for rehearsals. So, that was pretty cool to see that. Kind of him get in character, you know?"The Band Perry performs a special version of Glen's hit, "Gentle on My Mind," featured in I'll Be Me as well.Glen Campbell's children, Ashley and Shannon, played in their father's bad on The Goodbye Tour. Even though they knew their dad was a living legend, meeting his fans on the road made a huge impression on them.Ashley tells ABC News Radio, "Just [to] hear their own stories of what the show meant to them, and what Glen Campbell means to them. It was just so inspiring to know that my dad had inspired so many people. "Glen's wife, Kim Campbell, hopes I'll Be Me introduces Glen's music and legacy to an entirely new generation of fans.She says, "A lot of people aren't even aware that he's one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, and that he's played on so many hits before -- as part of the Wrecking Crew -- before he was ever a solo artist himself. He maybe didn't get the credit that he deserved for so many years. Now, I hope that this film will help people really understand how great of an artist he was."To find out where Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is playing in your area, go to GlenCampbellMovie.com.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Finds "Bro Country" Label Aggravating and Derogatory


Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan may sing about trucks and girls and drinking beer on a few of his songs, but don't you dare call his music "bro country."  Luke tells ABC News he finds that term aggravating and derogatory of the country music genre as a whole.He says, "Yeah, do I sing about a truck and a beer on one song, but then do I sing about a completely different subject matter. I mean, listen to the whole album and don't judge me on one song."Luke's fans now have five hit singles to judge him on from his latest album, Crash My Party. Those #1 hits include the reflective song, "Drink a Beer," as well as his latest chart-topper, "Roller Coaster."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Antebellum Sits Down with Katie Couric to Launch New In-Depth Interview Ser


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is the first act featured in a new music interview series from Yahoo, Live Nation and Citi called Backstage with Citi. Katie Couric conducts the interview, which is now available to Citi cardholders at CitiPrivatePass.com. The interview will go live on Yahoo Music this weekend.Lady A's Hillary Scott always enjoys sitting down with Katie Couric. She says, ""Katie is so good about digging in and really asking about the stories that inspire the music -- from the studio to the stage. We always love chatting with her and think it's a fun way to complement the concert experience for the fans!"Lady Antebellum's new single, "Freestyle," is included on their latest album, 747, in stores 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Lee Brice Trades the Beer Hall for the Boardroom in New Academy of Country Music


Image Courtesy Curb RecordsYou might not think of Lee Brice as the boardroom type, but he's just been elected to the Academy of Country Music's Board of Directors. The board is made up of music industry professionals, all of whom make decisions about the Academy's events and projects, including the ACM Awards.On the music front, Lee is currently climbing the chart with his latest hit, "Drinking Class."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Hunt Opens Up About His Unlikely Classic Country Influences


Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt's debut album, Montevallo, comes out Monday, and it's getting a lot of buzz for Sam's modern take on country music. Since he incorporates hip-hop and pop elements into his music, you might be surprised to learn about Sam's classic country influences. In fact, the first CD he ever owned was a Greatest Hits compilation from Country Music Hall of Fame member Conway Twitty, best known for '70s hits like "Hello Darlin'" and "I'd Just Love to Lay You Down."Sam tells ABC News Radio, "Of course, Conway Twitty was before my time, but I remember sitting with my grandmother at her house, and an infomercial came on for Conway Twitty Greatest Hits. She's probably about like myself, kind of an impulse-buy type. She said, 'You need this Conway Twitty.'"Sam spent a lot of time soaking up Conway's smooth singing style mixed with the occasional spoken word interlude. That influence might explain why Sam freely moves between speaking and singing his lyrics on Montevallo.As for his songwriting, Sam was heavily influenced by Brad Paisley, whose early hit, "He Didn't Have to Be," had a big impact on Sam as a kid growing up in Georgia.Says Sam, "I remember being at church on Wednesday night at Wednesday night supper, and getting the keys from my mom well before it was over to just go sit in the car and to turn the radio on and hopefully wait and catch that song."Sam is well on his way to earning his first chart-topper at country radio with "Leave the Night On," which is included on Montevallo.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 2014 ABC News Radio 

"Nashville" Recap: "Road Happy"


Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Gunnar Scott got a huge shock when he found out his first love, Kylie, had a son named, Micah, born just months after she mysteriously left him and disappeared from his life. Kylie admitted Gunnar was the child's father only after he pressed her on it.Closeted country singer Will Lexington and his trainer/lover, Tony, had a big falling out on the road over a non-disclosure agreement Will wanted Tony to sign. Will's tour mate, Deacon Claybourne, became suspicious when he saw the couple fighting in the hallway. Later, Will was gay-bashed in a park when he went looking for a guy to hook up with after Tony left. Deacon saw a battered Will return to the hotel, and warned him to stay away from cruising parks for sex.Meanwhile, Will's wife, Layla Grant, was unhappy with the sappy love songs her record label president, Jeff Fordham, was making her record. As you'll recall, she's threatening to out Will, who is also on Jeff's label, if she doesn't get to release her own country album that eventually gets certified gold. Later in the episode, Layla was suicidal as she contemplated downing a bottle of pills. She ended up shattering the bathroom mirror and cutting herself on the broken glass.Rayna Jaymes felt guilty about leaving her kids at home while she was out on the road, so she flew them up with her fiancé, Luke Wheeler, for a day on the set of a car commercial. Later, Rayna's ex-husband, Teddy Conrad, let their older daughter, Maddie, get her hair highlighted while their younger daughter, Daphne, got her ears pierced. When Rayna got upset with Teddy about making those decisions without her, he made it clear Rayna would have to accept that she would miss things in the kids' lives. Teddy moved on from the death of his second wife, Peggy, with a little help from a Nashville socialite, too.Juliette Barnes had to fend off her very angry ex-boyfriend, Avery Barkley, after he discovered she is pregnant with his child. Juliette was able to hide her pregnancy from everyone but her co-star on the set of the Patsy Cline biopic she is filming, but her baby was in jeopardy at the end of the episode as she stumbled offstage at a concert and passed out. Before she went dark, Juliette saw her backup singer, Zoey Dalton, step out into the spotlight to pick up her lead part on the song, "Tell That Devil." We have a feeling Zoey will pay for upstaging Juliette once the superstar gets better.Chaley Rose plays Zoey Dalton on Nashville, and she's just as excited as the fans to discover those juicy plot twists. Her cast mate Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar Scott, often gets the script before she does, so Chaley usually convinces Sam to email her the script. She then loads it into her Mac to find out what's happening.Chaley explains, "You type your name into iBooks, like, my character name, so I can read my scenes first. And then I go in order of whose storyline I'm most interested in. Yeah, it is exciting to find out what's going to happen next."Several country stars will appear on Nashville in the coming weeks. Look for Sara Evans to guest star as herself on next week's episode, Wednesday, October 29. On November 19, The Band Perry, Trisha Yearwood and Joe Nichols will all appear on Nashville to help them recreate the CMA Awards within the show.As always, the new songs from Nashville, "Tell That Devil" and "Good Love," are available at iTunes.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Willie Nelson and Sister, Bobbie, Releasing Collaborative Album, "December Day,"


Image Courtesy Sony LegacyWillie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson, will release a new collaborative album, December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1, on Tuesday, December 2.  The project features the siblings performing new versions of songs from Willie's catalog as well as covers of American standards from Al Jolson and Irving Berlin.Bobbie has performed in Willie's band since 1973. Look for more installments in the Willie's Stash series soon.Here is the track listing for December Day: Willie's Stash Vol. 1:"Alexander's Ragtime Band" "Permanently Lonely" "What'll I Do" "Summer of Roses"/"December Day" "Nuages" "Mona Lisa" "I Don't Know Where I Am Today" "Amnesia" "Who'll Buy My Memories" "The Anniversary Song" "Laws of Nature" "Walkin'" "Always" "I Let My Mind Wander" "Is the Better Part Over" "My Own Peculiar Way" "Sad Songs and Waltzes" "Ou-es tu, mon amour"/"I Never Cared for You"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 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Releasing New Single, "I See You," as 2014 That's My Kind of Tour Wra


Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is releasing a sixth single from his latest album. It's titled, "I See You," and Luke co-wrote it with hit songwriters Luke Laird and Ashley Gorley.The new single release comes as Luke wraps up his 2014 That's My Kind of Night tour this weekend with sold-out shows at The Hollywood Bowl and the Forum in Los Angeles. Look for ABC's Nightline to feature an in-depth look at Luke's life on the road 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Steven Tyler Added to "CMA Country Christmas" Lin


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler have been added to the lineup for this year's CMA Country Christmas special. The show airs Monday, December 1 on ABC. Alan Jackson is also joining the bill along with previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.Tickets to attend the CMA Country Christmas taping on Friday, November 7 are still available through Ticketmaster. The show takes place at Bridgestone Arena 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line Earns Their First #1 on "Billboard" 200 Albums Chart with "


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line earns their first #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with their sophomore project, Anything Goes. The set sold 197,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Their debut album, Here's to the Good Times, has sold 2.1 million copies.It's a great time for country music on the Billboard 200. Jason Aldean debuted at #1 last week with Old Boots, New Dirt, while Blake Shelton was #1 two weeks ago with his new project, 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Jason Aldean Teaming Up with Bob Seger for CMT "Crossroads" Special November 28


Image Courtesy CMABob Seger recently showed up backstage at Jason Aldean's concert in Detroit. Apparently, they got along just fine: the two stars will team up for a new CMT Crossroads installment premiering on Black Friday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Look for them to trade vocals on both of their biggest hits, including selections from Jason's latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.Jason and Seger will film the special next week, just outside of 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Sara Evans Releasing Her First Holiday Album, "At Christmas," November 17


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans will release her firs holiday album, At Christmas, on November 17. The project features Sara's modern take on Christmas classics like "Silent Night," "Oh Holy Night" and "Winter Wonderland." Her daughters Olivia, age 12, and Audrey, age 10, are also featured on Sara's version of "12 Days of Christmas."The album's title track, "At Christmas," is described as an "upbeat original." Sara's Christmas album is now available for pre-order at Walmart.com. Look for Sara to perform a song from the project on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing December 1 at 8 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Young Taking His A.M. World Tour to Australia and Europe in 2015


Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Monarch PublicityChris Young is hitting Europe and Australia on his 2015 A.M. World Tour, starting with a headlining show in Melbourne, Australia March 11. He'll continue on to Sydney and the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, Australia in the following days.In fall 2015, Chris will headline a European trek starting with a September 14 show in London. He'll also play the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland this fall, but that date hasn't been announced yet. Look for more tour dates to be announced soon. Here are Chris's 2015 A.M. World Tour dates so far:3/11 -- Melbourne, Australia 3/13 -- Sydney, Australia 3/14 -- Ipswich, Australia, CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival 9/14 -- London, UK 9/17 -- Dublin, Ireland 9/19 -- Munich, Germany 9/20 -- Cologne, Germany 9/22 -- Berlin, GermanyFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Jake Owen Hosting Annual Hometown Charity Concert Saturday in Vero Beach, FL


Image Courtesy Nick Rau/Sweet Talk PublicityJake Owen will close out his Days of Gold tour with his annual charity concert this Saturday in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL.The annual event supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well as charities in Indian River County, FL, including Autism Speaks, Hibiscus Children's Center, the Mardy Fish Children's Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County.Jake has been hosting the charity concert for several years now. Last year's event brought in $125,000.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Reba Almost Finished with a Brand-New Album, Due Out Next Year


Image Courtesy CMAReba is on the home stretch of recording a brand-new album, expected to come out in 2015. She announced plans for the project Tuesday morning in Nashville, saying fans can expect to hear her interpreting songs from Nashville's best songwriters on the new project."It's just a huge thrill for me to have this outlet to get these songwriters' stories out to the public," Reba says. "I’m always kind of like the water hose. I'm the conduit from the songwriters' heart and soul, what they write and conceive, and then to get it out to the fans. I love that part."Though any songwriter would tailor-make a song for Reba, she took some chances on recording a few songs written from a male perspective. She pulled that off on her 1995 covers album, Starting Over, taking on material originally recorded by Glen Campbell, Ray Price, and Michael McDonald, among others. Still, Reba's husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, was hesitant about some of the new songs at first.Reba explains, "I'd play him this demo, and I'd say, 'What do you think?' He'd say, 'Uh huh. That's a guy song. I don't know how it's going to sound with you singing it.' I get in the studio, and he said, "OK. You made it your own.'"The new album will feature a variety of moods and sounds, though. Says Reba, "We've got happy, sad, slow, fast. Got a drinking song in there. And for the first time in a long time, I've got a love song. A true, to the heart and soul love song."The best part of this new project for Reba is giving her fans her first new album since 2010's All the Women I Am."They're gonna be very excited to have new music coming out," Reba explains. "They've been with me through thick and thin, Broadway, television, movies, back to music. They're my team. Glad to be a part of theirs."We'll keep you posted when Reba announces more details about the new album release.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Brantley Gilbert Engaged to Old Love Who Inspired Some of His Biggest Hits


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is engaged to his old love who inspired his hit songs "More Than Miles" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." The couple parted ways a few years ago, but it looks like their love story will have a happy ending. Brantley hasn't revealed his fiancee's name, though.Brantley recently moved back home to Georgia. He was engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.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 2014 ABC News Radio

2014 CMT Artists of the Year Honorees Announced; Ceremony Broadcasting Live Dece


Image Courtesy CMTJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored as the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year. They'll be saluted on a live broadcast from Nashville coming up Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.This is Keith's first time getting the CMT Artists of the Year honor. The other four acts are previous honorees. The artists are selected based on the impact they've had in country music throughout the 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley Shows Off His New "Jagdeer" Tattoo on Instag


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley got a rather interesting piece of body art on his right forearm this week. It's a drawing of a jaguar with deer antlers, or as Brian calls it a "jagdeer." Thanks @adamthekid for this new addition on my right forearm ? #jagdeer @bcole429 @tribekelleyA photo posted by playbkplay (@playbkplay) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:16pm PDT The tattoo was done by Adam "The Kid" Wakitsch at Kustom Thrills in Nashville. Fans can check out Brian's new tattoo on his Instagram account, @playbkplay.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 2014 ABC News Radio

The Band Perry Taking Their Time Making Upcoming Third Album


Image Courtesy CMAFans of The Band Perry can expect a new album from the trio in 2015, but they can't tell you exactly when they'll release the album next year.Lead singer Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, "We've actually taken timeline pressures away just to make sure we are creating with the pure sensibilities. So, that's an exciting thing."The Band Perry didn't have the luxury of unlimited time while making their sophomore album, Pioneer, but it worked out nicely for them. The lead single from that project, "Better Dig Two," was just certified double platinum, recognizing two million streams and downloads of the song.In the meantime, The Band Perry is now climbing the country chart with their cover of Glen Campbell's "Gentle on My Mind." It's featured in the new Glen Campbell documentary, I'll Be Me, in theaters Friday.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town Refused to Play It Safe Making Their New Album, "Pain Killer," i


Image Courtesy Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town's new album, Pain Killer, is now in stores featuring their funky hit, "Day Drinking." While there are a few tender moments on the album, Little Big Town didn't play it safe when it came to turning up their guitars and rocking out in the studio.LBT's Kimberly Schlapman tells ABC News Radio, "It felt good, and it felt sassy. The whole record felt sassy."The band members and their producer, Jay Joyce, didn't set any boundaries on how they wanted the album to sound, so there was a sense of freedom during the recording process. Band member Jimi Westbrook says there was a rebellious spirit in the studio, though they weren't rebelling against anything in particular.Describing their approach in the studio, Jimi says, "Let's not put boundaries, and let's just make some music and not be afraid to take it to a different place and to push it and go further and see what happens."Some of Little Big Town's musical experiments got a little bizarre, but the group's Karen Fairchild explains those detours were essential to finding the right sounds for the album.Karen says, "It's fun to be in there and expressing ourselves. And yeah, sometimes we take it too far in the studio, and the moments that go too far, you don't hear."That creative approach led to the distinct whistling and marching band sounds on "Day Drinking," which is an indication of how much fun LBT still have creating music together."There are moments that are full of tension," Jimi admits, "and you're trying to figure out things, and you've got a lot of people in the room that care, and have different opinions, so it can be tension, but I love that part of it. And that is fun to me."It looks like all that hard work paid off for Little Big Town according to some of their famous friends who got an advance listen to Pain Killer. Martina McBride called the album "absolutely brilliant" while David Nail tweeted it "sounds like one of the coolest records I've heard." Blake Shelton weighed in saying, "I just heard some what WILL be one of the most important albums in county music history… Congratulations and thank you @littlebigtown!!!"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 2014 ABC News Radio

Jason Aldean Announces 2015 Burn It Down Tour Cities


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean has announced the tour cities for the 2015 leg of his Burn It Down tour. The trek kicks off February 12 with special guests Cole Swindell and Tyler Farr.Says Jason, "Cole and Tyler are two of the hottest up-and-coming artists out right now, and I really dig what they do in their live shows. They are also just great friends, so it'll be cool to have them out and see what kind of trouble we can get into together.”The tour announcement comes just days after Jason's new album, Burnin' It Down, topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart with more than 280,000 copies sold.Here are Jason's 2015 tour cities:Greenville, SC Greensboro, NC N. Charleston, SC Bossier City, LA Tupelo, MS Nashville, TN Toledo, OH Peoria, IL Cedar Falls, IA Wichita, KS Tulsa, OK Little Rock, Ar Bozeman, WA Spokane, WA Eugene, OR Grand Rapids, MI Louisville, KY Ft. Wayne, IN Corpus Christi, TX Beaumont, TX Charleston, WV Hartford, CT Hershey, PAFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Hosting Basketball Camp for Kids in Kentucky November 1


Credit: Mark TuckerGarth Brooks and his charity organization Teammates for Kids will host a Basketball Pro-Camp for 100 youth in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 1.The camp coincides with Garth's run of concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington. He's lined up University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to lead the camp, and Garth will meet with the basketball campers, too.Garth's Teammates for Kids and Pro-Camps are hosting these sports clinics in each city on Garth's World Tour.  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 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert Performing with "All About That Bass" Singer Meghan Trainor on C


Image Courtesy CMA"All About That Bass" singer Meghan Trainor will sing that song as a duet with Miranda Lambert on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 5 on ABC. As previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande will perform on the show with Little Big Town. Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale will present an award on the broadcast, too.Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Alan Jackson Launching 25th Anniversary Tour January 8


Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will launch his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN' IT COUNTRY tour January 8, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL.Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark are taking the opening slots on the trek, which includes a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on May 17 as well as dates in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix. More dates will be added soon.Here are Alan Jackson's 2015 tour dates:1/8 -- Fort Myers, FL, Germain Arena 1/9 -- Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome 2/20 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center 2/21 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Events Center 2/27 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre LA Live 2/28 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion 3/6 -- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie 3/27 -- Augusta, GA, James Brown Arena 3/28 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena 4/9 -- Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear Community College 4/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Independence Events Center 4/18 -- Enid, OK, Enid Event Center 4/24 -- Roanoke, VA, Civic Center Auditorium 5/1 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center 5/2 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center 5/8 -- Green Bay, WI, Resch Center 5/9 -- Bloomington, IL, US Cellular Coliseum 5/16 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre 5/17 -- Denver, Co, Red Rocks AmphitheatreFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town Performing with Ariana Grande on the CMA Awards; Announces Major


Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is teaming up with one of pop music's hottest stars, Ariana Grande, for a performance at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show broadcasts live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.The appearance is just one of many LBT will be making in support of their new album, Pain Killer, in stores Tuesday. Look for the group to perform on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday. They'll sing on ABC's The View on Thursday and close out the week performing with The Roots on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.Following their CMA Awards performance with Ariana Grande, Little Big Town will kick off the Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH with special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne.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 2014 ABC News Radio 

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Paul Craft Dead at 76


Strictly Country RecordsSongwriter Paul Craft, who penned such hits as Moe Bandy's "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," Bobby Bare's "Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)," Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox," and Ray Stevens' "It's Me Again, Margaret," died Saturday "after years of deteriorating health," the Tennessean reports. He was 76 years old.Craft, who also wrote songs that were recorded by Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, died at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.Craft was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5 after being nominated numerous times. The Tennessean reports Craft posed for photos with other inductees and was then rushed to the hospital after falling ill.The Tennessean notes that Craft was a member of American Mensa, a group for people whose IQ is in the top two percent of the population.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 2014 ABC News Radio 

Jerrod Niemann's Latest Hit, "Buzz Back Girl," Is a Real Crowd Pleaser


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has scored multiple #1 singles, so he knows what it feels like to perform a hit song in concert. That's why he's feeling great about his latest single, "Buzz Back Girl."Jerrod says, "Since the first day we put "Buzz Back Girl" in the set, it just seems to be one of those songs that connects with the crowd."Even though Jerrod felt like "Buzz Back Girl" would be a big hit, he's learned you can't predict how an audience will react to a song when they first hear it."You never know when you get on stage what songs will do that and what won’t," Jerrod explains, "and it’s always fun whenever the songs that you care about the most are the ones that the crowd cares about the most.""Buzz Back Girl" is featured on Jerrod's latest album, High Noon, 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 2014 ABC News Radio 

Little Big Town Officially Inducted as the Grand Ole Opry's Newest Members


Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens were on hand to welcome the group into the Opry fold. The quartet started their performance singing "Bring It on Home" with just an acoustic guitar. They then performed their breakthrough hit, "Boondocks," and closed out their set singing Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me."Backstage before their performance, Little Big Town reflected on how much the Opry has meant to them over the years. Their first public performance ever took place on the show in 1999, and band member Kimberly Schlapman's grandparents could only pick up the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast on their car stereo. Since Kimberly had no idea when they were going on, her grandparents had to sit in the car for hours waiting to hear Little Big Town.Kimberly said Friday night, "My papa had to go to the bathroom. So, he went into the bathroom, and, of course, we came on. So, my grandmother laid down on the horn -- just laid down on it. And my papa comes out pulling up his pants trying to make it to the car. He made it in time.She added with a laugh, "He's in heaven with his pants on, I'm sure, watching tonight."Grand Ole Opry member Reba surprised Little Big Town onstage at the Opry earlier this month to extend the membership invitation. She walked out unannounced singing the "motorboating" line of "Pontoon" during LBT's set.Group member Karen Fairchild said, "We've replayed Reba singing 'motorboating' over and over and over. I don't know if anything could ever beat that."The Opry induction kicked off a big week for Little Big Town. Their new album, Pain Killer, is coming out Tuesday featuring the hit single, "Day Drinking."LBT's Phillip Sweet commented before their Opry appearance, "I feel like more people are gonna hear the music than ever before, and I really am proud that they're gonna hear this record. I think we're so honestly proud of it. It's all Little Big Town."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Dustin Lynch Injured by Flying Beer Can During Friday Night Show


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsGet well wishes go out to Dustin Lynch, who was hit in the face with a full beer can during his Friday night show in Niceville, FL. Dustin was taken to the hospital and got stitches to close the wound. The guy who threw the can was not apprehended.  Dustin tells People, "It's not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that's why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn't want to get off the stage until I had to."TMZ has posted video of the incident.Dustin was back onstage Saturday night in Georgia.Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Dustin Lynch - Watch More Celebrity Videos or Subscribe 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 2014 ABC News Radio