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Jerrod Niemann Toasts the Good Times with Latest Hit, "Drink to That All Night"


Photo Credit: Jeremy CowartJerrod Niemann has already released several songs about drinking, including "One More Drinkin' Song," so he wasn't exactly thrilled when he saw the title of a new song, "Drink to That All Night," in an e-mail from his songwriter pal Lance Miller a few months back.Jerrod says, "I was like, 'Man, come on. Just because it's a drinking song doesn't mean you have to send it to me.' Surely, how different can it be? And then I listened to it. I thought, 'Woah, this is something else.'"Jerrod then sent the feel-good song to his producer, and they recorded it for his new album, High Noon. A big part of the song's success can be credited to the driving drum beat throughout the track."This is a song that definitely gets you in the mood for the weekend," Jerrod explains. "It just gives this driving feel, and when it's five o'clock on Friday and you're ready to crank it up, that's what you need is something to knock you out of your chair."Go to JerrodNiemannOfficial.com to see where he'll be playing "Drink to That All Night" next.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert Learns to Slow Down and Reflect with "Automatic"


RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert is one of country music's biggest stars these days, so her schedule is non-stop between recording, touring, doing interviews and scheduling quality time with husband, Blake Shelton. In all that madness, Miranda has to remind herself to slow down and reflect on how amazing the last few years have been. That's part of the inspiration for her latest hit, "Automatic."Says Miranda, "I'm getting to where I've lived a little more. I've done some things. I have a long way to go, but I also am realizing that it's very fast-paced this life that I'm living right now, and the life that we're all living."Miranda thinks of "Automatic" as a mental scrapbook helping her hold on to some precious memories."It's always about the next. The next place, the next show, the next event. Whatever's happening. And it's never about right now or what we did five years ago," Miranda says. "It's like, 'Remember that time?' I just want to make sure I'm enjoying this.""Automatic" is the lead single from Miranda's upcoming album, Platinum, due out June 3.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer Tapped for Macy's American Icons Campaign


Macy'sBrett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are taking part in Macy's American Icons campaign, which means you'll see their faces in more than 800 Macy's stores starting next month. They'll be modeling clothes for I.N.C International Concepts in ads appearing in print and online, too.The program offers styles inspired by America and supports the Got Your 6 initiative to support U.S. veterans and military families.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Church Releasing "The Outsiders on Vinyl This Saturday for National Record


EMI NashvilleEric Church will release a double-gatefold vinyl version of his latest album, The Outsiders, this Saturday for National Record Store Day. The package also includes an exclusive album poster and two bonus tracks -- "Come Together," and an extended version of the title track. Go to EricChurch.com for more information on where to purchase The Outsiders on vinyl.Eric will tour behind the album starting September 11 in Bossier City, LA.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Bringing His Daughter Madeline on the Road This Summ


Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus has a special guest hitting the road with him this summer -- his daughter Madeline. The little one will be heading out on select dates of the Flatts' upcoming Rewind tour.Jay says, "I’m really excited for my little Maddie to see what her daddy does."Maddie, who turned three last December, is starting to understand her dad is a big country star."She’s old enough now to where she kinda gets it and she’ll see a video on TV and kinda puts two and two together," Jay explains. "So, I’m really lookin’ forward to her bein’ able to watch from the side of the stage."Rascal Flatts launches their Rewind tour May 15 in St. Louis, MO with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana as the opening acts.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Brett Eldredge Heating Up the Charts with Beach-Inspired Hit, "Beat of the Music


Warner Music NashvilleIf the cold snap affecting a good chunk of the country has got you down, just turn on Brett Eldredge's  beach-inspired hit, "Beat of the Music." The song has been heating up the country chart for a while now, but Brett is thankful "Beat of the Music" is headed towards #1 a lot faster than his debut hit, "Don't Ya."Brett tells ABC News Radio, "'Don't Ya' took like 47 weeks to reach the top of the chart, which was great, 'cause it got people to know me. And soon as they heard 'Beat of the Music,' they knew that was me.""Beat of the Music" has been getting just as big a reaction as "Don't Ya" during Brett's concerts lately.Explaining the new song's success, Brett says, "It takes you to a special place, I think. You don't have to think too much. You just gotta feel good. And I like to be 'Mr. Feel Good' sometimes.""Beat of the Music" and "Don't Ya" are both included on Brett's debut album, Bring You Back.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Martina McBride Scores Fifth #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Everlasting"


Congratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007's Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore Exchange Gifts as He Leaves Take Me Downtown Tour


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebelum and Kip Moore exchanged gifts at the end of his run on the Take Me Downtown tour. Kip got each member of Lady A a bottle of their favorite booze, and Lady A presented Kip with a waterproof watch so he won't lose track of time while surfing.Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood told Kip that Kenny Chesney gave them their first watches back when opened for him. The guys wanted to continue that tradition with Kip, and he joked, "I'll make sure to only put it on when I see you guys."Lady A's tour continues through the summer. Kip joins Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting next month.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Blake Shelton Hopes to Get all the Liquor in Reported Divorce from Miranda Lambe


CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert took to Twitter Wednesday to poke more fun at the endless tabloid stories claiming that they're headed for a split. He said, "Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!" Miranda tweeted back, "AND the imaginary baby?!"A fan then asked Miranda, "Don't you guys separate every 6 months and have a baby every 3 months?" She replied, "Yes it's very exhausting!!"Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dierks Hitting Both Coasts to Film a Video and Support His Wife in the Boston Ma


Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is hitting both coasts this week. First up, he's headed out to Los Angeles to film the video for his latest single, "Drunk on a Plane." After that shoot wrap, Dierks flies back across the country to cheer on his wife, Cassidy, in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.Dierks tweeted his plans for the week along with the hashtag #BostonStrong in honor of those affected by the bombing at last year's race.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jake Owen Teams Up with Discover Boating to Present the Days of Gold Tour


RCA NashvilleJake Owen's Days of Gold tour is designed to give fans the experience of being on the water, so it's only natural the Discover Boating campaign has signed on as the trek's presenting tour sponsor. Jake will share his own stories of boating in the organization's Stories of Discovery video series as part of the tour.Jake says, "People boat to get away. The same way people come to our concerts. People like to get away from reality sometimes and as real as this beautiful land of ours is, being out on a boat can take you away to a different sort of reality."The Discover Boating campaign is presented by the Recreational Boating Industry. More information is available at DiscoverBoating.com. To see where Jake is playing next, visit JakeOwen.net.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kip Moore's Latest Single, "Dirt Road," Is Already a Fan-Favorite


MCA NashvilleKip Moore has been road-testing new songs for his upcoming album, and his new single, "Dirt Road," passed with flying colors.He says, "I actually worked it up with the band on the road and we played it live that same night.  We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that."Kip especially loves the groove of "Dirt Road," which will be included on Kip's new album, due out later this year.  He'll be playing it live this summer on Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting May 8.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

70,000 Tickets Sold for 50th Annual ACM Awards and Party for a Cause Next April


ACMAll 70,000 tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards and the ACM Party for a Cause music event in Arlington, TX sold out just 18 minutes after going on sale this week.  The awards show will take place April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium while the ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories event is set for April 17 and 18, 2015 at Globe Life Park.A few seats may open up closer to the event date. Fans who sign up for the free ACM A-List at ACMCountry.com will be notified first about that availability. Artists appearing at these events will be announced at a later date.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Zac Brown Band Adds New Member in Time for Upcoming Summer Tour


CMAZac Brown Band has added an eighth member just in time for their Great American Road Trip starting next month. Matt Mangano has joined the group on bass, leaving bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins free to play other instruments. Matt previously toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and is also featured on Zac Brown Band's latest album, Uncaged. He appears on their live DVD, Pass the Jar, too.Zac Brown Band's upcoming tour includes two sold-out shows at Boston's Fenway Park June 27 and 28. Kacey Musgraves will join the trek May 29 through June 1, too.Here are Zac Brown Band's Summer Tour Dates:5/24 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 5/29 - 5/30 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater 5/31 - 6/1 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre 6/5 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf 6/6 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 6/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 6/12 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion 6/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 6/14 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center 6/19 - 6/20 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center 6/21 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium 6/22 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live 6/27 - 6/28 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park 7/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater 7/10 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center 7/12 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 7/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center 7/16 -- Paso Robles, CA, Midstate Fair 7/20 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena 8/2 -- Camrose, ABC (CAN) Big Valley Jamboree 8/4 -- Sturgis, SC, Buffalo Chip 8/9 -- Detroit Lakes, MN, WE Fest 8/15 -- Endicott, NY, Dick's Sporting Goods OpenCopyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Keith Urban's "American Idol" Dressing Room Leaves a Lot to Be Desired


FOXKeith Urban isn't exactly living the good life on the American Idol set this season.In the hilarious first installment of the new Idol Chatter video series, Keith reveals he's making do with a small U-Haul trailer in the parking lot as his American Idol dressing room. The cramped quarters are located next to fellow Idol stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Harry Connick Jr.'s luxury trailers. Keith's U-Haul is decked out with a folding chair, a banana, a guitar, and a hanging rack for his signature t-shirts.Keith blames his small quarters on a "communication mix-up," but he insists he's not upset about it. He makes the best of it by listening to his hit, "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," on his "boombox," which turns out to be his iPhone in a red Solo cup to amplify the sound.See if Keith's rough surroundings affect his judging abilities on American Idol Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on FOX.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio  

Justin Moore Just Says No to Talking Politics in Public


Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is an open book on most topics, but you won't find him speaking out on politics. It's not that Justin isn't interested in what's going on in Washington, D.C.He says, "I think the older you get and the more responsibility you have, and in particular, the more responsibility you have for your kids and your family, I think you get into it a little more. I like to keep up with what’s goin’ on. I like to be informed."Of course, Justin has his own opinions about how the country should be run, but he can respect people with different opinions, too. For his part, Justin prefers to keep the focus on his music over his political positions."Whether or not you can really express your opinions, when you have a job in the spotlight, I think you have to very careful about it," Justin says. "I just kinda keep it under the vest and kinda roll along and try not to tick anybody off."Justin continues his Off the Beaten Path tour Tuesday night in Springfield, MA.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Randy Houser Explains His "Slightly Creepy" Love Song, "Goodnight Kiss"


Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser continues his string of romantic hits with "Goodnight Kiss," but he admits this one is more forward than his recent #1 hits, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and "How Country Feels.""Yeah, we're definitely taking things probably, slightly creepy fast in that song," Randy tells ABC News Radio. "We just wrote it about thinking about that nervous energy whenever you're trying to build up the courage to get your first kiss on a date or waiting 'til the end of the night for the good stuff."Instead, Randy suggests he and his lady get to the good stuff earlier in the evening in "Goodnight Kiss."He adds with a laugh, "You know, have fun and then go play. That's kinda creepy, isn't it?""Goodnight Kiss" is included on Randy's latest album, How Country Feels, available now.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Nashville" Tour Sells Out Three Shows, Adds Philadelphia Date


ABCThe Nashville concert tour is a big hit. Tickets for the trek's stops in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. sold out within minutes of going on sale earlier this month. Now, the cast of the ABC TV hit has added another concert date: Monday, May 5 at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia.Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will perform at all concerts. Will Chase joins them for the May 6 show in Manhattan.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bid Farewell to Las Vegas Residency


VenetianTim McGraw and Faith Hill closed out their Soul2Soul residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas Saturday night, and Faith took to Twitter to mark the occasion."We would like to thank the incredible staff & crew at The Venetian for their hard work and hospitality during both runs of #soul2soul," Faith posted,  She also thanked the fans who came out to see the shows: "It was a thrill getting to perform for you all on that stage."Faith is featured on Tim's new single, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." That song is included on Tim's upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out September 16.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

George Jones's Widow to Mark One-Year Anniversary of His Death with Nashville Ce


Webster PRGeorge Jones' widow, Nancy Jones, will mark the one-year anniversary of her husband's death with a public celebration April 26 at his grave in Nashville. She'll plant two dogwood trees at  Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument.Nancy says, "I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years.  I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive.”The event starts at 1 p.m. CT at Woodlawn Cemetery.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Thompson Square Share Stories from Their World Tour Entertaining the Troops


Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson recently returned from a world tour entertaining U.S. troops stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii.  While they were thrilled to make the trip, the couple didn't expect to be so overwhelmed at the gratitude coming from the troops and their families.Shawna tells ABC News Radio, "There were so many people that came through the meet and greet, wives that their husbands were deployed that were like, 'Oh, my God.  Thank you so much for coming because this reminds me of home, and I'm so lonely right now, and just to have something that's from home, it means so much.'"Keifer adds, "We stayed and signed for everybody after the shows.  It was just really interesting to hear stories, and some of our songs helped them through some tough times and stuff.  That was an amazing thing just to see."Thompson Square is back in the U.S. for its Just Feels Good tour.  Check out the group's website for dates.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman Welcomes Country Stars Into Her Own Kitchen


Photo Credit: Becky FlukeLittle Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman doesn't have to leave her house to tape her Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly's Simply Southern, this season.Thanks to the money from LBT's big hit "Pontoon," Kimberly was able to renovate the kitchen in her Nashville-area home to make it perfect for filming the show.  Her husband, Stephen, designed the kitchen with some input from the cooking show's producer.Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, "We brought in the producer of the cooking show just to say, 'If you had your druthers, where would you like for the stove to be?  And does it matter, you know, where a few things sit?'  Steve pretty much designed the whole [thing], and I'm so proud of it."While Kimberly loved filming the first two seasons in her friend's kitchen in Nashville, having access to her own kitchen supplies makes cooking on television that much easier for her."When we needed a spoon on set, I just opened the drawer and knew right where it was," Kimberly explains.  "If we needed extra olive oil, I just grabbed my little olive oil thing.  So, it felt more like home. "Kimberly welcomes quite a few special guests into the kitchen this season, including band mate Karen Fairchild, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Brett Eldredge, Kix Brooks, Eric Paslay, Jewel and Thompson Square.  One guest in particular, Wynonna, had Kimberly quite star-struck.Says Kimberly, "I grew up a third member of The Judds, actually, 'cause I sang along with them.  I knew every song, still do, every song by heart.  I went to see them in concert.  I mean, I'm a huge fan.  Was incredibly excited."Kimberly's Simply Southern airs Mondays at 4 p.m. ET on Great American Country.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio