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Cole Swindell: No Overnight Success

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Chris

Even though he says it seems like he got lucky and has been an overnight success, Cole Swindell says his success has been seven years in the making.

Over that time, he was writing songs and trying to get his music heard any way he could. Looking back, he’s thankful for that time as it helped him grow as a writer and learn how the industry works. “If this would have happened when I moved to Nashville there’s no way I would have been ready,” he tells the Cincinnati Enquirer. “But giving it a couple of years with me being around the business, growing up a little bit, that helped me get ready for everything that’s happened.”

It’s not that Cole doesn’t feel the pressure to continue cranking out hit songs, coming off his number one song “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” hitting the top 10. “There’s a lot of people expecting things out of me. I want to do good. It’s a good kind of pressure.”

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Martina McBride To Play Mullett Fest

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by Chris

The train continues down the tracks for Martina McBride, who has had a busy year already. Her new record was released in April, she’s been on the road, hitting home when she can to tend to her family and she has a cookbook on the way in October! But, why stop there? She just announced that she’s adding dates to her tour, extending it into December and making a stop near Cat Country!

Backed by an 11-piece band, she says her appropriately named ‘Everlasting Tour’ is new concert experience for her. “We’ve worked hard to put together a show that is visually entertaining as well as very rich musically,” she says. “There’s so much for the audience to see and experience.”

Among the 40 new dates added is an October 18 show at the Mullett Festival in Niceville. Also part of this year’s festival are Dustin Lynch (October 17) and Neal McCoy (October 19).

Source: Taste Of Country, Boggy Bayou Mullett Festival

Brantley Puts Mugshot On T-shirt

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Chris

It’s on a t-shirt so i must be real!

Brantley Gilbert has put his mugshot from when he was arrested in 2005 on the back of a t-shirt that’s for sale on his website. And apparently it’s not the only one.

He said in an interview with the New York Daily News, “I’m from Georgia. We go to jail to learn lessons. The hardest part was finding a mugshot that looked unapologetic. Most of the pictures had that ‘Please don’t call my mom’ look.”

Brad Paisley’s ‘Moonshine’ Album Gets Two Little, But Important Thumbs Up

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Chris

Brad Paisley’s new album got thumbs up from two of the most important people in his life, his two sons, Huck and Jasper. Brad says they’re always willing to give their honest opinions on his music.

“Huck and Jasper are great critics,” he tells Billboard. “They have a very good perspective and they know what they like. They don’t like ballads, so this is the album for them, because there’s only about three on here out of 13 songs. They love ’4WP.’ They love ‘Crushin’ It.’ They love ‘River Bank.’”

He says when he first made the loop for “River Bank” and cut a little vocal and listened to it in the kitchen, “Huck came running in and went, ‘What is that?’ I said, ‘That’s something I’m working on.’ And he said, ‘That doesn’t sound like you,’ and I said, ‘Actually, I think it does sound like me.’ And he said, ‘No, I mean that in a good way.’ ‘Well, thanks Huck.’”

“I knew I was on to something at that point,” he says. But his two boys don’t just critique his music, they also inspire it. Five-year-old Jasper was the inspiration behind the song “American Flag on the Moon.”

‘Moonshine In The Trunk’ came out today.

Wedding Bells For Half Of Love & Theft

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Chris

Stephen Barker Liles, half of the duo Love and Theft, married his long-time girlfriend, Jenna Michelle Kennedy in Nashville last night (August 24).

The two were together seven years ago before breaking up and reconnecting on Facebook! “I loved her for a long time and would have asked her sooner, but wanted to wait until I could get her a nice ring,” he tells People. And did he. Last May he proposed with a 2.34-carat ring.

The two have a head start on their family, as they already have one child together, 9-month old Jett. They had planned on a date earlier this year, but they thought the pregnancy needed the attention instead of planning a wedding around it.

“She is my best friend and I am so grateful for the Lord bringing her into my life,” he says.

FGL’s Brian Kelley Taking On Fashion Alone

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Chris

With their own clothing line on the way, Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley is starting his own line with his wife, Brittney, called Tribe Kelley.

The line will launch in time for the holiday season, and even though there are few details, they have already setup their social media Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram pages and a full website to come soon.

As for the style of the line, the two are known for being free-spirited and refer to it as “a way of life,” with their last tweet reading:

The duo of Brian and Tyler Hubbard announced their own FGL inspired line, ‘Can’t Afford Not To’, in June.

Source: Taste Of Country

Taylor Swift has 3 Big Surprises

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 by brent

“I have three big surprises for you today,” Taylor Swift says via Yahoo! live stream. The first, “Shake It Off” is the first song from the new CD and it is POP. Second is her new album titled 1989 will be released Oct. 27. “For the record, this is my very first documented, official pop album,” she said. A deluxe version will add three songs, and each copy will include varying packs of 13 Polaroids. Taylor will give away 1,000 tickets and 500 meet-and-greets to her upcoming tour. Details are expected to be released here.

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Josh Gracin Apologizing After Apparent Suicide Note

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Chris

Josh Gracin, the season 2 American Idol 4th place finisher, is apologizing to friends and family after posting what was thought to be a suicide note on Facebook yesterday afternoon. Police say, after tracking him down, he drove himself to a hospital where he’s being evaluated by doctors.

The note in part read, “Please remember me as someone who gave his all in his music…Pray for my family as they carry on in this world without me. Goodbye.”

That sent friends and family scrambling to find him before it was too late. TMZ says police got in touch with him by phone, put him on with his wife, and he told her he was coming home.

Later last night Josh shared the message, “To all of you…I apologize dearly for what I have put you through today…I am ok and I am getting help. I am so sorry to all of you.”

TMZ says he is on psychiatric hold. The family of six lives in Spring Hill, TN, just outside Nashville.

Florida Georgia Line Announce New Album On GMA

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 by Chris

Florida Georgia Line arrived in New York City today on ‘Good Morning America’ armed with a killer performance and a big announcement.

After rolling through “This Is How We Roll,” came the news of an album.

“[The album] release date is October 14, 2014 and the title of our new record…T, wanna tell ‘em?” Brian Kelley asked hsi partner (Tyler Hubbard).

“We had to call this one ‘Anything Goes,’” Tyler said, adding it’s become kind of a motto for them.

“[We're] trying to step up our game,” he saidd. The first song off it is, “Dirt.” Other tracks that could be included are one called “Sun Daze,”"You Ain’t Even Gone,” the hip-shaker “Smile” and “Smoke,” which they previewed for Rolling Stone.

Source: Taste Of Country

Super Bowl 49 Going Country?

Posted on: August 14th, 2014 by Chris

Rumors are hot right now that the NFL and organizers for this year’s Super Bowl halftime performer could be turning to country music and have their sights set on Carrie Underwood.

It’s being reported that the chance is “good” that she’ll get that call citing that she “already has serious ties to the National Football League” as she’s the voice NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme. Plus, she sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 and was a part of the Fan Jam before Super Bowl XLVI.

The last country star to play halftime was Shania Twain in 2003.

Source: Taste Of Country