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George Jones' widow Nancy Jones is moving forward with plans to turn the late country star's life into a feature film. George and Nancy had been working with Dennis L. Baxter and 28 Entertainment for the past six years to get the story right.
Nancy says, "Knowing George had input in this film and that it will be told the way he wanted it told, I feel we are in good hands to collaborate with 28 Entertainment as we move forward with production."
Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones passed away on April 26 at age 81.
Copyuright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 21:00:15 PM
You might assume that the three members of The Band Perry automatically got into the group because they're siblings, but that isn't the case. It turns out their parents put them through an audition process while forming the family band.
The Perry siblings tell the U.K. website Female First, "Our parents, who are the 4th and 5th invisible members of The Band Perry, told us when we were younger that we would never be a part of the band because our last name is Perry. We had to earn our spot on stage and grow into our various roles."
The Band Perry is now celebrating their 14th year on the road. They'll take the stage in Cullman, AL on Friday night.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 21:00:12 PM
The Zac Brown Band prides themselves on featuring up-and-coming acts at their Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville, and some of those acts will look very familiar to the band's fans. Group member Clay Cook will turn in a solo set at the event, and his band mate John Driskell Hopkins will perform with the Mosier Brothers Band. ZBB's Coy Bowles will also play a set with his band, The Fellowship.
Willie Nelson, Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves are among the other acts performing at the Southern Ground Music & Food Festival September 27 and 28 in Nashville. Tickets are available at SouthernGroundFestival.com.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 18:00:00 PM
Florida Georgia Line and Nelly's appearance at this year's Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert helped raise a record-breaking $100,000 for Middle Tennessee's Second Harvest Food Bank. The event took place June 4 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Ronnie Dunn was also on the bill.
In the last nine years, the Stars for Second Harvest concert has raised more than $611,000 to feed hungry people in Tennessee. That figure translates into more than 2.4 million meals served.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 15:00:00 PM
CMT is counting down the 20 Greatest Redneck Videos with a little help from Kid Rock on Saturday, June 29. He hosts the hour-long special on board his fourth annual Chillin' the Most cruise. Kid will also give a sneak preview during the show of his new "Redneck Paradise Remix" featuring Hank Williams, Jr.
Clips from Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are included in the Redneck countdown. Randy Houser, Brantley Gilbert and Trace Adkins are among the stars offering commentary throughout the show.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 12:58:42 PM
Brantley Gilbert never leaves the house without his brass knuckles and wallet chain, but those potential weapons are a no-go when going through airport security. That's why Brantley packs all that hardware in his checked bags when flying to a show. He's even found a way to disguise his brass knuckles in the baggage thanks to the handy knob on one end.
Brantley tells ABC News Radio, "You can use it for a belt buckle, and I hook it to a belt, and that's how I get my brass knuckles everywhere."
Like a lot of travelers, Brantley dresses for comfort while flying.
He says, "I wear sweat pants and a t-shirt to the airport."
Hopefully, Brantley will get to fly somewhere fun for his honeymoon with fiancée Jana Kramer. They've set a wedding date, but they're keeping that date private.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 09:00:00 AM
Carrie Underwood plays a church youth pastor in which Hawaiian-set movie? ANSWER: Soul Surfer.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 09:00:00 AM
Kip Moore will perform on Fox News' Fox & Friends Friday morning.
Hunter Hayes will sing "I Want Crazy" with finalist Danielle Bradbery and Florida Georgia Line and Nelly will perform the "Cruise" remix on the season finale of NBC's The Voice Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher have put their home in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on the market for a cool $2.2 million. A video of the property has been posted on YouTube.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 06:00:42 AM
Justin Moore, Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope are among the stars performing at the Brickfest Music Festival at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 27 and 28. Justin is set to perform after the Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at the Pagoda Plaza Stage on July 27.
On July 28, Dustin, Cassadee and newcomers The Cadillac Three will perform for fans before the Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard race gets underway. Justin Moore will perform a mini-concert prior to the race, and Cassadee will sing the national anthem.
The concerts are free with admission to the track for each day. For tickets, go to IMS.com/Tickets.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 06:00:41 AM
A lot of artists would love to go back and change things about their debut albums after they've had a few years out on the road. Hunter Hayes is one of the rare artists who actually gets to do that tweaking on the expanded edition of his debut album, Hunter Hayes (Encore), now in stores. The project features re-recorded versions of three songs from that album, and Hunter didn't have to think hard about which tracks he wanted to rework.
He tells ABC News Radio, "I was like, 'OK, well, these are the songs that I absolutely don't want to listen this way anymore. (Laughs) And these are the songs I have to change or else I'm going to go crazy.'"
Since Hunter played every part on his debut album, he wanted to work with other musicians and singers for the new and re-recorded tracks. The new version of "What You Gonna Do" features duet partner Ashley Monroe.
"She was absolutely perfect for it," Hunter says of Ashley's vocal contribution. "It needed a new thing, a new light, a new look, a new feel. And she absolutely provided the inspiration for a totally new re-record."
Hunter also welcomed Jason Mraz for the new version of "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me." The two met at the Grammy Awards earlier this year, and Jason agreed to record with Hunter because of the country star's musicality.
Jason explains, "What I find in this genre is an intense musicality, especially from the songwriters who can dig into their instruments and dig into melody and dig into story and dig into spirit. I dig on that."
As for the new songs on (Encore), Hunter thinks his fans will notice a maturity in the lyrics he's been writing since the debut project came out in October 2011.
Hunter says of the new material, "It takes on more depth, and I think lyrically a couple of these songs did that 'cause they were written after the record. And so, musically, I felt like we needed to sort of search for that as well."
Hunter Hayes (Encore) features his latest hit, "I Want Crazy." Hunter is celebrating the new release with a show at New York City's Webster Hall Tuesday night. The concert will be streamed live at MTV.com.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/18/2013 06:00:40 AM
Brad Paisley is giving E! News a behind-the-scenes look at his Beat This Summer tour for their new E!'s Inside Track Summer Concert Series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the feature will begin Friday at 7 p.m. ET with footage from Pitbull and Ke$ha's recent concert in Detroit. Matchbox Twenty, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are among the other acts taking part in the series.
Concert and backstage footage from Brad's June 22 show in Tampa, FL will be shown on the Summer Concert Series soon.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 21:00:54 PM
Little Big Town can't believe they now have an Emmy Award to display next to their Grammy, CMA and ACM trophies. The group won the Outstanding Original Song category at Sunday night's Daytime Emmy Awards for "Good Afternoon America," the theme song to ABC's Good Afternoon America.
Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild says, "We are freaking out right now. Winning a Daytime Emmy award is something that we could have never imagined and we are incredibly excited and honored!"
Little Big Town returns to daytime TV Wednesday on ABC's The View, where they'll perform their latest single, "Your Side of the Bed." The group's Kimberly Schlapman will also show off food she's created herself in The View's "Ladies Who Lunch" segment that day. Kimberly hosts her own cooking show, Kimberly's Simply Southern, on GAC.Published: 6/17/2013 18:00:40 PM
Kenny Chesney didn't let a little bad weather keep him from partying with more than 50,000 fans Saturday night in Kansas City, MO. Despite a torrential downpour that delayed the show's start time by 30 minutes, Kenny went on with the concert at Arrowhead Stadium.
He says, "Obviously, we never want anyone to be in danger, but we know lots of people plan trips to come together for one of these shows -- and you hate for them to lose their travel, their hotels."
Kenny admits he didn't want to miss out on playing for the Kansas City crowd, either. "The fans at Arrowhead Stadium are some of the loudest we play to every year!" Kenny explains.
Kenny's No Shoes Nation tour heads to Pittsburgh's Heinz Field this coming weekend.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 18:00:40 PM
Dierks Bentley will host a live chat with his fans Monday from the set of his new video, "Bourbon in Kentucky." The shoot is taking place in Nashville, and you can take part in the chat starting at 7 p.m. ET at Dierks.com/Stream.
"Bourbon in Kentucky" is the lead single from Dierks' new album, Riser, due out this fall. The song features Kacey Musgraves on background vocals.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 15:00:18 PM
Taylor Swift has created three perfumes for women: Wonderstruck, Wonderstruck Enchanted, and her brand-new scent, Taylor by Taylor Swift. Why hasn't she done one for guys? Maybe it's because how men smell isn't something she's really focused on.
Asked by People magazine whether she prefers guys who wear cologne, or guys who just go au naturel, Taylor replied, "I’d just prefer them to be good people. I’ll start with that.”
As for her new perfume, Taylor says it represents a break from the "day-dreamy, romantic kind-of departure, in a kind of a dream land" feel of Wonderstruck and Wonderstruck Enchanted. Instead, she says, Taylor by Taylor Swift is a bracing dose of the real world.
"There’s been sort of a progression between fantasy and reality," explains Taylor, "I think this perfume just really follows that progression. It would take place in my day-to-day life if that makes sense...it’s sort of who I am and embodies my personality and my style."
Taylor feels the same way about her current RED tour -- she recently explained that she rejected the fairytale themes of her last tour for more edgy, modern costumes and sets that feel like they're actually happening in a city, in the present day, rather than in some kind of enchanted castle.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 12:00:33 PM
The Band Perry's Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry are all blessed with very full heads of hair, and it takes some effort to put every strand in place before hitting the stage.
While Kimberly admits she travels with more hair products than her brothers, she still gets her hair fixed in a timely manner. As for who's the slowest, Kimberly tells The Boston Globe, "Neil does take the longest to get ready."
When it comes to who has the best hair in the band, Kimberly gives that honor to her brother Reid. "Everybody tells us that," she says. "I've come to terms with it."
The Band Perry will be rocking their big hair at a show in Cullman, AL this Friday.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 09:00:55 AM
Kellie Pickler is married to one of Nashville's top songwriters. What is his name? ANSWER: Kyle Jacobs.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 09:00:49 AM
Congratulations to Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town on their Daytime Emmy wins Sunday night. Trisha's Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, tied for the Outstanding Culinary Program trophy with another show on that network, The Best Thing I Ever Made.
Little Big Town took the Outstanding Original Song category for their song, "Good Afternoon," the theme from ABC's Good Afternoon America.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 06:01:17 AM
Kellie Pickler will co-host ABC's The View on Tuesday, June 18. Look for Kellie to perform her new single, "Someone Somewhere Tonight," during her visit too.
Tickets for Hunter Hayes' October 18 and 19 shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium sold out in less than an hour when they went on sale Friday morning.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 06:01:07 AM
Florida Georgia Line has Nelly on the "Cruise" remix, and Jason Aldean teamed up with Ludacris a few years ago on a remix of "Dirt Road Anthem." Now, Luke Bryan may be releasing his own hip-hop/country hybrid track with T-Pain.
Luke has recorded a song written by his pal, songwriter Dallas Davidson, who's also a friend and collaborator of T-Pain's. The hip-hop star has recorded a demo version of that same song. Now Luke and T-Pain are working to combine their two versions of the song into a potential hit.
"I've had talks with T-Pain," Luke explains. "We're just trying to figure out what to do."
Luke is a big fan of what T-Pain did with the song saying, "His part that he does on the demo is just crazy good."
The collaboration could appear on Luke's upcoming, as-yet-untitled album, due out August 13. For now, Luke is climbing the country charts fast with "Crash My Party," the lead single from the new album.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 06:01:04 AM
Brett Eldredge has scored his biggest hit to date with "Don't Ya." It's the lead single from his debut album, Bring You Back, due out August 6. While Brett's name is brand new to most country fans, he's actually been working toward releasing this project for several years now. His first single, "Raymond," was released in 2010.
Now that he has a release date set for the album, Brett says, "It feels like a relief! I've been waiting for so long, but it's the coolest feeling."
Brett thanks his fans for hanging in there and being patient while he worked to get everything right for the debut album. The album title, Bring You Back, is a tribute to those fans who have stuck around and supported Brett in the past few years.
"We're bringing it back around," Brett says of his current career momentum, "and it just feels good to get out there."
Brett Eldredge is on the road all summer long. He has a show at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, CA on June 26.
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/17/2013 06:00:51 AM
This Father's Day, we're checking in on some of country music's biggest stars to talk about dear old dad. Some stars pay tribute to their own fathers while others open up about what it's like to be a father themselves. Here's a rundown of what we found:
-- Jake Owen is celebrating his first Father's Day since the arrival of his daughter, Pearl, last Thanksgiving. Back when his career took off with "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Jake never would have believed he'd be married with a kid at this point in his life.
He says, "Things happen quickly in life, and here we are, two years later, and my wife and I have a little girl, and it’s pretty awesome. There’s nothing more fulfilling than bein’ a dad. That’s for sure."
Now that Pearl is here, Jake has turned into that dad who can't stop showing pictures of his kid to friends and fans.
"People say, 'Do you have any photos of her?' And I’ll spend the next, you know, 15, 20 minutes just thumb-scrolling through my iPhone to show them pictures of my little girl," Jake admits. "It’s pretty bad, actually, but I’m proud of her. I like showin’ her off."
-- Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott will welcome her first child next month, and she credits her dad, Lang, for giving her the skills to be a good parent herself. When she was growing up, Hillary's dad made it a point to teach her the art of communicating well.
She says, "My dad always, always talked to me, even when I didn’t want to talk to him. He would force me to communicate and talk through things, and not always the easy stuff, which is such a rare quality in a man, truthfully."
That open communication with her dad has served Hillary well as she's embarked on her marriage with husband, Chris Tyrell.
"I think it helped me find the right husband for me," Hillary explains, "and I also know that it will help me be that much of a better communicator to my children."
-- Justin Moore's new album, Off the Beaten Path, is due out September 17, and fans will hear the influence of Justin's two young daughters in the new music.
Justin admits, "I’ve definitely been inspired by my little girls in writing. I’ve always said throughout my career that anything that you do in your personal life affects, or anything you go through, affects the artist and the songwriter that you are."
Justin still sings about having a good time on tracks like his latest single, "Point at You," but becoming a dad has mellowed him out just a bit.
"I think it’s been a good thing," he says.
-- The Band Perry's Neil, Reid and Kimberly Perry all get certain traits from their parents, but they all agree Neil is the most like their father, Steve.
Says Reid, "Their mannerisms are just alike. Not only the way that they’ll talk and walk and sit, but even their hobbies. Both of them are gadget guys as far as they have the iPad and the iPad Mini and the iPhone."
Kimberly adds, "Even their mannerisms…the details of certain posture things and smiles, laughs…it’s like scarily similar."
Neil chimes in that he also got his good looks from his dad. He says with a laugh, "It's pretty…unbelievable. Just kidding."
Copyright 2013 ABC News RadioPublished: 6/16/2013 06:00:25 AM