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Kristian Bush Enjoying the Simple Life with His Debut Solo Single, "Trailer Hitch"


Image Courtesy Streamsound RecordsAfter a decade with his multi-platinum selling duo, Sugarland, Kristian Bush is stepping out with his debut solo single, "Trailer Hitch." The lyrics speak to the joys of living simply and not getting bogged down with possessions, a philosophy that's more than just some lofty idea for Kristian. As he flies across the country from show to show, traveling light has become a necessity.

Kristian tells ABC News Radio, "I don't know how recently you've been on an airplane, but they can get pretty aggressive about this, 'Two bags!  You get two bags! Put your largest bag in the overhead,' or whatever it is. You seem to be rewarded if, for some reason, you have less."

Avoiding attachment to inanimate objects isn't hard for Kristian, since he's prone to leave things behind on planes all the time.  "I have left my hat underneath the chair in front of me on an airplane three times in the last month," Kristian says with a laugh. "I have to buy more hats. But I do believe that it feels good when things are just a little simpler. Things are just complicated!"

"Trailer Hitch" is the lead single from Kristian's upcoming solo project, Southern Gravity. In the last two years, Kristian has written more than 300 songs, including the ones that will end up on his album. In an effort not to forget the songs, Kristian began recording himself singing the songs as he wrote them.  He says, "I noticed after about six or seven months that I was singing four or five hours a day, five days a week, right? And I didn't realize I was doing it!"

All of that vocal exercise paid off when Kristian hit the road on his current Put Your Soul In It tour and found his voice is now stronger than ever. In fact, he's hitting notes he's never been able to hit before.

"There are songs that I can sing where I'm getting closer to the Aretha Franklin voice that's in my brain when I write some of these songs," Kristian says. "There's just a lot more control involved."

He adds, "It's exciting! It's exciting to feel that change."

"Trailer Hitch" is now available at iTunes. Check out the lyric video on YouTube as well.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockEric Church had to ban his son, Boone, from watching which classic cartoon after the boy started slapping and hitting Eric and his wife, Catherine? ANSWER: Tom & Jerry.

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Garth Brooks Taking World Tour to Atlanta September 19


Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Atlanta Friday, September 19. This is the first time he's played the Georgia capitol in 18 years.  Trisha Yearwood will once again open the show.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 8 through Ticketmaster.com and 1-800-745-30001-800-745-3000. Since the Friday night show time is 6:30 p.m. ET, we're thinking Garth may add more Atlanta shows, as he did last week for his 10 upcoming Chicago shows.

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Eric Church's Anticipation Is Building for The Outsiders World Tour Launch in September


Image Courtesy EB MediaEric Church released his latest album, The Outsiders, back in February, but he's not launching the world tour behind the album until September. That's given him plenty of time to rehearse and really get excited about playing these new songs live.

Says Eric, "I can look forward to it, you know? I’ve never had the anticipation that I have for this one. So, I wish it was September right now."

To round out the bill, Eric has invited one of his heroes, as well as a brand-new duo, to open his shows.  "I’m bringing Dwight Yoakam, you know, back with me," he says. "I’m a huge Dwight Yoakam fan. I grew up listening to Dwight’s music. And Brothers Osborne, who's a new band that’s out right now that I like a lot."

Critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandy Clark will also open a few shows on Eric's tour, which kicks off September 11 in Bossier City, LA.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line's cover of Motley Crue's "If I Die Tomorrow" is available now at iTunes. The song will be included on the new album, Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Motley Crue, due out August 19.

Scotty McCreery visited patients and performed at Nashville's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday.

Lucy Hale's new video for "Lie a Little Better" premiered on CMT this week.

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Danielle Bradbery Is Taking Your Requests in New Vevo Video Series


Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery gained experience singing a wide range of songs on The Voice, and now she's taking fan requests for a new video series on Vevo.

Danielle's Request Line will feature the singer performing a new song each Tuesday for the next few weeks. Fans can request the song they want Danielle to sing by calling  (615) 450-0410(615) 450-0410 or posting their requests to Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #DBREQUESTLINE. Fans can also vote on the PAUWOW [pr: Pow Wow] app.

For her first fan requested performance, Danielle sings a country version of A Great Big World's pop hit "Say Something."

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Miranda Lambert and Crystal Light Introduce "Playable Poster" Technology on Platinum Tour


Image Courtesy Kraft Foods GroupMiranda Lambert and Crystal Light have partnered to create the United States' first-ever "playable poster" to give fans a chance to listen to her latest album, Platinum.

The new technology will be on display at stops on Miranda's Platinum tour. The Crystal Light poster uses conductive ink to sends a signal to a tiny processor that sends the music through a mega-watt speaker attached to the back of the poster.

Miranda says, "I’m always thrilled to introduce new ways for my fans to interact with my music. What better way to kick off the Platinum tour than with my favorite brand Crystal Light, and a fun, unique way for concertgoers to enjoy my album.”

Miranda's Platinum tour continues through October.

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Trace Adkins Making TV Appearances This Weekend; Two New Vocalists Added to Touring Band


Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins has a busy weekend lined up, starting with a Friday morning performance on FOX News' Fox & Friends. The mini-concert is open to the public; head over to FoxandFriends.com/Concert for further details. On Saturday, Trace performs the national anthem at Boston's Fenway Park as the Red Sox take on the Yankees. Look for that game on FOX as well.

Trace is also keeping the road hot with his band, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club.  They've just added a female vocal duo to the lineup: Jill & Kate, who previously toured as backup singers with Kelly Clarkson for six years.  Trace says with a smile, "With the addition of these soulful voices, the Sarepta Gentlemen's Club may just have a shot at salvation after all."

Trace is on the road playing 30 shows between now and an October 25 date in Raleigh, NC.

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Tyler Farr Drops First Single from Upcoming Sophomore Album


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is following up his back-to-back #1 hits, "Whiskey in My Water" and "Redneck Crazy," with a brand-new single from a brand-new album.

The song is called "A Guy Walks into a Bar," but it's not the amped-up party anthem you might expect based on the title. The heartbreak ballad tells the story of a guy starting a relationship with a girl he meets in a bar, only to return to the watering hole once she eventually says goodbye.

"A Guy Walks into a Bar" is now available for digital download at iTunes.

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Florida Georgia Line's Concert Crowds Include Fans of All Ages


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is credited with introducing a younger generation to country music in the past few years, but that doesn't mean their fans are all in high school and college. In fact, the duo's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they see pretty much every age group represented at their concerts and the meet-and-greets they hold before the show stars.

"It's a pretty nice mix," says Tyler. "You got five-year-old kids. You got [a] 70-year-old coming through."

FGL's Brian Kelley adds, "And then you got the parents coming, too. College kids."

Tyler goes on to call their shows a "big family night," but he stresses, "At the same time, it's a party."

Thanks to their collaborations with Nelly and Jason Derulo, Florida Georgia Line has picked up a lot of fans who otherwise wouldn't listen to country music. The duo takes that as a big compliment.

Says Brian, "We love representing country music. We feel it's an honor. We take pride in it. We love the format -- it's amazing. It's changed our life. Country music is alive and well more than ever it feels like."

Florida Georgia Line's string of hits continues with their latest single, "Dirt." Their new album is due out later this year.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes' duet partner on "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me?" ANSWER: Jason Mraz.

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Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2014 Dates


ABC/Matt BrownLuke Bryan will launch his sixth annual Farm Tour with an October 1 concert in Knoxville, Tennessee.

This year’s Farm Tour will once again include shows in eight towns, wrapping up October 11 with a concert in Macon, Georgia.

Last year, Luke performed for more than 115,000 fans in eight Farm Tour towns.

A portion of the proceeds from the shows fund local college scholarships for students from a farming family in the communities the tour visits.  Get ticket details at Luke's official website.  Special VIP experiences are also available for purchase. Details at cidentertainment.com.

Here are the dates for Farm Tour 2014:

10/1 -- Knoxville, TN, Maple Lane Farms
10/2 -- Auburn, AL, Ingram Farms
10/3 -- Tallahassee, FL, Cross Creek Place
10/4 -- Gainesville, FL, Whitehurst Cattle Farm
10/8 -- Statesboro, GA, Perry Field
10/9 -- Athens, GA, Meldon Farm
10/10 -- Columbia, SC, Culler Farms
10/11 -- Macon, GA, Midway at Central City Park

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Joe Nichols Explains How His "Yeah" Video Went from "Cheap and Cheesy" to Comic Book Cool


Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols' new video, "Yeah," uses animation to place a young couple on the pages of a comic book as their love story plays out over the course of a night.  It's easily one of country's most compelling videos so far this year, but that comic book effect was actually an afterthought. Joe and his team originally wanted the video to look cheap and cheesy with the couple acting out the song around a fake campfire and fake trees set up in a studio. That idea didn't quite pan out, though.

Joe tells ABC News Radio, "It came off looking incredibly cheap and cheesy. That was the only problem. It was supposed to be funny, and it kind of missed."

He adds with a laugh, "It just looked like we ran out of money or something."

Luckily, Joe's video director had the idea to take that cheesy-looking footage and add animation to create the comic book look.

"He showed me 30 seconds of it, and I was like, 'Yeah. Love that!' It changed everything, "Joe explains. "It was probably a mediocre video at best to I think it's a pretty dang good one right now."

"Yeah" is included on Joe Nichols' latest album, Crickets, now in stores.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich's new album, Gravity, comes out September 23 featuring a collaboration with Tim McGraw on the song "Lovin' Lately."

Brad Paisley has released a new version of his single, "River Bank," featuring country rapper Colt Ford.

Hunter Hayes' new video for "Tattoo" is now on CMT. The clip features animated graphics, graffiti art and a beautiful brunette woman playing Hunter's onscreen love interest.

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Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan Wait All Year for Their Buck Commander Hunting Trips


Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Luke Bryan will join their Buck Commander buddies -- Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame and baseball players Adam LaRoche and Ryan Langerhans -- for about two or three hunting trips this winter. The guys always have a blast on these trips, and all the action ends up on the Outdoor Channel series, Buck Commander.

Jason tells USA Today Hunt & Fish magazine, "There are so many hunting shows out there that are all about the technical hunt. But we wanted to capture the fun and friendships that are developed in the outdoors."

The hunting trips also give Jason a chance to unwind from the stress of being on the road all summer long.  "It’s like a vacation," Jason says, "and I think all of us, especially with our careers, wait all year for those times.”

Jason continues his 2014 Burn It Down tour Friday night in Philadelphia.

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Report: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Selling Malibu Home for $7.5 Million


Image Courtesy CMAIt looks like Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are pulling up stakes in Malibu. According to Variety, the couple's California home is now on the market for $7.5 million. The house was built in the late '50s and was remodeled in 2007. It boasts four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

Garth and Trisha will be spending more time in Nashville as they spend the next few years on a world tour. They plan to keep a residence back in Oklahoma, too.

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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Zac Brown Band and More Added to CMA Music Festival Special


Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special next week on ABC. Zac Brown Band is teaming up with Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora on the special, and Justin Moore will sing "Home Sweet Home" with Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue.

Look for show hosts Little Big Town to sing in addition to performances from Jake Owen and Darius Rucker. They join previously announced performers including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.

The CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock airs Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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David Nail Launching I'm a Fire Tour September 11 in Mississippi


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail launches his I'm a Fire tour this fall with special guests Native Run. The first show is set for September 11 in Oxford, MS, with 22 dates announced so far. More shows will be added soon.

Headlining his own tour gives David the chance to play much longer sets than he would opening for another artist. He tells Rolling Stone Country, "I've always felt like we benefit so much more when we can really lay back and play an entire 75- to 90-minute show. We can show the range of the past three records."

Here are the I'm a Fire tour dates:

9/11 -- Oxford, MS, The Lyric Oxford
9/12 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues
9/24 -- Athens, GA, Georgia Theatre
9/26 -- Tallahassee, FL, The Moon
9/27 -- Orlando, FL, House of Blues
10/9 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
10/10 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose
10/16 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Jupiter Bar
10/17 -- Jacksonville, FL, Maverick's
10/24 -- Columbia, MO, 9th Street Summerfest
10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart's
10/29 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theatre
10/30 -- Tulsa, OK, Cain's Ballroom
10/31 -- San Antonio, TX, Aztec Theatre
11/6 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center
11/7 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
11/8 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
11/9 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza
11/11 -- London, ON (CAN), London Concert Theater
11/13 -- Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
11/14 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
11/15 -- Green Bay, WI, Meyer Theatre

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Toby Keith Tops "Forbes" Country Cash Kings List for a Second-Straight Year


Show Dog/Universal Forbes magazine has released their 2014 Country Cash Kings list, and Toby Keith tops the countdown for a second straight year, with an estimated $65 million coming in from his tour dates, restaurants and other business ventures.

Taylor Swift is second with $64 million, and Kenny Chesney rounds out the top three with a $44 million payday.

In fourth place, Jason Aldean earned $37 million from about 88 shows during the ranking period.  Luke Bryan took in $34 million for a number-five finish.

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Tim McGraw Reveals Album Cover and Track Listing for "Sundown Heaven Town"


Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw revealed the album cover and track listing for his new project, Sundown Heaven Town. via social media Monday morning. The a album features his latest hit, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" with wife Faith Hill, as well as a collaboration with Kid Rock on the song "Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs." The deluxe edition of Sundown Heaven Town will feature a total of 18 tracks, which is an indication of just how excited Tim is about the new music.

He says, "I feel like I’ve got a lot of music in me and that's part of the reason why this album is so soon after the last one and why I wanted to start sharing it with everyone as soon as I could. I’m excited about where music is gonna take me and where I’m gonna take my music."

Tim has been out on his Sundown Heaven Town tour all summer long. The new album is due out September 16.

Here's the Sundown Heaven Town track listing:
"Overrated"
"City Lights"
"Shotgun Rider"
"Dust"
"Diamond Rings and Old Barstools" (with Catherine Dunn)
"Words Are Medicine"
"Sick of Me"
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill)
"Keep on Truckin'"
"Last Turn Home"
"Portland, Maine"
"Lookin' for That Girl"
"Still on the Line"

Bonus Tracks:
"Kids Today"
"Lincoln Continentals and Cadillacs" (duet with Kid Rock)
"The View"
"I'm Feelin' You"
"Black Jacket"

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