Craig Morgan Challenging Fans to Go-Kart Race at 2014 Fan Club Party


Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan is challenging fans to a go-kart race at his "Wake Up Racing You" fan club party, coming up June 4 in Nashville. The event takes place that morning at the Music City Indoor Karting & Entertainment Center. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance and a light breakfast in addition to the race.Go to EventBrite.com to purchase tickets.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert's 2013 Year in Review Going on Display in New Country Music Hall


Country Music Hall of FameThe new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, "Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access," opens May 16 with a focus on what Miranda did in 2013. Items going on display include outfits from last year's CMA Awards, ACM Awards and CMA Music Festival as well as a costume she wore on her Locked & Reloaded Tour.The outfits Miranda wore in her "Mama's Broken Heart" video and the "We Were Us" video with Keith Urban are also going on display. Miranda's own tweets accompany each item to tell the story of Miranda's life last year.For more information, go to CountryMusicHallofFame.org.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rascal Flatts Performs for Patients and Families at Nashville Children's Hospita


Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts performed for young patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday in Nashville. After singing their hits "Fast Cars and Freedom," "My Wish" and "Rewind," the Flatts posed for photos with every family in the audience.Over the last 10 years, Rascal Flatts has donated more than $3 million to the Children's Hospital. They are now focused on raising funds for research on premature babies.Lead singer Gary LeVox tells The Tennessean, "We branched out and took on the neonatal thing for premature children because it's the only thing medically that they don't know how to stop. When we first heard that, that there's no rhyme or reason for babies born premature, that was a goal and we're on our way."On the music front, Rascal Flatts' new album, Rewind, comes out May 13.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Grand Ole Opry Kicking Off CMA Music Festival Week with Carrie Underwood and Jos


Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Grand Ole Opry has a big show planned for Tuesday, June 3 to kick off CMA Music Festival week. Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham are on the bill for two shows that night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Terri Clark will be there  as well, to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.The party continues that Friday, June 6 with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and more set to perform on the Opry. Go to Opry.com for more info.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kacey Musgraves Shows Her Vulnerable Side on "Keep It to Yourself"


Photo Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves is more vulnerable than ever before on her latest single, "Keep It to Yourself." She wrote the song after a breakup when her ex was trying to tell her he still had feelings for her.Says Kacey, "You literally have to be the strong person and say, 'Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.' It’s going to create that cycle again. It's just about getting over that hump."Ultimately, Kacey found love again with her band member, Misa Arriaga, and that relationship wouldn't have happened if she'd gotten roped back into dating her ex.Looking back, Kacey explains. "Nobody wants to feel naked or uncomfortable, and removing yourself out of a situation that you know is probably not right is really hard, but it’s something that you just have to do.""Keep It to Yourself" is the latest single from Kacey's Grammy, ACM and CMA Award-winning album Same Trailer Different Park.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

The Music of "Nashville" Comes to Life on New ABC Concert Special Airing Tonight


ABCThe music of ABC's Nashville is coming to life with the new special, Nashville: On the Record, airing Wednesday night. The hour-long show features Nashville cast members Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack and more performing live at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Several of the stars have been performing around Music City and on the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years. Nashville: On the Record gives fans outside Tennessee a chance to get that live concert experience.Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery Barkley, says, "It's an opportunity for people to see the cast in an actual, live environment perform the songs, which is really fun for us."Charles Easton plays Deacon Claybourne on Nashville. He adds, "You're gonna see songs from the actual Bluebird where they're talking in a round with the writers of these great songs that we get to do on our show. And then as they're talking, then we'll throw it over, and we'll go to the Ryman, and you'll see the cast members performing the different songs."There are several collaborations among the show's stars on the special, which is the favorite part of being on Nashville for Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington."When things really start to gel and really start to feel a little bit magical is when you get to sing with the other cast members," Chris tells ABC News Radio. "There's also something magical about being able to sing harmonies with somebody. It's a very intimate thing to do. When your voices meld together, in some ways, it's better than any scene you can do together."Nashville: On the Record airs Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eli Young Band's Mike Eli Celebrates Wedding Anniversary Eating Roast by Candlel


Republic NashvilleEli Young Band front man Mike Eli didn't spring for a fancy night out to celebrate his recent wedding anniversary. Instead, Mike and his wife celebrated very simply at home.He tells Country Aircheck, "We celebrated in front of the television with two bar stools, a roast and a candlelight on the bar stools in front of us."Since Mike is out on the road so much touring, we're sure his wife enjoyed the quiet night at home. Eli Young Band continues their opening spot on Darius Rucker's True Believers tour this weekend with shows in Florida and Alabama.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

George Strait Adds June 5 Stop in Hidalgo, TX to The Cowboy Rides Away Tour


EB Media PRGeorge Strait has added a June 5 show in Hidalgo, TX to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour schedule. The concert at State Farm Arena is just two days before his massive tour-ending concert at Dallas's AT&T Stadium on June 7. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Martina McBride are on the bill for the sold-out Dallas date.Tickets for the June 5 date go on sale to the public Friday, May 2.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Rascal Flatts Performing at "Rewind" Album Launch Party in Los Angeles


CMARascal Flatts will perform an acoustic album launch concert for their latest release, Rewind, on the release date, May 13. The show takes place at the Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles, and only Citi card holders can purchase tickets at CitiPrivatePass.com.Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox says, "We're immensely proud of our new album and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans. We can't wait for everyone to hear Rewind and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month."Fans attending the show will enjoy a wine pairing with each songs based on the track's tempo and lyrics. Rascal Flatts' new album features the hit title track.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran & Mac Wiseman Are Newest Country Music Hall of Fame


Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced: Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran, and Mac Wiseman.  The inductees were revealed Tuesday morning in Nashville.Soulful keyboardist Milsap, who's blind, was of the biggest crossover country performers of the '70s and '80s, thanks to hits like "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "Stranger in My House," "Lost in the Fifties Tonight," and "Any Day Now."  He's won six Grammys and scored forty #1 country hit singles.  Milsap's name was announced by Hunter Hayes.The late Hank Cochran is the Songwriter inductee this year.  A recording artist in his own right, Cochran also penned hits like Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Ray Price's "Make the World Go Away," George Strait's "Ocean Front Property" and "The Chair," and Ronnie Milsap's "Don't You Ever Get Tired (of Hurting Me)."Mac Wiseman is the Veterans Era inductee this year.  The bluegrass singer is a solo artist, but also served as a member of the Foggy Mountain Boys, along with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, and played with Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys.   He's nicknamed "The Voice with a Heart."All three performers will be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony later this year.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Currington Gets Amped-Up Performing "We Are Tonight" in Concert


Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington's latest single choice, "We Are Tonight," is a direct result of his recent leap to arena headliner status. Billy loved what he calls the "amped-up energy" of the song, and the carefree lyrics appealed to him as well.Says Billy, "It made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard. Everything that the song states took me back to my younger years."Billy will be playing "We Are Tonight" at his shows in Alabama and North Carolina this weekend. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where he's playing this summer.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Justin Moore Spending Less Time on the Road as His Family Continues to Grow


Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking some well-deserved time off after he wraps up the Off the Beaten Path tour this weekend. The trek started back in November 2013, and Justin is anxious to spend more time with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters. Their third child is due in July.Looking forward to his summer touring plans, Justin says, "We’re gonna do some of the big fairs and some of the big festivals. We’re not gonna do as many of the county fairs, and things that we’ve done in the past, simply because my girls are gettin’ older and I wanna spend as much time at home as I can with them."Justin's status as an ACM Award-winning hitmaker means he can be a little more selective about how many shows he does every years."We’re gonna scale it back a little," Justin explains. "We’ll probably play somewhere around 100 shows this year, as opposed to 150, 160, 170 shows."Justin plans to spend quite a bit of time at the new beach house he just bought in Destin, FL, too.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jon Pardi Credits His Grandma's Karaoke Machine for Kickstarting His Love for Mu


CMACountry newcomer Jon Pardi probably wouldn't have pursued a career in music if it wasn't for his grandmother's karaoke machine. She used to watch him sing for hours when he was a kid growing up in Dixon, CA.Jon tells The Sacramento Bee, "She just loved to sing. We'd play Garth Brooks tracks or George Strait tracks, and we'd sing along. It was fun."Jon eventually picked up the guitar and began writing songs before moving to Nashville a few years ago. Now, he's signed to the same record label as Strait, and the two got to hang out for a little bit earlier this month at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas."For five minutes I had a conversation with him, and he was so cool," Jon says of George. "Talk about a guy who’s conquered it all, but still so level-headed. I always looked up to him before that, but I look up to him even more now."Jon recently shot the video for his latest single, "What I Can't Put Down." Look for that clip to premiere in the coming weeks.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kip Moore Encourages Everyone to Unwind with Some Old Vinyl and a Good Drink


MCA NashvilleKip Moore is just one of the many country stars you might find digging in the bins at an independent record store. He's the proud owner of an old record player and is building a collection of old vinyl albums.Kip tweeted, "Everyone should cut off from the world once a week, grab a drink and listen."Saturday, by the way, is national Record Store Day, and a few country artists like Dolly Parton and Eric Church are releasing vinyl products exclusively to independent record stores around the country to celebrate.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend


CapitolGlen Campbell has apparently been moved to an Alzheimer's facility.  A family friend tells People, "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet.  We'll know more next week."The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than three years ago.  A documentary about Glen's Goodbye Tour, titled Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me, debuts Friday at the Nashville Film Festival.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

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


Alliance EntertainmentCongratulations 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