Hunter Hayes Not Ready to Reveal Who Is Inspiring the Love Songs on Upcoming Alb


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits both the happy and sad love songs on his upcoming album, Storyline, are mostly inspired by his personal experiences. He's just not ready to reveal exactly who inspired those songs just yet.When asked why he keeps his personal life under wraps, Hunter explains, "I've bared my soul on this record. That's my choice for my life. Anyone that is connected to me doesn't necessarily make those choices, so I guess I just -- I respect them."It doesn't look like Hunter will reveal the name of anyone he's dating until things turn pretty serious in the relationship.He adds, "They don't ask to be written about and they don't ask to be talked about in interviews. So, I just kind of prefer to respect that, until otherwise noted -- until otherwise it feels like that's right."For now, it seems the main love in Hunter's life remains his music."Seriously, it does come down to me just being pretty boring," Hunter says. "I mean, the only thing for me to really talk about is music, and that's fine with me."Hunter's new album, Storyline, is due out May 6 featuring his latest single, "Invisible."Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dan + Shay Bonded Over Music and Horror Movies


Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met at a party just over a year ago, and they've been hanging out together making music ever since.Shay tells ABC News Radio, " I think the reason that this whole thing has worked out is we have that mutual respect musically and just as people. We like hanging out and that's kind of how it started out."In addition to making music together, Dan and Shay love watching movies during their downtime on the road. Shay's a huge fan of comedies like Anchorman, while Dan prefers blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. They find some middle ground on horror movies though.Dan says, "We're always like, 'You wanna watch a horror film?' That's our thing. But I love The Ring. That's a scary one. It still holds up. I'm still terrified of that one."Shay adds, "We'll have to watch The Ring pretty soon. We're actually gonna screen it instead of performing. We're just gonna watch The Ring. It's gonna be fun."In all seriousness, Dan + Shay will be singing songs from their just-released debut album, Where It All Began, Thursday night in Huntsville, AL.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

Brad Paisley Drew from Childhood Memories for His Latest Single, "River Bank"


Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley grew up 500 yards from the Ohio River in West Virginia, so he had a ton of memories to draw from while writing his latest single, "River Bank."Brad tells The Tennessean, "My best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad and learning to ski.  It's kind of like a back-to-basics song.""River Bank" is the lead single from Brad's upcoming album, due out later this year.  He started working on the album in January and finished writing it in just three months.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Miranda Lambert Fires Back at Tabloid Rumors with New Song "Priscilla"


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is now so famous the tabloids only use her first name when printing stories about her relationship with husband Blake Shelton.One of those obviously fabricated stories inspired the song "Priscilla," which is on her upcoming album, Platinum.  Miranda was hanging out at her Nashville condo with writer Natalie Hemby when Natalie noticed a tabloid on the kitchen counter.Miranda tells People Country, "It had a story that I was pregnant or getting an abortion or leaving Blake  -- or all three.  Natalie asked, 'How do you deal with all this BS?'  I just told her I had no choice.  It's just part of the deal now, and I'm still adjusting."Natalie took that conversation with Miranda and wrote "Priscilla," a song that finds Miranda reaching out to Elvis Presley's ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, for advice on how to deal with Blake's growing fame."Blake and I are nothing like Elvis and Priscilla, obviously," Miranda says, "but with anyone who reaches that level of celebrity, it creates a pull on the couple.  You are being pulled apart.  Literally."Blake and Miranda make it work by carving out time to be together and supporting each other on their separate projects.She says, "I just love being his wife and watching him do his job, and he does the same for me."Miranda's new album, Platinum, is due June 3.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio