Little Big Town to Perform at Can Do Awards Dinner to Raise Money for Food Bank


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has signed on as the entertainment for the 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner in New York City coming up April 21. The gala takes place at Cipriani Wall Street to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City. Several individuals and organizations will be honored for their work on behalf of the Food Bank.For ticket information, go to FoodBankNYC.org.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

2015 ACM Awards ZinePak to Be Released Exclusively at Walmart March 24


Image Courtesy ACMIn celebration of the upcoming 50th Annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music is releasing a 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak exclusively at Walmart on March 24.The project includes a magazine with 25 exclusive interviews and memories from the first 49 ACM Awards shows. There's also a two-CD collection geaturing hits from this year's nominees, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, as well as songs from country's hottest new acts.Only 50,000 copies of the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak will be produced. It's now available for pre-order at Walmart.com.The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lineup Revealed for 2015 CMA Music Festival Concerts at Nashville's LP Field


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThe lineup for the 2015 CMA Music Festival concerts at Nashville's LP Field has been announced. The performers include Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and many more.The CMA Music Festival runs June 11 through 14 in Nashville. It is sold out.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Darius Rucker Feels Kelly Clarkson's Pain When It Comes to Finding Collaborators


Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryDarius Rucker is always open to collaborate with other artists, but music business politics often get in the way of making those collaborations actually happen. This subject has got a lot of attention in the past few weeks since Kelly Clarkson admitted in an interview other artists often turn her down when she approaches them about collaborating. According to Darius, those artists might not even know Kelly asked to sing with them in the first place.He says, "A lot of times management's not even letting it get to the artist to where the artist can say yes or no. I've had some shocking moments over the last few years and stuff where I was turned down from where I was shocked, but, you know, that's just the nature of the business."A lot of times artists will get together at an event like next month's ACM Awards and come up with an idea for a collaboration. Darius says it's getting harder and harder to take those song ideas from the drawing board to the recording studio.He explains, "When it happens like that, it's cool. But as soon as you call up somebody's management company, you know, they mess up the coolness of that stuff, 'cause that's a cool thing."For the record, Darius says he would sing with Kelly Clarkson "in a heartbeat" if she ever asked. As for his dream duet partner, Darius says, "It would be Paul McCartney. I would go and bark on a Paul McCartney record if that's what he wanted me to do. Ruff, ruff! I'm down!"Darius's new single, "Homegrown Honey," is the lead release from his new album, Southern Style, due out March 31.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Billy Currington Swears There's No Love Affair Going on with His "Don't It" Vide


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleIf you've caught Billy Currington's new video, "Don't It," then you're probably wondering how well Billy knows his beautiful, brunette co-star. The two get very cozy in the romantic clip, but Billy had never seen her before they shot the video in Nashville.He tells ABC Radio, "I didn't know the girl. I still don't know her. I'll probably never see her again. But for that moment, that day, we had good chemistry. It was easy to do that."Billy adds, "Hopefully, I made you feel like she's real, and the love was real. It was a good time."The clip was shot at an old theater in downtown Nashville, but the space isn't used for plays or concerts anymore."They actually record music in there sometimes," Billy explains, "but they kind of emptied it out a little bit for us to make that video.""Don't It" is the lead single from Billy's new studio album, due out later this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Willie Nelson to Headline Fourth Annual Heartbreaker Banquet at His Luck, Texas


Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson will perform at the fourth annual Heartbreaker Banquet at his Luck, Texas ranch near Austin. The event takes place March 19, and tickets are now on sale at HeartbreakerBanquet.com.The Heartbreaker Banquet showcases artists in the roots music community and is timed to coincide with the South by Southwest conference each year. Willie's son, Lukas Nelson, is also on the bill with his band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady A's Hillary Scott, RaeLynn and Craig Campbell Playing Nashville's Tin Pan S


Image Courtesy Campbell Entertainment GroupLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, RaeLynn, Casey James, Craig Campbell and Brandy Clark are on the performers lineup for the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, March 24 through 28 in Nashville. The event takes places at multiple venues around Music City with 92 shows booked throughout the week.  Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson and Vince Gill are also on the bill along with dozens of Nashville's top songwriters.Go to TinPanSouth.com for ticket and schedule information.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gary Allan Taps into His Rockabilly Past for New Single, "Hangover Tonight"


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan's new single, "Hangover Tonight," finds him exploring a '50s and '60s-inspired sound, which is a very comfortable place for the singer. Gary tapped into his own musical history to co-write the song with Chris Stapleton and two other young Nashville hitmakers.Gary says, "I was in rockabilly bands my whole life, and to me it was just a throwback to my youth writing with these guys.  It was a lot of fun.”"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's new studio album, due out later this year.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood Welcomes Baby Boy, Isaiah Michael Fisher


Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCongratulations to Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, on the birth of their son, Isaiah Michael Fisher, February 27. Tiny hands and tiny feet...God has blessed us with an amazing gift! Isaiah Michael Fisher - born on February 27. Welcome to the world, sweet angel! A photo posted by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Mar 3, 2015 at 7:33am PSTCarrie made the announcement on Instagram, posting a picture of the baby's tiny hand. The caption reads, "Tiny hands and tiny feet…God has blessed us with an amazing gift!"She adds, "Welcome to the world, sweet angel."Carrie and Mike were married in 2010. This is their first child.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chase Bryant Earning a Reputation as Country Music's Best New Chef


Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is a triple-threat when it comes to singing, writing and performing guitar on all his songs. His creativity doesn't stop when he leaves the stage, though. Chase is fast becoming one of country music's best chefs, too. He's mastered Italian, Mexican and steak dishes in the past few years, but Chase's specialty is still his grandmother's fried chicken recipe.Chase tells ABC Radio, "I like to make it like my grandma used to. Put it in a brown bag and shake it up and then toss it in the fryer and go to town."Lately, Chase has been drawing culinary inspiration from TV cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef, and the results are pretty out there."I'm taking, like, wacky ideas like making these crazy sauces out of, like, cotton candy and different stuff," Chase explains. "It's crazy, but it's really cool. I'm just way into it."Getting creative in the kitchen ultimately helps recharge Chase's batteries when it's time to make music again.He says, "It's a way to be creative in another way and kind of get away from the music for a minute and just kind of give it a break. So, that's really cool. "Chase is currently on the road with his Take It On Back tour. He'll join Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider tour starting in May.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Randy Houser Creating Magic Moments Opening for Luke Bryan This Year


Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser just wrapped up his first run of shows opening for Luke Bryan, and performing on Luke's massive stage is requiring some adjustment for Randy.He tells ABC Radio, "It is amazing all the real estate that's out there. The big stage. There's a lot of ground to cover."On some tours, Randy would be restricted to performing on a small portion of the stage, but Luke has given Randy the freedom to use the entire stage and all his video screens to create the best show possible."He's so gracious," Randy says of Luke. "Gives us access to all the production and everything. It's just really neat. We've had a blast."Even though Randy is entertaining the largest audiences of his career, he still tries to create intimate moments during his concerts. He pulled that off recently by playing his latest hit, "Like a Cowboy," backed up by a single acoustic guitar.Randy says of that performance, "It was such an amazing thing to hear people really singing with me on it. It was, I don't know, a really unexplainable feeling. Really, one of the best experiences I've ever had playing music.""Like a Cowboy" is the latest single from Randy's current album, How Country Feels.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award


Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation's first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix's pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Next up for Kix, he's kicking off a run of shows with Reba as one-half of Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting this June.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Faith Hill's Pixie Cut Is Most-Googled Hairstyle from Oscars Red Carpet


Image Courtesy ABC/Rick RowellIf you notice a lot of women coming out of your local salon with much shorter hair, you can thank Faith Hill. According to Google, her blonde pixie cut was the most-searched hairstyle from the red carpet at last month's Oscars.Faith was on hand to support her husband, Tim McGraw, who sang the nominated song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," from the documentary Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Things "Fall Apart" in New Casey James Video


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans can now see the video for Casey James’ new single at CMT.com.  The clip for “Fall Apart” follows the American Idol alum as he and his band mates load a van, and then destroy various objects by throwing them out the window, including a jar of seashells, a guitar and an antique pocket watch.“Fall Apart” is the first glimpse at Casey’s sophomore album. “When I listen to this music, I feel like it’s my life,” Casey reflects. “All my mistakes. My decisions, good and bad; my thoughts, my hopes… everything that I am and have been through has led me to make this record.” So far, there's no word on the new album’s release date.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Florida Georgia Line Leads Country Stars Heading to Sin City This Fall


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Jake Owen lead the pack of stars who’ll storm the Vegas strip for this fall’s Route 91 Harvest Festival. The three-day, two-stage event takes place outdoors at the MGM Resorts Village October 2-4.A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and Thomas Rhett round out the bill for the event's second year. More than 20,000 fans turned out in 2014.Tickets go on sale online March 13. Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Maddie & Tae Ready to "Start Here"


Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae’s first full-length album, Start Here, is due in stores and online June 2. It will include both their chart-topping debut, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their latest hit, “Fly.”“We had so many names,” Maddie says of choosing the title, "pieces of lyrics, song titles, our names. But when it really came down to it, what this record is to us is the beginning of everything! You only get one first album.”In the end, Tae believes Start Here says it all. “It is one of those sentiments that holds all the promise, all the chances and maybe a little bit of being scared. But you have to start somewhere, and this is pretty great place to begin.”The weekend following their album’s release, Maddie & Tae kick off Dierks Bentley’s Sounds of Summer tour with Kip Moore and Canaan Smith June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Follow --ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Christina Aguilera Gives Kudos to Miranda Lambert


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleDon’t be surprised if you see some of Miranda Lambert’s influence when Christina Aguilera steps into her upcoming guest role on Nashville."Miranda is no joke,” Christina told Seth Myers Wednesday on NBC’s Late Night. “She's awesome. I've become such a huge fan… Honestly, if I were a country singer, I’d probably be her. She’s awesome. She's really awesome. I've got to give her kudos!"Christina will play a pop star trying to cross over into country on the ABC show set in Music City. She’s hoping the new role will step up her cred with country contestants when she’s competing against Miranda's husband Blake Shelton to secure contestants for her team on The Voice."I'll be able to have something under my belt to get certain steals for these country artists," she says. "I'll be like 'Well, I'm actually on the show Nashville, recording in Nashville.'"You can catch Nashville Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.  The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on NBC.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio  

Kacey Musgraves Sends "Biscuits" to Country Radio


Image Courtesy Kelly Christine Musgraves/SandboxKacey Musgraves is baking up a batch of “Biscuits” for country radio. Her new single will be fans’ first taste of new music from her sophomore album for Mercury Records Nashville. Her debut, Same Trailer Different Park, won the Grammy for Best Country Album."I'm very proud to be kickin' things off with 'Biscuits'! I think it's the perfect preview to the record we had SO much fun making,” Kacey says. “The sound of this song represents so many of the things I love about country music. And be warned -- it may inspire a square dance,” she jokes.Kacey co-wrote “Biscuits” with frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Best New Artist Grammy nominee Brandy Clark. You should start hearing it on the radio around the middle of March.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio