Lee Brice Says Terminally Ill Girl Changed His Performances of "I Drive Your Tru


Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice's latest chart-topper, "I Don't Dance," had some pretty big shoes to fill, coming after ACM Song of the Year winner "I Drive Your Truck."  And although of course Lee is proud of his latest hit, which is self-penned, "I Drive Your Truck," which he didn't write, remains a life-changing song for him. "I mean, it's obviously, a defining thing in my career, and it will always be," he reflects. "And obviously, I hear stories all the time from other folks and how it impacts their life. And I've heard so many of those, and they've meant so much to me."Lee says it was actually an adolescent fan who really brought the meaning of the song home for him."I met this little girl, and she was 12 or 13, and she was, like, terminally ill. And it just hit me really, really on a very real level," he remembers. "I guess, maybe it's because I got kids.  If you close your eyes -- I just started to try to do this -- put yourself in her shoes or put yourself in her parents' shoes, and how does it make you really feel? And, like, imagine that."The little girl's situation touched Lee so much, it made it hard for him to sing his hit."I think about her, and I’m like, 'Oh God, how do you do that?' It made a positive impact on my life to make me appreciate every day that I got, every minute I got with my family, 'cause that's why I'm enjoying it so much," he says. "That's why I'm happier than I've ever been."Lee's new album, I Don't Dance , arrives September 9. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Naomi Judd Ready to Auction Off Her Treasures


M2M PRIf you've ever wanted to raid Naomi Judd's closets, now is your chance. The Beverly Hills auction firm Julien's will help the "mother" half of the legendary Judds part with some of her treasures in November.The collection includes many of Naomi's custom stage clothes, including the ensemble she wore in the video for the Judds' 1985 hit, "Love is Alive," with the centerpiece being the vintage 1920's radio she and Wynonna and Ashley used to listen to before they were famous. The auction also includes a signature red, white and blue guitar given to her by Buck Owens, as well as some Elvis items from her husband, Larry Strickland, who used to work with the King.The items will be on display at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills from November 3-7, before bidding starts both online and in person on November 7&8. Naomi will donate part of the proceeds to Tuckers House, a charity that helps families with children with disabilities.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 2014 ABC News Radio

The Big Revival Paves the Way for "Another Ride" for Kenny Chesney Fans


Allister AnnWhen Kenny Chesney's new album comes out next month, it'll be the end of a chapter the superstar devoted solely to recording new music. He admits not touring this summer did make him feel a little isolated. "I've felt like I've been a cocoon in the studio since last October," he confesses. "I mean, I've traveled some, and I've gotten away from music for a little while, but my focus and my vision has been on making music that I think that we can go out there on the road next year and really put the pedal down to."With the album now finished, Kenny says it won't be long until he turns his attention to next summer's tour."I've been so busy in the studio really working hard on this music, that I haven't had a lot of time. I can't believe it's this far into 2014, and it's not gonna be that long until we start rehearsals, until we start dialing in what we're gonna do and how we're gonna present ourselves next summer.  But we had to get the music right first, " he says.When The Big Revival comes out September 23, Kenny promises it's just the beginning of "another ride" he's looking forward to taking his fans on. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Young Sees "Lonely Eyes" Play Out at His Favorite Bar


RCA NashvilleEven though Chris Young didn't write his latest single, "Lonely Eyes," he says the barroom scene he describes in the tune could've been inspired by one of his favorite hangouts in midtown Nashville, not far from Music Row.“Yeah, I’ve spent my fair share of time at Losers [Bar & Grill],” he laughs. “I’ve seen moments like what I sing about in ‘Lonely Eyes’ go down all the time. I’ve always said the best song wins, and the soaring melody and smart lyrics of this song grabbed me from the first time I heard it.”Written by Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews and Laura Veltz, "Lonely Eyes" is the third single from Chris's fourth album, A.M. His last release, "Who I Am with You," went all the way to number one. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Darius Rucker, Little Big Town to Reveal CMA Nominees on Good Morning America


Capitol NashvilleWe already knew Darius Rucker will unveil his new song, “Homegrown Honey,” next Wednesday on Good Morning America. Now there's more news: after his performance, Little Big Town will join Darius to reveal the nominees in the five major CMA Awards categories, live on GMA during the 8:30 half-hour.After the live announcement, Darius and LBT will travel to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the rest of the contenders. While it won’t be televised, you can stream it live at CMAawards.com starting at 10 a.m. ET.Darius co-wrote "Homegrown Honey," the first single from his upcoming fourth solo album, with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and their producer, Nathan Chapman.  Look for that CD early next year.The 48th Annual CMA Awards airs Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Sam Hunt Says "Leave the Night On" Is What He's All About


Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGNewcomer Sam Hunt considers his first hit, "Leave the Night On" not only the centerpiece of his debut CD, but also a pretty good reflection of who he is musically."That was one of the first ones where I felt like, 'OK, this could be a direction I could go as an artist'," he says. "That song just hung around and stayed there, and in the end, when we finished the album, it was a song that we felt like would be a good first single, and it kind of represented all of what I wanted to do and kind of represents the record best in one song. And it's fun. It's a good uptempo introduction, I think."Producer Zach Crowell recorded the CD in the bedroom of his house in East Nashville, which afforded Sam the luxury of time."It allowed us to really dig in, and we'd just go over things over and over," Sam says. "We weren't confined to a three-hour slot in a studio. We've spent a lot of hours just tweaking and working and coming up with sounds and bringing our buddies in who play guitar and having them play on the record."Sam brought in members of his band, as well as some folks who'd never played on record before to help with his first CD. But he confesses there were some contributions he didn't welcome."He's got this little yappy dog that's running around the house all the time. We have to stop recording all the time 'cause there's barks coming in the background," he laughs.Sam's EP X2C is available now, with his full-length CD Montevallo coming out October 27.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Blake Shelton Says Commercial Success Never Crosses Miranda Lambert's Mind


CMAEven though Miranda Lambert's latest CD Platinum has already sold half a million copies and spawned the hit singles "Automatic" and "Somethin' Bad," husband Blake Shelton says she's much more focused on emotion and authenticity than on commercial success."That's what I love about my wife is that she wears her heart on her sleeve," he reflects. "She writes songs and records songs that mean something to her. The last thing that she thinks about when she makes a record is what could get played on the radio. I can honestly say it never, ever, ever, ever crosses her mind."Ultimately, Blake believes it's Miranda's honest approach that's translated into such wide appeal."I think that's why especially this community, we look forward to her albums so much because it's always just a reinvention of herself and it's always a breath of fresh air from what guys like me are doing, you know," he jokes.We'll find out exactly what Blake himself is up to, when his latest CD Bringing Back the Sunshine comes out September 30.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Kelly Clarkson Joins Trisha Yearwood in the Ring for "PrizeFighter"


Image Courtesy Mark Peterson/Food Network MagazineKelly Clarkson contributes vocals to Trisha Yearwood's new single, "PrizeFighter," which also happens to be the title track of Trisha's twelfth album, her first for RCA Nashville. She says the inspirational song gives her the feeling she can do anything, even when the odds are against her, adding that it "just plain rocks!"This isn't the first time Kelly and Trisha have sung together. Last year, Trisha joined Kelly onstage at CMA Music Festival to perform her husband's hit "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up," before contributing vocals to a new version of "Away in a Manger" for Kelly's Christmas album.Trisha kicks off the Garth Brooks world tour September 4 in Chicago, with her new single set to hit airwaves September 15. It's her first new music in 7 years. 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Luke Bryan Ready to Rock with Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry


Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan joins Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry to carry the country banner during CBS’s Fashion Rocks special next month. Ryan Seacrest hosts the two-hour event that celebrates the connection between fashion and music.Luke, Miranda and The Band Perry will perform live from Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, alongside KISS, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Pitbull and more. You can catch the show Tuesday, September 9 at 9 ET on CBS.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 2014 ABC News Radio   

Florida Georgia Line Plans Massive Tailgate Party to Celebrate New CD


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line will spend Halloween this year headlining a massive tailgate party at the Jacksonville Shipyards, just ahead of the Georgia-Florida football game the next day. Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, John King and more join Bryan Kelley and Tyler Hubbard for the Anything Goes Tailgate 2014, named for the duo’s sophomore CD.Tickets go on sale this Saturday at JaxTailgate.com, with bundles including a souvenir t-shirt and a copy of the duo’s new CD, out October 14.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Little Big Town Announce Pain Killer Tour, Unveil Album Cover


Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town will launch their Pain Killer tour November 8 in Youngstown, OH.  Featuring special guests Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne, the tour will hit 13 cities nationwide, and wrap in Rockford, IL on December 13.In a statement, Karen Fairchild said, "We are so excited to share Pain Killer and get on the road for this tour. Kimberly, Phillip, Jimi and I are thrilled to have such amazing openers in Brett and Brothers…we're big fans." She added, "The band is so stoked about this record that we've been playing new songs all summer. We can't wait to play the whole thing, along with our hits the fans know and love this November."The band is offering fans the chance to purchase VIP experience packages on the tour, which include meet and greets, admission to pre-show sound checks, exclusive merchandise and more.  Visit LittleBigTown.com for full details on those.Little Big Town has also unveiled the artwork for their new album, Pain Killer, which will hit retailers October 21.  It shows all four members of the group standing against a red background beneath crimson lights spelling out the album's title.Here are the Pain Killer tour dates:11/8 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre11/9 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bank of Kentucky Center11/13 -- Roanoke, VA, Salem Civic Center11/14 -- Knoxville, TN, Knoxville Civic Coliseum11/15 -- Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre11/20 -- Denver, CO, 1st Bank Center11/21 -- Wichita, KS, Hartman Arena11/22-- Dallas, TX, Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie12/4 -- Detroit, MI, Masonic Temple Detroit12/5 -- Chicago, IL, Rosemont Theatre12/6 -- Mt. Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle12/12 -- Rochester, MN, Mayo Civic Center Arena12/13 -- Rockford, IL, BMO Harris Bank CenterFollow --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 2014 ABC News Radio

Lee Brice Still Following His Creative Instincts on New Album, "I Don't Dance"


Image Courtesy CurbLee Brice spent years playing small club shows and writing hits for other artists before striking it big with his own string of hits. That time in the trenches gave Lee the confidence to do things his own way in the studio on his two previous albums, Love Like Crazy and Hard 2 Love. He's still chasing his own sound on his upcoming project, I Don't Dance.Lee tells Ohio's Youngstown Vindicator newspaper, "It’s been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. Also, I’ve been able to make these last two albums on my own, which proved to me you have to be yourself as an artist, and you can’t let the label tell you what to be or do.”I Don't Dance features the hit title track and his new single, "Drinking Class." It comes out September 9.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Dustin Lynch, Eric Paslay and More Added to Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa Concert


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe lineup for Luke Bryan's Crash My Playa country concert event in Riviera Maya, Mexico just got a boostm with the addition of Dustin Lynch, Kelleigh Bannen, Eric Paslay, and Chris Stapleton. They join Luke and previously announced performers Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line on the bill.The intimate concerts take place January 23 through 27, 2015. For information on booking the trip, go to CrashMyPlaya.com.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley & More Appearing on MDA Show of Strength Telethon on


Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupRascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes and Nashville's Charles Esten are among the stars appearing on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon on Sunday, August 31. The two-hour broadcast starts at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.  Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.Look for Alyssa Milano, Josh Groban and Susan Lucci on the Show of Strength Telethon, too.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Star-Studded Lineup Announced for 8th Annual ACM Honors September 9 in Nashville


Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are shaping up to be one of the hottest tickets in Nashville next month. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year's show, hosted by Jake Owen.Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the September 9 show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Garth Brooks Getting Once-in-Century Honor This November in New York City


Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks has already received what seems like enough trophies to fill a warehouse during his career, but he's adding a pretty impressive honor to the collection this fall. ASCAP has announced Garth is one of the five artists receiving their once-in-a-century Centennial Awards November 17 at a gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.The other honorees are folk star Joan Baez, rock legend Billy Joel, musical theater icon Stephen Sondheim and the great Stevie Wonder. The recipients are described as "a select group of American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Brad Paisley Salutes Ellen DeGeneres and Women Everywhere with New Song, "Shatte


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley teamed up with Ellen DeGeneres Wednesday to premiere the lyric video for his new song, "Shattered Glass," on Ellen's YouTube channel. Brad was inspired to write the song thinking about women,  like his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Ellen, continuing to break through barriers and overcome challenges they face in male-dominated businesses. That sentiment is heard clearly in the song's hook: "All you've been through ain't in vain/Come on baby, make it rain down shattered glass."Brad tells ABC News Radio, "I sat down to write this as the ultimate pat on the back and sky's the limit-type song."Brad sees Ellen DeGeneres as a great example of a woman who has broken down big barriers in Hollywood and the country at large. After publicly coming out as a lesbian on her '90s sitcom Ellen, DeGeneres has gone on to host her own highly-influential talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, host the Oscars and win 13 Emmy Awards.Brad tells us, "I admire the fact that she has used her career to entertain people and to do a lot of good things, and yet, the odds were totally against her becoming the most powerful person in Hollywood, and that's what I think she is now. She's such a good case for anybody has a shot at really making a difference, you know.""Shattered Glass" is included on Brad's new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, coming out Monday. The project also includes his latest hit, "River Bank."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Blake Shelton Fans Could Paint Themselves into a Meeting with the Star


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIf you have a knack for painting and drawing, you could be on your way to meet Blake Shelton soon. CMT is asking fans to post their Blake fan art to social media with the hashtag #BlakeNow. One talented winner will get to meet Blake and see him perform at the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Sunday, August 31 in Panama City Beach, Florida.For a complete list of Blake's tour dates, go to BlakeShelton.com.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 2014 ABC News Radio

The Band Perry Talks New Album Progress on "Larry King Now" Thursday


Image Courtesy Ora TV/Larry King NowThe Band Perry sits down with Larry King on his new show, Larry King Now, Thursday. The Perry siblings reveal they've recorded seven new songs for their upcoming studio album, and they say they're having a lot of fun making new music. Lead singer Kimberly Perry also reveals she doesn't like to sing the words "hurricane," "butterfly" or "rainbows" in a song.Catch The Band Perry on Larry King Now Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on Hulu.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Carrie Underwood Performing "Sunday Night Football" Theme Again This Season


Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood returns for a second season performing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football starting September 7 as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts.Carrie says, "I grew up watching football. I have a passion for it. I have a passion for music. It's kinda like all of these things get to mesh together for this one event."Carrie filmed the "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" video earlier this year, and 11 pro football players will join Carrie throughout the season. Those players include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy.Carrie will also sing a special opening for NBC's Super Bowl telecast on February 1, 2015.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 2014 ABC News Radio