Brett Eldredge Has a "Chance" Encounter with a Soldier Headed to Serve in Kuwait


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday. Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait. It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.Brett says, "Small world! Thanks for your service Chance."To keep up with Brett's tour schedule, go to BrettEldredge.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

Kenny Chesney's New Film, "The Believer," Shines a Light on College Football Leg


Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney and his longtime video director, Shaun Silva, have teamed up for a new documentary, The Believer, telling the story of famed college football coach Steve Spurrier.Kenny and Steve became friends in 2007 when the country superstar invited him onstage during a show at the University of South Carolina. Kenny is once-again partnering with ESPN and the SEC Network to produce the documentary, which features highlights from Spurrier's career as well as interviews with those who know him best.Steve tells South Carolina's The State newspaper, "They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK."The Believer premieres August 27 as part of the SEC Stories series on the SEC Network.  Kenny previously produced the ESPN football specials The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.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

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Celebrating Baby Eisele's First Birthday Tuesday


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIt's hard to believe it, but Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott celebrates her baby Eisele's first birthday Tuesday. The little bundle of joy has gotten used to life on the road quite well, and Hillary is elated to be there for Eisele every day of the little one's life."She changes and grows so much, it's wild," Hillary told ABC News Radio backstage recently at Good Morning America. "Every day is different."Taking care of an infant while traveling across the country is no easy task , but Hillary has the support of her husband, Lady A drummer Chris Tyrell, and a nanny as well as Hillary's assistant.Hillary adds, "Chris is literally the only guy on our bus other than our driver."Now that her band mate Dave Haywood is expecting to become a father this fall, Hillary can't wait to share parenting tips on raising a baby on tour.She says, "It gives you more to talk about and sing about and it allows us to grow as friends because we're going through a lot of the same things at the same time. It's awesome. We're very, very blessed."Lady Antebellum's Take Me Downtown tour continues through September. Go to LadyAntebellum.com to see where they're playing next.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 Steps Into Stadium Headliner Status with Weekend Wrigley Field Sho


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton took over Chicago's Wrigley Field over the weekend to play for 40,000 fans on his Ten Times Crazier 2014 tour. Headlining a stadium show is a big leap for Blake, who got pretty comfortable opening for other big acts at those big shows in the past.Looking back on that previous stadium experience as an opener, Blake says, "I remember thinking, 'Gosh, I would not want to be Brad Paisley tonight or Rascal Flatts or George Strait' -- whoever I was opening for at the time -- because this is -- talk about some pressure. I'm just gonna do my seven songs and see y'all later!"Blake made it through just fine with his Wrigley Field show, and he'll play two other iconic venues -- Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl -- in the coming weeks."The names of some of those venues, I think, is what's really intimidating -- not the size of them," says Blake. He still hopes to impress his fans at those shows, adding, "You want to leave there having people say, 'Man, that's one of the better ones I've seen in this place.'"Keep up with Blake's tour dates at 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

Reba Enlists Keith Urban, The Band Perry and More for New Anthem, "Pray for Peac


Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba released her new song and video, "Pray for Peace," Monday, and several other country stars got in on the act. The Band Perry posted a video of themselves doing the "Pray for Peace" hand motions, and Keith Urban enlisted his famous wife, Nicole Kidman, and their two kids to make a video as well. Reba got the idea to write the anthem last year while walking around her home in Gallatin, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. She says, "For days I’d sing, 'Pray for Peace,' over and over. It wasn’t until several months later did the other parts start to fall in place. Some, not until we got into the studio to record it."The country superstar considers "Pray for Peace" to be a gift from God."I have never worked on a song as long as this one," Reba adds. "It went from a bass drum, fiddle and singers to guest artist singing with me, adding more instruments and even a choir and a bagpipe! It’s an act of perseverance, prayer, hope, fellowship and mostly love."Ronnie Dunn, Kelly Clarkson and newcomer Caroline Kole lend their voices to "Pray for Peace" as well. You can download it for free at Reba.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

Tim McGraw on Concert Slapping Incident: "I Think You Just Got to Move On"


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is speaking out on that video of him swatting a female fan who was grabbing his jeans at a show in Atlanta weekend before last. Video of the incident went viral, but Tim insists he didn't intentionally swipe the woman.The country star tells ET Canada, "I reacted in an instinctive, defensive way from my perspective of what was going on. I think it was an unfortunate situation I think all the way around. But it happened, it happened in a split second, it was pure instinctive reaction, I think you just got to move on."Allowing fans to touch him during shows puts Tim in a vulnerable position, too.He adds, "You are in that position, you are out there, you are vulnerable, things happen and sometimes you react. There’s nothing to be said about it."Tim's Sundown Heaven Town tour continues Tuesday night in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.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, Eric Church, FGL and Blake Shelton Added to CMA Music Festival Speci


Image Courtesy Donn Jones/CMAThe CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special just added a lot of star power to the lineup. Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton are all slated to sing on the show, airing Tuesday, August 5 at 8 ET on ABC.Little Big Town returns for their second turn as hosts. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Cole Swindell, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett.The CMA Music Festival special was filmed at the event of the same name held last month in Nashville.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

Brett Eldredge Explains Why Working Out Is Essential to His Life on the Road


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge works out constantly to look good onstage, but it turns out the exercise is essential to keeping up with his hectic tour schedule.He tells Michigan's Jackson Citizen Patriot, "This job is more than just singing. You've got to stay healthy because being on the road is hard on your body."When he's playing arenas, Brett usually runs the stairs before his concerts."I do a lot of high-impact cardio and then go hammer out the weights, when they are available," Brett explains. "When they aren't, I use this great 100 push-ups app. I also use a seven-minute workout app."Brett will be working it out on Keith Urban's Raise 'Em Up tour all summer long.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

Cole Swindell Clears Up the Misunderstanding About His Latest Hit, "Hope You Get


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell extends a sexy invitation to an old flame in his latest hit, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," but quite a few people have misunderstood his intentions in this song.Cole says with a laugh, " It's funny -- somebody [was] joking, like, 'Why is Cole Swindell wishing bad on this girl hoping she gets lonely?' But, you listen to the song, it's a good 'Hope You Get Lonely.' Yeah, you just hope the girl wants to see you as much as you want to see her."Cole goes on to say "Hope You Get Lonely" is one of his favorite songs on his self-titled debut album, which also features his #1 hit "Chillin It.""I'm excited about having a new song out, and just the whole album, man," says Cole. "I'm glad people get to hear more of me than just 'Chillin' It,' 'cause I have several other songs on the album that cover all the bases."Look for Cole to perform on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special coming up Tuesday, August 5 at 8 p.m. ET.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 

Jason Aldean Reveals How He Ended Up Drinking an Afternoon Away with Kenny Chesn


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHow did Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney end up drinking a recent afternoon away together at a Nashville-area location of the chain restaurant Buffalo Wild Wings? Jason recently posted a photo on Instagram of himself partying with Kenny. It turns out Jason just sat down at the restaurant with his girlfriend, Brittany Kerr, when he got a call from Kenny.Jason says, "He goes, 'Well, I'm at somewhere. We've been drinking margaritas all day.' I was like, 'Well, come over here and meet us. We just sat down.  We'll have a beer. Whatever.'"Jason's invitation turned to hours of drinking beer, tequila and rum once Kenny showed up."All I do know is, I think we ended up calling a car to take us home," Jason says.  He adds, "Kenny,  he's a funny dude, man."Jason and Kenny have been friends for several years now, but they truly became peers when Jason started headlining stadium shows. Since Kenny has played more than 100 NFL stadium concerts, Jason often goes to him for pointers on how to connect with fans in such a large venue.Says Jason, "He's a good guy to kind to have there to kinda talk to about stuff and bounce ideas off of, and been there-done that kind of thing. And still, as long as he has been in the business, he still loves what he does."Jason just headlined stadiums in Cleveland and Cincinnati this weekend, and he expects Kenny to get back out on the concert trail in a big way in 2015, too.Jason says with a laugh, "I know he's taking some time off right now, and he's, like, already over it. He's ready to get on the road."Jason debuted a sexy new song, titled "Burnin' It Down," at his weekend concerts. He expects to have a new album out by the end of the 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 2014 ABC News Radio 

Kip Moore Kicking Off CMT Summer Concert Series Saturday on "Hot 20 Countdown"


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore is kicking off CMT's Summer Concert Series this Saturday on CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering at 11 a.m. ET on CMT.  David Nail will be featured on the series' July 26 installment, and Chris Young follows on August 9.Dierks Bentley will close out the series with a performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway airing September 6. Dierks will also appear on all four Summer Concert Series bringing fans exclusive videos and features on his ongoing RISER tour.Look for additional videos from the CMT Summer Concert Series to air on CMT.com, 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

Reba to Unveil "Pray for Peace" Video Monday on Facebook


Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba asked her fans to turn in videos of themselves praying around the world for her new "Pray for Peace" video. Now it looks like that clip is going live Monday at 12 p.m. ET at Facebook.com/Reba.Reba posted a short video of the song playing on bagpipes on Instagram Thursday. Several celebrities are expected to pop up in the "Pray for Peace" video, too.Reba encourages fans to use the hashtag #prayforpeace when posting about the song and video on social media.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

Shania Twain Named Best Resident Performer on "Las Vegas Weekly" Best of Vegas 2


Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has picked up a big honor for her Vegas show, Shania: Still the One.Las Vegas Weekly just named Shania the "Best Resident Performer" on their "Best of Vegas 2014" list. That means she beat out fellow headliners Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Elton John and Olivia Newton-John for the win.Shania is playing select dates at Caesars Palace this month. Go to ShaniainVegas.com for tickets.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

Lady Antebellum's New Album, "747," Set for Takeoff September 30


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will release their fifth album, 747, on September 30 featuring the hit title track "Bartender." That up-tempo lead single is an indication of what listeners can expect on the rest of the project.Lady A's Hillary Scott says, "We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters…taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously.  There's an urgency and an energy to it that we've never released before."The band members contributed several songs to 747 while also finding quite a few tracks written by other writers. The group took some chances with the songs during the recording process, too.  Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood says, "As we took them into the studio, we changed our approach and challenged ourselves to try some new things that were outside of what we’d done before."Here's the 747 track listing:"Long Stretch of Love" "Bartender" "Lie with Me" "Freestyle" "Down South" "One Great Mystery" "Sounded Good at the Time" "She Is" "Damn You Seventeen" "747" "Just a Girl"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

Jason, Miranda, Blake, Dierks and Brantley Headlining Route 91 Festival in Las V


Image Courtesy Greenroom PRJason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Dierks Bentley, and Brantley Gilbert are headed to Sin City for the Route 91 Harvest festival October 3 through 5. The event takes place at The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.Tyler Farr, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Dan + Shay, and Nashville's Charles Esten and Clare Bowen are also on the bill.Tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 at RT91Harvest.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

Keith Urban Is Ready to Compete with Garth Brooks on the Concert Trail


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleGarth Brooks is returning to the road this September, and he's put all other country artists on notice that he's ready to raise the stakes when it comes to the live concert experience. That challenge is not news to Keith Urban, though."You won't find a country artist who thinks that's not the case," Keith tells ABC News Radio. "We all know that. It's Garth, you know? He hasn't toured in thirteen years. So, the anticipation and expectation -- all of that's phenomenal. He's a phenomenal live performer. People know that. It's gonna be a behemoth tour for sure."Keith goes on to call Garth "creative," "original" and "an icon."As for his own Raise 'Em Up tour, Keith is keeping things fresh by changing up the set list every night. Fans have also requested a heavy dose of songs from his latest album, Fuse.Keith explains, "The level of requests we get for songs off this particular album, off Fuse, has been exponential for the last couple of albums. So, I'm so happy about that."Keith expects to sing classics like "Somebody Like You" and "Better Life" during his shows, too. Even though he wrote those songs about a decade ago, Keith still finds ways to relate to the lyrics as the years go by."They take on a new meaning," he says. "Why I wrote them may not be this sort of place that I sing from these days, but they take on new meaning."Keith has Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge on the road with him this summer. Keep up with his tour dates at KeithUrban.net.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

Tim McGraw "Swatted" Female Fan During His Concert


Nigel PerryTim McGraw appears to have slapped a woman in the face during his concert this past Sunday after she reportedly tried to make contact with his private parts, according to TMZ.The gossip website obtained a video of McGraw's concert at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, in Atlanta. The clip shows the singer walking into the crowd as he sings his hit, "Truck Yeah."At 44 seconds into the clip, a woman appears to slap McGraw, first in the knee and then a little bit higher. At 50 seconds, Tim looks like he's slapping her.A rep for McGraw tells TMZ, "Tim was singing out in the audience and someone firmly grabbed onto his leg and wouldn't let go as he was moving through the crowd."The rep goes on to explain, "He instinctively swatted to try to keep them from ripping his jeans and so he could get to more fans who could slap hands with him before the end of the show."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