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Eric Church to Be Featured in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening Next Month

EB Media PREric Church will be featured in a new cameo exhibit opening at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville on September 18. It’s called Eric Church: Inside the Outsider and will feature stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts and other items from Eric’s personal collection.

Eric Church: Inside the Outsider will be open through February 2016.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJewel teamed up with Dolly Parton for the new song “My Father’s Daughter.” The track will appear on Jewel’s new album, Picking Up the Pieces, due out September 11.

Scotty McCreery shows off his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina on the CNN Travel Insider segment airing Thursday, July 30 during the 10 a.m. ET hour on CNN.

Alabama will release their new album, Southern Drawl, on September 18. The project marks the band’s first album of original material since 2001.

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is one of the more colorful country stars today, and it sounds like he’s cut from the same cloth as his father. Brantley recently had his dad move onto his farm in Alabama, and Brantley says the state is “rubbin’ off on him, slowly but surely.”

The move has caused Brantley’s dad to expand his views on guys wearing earrings, too.

“I thought he was gonna kill me when I got my ears pierced,” Brantley admits, “and he called me one night and he said, ‘You ain’t gonna believe this.’ I said, …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert performed with her songwriter friends and her favorite up-and-coming female acts Tuesday night at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley. The sold-out show was set up as a songwriter round, which meant Miranda sat on the stage with her special guests throughout the night.

Miranda admitted she was nervous as the show got started with her performance of “Bathroom Sink,” a song about facing self-rejection from her latest album, Platinum. She also mentioned that she had been writing a lot this past week with her fellow songwriters onstage, including Jessi Alexander, Natalie …read more

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Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts gives Dan Rather an in-depth look at their life on the road on The Big Interview Tuesday night at 8:00 ET on AXS TV. The chat took place earlier this year during the Flatts’ residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

Rascal Flatts guitar player Joe Don Rooney says, “To be able to offer such an esteemed reporter a look into our everyday life was an honor and I know we all really enjoyed talking with him and discussing things that are important to us as a band, as …read more

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Academy of Country MusicJake Owen returns at the host of the Annual ACM Honors Tuesday, September 1 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Roy Clark and Restless Heart are slated to perform, and Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers are among the presenters.

Look for more stars to be added to the 9th Annual ACM Honors lineup soon. The event recognizes the ACM Awards winners not presented on camera during the nationwide telecast in the spring. Tickets for the ACM Honors go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31 through Ticketmaster.

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is using her position at the reigning ACM and CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to help up-and-coming women get a head start in the music business. The Miranda Lambert Women Creators Fund will provide $40,000 in scholarship money to outstanding female students at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

“I am so excited to establish this scholarship fund at Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business,” Miranda says. “To encourage and empower women to achieve their goals is why I am …read more

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Sony LegacyThe 30th Annual Farm Aid concert will take place September 19 in Chicago. Farm Aid President and Founder Willie Nelson leads the bill along with Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Kacey Musgraves will perform, too.

Willie helped start Farm Aid in 1985 as a response to the farm crisis. He says, “Thirty years later, in Chicago, we’ll bring together so many of the people — farmers, eaters, advocates and activists — who have made the progress of the Good Food Movement possible.”

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John Russell/CMAMiranda Lambert‘s latest single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” would probably have ended up on Little Big Town‘s latest album Pain Killer if Miranda hadn’t found the song first. Once Miranda found out LBT wanted the song, she just invited them to sing the song with her for her album, Platinum.

Little Big Town’s Phillip Sweet, “I’m just really thankful it happened. I love the sound of it. It takes you back and it’s a feel-good groove. And I love it.”

Phillip’s band mate Kimberly Schlapman says of Miranda, “We love that girl. We always wanted to do something together.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Blake Shelton‘s middle name? ANSWER: Tollison.

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