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Becky Fluke/Mercury Records NashvilleWith five number ones already under his belt and album cuts by artists as diverse as Adele and Brad Paisley, writer Chris Stapleton is set to release his first album as a solo artist this spring. Though you may not be familiar with his voice, Chris has penned hits like Kenny Chesney‘s “Never Wanted Nothing More,” “Drink a Beer” by Luke Bryan, and George Strait‘s “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright.”

Though he’s most often hit the road with his bluegrass band The SteelDrivers, Chris sets out on the Pain Killer Tour with Little Big Town in March, …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is dying to collaborate with British hitmaker Ed Sheeran, and he’s hoping he might have the chance to bring it up at this year’s Grammys. Sheeran, known for his hits like “Don’t,” is set to sing on the show, while Hunter is up for Best Country Solo Performance for “Invisible.”

“There’s tons of people who want to work with him who are way more capable than I am, so how do you even sell it? Do you bet him? Or bribe him? I might have to bribe him,” he …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich season of American Idol did Carrie Underwood win? ANSWER: Carrie took home the title during season four in 2005.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIn his latest single “Young & Crazy,” Frankie Ballard sings about “sit(ting) out on the porch, telling stories ‘bout my glory days.” So with back-to-back number ones with “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Helluva Life,” does Frankie feel like he’s living his “glory days” now?

“I don’t feel like I’ve had ‘em, yet,” he says. “You know, I feel like I’m in the middle of ‘em now. I definitely have stories I could tell people, but your glory days are your prime, you know, when you’re just at your best when you …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton visited NBC’s The Tonight Show Thursday to plug this weekend’s appearance on Saturday Night Live as host and musical guest. He also joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for a new game called “The Whisper Challenge.”

The premise of the game is one person wears headphones with loud music playing that prevents him from hearing the other person say a random phrase. The person wearing the headphones has to guess what the other one is saying by reading lips.

The 38-year-old singer didn’t do well at the game. When he donned …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley, Carrie Underwood and Florida Georgia Line are set to headline the third annual Faster Horses Festival July 17-19 in Brooklyn, MI.

Mary Kay will be the official beauty sponsor of the 50th Annual ACM Awards, airing six commercials during the live broadcast from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX April 19.

Jerrod Niemann takes Fox News Channel on a tour of Music City in the debut installment of Road Trip w/ Anna Kooiman Friday at 7:20 a.m. ET on Fox & Friends.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood‘s latest single, “Something in the Water,” has passed a milestone. This week, it spends a seventh week atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, giving her the longest run at #1 of her career, besting her debut single. Nine years ago this week, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was midway through its six-week run on that same chart. But aside from her chart success, Carrie says she has first-hand knowledge of how her hits are affecting the fans.

“I guess they feel like they know me, especially those that have …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean celebrated his upcoming wedding to Brittany Kerr with a swanky party at a secret location in Nashville last weekend, according to Us Weekly. Upon their arrival, guests were personally greeted by Jason and his bride-to-be and served champagne. Close to one hundred people attended, including Luke Bryan, Eric Church and family members.

The “Just Gettin’ Started” hitmaker laid aside his trademark hat, sporting instead a black suit with a white shirt, while his fiancée wore a silver-beaded gown. A six-tiered white cake was the centerpiece, while …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThere’s new music today from Miranda Lambert, thanks to her partnership with Ram Trucks. Miranda composed “Roots and Wings” especially for Ram’s latest ad campaign. It’s also the focus of a new music video shot at significant locations in Miranda’s life. The YouTube clip showcases many of Miranda’s personal family photographs.

Miranda set out to create a song that would represent what the brand stands for: “being who you are, working hard, staying true to your roots.” “’Roots and Wings’ is personal to me about where I come from …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton tells TMZ even though he hasn’t actually seen American Sniper, he has no problem speaking out against the film’s critics.

“I defend our military,” Blake told a paparazzo as he got into a limo outside 30 Rock, where he’ll host Saturday Night Live this weekend. “I don’t like people that talk some sh*t about our military, no matter what arm or leg it is.”

Earlier this week, The Voice star tweeted it “Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk sh*t,” adding the hashtag #truecowards. …read more

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