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Sep 12

Florida Georgia Line Was Almost ‘Orange Peach’

Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line almost had a very different name. Their home states of Georgia and Florida are known for peaches and oranges. Looking for a name that would pay homage to their roots, the duo very nearly named themselves ‘Orange Peach,’ they tell Taste of Country.

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“We lived together for two years in Nashville and were hanging out in the hall and decided to take this music thing seriously and wanted to represent where we came from,” Brian Kelley said. “Orange Peach was an early suggestion, then it got moved to Florida Georgia Line.” Continue Reading

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Sep 12

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and Wife Kelli Welcome a Son

Dave Haywood, Kelli Cashiola

Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and fiancee Kelli Cashiola were married Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo by Skip Hopkins, courtesy of The Greenroom.

Congratulations to Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood and wife Kelli Cashiola Haywood, who welcomed their first child, a son, on Sunday, September 7. Haywood took to Twitter to give fans the good news on Monday.

“So happy to have a healthy baby boy here with us! Cash Van Haywood was born last night,” he wrote. “Mom and Dad are doing great and couldn’t be happier!”

Cash Van Haywood weighed in at 7 lbs. and is 19 inches long. His name is taken from Kelli’s maiden name, Cashiola, and Van is Haywood’s father’s name. The new baby made his arrival earlier than expected, causing the band to cancel their show Sunday evening at Allegan County Fair in Michigan. Continue Reading

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Sep 11

Carrie Underwood Producing TV Series Based on “Two Black Cadillacs”

Carrie Underwood - Two Black Cadillacs TV Series

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Carrie Underwood may not be touring this fall, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t keeping busy. Rolling Stone reports Underwood is teaming up with Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ildy Modrovich to executive produce a six-hour television series based on her hit song, “Two Black Cadillacs.” Set to air on FOX, the series is set in the modern-day South and tells the story of a wife and mistress who work together to murder a cheating husband.

“One’s the wife, one’s the one he’s messing around with — and you root for them both, because it’s not their fault,” Underwood said. “He’s lying to both of them. They figure it out, and what do they do about it? They kill him! And the first time they meet is at the funeral. There’s two black Cadillacs, and you think maybe that’s the car he bought for both of them. It’s dark, it’s stormy, it’s dramatic — it’s like a soap opera.” Continue Reading

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Sep 10

Tim McGraw Gives 100th Veteran a Mortgage-Free Home

Tim McGraw joined forces with Chase and Operation Homefront to give mortgage-free homes to service members who were wounded or needed assistance. Two years ago, McGraw’s goal was to give away 25 homes. However, he gifted his 100th home in mid-August during a show in Texas.

“It’s a night I’m proud to say, with Operation Homefront and Chase, we’ve given away our 100th home to a veteran,” McGraw said before calling recipients, BJ and Brooke Frachiseur, to the stage.

Tim McGraw: Operation Homefront

Tim McGraw with BJ and Brooke Frachiseur. Photo Source: www.nbcnews.com

BJ spent eight years in the Army, serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Because the family didn’t qualify for a VA loan, they were forced to move in with Brooke’s mother. The family of four lived in one small room, until McGraw and Operation Homefront came to the rescue. Continue Reading

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Sep 10

RaeLynn Uses Touring to Expand Her Coffee Mug Collection

Country Artist RaeLynn

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RaeLynn is currently out on a radio tour, promoting her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Crisscrossing the country is not only giving RaeLynn a chance to bring her music to fans, it also providing her with the opportunity to expand her coffee mug collection.

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“I have like this cute little coffee cabinet and it displays all my mugs in my kitchen and it’s super cute,” RaeLynn said. “My favorite one is my Seattle mug, my original Starbucks Seattle mug. It’s the original logo and you can only buy it at the original Starbucks in Seattle.” Continue Reading

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Sep 9

Eric Church Prepares to Launch The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church, The Outsiders World Tour

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church will kick off his The Outsiders World Tour on Thursday, September 11, in Bossier City, Louisiana. His first headlining tour since 2012’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, the tour will stop in more than 30 cities, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fans can expect a full arena experience.

“One thing we’re doing different on the Outsiders World Tour is we’re setting up these arenas in a 360-degree configuration,” Church said. “The way the stage is going to be, the way I am, the way the band is, there’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage.” Continue Reading

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Sep 8

Justin Moore Got His Love of the Outdoors From His Grandfather

Justin Moore Loves the Outdoors

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When Justin Moore has a break in his busy touring schedule, he likes to spend time in the woods or on the water. He’s an avid hunter and fisherman and attributes his love of the outdoors to how he was raised.

“It was in part due to where I grew up, but I think more importantly the people that I was raised by, the people I grew up around,” he said. “It was a number of individuals, but I would say probably mostly my grandpa, who I have talked and written a lot of songs about over the course of my career. He absolutely loved the outdoors, loved to fish, really, really loved to hunt.” Continue Reading

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Sep 8

Darius Rucker Releases “Homegrown Honey”

Darius Rucker Releases 'Homegrown Honey'

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Darius Rucker has released “Homegrown Honey,” the lead single from his upcoming new album. Cowritten by Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, the tune is an up-tempo track about a country girl getting everyone’s attention in a city bar.

“It’s a little different for me,” Rucker told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s not one of those family songs — it’s really a country party song. It’s talking about some country girl who lives in New York City. It’s got hooks galore.” Continue Reading

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Sep 6

10 New Country Albums You Need to Hear

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.

Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.

Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.

Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading

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Sep 5

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Repeat at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert: Somethin' Bad

Carrie and Miranda repeat at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.”

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood make it another week at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! In fact, the Top 3 spots remained unchanged with Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery taking No. 2 and No. 3 again this week. Plus, Kenny Chesney makes his countdown return with “American Kids,” coming in at No. 20.

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Besides counting down this week’s Top 20 videos, host Nan Kelley also talked with Tim McGraw about his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, and Dolly Parton is getting in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  8. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  9. The Swon Brothers – “Later On”
  10. Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo” Continue Reading

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