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Luke Bryan, Billboard Interview: Singer Talks Latest Success

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March was certainly a month to remember for Luke Bryan.

His March 5 release, Spring Break...Here to Party, debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 (his first time at the top of the all-genre chart), and he's about to co-host the ACM Awards with Blake Shelton, where he's nominated for four awards.

For Luke, who is featured on this week's Billboard magazine cover, his recent success is nothing to take for granted.

Brad Paisley to Appear on Good Morning America April 1

Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley photo by courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Brad Paisley will join the anchors of ABC’s Good Morning America as a special guest on April 1. His appearance, sure to add an interesting dynamic to the morning talk show, is in support of his new album, Wheelhouse, and his Building A Wheelhouse Interactive Book, both out April 9.

Leading up to the release of Wheelhouse, fans can take part in the Wheelhouse Scavenger Hunt on Brad’s website. Each day during the contest, Brad will post clues on Facebook or Twitter leading to the location of a hidden icon, photo or video. The first eligible entrant who locates the item each day, returns to the site and follows the prompts will win a prize.

The scavenger hunt gives insight into the making of Wheelhouse and its songs. All participants are eligible to win the Wheelhouse Scavenger Hunt Grand Prize, a flyaway trip for the winner and a guest to a Brad Paisley concert, which includes a meet and greet with Brad and ground and hotel accommodations.

Brad’s new single, “Beat This Summer,” is available instantly with the pre-order of the Wheelhouse album on iTunes. He will kick off his Beat This Summer Tour in May.

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Big April Calendar: Check out Lunafest, wine tastings and more – The Idaho Statesman


Big April Calendar: Check out Lunafest, wine tastings and more
The Idaho Statesman
Pulled pork sandwich dinner and music by Global Lounge on Friday. Country breakfast, live auction, country store, food, children's activities, exhibits on Saturday. Benefits .... 8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, April 19-21, Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St ...

Big April Calendar: Check out Lunafest, wine tastings and more

Everyone recognizes the signs of spring in the Treasure Valley: shirt-sleeve Saturdays, vanishing Foothills snow - and packed farmers markets. From Nampa to Boise and beyond, markets start popping up in April. Meanwhile, Boise's bookworms await the Boise Public Library's spring book sale, and foodies will find some delicious local beer, wine, spirits and food at Taste208. If you want to go all ...

Men's Swimming and Diving closes NCAA Championships with six All-America finishes

Longhorns record their 33rd top-five finish at the NCAA Championships under 35th-year head coach Eddie Reese. INDIANAPOLIS - Texas notched five individual All-America finishes and registered an additional All-America relay showing to close out the NCAA Championships Saturday evening at the IUPUI Natatorium.

Blake Shelton Charms Chicago

Blake Shelton had every reason in the world to saunter into Chicago’s Joe’s Bar downright exhausted on Friday afternoon (March 29). He had spent the week touting his new album, Based on a True Story, promoting the fourth season of The Voice and preparing some good ol' shtick for his hosting gig at the ACM Awards coming up on April 7.

Heck . . . he had even played the role of a singing chicken on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.

But instead of crashing in Nashville for a much-deserved power nap, Blake strolled into the exclusive radio-sponsored show looking content, feeling blessed and sounding more powerful than ever before. Among a communion of guys grasping beer bottles and girls sporting cowboy boots, Blake greeted the assembled Good Friday crowd of “Windy City rednecks” with the usual wit and candor he has become known for. “I hope y’all have already bought Based on a True Story,” he said, laughing, taking a moment to revel in the yells of the agreeing crowd. “Aww, you lying bastards.”

Between swigs of his mystery drink and constant requests to the day’s ever-evolving and impromptu set list, Blake embarked on 60 minutes of old and new favorites such as “Austin," “Sure Be Cool If You Did” and a somewhat interesting acoustic version of “Hillbilly Bone." “This could really suck acoustically, so y’all better sing loud,” he told the crowd.

But perhaps the most powerful moments of the afternoon were the quieter moments, the times when the otherwise rowdy crowd actually stopped in mid-swig and took in the talents of the man sitting just feet in front of them. With only a guitar and a barstool to keep him company up on the stage, Blake transformed from a celebrity to a man not afraid to still show his heart.

Among the hush of his rendition of “Over You” and the sheer emotion of “God Gave Me You," Blake's true appeal was on display on this sunny Friday afternoon, and it felt authentic and right. Because on this day, despite all of the mainstream attention and naughty Twitter feeds and controversial comments, Blake took an hour to remind all in attendance who he is at his core.

“I frickin’ love Chicago,” he yelled in conclusion, leaving in a rush to catch the next jet plane.

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Craig Campbell to Release New Album, Host Celebrity Cornhole Tournament

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Craig Campbell’s 2013 album, Never Regret.

Craig Campbell announced through his Facebook page that his sophomore album, Never Regret, will be released May 7. The 12-song project, produced by Keith Stegall and Matt Rovey, will feature the lead single “Outta My Head.”

Following the release of his album and in honor of his late father, Craig will host the inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research efforts on June 4. The tournament will take place in downtown Nashville’s Public Square from 2 p.m. -7 p.m. as the unofficial kickoff to the 2013 CMA Music Festival.

“This tournament will benefit colon cancer awareness and research, which I am very passionate about,” Craig said. “My father passed away at the age of 36 from the disease, and what better event to benefit colon cancer care than a ‘Cornhole’ tournament,” Craig added with a smile.

Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Australian duo Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, Titans kicker Rob Bironas, and more are scheduled to particpate. In addition to playing cornhole, there will also be live music and local food and drinks. Tickets for the event can be purchased HERE.

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Johnny Cash Music Festival Tickets On Sale April 1

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Johnny Cash Music Festival.

Tickets for the third annual Johnny Cash Music Festival go on sale Monday, April 1. Set for August 17 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Vince Gill, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers and Joanne Cash Yates are scheduled to perform. Tommy Cash will serve as host.

Proceeds from this year’s event help fund the restoration of the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas as well as support a scholarship fund established in memory of Johnny Cash. Four students are currently attending ASU thanks to funds raised at the previous two Johnny Cash Music Festivals.

Tickets can be purchased at ASU’s Central Box Office and online at  www.tickets.astate.edu. Tickets can also be purchased by logging onto www.johnnycashmusicfest.com. Call to purchase tickets toll-free at 1-888-278-3267.

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Kenny Chesney Works with Willie Nelson & The Wailers Band on New Album

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Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Kenny Chesney’s new album, Life On A Rock, out April 30, is his most personal to date, but he’s still included a couple of his friends. Willie Nelson and the Wailers Band will both be featured on the project.

“The spirit of this record is so much about friendship,” Kenny said. “A lot of these songs were inspired by the people I’ve met, the lives we’ve shared and the way they inspired me. It felt kind of odd to not have some of the musical people who’ve inspired me be a part of this record.

“So, I reached out to Willie – because who is more inspiring?” Kenny continued. “Any chance you have to be around him, take it. You will be more for the time you share. He sang on “Lucky Old Sun” with me, and Buddy Cannon and I got to produce his Moment of Forever, which is one of the things I’m proudest of in my career… and I wanted to do something different with him this time.”

That ‘something different’ is “Coconut Tree,” a Calypso under-towed, whimsical song about making one’s own way on the island. Featuring the marimba and steel drums, Kenny and Willie sound like old friends, laughing and sharing tall tales. The Wailers Band are on “Spread The Love,” a reggae-infused song about coming together.

“The Wailers Band I’d never actually recorded with,” Kenny said. “They came and played the CMA Awards with me one year, but we never went into the studio! And I really wanted to have that experience with Family Man and those guys, to go to Jamaica and make music and even write with them.”

Life On A Rock features Kenny’s latest single, “Pirate Flag,” which is Top 10 and climbing. Kenny is currently on his No Shoes Nation Tour. Check out photos, videos and more from the tour in our No Shoes Nation section!

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VIDEO – Spring Fashion 2013 Photo Shoot

Temperatures across the country aren't exactly reflecting the official start of spring, but hot new country stars Jon Pardi, Katie Armiger, Chris Janson, Rose Falcon and Morgan Frazier sure are.

Not only do they sound good, they look good, too. Jon, Katie, Chris, Rose and Morgan traded in their winter darks and warm woollies for bright colors and cool fabrics for Country Weekly's annual Spring Fashion round-up.

Take a peek into the fun-filled day of fashion at downtown Nashville's Honky Tonk Central.

Pick up the April 1 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now, to see the results of this photo shoot.

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