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


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.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's first hit collaboration from 1997? ANSWER: "It's Your Love."

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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.

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Blake Shelton Steps Into Stadium Headliner Status with Weekend Wrigley Field Show


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.

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Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEli Young Band performs their latest single, "Dust," on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night.

The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore will perform at events surrounding the Crown Royal Presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard NASCAR race this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Zac Brown Band's "All Alright" video premieres Wednesday on CMT.

Darius Rucker's rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, has launched a icraft beer, Hootie's Homegrown Ale, in conjunction with Tampa, Florida's Rock Brothers Brewing. Five percent of sales will go to the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation to help education issues in their native South Carolina.

Lucy Hale will sing her country single, "Lie a Little Better," on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance Wednesday night at 8 ET.

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


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.

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Does Taylor Swift Primp Post-Workout for Paparazzi?


Bret Hartman/CBSEver since Taylor Swift moved to New York City, her every move has been tracked by the paparazzi, and her smart street style has been the subject of dozens of gushing fashion blog entries.  While Taylor has claimed that that no thought goes into her chic, perfectly-groomed appearance, a source claims that she actually spends a great deal of time primping for the paps.

The reported source tells the New York Daily News that after her almost daily workouts at the Model Fit gym -- which was recommended to her by supermodel pal Karlie Kloss -- Taylor "spends an hour in the locker room post-workout so she can look flawless for the photographers who follow her."

According to the paper, Taylor's trainer at the gym is the same guy the Victoria's Secret models use to get that long, lean look.

In May, Taylor joked sarcastically to E! Online that she had an "entire wing in my house" dedicated to planning her outfits, which she spends "months" doing.  She then insisted, "I decide what I'm gonna wear, like, five minutes before I walk out the door and I shop where most girls shop."

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Shania Twain Announces Final Performance of Las Vegas Show "Shania: Still the One"


Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain was just named Best Resident Performer in Las Vegas by Las Vegas Weekly for her Caesars Palace show Shania: Still the One, but it isn't going to keep her around in Sin City any longer.

The star has announced that she'll wrap up her two-year residency at the Colosseum on December 13, 2014.   In a statement, she says, "At the beginning of this amazing journey, through the rediscovery for my love of performing, I knew the stage would feel like home, but it turned out that Las Vegas itself became ‘home’. Performing for fans who come from all over the world to see the show night-after-night warms my heart."

She adds, "I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know. I can’t thank Las Vegas enough.”

Tickets for Shania's final 16 performances are on sale now.  They include:

Oct.:  8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25
Dec.:  6, 7, 9, 10, 12, 13 

Shania is currently working on new music.

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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.

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Luke Bryan, Eric Church, FGL and Blake Shelton Added to CMA Music Festival Special Lineup


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.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockName the hit song featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Eric Church. ANSWER: "The Only Way I Know."

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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.

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


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.

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Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton on Sunday shared his thoughts on Maverick and The Rockford Files actor James Garner, who died at the age of 86. Blake tweeted, "Damn sad to hear about James Garner passing away.. One of my favorite actors ever. Always wanted to meet him..."

Brad Paisley made good on his promise to perform "Whiskey Lullaby" with Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night. Sarah was eliminated from the ABC music completion last week, and Brad extended the invitation to sing with him during that live broadcast.

Tyler Farr shares photos of his just-purchased "dream home" with People.com. The 2,200-square-foot log cabin sits next to a river on 32 acres of land an hour south of Nashville. Jason Aldean lives down the road.

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


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.

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Lady Antebellum Owes a Lot of Their Success to Tight Jeans and Chest Hair


Image Courtesy: Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood's names always come up in discussions about the sexiest men in country music. Their band mate, Hillary Scott, has revealed the secret to Charles and Dave's sex appeal: "Tight jeans and chest hair."

She tells them with a laugh, "It's true, and you always show it."

Charles claims to be a pioneer among male country stars who are now painting on their pants. He says, "We were wearing tight jeans before Luke [Bryan] did. Let's just say that. No, I'm just kidding. I just bust on him."

Dave adds, "We have more chest hair than Luke."

Charles agrees, saying, "He doesn't have any chest hair."

Lady A's new album, 747, is due out September 30 featuring their latest hit, "Bartender."

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English Professor Gives Taylor Swift's "Wall Street Journal" Op-Ed a B-Minus


ABC/Todd WawrychukTaylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music business.  Most people focused on Taylor's optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope.

Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to "grade" Taylor's essay and point out any flaws.  Professor Mifflin's opinion?  "She has a strong, effervescent writing style," she told the magazine. "But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place."  She gives Taylor a B-minus.

Taylor's essay includes her thoughts about how artists need to surprise fans constantly and take musical risks, how albums can become best-sellers if they connect emotionally with listeners and how autographs and distinctions between musical genres are both obsolete.

For comparison's sake, Mifflin also critiqued a piece by George Clooney, in which he expressed his anger and frustration over a story in a British tabloid claiming that his future mother-in-law opposes him marrying her daughter.  She gave Clooney's effort an A-minus, saying that his writing was "pointed" and "persuasive," but "a little too concise."

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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.

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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.

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Shania Twain Named Best Resident Performer on "Las Vegas Weekly" Best of Vegas 2014 List


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.

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