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Jon Pardi Credits His Grandma's Karaoke Machine for Kickstarting His Love for Music


CMACountry newcomer Jon Pardi probably wouldn't have pursued a career in music if it wasn't for his grandmother's karaoke machine. She used to watch him sing for hours when he was a kid growing up in Dixon, CA.

Jon tells The Sacramento Bee, "She just loved to sing. We'd play Garth Brooks tracks or George Strait tracks, and we'd sing along. It was fun."

Jon eventually picked up the guitar and began writing songs before moving to Nashville a few years ago. Now, he's signed to the same record label as Strait, and the two got to hang out for a little bit earlier this month at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

"For five minutes I had a conversation with him, and he was so cool," Jon says of George. "Talk about a guy who’s conquered it all, but still so level-headed. I always looked up to him before that, but I look up to him even more now."

Jon recently shot the video for his latest single, "What I Can't Put Down." Look for that clip to premiere in the coming weeks.

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Kip Moore Encourages Everyone to Unwind with Some Old Vinyl and a Good Drink


MCA NashvilleKip Moore is just one of the many country stars you might find digging in the bins at an independent record store. He's the proud owner of an old record player and is building a collection of old vinyl albums.

Kip tweeted, "Everyone should cut off from the world once a week, grab a drink and listen."

Saturday, by the way, is national Record Store Day, and a few country artists like Dolly Parton and Eric Church are releasing vinyl products exclusively to independent record stores around the country to celebrate.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler Guest Starring on ABC's "Nashville"


ABCFirst lady Michelle Obama and Kellie Pickler will guest star on the May 7 episode of ABC's Nashville as lead character, Rayna Jaymes, organizes a military benefit concert at Fort Campbell. The military-themed event comes after Rayna finds out her current love interest, country star Luke Wheeler, has been injured while in Afghanistan.

Nashville's second season finale airs May 14.

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Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Ready to Trade in the Cold for the Hawaiian Sun


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has been playing shows in Canada this past week, but the duo's Tyler Hubbard isn't happy with the weather up there. He posted a photo from his hotel room on Instagram Friday saying, "Not the prettiest place I've been to in Canada. It's so cold and nasty today."

Luckily, FGL heads to Hawaii for a little fun in the sun this coming week before their show in Honolulu on Thursday, April 24.

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Jason Aldean Guest Judging Major League Baseball's Honorary Bat Girl Program


Greenroom PRAvid baseball fan Jason Aldean has joined the guest judging panel to select the participants in this year's Major League Baseball Honorary Bat Girl program. Each Major League Baseball club will select a woman who has been affected by breast cancer or participated in the fight against the disease to serve as bat girl for their favorite team.  The cause is close to Jason's heart since he lost a good friend to breast cancer a few years back.

You can check out the stories of this year's nominees at HonoraryBatGirl.com.

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Jerrod Niemann Toasts the Good Times with Latest Hit, "Drink to That All Night"


Photo Credit: Jeremy CowartJerrod Niemann has already released several songs about drinking, including "One More Drinkin' Song," so he wasn't exactly thrilled when he saw the title of a new song, "Drink to That All Night," in an e-mail from his songwriter pal Lance Miller a few months back.

Jerrod says, "I was like, 'Man, come on. Just because it's a drinking song doesn't mean you have to send it to me.' Surely, how different can it be? And then I listened to it. I thought, 'Woah, this is something else.'"

Jerrod then sent the feel-good song to his producer, and they recorded it for his new album, High Noon. A big part of the song's success can be credited to the driving drum beat throughout the track.

"This is a song that definitely gets you in the mood for the weekend," Jerrod explains. "It just gives this driving feel, and when it's five o'clock on Friday and you're ready to crank it up, that's what you need is something to knock you out of your chair."

Go to JerrodNiemannOfficial.com to see where he'll be playing "Drink to That All Night" next.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert's boutique with locations in Oklahoma and Texas? ANSWER: The Pink Pistol.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJennifer Nettles plans to use Trisha Yearwood's sausage and egg casserole recipe as part of her Easter Sunday brunch menu. Get the full lineup on what she's cooking on the Journal tab at JenniferNettles.com.

Brantley Gilbert is teaming up with Folds of Honor to recognize fallen or wounded warriors.  Go to FOH.BrantleyGilbert.com  for information on how you can honor someone you know who's been injured of lost their life in military service.

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Miranda Lambert Learns to Slow Down and Reflect with "Automatic"


RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert is one of country music's biggest stars these days, so her schedule is non-stop between recording, touring, doing interviews and scheduling quality time with husband, Blake Shelton. In all that madness, Miranda has to remind herself to slow down and reflect on how amazing the last few years have been. That's part of the inspiration for her latest hit, "Automatic."

Says Miranda, "I'm getting to where I've lived a little more. I've done some things. I have a long way to go, but I also am realizing that it's very fast-paced this life that I'm living right now, and the life that we're all living."

Miranda thinks of "Automatic" as a mental scrapbook helping her hold on to some precious memories.

"It's always about the next. The next place, the next show, the next event. Whatever's happening. And it's never about right now or what we did five years ago," Miranda says. "It's like, 'Remember that time?' I just want to make sure I'm enjoying this."

"Automatic" is the lead single from Miranda's upcoming album, Platinum, due out June 3.

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Glen Campbell Moved to an Alzheimer's Facility, Says Family Friend


CapitolGlen Campbell has apparently been moved to an Alzheimer's facility.  A family friend tells People, "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet.  We'll know more next week."

The 78-year-old singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer's more than three years ago.  A documentary about Glen's Goodbye Tour, titled Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me, debuts Friday at the Nashville Film Festival.

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Brett Eldredge and Jana Kramer Tapped for Macy's American Icons Campaign


Macy'sBrett Eldredge and Jana Kramer are taking part in Macy's American Icons campaign, which means you'll see their faces in more than 800 Macy's stores starting next month. They'll be modeling clothes for I.N.C International Concepts in ads appearing in print and online, too.

The program offers styles inspired by America and supports the Got Your 6 initiative to support U.S. veterans and military families.

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Eric Church Releasing "The Outsiders on Vinyl This Saturday for National Record Store Day


EMI NashvilleEric Church will release a double-gatefold vinyl version of his latest album, The Outsiders, this Saturday for National Record Store Day. The package also includes an exclusive album poster and two bonus tracks -- "Come Together," and an extended version of the title track. Go to EricChurch.com for more information on where to purchase The Outsiders on vinyl.

Eric will tour behind the album starting September 11 in Bossier City, LA.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Easton Corbin's debut hit? ANSWER: "A Little More Country than That."

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Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus Bringing His Daughter Madeline on the Road This Summer


Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus has a special guest hitting the road with him this summer -- his daughter Madeline. The little one will be heading out on select dates of the Flatts' upcoming Rewind tour.

Jay says, "I’m really excited for my little Maddie to see what her daddy does."

Maddie, who turned three last December, is starting to understand her dad is a big country star.

"She’s old enough now to where she kinda gets it and she’ll see a video on TV and kinda puts two and two together," Jay explains. "So, I’m really lookin’ forward to her bein’ able to watch from the side of the stage."

Rascal Flatts launches their Rewind tour May 15 in St. Louis, MO with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana as the opening acts.

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Brett Eldredge Heating Up the Charts with Beach-Inspired Hit, "Beat of the Music"


Warner Music NashvilleIf the cold snap affecting a good chunk of the country has got you down, just turn on Brett Eldredge's  beach-inspired hit, "Beat of the Music." The song has been heating up the country chart for a while now, but Brett is thankful "Beat of the Music" is headed towards #1 a lot faster than his debut hit, "Don't Ya."

Brett tells ABC News Radio, "'Don't Ya' took like 47 weeks to reach the top of the chart, which was great, 'cause it got people to know me. And soon as they heard 'Beat of the Music,' they knew that was me."

"Beat of the Music" has been getting just as big a reaction as "Don't Ya" during Brett's concerts lately.

Explaining the new song's success, Brett says, "It takes you to a special place, I think. You don't have to think too much. You just gotta feel good. And I like to be 'Mr. Feel Good' sometimes."

"Beat of the Music" and "Don't Ya" are both included on Brett's debut album, Bring You Back.

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Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser has signed on a spokesperson for Eckrich, the makers of hardwood-smoked sausage and deli meats. Look for Erckrhich mobile sampling events at Randy's concerts this year.

Willie Nelson will be presented with his fifth degree black belt in the martial arts system Gong Kwon Yu Sul, in a ceremony on Monday, April 28 in Austin, TX. The event takes place two days before Willie's 81st birthday.

Easton Corbin's new video for "Clockwork" premiered on People.com this week.

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Martina McBride Scores Fifth #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Everlasting"


Alliance EntertainmentCongratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007's Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.

Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.

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Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore Exchange Gifts as He Leaves Take Me Downtown Tour


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebelum and Kip Moore exchanged gifts at the end of his run on the Take Me Downtown tour. Kip got each member of Lady A a bottle of their favorite booze, and Lady A presented Kip with a waterproof watch so he won't lose track of time while surfing.

Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood told Kip that Kenny Chesney gave them their first watches back when opened for him. The guys wanted to continue that tradition with Kip, and he joked, "I'll make sure to only put it on when I see you guys."

Lady A's tour continues through the summer. Kip joins Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting next month.

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Blake Shelton Hopes to Get all the Liquor in Reported Divorce from Miranda Lambert


CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert took to Twitter Wednesday to poke more fun at the endless tabloid stories claiming that they're headed for a split. He said, "Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!" Miranda tweeted back, "AND the imaginary baby?!"

A fan then asked Miranda, "Don't you guys separate every 6 months and have a baby every 3 months?" She replied, "Yes it's very exhausting!!"

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Dierks Hitting Both Coasts to Film a Video and Support His Wife in the Boston Marathon


Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is hitting both coasts this week. First up, he's headed out to Los Angeles to film the video for his latest single, "Drunk on a Plane." After that shoot wrap, Dierks flies back across the country to cheer on his wife, Cassidy, in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Dierks tweeted his plans for the week along with the hashtag #BostonStrong in honor of those affected by the bombing at last year's race.

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