Capitol NashvilleSeven-time Grammy winners Lady Antebellum will receive the Recording Artists' Coalition Award at The Recording Academy's Grammys on the Hill ceremony April 2 in Washington, D.C. The honor recognizes Lady A's success in country music, as well as their charitable efforts at home and abroad.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored at the event, taking place that night at The Hamilton Live on Capitol Hill.
RCA NashvilleChrisYoung heads back to Europe later this month for a tour with Brad Paisley, but he won't be ordering hotel room service after the shows. On his first trek across the pond last year, Chris made the mistake of randomly choosing a cheese sandwich from the menu at a London hotel.
He explains, "I'm like -- cheese, pickle, bread. Can't mess that up, right?"
When the sandwich arrived, Chris was surprised to see shredded cheese on the sandwich along with an odd pickle spread.
"It wasn't like a pickle," Chris says. "It was pickled chutney or something. So, I basically opened it, looked at it, and went, "I'm not eating that," and went back to sleep. I was just like, 'Well, that's a swing and a miss.'"
Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's new video with Luke Bryan, "This Is How We Roll," premieres Friday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. The guys traveled to the desert outside San Diego, CA to film the clip, which features intense cameos from FGL's daredevil friends Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus. The weather and a few other factors led to a great shoot for the guys.
Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard says, "Anything out in California when it's 75 degrees and we got dirt bikes and big trucks and girls and stuff like that involved, man, it's gonna be a good time. So, we had a lot of fun with it."
Luke had to fly straight from his show at Madison Square Garden in New York to San Diego for the video shoot.
Luke says, "I'm excited to be on it with them. I love what they're doing musically. It's so young, fresh. And to be a part of it with them is really awesome."
"This Is How We Roll" is included on the deluxe edition of Florida Georgia Line's album, Here's to the Good Times…This Is How We Roll.
Show Dog/UniversalTobyKeith launches his Shut Up and Hold On tour May 25 with special guests Colt Ford and his daughter, Krystal Keith. The trek runs all summer long through a September 27 show in Philadelphia. Premium seats are available at TicketsforCharity.com with the proceeds going to help those in need.
Here are Toby's tour dates:
5/25 -- Forest City, IA, Tree Town Music Festival 5/30 -- San Bernardino, CA, San Manuel Amphitheater 5/31 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheater 6/1 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheater 6/13 -- Burlington, IA, Burlington Steamboat Days 6/14 -- Winstead, MN, Winstock Music Festival 6/28 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live 6/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center 7/12 -- St. Louis, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 7/13 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater 7/19 -- Tooele, UT, Tooele County Fairgrounds 7/25 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Center 7/26 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre 7/27 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center 8/1 -- Bowmanville, ON (CAN), Boots and Hearts Festival 8/8 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center 8/9 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion 8/23 -- Lima, OH, Allen County Fair 9/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center 9/27 -- Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
Bigger PictureCMT's Next Women of Country campaign continues with Lucy Hale,Angaleena Presley, Lindsay Ell, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, and Nikki Lane joining the initiative. Kacey Musgraves, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark and Cassadee Pope are among the women previously featured as CMT's Next Women of Country.
Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan Shay have launched the Warehouse Sessions video series as they ramp up to release their debut album, Where It All Began, on April 1. The first clip features the guys singing an acoustic version of "What You Do to Me," which will appear on the debut project.
Dan Shay are climbing the country chart fast with their debut hit, "19 You Me." They're also up for Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards on April 6.
EMI NashvilleEric Church's new video for "A Man Who Was Gonna Die Young" continues the mysterious storyline he established in the "Give Me Back My Hometown" clip. A third installment in the series, titled "San Destino Rising: Movimiento De Una," helps flesh out the narrative, which will continue through the life of Eric's latest album, The Outsiders.
ACMACM Awards co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan have signed on to perform on next month's show. Nominees Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry are also set to take the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Florida Georgia Line has already been announced to headline this year's 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam during the show at Mandalay Bay. The 49th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS April 6 at 8 p.m. ET.
MCA NashvilleKipMoore has teamed up with CASE Construction Equipment to give back to communities as part of CASE's Dire States infrastructure development program. Kip will be the face of the company's efforts to develop and improve parks and educational facilities around the country.
Kip feels CASE Construction Equipment fits right in with his music's reflection of the American working class. He says, "[They're] not pretentious. Not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches, to deliver what really matters to people. It's an honor for me to work with good people like that and especially those who give back to the community."
Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is open to all styles of music, but he will always have a special place in his heart for traditional country music. That's why he feels a real kinship with other country stars who still celebrate those classic sounds from the '60s, '70s and '80s.
"I call 'em the honky tonkers," Dierks tells ABC News Radio. "Blake Shelton, John Rich, myself. There's other guys out there, but guys that really eat up, just old-school country music. I have a connection with Blake, even though we're not the closest of friends, I know how much he loves that kind of music. He just is such a fan of it. That's a real bond."
Dierks considers himself very lucky to have been a friend to the late George Jones and he still keeps in touch with bluegrass icons like Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs.
Says Dierks, "At the same time, I'm sending texts with Tyler [Hubbard] from Florida Georgia Line and kind of in the middle of all these different worlds of bluegrass and the rock and the country stuff."
Dierks' melting pot approach to making music continues to pay off for him. His latest album, Riser, just debuted at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform on the Grand Ole Opry April 19 in Nashville.
A sneak peek at Hunter Hayes' new video, "Invisible," will air on ABC's Good Morning America on March 12. The entire clip will then air on CMT, MTV, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and HunterHayes.CMT.com later that day.
Keith Urban will head out on the Raise 'Em Up tour this summer with special guests Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann. Go to KeithUrban.net for tour dates.
ABCJuliette Barnes signed on as the newest act on Rayna Jaymes' Highway 65 Records on Wednesday's Nashville. Judging from the country divas' history of butting heads, this new business arrangement could lead to some pretty intense fireworks in upcoming episodes.
Highway 65 is also the label home of Scarlett O'Conner, who has been working with Rayna's ex-love interest Liam McGuinnis on her debut album. Rayna ended up firing Liam when she found out he was sleeping with Scarlett, but Rayna had Liam tell Scarlett he'd been called off to produce another band abroad.
Juliette and Avery Barkley' relationship continued to grow even though he felt a little uncomfortable dating such a rich woman. On the music front, Avery almost came to blows with Gunnar Scott when it seemed Avery didn't care about their new trio with Gunnar's girlfriend, Zoey Dalton. They ended up overcoming their differences and performing the new song, "Hennessee" at a concert. That song is now available for download at iTunes.
Will Lexington continued to fake interest in his girlfriend, Layla Grant, and she confessed she'd been a virgin before they started dating. Will stood up for Layla to record label executive Jeff Fordham, who dropped Layla from her deal due to poor sales.
Mayor Teddy Conrad found out his late wife, Peggy, had miscarried before they got married and faked a pregnancy to get him down the aisle. Teddy found comfort in the arms of lawyer, Megan, who just happens to be Deacon Claybourne's girlfriend. Look for this encounter to create more strife between Teddy and Deacon.
As always, the songs from this episode of Nashville are available on iTunes. Cast member Eric Close, who plays Teddy Conrad, enjoys talking with fans of the show, and they always want to know more about the music on Nashville.
Eric tells ABC News Radio, "The question I always get, "Do those guys really sing? Do they really play music?" I always tell 'em, "Yeah, these guys are the real deal." All the actors on our show that do sing and play instruments, they do it for real. They're all really good."
While Eric is a big fan of the music on Nashville, don't expect him to sing on the show anytime soon.
He says with a laugh, "Now, if I was to sing, I would definitely be using the autotune for sure."
Nashville returns with a brand-new episode next Wednesday night at 9 ET on ABC.
Big Machine RecordsThe Watershed Music Festival returns to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA August 1 through 3 with Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen in the headlining spots. Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Randy Houser and Cassadee Pope round out the bill.
Kip Moore was eager to return for the Watershed Festival's second year. He says, "It's such an iconic and beautiful place to play and adds to what is already a great vibe. And there are tons of hardcore fans, which just amps it up to an insane level."
Photo Credit: David McClisterA new exhibit, titled Country: Portraits of an American Sound, opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles May 31. Classic photographs of country legends like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton highlight the exhibit, along with portraits of modern stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more.
Merle Haggard, LeAnn Rimes and Lee Ann Womack also take part in a half-hour documentary airing along with the exhibit, which runs through September 28. Go to AnnenbergSpaceforPhotography.org for more details.
CMASales of Taylor Swift's song, "Ronan," have generated more than $100,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.
Taylor was inspired to write the song after reading the Rockstar Ronan blog, written by Maya Thompson about her late son, Ronan. The boy died just days shy of his fourth birthday in May 2011 after a battle with neuroblastoma cancer.
Taylor gave a songwriting credit on "Ronan" to Maya Thompson, since her writings inspired the song. All of Taylor's proceeds are going to combat childhood cancer. For more information on The V Foundation for Cancer Research, check out JimmyV.org.
Warner Music NashvilleRandyTravis is getting out and about more and more lately in his hometown of Tioga, TX. The singer is recovering at home from a stroke he had while in the hospital for congestive heart failure last year.
James Hilliard, the owner of Clark's Outpost BBQ in Tioga, tells People that Randy still visits the restaurant quite a bit. James says, "He has a little problem with his vocabulary, and sometimes it's hard to understand him, but he gets better every time he comes in."
Randy made it out to see Neal McCoy at a charity concert in Dallas on January 30 as well, but it's not clear if he'll ever perform again. Randy is now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, but his father, Harold Traywick, tells People, "I'm sure he would just like to get back to work."
For more on Randy Travis's condition, pick up the new issue of People, on stands Friday.
Republic NashvilleEli Young Band celebrates the release of their new album, 10,000 Towns, this week with a massive performance at the Houston Rodeo Wednesday night. They've played this event twice before, and it's always something of a homecoming for EYB front man Mike Eli, who grew up near Houston.
"All my first big concert experiences were there at the Houston Rodeo," Mike tells ABC News Radio. "I make this joke all the time, but when I was younger, concerts to me, that's what they were. So, going to a concert venue where the stage didn't rotate and wasn't in the Astrodome, it was like, 'What's this? I don't understand.'"
That famous, rotating stage at the Houston Rodeo has never given Eli Young Band any problems, but they've learned not all rotating rodeo stages are created equal.
Mike explains, "Some of the rodeos have smaller, rotating stages that actually shake as they go. So, those are the ones where you really get vertigo 'cause you're shaking up and down as well as rotating a little too quickly."
Eli Young Band will play for more than 60,000 fans at the Houston Rodeo.