Nashville News and Notes for FRIDAY

Florida Georgia Line's New Video To Premiere On "GMA" Friday


Florida Georgia Line is ready to unveil their new video.  The clip to the group's latest single, "This Is How We Roll," the country duo's collaboration with Luke Bryan, will have its premiere Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America" during the show's 8:00 a.m. hour.  The video will then be posted for viewing online at "GMA's" website.  The clip features performance footage of Florida Georgia Line and Bryan singing the song mixed with material filmed in the Southern California desert of X Games champ Travis Pastrana and The Nitro Circus offering up dazzling tricks and stunts.  "This Is How We Roll" is from the deluxe edition of Florida Georgia Line's debut album, "Here's To The Good Times," which is in stores now.


Hosts Shelton, Bryan Among First Announced ACM Performers


In addition to hosting next month's Academy of Country Music Awards, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will be taking the stage to sing.  They're among the newly confirmed performers for the event, along with Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Keith Urban.  George Strait and The Band Perry are on board as well.  Bryan will also share the stage with Florida Georgia Line at the ACM Fan Jam, which will air during the ceremony.  All the performers are nominees.  Shelton, Bryan, Lambert, and Strait are all up for the night's top prize of Entertainer of the Year.  The 49th annual ACM Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and air on CBS on April 6th.


Sara Evans Hosts Pre-Release Party In Alabama


Sara Evans is getting ready for next week's arrival of her new album, "Slow Me Down," by sharing the music with some of her fans.  The country star hosted an event at a Birmingham, Alabama club Thursday night.  An estimated crowd of five-to-six-hundred people packed the Iron City Birmingham for the concert.  Sara sang a selection of hits and fan favorites while showcasing new material, including her current single, "Slow Me Down."  Her show was also taped, and will air on Sirius XM's The Highway channel next Tuesday -- the day her album arrives in stores.


And Evans isn't just using the event for self-promotion.  Money raised through "An Evening With Sara Evans" is going to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and charities in the Birmingham area.


Jewel Working On New Album, Book


Jewel says for her next album she's not going to do "anything that's smart business."  She tells her upcoming disc will be a companion piece to her 1995 debut disc, "Pieces of You," and she intends to work on the new record the same way she did back then -- when she "didn't know about" the music industry.  The singer explains that she's doing her best to "forget everything" she knows about music genres and hit singles, and just "make a record that is really pure" and sing what's in her soul.  Her reason behind the project is simple.  She says she's currently "in a position to do that," so she'd "be an idiot" not to.  Jewel plans to record some tracks for the album at her Every Day Angels fan community later this month in Nashville, and at Nashville's famed RCA A studio.


Jewel is also working on her autobiography.  She explains that she's had many fans ask her how she beat the odds and went from being a homeless singer-songwriter to a country and pop star.  Jewel says she'll "write about that and be very specific," and tell her story in a way she never has before.  The singer adds that she's hoping to have both the album and the book ready for release by the end of this year or early next year.


Eric Paslay Explains Latest Single


Country singer Eric Paslay admits he's trying to instantly grab the listener with the lyrics to his latest single, "Song About A Girl."


Eric explains that there's "nothing sexy" about a tailgate, bonfire, or water tower unless there's a personal connection with the person you love.  He says his goal wasn't to highlight these things as clichés, but to simply point out how whenever they crop up in a song they're always linked to a girl.  Eric adds that it was a fun song to write, and he's now having fun singing it.  "Song About A Girl" is from Paslay's self-titled debut album.  It's his follow up single to his chart-topper "Friday Night."


Scotty McCreery Recalls Writing Current Single


Scotty McCreery says he enjoyed coming up with his current hit, "See You Tonight."  The country star explains that he and his co-writers Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell didn't have to labor over the song.


Scotty adds that most people can likely relate to the song, because "everybody's had that guy or that girl that they want to go see tonight."  "See You Tonight" is the title track to the singer's most recent album.  McCreery is supporting the disc on the road.  He'll be in Florida this weekend for shows in West Palm Beach on Saturday and Jacksonville on Sunday.


Swon Brothers Attribute Success To Harmony


The Swon Brothers have a top 40 country hit with their debut single, "Later On."  The new country duo, who launched their career a year ago under the guidance of Blake Shelton on "The Voice," say their collaboration is the key to their success.  Zach Swon tells Nashville's "Tennessean" he doesn't think either he or Colton would "make very good solo artists," but together they have "something that's kind of cool."  He adds that anything the two of them sing "is going to have an infectious harmony line," because that's their "thing."  Zach adds "the whole focus" of their upcoming debut album will be "stuff that can be sung out" and "complimented by harmonies."  The Swon Brothers anticipate having their first album in stores this summer.


Rascal Flatts Flattered To Be An Influence To Others


Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus admits it's hard not to feel flattered when another artist mentions his group as one of their influences.


Gary LeVox attributes the group's impact on others to the quality of their material.  He says he's noticed a number of aspiring singers getting on shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" by singing Rascal Flatts songs.  Gary specifically point to Rascal Flatts' 2004 chart-topper "Bless The Broken Road," which "was already ten years old" when his group recorded it.  He says it's a tribute to the timelessness of those songs.


Opry Sharing Dramatic Readings Of Country Song Lyrics


Larry Gatlin is helping the Grand Ole Opry with its latest promotion.  The country star is giving his own "dramatic interpretation" of the Florida Georgia Line hit, "Cruise."


In his video Larry also admits he's reading the lyrics off a cheat-sheet, because he "didn't know all of it" and "this song's longer than the Declaration of Independence."  Other "dramatic interpretations" include "Nashville" star Eric Close reading the words to Taylor Swift's "22" and Opry star Jeannie Seely delivering a reading of Reba McEntire's "Fancy."  Billy Ray Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart," Jake Owen's "The One That Got Away," and Thomas Rhett's "It Goes Like This" get "dramatic interpretations" as well.  Country stars, radio personalities, and fans submitted clips for the promotion.  The public is now welcome to visit the Grand Ole Opry's Facebook page and vote for their favorites.

Today in Country Music History


Today in 1980, Kenny Rogers' single "Coward Of The County" and Crystal Gayle's album "Classic Crystal" were certified Gold.


Today in 1983, "The Nashville Network" Cable TV Network was launched.  The network featured a variety of country music and entertainment.


Today in 1983, the "Waitin' For The Sun To Shine" album by Ricky Skaggs was certified Gold.


Today in 1986, Randy Travis made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.


Today in 1998, Sara Evans made her Grand Ole Opry debut.


Today in 2000, George Jones' "Cold Hard Truth" album was certified Gold.


Today in 2000, the "Latest Greatest Straitest Hits" album by George Strait was released.


Today in 2000, Frank "Pee Wee" King died in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 86.


Today in 2001, Toby Keith's single "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This" topped the "Radio & Records" country chart for the third time in six, non-consecutive weeks.  The accomplishment remains unprecedented in the 28-year history of the publication's country chart.


Today in 2001, Montgomery Gentry was named "Top Country Duo" for the second year in a row in the annual "Radio & Records'" Readers' Poll.


Today in 2002, George Strait's concert at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo set a record with a paid attendance of 68-thousand-266.  The record stood for two years, until Kenny Chesney broke it with ticket sales of 70-thousand-668 for his 2004 performance.


Today in 2003, Tim McGraw kicked off his highly anticipated "Tim McGraw & The Dancehall Doctors' One Band Show" tour in Birmingham, Alabama.


Today in 2005, Merle Haggard began a short tour as an opening act for Bob Dylan.


Today in 2006, The Joe Ely Band's Jesse "Guitar" Taylor died of liver disease at his home in Austin, Texas.  He was 56.


Today in 2006, new releases included Trent Tomlinson's "Country Is My Rock," Jace Everett's self-titled album, Lee Roy Parnell's "Back To The Well," Pinmoney's "Big Shiny Cars," and Kris Kristofferson's "This Old Road." 


Today in 2007, Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry presented a check for more than 368-thousand-dollars to the Metro Nashville School District on behalf of the Country Music Association as part of its "Keep the Music Playing" initiative to improve music education. The money came from a portion of net proceeds from the 2006 CMA Music Festival.


Today in 2007, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announced the initial dates for their "Soul2Soul Tour 2007" tour at a luncheon and press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Today in 2009, Steve Azar and Keith Burns performed at Gino Torretta's annual celebrity golf and poker fundraising event in Hollywood, Florida.


Today in 2010, T. Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham won the Oscar for Best Original Song for "The Weary Kind" from the movie "Crazy Heart."


Today in 2011, new releases included Kenny Rogers' "The Love of God."


Today in 2013, Claude King, best known for his 1962 classic "Wolverton Mountain," died at his home in Shreveport, Louisiana.  He was 90.


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