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

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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 an 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 this 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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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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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.

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Nashville Notes

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

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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

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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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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"

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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

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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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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?"

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Shower

Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle's bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she's ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, "Thank

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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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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kenny Chesney's most recent studio album? ANSWER: Life on a Rock.

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Jake Owen Teams Up with Discover Boating to Present the Days of Gold Tour

RCA NashvilleJake Owen's Days of Gold tour is designed to give fans the experience of being on the water, so it's only natural the Discover Boating campaign has signed on as the trek's presenting tour sponsor. Jake will share his own stories of boating in the organization's Stories of Discovery video series as part of the tour.

Jake says, "People boat to get away. The same way people come to our concerts. People like to get away from reality sometimes and as real as this beautiful land of ours is, being out on a boat can take you away

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley has signed on guest star on the season 11 finale of CBS's Two and a Half Men on May 8, according to TV Guide. His wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is guest-starring on a multi-episode story arc this season.

Dolly Parton will release a limited seven-inch blue vinyl single on Record Store Day this Saturday at independent record stores. The single features the new songs "Blue Smoke" and "Home."

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Dan + Shay Bonded Over Music and Horror Movies

Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met at a party just over a year ago, and they've been hanging out together making music ever since.

Shay tells ABC News Radio, " I think the reason that this whole thing has worked out is we have that mutual respect musically and just as people. We like hanging out and that's kind of how it started out."

In addition to making music together, Dan and Shay love watching movies during their downtime on the road. Shay's a huge fan of comedies like Anchorman, while Dan prefers blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. They find

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Hunter Hayes Not Ready to Reveal Who Is Inspiring the Love Songs on Upcoming Album, "Storyline"

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits both the happy and sad love songs on his upcoming album, Storyline, are mostly inspired by his personal experiences. He's just not ready to reveal exactly who inspired those songs just yet.

When asked why he keeps his personal life under wraps, Hunter explains, "I've bared my soul on this record. That's my choice for my life. Anyone that is connected to me doesn't necessarily make those choices, so I guess I just -- I respect them."

It doesn't look like Hunter will reveal the name of anyone he's dating until things turn pretty serious in the relationship.

He adds, "They don't

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Zac Brown Band Adds New Member in Time for Upcoming Summer Tour

CMAZac Brown Band has added an eighth member just in time for their Great American Road Trip starting next month. Matt Mangano has joined the group on bass, leaving bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins free to play other instruments. Matt previously toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and is also featured on Zac Brown Band's latest album, Uncaged. He appears on their live DVD, Pass the Jar, too.

Zac Brown Band's upcoming tour includes two sold-out shows at Boston's Fenway Park June 27 and 28. Kacey Musgraves will join the trek May 29 through June 1, too.

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70,000 Tickets Sold for 50th Annual ACM Awards and Party for a Cause Next April

ACMAll 70,000 tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards and the ACM Party for a Cause music event in Arlington, TX sold out just 18 minutes after going on sale this week.  The awards show will take place April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium while the ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories event is set for April 17 and 18, 2015 at Globe Life Park.

A few seats may open up closer to the event date. Fans who sign up for the free ACM A-List at ACMCountry.com will be notified first about that availability. Artists appearing at these events will be announced at a later date.

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Kip Moore's Latest Single, "Dirt Road," Is Already a Fan-Favorite

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has been road-testing new songs for his upcoming album, and his new single, "Dirt Road," passed with flying colors.

He says, "I actually worked it up with the band on the road and we played it live that same night.  We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that."

Kip especially loves the groove of "Dirt Road," which will be included on Kip's new album, due out later this year.  He'll be playing it live this summer on Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting May 8.

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Keith Urban's "American Idol" Dressing Room Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

FOXKeith Urban isn't exactly living the good life on the American Idol set this season.

In the hilarious first installment of the new Idol Chatter video series, Keith reveals he's making do with a small U-Haul trailer in the parking lot as his American Idol dressing room. The cramped quarters are located next to fellow Idol stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Harry Connick Jr.'s luxury trailers. Keith's U-Haul is decked out with a folding chair, a banana, a guitar, and a hanging rack for his signature t-shirts.

Keith blames his small

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