Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockReba returns to The Voice on Tuesday to deliver a live performance of her latest single “Going Out Like That.” The show airs at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Kristian Bush performs his hit, “Trailer Hitch,” Tuesday on The Talk. Reba stops by to chat with the ladies on Thursday. You can catch the show weekdays on CBS at 2 p.m. ET.

The dedication of the George Jones Museum is set for Thursday night in Nashville, prior to its opening on 2nd Avenue this weekend.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have released the video for “It’s All Going To Pot,” the first single from their CD Django and Jimmie, due out June 2.

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Garth Brooks Wears Whatever He Wants

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsAt this weekend’s ACM Lifting Lives Gala in Dallas, Texas, Garth Brooks sported the signature of his hero, George Strait, on his collar.

“Am I not George Strait? I thought I was,” he joked. “I've wanted to be George forever.”

“Can I call you George tonight? Is that all right?” wife Trisha Yearwood chimed in, and the Entertainer of the Year nominee answered affirmatively.

He was actually wearing a western shirt from Strait’s line, something Garth knows a little about, having partnered with an Oklahoma company to offer the Sevens Collection, which replicates some of the iconic fashions he’s worn throughout his career. But so far, he hasn’t lent his name to a line of clothing.

“You know what, I just never have really, I guess, done it. We've done things with Maury with the Mo Bettas. He's got a new line out now for the new tour, so we're wearing his stuff, too.”

Garth confesses what he really enjoys is putting on whatever fits his mood.

“What I like is being free to wear whatever you want. So, if you want to put on a George Strait, or you want to put on a Wrangler, old-school kinda thing, then you can wear it. And that's what I like,” he says.

For the next two weekends, Garth’s world tour stops at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania. 

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Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and getting to watch from there was one of the best moments ever,” he remembers.

As for Cole’s draft pick, his money is on Shane Ray from the University of Missouri. He believes Ray would “help get pressure on the quarterback and add to what [the new coach] is trying to build.” The Atlanta Falcons will pick eighth when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday, April 30.

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Brett Eldredge Confesses to Making Out to “Toy Story”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFirst, People named Brett Eldredge one of its sexiest men. Now the country heartthrob is opening up to the magazine about his first heavy-duty encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie -- it might have been Toy Story. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he jokes. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, Brett says “lay a smack on those lips and sing her a song,” admitting that his technique may not have been quite up to par at that age. “You’re so nervous on that first kiss, you know, I don’t think it went too well, but you’ve got to start somewhere.”

Brett admits serenading the ladies is still one of his “favorite sports,” name-checking John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” as a go-to tune. Currently working on his second album, the “Mean to Me” hitmaker made the comments during one of People’s Golf Cart Confessionals taped before Sunday’s ACM Awards. You can watch the entire episode online.

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ACMs Set 17-Year Record, Win the Night for CBS

Academy of Country MusicThe 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast not only delivered a big win for CBS Sunday night, according to Variety, but Nielsen numbers also say the golden anniversary gala from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas garnered the ACM’s largest audience in the last 17 years.

More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. That’s a ten percent increase from last year, and about three times the 18 to 49-year-old audience CBS typically draws on a Sunday night. This was the first year the show has gone until 11:30, with the audience dipping just below 16 million its final half hour.

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