Hunter Hayes Saluting the Troops at Monday Night Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is kicking off CMA Week with a free concert this Monday night outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is part of the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign. 

Hunter will help pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family during his set. Arnold has been deployed six times including stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which means he's missed quite a few "moments" with his wife and two young daughters. The USO hopes this concert can help create a special memory for them all to share.

Several servicemen and women from Fort Campbell near Nashville will be on hand for Hunter's Monday night concert, too. Dan + Shay and new group The Railers will also perform.

Hunter Hayes is also incorporating the USO's Every Moment Counts campaign into his Tattoo (Your Name) Tour, where invited troops and their families will be honored at every stop on the trek.  You can get involved, too, by downloading the official Hunter Hayes Tour App before they go to the show. Check HunterHayes.com for tour dates.

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Wyatt Smith NFR Party

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Hey Rodeo fans! Giddy up to Billman’s Steakhouse in Ammon this Thursday for a Rodeo party with Cowboy Wyatt Smith! Wyatt is ranked 13th in the world in steer wrestling and is competing in this year’s National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas! Come meet him, get a pic, and an autograph and stick around for […]

Florida Georgia Line Lists Their Biggest Hip-Hop Influences

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's hip-hop influence is heavy as ever on their new album, Anything Goes, available now. While they're rooted in country music, FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been rap and hip-hop fans since they were kids.

Brian says, " We grew up listening to anybody from Lil’ Wayne, Eminem. Currently, Drake, Wiz Khalifah. ASAP Rocky."

You'll find all those artists on FGL's backstage playlists, too.

Says Tyler, "We do have bus parties, and there’s a lot of rap music that gets played. Hip-hop and country all day and all night, baby."

Look for FGL's new video, "Sun Daze," to premiere on CMT Wednesday.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDarius Rucker named his second country album after the city where he was born. Name the city. ANSWER: Charleston, SC.

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CMA Awards Co-Hosts Brad and Carrie Enjoy Poking Fun at Tim and Faith

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood stopped by NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday to plug the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards.

As you know, Brad and Carrie will be hosting the show for the seventh year in a row, and they revealed during their chat with Meyers that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are the country artists the co-hosts most like poking fun at.

“Tim and Faith are great. We've picked on them a bunch," said Brad.

Brad said the couple made themselves easy targets for jokes after they put out their own Barbie dolls a few years ago. “That was the biggest gift we've ever been given,” declared Brad.

Carrie is known for changing her outfit numerous times while hosting the awards show, but it will be more challenging this year because she’s pregnant.

Carrie admitted to Meyers, “I definitely have like outfit ADD, I think, and I can't stay in the same one.”  As for the challenge her pregnancy will present when it comes to outfit changes, Carrie said, “We're figuring that out within the next couple of days.”

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will air November 5 on ABC.

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