Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich female country star sang with Steven Tyler on the song "Can't Stop Loving You" from the 2012 Aerosmith album, Music from Another Dimension? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood.

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RaeLynn Debuts a New, Mature Look in “For a Boy” Video

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/BMLGRaeLynn debuts a mature, new look in her new video "For a Boy." It's a departure from the innocent style she had for her debut clip, "God Made Girls."

RaeLynn says of the new look, "My vision was a throwback to the Marilyn Monroe look with a modern feel. It was not only a blast to make but shows my fans, some of who have been growing up with me over the last few years, another side of who I am as I mature from a teen into a young woman."

On Wednesday, RaeLynn picked up a pair of CMT Music Awards nominations -- Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year -- for her "God Made Girls" clip. Voting is now open to the public at CMT.com, and the winner will be revealed on the 2015 CMT Music Awards Wednesday, June 10.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Before You Go Make Sure You Know”

ABCNashville wrapped up its third season with Deacon Claybourne's life hanging in the balance. He didn't actually tie the knot with his love, Rayna Jaymes, before he received a new liver, but they did recite wedding vows pledging to get married when he recovers from surgery.

Deacon had nightmares throughout the episode he wouldn't survive the transplant, and it looked like he was flat lining in the operating room. The doctor came out to tell Rayna he had some bad news about the surgery, but we won't find out what that news is until next season.

Juliette Barnes' post-partum depression continued as she lashed out at everyone in her path.  When her husband, Avery, called her out on ignoring her child in favor of the recording studio, things turned ugly. She ended up throwing a glass snow globe at Avery and the baby, but it missed them and broke against the wall.

Avery ended up leaving with the baby when it became clear Juliette was not going to take time off to get psychiatric help. Instead, she is signing up with Luke Wheeler's record label and tour in a manic effort to get her singing career back on course.

Closeted country star Will Lexington convinced his boyfriend, Kevin Bicks, to deny their relationship at a press conference. Intimate photographs of the couple hit the National Enquirer and threatened to derail Will's career. After seeing how sad Kevin was to deny their relationship, Will ended up coming out at the press conference. After that revelation, Will was able to tell Kevin he loved him for the first time.

On-again, off-again couple Scarlett and Gunnar are pursuing new relationships right now, but they came back together to write a song for Deacon. They ended up close to kissing after singing the song together, and that moment has been coming ever since the two of them sang "Longer" on stage together earlier this season. Sam Palladio, who plays Gunnar, thinks that performance served as a nod to the musical spark his character shared with Scarlett in season one.

Sam says, "It’s this sort of haunting, dark love song, that actually Gunnar springs on Scarlett in the midst of a show, which obviously throws her off the rails a little bit, and the repercussions afterward are quite exciting and dramatic. But that song was a particular favorite from this whole season, actually."

"Longer" is featured on The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2, in stores and online this week. Nashville returns for a fourth season on ABC this fall.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton's new album, Traveller, debuts at #2 on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week with more than 27,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. That gives Traveller the best-selling first week of any country debut artist so far this year.

Eric Church has now sold out two shows July 30 and 31 to open Nashville's brand-new Ascend Amphitheater.

Zac Brown Band has teamed up with sandwich shop Jimmy John's to give the restaurant's patrons a free download of the song "Loving You Easy" from their latest album, Jekyll + Hyde.

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Steven Tyler Explains How He Discovered His Debut Country Single, “Love Is Your Name”

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsRocker Steven Tyler has thought about doing a country album for years, but the pieces didn't come together until he visited Nashville's famed Bluebird Café a few years ago. Steven performed two songs that night, including his Aerosmith classic, "Dream On." He also heard the song that would become his debut country single that night.

"After we were done, this beautiful young lady sat down and did a song called 'Love Is Your Name,'" Steven explains. "Well, I fell in love with it that night."

Steven also met American Idol mentor Scott Borchetta that night, and eventually decided to sign with Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group to make the country project.

As for why a rock legend is coming over to the country format, Steven explains, "Country music means so much to me because it's the first records I ever sang along with, and that would be the Everly Brothers, who first opened up my eyes to start singing way back at the age of nine."

"Love Is Your Name" is now available for download everywhere.

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Cole Swindell Scores Dream Collaboration with Alan Jackson on “ACM Presents: Superstar Duets”

Image Courtesy Heather Wines/CBSCole Swindell teams up with his hero, Alan Jackson, to perform Alan's big hit "Chattahoochee" on the new ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special Friday night on CBS. The special was taped last month in Dallas prior to the ACM Awards, and Cole was thankful he actually got to meet Alan before they went on stage together. The two stars interviewed each other in a segment for the show.

Cole says of that experience, "That was a little uncomfortable at first for me just sitting there, and they're telling me, 'Look at him,' and I'm like, 'I'm scared to look. It's Alan Jackson.'"

Of all of Alan's country hits, "Chattahoochee" holds a special place in Cole's heart. He was just a kid when the song was a hit in the early '90s.

"I know I drove my mom crazy singing that song," Cole says. "All that practice paid off getting to do that."

The ACM Presents: Superstar Duets concert was taped over two nights at Globe Life Park near Dallas, but second show went late into the night due to severe storms in the area. The rain didn't dampen the audience's excitement about seeing Alan, though.

Cole says, "They went nuts when he walked out there. I'm just like, I should probably not even go out when he calls me. I just want to watch him sing."

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Darius Rucker, Sam Hunt and Brantley Gilbert are among the other stars performing on ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, premiering Friday night at 9 ET on CBS.

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