The Band Perry Describes New Music Just “Around the Corner”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWith the first single from their third album due to come out just “around the corner,” The Band Perry says we can expect a “less is more” approach from their new music.

“[It’s] very minimalist in the sense that we're leaving a lot of space in both the visuals and the sound of the music as well,” Reid says, describing their concept for the CD.

 “I love minimalism 'cause anyone can find their own taste and their own love in something that's minimalist,” Kimberly interjects. “So, we're gonna leave enough blanks for people to use their imagination and take away from it what they want. We're chasing melody more than ever before [in] the sound of the records,” she adds.

While the siblings may be simplifying their approach to the music, they admit they’re branching out when it comes to the way they look.

“We are known as the black leather country band, but we are starting to incorporate more colors,” Neil says, “And me as, like, the visual guy, that's really exciting, 'cause you have so many more options with that.”

 Reid confesses it is a bit more challenging for the guys, joking they’re both color blind.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Country Music Hall of Famer made her chart debut in 1976 with "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand?" ANSWER:  Reba.

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Randy Travis Married Fiancee Mary Davis Last Month

Warner Music GroupRandy Travis' appearance at the ACM Awards this past weekend wasn't the only surprise the singer had up his sleeve.  His rep confirmed to US Weekly that last month, he married his fiancee Mary DavisPeople reports that the two were wed March 21.

Randy, 55, had been engaged to Davis before he suffered a debilitating stroke two years ago.  This is his second marriage; he was previously wed to his former manager, Lib Hatcher.

Randy wrote a letter to fans after his ACM Awards appearance, where he received a standing ovation, expressing gratitude for their support, and saying he looks forward to playing music again.  "It is my prayer that, with continued healing, one day soon I will be back on that stage exchanging music with my fans...my friends, who with God's amazing grace have brought me this far," he wrote.

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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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