Trace Adkins Throws It Down for the Grand Ole Opry During USO Tour

USO photo by Cherie CullenTrace Adkins saluted the Grand Ole Opry while on a recent USO tour in the Middle East and Europe.

During his performances, Adkins threw down a replica of the six-foot Opry Circle of wood symbolizing the oak center stage at the Opry House. It was in honor of the Opry's 90th anniversary celebration.

Dozens of artists will take part in similar "Circle Throwdowns" around the world to salute the Opry.

You can check out Adkins' "Throwdown" on

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“Nashville” Recap: Is the Better Part Over

Image Courtesy Bob D'Amico/ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Deacon Claybourne's sister Beverly initially turned down Rayna Jaymes' million-dollar offer to donate a piece of her liver to Deacon, who is facing terminal cancer if he doesn’t get a transplant. Just when it seemed like all hope was lost, Beverly made a surprise appearance at Deacon's show at the Bluebird and told him she would make the donation anyway. No word on whether or not Beverly intends to collect Rayna's million dollars, too.

New mom Juliette Barnes was hyper-focused on re-launching her stalled career with surprise concert dates and a promise to deliver a new album to her label in just two days. All of this happened at the expense of her baby, Cadence. Juliette pawned the baby off on her assistant, Emily, who called Juliette's husband, Avery, to let him know Cadence hadn't been fed or changed in hours on Juliette's watch.

Avery and Emily quickly called Juliette's doctor and staged an intervention to address her post-partum depression, but she refused to listen to them and headed back to the studio.

Closeted country star Will Lexington was reunited with his father, Bill, who kicked him out of the house at 17 years old for being gay. His dad was on hand to see Will perform a new song, "I'm on It", for country radio programmers in Nashville. Will's dad ended up telling his son he loved him for the first time ever, but Will's new boyfriend, Kevin Bicks, wasn't happy to see Will reconnect with someone who had hurt him so badly.

Will's dad and everyone else in the world will know he's gay very soon thanks to some leaked photos of Will and Kevin on vacation together. It's cause for concern with Will's record label boss, Luke Wheeler, who just found out a tabloid is going to out Will with those photos next week.

Actor Chris Carmack plays Will on the show, and he admires the sensitivity the writers on Nashville have shown towards his characters' journey to accept his sexuality.

Says Chris, "I think the writers are so on point with this character and where he’s going. Every scene I get is just, it’s just exciting to read. They’re givin’ me so much to work with. They’re givin’ Will interesting stories and interesting scenes episode after episode and I have nothing but enthusiasm for every scene I've read so far."

Will Lexington's performance of "I'm on It" is now available for download at iTunes. Nashville's season three finale airs next Wednesday night at 10 Eastern on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to "Did It for the Girl" singer Greg Bates on marrying fellow singer-songwriter Shelley Skidmore last Saturday in her hometown of Stanton, Kentucky.

Miranda Lambert, A Thousand Horses front man Michael Hobby and Big Kenny were among the stars on hand for RaeLynn's 21st birthday celebration at John Rich's Nashville estate, Mt. Richmore, Monday night.

Parmalee is celebrating the month of May by giving away an iPhone 6 loaded with Parmalee music, photos, voice memos and apps. To register to win the "Already Callin' You MiPhone" contest, go to

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Florida Georgia Line Moves Anything Goes Tour to Outdoor Amphitheaters Starting This Weekend

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is moving their Anything Goes tour outdoors to amphitheaters across the country starting this weekend after playing arena shows all winter long.

The duo's Tyler Hubbard says, "That's always a very exciting time for us. Kinda just underneath the stars. You can pack a ton of people in there. It's always a good party."

FGL will be playing amphitheaters all summer long, and duo member Brian Kelley thinks fans from coast-to-coast love enjoying concerts in that environment.

"It's got a different feel," Brian says. "People start to warm up and loosen up."

Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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Thompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee & More Performing on Country Cruising Voyage in October

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square, Joe Nichols, Parmalee and Trace Adkins are among the stars hitting the high seas for the Country Cruising voyage this fall. The cruise sets sail from Miami, Florida October 23 with stops in the Bahamas, Key West and the Grand Cayman Islands through October 30.

Craig Morgan, Neal McCoy and newcomers Charlie Worsham and Lindsay Ell are also performing on the cruise. For more information, go to

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Little Big Town Cutting the Ribbon on CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X June 11 in Nashville

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will cut the ribbon on the opening day of Fan Fair X at the 2015 CMA Music Festival, coming up June 11 through 14 at the Music City Center in Nashville. After the opening, LBT will be featured as the Fan Fair X Artist of the Day and answer fan questions at the CMA Close Up Stage that morning. Hunter Hayes will take fan questions as the Artist of the Day on Friday, with Chris Young following on Saturday and Darius Rucker closing things out on Sunday.

Fan Fair X will also feature performances from Dustin Lynch, Sara Evans, Kristian Bush and Nashville star Charles Esten. Parmalee, Thompson Square and Canaan Smith are among the stars signing autographs in the CMA Booth throughout the festival, too.

Tickets for Fan Fair X are available now at

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