Down Home Divas: Cary Laine and Holli Mosley on The Early Bird Show!

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The Down Home Divas: Cary Laine and Holli Mosley stopped into the studio to talk to Don on The Early Bird Show about their FREE Concert today at Teton Pharmacy at 5:30pm! It’s all part of the FREE Summer Parking Lot Party from 10am-7pm! FREE food, games, bounce houses, face painting, camels, and more! See […]

Garth Brooks Ready to Compete on the Road with Today’s Top Country Acts

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Schmidt RelationsGarth Brooks is honored to be name-checked as an influence on current country superstars like Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, but that doesn't mean he's going to make it easy for them to compete with his upcoming world tour.

Garth explains, "Competition between us only makes the product better, which makes the consumer more happy. Under that flag of country music, it all keeps going in circles."

Several  people in the music industry have told Garth they've seen a lot of acts steal elements from his live shows over the years, but Garth is quick to correct them, saying, "If they stole my show, then they must have stole Chris LeDoux's show, 'cause that's where I stole it from. Chris got it from somebody else. That's what we do."

As for the new stage he'll be taking on tour, Garth describes it as "phenomenal." He says of his initial reaction to seeing it, "I was sitting there with my jaw open going, 'You're kidding me? This is what we're going to roll around the world with?' It's very impressive."

Though Garth's live shows from the '90s are now the stuff of country music legend, he's setting out to top himself with this new presentation.

Says Garth, "I want these people walking out of these arenas going, 'Best show I've ever seen. That thumped harder than any rap show I've been to. It was louder. It was more chaotic. It was just stupid.'  That's what I want to hear."

Garth will be bringing his wife, Trisha Yearwood, along to perform on the world tour.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen will perform his latest hit, "Beachin," Monday morning on NBC's Today.

Blake Shelton will headline the 2015 Kicker Country Stampede Festival June 25 through 28 in Manhattan, Kansas.

According to Pollstar, George Strait has the highest-grossing tour in North America so far this year with $61.8 million coming in for 26 dates on his final trek, The Cowboy Rides Away.

Tyler Farr has earned a gold single certification for his latest hit, "Whiskey in My Water."

Shania Twain is the first performer to sell out two back-to-back shows at the Calgary Stampede in Canada. The concerts took place last week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Jon Pardi worked as a lifeguard when he first moved to Nashville.

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Keith Urban Performing with Fans in Australia Thanks to His New Hologram

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban just wrapped a run of shows in Australia, but fans Down Under can still see him perform virtually. Keith has partnered with ANZ Bank to present a hologram of himself performing his latest single, "Somewhere in My Car."

Keith tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, "Somewhere in my hologram, right?"

Fans can actually perform the song onstage with Keith as the hologram travels from city to city over the next few weeks. Keith sees the hologram as an interesting way to stay connected to fans.

"I like the whole idea of that and what can be done with that," Keith told ABC News Radio backstage after his performance on ABC's Good Morning America on Friday. "We've already seen it a little bit at Coachella [with the late rapper Tupac Shakur] and places like that, so it's interesting to see how that's going to evolve as a technology."

So, would Keith consider staying home while his hologram goes on a full-fledged tour?

Says Keith, "No, 'cause I love the crowd. I love the whole experience. I wouldn't want to miss that. The traveling is so horrendous that the crowd make it all worthwhile." 

He laughs, "Jackson Browne says he plays onstage two hours for free, but they pay him for the other 22 hours. I think that's [about] right!"

Keith his now on the road in North America on the Raise 'Em Up Tour. Go to KeithUrban.net for dates.

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The Band Perry’s “Pioneer” Album Launch Honored by Tennessee Tourism Association

Image Courtesy CMAThe Band Perry received some hometown love last week from the Greene County Partnership. According to the Tennessee's Greeneville Sun, the sibling trio was honored with the 2014 Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association Pinnacle Award in recognition of their Pioneer album launch event in Greeneville in March 2013.

The band performed for a huge crowd at the event, which required government cooperation on the state, regional and local level. The event took place on the Saturday night before Easter, so Greeneville's Public Works Department had to toil late into the night to clean up the downtown area before church services the next morning.

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