Tim McGraw Leaves Mother’s Day Planning to His Three Teenage Daughters

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw's three daughters with Faith Hill are all teenagers now, so he doesn't have to help them get their presents ready for Mother's Day anymore.

Tim tells ABC Radio, "They always pretty much are pretty good at taking care of that."

Still, Tim likes to show his appreciation for Faith on Mother's Day, too. He adds, "You know, I try to find something that's interesting for my wife. Of course, breakfast in bed's always pretty good."

As for their daughters, Tim and Faith's oldest, Gracie, just turned 18 and will graduate high school later this month. Their middle child, Maggie, will be a high school senior next year, and Tim is philosophical about watching his daughters start dating and developing lives of their own.

"At first, you start off, you say, 'I'm gonna have a shotgun across my lap and I'm gonna sit in the front door,'" Tim says of watching his daughters enter the dating scene. "But as they get older, you sort of grow along with that. You just want them to be happy and you want them to go out and experience life in the best ways. You feel like you do your best to raise them with good values and to respect themselves and respect other people."

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A Thousand Horses Books Major TV Appearances Thanks to Debut Hit, “Smoke”

Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Republic NashvilleNew group A Thousand Horses' career is on fire thanks to their debut top-five hit "Smoke." The song's popularity has earned the band performance slots on NBC's Today on May 11 and Fox News's Fox & Friends on May 13. After years of struggling to make it big, A Thousand Horses is now "humbled" by the big welcome they've gotten from both country radio and their new fans.

Lead singer Michael Hobby says, "To know this band’s journey and the side-jobs we all had, the gigs we took for no money, the memories we made while all traveling in one van while we took turns driving overnight for years just to get our sound perfected and the music right, just makes this moment so incredible."

A Thousand Horses' debut album, Southernality, is due out June 9. They join Darius Rucker's Southern Style tour starting May 14 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

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Eric Church Pays No Attention to Country Radio When Choosing His Opening Acts

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleUnlike most country headliners, Eric Church doesn't pay attention to country radio when choosing his opening acts. Instead, he books musical acts he's passionate about, whether or not they could ever fit in the country format. That's why you'll see everyone from hard rock group Halestorm to Americana group The Lone Bellow on the road with Eric this year.

He tells the Lexington Herald-Leader, "I just thought it was cooler than who everybody else takes on tour. Everybody just repackages tours. That's what happens in country music. That's what happens in all kinds of music. They just take the same four or five people, whoever had a hit this year, whoever's hot, and sticks them on the bill."

Eric's approach to booking supporting acts comes from his experience as a brand-new act opening for rock legend Bob Seger. Eric got the gig because Bob liked his music, an opportunity Eric wants to pass that opportunity on to his favorite up-and-coming acts.

"There is just so much music out there I love that doesn't have the outlet," Eric explains. " You know what? We didn't used to have the outlet, either"

He adds, "Going forward, this is something we're going to continue to do."

Check out Eric's full tour schedule at EricChurch.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Miranda Lambert's boutique with locations in Tishomingo, Oklahoma and Lindale, Texas? ANSWER: The Pink Pistol.

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Ashley Monroe Releasing New Album July 24 Featuring Latest Single, “On to Something Good”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe's new, as-yet-untitled album will be out July 24 featuring the lead single, "On to Something Good." The video for the track is now airing on CMT. Ashley's new album is the follow-up to her 2013 critically acclaimed release Like a Rose.

Here's the track listing for Ashley's new album:

"On to Something Good"
"I Buried Your Love Alive"
"The Weight of the Load"
"The Blade"
"Winning Streak"
"From Time to Time"
"If Love Was Fair"
"Has Anybody Ever Told You"
"The Devil Don't Want Me"
"Good at Leavin'"

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert and her horse, Ellie, picked up a few ribbons at the Red River Welsh Pony Association Horse Show in Oklahoma over the weekend. You can check out the photos on Miranda's Instagram account.



Eli Young Band's new video for "Turn it On" is now airing on Vevo.

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