Steven Tyler Signs with Nashville-Based Big Machine Label Group

Image Courtesy Zack WhitfordAerosmith front man Steven Tyler has officially signed a record deal with Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, led by American Idol mentor Scott Borchetta. Tyler confirmed he was releasing a country album during a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry last week. That project is due out later this year on Big Machine's imprint, Dot Records.

Steven says, "My earliest influences put me somewhere between the Everly Brothers and The Carter Family and this project is all about me paying homage to my country roots. I’ve been working with some f**king epic Nashville songwriters, getting my feet wet with their style and groove."

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Luke Bryan “Spring Break Checkin’ Out” Concert Special Premiering Sunday, April 12

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleIf you didn't make it Luke Bryan's recent spring break concerts on the Gulf Coast of Florida, you'll be able to get a taste of the shows on the new AXS TV special, Luke Bryan Spring Break Checkin' Out. The concert special premieres Sunday, April 12 at 8 p.m. ET with exclusive performance and interview footage from this year's concerts in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Clips from Luke's previous spring break concerts will be included as well.

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Alan Jackson’s Mother-in-Law, Nell Brown Jackson, Dies at Age 94

Image Courtesy Schmidt PRAlan Jackson's mother-in-law, Nell Brown Jackson, passed away Friday, April 3 at age 94. Her obituary in the Newnan Times-Herald declares, "The glorious voices of the heavenly choir will be made all the more sweet by her lilting soprano voice." 

Mrs. Jackson 's survived by three children, including Alan's wife, Denise Jackson, as well as eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A visitation with the family will be held Monday night in Newnan, GA, with a service to follow on Tuesday, April 7.

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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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Country Newcomer Kelsea Ballerini Gives a Tutorial on How to Pronounce Her Last Name

Image Courtesy Jeremy Ryan/Black RiverCountry newcomer Kelsea Ballerini is making a splash at country radio with her debut hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It," so we thought it was time you learned how to pronounce her last name. She recently embarrassed herself in front of a songwriter in Nashville explaining how to say her last name and earned a new nickname in the process.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, "I saw him in the hallway, and he goes, "What's your name again?" And just without even thinking I go, 'Kelsea Ballerini. Like Tortellini. Like a noodle.' So, my nickname is [now] 'Noodle.'"

Some people pronounce Kelsea's last name as "ballerina" on first glance, which is appropriate since she studied ballet as a kid. Kelsea also had a spot on a competitive hip-hop dance team.

She says, "[It's] is hilarious now. But I loved it, and I think that, honestly, helped me, like, appreciate grooves and beats and stuff like that and movement."

While Kelsea still loves to dance, she doesn't feel quite as confident busting a move during her concerts.

"On stage now, you can tell that I really try, but it's not cute anymore," Kelsea says with a laugh.

Kelsea releases her debut album, The First Time, on May 19.

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