Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney and his band have started rehearsals for The Big Revival tour, kicking off March 26 and 27 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Willie Nelson will begin filming a new movie, Waiting for the Miracle to Come, in March on the Old West film set built on his Texas Hill Country property for the 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger. According to Rolling Stone, the movie is written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and will be produced by U2's Bono, who is also writing the film's soundtrack.

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Thomas Rhett Admits He Stole Some Onstage Moves from Mick Jagger, Eric Church and Even His Own Dad

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRThomas Rhett spent a lot of time watching other acts, including his father Rhett Akins, perform concerts before he ever played a show of his own. As a kid, Rhett took Thomas to see The Rolling Stones quite a few times, and the legendary rock band had a big effect on how Thomas performs to this day.

He says, "When you watch Mick Jagger or somebody, who's like 70-years-old move around the stage as good as he does, it makes you want to move twice as hard."

Thomas finds inspiration in current stars like Eric Church as well. Thomas actually credits Eric's music as one of the biggest reasons he started writing his own songs.

Says Thomas, "[Eric] was a huge inspiration in my songwriting and in my performing. Watching somebody get up there and do the kind of badass thing. I'm not near as much of a badass as Eric Church, but I've tried in the past."

Though he can't pull off the "tough guy" act quite like Eric, Thomas has learned the value of studying his favorite artists' live shows.

"A lot of it is practice and trying to do other things that other artists do, and noticing that you can't do it as well," Thomas explains. "You kind of take that from them and make it your own. A couple years later, you kind of have your own show and your own moves and your own things that you do that nobody else does. So, it's just kind of a big growing process."

Thomas continues his on-the-road education as a special guest on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour this year. They have shows in Canada starting Thursday in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Thomas Rhett Admits He Stole Some Onstage Moves from Mick Jagger, Eric Church and Even His Own Dad

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRThomas Rhett spent a lot of time watching other acts, including his father Rhett Akins, perform concerts before he ever played a show of his own. As a kid, Rhett took Thomas to see The Rolling Stones quite a few times, and the legendary rock band had a big effect on how Thomas performs to this day.

He says, "When you watch Mick Jagger or somebody, who's like 70-years-old move around the stage as good as he does, it makes you want to move twice as hard."

Thomas finds inspiration in current stars like Eric Church as well. Thomas actually credits Eric's music as one of the biggest reasons he started writing his own songs.

Says Thomas, "[Eric] was a huge inspiration in my songwriting and in my performing. Watching somebody get up there and do the kind of badass thing. I'm not near as much of a badass as Eric Church, but I've tried in the past."

Though he can't pull off the "tough guy" act quite like Eric, Thomas has learned the value of studying his favorite artists' live shows.

"A lot of it is practice and trying to do other things that other artists do, and noticing that you can't do it as well," Thomas explains. "You kind of take that from them and make it your own. A couple years later, you kind of have your own show and your own moves and your own things that you do that nobody else does. So, it's just kind of a big growing process."

Thomas continues his on-the-road education as a special guest on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour this year. They have shows in Canada starting Thursday in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Rascal Flatts-Themed Drinks and Spa Packages Coming to Hard Rock Las Vegas During Band’s Residency

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsThe Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is going all-out for Rascal Flatts' residency at The Joint starting February 25. During the run of their Vegas Riot! show, guests can order Rascal Flatts-themed cocktails at the casino bars. According to The Los Angeles Times, the drinks include the "Broken Road" made with Jack Daniels' Tennessee Honey, "Prayin' for Daylight" made with tequila and "Life Is a Highway" made with Woodford Reserve.

The spa at Hard Rock is also offering a few Flatts-themed treatements, including the "I Melt" body scrub and the "Take Me There" Swedish massage. To top it all off, the 35 Steaks + Martinis restaurant is over the "My Wish" Surf & Turf dinner featuring filet mignon.

Rascal Flatts' Vegas Riot! will play select weekends February 25 through March 14.

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Rascal Flatts-Themed Drinks and Spa Packages Coming to Hard Rock Las Vegas During Band’s Residency

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsThe Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is going all-out for Rascal Flatts' residency at The Joint starting February 25. During the run of their Vegas Riot! show, guests can order Rascal Flatts-themed cocktails at the casino bars. According to The Los Angeles Times, the drinks include the "Broken Road" made with Jack Daniels' Tennessee Honey, "Prayin' for Daylight" made with tequila and "Life Is a Highway" made with Woodford Reserve.

The spa at Hard Rock is also offering a few Flatts-themed treatements, including the "I Melt" body scrub and the "Take Me There" Swedish massage. To top it all off, the 35 Steaks + Martinis restaurant is over the "My Wish" Surf & Turf dinner featuring filet mignon.

Rascal Flatts' Vegas Riot! will play select weekends February 25 through March 14.

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Tim McGraw Announces Shotgun Rider Tour 2015 Dates

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will kick off the Shotgun Rider Tour 2015 June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The trek continues through a September 19 show in Irvine, California. Billy Currington and Chase Bryant will serve as the supporting acts for the four-month tour.

Look for Tim to perform "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" from the documentary Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me at this Sunday night's Academy Awards on ABC. The song is nominated in the Original Song category.

Here are Tim's 2015 tour dates:

6/5 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
6/6 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
6/11 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
6/12 -- Boston, MA, XFinity Center
6/18 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
6/19 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
7/10 -- Raleigh, NC, Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/11 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/16 -- Toronto, ON (CAN), Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/18 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live
7/24 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/30 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/31 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Pavilion
8/1 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/2 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/7 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/8 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/9 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheater
8/21 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/22 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/28 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
8/29 -- Philadelphia, PA, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/30 -- Pittsburgh, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
9/4 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/5 -- Portland, OR, Amphitheatre Northwest
9/9 - 9/10 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/17 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/18 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/19 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

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