Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard Ready to Get the Party Started on Florida Georgia Line Tour

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line launches their Anything Goes tour Thursday night in Toledo, Ohio, and they've taking two of country's hottest up-and-comers along to get the crowd warmed up this year -- Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.

This trek marks the first time Thomas has performed in the middle slot on a major tour, which means he'll get about 40 to 45 minutes to play for the fans. Before now, Thomas has only had 20 minutes to play for fans on arena shows, but he sees the value in performing all those short shows.

Thomas says, "I just think that challenging ourselves to be entertaining in 20 minutes has made our long shows more entertaining than they have been in the past. We always just try to challenge ourselves and bring something new to every show that we play."

Thomas likes to change things up every night so his fans get a spontaneous, entertaining show.

Now Frankie Ballard is stepping into that 20-minute first slot on the Florida Georgia Line tour, and he is very clear on his mission as the first act on the bill.

Says Frankie, "The crowd is definitely coming to see FGL, and it's a party. They're gonna be amped up, and it's my job to get the blood movin', you know. It's my job to start the party."

So, is Frankie ready to whip the crowd into a frenzy before Thomas and FGL hit the stage?

"I will," he says. "I'll make sure it happens."

For a complete list of Anything Goes tour dates, go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.

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Brandy Clark Hits the Road with One of Her Songwriting Heroes, Alan Jackson

Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark's 2015 is shaping up to be a very big year. She's up for two Grammy Awards -- New Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for 12 Stories -- at next month's ceremony. Brandy is also introducing her music to fans with an opening slot on Alan Jackson's 25th Anniversary tour, which launched this past weekend. Brandy has always looked up to Alan for his honest songwriting and commitment to keeping country music's rich history alive.

Brandy tells ABC News Radio, "I was definitely a huge fan of his growing up. Just loved his songwriting and his singing. He always stayed deeply rooted in traditional country. That's a lot of my influence."

Alan first introduced himself to Brandy at the ASCAP Songwriter Awards last fall in Nashville, and they spent some quality time with one another last weekend while playing their first two shows together.

Says Brandy, "After the first show, he invited myself and Jon Pardi, who's the other opener, up on his bus for a drink. Just so nice and wanted to make us feel great about being out there with him. He's a class act."

Look for Brandy at the Grammy Awards airing Sunday, February 8 on CBS.

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Brandy Clark Hits the Road with One of Her Songwriting Heroes, Alan Jackson

Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark's 2015 is shaping up to be a very big year. She's up for two Grammy Awards -- New Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year for 12 Stories -- at next month's ceremony. Brandy is also introducing her music to fans with an opening slot on Alan Jackson's 25th Anniversary tour, which launched this past weekend. Brandy has always looked up to Alan for his honest songwriting and commitment to keeping country music's rich history alive.

Brandy tells ABC News Radio, "I was definitely a huge fan of his growing up. Just loved his songwriting and his singing. He always stayed deeply rooted in traditional country. That's a lot of my influence."

Alan first introduced himself to Brandy at the ASCAP Songwriter Awards last fall in Nashville, and they spent some quality time with one another last weekend while playing their first two shows together.

Says Brandy, "After the first show, he invited myself and Jon Pardi, who's the other opener, up on his bus for a drink. Just so nice and wanted to make us feel great about being out there with him. He's a class act."

Look for Brandy at the Grammy Awards airing Sunday, February 8 on CBS.

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Scotty McCreery Remembers His Late Grandfather

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCondolences to Scotty McCreery on the passing of his paternal grandfather, James "Bill" McCreery II, last Sunday. The death was unexpected and came just two days after his 86th birthday.

Scotty says, "My Granddad was a hard worker who spent 20 years in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command and 10 more years working for the US Civil Service at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He lived life to the fullest, was good-natured and had a hearty laugh."

Scotty's grandfather was married to his grandmother, Paquita, for 57 years. They had three children and six grandchildren, of which Scotty is the only boy.

"As his only grandson, it will be an honor to carry on the family name, "Scotty says. " Thank you Granddad, for everything, but especially the lessons on love and respect, the golf and diving lessons AND that McCreery deep voice."

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Scotty McCreery Remembers His Late Grandfather

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleCondolences to Scotty McCreery on the passing of his paternal grandfather, James "Bill" McCreery II, last Sunday. The death was unexpected and came just two days after his 86th birthday.

Scotty says, "My Granddad was a hard worker who spent 20 years in the US Air Force Strategic Air Command and 10 more years working for the US Civil Service at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. He lived life to the fullest, was good-natured and had a hearty laugh."

Scotty's grandfather was married to his grandmother, Paquita, for 57 years. They had three children and six grandchildren, of which Scotty is the only boy.

"As his only grandson, it will be an honor to carry on the family name, "Scotty says. " Thank you Granddad, for everything, but especially the lessons on love and respect, the golf and diving lessons AND that McCreery deep voice."

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Carrie Underwood Passes Along Some Wisdom Gained from Her Dogs, Ace and Penny

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood's beloved dogs, Ace and Penny, are enjoying their final moments alone with their mom before she welcomes her first baby in the coming months. It looks like Carrie's learning some lessons from those pups to pass on to her child.

Carrie shared a tender photograph on Instagram of Penny's head resting on her pregnant belly. The caption reads, "We should all try to see ourselves the way our dogs see us...with unconditional love and acceptance, in spite of our many flaws..."

 

 

Carrie is currently climbing the country chart with the inspirational hit, "Something in the Water." It's included on her compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, available now.

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