Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will host his second Crash My Playa Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Go to CrashMyPlaya.com for details.

Country newcomer Canaan Smith's self-titled EP is now available featuring the top 30 hit, "Love You Like That."

Thomas Rhett's new single, "Crash and Burn," is coming out April 7.

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Eric Church Celebrates the Team Effort of His Latest Gold and Platinum Success

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/EMI NashvilleEric Church was the guest of honor at a party on Nashville's Lower Broadway Monday afternoon. The event celebrated his latest #1 hit, "Talladega," as well as the platinum certification of his current album, The Outsiders. After nearly 30 minutes of speeches from music industry insiders praising Eric, he turned the spotlight back on his team that allows him to make his music and get it out to the fans.

Eric told the crowd, "I've been doing this awhile, and I've learned it's not what you do -- it's who you do it with."

While the celebration centered on his latest #1 hit at country radio, Eric stressed he's just as proud of the songs that didn't even make the top 10 from The Outsiders -- "Cold One" and "The Outsiders."

He added, "It's about that passion. It's about going out there and delivering that. So, I'm the luckiest guy alive."

Eric was also presented with a gold album plaque for his 2006 debut project, Sinners Like Me. The album didn't produce any top 10 hits at country radio, but it has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies.  Many songs from that album continue to be staples in Eric's live show to this day.

"In Chicago, we played nine songs off this album, and the people sang every song," Eric said. "That, to me, is what music's about. It's about finding that connection and not being afraid to put it out there."

Eric's The Outsiders World Tour continues Thursday night in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Chase Rice Celebrates “Good Morning America” Appearance, Gears Up for Kenny Chesney Tour

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice was excited to perform his new single, "Gonna Wanna Tonight," on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, but he admits his mom was "freaking out" over the TV gig.

Chris told ABC Radio after his GMA performance, "I should have brought her in. Next time I'm gonna bring her in and make sure she gets the full experience."

The big TV performance kicks off a huge week for Chase as he gets ready to begin his opening slot on Kenny Chesney's The Big Revival tour. Their first show is Thursday night in Music City, and Chase still hasn't fully realized he's about to hit the road with one of his heroes.

Chase describes getting the spot on Kenny's tour as "surreal." He adds, "I've seen so many of his shows from the stands, so to be able to go out and do it with him is gonna be awesome."

Chase hasn't actually met Kenny yet, but he hopes to become friends with the superstar over the summer.

Says Chase, "Once we get on the road, it'll be a lot of business. It'll be a lot of fun. A lot of get-to-know-each-other time, and I'm looking forward to that."

Go to ChaseRice.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Luke Bryan Meets Baseball Legend at Spring Training

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan met a baseball legend on Monday while hanging out at the Chicago White Sox spring training home in Arizona with his pal, player Adam LaRoche.

Bryan met former All-Star Bo Jackson, a special instructor for the Sox, and got his autograph, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bryan joined the team for field and batting practice, but don't expect him to leave country music for a baseball career. Manager Robin Ventura said it would be "perfect" if Bryan wanted to sing the national anthem before one of his team's games. He added, “The guys had a great time with him out here. It’s always fun, especially when a guy is good friends with somebody....He’s going to be a little sore, I think.”  

Bryan and LaRoche are longtime friends and are collaborators on the hunting show Buck Commander.

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Cole Swindell Scores Third Consecutive #1 Hit with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey”

Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell has scored his third consecutive #1 hit from his self-titled debut album with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey." The song has also earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 downloads and streams.

"Ain't Worth the Whiskey" includes a shout-out to Cole's friend Kyle Davis, who has been on several tours of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Special Forces. Says Cole, "I want to dedicate this #1 to him and once again, thank country radio for all their support.”

Look for Cole to celebrate his #1 hit with a performance on NBC's Today Wednesday.

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