Brett Eldredge Recharged His Creative Batteries with a Quick Trip to Key West Earlier This Week

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge spent the first part of this week in Key West, Florida, before heading back for the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Getting away from the freezing temperatures in Music City helped get Brett's creative juices flowing as he continues work on his upcoming sophomore album.

"I went down there to go fishing and become inspired by the beautiful beach," Brett tells ABC News Radio. "It was 20 degrees when we left Nashville. It was 68 when I got there, and it ended up being 87 by the time I left, and so I was like -- I'm inspired! I feel amazing."

One of Brett's biggest hits, "Beat of the Music," was inspired by his time at the beach, so it's no surprise to learn he's always looking to get back on the water.

Says Brett, "Anytime I can get away, if I have a couple days off, I go to somewhere where there's water because I just get completely reenergized by the ocean or lake or whatever it is -- a puddle, I don't care what it is."

Brett will release the first single from his sophomore album once his latest hit, "Mean to Me," finishes its climb to #1 on the country chart.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Church’s next single will be “Like A Wrecking Ball,” from his CD The Outsiders.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood made a surprise appearance at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar on Wednesday, showing up to announce this year’s inductees into the Country Radio Hall of Fame.

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Miranda Lambert Negotiates the Rivalry Between Oklahoma and Texas

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleAs a Texas native who both married Okie Blake Shelton and now finds herself living in his home state, Miranda Lambert says she’s never confused about where her loyalties lie.

“Oklahoma has welcomed me, and I found my second home in my husband’s home state,” she tells the Tulsa World. “We love living there on our farm. I am a fan of the small-town feel, and I get to be myself,” she says of her adopted hometown of Tishomingo.

But she’s quick to make sure the Lone Star State has the last word. “My parents have instilled in me to be proud of where you come from, so I will always be very proud of being a Texan,” she adds.

This Saturday night, Miranda brings her Certified Platinum tour to the Sooner State’s BOK Center in Tulsa.

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Who’s Who of Country Stars Set to Play Watershed Music and Camping Festival

Image Courtesy CMAFirst-year headliner Dierks Bentley returns to the Northwests’s Watershed Music and Camping Festival this summer, as the three-day show celebrates its fourth year. Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood also top a bill that includes Gary Allan, Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Joe Nichols, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young and more.  Sam Hunt will play a late-night set on the festival’s “Next from Nashville” stage, in addition to his stint on the main platform.

The shows take place July 31-August 2 at Gorge Amphitheatre, just outside Quincy, Washington. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 3 and typically sell out within minutes.

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Ashley Monroe Is “On to Something Good”

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAs Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe head for number one with their single “Lonely Tonight,” Blake praises his duet partner in the ads for her new song, “On to Something Good.”

“Ashley has been like a member of my family for many years,” The Voice coach says. “She’s been one of my favorite artists since before that. I challenge anyone to spend a little time with her and NOT fall in love. It’s time she gets her due as a solo recording artist and I’m so damn proud and excited to watch her star rise!!!”

You can preview the infectious first single from Ashley’s forthcoming album in a new “unofficial” YouTube video that takes fans behind-the-scenes during her latest photo shoot. So far, there’s no release date for Ashley’s new set of songs, produced by country legend Vince Gill.

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