Billy Currington Swears There’s No Love Affair Going on with His “Don’t It” Video Co-Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleIf you've caught Billy Currington's new video, "Don't It," then you're probably wondering how well Billy knows his beautiful, brunette co-star. The two get very cozy in the romantic clip, but Billy had never seen her before they shot the video in Nashville.

He tells ABC Radio, "I didn't know the girl. I still don't know her. I'll probably never see her again. But for that moment, that day, we had good chemistry. It was easy to do that."

Billy adds, "Hopefully, I made you feel like she's real, and the love was real. It was a good time."

The clip was shot at an old theater in downtown Nashville, but the space isn't used for plays or concerts anymore.

"They actually record music in there sometimes," Billy explains, "but they kind of emptied it out a little bit for us to make that video."

"Don't It" is the lead single from Billy's new studio album, due out later this year.

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Darius Rucker Feels Kelly Clarkson’s Pain When It Comes to Finding Collaborators

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryDarius Rucker is always open to collaborate with other artists, but music business politics often get in the way of making those collaborations actually happen. This subject has got a lot of attention in the past few weeks since Kelly Clarkson admitted in an interview other artists often turn her down when she approaches them about collaborating. According to Darius, those artists might not even know Kelly asked to sing with them in the first place.

He says, "A lot of times management's not even letting it get to the artist to where the artist can say yes or no. I've had some shocking moments over the last few years and stuff where I was turned down from where I was shocked, but, you know, that's just the nature of the business."

A lot of times artists will get together at an event like next month's ACM Awards and come up with an idea for a collaboration. Darius says it's getting harder and harder to take those song ideas from the drawing board to the recording studio.

He explains, "When it happens like that, it's cool. But as soon as you call up somebody's management company, you know, they mess up the coolness of that stuff, 'cause that's a cool thing."

For the record, Darius says he would sing with Kelly Clarkson "in a heartbeat" if she ever asked. As for his dream duet partner, Darius says, "It would be Paul McCartney. I would go and bark on a Paul McCartney record if that's what he wanted me to do. Ruff, ruff! I'm down!"

Darius's new single, "Homegrown Honey," is the lead release from his new album, Southern Style, due out March 31.

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Willie Nelson to Headline Fourth Annual Heartbreaker Banquet at His Luck, Texas Ranch

Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson will perform at the fourth annual Heartbreaker Banquet at his Luck, Texas ranch near Austin. The event takes place March 19, and tickets are now on sale at HeartbreakerBanquet.com.

The Heartbreaker Banquet showcases artists in the roots music community and is timed to coincide with the South by Southwest conference each year. Willie's son, Lukas Nelson, is also on the bill with his band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

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Lady A’s Hillary Scott, RaeLynn and Craig Campbell Playing Nashville’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival

Image Courtesy Campbell Entertainment GroupLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, RaeLynn, Casey James, Craig Campbell and Brandy Clark are on the performers lineup for the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, March 24 through 28 in Nashville. The event takes places at multiple venues around Music City with 92 shows booked throughout the week.  Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson and Vince Gill are also on the bill along with dozens of Nashville's top songwriters.

Go to TinPanSouth.com for ticket and schedule information.

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Gary Allan Taps into His Rockabilly Past for New Single, “Hangover Tonight”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan's new single, "Hangover Tonight," finds him exploring a '50s and '60s-inspired sound, which is a very comfortable place for the singer. Gary tapped into his own musical history to co-write the song with Chris Stapleton and two other young Nashville hitmakers.

Gary says, "I was in rockabilly bands my whole life, and to me it was just a throwback to my youth writing with these guys.  It was a lot of fun.”

"Hangover Tonight" is the lead single from Gary's new studio album, due out later this year.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts' special guest on the hit song, "Easy"? ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.

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