Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe cast of ABC's Nashville has added a Philadelphia date to their spring concert tour. They'll play the city's Tower Theater on May 1.

Parmalee recently visited U.S. troops in six countries on a nine-day trip. Check out their story and photos at

The 2015 CMT Music Awards will be held in Nashville on June 10.

Country stars will take the field for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game at the CMA Music Festival coming up June 13. The event takes place at Nashville's new First Tennessee Park. Tickets are now on sale through Ticketmaster.

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Tim McGraw Reveals Which Musical Decade Shaped His Entire Career

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw's latest hit, "Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools," is the kind of classic country song you might have heard Merle Haggard singing back in his '70s heyday. In fact, Tim thinks most of his music can be traced back to the influence of that era.

He says, "I grew up in the '70’s, and I’m a child of the '70’s. That kinda music is really what made me fall in love with music."

One of that decade's hottest bands weighs heavily on Tim's song selection, too.

"The Eagles were probably one of the biggest influences in the music that I make," Tim says. "It’s like George Strait, Merle Haggard and the Eagles all meshed together.”

"Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools" is the latest single from Tim's album Sundown Heaven Town, available now.

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Kellie Pickler, Billy Ray Cyrus Starring in Two Upcoming CMT Series

Image Courtesy Black River EntertainmentKellie Pickler and her husband, Kyle Jacobs, have a new reality show coming to CMT this fall. I Love Kellie Pickler follows the high-energy country star as she navigates married life with Kyle, who's described as her "complete opposite." The show will also capture Kellie and Kyle's professional life; he's producing her upcoming studio album. Look for I Love Kellie Pickler to premiere September 18.

CMT also has announced a new scripted series starring Billy Ray Cyrus, premiering early next year. Still the King features Billy Ray as Vernon Brown -- a country one-hit wonder who returns to the spotlight 20 years later as an Elvis impersonator in Nevada. Circumstances bring Vernon back to Nashville, where he pretends to be a minister and discovers he has a 15-year-old daughter he's never met.

Cyrus' last starring TV series role was in the family drama Doc, which aired from 2001-2004.  He also had a recurring role in daughter Miley's Disney Channel series, Hannah Montana.

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Jason Aldean Pays Tribute to One of Luke Bryan’s Early Headshots

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean had some fun busting pal Luke Bryan's chops on Instagram. While eating at Sandbar in Panama City Beach, FL, Jason came across an early headshot of Luke on the wall. In the picture, Luke has his hands clasped with his head tilted to the side, a pose Jason recreated for his own photo.



Jason called Luke's headshot a "gem" in the post and added the hashtags #glamourshot and #wecantbefriendsanymore.

Jason and Luke are both nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 50th Annual ACM Awards, April 19 on CBS.

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Dustin Lynch Gives Fans a Look into His World with “On the DL” YouTube Series

Image Courtesy Broken BowDustin Lynch's new YouTube series, On the DL, gives fans an inside view of the 300 days he spends on the road every year. It's an idea Dustin's wanted to try for a while.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "It gives our fans a [view of] ‘Hey, this is what goes on behind the scenes, before the doors happen to the venues.’ Show them we’re just a bunch of dudes having fun.”

Dustin's latest On the DL video captures his recent spring break show in Panama City Beach, Florida with Luke Bryan. Check it out now on YouTube.

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