New Group A Thousand Horses Rocketing to Stardom Thanks to Breakout Hit, “Smoke”

Image Courtesy David McClister/Republic NashvilleNew country group A Thousand Horses is on the verge of scoring a top 10 hit at country radio with their debut single, "Smoke." The track entered the chart in January, and even the guys in the band can't believe the song has become a hit so quickly.

Lead singer and South Carolina native Michael Hobby tells ABC Radio, "It's been a fast and wild ride so far. We're honored, and [to have] country radio to spin it as fast as it's risen -- it's pretty overwhelming. It still sinks in every day. It's like, 'Oh wait, we have a [hit]? It's in the top 20?'"

Michael collaborated on "Smoke" with two of Nashville's top songwriters, and it ended up being the first song the group recorded for their upcoming album, Southernality.

Looking back on that day in the writing room, Michael says, "We said [it was] a cool metaphor to smoking and a girl being that addiction and danger that you necessarily, maybe, shouldn't have, but want."

A Thousand Horses guitarist Zach Brown, who is no relation to the lead singer of Zac Brown Band, adds, "I think it's just about the story, man. Lyrically, it just tells a story that people can relate to, and we love it."

A Thousand Horses' album, Southernality, is out June 9. The band hits the road with Darius Rucker on May 14.

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Zac Brown Knew It Was Love at First Kiss with Wife, Shelly

Image Courtesy Southern GroundIn the latest single from Zac Brown Band, lead singer Zac Brown sings that he's "got good looking woman with her arms ‘round me."  He's singing about his wife of nearly a decade, Shelly, who is the mother of their five kids. Zac says it was love at first kiss for him and Shelly, who met after one of the band's early concerts.

"We ended up New Year’s Eve playin’ a show. My date had stood me up," Zac recalls of that night he first kissed Shelly. "I remember walkin’ back to my friends with like two minutes before midnight and thinkin’, 'I’m not gonna have anybody to kiss on New Year’s,' and there she was, standin’ right there and I remember kissin’ her. "

Zac says that moment was "game over" for him, and he's been with Shelly ever since. "Homegrown" is the lead single from Zac Brown Band's new album, Jekyll + Hyde, due out April 28.

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Zac Brown Knew It Was Love at First Kiss with Wife, Shelly

Image Courtesy Southern GroundIn the latest single from Zac Brown Band, lead singer Zac Brown sings that he's "got good looking woman with her arms ‘round me."  He's singing about his wife of nearly a decade, Shelly, who is the mother of their five kids. Zac says it was love at first kiss for him and Shelly, who met after one of the band's early concerts.

"We ended up New Year’s Eve playin’ a show. My date had stood me up," Zac recalls of that night he first kissed Shelly. "I remember walkin’ back to my friends with like two minutes before midnight and thinkin’, 'I’m not gonna have anybody to kiss on New Year’s,' and there she was, standin’ right there and I remember kissin’ her. "

Zac says that moment was "game over" for him, and he's been with Shelly ever since. "Homegrown" is the lead single from Zac Brown Band's new album, Jekyll + Hyde, due out April 28.

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The Band Perry Added to ACM Lifting Lives Gala

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has joined the lineup for the ACM Lifting Lives One Night, Two Cities All Music Gala coming up Friday, April 17. The sibling trio will perform at both the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas that night.  They're bringing along some surprise guests, too.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are hosting both events, which will run simultaneously. TV host Montel Williams will help host the Dallas gala, while Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O'Dell will serve as emcee at the Fort Worth event.

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban and Little Big Town are among the other stars performing at the ACM Lifting Lives fundraisers that night. Tickets are available at Ticketing.ACMCountry.com.

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The Band Perry Added to ACM Lifting Lives Gala

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has joined the lineup for the ACM Lifting Lives One Night, Two Cities All Music Gala coming up Friday, April 17. The sibling trio will perform at both the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas and the Fort Worth Zoo in Fort Worth, Texas that night.  They're bringing along some surprise guests, too.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are hosting both events, which will run simultaneously. TV host Montel Williams will help host the Dallas gala, while Entertainment Tonight co-host Nancy O'Dell will serve as emcee at the Fort Worth event.

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Keith Urban and Little Big Town are among the other stars performing at the ACM Lifting Lives fundraisers that night. Tickets are available at Ticketing.ACMCountry.com.

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Chris Young, Jerrod Niemann and More Playing Boots on the Beach Vacation in Jamaica

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young, Jerrod Niemann and Tyler Farr are headlining the Boots on the Beach Vacation at Sandals Resort in Jamaica this Memorial Day Weekend. The event runs May 22 through 26. Casey James is on the bill along with newcomers Cam, Josh Dorr and Logan Mize.

In keeping with the spirit of Memorial Day, the Boots on the Beach Vacation will raise money for The Boot Campaign, an organization working to provide assistance to military personnel and their families.

For more information on the vacation package, go to BootsontheBeachVacation.com.

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