Thompson Square Cranks Up the Guitars on New Single, “Trans Am”

Image Courtesy Dove Short/Stoney CreekThompson Square is cranking up the guitars on their new single, "Trans Am." The uptemo song is part of the husband-and-wife duo's effort to expand beyond singing love songs like their breakthrough hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You."

The duo's Keifer Thompson tells Billboard, "It's real easy to push yourself into a corner if you're worried all the time about doing love songs. We don't want to do that all the time. That's boring for us too. This is just a great song with a guy and a girl singing on it. That's how we approached things this time around."

Thompson Square is delivering even more "aggressive" and "rockin'" songs on their upcoming third album due out later this year.

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Florida Georgia Line Schedules Appearances on “The Talk,” “American Idol”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has lined up two big TV appearances in the coming days. They'll stop by CBS's The Talk on Tuesday, April 7 before their appearance on Fox's American Idol Wednesday, April 8. Look for the duo to mentor this season's contestants before performing a song of their own.

Florida Georgia Line is also set to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards April 19 on CBS. They're up for several trophies, including Entertainer of the Year.

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Trisha Yearwood’s Culinary Celebrity Status Leads to Complications in Her Social Life

Image Courtesy Clarkson PotterTrisha Yearwood just released her third cookbook, Trisha's Table, so it's safe to assume she likes to be in charge when it comes to hosting dinner parties.

Says Trisha, "I have a fairly controlling nature anyway, so I’m kind of that girl that’s like, 'I got this, I’m in the kitchen, I got this.'"

Since she's now known for her cooking nearly as much as for her singing, Trisha has noticed her friends expect a gourmet spread when she's hosting a party.

"People expect it to always be incredible and always be perfect, and, "Oh yeah, Trisha’s gonna want to do all the cooking,'" Trisha explains. "And I’m a cook, I’m not a chef. Sometimes things don’t turn out."

On the other hand, Trisha's status as a culinary celebrity has changed the dynamic when she and husband Garth Brooks attend their friends' dinner parties.

Trisha says, "If someone else is cooking, now they’re all of a sudden nervous: 'Oh, Trisha’s comin’ over.' And I’m like, 'Don’t be…that’s not the way this works.' You know? It’s like, 'Do I need to go through all the epic fails I’ve had in the kitchen for you not to feel…to not worry about it?'"

Trisha included more than 100 recipes in Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life.

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Monster Truck Grand Nationals

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NO LIMITS! Monster Trucks! Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 7:30 PM Idaho State University: Holt Arena in Pocatello Check out all the details and ticket information here

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockDarius Rucker rose to prominence as the lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish. What is the title of their multi-platinum debut album? ANSWER: Cracked Rear View.

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Darius Rucker Bonds with His Tour Mates over Dinner and Rounds of Golf

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryDarius Rucker thinks it's important to get to know the acts on his tours, and that task is pretty easy to do if they like to play golf half as much as Darius. Luckily, Darius's supporting act on the Southern Style tour, Brett Eldredge, is a big golfer.

Darius explains. "Putting [the tour] together, you know, I ask Brett, 'You play?' He's like, 'Yeah, I love to play.' 'Perfect. Let's go play.' And that's always a good way to bond. That's four hours of being together."

If an artist isn't that good at golf, Darius lines up other situations on the road to let everyone's band and crew relax and have some bonding time.

"I'll rent out a restaurant and they'll take everybody in," Darius says, "and we'll have a nice meal just so we can all sit around and talk and not worry about putting up a stage and taking down a stage. Let's just enjoy each other and get to know each other a little better."

Darius's Southern Style tour kicks off May 14 in New Jersey. He's also hosting the ACM Lifting Lives Celebrity Golf Classic in Dallas on April 18. Kix Brooks, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Chris Young are among the other stars teeing off with Darius. The event benefits the ACM's charitable organization and takes place the day before the 50th Annual ACM Awards, airing live April 19 on CBS.

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