Little Big Town Never Thought Twice About Recording Their Provocative New Single, “Girl Crush”

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's latest single, "Girl Crush," has turned a few heads with some listeners thinking it's about a woman experiencing romantic attraction toward another woman. That's not the case, though. Once you get to the chorus, it's clear "Girl Crush" is written from the perspective of a woman experiencing intense jealousy over the woman's relationship with her male ex.

LBT's Karen Fairchild, who sings lead on "Girl Crush," admits the song is provocative, but the band never thought twice about recording it. The song's writers played it for her and band mate Kimberly Schlapman during a writing session.

Karen tells ABC Radio, "[The songwriter] Liz [Rose] said, 'Hey, I gotta play this song we just wrote. You guys'll never cut it, but I gotta play it for you,'" Karen tells ABC Radio. "I couldn't get finished with the song listening to it before I could say, 'Can we please have this song?'"

Karen feels like every woman has experienced the kind of jealousy she's singing about in "Girl Crush." Her husband and band mate, Jimi Westbrook, was floored when he heard the chorus, which is when the full force of the woman's jealousy is revealed.

He says, "Yeah, when that turns at the hook, it's like, 'Wow!' That's good writing."

Watch Little Big Town perform "Girl Crush" on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night.

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Brad Paisley Hosting Stand-Up Comedy Show at Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley's wacky sense of humor will be on display as he hosts a night of standup comedy in Nashville Thursday, April 16. The show features several comedians as part of the weekly Wild West Comedy Festival in Music City running April 14 through 19. Brad will emcee that event on the 16th in addition to interacting with the comedians, including Jon Reep, Greg Hahn, Theo Von, Sarah Tiana, and Keith Alberstadt.

Kevin Hart, Joel McHale, Nick Kroll and Saturday Night Live's Colin Jost are among the other comedians performing at the Wild West Comedy Festival. Go to WildWestComedyFestival.com for details.

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Easton Corbin Interview

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Easton Corbin is coming to The Shoshone Bannock Hotel & Event Center this Saturday! Powered by Fort Hall Casino!   He called in to talk to Don Jarrett this morning on The Early Bird Show! Buy your tickets here: www.shobangaming.com

“Nashville” Cast Members Launching Spring Tour Next Month in New York City

Image Courtesy ABCCast members from ABC's Nashville are hitting the road for a tour this spring. The trek launches April 29 with Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Aubrey Peeples and Lennon & Maisy on the bill for all dates. Sam Palladio will join the trek for the shows in New York and Los Angeles, and Jonathan Jackson will be there for the date in Chicago.

For a preview of the tour, tune in to Nashville: On the Record 2, airing this Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC. The concert special was filmed earlier this year in Music City and features a guest appearance from Reba.

Here are the Nashville spring tour dates:

4/29 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
5/2 -- Boston, MA, Wang Theater
5/3 -- Washington, D.C., DAR Constitution Hall
5/5 -- Chicago, IL, Rosemont Auditorium
5/6 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrup Auditorium
5/8 -- San Francisco, CA, Warfield Theater
5/9 -- Los Angeles, CA, Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
5/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Comerica Theater

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will host his second Crash My Playa Caribbean concert vacation in Riviera Maya, Mexico coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Go to CrashMyPlaya.com for details.

Country newcomer Canaan Smith's self-titled EP is now available featuring the top 30 hit, "Love You Like That."

Thomas Rhett's new single, "Crash and Burn," is coming out April 7.

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Eric Church Celebrates the Team Effort of His Latest Gold and Platinum Success

Image Courtesy Jon Peets/EMI NashvilleEric Church was the guest of honor at a party on Nashville's Lower Broadway Monday afternoon. The event celebrated his latest #1 hit, "Talladega," as well as the platinum certification of his current album, The Outsiders. After nearly 30 minutes of speeches from music industry insiders praising Eric, he turned the spotlight back on his team that allows him to make his music and get it out to the fans.

Eric told the crowd, "I've been doing this awhile, and I've learned it's not what you do -- it's who you do it with."

While the celebration centered on his latest #1 hit at country radio, Eric stressed he's just as proud of the songs that didn't even make the top 10 from The Outsiders -- "Cold One" and "The Outsiders."

He added, "It's about that passion. It's about going out there and delivering that. So, I'm the luckiest guy alive."

Eric was also presented with a gold album plaque for his 2006 debut project, Sinners Like Me. The album didn't produce any top 10 hits at country radio, but it has gone on to sell more than 500,000 copies.  Many songs from that album continue to be staples in Eric's live show to this day.

"In Chicago, we played nine songs off this album, and the people sang every song," Eric said. "That, to me, is what music's about. It's about finding that connection and not being afraid to put it out there."

Eric's The Outsiders World Tour continues Thursday night in Tallahassee, Florida.

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