Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Paslay is a co-writer on Steven Tyler's debut country single, "Love Is Your Name."

Laura Bell Bundy will release her new album, Another Piece of Me, on June 9.

Tim McGraw appears on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to talk about his role in the new movie, Tomorrowland.

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Kelsea Ballerini Gives a Voice to Her Female Fans on Debut Album, “The First Time”

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini had a hand in writing every song on her debut album, The First Time, including the lead single, "Love Me Like You Mean It." While she considered cutting a few songs by other writers around Nashville, Kelsea ultimately decided recording her own songs would be the best way to introduce herself to country fans.

She tells ABC Radio, "I wanted it to be the best album that it could be, but I also wanted it to be my album. I've been writing since I was 12. I signed my publishing deal with 240 songs, so I just had a ton to sort through."

The result is a collection of songs that capture Kelsea's confident approach to life while also showing her vulnerable side on songs like "Second Hand Smoke," which addresses her parents' divorce. Even when the subject matter is sad, Kelsea works to include a twist in the lyrics to provide a positive spin on things for both the singer and her audience.

"I am a girl. I struggle with insecurities all day, every day," Kelsea admits, "but even when I get to sing these songs, it helps me to remember to be confident and remember to stand up for myself and that kind of stuff. But I think it's really important for girls to have that voice, and I just kinda want to be that for them."

Kelsea's empowering message is getting across through her debut hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It." As the song hits the top 10 at country radio, Kelsea is amazed to hear fans singing every word of the song during her concerts.

She says, "I mean, it's my first single. It's my first time experiencing all of this. So, that's all you could ever ask for."

The First Time is now available in stores and at all digital outlets.

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Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt and More Featured on “Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 8″

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleThe eighth volume of the Now That's What I Call Country series is due out June 9 featuring hits from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt and many more. There are 18 tracks in all, including 14 #1 hits. Look for the compilation in stores and on all digital outlets.

Here's the Now That's What I Call Country Volume 8 track listing:

Luke Bryan --"Roller Coaster"
Jason Aldean -- "Just Getting' Started"
Sam Hunt -- "Leave the Night On"
Darius Rucker -- "Homegrown Honey"
Florida Georgia Line -- "Sun Daze"
Jake Owen -- "Beachin'"
Brantley Gilbert -- "Bottoms Up"
Eric Church -- "Give Me Back My Hometown"
Lady Antebellum -- "Bartender"
A Thousand Horses -- "Smoke"
Cole Swindell -- "Ain't Worth the Whiskey"
Keith Urban -- "Somewhere in My Car"
Miranda Lambert -- "Automatic"
Brad Paisley -- "Perfect Storm"
Tyler Farr -- "A Guy Walks into a Bar"
Lee Brice -- "Drinking Class"
Chris Young -- "Lonely Eyes"
Eric Paslay -- "She Don't Love You"

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Randy Houser Looks Back on the Big Break David Letterman Gave Him in 2008

Image Courtesy Stoney CreekAs David Letterman prepares to host his last installment of The Late Show May 20, Randy Houser is looking back on the big break the host gave him back in 2008.

Before he became a regular at #1 on the country charts, Randy was struggling to break through with his emotional debut single, "Anything Goes." Letterman heard the song while working on his ranch, loved it, and booked Randy to perform a special version of the song on The Late Show.

Randy tells Rolling Stone, "He loved the second verse of the song so much he wanted to hear it twice. The arrangement was literally in Dave's request. 'Anything Goes' was the first single I ever put out, maybe in the fifties on the chart at the time."

Letterman is known for taking a chance on new artists, as he did recently booking country newcomer Chris Stapleton to perform on The Late Show.

Randy says of Letterman's music booking approach, "It doesn't have to be a big hit -- if Dave digs it, he pushes it."

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Carrie Underwood Releases Live Performance Video for “Little Toy Guns”

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCarrie Underwood has posted a live performance of her latest hit, "Little Toy Guns," on Yahoo! Music.  The clip is part of the outlet's Ram Country series and was taped in Nashville.

"Little Toy Guns" is the second single from Carrie's Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation. She's expected to perform the song on the Grand Ole Opry on June 9.

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