Little Big Town Officially Inducted as the Grand Ole Opry’s Newest Members

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens were on hand to welcome the group into the Opry fold. The quartet started their performance singing "Bring It on Home" with just an acoustic guitar. They then performed their breakthrough hit, "Boondocks," and closed out their set singing Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me."

Backstage before their performance, Little Big Town reflected on how much the Opry has meant to them over the years. Their first public performance ever took place on the show in 1999, and band member Kimberly Schlapman's grandparents could only pick up the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast on their car stereo. Since Kimberly had no idea when they were going on, her grandparents had to sit in the car for hours waiting to hear Little Big Town.

Kimberly said Friday night, "My papa had to go to the bathroom. So, he went into the bathroom, and, of course, we came on. So, my grandmother laid down on the horn -- just laid down on it. And my papa comes out pulling up his pants trying to make it to the car. He made it in time.

She added with a laugh, "He's in heaven with his pants on, I'm sure, watching tonight."

Grand Ole Opry member Reba surprised Little Big Town onstage at the Opry earlier this month to extend the membership invitation. She walked out unannounced singing the "motorboating" line of "Pontoon" during LBT's set.

Group member Karen Fairchild said, "We've replayed Reba singing 'motorboating' over and over and over. I don't know if anything could ever beat that."

The Opry induction kicked off a big week for Little Big Town. Their new album, Pain Killer, is coming out Tuesday featuring the hit single, "Day Drinking."

LBT's Phillip Sweet commented before their Opry appearance, "I feel like more people are gonna hear the music than ever before, and I really am proud that they're gonna hear this record. I think we're so honestly proud of it. It's all Little Big Town."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line's album release date for Anything Goes is chronicled in a series of photographs now posted at People.com.

Look for Reba to make a big career announcement Tuesday morning.

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Jerrod Niemann’s Latest Hit, “Buzz Back Girl,” Is a Real Crowd Pleaser

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has scored multiple #1 singles, so he knows what it feels like to perform a hit song in concert. That's why he's feeling great about his latest single, "Buzz Back Girl."

Jerrod says, "Since the first day we put "Buzz Back Girl" in the set, it just seems to be one of those songs that connects with the crowd."

Even though Jerrod felt like "Buzz Back Girl" would be a big hit, he's learned you can't predict how an audience will react to a song when they first hear it.

"You never know when you get on stage what songs will do that and what won’t," Jerrod explains, "and it’s always fun whenever the songs that you care about the most are the ones that the crowd cares about the most."

"Buzz Back Girl" is featured on Jerrod's latest album, High Noon, available now.

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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Paul Craft Dead at 76

Strictly Country RecordsSongwriter Paul Craft, who penned such hits as Moe Bandy's "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," Bobby Bare's "Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)," Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox," and Ray Stevens' "It's Me Again, Margaret," died Saturday "after years of deteriorating health," the Tennessean reports. He was 76 years old.

Craft, who also wrote songs that were recorded by Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, died at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

Craft was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5 after being nominated numerous times. The Tennessean reports Craft posed for photos with other inductees and was then rushed to the hospital after falling ill.

The Tennessean notes that Craft was a member of American Mensa, a group for people whose IQ is in the top two percent of the population.

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Kip Moore Rocking New Songs on His Up in Smoke Tour This Fall

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore has been playing a ton of new music on his CMT Up in Smoke tour, including the rocking song, "Wild Ones." Even though the lyrics were inspired by the rowdy fans Kip sees in the crowd every night, he hesitated about adding the song to his set list.

Kip tells The Tennessean, "So much of me wanted to hold this song back because I knew how slamming this song was and how excited people would be about it, but I couldn't. It’s just too much fun.”

Kip is also encouraging fans to write obscure song requests on posters when they come to his shows. He'll pick one and try to play it through with his band. Go to KipMoore.net for tour dates.

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Thomas Rhett Headlining NASCAR Truck Series Post-Race Concert at Talledega Superspeedway

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett headlines the Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race concert at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama Saturday. Getting to play a show at the legendary race track is a big deal for Thomas.

He says, "Talladega is one of those iconic places that you grow up knowing about, whether you follow NASCAR or not. So, to be able to go there and perform…that definitely goes on the 'Things I'll tell my grandkids' list." 

To see the rest of Thomas's tour dates, go to ThomasRhett.com.

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