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A Thomas Rhett Flashback In Today’s Nashville Roundup

Thomas Rhett tells Planet Weekly that he wanted to be a hippie in high school. “As far as I can remember, I’ve always really disliked rules that I didn’t agree with. So like going back to high school, my hair had to be a certain length. I couldn’t have a beard. We had to wear socks with our shoes, you couldn’t wear flip-flops. And every part of me hated that. Every part of me wanted to have my hair just long enough to not get in trouble or every part of me wanted to wear socks and then take them off in the third period and put my flip-flops on just to see if I’d get caught. And so I think that kind of translates in our music.”

NBC says one of Josh Turner’s tour buses was involved in a fatal crash near Shandon, California on Wednesday night. The bus left Turner’s concert venue before the driver, for unknown reasons, drove off the road and hit a riverbed. The bus drove off an 80-foot cliff. One passenger was ejected and died. The police think the driver may have had a medical issue. CMT claims Josh’s soundman was killed in the accident.

Garth Brooks sent Trisha Yearwood 55 roses for her 55th birthday.

Deadline Hollywood claims Brad Paisley is doing an hour-long primetime special on ABC titled ”Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special”.The show will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, the Jonas Brothers, and Kelsea Ballerini. Hootie and the Blowfish, Tim McGraw, Peyton Manning, and Bachelor host Chris Harrison will all make appearances. An air date has not yet been announced.

Brantley Gilbert tells Billboard magazine that he enjoys sharing his life story through his songs. “One of my favorite parts of my job is that I get to be the ‘what-you-see-is-what-you-get’ guy. My records are chapters of my life, and I get to tell that story. There’s no image there that I have to uphold. As a writer, I can go outside of my box and do pretty much what I want to. As long as I stay honest and true to myself, I feel like I’m safe. The fact that these people can relate to my songs is very humbling, and it’s an honor for me to be that voice.”

Russell Dickerson tells Songwriters Universe that several of his songs are hits at weddings. “There’s one story where they flew us out to the wedding to surprise the bride as she was walking down the aisle. It was really cool. We still keep in touch with them, and they send us pictures … that’s all because of a song. There are other friends of ours that we played their wedding as well. We’ll get to have some people on stage to propose, and that’s always so special. It’s crazy how the power of music can bring people together.”