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Brett Young Tapping The Brakes In Today’s Nashville Roundup

Brett Young tells The Shotgun Seat that he has to be careful not to write too many sappy love songs. “I think in songwriting it allows me to, back to that word vulnerability, it allows me to kind of embrace that. I have to be careful that I don’t write 100 really sappy, sad love songs ’cause there needs to be a balance, but that’s always just kind of been who I was.”

The Nashville Business Journal says a new steakhouse backed by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will open in Nashville later this year. The restaurant will be open for dinner, private events and other functions and will have a rooftop bar.

Riley Green tells Country Music Chat Live that he stands out because he doesn’t sound like anyone else on the radio. “I don’t really hear anyone on the radio that sounds like me – and that’s not saying a really good thing, because I’m not necessarily the greatest singer, but I think this is the era of people liking different things. I think my sound is more ‘Texas country’ than radio country, but it’s worked out so far.”

Kelsea Ballerini tells Variety magazine that she isn’t afraid to show her non-country influences. “My first concert was Britney Spears. That’s my music, and that’s me. I feel like country artists are known for being honest and truthful. And I just feel like it’s my job as a country artist now, to be honest about the fact that I love pop music and I love rap music and I love rock music, and I think it’s okay if all that bleeds into my music as influences … I just don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.”

Chase Rice tells Whiskey Riff that “Head Down Eyes Up” is his life’s motto.“Head Down Eyes Up is something I started in college. I was a linebacker at North Carolina and was hurt my junior year. When I was rehabbing, I was doing something where there was a mirror in front of me. I looked in the mirror, my head was down, but my eyes were up … I just kept saying that to myself. I’d watch the film, I’d do whatever I had to do to get healthy. People were saying my career was over … I had to say to myself, head down eyes up, forget about the haters, forget about anything that’s going on except for what I have to do to get healthy … Now it’s turned into a sweatshirt, t-shirt, everything. But it’s more than something I wear. It’s turned into how I live my life.”

Jake Owen tells the OK! magazine that he loves NASCAR. “I’ve got a lot of great friends in NASCAR, so I love it. I love going and hanging out with all of them. I love watching the races. Outside of music, I’m involved in a lot of different things that keep me really busy. I don’t tend to sit around. I tend to kind of always have myself involved in something. I always have to be going.”