Dallas & Brenda Nashville Notes Wed May 17-Brantley Gilbert joins the country baby boom/Brad Paisley wants to play your graduation party

You can add Brantley Gilbert to the list of country stars with a baby on the way.

Brantley and his wife Amber are expecting their first little one on November 17, and it’s something they’ve wanted from the time they wed in June 2015.

Even though they’d been told it would be practically impossible for them to have a baby without in vitro fertilization, the two were still hesitant to start the process.  It turns out they didn’t need to: Amber surprised Brantley with the good news in February.

“She handed me a box and there were three pregnancy tests in there and all of them were positive,” Brantley tells People. “I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many prayers.”

Amber, who’s known Brantley since childhood, happens to co-star in the video for his hit “The Weekend,” which is currently in the top ten. The father-to-be kicks off the second leg of his The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour June 2 in Tampa, Florida.

Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice and Justin Moore are also expanding their families this summer.


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Brad Paisley is planning to make one lucky high school senior’s graduation party a whole lot better.

From now through next week, Brad is hosting a social media contest for 2017 graduates, inspired by his new single, “Last Time for Everything.” The prize? A command performance by Brad for the winning graduating class.

Seniors simply need to consider the question, “What ‘Last Time’ are you going to miss most about school?” To enter, post your answers on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BPGrad17Contest.

Time is running out, though. Brad’s “Class of 2017 ‘Last Time for Everything’ Contest” ends Thursday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  You can find the complete rules and details online.


Thomas Rhett’s music video for “Craving You” plays like the trailer for a big-budget thriller. While there is, in fact, no major motion picture, there is a 10-minute behind-the-scenes feature that lets you tag along for the two-day shoot in Nashville.

Day one includes TR’s screen time with his duet partner, Maren Morris, as well as her favorite scene, where she robs a bank at gunpoint. Maren reveals she nicknamed her very realistic firearm prop “Sally.”

“I thought we were friends but you sold me out,” Maren jokes with Thomas Rhett.

“Yeah, it turns out I’m a cop,” he comes back, hinting at the video’s plot.

TR’s wife Lauren was on set for the second day of filming, which also found the singer driving a vintage car and staging a fight scene.

You can check out the “Craving You” feature below.  The song is currently closing in on the top-15.

Dan + Shay, Michael Ray, Ronnie Milsap and Hall and OatesJohn Oates will join Darius Rucker for his 8th annual Darius & Friends concert Monday, June 5 at the Ryman Auditorium. Look for more artists to be added to the benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the coming weeks.

Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 10 comes out June 9, and includes fifteen number ones, as well as Canaan Smith’s new single, “Like You That Way.”

If you missed Zac Brown Band Tuesday morning on the Today show, you can catch their performances of the hits “My Old Man” and “Homegrown,” as well as the new songs “Roots” and “Family Table,” online.