Nashville Notes Thursday March 3-Blake Shelton buys Gwen a horse and Garth Brooks does a return engagement

Happy couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani got a little present last month — his and hers horses.

“We got her horse and I got myself a horse at the same time,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Gwen, she loves riding and she loves horses. It’s actually so funny that people are so shocked by that, but if you can name me one girl on the planet that doesn’t love horses or just think that they are beautiful…” he muses.

The two came together last season on The Voice, after Blake’s sudden divorce from Miranda Lambert last summer. Even though Gwen won’t be back this season as a coach, she is returning as a mentor for her significant other’s team.

“I mean, talk about a legendary musical icon,” he says. “And somebody who has been a coach on the show, you know? So nobody knows the ins and outs when it comes to mentoring like Gwen does. She has been there for a couple of seasons. She has made it to the finale and so she knows how to talk to these people, what they need to know, you know. And it was the easiest ask ever,” he jokes.

Blake, who is in between singles right now, teases that we can expect new music from him at any time. Thursday night, he takes his tour with Chris Janson to the FedEx Forum in Memphis.


Garth Brooks is returning to Des Moines for the first time in 23 years, for the only Iowa stop on his World Tour. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will play Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday, April 30. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10 a.m. CT, both online and at 1-844-4-GarthB.

Nashville star Chris Carmack recently popped the question to his girlfriend, Erin Slaver, who played one of Juliette Barnes’ background vocalists on the first two seasons of the hit ABC show.

You can check out Charles Kelley‘s performance of “Lonely Girl” Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Showon YouTube now.

CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is living up to the accolades, adding a second show this summer at Boston’s Gillette Stadium, due to high demand for tickets. Luke’s July 16 date was to be his first stadium stop on the Kill the Lights tour. Now he’ll play July 15 as well, with tour mates Little Big Town andDustin Lynch joining him each night, as well as special guest Chris Stapleton.

Citi cardmembers will be able to buy tickets starting Thursday at 10 a.m., with seats going on sale to the general public at the same time on Friday. In all, Luke and company are now set to do six stadium concerts on their 2016 trek.


The performance lineup for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards just keeps growing. Co-hostDierks Bentley, Eric Church, Sam Hunt and Kelsea Ballerini are now set to take the stage, along with previously announced nominees Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Lineand Cam.

Expect more performers and presenters to be announced as the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards draws closer. Luke Bryan and Dierks will emcee the show live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3.