Billy Ray tells us why he did it

Billy Ray Cyrus recently twerked his way through Achy Breaky 2, the rap remix of his two-decade old hit (and butt of many a joke) Achy Breaky Heart. Okay, Billy Ray didn't actually twerk, but many of the half-naked aliens around him did. Despite some of his long-time fans being angry at this newest musical turn of events, Billy Ray says he's just having fun ... oh, and taking his daughter, twerker-extraordinaire, Miley Cyrus' advice.

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A&E’s Crazy Hearts: Nashville’s Jimmy Stanley – 10 Random Questions

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Florida native Jimmy Stanley has a undeniable passion for songwriting, compelling vocals, and a fiery attitude to match. When he isn't busting his ass to write some amazing material, he is working at the legendary Bluebird Cafe.

Jimmy Stanley is a cast member on A&E's new reality tv show titled Crazy Hearts: Nashville. The series takes viewers into the life of up and coming musicians struggling to make it big. Although the world may have seen a glimpse of Jimmy's ability to write and sing music, I knew there was so much more to him than what meets the eye.

1. At what age did you know that you wanted to pursue music?

I grew up on a farm listening to country music and started singing as early as I can remember. When I was a little kid I thought I was a country singer but it was in college that I really decided to pursue it as a career.

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Prepare to be a “fann” of David Fanning!

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So there I was minding my own business on twitter one day when Justin Timberlake posts an almost interesting tweet:

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My initial reaction was well yeah that makes two of us, but then I deciced to investigate this a lil bit further. Who was this guy that was brave enough to take a Justin Timberlake song and turn it country? I mean, we know his name, but really who was he? He obviously oozed talent. Like real deal, talent, too. Not that manufactured stuff they sell in stores. No, his talent is genuine. He took a popular pop song and made it undeniable country. He literally did what I woulda' deemed the impossible…he made the song his own. And a fair warning to all the ladies out there…the way he sings the line "I just can't forget the way we turned out this bed" will make your heart skip a beat. Wanna know more? Find out after the JUMP

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Ashley Monroe denies the Pistol Annies have broken up

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There's been a long-running rumor that Miranda Lambert's awesomer-than-awesome girl band, the Pistol Annies, have broken up. With a canceled tour and nothing new coming along for so long, it's understandable why the rumor persists.

Well NashvilleGab friend (and sometimes writer) Vickey, had the chance to interview Ashley Monroe for her own blog recently and asked Ashley about that pesky rumor. 

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Ashley Monroe – 10 Random Questions

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Ashley Monroe is widely known for her part in the trio girl band Pistol Annies with members Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. However, she has been performing music since she was just a kid.

Monroe was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a pre-teen she moved to Nashville to pursue her music. After only a year she was offered a publishing deal as a songwriter. In 2006, she released a duet titled "I Don't Want To" with the legendary Ronnie Dunn. The single did fairly well. Monroe also co-wrote Jason Aldean's "The Truth" and Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine." She is one of Nashville's greatest songwriter's.

In March of 2013, she released her album "Like A Rose" via Warner Bros. Nashville to critical acclaim. The album was produced by Vince Gill.

Monroe has a classic country sound and a fire that comes to life when she sings. She is what real country music is made of.

1. At what age did you know you wanted to pursue music?

Always. As soon as I could talk I was singing.

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