Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Greg Bates is a Nashville native, so he had friends who were songwriters and musicians long before he had his record deal. It's interesting, then, that his single "Fill in the Blank" was written with friends he was writing with for the first time.
Charles 'Chip' Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on the ABC drama "Nashville," is totally immersed in the culture of Music City. Aside from playing the guitarist and songwriter on the TV series, the actor is constantly spotted at various music events
Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert are both up for New Artist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music, the first time a couple has been nominated against each other in this category. Brantley jokes with The Boot that it's been "a house divided" ever since the news of their nomination
David Becker, WireImage Lee Brice is excited about Sunday night's ACM Awards, but not for reasons most would think of immediately. Yes, he's nominated for Song of the Year for his hit single, "A Woman Like You," but Lee is more interested in the woman he'll be escorting to the gala event.
Donn Jones Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts joined Chip Esten ("Nashville'"s Deacon, pictured center) and friend Kevin Carter (right) for Tuesday night's (April 2) Waiting for Wishes, the 12th annual celebrity waiters dinner that brings together singers, athletes and actors to raise money for the Kevin Carter Foundation and Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee.
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