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Inside Edge: Country's hottest bachelor; Luke reveals 'brother'; Jerrod's 'outlaw' outlook

Inside Edge: Country's hottest bachelor; Luke reveals 'brother'; Jerrod's 'outlaw' outlook

By Kellie Michaels. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

Is it Kenny or Hunter? A total of 24 unattached stars are in the running for Country Weekly’s 2013 Country Music's Hottest Bachelor title. Kenny Chesney, Billy Currington, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and both Neil and Reid Perry from the Band Perry are taking early leads. Jason Aldean is on the list this year for the first time following his divorce last spring, and the recently un-engaged Brantley Gilbert is also available for votes. The ballot, which also includes a write-in option, is posted at CountryWeekly.com. Voting closes this Sunday, March 30. 

There's no family resemblance, but Luke Bryan says he is Blake Shelton's brother. "A lot of people in our world have told us that we're essentially brothers from another mother. Anytime we've been around each other, we wind up cracking each other up and drinking too long into the night," says Luke. The "brothers" will again co-host the 49th Annual ACM Awards, Sunday April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS, and Luke says of the show, "I think [we] keep it fun and have a great time with it." 


Jerrod Niemann is out with his new CD, "High Noon," and is not apolozing for mixing in a taste of country rock and hip-hop on the first single, "Drink To That All Night." Jerrod tells Billboard that he thinks mixing genres has always been a part of country music. "Willie and Waylon were getting flack for being progressive at the time because they were mixing it with rock and the outlaw thing," he says. Jerrod points out that Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and Elvis Presley are all in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame, making the point that it’s all been done before.
The baseball season starts Monday (March 31), and Darius Rucker is already predicting the World Series. Darius is looking at Cincinnati to make it all the way, "The Reds aren’t one of my favorite teams, they're MY team. I love them. I've been a Reds fans since I was five years old. I love to see the Reds, the ballpark is amazing!" A Reds World Series in 2014, will come down to a healthy pitching team, according to Darius. "I call the World Series every year. My friends laugh at me, but if we can get the pitching to hold up ... it’s always hard to catch St Louis because they're always so stacked but, who knows, a few games here and there, who knows?"