Nashville Notes

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Luke Bryan might have over indulged just enough to get himself in trouble after singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl recently. Luke met legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps during the game and said that after “a few beers,” he apparently presented a challenge to Phelps. “The next morning Caroline let me know that I had challenged Michael Phelps to a swim off at my house,” Luke revealed this to a packed house of radio execs during this week’s annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville.

The Country Music Association recognized a group of Music City’s tunesmiths during the 8th Annual CMA Songwriter’s Triple Play Awards on Wednesday. The honor is presented to songwriters who pen three #1 songs within a 12-month period. Several of the winners were major country stars like Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay. They accept their award as both writer and performer.

In other Cole Swindell news: In just under a year’s time his sophomore album You Should Be Here has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The project contains two of Cole’s #1 singles, “You Should Be Here” and “Middle of a Memory,” as well as his current single “Flatliner” which features his friend, mentor and current tour mate Dierks Bentley.

Tonight in a Nashville rehearsal hall Darius Rucker and rocker John Mellencamp will join forces for a taping of CMT’s Crossroads to air at a future date.