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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker is getting back together with his rock band, Hootie & The Blowfish, to perform “Hold My Hand” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night. The group’s appearance on Letterman essentially launched Hootie’s career in the mid-’90s, and they’re making a rare appearance on the show in honor of his last month on the air.

Tim McGraw sits down for an interview and gives a performance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. He also appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday afternoon.

Jana Kramer is set to perform her new single, “I Got the Boy,” …read more

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr‘s new album, Suffer in Peace, is out this week. As you might have guessed from the title, there are plenty of sad country songs on the new project, including his latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” Tyler named the album after one of the songs on the project, and he knew it would grab people’s attention.

Tyler tells ABC Radio, “Suffer in Peace, for me, the title is kind of like a book, where you read a chapter, and if it’s good and interesting, you want to …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses, Keslea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, CAM, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray are among the new artists performing at the CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Plaza Stage outside Nashville Bridgestone Arena. These concerts are free and open to the public during each day during the festival which runs from June 11 through 14.

Lauren Alaina, Greg Bates, Nashville star Chris Carmack and Sunny Sweeney are on the bill for the Belk Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park that weekend, too.

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Image Courtesy Joseph Llanes/Stoney CreekRandy Houser‘s new single, “We Went,” has been delivered to country radio and will be available for download on Monday, May 18. It’s the lead release from Randy’s upcoming studio album, the follow up to his hit 2013 project, How Country Feels.

As for the new single, Randy tells Rolling Stone, “The song is about hanging out, a little bit of danger, running from the cops — all things I grew up doing (well, maybe avoiding the cops is more accurate). But rhythmically and lyrically it’s more progressive …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAEric Church feels right at home headlining arenas on The Outsiders World Tour, but he admits he didn’t handle his first arena tour very well. His third album, Chief, had just broken through to country radio when he started playing those big rooms in early 2012.

Eric tells the Asbury Park Press, “We came from where we were really in our element in these bars, clubs, theaters, and we just owned those places. And then all of a sudden we’re an arena act. And what I found is I was a little …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Tim McGraw‘s 2014 tour? ANSWER: Sundown Heaven Town tour.

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Image Courtesy RCA RecordsMiranda Lambert‘s latest release, Platinum, will be a hard act to follow since it’s been named ACM and CMA Album of the Year and won the Best Country Album Grammy in the past few months. Since she’s only on the third single form the project, “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda is in no hurry to start work on her next album, anyway.

She says, “I definitely am still riding out Platinum. I’m not even close to being tired of it yet. I feel like it’s brand-new, even though it’s been out a year.”

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UMG NashvilleEric Paslay is a married man. He tied the knot with music publisher Natalie Harker at Front Porch Farms in Charlotte, Tennessee, on Sunday, according to People magazine.

The couple exchanged vows in front of 200 guests.

Commenting on her champagne-colored Vera Wang wedding dress, Harker tells People, “This was one of the only dresses I saw that had that old-world elegance to it. I think it’s just really, really beautiful.”

Paslay says of his bride, “[The best part] is knowing that my best friend is the steady star in my sky, and knowing that she’ll …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley was on hand for the opening of the new George Jones Museum in Nashville Thursday night.

Garth Brooks has added a Thursday, May 28 show at Thompson Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee to his previously-announced shows there May 29, 30 and 31.

Look for Lee Brice to sing “Drinking Class” on NBC’s The Voice Tuesday night.

Randy Houser released a snippet of a new song on Instagram Friday. The caption reads, “New music coming soon! #WeWent.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott didn’t think twice about getting on board another tour bus after her bus was destroyed in a fire on April 16 on the way to the ACM Awards in Dallas. Everyone on board the bus got out OK, and Hillary turned down her tour manager’s offer to put her on a flight back to Nashville from Texas.

Hillary says, “We all bussed back from Dallas, and I was intentional with getting back on, because it’s like, when you fall off a horse, you get back on the horse. …read more

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