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Photo credit: Jim WrightEven though he already has four number ones to his credit, Cole Swindell believes he hasn’t released his career-defining song — until now. “You Should Be Here” was inspired by the sudden passing of his father in 2013.

“This song is by far the most important, special — everything to me. I feel like this is why I moved to Nashville, to write a song like this. To me it’s very personal,” he says. “It’s about my dad. I lost my dad a couple years ago.”

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Photo credit: Jim WrightEven though he already has four number ones to his credit, Cole Swindell believes he hasn’t released his career-defining song — until now. “You Should Be Here” was inspired by the sudden passing of his father in 2013.

“This song is by far the most important, special — everything to me. I feel like this is why I moved to Nashville, to write a song like this. To me it’s very personal,” he says. “It’s about my dad. I lost my dad a couple years ago.”

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Trae Patton/NBCThis week, Blake Shelton‘s latest chart topper officially makes the title of new album inaccurate. It’s called Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits– and this week, the record’s bonus track, “Gonna,” officially becomes its 21st number-one single.

“I have to say thank you to the fans. This has been an incredible journey and I am so grateful,” the star of The Voice says, as he heads into the finale of season nine.

Not only is “Gonna” the 21st number one of Blake’s career, it’s also his third of 2015. “Sangria” hit the top spot this summer on the heels …read more

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CMA/Image Group LAIt looks like Dierks Bentley just may be replacing Blake Shelton as co-host of the ACM Awards, judging from a sly new teaser video posted by Entertainment Tonight.

The clip shows remaining host Luke Bryan in a bar as he finishes up a phone call where The Voice star apparently tells him he won’t be returning this year. An offscreen bartender, voiced by Dierks, asks what he can do for him. If you look closely, you also can spot Dierks’ dog Jake in the video.

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Schmidt RelationsCarrie Underwood is expanding the European leg of her Storyteller Tour next year, adding two more Scandinavian dates in March. In addition to headlining Europe’s largest country music festival in Scotland, England and Ireland, she’ll also play Country to Country March 4 in Stockholm, Sweden and March 5 in Oslo, Norway.

Right now, Carrie is enjoying some time off at home with her little one, Isaiah. Saturday morning, she tweeted that the two were watching Star Trek Next Generation in their pajamas. By Saturday night, she’d Instagrammed a photo of a freshly painted …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was David Nail‘s first top ten hit? ANSWER: “Red Light” reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2009.

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Southern Ground Music & Food FestivalZac Brown Band‘s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival returns to Charleston, South Carolina, April 16 and 17 of next year, bringing with it a who’s who of talent from the world of country music.

Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Cam and others will take the stage at MUSC Health Stadium, with Zac Brown Band closing each night with a “Super Set” with other artists sitting in.

Pre-sales start Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET both online and by phone. Tickets go on sale to the …read more

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CMA/Image Group LAThis weekend, David Nail and his wife Catherine welcomed the arrival of their twins. Lawson Brent and Lillian Catherine were born Saturday morning just before eight at a Nashville-area hospital. Big brother came first at 7:44, weighing 6 pounds, 2 ounces, with little sister following quickly afterwards at 7:45 at 5 pounds, 14 ounces.

The first-time father says their arrival is even more precious because of the couple’s struggles to start a family.

“You know, it’s been four or five years that we’ve been battling the issues of infertility,” he reveals. “With the help …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThis evening, country vocal band Home Free joins Kenny Rogers for a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The video for their collaboration on “Children Go Where I Send Thee” has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

Newcomer Brian Davis, who co-wrote Brantley Gilbert‘s chart topper “One Hell of An Amen,” will join The Blackout Tour next year. He’ll hit the road with Brantley, Michael Ray and Canaan Smith starting January 28 in Saginaw, Michigan.

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Warner Music NashvilleWith his latest single “Power of Positive Drinkin’” now climbing the charts, Chris Janson has managed to squeeze in one more accomplishment for his breakthrough hit. “Buy Me a Boat” has just been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, meaning it’s hit the million mark, when it comes to downloads and equivalent streams.

“This has been an incredible year for me and my family, and we are so grateful. It’s been surreal with ‘Buy Me a Boat’ going to number one and getting to perform the song on stage every …read more

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