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Dustin Lynch and CMT Team Up for Empowering Education Initiative

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Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch and CMT are teaming up to encourage people in rural, economically-depressed areas of the country to head back to school. The CMT Empowering Education initiative hopes to shine a light on the role community colleges play in giving people the skills they need to advance their careers and pursue their dreams.

Dustin says, “Education has always been important to me and to my family. In fact, I made a promise to my family that I would graduate from college before pursuing a career in music. I’m proud to be working …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood‘s middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Hunter Hayes Plays One-Man-Band, Performs “Tattoo” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

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Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Warner Music NashvilleOn Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday evening, Jimmy welcomed Hunter Hayes, who appeared both in a comedy sketch and to perform on the outdoor stage as part of Kimmel’s Summer Concert Series.

Jimmy first introduced Hunter by explaining the nearly 23-year-old star can play 30 instruments. “I didn’t even know there were 30 instruments,” Jimmy quipped, then invited Hunter out to prove his skills.

Hayes came out, strapped up with dozens of instruments like one of those novelty “one man band” street performers, and began playing guitar and drums simultaneously …read more

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Garth Brooks Kicks Off World Tour with Hit-Filled Show in Chicago

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CMAGarth Brooks launched his World Tour with a sold-out concert at Allstate Arena outside Chicago Thursday night.

The show kicked off with a giant video cube dropping from the ceiling showing Garth’s logo as lights flashed around the stage. As the spotlight suddenly hit his face, Garth opened the show with a brand-new song, “Machines,” before delivering his classic, “Rodeo.”

He got emotional as the crowd sang along to “The River” and “Unanswered Prayers.” He also threw in “Beaches of Cheyenne,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Papa Loved Mama,” and also electrified the crowd with “The …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band will play the 2015 Byron Bay Bluesfest in Australia on April 3. The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Train are among the other acts on the bill.

Dolly Parton released a statement on the passing of Joan Rivers: “Though her death is no laughing matter, her life was nothing but. I know she would want us all to keep smiling. And I know we always will when we think of her. Rest in peace, Joan. We will always love you.”

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Frankie Ballard and Sam Hunt Latest Artists Tapped for CMT “Listen Up” Series

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard is the latest rising star to be featured on CMT’s Listen Up series at ListenUp.CMT.com. The campaign includes Frankie’s performances of his #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” and his latest single, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” as well as interviews and other updates on his career.

Sam Hunt is the next artist to be featured on CMT Listen Up starting October 2. Dustin Lynch, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge and Brantley Gilbert are among the stars who have previously gotten career boosts from Listen Up.

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Blake Shelton Reveals How Miranda Lambert Really Feels About Her Nine CMA Nominations

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Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton found out about his three CMA nominations during a phone call from wife, Miranda Lambert, who got a leading nine nods. When Miranda told Blake she’d tied her own record for the most nominations of any woman in CMA history, Blake could tell she seemed a little embarrassed about her good fortune.

He tells People, “If it was anybody else, she probably wouldn’t even talk about it, but with me she’s pretty excited about it.”

Blake is also excited to see his former team members from The Voice, The Swon Brothers, get a …read more

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Hunter Hayes Previewing New Tour on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tonight

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Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes takes over the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday night to give fans a small preview of his upcoming Tattoo (Your Name) Tour. The trek kicks off October 30, and each fan in the audience will get a customized LED wristband that allows fans to actually be a part of the concert experience.

Says Hunter, “This tour is definitely going to be different than anything we’ve done before, and we’re using technology that’s never been used on tour before. Not only will fans be part of the show, but they …read more

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Florida Georgia Line Performing Live on “Nashville” Season Three Premiere September 24

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BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCFlorida Georgia Line will perform live on the season three premiere of ABC’s Nashville on September 24. They’ll actually perform twice that night — once for the East Coast and then later for the live West Coast broadcast.

As previously announced, Charles Esten‘s character Deacon Claybourne and Chris Carmack‘s Will Lexington will also perform live on Nashville‘s season three premiere.

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Carrie Underwood’s “Two Black Cadillacs” Being Developed into a Six-Hour Limited Event TV Series

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s hit song, “Two Black Cadillacs,” has inspired a new six-hour limited event series coming to Fox. According to Deadline.com, the project is in development, with Carrie joining Jerry Bruckheimer as an executive producer. In keeping with the song, Two Black Cadillacs will explore a murderous love triangle in the modern South.

Carrie co-wrote “Two Black Cadillacs” for her 2012 album, Blown Away. No word on whether or not Carrie will have an acting role in the series.

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