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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill. You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo’s Tae Dye heard all about the town’s other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, “My best friend’s grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that’s such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had …read more

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CMACountry stars took to Twitter over the weekend to express their grief over the sudden death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He was killed Saturday night after losing control of his SUV while driving less than a mile from his home in Nashville. The vehicle hit a line of trees before coming to rest upside down in a large culvert area. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a role in the crash. He got married to NFL legend …read more

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Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn’t know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he’s impressed with Pharrell’s tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

“It’s like reverse psychology,” Blake explains. “He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he’s just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

Lady Antebellum has released the music video for their new song, “I Did with You.” The song is included on the soundtrack to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, out next month.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHave you ever noticed Jason Aldean doesn’t smile in photographs? Unlike his pal, Luke Bryan, who is always flashing his teeth, Jason just doesn’t think it looks natural for him to be grinning in photos.

He tells Billboard, “We’ll do a photo shoot and I’ll look at all the ones of me smiling and I’ll just move them to the side, like, ‘Those are out.'”

True to form, Jason isn’t smiling on the cover of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw shares little snippets of his life with fans via Twitter and Instagram, but that kind of openness isn’t exactly ideal for Tim’s acting career. Tim, who’s appearing in the upcoming George Clooney film Tomorrowland, admits it’s hard to disappear into a character when everyone knows intimate details about his life as a country star.

He tells Rolling Stone, “When an actor is so good that you can know all that stuff about them and you still buy that character, still believe them every step of the way, that’s …read more

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Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013’s Just Feels Good. Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean‘s backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.

The duo’s Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, “This time we don’t have to wait for schedules to match up. We’re going to move ahead with the album and see how it works …read more

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CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno. The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.

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