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Image Courtesy Taryn Pray PRThe Band Perry and Josh Turner are joining headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band for the 3rd Annual Rock the Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival April 11 and 12 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, in Florida. Previously-announced performers include Jake Owen, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Chase Bryant, Frankie Ballard, Maddie & Tae, Trace Adkins, Chase Rice, and David Nail.

Tickets for the event are available at TortugaMusicFestival.com. Proceeds benefit the Rock the Ocean Foundation in their fight to preserve the world’s oceans.

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Image Courtesy UMG/Nino MunozDierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are headlining Chicago’s first-ever major country music festival — Windy City LakeShake. The event runs June 19 through 21 at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. Frankie Ballard, Thomas Rhett, Randy Houser, Maddie & Tae, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn, and Kip Moore are among the stars already set to appear. More talent will be announced soon.

For ticket information, go to LakeShakeFestival.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Blake Shelton‘s ACM Awards co-host before Luke Bryan joined him in 2012? ANSWER: Reba.

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Image Courtesy CMAEric Church scores his second #1 hit from his album, The Outsiders, this week with “Talladega.” Since Eric took a lot of creative chances while making his latest album, he only had a few songs on the project he felt would work at country radio.

“‘Talladega’ was one of them, from a commercial standpoint, because I just knew it would strike a chord,” Eric explains. “I knew it was one that would just resonate with people. It did with me, so I knew if it resonated with me that it would probably …read more

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Image Courtesy NBCCarrie Underwood will perform the opening for NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl 49 this Sunday. The “Waiting All Day for a Super Bowl Fight” is a new version of Carrie’s Sunday Night Football opening, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” The new elements include lyrics referring to the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, too.

Carrie has been performing the opening for two seasons now, and she is proud of the hard work the crew and production staff puts into the opening.

Says Carrie, “They really put a lot of love into …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe nominations for the 50th Annual ACM Awards were to be announced Tuesday morning, but that announcement has been postponed until later this week due to the severe snowstorm in the Northeast.

Hunter Hayes, Brandy Clark, Taylor Swift and Lee Ann Womack were among the stars on hand for the annual Grammy Awards nominees party Monday night at Nashville’s Loews Vanderbilt Hotel. They’ll all be on hand for the actual Grammy Awards ceremony coming up February 8 on CBS.

Maddie & Tae gave a surprise performance of their new single, “Fly,” while in the …read more

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Sam Hunt Gives Nashville a Sneak Peek at Lipstick Graffiti Tour

Sam Hunt previewed his Lipstick Graffiti tour with a five-song performance at Nashville’s Rocketown Monday evening. The mini-concert was staged during Sam’s party celebrating his first #1 hit as an artist, “Leave the Night On.”

Sam’s set included that song as well as his latest single, “Take Your Time.”

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In keeping with the name of the tour, artists created graffiti paintings in the venue as Sam worked his …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is heading out on a headlining club tour starting this Friday, January 30 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Take It On Back Tour launches as Chase’s debut hit, also titled “Take It On Back,” hits the top 10 on the country chart. He’ll be on the road with Tim McGraw later this year, but Chase wanted to take this opportunity to connect with his fans in smaller venues.

In a message to his fans posted at Billboard.com, Chase says, “I wanted to bring the party to you …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairTicket demand for Kenny Chesney‘s two-night stand in Nashville remains extremely high. That’s why Kenny and his team have opened up several hundred more seats for the sold-out Music City dates, coming up March 26 and 27. These shows mark the beginning of Kenny’s The Big Revival tour, and he’s very excited to see his fans grabbing up the concert tickets so fast.

Says Kenny, “To me, it’s about the passion the people who love this music bring. They give us the fuel to really push — and I promise …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Keith Urban hit was written by Sam Hunt? ANSWER: “Cop Car.”

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