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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Garth Brooks‘ studio album prior to his latest offering, Man Against Machine? ANSWER: Scarecrow, released in 2001.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard isn’t afraid to climb up and play his guitar on top of a stack of speakers or stand on the edge of a theater balcony during his shows. It’s all part of his plan to bring the excitement of a rock show to his country audiences.

Frankie says, “The fans, they love it. That little element of danger, it happens in rock and roll all the time — people climbing up, jumping off stuff, breaking their arms and stuff. Country music needs a little bit of that, I …read more

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Chris HolloCarrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band marked Veterans Day Tuesday by performing at the Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Carrie performed “See You Again,” “Something in the Water” with the Singing Sergeants Choir, and closed with “Before He Cheats.”

Zac Brown band deliver a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” and were joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl for a performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Fortunate Son.”

The concert aired live on HBO and also included performances from Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Metallica, Eminem and others.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has joined Twitter with the handle @garthbrooks.

Kenny Rogers will kick off a final tour of Australia and New Zealand on January 23 in Sydney. He’ll play 12 shows before wrapping the trek up February 15.

Keith Urban will appear on HSN throughout the day Saturday to launch his new Night Star Guitar Collection. Keith launched his guitar collection through HSN one year ago.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town chose Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne to open their Pain Killer tour this fall, and those newcomers should take the invitation to hit the road with LBT as a big compliment.

The group’s Phillip Sweet tells ABC News Radio, “I think we take it very seriously. For us to offer a platform for these other artists, we’re fans of them. You know, we love what they’re doing and wanna show the world.”

Little Big Town gives a big shout out to Keith Urban and George Strait as two of the stars who treated …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol Nashville/Nino MunozDierks Bentley hit the recording studio with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley this week. He posted a photograph of the session on Twitter with the caption, “Still processing. got to sing a ralph stanley song with…ralph stanley! look him up kids. #firstgenerationbluegrass.”

Dierks continues his Riser tour Thursday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has been reunited with the breast cancer patient and longtime fan who brought one of his recent Minneapolis concerts to a stop. Theresa Shaw was serenaded by Garth after he saw her sign about undergoing chemotherapy earlier in the day before the concert. Garth even gave Theresa a guitar.

Entertainment Tonight brought Garth and Theresa together again, and he got emotional recalling their exchange at the show. They were performing two shows that day, so Garth and his team were feeling a little worn down. Then …read more

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery has posted a video of his song, “The Dash,” on YouTube paying tribute to fallen U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Carpenter. Carpenter was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan when he was fatally wounded on Valentine’s Day 2011. He died five days later leaving behind his wife Chrissie, who was pregnant with their first child, Landon, at the time. Chrissie’s cousin, Nathan Thomas, is the bass player in Scotty’s band.

Scotty says, “When Nathan told me the story about his cousin’s husband, I knew it was …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has added Jake Owen, Cole Swindell and Chase Rice as opening acts on select dates of The Big Revival tour next year. He’s already teaming up for stadium shows with Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Brantley Gilbert along the way. Finding the best opening acts for his fans is a responsibility Kenny takes very seriously.

“It’s about fresh faces people need to know,” Kenny explains. “If I can turn people on, or remind them of an artist like Jake, I know they’re gonna get a show that rocks them, but also opens up …read more

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s hit song “See You Again” has become an anthem for military personnel serving overseas and their families as they wait to be reunited. The song is also a source of hope for the family members of those who’ve lost their lives in battle.

One family in particular sticks out in Carrie’s mind. A young girl and her mother bought three tickets to see one of Carrie’s shows thinking the girl’s father would be able to join them. He died in the line of duty, but the mother and daughter …read more

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