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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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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is back on country radio with a brand-new single, “Lay Low,” and a new studio album to follow in 2015. While he’s sticking to his guns musically, Josh has paid more attention than ever before to recording potential hit songs for the new album.

Josh tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve had radio in mind with every tracking session that we’ve done so far, which is pretty unheard of with a Josh Turner session. That’s not really the way I’ve ever approached a record.”

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Josh Turner‘s middle name? ANSWER: Otis.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsSounds like Taylor Swift has started an anti-Spotify movement.

According to Rolling Stone, Jason Aldean has followed in the “Shake It Off” singer’s footsteps and pulled his latest album from Spotify.

The country singer decided Monday to remove Old Boots, New Dirt from the streaming music site. On Spotify, a note was added where the tracks were previously listed. “The artist or their representatives have decided not to release this album on Spotify,” the message read. “We are working on it and hope they will change their mind soon.”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA new CMT Inside Fame profiling Big & Rich premieres this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Sam Hunt is following up his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” with the new single, “Take Your Time.” Both songs are included on his just-released debut album, Montevallo.

Jerrod Niemann‘s Wednesday night show in Indianapolis will stream live on Yahoo! at 10 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Sony/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ first, brand-new studio album in 13 years is out now. Man Against Machine finds Garth revisiting some familiar musical territory for his longtime fans.

“It’s a Garth record, which means we have everything,” he says. “We have everything from cowboy songs, we have everything to waltzes to things that people have never heard in country music before. That’s kind of what we do. We just follow our hearts.”

While Garth didn’t write many of the songs on Man Against Machine, he thinks this material holds up to his classic material.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is back to rocking out on his brand-new single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” the follow-up to his sexy hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” Both songs are included on Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Says Jason, “This is a great follow-up to ‘Burnin’ It Down’ because it’s probably more familiar to those fans who love that bigger rock guitar sound we do a lot. This will be a fun one to put in the set list.”

Jason will fire up his Burn It Down tour again in February 2015.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe will join John Oates of Hall & Oates for a fundraiser in Nashville coming up Monday, January 26. The concert at City Winery celebrates the release of John’s new DVD, Another Good Road. Proceeds from the event go to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Tickets are available now at CityWinery.com.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has announced five stadium dates on The Big Revival Tour featuring Eric Church. They two superstars last toured together in 2013, and Kenny can’t wait to team up with Eric again starting in May.

Kenny says of Eric, “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

Kenny also has stadium dates lined up with Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert for 2015. Check out KennyChesney.com for …read more

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