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EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville’s brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing “Smoke a Little Smoke” and “Talladega” alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.

Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric’s singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That’s because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut “Kill the Lights,” the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.

The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, “I’m happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they’re not on Tinder, now’s the chance.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.

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Sony Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you’ll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, “I’m Comin’ Over.”

He says, “It’s all first person, so it’s not he or she. It’s just the side of, ‘I’m coming over. I’m running every red light. I’m just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.’ This is just, ‘I just need to be with you.'”

Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young has signed on a title sponsor of the 29th Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament coming up Monday, August 17 at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Chris has served as a caddy at the event for the last several years. Proceeds go to the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.

Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard is clearly keeping up with his workout schedule while on the road. He posted a picture on Instagram showing his bulging bicep with his singing partner Brian Kelley pointing to the “gun show.” The caption …read more

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Donn Jones/CMACarrie Underwood was anxious to get back in front of her fans at last month’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The performance at LP Field was one of Carrie’s first public appearances since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, earlier this year. If you couldn’t be there in person, Carrie’s set will be featured on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Before taking the stage for the massive crowd at the CMA Music Festival, Carrie said, “It has been a while. I’ve been very …read more

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David McClister/Sweet Talk PRKristian Bush is teaming up with actress/singer Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, for an Academy of Country Music benefit concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The show will take place Thursday, August 27 with proceeds are going to ACM Lifting Lives, the ACM’s charity organization founded to help improve lives through music.

Tickets are now on sale at Troubadour.com.

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CMAKeith Urban has released a new documentary short revealing how he created his new single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” In the feature, Keith can be seen working out the foundation of the track on acoustic guitar, bass and a drum track. The clip even shows Keith recording his vocals while playing bass on the song. It’s a must-see if you’re ever wondered how Keith keeps cranking out hit after hit.

Keith says, “We couldn’t recall a song-specific documentary short that really gave a feeling for how a song comes together. We’re …read more

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is playing a show at Irving Plaza in New York City to celebrate his new album, Kill the Lights, on the project’s release date, August 7.

Luke says, “I am so excited to be getting this new music out to my fans and cannot wait to be on stage and enjoy the album release night with them!”

Tickets are on sale to Citi card holders only Wednesday, August 5. If you can’t make it to the show, you can stream the concert live that night at 9 ET on the Live National …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Brett Eldredge do to celebrate his first #1 single, “Don’t Ya?” ANSWER: Went skydiving.

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