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Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Vince Gill are among the nominees for possible induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other nominated non-performing writers include Bobby Braddock, who wrote George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Billy Currington‘s “People Are Crazy,” and Bob McDill, who wrote Alan Jackson‘s “Gone Country” and Alabama‘s “Song of the South.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame honors composers and lyricists whose work has had an impact around the world. Voting among the Hall of Fame’s members is underway now through December 15. The inductees will be announced following the …read more

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Image Courtesy BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCEurope’s biggest country music festival is getting even bigger in 2015. Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum will headline the C2C: Country to Country Festival, returning to London and Dublin on March 7 and 8. This year, the festival expands to Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Norway on February 28 and March 1, respectively.

Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore also are slated to perform at this year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. Go to C2C-CountrytoCountry.com for ticket information.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood‘s #1 debut hit? ANSWER: “She’s in Love with the Boy.”

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Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Juliette Barnes sought to quietly give her unborn child up for adoption without telling the father, her ex-boyfriend Avery Barkley. As Avery sank deeper and deeper into the bottle trying to get over Juliette, she had a miscarriage scare. The sonogram showed the baby is fine, and Juliette began thinking about raising the baby herself. Avery made a big scene at his pal Zoey‘s going away party at the Bluebird and ended up getting arrested after cops found him sleeping in a stranger’s car. Avery could only remember Juliette’s …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Country Christmas special will air December 1 on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host.

Trisha Yearwood has signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Wednesday, November 19 at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Tony Blair, Ben Affleck and merchandiser T.J. Maxx will be honored for their work on behalf of children around the world.

The Doobie Brothers have released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Listen to the Music” from their upcoming collaborative album, Southbound, due out November 4. The clip is now posted at People.com …read more

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Image Courtesy Jeff Lipsky/Boot BarnBrad Paisley is entering the fashion world with his new Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley clothing line at Boot Barn. The collection includes boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, t-shirts and more aimed at the modern, country man looking for style and a contemporary fit.

Brad says, “Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country — ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town.”

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Image Courtesy James Minchin/Broken BowCongratulations to Jason Aldean on earning his second #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with Old Boots, New Dirt. The project sold 278,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Only Coldplay and Eric Church have scored bigger sales weeks so far this year.

Jason knocks last week’s chart-topper, Blake Shelton‘s Bringing Back the Sunshine, out of the #1 spot. This is the first time in more than a year one country album has replaced another country release at the top of the album chart.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trace Adkins‘ hit duet with Blake Shelton? ANSWER: “Hillbilly Bone.”

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Image Courtesy Big MachineFans who’ve seen Thomas Rhett in concert know he’s got some smooth dance moves, but now he’s showing them off for everyone else in the new video for “Make Me Wanna.” The inventive clip features Thomas dancing in different situations as the camera spins around a brick room. It’s a far cry from the original idea they had for the video.

Says Thomas, “We had a talk about doing the typical guy-girl in a truck riding down a dirt road kind of video, but I was just like, ‘I can’t do …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks will bring his World Tour to St. Louis on December 5 and 6. The shows mark the first time Garth has played St. Louis in 18 years. Of course, Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill at the Scottrade Center.

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com on Friday, October 24.

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