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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGrand Ole Opry legend George Hamilton IV died Wednesday at a Nashville hospital at the age of 77, ABC News has confirmed. He’d suffered a heart attack last weekend.

Hamilton IV released his signature hit, “Abilene,” in 1963. However, he’d scored a number of hits before then, including “A Rose and a Baby Ruth,” “Before This Day Ends,” “Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)” and “If You Don’t Know I Ain’t Gonna Tell You.”

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Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJust like any 16-year-old girl, Joe Nichols‘ oldest daughter, Ashelyn, is totally embarrassed when her dad shows up at her high school. What makes it even worse is that Joe often performs at acoustic charity events to help out around the school. Some of Ashelyn’s teenage girlfriends get a little star-struck when Joe shows up to sing, too.

Joe says with a laugh, “Her friends start giggling and they huddle up, and she’s like, ‘Oh my God! It’s my dad, y’all! Stop talking like this!’ That’s …read more

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CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are always dressed to the nines when they hit the red carpet together. Now People magazine has inducted the Sheltons into their Style Hall of Fame.

Blake and Miranda are listed among the “Best Dressed Couples” in People‘s Best-Dressed issue. They join celebrity couples John Legend and Chrissy Teigan, Seth Meyers and Alexi Ashe, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita on the list.

Taylor Swift is crowned as People‘s Best Dressed of the Year for 2014. About her style, Taylor tells People, “I’m more willing to take a risk this year than ever before.”

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockCole Swindell is a co-writer on which one of Luke Bryan‘s hits from his latest album, Crash My Party? ANSWER: “Roller Coaster.”

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Image Courtesy Big Machine Label GroupThomas Rhett is climbing the country chart with “Make Me Wanna,” which is the last single from his debut album, It Goes Like This. That project earned Thomas two #1′s with the title track and “Get Me Some of That,” and he’s got plenty more material ready to go for his upcoming sophomore album. In fact, Thomas has too many potential hit singles he could record for that project.

He says, “I think I have, like, 32 songs that I want to put on the record, which is physically impossible …read more

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John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks fans in Kentucky got some sweet news this morning as the country superstar continues to announce dates on his current world tour. Garth and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will be returning to the Bluegrass State for two shows, October 31 and November 1, at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. It’s Garth’s first Kentucky concert appearance in 16 years.

Tickets for the shows go on sale September 26 at 10:00 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster only.

Garth kicked off his world tour with a series of shows in Chicago earlier this month. He …read more

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John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks fans in Kentucky got some sweet news this morning as the country superstar continues to announce dates on his current world tour. Garth and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, will be returning to the Bluegrass State for two shows, October 31 and November 1, at Lexington’s Rupp Arena. It’s Garth’s first Kentucky concert appearance in 16 years.

Tickets for the shows go on sale September 26 at 10:00 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster only.

Garth kicked off his world tour with a series of shows in Chicago earlier this month. He …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers, Dustin Lynch and Kristian Bush are teaming up with the Grand Ole Opry and Southwest Airlines to take country music to New York City in the coming weeks. The Nashville’s New Music in New York City series kicks off September 29 at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park in celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday.

Go to Opry.com/NYC for more details and show dates and times.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCole Swindell will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on October 7.

Sam Hunt was presented with a gold certification plaque for his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” at a party in Nashville Tuesday previewing his upcoming album, Montevallo, due out October 27.

Here’s a random Brett Eldredge tweet: “If I was to get married, I’d want people to throw fruit loops instead of rice and I’d just walk out with a glass of milk.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch spends about 250 days a year on a tour bus traveling with the guys in his band, so you’d think they’d be ready for some time away from each other when they got back home to Nashville. Not so, says Justin.

He tells ABC News Radio, “We come back to Nashville, and within three or four hours of doing laundry, going to the gym and getting something to eat, we’re all texting going, ‘Hey, what do y’all want to do tonight?’”

Since they’re out of town all the time, …read more

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