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Image Courtesy Sony LegacyCountry icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are releasing a new album together June 2. Titled Django and Jimmie, the title track pays tribute to the relationship between jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Rodgers.

Willie explains, “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.”

Willie and Merle also take solo turns on selections from each other’s respective catalogs on the new project. Willie wrote a few new tracks for Django and Jimmie, too.

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is kicking off the ACM Awards weekend with a live streaming concert on Yahoo Music Friday night at 9 ET. He’ll perform at the legendary club Gilley’s in Dallas as part of the Ram Country Live! series. You can watch at RamCountry.Yahoo.com/Thomas-Rhett-Live.

“I can’t think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley’s,” Thomas says. “It’s one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts is married to former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Tiffany Fallon? ANSWER: Joe Don Rooney.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has been named ACM Vocal Group of the Year seven times since they first took the category in 2002, but it’s been a few years since they’ve been nominated in that category. The rise of vocal groups like Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town has made that award one of the toughest to win, so the Flatts are excited to be back in the running this year.

“You miss what you don’t have,” says lead singer Gary LeVox. “So, we were just so humbled and honored. We were just …read more

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Knoxville, TN May 29 and 30 at the Thompson Boling Arena.

Tickets for the show, Garth’s first Birmingham dates in over 18 years, go on sale Friday, April 24 through KnoxvilleTickets.com.

As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com. Garth’s also making a major push there for fans to give him their vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year. The 50th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry is performing July 28 through 30 aboard Carnival Cruise ships docked in Nassau as part of the cruise line’s Carnival LIVE concert series. Go to Carnival.com/CarnivalLIVE for details.

Sam Hunt will headline the first Country Night Lights festival September 26 in Athens, Ohio, according to Billboard. More stars will be added to the lineup soon.

Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman has released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, available now online and at bookstores everywhere.

Billy Currington, Reba, Big & Rich and Chris Young are among the stars playing the Country Life Music Festival …read more

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley has seven nominations going into Sunday night’s 50th Annual ACM Awards, including nods for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year with Riser. The songs on that project, including “I Hold On” and “Drunk on a Plane,” have catapulted Dierks’ career to new heights as a headliner on the road.

He says of the recognition from the ACM, “I’ve been nominated for some stuff along the way, but to get the seven ACM nominations kinda at the end of that whole cycle is just icing on the cake, and …read more

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Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church is the latest country star to introduce a home collection. His Highway to Home furniture line will go one sale next year through a licensing deal with a North Carolina-based furniture company. Eric’s father, Ken, is a longtime executive in the furniture business, so the country star was raised around this industry.

“Highway to Home is a natural extension of my family heritage,” Eric explains in a Facebook post. “My dad was in the industry. My first job was in a furniture plant, so yes, it is in …read more

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Image Courtesy Clarskon PotterTrisha Yearwood‘s third cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller. Trisha’s Table debuts at #7 on the paper’s Advice, Hot-To & Miscellaneous book chart in its first week. The book features lighter takes on recipes from Trisha and her friends and family.

This weekend, Trisha returns with the sixth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen. The premiere episode airs Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET with Trisha preparing a breakfast spread for her friends.

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Image Courtesy EB Media PRLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann are co-hosting their annual Fan Bash again, this time on Wednesday, June 10 in Nashville. This year’s show and fan event will take place at City Winery during the CMA Music Festival.

Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Wednesday morning at FanBash2015.Eventbrite.com.

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