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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsChase Bryant hears his debut hit, “Take It on Back,” on the radio quite a bit now that the song is closing in on the top 10 at country radio. The thrill of hearing his voice coming over the airwaves hasn’t gotten old for the newcomer, though.

“When you hear it, you ask yourself, ‘Is the radio station playing this or am I listening to one of my mixes I’ve been working on?'” Chase tells Billboard. “To hear it on the airwaves is one of those feelings that you …read more

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Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is now playing a total of nine shows in Denver starting March 18. More than 140,000 tickets have already been sold for Garth’s engagement at the Pepsi Center. Fans can still purchase tickets to all nine shows at AltitudeTickets.com/Garth or by calling 1-844-63GARTH.

Trisha Yearwood will join her Garth for the shows in Denver, which will wrap up on March 24.

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Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton‘s biggest hits, such as “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors,” have a cinematic quality to them, so it’s only natural Dolly would strike a deal to turn her songs and life story into TV movies. Dolly plans to produce the projects for NBC.

Dolly says, “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind.”

These projects reunite Dolly with Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment. He was a producer of Dolly’s recent Broadway musical, 9 …read more

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae will debut their new single, “Fly,” on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Friday, January 23. The duo burst onto the country scene with their sassy debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” and now they’re telling a different side of their story with the new single.

“‘Fly’ is so important to us, because it really is the story of our journey, of doing something that might be crazy,” Taylor “Tae” Dye says. “Being scared and being emancipated to come to Nashville at 17… saying ‘No, we want to write …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich one of The Swon Brothers is the oldest — Colton or Zach? ANSWER: Zach.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood is closing in on yet another #1 hit with her latest single, “Something in the Water.” She co-wrote the songs with some of her long-time collaborators, and Carrie had a good feeling about “Something in the Water” from the very beginning.

She says, “I knew while we were writing ‘Something in the Water’ that we really had something special. This was one that as it was happening, I was recording stuff on my phone. Like, ‘Oh, my gosh.’ Like, ‘Let’s do it again. I can make that …read more

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Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks is spending a seventh non-consecutive week at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with his latest offering, Man Against Machine.

Southern Living has ranked Miranda Lambert‘s The Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast in Tishomingo, Oklahoma at #1 on their list of The South’s Best New Hotels for 2015.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLanding a spot on Brad Paisley‘s Country Nation tour is a dream-come-true for The Swon BrothersZach Swon. He started playing electric guitar at age 15, and Zach spent hours learning to play Brad’s songs like “Mud on the Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

Zach tells ABC News Radio, “I wanted to play guitar like Brad Paisley so bad.”

Zach and his younger brother, Colton, built quite a following over the next few years as a duo, and they started playing an big annual show in their Oklahoma hometown. That concert …read more

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Image Courtesy BMLGMartina McBride will be honored with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association’s 2015 Awards Luncheon coming up May 14 in Nashville. The event recognizes Martina’s years of philanthropic work in the fight against domestic violence as well her participation in events raising money for muscular dystrophy and cancer research.

Martina says, “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this …read more

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Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line has added 29 new dates to their Anything Goes tour, which kicks off Thursday night in Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will be along for the newly announced shows, too.

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, January 20.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s new tour dates:

5/9 — Columbia, MD
5/28 — West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 — Tampa, FL
5/30 — Birmingham, AL
7/24 — Philadelphia, PA
7/25 — Washington, D.C.
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 — Bethel, NY
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