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James GladerMiranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood are featured on Don Henley‘s new album, Cass County, his first solo project in 15 years. According to Rolling Stone, the Eagles singer/drummer also recruited Merle Haggard, Alison Krauss, Mick Jagger and Dolly Parton to sing on the album.

As for why he’s going with a country flavor for the new album, Henley says, “I’m a Southerner and a Texan. I have ancestors in Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. So this is a natural progression for me. It’s not me trying to do the ‘Don …read more

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Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts kicks off the third weekend of their Riot Tour Friday night in Virginia, so we asked bass player Jay DeMarcus how the brand-new live show is working out so far.

“Oh, the tour. It’s awful,” Jay says before adding, “No, I’m kidding.”

In fact, Jay says the Riot tour is up there among his favorites among any trek they’ve done in the past 10 years. He explains, “We’ve got a new infusion of some new band guys up there with us. We’ve got three of the best background singers in the city …read more

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Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts kicks off the third weekend of their Riot Tour Friday night in Virginia, so we asked bass player Jay DeMarcus how the brand-new live show is working out so far.

“Oh, the tour. It’s awful,” Jay says before adding, “No, I’m kidding.”

In fact, Jay says the Riot tour is up there among his favorites among any trek they’ve done in the past 10 years. He explains, “We’ve got a new infusion of some new band guys up there with us. We’ve got three of the best background singers in the city …read more

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Jeremy WolzelCountry stars have been raising some big money for charity during this week’s CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

Darius Rucker‘s 6th Annual Darius and Friends benefit concert raised more than $220,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The show took place Monday at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville with performances from Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, A Thousand Horses and more.

On Tuesday night, the 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium raised $140,000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee . The show featured performances …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts plays bass in the band? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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ABC RadioThe CMA Music Festival officially kicked off Thursday in Nashville with live performances on multiple stages throughout downtown Nashville. Of course, the highlight of the festival is the star-studded nightly concert lineup at LP Field. Here’s a roundup of what the stars had to say before going onstage at the stadium to play for the sold-out crowd:

Florida Georgia Line is known for whipping their concert crowds into a frenzy, but the duo’s Tyler Hubbard admits he’s never seen anything like the audience at the CMA Music Festival’s nightly concerts.

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Donn Jones/CMAKeith Urban has signed on as the first ambassador for the CMA Foundation’s new Music Education Matters campaign. He made the announcement at the CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X Thursday morning. In addition to donating 60 Keith Urban guitars to music programs sponsored by the CMA Foundation, Keith performed his new single, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ with local student musicians during the press conference.

He says, “There is nothing like seeing the genesis of the relationship between an instrument and a child or young adult. I’m so honored and …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser‘s latest installment of his House Band TV YouTube series is out now featuring footage from his first stadium date opening for Luke Bryan in Denver.

Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet joined Eric Church and Chris Stapleton on stage at Marty Stuart‘s Annual Late Night Jam at the Ryman early Thursday morning to sing “Girl Crush.”

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Photo by: Anna O’ConnerLongtime Grand Ole Opry member Jim Ed Brown has died.

He passed away Thursday at Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, after battling cancer, according to a news release from Webster Public Relations. He was 81.

Brown had hits as a solo artist and as part of a duet and trio. As a member of The Browns with sisters Maxine and Bonnie, he had country hits in the 1950s and 1960s like “The Three Bells,” “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow,” “I Take the Chance,” “Just As Long As You Love Me,” “Money,” “I …read more

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Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line premiered their new song, “Anything Goes,” on Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, and now the video for the track is live on Vevo. The guys shot the clip over the course of several shows on their Anything Goes tour.

In addition to the high-energy performance footage, the “Anything Goes” video provides a look at the duo’s pre-show prayer session.

“Anything Goes” is the title cut from FGL’s current studio album.

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