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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are among the stars playing Stagecoach Festival 2015 in Indio, CA April 24, 25 and 26. The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, Sara Evans, and Frankie Ballard are among the other stars set to appear at Stagecoach.

Go to StagecoachFestival.com for the complete artist lineup and ticket information.

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Image Courtesy Russ Harrington/UMGScotty McCreery celebrates his 21st birthday Thursday, but he doesn’t want his fans to send him any presents or cards to mark the occasion. Instead, Scotty is calling on people to consider making a donation to the 12.14 Foundation. The organization was founded in the wake of the December, 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting to raise money for a multi-purpose performing arts and education center in Newtown, CT. The foundation hopes the facility will serve as “a beacon of hope and change.”

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood were among the stars honoring the newest inductees to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Sunday night in Music City. The organization held its 44th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction ceremony at the Music City Center, with Thomas Rhett performing a medley of inductee Paul Craft‘s compositions “Brother Jukebox” and “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life.”

Tim McGraw performed “My Little Girl” in honor of new Hall of Fame member Tom Douglas. Brandy Clark sang inductee Gretchen Peters‘ “You Don’t Even Know …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert will celebrate his 30th birthday in January, but he’s not exactly excited about reaching that milestone.

Brantley tells The Las Vegas Sun, “Thirty is going to be one of the hardest birthdays. I’ve been a bit of a wild child and didn’t always think I would make it to 30.”

He still plans to have a party of some sort. Brantley adds, “There will be a celebration for sure.”

Look for Brantley’s Let It Ride tour to hit a city near you this fall.

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Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, are preparing to welcome their first baby, and Carrie admits she gets nervous every time time she makes a shopping trip to Babies-R-Us.

Carrie tells CMT Hot 20, “We were walking around, and I was like, ‘This is just so overwhelming.’ I don’t want to get the wrong things. I don’t know what most of it does. There’s like 5,000 things to choose from.”

On the music front, Carrie’s new single, “Something in the Water,” is now available for download.

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Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley have been added to the performers lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards, according to Us magazine. They join previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert.

Returning co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform on the CMA Awards, too. The show broadcasts live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have learned to brush off the tabloid rumors that they’re headed for divorce, but Blake felt the need to respond via Twitter to the latest round of allegations.

In Touch Weekly quoted an unnamed source saying Miranda and Blake are “barely together,” and she is worried they’ll grow further apart if they don’t spend more time together.

Blake took to social media with the message, “Maybe because the divorce rate is so high the tabloids have just decided to play the odds with me and Miranda. Morons.” He then …read more

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town got the surprise of a lifetime Friday night at the Grand Ole Opry when Reba joined them onstage to invite them to become the Opry’s newest members. As LBT wrapped up their performance of “Pontoon,” Reba walked out riffing on the song’s suggestive musical tag, “motorboatin’.” She then spoke of LBT’s commitment to playing the Opry since they made their debut on the show since 1999.

Of course, Little Big Town accepted the invitation. They’ll be formally inducted into the show on October 17 by Opry star Vince Gill.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts has been in talks with Donatos Pizza to open pizza stores in Nashville.

Frankie Ballard‘s first stop on his Light ‘Em Up tour will be livestreamed from Minneapolis on Yahoo’s Live Nation Channel on October 16.

Fans who pre-order Florida Georgia Line‘s new album, Anything Goes, on iTunes will now get an instant download of the new album cut, “Sippin’ on Fire.”

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