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EB MediaEric Church, who’s nominated for four Grammys this year, including Best Country Album for The Outsiders, is among the first performers announced for the Grammy telecast in February.

In addition to Eric, the first batch of performers announced includes Madonna, hard rock legends AC/DC, and pop stars Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran.

The Grammys air February 8 on CBS.

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is headed across the pond for a run of shows through Europe starting next month. It’s a long way from his native Georgia, and Brantley admits he didn’t do much traveling before he launched his country career.

Says Brantley, “Before this thing really got to the point it’s at, I was a southeast guy. I never really left Georgia all that much except for travelin’ to play shows.”

As part of the C2C: Country to Country festival tour launching February 28, Brantley will entertain fans in Norway, Sweden, Ireland …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban has released his collaboration with Eric Church, “Raise ‘Em Up,” as the new single from his Grammy-nominated album Fuse.

Trace Adkins is playing Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras concert series on March 7. The Band Perry will also perform as part of the Mardi Gras series on April 11.

The George Jones Museum in downtown Nashville will open on the weekend of April 24 to coincide with the two-year anniversary of the country legend’s passing on April 26. The museum is being spearheaded by George’s wife, Nancy, and will feature memorabilia and personal items telling the …read more

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Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band is back with a brand-new single, “Homegrown.” It’s an upbeat love song with an electric guitar-driven track that marks a new chapter in the group’s sound. Fans can expect a full album from Zac Brown Band this spring.

Zac tells Rolling Stone Country, “There will be things that people will expect and things that they don’t.”

The group will release the new album as a joint venture between their own Southern Ground Records, fashion designer John Varvatos‘s record label and Nashville-based Big Machine Records, home of Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and …read more

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is taking Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and newcomer Canaan Smith on the road for the 2015 Sounds of Summer tour starting June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. They’ll play 40 cities over the summer. Dierks gathered his opening acts on Nashville’s Percy Priest Lake on January 4 to take part in his annual New Year’s polar plunge.

Dierks says of his opening acts, “If our first ‘tour meeting’ is any indication, they are up for anything, which is awesome. No one is going to have more fun …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban is performing on opening night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 24. The event stretches over two weekends, with Kacey Musgraves set to perform on the festival’s closing night, May 3.

Elton John, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Ed Sheeran, and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the other acts playing New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

Go to NOJazzFest.com for ticket information.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will launch his Shotgun Rider Tour ’15 this June with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. The tour takes its title from Tim’s latest #1 hit, “Shotgun Rider.”

Tim will surely have to bump one of his other 34 chart-toppers to make room for the newer music, but putting together a new show is pure pleasure for him. He says, “I love going through the process of making our set list and working on the production elements to bring the show to life. We just like to …read more

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Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw are among the headliners for the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The nightly concerts kick off March 3 at NRG Park and run through March 22. Tickets are available at RodeoHouston.com and AXS.com/RodeoHouston.

Here are the country stars performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

3/3 — Eric Church
3/4 — Hunter Hayes
3/5 — Miranda Lambert
3/7 — Alan Jackson
3/9 — Justin Moore
3/10 — Tim McGraw
3/11 — Brantley Gilbert
3/12 — Zac Brown …read more

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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe semi-finalists for this year’s fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award have been announced. Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay all made the cut and will go on to compete for a spot among the final three nominees.

Fan voting will start Tuesday, January 27 and run through Tuesday, February 10 at VoteACM.com and VoteACM.CMT.com. The final round of voting will run April 8 through 19, and the winner will be determined combining fan votes …read more

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church has announced a new round of The Outsiders World Tour dates starting March 4 in Austin, TX. He’s got Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three in the opening slots on select shows, along with Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Lone Bellow.

Eric’s tour has proven to be a very hot seller so far. His Saturday night show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena set a new venue attendance record with more than 18,000 fans in the audience.

Here are Eric’s new tour dates:

3/4 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
3/10 — Washington, D.C., Verizon …read more

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