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Image Courtesy AMA/ABC/Dick ClarkLuke Bryan won the ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy in 2013, so why is he calling his nomination in that category for this year’s show “mind-boggling”? It’s because he up for that trophy against one of his all-time heroes — Garth Brooks.

Luke says, “I can honestly say I never thought I’d be in a category with Garth Brooks,” Luke says. “I mean, you almost want to frame it. So, it’s pretty cool. I just always feel blessed in these moments, and I just can’t believe I’m in this situation …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr knows his latest hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” sounds a little out of place among the other songs in the top 10 on the country chart. That’s exactly why he chose the drinking and leaving song as the lead single from his upcoming album, Suffer in Peace.

Tyler tells ABC Radio, “I thought it did a good job of representing country music and the foundation and roots it was founded on — just because of the lyrics and the hook and the storytelling of the song.”

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Image Courtesy CMTJana Kramer and country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini are hitting the road for the first-ever Next Women of Country tour, launching April 30 in Grand Rapids, MI. Both acts are excited to kick off this trek, which is an extension of CMT’s Next Women campaign to promote female acts in the country format.

Jana says, ” I’m a big advocate for us girls sticking together and encouraging each other. I can’t wait to see everyone on the road!”

Kelsea started plotting her musical career as a teenager, watching videos on CMT. She says, “Since …read more

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Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleAlan Jackson will release a brand-new album, Angels and Alcohol, on Friday, July 17. He wrote seven of the 10 tracks on the album.

Angels and Alcohol is Alan’s first new project in three years and comes 25 years after he released his debut album, Here in the Real World.

Here’s the Angels and Alcohol track listing:

“You Can Always Come Home”
“You Never Know”
“Angels and Alcohol”
“Gone Before You Met Me”
“The One You’re Waiting On”
“Jim and Jack and Hank”
“I Leave a Light On”
“Flaws”
“When God Paints”
“Mexico, Tequila and Me”

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Image Courtesy ACMThe Academy of Country Music has announced more details on the events surrounding the 50th Annual ACM Awards, coming up April 19 in Arlington, TX. The upcoming CBS special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, will be taped Friday and Saturday night at the 3rd Annual ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park. The pairings include current country stars as well as legendary acts.

Here’s the Friday night lineup:

Alabama & Eli Young Band
Brooks & Dunn & Reba
Darius Rucker & Sara Evans
Dierks Bentley & Kip Moore & Ashley Monroe
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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Darius Rucker album features his Grammy-winning hit, “Wagon Wheel”? ANSWER: True Believers.

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Image Courtesy Second HarvestThe 11th Annual Stars for Second Harvest concert is coming up Tuesday, June 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Every year, hit songwriter Craig Wiseman recruits his famous pals like Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban to perform at the acoustic show. This year’s star-studded lineup will be announced soon.

Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Craig hopes to raise $150,000 with this year’s show. Tickets go on sale Friday through Ticketmaster.

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Sarah Barlow/Big Machine RecordsOur thoughts go out to Taylor Swift, who has revealed via Tumblr that her mom, Andrea, has been diagnosed with cancer.

Taylor explains, “I’m writing to you with an update I wish I wasn’t giving you, but it’s important and I’m used to sharing important events in my life with you. Usually when things happen to me, I process them and then write music about how I feel, and you hear it much later. This is something my family and I thought you should know about now.”

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Sadie Stone‘s future hung in the balance as she faced criminal charges for shooting her abusive ex-husband, Pete. As you’ll recall, Luke Wheeler drove up to the scene after Sadie shot Pete, but he stretched the truth and told police he saw Pete actually attacking Sadie. The D.A. decided she acted in self-defense, so Sadie went free. Instead of acting on her growing feelings for Luke, Sadie left Nashville to go put her life back together in her native West Virginia.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker‘s latest album, Southern Style, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with 51,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It’s his fourth consecutive country album to pull off that feat.

Look for country newcomer Chris Stapleton to make his network TV debut performing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 14.

Little Big Town has released a moody, black-and-white video for their latest hit, “Girl Crush.”

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