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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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Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt has scored his first ACM nomination in the New Artist of the Year category even though his #1-selling debut album, Montevallo, just came out last October. Since then, Sam has posted two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time.”

Even with all that success, Sam says, “I still really feel like too new to be New Artist of the Year, but so many good things have happened over the last several months that have allowed us to reach so many people. …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail debuted his new song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. He wrote the song for his wife, Catherine, and it’s expected to be included on David’s new studio album, which he is now recording. His two-song appearance also included the #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got.”

David’s Opry appearance is part of the show’s nine-month 90th anniversary celebration. Go to Opry.com to see who’s playing in the coming weeks.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride are among the country stars featured on a new DVD and Blu-ray release honoring Carole King. Due out on June 23, A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King was filmed in January 2014 at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes also are among the artists performing on the concert along with Lady Gaga, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys and Gloria Estefan.

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