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Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/NRAJon Pardi has been chosen as NRA Country Featured Artist for the month of March. Starting now, you can head over to NRA Country’s Facebook page to check out an exclusive performance video from Jon. A new performance video from him will be posted there each Monday for the rest of the month. Jon is also taking part in a Twitter chat Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. ET. You can tweet questions to @NRACountry using the #NRACPardiChat.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was a big winner at the Country Music Channel (CMC) Awards this week in Australia. He took the International Artist of the Year and International Video of the Year for “Cop Car” at the event in Brisbane.

Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae were among the performers at the CMC Awards, which coincide with this weekend’s CMC Rocks Queensland festival.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThere is no one in the Eli Young Band actually named Eli Young. What is the lead singer’s name? ANSWER: Mike Eli.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will host his Sixth Annual Darius and Friends benefit concert June 8 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday at WildhorseSaloon.com. The event has raised more than $439,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the past six years. Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Justin Moore and Dustin Lynch have all performed at Darius and Friends in recent years. This year’s lineup will be announced soon.

Darius will also host his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament on June 9. Last year’s tournament raised more …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan covered Bruno Mars‘ “Uptown Funk” during his first of two spring break shows in Panama City Beach, Florida Wednesday. He’s playing the final show Thursday night.

Brad Paisley will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live next week as the show broadcasts from the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

’80s hitmaker K.T. Oslin will release a new album, Simply, on June 2. The new project features new versions of her hits “Hold Me” and “80s Ladies,” as featured during her recent concerts in Nashville.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleEli Young Band‘s new EP, Turn It On, is now available at all digital outlets, and the title track is already making a big impression at country radio. The guys wrote the song on their tour bus and recorded it in January. The guys knew they were on to something good when they hit the studio.

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones tells ABC Radio, “It was just sounding fresh and new. The label was really, really enthusiastic and excited about it and wanted us to release the music really quickly to radio.”

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Image Courtesy Sony/Reid LongMiranda Lambert‘s new video for “Little Red Wagon” is out. The clip features the singer looking quite stunning as she checks into a desert motel and charms the staff, including a pretty and shirtless pool boy. In the end, Miranda walks away from the guy with a wink while wearing a blinged-out belt that says “Mrs. Shelton.”

Miranda found “Little Red Wagon” when a friend told her to check out an album by Oklahoma-based artist, Audra Mae, who wrote the song. Once she heard Audra Mae’s version of “Little Red Wagon” on …read more

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Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diary exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens May 22 and will run through November 8. The exhibit will feature stage clothes, instruments and awards from the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Luke is most excited for his mom and dad to come check out the exhibit. He recalls, “I remember bringing my parents to visit the museum and dreaming of something like this one day. Now to have an exhibit about my life that my family, friends, and fans can come …read more

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Image Courtesy ACMJason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Blake Shelton are all set to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards next month. Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Reba, Dierks Bentley and New Artist of the Year nominees Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell round out the performers lineup, and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year George Strait will debut a new song, too.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the ACM Awards broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19 at 8 …read more

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Image Courtesy ACM AwardsThe Academy of Country Music has announced the track listing for the Now! Music series compilation, celebrating the ACM Awards’ 50th Anniversary. Now That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years is due out March 31, featuring hits from the show’s history as well as current nominees on two discs. That means Miranda Lambert‘s “The House That Built Me” and Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now” are featured alongside classics like “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones and “Why Not Me” by The Judds.

Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift and …read more

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