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Image Courtesy CMADierks Bentley is giving fans more access than ever with his new video series, Sounding Off. The clips focus on his upcoming 2015 Sounds of Summer Tour, launching June 5 in Raleigh, NC. You can expect to see tour openers Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith in the videos, too.

Dierks has been busy putting the stage and set list together for his new tour, and he’s eager to let his everyone see the progress.

Says Dierks, “I really want them to be able to experience it like I do…get to see …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean had some fun busting pal Luke Bryan‘s chops on Instagram. While eating at Sandbar in Panama City Beach, FL, Jason came across an early headshot of Luke on the wall. In the picture, Luke has his hands clasped with his head tilted to the side, a pose Jason recreated for his own photo.

eatin at one of my favorite spots in PCB “Sandbar” and saw this gem in the corner. @lukebryan

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Image Courtesy Broken BowDustin Lynch‘s new YouTube series, On the DL, gives fans an inside view of the 300 days he spends on the road every year. It’s an idea Dustin’s wanted to try for a while.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, “It gives our fans a [view of] ‘Hey, this is what goes on behind the scenes, before the doors happen to the venues.’ Show them we’re just a bunch of dudes having fun.”

Dustin’s latest On the DL video captures his recent spring break show in Panama City Beach, Florida with Luke Bryan. Check it out …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country superstar made a cameo on ABC’s Nashville with fictional country star Rayna Jaymes in a scene set at Good Morning America? ANSWER: Luke Bryan.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes wanted to support her long-time love Deacon Claybourne after learning he has liver cancer. Deacon did his best to shut Rayna out, but she wore him down and they eventually made up, made love and decided to pursue a relationship. Their daughter, Maddie, was ecstatic to see Deacon and Rayna together, but that happiness was short-lived as they told Maddie and her younger sister, Daphne, about Deacon’s potentially fatal liver cancer.

Still hurting from his breakup with Rayna, Luke Wheeler turned to Sadie Stone for some company and a harmony singer …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThomas Rhett will toast the #1 success of his latest hit, “Make Me Wanna,” with a party in Nashville next Thursday.

Country newcomer Kelsea Ballerini will release her debut album, The First Time, on May 19. Her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” is now climbing the country chart.

SURPRISE! Here is the album cover for #TheFirstTime! May 19th! ❤️

A photo posted by Kelsea Ballerini (@kelseaballerini) on Apr 1, 2015 at 2:34pm PDT

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Image Courtesy CMAEric Church loves the anthemic quality of his collaboration with Keith Urban on “Raise ‘Em Up,” but he also points out there’s a deeper meaning to the song than just having a good time.

“There’s also a line in there about kids and about life,” Eric explains. “Yeah, it’s about lighters. It’s about drinks. One verse is about, you know, black umbrellas, about a funeral. It’s a very serious song. And plain and simple, it’s just a hit.”

Eric goes so far as to say “Raise ‘Em Up” could even be a hit in Portuguese.

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Image Courtesy Blackbird Production PartnersTrace Adkins, Alabama and Jamey Johnson are featured on a new CD/DVD set documenting the all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert held this past November in Atlanta. Lynyrd Skynyrd — One More for the Fans! features the famed Southern rockers and an impressive cast of other music stars performing some of the band’s best-loved songs.

Among the many other artists who participated in the show were Gregg Allman, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels and Donnie Van Zant.

The concert was held at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, the same venue where Lynyrd Skynyrd recorded its 1976 live …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had some April Fool’s Day fun with his fans Wednesday morning. He tweeted, “It breaks my heart to say I’m retiring and will be joining the US Olympic water polo ping pong team…it’s been a great ride! Thanks.”

Of course, Brett has some obligations to fulfill before he starts his water polo ping pong training. He’s set to perform at the ACM Party for a Cause April 17 and 18 in Arlington, TX before joining Darius Rucker‘s Southern Style Tour May 14.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had some April Fool’s Day fun with his fans Wednesday morning. He tweeted, “It breaks my heart to say I’m retiring and will be joining the US Olympic water polo ping pong team…it’s been a great ride! Thanks.”

Of course, Brett has some obligations to fulfill before he starts his water polo ping pong training. He’s set to perform at the ACM Party for a Cause April 17 and 18 in Arlington, TX before joining Darius Rucker‘s Southern Style Tour May 14.

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