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Image Courtesy Greenroom PRLady Antebellum will launch their Wheels Up 2015 tour with a run through Europe and Australia starting February 28. The North American leg of the trek will launch May 1 in Lubbock, Texas. Sam Hunt and Hunter Hayes are the opening acts on most of Lady A’s dates through the fall.

The group’s Charles Kelley says, “Being able to play off each other on that stage is honestly where we have the most fun, and I have a feeling the crowd will already be on their feet when we get out there after starting …read more

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Image Courtesy BMLG/StarstruckReba is back with a brand-new single, “Going Out Like That,” available now at iTunes. It’s the lead single from her upcoming studio album. As soon as she heard the song, Reba knew she wanted to have “Going Out Like That” on her new project.

“When you listen to thousands of songs trying to find just the right one to record, a really great song jumps out at you,” Reba says. “That’s exactly what ‘Going Out Like That’ did to me!”

“Going Out Like That” was originally written from a male perspective, but …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will be the host and musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live January 24. He joins the ranks of Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Taylor Swift as country artists who have performed double-duty on the show. Of course, Blake is one of NBC’s biggest stars these days, thanks to his role as a coach on The Voice.

It doesn’t look like Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert, will be making a cameo on SNL, though. She’s got a show in West Virginia that night.

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Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Denver for the first time in more than 18 years. As always, Trisha Yearwood is on the bill with Garth for the two shows, set for March 20 and 21 at the Pepsi Center. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 16 at AltitudeTickets.com/Garth or 1-844-63GARTH.

Garth may add more shows once ticket demand is determined on the on-sale date.

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Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert and Chris Young both got their first national TV exposure competing on which singing competition? ANSWER: Nashville Star.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery first got the nation’s attention trying out for American Idol with Josh Turner‘s decidedly country hit, “Your Man.” Since winning Idol in 2011, Scotty has blended his love of classic country with the current pop-influenced sounds of today to produce hits like “See You Tonight.” That’s all changing with his next album, though.

Scotty tells Rolling Stone, “I’m going to make a country music record. That’s what I had to try to convey to the label, and they were all for it. The stuff I grew up with …read more

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsIt looks like country duo Maddie & Tae are laying the groundwork for a long-lasting career, based on the women they look up to for career guidance. Tae Dye points to the late screen legend Marilyn Monroe as the person she’d most like to chat with, because of her her intelligence and beauty. Tae feels Marilyn’s status as a timeless, yet curvy beauty ties in nicely with their debut anthem, “Girl in a Country Song.”

Tae says of the Marilyn, “Back then, she was beautiful and perfect and now days she’d be considered a …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Rogers will reunite with the original members of The First Edition for a panel discussion at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville Saturday, January 17. The program is being presented in conjunction with Kenny’s current Hall of Fame exhibit, Kenny Rogers: Though the Years.

Zac Brown Band will debut their new single, “Homegrown,” on ESPN’s College Football Playoff Championship Tailgate on Monday, January 12.

According to Billboard, Luke Bryan‘s name was the most-searched subject of 2014 on Ticketmaster’s website.

Singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc will join Lady Antebellum for a special performance on the CMT …read more

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has served as country music’s ambassador to the mainstream many times through his work in movies or performances on multi-genre TV shows. So, Tim’s endorsement of his “Highway Don’t Care” collaborator Keith Urban as a judge on American Idol carries some real weight.

“He’s one of my favorite people,” Tim says of his pal Keith. “He’s a really good guy, and as far as somebody who represents country music and the face of somebody, and the music of somebody that you would want out there representin’ what you …read more

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Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is going through some strategic changes with plans to open three new locations in College Station,TX; Lansing, MI; and Phoenix, AZ in the first quarter. The announcement comes as the restaurant’s parent company, Boomtown Entertainment, closed locations in Houston, TX; Folsom, CA; and Newport News, VA, over the holiday as part of a restructuring.

Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill currently operates in 14 cities.

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