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Image Courtesy ABCThe truth came out about Mayor Teddy Conrad‘s brief relationship with a prostitute on Wednesday’s Nashville. In light of that revelation, Rayna Jaymes decided their daughters, Maddie and Daphne, would no longer be allowed to stay at Teddy’s house. Edgehill Republic record label president Jeff Fordham had used Teddy’s affair as leverage to get him to sign his oldest daughter, Maddie, to a recording contract with Edgehill. When she found out about the signing, Rayna went into Jeff’s board meeting with the chairman of the label to expose Jeff’s underhanded dealings in Maddie’s record …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney and his band have started rehearsals for The Big Revival tour, kicking off March 26 and 27 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Willie Nelson will begin filming a new movie, Waiting for the Miracle to Come, in March on the Old West film set built on his Texas Hill Country property for the 1986 movie Red Headed Stranger. According to Rolling Stone, the movie is written and directed by Australian filmmaker Lian Lunson and will be produced by U2‘s Bono, who is also writing the film’s soundtrack.

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Image Courtesy Greenroom PRThomas Rhett spent a lot of time watching other acts, including his father Rhett Akins, perform concerts before he ever played a show of his own. As a kid, Rhett took Thomas to see The Rolling Stones quite a few times, and the legendary rock band had a big effect on how Thomas performs to this day.

He says, “When you watch Mick Jagger or somebody, who’s like 70-years-old move around the stage as good as he does, it makes you want to move twice as hard.”

Thomas finds inspiration in current stars like Eric Church as well. Thomas …read more

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsThe Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas is going all-out for Rascal Flatts‘ residency at The Joint starting February 25. During the run of their Vegas Riot! show, guests can order Rascal Flatts-themed cocktails at the casino bars. According to The Los Angeles Times, the drinks include the “Broken Road” made with Jack Daniels’ Tennessee Honey, “Prayin’ for Daylight” made with tequila and “Life Is a Highway” made with Woodford Reserve.

The spa at Hard Rock is also offering a few Flatts-themed treatements, including the “I Melt” body scrub and …read more

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will kick off the Shotgun Rider Tour 2015 June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The trek continues through a September 19 show in Irvine, California. Billy Currington and Chase Bryant will serve as the supporting acts for the four-month tour.

Look for Tim to perform “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me at this Sunday night’s Academy Awards on ABC. The song is nominated in the Original Song category.

Here are Tim’s 2015 tour dates:

6/5 — Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
6/6 — Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers‘ new video, “Pray for You,” is available exclusively on CMT and CMT.com starting Wednesday and running through Thursday. The duo shot the dramatic clip at The Snow White Drive-In in Tennessee, and in the video the restaurants’ late-night patrons get a dose of hope along with their coffee and hamburgers.

As for the song itself, the duo’s Colton Swon says “Pray for You” is really special to them. “It’s a message of hope and it really stood out when we were choosing songs for our record,” he …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers‘ new video, “Pray for You,” is available exclusively on CMT and CMT.com starting Wednesday and running through Thursday. The duo shot the dramatic clip at The Snow White Drive-In in Tennessee, and in the video the restaurants’ late-night patrons get a dose of hope along with their coffee and hamburgers.

As for the song itself, the duo’s Colton Swon says “Pray for You” is really special to them. “It’s a message of hope and it really stood out when we were choosing songs for our record,” he …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is going all out to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his Concert for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research and treatment. The show will take place October 24 at the Coral Sky Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and a portion of Jason’s ticket proceeds from every show on his 2015 Burn It Down Tour will help support Susan G. Komen South Florida’s efforts in the Palm Beach area.

Jason is also honoring two breast cancer survivors at each show on his tour this year. …read more

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Image Courtesy ACMSam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell are this year’s final nominees for the ACM New Artist of the Year Award.

The winner will be determined by combining a fan vote with votes from the ACM’s professional members. Fans can start voting Wednesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. ET at VoteACM.com, and the polls will close as the 50th Annual ACM Awards begin on the air Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. The winner will be announced during the show.

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Image Courtesy Richard McLaren/Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday, June 18 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Toby is being recognized for penning most of his biggest hits, including “Should’ve Been a Cowboy,” “How Do You Like Me Now?!” and “Beer for My Horses.”

Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Braddock is also going into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. He’s the man behind country classics such as George Jones‘ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tracy Lawrence‘s “Time Marches On.” Bobby also wrote …read more

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