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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner, Eric Paslay, David Nail, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina and Mickey Guyton have signed on to be torchbearers in the first-ever Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America. The torch will be lit in Athens, Greece and travel across all 50 U.S. states for 46 days before making its way to the Special Olympics World Games in July.

More than 20,000 people will participate in the relay — you can sign up to participate at UnifiedRelay.org. ESPN will carry nightly highlights from the Special Olympics World Games, starting with the Opening Ceremony …read more

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is in his hometown of Phoenix to participate in several big events surrounding Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. His performance at the official NFL Tailgate will be broadcast as part of NBC’s pregame show Sunday afternoon. Dierks is also hosting a pre-Super Bowl bash at his bar, Whiskey Row, on Friday night.

Says Dierks, “It’s going to be a fun weekend in my hometown. There are a lot of country fans in the Valley and we are looking forward to taking over this week! I’m excited to have …read more

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is in his hometown of Phoenix to participate in several big events surrounding Super Bowl 49 on Sunday. His performance at the official NFL Tailgate will be broadcast as part of NBC’s pregame show Sunday afternoon. Dierks is also hosting a pre-Super Bowl bash at his bar, Whiskey Row, on Friday night.

Says Dierks, “It’s going to be a fun weekend in my hometown. There are a lot of country fans in the Valley and we are looking forward to taking over this week! I’m excited to have …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of the Oklahoma town Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert call home? ANSWER: Tishomingo.

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Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleMickey Guyton clearly isn’t singing the blues over her ex-boyfriend on her debut single, “Better than You Left Me.” The lyrics were inspired by Mickey’s old relationship that was clearly going nowhere when she decided to make the move to Nashville a few years ago. Mickey says it all came to a head for the couple during a final fight when he told her, “Don’t make me find someone else.”

Mickey tells ABC News Radio, “I can’t even believe someone would even say that. We were together for four years, and …read more

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCNext month, Shania Twain is bringing her Las Vegas show to ABC.

The concert special Shania: Still the One Live from Vegas will air February 28 at 9 p.m. ET. It documents the show that Shania staged for two years at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace before wrapping it up in December. The ABC special features over an hour of never-before-seen footage documenting the show’s development, as well as the entire performance, which features a live band, trained horses, a flying motorcycle and more.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn celebration of Glen Campbell‘s 79th birthday coming up on April 22, a remastered and expanded 40th Anniversary Edition of Glen’s 1975 album Rhinestone Cowboy will be released on March 31. The album features five rare or previously unreleased tracks.

Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young are performing at the 40th Annual Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida May 6 through 10. Go to KeyWestSongwritersFestival.com for details.

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Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is on track to score his sixth #1 hit from his latest album, Crash My Party, with the power ballad, “I See You.” Luke always hoped the song would be a single.

He says, “You know, ‘I See You’ and ‘Crash My Party’ were the two that we were going back and forth with on what should be the [first] single, and we chose ‘Crash My Party.'”

“Crash My Party” was released in April 2013, so it’s taken quite awhile for Luke to get around to “I See You” as a single. As …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has been named curators for the3rd annual Grammy Amplifier program.

The online music initiative, sponsored by Hyundai and The Recording Academy, aims to mentor aspiring artists and provide them with the opportunity to showcase their talent.

The Band Perry will help evaluate online submissions to narrow the field down to the program’s three winners. The winners will individually be awarded one of the following prizes: A studio recording session with a Grammy winning producer; filming and starring in their own music video with a noted …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Blake Shelton has picked up another acting gig. Fresh off his stint hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend, Blake has reportedly joined the cast of the new Adam Sandler movie, Ridiculous 6.

According to TheWrap, Blake will play Old West icon Wyatt Earp in the comedy. Adam Sandler will play an orphan raised by a Native American tribe, with Nick Nolte playing his biological father. Vanilla Ice is also part of the cast along with Luke Wilson, Taylor Lautner and Dan Akroyd.

Production on Ridiculous 6 starts next month. The movie will air …read more

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