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Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard doesn’t have to think back far to recall his best Halloween ever. In fact, the 28-year-old says it was his sophomore year at Nashville’s Belmont University, when he went as rapper Flavor Flav.

“I went all out. I was absolutely decked out to the nines, fully painted, black wig, had the clock, had the whole get-up, gold grill, probably had a couple diamonds in my grill. So, I was done up,” he remembers.

But he says the best part was that it made him completely anonymous.

“Nobody knew it was me. Went to the parties, had …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Frankie Ballard will hand out the non-televised CMA Awards and honors next week, including Broadcast Personality and Station of the Year.

Both Faith Hill and Sheryl Crow were invited to the opening party for Reese Witherspoon‘s new Southern-inspired lifestyle store Draper James Wednesday evening in the 12South neighborhood of Nashville.

Rock and Roll and Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee will perform her first full concert ever in the Nashville area December 9 in the Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater.

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Valory Music Co.Just this week, we learned Thomas Rhett will be the new face — and perhaps physique — of Snap Fitness, the 24-hour gym chain. But it turns out his affinity for muscles goes way back.

“I was about twelve years old and my mom and dad got me the Wolverine outfit that came with Styrofoam muscles, pectorals, abs, biceps, the whole nine yards. That was probably my favorite Halloween costume,” he recalls.

This year, Thomas’s Halloween theme will be Suits & Boots, as he’ll be working a tour date in Salem, Virginia, with Brett Eldredge and Danielle Bradbury. He …read more

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumStarting next month, you’ll be able to relive the career of Keith Urban from its beginnings in Australia to his present-day success, with a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Keith Urban So Far…” will showcase iconic memorabilia, from the shirt he wore on the cover of his 1999 debut album to the electric guitar he played on his first number one, “But for the Grace of God.” The 1989 Fender Telecaster Keith named “Clarence” will be on display, as well as handwritten song manuscripts, awards and scrapbooks from his …read more

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Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsIf you look closely at the cover of Cam‘s first full-length album, Untamed, you’ll see she’s drinking from a straw, stabbed directly into a lemon. It turns out the photo is an expression of her philosophy about life.

“The idea of just drinking a lemon straight is: Life is going to hand you a lot of things that you don’t necessarily want to deal with and you should not water it down and sweeten it up,” she tells Rolling Stone. “Drink it straight, and deal with it head-on. If you’re …read more

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Photo Credit: Steven WorsterMore than 10,000 fans turned out Wednesday night in Nashville to help Sam Hunt celebrate the incredible year he’s had since the release of Montevallo.

Sam sang for almost two hours, doing his three number ones as well as his current single, “Break Up in a Small Town.” He also covered the hits he wrote for other stars, like Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight” and Keith Urban‘s “Cop Car.” Newcomer Cam joined him on the stage outside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a duet version of her hit “Burning House.”

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Arista NashvilleIf you’ve ever wanted to hear Brad Paisley sing “I Want to Sex You Up,” you just may get your chance Monday. This November, Jimmy Kimmel is bringing back his Mash Up Mondays segment, where he unites two different acts for a one-time-only performance together.

In the past, for example, ZZ Top and Weezer became Wee-Z Top, while Kenny G and Warren G became Kenny and Warren G. Brad’s collaborators will be notorious nineties band Color Me Badd, known for their risqué smash “I Want to Sex You Up.” When you add the country superstar with …read more

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CMAAs the crew assembles the stage inside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for next Wednesday’s CMA Awards, we now know who’ll be handing out the trophies. Nominees Charles Kelley and Lee Ann Womack will also present, as will reigning New Artist of the Year Brett Eldredge. CMA Country Christmas host Jennifer Nettles, Darius Rucker, and Cole Swindell will try out their skills reading the teleprompter as well.

Some familiar faces from Hollywood will take the stage to pass out CMA trophies, including Kiefer Sutherland and Erika Christensen from the new ABC show Wicked City. Comedian and banjo player Steve Martin will …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Who was the first band to win CMA Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: Alabama, who won three years in a row, starting in 1982.

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner wants you to put down your razor for the month of November. The “Long Black Train” hitmaker is officially Chairman of the Beard for this year’s No Shave November fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Though the contest doesn’t officially start until Sunday, Josh already has quite a head start, since he’s already sporting a full beard. He’s enlisted his band and crew, The Backwoods Boys, as well, and he hopes you’ll join him too.

All you need to do is donate $30 and upload a date-stamped before photo on the official Facebook page. Then …read more

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