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Comstock/ThinkstockHunter Hayes makes a brief appearance in which Oscar-nominated 1997 Robert Duvall film? Answer: Hunter is seen playing the accordian in The Apostle.

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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairWith two hits under his belt with Grace Potter, Kenny Chesney says it’s no coincidence he keeps recording with the lead singer of the Nocturnals.

“I love her. I really do. You know, she doesn’t have a voice. She’s got a God-given instrument. She really does,” he says. The two first charted with “You and Tequila” in 2011, and Grace sings with Kenny on his latest hit, “Wild Child.”

Her live presence is also part of her appeal for Kenny. “I don’t know if you guys have ever seen her live, but when they’re on,” he says, referring …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ ThinkstockDancing With the StarsErin Andrews and Brittany Snow from Pitch Perfect will host the 2015 CMT Music Awards. The show airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 10.

Kellie Pickler performs the national anthem to kick off the Saturday CMA Music Festival concert at Nashville’s LP Field June 13. She’ll also receive the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award for her work with the troops.

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks‘ Tampa, Florida fans are paying a price for seeing their National Hockey League team, the Lightning, making it to the Stanley Cup Final.

It seems the NHL and NBC scheduled game two of the series against the Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa’s Amalie Arena on June 6 — the same day Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood were to perform two concerts. Garth and Trisha have now decided to cancel those dates, as well as another show scheduled for the night before, citing “safety considerations.”

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Ray Burmiston/Warner Music NashvilleWhile Hunter Hayes in on the Wheels Up Tour with Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt this summer, he’s starting his own Sleeves Up movement to help the American Red Cross. He’s challenging 21,000 of his fans to pledge to donate blood or platelets through a virtual drive online, a tie-in with his new single, “21.”

“There is a line… that says ‘life ain’t long enough,'” he explains. “I wanted to team with the American Red Cross to honor and celebrate all of those individuals who are constantly giving back and trying to make lives longer and …read more

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RCA NashvilleIt was a whirlwind week for Jake Owen, as real life took him from the Waffle House to the White House. After releasing his new single, also titled “Real Life,” Jake invited his Twitter followers to meet him at a Nashville location of the restaurant famous for its scattered, smothered and covered hash browns, even offering to buy. Soon after, he Instagrammed a video from inside the restaurant mentioned in the song, showing a standing room-only crowd with a line stretching outside.

The next day found Jake in Washington, D.C., posting a video of …read more

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Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain may be wrapping up her career as a touring performer, but she has new music planned for fans this fall.

Shania tells the Las Vegas Sun’s Robin Leach that she’s almost finished writing songs for her new album and she’ll start recording it in the fall after she finishes her upcoming tour.

Having wrapped up two weeks of rehearsals in Sin City, Shania kicks off her final road tour on Friday, June 5 in Seattle and winds things down in Toronto in October. She promises to play all her hits on tour, but warns the …read more

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MCA NashvilleKip Moore‘s second album will be called Wild Ones, and in a new video preview of the album, Kip says it was inspired by “the traveling circus that our life has become” and the folks who come to his concerts.

“I think the fans had so much to do with this record because I now know who my fanbase is,” he says in the video, posted to YouTube. “I refused to make a record that doesn’t represent who we are and what they want to hear.”

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Image Courtesy: Katie Storr/Stuart Cove’s Dive BahamasBrett Eldredge continues to live up to his reputation as an adrenaline junkie — and this time, he took two lucky fans along for the ride. Lindsay Bade says she entered Muck Boot’s Facebook contest every day to win the chance for her and her fiancé to zipline with Brett at AdventureWorks in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

While being on stage remains Brett’s number-one thrill, he admits ziplining at 30 miles an hour, 90 feet off the ground is a pretty close second.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsWhen Rascal Flatts kicks off their Riot tour this weekend, fans don’t have to worry about whether or not the band will be playing the songs that made them famous.

“That’s what we all hope and dream to do when we stand in front of the mirror with our Goody comb and sing into it, is to have a bunch of songs that have touched people so much that they want to hear ‘em every night,” Jay DeMarcus says.

But he admits performing their hits night after night can be redundant.

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