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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLanding a spot on Brad Paisley‘s Country Nation tour is a dream-come-true for The Swon BrothersZach Swon. He started playing electric guitar at age 15, and Zach spent hours learning to play Brad’s songs like “Mud on the Tires” and “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”

Zach tells ABC News Radio, “I wanted to play guitar like Brad Paisley so bad.”

Zach and his younger brother, Colton, built quite a following over the next few years as a duo, and they started playing an big annual show in their Oklahoma hometown. That concert …read more

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Image Courtesy BMLGMartina McBride will be honored with the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Business Association’s 2015 Awards Luncheon coming up May 14 in Nashville. The event recognizes Martina’s years of philanthropic work in the fight against domestic violence as well her participation in events raising money for muscular dystrophy and cancer research.

Martina says, “While my goal was never to be recognized for my charitable efforts, this award is proof that we can all make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of others. I hope this …read more

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Image Courtesy Sweet Talk PR/Justin MrusekFlorida Georgia Line has added 29 new dates to their Anything Goes tour, which kicks off Thursday night in Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will be along for the newly announced shows, too.

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, January 20.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s new tour dates:

5/9 — Columbia, MD
5/28 — West Palm Beach, FL
5/29 — Tampa, FL
5/30 — Birmingham, AL
7/24 — Philadelphia, PA
7/25 — Washington, D.C.
7/26 — Virginia Beach, VA
8/7 — Bethel, NY
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Image Courtesy BMLGReba‘s latest single, “Going Out Like That,” bows at #28 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — her highest debut ever on that tally.

This bests her previous entry at #32 on “If You See Him/If You See Her” with Brooks & Dunn in 1998. At that time, Hot Country Songs chart positions were based solely on radio airplay; now, downloads and streams are factored in with airplay to determine chart placement. “Going Out Like That” benefits from 21,000 downloads sold in the first week, which is Reba’s best digital sales week ever. Her …read more

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Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLee Brice and Chris Young are headed out on a joint headlining tour starting January 22 in Syracuse, NY and continuing through a March 8 show in Honolulu, HI.

Lee and Chris have toured together in the past. Chris says, “Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad [Paisley] and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter.”

Lee agrees. saying, “Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun …read more

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Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityLee Brice and Chris Young are headed out on a joint headlining tour starting January 22 in Syracuse, NY and continuing through a March 8 show in Honolulu, HI.

Lee and Chris have toured together in the past. Chris says, “Lee and I had a blast last year when we were out with Brad [Paisley] and so we thought it would be great to join up for a co-headlining tour for our fans this winter.”

Lee agrees. saying, “Chris and I have been talking about touring together again for a while. We have a lot of fun …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Lee Ann Womack‘s signature song, which she performed at Maya Angelou‘s funeral last year? ANSWER: “I Hope You Dance.”

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Image Courtesy BMLGA few of country’s hottest new acts have signed on to perform at Nashville Lifestyles magazine’s 11th Annual Music in the City event, coming up Tuesday, January 20. Danielle Bradbery, Mickey Guyton, Lindsey Ell and new duo Native Run are on the bill.

The show takes place at Barlines at Nashville’s Omni Hotel. Tickets are available now at NashvilleLifestyles.com. Carrie Underwood graces the cover of the magazine’s Music Issue, on stands now.

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Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGrammy-winning country legend Glen Campbell is now an Oscar nominee.

The 78-year-old Campbell, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, has been nominated in the Best Original Song category for “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” which he co-wrote with Julian Raymond for the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

While the Best Original Song nominees category at the Golden Globe Awards was filled with pop and rock acts, the Oscars category is very different. There’s only only one song that was nominated for both the Oscars and Golden Globes: “Glory,” co-written by singer/songwriter John …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack will perform on ABC’s The View on Monday, January 19.

The Swon Brothers have released the lyric video for their new single, “Pray for You,” at Cambio.com.

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