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Image Courtesy EB Media PRKenny Chesney‘s first tour bus — affectionately named Moby — recently hit the million-mile mark on the interstate between his shows in St. Louis and Des Moines, Iowa. It’s still part of the caravan of buses and tractor trailers on Kenny’s The Big Revival tour. Kenny bought the bus before he hit it big, so it was a big gamble for him to make such a big investment.

Kenny explains, “It was a used Silver Eagle when I bought it — and the bank had no business lending me …read more

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Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser surprised Army veteran Aaron Woods and his family with a year of free groceries at Albertsons. Randy brought James and his family backstage before his recent show in Boise, Idaho for a meet-and-greet and gift card presentation in association with Eckrich Meats. It’s all a part of the Eckrich Operation Inspiration campaign to “honor, thank and support” military personnel for their service through Operation Homefront.

Randy has taken been working on the campaign with Eckrich and Operation Homefront for the past year. He says, “It was great to meet the …read more

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABCLittle Big Town and Faith Hill’s performance of “Girl Crush” on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards had lots of viewers whipping out their mobile phones to find out more about the song. The song-search app Shazam ranked “Girl Crush” at #5 on their list of “Top Shazamed Moments” of the night, beating out searches for performances from Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and more. Ed Sheeran topped Shazam’s list with his solo performance of “Bloodstream.”

LBT and Faith earned a standing ovation for their Billboard Music Awards performance. The rare musical performance from Faith …read more

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Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleJon Pardi is busy working on the follow up to his 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, but he had a few unreleased tracks from that first project he really wanted to share with the fans. That’s why he’s releasing the six-song EP, The B Sides 2011 – 2014, to all digital outlets this week.

Jon tells ABC Radio, “I thought it’d be cool if we got this little project as something to kind of give the fans in between the first and second album.”

Some of the songs on The B-Sides …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Kacey Musgraves single won Song of the Year at last November’s CMA Awards? ANSWER: “Follow Your Arrow.”

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini had a hand in writing every song on her debut album, The First Time, including the lead single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” While she considered cutting a few songs by other writers around Nashville, Kelsea ultimately decided recording her own songs would be the best way to introduce herself to country fans.

She tells ABC Radio, “I wanted it to be the best album that it could be, but I also wanted it to be my album. I’ve been writing since I was 12. I signed my publishing deal …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Paslay is a co-writer on Steven Tyler‘s debut country single, “Love Is Your Name.”

Laura Bell Bundy will release her new album, Another Piece of Me, on June 9.

Tim McGraw appears on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to talk about his role in the new movie, Tomorrowland.

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Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleThe eighth volume of the Now That’s What I Call Country series is due out June 9 featuring hits from Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt and many more. There are 18 tracks in all, including 14 #1 hits. Look for the compilation in stores and on all digital outlets.

Here’s the Now That’s What I Call Country Volume 8 track listing:

Luke Bryan –“Roller Coaster”
Jason Aldean — “Just Getting’ Started”
Sam Hunt — “Leave the Night On”
Darius Rucker — “Homegrown Honey”
Florida Georgia Line — “Sun Daze”
Jake Owen — “Beachin'”
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Image Courtesy Stoney CreekAs David Letterman prepares to host his last installment of The Late Show May 20, Randy Houser is looking back on the big break the host gave him back in 2008.

Before he became a regular at #1 on the country charts, Randy was struggling to break through with his emotional debut single, “Anything Goes.” Letterman heard the song while working on his ranch, loved it, and booked Randy to perform a special version of the song on The Late Show.

Randy tells Rolling Stone, “He loved the second verse of the …read more

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Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/SonyCarrie Underwood has posted a live performance of her latest hit, “Little Toy Guns,” on Yahoo! Music. The clip is part of the outlet’s Ram Country series and was taped in Nashville.

“Little Toy Guns” is the second single from Carrie’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 compilation. She’s expected to perform the song on the Grand Ole Opry on June 9.

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