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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban is performing on opening night of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival April 24. The event stretches over two weekends, with Kacey Musgraves set to perform on the festival’s closing night, May 3.

Elton John, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, The Who, Jimmy Buffett, Ed Sheeran, and Jerry Lee Lewis are among the other acts playing New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at the Fair Grounds Race Course.

Go to NOJazzFest.com for ticket information.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw will launch his Shotgun Rider Tour ’15 this June with special guests Billy Currington and Chase Bryant. The tour takes its title from Tim’s latest #1 hit, “Shotgun Rider.”

Tim will surely have to bump one of his other 34 chart-toppers to make room for the newer music, but putting together a new show is pure pleasure for him. He says, “I love going through the process of making our set list and working on the production elements to bring the show to life. We just like to …read more

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Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley and Tim McGraw are among the headliners for the 2015 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The nightly concerts kick off March 3 at NRG Park and run through March 22. Tickets are available at RodeoHouston.com and AXS.com/RodeoHouston.

Here are the country stars performing at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:

3/3 — Eric Church
3/4 — Hunter Hayes
3/5 — Miranda Lambert
3/7 — Alan Jackson
3/9 — Justin Moore
3/10 — Tim McGraw
3/11 — Brantley Gilbert
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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe semi-finalists for this year’s fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award have been announced. Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay all made the cut and will go on to compete for a spot among the final three nominees.

Fan voting will start Tuesday, January 27 and run through Tuesday, February 10 at VoteACM.com and VoteACM.CMT.com. The final round of voting will run April 8 through 19, and the winner will be determined combining fan votes …read more

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church has announced a new round of The Outsiders World Tour dates starting March 4 in Austin, TX. He’s got Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three in the opening slots on select shows, along with Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Lone Bellow.

Eric’s tour has proven to be a very hot seller so far. His Saturday night show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena set a new venue attendance record with more than 18,000 fans in the audience.

Here are Eric’s new tour dates:

3/4 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney will launch his first concert tour since 2013 on with a show in Nashville on March 26, which also happens to be Kenny’s birthday. You can bet Kenny’s latest hit, “Til It’s Gone,” will be in the set list that night. In fact, he recorded that song specifically with his concert crowds in mind.

While looking for material for his latest album, The Big Revival, Kenny was challenged by his songwriter friend, David Lee Murphy, to think about what he wanted to say to his fans when he got back onstage.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

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Image Courtesy John Peets/CapitolEric Church set an attendance record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. There were 18,411 fans in attendance, which breaks the previous venue attendance record set by The Blue Collar Comedy Tour stop in February 2006.

Eric started the show off telling the audience, “Nashville, I have expectations for you. I live here!” He continues The Outsiders World Tour with a show in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 14.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves has added a March 26 show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club to her 2015 tour schedule.

Condolences to country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, whose longtime drummer, Chuck Landry, was killed in a house fire in Branson, Missouri, Thursday night.

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean has long-term dreams of opening up his own bar or nightclub, but unlike most country stars with bar or restaurant ventures, Jason won’t be banking on his famous name to bring in customers. He sees the business venture as something to do in case his star fades a little bit down the road.

Jason tells The Country Vibe, “I’d almost rather not even have my name on it and just build something so that when my career’s over or whatever, and all the sudden my name recognition may …read more

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