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CMADierks Bentley is gearing up for a big weekend of country music in New York City. First up, he’s performing a four-song set in Central Park Friday morning for Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series on ABC. Dierks is also headlining the first-ever FarmBorough Festival in the Big Apple that night.

Dierks says, “It’s a big weekend for country fans in NYC…they got their own festival! And it’s just as big of a deal for me to get to kick the whole thing off.”

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CMACarrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football this fall to to sing the opening theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” Carrie and Sunday Night Football revealed the news in a series of tweets from the set, with the country superstar rocking a short silver minidress.

Several of the NFL’s top players join Carrie for the new opening sequence, which will debut before reigning Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers September 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the featured vocalist on Brad Paisley‘s 2005 hit “When I Get Where I’m Going?” ANSWER: Dolly Parton.

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Broken BowUnlike his fellow stars such as Brantley Gilbert or the guys in Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch has decided to keep himself tattoo-free for the time being. It’s not that he doesn’t like tattoos in general.

Dustin tells Glamour, “I’m kind of a fan of tattoos, but I’m scared of the lifetime commitment. I feel like I would wake up six months later and want something different. Like why is there a grasshopper on my arm?”

Even if Dustin liked what he chose to get tattooed on his body, he’s afraid it might turn …read more

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Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryEaston Corbin knows his latest hit, “Baby Be My Love Song,” has probably gotten stuck in your head in the last few weeks, but he hopes the catchy song’s groove and tempo sound good to your ear.

Easton says, “That was probably one of the top things about this song that really appealed to me, and I first heard it, and I was like, ‘Man, this song just really sounds fresh.'”

As he was looking for songs for the new project, Easton played the tracks he liked several times over the course of …read more

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John Russell/CMALittle Big Town‘s latest single, “Girl Crush,” is on track to be the biggest hit of the band’s career, but the song was almost a bomb at country radio earlier this year. Instead of understanding the lyrics as depicting a jealous woman singing about the man she loves being in love with another woman, a few mistaken listeners complained about the song’s perceived lesbian subject matter. Those calls led a few stations to stop playing the song as much just as it was starting to climb the country chart.

LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman says, …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini will play her first headlining show in New York City July 16 at the Gramercy Theatre.

Hunter Hayes visited the campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in the studio Monday while they recorded the original song they wrote, “Wherever You Go.” Hunter even played mandolin on the track. The annual camp caters to individuals with Williams syndrome through music enrichment programs.

Look for Darius Rucker on CBS’s The Talk Wednesday.

Get well wishes go out to Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook, who had surgery Wednesday to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. He posted …read more

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Webster PRDolly Parton presented Kansas teacher Dyane Smokorowski with the Chasing Rainbows Award from the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. The honor recognizes an outstanding educator who “has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children.”

The presentation happened at Dollywood in East Tennessee. Dolly was the first recipient of the Chasing Rainbows Award in 2002 in honor of her worldwide reading program, The Imagination Library. She has gone on to present the Chasing Rainbows award every year since then.

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CMAKeith Urban is the latest country artist experimenting with EDM sounds. He’s been working in the studio with Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, who was recently featured on the Daft Punk hit “Get Lucky.”

According to Yahoo Music, the songs feature Keith’s banjo playing along with Nile’s signature guitar riffs to create something Nile calls “EDM-Country.” The rough tracks feature those instruments set to a club beat with Keith singing urgently on top of it all.

Nile says, “I really pushed him to sing at the top of his range. Keith was nervous about …read more

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CMAIf you’ve caught Chris Pratt starring in the summer blockbuster Jurassic World, you might have noticed a little bit of Eric Church‘s trademark swagger in Chris’s performance. In an interview with GQ, Chris reveals he had “Dark Side,” a song from Eric’s album, The Outsiders, on repeat while making Jurassic World. He even said Eric’s name in a mantra he repeated before before the camera rolled: “Flow core, no TC, volume up point five, Eric Church.”

As for the rest of the mantra, GQ explains, ” ‘Flow core’ to remind him of his posture when he was …read more

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