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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s performance on PBS’s Austin City Limits premieres Saturday night at 9 ET. The show will be available for a limited time at PBS.org as well. Eric calls the show “iconic.”

He says, “I grew up watching Austin City Limits, and it’s really cool to be a part of it. It’ll be something that we try to make sure we do something unique or different that allows that to live forever.”

Eric’s set includes his big hits “Smoke a Little Smoke,” “Give Me Back My Hometown” and “Springsteen.” Fan favorites “These …read more

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James MinchinWhen Brantley Gilbert announced his engagement last month, he didn’t reveal his fiancée’s name. However, he’s now identified the lucky lady to People magazine.

Her name is Amber Cochran, and she’s a schoolteacher from Gilbert’s Georgia hometown whom he’s known for many years. He tells People, “Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs from ‘More than Miles’ to ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’ for the last 10 years.”

Gilbert adds, “I’m a blessed man to have her back in my life and can’t wait to make her my …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie Pickler is a guest co-host on ABC’s The View Friday.

Blake Shelton was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Thursday night in Oklahoma City. Miranda Lambert was also on hand to honor another inductee, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Wanda Jackson.

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore doesn’t share many photos of his three young daughters even though he knows his fans would love to see more of his kids. Instead of thrusting them into the public eye at a young age, Justin hopes to let them make their own decisions about how much media exposure they want when they get older. Plus, he’s concerned about the girls’ safety since their dad is a country star.

“Let’s be honest, there’s a lot nut jobs out there, who, you just never know,” Justin says. “And if …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returned to his alma mater, Nashville’s Belmont University, on Wednesday to speak with students. The interview-style session featured Josh telling the story of writing his debut hit, “Long Black Train,” while a student at Belmont in 1999.

Josh says of his time at the school, “Although I was only able to attend Belmont for three years, if I had it to do all over again, I’d come back to Belmont.”

Josh delivered an acoustic performance of “Long Black Train” for the students. His new single, “Law Low,” is currently …read more

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Image Courtesy Vanguard RecordsJohn Fogerty has responded to the controversy that arose after Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Zac Brown performed his classic song “Fortunate Son” at the star-studded Concert for Valor event on Veterans Day in Washington, D.C. Some conservative media outlets in particular maintained that performing the song, which addresses the circumstances of soldiers in the Vietnam era, wasn’t appropriate for an event honoring U.S. military members. Fogerty disagrees.

In a statement on his official website, the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman explains, “‘Fortunate Son’ is a song I wrote …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry stars earned several nominations for Vevo’s fan-voted Hot This Year 2014 Awards.

Keith Urban is up for Best Male Video with “Somewhere in My Car,” and Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert got a nod in the Best Collaboration category with “Somethin’ Bad.” Carrie and Miranda are also up for Best Country Video, along with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan‘s “This Is How we Roll,” Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song,” Dierks Bentley‘s “Drunk on a Plane,” and “Bartender,” by Lady Antebellum.

Dierks is also up for Best Live Performance with “I Hold On” …read more

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Image Courtesy CMTLarry the Cable Guy has signed on to host CMT Artists of the Year 2014 special, Tuesday, December 2 live from Nashville. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored during the 90-minute broadcast, which will air on VH1 as well as CMT.

Larry can’t wait to host the show. He says, “I’m very excited to get out of the house for a few hours and let the country celebrate this fantastic body I get to look at every day.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Dierks Bentley‘s oldest daughter’s name? ANSWER: Evie.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoGunnar Scott seemed to be adjusting well to life as a father to his son, Micah, on Wednesday’s Nashville, and that’s a good thing since Micah’s mom, Kylie, left town without her son to pursue a love interest. It looks like Gunnar and his girlfriend, Zoey, will have to adjust to full-time parenthood now.

Will Lexington and Layla Grant found some common ground before attending the premiere of their reality show. They were able to smile for the cameras on the red carpet, but the show was edited to make Layla look stupid and Will look …read more

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