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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Which still-married superstar country couple tied the knot October 6, 1996? ANSWER: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill.

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The Year in Music 2015 — Chris Stapleton: Straight Outta Nowhere

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton may well go down in country music history as the biggest surprise of 2015.

When Traveller, the first solo alubm effort by the former lead singer of The Steeldrivers debuted in May, it made a respectable showing on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, peaking at number 14. Still, with no radio hit to boost its sales, even with his three long-shot CMA nominations, Traveller had fallen off the chart by fall.

Though the singer-songwriter had already penned five number-ones for other artists and long been a critical favorite in Nashville’s music community, it was only …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock From now through midnight January 5, you can upload your interpretation of Cam‘s current hit to enter the Burning House Cover Challenge. The grand prize is a visit with Cam where she’ll listen to the winner perform her breakout hit. You can find complete information on the contest website.

This weekend, Chris Young Instagrammed his disappointment about the closing of a Music Row staple on Sunday, saying “If I seem a little sad in this photo… It’s because Noshville is closing. Thanks for all the years of feeding my cowrites!”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock From now through midnight January 5, you can upload your interpretation of Cam‘s current hit to enter the Burning House Cover Challenge. The grand prize is a visit with Cam where she’ll listen to the winner perform her breakout hit. You can find complete information on the contest website.

This weekend, Chris Young Instagrammed his disappointment about the closing of a Music Row staple on Sunday, saying “If I seem a little sad in this photo… It’s because Noshville is closing. Thanks for all the years of feeding my cowrites!”

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The Year in Music 2015 — D-I-V-O-R-C-E: Miranda & Blake, Reba & Narvel

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s no denying it — in country music, 2015 was the year of the break-up. From Blake and Miranda to Reba and Narvel, the summer brought high-profile splits that practically no one saw coming.

The romance that started when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sang “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” on a CMT special ended in July, with an Oklahoma divorce that was finalized before most suspected the two had separated.

“This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately,” the two said in a …read more

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The Year in Music 2015 — D-I-V-O-R-C-E: Miranda & Blake, Reba & Narvel

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s no denying it — in country music, 2015 was the year of the break-up. From Blake and Miranda to Reba and Narvel, the summer brought high-profile splits that practically no one saw coming.

The romance that started when Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert sang “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” on a CMT special ended in July, with an Oklahoma divorce that was finalized before most suspected the two had separated.

“This is not the future we envisioned. And it is with heavy hearts that we move forward separately,” the two said in a …read more

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LOCASH Wraps up Their Most Successful Year Ever with Two New Year’s Eve Dates

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Webster PRIt’s been a busy year for LOCASH, and there’ll be no slowing down on New Year’s Eve. The duo has not one, but two bookings on the last day of 2015.

First, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas will sing the national anthem before the Indiana Pacers take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Then it’s off to greet 2016 with a show at 8 Second Saloon in Indianapolis.

The double-booking comes just as LOCASH is celebrating their first top-ten single as artists, with “I Love This Life.” Preston and Chris are no strangers to success as songwriters, …read more

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Big & Rich Will Battle with the Bands Before the Music City Bowl

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Joe HardwickBig & Rich get right back to work after the holidays, kicking off the Battle of the Bands before this year’s Music City Bowl. The duo will perform at 5 p.m. CT Tuesday in downtown Nashville, leading up to Wednesday’s game when the Texas A&M Aggies take on the Louisville Cardinals. You can watch the game from Nissan Stadium starting at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Even though it’s been nearly a dozen years since the duo released their first song, Big Kenny and John Rich are celebrating the first back-to-back top ten singles …read more

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Martina McBride Looks Forward to a Classic Christmas at Home

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ABC/Image Group LAYou may not have four CMA Female Vocalist trophies on your metaphorical mantle like Martina McBride, but chances are, you’ll still be spending Christmas Day in much the same way she is — with family. The mother of three will be holed up in Music City with her husband John and her three daughters — Delaney, Emma and Ava. She says it’s what they always do, even though it’s changed a little since her girls are growing up.

“We still all get together on Christmas morning and spend all day together, even though Delaney is, …read more

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Why Carrie Underwood’s Mom Is NOT Santa’s Best Helper

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Image Group LA/ABCThis holiday definitely will be one Carrie Underwood will never forget. It’s her first one since she and hockey star-husband Mike Fisher welcomed baby Isaiah, who’ll turn one in February. The “Heartbeat” hitmaker says when she thinks about the wonder of Christmas it doesn’t involve the mystery of what’s under the tree, thanks to Isaiah’s grandma.

“One thing you learn in my family is that my mother is… um… a blabbermouth. And ever since I was little, I have known every single Christmas present I have ever gotten, ever,” she emphasizes. “I’m not …read more

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