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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Vince Gill, Scotty McCreery and David Nail at Bat

ABC/Image Group LAFor close to three decades, the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game has been a staple of Fan Fair and CMA Music Festival. Now, the stars are lining up for the 26th anniversary matchup in Music City.

Vince Gill, Scotty McCreery, David Nail, Charles Esten from ABC’s Nashville, rocker Bret Michaels, Chris Lane, RaeLynn and Jamie Lynn Spears are among the celebs who’ll suit up for the game that’s typically as much about hijinks as it is about America’s favorite pastime.

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster for the Tuesday, June 7 game at Nashville’s First Tennessee park. Proceeds …read more

Warner Music NashvilleNot only is Cole Swindell releasing his sophomore album You Should Be Here on Friday, he’s also starring in an hour-long concert special on AUDIENCE Network. The intimate performance and interview was taped recently in Los Angeles.

Cole Swindell: Live on AT&T airs Friday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET on AUDIENCE Network, a channel available exclusively to DIRECTV and U-verse subscribers. You can watch a preview of Cole’s special on YouTube now.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This Country Music Hall of Famer scored a top ten hit in 1987 with a tribute to mothers titled “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” Can you name him? ANSWER: Glen Campbell.

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BBR Music GroupRight about now, Randy Houser should be enjoying his honeymoon. The Mississippi native married Australian beauty Tatiana Starzynski Wednesday at historic Homestead Manor in Franklin, Tennessee. His four-year-old West was the ring bearer, assisted by Randy’s beloved dog Hawk, led by groomsman Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line. The new couple exited as the duo’s new song “H.O.L.Y.” played, according to People. Just to make sure their 120 guests could concentrate, phones were checked prior to the ceremony.

Having been engaged a year, Randy admits he’s already in love with his new kinfolks “down under.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will be inducted into the International Entertainment Buyers Association Hall of Fame during its annual conference October 11 in Nashville.

Keith Urban guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday night at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Dan Rather interviews Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride Saturday on The Big Interview. You can watch it at 10 a.m. ET on AXS.

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Capitol NashvilleWhen Keith Urban heard the title of a new play coming to New York City, he knew Ripcord should be the name of his new album as well. “I thought, ‘Gosh that just sounds right. That has the right originality, the right motion, the right energy,” he recalls. Once he considered what a ripcord can do for you, he was even more convinced.

“If you’re leaping out of a plane with a parachute, you’re grabbing that ripcord to save your life, and I thought that was an incredible metaphor, because music for me is really about that. It can really …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleFor the second time in less than a year, Frankie Ballard is taking his music to the fans overseas. The “It All Started with a Beer” hitmaker first played for European audiences in March, and he heads back this fall to debut music from his new album recorded in Texas, El Rio, due June 10.

“Our first trip was such a great time, we decided to come back for more. I’m anxious to see how the new album reacts overseas… it’ll have its sea-legs by October!” he jokes.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Frankie’s 10-date trek across Europe:

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Thirty Tigers/Carnival Recording CompanyIf you were listening closely during Wednesday night’s episode of ABC’s Nashville, you might’ve noticed a familiar-sounding voice. As The Exes, Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, fought before going onstage, a song called “Sit Here and Cry” played in the background. If it sounded a little like Lee Ann Womack — well, there’s a good reason why. It’s one of the tracks from her daughter Aubrie Sellers’ debut album.

“It’s one of the sarcastic songs on the record, where it sounds like a downer, but if you listen to it, it’s clearly not. It’s sarcastic and …read more

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Thirty Tigers/Carnival Recording CompanyIf you were listening closely during Wednesday night’s episode of ABC’s Nashville, you might’ve noticed a familiar-sounding voice. As The Exes, Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott, fought before going onstage, a song called “Sit Here and Cry” played in the background. If it sounded a little like Lee Ann Womack — well, there’s a good reason why. It’s one of the tracks from her daughter Aubrie Sellers’ debut album.

“It’s one of the sarcastic songs on the record, where it sounds like a downer, but if you listen to it, it’s clearly not. It’s sarcastic and …read more

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BusinessWireThis summer, Kelsea Ballerini joins other major stars like American Idol alum Adam Lambert as one of the faces of Macy’s American Icons campaign. In Kelsea’s ad, she sports fashion-forward looks from Rachel Roy, Maison Jules and Ray-Ban. The “Dibs” songstress admits playing dress-up is right in her wheelhouse.

“Well I just have always been such a girly girl. Like I love clothes and I think clothes kind of just like reflect your mood, so I just kind of do whatever, I just kinda dress however. But I think it’s fun to, like especially in videos, to kinda push …read more

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