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Heroes & friends: How Cole Swindell went from butterflies to besties with Dierks Bentley

ABC/Image Group LA Now that Cole Swindell has traveled to the top of the chart with “Flatliner,” the Georgia native isn’t too proud to admit he had butterflies in his stomach when he recorded the song with his hero, Dierks Bentley.

“I had met Dierks before and knew he was a great guy, but I’d never been in the studio with him, him singing on a song I wrote…” Cole explains. “I was nervous. I don’t know…I didn’t want him to think I was not deserving to be there, or whatever it is,” he laughs.

Since then, Dierks and Cole have not …read more

Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On Friday, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean plays NBC’s Today show’s summer concert series. You can watch for the “They Don’t Know” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

RaeLynn‘s latest single “Lonely Call” will be featured in CMT’s Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Making the Team, as the squad hopefuls create a routine around the song. You can catch the episode Thursday, September 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Joe Nichols will do songs from his new Never Gets Old album when he plays Fox & Friends‘ All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday starting at 6 …read more

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A Killer tribute: Strait, Stapleton, Kristofferson and more to honor Jerry Lee Lewis

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Skyville LiveThis Thursday will officially be Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Nashville.

Music City will pay tribute to the piano-playing, rock-and-roll icon on the same day he’s honored by ongoing web series Skyville Live. George Strait, Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson and more will be on hand that night to sing the songs of The Killer.

You can watch online starting at 9 p.m. ET, with complete streaming details at SkyvilleLive.com.

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Dustin Lynch reveals the secret behind his t-shirts

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BBR Music Group If you’ve been waiting for the track listing for Dustin Lynch‘s new album, it turns out that it’s been hiding in plain sight.

Since the beginning of August, Dustin’s been sharing photos of himself on social media wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the disc’s song titles.

He was even sporting one when he sat down with ABC Radio to talk about Current Mood.

“This is ‘I’d Be Jealous Too,’ which is the opening track to my album,” Dustin explained. “I had a friend of mine make up shirts for all the song titles, so I’ve been rockin’ …read more

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Newcomer Carly Pearce promises “Every Little Thing,” coming in October

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BMLGCarly Pearce may be a relative newcomer, but she can already make a pretty impressive claim: she’s the only solo female artist with a song in the top 15 this week.

On the strength of that breakout hit, “Every Little Thing,” Carly’s debut album is now officially on the way. The album, also called Every Little Thing, is set to come out October 13.

“Music is all I’ve ever known, all I’ve dreamed of, and now more than I could have imagined growing up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky,” Carly reflects. “My journey has been long but so worth it each time I …read more

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Nicole loves working the fair circuit with Keith, but hold the fried Snickers

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ABC/Image Group LA Nicole Kidman‘s had a pretty great summer on the road with husband Keith Urban.

“We get on that tour bus, we have fun, we go to the fairs, we do the rides,” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“The kids love it. We love cotton candy, and anything fried. But I do have to say I am a little partial to a funnel cake,” she confesses.

One thing she doesn’t love? “The fried Snickers,” she tells the magazine. “That’s just too much.”

The Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies actress is currently back at work shooting Aquaman in her …read more

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Jerrod Neimann invites you along for “This Ride”

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Curb RecordsJerrod Neimann‘s debut album for Curb Records, This Ride, is set to be released October 6, and will feature guest vocals from his pal Lee Brice and nineties hitmakers Diamond Rio.

Lee duets with Jerrod on the album’s lead single, “A Little More Love,” while Diamond Rio harmonizes on the track “I Ain’t All There.” The set also includes Jerrod’s current single, “God Made a Woman.”

“My new record… represents a journey of life and music, and where it’s led me today as a man and an artist,” Jerrod says. “These songs either dig up some old yesterdays or …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1991, Diamond Rio became the first country group in history to go all the way to #1 with their debut single. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Meet in the Middle.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lindsey Ell‘s first album, The Project, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week, and at #7 on the all-genre tally, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

New Warner Music Nashville artist Tegan Marie made her Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday night.

Eight-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally will be featured during a performance and interview session Saturday, September 9 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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The horns have it: How Lady A is upping their game on the You Look Good World Tour

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ABC/Randy HolmesSince Lady Antebellum‘s current top-five hit, “You Look Good,” has a distinctive hook that relies on a big horn section, it was a no-brainer for the band to load up the brass for their current world tour.

While it may be an atypical move for a country band, Charles Kelley says adding the horns has bumped up their game.

“I think they’ve taken the show to a whole new level,” he tells ABC Radio. “You know, we did that because of the single… but we have ’em play on all kinds of our older songs like ‘Downtown,’ and it really does …read more

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