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Jason Aldean Surprises Single Mom with a New Car

Broken BowJason Aldean promised to deliver some unforgettable surprises for his fans around the release of his chart-topping new album, They Don’t Know, and the ACM Entertainer of the Year is certainly living up to his word.

Friday before his tour stop in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason drove up unannounced at Taylore Wingard‘s house, delivering a brand-new 2016 Kia Soul for the single mother of three.

“This is so amazing I don’t even know what to do,” the 30-year-old told the “A Little More Summertime” singer. “My son went through cancer treatment twice and your music has gotten me through so much.”

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard achieved her only number-one hit with this 1953 recording with Ferlin Husky. Can you name their war-themed duet? ANSWER: “A Dear John Letter.”

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Heartbreak, Christmas and a TV Movie: Jennifer Nettles’ Busy Fall

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BMLGJennifer Nettles is gearing up for a busy fall. Not only is she putting out “Hey Heartbreak,” the second single from her sophomore solo effort, Playing with Fire, she’s also releasing her new holiday collection, To Celebrate Christmas. On November 30, she’ll reprise her role as Dolly Parton‘s mother in the sequel to last year’s wildly successful Coat of Many Colors TV movie as well.

“Doing that movie… was so rewarding on so many levels…” Jennifer reflects. “I love that it did speak to such a broad audience. We had no idea. I mean, you’re involved in something and you think, …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darius Rucker shot the music video for his new single, “If I Told You,” atop the Capitol building in Los Angeles last week.

George Strait presented singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Americana Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Lauderdale wrote the Strait classic “The King of Broken Hearts.”

Newcomer Brooke Eden‘s debut EP Welcome to the Weekend is now available at the usual digital outlets. The four-song project’s lead single is the track “Diamonds.”

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Cam Ties the Knot at Joshua Tree

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ABC/Randy HolmesCam is officially off the market. The “Burning House” hitmaker wed commercial real estate agent Adam Weaver Saturday evening in the desert town of Joshua Tree, California, according to People.

One hundred forty guests watched Cam walk down the aisle in a thirties-inspired Jenny Packham gown, as a mariachi band played “Besame Mucho.” The newlyweds chose Miranda Lambert‘s version of “Oklahoma Sky” as the song for their first dance, because it reminded them of a date they shared.

The two are expected to honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan, and Bali, Indonesia, according to E! News.

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Record-Setting Opry Member and Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard Passes Away at 82

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Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCountry Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard passed away Sunday morning in Nashville at the age of 82, after being placed in hospice care late last week.

The outspoken proponent of traditional country music celebrated 60 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry last November, as she stepped onto the legendary stage for the final time. She’s the only female ever to achieve six decades as part of the Opry lineup.

The Oklahoma native was discovered by fellow Hall of Famer Hank Thompson when she only 14, as she played bass and sang in an …read more

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Rascal Flatts Gives Fans “The Greatest Gift of All” This Christmas

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BMLGRascal Flatts‘ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”

In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder‘s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him‘s “A Strange Way …read more

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Carrie Underwood Wows Music City Crowd During Hometown Storyteller Stop

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Arista NashvilleNashville’s Bridgestone Arena may typically be the home turf of Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, but on Thursday night, it was his wife’s turn. Fifteen-thousand fans, including Kelsea Ballerini and Dan+Shay‘s Shay Mooney, all turned out to see Carrie Underwood‘s hometown stop on her Storyteller tour.

The impressive in-the-round moving stage, pyrotechnics, and wardrobe changes combined with Carrie’s stellar vocals and seemingly boundless energy to remind the Music City crowd the CMA host could very well walk away with the 2016 Entertainer of the Year trophy in November. Quiet moments like Carrie’s version of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” …read more

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William Michael Morgan and RaeLynn Keep NYC Country This Fall

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Warner Music NashvilleThe Circle in the City concert series will continue into the fall in New York City’s Bryant Park.

“I Met a Girl” hitmaker William Michael Morgan will play the October 3 show, while RaeLynn is sure to do her latest single, “Love Triangle,” during her October 4 set.

You can stream both shows live on the Grand Ole Opry’s Facebook page.

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Miranda Lambert on “Vice”: “The Inspiration Is Just the Truth”

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Image Credit: Becky FlukeWhile Miranda Lambert hasn’t explicitly discussed whether her new album addresses her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year does open up a bit in the latest edition of Nashville LGBT publication Unite.

As for the inspiration for her current top-15 hit “Vice,” Miranda gets straight to the point. “The inspiration is just, the truth,” she tells the magazine. “Being honest and owning your s***.”

She hints there’s more where that came from on The Weight of These Wings. “It definitely sets up …read more

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