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MCA NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt will release his debut album, Montevallo, on October 27 featuring his hit single “Leave the Night On.” Sam co-wrote all 10 songs on the project including “Cop Car,” which was a big hit for Keith Urban earlier this year.

He says, “This is such a personal album for me. Each song holds truth and comes from my own life experiences. To get these songs out into the hands of the fans is both exciting and liberating.”

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Image Courtesy Martin GuitarsThomas Rhett plays three Martin guitars when he’s on tour, so it’s a natural fit for him to be named as the newest artist in the Martin Ambassador Program. The campaign recognizes artists who have an “understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship.” Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran and Colbie Caillat are among the other artists in the Martin Ambassador Program.

Thomas says, “When I started playing, I knew I’d need a quality guitar. It’s such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask …read more

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Image Courtesy Edwards Studio PhotographyChris Young and his fan club donated $30,000 to the Nashville School of the Arts Monday to help them update and upgrade their auditorium. Chris benefited from arts education while a student in Middle Tennessee, and he wanted to give back to current and talented students in the area.

Chris made the presentation while taking part in the student-produced program, NCA Presents. The Nashville School of the Arts is the only arts magnet high school in the Metro Nashville Public School system.

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EMI Nashville/Relativity Music GroupMore details have been announced for The Best of Me soundtrack, coming out October 7. Lady Antebellum‘s new song, “I Did with You,” has already been featured in the film’s trailer, and Lady A has another song on the soundtrack as well, titled “Falling for You.”

Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Thompson Square and Eric Paslay are among the other stars contributing brand-new songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.

The Best of Me is based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel of the same name. It hits theaters …read more

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Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are easily the hottest ticket in Nashville Tuesday night. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, The Swon Brothers and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year’s show, hosted by Jake Owen.

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium are still available at Ticketmaster.com and the Ryman box office.

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Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s husband, Mike Fisher, plays for which NHL team? ANSWER: Nashville Predators.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack‘s new, mysterious video for “The Way I’m Livin’” premieres Wednesday on CMT. It’s the lead single and title track from her new album, due out September 23.

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry perform on Fashion Rocks Tuesday night at 9 ET on CBS.

Frankie Ballard‘s new video, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” premiered on CMT Monday.

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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge performed his new single, “Mean to Me,” on CBS’s Big Brother Sunday night after the show’s Jeff Schroeder surprised fellow cast member Jordan Lloyd with a marriage proposal. As Brett sang the romantic song, highlights of the couple’s courtship from Big Brother 11 and Big Brother 13 where shown in a video montage.

Brett says, “It’s so amazing to see what your songs can mean to different people and having the opportunity to sing ‘Mean to Me’ for them and be a part of this special occasion was a real honor.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is warning his fans they better be ready to party when they fire up his new album, Where It’s At. The majority of the 15 songs on the project are designed to get fans up and moving when he plays them in concert. Spending the last two years playing for country fans across the country really changed the way Dustin approached writing and recording when it came to making his sophomore album.

He tells ABC News Radio, “All that energy that I’ve been feeling every day of the year …read more

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Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice recorded his new album, I Don’t Dance, over the past two years, which was a very eventful period of time for the country star. On top of scoring three #1 hits from his last album, 2012′s Hard 2 Love, Lee also tied the knot with wife Sara in 2013. The couple welcomed their second child together, Ryker, earlier this year, and those life events found their way onto Lee’s new album.

The title track, “I Don’t Dance,” was written for Lee and Sara’s first dance at their wedding reception, and another …read more

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