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Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA new Robin Roberts special will premiere on ABC Monday, November 3 featuring some of country’s top stars paying tribute to the genre’s rich history. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music will feature musical tributes from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and a few other stars will also appear to talk about their favorite country songs.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark and The Cadillac Three‘s Jaren Johnston will play the CMA Songwriters Series show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday, November 4.

Jerrod Niemann‘s video for “Buzz Back Girl” premieres Thursday.

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Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler struggled to settle on a wedding date to their demanding tour schedules. Luke wanted to go ahead with a date just a month away, but Rayna was concerned her daughter Maddie wasn’t ready to accept Luke just yet. Maddie has been getting to know her biological father, Deacon Claybourne, and isn’t happy Rayna is marrying Luke over her father.

Rayna came up with the idea to combine her tour with Luke’s so they could spend more time together. Time will tell if the superstar couple makes …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett contributed the song “The Way Things Go” to the just-released soundtrack for the film, The Best of Me, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Even though he could lose his man card over it, Thomas admits he actually read the book, but he knows he’s not alone in his love for Nicholas Sparks books and movies.

Thomas says, “Every guy, if you ask him honestly, they’ve seen The Notebook. Let’s get real. If you’re married, you’ve seen The Notebook.”

As for The Best of Me soundtrack, Thomas became friends with the movie’s music supervisor, …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Legacy RecordingsSomeone just paid $37,000 to own Willie Nelson‘s braids at an auction in Phoenix.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Willie’s hair was part of a 2,000-item lot belonging to the late Waylon Jennings. Willie cut his braids off in 1983 to support Waylon’s sobriety and presented them to his friend at a party that year hosted by Johnny Cash. Waylon passed away in 2002.

The contract between Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris Kristofferson for their collaboration as The Highwaymen was also included in the auction.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has announced two concerts in Greensboro, NC, coming up November 21 and 22. The shows are part of his ongoing World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and mark the first time Garth has played the state in more than 16 years.

Tickets for the two concerts at Greensoboro Coliseum go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com. If those shows sell out, Garth is very likely to add more dates to the run in Greensboro.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Blake Shelton on his #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Bringing Back the Sunshine. The project sold 101,000 units in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Blake previously bowed at the top of the all-genre chart in 2011 with Red River Blue.

Only two other country albums have topped that all-genre chart so far in 2014 — Eric Church‘s The Outsiders and Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum.

Lady Antebellum‘s latest offering, 747, bows at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 74,000 copies sold in the first week. This …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr and Jason Aldean have become big drinking buddies this year on Jason’s Burn It Down tour. Tyler can’t go into detail about their parties since he wants to keep his friendship with Jason, but Tyler tells Rolling Stone, “He’s the kind of guy that when you mix me and him together — he drinks tequila, I drink whiskey — tequila and whiskey together equals bad.”

Jason and Tyler always have a blast together, but Tyler admits, “It’s like fire and gasoline.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes‘ duet partner on “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me?” ANSWER: Jason Mraz.

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Image Courtesy ACM/CBS WatchThe Academy of Country Music and their TV partner, CBS, have teamed up to release a new tribute “bookazine” celebrating George Strait, as part of the run-up to the 50th Annual ACM Awards. The Strait biography is now on newsstands everywhere as well as on Amazon. The ACM combed through their archives to compile the book. Fans also get a look at George’s life on his Texas ranch.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19, 2015 on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke …read more

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