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Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley have been added to the performers lineup for the 48th Annual CMA Awards, according to Us magazine. They join previously-announced performers The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Miranda Lambert.

Returning co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will perform on the CMA Awards, too. The show broadcasts live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have learned to brush off the tabloid rumors that they’re headed for divorce, but Blake felt the need to respond via Twitter to the latest round of allegations.

In Touch Weekly quoted an unnamed source saying Miranda and Blake are “barely together,” and she is worried they’ll grow further apart if they don’t spend more time together.

Blake took to social media with the message, “Maybe because the divorce rate is so high the tabloids have just decided to play the odds with me and Miranda. Morons.” He then …read more

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town got the surprise of a lifetime Friday night at the Grand Ole Opry when Reba joined them onstage to invite them to become the Opry’s newest members. As LBT wrapped up their performance of “Pontoon,” Reba walked out riffing on the song’s suggestive musical tag, “motorboatin’.” She then spoke of LBT’s commitment to playing the Opry since they made their debut on the show since 1999.

Of course, Little Big Town accepted the invitation. They’ll be formally inducted into the show on October 17 by Opry star Vince Gill.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell‘s career is off to an amazingly good start with his first two singles hitting #1 at country radio. Since he came onto the country scene, Cole’s life has kicked into overdrive, but his mentor and friend Luke Bryan is there to help him adjust to life in the spotlight.

“I’ve been around him probably the most over my career here in Nashville,” Cole says of Luke. “He’s always just told me to have fun. Like, literally, that’s what he said. Just have fun with it, ’cause I think he …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRascal Flatts has been in talks with Donatos Pizza to open pizza stores in Nashville.

Frankie Ballard‘s first stop on his Light ‘Em Up tour will be livestreamed from Minneapolis on Yahoo’s Live Nation Channel on October 16.

Fans who pre-order Florida Georgia Line‘s new album, Anything Goes, on iTunes will now get an instant download of the new album cut, “Sippin’ on Fire.”

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Image Courtesy Peets/Capitol NashvilleYou might assume from the title of Eric Church‘s new single, “Talladega,” that he’s penned a song about race cars and pit crews, but the Talladega International Speedway in Alabama only serves as the venue for the song’s story about the lives of the fans in the crowd. In fact, Eric actually lived out the lyrics to “Talladega” as a teenager, except he attended a NASCAR race at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

Eric tells Billboard, “It was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsCountry newcomer Chase Bryant released his self-titled debut EP this week featuring his hit song “Take It on Back.” The 21-year-old native Texan co-wrote all five songs on the EP, and co-produced the project, too.

Chase is on the road with Brantley Gilbert‘s Let It Ride tour through the fall.

Here’s the Chase Bryant EP track listing:

“Wayfarer Weather”
“Little Bit of You”
“Change Your Name”
“Jet Black Pontiac”
“Take It on Back”

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Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith‘s Toby Keith Foundation is hosting its second annual Schooner Fall Classic golf tournament at Toby’s Belmar Golf Club in Norman, Oklahoma, this weekend. Seventeen of the nation’s Women’s Collegiate Golf teams will play in the tournament, spearheaded by Toby’s wife, Tricia. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Oklahoma City’s OK Kids Korral facility for pediatric cancer patients.

Tricia says, “We are hosting a tournament with an intended purpose, and that is to encourage these future golf professionals and business leaders to consider how fortunate they are to be able to …read more

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Image Courtesy RCA Nashville/PearlGarth Brooks‘ new album is titled Man Against Machine. It comes out November 11 featuring the lead single, “People Loving People.”

As for the title, Garth was inspired to reflect how he sees mankind affected by technology. He says, “For 14 years, I have watched heart and soul, dreams and individualism, fighting for their very existence in a world of increasing technology. This album is a reminder to all those who dream, work and fight for what they believe; do not give up your vision.”

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