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Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleSara Evans could have chosen any Doobie Brothers hit to sing with the rock band on their new country collaboration album, Southbound. So, why did she go with their Michael McDonald-era staple, “What Fool Believes?” She says it’s all about the lyrics.

“That song is unbelievable,” Sara tells ABC News Radio. “‘What a Fool Believes/to see/The wise man has the power to reason away.’ In other words, this girl is terrible for him, and she’s bad news, but he reasons that it’s good somehow. It’s a good relationship, and he convinces himself …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform live from Nashville on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015. The show begins December 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Gavin DeGraw will also perform live from Music City, and Taylor Swift is also slated to perform on the show live in Times Square just before the ball drop.

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Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleMiranda Lambert earned her second CMA Album of the Year trophy Wednesday night for her fifth studio album, Platinum. She first won that trophy with her 2009 release, Revolution, so it may come as a surprise that Miranda was especially nervous making her latest release.

“I literally got an ulcer over this record,” Miranda says, “but it was worth it. It represents everything I am right now as an artist and everything I have to say.”

Now that she’s in her 30’s and happily married to Blake Shelton, Miranda wanted to capture this new chapter in …read more

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Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Martina McBride and her husband John‘s recording studio in Nashville? ANSWER: Blackbird.

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Sony NashvilleGarth Brooks continues his Man Against Machine media push today with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America. Garth has a history of making major announcements on GMA, such as last September, when he teased the news conference at which he announced his new album, his tour, and the creation of his music retail site, GhostTunes. There’s no word on whether today’s Good Morning America appearance will include any new information.

In other Garth news, tickets for his December 12 and 13 shows with wife Trisha Yearwood in Little Rock, Arkansas go on sale today.

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Image Courtesy Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Rodney Crowell are among the stars performing in honor of Emmylou Harris at a tribute concert January 10, 2015 at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.

Rascal Flatts has released “Riot” as the new single from their latest album, Rewind.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleEli Young Band just got back from a trip to Japan to entertain U.S. troops stationed in Okinawa before flying back to Nashville for Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. Next up, the guys head back home to Texas for the first of two House Party stadium shows this Saturday night at the home of the Texas Rangers — Globe Life Park in Arlington. They’ll follow that show up with a second House Party at Minute Made Park in Houston.

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Image Courtesy The Co-OpLoretta Lynn will release her first new album since 2004’s Grammy-winning Van Lear Rose next year. She’s been working on the project for the past seven years with her daughter Patsy L. Russell and John Carter Cash at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The new album finds Loretta exploring the Appalachian and gospel music of her native Kentucky as well as performing new versions of her classics hits and other country standards.

The news comes on the heels of Loretta’s duet with Kacey Musgraves on the CMA Awards Wednesday night.

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Image Courtesy CMAThe 48th Annual CMA Awards proved to be a ratings bonanza for ABC Wednesday night. The show was the #1-rated show in every half-hour of prime time with 16.1 million viewers, beating second-place CBS by 7.4 million viewers.

The CMA Awards also gave ABC its strongest ratings for an entertainment program since the Academy Awards back in March. The 2014 CMA Awards will re-air on CMT coming up Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has joined the performers lineup for the 2014 American Music Awards later this month. He’s set to perform a song from his new album, Man Against Machine, live from his tour stop in Greensboro, North Carolina on the ABC broadcast Sunday, November 23 at 8 p.m. ET.

Man Against Machine comes out this Tuesday.

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