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Image Courtesy ABCBrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting the CMA Awards together for a seventh time Wednesday night, so they’re feeling pretty confident as the clock ticks down to show time.

Brad says, “Our roles are established where as she holds down the fort as extremely eloquent and funny and brilliant up there, and I’m an idiot. And it really does work that way. It really kind of feels like that’s the role that we’ve fallen into in a good way.”

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star collaborated with Zac Brown Band on their hit song, “As She’s Walking Away?” ANSWER: Alan Jackson.

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Image Courtesy CMARobin Roberts‘ new ABC special, Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music, premieres Monday night featuring performances from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride. Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw and Dierks Bentley also appear on the special giving their commentary on what makes these 15 songs so essential to the evolution of country music.

While the complete list is being kept under wraps until the show airs, we can tell you Alan Jackson‘s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” made the cut along with Kenny Rogers‘ classic, …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown made a surprise appearance at the Foo Fighters‘ Friday night show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. According to The Tennessean, Zac joined the band for a cover of Black Sabbath‘s “War Pigs.”

Miranda Lambert dressed up like “Rosie the Riveter” for Halloween and posted a picture on Instagram of herself recreating the iconic “We can do it!” poster from World War II.

We CAN do it! Happy Halloween!

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleKix Brooks owns the Arrington Vineyard winery just south of Nashville, so he’s always on the lookout for a great steak to go with his glass of red. Now, Kix has taken that search on the road for the new Cooking Channel special, Steak Out with Kix Brooks. Restaurants in Louisville, Chicago and Nashville will be featured on the show.

He says, “I really think that local steakhouses say a lot about the personality of their community, so this show was a great way to get to know a few towns and …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett was on tour in Toronto with no cell phone service or WiFi access the morning the CMA Awards nominations were announced. He had to go old school and call his manager from a land line to listen to the nominations TV broadcast over the phone. Things got tense when they started calling out the finalists in the New Artist of the Year category.

Thomas recalls, “They were called out in alphabetical order, and obviously my name starts with a ‘T,’ so it was towards the end. I was like, ‘We …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAReigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town landed their first performance slot on the CMA Awards nearly a decade ago, but the ceremony still brings out a sense of wonder in the four band members.

LBT’s Karen Fairchild tells ABC News Radio, “The CMA Awards are so special. They really are, just from growing up and watching the CMA Awards and then just pinching ourselves standing up on that stage, much less to have won one or two or three. Thank you, Jesus.”

Karen and her husband/band mate Jimi Westbrook display …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell got to meet his hero, Reba, on Thursday in Nashville while trying on clothes for next week’s CMA Awards. Cole was in the middle of a wardrobe fitting at his manager’s office, which is located inside Reba’s Starstruck building on Music Row, when Reba herself suddenly walked in. The whole episode was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

She told him, “Good thing I didn’t come in here when you was stark naked.”

Cole bent over in shock when he realized Reba was in the room. …read more

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Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring her current hit, “Something in the Water.” That song’s just one of 25 songs included in the two-CD set, according to the official track listing, released today.

“Something in the Water” is also one of two new tracks Greatest Hits: Decade #1, the other being “Little Toy Guns.” Those songs lead off disc one, while disc two ends with never-before-released versions of familiar hits, including a live version of Carrie’s duet with Vince Gill on the gospel …read more

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Sony NashvilleIf you haven’t already, now’s the time to head over to Garth BrooksGhostTunes music service to hear a preview of his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine. Garth’s giving what he calls a “sneak peek” of the album all day today, through midnight: that much, he announced Thursday. Today, he also revealed the track listing and cover art.

The Man Against Machine cover features a tough-looking Garth, shot from the waist up, standing in front of some rusty gears and cogs with his arms crossed, clad in a tight black tee-shirt, …read more

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