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Wild Man Josh Turner Slays Wild Boar

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Photos Courtesy of Modern ManagementIf you don’t immediately recognize Josh Turner these days, it’s because he’s still sporting his prize-winning beard from No Shave November– but his facial hair isn’t the only thing about Josh that’s a little wild these days. He recently killed a three-hundred-pound wild boar on a hunt with former NFL quarterback Mike Pawlawski.

“What an exciting day. Mike and the guys were great to hunt with and this hog is incredible. They say he’s in the top one percent of what they see as far as size goes,” the …read more

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Dierks Bentley Headlines Free Hockey Concerts in Nashville Next Month

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Greenroom PRIf you’d like to see Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Lee Brice and Big & Rich for free, you might want to go ahead and plan a trip to Nashville for January. A veritable who’s who of country artists will play outdoor shows in Walk of Fame Park across from the Country Music Hall of Fame January 28-31 as part of the NHL’s 2016 All-Star festivities.

Big & Rich kick things off on Thursday, while Lee will be joined by Aaron Lewis and John Hiatt Friday. Newcomer Tara Thompson opens for Chris on Saturday, while Kelsea Ballerini and …read more

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Chase Bryant Takes What He Learned from Tim McGraw and Brantley Gilbert on the Road in 2016

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Photo credit: Joseph LlanesIt’s been a big year for Chase Bryant. He’s one of only two male artists to have his first single go top ten in 2015, and the success of “Take It on Back” paved the way for the newcomer to hit the road on some major tours.

“I learned so much from watching Tim [McGraw] and Brantley [Gilbert] on stage and being a part of both national tours. Those incredible experiences and also performing over 200 dates this past year has amped up our live show in a big way. I can’t …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Dolly Parton‘s first #1 song? ANSWER: “Joshua” in 1971.

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Country Still Rules the Jukebox, According to TouchTunes’ Year-End Tallies

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CMA/Image Group LACountry is still king when it comes to the jukebox. That’s according to the year-end rankings from TouchTunes, the company that supplies interactive music players for bars and restaurants across the U.S.

Eric Church is the most-played artist across the board, and what’s even more impressive is that 60 percent of the top ten is country.

Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places” is 2015’s most-played country song, coming in at number two, ceding the overall top spot to British pop star Ed Sheeran‘s “Thinking Out Loud.” Little Big Town has the highest ranking contemporary country tune with …read more

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“Nashville” Recap: “We’ve Got Nothing But Love To Prove”

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ABCChange was in the air Wednesday night on the winter finale of Nashville, as a conversation with her ex, Gunnar Scott, prompted Scarlett O’Connor to break up with her boyfriend, Caleb, so he could move across the country to take his dream job in the Northwest.

Though now-out Will Lexington struggled with the idea of writing with seemingly anti-gay country legend Wade Cole, he was pleased to discover it didn’t seem to be an issue when the two worked one-on-one. But he was shocked when Wade came on to him, admitting he’s gay and his married life was …read more

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Jennifer Nettles Becomes Dolly “Without the Glitter” in “Coat of Many Colors”

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NBCTonight, Jennifer Nettles makes her television acting debut, starring in the NBC movie based on Dolly Parton‘s classic song, “Coat of Many Colors.” Jennifer takes on the pivotal role of the Parton matriarch, who crafts a coat from scraps for her nine-year-old daughter, even as she’s dealing with the loss of a baby.

Knowing how important the portrayal is to Dolly herself, Jennifer says she took the honor of playing Avie Lee Parton very seriously and gleaned as much information as she could from the entertainment legend.

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Nashville Notes

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Foundation is donating $75,000 to Nashville’s W.O. Smith School of Music, which provides music lessons for low-income students. The money comes from the proceeds from the annual CMA Music Festival.

Chris Young‘s Tuesday performance of “I’m Comin’ Over” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on the show’s Facebook page.

The Oak Ridge Boys star in The American Legion Christmas Special this holiday season. Check your local listings to find out where you can see it in your area.

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Sam Hunt Set to Rub Elbows with Justin Bieber on “The Voice”

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UMG NashvilleSam Hunt checks into The Voice next week, performing his current hit “Break Up in a Small Town” live on the show’s season finale. With three country number ones already under his belt, Sam is breaking through to mainstream acclaim, having walked away with the all-genre New Artist trophy at the American Music Awards, and being nominated just this week for the equivalent honor at the Grammys.

Heavy-hitters Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Missy Elliot, and The Weeknd join Sam on the show that will reveal this season’s champion. You can catch it Tuesday at 9 p.m. …read more

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Cyndi Lauper Does Dolly, Teases Album of Country Covers

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Sire RecordsFor several months, it’s been rumored that Cyndi Lauper is cutting a country album, with the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” icon being spotted in Music City and even showing up at this year’s Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Now, we know what she’s been up to.

Next year, the ’80s legend will release Detour, a set of country covers of songs from the ’50s and ’60s. Cyndi’s putting the finishing touches on it now, with several big-name guest stars also on board.

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