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Image Courtesy BMLGFresh off her ACM Awards nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, Martina McBride has announced a new round of dates for her Everlasting Tour. The trek features a full band, complete with a horn section and three backup singers, performing on selections from her covers album, Everlasting. She’s also put a new spin on her biggest hits, including “A Broken Wing” and “Anyway.”

Martina says, “We are enjoying the fresh take on our hits of the last 20 plus years as well as being able to play so much of the new album because …read more

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Image Courtesy Becky FlukeMiranda Lambert continues her work on behalf of the shelter pets across the country through her Mutt Nation Foundation organization. The charity donated more than $206,000 to shelters in all 50 states last month as part of their 50 States/50 Shelters initiative. The Mutt Nation board researched and rewarded the shelters based on their adoption rates, fiscal responsibility, and a few other factors. Each shelter received at least $3,000.

Miranda says, “I feel so passionately about helping all animals and I’m thrilled that we have once again been able to …read more

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Image Courtesy EB Media PRBrandy Clark has joined the performers lineup for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards this weekend. The Best New Artist nominee will sing a duet with two-time Grammy winner Dwight Yoakam. The two artists recently shared a bill as special guests on Eric Church‘s The Outsiders World Tour.

Nominees Miranda Lambert and Eric Church are also scheduled to perform on the Grammy Awards, airing live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Kenny Chesney‘s middle name? ANSWER: Arnold.

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Image Courtesy Allister Ann/SonyKenny Chesney is re-teaming with his “You and Tequila” collaborator Grace Potter for his new single, “Wild Child.” Kenny had a hand in writing the song, which tells the story of a woman hungry to experience all life has to offer.

Kenny says, “To me a girl who is so alive, so in the moment, so curious and hungry for life… there’s nothing like her. You can’t tie ‘em down. So free… and so intense because of it. Nothing is more attractive. To me, that makes women really stand out.”

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Image Courtesy ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan launches the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour next week, and his latest #1 hit, “I See You,” will be featured in the set list. In fact, Luke recorded the song with his concert crowds in mind.

He says, “I just loved the intensity of how edgy the song is. I had never went that far with almost kind of a rock feel, and I just felt like it was a hit.”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Eli Young Band, Chase Bryant, RaeLynn and newcomer Mickey Guyton are all set to perform at the Grand Ole Opry show at the annual Country Radio Seminar February 25 in Nashville. The performance is open to CRS registrants only.

Rodney AtkinsGreatest Hits is out this week featuring his latest single, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat.” He was spotted shooting a video for the single earlier this week in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

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Image Courtesy CMACole Swindell was the only performing artist among the 14 songwriters honored at the CMA Triple Play Awards Tuesday in Nashville. The annual luncheon recognizes writers who have penned three or more #1 country hits in a 12-month period. Cole hit that milestone with his own recordings, “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” as well as the Thomas Rhett hit he co-wrote, “Get Me Some of That.”

While accepting his trophy, Cole said singing his own compositions on stage is something he’s dreamed of doing for a long time.

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Image Courtesy Country Music Hall of FameGarth Brooks has already sold more than 100,000 for his upcoming six concerts in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which start Thursday night and run through Sunday. Even though he’s beat his previous ticket sales record from his 1997 run of shows in Pittsburgh, tickets are still available for all six of this weekend’s shows at Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is sending personal photos from this Sunday’s Grammy Awards to fans who sign up at TextMiranda.com. Miranda is set to perform on the show, where she’s up for four trophies including Best Country Album for Platinum. Fans will receive the photos after they take a photo or screenshot of Miranda’s “Little Red Wagon” single cover and text it to Miranda@PicFly.me.

The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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