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Image Courtesy Big & Rich RecordsBig & Rich celebrate the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough hit, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and their multi-platinum debut project, Horse of a Different Color, with a brand-new album, Gravity, in stores this week. The project features the duo’s latest top-20 country hit, “Look at You,” which the duo’s Big Kenny says has made a big impact on their fans, right out of the box.

“That song to me, as well as some others on this record, was a place that we hit a uniquely Big & Rich sound on …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks has announced four shows in Minneapolis on Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15.

The concerts will start at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. local time each night, but Garth could add even more dates after tickets on go on sale Friday, October 3 at AXS.com/Garth or 1-855-411-4849.

These concerts mark Garth’s first time playing in Minnesota in more than 16 years. Of course, his wife Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill.

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Image Courtesy ABC/Mark LevineThe third season of ABC’s Nashville premieres Wednesday night featuring two live performances during the hour-long broadcast. Chris Carmack, who plays Will Lexington, and Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne, will actually perform twice Wednesday night — first for the east coast and then again two hours later for the west coast. They’ll have a live audience watching the performance at the show’s Nashville-area soundstage.

Even though Charles has plenty of experience doing improv with his former gig on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, he’s not taking this live prime-time performance lightly.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood will appear on NBC’s Today Friday morning to reveal some big news to her fans. She’ll also talk about her Saturday performance at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City’s Central Park. Carrie joins Jay-Z, No Doubt, fun., The Roots and Tiesto on the bill. MSNBC will carry the full concert that day, and an edited version of the concert will air on NBC Saturday night.

The Global Citizen Festival celebrates the work towards ending extreme poverty by 2030.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley, Eric Paslay and Maddie & Tae were among the stars celebrating the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids at the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. The organization brings together country radio and the stars of the format to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Prior to headlining the Opry show, Brad Paisley said, “I’m just proudest of this format at times like this when we are doing good things.”

He goes on to describe the hospital saying, “The energy is different from any …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSam Hunt makes his national TV debut Wednesday night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Willie Nelson will perform at the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan in Los Angeles on Friday, February 6.

Lady Antebellum will promote their new album, 747, in the U.K. with an October 14 concert date at Brooklyn Bowl at The O2 in London. 747 comes out across the pond on October 6, but fans in U.S. can get it next Tuesday.

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Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney and Joe Nichols are joining Lady Antebellum for their benefit concert in Augusta, Georgia, on October 27. The show and a celebrity golf tournament also set for that day are being spearheaded by Lady A’s Charles Kelley, who hails from Augusta, and his brothers, musician Josh Kelley and real estate developer John Kelley.

Proceeds will benefit local charities, including an endowment named for their father, who’s a retired cardiologist. Tickets are available now at TheKelleyBrothers.com.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore launches his headlining trek, CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke, Thursday with a sold-out show at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. He’s also sold out upcoming shows in Nashville, Boston and Minneapolis as well as two nights in Chicago. Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt are coming along to open the shows.

Kip says, “I’m floored that dates are already sold-out. We’ve been working hard to make sure that the fans get their money’s worth and we’re going to put everything we have on stage every …read more

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Image Courtesy Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood’s new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is due out November 17 featuring six new songs, including the title track. The set will be rounded out with 10 of Trisha’s greatest hits such as “She’s in Love with the Boy,” “XXX’s and OOO’s” and “Georgia Rain.”

Says Trisha, “These are the classic songs people fell in love with and the new songs that show ‘what’s next.’ When you come to the shows, it’s a mix of favorites with a few new ones that people are coming to hear and sing …read more

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is turning his December 4 concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, into a fundraiser for the 12.14 Foundation . Scotty is a National Goodwill Ambassador for the organization, which was founded in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting to promote the performing arts as a “healing mechanism” from tragic events. Scotty will meet with fans and play an acoustic set at a VIP pre-party prior to the December 4 show.

Scotty says, “I am looking forward to the event and hope we raise some awareness for this remarkable …read more

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