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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans will guest star as herself on the October 29 episode of ABC’s Nashville. She’ll sing her latest single, “Put My Heart Down,” as a duet with Luke Wheeler, who’s played by actor Will Chase.

Sara and her family never miss an episode of Nashville. She says, “When I was asked to be a part of this upcoming season I was really excited. Everyone from the cast and crew were so great to work with during the shoot.”

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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert got Kelly Clarkson‘s baby girl, River Rose, a custom Gibson acoustic guitar. Kelly posted a picture on Twitter of the little one in the guitar case posing next to the guitar, which has River Rose’s name inlaid in the fretboard. The caption says, “She is destined 2 b a Country/Rock legend with this! Thnx guys!”

Blake is managed by Kelly’s husband, Brandon Blackstock.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton has agreed to return for The Voice‘s eighth cycle, starting in early 2015 on NBC.

Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will join Blake on the coaches’ panel next year. The show’s seventh cycle recently premiered with coaches Blake, Adam and Pharrell, joined by Gwen Stefani, who’ll be departing.

Blake and Adam have appeared on every season of The Voice since it premiered in 2011.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has added a winter leg to his That’s My Kind of Night tour, kicking off February, 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI. Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are in the supporting slots. Tickets for this run of show go on sale this Saturday. Check LukeBryan.com for ticket information.

In other Luke news, his Farm Tour 2014 wrapped up this weekend after playing to more than 110,000 fans in eight cities. Ticket proceeds are granted to colleges in each city to give scholarships to students from local farming areas.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has gone on record saying he’d be happy with any song from his latest album, Sundown Heaven Town, being released to country radio. He’s following up the album’s first hit, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” with the new single, “Shotgun Rider,” but Tim would prefer there be no singles from this album at all.

He explains, “If I had my way it’d be one of those albums that you could turn in and just say, there’s not a single. Every station could play whatever song they want. I wish there …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockBrantley Gilbert often carries his dog on the road with him. What’s his pup’s name? ANSWER: Sylo.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGloriana is back with a brand-new single, “Trouble,” hitting the airwaves soon.

Florida Georgia Line has announced a performance at the Grand Ole Opry on April 14, 2015.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans of close sibling harmonies will find a lot to love about The Swon Brothers‘ just-released debut album.

Zach and Colton Swon started blending their voices together as kids singing a medley of Everly Brothers songs, including “Bye Bye Love” and “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” with their family’s band. Those duet performances earned them a spot on NBC’s The Voice, which led them to sign a major label record deal in Nashville. While recording the album, the brothers made sure the songs allowed them to sing together as …read more

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Image Courtesy Kevin Mazur/WireImage/ABCGarth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Reba, Kacey Musgraves, Ronnie Dunn and Nashville‘s Charles Esten will join Kelly Clarkson for a special Christmas show in Nashville on December 20. Billed as “Miracle on Broadway,” the concert will take place at the Bridgestone Arena with proceeds going to several charitable organizations in Middle Tennessee.

Hayley Williams of Paramore and “All About that Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will perform, too. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 18. Go to KellyClarkson.com for more details.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge was honored as one of People magazine’s Ones to Watch at a party in Los Angeles last week, but he admits rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite in-crowd is intimidating.

“You’re never cool enough,” Brett tells People. “You know, it’s like you just keep trying. A lot of people don’t know your name or anything, but it’s all right. You just keep making music and maybe one day everybody will know your name.”

Brett adds that he plans to “keep dreaming” and “having fun” making music. He’s up for …read more

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