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Image Courtesy Webster PRTanya Tucker‘s career is the subject of a new exhibit opening November 14 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend” will feature several of Tanya’s stage costumes, including a few custom-made Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor designs from her career. Tanya’s custom Harley Davidson motorcycle painted in her own special hue of pink will be on display along with an enlarged reproduction of her Rolling Stone cover from September 1974. A container of Tanya’s salsa rounds out the exhibit.

The Tanya Tucker exhibit will run through May 2015.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCharlie Worsham is starting to choose which of the 30 songs he’s written for his sophomore album will make the final cut. Fans can expect the music of Charlie’s home state, Mississippi, to heavily influence the follow up to his 2013 debut, Rubberband.

Instead of trying to keep up with every other male singer on country radio today, Charlie tells The Tennessean, “I want my compass to be my heart and the fact that I grew up in a state that gave us Elvis Presley and B.B. King and Marty Stuart and …read more

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood sings about the transformation of being baptized as a Christian in her new single, “Something in the Water.” Looking back on her own baptism a child in Oklahoma, Carrie tells Billboard, “It really was just kind of a wonderful day.”

She says, “I wanted to do that. I had gotten saved, and that was the next step, you know. That was kind of what we had always been taught. I just remember being so proud that day.”

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Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Vince Gill are among the nominees for possible induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other nominated non-performing writers include Bobby Braddock, who wrote George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Billy Currington‘s “People Are Crazy,” and Bob McDill, who wrote Alan Jackson‘s “Gone Country” and Alabama‘s “Song of the South.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame honors composers and lyricists whose work has had an impact around the world. Voting among the Hall of Fame’s members is underway now through December 15. The inductees will be announced following the …read more

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Image Courtesy BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCEurope’s biggest country music festival is getting even bigger in 2015. Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum will headline the C2C: Country to Country Festival, returning to London and Dublin on March 7 and 8. This year, the festival expands to Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Norway on February 28 and March 1, respectively.

Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore also are slated to perform at this year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. Go to C2C-CountrytoCountry.com for ticket information.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood‘s #1 debut hit? ANSWER: “She’s in Love with the Boy.”

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Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Juliette Barnes sought to quietly give her unborn child up for adoption without telling the father, her ex-boyfriend Avery Barkley. As Avery sank deeper and deeper into the bottle trying to get over Juliette, she had a miscarriage scare. The sonogram showed the baby is fine, and Juliette began thinking about raising the baby herself. Avery made a big scene at his pal Zoey‘s going away party at the Bluebird and ended up getting arrested after cops found him sleeping in a stranger’s car. Avery could only remember Juliette’s …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Country Christmas special will air December 1 on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host.

Trisha Yearwood has signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Wednesday, November 19 at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Tony Blair, Ben Affleck and merchandiser T.J. Maxx will be honored for their work on behalf of children around the world.

The Doobie Brothers have released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Listen to the Music” from their upcoming collaborative album, Southbound, due out November 4. The clip is now posted at People.com …read more

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Image Courtesy Jeff Lipsky/Boot BarnBrad Paisley is entering the fashion world with his new Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley clothing line at Boot Barn. The collection includes boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, t-shirts and more aimed at the modern, country man looking for style and a contemporary fit.

Brad says, “Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country — ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town.”

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Image Courtesy James Minchin/Broken BowCongratulations to Jason Aldean on earning his second #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with Old Boots, New Dirt. The project sold 278,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Only Coldplay and Eric Church have scored bigger sales weeks so far this year.

Jason knocks last week’s chart-topper, Blake Shelton‘s Bringing Back the Sunshine, out of the #1 spot. This is the first time in more than a year one country album has replaced another country release at the top of the album chart.

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