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Image Courtesy CMAMonday night in New York City, Garth Brooks was honored with the ASCAP Centennial Award — a new honor created to mark the performing rights organization’s 100th anniversary. Garth was recognized alongside the night’s other honorees, including one of his heroes — Billy Joel. Joan Baez, Stevie Wonder and musical theater legend Stephen Sondheim also received the Centennial Award Monday night.

Garth says, “I feel lucky, ’cause an award really, truthfully, is only good as the names that have won in the past or other things, so this was pretty sweet that …read more

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Image Courtesy Sam Erickson/Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard feels like he just got finished celebrating his last #1 hit, “Helluva Life,” and he’s already followed that one up with another chart-topper, “Sunshine and Whiskey.”

“It’s crazy, you know, the momentum that we’re [experiencing],” Frankie says. “It’s unbelievable. I’m on cloud nine. I’m so happy.”

“Sunshine and Whiskey” never fails to get the girls out of their seats at Frankie’s shows, too.

He adds, “It starts the dance party. ‘Cause I think sometimes people come in, and they’re not really sure if it’s OK to dance. Then you play …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail wrapped up his headlining I’m a Fire this past weekend in Green Bay, WI. The trek hit 25 cities, including New York City, Boston, New Orleans and Cincinnati along the way.

David says, “There is no bigger compliment than people coming out to see you play your music live. Thanks to everyone who came out and made this tour so special.”

New duo Native Run joined David on the I’m a Fire tour. His latest single, “Kiss You Tonight,” is included on his current album, I’m a Fire.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes performs with 450 elementary, middle and high school students in Roanoke, Virginia, on Monday night in celebration of the city’s booming music education programs. The CMA Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to complete VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s instrument campaign to bring access to instrumental music education to students in Roanoke. So far, $510,000 worth of instruments have been donated to the city’s schools.

In celebration, Hunter will perform at Monday night’s concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. He will also talk about the impact of …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes performs with 450 elementary, middle and high school students in Roanoke, Virginia, on Monday night in celebration of the city’s booming music education programs. The CMA Foundation provided a $100,000 grant to complete VH1 Save the Music Foundation’s instrument campaign to bring access to instrumental music education to students in Roanoke. So far, $510,000 worth of instruments have been donated to the city’s schools.

In celebration, Hunter will perform at Monday night’s concert at the Roanoke Performing Arts Theatre. He will also talk about the impact of …read more

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Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony MusicKenny Chesney is helping fans put a little bit of the island life in their holiday season with his new single, “Christmas in Blue Chair Bay.” The song is described as “slightly Calypso” and “wholly acoustic.”

Kenny hopes the track can help fans relax a little bit with their friends and families this season. He says, “I do know that my family really loves Christmas — and I was in the mood, especially with the time I’ve been spending in Barbados with my rum, to try and distill how slow …read more

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts is launching their Vegas Riot! Residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas February 25, 2015. They’ll play nine shows through March 14 at the hotel’s concert venue, The Joint.

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus says, “We’re so excited to do something so different for us. You will experience Rascal Flatts in a way you’ve never seen us before – up close, intimate and personal, and we promise you one thing, it’s going to rock!”

Tickets go on sale Friday morning at AXS.com/RascalFlattsVegas.

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Image Courtesy Webster PRTanya Tucker‘s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame, titled “Strong Enough to Bend,” includes a few mentions of her famous, yet stormy, relationship with Glen Campbell in the early ’80s. Memories of that relationship are bittersweet for Tanya now that Glen is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and living in a long-term care facility in Nashville.

“I haven’t spoken to him,” Tanya tells ABC. “And I’ve asked his manager, I’ve called and asked him to ask his wife if I could possibly — I said, ‘Just let me say …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks‘ touring band is named for which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Stillwater.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood has released a behind-the-scenes clip from her “Something in the Water” video shoot to People.com.

Scotty McCreery has picked up platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America for three of his songs — “See You Tonight, “I Love You This Big” and “The Trouble with Girls.”

Fifteen shows on Sam Hunt‘s Lipstick Graffiti tour sold out within minutes after going on sale last week. He is now considering moving some of those shows to larger venues or adding additional dates in those markets.

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