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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.”

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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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Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town is literally playing games with their fans this week. The band has launched the new Pain Killer game at LittleBigTown.com, and fans can unlock 90-second clips of songs from the group’s new album, Pain Killer, as they complete each level. Players work to kill viruses using color-coded pills thrown by the animated members of Little Big Town.

Pain Killer is now available for pre-sale through all digital retailers. It comes out October 21 and features the lead single “Day Drinking.”

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Image Courtesy John PeetsEric Church will join an all-star lineup to pay tribute to music great Mavis Staples November 19 in Chicago.

I’ll Take You There — Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples pays tribute to the “I’ll Take You There” singer as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Marty Stuart, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman and Michael McDonald are also performing at the tribute concert, which will be recorded for release on several platforms at a later date.

Tickets for the concert at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre go on sale Monday, September 29 via Ticketmaster.

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Image Courtesy John PeetsEric Church will join an all-star lineup to pay tribute to music great Mavis Staples November 19 in Chicago.

I’ll Take You There — Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples pays tribute to the “I’ll Take You There” singer as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Marty Stuart, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman and Michael McDonald are also performing at the tribute concert, which will be recorded for release on several platforms at a later date.

Tickets for the concert at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre go on sale Monday, September 29 via Ticketmaster.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJake Owen hails from which Florida town? ANSWER: Vero Beach.

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