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Image Courtesy Michael Wilson/EB Media PRDierks Bentley and Josh Turner are among the featured artists on bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley‘s new album, Ralph Stanley & Friends: Man of Constant Sorrow. Dierks joins Ralph on the song “I Only Exist,” and Josh is featured on “We Shall Rise.”

Says Ralph, “I’ve always enjoyed singing with other artists. Everyone who joined me on this record did a fine job. I think this will be a project that my fans will really enjoy.”

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Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has scored the 26th #1 radio airplay hit of his career with “Til It’s Gone.” The song, which tops the Mediabase Country chart, is the second #1 from Kenny’s latest album, The Big Revival, and he recorded the track as a message straight to his fans.

“It’s hard to believe,” Kenny says about the success of “Til It’s Gone.” “All that music… All those songs… And here we are. 26 #1 hits is hard to get your head around, but I’m glad it could be this song — because …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is showing off his souful side with a cover of Bruno Mars‘ ballad, “When I Was Your Man.” A video of the performance has been posted at RollingStone.com just as Thomas comes off his first weekend of shows opening Florida Georgia Line‘s Anything Goes tour. Thomas also covers Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk” for his finale.

He says, “I’m obsessed with Bruno Mars’ records. I’d give my right leg to be able to sing like that dude.”

As for the first shows with FGL, Thomas adds, “It was definitely a weekend …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line visited children at the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton, Ohio, last week while in town for their Anything Goes tour. The duo posted a picture on Twitter of themselves with two of the child patients calling the visit, “The best part of our job.”

The caption continues, “Amazing families. Glad we got to do this.”

Look for FGL to perform their latest single, “Sun Daze,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban first heard “Raise ‘Em Up” when a Nashville publisher sent it to him in an email with the subject line, “Song of the Year.” Keith thought that was a “tall order” for any song to live up to, but he realized “Raise ‘Em Up” was something special when he saw the hit writers who collaborated on it. Between them, they’ve penned #1 hits for Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Keith and many more.

Keith says of the song, “The lyric is just absolutely extraordinary of all the things that …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Sam Hunt to perform “Take Your Time” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday.

Condolences to Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, whose wife, Dixie, passed away at age 80 on Friday. They were married for 46 years and co-wrote the song, “All That’s Left,” on Miranda Lambert‘s latest album, Platinum, among many other songs.

Dierks Bentley and his band are taking their love for ’80s and ’90s country to the next level with their new band of alter-egos, Hot Country Knights. Dierks is taking on the persona of Douglas “Big Rhythm Doug” Douglason and sporting …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleAll eyes are on the NFL Playoffs this weekend as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers for a shot the Super Bowl. Country singer Kip Moore has been paying close attention to the playoffs, and he’s very excited to watch the Seahawks’ media-shy running back Marshawn Lynch on the field Sunday.

The NFL fined Lynch $100,000 for not submitting to media interviews. Now that Lynch is granting interviews, he often answers every question with the same response. Kip doesn’t think Lynch’s interviews matter at game time, though.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsChase Bryant hears his debut hit, “Take It on Back,” on the radio quite a bit now that the song is closing in on the top 10 at country radio. The thrill of hearing his voice coming over the airwaves hasn’t gotten old for the newcomer, though.

“When you hear it, you ask yourself, ‘Is the radio station playing this or am I listening to one of my mixes I’ve been working on?'” Chase tells Billboard. “To hear it on the airwaves is one of those feelings that you …read more

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Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is now playing a total of nine shows in Denver starting March 18. More than 140,000 tickets have already been sold for Garth’s engagement at the Pepsi Center. Fans can still purchase tickets to all nine shows at AltitudeTickets.com/Garth or by calling 1-844-63GARTH.

Trisha Yearwood will join her Garth for the shows in Denver, which will wrap up on March 24.

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Image Courtesy Webster PRDolly Parton‘s biggest hits, such as “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors,” have a cinematic quality to them, so it’s only natural Dolly would strike a deal to turn her songs and life story into TV movies. Dolly plans to produce the projects for NBC.

Dolly says, “We want to create projects for NBC that are both fun and inspirational with a family audience in mind.”

These projects reunite Dolly with Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment. He was a producer of Dolly’s recent Broadway musical, 9 …read more

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