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Thompson Square Moving Forward with Work on Upcoming Third Album

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013′s Just Feels Good. Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean‘s backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.

The duo’s Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, “This time we don’t have to wait for schedules to match up. We’re going to move ahead with the album and see how it works …read more

CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno. The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has added his name to the list of country stars supporting Taylor Swift‘s full-time move into the pop world with her upcoming album, 1989.

He tells Entertainment Tonight, “She is such a global act. I mean, it’s unbelievable. I have always been one of Taylor’s biggest fans and I think that her songwriting has gotten really good. And I think that’s the foundation of everything we do, songwriting.”

While Kenny loves Taylor’s new pop single, “Shake It Off,” you won’t find him flirting with a top 40 crossover anytime soon.

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGarth Brooks‘ long-awaited new album will arrive November 11. Garth made the announcement during a Friday press conference in Atlanta, GA. The disc will feature his current hit, “People Loving People.”

Unsurprisingly, you can now pre-order the as-yet untitled album on Garth’s newly-announced digital music service, GhostTunes, as well as at GarthBrooks.com. While you’re at it, you can also order a “mega-bundle” that includes digitally-remastered versions of all eight of Garth’s studio albums; a new 25th anniversary edition of his concert disc Double Live, …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Miranda Lambert‘s middle name? ANSWER: Leigh.

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Image Courtesy CMAJerrod Niemann and his fiancée, Morgan Petek, will be married next month in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but they’re not looking for traditional gifts from their friends and family to celebrate the wedding. Instead, Jerrod and Morgan are asking for donations to his charity, Free the Music USA, to benefit music education programs.

The couple says, “We can’t think of a better way to honor our upcoming nuptials than to combine the two things that we love the most: music and helping others.”

Jerrod and Morgan have been dating since 2005.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIt looks like fans of ABC’s Nashville will be getting a holiday album from the cast this Christmas season. Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus posted a photo with the show’s star, Connie Britton, and vocal coach, Valerie Morehouse, on Instagram with the caption, “Wrapping up the Nashville cast Christmas record…Gonna be a great record!!!” The new season of Nashville premieres Wednesday, September 24.

Dierks Bentley suggests you pick up Tim McGraw‘s latest album, Sundown Heaven Town. Dierks tweeted, “Love that he is always trying to take the music to new places.”

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Image Courtesy Big MachineFans who flip through the liner notes of Tim McGraw‘s brand-new album, Sundown Heaven Town, will notice a seemingly random photo of a teenage girl from the 1960s wearing a mini-skirt and go-go boots is included on the back page. It’s a photograph of Tim’s mother, Betty, in the mid-’60s, around the time she got pregnant with her now-famous son.

When the photograph was taken, Betty was part of a dance troupe that backed up pop stars who played in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Betty was also working on fulfilling her …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is taking her Platinum tour to Honolulu, Hawaii, this weekend in order to reach a big milestone.

She says, “I’ve never played Hawaii. It’s my 50th state to play. My whole career, I’ve played in 49 states. I think I finished off the 49th in Rhode Island a couple years ago.”

Miranda has never even been to Hawaii before this weekend, and she plans to spend some time on the beach after she’s finished entertaining her fans.

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Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill will receive the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award at the 2014 Symphony Ball on December 13. The honor recognizes individuals who represent the “harmonious spirit” of Nashville’s music community. In addition to receiving the award, Tim and Faith will perform with the symphony at the event, according to Nashville’s The Tennessean.

Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton and Trisha Yearwood are among the previous recipients of the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award. Vince Gill and Amy Grant will host the 2014 Symphony Ball patron party December 9.

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