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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis 1992 hit was Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill‘s first #1 on Billboard‘s Country Singles chart. ANSWER: “I Still Believe in You.”

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Scotty McCreery Calls for All 15 “American Idol” Winners to Sing Together in the Farewell Season

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Photo Credit: Eric AdkinsTonight, Keith Urban returns as one of the judges alongside Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., as American Idol begins its 15th and final season. While Connick tells ABC Radio you can expect everyone from Taylor Hicks to Clay Aiken to pop up this year, season-10 winner Scotty McCreery also gave us a preview of what’s ahead.

“The final season is gonna be crazy. I’ve gotten a little scoop on it, and every big moment you can think of from the last 15 years will show back up,” he says. “It’s really bittersweet to …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich will celebrate their two top ten hits in a row, “Look at You” and “Run Away with You,” Tuesday, January 12 with a party at John Rich‘s Nashville home.

Hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson, also known as the Peach Pickers, will do their third annual “Georgia on My Mind” fundraiser Tuesday, May 10 at the Ryman Auditorium. This year’s show will pay tribute to Peach State native Otis Redding, who would’ve turned 75 in 2016. Last year’s benefit raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBig & Rich will celebrate their two top ten hits in a row, “Look at You” and “Run Away with You,” Tuesday, January 12 with a party at John Rich‘s Nashville home.

Hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson, also known as the Peach Pickers, will do their third annual “Georgia on My Mind” fundraiser Tuesday, May 10 at the Ryman Auditorium. This year’s show will pay tribute to Peach State native Otis Redding, who would’ve turned 75 in 2016. Last year’s benefit raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation.

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Could Carrie Underwood Someday Record with her Hockey Star Husband?

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ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood‘s been having some fun in the car with her hockey star husband Mike Fisher. She recently shared a video on Instagram of the Nashville Predators’ center singing along with Garth Brooks‘ hit from 1992, “The River,” adding the hashtag #IAlwaysWantedToMarryGarth. The 35-year-old Canadian didn’t do too badly, prompting his superstar wife to tag him with the caption, “duet coming soon…”

The “Heartbeat” hitmaker returns to the stage January 30, as she kicks off her Storyteller tour in Jacksonville, Florida. While there’s no word on whether she’ll be bringing her …read more

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Trace Adkins Says “Jesus and Jones” Is the Story of His Life

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Wheelhouse Records“Redneck Crazy” hitmaker Tyler Farr is one of the tunesmiths behind Trace Adkins new single, “Jesus and Jones.” Even though Trace didn’t have a hand in writing his first release for Wheelhouse Records, he says it definitely borrows a page from his life.

“This is a song that’s autobiographical. The first thing I ever did behind a microphone was singing bass in a gospel quartet. At the same time, I was playing guitar and singing in honky tonks, so that’s when the struggle began — the wrestling match between Jesus and Jones — …read more

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Cam Schedules “Tonight Show” Debut Next Monday

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Arista Nashville/RCA RecordsYou can check out Cam next Monday night, as she performs her number-one, platinum-selling smash “Burning House” on NBC. It’ll be the California native’s first time on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which airs at 11:35 p.m. ET.

Before she heads to the Big Apple, the Untamed hitmaker has some business in Music City. She’ll play the Grand Ole Opry this Friday at the historic Ryman Auditorium, marking her fourth appearance on the legendary show. Also on the bill this Friday night are LOCASH, who have a huge hit right now with “I …read more

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Chris Stapleton to Be “Saturday Night’s Live”‘s First Musical Guest of 2016

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ABC/Fred LeeWhen Saturday Night Live returns on January 16, breakout country star Chris Stapleton will be its first musical guest of 2016. Actor Adam Driver, who currently stars in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is also well-known for his appearances on HBO’s Girls, will host. It’s the first SNL appearance for both. You can catch the first new show of the year Saturday after next at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Right now, Chris is enjoying his first top-25 country single with “Nobody to Blame,” with four nominations to his credit at the 58th Annual Grammy …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis multiple week chart topper by Tim McGraw was both the final #1 of 2014 and the first #1 of 2015, according to Mediabase. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Shotgun Rider.”

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Thomas Rhett Racks Up Multiple Weeks at #1 with “Die a Happy Man”

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett admits he’s starting 2016 sitting on top of the world — and the top of the country charts too, as “Die a Happy Man” spends its third week at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and its second atop the Mediabase tally.

“I’m at a loss for words — there really isn’t any better way to start off the new year than like this,” he reflects. “Everyone knows how personal and special this song is to me and my wife, so for it to be connecting the way it …read more

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