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Image Courtesy Southern Ground/Varvatos/Republic/BMLGZac Brown Band‘s new album, Jekyll + Hyde, comes out this Tuesday featuring the country hit “Homegrown,” as well as their first song to impact Mainstream Rock radio: “Heavy Is the Head,” featuring Chris Cornell. They’re following up “Homegrown” with the new single, “Loving You Easy,” just delivered to country radio Thursday — you can start previewing samples from the full album Friday on Zac Brown Band’s YouTube channel.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Billy Currington‘s duet with Shania Twain? ANSWER: “Party for Two.”

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Image Courtesy CMADierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Martina McBride and members of Little Big Town will be drinking fine wine for a great cause this Monday night in Nashville. The T.J. Martell Foundation’s 16th Annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner brings some of country’s top stars together with some of the nation’s top wine collectors for an evening of food and drink.

The event takes place at Nashville’s City Winery. Proceeds go to the T.J. Martell Foundation’s funding of leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

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Image Courtesy ABCHope was wearing thin for Deacon Claybourne on Wednesday night’s episode of Nashville. He’s still waiting on a donor for his liver transplant. Doctors found a donor and actually rolled Deacon into the operating room, but the donor turned out to have cancer on their lungs, so the doctors couldn’t risk introducing more cancer to Deacon’s body.

After getting that bad news, Rayna Jaymes and her daughter, Maddie, struggled to come to terms with Deacon’s illness and possible death.

Juliette Barnes hoped the Note by Note charity fundraiser would serve as her comeback after having …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry legend John Anderson will release a brand-new album, Goldmine, on May 26.

Reba appears on CBS’s The Talk Thursday.

Zac Brown Band performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night.

Justin Moore has partnered with Cabela’s to encourage people to put down their phones and enjoy outdoor activities on Disconnect Day on May 1. Fans can download the Justin’s version of the campaign theme song, “What a Wonderful World,” for free that day MyDisconnectDay.com.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard headed to the border town of Tornillo, Texas on the Rio Grande River to record his new studio album at a place called the Sonic Ranch. The residential studio complex includes living space, a workout room and swimming pool on more than 2,300 acres, and Frankie and his band stayed there for ten days working on the new music.

He says, “I just thought it’d be a cool place to go and just experience something different.”

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert poses with no makeup on for People magazine‘s annual World’s Most Beautiful issue. The natural look is close to what Miranda looks like when she’s at home in Oklahoma with husband, Blake Shelton.

She says of her at-home beauty routine, “I just put on some tinted moisturizer and sunscreen and mascara. And lip gloss! It’s kind of an addiction.”

Miranda only has a glam squad for big events like last Sunday’s ACM Awards. On tour, she does her own hair and makeup as a way …read more

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington‘s sixth album, Summer Forever, is due out June 2. The project features his latest hit, “Don’t It,” as well as other songs written by Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and several other top songwriters.

“Making this album was such a blast for me,” Billy says. “I put a lot of love into this project and couldn’t be more excited for fans to hear the new music. Summer Forever for me represents a positive, happy, good time lifestyle and that’s what I hope the fans feel when they hear this record.”

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Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/BMLGReba’s latest album, Love Somebody, debuts at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart this week and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. It’s Reba’s 12th time at the top of the country chart. The project sold more than 62,000 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen Music.

Reba launches her residency with Brooks & Dunn at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting June 17.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw’s Concert for Sandy Hook Promise is generating more headlines. Eleven of the 26 families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT are now distancing themselves from the fundraiser.

According to the Hartford Courant, the families released a statement clarifying they aren’t associated with or supported by the Sandy Hook Promise organization. The non-profit’s stated purpose is to help protect children from gun violence, but these families want donors to understand the organization doesn’t represent all the victims’ families. Some …read more

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