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Thomas Rhett Honored to Be in the Running for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett was on tour in Toronto with no cell phone service or WiFi access the morning the CMA Awards nominations were announced. He had to go old school and call his manager from a land line to listen to the nominations TV broadcast over the phone. Things got tense when they started calling out the finalists in the New Artist of the Year category.

Thomas recalls, “They were called out in alphabetical order, and obviously my name starts with a ‘T,’ so it was towards the end. I was like, ‘We …read more

Image Courtesy CMAReigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town landed their first performance slot on the CMA Awards nearly a decade ago, but the ceremony still brings out a sense of wonder in the four band members.

LBT’s Karen Fairchild tells ABC News Radio, “The CMA Awards are so special. They really are, just from growing up and watching the CMA Awards and then just pinching ourselves standing up on that stage, much less to have won one or two or three. Thank you, Jesus.”

Karen and her husband/band mate Jimi Westbrook display …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell got to meet his hero, Reba, on Thursday in Nashville while trying on clothes for next week’s CMA Awards. Cole was in the middle of a wardrobe fitting at his manager’s office, which is located inside Reba’s Starstruck building on Music Row, when Reba herself suddenly walked in. The whole episode was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

She told him, “Good thing I didn’t come in here when you was stark naked.”

Cole bent over in shock when he realized Reba was in the room. …read more

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Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring her current hit, “Something in the Water.” That song’s just one of 25 songs included in the two-CD set, according to the official track listing, released today.

“Something in the Water” is also one of two new tracks Greatest Hits: Decade #1, the other being “Little Toy Guns.” Those songs lead off disc one, while disc two ends with never-before-released versions of familiar hits, including a live version of Carrie’s duet with Vince Gill on the gospel …read more

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Sony NashvilleIf you haven’t already, now’s the time to head over to Garth BrooksGhostTunes music service to hear a preview of his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine. Garth’s giving what he calls a “sneak peek” of the album all day today, through midnight: that much, he announced Thursday. Today, he also revealed the track listing and cover art.

The Man Against Machine cover features a tough-looking Garth, shot from the waist up, standing in front of some rusty gears and cogs with his arms crossed, clad in a tight black tee-shirt, …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert make their home in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.

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Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCLuke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line have picked up some big nominations for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards.

Luke is up against One Direction and Justin Timberlake in the Top Draw category, which is based on BoxScore attendance figures. Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell is also up for Top Package along with Jason Aldean’s 2014 trek with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.

Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for Breakthrough touring act against OneRepublic and Arcade Fire.

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Image Courtesy Cabela’sLuke Bryan is expanding his relationship with outdoors outfitter Cabela’s with the launch of a new clothing line, 32 Bridge. The name comes from the Route 32 bridge that crosses the Flint River, connecting Lee and Worth counties in Georgia, where Luke grew up. The clothing line features men’s and women’s apparel, including t-shirts and caps.

Luke says, “This brand is so dear to me and such a big part of who I am that seeing it come to life is so exciting. I can’t wait to share it!”

32 Bridge goes on …read more

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Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt is becoming known for his crisp fashion sense wearing shirts buttoned all the way to the top along with his signature flatbill baseball hat. The look is pretty distinctive, so it’s possible a fan could dress up like Sam this Halloween. So, how would Sam react if he saw someone trick-or-treating as him?

“That would freak me out,” Sam tells ABC News Radio. “Hopefully, I don’t have too unique of characteristics to help someone distinguish themselves as me, in a bad way.”

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsJudging from their debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” new duo Maddie & Tae probably won’t be dressing up in short-shorts and crop tops for Halloween. Looking back on some of their most memorable Halloween costumes, the duo’s Maddie Marlow recalls dressing up like The Little Mermaid a few years back.

She says, “It was rockin’, but I like fell every step because of that dang tail. I could not walk in it.”

Maddie’s duo partner, Tae Dye, got together with several of her female high school friends to dress up like guys for Halloween.

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