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Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation’s first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix’s pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.

Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville’s Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will make her national TV debut on ABC’s Good Morning America Friday singing her debut single, “Better than You Left Me.”

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem at the NASCAR race taking place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.

George Strait and his Ace in the Hole band played their first gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay owned the club and served as a mentor to George and many other aspiring singer/songwriters. Finlay died Monday, and George issued a statement, “Country music — and just music …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is a triple-threat when it comes to singing, writing and performing guitar on all his songs. His creativity doesn’t stop when he leaves the stage, though. Chase is fast becoming one of country music’s best chefs, too. He’s mastered Italian, Mexican and steak dishes in the past few years, but Chase’s specialty is still his grandmother’s fried chicken recipe.

Chase tells ABC Radio, “I like to make it like my grandma used to. Put it in a brown bag and shake it up and then toss it …read more

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Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser just wrapped up his first run of shows opening for Luke Bryan, and performing on Luke’s massive stage is requiring some adjustment for Randy.

He tells ABC Radio, “It is amazing all the real estate that’s out there. The big stage. There’s a lot of ground to cover.”

On some tours, Randy would be restricted to performing on a small portion of the stage, but Luke has given Randy the freedom to use the entire stage and all his video screens to create the best show possible.

“He’s so gracious,” Randy says of …read more

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Image Courtesy ABC/Rick RowellIf you notice a lot of women coming out of your local salon with much shorter hair, you can thank Faith Hill. According to Google, her blonde pixie cut was the most-searched hairstyle from the red carpet at last month’s Oscars.

Faith was on hand to support her husband, Tim McGraw, who sang the nominated song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” from the documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.

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Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert is having such a great time on her Certified Platinum tour, she got a new tattoo to celebrate the experience. Miranda, her backup singer Gwen Sebastian, and opening act RaeLynn took to Instagram to show off the matching music note tattoos they got on their forearms over the weekend in Tulsa, OK.

I love @raelynnofficial and @gwensebastian! Inked in perfect harmony! Thank you Brookside Tattoo! #sisterink #TattoosInTulsa #certifiedplatinumtour

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 28, 2015 at 7:03pm PST

The three ladies sing the Dixie Chicks‘ “Cowboy …read more

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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton has scored his 14th consecutive #1 hit with “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. It’s his 19th career #1, but “Lonely Tonight” marks the first time Ashley has topped the country airplay chart.

Blake says, “What I’m most excited about with this particular song is that it’s the launch of Ashley Monroe’s solo career and she’s so talented and deserves this opportunity. That’s really the highlight of this one for me is to see her finally getting the credit she’s deserved for a long time.”

Ashley thanks Blake for giving her the opportunity …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

In honor of the artists who proved their YouTube worth, the video-sharing website will be doing something …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Jake Owen number one was co-written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.

“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.

“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and …read more

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