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Garth Brooks Hosting Basketball Camp for Kids in Kentucky November 1

Credit: Mark TuckerGarth Brooks and his charity organization Teammates for Kids will host a Basketball Pro-Camp for 100 youth in Lexington, Kentucky, on November 1.

The camp coincides with Garth’s run of concerts at Rupp Arena in Lexington. He’s lined up University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari to lead the camp, and Garth will meet with the basketball campers, too.

Garth’s Teammates for Kids and Pro-Camps are hosting these sports clinics in each city on Garth’s World Tour.

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Image Courtesy CMA“All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor will sing that song as a duet with Miranda Lambert on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 5 on ABC. As previously reported, pop star Ariana Grande will perform on the show with Little Big Town. Pretty Little Liars actress-turned-country singer Lucy Hale will present an award on the broadcast, too.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the CMA Awards. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts.

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Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will launch his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY tour January 8, 2015 in Fort Myers, FL.

Jon Pardi and Brandy Clark are taking the opening slots on the trek, which includes a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver on May 17 as well as dates in Los Angeles, Dallas and Phoenix. More dates will be added soon.

Here are Alan Jackson’s 2015 tour dates:

1/8 — Fort Myers, FL, Germain Arena
1/9 — Tampa, FL, USF Sun Dome
2/20 — San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
2/21 — Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Events Center
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Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town is teaming up with one of pop music’s hottest stars, Ariana Grande, for a performance at the 48th Annual CMA Awards. The show broadcasts live from Nashville November 5 on ABC.

The appearance is just one of many LBT will be making in support of their new album, Pain Killer, in stores Tuesday. Look for the group to perform on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday. They’ll sing on ABC’s The View on Thursday and close out the week performing with The Roots on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich two members of Little Big Town are married to each other? ANSWER: Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild.

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloLittle Big Town was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Friday night. Opry members Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens were on hand to welcome the group into the Opry fold. The quartet started their performance singing “Bring It on Home” with just an acoustic guitar. They then performed their breakthrough hit, “Boondocks,” and closed out their set singing Kris Kristofferson‘s “Why Me.”

Backstage before their performance, Little Big Town reflected on how much the Opry has meant to them over the years. Their first public performance ever took place …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsGet well wishes go out to Dustin Lynch, who was hit in the face with a full beer can during his Friday night show in Niceville, FL. Dustin was taken to the hospital and got stitches to close the wound. The guy who threw the can was not apprehended.

Dustin tells People, “It’s not cool. This guy caused an incident that almost ruined a great night. The crowd was insanely loud and supportive and that’s why I wanted to finish my show [despite the bleeding]. I didn’t …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line’s album release date for Anything Goes is chronicled in a series of photographs now posted at People.com.

Look for Reba to make a big career announcement Tuesday morning.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has scored multiple #1 singles, so he knows what it feels like to perform a hit song in concert. That’s why he’s feeling great about his latest single, “Buzz Back Girl.”

Jerrod says, “Since the first day we put “Buzz Back Girl” in the set, it just seems to be one of those songs that connects with the crowd.”

Even though Jerrod felt like “Buzz Back Girl” would be a big hit, he’s learned you can’t predict how an audience will react to a song when they first hear …read more

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Strictly Country RecordsSongwriter Paul Craft, who penned such hits as Moe Bandy‘s “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life,” Bobby Bare‘s “Dropkick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life),” Mark Chesnutt‘s “Brother Jukebox,” and Ray Stevens’ “It’s Me Again, Margaret,” died Saturday “after years of deteriorating health,” the Tennessean reports. He was 76 years old.

Craft, who also wrote songs that were recorded by Alison Krauss, the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt, died at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital in Nashville.

Craft was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on October 5 after being nominated numerous times. The Tennessean reports Craft …read more

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