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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brad Paisley and the Country Music Association are teaming up with Hostess to give away a trip to the 51st Annual CMA Awards November 8 in Nashville. You can enter at HostessSummerPlaylist.com.

Warner Music Nashville’s The Last Bandoleros will make their Grand Ole Opry debut on September 15.

You can check out newcomer Devin Dawson‘s new video for “All on Me” on YouTube. It was shot at the Tennessee State Prison, where the movie The Green Mile was also filmed.

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Easton Corbin – “A Girl Like You” 103-FXD Song of the Day

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Marquette, Michigan – July 7th, 2017 – Easton Corbin – “A Girl Like You” is your new music add and song of the day for this Friday on 103-FXD! Easton Corbin – “A Girl Like You” is a powerful new song and can be heard today on 103-FXD. #1 in NEW Country – 103-FXD and […]

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Is Old Dominion in the artist protection program?

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ABC/Image Group LA It would appear that Old Dominion may have an aversion to appearing on their own album covers.

On Thursday, the band shared the artwork for their second record, Happy Endings, which will be out August 25. The cover features a needlework sampler of OD-related icons, but no photos of the group’s five members. Included in the images are a guitar, guns, flowers, the Statue of Liberty and Sasquatch, which has become the band’s symbol for their top-fifteen hit, “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart.”

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Little Big Town and Darius Rucker ready for a total eclipse of the Opry

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Courtesy Grand Ole OpryMark your calendars, because there’s a historic solar eclipse happening on August 21, and the Grand Ole Opry wants to help you celebrate.

Little Big Town, Darius Rucker and Wynonna are just three of the stars who’ll help the country institution put on a “Total Eclipse Opry” the evening before, staging a rare Sunday night performance of the world’s longest-running radio show.

The Opry will keep the festivities going the next day, staging a Plaza Party in front of the Grand Ole Opry House as the actual eclipse happens, from 11:58 a.m. CT until 2:54 that afternoon.

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Miranda Lambert opens up about her love life in “Cosmopolitan”‘s country issue

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Photo Credit: Ben WattsMiranda Lambert opens up to Cosmopolitan about her love life, in the magazine’s first-ever country issue.

In the “Cosmo Quiz,” Miranda reveals boyfriend Anderson East is the first person she calls when she’s on the verge of a meltdown. As for the one thing she knows about love, she goes on to say “It’s big and it’s worth it.”

On the professional side, The Weight of These Wings singer says her proudest moment came singing for Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at The Kennedy Center Honors. If she could have dinner with anyone, she’d pick …read more

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Randy Houser makes his first pilgrimage to the UK for CMA Songwriter Series

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ABC/Fred LeeRandy Houser is packing his bags for his first trip to the United Kingdom.

“Been looking forward to his for a long time…excited to finally get to the U.K.,” the Mississippi native shared on social media, along with a list of his October dates in England and Scotland.

The “We Went” hitmaker will be playing the CMA Songwriters Series, along with Eric Paslay, Pistol AnniesAngaleena Presley, and newcomer Michael Tyler.

Here’s the itinerary, with tickets on sale now:

10/3 — London, England, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
10/4 — Gateshead, England, Sage Gateshead 2
10/6 — Glasgow, Scotland, St. Luke’s
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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Lee Ann Womack hit #1 with “I Hope You Dance.” Can you name the country band that provided background vocals on her signature song? ANSWER: Sons of the Desert.

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Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren may be the “Star of the Show,” but daughter Willa is the “life of the party”

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Valory Music Co. If you keep up with Thomas Rhett‘s socials, you know that he and his wife Lauren are having the time of their lives adjusting to new parenthood.

Almost two months ago, the couple adopted nearly-two-year-old Willa Gray Akins from a Ugandan orphanage. TR admits he was concerned about Willa adjusting to her new life in the U.S.

“Willa has just adapted way better than we ever thought she would,” he reveals. “Going from where she came from to being here, I thought that she would be overwhelmed and kinda really shy, but she’s never met a stranger.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall-of-Famer Kenny Rogers guests on Rural America Live on Thursday. You can catch the show at 10 p.m. ET on RFD-TV.

Rodney Atkins and his wife Rose Falcon are expecting their first baby together. Rodney’s older son, Elijah, from his previous marriage, starred in the video for his 2006 hit, “Watching You.”

If you missed the Dixie Chicks on tour, you can check out their concert film Dixie Chicks — DCX MMXVI — In Concert at 7 p.m. local time on August 7. Close to 450 theaters across the country will screen the movie.

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Chris Stapleton lands the first gold country album of 2017

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton officially has bragging rights for the first gold country album of 2017.

From A Room: Volume 1 accomplished the feat in record time, since it’s only been out since May 5. Look for a second volume of songs recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A later this year.

The news comes just as Chris is releasing the second single from the album, “Broken Halos,” which he debuted last year at Dolly Parton‘s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon.

His debut album, 2015’s Traveller, has been certified double platinum.

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