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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kellie Pickler has been added to the lineup of this year’s 37th annual A Capitol Fourth on PBS. She’ll sing “This Land Is Your Land” and “Small Town Girl” on the show that starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Trace Adkins is set to perform as well.

Kelsea Ballerini recently kicked off her yearlong partnership with Colgate Optic White toothpaste by doing a private concert in New York City.

If you missed Lee Brice‘s performance of his new single, “Boy,” Wednesday on the Today show, you can watch it online.

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After 2 more nights of number ones, George Strait plans to change things up in Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’d like to see George Strait sing all sixty of his number-ones over two nights in Vegas, your window is closing.

The Country Music Hall of Famer did it once before in April, and he’ll do “Two Nights of Number Ones” again on July 28 and 29. But after that, he’s putting the concept to bed.

“After that, I’m going to change things up for the last four of the year,” George says of his remaining shows. “Not sure what’s in store, but I’m thinking about it,” he teases.

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Carrie Underwood goes long for new “Sunday Night Football” open

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood‘s long locks are back — just in time for football season.

The American Idol winner cut her signature blonde tresses into a bob sometime after the release of her Storyteller album in the fall of 2015. This week, she showed off her new, flowing ‘do in a photo from the set of her new Sunday Night Football on NBC intro.

“Shooting the new… open!” Carrie shared on Instagram. “Lots of fun today! This will be our best one yet! Can’t wait for you all to see it!”

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Michael Ray takes home a four-legged souvenir from Chicago’s LakeShake festival

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ABC/Image Group LA It turns out the newest member of Michael Ray‘s team is a real dog.

After teasing his followers on social media he’d be introducing the newest member of his band, the “Think a Little Less” hitmaker revealed his newest addition is in fact, a canine.

Michael fell in love with a white Husky/Shepherd mix he named Wrigley this weekend while playing Chicago’s LakeShake festival and decided to take her home. Wrigley was rescued by the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago, which was there doing an adoption drive.

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Brett Eldredge, Michael Ray and Chris Janson fire up this year’s Guitar-B-Que

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLots of us will be firing up the barbecue for the Fourth of July next Tuesday, but Brett Eldredge, Michael Ray, Chris Janson and newcomer Devin Dawson are getting ready for a Guitar-B-Que.

The foursome will headline this year’s annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — known as Guitar-B-Que — August 23 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

The concert raises money for the Memphis hospital that works to cure childhood cancer. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Arkansas native sang at the 2007 funeral for Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas. Can you name him? ANSWER: Joe Nichols.

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The bootylicious reason you need to check out Joe Nichols’ new album

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BBR Music GroupIf you’ve never heard Joe Nichols do his version of “Baby Got Back,” you’ll get your chance on July 28.

The concert-favorite is one of twelve tracks on his ninth studio album, Never Gets Old. While Joe’s been delivering his live take on Sir-Mix-A-Lot‘s bootylicious 1992 rap hit on stage, this is the first time he’s recorded it, with an assist from comedian Darren Knight.

Fans who pre-order the album now will instantly get both the title track — which is Joe’s new single — and the song “Billy Graham’s Bible.”

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Lee Brice takes “Boy” to early-morning TV

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ABC/Rick RowellIf you haven’t heard Lee Brice‘s new single, “Boy,” you’ll have plenty of chances in the coming days.

The “I Don’t Dance” hitmaker will begin the day Wednesday with an appearance on the Today show. You can watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Then Friday, Lee gets up early to play Fox & Friends‘ All-American Summer Concert Series. You can catch the show starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.

“Boy” is the lead single from Lee’s self-titled fourth album, which comes out November 3.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Mark Chesnutt is introducing his own hot sauce, to coincide with his latest single, “Hot.” You can pick up your own bottle on his website.

The Academy of Country Music has named Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium its Small Capacity Venue of the Year, and Music City’s Bridgestone Arena its Large Capacity Venue of the Year. Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre takes home the Medium Venue prize. The awards will officially be passed out this August at the Ryman during the 11th Annual ACM Honors.

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Nervous, excited and “NOW”: A sentimental Shania Twain opens her exhibit at the Hall of Fame

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumDressed in a head-to-toe, gold, bell-bottomed pantsuit, Shania Twain was especially contemplative as she spoke about her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday evening.

Nervous and excited, Shania remembered the late Norro Wilson — the producer who recently passed away who helped create her first album — and pondered how far she’d come, and what she’d missed in her absence.

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