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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though the director opted not to use it, Dolly Parton originally wrote this top-40 single from 1991 for the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Eagle When She Flies.”

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Why Darius Rucker and his friends are on the move in 2017

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ABC/Image Group LA For its eighth year, Darius Rucker‘s annual CMA-Music-Festival-week fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is getting an upgrade.

In 2017, the Darius and Friends benefit show will move from its longtime home at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon to the larger Ryman Auditorium just down the street.

This year’s concert will be Monday, June 5, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. CT. Look for Darius to announce who’ll be joining him in the coming weeks.

The event, which typically sells out, has raised more than $800,000 to help fight childhood cancer during its nearly-ten-year history.

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Together again: Deacon and Rayna’s doubles reunite, as CMT promises “Nashville” season 6

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CMTFans of the TV show Nashville can rest easy. Not only has CMT announced the drama will return June 1 with the second half of season five, the cable network has also revealed Nashville has been renewed for season six.

And even though Connie Britton is now only a memory on Nashville after her character was killed off, leading man Charles Esten says there’s one place the love story of Rayna Jaymes and Deacon Claybourne will continue to play out: at Music City’s new Madame Tussauds at Opry Mills.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Parmalee will release their new single, “Sunday Morning,” on May 1.

New group Midland performed their top-30 hit, “Drinkin’ Problem,” Saturday night as the trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry.

Trace Adkins will do his latest single, “Watered Down,” Tuesday, April 18 when he guests on CBS’s The Talk.

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Sam Hunt scores the biggest crossover hit of his career with “Body Like a Back Road”

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ABC/Mark LevineIt’s not just country fans who are clamoring to hear Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road.”

While it’s no surprise Sam’s lead single from his forthcoming sophomore album is currently sitting at #3 on the country chart, this week, the track also becomes the Georgia native’s first top-10 hit on Billboard‘s Hot 100, alongside tunes by Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Bruno Mars.

What’s even more impressive is that “Body Like a Back Road” is the fourth best-selling song in any genre so far this year. The tune has moved more than 616,000 copies since it was …read more

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“Life made”: Lauren Alaina celebrates her very first #1

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ABC/Lou RoccoLauren Alaina celebrates a career milestone this week, as her very first #1 song tops both the Billboard and MediaBase country charts.

“I cannot believe I have the number one song in the country,” she says of her current single, “Road Less Traveled.”

“I have dreamed of this day my entire life. The five singles, the ups and downs, the tears, the smiles, and the six years of hard work have made this moment so much sweeter…” Lauren goes on.

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“She’s with Me”: High Valley’s Curtis Rempel welcomes baby girl

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ABC/Image Group LAThe population of High Valley just went up by one.

This weekend, Curtis Rempel and his wife Myranda welcomed their second little one. Millie June was born on Friday, and joins her big brother, 3-year-old Ben. You can catch a glimpse of the new baby girl with her mom and dad on High Valley’s Instagram.

Curtis and brother Brad will take some time off from the road for the next couple weeks, so they can spend some time with their growing family. The siblings’ next date is April 22 at Toronto’s Great Hall in …read more

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No tour, no problem: Kenny Chesney continues to add shows this summer

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile Kenny Chesney won’t be mounting a full-fledged tour in 2017, your chances to see him this summer are growing.

The “Bar at the End of the World” hitmaker is adding four dates to his itinerary: two in Alabama, and two in Connecticut. That’s in addition to the pair of August shows he’s already planned at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

“As long as we’re rehearsing and I’ve got new music in the pipeline, I can’t imagine not playing a little bit,” Kenny says.

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Florida Georgia Line dominates the country categories at 2017 Billboard Music Awards

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Image Courtesy BillboardFlorida Georgia Line is the most-nominated country act at this year’s Billboard Music Awards, picking up a total of six nods for Top Duo/Group, Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Country Collaboration. Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley are nominated twice for Top Country Song, for both “H.O.L.Y.” and “May We All” with Tim McGraw.

Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott continues to make an impressive showing with her faith-based album with her family, picking up nominations for Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album for Love Remains, and Top Christian Song for “Thy Will.”

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Trisha Yearwood‘s most recent top-ten single on the country chart? ANSWER: “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway,” which made it to #4 in 2001.

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