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CMATickets for the nightly LP Field concerts at next month’s CMA Music Festival have been sold out for months now, but many of country’s biggest new artists are playing free shows throughout the week in Nashville. A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Canaan Smith and newcomers Clare Dunn and Haley Georgia are slated to perform at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Wednesday, June 10. The show starts about 10 a.m. CT and will continue throughout the day.

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Gulf Coast JamMiranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban are headlining the 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, over Labor Day weekend. The festival will run September 4 through 6 with Sam Hunt, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kristian Bush, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes and The Swon Brothers among the other stars on the bill.

For tickets, go to GulfCoastJam.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockKeith Urban was the lead singer in a band before he launched his solo career with his 1999 self-titled album. What was the name of that band? ANSWER: The Ranch.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOFLuke Bryan is the subject of a major new exhibit opening Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It’s called Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, and fans will see the story of the country superstar’s entire life starting with his childhood in Georgia. Luke’s elementary school backpack and kindergarten graduation diploma are on display, along with the first guitar he ever got at age 14. Seeing all those items on display at the private exhibit preview Wednesday night was a big deal for Luke.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Maddie & Tae have joined Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley on the bill for the Farmborough Music Festival in New York City June 26 through 28.

Keith Urban has released a new video for his song, “Come Back to Me,” at KeithUrban.net. He shot the clip last December.

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RCA NashvilleChris Young opted not to play his brand-new single, “I’m Comin’ Over,” in concert until the track was available for download at iTunes. He knew as soon as he sang the song in public it would be all over YouTube, and Chris didn’t want fans to hear the live version of “I’m Comin’ Over” first.

He tells ABC Radio, “I really wanted people to hear it as we put it down as we did it in the studio. You spend all this time doing all that work [in the studio]. I wanted that …read more

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Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever …read more

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Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever …read more

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Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever …read more

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has written and recorded several hit songs about his on-again, off-again relationship with his fiancée, Amber. Now that they’re settling down and getting married this year, Brantley’s worried he won’t be able to write more of his signature party songs like “Bottoms Up” and “Country Must Be Country Wide.”

He tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “What am I going to do when I get to be a married guy? Nobody wants to hear that on every song on the record.”

Brantley goes on to say he and Amber have a “really good …read more

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