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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen will host the 8th Annual ACM Honors ceremony September 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are now available through Ticketmaster.

Little Big Town spent Thursday having fun at Disneyland in California.

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Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGCountry newcomer Sam Hunt is dropping a four-song album preview, titled X2C, to all digital outlets August 12. The set includes Sam’s brand-new single, “Leave the Night On,” and gives fans a taste of his full-length debut album, due out October 27.

Says Sam, “I can’t wait to share a few early tracks from the album. We’ve been having so much fun with the music out on the road and I’m excited to get this music out to our fans.”

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Big MachineTim McGraw is getting domestic backstage on his on his Sundown Heaven Town tour. He just posted a Twitter photo of fresh veggies and fruit with the caption, “Makin my wife’s famous watermelon salsa outside the bus in Washington!”

While he didn’t share a link to Faith Hill‘s recipe, it looks like Tim’s lined up a watermelon, cucumber, tomatoes, an onion and some cilantro to go in the salsa.

Tim has cooked up a new batch of songs for his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out September 16.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s sophomore album is expected to come out by the end of 2014, but they’re still not finished recording the project. While they’ve got a lot of strong material — including the lead single, “Dirt” — the guys just keep finding more great songs.

FGL tweeted Thursday, “Uh oh, another song came in last minute we have to cut. Ahhhhh Yeaya, we bringing some extra special heat on this one.”

You can download “Dirt” now at all digital outlets.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley‘s baby boy born last year? ANSWER: Knox.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a hand in writing both his #1 hits, “Don’t Ya” and “Beat of the Music,” so he obviously has a way with words. That’s why Brett’s advice on misusing words carries some weight.

Brett tweets, “If you think about it, all words are made up, so if you say a word wrong, who cares, make up your own!”

This casual approach to the English language could make for a very interesting sophomore album for Brett. You can catch him performing songs form his debut project, Bring You Back, …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay will perform on Live with Kelly and Michael Thursday.

Jon Pardi will perform on the BMI Stage at the Austin City Limits Festival in Texas on Friday, October 3.

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Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Broken BowJason Aldean‘s daughters, 11-year-old Keeley and six-year-old Kendyl, have grown up on the road with him, so they’re used to sleeping on tour buses and hanging out backstage in arenas.

“They like coming out,” Jason says. “They like hanging out in the bus. It’s like, sleeping on the bus to them is like having a sleepover party or something, you know? So, they dig that part of it. They’ve got their bunks that are all decorated for them.”

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley‘s Riser tour is one of country music’s hottest tickets this summer playing sold-out shows across the country. Dierks has Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Chase Rice opening the show for him. That lineup reminds Dierks of being on the road with Kenny Chesney about a decade ago.

“I think back to when I was opening for Kenny and Keith Urban was the middle act, and I was the beginning act, and what that felt like just to have that camaraderie of guys to be able to talk about things,” Dierks explains. “Now, I’ve got …read more

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is having some fun with his record label leaking the title track of his new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, via Twitter and YouTube. The label removed the clip shortly after he posted it Wednesday afternoon.

This leak comes after Brad tweeted emails from his record label president asking him not to share the song just yet. Brad has also “gone rogue” and posted a remix of his latest hit, “River Bank,” featuring Colt Ford.

Over the weekend, Brad also shared snippets of all the songs on his new album. …read more

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