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ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan may have been raised on a peanut farm in South Georgia, but he listened to just as much rap as country music growing up. So, it’s no surprise he’s scored hits with country-rap hybrids like “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Luke tells The New York Times, “Nobody grew up more country than me, and we listened to Eazy-E and 2 Live Crew.”

One Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University, he performed at frat parties and spring break events featuring just as much hip-hop as country. “We watched …read more

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Schmidt RelationsThe Grand Ole Opry will have a big presence at next month’s CMA Music festival. An Opry matinee is set for Saturday, June 7 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The Opry Originals store at 34rd Ave. and Broadway will also host autograph signings throughout CMA Music Festival week with Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Love and Theft and more.

For a list of autograph times and other information, go to Opry.com/CMAFest.

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert‘s week-long motorcycle ride wraps up at Arlington National Cemetery Monday with a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor our fallen soldiers. The “Bottoms Up” singer partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to support the families of those who’ve lost loved ones in battle.

Brantley says, “Those guys not only left a legacy behind, they’ve got families and things that they cared about just as much as freedom, and any way we can help them out we want to make sure we do that.”

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Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery and Jennifer Nettles will perform on the 2014 National Memorial Day concert airing from Washington, D.C. Sunday night on PBS. The annual event takes place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Members of the U.S. military bands and choirs will also perform at the concert.

Check local listings for air time.

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary. What’s the secret to making their love last?

Brad tells Parade, “I think there’s no secret other than mutual respect and a sense of humor. A sense of humor can get you through so much.”

Brad and Kimberly also share that bond with their two young sons, Huck and Jasper. Brad’s trying to instill that sense of humor into his kids, but it doesn’t always go smoothly.

“I remember one of my kids the other day did something that made everybody laugh and …read more

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CMTThe 2014 CMT Music Awards just added a lot of star power with Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, David Nail, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr among the stars playing the Nationwide Insurance Stage. Dan + Shay and Danielle Bradbery will also be featured on that stage during the show, airing live from Nashville Wednesday, June 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert are among the previously-announced performers. Fan voting to determine the night’s winners is now open at CMT.com.

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Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will host and perform at the Grand Ole Opry’s 6th Annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction at the CMA Music Festival Buckle Stage Thursday, June 5 in Nashville.

Luke Bryan, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry and Carrie Underwood are among the stars who’ve autographed guitars going up for auction at the event. Benefits go to the Opry Trust Fund to help members of the country music community in need.

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Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has been hard at work writing and recording songs for her new album, but she’s not sure about a release date just yet.

Carrie explains, “I don’t put a stamp on a finish date, because I feel like that kind of is a creativity killer. It’s done when it’s done.”

So far, Carrie says the new project is looking really good. She adds, “Hopefully, it won’t be too long.”

Fans haven’t gone without new Carrie music in the last few weeks, though. Her collaboration with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad,” just hit iTunes, along with Carrie’s new patriotic …read more

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CMAFlorida Georgia Line fans can look forward to hearing the duo’s sophomore album later this year.

FGL’s Tyler Hubbard says, “I think October is when album two’s gonna be out. Got a bunch of amazing songs that we really can’t wait for the fans to hear. We’re pumped.”

The new project is headed up by Joey Moi, the same guy who produced Florida Georgia Line’s platinum-selling debut album, Here’s to the Good Times.

“We’ve been working real hard and writing as hard as we can go — the best songs we can write,” Tyler says of their work in …read more

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Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan has teamed up with Farm Boy Brand to launch a new line of co-branded merchandise, including men’s and women’s t-shirt designs. Look for Craig to sign autographs at the Farm Boy Farm Girl booth at the CMA Music Festival’s Fan Fair X on Friday, June 6 in Nashville. The merchandise is also available at Craig’s website and at stops on his 2014 The Journey tour.

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