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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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Scott Stem/EB MediaScotty McCreery sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch at the New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals game in New York City Tuesday night. He’ll talk about that performance, and his love of baseball, on Sport Illustrated‘s SI Now Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at SI.com.

Look for Scotty to also appear on the Road Trip with Anna Dooiman segment of FOX News’s FOX and Friends, coming up May 28. The reporter visited Scotty at his show earlier this year in North Dakota to learn how to …read more

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Red Bow RecordsCraig Campbell is back with a brand-new, sexy single, “Tomorrow Tonight,” now available on iTunes. Craig co-wrote the single and says it encompasses everything he loves about country music right now.

He explains, “It has a balance of what you think of as more traditional, and also more modern sounds. I really believe in finding a way to meet in the middle — it lets me be proud of the music I make and am writing.”

Craig will debut the new single at the CMA Music Festival June 11 in Nashville.

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Comstock/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses is currently on the road with which country star’s Southern Style tour? ANSWER: Darius Rucker.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins, Alabama and Charlie Daniels are featured on the new CD/DVD release, Lynyrd Skynyrd — One More for the Fans!, due out July 24. The performances were recorded at last November’s all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert in Atlanta.

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley caught Britney Spears‘ show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas Saturday night prior to their Sunday night appearance on the Billboard Music Awards. Brian tells Billboard, “The show was amazing.”

Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder are featured guests on a new song from pop/R&B star Jason DeRulo’s new …read more

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Joseph Llanes/Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio with their debut single, “Smoke.” The track merges the band’s Southern rock roots with today’s country sound. A Thousand Horses lead singer Michael Hobby looks back to the ’90s when country stars like Travis Tritt and Confederate Railroad mixed Southern rock into their hit songs.

“It’s always kind of been in country music throughout the years,” Michael explains, “and it’s been a little bit since it’s happened actually.”

Band member Graham DeLoach adds, “I feel like both genres are very like-minded. So, …read more

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Rick Diamond/GettyThe 2nd Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit concert raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation last week. The show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium featured performances from Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett, among others. The money raised will be distributed to music education programs throughout Georgia.

Georgia natives and hit songwriters Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, spearheaded the concert. Craig Campbell, Lauren Alaina and Maggie Rose rounded out the stars on the bill.

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CMALuke Bryan stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday to perform his new single, “Kick the Dust Up.” During his chat with Ellen, Luke opened up about life at the Bryan house since his 13-year-old nephew, Til, came to live with them last year. Til’s father died suddenly last November, and his mother, Luke’s sister Kelly, passed away in 2007. Luke credits his wife, Caroline, for being able to juggle Til’s hectic schedule with activities of their two sons, seven-year-old Bo and three-year-old Tate.

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CMABrad Paisley hasn’t opened for another artist in years, but he’s making an exception for rock legends The Rolling Stones. Brad will be a special guest for the Stones’ Nashville stop on their Zip Code tour June 17 at LP Field.

The Rolling Stones’ North American trek kicks off May 24 in San Diego.

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