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Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley is the latest country star to take the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS. Video of his band mate, Dave Haywood, dumping cold water on Charles’ head is now on YouTube. Charles also challenged their “Bartender” video star, Kate Upton, to take the ice bucket challenge next.

Charles joins several other country stars who have taken the ice bucket challenge, including Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Dierks Bentley and Randy Houser.

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Image Courtesy EMI NashvilleNew country duo Brothers Osborne will release their first EP September 9, featuring summertime hit, “Rum.” The self-titled project features five tracks all co-written by the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne.

Two days after the EP comes out, Brothers Osborne heads out on as an opening act on Eric Church‘s The Outsiders World Tour, starting in Bossier City, LA. A full-length album from T.J. and John is expected to follow in 2015.

Here’s the Brothers Osborne EP track listing:

“Shoot from the Hip”
“Arms of Fire”
“Stay a Little Longer”
“Love the Lonely Out of You”
“Rum”

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line incorporates rock and hip-hop influences into their brand of country music, but the duo’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard regularly keep it country with their own iTunes purchases. In fact, CMT.com reports Tyler just downloaded John Anderson‘s 1993 hit “Money in the Bank” on his iPhone.

Tyler’s singing partner Brian says, “Brooks & Dunn, Garth Brooks, Blackhawk, Alabama. Man, we love all that stuff. That music is timeless. That is country music.”

Mixing up their favorite genres of music started when Tyler and B.K. first met as students at Nashville’s Belmont University. …read more

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Image Courtesy The Weinstein CompanyTaylor Swift had several reasons to say yes to taking the small, but pivotal role of Rosemary in the new film, The Giver. On top of getting the chance to share a scene with Oscar winner Jeff Bridges, who plays her father, this acting gig allowed Taylor to help tell a story that had a profound impact on the way she sees the world.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry‘s futuristic novel of the same name, and Taylor first read it in fifth grade. She says, “I didn’t do a lot of …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockKenny Chesney hails from which East Tennessee town? ANSWER: Luttrell.

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Image Courtesy CurbThe guitar Lee Brice is holding on the cover of his new album, I Don’t’ Dance, is much more than just a prop. It’s the actual 1948 Gibson J-45 guitar his wife, Sara, gave him as a wedding present before they tied the knot last year.

Lee tells ABC News Radio, “My buddy in South Carolina, he’s got a bunch of old guitars like that, and I just fell in love with one that looked just like that, and he found me one, for [Sara to give me], out in California, and it’s just amazing.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Luke Bryan‘s cameo on ABC’s Nashville to air October 1. He filmed his part with Connie Britton last Friday at ABC’s Good Morning America.

Tickets for the 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing live on ABC on November 5, and the CMA Country Christmas special, taping Friday, November 7, will go on sale to the public Saturday, September 6 through Ticketmaster. Both events take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride are among the country stars joining gospel music star Michael W. Smith on his …read more

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Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson will perform as the 2014 Artist-in-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater in Nashville on October 8 and 22. Tickets for the Wednesday night shows will go on sale Monday, September 8 at CountryMusicHallofFame.org/Artist-in-Residence.

These shows coincide with the new Hall of Fame exhibition, Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country, opening August 29 and running through March 2015.

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley used his time very wisely while flying to Afghanistan with President Obama on Air Force One earlier this year. Instead of just grabbing some shut-eye on his way to entertain U.S. troops, Brad opted to put the finishing touches on a new song, “Me and Jesus,” while in the air over the Black Sea.

“It was 13 hours over and 16 back, plenty of time to mix the record,” Brad tells Billboard, “I had all the files and opened up the computer and thought, ‘I’ll get to work on …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney plays a headlining show at the Flora-Bama bar on Perdido Key on the Alabama-Florida line Saturday, and now he’s released a new track called “Flora-Bama” to fans who pre-order his new album, The Big Revival, on iTunes. The song is the second taste of Kenny’s new music after the hit lead single, “American Kids.”

“Flora-Bama” was inspired by a friend of Kenny’s who called him after spending an entire afternoon in that bar. Kenny explains, “He’d just ducked in for a beer, and six hours later, he’d emerged …read more

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