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Why Eric Church is doing a whole lot better than just Holdin’ (His) Own

ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Eric Church wraps his Holdin’ My Own Tour with two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena — but then again, capacity crowds are the rule these days for the hitmaking star.

In fact, Eric has sold out all 60 shows on the four-month North American trek, causing Pollstar to proclaim it the “#1 most-attended music tour in the world so far this year.” Along the way, the North Carolina native also cancelled more than 33,000 tickets to keep them out of the hands of scalpers.

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Florida Georgia Line will start the party at FGL House just in time for CMA Music Festival

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFlorida Georgia Line‘s new FGL House will open Monday, June 5, just in time for CMA Music Festival 2017. The fun cranks up at the four-story restaurant and entertainment destination that night starting at 7 p.m. CT.

Located at 120 3rd Avenue South in the heart of Music City’s honky tonk district, FGL’s signature venue will feature a different bar and a different vibe on each level. At the same time, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will offer what they’re calling “Southern-style fare with a California twist.”

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Little Big Town’s recipe for “Happy People”: Just add wine

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PRNewsfoto/4 CellarsIn the past, Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman have both launched their own fashion and food empires, respectively. But now the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year is embarking on their first non-musical venture together: they’re going into the wine business.

“This is the first collaboration outside of the band that the four of us have worked on together,” Karen says, “and it’s a natural extension of what we hold dear: relaxing and celebrating with good friends, coming together and breaking bread, and fellowship.”

Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet are joining with Karen and Kimberly to …read more

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Here’s to the Farmer: Luke Bryan makes it nine in a row with fall Farm Tour

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan will head off the beaten path this fall, continuing his Farm Tour for the ninth year in a row.

ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year Jon Pardi will join Luke for the trek, with more artists still to be added to the lineup. The four-time Entertainer of the Year will play six rural locations on the tour, starting September 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Proceeds go to fund scholarships for students from farm families. Since he started in 2009, Luke’s been able to send 50 kids to college.

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FGL’s ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple Friday on GMA’s Summer Concert Series

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCFriday morning, Florida Georgia Line will be up bright and early to kick off the Memorial Day weekend on Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series.

Brian Kelley says it’s a wake-up call he and Tyler Hubbard don’t mind one bit.

“Oh, it’s something that we look forward to every year,” he tells ABC Radio. “We always hope we get that call to go play the Summer Concert Series. It always feels good that time in New York. The fans are nuts… a lot of FGL fans there.”

Even with the early start to the day, Tyler’s already …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Six years ago this week, now-President Donald Trump proclaimed this country star the winner of The Celebrity Apprentice. Can you name him? ANSWER: John Rich.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Grand Ole Opry kicks off a busy CMA Music Festival week with two shows on Tuesday, June 6 starring Carrie Underwood, Dustin Lynch and more. Parmalee will crank up the festivities that afternoon with an Opry Plaza Party.

Singer/songwriter Travis Denning is the newest artist signed to Universal Nashville. The Warner Robbins, Georgia native has already had cuts by the likes of Jason Aldean, Justin Moore and Chase Rice.

William Michael Morgan will perform and sign autographs starting at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday, June 8 in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theatre. This …read more

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The “Star Wars” moment that brought Brad Paisley to tears

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ABC/Image Group LA Forty years ago today, Star Wars premiered in theaters across America. For Brad Paisley, it was a film that rocked his world.

“Well, I saw it the first time when I was five,” he tells ABC Radio, “and I was blown away and my life was changed like everyone else who has that story.”

Fast forward to release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and the stage was set for Brad to realize just how profoundly he’d been affected.

“I rented a theater for the… first showing in Franklin, Tennessee, for my band and crew as our end-of-the-year …read more

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Meghan Trainor surprises Lauren Alaina at her onesie party

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ABC RadioMeghan Trainor surprised Lauren Alaina by flying in for her very first #1 party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The two co-wrote Lauren’s hit “Road Less Traveled” with Jesse Frasure long ago, even though it just hit the top of the charts in April.

Meghan recalled secretly fan-girling Lauren, sending her mom photos of the American Idol runner-up, since she at the time was still completely unknown. Since then, of course, Meghan broke through with her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” and took home the Best New Artist Grammy.

While this is Lauren’s first chart-topper, it’s Meghan’s second on the country chart, …read more

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Brett Young has one million reasons “In Case You Didn’t Know” should be #1

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BMLGJust as it’s on the verge of going #1, Brett Young‘s “In Case You Didn’t Know” has been certified platinum.

That not only makes it Brett’s first million-selling single of his career, it’s also the first country release of 2017 to reach that milestone. If you’re keeping up, that puts Brett’s sales on par with pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran, Future, The Chainsmokers and Katy Perry.

Next month, “In Case You Didn’t Know” vies for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. This Friday, Brett hits the road with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini on the …read more

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