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“The Older I Get”: Alan Jackson unveils new single as he enters the Country Music Hall of Fame

EMI Records NashvilleAlan Jackson is releasing new music, just as he becomes one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“The Older I Get” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s forthcoming album, which will be his first new studio effort since 2015.

“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” he reveals. “It’s a good song. I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so …read more

“We Won’t Back Down”: Jason Aldean makes his “Saturday Night Live” performance available, to help victims of the Vegas tragedy

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is making his performance of “I Won’t Back Down” available to stream or download now, with proceeds going to the Direct Impact Fund, to help victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year performed the Tom Petty classic to open Saturday Night Live on October 7. It was his first appearance since his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival was interrupted by gunfire that would take the lives of 58 innocent people and injure close to 500 more. Petty had unexpectedly passed away in the days prior.

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To celebrate their ten-year anniversary, Luke Bryan upgraded wife Caroline’s bling

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ABC/Image Group LA If you get the chance to check out the left hand of Luke Bryan‘s wife, Caroline, you’ll notice she’s sporting a pretty impressive rock. That’s a present from Luke, to thank her for sticking by him for 10 years.

The couple met during their college days at Georgia Southern, and married in December of 2006. To celebrate a decade of being together, the four-time Entertainer of the Year exchanged Caroline’s original ring for a larger one at the end of last year.

“It was a little 10-year anniversary gift,” Luke tells People. “Ten years …read more

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“The Lonely, the Lonesome…” & the Hall of Fame: Lee Ann Womack looks forward to Alan Jackson’s induction

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ATO RecordsNext Friday, Lee Ann Womack‘s eighth studio album, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, hits store shelves. But as the 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year counts down to the release of her latest record, she’s taking time to celebrate with a good friend.

Lee Ann’s current Honky Tonk Highway tour mate, Alan Jackson, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, and she couldn’t be happier.

“It’s wonderful!” Lee Ann tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I’m having more fun out on the road with him and his band. I love those guys.”

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Chris Stapleton’s a “Millionaire” as he previews “From A Room: Volume 2”

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Mercury NashvilleYou can sample the first taste of Chris Stapleton‘s second album From A Room now, ahead of the record’s December 1 release.

“Millionaire” was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. Stapleton’s cover is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

On Monday, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year makes his first appearance on Austin City Limits. You’ll be able to watch his performance live on ACL’s YouTube channel starting at 9 p.m. ET, ahead of its airing on PBS in early 2018. …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock On Sunday night in Nashville, Alan Jackson will officially become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though the Georgia native had previously charted three top-five songs, he didn’t hit #1 until he released this song in 1991. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I’d Love You All Over Again.”

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Kane Brown’s quick to give Lauren Alaina credit for their #1 — but he’s not so sure she deserves a gift

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Alex AlvgaIt’s a week to celebrate for Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, as their duet “What Ifs” stakes its claim at the top of the chart. But so far, any high-fiving the former schoolmates have been able to do has been solely over the phone.

“We just called each other,” Kane tells ABC Radio. “We hadn’t really been in town at the same time, so it’s something we’re gonna have to work on. But, yeah, we’re just super-excited. It’s her second #1 and my first, and we’re just glad we get to share it together.”

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“When Was the Last Time”? Darius Rucker’s new album inspired a bucket list

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Capitol NashvilleIf you pay attention, Darius Rucker reveals that you can discover a little bit of philosophy woven into his fifth country album, When Was the Last Time.

“You know, I don’t ever make themes to my records or anything like that,” the Hootie and the Blowfish front man tells ABC Radio. “But I think that ended up being the theme around this record… life and trying to live it.”

“You know, a song like ‘The First Time’,” he explains, “it comes across as a song that’s about a guy trying to pick a girl up in a bar. But it’s really …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Wednesday night’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special ranks as the most-watched in the event’s 8-year history. In addition to honoring Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan, the 2017 gathering paid tribute to America’s resilience after multiple hurricanes and the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Garth Brooks will play three shows December 1-3 at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Tickets still remain for the World Tour stop with wife Trisha Yearwood.

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Truck Yeah! LOCASH gets Soul2Soul with Tim & Faith this weekend

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Reviver RecordsThings come full circle for Preston Brust and Chris Lucas this week, as LOCASH opens Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s Soul2Soul run through the Sunshine State.

The duo scored one of their first big hits as writers in 2012, with Tim’s top-10, platinum-selling smash, “Truck Yeah.”

“Tim has always been an iconic entertainer,” Chris says, “and after working with him off the stage, performing on the same stage will be the experience of a lifetime.”

“Faith was one of my first country concerts as a fan,” Chris recalls. “We are blessed to have this opportunity, and it happens to be …read more

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