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Thomas Rhett’s Home Team hits a home run at St. Jude

Valory Music Co.In the middle of three sold-out shows on his Home Team Tour, Thomas Rhett still found time to stop by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend.

In fact, TR brought the whole gang along, with openers Kelsea Ballerini, Ryan Hurd, and Russell Dickerson all taking a moment to visit with the young patients at the Memphis cancer treatment facility. The Home Team tour mates decorated baseball caps and showed off their coloring skills while getting to know the kids at St. Jude.

This Friday, TR unveils his new single, “Craving You,” which features Maren Morris. The next Home Team …read more

Bro country: Cole Swindell shows off his camaraderie with Dierks Bentley in new “Flatliner” video

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ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell‘s new video not only showcases his latest single, “Flatliner” — it’s also a behind-the-scenes look at the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley.

Shot during their date in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the in-concert clip captures the moment when Cole returns toward the end of the headliner’s set to sing the pair’s duet.

Originally, Cole wrote the song hoping Dierks would cut it. “I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it,” …read more

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100 shows and counting: Carrie Underwood offers up her devotion to the Opry

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Chris Hollo for Grand Ole OpryIt’s 100 Grand Ole Opry performances and counting for Carrie Underwood, after four sold-out shows at the legendary venue this past weekend.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith welcomed the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to the iconic stage Saturday, thanking her for her dedication to the country music institution.

“Even when you’ve been on the road more than 200 days a year, you’ve always come back to the Opry,” Connie said. “That tells me you love us, and we love you right back.”

“I grew up dreaming …read more

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Jerrod Niemann says he now knows why “God Made a Woman”

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CurbJerrod Niemann‘s new song “God Made a Woman,” is a reflection of where Jerrod is in his life today. The lyric, a mature declaration of love, makes a point of not addressing the object of his affection with the overused term “girl.”

“There’s that spectrum between a boy and a man and this song is the 2.0 of me evolving from a boy to a man,” Jerrod recently revealed to Rolling Stone.

Jerrod, who has topped the charts with “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” says that “God Made a Woman” also reiterates his role …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe album Something In Red, released in 1991, included the top 5 hit “Except For Monday.” Can you name the second-generation female country star who sang it? ANSWER: Lorrie Morgan, daughter of the Grand Old Opry’s George Morgan.

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Darius Rucker joins former Late Night with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer on new album

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Sire/RhinoFormer Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer has just released a star-studded album that features Darius Rucker singing on the R&B classic “Why Can’t We Live Together.” While that might seem an odd pairing to country fans, Darius and Paul have a special connection through Darius’ pop/rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish.

“I hope people remember how far back we go, because I remember so clearly the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish appeared on the Letterman show,” Shaffer tells ABC Radio.

In fact, Darius has credited Letterman for launching his group to …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s Today Show‘s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, is hoping her new baby, Haley Joy, is a country music fan like her mom. Hoda revealed via Instagram that Little Big Town sent her a gift for her little bundle of joy, and she’s already playing their music for the baby.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will be guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to preview the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which airs live Sunday night, April 2. Also on Wednesday night, the Zac Brown Band will perform …read more

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Smooth Moves: Florida Georgia Line selling out stadiums

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BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country. The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis’ Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and …read more

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Up with “People”: New Little Big Town single reveals the secret to happiness

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

“Happy People” is the follow-up to their smash hit “Better Man,” which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna. McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw‘s award-winning “Humble & Kind.”

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song’s biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking …read more

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The star of Thomas Rhett’s show? His 40 pairs of sneakers

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ValoryOne might think that growing up in Nashville as the son of a country singer would make Thomas Rhett a fan of cowboy boots, but it turns out, sneakers are more his style. Lots and lots of sneakers.

The switch to wearing kicks onstage came several years ago when Thomas decided to include a few dance moves in his stage show, “I was going to break my ankles dancing in [boots],” he told Billboard.

Thomas is now a “sneakerhead” — a collector — and has a whopping 40 pairs with him on the road …read more

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