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Maren Morris Wants to Take You on a Sunday Drive in Her “80’s Mercedes”

Columbia NashvilleThis weekend, you’ll get the chance to know newcomer Maren Morris a little better. CBS News Sunday Morning will profile the “My Church” hitmaker, tracing her career from her beginnings in Texas through the gold-selling, top-ten success of her debut hit.

Maren has just released her second single, “80’s Mercedes,” from her debut album. Hero recently emerged atop the Billboard Country Albums chart, while also tallying an impressive number-five debut on the all-genre Billboard 200.

You can catch Maren July 3 on CBS News Sunday Morning, starting at 9 a.m. ET.

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Comstock/Thinkstock1996 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless scored her most recent Billboard number one that same year with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Lonely Too Long.”

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ABC/Image Group LAEven though Keith Urban‘s latest number one, “Wasted Time,” contains the line “sippin’ on the Lokos,” he confesses he had to Google exactly what that is, after one of his co-writers introduced him to his teen drink of choice growing up in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

While Keith may not have had Lokos, he confesses there was an Australian equivalent.

“I didn’t grow up sippin’ on Lokos, but I grew up sippin’ on some nasty stuff! We had UDL, which stood for United Distilleries Limited, and it was a prepackaged mix of bourbon and cola — cola wanna-be and bourbon …read more

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BMLGNot only is the lead single from Florida Georgia Line‘s Dig Your Roots album already a top-five hit, Brian Kelley says it’s also been a game-changer for the duo on the road.

“‘H.O.L.Y’ is spiritual on tour. I don’t know if we’ve had a song that’s connected us to our fans that quick. It’s amazing,” he says.

Brian believes the song is also special because it hearkens back to the beginning when he and Tyler Hubbard first performed together.

“It takes our set and our show to a place that we’ve never been, a place that we’ve longed to be. We are diggin’ …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless sang “Go Rest High on That Mountain” Tuesday evening at Ralph Stanley‘s funeral in McClure, Virginia.

Dierks Bentley and Elle King did their duet “Different for Girls” Monday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. If you missed it, you can watch their performance online.

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ABC/Image Group LAThis Fourth of July, Chris Stapleton not only will play for members of the armed forces and their families at the most-populated military post in the country, he’ll also help send some of them to school. The Traveller sensation is teaming up with Budweiser to give up to a million dollars in educational support to the spouses and children of fallen and disabled soldiers.

Chris will make the donation during his Independence Day show in North Carolina, where 40,000 members of the Fort Bragg community are expected to turn out to see him. The exact amount of the scholarships …read more

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Columbia NashvilleOn the heels of his top-five hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” Chase Rice is back with new music from his forthcoming album — the everyman anthem “Everybody We Know Does.”

“These last few years have been a whirlwind,” the North Carolina native reflects. “I’ve lived a lot and had some incredible experiences and opportunities, but I’ve also been spending some time out at my farm, just unplugging for a bit and reflecting on what music means to me and what it means to all of the people who have shown up and supported me over the years. …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAWe already know that Tim McGraw shows up on one track on Florida Georgia Line‘s new Dig Your Roots album– and it looks like another superstar collaboration could be in the works, this time with ’90s boy band sensation the Backstreet Boys.

On Monday, Backstreet’s Brian Littrell posted a photo of a mixing board and computer audio workstation on Instagram with the caption, “In the Lab……Doing something we’ve never done before…. BSB feature with FGL….. Great record…. Comes out late August.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley‘s third album just happens to drop August 26.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Even though he’s “Humble and Kind,” this country-star-turned-actor can boast the most career number ones on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, with 28. Can you name him? ANSWER: Tim McGraw.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tim McGraw will follow up his number one “Humble and Kind” with the Damn Country Music track “How I’ll Always Be.”

Last week’s concert featuring Cole Swindell, Billy Currington, Michael Ray, Maddie and Tae and more at Orlando’s CFE Arena raised more than $250,000 for the OneOrlando Fund, to help victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

You should soon start hearing Darius Rucker‘s new song , “If I Told You,” on the radio. It’s the lead single from his forthcoming new album.

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