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Music to crash your “Cars” by: Brad Paisley’s new tunes for a demolition derby

Walt Disney RecordsBrad Paisley is revving up his engines for Cars 3.

The West Virginia native contributes two songs to the soundtrack of the latest installment of the Disney franchise — but he won’t be singing. Brad wrote the instrumentals “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” especially for the animated feature.

If you’re listening for Brad’s tunes, you’ll find them in the Crazy 8 demolition derby sequence where Owen Wilson‘s Lightning McQueen deals with total chaos. Both the movie and the soundtrack come out Friday, June 16.

The “Last Time for Everything” singer has a long history with the Cars films. He contributed “Behind …read more

The Race Is On: Keith Urban leads country’s two-track weekend

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ABC/Image Group LA During a Memorial Day weekend filled with barbecues, picnics and pool parties, plenty of folks will also be headed to the racetrack — and you can count lots of country stars among them.

Saturday, Keith Urban and Dustin Lynch will both be hanging out at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, playing the yearly Legends Day concert. The Aussie superstar won’t be able to stick around for Sunday’s Indy 500, however, since he has a gig at another track.

This weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, Keith is just one of the stars set to play the Country 500 at Daytona International Speedway. …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twelve years ago this week, this Checotah, Oklahoma native won American Idol, singing Martina McBride‘s “Independence Day” and dueting with Rascal Flatts on “Bless the Broken Road.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood.

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Lady A, the star-makers: Why Brett Young may be on the Sam Hunt path

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Capitol NashvilleTonight in Bakersfield, California, the audience at Rabobank Arena will be the very first to take in Lady Antebellum‘s new You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young.

While he’d never want to brag, Charles Kelley admits Lady A does have quite a track record when it comes to picking opening acts.

“We’ve been really lucky you know,” he remembers. “A couple years ago we lucked out and had Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt. You know, we didn’t know that he was going to be as big as he is, so we’re hoping Brett Young is …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney‘s new single is “All the Pretty Girls,” from his Cosmic Hallelujah album.

Tyler Farr‘s new docu-series, A Little Too Farr, premieres Friday, June 2 on Verizon’s go90 streaming platform.

Kelsea Ballerini has signed a long-term publishing deal with Sony/ATV.

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

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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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