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Kix Brooks Heads to New Orleans for Tonight’s Episode of “Steak Out”

Brett Warren/GreenroomKix Brooks‘ new Cooking Channel series, Steak Out with Kix Brooks, is generating good ratings for the network, especially among male viewers. On Tuesday night, Kix takes his show to New Orleans to check out three of the city’s top steakhouses.

Kix says, “I couldn’t be more excited to hear that everyone is having as much fun watching Steak Out this summer as we had making it. This week’s episode is in one of the best cities in the country.”

Steak Out with Kix Brooks airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on The Cooking Channel.

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ABCCarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning for an eighth turn as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards this year. The show airs Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. The show will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena that night at 8 ET.

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BMICountry Music Hall of Fame member Billy Sherrill died Tuesday morning following a short illness. He was 78 years old.

Sherrill is best known for producing country standards such as Charlie Rich‘s “Behind Closed Doors,” George Jones‘ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tammy Wynette‘s “Stand by Your Man,” which he co-wrote with Tammy. He is credited with bringing a lush, orchestrated sound to country music.

Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama on November 5, 1936, Sherrill got his break in 1962 when Sun Records’ Sam Phillips hired him as a producer and engineer in Nashville. He went on to Epic Records …read more

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John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church will headline the first-ever American Roots Festival coming up October 17 and 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow also are on the bill along with The Roots, Grace Potter and Chris Stapleton.

The two-day event takes place at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, and more stars will be added to the lineup soon. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 10 through LiveNation.com.

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Stoney CreekCongratulations to Thompson Square‘s Keifer and Shawna Thompson on the impending arrival of their first baby. The couple made the announcement via Instagram drinking out of Diet Coke cans with “Share a Diet Coke with Mom” and “Dad” printed on the side.

The caption reads, “WELL….WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO BE A DUO ANYMORE!!!!” #Jan2016 #WeDidIt #BabyOnBoard.”

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WELL……WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO BE A DUO ANYMORE!!!!!!! #Jan2016 #T3 #WeDidIt #BabyOnBoard

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McGraw MusicTim McGraw debuted his brand-new single, “Top of the World,” in a truly astronomical way. An exclusive 15-second clip of the song was sent to NASA and the International Space Station via Twitter on Monday. The crew of the International Space Station wrote back, “Thanks, @TheTimMcgraw! You’re on #TopOfTheWorld…we orbit around it.”

Tim replied, “Maybe you’ll fly over my next concert. We love what you’re doing up there, pushing humanity forward. Keep up the great work!”

The track is now available at all digital retailers. “Top of the World” is the lead single …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Reba‘s most recent album, released earlier this year? ANSWER: Love Somebody.

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Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson celebrated the top 10 success of his single “Buy Me a Boat” by purchasing a few kayaks for his family. Chris and his wife and kids took the kayaks out on the Harpeth River near their home in Middle Tennessee last week.

He says, “We had the afternoon off and wanted to get on the river and this was the fastest way to do it. The river is close to the house and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with the family. We’re not home much this summer but …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKathy Mattea and Sheryl Crow are performing at the Lean on Him tribute concert for Bill Withers coming up Thursday, October 1 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert celebrates Bill Withers’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Band Perry will release their new single, “Live Forever,” on August 14.

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We’re SOOOO excited to announce that our NEW SINGLE “LIVE FOREVER” is coming 8.14.15!!!💛💛💛 #TheBandPerry #LiveForever #TBP2015

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CMALittle Big Town returns for a third turn as hosts of ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, airing Tuesday night at 8 ET. The group taped the special in early June during CMA Music Festival in Nashville, and LBT’s Jimi Westbrook says they’ve come a long way since they first hosted the show.

“We were a little shaky and nervous the first year, but now we feel really comfortable, and it’s been a blast,” Jimi says. “It’s such a cool thing ’cause we’re here for the entire thing. We get to see everybody that’s here …read more

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