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Have I got a deal for you: Reba saddles up with Justin to create her own brand of boots

Justin Boot Company/PR NewswireReba McEntire is getting into the boot business. The Country Music Hall-of-Famer — and former cowgirl — is partnering with Justin Boot Company to create her own line of footwear.

“Justin Boots have been a staple in my closet since my barrel racing years in Oklahoma,” Reba says. “This collection is for all those strong, spirited women and cowgirls at heart who have followed my journey throughout the years. This opportunity couldn’t have been a more natural fit and creating the line has been too much fun!”

REBA by Justin will feature classic western boots, booties, and casual shoes, …read more

Darius Rucker at the Apollo: Country hitmaker to play legendary venue “For the First Time”

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will play New York City’s legendary Apollo Theater on the eve of the release of his new album, When Was the Last Time.

While the Harlem venue has a rich history of entertaining audiences with legendary soul and R&B acts, Darius becomes one of the few country artists ever to have his name on the marquee.

“I have so much respect and awe for the history and traditions this stage represents,” he says. “To perform at the Apollo as I prepare to release this album which means so much to me, feels like the perfect way to …read more

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For the first time since the death of Troy Gentry, Eddie Montgomery speaks in letter accompanying “Better Me”

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Average Joes EntertainmentWe’re hearing from Eddie Montgomery for the first time since his musical partner, Troy Gentry, was killed in a helicopter crash in New Jersey earlier this month.

“Our world was turned upside down in an instant and nothing could have prepared us for this,” Eddie writes in a letter accompanying Montgomery Gentry‘s new single, “Better Me.”

“Over the past few months, me and T-Roy have been working on what I think is the best record of our career,” he continues. “In the last few weeks we had been talking about what our first single would be. Then on September 8th, …read more

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“You Look Good” on TV: Lady A stops by the “Artists Den” as they head for Europe

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you missed Lady Antebellum on the U.S. leg of the You Look Good World Tour, you still have one more chance to get a taste of the trio in concert.

This week, Lady Antebellum: Live from the Artists Den starts airing on PBS stations all across the country. Recorded in front of 1,400 fans at New York City’s United Palace Theater, the show features Lady A’s signature hits, as well as music from their CMA-nominated Heart Break album.

You can find out when Lady A’s episode airs in your area and watch a short preview at <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://artistsden.com/ladyantebellum/" …read more

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Cole Swindell locks in a long-awaited date with Ellen DeGeneres

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ABC/Image Group LA With seven number-ones in a row under his belt, Cole Swindell finally has a date with Ellen DeGeneres. The “Flatliner” hitmaker will perform on the comedian’s hit syndicated show this Thursday.

“I’ve been looking forward to hopefully having this opportunity to get to do The Ellen DeGeneres Show since I started my career,” Cole admits. “I have been such a big fan of her for as long as I can remember because she’s hilarious, and more so for all the great things she does for people all the time. Me and my band can’t wait to get there!”

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“That’s a powerful set of coaches”: “Voice” champion Danielle Bradbery doesn’t know who could “Sway” her

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BMLGDanielle Bradbery is busy promoting her new single, “Sway,” and readying her sophomore album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which comes out December 1. But you can bet the season four winner of The Voice will be watching tonight, as the show that thrust her into the national spotlight kicks off its 13th season.

With Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and new coach Jennifer Hudson seated in the famous red chairs, Danielle is expecting the best year of competition yet.

“That’s a powerful set of coaches,” Danielle observes. “ I feel like these contestants are gonna really just be …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Reba McEntire scored her first #1 album with this 1986 record that takes its title from the song that was also her very first music video. Can you name it? ANSWER: Whoever’s in New England.

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“American Idol” reportedly taps Luke Bryan as its second judge

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLuke Bryan has been locked down as second judge on ABC’s revival of American Idol, sources tell Variety.

Luke would join Katy Perry, who was signed back in May for a reported $25 million.

Neither ABC, nor Bryan’s rep have confirmed the deal.

The show reportedly is looking to go with a panel of three judges, rather than four, according to the insider; and with just a week remaining until auditions are set to begin, the third spot has yet to be filled.

Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and former Idol judge Keith Urban — all …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you pre-order Darius Rucker‘s new album, When Was the Last Time, you’ll instantly get the new track “Don’t,” as well as his current single, “For the First Time,” and his #1, “If I Told You.” Darius’ fifth country record comes out October 20.

Luke Bryan takes you behind the scenes at the Grand Ole Opry during the recent Country Cares for St. Jude night in the latest edition of LBTV on YouTube.

If you missed Little Big Town‘s appearance Friday on ABC’s The View, you can watch both their interview and …read more

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Blake Shelton is keeping it country and pushing it forward with “Texoma Shore”

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Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve heard Blake Shelton‘s new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” it’ll come as no surprise that the Oklahoma native is devoted to keeping it country.

“You know, I think the thing that inspires me musically…is trying to find a way to remain as traditional as I can in country music, but still push it forward a little bit more,” he reveals.

But the Oklahoma native is the first to admit it’s not always easy.

“It’s always a fine line to walk,” Blake says. “You’re always gonna want to have a new sound and do something fresh and different, but without …read more

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