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Sam Hunt Storms the “Billboard” Charts with His Non-Single, “Drinkin’ Too Much”

ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt‘s new song, “Drinkin’ Too Much,” may not officially be a single, but it’s making its mark on the Billboard charts anyway. In fact, it’s the Georgia native’s highest debut ever on the Hot Country Songs tally, making its initial appearance at #16.

Written about how the success of Sam’s breakthrough Montevallo album affected his fiancée Hannah Lee Fowler, “Drinkin’ Too Much” is making an even more impressive showing when it comes to digital sales. It moved 26,000 downloads in its first week, landing at #3 on the Country Digital Song Sales ranking — all without any …read more

Chase Rice Heads Back to the Bars, Previewing New Album at Pub Shows

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ABC/Image Group LA Chase Rice‘s new album likely won’t be out until summer, but he’s planning to give fans a preview during a series of “Pub Shows” in March.

Named for his backstage hang known as Pub 44, the concerts will be a throwback to the intimate dive bars where the “Ready Set Roll” hitmaker cut his teeth.

Expect to hear his current single, “Everybody We Know Does,” which is from Chase’s as-yet-untitled project.

Here are the initial dates on Chase Rice’s Pub Shows trek, with tickets on sale now:

3/23 — Rome, GA, Brewhouse Music & Grill
3/24 — Valdosta, GA, Bluewater Bar & …read more

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Wynonna Gets Back to Her Roots and Plans a Revival for 2017

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Curb RecordsWynonna is going back to her beginnings on her 2017 tour, launching the Roots & Revival trek with her band The Big Noise in March.

“My roots are firmly planted in country music,” Wy says. “But I was given wings, and I’m grateful that my fans have allowed me the freedom to sing the music that I love.”

Billed as “part nostalgia, part comedy, and all rich, soulful music,” the Roots & Revival Tour will take fans on a journey through Wynonna’s 33-year career. It’s set to run through late October.

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What the Hell: With One Show in the Books, Dierks Bentley Extends His Tour

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ABC/Todd WawrychukWith one show under his belt on the 2017 What the Hell Tour, Dierks Bentley has moved ahead with mapping out his summer. The “Black” hitmaker opened the trek Thursday night to a sold-out crowd in Dayton, Ohio, with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi opening, and has just added more dates.

“The show [Thursday] night — and even just being with Cole and Pardi hanging off stage the last few days — has me so pumped for the rest of this year,” Dierks says. “There’s not a cooler feeling in the world than the love that country music fans pour …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty-four years ago this week, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” from The Beverly Hillbillies topped Billboard‘s country chart. Can you recall who sang the classic TV theme? ANSWER: Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs.

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“Burning House” Hitmaker Cam Steps Onstage to Deliver Her First TED Talk

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ABC/Image Group LA Cam is certainly no stranger to standing on stages in front of large audiences, but Friday in Reno, Nevada, the “Burning House” hitmaker will do something she’s never done before. She’ll be a featured speaker at the University of Nevada’s annual TEDx conference.

While this is her first time giving a TED Talk, the California native has long been a fan of the short, inspirational speeches that typically focus on technology, entertainment or design.

“I just love how it’s a historic-type way of transmitting information,” Cam says, “but somehow it got rediscovered with YouTube, and now it’s like a …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Real-life Music City Mayor Megan Barry played herself in Thursday night’s episode of Nashville on CMT.

Rock icon John Mellencamp will release a new duet album titled Sad Clowns and Hillbillies this spring, recorded with Carlene Carter, the daughter of country legend June Carter Cash.

Dan + Shay love Ed Sheeran‘s new song “Shape of You” so much, they covered it in a social media post late Thursday.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Leap of Faith”

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes’ determination to walk again, coupled with her insistence on not taking her pain medication, threatened to push her relationship with Avery Barkley over the brink.

After a new therapy brought on flashbacks of the deadly plane crash that left her paralyzed, she traveled to the church near the site of the disaster, trying to make sense of her feelings. An angry confrontation with Avery left him wondering if he was really ready to spend his life with the headstrong Juliette, but in the end, the two were reunited in each other’s …read more

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Justin Moore Goes Neon for “Somebody Else Will”

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ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore‘s last music video may’ve been a comic spoof on classic westerns, but he’s taken an entirely different approach with the treatment for his new single, “Somebody Else Will.”

The Arkansas native is lit in shades of neon in the stylish video for the second release from his Kinda Don’t Care album. Shot at The Sutler just off 8th Avenue South in Nashville, the clip juxtaposes Justin’s performance against an electric night out between a motorbike-riding female and a firefighter.

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Old Dominion Books a Date with Ellen DeGeneres This Friday

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ABC/Image Group LA As we wait to see how Old Dominion will follow up their recent #1, “Song for Another Time,” the band has booked a date with Ellen DeGeneres.

We know the five prolific songwriters have been road-testing new material as far back as their summer stint on Kenny Chesney‘s tour. They’ve also hinted their new single is likely to be the lead release from their sophomore album.

You can catch Old Dominion on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Friday. Check you local listings for the exact time.

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