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Chris Stapleton books a trip to “Detroit City” with Hall-of-Famer Bobby Bare

Photo Courtesy of Webster PRChris Stapleton duets with Bobby Bare on a new version of the Country Music Hall-of-Famer’s signature hit, “Detroit City.” Their collaboration will be included on Bare’s new studio album, Things Change, which comes out May 26.

The song, which is alternately known as “I Wanna Go Home,” was co-written by fellow Hall of Famer Mel Tillis. It became Bare’s first top-ten hit in 1963 and went on to win the Grammy for Best Country/Western Recording the next year.

Stapleton’s as-yet-untitled sophomore album is set to come out May 5, several weeks before his “Detroit City” duet …read more

Waxing, oiling, and stuffing: Dierks Bentley accuses Luke Bryan of being a dressing room diva

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedOn Wednesday, ACM hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley cranked up the promotion machine as they counted down to Sunday night’s telecast.

Despite an early wake-up call for an appearance on CBS This Morning, both of the singers’ funny bones were still much intact as they met with reporters later on. Dierks took the first shot, accusing Luke of taking too long to get ready.

“I just woke up this morning looking like this. It’s just how I roll out of bed,” said Dierks, who was wearing jeans and …read more

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Lauren Alaina, Dan+Shay and Chris Stapleton help Rascal Flatts take it “Back to Us”

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BMLGRascal Flatts may have taken a back-to-basics approach to their tenth studio album, producing and co-writing much of it themselves, but the trio included plenty of their friends in the effort as well.

Lauren Alaina contributes vocals to “Are You Happy Now,” one of the tunes crafted by Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, while Dan + Shay offer their songwriting chops on “Hopin’ You Were Lookin’.”

Shay Mooney also picks up a credit without his musical partner Dan Smyers on “Love What You’ve Done with the Place.” Shay, of course, had a hand in writing Flatts’ big 2016 hit, …read more

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Eric Paslay picks up a hammer for Habitat’s new “Home Is the Key” campaign

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ABC/Image Group LAEric Paslay will be the new face of Habitat for Humanity’s “Home Is the Key” campaign, which launches all across the USA next month. It’s a perfect fit for the avid woodworker, who’s participated in multiple Habitat builds in the past.

“The thing I love the most about country music is it has to do with the soul and family, going back to the good things that built you,” Eric says. “I think everything that Habitat for Humanity is about is helping others…understanding the values of not just having a house, but building a home and coming together as …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock This frequent CMA Awards host took home the Academy of Country Music’s Male Vocalist trophy every year between 2006 and 2010. Can you name this West Virginia native? ANSWER: Brad Paisley.

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Marty Robbins, The Eagles and “I’ll Fly Away” added to National Recording Registry

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Sony LegacyMarty Robbins‘ pivotal 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, is one of only 25 recordings chosen to be preserved as part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress this year.

Recorded entirely in one eight-hour session on April 7, 1959, the Grammy-winning LP includes the Country Music Hall of Famer’s self-penned signature song, “El Paso.”

The registry chooses recordings each year based on their “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.

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Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion join an ACM lineup full of superstar collaborations and performances

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedBrett Eldredge and Old Dominion are the latest additions to an ACM lineup that’ll leave you wondering how they can possibly squeeze this many performances into only three hours.

Sunday night’s show will also bring an unprecedented number of superstar collaborations and firsts. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new single, “Speak to a Girl” for the first time, while Thomas Rhett will debut his new release that features Maren Morris, called “Craving You.” Florida Georgia Line teams up with Backstreet Boys for a medley that’s likely to include …read more

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You never know what you’re gonna get: How Brad Paisley’s superstar collaborations paved an unpredictable path for “Love and War”

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ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley jokes that making his new album, Love and War, was a lot like “going through the maze to find the cheese.”

“I didn’t have necessarily the clearest vision of what I was going to wind up with,” he admits. “I just knew I wanted to go sort of down this path.”

That path involved collaborating with many of the legends who’ve influenced him, namely Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, as well as producer/rapper Timbaland.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock UMG Nashville will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Deana Carter‘s breakthrough album Did I Shave My Legs for This? by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time. The LP will be available March 31.

Watch for Zac Brown Band Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Hank Williams Jr. will co-headline a handful of shows this summer with Lynyrd Skynyrd as part of his 2017 tour.

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Why Keith Urban and Justin Moore will be right in the middle of March Madness

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ABC/Image Group LA As the Final Four teams get ready to square off this weekend, two of country’s biggest stars will be right in the middle of the action.

Keith Urban and Justin Moore are set to play the NCAA March Madness Music Festival Friday in Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona ahead of Saturday’s big games. They both take the stage as part of the AT&T Block Party, which you can stream starting at 10 p.m. ET at ATT.net/ATTBlockParty.

The next day, South Carolina takes on Gonzaga just after 6 p.m. ET at University of Phoenix …read more

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