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Why Brett Young owes the wedding song of 2017 to Trent Tomlinson’s mom

BMLGThis week, Brett Young lands the second top-10 of his career with “In Case You Didn’t Know.” And in case you didn’t know, the inspiration for the popular wedding song originally came from co-writer Trent Tomlinson‘s mother.

“He said his mom always used to stop him on his way out the door and say, ‘Hey Trent! In case you didn’t know, I love you,’” Brett recalls.

“I thought, ‘That’s so how men are,’” he goes on. “We assume that people know all the time. We forget that it’s as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockStarting in 1989, Clint Black managed to send five songs from his debut album, Killin’ Time, all the way to #1. Can you name the Texas native’s first chart-topper? ANSWER: “A Better Man.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson stars in the new film Pure Country: Pure Heart, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1.

Clint Black is extending his On Purpose tour this summer, adding more than a dozen dates that kick off August 13 in Newton, New Jersey.

John Berry begins taping a new half-hour TV show next month at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Billy Dean, Neal McCoy, Suzy Bogguss and Billy Ray Cyrus are just some of the stars set to guest on Songs and Stories with John Berry, which will debut in July on various cable outlets.

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The reason Sam Hunt wasn’t sure he should release “Body Like a Back Road”

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ABC/Mark LevineWhile we may not know many details about Sam Hunt‘s recent super-private wedding to Hannah Lee Fowler, there’s one thing we do know for sure: according to Billboard, the newlywed officially has the #1 country song in America with “Body Like a Back Road.” But when he was initially crafting the song, Sam admits he did have some reservations.

“I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying …read more

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You want it, you got it: George Strait cues up 60 #1’s for his return to Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait‘s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This …read more

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Four more reasons to say Welcome Home to Zac Brown Band

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ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 — Vancouver, BC
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Honky Tonk Nights on Broadway: Brad Paisley brings John Fogerty & Timbaland to Tootsie’s

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ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley took the stage at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Sunday night in downtown Nashville, celebrating the release of Love and War, along with many of the superstars who appear on his new album.

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty joined Brad for his ninety-minute-plus set, contributing his own hits, as well as the pair’s anthem of support for America’s veterans, which is the record’s title track. Country Music Hall-of-Famer Bill Anderson and hip-hop/R&B artist and super-producer Timbaland also stopped by to show off their contributions to Love and War.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJosh Turner sits at the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl,” but the South Carolina native’s most recent prior #1 came with this song from 2010. Can you name it? ANSWER: “All over Me.”

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“Red, Red Wine” at the “Bar at the End of the World”: Kenny Chesney plays tourist

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ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney isn’t just singing about a “Bar at the End of the World” these days, he’s looking for it as well.

The superstar from East Tennessee most recently engaged his wanderlust on an excursion to Europe.

“There’s a lot of places that I’m curious about,” Kenny says. “I love being a tourist. I went to Italy this past year and I loved it because I love to eat,” he laughs.

“I love red wine so it was a lot of fun. I grew up loving cheese, tomatoes,” the notorious fitness buff goes on. “All that’s in Italy. …read more

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“Hometown Girl”: Why Josh Turner’s new #1 is especially for his female fans — and the guys, too!

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returns to the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl.” While you might assume the South Carolina native is envisioning his wife Jennifer when he sings his hit, he says he’s actually thinking about his female fans, thanks to the song’s universal message.

“There might not be a girl out there who feels like they can relate to the whole song, but they can relate to bits and pieces of it…,” he tells ABC Radio. “I feel like they can relate to different lines or different verses in this …read more

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