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Record-Setting Opry Member and Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard Passes Away at 82

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Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCountry Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard passed away Sunday morning in Nashville at the age of 82, after being placed in hospice care late last week.

The outspoken proponent of traditional country music celebrated 60 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry last November, as she stepped onto the legendary stage for the final time. She’s the only female ever to achieve six decades as part of the Opry lineup.

The Oklahoma native was discovered by fellow Hall of Famer Hank Thompson when she only 14, as she played bass and sang in an …read more

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Rascal Flatts Gives Fans “The Greatest Gift of All” This Christmas

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BMLGRascal Flatts‘ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”

In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder‘s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him‘s “A Strange Way …read more

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Carrie Underwood Wows Music City Crowd During Hometown Storyteller Stop

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Arista NashvilleNashville’s Bridgestone Arena may typically be the home turf of Predators’ captain Mike Fisher, but on Thursday night, it was his wife’s turn. Fifteen-thousand fans, including Kelsea Ballerini and Dan+Shay‘s Shay Mooney, all turned out to see Carrie Underwood‘s hometown stop on her Storyteller tour.

The impressive in-the-round moving stage, pyrotechnics, and wardrobe changes combined with Carrie’s stellar vocals and seemingly boundless energy to remind the Music City crowd the CMA host could very well walk away with the 2016 Entertainer of the Year trophy in November. Quiet moments like Carrie’s version of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” …read more

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William Michael Morgan and RaeLynn Keep NYC Country This Fall

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Warner Music NashvilleThe Circle in the City concert series will continue into the fall in New York City’s Bryant Park.

“I Met a Girl” hitmaker William Michael Morgan will play the October 3 show, while RaeLynn is sure to do her latest single, “Love Triangle,” during her October 4 set.

You can stream both shows live on the Grand Ole Opry’s Facebook page.

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Miranda Lambert on “Vice”: “The Inspiration Is Just the Truth”

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Image Credit: Becky FlukeWhile Miranda Lambert hasn’t explicitly discussed whether her new album addresses her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year does open up a bit in the latest edition of Nashville LGBT publication Unite.

As for the inspiration for her current top-15 hit “Vice,” Miranda gets straight to the point. “The inspiration is just, the truth,” she tells the magazine. “Being honest and owning your s***.”

She hints there’s more where that came from on The Weight of These Wings. “It definitely sets up …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Tim McGraw spent the first of five weeks atop the Billboard country chart with this song from his A Place in the Sun album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Something Like That.”

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“How Not To”: How Dan+Shay Are Mixing Things Up with Their New Single

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Warner Music NashvilleWith two number-ones in row under their belts, Dan+Shay admit it can be hard to decide which song to release to radio next. But Dan Smyers says the duo turned to some familiar allies to pick the follow-up to “Nothin’ Like You” and “From the Ground Up.”

“It’s tough man! We always listen to our fans. You know, our fans kinda named this album for us, the Obsessed album title. We always look on social media and we look out to the crowd to see what the fans are singing the loudest and getting the most fired …read more

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Why Michael Ray Is Ready to “Think a Little Less” on the Road This Fall

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Warner Music Nashville Having just wrapped the Good for a Good Time tour with Darius Rucker and Dan+Shay this summer, Michael Ray is now ready to strike out on his own this fall. He’ll kick off a headlining trek, named for his top-40 single “Think a Little Less,” on October 14 in Phoenix, Arizona.

“[I’m] so incredibly excited and grateful for my first official headlining tour,” Michael reflects. “Ten years of hard work has led me to this point. Lots of incredible music in store as well as a few surprises,” he promises.

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Joe to Go: How a Helicopter Helped Joe Nichols Surprise Garth Brooks Fans

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BBR Music Group Joe Nichols proved he’s a champion multi-tasker this past weekend in the Golden State, pulling double duty by headlining the California Beer Festival in Ventura and surprising two sold-out crowds in Anaheim by opening for Garth Brooks. The “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” hitmaker managed to avoid the traffic by jumping in a helicopter to expedite the 100-mile journey between venues.

All three crowds got to hear Joe’s new single, “Undone,” from his forthcoming, as-yet-unnamed new album.

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Live Nation Names LOCASH One of the Ones to Watch

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Reviver RecordsJust as they’re enjoying their second top-ten hit in a row, LOCASH is now officially one of the Ones to Watch. They’ll headline 17 dates on the Live Nation tour of the same name, starting November 17 in Louisville, Kentucky, and stretching into next April. Newcomers Ryan Follese and Michael Tyler will join them for select shows.

Preston Brust and Chris Lucas currently sit at number-eight on the country chart with “I Know Somebody,” the follow-up to “I Love This Life,” which peaked at number two in January.

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