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ABC/Byron CohenIf you’re thinking Little Big Town has done lots of dabbling outside country music lately — well, you’re right. The foursome teamed up with pop/R&B sensation Pharrell Williams for their admittedly non-country new album, Wanderlust, and they’ve popped up on ABC’s Greatest Hits performing mainstream hits like Oasis‘s “Wonderwall” and Alicia Keys‘ “Fallin’.”

But if you suspect the crossover success of “Girl Crush” has the CMA Vocal Group of the Year thinking they’d like to leave their home genre, the band defiantly says you’re dead wrong.

“We wouldn’t leave country music for nothin’!” Kimberly Schlapman asserts.

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ABC/Byron CohenIf you’ve been watching ABC’s Greatest Hits, you know when it comes to her new co-hosting gig with Arsenio Hall, Kelsea Ballerini has it down! But this Thursday night, she gets to return to her first love, performing a mashup that fits with this episode’s 2000-2005 theme.

“They wanted me to do something that kinda represented the stuff that I grew up singing and listening to so I’m doing a mashup of Shania Twain, who is queen in my, my musical world, Britney Spears was my first concert and Maroon 5, and a big blue sparkly bodysuit because why not?” …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks is set to play his first-ever full show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 8. The audience will be composed entirely of contest winners.

Charlie Daniels will be featured in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum titled Million Mile Reflections. It’s set to open September 23, in advance of Charlie’s October 16 induction into the Hall. The display will remain through March of next year.

Thompson Square and Cassadee Pope will join Martina McBride on the Texas and Colorado dates on The Sarah Cannon Tour to support the Band Against Cancer initiative.

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Courtesy BMLGNot only do Florida Georgia Line have a #1 country hit with “H.O.L.Y.,” the debut single from Dig Your Roots has also made it to #15 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart — and soon, they’ll have their own brand of whiskey too.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have spent the last year perfecting their product, and they’ve settled on a whiskey made in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Tyler tells Billboard they picked this particular distillery because it makes a smooth whiskey with notes of peach and pecan, flavors that are both native to their home states.

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Arista NashvilleWe’ll have to wait until the September 11 premiere of Sunday Night Football to see Carrie Underwood‘s new open for the number-one show in primetime, but NBC plans to give us a little preview during its upcoming Olympic coverage.

For her fourth year performing the theme song, Carrie is mixing things up. She’s crafted a new version of her 2014 hit with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad,” transforming it into “Oh, Sunday Night” for the show. A dozen NFL players join her in the new clip.

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Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard is lighting up “Cigarette” as the follow-up single to his top-15 hit, “It All Started with a Beer.” It happens to have been co-written by fellow performers Chris Stapleton and Kip Moore.

“’Cigarette’ is straight up and down just about lust,” Frankie says candidly, “and all you gotta do is listen to it to know what I’m talking about.”

You can check it out on YouTube, since “Cigarette” was part of the series of videos released in anticipation of Frankie’s new album, El Rio.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOriginally recorded in 1977 by Emmylou Harris on her Luxury Liner album, this Townes Van Zandt tune went on to be a #1 hit for Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard in 1983. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Pancho & Lefty.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brett Eldredge promises his popular Bed Head Jams will return to Snapchat on Wednesday. He’s had to take a little break because he’s been on vocal rest to prepare for five shows in a row.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Lee Ann Womack and Brothers Osborne will play the inaugural Outlaw Music Festival Sunday, September 18 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Jennifer Nettles and Jerrod Niemann will headline this year’s Beach Bash September 9 in Wayzata, Minnesota.

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BMLGWhen you listen to Florida Georgia Line‘s “H.O.L.Y.,” you’re not just hearing the duo’s eleventh career number one; both Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard agree– you’re experiencing a more grown-up version of the boys that broke out with “Cruise” in 2012.

“We’re at a good place in life and I think when the world heard about Florida Georgia Line, we were at the beginning of a lot of changes in our life, and we’re just that age,” Tyler reflects. “It’s bound to happen. We’ve met our wives. We’ve bought houses. We kinda went from boys to men,” he laughs. “Boyz II …read more

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Image credit: Becky FlukeThanks to Miranda Lambert, lots of country fans are picking up a new “Vice.” Seven days after its release, Miranda’s new single sits at number one on Billboard‘s Digital Country Songs tally, with 65,000 people downloading the tune in the three-and-a-half days before the chart closed for the week.

That’s enough to instantly make “Vice” a top-20 hit on the traditional airplay charts. It currently sits at number 18, making it the fastest-rising song of Miranda’s career. Previously, 2014’s ACM-and-CMA-winning Song of the Year “Automatic” held that record.

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