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It’s just opening day, but Thomas Rhett’s already knocking it out of the park on his Home Team Tour

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ABC/Image Group LAToday marks a major milestone in Thomas Rhett‘s career, as he launches his very first headlining tour.

Touted as one of Rolling Stone‘s most anticipated tours of the year, the 2017 Home Team Tour has sold out multiple cities prior to its official kick-off tonight. But the real highlight for Rhett will be on April 21 as he plays the first of two shows in Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNeal McCoy will kick off this summer’s 41st annual Jamboree in the Hills music festival in Belmont County, Ohio July 12 with a free concert. Other headliners for the four days of concerts include Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young.

Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston, the albums that helped make Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell a household name, will be reissued on vinyl March 24. The three titles, which were released in ’67, ’68 and ’69, respectively, will also be housed in replicas …read more

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Taylor Swift scores a new #1 Hit…on the country chart

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Jason Merritt/LP5/Getty Images for TASTaylor Swift‘s been out of the country music game for a while, but she’s still got the magic touch when it comes to penning country hits.

Better Man,” a song written by Taylor and recorded by Little Big Town, has just reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. “Thanks to Taylor Swift for sending us this beautiful song,” the group’s Karen Fairchild tells Billboard.

The last 12 months have seen many pop stars crossing over to the country charts, either as performers or writers. Meghan Trainor co-wrote the hit “Rewind” …read more

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Dan + Shay had one big dream come true at recent Ryman Auditorium show

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Warner Music NashvilleThe pews of the Mother Church weren’t used much on Tuesday night as Dan + Shay kept the crowd on their feet during the duo’s sold-out show at Nashville’s most iconic music venue, the Ryman Auditorium.

“This is just the best night of my entire life,” Shay Mooney told screaming fans.

The concert, a stop on their spring Obsessed Tour, was the ultimate pinch-me moment for the pair who moved to Nashville five years ago to chase their musical obsession. Dan + Shay’s current single “How Not To” has just entered the top 30.

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Cole Swindell brought in as Brand Ambassador for Diamond Resorts

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ABC/Image Group LAPlatinum-selling Cole Swindell is bringing a bit of that bling to Diamond Resorts International: he’s the latest artist to sign on as a Brand Ambassador for the hospitality and vacation ownership company.

The celebrity Brand Ambassadors are meant to provide guests of the resorts with unique and memorable vacation experiences.

As part of the deal, Cole will be a featured artist during the 2017 Diamond Resorts Concert Series, and his concerts across North America in 2017 will include opportunities for members to secure premium seating and private meet-and-greet experiences.

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Miranda Lambert raises funds to encourage aspiring female songwriters

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ABC/Image Group LAYou can now apply for Miranda Lambert‘s 2017-2018 Women Creators Scholarship at Nashville’s Belmont University. Miranda created the program last year to help a female student majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry at Belmont’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Miranda raised the money for this year’s scholarship by turning the rehearsal for her Highway Vagabond Tour at Joe’s Bar in Chicago into a fundraiser.

If you’re interested, you’ll need to complete an online application and submit an original song. Miranda herself will choose the winner.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Tanya Tucker‘s first #1 on the country chart? ANSWER: 1973’s “What’s Your Mama’s Name.”

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Smooth cruisin’: Florida Georgia Line touring with Nelly this summer

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Courtesy of BMLG RecordsRemember when Florida Georgia Line did that remix of “Cruise” with rapper Nelly and it was a massive hit? Now the two musical acts are teaming up for a big summer tour…and bringing Chris Lane along for good measure.

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly have already performed together at a variety of concerts and award shows, but this trek, dubbed The Smooth Tour, will truly be a “genre-busting” experience, according to the announcement.

“It’s good to be back out on tour with some of our best friends, Nelly and Chris Lane,” Brian Kelley says …read more

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How Blake Shelton’s late brother Richie inspired his musical journey

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David LaChapelle/NBCAs the platinum-selling, award-winning star of The Voice, Blake Shelton is in a prominent spot to influence scores of up-and-coming musicians. But when the Oklahoma hitmaker was growing up, he recalls he found his greatest mentor at home.

“My biggest musical influence I guess was probably my brother growing up,” Blake reminisces about his older brother, Richie. “He wasn’t a singer or a musician or anything. He was just a guy that just loved music and from the time I can remember, he was in his bedroom listening to whatever record he was into at …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean, Eric Church and Sam Hunt will headline the 4th Annual Route 91 Harvest Festival September 29-October 1 at Nevada’s Las Vegas Village. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Best-known for the original version of “Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show is the newest artist signed to Columbia Records Nashville. The band crafted the eventual Darius Rucker hit out of an unfinished Bob Dylan tune. Their first Columbia release will be the live 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, which celebrates Dylan’s iconic album record partially in Music City. It’ll be out April 28.

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