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Jason Aldean, Lady A, Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson add to the action at ACM Honors

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ABC/Image Group LA You can add Chris Stapleton and Alan Jackson to the list of superstars you’ll see on the 11th Annual ACM Honors when the two-hour special airs next month on CBS.

Chris and Alan join already-announced performers Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott, George Strait, Vince Gill and Toby Keith. Kelsea, Toby and King George are among the evening’s honorees as well.

Two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum have also been added as presenters to the show, which tapes next Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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Which one is “Unforgettable?” Thomas Rhett to help pick the next Miss America

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ABC/Mark LevineWith two new daughters, a major tour, and his next album on the way, Thomas Rhett is adding one more thing to his already busy schedule: he’ll be one of the celebrity judges at this year’s Miss America competition.

TR will find himself evaluating contestants’ lifestyle and fitness, evening wear, talent, interview skills and on-stage questions the very same weekend his third record comes out. Life Changes is due September 8, just days before the September 10 pageant.

In the past, Thomas Rhett’s pals Brett Eldredge and Cole Swindell have both served on the panel. This year, American Idol winner …read more

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Look for Luke Bryan’s next “Move,” coming August 23

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteIt seems likely we could hear new music from Luke Bryan as early as next Wednesday.

Ads in the country music trades this week feature a new picture of a rather serious-looking Luke, along with the caption, “Luke Bryan August 23rd,” which is next Wednesday’s date.

The four-time Entertainer of the Year hasn’t had a current country single since “Fast” topped the chart in April.

During CMA Music Festival in June, Luke told reporters he was likely half-finished with the follow-up to Kill the Lights, which featured a record-breaking six number-ones. Last week at the event announcing his own album, Dustin …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch is currently nearing the top of the chart with “Small Town Boy,” but in 1986, another artist went all the way to #1 with “Small Town Girl.” Can you name him? ANSWER: Steve Wariner.

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On “Tonight Show,” Shania Twain announces 2018 tour

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCShania Twain was Jimmy Fallon‘s musical guest on Wednesday’s Tonight Show, and used the appearance to officially announce her upcoming tour, kicking off in 2018.

Fallon made the announcement during his introduction of her performance of “Swinging with My Eyes Closed,” the latest single from her upcoming album, Now — her first in 15 years. Tickets go on sale August 25.

Shania also shared the news on Twitter, along with information on how to order pre-sale tickets.

Now will be available on August 29.

Here are Shania’s 2018 dates according to Ticketmaster:

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Brothers Osborne play the blame game with “It Ain’t My Fault”

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ABC/Brett OronzioBrothers Osborne‘s latest hit, “It Ain’t My Fault,” was born with a guitar lick and a beat on the drums.

“We just had this riff,” TJ Osborne remembers, “and John had this drum groove, and it started happening pretty organically, pretty naturally and pretty quick. We knew we were onto something really fun, and kind of a fresh idea, of just blaming things on one another, which is something we’re all very familiar with,” he says wryly.

Once TJ and John combined their blame-shifting ideology with a clip featuring armed robbers wearing presidential masks, the song seemed to really take off.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Jo Walker-Meador passed away Tuesday night in Nashville after a stroke. The 93-year-old began her career as the first paid employee of the Country Music Association: she was the office manager. She went on to become CMA’s longest-serving Executive Director.

Florida Georgia Line‘s FGL House will host a Sungaze Rooftop Eclipse Party starting at 11 a.m. CT Monday in Nashville. Admission will be free, as will glasses to take in the eclipse. You’ll also be able to order a special “Get Your Shine On” cocktail from the bar.

Former Hot Chelle Rae frontman Ryan Follese surprised his fans …read more

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“Woman Walk the Line”: Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash and more write about the female singers who changed their lives

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University of Texas PressIt may be harder than ever to find female voices on country radio, but there’s no shortage of feminine viewpoints in a new collection of country music essays.

In Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, Taylor Swift considers the impact of her fellow trailblazer, Brenda Lee, while Rosanne Cash writes about the country icon who was also her stepmother, June Carter Cash.

Though the 27-story collection won’t be out until fall, it already counts Reba McEntire as a fan.

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Watch now: Luke Combs reunites his high school bros for “When It Rains It Pours” video

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River House Artists/Columbia Nashville“Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs now has some video skills to add to his resume.

The North Carolina native co-wrote the treatment for his new music video, which he shot over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina.

“Every night on tour when we start playing ‘When It Rains It Pours,’” Luke explains, “you can feel the fans kick it up a notch. It’s just a fun song and I always think ‘Damn, I kinda wanna be this guy in the song. He’s got it figured out.’ So for the video, I convinced my buddies to meet me in …read more

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Cole Swindell clocks a million-seller, on the heels of his latest #1

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ABC/Randy HolmesAs if having seven #1 singles in a row isn’t quite enough, Cole Swindell‘s getting a little extra icing on the cake.

In addition to “Flatliner” topping the chart this week and setting a record on the Mediabase tally, Cole’s previous #1, “Middle of a Memory,” has just passed the million-seller mark, according to the RIAA. That makes it the fifth platinum single of his career.

“Middle of a Memory,” “You Should Be Here,” “Chillin’ It,” Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” have all passed the million-selling milestone, while “Let Me See Ya Girl” has been certified …read more

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