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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, Garth Brooks performed at an inaugural event for President Barack Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Can you recall the song he sang? ANSWER: “We Shall Be Free.”

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Shania Twain & Meghan Trainor: Making Their Marks on Both Country and Pop

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ABC/Image Group LA Later this year, Shania Twain is set to deliver her first new album since 2002’s Up!. When considering the talent that’s come along during her hiatus, it’s interesting to note that the Canadian superstar focuses on a Grammy winner who has a foot in both country and pop, just as she does.

“There’s a lot of really amazing young artists out right now. It’s tough. I think Meghan Trainor, you know, gets my vote certainly for being very unique and blazing her own path and style,” Shania says. “Stylistically she’s just in a league of her …read more

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Lady Antebellum Returns with New Single, New Tour and New Album on the Way

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Capitol NashvilleAfter taking a year off to pursue their solo endeavors, Lady Antebellum is back in a big way.

You can check out the trio’s new single, “You Look Good,” via the usual digital outlets or through a new lyric video that takes you behind-the-scenes as Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood record their sixth album. HEART BREAK is set to be released June 9.

“We knew right away that we had to name this album after a track that is a play on the word ‘heartbreak,’” Hillary says. ”It’s all about those personal …read more

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Blake Shelton Wins People’s Choice Awards for Best Album, Best Male Singer

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Sonja Flemming/CBSBlake Shelton had a good night last night. Not only did his If I’m Honest project win the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Album, he’s the first country artist ever to win that non-genre honor.

On top of that record-setting win, Blake also won his second consecutive People’s Choice Award for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Blake made sure during his acceptance speech to thank girlfriend and fellow The Voice coach Gwen Stefani, whom he called “the hottest date here tonight.” He also performed “Every Time I Hear That Song,” his forthcoming new single from If …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Big Machine Label Group will launch its own digital video platform in February at BigMachineTV.com. It’ll become the hub for video content from Big Machine artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and more.

The Bellamy Brothers crank up their 2017 World Tour January 20 in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, before continuing on to Singapore, Switzerland, Ireland and the Faroe Islands. Their U.S. dates start February 11 in Effingham, Illinois.

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Bobby Bare has signed a new record deal with HYPERMEDIA Nashville. He’s set …read more

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Dierks Bentley, Jon Pardi and C-O-A-L Swindell “Attack the Stage” on the What the Hell Tour Tonight

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ABC/Image Group LA Tonight in Dayton, Ohio, Dierks Bentley hits the stage for the first show on his What the Hell Tour with Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell.

Even though Dierks also appears on Cole’s new single, “Flatliner,” he admits their entire relationship is based on a misunderstanding.

“I’ve known Cole for a long time,” he recalls. “He’s still in my phone as C-O-A-L, Coal. And then it says, ‘Luke Bryan,’ because he was Luke’s guy, you know. He was selling T-shirts for Luke. I just thought his name was Coal, like a piece of rock. I haven’t changed it, because I …read more

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Kix Brooks and Crystal Gayle Sign Up for “The Big Interview” with Dan Rather

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ABC/Image Group LARespected newsman Dan Rather continues to prove he’s a true country music fan, as the fifth season of his show The Big Interview kicks off next month on AXS TV.

Kix Brooks and Crystal Gayle will both be featured in the upcoming 18 episodes, along with Sheryl Crow and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons. The new shows start February 14 at 8 p.m. ET with Kid Rock.

In the past, Dan has interviewed Crystal’s sister, Loretta Lynn, as well as Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride and the late Merle Haggard, just to name a few.

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With a New Album and New Tour in the Works, Chris Janson Heads for NYC to Do “Today”

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Janson won’t reveal his tour plans for 2017 until later this month, but until then, there’s one place you’ll definitely be able to catch him.

The “Holdin’ Her” hitmaker will perform his latest top-25 country hit Monday on the Today show. You can check out NBC’s morning talkfest starting at 7 a.m.

Meanwhile, Chris is also busy in the studio working on his follow-up to his debut album, Buy Me a Boat, which boasts the #1 single of the same name.

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Chris Lane Crosses an Appearance on “The Bachelor” off His Bucket List

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ABC/George BurnsChris Lane scored his first #1 in 2016 with “Fix,” and next Monday, he’ll make another dream come true.

“It’s no secret one of my favorite shows is The Bachelor/Bachelorette… so this was definitely a bucket list opportunity that I could never pass up,” the North Carolina native says. “The crew, Nick and his date were a lot of fun to work with and the sold-out crowd was amazing. Definitely a highlight of the year!”

Chris will sing his latest single, “For Her,” as part of Bachelor Nick Viall‘s one-on-one date with an as-yet-unknown female.

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George Strait and Brad Paisley Team Up to Honor Olympian Scott Hamilton

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ABC/Image Group LABoth George Strait and Brad Paisley will tune up their guitars for the 9th Annual Nashville Honors Gala February 27, held at the Omni in Music City.

Sponsored by the T.J. Martell Foundation, the event raises money for research to cure leukemia, cancer and AIDS. So far, it’s contributed more than $4 million to the cause since its beginning in 2009.

Olympic skater Scott Hamilton is just one of this year’s honorees, with more musical talent to be announced as the date approaches.

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