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Keith Urban joins next month’s Country Rising benefit, as it expands to help victims of Vegas tragedy

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The GreenRoomIn light of the recent tragedy in Las Vegas, next month’s Country Rising benefit in Nashville is expanding to donate money to shooting victims, as well as those affected by hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands.

Keith Urban will also join the lineup that already includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood.

Tickets for the November 12 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. CT, with pre-sales starting on Wednesday.

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Cheerleader or potential Female Vocalist of the Year? Why Kelsea Ballerini couldn’t do both

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, but if she’d become a cheerleader, that might not be the case.

“Failure is so important,” the “Legends” hitmakers says in the November issue of Health. “I feel like failure can reroute your life. It sounds silly, but in eighth grade I was one of two girls who didn’t make the cheerleading squad. And you know what? That was the year I picked up a guitar and wrote a song.”

“So failure is what keeps you on your path,” she continues. …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-two years ago this fall, Kenny Rogers released the song that would go on to become his signature tune. Can you name the Don Schlitz-penned hit that also inspired five TV movies? ANSWER: “The Gambler.”

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From the “town trollop” to Mother Goose: How Dolly Parton’s persona is reaching a whole new group of fans

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Sony Music Nashville/Dolly RecordsDolly Parton has never been shy about her larger-than-life personality or her unique fashion sense, even admitting her look was based on “the town trollop.” But now, with her first children’s album, I Believe In You, the superstar from East Tennessee says that same over-the-top image is what’s endearing her to a whole new group of fans.

“I have always said I look like a cartoon, cause I kinda do,” Dolly admits. “I just always liked just being over-exaggerated. And my voice is small… And I think kids kinda can relate to me, like a …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock New American Idol judge Lionel Richie has joined the all-star cast of Kenny Rogers‘ final concert October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Lionel wrote Kenny’s classic “Lady.”

Nineties hitmakers Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss are hitting the road on a new tour called Chicks with Hits. It kicks off October 19 in Clayton, North Carolina.

Toby Keith‘s The Bus Songs just clocked its fourth consecutive week at the top of Billboard‘s Comedy Albums chart.

If you missed Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charley Pride performing his classic, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” Thursday on ABC’s The View, you can now watch …read more

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“Every Little Thing” you need to know about Carly Pearce is out there now

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Big MachineCarly Pearce was once a teen from Kentucky who convinced her parents to let her quit school so she could chase her musical dreams and sing at Dollywood. Now, she’s a newcomer with a major-label deal, a top-ten hit, and a debut album that arrives on Friday.

“I really can’t believe it,” Carly admits. “Like, I can’t believe that I have an album out and that I made this dream that I had as a little girl to be a female that had the opportunity to maybe be somebody in country music and make a mark…just that that opportunity …read more

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Strong words & a strong resolve to carry on: Jason Aldean delivers cathartic Tulsa concert, his first since Las Vegas

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Jason Aldean performs in Tulsa, OK; ABC News RadioAs Jason Aldean took the stage Thursday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it could’ve been any other night on his They Don’t Know trek — until he sang his third song.

His impressive video intro rolled, and Aldean burst onstage to start the show with his current single that’s both the name of the tour and the title of his latest record. “They Don’t Know” led into “The Only Way I Know,” which segued into “Johnny Cash.” And then Jason took nearly five minutes to talk about …read more

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Lee Ann Womack brings “All the Trouble” to Megyn Kelly’s hour of “Today”

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ATO RecordsLee Ann Womack is counting down the days to the release of her latest album, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone on October 27.

On Friday, the 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year will play the project’s first single, “All the Trouble,” during Megyn Kelly‘s hour of Today. You can catch NBC’s morning talk show starting at 7 a.m.

Lee Ann’s also just released another track from the record, “Sunday,” which is available to stream or download now. You can check out the tune via an audio-only version on YouTube, and the …read more

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Lady A is building an “Army” video, and they need your help

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ABC/Image Group LA Lady Antebellum is partnering with National Geographic Channel to make a music video for the song “Army” — and they need your help.

The clip for the track from Heart Break is being produced in conjunction with National Geographic’s mini-series, The Long Road Home. It tells the story of the U.S. First Cavalry Division, which was ambushed in Iraq in 2004.

From now through November 7, the day the show premieres, you can post photos of the heroes in your life on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to be considered for inclusion in the video. Just add the hashtag #MyArmyContest …read more

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Coming soon to your living room: Five decades of memorable moments from the CMA Awards

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Time LifeFor the first time ever, you’ll soon be able to own the most memorable performances from five decades of the CMA Awards.

The Country Music Association is partnering with Time Life to offer a 10-DVD collection that includes 127 history-making appearances from country music’s most prestigious awards show. You should start seeing the infomercial for the set soon, with CMA Awards Live: Greatest Moments 1968-2015 arriving at retail early next year.

Included in the package are a who’s-who of country royalty, from legends like Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Barbara Mandrell, Buck Owens, and Kenny Rogers to modern-day …read more

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