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Garth Brooks recommends you take “This Ride” with Jerrod Niemann

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CurbAs Jerrod Niemann prepares to release his new single “I Got This,” from his latest album This Ride, he’s getting a pretty impressive shout-out from five-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks.

“This is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever got to run into, just a humble kid from Kansas,” Garth said recently on Facebook Live, while holding Jerrod’s album. “I would write with this guy every day. I think his well is infinite and I think he’s a great writer, great kid, great singer.”

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Kane Brown’s “What Ifs” are now a reality: Newcomer sets record with first number-ones

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RCAKane Brown not only has the biggest country album and song in America this week, he’s breaking records as well.

For the first time in history, Kane becomes the first artist to top all five Billboard country charts at the same time. His duet with Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs,” is #1 on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Songs rankings. The Deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album is #1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums tally as well.

On top of that, Kane Brown Deluxe arrives at #5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 ranking.

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Lady A’s Charles Kelley follows his “Compass” on a South African safari

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf things had gone as scheduled, Lady Antebellum would’ve kicked off their first tour of South Africa this past weekend. But even though the trio had to postpone the trip because Hillary Scott is pregnant with twins, Charles Kelley and his wife Cassie kept their plans to go on safari.

“That’s my tall brother from another mother,” the 6’6” Charles shared on Instagram, along with a video of an impressive giraffe. “#Twins,” he added. He also joked that he was singing Luke Bryan‘s “Kick the Dust Up,” as he posted a <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BaPFBEGnqLC/?taken-by=charleskelley" …read more

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“Dance with the One That Brought You”: Shania Twain set to guest judge, perform on “Dancing with the Stars”

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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain‘s already demonstrated she knows a thing or two about fancy footwork in a handful of her iconic music videos. Next week, she’ll share her knowledge as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.

The pop/country superstar will take her place at the judge’s table during movie night, as the celebrity contestants pay tribute to memorable dance moments from the silver screen, according to People.

Shania will also perform the track “Soldier,” which is featured in the film Thank You for Your Service. It’s also included on her new NOW album, which recently debuted …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis #1 hit from 1973 was also the title track of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn‘s third album of duets. Can you name this song, which mentions two Southern states? ANSWER: “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man.”

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On the wings of a Dove: Reba McEntire vies for Christian music’s equivalent of a Grammy, tonight in Nashville

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ABC/Image Group LA Reba McEntire has a shot at a career first: Tonight at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville’s Lipscomb University, the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer could win her very first Dove Award.

The Oklahoma native is up for both Album and Recorded Song of the Year in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots category at Christian music’s equivalent of the Grammys. Reba is nominated for the track “Back to God” from her Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope project.

“It’s wonderful,” she tells ABC Radio. “I was very honored to get nominated for the album and the song. It’s great to be accepted, no …read more

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Keith Urban surprises fans with an intimate, free show Monday night in Nashville

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ABC RadioKeith Urban kicked off an impromptu Monday night show at Nashville’s The Basement with a rocking version of Dave Edmund‘s 1970 classic “I Hear You Knocking.” Earlier in the day, the Australian superstar had hinted he was feeling like playing a surprise show, before tweeting out the details several hours later.

“I miss playing,” he told the capacity crowd at the intimate venue off 8th Avenue South. “We’re not touring right now. I miss gigging. So we called… and said, ‘Can we come and plug in?’ And they said, ‘Sure.’”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kacey Musgraves tied the knot with singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly this weekend in Tennessee. The two have been engaged since last Christmas Eve.

Look for Dolly Parton on The Chew on Tuesday. You can catch the show at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Garth Brooks has broken his previous record in Lincoln, Nebraska, selling nearly 67,000 tickets to his five shows that run October 20-22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Brad Paisley‘s new single from his Love and War album will be the track “Heaven South.”

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From standing ovations to embarrassing moments, Chris Young caps a decade of memories with Opry membership

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RCAJust days before the release of his new album, Losing Sleep, Chris Young marks a career milestone tonight in Nashville, as he’s officially inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

For the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, it’s the pinnacle of more than a decade of Opry memories.

“I think it was Jean Shephard one time that asked me to do… one more song,” Chris remembers, recalling the late Opry pioneer. “The Opry band had not played with me enough for me to know, off the top of my head… something that I was 100-percent certain that they were gonna know and …read more

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Dierks Bentley rocks the block in Austin, Texas Tuesday on “Good Morning America”

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ABC/Todd WawrychukIt’s never too early for a party, and Dierks Bentley aims to prove it Tuesday morning on Good Morning America!

The Arizona native starts the day by playing a show for the winner of GMA’s Summer Block Party contest, live from Austin, Texas. Dierks will kick things off starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday on ABC.

It’s an exciting week for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. On Friday, the film Only the Brave opens; it features the first song Dierks has ever written for a motion picture: the emotional track “Hold the Light.”

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