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Miranda Lambert will be Livin’ Like Hippies with Jon Pardi this winter

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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert kicked off this week rehearsing for her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.

“Ya’ll… it does take ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ to get a show on the road,” she tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of the stage ready for her to perform her hit from 2013.

Earlier, she shared a Boomerang of her showing off a two-toned pink-fringed top she’ll wear onstage, that was designed by her friends Tiffany Gifford and Aubrey Hyde.

Jon Pardi joins Miranda for the Livin’ Like Hippies trek, which starts Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina.

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Watch now: Keith Urban teams up with the Fisk Jubilee Singers for “Female”

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ABC/Image Group LA You may’ve seen Keith Urban‘s year-ending musical tribute to the artists we lost in 2017, but there’s another performance from his New Year’s Eve set in Nashville you’ll want to check out.

The Australian superstar recently shared his December 31 version of his top-15 single, “Female,” with the world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers.

While you might assume Nashville gets its Music City nickname from its country roots, it’s the choir from Fisk University that’s actually to thank: Queen Victoria was so impressed by their performance on tour in the late 1800’s, she remarked the group must …read more

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Dierks Bentley stages a star-studded Sunday night sing-along to welcome Whiskey Row

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John Shearer for GettyAfter close to a year of preparation, Dierks Bentley‘s signature honky tonk is now open in downtown Nashville.

Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, LANCO, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae, Ryan Hurd and more all turned out Sunday night to welcome Dierks’ new bar to the Music City scene.

“It’s really a full-circle moment for me to be opening Whiskey Row on this street,” Dierks said. “When I first moved to Nashville, Broadway was my second home…”

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I Could Use a #1: Maren Morris marks a career first

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Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris marks the first #1 of her career this week — as both an artist and a songwriter — as “I Could Use a Love Song” ascends to the top the chart.

The third single from Maren’s Hero album is also up for Best Country Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out January 28 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It’s the fifth Grammy nod of her career; she won Best Country Song last year for her debut single, “My Church.”

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Country Cares for St. Jude: This genre saves lives — and the shirt does, too

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St. Jude Children’s Research HospitalIf you pay attention to social media, you’ve probably spotted your favorite country stars sporting “This Shirt Saves Lives” tees. This weekend, the new campaign came to life, as a who’s who of country artists descended on Memphis for the 29th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar.

On Friday, Russell Dickerson, Devin Dawson, Jordan Davis, Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann, Drake White, Trent Harmon, Danielle Bradbery, Ashley McBryde and Cam were just a few of the folks who took time to play Uno, Candyland, and Guitar Hero with patients, and also celebrate birthdays with cake, candles, and …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWillie Nelson recalls writing these three country classics during a road trip from Houston to Nashville. Can you guess which ones they were? ANSWER: “Crazy,” “Night Life,” and “Funny How Time Slips Away.”

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“This is the kind of place that changes you”: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital honors Brad Paisley

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ABC RadioIf you were lucky enough to be at the closing banquet for this year’s Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar Saturday night in Memphis, you got to experience an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime show, as Brad Paisley traded songs and stories with his hero and friend, Alabama‘s Randy Owen.

Paisley was honored with the 2018 “Angels Among Us” Award for his work to raise money for the hospital that aims to end childhood cancer.

“This is the kind of place that changes you,” Brad said as he accepted the honor. “It re-focuses what’s important in life immediately, the moment you walk through these …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tune in for Keith Urban‘s livestream event Wednesday on his Facebook page, starting at 7 p.m. CT.

Garth Brooks will play Thursday, February 1, during the 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird series of shows at Music City’s iconic singer/songwriter venue. Kent Blazy, Pat Alger, Victoria Shaw and Tony Arata will join him for the 9 p.m. CT set. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at BluebirdCafe.com. Proceeds go to Nashville’s Alive Hospice.

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Zac Brown Band falls Down the Rabbit Hole for new tour

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Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band will be heading Down the Rabbit Hole this summer.

Zac’s eighth North American headlining trek — titled Down the Rabbit Hole Live — kicks off June 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska and wraps with two stadium dates with the Eagles in September.

“Down the Rabbit Hole Live is a reference to the never-ending pursuit of excellence,” Zac says of the name. “This summer, we’ll bring the fans along that journey with us.”

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Here’s the itinerary for Down the Rabbit Hole Live:

6/8 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
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Newcomer Jordan Davis pours White Wine and Whiskey, as “Singles You Up” cracks the top 20

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MCA NashvilleWith his debut release “Singles You Up” making a place for itself in country’s top 20, Jordan Davis is getting ready to head out on his first headlining tour.

The trek will be called White Wine and Whiskey, and newcomer Jillian Jacqueline will open most of the shows. The dates kick off February 2 in West Peoria, Illinois, with stops in Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville on the itinerary.

Tickets are on sale now, with the latest information about dates and locations at JordanDavisOfficial.com.

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