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Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Dead at Age 86

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Grand Ole OpryGrand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman died Saturday night in Nashville following a brief illness. He was 86 years old and is survived by his wife, Mae. Newman became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1956 and was well known for his mix of Cajun and country music. The Louisiana native’s biggest hits include “A Fallen Star,” “Cry, Cry Darling” and “Alligator Man.” He is a member of the Cajun Hall of Fame, the Cajun Music Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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Luke Bryan Sets Country Record for Sold Tickets at Pittsburgh Venue

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan‘s first headlining show at an NFL stadium this past weekend was a record-breaker.

Luke’s show Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh set a record for sold tickets at the venue. More than 50,000 fans attended the show, which featured special guest Dierks Bentley and Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour openers Cole Swindell and Lee Brice.

Shortly after the concert wrapped, Luke declared, “Just had the most unbelievable night of my life.”

On Sunday, he tweeted, “I’m still amazed by last night. Whew. So awesome. Thank y’all.”

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Nashville Notes

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Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town‘s new video for “Day Drinking” premieres Wednesday on People.com.

Zac Brown Band has added rising singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson to select dates of their Great American Road Trip tour this summer.

Tracy Lawrence will perform at Craig Morgan‘s 8th Annual Charity Event July 20 in Dickson, Tennessee.

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Brad Paisley Treats His Opening Acts to a Midnight Screening of “Godzilla”

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Photo Credit: Ben EnosThere are a lot of perks to being an opening act on a Brad Paisley tour, like good catering, great crowds and even free movies. On Friday, newcomer Leah Turner posted an Instagram photo of herself sitting in an Indianapolis movie theater with tour mates Brad, Randy Houser, Charlie Worsham and DJ Silver with the caption, “Midnight movie last night!”

It turns out Brad rented out the entire theater to treat his supporting acts to a screening of Godzilla. Leah said of Brad, “So NICE.”

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Miranda Lambert Expanding Her Oklahoma Empire with New Bed & Breakfast

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has revitalized her hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma, with her boutique, The Pink Pistol, bringing in thousands of tourists every year. Now she’s expanding her small-town empire with the Ladysmith Bed & Breakfast opening later this year. Miranda’s new venture is located right across the street from her boutique.

She says, “It’s built in 1901, so it’s been over a year of renovations. It is a bed and breakfast, but it’s also an events center. So, you can rent it for weddings and showers and private parties — all kinds …read more

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Little Big Town Had a “Sixth Sense” About Latest Single, “Day Drinking”

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ABCLittle Big Town kicked off the recording sessions for their upcoming album laying down the lead single, “Day Drinking.” In an effort to capture a live party vibe, the band recorded their vocals as the band played the song in the studio.

LBT’s Phillip Sweet tells Billboard, “We had some sound partitions, but we were all experiencing it in the same room.”

While Little Big Town is excited for fans to hear the rest of their new music, they knew all along “Day Drinking” would be the lead single.

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Luke Bryan Achieves NFL Stadium Headliner Status Saturday Night in Pittsburgh

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan plays his first headlining show at an NFL stadium Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Only a few country artists — like Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, George Strait and Taylor Swift — have reached the status of stadium headliner, and Luke is taking time to savor this milestone.

He tells ABC News Radio, “Being able to go play stadiums and sell out stadiums is the pinnacle of my dreams in this business, and I’m super-honored that the fans showed up and bought the tickets, and I’m going to put every fabric …read more

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Kenny Chesney Encourages Repeated Listens to “American Kids” to Uncover the Lyrical Details

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Photo Credit: Allister AnnKenny Chesney‘s new single, “American Kids,” may have an infectious groove and a catchy hook, but Kenny encourages fans to listen to the lyrics to uncover the song’s deeper meaning.

He says, “Just because it makes you smile, that doesn’t mean a song can’t say something! To me, it’s the songs that feel so good that really bring home a message.”

Kenny adds, “It’s every single detail of being young, growing up, remembering when, laughing about how, but especially knowing you can still do all those things!”

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Kelly Clarkson Reveals First Photo of New Daughter River Rose

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Justin Lubin/NBCKelly Clarkson‘s baby girl, River Rose Blackstock, made her debut via Instagram Friday. The shot shows the tiny baby sleeping peacefully in a red carriage wearing white flower headband.

Kelly’s caption reads, “Here is our beautiful baby girl River Rose; 6lbs 6oz, 18 inches, and the greatest thing on the planet.”

Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, welcomed River Rose on June 12. It’s Kelly’s first child, while Brandon has two children from a previous marriage.

The singer also posted a tweet thanking the studio that photographed River Rose. It’s the same studio that took the <a target=_blank rel="nofollow" …read more

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Luke Bryan Hits the Beach for Sun-Soaked “Roller Coaster” Video

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Photo Credit: A.J. NesteLuke Bryan filmed his latest video, “Roller Coaster,” while in Panama City Beach, FL for his annual Spring Break concerts earlier this year. The clip was directed by Luke’s LBTV videographer Michael Monaco, who has worked with Luke for four years now.

“In my opinion, he did such an amazing job visually capturing these lyrics,” Luke says of Michael. “Also, anytime I can stand on a beach and film a video is a good day!”

The “Roller Coaster” video is now posted exclusively at People.com. It’s the latest single from …read more

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