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Zac Brown Band Adds New Member in Time for Upcoming Summer Tour

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CMAZac Brown Band has added an eighth member just in time for their Great American Road Trip starting next month. Matt Mangano has joined the group on bass, leaving bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins free to play other instruments. Matt previously toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and is also featured on Zac Brown Band’s latest album, Uncaged. He appears on their live DVD, Pass the Jar, too.

Zac Brown Band’s upcoming tour includes two sold-out shows at Boston’s Fenway Park June 27 and 28. Kacey Musgraves will join the trek May 29 through June 1, too.

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Keith Urban’s “American Idol” Dressing Room Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

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FOXKeith Urban isn’t exactly living the good life on the American Idol set this season.

In the hilarious first installment of the new Idol Chatter video series, Keith reveals he’s making do with a small U-Haul trailer in the parking lot as his American Idol dressing room. The cramped quarters are located next to fellow Idol stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Harry Connick Jr.‘s luxury trailers. Keith’s U-Haul is decked out with a folding chair, a banana, a guitar, and a hanging rack for his signature t-shirts.

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Justin Moore Just Says No to Talking Politics in Public

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Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is an open book on most topics, but you won’t find him speaking out on politics. It’s not that Justin isn’t interested in what’s going on in Washington, D.C.

He says, “I think the older you get and the more responsibility you have, and in particular, the more responsibility you have for your kids and your family, I think you get into it a little more. I like to keep up with what’s goin’ on. I like to be informed.”

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Randy Houser Explains His “Slightly Creepy” Love Song, “Goodnight Kiss”

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Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser continues his string of romantic hits with “Goodnight Kiss,” but he admits this one is more forward than his recent #1 hits, “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “How Country Feels.”

“Yeah, we’re definitely taking things probably, slightly creepy fast in that song,” Randy tells ABC News Radio. “We just wrote it about thinking about that nervous energy whenever you’re trying to build up the courage to get your first kiss on a date or waiting ’til the end of the night for the good stuff.”

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“Nashville” Tour Sells Out Three Shows, Adds Philadelphia Date

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ABCThe Nashville concert tour is a big hit. Tickets for the trek’s stops in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. sold out within minutes of going on sale earlier this month. Now, the cast of the ABC TV hit has added another concert date: Monday, May 5 at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia.

Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will perform at all concerts. Will Chase joins them for the May 6 show in Manhattan.

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Taylor Swift Crashes Super-Fan’s Bridal Shower

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Gena Gabrielle via InstagramTaylor Swift was full of big surprises this past weekend. After showing up unannounced during Seth Rogen‘s Saturday Night Live monologue Saturday night, Taylor flew to Columbus, Ohio to surprise one of her big fans, Gena Gabrielle, at her bridal shower on Sunday. Gena documented the entire event on Instagram.

Of course, Taylor didn’t show up empty-handed. She gave Gena a KitchenAid mixer, along with a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies. Gena revealed those were the same cookies Taylor baked with her pal, Olympian Gracie Gold, last week.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bid Farewell to Las Vegas Residency

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VenetianTim McGraw and Faith Hill closed out their Soul2Soul residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas Saturday night, and Faith took to Twitter to mark the occasion.

“We would like to thank the incredible staff & crew at The Venetian for their hard work and hospitality during both runs of #soul2soul,” Faith posted, She also thanked the fans who came out to see the shows: “It was a thrill getting to perform for you all on that stage.”

Faith is featured on Tim’s new single, “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” That song is included on Tim’s upcoming album, …read more

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George Jones’s Widow to Mark One-Year Anniversary of His Death with Nashville Ceremony

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Webster PRGeorge Jones‘ widow, Nancy Jones, will mark the one-year anniversary of her husband’s death with a public celebration April 26 at his grave in Nashville. She’ll plant two dogwood trees at Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” monument.

Nancy says, “I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive.”

The event starts at 1 p.m. CT at Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Thompson Square Share Stories from Their World Tour Entertaining the Troops

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Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square‘s Keifer and Shawna Thompson recently returned from a world tour entertaining U.S. troops stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii. While they were thrilled to make the trip, the couple didn’t expect to be so overwhelmed at the gratitude coming from the troops and their families.

Shawna tells ABC News Radio, “There were so many people that came through the meet and greet, wives that their husbands were deployed that were like, ‘Oh, my God. Thank you so much for coming because this reminds me of home, and I’m so …read more

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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Welcomes Country Stars Into Her Own Kitchen on “Kimberly’s Simply Southern”

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Photo Credit: Becky FlukeLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman doesn’t have to leave her house to tape her Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern, this season.

Thanks to the money from LBT’s big hit “Pontoon,” Kimberly was able to renovate the kitchen in her Nashville-area home to make it perfect for filming the show. Her husband, Stephen, designed the kitchen with some input from the cooking show’s producer.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, “We brought in the producer of the cooking show just to say, ‘If you had your druthers, where would you like for …read more

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