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Image Courtesy Donn Jones/CMALady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley are bringing some of their songwriter friends along for two new installments of the public television series Front and Center next month. The first show will be available to public television stations starting Tuesday, October 14 with Dierks leading some of country’s top songwriters in an in-the-round performance of their biggest hits. That show also celebrates the 10th anniversary of the highly successful CMA Songwriters Series.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country star extended his CMA nominations record Wednesday with an 83rd nod? ANSWER: George Strait.

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John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks is kicking off his big tour tour with wife Trisha Yearwood Thursday night in Chicago, but before then, he’s got yet another big announcement to make.

“We’re going to change everything,” Garth teased on Thursday’s Good Morning America. “This is gonna be awesome. There’s a new window opening with digital music coming and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”

Garth wouldn’t give any specifics, saying all would be revealed at a press conference today at 1:00 p.m. Central time.

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban was dropping his kids off at school Wednesday morning when his phone started blowing up as a result of his four CMA nominations, including one for Entertainer of the Year.

“I was driving, so I couldn’t respond to any of the texts,” Keith says. “I must’ve gotten 15 texts in the space of about 15 seconds, and dropped our second girl at school and then got home and then sat in the garage calling everybody to thank them. It was amazing.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen and The Swon Brothers have been added as performers for the 8th Annual ACM Honors to be held Tuesday, September 9 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Brad Paisley‘s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with 52,000 copies sold. That’s enough for a #1 debut on Billboard‘s Country Albums tally.

Eric Church will perform his latest single, “Cold One,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, October 15.

Luke Bryan performs on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, September 10.

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Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks launches his World Tour Thursday night at the Allstate Arena near Chicago, and you better believe there will be tears on Garth’s face as he takes the stage. In fact, Garth already broke down crying rehearsing for his return to the concert trail.

“The first time I stepped on that stage, I lost it,” Garth says. “So I know in the real show, I’m going to lose it. And also, what I’m gonna do is, I’m gonna be so fired up that two songs in, my voice is gonna be …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleThe soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, features songs from Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, David Nail, Eli Young Band and Kip Moore.

Lady A sings the song “I Did with You,” which is featured in the film’s trailer. The Best of Me hits theaters October 17 starring James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan. We’ll keep you posted when the soundtrack’s release date is announced.

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Image Courtesy Jason Davis/CMTFlorida Georgia Line played a surprise show for a small crowd at Nashville’s Exit/In Tuesday night for CMT’s Instant Jam series. If you didn’t score one of the 350 wristbands handed out to get into the show, you can see it all when the concert airs on CMT Saturday, October 18.

The concert special features songs from FGL’s upcoming album, Anything Goes, including their latest hit, “Dirt.” Smash hits “Get Your Shine On,” “This Is How We Roll,” and “Cruise” round out the set list.

Anything Goes hits stores October 14.

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan may want to include guard rails into his stage design for 2015. The country star fell into the crowd for the third time this year over the weekend during a show in Indiana. Fortunately, Luke wasn’t hurt, and tweeted after the show, “Our stage is different in every amp[hitheater]. Little stage variations. Hell, I gotta just pay more attention.”

Luke had similar spills in February and May of this year.

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CMAFlorida Georgia Line could add another CMA Award for Vocal Duo of the Year to their collection when the trophies are handed out November 5. FGL won the Duo category as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” at last year’s show, and the duo’s Brian Kelley is still shocked to see those CMA Awards at his house in Nashville.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s very surreal, man. You just kinda look at it, pick it up. It’s heavy as it can be, man. It’s an incredible thing.”

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