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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockA new CMT Inside Fame profiling Big & Rich premieres this Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.

Sam Hunt is following up his debut hit, “Leave the Night On,” with the new single, “Take Your Time.” Both songs are included on his just-released debut album, Montevallo.

Jerrod Niemann‘s Wednesday night show in Indianapolis will stream live on Yahoo! at 10 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Sony/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ first, brand-new studio album in 13 years is out now. Man Against Machine finds Garth revisiting some familiar musical territory for his longtime fans.

“It’s a Garth record, which means we have everything,” he says. “We have everything from cowboy songs, we have everything to waltzes to things that people have never heard in country music before. That’s kind of what we do. We just follow our hearts.”

While Garth didn’t write many of the songs on Man Against Machine, he thinks this material holds up to his classic material.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is back to rocking out on his brand-new single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” the follow-up to his sexy hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” Both songs are included on Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Says Jason, “This is a great follow-up to ‘Burnin’ It Down’ because it’s probably more familiar to those fans who love that bigger rock guitar sound we do a lot. This will be a fun one to put in the set list.”

Jason will fire up his Burn It Down tour again in February 2015.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe will join John Oates of Hall & Oates for a fundraiser in Nashville coming up Monday, January 26. The concert at City Winery celebrates the release of John’s new DVD, Another Good Road. Proceeds from the event go to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Tickets are available now at CityWinery.com.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has announced five stadium dates on The Big Revival Tour featuring Eric Church. They two superstars last toured together in 2013, and Kenny can’t wait to team up with Eric again starting in May.

Kenny says of Eric, “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

Kenny also has stadium dates lined up with Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert for 2015. Check out KennyChesney.com for …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is heading out on the Lipstick Graffiti Tour starting January 29, 2015 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The trek will continue through mid-April with stops in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York City. Newcomers Native Run and Michael Ray will open the shows.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Go to SamHunt.com for more details.

Here are Sam’s 2015 tour dates:

1/29 — West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
1/30 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
2/5 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
2/7 — Jackson, MS, Hal & Mal’s
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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Florida Georgia Line member hails from Ormond Beach, Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is hitting the high seas on a cruise this week with their fans. The This Is How We Cruise outing will feature multiple concerts from FGL and a few of their fellow country stars. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio they plan to meet every fan on the cruise in person.

He says, “We’ll get to shake hands and take a picture with pretty much everybody, and that’ll be incredible. But I think we got a little place we can slip off to and kind of …read more

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Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has an adorable baby, and she’s not afraid to share that fact with the world.

On Friday, she tweeted a new photo of her daughter, River Rose, wearing a bib and a pink knitted cap with fuzzy animal ears on top.

Kelly wrote, “Seriously, I want to squeeze her little cute face off!”

Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, welcomed River Rose in June.

Seriously, I want to squeeze her little cute face off! pic.twitter.com/6SdqMKZO7O

— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) November 7, 2014

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Captiol NashvilleEric Church and his wife, Katherine, are getting closer to welcoming a second child into their family. So, far Katherine’s pregnancy seems to be going smoothly.

“We’re approaching the third [trimester] now,” Eric says. “The second one was great. You know, the third gets more interesting. I think she’s getting close to ready to get it on over with and done.”

Eric has Katherine and their son, Boone, on the road with him on The Outsiders World Tour.

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