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Maren Morris expands “Hero” as she prepares to headline the UK and Ireland

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s new music on the way this week from breakout country star Maren Morris.

The Texas native will release a digital-only expanded edition of her debut album Hero this Friday, complete with three songs that were not included when the record came out last June. Hero Deluxe adds “Company You Keep,” which was previously available on Maren’s self-titled EP, as well as “Bummin’ Cigarettes” and “Space.”

The trio of songs has been a staple on Maren’s headlining Hero trek, which will set out for the United Kingdom and Ireland later this year. Tickets for the overseas leg …read more

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Frankie Ballard begins a “Helluva Life” with surprise wedding

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ABC/Image Group LAWith a nod to his new single, which is a cover of Bob Seger‘s 1980 hit “You’ll Accomp’ny Me,” Frankie Ballard confirmed he tied the knot with girlfriend Christina Murphy over the weekend.

“Somebody baby, you’ll accomp’ny me… and that day is today!” the Michigan native shared on social media, along with a photo of the newlyweds in their wedding attire. “@oldsmokeysboots has become my wife.”

Christina, who runs a vintage boot company, wore a traditional white gown, while Frankie rocked a tuxedo with a red pocket square.

“My dream just came true,” the new Mrs. Ballard <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BRjqEWWl9KY/?taken-by=oldsmokeysboots" …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Bobbie Gentry‘s smash “Ode to Billy Joe” was actually the B-side of the Mississippi native’s debut single. Can you name the song her label originally believed would be the bigger hit? ANSWER: “Mississippi Delta.”

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Jennifer Nettles is “Front and Center” on new PBS show

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ABC/Mark LevineIn December, Jennifer Nettles staged an all-out TV-takeover, starring in no less than three prime-time holiday specials, and it’s just a matter of days before the Sugarland front-woman will be back.

Jennifer stars in a new episode of PBS’s Front and Center, showcasing songs from her latest album, Playing with Fire. Taped during her CMA Songwriters Series performance at the Iridium in New York City, her set includes a guest spot from recent tourmate and frequent co-writer Brandy Clark, who does her own Grammy-nominated single, “Love Can Go to Hell.”

Roots musician Amos Lee also joins Jennifer to collaborate on “Very …read more

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Even when she’s sick, Kelsea Ballerini can’t quit

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ABC/Image Group LA Even though Kelsea Ballerini wasn’t feeling well, she was determined to keep going this weekend on Thomas Rhett‘s Home Team Tour.

“Devastated I had to cancel my VIP and [meet-and-greet],” she tweeted in advance of her Saturday night performance in Dayton, Ohio, “but am trying to save the last little bit of my voice for the show tonight.”

“Been under the weather,” she continued, “but [I] promise I will make it up to you and will give you everything I have on stage tonight.”

Kelsea will have a few days to recover, before she hits the road with TR and …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Both Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush and newcomer Drake White played in the British version of the CMA Songwriters Series in London, during the fifth annual C2C festival, Europe’s largest country music gathering.

Opry legend Jeannie Seely and Old Crow Medicine Show helped induct bluegrass stars Dailey & Vincent into the Grand Ole Opry this weekend, as part of the Saturday performance of the world’s longest-running radio show.

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Florida Georgia Line gives their fans a life sentence

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ABC/Image Group LASome Florida Georgia Line fans are ready to serve a life sentence.

On Friday, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley launched their new fan club, called FGL Lifers. A year-long membership will run you $35, and give you access to FGL concert pre-sales and meet-and-greets. You also get a FGL t-shirt and laminate. For $30 more, you can upgrade your t-shirt to a hoodie.

If you’re ready to make the commitment, you can complete your FGL Lifers initiation online.

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I Wanna Dance with Somebody: RaeLynn readies her moves for Ellen

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ABC/Image Group LANewcomer RaeLynn will do her top-40 hit “Love Triangle” March 24 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the day her debut album Wildhorse comes out.

For the season-2 contestant from The Voice, it’s a dream come true.

“I’ve been watching Ellen my whole life,” RaeLynn says. “I think she’s one of the funniest people. I’ve always thought it’d be so cool to be on that show and now I am! I pray she dances with me!” she hints.

RaeLynn’s currently wrapping up her last few dates with mentor Blake Shelton on his Doing It to Country Songs Tour. Their run ends March …read more

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“Good Morning America” to reveal major news about CMA Music Festival next Friday

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Country Music AssociationThe clock is ticking toward this year’s CMA Music Festival, and believe it or not, the 2017 edition is only about three months away. The Country Music Association’s celebration of the fans takes over downtown Nashville starting Thursday, June 8 — and the party doesn’t stop until late the following Sunday.

On Monday, the CMA will begin unveiling the talent who’ll hit the stage this year, revealing a different venue’s lineup every day through Wednesday. You’ll be able to check out the rosters both online and through the CMA Music Festival’s mobile app.

Then on Friday, it’ll be …read more

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Rayna who?: “The O.C.”‘s Rachel Bilson and “Empire”‘s Kaitlyn Doubleday head to “Nashville”

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CMTWith Rayna Jaymes now dead and buried, Nashville is taking a bit of a breather after Thursday night’s mid-season finale. In the meantime, CMT is beefing up the cast with the addition of two new actresses, on the heels of the departure of the show’s star Connie Britton.

Rachel Bilson, who rose to fame as a teenage dream on The O.C. and most recently starred in Hart of Dixie, is relocating to CMT’s fictional version of Music City in an as-yet-undisclosed role. Kaitlyn Doubleday, who played Rhonda Lyon on the hit hip-hop drama Empire, will also soon be singing a country …read more

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