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More superstars of country confirmed for upcoming ACM Awards

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Academy of Country MusicThe Academy of Country Music has announced additional performers to join this year’s already stellar lineup for the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards — Country Music’s Party of the Year.

The newly added performers include Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.

The ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 on CBS at 8 pm E.T.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke …read more

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Trent Harmon wants to go even further with “There’s A Girl”

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRSTrent Harmon‘s latest single, “There’s A Girl,” is officially his first top 20 song…but he doesn’t want to stop here.

“Looking back, I didn’t even really know what top 20 meant.” he says.

“Top 20 was actually a goal for me whenever we started radio tour on June the 15th, 2016,” he adds. “That day, I remember joking about, ‘Well, you know what, if we can get a song in the top 20 I’ll be happy.’ And now, you get that and it’s like, ‘I’m not exactly happy. I’m grateful, but now …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockIt’s World Water Day! Can you name the 2010 #1 Brad Paisley hit whose title is very appropriate for today? ANSWER: “Water”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJon Pardi will perform “Dirt On My Boots” on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday. The single sits at #1 for the second week in a row on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

Ryman Auditorium officials have asked Emmylou Harris to play a key role in a year-long slate of special events marking this year’s 125th anniversary of the building — commonly referred to as “The Mother Church of Country Music.” Emmylou and her then all-acoustic band The Nash Ramblers are often credited with saving the famed venue due to the success of a …read more

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Rascal Flatts are pumped about their new album: “It’s the quality of the music”

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BMLGThe guys of Rascal Flatts say they’re feeling a little nostalgic these days. But as they look back on a stellar career, it’s also apparent the three of them are pretty stoked about the future, too — especially when it comes to their new album.

Back to Us, the group’s 10th studio album, is due May 19, and frontman Gary LeVox says the band has “really been fired up” about the project.

“I think it’s the quality of the music that we’ve been able to get our hands on and it’s really, really fun and they’re incredible songs,” …read more

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Girl Power: Cam and Lindsay Ell join forces with Melissa Etheridge for Skyville Live show

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ABC/Image Group LAOnline music series and Nashville-based Skyville Live celebrated the musical power of women Monday night in a live webcast featuring collaborations with Cam, rising star Lindsay Ell, rocker Melissa Etheridge, guitar player extraordinaire Orianthi and Def Jam recording artist Troi Irons.

Melissa kicked the show off with a fiery performance of her debut single “Bring Me Some Water” before having Cam join her for a show-stopping duet of her hit “Come to My Window.” Melissa was quick to point out how special the song is, noting that the only other artist who ever sang it …read more

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Reba returns to sing National Anthem at 27th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

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ABC/Image Group LACountry music’s most famous redhead, Reba McEntire, has been selected to kick-off the 27th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game set for Saturday, Jun 10 during the CMA Music Festival.

The game brings together country music’s brightest stars and draws thousands of its biggest fans with the intent to strike out cancer with City of Hope, a world-renowned independent research and cancer and diabetes treatment center. Proceeds from the game go to support the organization.

The game is often cited by fans as one of the highlights of the CMA Music Festival. This …read more

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Brad Paisley teases reveal of 2nd track from upcoming album

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Sony MusicIt’s still an entire month before you can get the full version of Brad Paisley‘s Love and War album. However, Brad has released audio for the follow-up to his recent #1 hit, “Today.”

The track, called “Heaven South,” celebrates Brad’s love of all things Southern, like beer-battered chicken and sweet iced tea.

Love and War is available for pre-order now. As a bonus, if you buy it you’ll receive both “Today” and “Heaven South” for immediate download.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn honor of National Agricultural Day, what Kenny Chesney song glorifies the sexiness of one particular farm implement? ANSWER: “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.”

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George Strait wants you to help decide his biggest hit of all time

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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait has had 60 chart-topping songs. That’s more #1 singles than both Michael Jackson and Elvis, combined. But George hasn’t really been able to nail down which one is the all-time favorite — so he’s asking for your help.

You’ll need the Strait to Vegas app to do it. It gives you the opportunity to vote for your favorite King George song, as well as an amazing chance to win a VIP prize package, including tickets to one of Strait’s Las Vegas shows April 7-8.

If you win, you’ll get to hear all of George’s …read more

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