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Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band has lined up a pretty impressive gig as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live March 7. The appearance marks the first time they’ve appeared on SNL, which is celebrating its 40th season this year. Chris Hemsworth will be the host that night.

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.RaeLynn will visit schools across the country next month to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of National Music in Our Schools Month. As part of the program, RaeLynn has written and recorded a new song, “Always Sing,” to encourage today’s youth. That track is now available at iTunes, and RaeLynn will perform the song with Nashville middle school students at the Grand Ole Opry on March 14, too.

She says, “‘Always Sing’ seemed like a perfect way to celebrate everything that music can do for students — and adults.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Carrie Underwood‘s multi-platinum debut album? ANSWER: Some Hearts.

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Image Courtesy Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae scored a #1 hit with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song,” but they’re looking forward to even bigger things as their second single, “Fly,” climbs the country chart. In an interview with All Access, the duo’s Maddie Marlow says they’re looking to build a career that stands the test of time.

“I’d love for us to be on our way to having a career like Reba McEntire or Shania Twain,” Maddie says when asked where she sees the duo in five years. “To be Entertainer of …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard‘s new video for “Young & Crazy” premieres on CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday, February 28. The clip was shot during one of Frankie’s recent tour stops.

Tim McGraw has added an August 15 date at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to his Shotgun Rider tour. Billy Currington and Chase Bryant are in the supporting slots.

Florida Georgia Line takes their Anything Goes tour to New York City’s Madison Square Garden Wednesday.

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Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood‘s latest single, “Little Toy Guns,” features some of the edgiest rock elements she’s ever put on a song, so it’d be easy to just focus on the music and Carrie’s powerful vocal performance. After a few listens, the song’s lyrics about a little girl listening to her parents’ constant fighting really packs a punch, though.

Carrie says, “It’s kind of one of those songs that, even if you don’t pay attention to the words whatsoever, you’re still gonna think it’s a really cool song, but then when you realize what …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has never shied away from citing the rock band Nickelback as one of their big musical influences. FGL has recorded each one of their singles with Nickelback producer Joey Moi guiding them in studio, and they’re proud to be associated with the Canadian group.

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley says, “I know a lot a people like to hate or love to hate Nickelback, but they put out some amazing songs, sold a ton a records.”

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Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Thomas Rhett, whose latest single, “Make Me Wanna,” just became his third consecutive #1 hit. That statistic is even more impressive considering Thomas only has one album out, It Goes Like This. He’s currently in the studio working on his sophomore album, and Thomas feels “Make Me Wanna” gives fans a taste of what’s to come.

“This song is the perfect bridge between It Goes Like This and the new stuff we’ve been working on,” Thomas says. “So, this kind of support from country radio, my friends in the industry and …read more

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Image Courtesy Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr will release his sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, April 28. The project features Tyler’s latest single, “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” It’s now available for pre-orders at Amazon Music.

Tyler is currently on the road with Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. He’ll play some headline shows leading up to the release of Suffer in Peace. Go to TylerFarr.com for a complete list of dates.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the runner-up when Scotty McCreery won American Idol‘s tenth season in 2011? ANSWER: Lauren Alaina.

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