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From “Drunk on a Plane” to running an airport: Why Dierks Bentley may have a new gig

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ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley not only plays a pilot in concert and in his “Drunk on a Plane” video, he’s also a pilot in real life. And soon, he may also be running an airport.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has nominated the “Black” hitmaker for a volunteer position on the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. The 10-member board oversees the Nashville International Airport.

“Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board…having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide,” Barry told The Tennessean. “He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority, which will be …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-five years ago this week, the self-titled debut solo album from this country icon spent the first of three weeks atop Billboard‘s country album chart. Can you name the project whose first single was “She Is His Only Need?” ANSWER: Wynonna by Wynonna Judd.

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Brad Paisley helps Jimmy Fallon celebrate “Weed Day” with 420 songs on “The Tonight Show”

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCBrad Paisley, who has a new album called Love and War, was the musical guest on Thursday’s Tonight Show, and he also helped host Jimmy Fallon celebrate 420 — the unofficial “Weed Day” — with a marijuana-themed installment of “Tonight Show Hashtags.”

Every Wednesday, Fallon sends out a hashtag on Twitter and asks viewers to respond to the topic, and on Thursday, he reads them. This time, he asked them to send funny 420-themed songs, which he had Paisley perform with the Tonight Show house band, The Roots.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs music from his new album, Love and War, Friday on Good Morning America. You can watch for the “Today” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

After writing the #1 single, “Any Ol’ Barstool” for Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson releases his new album, Change: The Lost Record, on Friday.

Both Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs will be on hand next Tuesday for the grand opening of the Gallery of Iconic Guitars on the campus of Nashville’s Belmont University. The museum is made up of mainly 20th century American-made guitars and mandolins, and will be open …read more

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“Love and War” and a “Drive of Shame”: How Brad Paisley kept his “bucket list” album from being “goulash”

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Arista NashvilleWith cameos from rock legends Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and pop super-producer Timbaland, Brad Paisley‘s new Love and War is what he calls a “bucket list” experience. But Brad says he’s aware that a stable full of superstars doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great album.

“If I’m wasting Mick Jagger’s time for three days, it better be something… when he leaves. It wasn’t just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners,” he tells ABC Radio. “I was bound and determined that…we would have something to show for it.”

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Put It Off Until Tomorrow: Basketball alters Tim & Faith’s schedule

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ABC/Image Group LAThe success of Atlanta’s basketball team is throwing a kink into Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s schedule.

The superstar couple is postponing their Saturday Soul2Soul show at Philips Arena, so the Atlanta Hawks can take on the Charlotte Hornets in game 3 of the first-round of the NBA’s Eastern Conference playoffs.

Fans won’t have to wait too long to see the “Speak to a Girl” hitmakers, however. They’d already accounted for the playoff possibility and will instead play their Atlanta show on Sunday.

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Why every night is a “double date” on Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour

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Bob D’Amico/ABCWhile we don’t know a lot about Kelsea Ballerini‘s fiancé, it does appear that up-and-coming Australian country singer Morgan Evans definitely has the Thomas Rhett seal of approval.

Kelsea’s current Home Team tour mate even went so far as to say that Morgan might be one of his “favorite human beings that ever exist[ed].”

“When he’s not there, I’m like ‘Oh, gosh,” Thomas Rhett tells People. He goes on to reveal that Kelsea is similarly disappointed when his better half isn’t along on tour.

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The More I Drink: Eric Church, Little Big Town, Reba and more raise a glass for a good cause

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ABC/Image Group LAA who’s-who of the biggest stars in Nashville will start next week by drinking a little wine — all for a good cause, of course.

Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and more will all raise a glass for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s annual Best Cellars Dinner.

In addition to a four-course gourmet meal, the Monday evening event at Omni Nashville will also showcase a different celebrity and a different world-class vintage of vino at each table.

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“Yeah Boy!”: Kelsea Ballerini joins Thomas Rhett to host ABC’s CMA Music Festival TV special

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Bob D’Amico / ABCMove over Brett Eldredge, here comes Kelsea Ballerini!

Kelsea will co-host ABC’s annual CMA Music Festival TV special with her current tourmate, Thomas Rhett. The “Yeah Boy” hitmaker takes over for Brett as TR’s co-host: he was on tour with TR before the 2016 show.

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan…” Kelsea recalls, “and now being able to host… is going to be another crazy thing of the bucket list. I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

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Runway-ready: Hillary Scott unveils LaBellum tonight on HSN

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ABC/Chris HolloIf you’ve ever wished you could raid Hillary Scott‘s closet, this may be just about as close as you’ll ever come. On Thursday, the Lady Antebellum frontwoman debuts her new line of clothes on HSN, as part of the network’s Music City Nashville promotion.

Hillary first takes to the airwaves to roll out LaBellum at 9 p.m. ET, and she’ll be back at 10 p.m. too. Expect “lace, romance, ruffles and boho-chic,” along with some western flair in Hillary’s designs. You can preview the collection at HSN.com now.

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