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Big & Rich: Still “(Doing) It for the Party,” after all these years

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Big & Rich Records/Sony RED/Thirty TigersBig & Rich‘s new album, Did It for the Party, is out now, and John Rich says the title track is more than just a fun tune: it’s a reflection of who the duo really is.

Big Kenny wrote ‘Did It for the Party” and played it for me on the back of our bus one night when we were out on tour,” John tells ABC Radio. “I got through listening to it and I said, ‘Well buddy, if that ain’t the truth! I mean, you nailed that one.’”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Fans who pre-order Dolly Parton‘s first-ever children’s album, I Believe In You, will be able to download the title track instantly. The project will be released digitally on September 29, with physical copies coming October 13.

2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack is releasing a radio edit of the track “All the Trouble” as her new single. Her new album, The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone, comes out October 27.

Newcomer Carly Pearce‘s debut album, Every Little Thing, won’t be out until October 13, but if you pre-order the project, you can instantly download the …read more

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All this and Dolly, too! Kellie Pickler gets a surprise during Monday’s premiere of “Pickler & Ben”

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Photo Credit: George Burns, JrKellie Pickler got quite a surprise during the taping of the first episode of her new syndicated Nashville-based talk show: a surprise visit from her hero, Dolly Parton.

You can share the moment on Monday, when Pickler & Ben premieres in close to forty markets across the U.S. Executive-produced by Faith Hill, the show is co-hosted by Ben Aaron, the husband of Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

Check your local listings to see when Pickler & Ben airs in your area. If you can’t catch it during its first run, the show will re-air each morning on …read more

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No more “Hangin’ On”: You can hear more of Chris Young’s new album now

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RCAChris Young is inviting you on a little “Holiday” as he gets ready to release his new record.

If you pre-order Losing Sleep, you’ll instantly get the track titled “Holiday,” as well as the lead single and title song — and there’s more on the way. You’ll get an instant download of “Hangin’ On” on September 29, with “Where I Go When I Drink” on the way October 13.

Chris’s seventh album will be his very first to be released on vinyl when it comes out October 20. It’ll also be available with an exclusive bonus track at Cracker Barrel, one appropriately …read more

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Listen now: One of Troy Gentry’s final recordings, “Better Me,” available one day after his memorial

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Average Joes EntertainmentYou can now stream or download “Better Me,” the song that premiered Thursday at the end of Troy Gentry‘s funeral at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.

The tune is one of the final batch of songs that Troy recorded with his Montgomery Gentry bandmate, Eddie Montgomery, and was to be included on the new album the two were working on for Average Joes Entertainment.

In the song’s lyrics, Troy looks back on the pair’s hard-partying reputation, admitting the fun has given way to somewhat calmer times. “I’ve turned the page on wilder days, I’m writing all this …read more

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Alabama marks the 35th anniversary of “Christmas in Dixie” with new holiday album

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BMGThis season, Country-Music-Hall of Famers Alabama will release their first all-new holiday album in more than twenty years.

The 15-track American Christmas includes four new songs written by the band members, as well as an update of “Christmas in Dixie,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

The new record comes just six months after Jeff Cook announced he’d scale back his live appearances as he deals with Parkinson’s Disease. Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry have continued to tour in his absence.

Here’s the complete track listing for American Christmas, which comes out October 6:

“Ain’t Santa Cool”
“Go Tell It on the Mountain”
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Luke Bryan beefs up the lineup for Farm Tour

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe line-up for Luke Bryan‘s ninth annual Farm Tour is growing.

Newcomers Adam Craig, Jon Langston and DJ Rock will join the four-time Entertainer of the Year for his yearly trek, along with Georgia-born songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, who are known as the Peach Pickers. As previously announced, reigning ACM New Male Vocalist Jon Pardi will take the stage as well.

Money raised from the six shows goes toward scholarships for students from agricultural families.

Here’s the itinerary for Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour 2017, which kicks off September 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska:

9/28 — Lincoln, Nebraska, Benes Farm
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Chris Lane sets out to Take Back Home on first headlining trek

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ABC/Image Group LAWith his latest single, “For Her,” now officially a top-ten hit, Chris Lane is mapping out his first run as a headliner.

The Take Back Home Tour will kick off October 25 in Baltimore, with newcomers Bailey Bryan, Dylan Scheider and Morgan Wallen opening.

“I couldn’t be more excited for my first headlining tour,” the “Fix” hitmaker says. “I’ve learned so much as a performer on the road with Florida Georgia Line this summer, so to be able to showcase that and take more music to the fans is a dream come true. With Bailey, Dylan and …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockNewcomer Luke Combs says if it hadn’t been for the music of this fellow North Carolinian, he wouldn’t have pursued his current career. Can you name the “Hurricane” hitmaker’s inspiration? ANSWER: Eric Church.

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Chris Young is “Losing Sleep” at the Nashville Omni

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RCA NashvilleFrom the valet to the bar to the bedroom, Chris Young‘s sexy new video for “Losing Sleep” was shot entirely at Nashville’s Omni Hotel.

If you check out the clip on YouTube, you’ll also spot a cameo by the Nashville skyline, as Chris and his leading lady overlook downtown’s Music City Center.

“Losing Sleep” is the lead single and title track of the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native’s seventh album, which comes out October 20.

Chris officially will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry a couple days earlier, on Tuesday, October 17.

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