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Yeah Boy, Kelsea Ballerini can make breakfast

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ABC/Image Group LA It appears Kelsea Ballerini must have some skills in the kitchen.

“@KelseaBallerini made pancakes this morning,” her fiancé Morgan Evans tweeted, adding “It’s a good Wednesday.”

Morgan, who just signed his own U.S. record deal with Warner Nashville, should likely enjoy Kelsea’s culinary talents while he can. She’s about to get significantly busier, as she embarks on the You Look Good World Tour with Lady Antebellum and Brett Young this Friday.

Meanwhile, the Australian singer is in the studio working on his own music, as we wait to see how Kelsea will follow up her top-five …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Both Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss have covered Shenandoah’s top-five hit from 1990, with Voice contestant Lauren Duski recently performing it on the NBC reality show as well. Can you name this tune? ANSWER: “Ghost in This House.”

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Christmas Is Coming: Martina McBride starts work on holiday album #2

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ABC/Image Group LAIf things go as planned, Martina McBride fans will be listening to a new holiday album from the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year this Christmas.

Martina heads to Los Angeles to work on the project this Thursday and Friday.

“I’m making kind of a big band, swing kind of Christmas album, kind of classic-sounding [with] legendary arranger Patrick Williams,” she tells Billboard.

Martina’s 1998 holiday record, White Christmas, has been certified Platinum.

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Reunited, and it feels so good: Kelsea Ballerini can’t wait to spend the summer with her buds Lady A

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Sony Music Entertainment UKEarly in her career, Kelsea Ballerini hit the road with Lady Antebellum as their opening act. That experience not only exposed the superstar-in-waiting to a new array of fans, it also forged a lasting bond with the trio, particularly with Hillary Scott.

“She had a surprise party for me at her house for my 21st birthday,” the now-23-year-old Kelsea recalls. “And she’s celebrated my first two number ones with me; I was out of town for my third.”

“I mean, she’s always there,” Kelsea goes on. “She’s always there to encourage me and uplift me. She’s a very special …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years, doing a concert with wife Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, July 15. Tickets for the show at Chesapeake Energy Arena go on sale Friday, June 2.

The new single from Pat Green, “Drinkin’ Days,” will be available digitally this Friday.

You can check out Midland‘s first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in the latest edition of My Opry Debut on YouTube.

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Why Lady A is adding a food truck to their You Look Good world tour fleet

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PRNewswire/NabiscoLady Antebellum kicks off their You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young this Friday in Bakersfield, California, and it’ll not only look good, it’ll taste good as well.

They’ll be bringing along a food truck to some of their dates, thanks to the tour’s sponsor, Nabisco. Fans will be able to sample new recipes from the popular snack maker, as the “Remix Your BBQ” campaign shows you how to use their products in your summer outings.

Nabisco is also giving away a VIP trip for four to Lady A’s Nashville show on September 9. You can enter at …read more

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Jason Aldean invites you along for his They Don’t Know Tour in new video

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ABC/Paula LoboJason Aldean‘s new music video for “They Don’t Know” is a mini tour documentary of his new trek that bears the same name — with some muddin’, ATVs and tractors thrown in.

“We’re just getting back out on the road for summer, and after seeing the crowd sing this song back to me the first couple weekends, it reminded me how much the fans relate to it,” Jason says.

“To me, this video represents every person on my team… my family and the fans who come out from all over the place,” he goes on. “It’s because of them I keep …read more

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Lauren Alaina is “Doin’ Fine,” even though she’s living a country song

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Mercury NashvilleLauren Alaina is following up her first #1 with one of the most personal songs of her career so far.

With lyrics like “Daddy got sober, Momma got his best friend” based on her parents’ struggles, divorce and remarriages, you might expect “Doin’ Fine” to be a bit of a downer, but that’s not the case.

“‘Doin’ Fine’ is a really special song because it’s uplifting, but really honest at the same time,” Lauren says of the song she co-wrote.

“If you don’t know me and you don’t know that that’s actually what I went through, you would almost think, ‘Oh my …read more

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Why Kelly Clarkson is making Blake Shelton dread the new season of “The Voice”

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Frederick Brown/NBCKelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton are longtime pals, but Blake says he’s a little concerned about her joining The Voice as a coach for the show’s next season.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Blake says, “Well, I can tell you that I used to think Miley Cyrus would be the person that talks the most, ever in the history of this show. Now that they brought in Kelly Clarkson… oh, my God. Oh, my God.”

He adds, “Thank God they are at least on different seasons because my ears would fall off my head. There would …read more

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“Welcome Home” to the top of the charts: Zac Brown Band scores big debut

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Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band makes it four in a row this week, as Welcome Home becomes their fourth project to debut at #1 on the country albums chart.

The Georgia-based musicians also make an impressive showing on the Billboard 200 as well, coming in at #2. This is the band’s fifth album to emerge in the top-10 on the all-genre tally.

Next up, Zac and company take to the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday. You can watch for their performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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