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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans makes a cameo on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday night singing her latest single, “Put My Heart Down,” as a duet with the show’s resident male superstar, Luke Wheeler. In addition to singing onstage, Sara plays herself in a backstage scene, which she admits was a surreal experience. Sara tells ABC New Radio she tried to play herself as she would want fans of Nashville to see her.

She says, “The main thing was I just wanted to look great and perform great for that scene. And the acting stuff, I just …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae‘s debut hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” is the first song by a female duo to hit the top 10 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart since The Wreckers hit that mark with their second single, “My, Oh My” in January 2007.

Catch Lady Antebellum on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night.

Rodney Atkins‘ new single, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat,” is now available for download.

Tim McGraw‘s new video for “Shotgun Rider” was filmed at his recent American Express Unstaged concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. It’s now posted on <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has raised $100,000 for his Free the Music charity thanks to a prize-winning bull he named after his latest album, High Noon. Jerrod became a Back Seat Buckers Celebrity Stock contractor back in January, and the bull he selected has now gone on to win the 2014 Back Seat Buckers grand prize at the organization’s recent championship event at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Jerrod is amazed the bull’s success generated $100,000 in prize money for his charity, which supports music education and collects used instruments …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore could walk away with the New Artist of the Year award at next week’s CMA Awards, but he’s already received a big honor from his alma mater, Valdosta State University in Georgia.

According to Valdosta Today, Kip is one of five graduates receiving this year’s Distinguished Alumni of the Year award from Valdosta State. The announcement was made at the school’s Homecoming celebration last weekend, but Kip was not able to attend due to his touring schedule.

Kip will be on hand for the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr is kicking off the ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows series with two shows this January. The first one is set for January 9 at Joe’s Bar in Chicago, and the second one is happening January 10 at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tickets for Tyler’s shows go on sale Friday, and more club dates will be added soon.

Proceeds from each ticket go to the ACM Lifting Lives organization to help people through the power of music. Fans who go to any of the ACM Lifting Lives Club …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes is kicking off CMA Week with a free concert this Monday night outside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show is part of the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign.

Hunter will help pay tribute to Sergeant First Class Tyler Arnold and his family during his set. Arnold has been deployed six times including stops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which means he’s missed quite a few “moments” with his wife and two young daughters. The USO hopes this concert can help create a special memory for them all to share.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s hip-hop influence is heavy as ever on their new album, Anything Goes, available now. While they’re rooted in country music, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been rap and hip-hop fans since they were kids.

Brian says, ” We grew up listening to anybody from Lil’ Wayne, Eminem. Currently, Drake, Wiz Khalifah. ASAP Rocky.”

You’ll find all those artists on FGL’s backstage playlists, too.

Says Tyler, “We do have bus parties, and there’s a lot of rap music that gets played. Hip-hop and country all day and all night, baby.”

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockDarius Rucker named his second country album after the city where he was born. Name the city. ANSWER: Charleston, SC.

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Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood stopped by NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday to plug the upcoming 48th Annual CMA Awards.

As you know, Brad and Carrie will be hosting the show for the seventh year in a row, and they revealed during their chat with Meyers that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are the country artists the co-hosts most like poking fun at.

“Tim and Faith are great. We’ve picked on them a bunch,” said Brad.

Brad said the couple made themselves easy targets for jokes after they put out their own Barbie dolls a …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker‘s first-ever Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, is out this week featuring some very special guests on “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” Darius invited his kids into the studio to help him out on the holiday classic, and they were very excited to be included in the project.

Darius says, “They were in the studio, and every time they’d get it right, I’d go, ‘You guys, that was great.’ My son [Jack] would do the fist pump, “Yes!” He was so excited.”

Of course, Darius is more than happy to show off …read more

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