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You want it, you got it: George Strait cues up 60 #1’s for his return to Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait‘s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This …read more

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Four more reasons to say Welcome Home to Zac Brown Band

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ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 — Vancouver, BC
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Honky Tonk Nights on Broadway: Brad Paisley brings John Fogerty & Timbaland to Tootsie’s

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ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley took the stage at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Sunday night in downtown Nashville, celebrating the release of Love and War, along with many of the superstars who appear on his new album.

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty joined Brad for his ninety-minute-plus set, contributing his own hits, as well as the pair’s anthem of support for America’s veterans, which is the record’s title track. Country Music Hall-of-Famer Bill Anderson and hip-hop/R&B artist and super-producer Timbaland also stopped by to show off their contributions to Love and War.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockJosh Turner sits at the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl,” but the South Carolina native’s most recent prior #1 came with this song from 2010. Can you name it? ANSWER: “All over Me.”

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“Red, Red Wine” at the “Bar at the End of the World”: Kenny Chesney plays tourist

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ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney isn’t just singing about a “Bar at the End of the World” these days, he’s looking for it as well.

The superstar from East Tennessee most recently engaged his wanderlust on an excursion to Europe.

“There’s a lot of places that I’m curious about,” Kenny says. “I love being a tourist. I went to Italy this past year and I loved it because I love to eat,” he laughs.

“I love red wine so it was a lot of fun. I grew up loving cheese, tomatoes,” the notorious fitness buff goes on. “All that’s in Italy. …read more

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“Hometown Girl”: Why Josh Turner’s new #1 is especially for his female fans — and the guys, too!

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returns to the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl.” While you might assume the South Carolina native is envisioning his wife Jennifer when he sings his hit, he says he’s actually thinking about his female fans, thanks to the song’s universal message.

“There might not be a girl out there who feels like they can relate to the whole song, but they can relate to bits and pieces of it…,” he tells ABC Radio. “I feel like they can relate to different lines or different verses in this …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lady Antebellum will play the 19th Annual Grammy Block Party, May 2 in Nashville’s Cumberland Park, with Miranda Lambert‘s beau, Anderson East, set to take the stage as well. The Recording Academy throws the private event every year for its members in Music City.

Charlie Worsham‘s sophomore recording, Beginning of Things, is available now. The video for the album’s first single, “Cut Your Groove,” premiered on CMT this weekend.

The new album from Statler Brothers‘ tenor Jimmy Fortune is now available nationally at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics features a guest appearance by Ricky Skaggs.

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Brad Paisley and John Fogerty stick up for America’s veterans on “Love and War”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty recently shot the music video for their new song “Love and War” aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

The West Virginia native teamed up with the former Creedance Clearwater Revival lead singer to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and women.

“I think the message is, really, ‘We can do better,’” Brad tells Entertainment Tonight. “We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree with that…It …read more

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Kacey Musgraves wishes Zac Brown Band “All the Best” on new album

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ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves makes a cameo appearance on the new album from the Zac Brown Band.

The Pageant Material singer and the Georgia music-makers duet on “All the Best,” written by renowned Nashville singer/songerwriter John Prine. He originally recorded the track on his Grammy-winning 1991 album, The Missing Years.

“I had so much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old John Prine songs on the new ZBB record,” Kacey shared on social media, along with a video of herself in the studio with ZBB. “Zac — Thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me,” …read more

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“Last Thing I Needed, First Thing This Morning”: Hear Chris Stapleton cover Willie Nelson

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Chris Stapleton paid tribute to George Jones on his multi-platinum Traveller album by covering his classic “Tennessee Whiskey,” and now on his sophomore effort, he’s tipping his hat to Willie Nelson.

Willie went to #2 in 1982 with “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning,” and Stapleton offers his take on the tune on his new album, From A Room: Volume 1, which comes out May 5.

You can listen to Chris’s version in an audio-only clip on YouTube, or you can instantly download the track if you pre-order the album.

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