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Russ Harrington/Sunshine Sachs Kacey Musgraves recently hosted the album launch party for her project, Pageant Material, at the Nashville gay club Play, but she’s not the first country star to appear at a venue catering to Music City’s LGBT community. It turns out Trisha Yearwood made an appearance at a benefit concert at the now-closed Nashville gay bar, The Connection, back in the ’90s.

That concert was staged to raise money for a gay hairdresser friend of Trisha’s who was fighting cancer at the time. Trisha admits she got some “backlash” on the performance from …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice has announced the first round of dates for his upcoming JD and Jesus Tour 2015, starting this October. It’s Chase’s third headlining trek with stops planned for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and New York City. The Cadillac Three will join Chase in the supporting slot. Chase is currently on the road with Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour.

Here are Chase’s new tour dates:

10/1 — Norfolk, VA, The VorVA
10/2 — Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
10/4 — Las Vegas, NV, Route 91 Harvest Festival
10/8 — Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
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CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert hope all the news of their divorce drives you to do one thing — buy Ashley Monroe‘s new album, The Blade. Blake tweeted to his now ex-wife, Miranda, on Friday saying, “Hey @mirandalambert can u believe there’s people who haven’t bought @ashleymonroe new album? Isn’t that shocking?!!”

Miranda replied, “@blakeshelton no I can’t because it is the best work she has ever done! I love it! We love you @ashleymonroe.”

Blake wrote back, “Yes we do!”

Miranda co-wrote the last song on The Blade, “I’m Good at Leavin’,” and also sing backup on …read more

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Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is pretty sure the only people still asking them about “bro country” don’t actually listen to country radio.

“To me, the whole freak-out [with bro-country] is over with,” FGL’s Brian Kelley tells The Washington Post. “I think it’s only people in the media or people that aren’t really in the loop asking about it still, I don’t think anybody cares. The fans aren’t showing up saying ‘This is bro country.’ They’re getting drunk and partying and singing.”

As for the lack of women on country radio, Brian just wants to see …read more

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Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has sold more than 100,000 concert tickets in Dallas for his seven shows coming up this September at the American Airlines Center. The new shows shatter Garth’s previous ticket-selling record in The Big D, when he played for 50,213 fans over several shows in February 1998.

Garth’s seven concerts in Dallas will take place September 17 through September 22. Tickets for all shows are still on sale only at Ticketmaster.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Pistol Annies‘ debut album? ANSWER: Hell on Heels.

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Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney never stops moving during his high-energy concerts, but he can’t keep that up if he’s had a huge meal. That’s why Kenny is disciplined about restricting his diet to mostly chicken and vegetables when he’s on tour. Don’t worry that Kenny is missing out on more indulgent fare during the fall and winter, though.

He says, “If I’m off the road, and it’s in the fall and I’m watching football, I’m like everybody else. I’ll eat a bag of Doritos sitting watching football all day on Sunday, or whatever it …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe has a new album out Friday, titled The Blade. Fresh off her #1 single with Blake Shelton on “Lonely Tonight,” Ashley returns with 13 songs ranging from the devastating title track about a one-sided breakup to the tender love song, “Has Anybody Ever Told You.” As with her previous solo outing, Like a Rose, Ashley has songs that could work on country radio, but she’s not sacrificing her creative instincts simply to score a hit song.

“I can’t sing anything I don’t feel, or anything that I don’t connect with,” Ashley …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley loves to have lunch at Arnold’s, a meat-and-three cafeteria in downtown Nashville.

Craig Morgan made his 200th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry last weekend. He’s been an Opry member since 2008.

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker first shot to fame as a rock star with his band Hootie & The Blowfish, but you shouldn’t expect him to lead the charge in incorporating rock sounds into his country albums. Instead, Darius is pushing to make his music even more in line with the artists that made him fall in love with the country format — Kenny Rogers, Dwight Yoakam, and Foster and Lloyd.

Darius tells Woodland, California’s Daily Democrat, “I’ve just been saying for the last couple years, ‘Let’s do something a little countrier.’ And we started …read more

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