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Garth Brooks Says He “Left It Up to Karma” to Decide Whether to Sing at the Trump Inauguration

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGarth Brooks confirms that his longtime friend and inaugural organizer Steve Wynn approached him about singing at President-elect Donald Trump‘s ceremonies later this week, but ultimately, he “left it up to karma,” to decide what to do.

In the end, the addition of three new concerts on his Cincinnati, Ohio run meant he wouldn’t be able to play the festivities in Washington, D.C. anyway.

“I’m going to tell you, with this whole presidential thing, we’ve got one going out, pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide …read more

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Thomas Rhett Proves He’s the “Star of the Show,” Extending His 2017 Home Tour Before Its Start

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Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.Thanks to multiple sell-outs and fan demand, Thomas Rhett is expanding his 2017 Home Team Tour before he ever plays the first date.

“It’s unreal that we’re adding dates before we’ve even had a chance to get started,” TR says of his first trek as a headliner. “It’d be impossible to pick which part of the tour I’m most excited about, but I can’t wait to get back out there. We’re going to make sure every last person at the show has a good time.”

The added shows include Thomas Rhett’s inaugural headlining run in …read more

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Cole Swindell Previews Two “What the Hell” Moments on His New Tour with Dierks Bentley

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ABC/Image Group LAA yearly polar plunge with his tourmates has become a tradition for Dierks Bentley, one Cole Swindell admits he wasn’t particularly excited about, once he signed up for the What the Hell Tour. Since Dierks decided to take 2017’s icy dip by himself late last week, Cole is officially off the hook.

“That was the only thing I was not looking forward to about touring with Dierks… and I got to get out of it, somehow,” Cole laughs. “He’ll get me back, somehow, so I better hush!”

The trek kicks off Thursday in Dayton, Ohio, and Cole says …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town surprised students from Ohio’s Wadsworth High School Friday, as they dropped in on the kickoff of the 4th Annual Music in Our Schools — Music Inspires Tour at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Easton Corbin will once again be a brand ambassador for Kretschmar Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses in 2017.

Lonestar‘s Michael Britt and Dean Sams will attend Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, where the band is up for Favorite Country Group. You can watch the fan-voted show starting at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Is There New Music on the Way from Lady A?

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ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Lady Antebellum may have a little something up their sleeve.

On Monday, invitations went out from Lady A’s publicist, inviting members of the country music community to a mysterious event this Thursday night. Included in the email is a silhouette that appears to be Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. Hillary seems to be dancing, while Dave is holding his guitar.

Though the threesome took much of 2016 off so Charles and Hillary could focus on their side projects, we do know the band never stopped working on new music together.

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A Father/Daughter Viral Video Turns Into Big Sales for Chris Stapleton

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ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton‘s landmark Traveller album is back in the top ten on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, likely thanks to a viral video of a daughter and her dad.

In the clip, the father sings along to Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” while his daughter reacts. So far, it’s been viewed more than 20 million times since it was posted to Facebook on January 1.

The former #1 album moves from #22 to #10 this week, while Stapleton’s cover of the George Jones classic makes an ever greater gain: it re-enters Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales …read more

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Building a Mystery: Dan + Shay Tease the Premiere of Gritty “How Not To” Video

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Warner Music NashvilleMonday night, Dan + Shay are set to roll out their dramatic new video for their latest single, “How Not To.”

All weekend, the duo has been sharing brief snippets of their latest project on social media, with gritty clips that include several arguments, smoking, drinking and a waitress who’s fallen asleep on the job because she apparently has an alcohol problem.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney promise all will be revealed on Instagram and Twitter Monday night at 8 p.m. ET.

“How Not To” is the second single from their Obsessed album, following their #1, “From …read more

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Tucker Beathard Rocks On with Opry Debut at Ryman

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©2017 Grand Ole Opry | Photo Credit: Chris HolloNewcomer Tucker Beathard made his Opry debut this weekend, stepping onstage at the historic Ryman Auditorium for an acoustic version of his latest single, “Momma and Jesus.” The “Rock On” hitmaker also debuted a new song, titled “18.”

“Growing up in Nashville, it’s instilled from a young age what an honor playing the Grand Ole Opry is,” Tucker reflected. “I started writing songs to put my emotions out there…the ones that I don’t know how to let out any other way.”

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Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and More Set to Sing for President-Elect Trump

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Show Dog NashvilleA number of country stars will take part in Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood will perform at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration Thursday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This will be the “God Bless the U.S.A.” hitmaker’s fourth inaugural appearance, having participated in the ceremonies for Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Toby addressed any potential controversy about his participation in a statement to ABC News. “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” the Oklahoma native said. “I performed at events for previous …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Darius Rucker‘s first hit to top the country charts? ANSWER: 2008’s “Don’ Think I Don’t Think About It.”

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