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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Jo Walker-Meador passed away Tuesday night in Nashville after a stroke. The 93-year-old began her career as the first paid employee of the Country Music Association: she was the office manager. She went on to become CMA’s longest-serving Executive Director.

Florida Georgia Line‘s FGL House will host a Sungaze Rooftop Eclipse Party starting at 11 a.m. CT Monday in Nashville. Admission will be free, as will glasses to take in the eclipse. You’ll also be able to order a special “Get Your Shine On” cocktail from the bar.

Former Hot Chelle Rae frontman Ryan Follese surprised his fans …read more

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“Woman Walk the Line”: Taylor Swift, Rosanne Cash and more write about the female singers who changed their lives

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University of Texas PressIt may be harder than ever to find female voices on country radio, but there’s no shortage of feminine viewpoints in a new collection of country music essays.

In Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, Taylor Swift considers the impact of her fellow trailblazer, Brenda Lee, while Rosanne Cash writes about the country icon who was also her stepmother, June Carter Cash.

Though the 27-story collection won’t be out until fall, it already counts Reba McEntire as a fan.

“These personal stories — from women, about women and the way music impacts …read more

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Watch now: Luke Combs reunites his high school bros for “When It Rains It Pours” video

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River House Artists/Columbia Nashville“Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs now has some video skills to add to his resume.

The North Carolina native co-wrote the treatment for his new music video, which he shot over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina.

“Every night on tour when we start playing ‘When It Rains It Pours,’” Luke explains, “you can feel the fans kick it up a notch. It’s just a fun song and I always think ‘Damn, I kinda wanna be this guy in the song. He’s got it figured out.’ So for the video, I convinced my buddies to meet me in …read more

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Cole Swindell clocks a million-seller, on the heels of his latest #1

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ABC/Randy HolmesAs if having seven #1 singles in a row isn’t quite enough, Cole Swindell‘s getting a little extra icing on the cake.

In addition to “Flatliner” topping the chart this week and setting a record on the Mediabase tally, Cole’s previous #1, “Middle of a Memory,” has just passed the million-seller mark, according to the RIAA. That makes it the fifth platinum single of his career.

“Middle of a Memory,” “You Should Be Here,” “Chillin’ It,” Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” have all passed the million-selling milestone, while “Let Me See Ya Girl” has been certified …read more

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Relax and “Fix a Drink”: Chris Janson says everything is right on track for “Everybody”

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Warner Music NashvilleWith its lead single already in the top-20, Chris Janson is giving his fans a better picture of his sophomore album, Everybody.

The Missouri native co-wrote all twelve songs on the project, which includes his hit “Fix a Drink,” as well as the other four songs from the EP with the same title.

Chris says right down to the black-and-white picture on the cover, everything came together just like he’d hoped.

“The cover shot caught me in a great moment,” he says. “I was literally laughing on the bus, talking and cracking jokes… Shooting the photography for the album was the …read more

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A “Small Town Boy” takes the big stage: Watch Dustin Lynch’s dreams come true at “CMA Fest”

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ABC/Mark LevineDustin Lynch‘s hit, “Small Town Boy,” is just steps away from becoming his latest number one. Back in June, he got to do the new single from his Current Mood album during his very first appearance on the main stage at Nissan Stadium, during CMA Music Festival.

“That was a dream come true,” Dustin tells ABC Radio. “That was a goal I set for myself as an artist, and I definitely wanted to accomplish that goal in 2017, which I did. Miraculously, it happened, and it was mind-blowing, the whole experience.”

Tonight, you can relive that career high point with Dustin …read more

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Dolly Parton climbs up to the treehouse and connects with the kids for first children’s album

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleDolly Parton will release her first album of original children’s music this fall, with all the proceeds going to her Imagination Library, that sends free books to kids all over the world.

The entertainment legend wrote all 14 of the tracks on I Believe in You, drawing inspiration from her large family both in East Tennessee and in Nashville.

“I have all my little nieces and nephews… and I always try to keep playhouses and treehouses and things where I play with them when they come to visit me,” she explains. “And usually when I write these children’s songs, I …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Elvis Presley scored his final #1 on the country chart after his death in 1977. Can you name his posthumous chart-topper from 1981? ANSWER: “Guitar Man.”

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“We’re the same person, he’s just a boy”: Why Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett work as “CMA Fest” co-hosts

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Bob D’Amico/ABCKelsea Ballerini steps up to the mic tonight to co-host ABC’s annual special taped at CMA Music Festival back in June. While it’s her first time hosting the three-hour extravaganza, her recent tourmate Thomas Rhett returns to helm the show for a second year.

The “Legends” hitmaker has an interesting theory as to why she and TR make such a good pair.

“Me and Thomas got to tour together earlier this year,” she explains. “I feel like we’re the same person, he’s just a boy. And so, we became such good friends and just bonded over so much. And he loves …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Chase and In Pieces by giving away free copies of both projects, in partnership with Geico and Amazon Music. You can download the classic albums for a limited time at Amazon.com.

Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke will do her first-ever full concert in Music City this Friday night at the Nashville Palace. She’ll also perform her #1 hit with Moe Bandy, “It’s a Cheating Situation,” Saturday night on the Grand Ole Opry.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has …read more

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