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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryIs Carrie Underwood plotting a collaboration with pop superstars One Direction? The band is managed by Simon Cowell, who was a judge on American Idol when Carrie was crowned the winner in 2005.

Carrie tells U.K.’s Daily Mail, “If One Direction ever wants to go country, I’m here.” She adds, “I think I should get on the phone to Simon.”

When asked if she would ever step into Simon’s shoes as a judge on a TV singing competition, Carrie says, “I feel like it would be really hard to be honest, …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will continue their Pain Killer tour into 2015 with special guest Chris Stapleton. The new round of dates kicks off March 5 in Savannah, GA. These shows follow LBT’s run through the United Kingdom starting February 10 in London.

Look for Little Big Town to perform the halftime show at the 2014 Capitol One Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Eve.

Here are Little Big Town’s new tour dates:

3/5 — Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre
3/6 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley always thinks of the visuals his words will create in the listeners’ minds when he’s writing hit songs like his latest offering, “Perfect Storm.”

Brad says, “My idea of country music is always about the pictures it paints for you. I don’t like songs that don’t give me images in my mind.”

That approach can be found in rock and pop music as well, even if the meaning of the lyrics isn’t always clear. Brad points to The Eagles‘ classic “Hotel California” as an example.

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Country Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country group sang backup on Darius Rucker‘s hit, “Wagon Wheel”? ANSWER: Little Big Town.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCondolences to Vince Gill and his band mates in The Time Jumpers on the death of the band’s other vocalist, Dawn Sears. She died Thursday night after a battle with lung cancer.

Lee Brice is playing Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on February 24 with special guests Maddie & Tae.

Luke Bryan‘s 2014 Crash My Party tour brought in nearly $62 million to finish as the highest-grossing country trek of the year, according to Billboard. George Strait is second with more than $58 million coming in this year on the road, and Jason Aldean finishes third with more than …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s hot streak continued in 2014 with the release of their sophomore album, Anything Goes, and a few headlining dates sprinkled in between their opening dates on Jason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour. The guys walked away with hardware at just about every awards show this year, too, but FGL’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio the people in their concert crowds are really what made this year special.

“I think the thing we leave this year on is the fans,” Brian says. “They are what makes country music. They’re what’s making country music …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCountry newcomer Kelleigh Bannen has a new song out titled “Smoke When I Drink,” telling the story of a woman who can’t say no to her ex when she’s had a cocktail or two.

Kelleigh tells ABC News Radio, “I love an addiction metaphor like that for a love thing. ‘Cause we’ve all been in those relationships. And whether they’re good for us or not, we all know that addictive power of those people in our lives.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith are headlining the first-ever Delaware Junction Country Music and Camping Festival next summer. The three-day event runs August 14 through 16, 2015 in Harrington, DE at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.

More artists will join the lineup for Delaware Junction in the coming days. Ticket information is available at DelawareJunctionFestival.com.

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Image Courtesy RCA/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks has added three more shows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after the first three dates sold out Friday morning. He’ll kick off his run at the city’s CONSOL Energy Center on February 5 with shows through Sunday, February 8.

Trisha Yearwood is on the road for all of Garth’s World Tour dates. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster.com.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has signed on to perform at the People’s Choice Awards 2015 next month. They’re up for Favorite Country Group, which is their fifth People Choice Award nomination. The awards will be presented live Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Voting information is available at PeoplesChoice.com.

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