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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s Raise ‘Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song’s anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.

Says Keith, “I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It’s a sense of community. It’s a sense of oneness. It’s a sense of optimism.”

Unfortunately, Eric won’t be on hand to sing “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will …read more

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Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson‘s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29.

“Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the “Chattahoochee” video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin’ (and a Little ’bout Love).

Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is rocking out harder than ever on her just-launched Platinum tour, so she wanted her tour bus to be an oasis from the madness of being on the road. That’s why she completely remodeled the interior with soft fabrics and colors for the 2014 tour.

Miranda showed off her new home on wheels in a new video posted on USA Today‘s website. She says, “When I come on here, I really just wanted to have a place that’s like a cottage on wheels and I could really have …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleA second volume of Randy Travis’s Influence album series is due out August 19. Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am features Randy’s take on classics from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and more.

Randy says, “The ‘Influence’ that the older, great ones had on me, and the ‘Influence’ that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered — and, His will done — it is what makes me, …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she’s known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as “a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was …read more

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Jake Owen‘s twin brother’s name? ANSWER: Jarrod.

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Image Courtesy Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography StudiosCraig Morgan‘s 8th annual Charity Event raised more than $60,000 on Sunday in Dickson, Tennessee. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks joined Craig and a few other motocross celebrities for a motocross exhibition and trail ride before performing a concert that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn.

Proceeds from Craig’s Charity Event go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to assist foster kids in that county and throughout Middle Tennessee.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFlorida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are co-writers on Jason Aldean‘s brand-new, sexy single, “Burnin’ It Down,” and Jason was looking to include a vocal collaboration with FGL on his upcoming studio album. So, why didn’t they just trade vocals on “Burnin’ It Down?”

“I don’t know if this particular song really would be the song that fits them,” Jason says with a grin. “You know, three guys singing a song about burning it down with each other? I’m not sure that’s a message we all want …read more

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Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago.

He tells ABC News Radio, “I feel for Mama right now ’cause I’m gone so much. She’s kinda having to pull double-duty with the two-year-old and with our nine-week-old now. She’s probably pretty wore out.”

Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say “Yeah,” just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he’s taking her to the Bahamas in the next week …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert has been covering ZZ Top‘s “Give Me All Your Lovin’” during her recent live shows.

Jake Owen has selected “What We Ain’t Got” as the follow-up single to his #1 hit, “Beachin’.”

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