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Luke Bryan’s Ready to Get Down on the Farm with Chris Janson, Granger Smith and More

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Capitol NashvilleChris Janson, Granger Smith, the Peach Pickers and Jon Langston will join Luke Bryan for his 8th Annual Farm Tour this year. While Chris and Granger have each scored a number one, with “Buy Me a Boat” and “Back Road Song,” respectively, Langston is a relative newcomer from Luke’s home state of Georgia. The Peach Pickers are made up of hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip and hail from the Peach State as well.

The CMA Entertainer of the Year kicks off his eight farm stops October 5 in Gaston, South Carolina, with his Farm Tour …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two Oklahoma natives happen to be tied for the most wins as CMA Male Vocalist of the Year with five trophies apiece. Can you name them? ANSWER: Vince Gill and Blake Shelton.

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Two Home Runs in a Row: Jason Aldean’s Weekend at Fenway Park

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Broken BowACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean celebrated the release of his new album They Don’t Know by playing for two capacity crowds at Boston’s Fenway Park this weekend, starting with a sold-out show on Friday.

In all, more than 60,000 fans turned out to see the Georgia native, who was joined by Kid Rock for the two ballpark shows, as well as his constant Six String Circus tourmates Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses and Dee Jay Silver.

“We’ve had these shows circled on our calendar for quite a while. This is one of the most iconic ballparks in the country …read more

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Jana Kramer Strives to Follow in Kellie Pickler’s Dancing Footsteps

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ABCTonight as season 23 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on ABC, a country artist will once again have a shot at taking home the mirror-ball trophy, just like Kellie Pickler did back in 2013. This time, it’s “I Got the Boy” hitmaker Jana Kramer who’s showing off her fancy footwork. So far, she says it’s been every bit as much hard work as she expected — especially since she has a little one at home.

“Expectations and the reality… they’ve matched up, because I knew it was going to be tough and it is tough,” Jana tells ABC Radio. …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Band Perry provided their new single “Comeback Kid” as part of the halftime entertainment at Saturday night’s Battle at Bristol, playing for a record-setting crowd of close to 160,000 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning joined his pal Kenny Chesney onstage Friday night while he sang “The Boys of Fall” during his show leading up to the UT/Virginia Tech matchup on Saturday.

George Strait played two shows at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena over the weekend, paying tribute to Merle Haggard on Friday with classics like “Mama Tried” and “Workin’ Man Blues.” Frequent …read more

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From “Infinite Love” to “Feud,” Sara Evans Continues Her Collaborations with Todd Chrisley

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ABC/Kelsey McNealSara Evans and her four siblings take on the stars of USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best Sunday night on the season finale of ABC’s Family Feud.

Sara and her two brothers and two sisters team up to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in the episode that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Earlier this summer, the “Suds in the Bucket” singer recorded a duet with Todd Chrisley. You can check out “Infinite Love” at the usual outlets.

Sara herself is busy working on her debut project for Sugar Hill Records. Her eighth studio album is …read more

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Jennifer Nettles to Kick Off This Weekend’s Battle at Bristol

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Courtesy Big Machine RecordsJennifer Nettles will put her powerful pipes to good use this Saturday evening, singing the national anthem before the University of Tennessee takes on Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway. You can check out her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at 8 p.m. ET, before the Battle at Bristol kicks off on Saturday Night Football on ABC.

The Sugarland hitmaker is getting ready to release “Hey Heartbreak” as the second single from her Playing with Fire album. She’ll also reprise her role as Dolly Parton‘s mother, Avie Lee, in Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love November …read more

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“The Greatest Thing I’ve Ever Done Musically”: Dolly Parton’s Unreleased Recordings with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt

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RhinoIt’s been almost twenty years since we’ve heard new music from the three legends who initially wanted to call themselves the Queenston Trio. Today, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt release The Complete Trio Collection, which includes both 1987’s Trio and 1999’s Trio II, as well as twenty unreleased and alternate recordings from those sessions.

Dolly says the three knew, from the very beginnings of their vocalizing together in the seventies, that they had to collaborate, even though the odds seemed stacked against it.

“Different management, different labels, different agendas, different everything,” she recalls. “So we thought, ‘Will we ever get …read more

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A Refresher Course at the Ryman: Why Garth Brooks Is in the Running for Entertainer of the Year

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Mark TuckerIf you weren’t lucky enough to be part of the invitation-only crowd for Garth Brook‘s first-ever concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, there’s still hope you’ll be able to experience the historic night for yourself. Before the current Entertainer of the Year nominee ever took the stage Thursday night, camera crews were in place to capture the show for an as-yet-unannounced special.

Prior to the curtain rising, Garth walked on stage with only a guitar, explaining how hard a time he’d had deciding how to start his set, before seguing into snippets of many of his options. First there was …read more

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Why Kelsea Ballerini Was “Freaking Out” Before the ACM Honors

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Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc.Kelsea Ballerini may be on the verge of having her third number one in a row with “Peter Pan,” but the emerging superstar still maintains her ability to be starstruck.

“It’s freaking me out that she even knows who I am!” she said of Crystal Gayle, as she prepared to pay tribute to the pop-country icon last week at Nashville’s Ryman auditorium. “I’m singing her big crossover hit ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,’ and she’s just such a legend and such a strong, beautiful, iconic female in this format, so it’s really cool to …read more

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