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It’s a boy! Jason Aldean shares his baby’s gender reveal on Instagram

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ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean already has two girls, and soon he’ll have a baby boy.

On Monday, the ACM Entertainer of the Year and his wife Brittany Kerr shared their gender reveal on Instagram.

“Today is the day….. what’s it gonna be? Boy or girl!” Jason posted, along with a photo of the couple holding “It’s a girl!” and “It’s a boy!” balloons.

He followed up with a video of his whole family popping balloons filled with blue confetti, unveiling the answer. His daughters, 14-year-old Keely and 9-year-old Kendyl, both jumped up and down …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Phil Vassar, Brooke Eden, Knoxville Central High School’s Bobcat Company and Restless Heart will each sing the national anthem to kick off the nightly CMA Music Festival concerts June 8-11 at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

Jamey Johnson, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, and Chris Janson are just some of the artists who’ll take part in the Tug McGraw Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Pro-Am Sporting Clay Tournament June 6 at the Nashville Gun Club.

The debut release from new MCA Nashville artist Jordan Davis is titled “Singles You Up.”

Look for Luke Bryan, Michael Ray, Dustin Lynch and LOCASH, who all make …read more

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“We know a lot about bars”: Why Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem” is the real deal

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Big Machine With their debut single firmly seated in country’s top-20, the new trio Midland is off to the kind of start that makes you think they may be around for a while.

Lead singer — and former Calvin Klein model — Mark Wystrach attributes some of the success of “Drinkin’ Problem” to something legendary songwriter Dean Dillon once told the band.

“He said, ‘Boys, write what you know.’ And we know a lot about bars,” Mark says, half-joking. “I grew up in a bar. My family owns a live country music honky tonk…”

“I think it’s the kind of song you can …read more

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Rock on: Cracker Barrel brings free nightly concerts — and rockers — to CMA Music Festival

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CMAIf you didn’t score tickets to CMA Music Festival’s big nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium this year, the Country Music Association is offering you a free alternative for the first time ever.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday of CMA week, the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage will take over Ascend Amphitheater on the Riverfront in Music City.

Big & Rich, Deana Carter, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Oak Ridge Boys and others kick off the first night. On Friday, it’s Ladies of Country night with Sara Evans, Kellie Pickler, Danielle Bradbury, Aubrie Sellers and more. Dan + Shay, Hunter Hayes, High Valley, …read more

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How you can help Weekend Warrior Brad Paisley send “Love and War” to the troops

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ABC/Image Group LAMemorial Day is less than a week away, and Brad Paisley is hoping you’ll help him say thank you to America’s men and women who serve.

From now through next Monday, for every copy of Brad’s new Love and War album that’s sold on his website, he’ll donate another disc to a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a veteran.

This Saturday on tour, Brad marked Armed Services Day by calling local members of the military onstage during his performance of the record’s title track, which addresses how America’s military are treated once they …read more

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Little Big Town delivers a mother lode of special guests at the “Mother Church”

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ABC RadioFans who turned out to see Little Big Town this weekend at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium got a whole lot more than they bargained for.

In addition to performing their hits and tracks from their new album The Breaker, the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year surprised their sold-out audiences with a stellar lineup of special guests.

On Friday, bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss and pop sensation Tori Kelly took the stage, while four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack stopped by the next night. Saturday’s crowd also …read more

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Rascal Flatts returns to Vegas for Eight “Night(s) to Shine” in October

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BMLGRascal Flatts is headed back to Sin City for a limited-run residency this October.

The “Yours If You Want It” hitmakers will play eight shows at the 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas.

“Vegas just keeps pulling us back,” lead singer Gary LeVox says. “Our previous two residencies were such an amazing experience and opportunity to connect with our fans on a more intimate level. I think moving over to The Venetian will provide a totally different setting and fan experience that we’re really excited about!”

For the past two years, the trio has played The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel …read more

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Shout-out to Gwen and the fans: Blake Shelton is “Billboard”‘s Top Country Artist

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Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton took home the Top Country Artist honor at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, and the Oklahoma native knows exactly whom to thank.

“I know this award is based on streaming and record sales and ticket sales and that all happens because of the fans,” he says. “So I consider this a fan-voted award and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy.”

In his acceptance speech, Blake remarked he already felt like the luckiest guy in the room, since his girlfriend Gwen Stefani was with him.

Blake’s next awards show appearance happens next month at …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Lee Brice co-wrote this #1 from 2011 for the Eli Young Band. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Crazy Girl.”

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For Sentimental Reasons: Lee Brice pays tribute to his “Boy(s)” on album #4

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ABC/Rick RowellLee Brice‘s self-titled fourth studio album will arrive November 3, and the soon-to-be father of three reveals there are multiple reasons he chose “Boy” as the lead single.

“First, Sara and I have two sons, Takoda and Ryker,” Lee says. “This song is a tribute to them. It’s my way of saying how proud I am to be their dad.”

Takoda is nine and Ryker is three, and both are about to become big brothers.

“The second reason,” Lee goes on, “is because, coincidentally, we have a daughter on the way in a couple of weeks and we wanted to share this …read more

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