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Image credit: Scott HorsleyIt wasn’t just President Obama who paid a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan Sunday. Brad Paisley was right there with him.

“About to play a surprise concert for the troops in Afghanistan,” Brad tweeted late Sunday morning. “God bless our military. Here we go.” A few hours later, he tweeted a pic of him sitting in the open door of an enormous armored vehicle, with the comment, “Bagram Afghanistan, now this is a 4 wheel drive.”

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Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry recently played their first USO show while overseas in the U.K., and hearing the soldiers’ stories was a moving experience for the sibling trio.

Neil Perry says, “We got to talk to some of our service members and listen to what they go through. And the fact that they leave home, leave the place they’re actually protecting to protect us, that just meant a lot to us.”

The Band Perry plans to continue their efforts in giving back to servicemen and women whenever possible in the coming years. In the meantime, …read more

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Green Room PRJason Aldean headlines the inaugural Legends Day concert at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Saturday. The event celebrates current and legendary drivers of the Indianapolis 500, which will be held Sunday. Jason’s performance is part of his partnership with Firestone tires for their Destiny Country campaign.

Jason’s concert will take place at the new Turn 4 infield stage, and more than 41,000 fans will be on hand. Tyler Farr is set to open the show. Ticket information is available at IMS.com/Aldean.

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Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington tweeted a photograph of himself barefoot in a recording studio Friday. The caption reads, “Working on album 6! Looking forward to sharing this new music with you.”

Billy’s last album, We Are Tonight, was released last September. The title track is now climbing the country chart towards the top 10.

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Lauren Dukoff/BillboardKaty Perry and Kacey Musgraves are so close Katy’s even seen Kacey in the buff.

The two singers, who recently taped an episode of CMT Crossroads together, grace the cover of the new issue of Billboard magazine, and in the interview, Kacey confirms that Katy has seen her naked. “A couple times, and it won’t be the last,” she adds.

How did the two get together in the first place? Katy tells Billboard that after she heard Kacey’s debut hit “Merry Go ‘Round,” she instantly connected with it, so she tracked her down online and reached …read more

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Photo Credit: Ash NewellTaylor Swift has teamed with Toyota to promote road safety during the Southeast Asia dates of her Red tour, starting May 30 in Shanghai, China. The campaign features a video of Taylor encouraging fans to use their seat belts behind the wheel.

According to Marketing Interactive, the clip will be shown prior to Taylor’s upcoming shows and on print, TV and social media throughout Southeast Asia.

Here are Taylor’s upcoming Southeast Asia tour dates:
5/30 — Shanghai, China, Mercedes-Benz Arena
6/1 — Tokyo, Japan, Saitama Super Arena
6/4 — Jakarta, Indonesia, Meis Ancol
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ABC/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan may have been raised on a peanut farm in South Georgia, but he listened to just as much rap as country music growing up. So, it’s no surprise he’s scored hits with country-rap hybrids like “That’s My Kind of Night.”

Luke tells The New York Times, “Nobody grew up more country than me, and we listened to Eazy-E and 2 Live Crew.”

One Luke went to college at Georgia Southern University, he performed at frat parties and spring break events featuring just as much hip-hop as country. “We watched …read more

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Schmidt RelationsThe Grand Ole Opry will have a big presence at next month’s CMA Music festival. An Opry matinee is set for Saturday, June 7 at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. The Opry Originals store at 34rd Ave. and Broadway will also host autograph signings throughout CMA Music Festival week with Scotty McCreery, Josh Turner, Craig Morgan, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Love and Theft and more.

For a list of autograph times and other information, go to Opry.com/CMAFest.

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert‘s week-long motorcycle ride wraps up at Arlington National Cemetery Monday with a special Memorial Day ceremony to honor our fallen soldiers. The “Bottoms Up” singer partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to support the families of those who’ve lost loved ones in battle.

Brantley says, “Those guys not only left a legacy behind, they’ve got families and things that they cared about just as much as freedom, and any way we can help them out we want to make sure we do that.”

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Big Machine Label GroupDanielle Bradbery and Jennifer Nettles will perform on the 2014 National Memorial Day concert airing from Washington, D.C. Sunday night on PBS. The annual event takes place on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol with co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Members of the U.S. military bands and choirs will also perform at the concert.

Check local listings for air time.

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