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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1982, this band of cousins from the Heart of Dixie became the first group ever to win CMA Entertainer of the Year. Can you name them? ANSWER: Alabama.

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Professor Reba Calls School into Session with Her Own Masterclass

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Courtesy MasterClassIf you have aspirations in country music and you’ve ever wanted to learn from one of the best in the business, now is your chance! Reba McEntire is set to teach her own MasterClass via the online education platform of the same name.

“I love to learn from other people, so… being able to share some of the lessons I’ve been taught is exciting!” the entertainment icon says. “For the first time, I’m getting to offer up what I believe makes a killer song, my vocal techniques, and some tidbits I’ve experienced throughout my …read more

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Miranda Lambert Launching Highway Vagabond Tour in January

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is hitting the road in support of her upcoming double album, The Weight of These Wings.

Miranda’s Highway Vagabond tour, with special guests Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers — who’s Lee Ann Womack’s daughter — will kick off January 26 in Evansville, Indiana. So far, dates and cities are confirmed, but venues will come later. Visit MirandaLambert.com for more details regarding tickets and meet-and-greets.

The Weight of These Wings takes flight on November 18. Here are the tour dates, with venues to be announced later:

1/26 — Evansville, IN
1/27 — Springfield, MO
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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Backstreet Boys surprised the audience as Florida Georgia Line‘s special guests Thursday night on the duo’s sold-out stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on the Dig Your Roots Tour.

Kip Moore will release a new EP titled Underground on October 28.

If you happen to be at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena between now and the November 2 show, you can check out the impressive 50th Annual CMA Awards timeline located near section 114.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Backstreet Boys surprised the audience as Florida Georgia Line‘s special guests Thursday night on the duo’s sold-out stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on the Dig Your Roots Tour.

Kip Moore will release a new EP titled Underground on October 28.

If you happen to be at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena between now and the November 2 show, you can check out the impressive 50th Annual CMA Awards timeline located near section 114.

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Why Cole Swindell’s Latest Performance of “You Should Be Here” Is All About His Mom

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Warner Music NashvilleWith his latest single “Middle of a Memory” firmly in the top five, Cole Swindell marked the number-one success of his last hit, “You Should Be Here,” at a party Thursday in Nashville. Though he’s typically been known for fun, uptempo songs, the Georgia native says he’s thankful for the way the song about the loss of his dad has transformed his live show.

“Songs like that are why I love what I do,” Cole says. “I love having fun on stage, but I’ve never had a chance to have a moment… …read more

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Why Cole Swindell’s Latest Performance of “You Should Be Here” Is All About His Mom

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Warner Music NashvilleWith his latest single “Middle of a Memory” firmly in the top five, Cole Swindell marked the number-one success of his last hit, “You Should Be Here,” at a party Thursday in Nashville. Though he’s typically been known for fun, uptempo songs, the Georgia native says he’s thankful for the way the song about the loss of his dad has transformed his live show.

“Songs like that are why I love what I do,” Cole says. “I love having fun on stage, but I’ve never had a chance to have a moment… …read more

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Cole Swindell Is Off to the Races

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Warner Music Nashville Cole Swindell is off to the races, in more ways than one. The “Middle of a Memory” hitmaker is set to kick off this weekend’s Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Cole will wave the green flag Sunday at 1:30 CT to start the fifth race in the Chase for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup.

In addition to finishing up his final dates on Florida Georgia Line‘s Dig Your Roots Tour, he’s preparing to strike out on his own with his latest headlining trek, just ahead of the release of his …read more

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Chris Young Partners with Toys for Tots to Play Santa This Season

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RCA Records NashvilleNot only is Chris Young releasing his first holiday album this year, he’s also teaming up with Toys for Tots to play Santa this season.

The “Sober Saturday Night” singer will collect presents for the 69-year-old charity run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on his I’m Comin’ Over dates from November 17 through December 10. It’s a cause that’s close to his heart.

“My sister and brother-in-law both served in the United States Marines Corps,” he says, “so I’m excited to join up with Toys for Tots and help share the Christmas spirit with kids in the cities along …read more

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Robin Roberts Goes Honky-Tonkin’ for Her 8th Annual CMA Special

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ABC/Heidi GutmanRobin Roberts‘ pre-awards specials have become a CMA tradition, and this year, for the 50th anniversary of country music’s biggest awards show, the Good Morning America anchor is doing something special.

The former Music City resident will tape her eighth annual preview in front of a live audience at one of the world’s most famous honky tonks, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway. The show will include performances and appearances from some of the biggest stars in the genre, along with a look back at the most memorable moments in a …read more

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