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You never know what you’re gonna get: How Brad Paisley’s superstar collaborations paved an unpredictable path for “Love and War”

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ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley jokes that making his new album, Love and War, was a lot like “going through the maze to find the cheese.”

“I didn’t have necessarily the clearest vision of what I was going to wind up with,” he admits. “I just knew I wanted to go sort of down this path.”

That path involved collaborating with many of the legends who’ve influenced him, namely Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, as well as producer/rapper Timbaland.

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Why Keith Urban and Justin Moore will be right in the middle of March Madness

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ABC/Image Group LA As the Final Four teams get ready to square off this weekend, two of country’s biggest stars will be right in the middle of the action.

Keith Urban and Justin Moore are set to play the NCAA March Madness Music Festival Friday in Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona ahead of Saturday’s big games. They both take the stage as part of the AT&T Block Party, which you can stream starting at 10 p.m. ET at ATT.net/ATTBlockParty.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock UMG Nashville will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Deana Carter‘s breakthrough album Did I Shave My Legs for This? by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time. The LP will be available March 31.

Watch for Zac Brown Band Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Hank Williams Jr. will co-headline a handful of shows this summer with Lynyrd Skynyrd as part of his 2017 tour.

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“Rock On!” Tucker Beathard brings country to rock festivals this summer

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Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Label GroupTucker Beathard may very well be the hippest dude in all of country music these days.

By the time he wraps up his run on Brantley Gilbert‘s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour next month, he’ll be ready to set out on a summer full of festivals, some of which are the most coveted gigs in any genre of music.

The “Rock On” hitmaker will kick off the season April 29 with a stop at California’s Stagecoach Festival, but it’s a June 11 appearance at Bonnaroo where he’ll have a chance to win over lots of …read more

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Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley stage a Wednesday TV takeover ahead of the ACMs

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedThe clock is ticking toward Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley‘s second time hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, and starting Wednesday, the pair will be doing all they can to make sure all eyes are on them come Sunday night.

Luke and Dierks will kick off the day Wednesday with an early appearance on CBS This Morning, which starts at 7 a.m. They’ll return to a more normal late-night schedule by closing out the day on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Madame Tussauds and Patsy Cline Museum team up to give fans “Sweet Dreams” of late icon

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Madame TussaudsFor the first time in more than 50 years, Patsy Cline is on a tour — of sorts — of Nashville.

Madame Tussauds will reveal its new wax figure of the late country icon April 7 at the opening of the new Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Nashville. The new museum boasts the largest collection of Cline artifacts in the world, and features a new film about Patsy’s career, hosted by actress Beverly D’Angelo, who played her in the Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

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Jesus, take the wheel: Carrie Underwood’s leaving her longtime label home

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the …read more

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“This One’s for You”: A “Hurricane” of a first single leads the way for Luke Combs’ debut

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThese two Kentucky-born siblings are the only sisters to both win the ACM’s Top Female Vocalist trophy. Can you name them? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

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Your chance to play with Lady A: The “You Look Good” hitmakers hunt for a horn section

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a horn player and a Lady Antebellum fan, this could be the gig for you! Lady A is looking for a brass section to join them on stage during their September 9 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

To audition, you just need to post a video on social media of you playing their horn-fueled hit “You Look Good,” using the hashtag #YOULOOKGOODonstage.

Hillary Scott says even as a little girl, she was always attracted to a horn section.

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