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ABCNashville paid tribute to the troops Wednesday night with Rayna Jaymes and Luke Wheeler staging a concert at Fort Campbell just north of Music City. They decided to stage the show after Luke was injured by a roadside bomb while in Afghanistan to entertain servicemen and women overseas. First lady Michelle Obama showed up with a pre-taped message, thanking the military personnel for their service before the show began. Kellie Pickler was also on hand to sing her song, “Closer to Nowhere.”

While everyone was all smiles onstage at the concert, plenty of drama was going …read more

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ABC News RadioDierks Bentley launches his biggest tour ever Thursday night in North Carolina, and he’s ready to deliver a rocking show for his fans all-summer long. The new stage show features a giant projection screen Dierks calls “the wave” that allows him to connect with audience members sitting in the very back of the venue.

Dierks says, “I think about going to amphitheaters as a kid when I was 17, loving country music. Every band comes through, and you want to make your show stand out and be different and be unique.”

Dierks is …read more

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Mercury NashvilleLast September, Billy Currington pleaded no contest to charges of threatening a 70-year-old tour boat captain, in connection with an incident near his Georgia home earlier in the year. That incident has come back to haunt Billy again.

The Savannah Morning News reports the captain, Charles Harvey Ferrelle III, has filed a lawsuit against Billy, claiming the singer mocked and libeled him on his official fan website, two days before he entered his plea. Ferrelle claims Billy said he “ran like a scared rabbit on dry land” during the April …read more

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Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line open up like never before in a new installment of CMT’s biography series, Inside Fame. The guys address their critics, who have labeled their brand of music “bro country,” and the duo’s Tyler Hubbard speaks for the first time about the helicopter crash that took his father’s life. The special also features personal photographs and childhood video footage from FGL.

The band’s musician pals Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, and “Cruise” collaborator Nelly all sit down for exclusive interviews about FGL’s rise to stardom.

Florida Georgia Line’s Inside Fame episode airs Thursday, May 22 at …read more

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Greenroom PRDierks Bentley is headed to Bonnaroo next month for the Bluegrass Situation SuperJam. The annual festival in Manchester, Tennessee takes place June 12 through 15. Dierks joins his bluegrass pal Bryan Sutton as well as Shovels & Rope, Sarah Jarosz and more for the group performance.

For more details go to Bonnaroo.com. Dierks launches his Riser tour Thursday night in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Dick Clark Productions/ABCMiranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are set to debut their new duet, “Somethin’ Bad,” on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. The rocking song appears on Miranda’s new album, Platinum, due out June 3.

Miranda says, “I’m a huge Carrie Underwood fan. ‘Somethin’ Bad’ Is a meshing of our styles and there aren’t many female collaborations in our format so I’m really excited to be debuting it on the Billboard Awards.”

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will perform on the Billboard Music Awards, too. The show airs live from Las Vegas Sunday, May 18 at 8 …read more

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MCA NashvilleKip Moore heads out on the road with one of his heroes, Tim McGraw, this week on the Sundown Heaven Town tour. Before Kip discovered Tim’s music, he mostly listened to rock acts like Bob Seger and Bruce Springsteen. The “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck” singer plans to study McGraw’s live shows all summer long.

“I am eager to learn something from this tour,” Kip tells the Fresno Bee. “I’m always trying to find out what made me fall in love with an artist.”

The Sundown Heaven Town tour kicks off Thursday night in Fresno, CA. Cassadee Pope joins Kip …read more

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Mercury NashvilleA 19-year-old suspect has been charged in the home invasion-style robbery that victimized Scotty McCreery early Sunday morning.

According to ABC affiliate WTVD-TV, Mikkail Jamal Shaw turned himself in Tuesday night in Raleigh, NC and was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. The search continues for two other suspects.

Raleigh police report more than $1,600 worth of cash, wallets and electronic items were stolen, including Scotty’s iPhone. No one was hurt in the robbery.

As previously reported, Scotty declined to comment much on the …read more

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban once again brought together some of country music’s biggest names for his fifth annual We’re All for the Hall Benefit concert Tuesday night at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Keith sang his latest hit, “Cop Car,” during the show in addition to leading the backing band with Vince Gill.

Country’s leading ladies were front and center throughout the night with Reba sharing the stories behind two of her major hits, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and “I’m a Survivor,” as she performed them.

Even though Dolly Parton only appeared via a pre-taped …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits he felt a lot of pressure when he started work on Storyline, the follow-up to his platinum-selling, self-titled debut album. A lot of that stress came from people asking him if he was worried about the sophomore jinx.

Hunter says, “When somebody mentions that, you panic, ’cause you’re like, ‘Oh, wow, I didn’t think about it that way.’”

Once Hunter started work on Storyline, he let go of the pressure and got excited about making new music. Earning multiple industry awards and scoring #1 hits from his first album helped him …read more

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