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Maren Morris Warms Up for Her Summer Dates with Sam Hunt with a Sold-Out Headlining Tour

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ABC/Image Group LATonight in New York City, four-time Grammy nominee Maren Morris kicks off her first-ever headlining trek with two sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom.

“The rehearsals are going great,” she says of the Hero Tour. “I’m excited to… have a longer set list and really play with lighting. I mean I’m getting into all these creative things I never really got to do before,” she adds.

Once the “80s Mercedes” hitmaker wraps her headlining gig in April, she’ll spend the summer opening Sam Hunt‘s 15 in a 30 dates.

“I’ve been a fan of Sam’s since the beginning,” …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane and more will play a special edition of the Grand Ole Opry February 22 at Omni Nashville on the first night of Country Radio Seminar 2017.

For the first time in 19 years, Garth Brooks will play the City of Brotherly Love. Tickets for the Saturday, March 25 concert at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. ET.

CMT revives its Next Women of Country LIVE web series this month, premiering a new clip at CMT.com every …read more

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“God’s Problem Child”: Willie Nelson Addresses Death Rumors and the 2016 Election on New Album

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Legacy RecordingsWillie Nelson returns this spring with his first album of all-new material since 2014’s Band of Brothers.The April 28 release of God’s Problem Child is timed to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Famer’s 84th birthday, which happens to be the next day.

The 13-song collection finds Willie in fine form, being both funny and thoughtful, as usual. On “Still Not Dead,” he takes on the untimely reports of his demise, while he considers the 2016 election on “Delete and Fast-Forward.”

The title track includes what’s likely the last recording by the legendary Leon Russell, while the album’s final track, …read more

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Zac Brown Band Says “Welcome Home” with “My Old Man”

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Elektra/Warner NashvilleThere’s new music on the way this week from Zac Brown Band. The group will release their new single, “My Old Man,” Friday morning, ahead of the May 12 debut of their new album, Welcome Home.

Teased as a throwback to the band’s beginnings, Welcome Home will be on the Elektra label, after a one-album deal with Big Machine’s Dot Records. Earlier this week, ZBB unveiled the cover of the project, which, in keeping with the back-to-basics theme, is simply brown-toned type spelling out the name of the album and the band.

As we wait for the single’s release, you …read more

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Reba’s Set to Share Her Views Next Week on ABC

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ABC/Image Group LA If you wonder what Reba McEntire thinks about the goings-on in the world these days, you’re likely to have a chance to find out next Wednesday.

Reba’s set to share her opinions with the ladies of The View on February 8, as she joins the panel as a co-host on the ABC morning talkfest.

The Country Music Hall of Famer’s stop by The View is the final stop in her promotional tour for her new gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, which comes out Friday.

On Monday, Reba visits NBC’s Today show and the syndicated …read more

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Blake and Gwen Joke About “Hooking Up” in New “Voice” Promos

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NBCBlake Shelton‘s main squeeze, Gwen Stefani, returns as a coach for the upcoming 12th season of The Voice, and judging from the promos, it looks like we can expect the sparks to fly.

“I just did a country song with Blake Shelton. I got the hookup!” Gwen brags in an exclusive Entertainment Tonight clip.

“That is so inappropriate to talk about us hooking up!” Blake teases.

But when it comes to bragging rights, the winningest coach in the show’s history isn’t planning to take it easy on his sweetheart.

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Sam Hunt Drives “Body Like a Back Road” to Country Radio

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MCA NashvilleIf Sam Hunt‘s web leak of his tune “Drinkin’ Too Much” was just enough to get you in the mood for some new music from the man who broke through with Montevallo, you’ll be happy to hear this — Sam’s now released the first official single from his sophomore album: “Body Like a Back Road.”

Melodic, percussive, and soulful, the track is very much in the vein of what we’ve come to expect from the Georgia native, who was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy last year.

The song also features the lyric that inspired the name of his 15 …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, Valory released Thomas Rhett‘s debut single. Can you remember what it was called? ANSWER: “Something to Do with My Hands.”

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Grammy Fashion 2017: Kelsea Ballerini Can’t Wait to Show Off Her Beyonce-Inspired Dress

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ABC/Image Group LA With less than two weeks to go before the 59th Annual Grammys, the countdown is on for Nashville’s nominees to make their fashion choices.

Best New Artist contender Kelsea Ballerini has already made her wardrobe decision, and she’s pretty excited about it.

“I just picked my dress like two hours ago,” she said at the recent Music City celebration for the nominees. “I picked it two hours ago. It’s my favorite dress I’ve ever worn! And it looks like Beyonce!”

Things are much more up in the air for first-time nominee Cassadee Pope, who’s up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance …read more

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Soul2Soul Confessions: Faith’s a Fan of Tim’s Beard. His Dancing? Not So Much

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ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw is sporting a beard, and Faith Hill‘s hair is shorter than when we saw her last. Those are just two of the things we learned as the country music power-couple took to Facebook Live Tuesday afternoon to announce half a dozen new dates on their upcoming Soul2Soul trek.

They also revealed they’ll be welcoming a different opening act on tour every week.

Tim and Faith were in a playful mood as they streamed live from New York City, going on to take several questions from fans.

“How do we continue the magic of looking into each other’s — …read more

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