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ABC RadioJake Owen‘s new single is called “Down to the Honkytonk,” and that’s exactly where he’ll be headed next month, as he helps Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge celebrate its 58th anniversary.

The world famous honky-tonk will once again celebrate its birthday with a massive, star-studded free show in the middle of the Nashville district known as Lower Broadway. Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt, Eddie Montgomery, Darryl Worley and Kid Rock are just some of the big names set to take the stage on Wednesday, October 10.

Located just steps away from the back door of the historic Ryman Auditorium, the bar, originally …read more

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Photo courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographerCarrie Underwood played the first Opry Goes Pink show back in 2009, and next month, she’ll return for the Grand Ole Opry’s 10th annual edition of the special charity night, which raises money to help end breast cancer.

Carrie will start the night by flipping an oversize light switch to turn the Opry’s iconic backdrop pink. Then, she’ll go on to play two shows at the Opry on Friday, October 26.

Five dollars from each ticket sold will go toward breast cancer research. Packages are also available that include Carrie’s new Cry Pretty album …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineThey’ve been hinting at it for some time, and now it’s official: Kelsea Ballerini‘s collaboration with Grammy-winning electronic duo The Chainsmokers is coming out on Tuesday.

Both artists tweeted the news via social media Thursday morning, sharing a black, white and red drawing that simply says Tuesday’s date, 9/18. The picture shows a female skeleton in the foreground, between two male skeletons that each have an arrow through their heart, with more red hearts hovering around their heads. There’s no mention of the song’s title.

Of course, country/pop crossovers are hot these days: Both Florida Georgia Line …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seven years ago this week, Jake Owen claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this casual hit. Can you name the tune that was written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Willie Nelson will headline a concert on September 29 at Auditorium Shores in Austin for Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. This will be the first public concert the legend has ever held for a political candidate.

Musicians on Call will honor Nashville actor Charles Esten with its Music Heals Award October 10 at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Thomas Rhett and Chris Janson will perform during the event known as A Night to Celebrate the Healing Power of Music. Musicians on Call works to bring music to the bedsides of patients all …read more

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Sony Music Nashville Even though Kane Brown is one of the most-nominated country artists at next month’s American Music Awards, the “Lose It” hitmaker is still pretty low-key about the whole affair.

“It feels great, man, because I’m still new to the game,” he tells ABC Radio. “So just being nominated, you know, you just feel accomplished for the work that you’re doing.”

Kane will vie for Male Artist, Album and Song for “Heaven” in the country categories during the Tuesday, October 9 AMAs on ABC.

After that, he’ll focus his attention on his second album, titled Experiment, which comes out November 9. …read more

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleThe “One That Got Away” takes Michael Ray on a romantic, impromptu jaunt around South Beach in the new music video for his latest hit.

Even though Michael himself is a Florida native, he was eager to embrace a part of the Sunshine State he didn’t know quite so well.

“We wanted to treat Miami as its own character in this video,” he says, “because we felt that this city really had a personality and an energy of its own — reminiscent of the energy I feel on stage night-after-night, city-after-city when we play this song live.”

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SonyWhile we know Pistol Annies have finished a new record that’s supposed to be out sometime this fall, we don’t know exactly when it will be released or what it will be called. But Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley may be dropping some hints.

You can now follow a new Pistol Annies playlist titled Interstate Gospel on both Spotify and Apple Music. The 45-song collection includes songs from the trio’s two previous albums — 2011’s Hell on Heels and 2013’s Annie Up — as well as solo tracks from each of the women.

It’s not …read more

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Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood sports elaborate pink-and-purple “glitter tears” on the cover of both her Cry Pretty album, and in the video for the title track.

Now, in the new music video for the record’s second single, “Love Wins,” Carrie’s fancy eye makeup is back. This time, Carrie wears mask-like splotches of electric blue and yellow around her eyes, matching the multi-colored powder that permeates the air in the second section of the video.

The clip mirrors the message of unity in “Love Wins,” starting with Carrie performing in bright sunlight, as strangers join hands to march together across a bridge.

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ABC/Randy Holmes“Tequila” continues to be the song that’s helping take Dan + Shay to the next level.

Wednesday morning, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney grabbed their first-ever American Music Awards nods, for Favorite Country Duo or Group, as well as Favorite Country Song for “Tequila.”

“What a year 2018 continues to be for us,” Dan says in a statement, “and we’re so excited to celebrate our first American Music Awards with two nominations!”

“Thanks to all the fans,” he adds. “It’s because of you!”

Voting for the AMAs is open now, both online and via Twitter, with all the information at <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" rel="noopener noreferrer" …read more

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