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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison, Whitney Houston‘s recording of Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You,” and Linda Ronstadt‘s 1974 Heart Like a Wheel album are just three of the recordings joining the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

LANCO performed their recent #1 “Greatest Love Story” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. You can check out their appearance on YouTube.

If you missed Tyminski playing the tracks “Wanted” and “Temporary Love” from his Southern Gothic album Tuesday on Good Morning America, you can catch up online.

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You never know where Keith Urban may pop up: Why the Aussie superstar loves keeping it small

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ABC/Image Group LA Keith Urban happens to be a superstar who can take on any size venue he likes these days. Still, one of his favorite things to do is get his band together and play a tiny club or dive bar.

That’s why the Aussie music maker hints you haven’t seen the last of his pop-up shows.

“Yeah, I absolutely love doing ’em,” Keith says. “Someone said, ‘Well, you know when you advertise at the last second, we may only get like ten people who hear about it, just in time to make it.’ And I’d be like, ‘Well, …read more

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A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll: Lennon Stella charts her course after “Nashville”

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Jake Niles Getter/CMTRayna Jaymes’ daughter has signed a record deal — but it doesn’t sound like she’ll be singing a country tune.

Lennon Stella — who’s played Maddie Jaymes on all six seasons of Nashville — will release her debut pop album later this year. The 18-year-old’s project will be on the RECORDS label, which is a partnership with Columbia Records.

“There are no words to describe the feeling of finally being able to release my own music, something I have always dreamed of,” the Ontario native said in a news release.

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Faith Hill’s “Pickler & Ben” will be back for season 2

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ABC/Image Group LA Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler‘s daytime talk show will return for a second season in the fall of 2018. The E.W. Scripps Company delivered the good news on Tuesday.

Faith is one of the executive producers of Pickler & Ben, which is hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron.

The Nashville-based program is recorded in front of a live studio audience, and premieres in syndication, before re-airing the next morning at 9 a.m. ET on CMT.

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LANCO books busy days and “Hallelujah Nights” to roll out debut album

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ABC/Image Group LA It’s busy days and Hallelujah Nights for the guys in LANCO, as they prepare to release their debut album this Friday.

Brandon Lancaster and company will follow their Tuesday performance of their #1 single “Greatest Love Story” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, by popping up in the next episode of The Bachelor. You can watch for them Monday starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

“It’s a surreal feeling for us that the wait is over and our first record will finally be out for the world to hear…” Brandon says. “What started as a dream when it …read more

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Florida Georgia Line is “Meant to Be” on “The Tonight Show” with Bebe Rexha

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ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia Line‘s hit with pop star Bebe Rexha is currently enjoying its sixth week at the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. And “Meant to Be” doesn’t seem likely to vacate the #1 position anytime soon.

Next Tuesday night, FGL and Bebe will bring their pop/country crossover hit to life on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for their performance starting at 11:35 PM ET January 23 on NBC.

That happens to be the day Tyler Hubbard‘s little one, daughter Olivia Rose, will be one-month-old. When he’s not “crushing the diaper game,” Tyler is busy working …read more

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Newcomer Jordan Davis invites you to his “Home State” on March 23

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MCA NashvilleWith his debut hit, “Singles You Up,” in the top-20, the first album from newcomer Jordan Davis is now officially on the way.

The Louisiana native had a hand in writing all twelve tunes on Home State, which comes out March 23.

“Making this record has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done…” Jordan says. “I can’t wait for y’all to hear it.”

Jordan sets out on the White Wine and Whiskey Tour next month with fellow newbie Jillian Jacqueline.

Here’s the complete track listing for Home State, which is available to pre-order now:

“Take It from Me”
“Going ‘Round”
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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock1988 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year K.T. Oslin made it to #1 on the country chart in March of that same year with this collaboration with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Alabama. Can you name the track from the band’s Just Us album? ANSWER: “Face to Face.”

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Easton Corbin is definitely “A Little More Country Than That,” but he’s willing to compromise

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ABC/Image Group LA With hits to his credit like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It,” Easton Corbin is definitely in touch with his traditional side.

He admits it took a little bit of vision to imagine how a song like “A Girl Like You” could work for him.

“It’s funny,” Easton tells ABC Radio, “I heard this song… and I kept going back to it. It was definitely progressive, the demo…. but I kinda heard through that. I’m like, ‘There’s something really cool about this song.’ I said, ‘Man, I could take my voice and frame it, you …read more

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Carrie Underwood creates “The Champion” as part of a super-secret assignment from NBC

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ABC/Image Group LA In addition to her regular gig opening Sunday Night Football, NBC gave Carrie Underwood a special assignment this season: creating a new sequence to start the biggest game of them all.

“We were asked to come up with something special for the Super Bowl,” Carrie explains. “We knew we wanted the open to be as grand as the Super Bowl is, so I was really excited that NBC and Sunday Night Football kind of gave us control to be creative and go in and see what we could do.”

In the end, what Carrie came up with was …read more

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