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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDylan Scott is giving back to his hometown of Sterlington, Louisiana, with the inaugural Bayou Stock music festival on Nov. 17. Tickets to the festival go on sale Sept. 12 via the festival’s website and Dylan will serve as the headliner. Proceeds will benefit children in need in Northeast Louisiana during the holiday season.

Singer/songwriter Jon Langston is the first artist signed under Luke Bryan‘s new label, 32 Bridge Entertainment. The signing is a joint partnership between Luke and EMI Records Nashville.

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CurbDylan Scott‘s wife Blair may very well be one of the crucial ingredients to his success. She not only inspired his first #1, “My Girl,” she also helped pick his latest top-five hit, “Hooked.”

The Louisiana native immediately liked the tune co-written by Morgan Evans, but his wife helped seal the deal.

“When I heard it the first time, it just resonated with me so hard,” Dylan explains. “Like I could just really hear this song on the radio.”

“We recorded it,” he continues, “and when we got done with it, it just felt so good that I just… you know, I let …read more

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Young has revealed that his sophomore album, Ticket To L.A., will be released on Dec. 7. The highly anticipated project finds the singer working with producer Dann Huff, executive producer Jimmy Harnen and engineer/mixer Justin Niebank. Additionally, the California native co-wrote 10 of the album’s 13 tracks.

“It’s been four-and-a-half years that I’ve been in Nashville,” says Brett in a statement. “A lot has happened, the first record has been really good to me and I’m really, really proud of it. But just having a new batch of songs – it’s like breathing new life almost.”

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town took part in the Stand Up to Cancer telecast on Sept. 7, which raised more than $123 million for cancer research. The country quartet performed early on during the one-hour broadcast where they covered the poignant “With a Little Help From My Friends,” originally recorded by the Beatles in 1967 and covered by Joe Cocker in 1968.

Little Big Town take the stage around the 5:20 mark. Donning Stand Up to Cancer t-shirts, their rousing performance got the crowd on its feet and singing along. While Karen Fairchild kicked off the song, …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineKelsea Ballerini has been named the fifth coach of The Voice, but not the broadcast version. Kelsea will join the singing competition as host of a new online series called Comeback Stage, where she’ll mentor six singers who auditioned during The Voice Blind Auditions but didn’t make the cut.

“Y’all, I have been SO excited to share that I’m joining the @nbcthevoice family this fall as the 5th coach for the first ever ‘Comeback Stage,'” Kelsea shares on Instagram. “It’s been such a new, fulfilling challenge and I’ve been beyond inspired by the artists I’ve …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line was scheduled to host their inaugural festival on Saturday but Mother Nature had different plans. FGL Fest was canceled just hours before it was set to take place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

In a joint statement released by the race track and Live Nation, it was revealed that the event would be canceled following torrential rain in the area. Additionally, the statement says that fans who bought passes for the festival can receive refunds where they originally purchased their tickets.

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Capitol NashvilleWhen Luke Bryan serves as host tonight during the grand opening of his new bar, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, he’ll have another reason to celebrate as he recently notched his 21st #1 single with “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.”

Penned by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” is the third single and third consecutive #1 song from Luke’s 2017 album, What Makes You Country.

“These guys knocked it out of the park,” Luke says in a statement. “You hear that title and so much of it just sticks with you. They painted so many wonderful …read more

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ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood returns as the voice of Sunday Night Football with a new theme song, “Game On.” The 90-second clip aired Sunday night before the Chicago Bears battled the Green Bay Packers and features Carrie’s powerful pipes as she amps up football fans for a new season.

Dressed in leather pants, a white tank top and leather jacket, Carrie is the focus of the promo before several football players make a cameo.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe late Burt Reynolds scored a #51 hit on Billboard‘s Country Songs chart in 1980, with this song from Smokey and the Bandit II. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Let’s Do Something Cheap and Superficial.”

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ABC/Image Group LA Old Dominion just celebrated the one-year anniversary of their Happy Endings album, as the record’s third single, “Hotel Key,” is on track to be their latest #1.

Even though they’ve spent the summer on Kenny Chesney‘s Trip Around the Sun stadium tour, the group of songwriters still manages to not only write their own material, but to turn out hits for their peers: Brad Tursi helped Luke Bryan craft his #1, “Light It Up,” while Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen had a hand in writing both Michael Ray‘s current single, “One That Got Away,” as well as the …read more

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