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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Welcomes Country Stars Into Her Own Kitchen on “Kimberly’s Simply Southern”

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Photo Credit: Becky FlukeLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman doesn’t have to leave her house to tape her Great American Country cooking show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern, this season.

Thanks to the money from LBT’s big hit “Pontoon,” Kimberly was able to renovate the kitchen in her Nashville-area home to make it perfect for filming the show. Her husband, Stephen, designed the kitchen with some input from the cooking show’s producer.

Kimberly tells ABC News Radio, “We brought in the producer of the cooking show just to say, ‘If you had your druthers, where would you like for …read more

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Brad Paisley Drew from Childhood Memories for His Latest Single, “River Bank”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley grew up 500 yards from the Ohio River in West Virginia, so he had a ton of memories to draw from while writing his latest single, “River Bank.”

Brad tells The Tennessean, “My best memories with my grandfather are on that body of water, and my dad and learning to ski. It’s kind of like a back-to-basics song.”

“River Bank” is the lead single from Brad’s upcoming album, due out later this year. He started working on the album in January and finished writing it in just three …read more

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Taylor Swift Pops Up on “Saturday Night Live” to Support Pal Ed Sheeran

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Image Courtesy Ed Sheeran via InstagramTaylor Swift’s now a part-time New York City resident, so she didn’t have to go out of her way too much to make a surprise appearance on Saturday Night Live this weekend.

The singer appeared onstage during host Seth Rogen’s opening monologue, along with a few other unannounced guests: Zooey Deschanel and James Franco. Rogen angrily insisted that he didn’t need his famous friends to come by and help him out, and when he asked Taylor what she was doing there, she replied, “You’re getting really upset, and when a man shows …read more

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Miranda Lambert Fires Back at Tabloid Rumors with New Song “Priscilla”

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is now so famous the tabloids only use her first name when printing stories about her relationship with husband Blake Shelton.

One of those obviously fabricated stories inspired the song “Priscilla,” which is on her upcoming album, Platinum. Miranda was hanging out at her Nashville condo with writer Natalie Hemby when Natalie noticed a tabloid on the kitchen counter.

Miranda tells People Country, “It had a story that I was pregnant or getting an abortion or leaving Blake — or all three. Natalie asked, ‘How do you deal with all this BS?’ …read more

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Florida Georgia Line Is Doing Its Part to Outnumber Hunger

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CMAFlorida Georgia Line is the face of the annual Outnumber Hunger campaign, but the group has been working to help the hungry for several years now.

The duo has performed at the Stars for Second Harvest concert to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville for the past two years. Before that, when he was in college, FGL’s Brian Kelley chipped in with his basketball teammates at Belmont University to take food to the homeless in downtown Nashville almost every week.

Brian tells USA Today, “It was no organization, just us trying to help. …read more

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Justin Moore Honored with Armed Forces Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award

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Valory Music Co.Justin Moore was recognized with the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Armed Forces Foundation this week at the 10th Annual Congressional Gala in Washington, D.C.

Justin was selected for the honor in large part of his work with the Crown Royal Your Hero’s Name Here contest, which gives servicemen and women the chance to have their name be the title of a NASAR race.

While Justin admits he feels uncomfortable being honored in a room full of soldiers, he says, “I’m thrilled to know that what I do with the AFF …read more

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Luke Bryan to Perform on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan has signed on to perform on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Sunday, May 18 on ABC. Imagine Dragons, John Legend and OneRepublic are also set to appear on the show, broadcasting live from Las Vegas.

Luke is up for six trophies at the Billboard Music Awards, including Top Male Artist and Top Country Artist.

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Jason Aldean Showing Off His Vocal Talent on Upcoming Studio Album

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Photo Credit: James MinchinJason Aldean is known for his larger-than-life stage shows and party anthems, but you only have to listen to the last part of his recent hit, “Night Train,” to know Jason can really sing, too. When asked about his big vocals on that song, Jason says with a laugh, “Thank God for tuners.”

While he admits hits like “Dirt Road Anthem” don’t really show off his vocal power, Jason adds, “I like recording songs like that where I can kinda show that side of everything a little bit. Show …read more

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Dolly Parton to Debut New Album, “Blue Smoke,” on April 27 QVC Special

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Dolly RecordsDolly Parton will debut songs from her new album, Blue Smoke, on QVC with a live concert performance Sunday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET.

Fans can purchase the new album along with an exclusive deluxe edition of Dolly Live starting April 24 through QVC.com. That’s a full 20 days before the project lands in stores and online.

Dolly brings her Blue Smoke World Tour back to the U.S. with a May 22 show in Tulsa, OK.

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Lee Ann Womack Returns with New Album Due Out this September

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CMALee Ann Womack will release her new studio album this September, with the first single slated for a summer release.

The multiple CMA Award-winner enlisted her husband, Frank Liddell, to produce the project. He’s the man behind Miranda Lambert and David Nail‘s latest projects.

Lee Ann’s new album is rooted in her and Frank’s mutual passion for country music. She says, “When we started this record, Frank and I promised each other we would only cut songs that we absolutely loved for no reason other than we loved them very much. No other factors, and I think that …read more

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