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Why Jason Aldean is admiring his own chest hair

Madame Tussauds/Quinn Kaemmer/Reed PRWhen you’re a two-time Entertainer of the Year, there’s likely just not enough of you to go around. So for Academy of Country Music honoree Jason Aldean, maybe it helps to have a double.

The “Any Ol’ Barstool” hitmaker unveiled his wax likeness this weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, just as ACM mania overtook the town. The figure will eventually reside at the new Madame Tussauds in Nashville, which opens later this month.

“It blows my mind how realistic it is,” he laughs. “They got the chest hair and everything.”

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2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Jackson: “I thought they [were] gonna drop me from the label!”

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ABC/Image Group LABy the time the rest of the world found out that Alan Jackson would be going into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017, the legend himself was already struggling to get used to the idea. But when he first got the news, he admits he was prepared for something that wasn’t exactly positive.

“Yeah, they snuck up on me man,” he recalls. “They called this fake meetin’ here at the record label and I thought they [were] gonna drop me off the label or something, you know?”

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ON TODAY’S SHOW: Lake Michigan brown trout, walleye, steelhead and smallmouth, and bee keeping with Gary Tolleson

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Marquette, MI  –  April 5, 2016  –  Chris from Bayview Bait and Tackle in Gladstone discussed the walleye and brown trout fishing south of Little Bay De Noc along the coast.  He also gave us a steelhead and smallie report. Click here to listen to Part 1 of my interview with Chris from Bayview Bait […]

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Zac Brown Band sets the “Family Table” this Friday

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Elektra RecordsZac Brown is inviting you to sit down at his “Family Table” this Friday.

The track is the latest taste of Zac Brown Band‘s new album, Welcome Home, which won’t be available until May 12. If you pre-order the new effort, however, you’ll be able to download the cut “Real Thing,” as well as the lead single, “My Old Man,” which is just steps away from top-20 status.

Come Friday, “Family Table” joins that list. You can get a behind-the-scenes preview of the track thanks to a new studio clip ZBB shared on …read more

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Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, songwriter Don Schlitz are the newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

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ABC RadioThis year’s inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced this morning in Nashville. They are:

Modern Era — Alan Jackson: Part of country’s legendary “Class of ’89” along with Clint Black, Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt, Alan and his modern version of honky tonk stormed the charts with “Here in the Real World,” “Wanted,” “Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow” and “I’d Love You All Over Again,” all from his debut album, Here in the Real World. He’s been a continuous presence on the country chart ever since, selling over 80 million records …read more

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Why Michael Ray can “Think a Little Less” about being a one-hit wonder

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ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray first hit #1 in August of 2015 with “Kiss You in the Morning,” and just a couple weeks ago, he visited the top of the country chart again with “Think a Little Less.” He admits that song will always stand out for him…since it ensured that he wouldn’t be a one-hit wonder.

“I still have not wrapped my head fully around the fact that we have two [#1’s] right now…” Michael says. “For awhile, I was worried that like, ten to 15 years from now, people would go, ‘Michael Ray, yeah remember he had that …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Merle Haggard scored the first top-ten hit of his career in 1964, with this song that also inspired the name of his band. Can you name it? ANSWER: “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers.”

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The reason Brothers Osborne are slowing down after their breakout success

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Brothers Osborne picked up both the New Vocal Duo and the Vocal Duo trophies at this year’s ACM Awards, they also stepped into some pretty big boots. They’re the first act to accomplish that feat since Brooks & Dunn in 1991.

Now, TJ and John are turning their attention to their follow-up to their debut, Pawn Shop.

“We do two more shows between here and then,” John reveals, “and then in a week-and-a-half, we get back in the studio to start our sophomore album. We’ve been writing like crazy the past few months, and we’re eager to get back …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carrie Underwood picked up the International Artist Achievement Award, as the Country Music Association passed out its 2017 International Awards.

Sony is releasing “Tin Man” as the new single from Miranda Lambert‘s The Weight of These Wings album, after she performed it on Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus will helm the 16th annual Waiting for Wishes benefit April 18 at Nashville’s Downtown Hilton. Cassadee Pope, Kellie Pickler, John Rich and Hunter Hayes will all wait tables.

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Martina McBride and Wynonna head to D.C. to honor Keith Urban

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ABC/Randy HolmesMartina McBride is heading to Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, where she’ll host the Recording Academy’s ceremony honoring Keith Urban for his work with music education.

Keith himself will perform at the gathering, known as Grammys on the Hill, and Wynonna and Blues Traveler‘s John Popper will also be on hand to perform.

The annual event at the Hamilton Live in the nation’s capital celebrates cooperation between lawmakers and the music industry. This year, Senators Susan Collins and Tom Udall will both be recognized for their support of the National Endowment for the Arts as well.

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