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Trick or treat: Dolly Parton to show off her Halloween costume Tuesday on “Harry”

Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleWhat will Dolly Parton be going as this Halloween? You’ll have to watch Harry on Tuesday to find out.

The entertainment icon is set to make an in-costume appearance on the October 31 episode of Harry Connick Jr.‘s talk show. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

We do know Dolly will be stopping by the show to promote her new children’s album, I Believe in You. The cover features a photo of the Country Music Hall-of-Famer dressed in a Tinkerbell-esque outfit, complete with butterfly wings.

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Luke Combs brings his Good Time Tour to the stage of the Ryman

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleAs his second #1 hit spends its second week at the top of the charts, Luke Combs is extending his Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour.

The North Carolina native will headline two shows at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on February 2 and 3, with newcomer Ashley McBryde opening the dates.

The CMA New Artist of the Year nominee will also sing that two-week #1, “When It Rains It Pours,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the CMA Awards. You can catch his performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC on Wednesday, November 8.

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Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like “Down Home”: Cole Swindell readies fourth EP this fall

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Warner Music NashvilleFor Cole Swindell fans, fall typically means there’s a new Down Home Session EP on the way. But this year, the Georgia-born hitmaker hinted he might skip the tradition he started in 2014, in favor of focusing on his upcoming third studio album.

Well, good news: turns out Cole is readying his fourth annual EP for release after all. It’ll be here on November 24.

Not only that, but the “Stay Downtown” hitmaker is also planning the Down Home Tour IV, with cities and dates to be announced soon. Cole’s previous three Down Home treks have all sold out. …read more

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Kelsea Ballerini “Unapologetically” heads out on second headlining tour in February

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini‘s second headlining trek takes its name from her sophomore album, Unapologetically, which comes out this Friday.

Newcomer Walker Hayes will open the dates, with Bailey Bryan joining for the Valentine’s Day show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

“Great things happens when music surrounds you, I really believe that,” Kelsea says. “One of the coolest things to me about headlining is being able to create a world for your fans to step into. I can’t wait for you to join me on this new journey with my good friend Walker and begin chapter two together!”

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Margaritas, Motown, and a short dress: Maren Morris unveils her wedding plans

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ABC/Mark LevineAfter getting engaged to fellow artist Ryan Hurd in July, Maren Morris is busy planning a spring wedding.

Even though the details are top-secret, the “I Could Use a Love Song” hitmaker has settled on a time, a location and the guest list — which she confesses was the hardest part.

Maren says the wedding itself won’t be too formal — it’ll be laid back, just like she and Ryan are.

“There’s definitely going to be margaritas and some Motown music and my dog will be there,” she tells People. “It’s going to be a complete reflection of …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock These three legends won the very first CMA Award for Musical Event of the Year in 1988, for their first Trio album. Can you name them? ANSWER: Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.

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Country Music Freaks on tour: Blake Shelton heads out with Brett Eldredge, Trace Adkins & Carly Pearce this winter

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Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton is taking the Country Music Freaks on tour this winter.

The Oklahoma native’s 14-date run will kick off February 15 in Tulsa, with Carly Pearce, Brett Eldredge and Trace Adkins opening the shows.

“The main thing that I look forward to these days, and honestly always have, is my live performances,” Blake says. “And even though I’m the first to say that too much time on the road can wear me down, too much time away from the road can break my heart. It’s been awhile and I cannot wait to get out there! I think this …read more

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Thomas Rhett announces Life Changes Tour 2018 with Brett Young, Carly Pearce & more

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The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett has had to cancel some of his recent Home Team tour dates due to illness, but next year, he’ll be raring to go for his Life Changes 2018 tour.

The “Unforgettable” singer has announced that Brett Young will join him for the tour, as well as a rotating group of opening acts that includes Carly Pearce, Russell Dickerson and Jillian Jacqueline. The tour gets underway April 5 in Tulsa, OK and is right now scheduled to wrap up in Sacramento, CA on October 27. The tour’s second leg will …read more

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Nashville notes

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Justin Moore celebrated his string of seven number-ones, as well as the platinum certifications of his albums Justin Moore and Outlaws Like Me, with a party Thursday night in Nashvillle. His Off the Beaten Path record has gone gold as well.

If you missed Cole Swindell‘s performance of “Stay Downtown” Thursday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can check it out online.

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Old Dominion is loving playing on Thomas Rhett’s Home Team — but who’ll get custody of the songs?

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ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett was forced to cancel his shows this week due to sickness, but any other weekend, he’d be hitting the road on the Home Team Tour with the guys in Old Dominion.

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey says OD is loving their stint on the fall leg of TR’s headlining trek.

“We go out there and do a little thing with him,” he tells ABC Radio, “and we’ve written some songs already and he’s a great guy. We’re a great fit. It really feels like a fun show and a fun package, you know. We were excited when we …read more

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