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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center for the first time on Saturday, December 2. Tickets for the show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Thursday, October 19.

Lee Brice‘s 2012 album, Hard 2 Love, was certified platinum by the RIAA during the month of September.

You can check out newcomer Jillian Jacqueline‘s new video for “Sugar and Salt” on YouTube. It’s one of nine tracks included on her debut EP, Side A.

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ON TODAY’S SHOW: Bear, Deer, Fishing, and Color Reports from the Copper Country and U.P. Waterfall Reports

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Marquette, MI  –  October 11, 2017  –  We finally got a chance to hear from the Copper Country! We tracked down Richard from Northwoods Trading Post in Hancock to give us the update from the Keweenaw. The fall colors are coming in nicely up there and Richard gave some great reports on bear, deer, and […]

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Friday night with The Chief: AUDIENCE rolls out two Eric Church specials

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ABC/Mark LevineEven though Eric Church doesn’t have any dates scheduled until sometime next year, you can still spend your Friday night taking in a show by The Chief…in fact, you can check out two, thanks to AUDIENCE Network.

AUDIENCE kicks off two hours of Eric’s music on Friday night, with a backstage look at his most-recent Holdin’ My Own Tour starting at 8 p.m. ET.

“When you make a new record, critics are the mouthpiece to say, ‘Hey, go buy this record!’” Eric reflects in the promo for the show. “And that’s so backwards to me. Your biggest mouthpiece are the fans.”

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“What If” Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina ended Sam Hunt’s 34-week-run at #1?

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RCA NashvilleAfter 34 weeks at the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” has finally slipped to #2 — but it actually took two artist to dethrone it. Former schoolmates Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina have taken over the #1 spot with their duet, “What Ifs.”

“All I can say is ‘Thirty-four weeks, Sam Hunt? Damn.’ I’m happy to get in there,” Kane told Billboard shortly after finding out the news.

Kane’s platinum single is featured on the deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, which adds four new songs …read more

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Sold! Keith Urban and Chris Janson stage the Grundy County Opry

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ABC/Randy HolmesYou can just call it the Grundy County Opry, for short.

October’s the month of the Grand Ole Opry’s 92nd birthday, and that’s bringing out some pretty big names, including Brooks & Dunn, Keith Urban and Chris Janson on Tuesday night.

Keith and Chris took advantage of the rare chance to play together, working up a special duet for the Opry stage, as you can see in a rehearsal video the Aussie superstar shared on his socials.

In the clip, the two play guitar and sing on John Michael Montgomery‘s “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)”. They dissolve …read more

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From a roadhouse to their Texas farms, Midland shows you what they’re all about in new documentary

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ABC/Randy HolmesThere’s no denying Midland is one of most interesting acts around: While they’re one of the countriest bands in existence today, among their members, you’ll find a former Calvin Klein model and an MTV-Award-winning video director.

Thanks to a new documentary, you can get to know actor/model Mark Wystrach and Bruno Mars‘ collaborator Cameron Duddy a little better, along with their musical partner Jess Carson.

Midland: On the Record was filmed in the summer of 2016 outside of Austin, Texas, before the trio hit #1 with both their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem,” and their first album, On the Rocks.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, “The Happiest Girl in the Whole U.S.A.” hitmaker Donna Fargoclaimed her second #1 on the Billboard chart with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Funny Face.”

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Keith Urban revisits the “Golden Road” that led to the Grammys 60th anniversary

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ABC/Paula LoboThe Grammys are gearing up to celebrate their 60th birthday, and Keith Urban will lead the country charge to throw them a party.

The Aussie superstar will join the likes of Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Paul McCartney, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, U2 and more for a two-hour behind-the-scenes special next month.

Grammys Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special will take you inside some of the institution’s most famous moments, like Aretha’s surprise opera performance at the 40th Grammys, as well as the unexpected passing of Whitney Houston in the days leading up to the 2012 show.

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“You Should Be Here”: As Cole Swindell celebrated a #1 and played an outdoor show, he was thinking of Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LA Tuesday in Nashville, it was a time for both celebration and contemplation, as Cole Swindell marked his seventh #1 in a row, “Flatliner,” with a party at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

Later in the evening, Cole was to headline the concert marking the legendary honky tonk’s 57th anniversary. He admitted the open-air stage, in the middle of Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, was reminding him of the tragedy in Vegas.

“I just know that this is what we do,” he said thoughtfully. “You know, we write songs, we sing ’em… You know country music, this is our city, and we’ve all …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Rogers will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on October 24, prior to his farewell concert the next evening at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The Oak Ridge Boys‘ seventh yuletide collection, Celebrate Christmas, is available now at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations across the U.S.

Luke Combs, William Michael Morgan, Jamie O’Neal, Halfway to Hazard and newcomer Ben Gallaher will join Tracy Lawrence for his Third Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry Concert Tuesday, November 21 at Music City’s Wildhorse Saloon. Last year’s show raised more than $135,000 for the Nashville Rescue Mission. The concert …read more

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