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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood are the first country artists set to perform at the Grammys next month on CBS.

Both Keith and Carrie are nominees, competing against each other for Best Country Solo Performance for “Church Bells” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Keith’s also nominated for Best Country Album for Ripcord, while "Blue..." is up for Best Country Song as well.

So far there’s no word on whether the two might perform their CMA-nominated track, “The Fighter,” together. Though its yet to be released in the states as a single, it’s already been a hit Down Under, where Keith and Carrie toured together last month.

You can catch the 2017 Grammy Awards February 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This hitmaker's unusual first name comes from his maternal great-grandmother's surname. Can you guess the Arizona-born singer? ANSWER:  Dierks Bentley.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGarth Brooks confirms that his longtime friend and inaugural organizer Steve Wynn approached him about singing at President-elect Donald Trump’s ceremonies later this week, but ultimately, he “left it up to karma,” to decide what to do. 

In the end, the addition of three new concerts on his Cincinnati, Ohio run meant he wouldn't be able to play the festivities in Washington, D.C. anyway.

“I’m going to tell you, with this whole presidential thing, we’ve got one going out, pray for him and his family. And for the president going in, pray for him and his family to guide this nation,” Garth said during his weekly Monday evening Inside Studio G Facebook chats. “Let’s stay together. Love, unity, that’s what it’s all about.”

Since it was MLK Day, Garth went on to invoke the spirit of the slain civil rights leader.

“In the immortal words of Martin Luther King, the most durable thing that we’ve known is love. It will always be that way. Again, can’t thank the Obamas enough for serving this country, and may God hold Trump’s hand in the decisions that he makes in this country’s name as well.”

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Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.Thanks to multiple sell-outs and fan demand, Thomas Rhett is expanding his 2017 Home Team Tour before he ever plays the first date. 

“It’s unreal that we’re adding dates before we’ve even had a chance to get started,” TR says of his first trek as a headliner. “It’d be impossible to pick which part of the tour I’m most excited about, but I can’t wait to get back out there. We’re going to make sure every last person at the show has a good time."

The added shows include Thomas Rhett’s inaugural headlining run in Canada, a return to Europe, and more dates in the U.S.

Here are the new additions to the 2017 Home Team Tour, which kicks off February 23 with Kelsea Ballerini and Ryan Hurd opening:

London, UK
Birmingham, UK 
Manchester, UK 
Glasgow, UK
Belfast, UK 
Abbotsford, BC
Dawson Creek, BC
Edmonton, AB
Lethbridge, AB
Regina, SK
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
Evansville, IN
Louisville, KY
Alpharetta, GA
Washington, DC
Columbia, SC
Pensacola, FL
Biloxi, MS
Columbia, MO
Kansas City, MO
Springfield, MO
Bismarck, ND
St Paul, MN
Omaha, NE

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ABC/Image Group LAA yearly polar plunge with his tourmates has become a tradition for Dierks Bentley, one Cole Swindell admits he wasn’t particularly excited about, once he signed up for the What the Hell Tour. Since Dierks decided to take 2017’s icy dip by himself late last week, Cole is officially off the hook.

“That was the only thing I was not looking forward to about touring with Dierks… and I got to get out of it, somehow,” Cole laughs. “He'll get me back, somehow, so I better hush!”

The trek kicks off Thursday in Dayton, Ohio, and Cole says he’s already been blown away in rehearsal.

“You've heard me talk about Dierks… how much I think of him as an artist. But then to get to know him, and to see what kind of person he is, I couldn't be more proud to be on tour with anybody,” Cole says. “Just one day in rehearsal, and our new production and the video and the content…” he trails off, indicating how impressed he’s been.

Cole says you should prepare for an overwhelming moment when he sings the #1 hit he wrote about his dad.

“The content for 'You Should Be Here' -- I'm so glad I don't have to look at that when I'm singing,” he says, “because it's the most unbelievable thing… You know, lyrics are one thing but to have stuff that pulls everybody in and I mean, looking up there and seeing my dad's eyes on the screen… I hope people can take that and relate that to who they're missing.”

Cole also teases another special moment in the show when he performs “Flatliner,” the new single that features Dierks.

Jon Pardi will open the tour, which also stop in Lousiville, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee this week.  

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lake jump 2017! better late than never. thanks #wimhof for helping me do 14 mins in 36 degree water. pic.twitter.com/HUZ3zF57OF

— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) January 13, 2017

 



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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town surprised students from Ohio’s Wadsworth High School Friday, as they dropped in on the kickoff of the 4th Annual Music in Our Schools -- Music Inspires Tour at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance Hall in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Easton Corbin will once again be a brand ambassador for Kretschmar Premium Deli Meats & Cheeses in 2017.

Lonestar’s Michael Britt and Dean Sams will attend Wednesday’s People’s Choice Awards, where the band is up for Favorite Country Group. You can watch the fan-voted show starting at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Lady Antebellum may have a little something up their sleeve.

On Monday, invitations went out from Lady A’s publicist, inviting members of the country music community to a mysterious event this Thursday night. Included in the email is a silhouette that appears to be Charles KelleyHillary Scott and Dave Haywood. Hillary seems to be dancing, while Dave is holding his guitar.  

Though the threesome took much of 2016 off so Charles and Hillary could focus on their side projects, we do know the band never stopped working on new music together.

This weekend, Charles played in a guitar pull at the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids event in Memphis. Meanwhile, Hillary is up for multiple Grammys at the awards show next month in Los Angeles, for her Love Remains album with her family.

Stay tuned later this week to find out what’s next for Lady A.  

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ABC/Image Group LA Chris Stapleton’s landmark Traveller album is back in the top ten on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, likely thanks to a viral video of a daughter and her dad.

In the clip, the father sings along to Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey,” while his daughter reacts. So far, it’s been viewed more than 20 million times since it was posted to Facebook on January 1.  

The former #1 album moves from #22 to #10 this week, while Stapleton’s cover of the George Jones classic makes an ever greater gain: it re-enters Billboard’s Digital Song Sales tally at #24, moving 26,000 downloads. That’s an increase of 208 percent compared to the week before.

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Warner Music NashvilleMonday night, Dan Shay are set to roll out their dramatic new video for their latest single, “How Not To.”

All weekend, the duo has been sharing brief snippets of their latest project on social media, with gritty clips that include several arguments, smoking, drinking and a waitress who’s fallen asleep on the job because she apparently has an alcohol problem.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney promise all will be revealed on Instagram and Twitter Monday night at 8 p.m. ET.

“How Not To” is the second single from their Obsessed album, following their #1, “From the Ground Up.”  

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COMING SOON, PT. 2.#HowNotToVideo pic.twitter.com/K3Vhk9wBLV

— Dan Shay (@DanAndShay) January 14, 2017

TOMORROW, 8/7c.#HowNotToVideo pic.twitter.com/ZcjCMpvlrV

— Dan Shay (@DanAndShay) January 16, 2017

TONIGHT, 8/7c.#HowNotToVideo pic.twitter.com/dy2SNA5JfB

— Dan Shay (@DanAndShay) January 16, 2017

COMING SOON.#HowNotToVideo pic.twitter.com/ZHusIi94yt

— Dan Shay (@DanAndShay) January 13, 2017

 



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©2017 Grand Ole Opry | Photo Credit: Chris HolloNewcomer Tucker Beathard made his Opry debut this weekend, stepping onstage at the historic Ryman Auditorium for an acoustic version of his latest single, “Momma and Jesus.” The “Rock On” hitmaker also debuted a new song, titled “18.”

“Growing up in Nashville, it’s instilled from a young age what an honor playing the Grand Ole Opry is,” Tucker reflected. “I started writing songs to put my emotions out there…the ones that I don’t know how to let out any other way."

"To be able to express myself on that stage and be part of that legacy is a blessing and a dream come true,” he added.

Tucker heads out on The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour with Brantley Gilbert starting February 2 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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Show Dog NashvilleA number of country stars will take part in Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood will perform at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration Thursday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This will be the “God Bless the U.S.A.” hitmaker’s fourth inaugural appearance, having participated in the ceremonies for Ronald ReaganGeorge H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.

Toby addressed any potential controversy about his participation in a statement to ABC News.  “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” the Oklahoma native said. “I performed at events for previous Presidents Bush and Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.”

Tim Rushlow, formerly of Little TexasLonestar’s Richie McDonald and Restless Heart’s Larry Stewartwill also sing together at the event, collaborating as The Frontmen of Country.

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Darius Rucker's first hit to top the country charts? ANSWER:  2008's "Don' Think I Don't Think About It."

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ABC/Image Group LA Alabama’s Randy Owen presented Darius Rucker with the Angels Among Us honor Saturday, at the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids event at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN.

The “If I Told You” hitmaker recalled the moment he was inspired to help the research hospital that works to cure childhood cancer.

“They do such amazing work at St. Jude,” Darius says. “And I always tell the story of going there years ago, probably almost a decade ago now with Dierks [Bentley]. Dierks and I were on tour together with Brad [Paisley] and he and I went to the hospital together, and I was just so moved by everybody. I was moved by the doctors and the administrators and the kids of course, who were all running around trying to get better, but being happy as they can be.”

That visit became the motivation to put together the annual Darius & Friends benefit, which is typically held every year in Nashville during the week of CMA Music Festival.

“You know I found out, just talking to everybody how nobody ever gets a bill and how much it costs a day to run the hospital and stuff like that.” Darius remembers. “I just felt like I wanted to do something on a regular basis that can help that, and we came up with some ideas and things started working out.”

Darius finished the night by playing in a star-studded Nashville-style guitar pull that included Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Hall & Oates’ John Oates.

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ABC/Image Group LA We get our biggest preview yet of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s new duet “Keep Your Eyes on Me” in the new trailer for The Shack.

Tim and Faith wrote the song for the movie about a father who questions his beliefs after a tragedy befalls his family. Tim plays the main character’s best friend, and also serves as the narrator for the film.

“The Tim/Faith song ‘Keep Your Eyes on Me’ that anchors the movie is brilliant, resonating perfectly with one of the film’s deepest threads:  an invitation to trust,” William P. Young, the author who wrote the best-selling book on which the picture is based, tells People.  

The Shack is set to open March 3.

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ABC/Image Group LAYou can head into the recording studio with Thomas Rhett this Sunday, as the “Star of the Show” hitmaker takes the Today show’s Willie Geist inside his session at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio, which happens to be owned by John and Martina McBride.

TR discusses his first-ever Grammy nomination, for Best Country Song for “Die a Happy Man,” as well as his upcoming 2017 Home Team Tour with Kelsea Ballerini.

You can watch Sunday Today starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s wife Cassidy is the inspiration behind his new single, so who better to star in the sexy new video for “Black”?

The epic four-day shoot didn’t take place in a studio in New York, L.A. or Nashville. It was shot in remote parts of Iceland!

“We were on a lot of the same locations that Game of Thrones and the Star Wars films have shot, and it’s just crazy what those people go through every day,” Dierks says.

Together with his wife, the Grammy nominee created what is perhaps the steamiest country music video since Joe Don Rooney bared his behind for “I Melt.”

“I had the idea of putting my wife in the video, which is totally taking her out of her comfort zone,” Dierks reveals, “but I just couldn’t imagine doing a video for this song without her in it and she reluctantly agreed… but then totally nailed it!”

You can watch the new “Black” video at Time.com.

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ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray will ask Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to “Think a Little Less,” as he makes his Today show debut on January 24.

“Growing up watching Kathie Lee and the Today show, it’s an honor to be asked to be on and perform…” says the Florida native. “This is one of those times my grandmother thinks I finally made it!” he jokes.

You can catch the fourth hour of NBC’s morning talk show starting at 10 a.m.

The third single from Michael’s debut album just broke into the top 15, and also lends its name to his winter tour. The latest leg of the Think a Little Less trek kicks off January 20 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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ABC/Image Group LA Zac Brown Band will launch their new album and tour, both titled Welcome Home, May 12 in their hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Each ticket sold for the tour will include your choice of either a physical or digital copy of the album, which the band is still in the studio recording.

Pre-sales start next Tuesday, before they’re available to the general public on Friday.

Here are the dates for ZBB’s Welcome Home 2017 North American Tour:

5/12,13 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
5/20, 21 -- Charleston, SC, Southern Ground Music and Food Festival, MUSC Health Stadium
5/26, 27, 28 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
6/8 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/9 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/10 -- Columbus, OH, Ohio Stadium - 2017 Buckeye Country Superfest
6/11 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/23 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
6/24 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/25 -- Darien Center, NY,  Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/1 -- Milwaukee, WI, Milwaukee Summerfest
7/6 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
7/7,8 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/14,15 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/16 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/29 -- Denver, CO, Coors Field
8/4 -- Detroit Lakes, MN WeFest, WeFest Amphitheatre
8/19 -- George, WA, Gorge Amphitheatre
8/20 -- Brownsville, OR, Bi-Mart Willamette Country Music Festival
8/25 -- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
8/26 -- Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field
8/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre 
8/31,9/1 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
9/2 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9/3 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
9/15 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
9/22,23 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre 
9/24 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/5 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
10/6 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/8 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
10/27 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl

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ABC/Image Group LA Billy Currington may be planning to pull an all-nighter, judging by the name of his upcoming tour. 

The “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” hitmaker will kick off his Stay Up ’Til the Sun Tour March 9 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Here are the initial dates for Billy’s 2017 trek: 

3/9 -- St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House
3/10 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center
3/11 -- Kansas City, MO, Uptown Theater
3/23 -- Northfield, OH, Hard Rock Live
3/24 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
3/25 -- Sayerville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
4/6 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
4/7 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
4/8 -- Strousburg, PA, Sherman Theater
4/20 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues
4/21 -- Oklahoma City, OK, The Criterion
5/11 -- Philadelphia, PA , The Fillmore
5/12 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
5/13 -- Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
5/19 -- Richmond, VA, Center Stage
5/20 -- New York, NY, Playstation Theater
6/1 -- Atlanta, GA, The Tabernacle

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ABC/Image Group LA It’s set to be a busy year ahead for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as the two not only embark on the latest incarnation of their Soul2Soul Tour in  April, but also release their new duet, “Keep Your Eyes on Me,” from Tim’s new film, The Shack.

This week, we learned they’ll also be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Tim and Faith memorabilia will go on display in downtown Nashville on November 17 of this year. The exhibit won’t close until May 13, 2018.

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