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ABC RadioChris Janson’s February 5 show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium is a sell-out.

That accomplishment is especially sweet for the “Fix a Drink” hitmaker, since he started his career playing across the alley from the Ryman, at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

“I could not be more grateful and excited to headline this sold-out show in town,” Chris says. “This is a highlight night in my career. I remember playing nights in the bar, seeing stars walk up the back steps and just thinking, ‘Will I ever get there?’ It means a lot.”

Following his show at the “Mother Church of Country Music,” Chris will hit the road with Lauren Alaina and his label mate Cole Swindell on the Reasons to Drink tour.

The second single from Chris’s Everybody album, “Drunk Girl,” is currently climbing the chart.

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ABC/Mark LevineIf you’re hoping Maren Morris’s next single will be the first taste of new music from her sophomore album, well, you’ll likely have to wait a little longer. The Texas native tells Billboard she expect to release a fourth single from her 2016 debut, Hero, as the follow-up to her #1, “I Could Use a Love Song.”

With that self-penned tune becoming her first solo chart topper, Maren says she hopes the climate for female artists on country radio is improving.

“It’s maybe a little healthier, but we definitely have a ways to go,” she tells Billboard. “When you look at the chart, there’s just Kelsea Ballerini and me in the top 20, so we still have work to do.  Hopefully Kelsea’s ‘Legends’ will go to #1 soon.”

“What makes me the most happy,” Maren says of "Love Song" going #1, “is that it means that you can just be yourself, not compromise your art and still be successful at radio. I am hoping it’s not just a step forward for me, but for other female artists as well.”

“I Could Use a Love Song” is competing in the category of Best Country Solo Performance Grammy at the Grammys on January 28 in New York City.  Meanwhile, Maren tweeted she’ll definitely be immortalizing her first #1 with a tattoo -- and added the hashtag "#SorryDad."

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ABC/Image Group LA While we know that Keith Urban’s new album will be called Graffiti U, we don’t know exactly when his follow-up to Ripcord will be out.  However, in addition to “Female” -- his lead single in the U.S. -- we will soon be able to hear another new track from the record.

The Aussie superstar has been sharing glimpses at his new Australian single, “Parallel Line.” First, Keith shared a short video accompanied by a slow, guitar-and-percussion-driven instrumental piece. Later, he followed up with a silent clip that likely reveals some of the lyrics: “It’s time to break the chains that held me back from you.”

“Parallel Line” is set to be released worldwide Friday.

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RCA NashvilleChris Young loves the Jumanji sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle -- and it turns out The Rock loves Chris Young, too.

“Ok…. the new Jumanji movie is insanely good… Well done!!” the “Losing Sleep” hitmaker tweeted, tagging the star of the film, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

The movie star not only tweeted back, he took it one step further.

“Thank ya man. Glad you loved #JUMANJI as much as I did making it,” he said. “And for the record, ‘The Man I Want to Be” came along at the perfect time. Helped me get thru some tough times, but that’s for another conversation over tequila,” The Rock closed, adding a wink and a fist bump emoji.

Now, it sounds like Chris and The Rock will be getting together for some expensive tequila.

“Anytime man!” Chris responded. “I love that song… Don Julio 1942 on me…”

“The Man I Want to Be” hit #1 for Chris in 2009, and is the title track from his sophomore album.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is currently the #1 movie in America, and has earned over $700 million worldwide.

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ABC/Image Group LA As Jason Aldean unveils plans for his High Noon Neon Tour with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina, he’s also giving us a preview of his new album.

“We named this tour after a song that’ll be on my next record,” the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year says. “It reminds me of the bars I grew up playing in Georgia when I was getting started. We’re going to bring some of that raw energy out this summer with Luke and Lauren -- I know we’re all ready.”

The 34-city trek will kick-off May 10 in Kansas City, Missouri, with tickets going on sale for select cities on January 26. So far, we don't know the timeline for a new album or single from the "Any Ol' Barstool" hitmaker.

Here’s a look at the full itinerary for Jason Aldean's High Noon Neon Tour:

5/10 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
5/11 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center Arena
5/12 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena 
5/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/18 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
5/19 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
5/25 -- Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre
5/26 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center 
5/27 -- Bangor, ME, Darling's Waterfront Pavilion
7/13 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/14 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/15 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/21 -- Atlanta, GA, SunTrust Park
7/25 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
7/26 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf
7/27 -- Brandon, MS, Brandon Amphitheater
7/28 -- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
8/10 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
8/11 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
8/17 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/18 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
8/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/24 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/25 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
9/7 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
9/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/14 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/15 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
9/20 -- San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/22 -- San Bernardino, CA, Glen Helen Amphitheater
9/27 -- Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
9/28 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/29 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheater

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ABC/Image Group LA For the next few days, the biggest party in country music is in Riviera Maya, Mexico, as stars like Sam HuntBlake SheltonDustin LynchMaren Morris, and Brett Young head to the Caribbean for Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa getaway vacation.

Dustin, who’s a veteran of quite a few tours with Luke, is already expecting the unexpected.

“I caught Luke talking some smack, that he has some surprises for me when I get to Mexico this year, and I don't know what those are gonna be," he laughs. "But coming from him, they're probably gonna be at my expense, of some sort. But we'll see what it is."

Dustin’s become such a staple of the Crash My Playa experience that they’ve nicknamed him “the Ambassador of Fun.”

“To go down there, you get the invite four years in a row, is an honor,” Dustin says. “It's gonna be a blast. We've made it...my band and crew's vacation together, so I'll have the whole band and crew down there. Even my bus driver is coming down to hang out in the pool for awhile.”

“I’d Be Jealous Too,” Dustin’s third single from his Current Mood album, is now making its way up the chart.  

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Comstock/ThinkstockMarie Osmond scored her first country #1 in 1973 with "Paper Roses." She wouldn't land another solo #1 until she topped the chart in 1985 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "There's No Stopping Your Heart."

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The Recording AcademyThis Grammy Awards will feature past and present nominees coming together to honor those who lost their lives to gun violence and terrorism at various music events last year.

Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church, all of whom performed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October, will team up for this touching segment.  On October 1, during Jason Aldean's set at the festival, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire ot the crowd from his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel.  Nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

In May of 2017, 23 were killed in a terrorist bombing outside a concert venue in Manchester, England where pop star Ariana Grande was performing.

In a statement, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said, "Live music events have always provided a safe space for fans to gather in a shared celebration of music. Sadly, that wasn't always the case this past year. We believe it's incredibly important to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in these senseless tragedies and to remind musicians and music lovers alike that live music will continue to be a powerful force that unites us all."

Brothers Osborne, nominated this year for Best Country Duo/Group performance, are making their Grammy debut this year.  Past winner Maren Morris is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.  Other stars performing at this year's Grammys include Little Big Town, Bruno Mars, Elton John, Lady Gaga and Pink.

The 60th Annual Grammy Awards air live from New York City Sunday, January 28 on CBS.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack shared a snippet of her new music video on Instagram. The full clip for “All the Trouble” will be available exclusively on Apple Music for the next two weeks.

Old Crow Medicine Show will celebrate their 20th anniversary by releasing their new album, Volunteer, on April 20. The lead single, “Flicker & Shine,” comes out on Friday.

Blake Shelton’s second single from his Texoma Shore album will be the track, “I Lived It.”

Ricky Skaggs discusses the father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, in a chat with the website Reverb. You can watch the conversation on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA Even if you couldn’t be in Nashville Wednesday night for Keith Urban’s pop-up show at Exit/In, you were able to experience a mini-concert from the Aussie superstar, thanks to his Facebook Live feed.

After opening with “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” he delivered “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today,” “Somewhere in My Car” and “Wasted Time,” before revealing Graffiti U will be the title of both his new album and his summer trek.

Tour opener Kelsea Ballerini joined Keith on stage for a duet on pop star Camila Cabello’s hit “Never Be the Same.” The “Legends” singer later revealed this was actually her first show back since tying the knot with fellow artist Morgan Evans in December, who also happens to hail from “down under,” just like Keith.

“So many Aussies! All around me!” Kelsea laughed, as Morgan came on stage and Keith offered his congratulations. The new Mrs. Evans stuck around to play for the Exit/In crowd after the live stream ended.

It turns out Kelsea isn’t the only performer who has a repeat engagement with Mr. Urban. After inviting a Belmont University student on stage to reveal the date his tour with stop in Nashville, the two did an impromptu duet on his hit “Without You.”

Keith invited his duet partner to repeat the performance August 24, when he plays the Bridgestone Arena on the Graffiti You World Tour.

You can check out Keith's Wednesday night live stream on his Facebook account.

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ABC/Image Group LA Keith Urban’s new album and world tour will both be called Graffiti U. The Aussie superstar made the announcement Wednesday evening during a special Facebook Live event from a surprise pop-up show at Nashville’s Exit/In.

“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for Graffiti U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” Keith says of the album. “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating..."

Kelsea Ballerini, who’ll open the U.S. dates on the tour, joined Keith on stage for the live stream, and stuck around to play some songs for the fans.

“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart-filled artistry,” the “Legends” hitmaker says. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

The 58-city Graffiti U Tour will kick off June 15 in St. Louis, Missouri. Here’s a look at the complete itinerary:

6/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/22 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/27 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/29, 30 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/5, 6 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
7/8 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
7/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatrer
7/20 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/21, 22 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/27 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/29 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
8/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
8/4 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/5 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
8/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Spring Center
8/18 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/24 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/25 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
8/26 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/7, 8 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
9/14 -- Ottowa, On, Canadian Tire Centre
9/15 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
9/19 -- Winnipeg, MN, Bell MTS Place
9/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
9/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
9/23 -- Calgary, AB, ScotiaBank Saddledome
9/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/27 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
9/28 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/29 -- Missoula, MT, Adams Center
10/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/5 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center
10/12 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
10/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/14 -- Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Engelstad Arena
10/18 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
10/19 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/20 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/24 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
10/25 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
10/27 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
10/28 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
11/1 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
11/2 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
11/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center

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ABC/Lou RoccoWe’re barely two weeks into 2018, and the awards are already piling up for Dolly Parton, as the Emmys, Guinness World Records, and the RIAA are all coming calling.

The Sevierville, Tennessee native will receive The Governors’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service January 20 at the 32nd MidSouth Regional Emmys. Her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which raised money to help her hometown after 2016’s devastating wildfires, is also nominated at this year’s ceremony.

If you flip through the pages of Guinness World Records 2018, you’ll find Dolly now holds the titles for both “Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart” and “Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist.” It was Dolly’s 2016 re-recording of “Jolene” with Pentatonix that put her over the top.  

“Jolene” has also passed half-a-million in sales, picking up gold certification from the RIAA, as did Dolly’s original recording of “I Will Always Love You.” Whitney Houston’s version has sold more than three million copies, earning Dolly a triple-platinum plaque.

Dolly’s own 1980 hit “9 to 5” is also officially platinum now, having passed the one-million mark in sales.

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ElektraZac Brown and his side project, Sir Rosevelt, have recorded a new song for the movie, 12 Strong.

“It Goes On” is featured in the film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon12 Strong tells the story of the U.S. Special Forces team that worked to take down the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the wake of 9/11.  

“It Goes On” is available to stream or download now. 12 Strong opens on Friday.

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The GreenRoomGet ready for the show that promises to be the feel-good tour of 2018. Pals Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are teaming up for the Summer Plays On trek, starting in July. “Yours” hitmaker Russell Dickerson will open.

“For us as a band, being out on the road together is where it all comes to life,” Charles Kelley says. “Darius is one of our closest friends, and so we just feel really excited to get to share this tour and those memories on and off stage with him.”

“There’s no doubt that it’s going to be a total blast,” Charles continues. "And we’re thrilled to have Russell out with us too this summer. We’re already brainstorming ways to shake things up and make each night all about just being in the moment.”

Darius agrees, saying, "Reuniting this summer and heading back out on the road with my friends Lady Antebellum feels like a home away from home. It’s going to be an incredible summer, and I can't wait to see y'all out there!"

The two acts already have one hit under their belt together:  Lady A provided background vocals for Darius’s chart-topping 2013 version of “Wagon Wheel.” Charles also sings on Darius’s cover of Drivin N Cryin's "Straight to Hell,” on his album When Was the Last Time.

Here’s the complete itinerary for the Summer Plays On Tour, with the first tickets going on sale January 26:

7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/20 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/21 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
7/26 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/27 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/28 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
8/2 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/3 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/24 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheater
8/25 -- San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/7 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
9/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
9/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Centre
9/27 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
9/28 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/29 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
10/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/5 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
10/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live   

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ABC/Image Group LA Kane Brown is kicking off 2018 on top of the world.

The “What Ifs” hitmaker is currently spending his second week this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums ranking. It’s the fourth week at the top overall for the newcomer’s self-titled debut.

Kane Brown immediately ascended to #1 when it was originally released in December of 2016, and then returned to the pinnacle when the Deluxe Edition came out in October of last year. Along the way, the project’s also been certified gold.

Its latest single, “Heaven,” is currently climbing the charts. It’s the follow-up to Kane’s first #1, “What Ifs,” with former schoolmate Lauren Alaina.

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley released the lead single from his forthcoming album, The Mountain, on Wednesday.  Just like his #1 hit, “Black,” the song, “Woman, Amen” is a tribute to his wife Cassidy.

“My wife and our relationship has been the one constant element in my life over all the ups and downs of my career and personal life,” Dierks says. “Our journey together has made me the man I am today. I doubt my heart would even recognize the old me.”

“This song addresses that in the most direct possible way,” he explains. “The personal gratitude expressed in the lyrics, mixed with a track that leans heavily on some bigger sounds, is the perfect way to introduce the album.”

Dierks will perform “Woman, Amen” for the first time on TV Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to find out when the syndicated program airs in your area.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The uncle of newcomer Jordan DavisStan Paul Davis, wrote two major hits for Tracy Lawrencein the nineties. Can you guess which ones they were? ANSWER:  "Today's Lonely Fool" and "Better Man, Better Off."

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ABC/Image Group LA Chris Young’s 2018 World Tour may be named Losing Sleep, but the Tennessee native isn’t staying up at night worrying about his opening acts.

“You know, obviously we were out with Kane Brown on the Jason Aldean tour,” Chris explains, “so I got to know all of his camp, all of his guys. I've gotten to know the LANCO guys because they've opened for me over the past several years, just on random shows. Everybody likes everybody, all of their music is insane, their shows are great.”

As the name at the top of the bill, Chris wants to make sure a good time is had by all.

“For me, I want it to be top-to-bottom a great experience,” he says. “I want everybody that's opening on this tour to have as much fun as I do. And I plan on having a hell of a good time!”

So far, everything seems to be working out just as Chris had hoped. His opening-weekend shows in Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis were all sell-outs, just as the tour’s namesake single, “Losing Sleep,” climbed into country’s top five.

This week, Chris, Kane and LANCO play Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

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Allister AnnKenny Chesney is leaving his longtime record label, Sony Music Nashville, to sign with Warner Brothers.

“It’s a big deal to change labels," the superstar from East Tennessee says. “To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”

Kenny’s been with Sony since the mid-nineties, scoring his first top-ten hit on the label in 1995 with “Fall in Love.” His most recent studio album for Sony, Cosmic Hallelujah, is up for the Best Country Album Grammy later this month.

Kenny’s new music will be released under the Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records imprint. So far, there’s no word on when a new album for Warner will come.

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ABC RadioNearly three decades ago, Alabama’s Randy Owen took up the cause of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, leading the charge for country music to raise money to help end childhood cancer.

As of this weekend’s 29th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar in Memphis, country’s efforts have brought in more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.

Drake White -- who hails from the same part of Alabama as Randy Owen -- talked to the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer about his motivation.

“I asked him, 'What planted that seed? Was there a sickness in your family? Was there a young person that had cancer or whatever?'” Drake explained. “And he said, his faith. And he starts talking about growing up, and his roots of growing up in a small town, which is my home as well.”

“So, it's very inspirational,” Drake continues, “that somebody that had a seed planted inside of them followed through at this magnitude. $750 million have been raised, just because the odds were stacked against them and they just kept on keepin' on.”

Jerrod Niemann is another artist who’s proud to continue the work that Randy started.

“What I learned…  is in country music we're all so lucky to hold a torch… but it encompasses so much more than just music. And to see the footprints that all of our heroes have left behind, you know it's our duty to keep that going.”

Last month, the hottest stars in country music helped launch the new “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign. You can find out more at StJude.org.

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