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Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Label GroupTucker Beathard may very well be the hippest dude in all of country music these days.

By the time he wraps up his run on Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour next month, he’ll be ready to set out on a summer full of festivals,  some of which are the most coveted gigs in any genre of music.

The “Rock On” hitmaker will kick off the season April 29 with a stop at California’s Stagecoach Festival, but it’s a June 11 appearance at Bonnaroo where he’ll have a chance to win over lots of fans outside of the country mainstream.

He's one of the artists playing the Club Stage at the Manchester, Tennessee gathering. In years past, it's paved the way for the breakout success of the likes of Chris Stapleton and Elle King.

Tucker also has the distinction of being the only country artist booked to play the legendary Lollapalooza festival this year. He’ll take the stage August 6 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The 22-year-old is currently climbing the country chart with his second single, “Momma and Jesus.”

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedThe clock is ticking toward Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley’s second time hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, and starting Wednesday, the pair will be doing all they can to make sure all eyes are on them come Sunday night.

Luke and Dierks will kick off the day Wednesday with an early appearance on CBS This Morning, which starts at 7 a.m. They’ll return to a more normal late-night schedule by closing out the day on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Then Sunday, it’s the big night. The 52nd ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  

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Madame TussaudsFor the first time in more than 50 years, Patsy Cline is on a tour -- of sorts -- of Nashville.

Madame Tussauds will reveal its new wax figure of the late country icon April 7 at the opening of the new Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Nashville. The new museum boasts the largest collection of Cline artifacts in the world, and features a new film about Patsy’s career, hosted by actress Beverly D’Angelo, who played her in the Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Cline's likeness will be on display through April 9 at the new tourist attraction on Third Avenue South, which is adjacent to the popular Johnny Cash Museum.

The wax figure’s permanent home will be at the new Madame Tussauds Nashville in Opry Mills, which opens April 14.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Carrie’s been signed to Arista since winning American Idol in 2005. Cindy Mabe, the President of UMG Nashville -- Capitol’s parent company -- was part of the team that launched her debut album, Some Hearts.

The Oklahoma native’s current single, “The Fighter,” happens to be a duet with her new label mate, Keith Urban. While Carrie hasn’t revealed the timeline for a new recording, she has said she’s turning her attention in that direction.

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

Currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert, Luke will continue on The Devil Don’t Sleep trek through September.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThese two Kentucky-born siblings are the only sisters to both win the ACM's Top Female Vocalist trophy. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a horn player and a Lady Antebellum fan, this could be the gig for you! Lady A is looking for a brass section to join them on stage during their September 9 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

To audition, you just need to post a video on social media of you playing their horn-fueled hit “You Look Good,” using the hashtag #YOULOOKGOODonstage.

Hillary Scott says even as a little girl, she was always attracted to a horn section.

“One of my favorite songs that… would get me just dancing in the living room was 'Sir Duke' by Stevie Wonder…” she recalls. “And there's just something so cool about horns and how they transport you to this other place.”

Dave Haywood agrees the horns are the magic ingredient on Lady A’s lead single from their sixth album, HEART BREAK, which comes out June 9.

“It just takes the whole thing up a notch. They're just loud and in your face,” he says. “And it's just such a fun musical experiment and experience for us.”

Charles Kelley admits it has him wondering if there shouldn’t be more horns on more country songs.

“It's got kind of a seventies funk thing to it, you know, it needed horns…" he says of the band's hit. "We were laughing. You know, it was like, 'Man, can you put horns on a country song?' There used to be horns all over country,” he reminisces. “Johnny Cash, and you know, Ronnie Milsap. Even Brooks & DunnKenny Chesney, had some horns on some of their earlier records.”

You can find out more about Lady A’s contest on YouTube. Tickets for the Music City stop on their You Look Good World Tour go on sale this Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen’s new single is “Good Company,” from his American Love album.

The father of 90’s hitmaker Neal McCoy, “PeteMcGaughey, passed away on Saturday. He was 86.

You can check out Clint Black’s new episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday: it premieres at 8 p.m. ET on AXS-TV.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will mark its 50th anniversary on April 1 by rolling back ticket prices to $1.50. That’s what it cost to get into the Hall when it opened in 1967. The first 5000 patrons will also get a commemorative Hatch Show Print.

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ABC/Image Group LAEver since Jason Aldean lost a close friend to breast cancer just as he was enjoying his first taste of success, he’s been an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation charity. So it’s no surprise the ACM Entertainer of the Year will continue that tradition when he launches the They Don’t Know Tour next month in Toledo, Ohio.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors,” he says. “We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else.”

The survivors will be Jason's "honorary roadies," and will receive concert tickets, VIP backstage access, and private meet-and-greets at many of his shows. You can nominate someone you know for the gig at  

Jason will also continue to give a portion of each ticket sold to Susan G. Komen. So far, he’s raised more than $3 million for the cause. 

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ABC/Image Group LA If you don’t want to miss a second of the action at this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, you’ll want to be sure to tune in for the pre-show.

ACM Red Carpet Live will stream exclusively on Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET, lasting until the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards starts at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Chase Bryant and newcomer Lindsay Ell will host from the Xfinity stage, with singer Jessie James Decker and actor AJ Gibson at the T-Mobile Stage. You can watch at

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Photo Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and RodeoNot only did Zac Brown Band play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this weekend, but Zac also bought himself a pretty impressive souvenir.

Zac and his wife Shelly were one of three couples who chipped in to buy the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, the prize steer went for a cool $330,000.

ZBB’s new single, “My Old Man,” is currently in the top-25. The Houston Rodeo cranks up again next year from February 27 - March 18.

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Valory Music Co.In the middle of three sold-out shows on his Home Team Tour, Thomas Rhett still found time to stop by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend.

In fact, TR brought the whole gang along, with openers Kelsea BalleriniRyan Hurd, and Russell Dickerson all taking a moment to visit with the young patients at the Memphis cancer treatment facility. The Home Team tour mates decorated baseball caps and showed off their coloring skills while getting to know the kids at St. Jude.

This Friday, TR unveils his new single, “Craving You,” which features Maren Morris. The next Home Team Tour stop is April 20 in Nashville.

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ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell’s new video not only showcases his latest single, “Flatliner” -- it’s also a behind-the-scenes look at the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley.

Shot during their date in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the in-concert clip captures the moment when Cole returns toward the end of the headliner’s set to sing the pair’s duet.

Originally, Cole wrote the song hoping Dierks would cut it.  “I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it,” Cole recalls. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day.”

You can check out Cole and Dierks’ new “Flatliner” video at

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Chris Hollo for Grand Ole OpryIt’s 100 Grand Ole Opry performances and counting for Carrie Underwood, after four sold-out shows at the legendary venue this past weekend.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith welcomed the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to the iconic stage Saturday, thanking her for her dedication to the country music institution.  

“Even when you’ve been on the road more than 200 days a year, you’ve always come back to the Opry,” Connie said. “That tells me you love us, and we love you right back.”

“I grew up dreaming of one day performing here and maybe even becoming a member,” Carrie responded. “That dream comes true over and over each time I take the Opry stage. Here’s to the next 100!”

The Opry also showed their gratitude by showering Carrie with 100 pink roses in her dressing room.

The American Idol champion made her first Opry appearance in June of 2005, less than two weeks after her win. She officially became a member in 2008.

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CurbJerrod Niemann’s new song “God Made a Woman,” is a reflection of where Jerrod is in his life today. The lyric, a mature declaration of love, makes a point of not addressing the object of his affection with the overused term “girl.”

“There’s that spectrum between a boy and a man and this song is the 2.0 of me evolving from a boy to a man,” Jerrod recently revealed to Rolling Stone.

Jerrod, who has topped the charts with “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” says that “God Made a Woman” also reiterates his role of husband. He married wife Morgan Patek in 2014.

“I was definitely one of those guys who swore off marriage and thought it was a trick, a trap, you’re going to get duped,” he said. “But I’m the first to say I’m wrong.”

“God Made a Woman” is the lead single from Jerrod’s upcoming album Drink to That All Night.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe album Something In Red, released in 1991, included the top 5 hit “Except For Monday.” Can you name the second-generation female country star who sang it? ANSWER: Lorrie Morgan, daughter of the Grand Old Opry’s George Morgan.

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Sire/RhinoFormer Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer has just released a star-studded album that features Darius Rucker singing on the R&B classic "Why Can't We Live Together."  While that might seem an odd pairing to country fans, Darius and Paul have a special connection through Darius' pop/rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish

"I hope people remember how far back we go, because I remember so clearly the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish appeared on the Letterman show," Shaffer tells ABC Radio.

In fact, Darius has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after he invited them to perform "Hold My Hand" on his original talk show, Late Night with David Letterman, more than two decades ago.  In fact, in 2015, Darius and Hootie appeared on one of Letterman's final shows before he retired.

So, when Paul Shaffer began putting the album -- titled Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band -- together, he knew it had to include Darius.

Paul tells ABC Radio, "You know, that low voice of his, that baritone is magical. And something about him singing the sentiment of [Why Can't We Live Together], it just strikes a chord in me."

The song is a pacifist anthem, with lyrics that go, "No more war, no more war/All we want is some peace in this world."

Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band is available now and includes other guest vocalists such as rock legend Dion, indie rocker Jenny Lewis, actor Bill Murray, reggae star Shaggy and Valerie Simpson of R&B duo Ashford and Simpson.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s Today Show’s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, is hoping her new baby, Haley Joy, is a country music fan like her mom. Hoda revealed via Instagram that Little Big Town sent her a gift for her little bundle of joy, and she's already playing their music for the baby.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will be guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to preview the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which airs live Sunday night, April 2.  Also on Wednesday night, the Zac Brown Band will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Today, March 27th, is International Whiskey Day. Here’s a list of songs to help you celebrate:

“Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

“Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton

“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” – Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

“Whiskey River”—Willie Nelson

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BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country.  The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis' Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

"It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL's Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane. These shows will make history. We’re so blown away.”

The Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin.

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

"Happy People" is the follow-up to their smash hit "Better Man," which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna.  McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw's award-winning "Humble & Kind."

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song's biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking someone else’s away," they sing. "Never take it for granted, you don’t have to understand it/ Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face/ Whatever makes you happy, people.”

LBT is currently performing their first set of concerts in Australia.

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