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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait’s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”

Tickets for the July dates are on sale now at Cam is set to open the shows.

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ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 -- Vancouver, BC
9/14 -- Rogers, AR
9/16 -- Houston, TX
9/17 -- Austin, TX

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ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley took the stage at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Sunday night in downtown Nashville, celebrating the release of Love and War, along with many of the superstars who appear on his new album.

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty joined Brad for his ninety-minute-plus set, contributing his own hits, as well as the pair's anthem of support for America’s veterans, which is the record's title track. Country Music Hall-of-Famer Bill Anderson and hip-hop/R&B artist and super-producer Timbaland also stopped by to show off their contributions to Love and War.

Earlier in the evening, Brad unveiled the visual album that accompanies his eleventh studio effort, which is said to be the first of its kind in country music.

Brad also revealed he’ll be the face of Sarah Cannon’s Band Against Cancer campaign this year, with his #1 hit “Today” serving as its official song.  The organization that works to fight cancer is inspired by legendary Opry comedian Minnie Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Cannon.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJosh Turner sits at the top of the country chart this week with "Hometown Girl," but the South Carolina native's most recent prior #1 came with this song from 2010. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "All over Me."

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ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney isn’t just singing about a “Bar at the End of the World” these days, he’s looking for it as well.

The superstar from East Tennessee most recently engaged his wanderlust on an excursion to Europe.

“There’s a lot of places that I’m curious about,” Kenny says. “I love being a tourist. I went to Italy this past year and I loved it because I love to eat,” he laughs.

“I love red wine so it was a lot of fun. I grew up loving cheese, tomatoes,” the notorious fitness buff goes on. “All that’s in Italy. I love it and… I love being a tourist when I can be.”

Since he’s not mounting a full-fledged tour this summer, one of the rare chances to see Kenny this year comes this weekend at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lady Antebellum will play the 19th Annual Grammy Block Party, May 2 in Nashville’s Cumberland Park, with Miranda Lambert’s beau, Anderson East, set to take the stage as well. The Recording Academy throws the private event every year for its members in Music City.

Charlie Worsham’s sophomore recording, Beginning of Things, is available now. The video for the album’s first single, “Cut Your Groove,” premiered on CMT this weekend.

The new album from Statler Brothers’ tenor Jimmy Fortune is now available nationally at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics features a guest appearance by Ricky Skaggs.

The latest project from Eli Young Band, Fingerprints, will be released June 16. It features the band’s latest single, “Skin & Bones.”

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returns to the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl.” While you might assume the South Carolina native is envisioning his wife Jennifer when he sings his hit, he says he’s actually thinking about his female fans, thanks to the song’s universal message.

“There might not be a girl out there who feels like they can relate to the whole song, but they can relate to bits and pieces of it…,” he tells ABC Radio. “I feel like they can relate to different lines or different verses in this song and they've really kinda latched on to it.”

The artist who broke through with “Long Black Train” finds that “Hometown Girl” is a tune his male audience relates to as well.

“For my guy fans out there, I feel like that's the kind of girl they're either looking for, or they have already, or they wish they had,” Josh says.

“It basically tells the story of this girl who has the potential to go and do anything she puts her mind to,” he goes on, “but yet she doesn't forget where she came from and she's got a sense of humility, and just got her head screwed on straight.” 

“Hometown Girl” is from Josh’s Deep South album, which recently debut at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty recently shot the music video for their new song “Love and War” aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

The West Virginia native teamed up with the former Creedance Clearwater Revival lead singer to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and women.

"I think the message is, really, 'We can do better,'” Brad tells Entertainment Tonight. “We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

Brad felt like Fogerty was the perfect collaborator for the song, since he served in the Army Reserve in the seventies.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but… I had my eye on that all the way through," the rock legend says.

"We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well,” he adds. “That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

The duet is the title track on Brad’s new album, Love and War, which was just released on Friday.

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ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves makes a cameo appearance on the new album from the Zac Brown Band.

The Pageant Material singer and the Georgia music-makers duet on “All the Best,” written by renowned Nashville singer/songerwriter John Prine. He originally recorded the track on his Grammy-winning 1991 album, The Missing Years.

“I had so much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old John Prine songs on the new ZBB record,” Kacey shared on social media, along with a video of herself in the studio with ZBB. “Zac -- Thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me,” she added.

You can hear the full version of “All the Best” via Zac Brown Band’s new lyric video on YouTube. Their new album, Welcome Home, is due May 12.

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Chris Stapleton paid tribute to George Jones on his multi-platinum Traveller album by covering his classic “Tennessee Whiskey,” and now on his sophomore effort, he’s tipping his hat to Willie Nelson.

Willie went to #2 in 1982 with “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning,” and Stapleton offers his take on the tune on his new album, From A Room:  Volume 1, which comes out May 5.

You can listen to Chris’s version in an audio-only clip on YouTube, or you can instantly download the track if you pre-order the album.

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ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley not only plays a pilot in concert and in his “Drunk on a Plane” video, he's also a pilot in real life. And soon, he may also be running an airport.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has nominated the “Black” hitmaker for a volunteer position on the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. The 10-member board oversees the Nashville International Airport.

“Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board…having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide,” Barry told The Tennessean. “He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority, which will be managing the $1.2 billion capital investment in the MNAA facilities, while working to make our airport a true international hub for commerce and tourism."

"I love Nashville and I love aviation,” Dierks responded. “There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services."

Music City’s Metro Council will take up Dierks’ nomination during its next meeting on Tuesday, May 2.

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-five years ago this week, the self-titled debut solo album from this country icon spent the first of three weeks atop Billboard's country album chart. Can you name the project whose first single was "She Is His Only Need?" ANSWER:  Wynonna by Wynonna Judd.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCBrad Paisley, who has a new album called Love and War, was the musical guest on Thursday's Tonight Show, and he also helped host Jimmy Fallon celebrate 420 -- the unofficial "Weed Day" -- with a marijuana-themed installment of "Tonight Show Hashtags."

Every Wednesday, Fallon sends out a hashtag on Twitter and asks viewers to respond to the topic, and on Thursday, he reads them. This time, he asked them to send funny 420-themed songs, which he had Paisley perform with the Tonight Show house band, The Roots.

The first, sung to the tune of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face," went, "I can't feel my face cuz I'm too high/Ate a brownie/It's 4-20."

Another, stealing the melody line to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," went, "I believe I am high/I believe I am in the sky/Overthinking about time and space/Also imagining a zebra race."

Brad's 2002 hit "Mud on the Tires" provided the inspiration for this tweet: "Come on now what do you say?/Girl I can hardly wait/Let's get a little bud on fire."

Jimmy helped Brad out on one sung to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence" that went, "Hello darkness my old friend/On my weed I do depend/My alarm is probably beepin'/Late to work I'm probably sleepin'."

Finally, the two sang a song, based on Elton John and Kiki Dee's 1993 duet, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," with the lyrics changed to: "Don't go smoking my weed/Babe I'm already high/Oh honey I'm getting hungry/Baby I'll order fries."

Later, Brad returned with his band to sing "Contact High," from Love and War, which comes out today.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs music from his new album, Love and War, Friday on Good Morning America. You can watch for the "Today" hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

After writing the #1 single, “Any Ol’ Barstool” for Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson releases his new album, Change: The Lost Record, on Friday.

Both Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs will be on hand next Tuesday for the grand opening of the Gallery of Iconic Guitars on the campus of Nashville’s Belmont University. The museum is made up of mainly 20th century American-made guitars and mandolins, and will be open to the public inside the Lila D. Bunch Library.

Johnny Lee, who scored a #1 hit in 1980 with the Urban Cowboy tune, “Lookin’ for Love,” has just published his autobiography, appropriately titled Still Lookin’ for Love.

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Arista NashvilleWith cameos from rock legends Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and pop super-producer Timbaland, Brad Paisley’s new Love and War is what he calls a “bucket list” experience. But Brad says he's aware that a stable full of superstars doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great album.

“If I'm wasting Mick Jagger's time for three days, it better be something... when he leaves. It wasn't just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners,” he tells ABC Radio. “I was bound and determined that...we would have something to show for it.”

By the time the Rolling Stones icon left Music City, he and Brad had written and recorded the cut “Drive of Shame.”

The album’s title track, “Love and War,” makes a statement about how America treats its veterans, and Brad knew it was a message he needed to deliver with former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty.

“I had that idea for him for quite awhile, and I knew I wanted to say it with him,” Brad recalls. “Because saying a statement about the mistreatment of veterans in a song, I can do that for my generation, but nobody speaks for his generation better than him.”

Brad says his collaboration with rapper and mega-producer Timbaland was definitely the album’s biggest stretch.

“That was a grand experiment that I'm ecstatic about, because it could've very easily been sort of goulash…” he laughs. “He was smart in saying 'I think where we meet up the best is in bluegrass.' And that's where we went. And some of the countriest stuff on here is with him.” 

Timbaland teams up with Brad on the tracks “Grey Goose Chase” and “Solar Power Girl.” Love and War is new in stores and online today.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe success of Atlanta’s basketball team is throwing a kink into Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s schedule.

The superstar couple is postponing their Saturday Soul2Soul show at Philips Arena, so the Atlanta Hawks can take on the Charlotte Hornets in game 3 of the first-round of the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs.

Fans won’t have to wait too long to see the “Speak to a Girl” hitmakers, however. They’d already accounted for the playoff possibility and will instead play their Atlanta show on Sunday.

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Bob D'Amico/ABCWhile we don’t know a lot about Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, it does appear that up-and-coming Australian country singer Morgan Evans definitely has the Thomas Rhett seal of approval.

Kelsea’s current Home Team tour mate even went so far as to say that Morgan might be one of his “favorite human beings that ever exist[ed].”  

“When he’s not there, I’m like ‘Oh, gosh,” Thomas Rhett tells People. He goes on to reveal that Kelsea is similarly disappointed when his better half isn't along on tour.

“When my wife Lauren’s not there, Kelsea is like, ‘Oh no!’ On the road, every night is somewhat of a double-date,” he adds.

Kelsea and Morgan originally met while working together on an awards show Down Under, and he popped the question last Christmas Day. While we don’t know exactly when the two will tie the knot, Kelsea has said it’ll definitely be sometime this year. She’s even teased that the couple is likely to do a duet on her forthcoming sophomore album.

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea are set to co-host this year’s CMA Music Festival special on ABC. It’ll be recorded June 8-11 in Nashville, and will air later this summer as a three-hour prime time event.

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ABC/Image Group LAA who’s-who of the biggest stars in Nashville will start next week by drinking a little wine -- all for a good cause, of course.

Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and more will all raise a glass for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s annual Best Cellars Dinner.

In addition to a four-course gourmet meal, the Monday evening event at Omni Nashville will also showcase a different celebrity and a different world-class vintage of vino at each table.

This is the 18th year for the fundraiser, which has brought in more than $2 million to help the T.J. Martell Foundation in its fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

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Bob D'Amico / ABCMove over Brett Eldredge, here comes Kelsea Ballerini!

Kelsea will co-host ABC's annual CMA Music Festival TV special with her current tourmate, Thomas Rhett. The “Yeah Boy” hitmaker takes over for Brett as TR's co-host: he was on tour with TR before the 2016 show.

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan…” Kelsea recalls, “and now being able to host… is going to be another crazy thing of the bucket list. I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

Similarly, CMA Music Festival has always been a part of Thomas Rhett’s life, since his dad, hit songwriter and 90’s hitmaker Rhett Akins, is also in the business.

“Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds, to hosting this year with Kelsea, it’s always been one of the biggest weeks in country music that is all about the fans,” TR says. “I’m pumped!”

The special will be recorded June 8-11 during the nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. The three-hour primetime event will air later in the summer on ABC.

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ABC/Chris HolloIf you’ve ever wished you could raid Hillary Scott’s closet, this may be just about as close as you’ll ever come. On Thursday, the Lady Antebellum frontwoman debuts her new line of clothes on HSN, as part of the network’s Music City Nashville promotion.  

Hillary first takes to the airwaves to roll out LaBellum at 9 p.m. ET, and she’ll be back at 10 p.m. too. Expect “lace, romance, ruffles and boho-chic,” along with some western flair in Hillary’s designs. You can preview the collection at now.

With an appropriately-titled hit called “You Look Good,” the new fashion mogul hits the road this summer with bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young are also coming along for the trek, which starts May 26 in Bakersfield, California.

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