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Kip Moore Rocking New Songs on His Up in Smoke Tour This Fall


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore has been playing a ton of new music on his CMT Up in Smoke tour, including the rocking song, "Wild Ones." Even though the lyrics were inspired by the rowdy fans Kip sees in the crowd every night, he hesitated about adding the song to his set list.

Kip tells The Tennessean, "So much of me wanted to hold this song back because I knew how slamming this song was and how excited people would be about it, but I couldn't. It’s just too much fun.”

Kip is also encouraging fans to write obscure song requests on posters when they come to his shows. He'll pick one and try to play it through with his band. Go to KipMoore.net for tour dates.

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Thomas Rhett Headlining NASCAR Truck Series Post-Race Concert at Talledega Superspeedway


Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett headlines the Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series post-race concert at the Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama Saturday. Getting to play a show at the legendary race track is a big deal for Thomas.

He says, "Talladega is one of those iconic places that you grow up knowing about, whether you follow NASCAR or not. So, to be able to go there and perform…that definitely goes on the 'Things I'll tell my grandkids' list." 

To see the rest of Thomas's tour dates, go to ThomasRhett.com.

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Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley Is Hiding Nothing on Her Solo Debut, "American Middle Class"


Image Courtesy Blu Sanders/ShoreFireYou know Angaleena Presley as the brunette in Pistol Annies, the band she formed in 2011 with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe. Now, Angaleena is stepping out with her debut album, American Middle Class, in stores now. As she did with the Annies, Angaleena is brutally honest in the lyrics of her new songs. "Pain Pills" takes on the epidemic of prescription medicine abuse in her native Kentucky while "Life of the Party" details the effects of getting drunk night after night. "Knocked Up" gives a look at the situation surrounding Angaleena's out-of-wedlock pregnancy.

Angaleena tells ABC News Radio, "You know, my mom doesn't like me telling all this, but God wants me to. So, I just have to tell it. But it's just growing up, and sometimes you really have to grow up 'cause you see two little blue lines staring at you in the face."

If you're thinking this all sounds like the exact opposite of "bro country," you're right. That doesn't mean Angaleena has a beef with all the guys dominating country radio with songs about about trucks, girls in short-shorts and binge drinking.

She explains, "It doesn't make me mad because we're all singing about the same thing. We're all singing about the party. It's just some of us are singing about the party, and some of us are singing about the next day when you wake up pregnant in a pool of your own vomit."

Angaleena performed the title track from American Middle Class on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman earlier this week.  While critics are raving about her new music, Angaleena knows it's not always easy to get people to pay attention to your music no matter how good it is.

She adds, "I'm just gonna keep writing these songs and just hoping that they find their way."

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Garth Brooks' Rep Shoots Down Reports He's Playing Ireland in 2015


Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsDespite reports to the contrary, Garth Brooks is not playing shows in Ireland in 2015. His rep tells ABC News Radio the news stories coming from across the pond are just rumors. Garth is expected to continue his World Tour well into the new year.

As previously reported, Garth canceled five planned shows in Dublin over the summer because of issues with concert permits.

Go to GarthBrooks.com for a full list of tour dates.

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Reba Headlining Lung Cancer Benefit Concert Just Outside Nashville


Image Courtesy CMAReba will headline a benefit concert in Gallatin, Tennessee, on Sunday, November 30 to fund lung cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville. The show is organized by Dawn Sears, who is currently battling lung cancer. She is a member of The Time Jumpers western swing band along with Vince Gill.

Tickets for the benefit show are now available at DawnSearsandFriends.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch studied pre-med at which Nashville college before launching his country career? ANSWER: Lipscomb University.

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Sam Hunt Bonding with Tour Mates Kip Moore and Charlie Worsham on Up in Smoke Tour


Image Courtesy McClister/UMGSam Hunt plays Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Friday night opening for Kip Moore on the CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke trek. Charlie Worsham is also on the bill, and Sam has had a blast getting to know those guys in the past few weeks.

Sam tells ABC News Radio, "We all get along so well. They have good people on their team, and we have good people on our team. I think good people just get along together."

A lot of that bonding has taken place at the pre-show meals backstage.

Says Sam, "There's a lot of time spent during the afternoon before the actual show happens that we get to hang out."

Kip and his team usually find a place to work out before shows, and Sam is hoping some of that commitment to fitness rubs off on him soon.

"I go through phases," Sam admits. "I'll do two or three weeks where I’m pretty good, and then I lose my discipline and I fall off for a little while and then I get inspired to go back. So, I'm back and forth."

Sam's debut album, Montevallo, is due out November 27 featuring his hit single, "Leave the Night On."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan Shay will perform on NBC's Today show on October 23.

Dustin Lynch appears on GAC Top 20 Countdown Friday.

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Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Opens Up About His Newfound Love for Yoga


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has had a jam-packed week in New York City promoting their just-released album, Anything Goes. While the duo is having a blast sharing their new music with fans, the crazy schedule can get stressful. That's why FGL's Tyler Hubbard will probably break out his yoga mat at some point this weekend to blow off some steam.

Tyler and his fiancée, Hayley, often post photographs on Instagram of their yoga practices, which is something Tyler would've never done before they got together.

He tells ABC News Radio, "If you'd have told me a couple years ago I'd be doing yoga, I'd would have laughed at you, but it's something I enjoy, and it's definitely a good time to unwind and just let loose a little bit."

Practicing yoga helps Tyler with some back issues while giving him an extra boost of energy to perform for his fans.

"It keeps us in shape," Tyler explains. "I like to enjoy life to the fullest, man. You gotta feel good, so it helps out with that, for sure."

Be sure and catch Florida Georgia Line performing on CMT Instant Jam Friday night at 10 ET.

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Tanya Tucker Exhibit Opening at Country Music Hall of Fame November 4


Image Courtesy Webster PRTanya Tucker's career is the subject of a new exhibit opening November 14 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

"Tanya Tucker: Strong Enough to Bend" will feature several of Tanya's stage costumes, including a few custom-made Nudie's Rodeo Tailor designs from her career. Tanya's custom Harley Davidson motorcycle painted in her own special hue of pink will be on display along with an enlarged reproduction of her Rolling Stone cover from September 1974. A container of Tanya's salsa rounds out the exhibit.

The Tanya Tucker exhibit will run through May 2015.

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Charlie Worsham's Sophomore Album Will Be Inspired by His Home State of Mississippi


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCharlie Worsham is starting to choose which of the 30 songs he's written for his sophomore album will make the final cut. Fans can expect the music of Charlie's home state, Mississippi, to heavily influence the follow up to his 2013 debut, Rubberband.

Instead of trying to keep up with every other male singer on country radio today, Charlie tells The Tennessean, "I want my compass to be my heart and the fact that I grew up in a state that gave us Elvis Presley and B.B. King and Marty Stuart and everybody and their momma. When people dig into my new record, I want them to feel that.”

Fans can catch Charlie Worsham opening Kip Moore's current CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke outing. Go to CharlieWorsham.com for tour dates.

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Carrie Underwood's Christian Baptism Inspired Her Latest Hit, "Something in the Water"


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood sings about the transformation of being baptized as a Christian in her new single, "Something in the Water." Looking back on her own baptism a child in Oklahoma, Carrie tells Billboard, "It really was just kind of a wonderful day."

She says, "I wanted to do that. I had gotten saved, and that was the next step, you know. That was kind of what we had always been taught. I just remember being so proud that day."

Carrie and her studio band and background vocalists certainly felt the spirit when they recorded the song a few months back.

Says Carrie, "My manager has a video on her phone of me bouncing in the room because I just couldn't contain myself. We were going to church in the studio."

"Something in the Water" is included on Carrie's new compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, due out December 9.

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Toby Keith and Vince Gill Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction


Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Vince Gill are among the nominees for possible induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other nominated non-performing writers include Bobby Braddock, who wrote George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Billy Currington's "People Are Crazy," and Bob McDill, who wrote Alan Jackson's "Gone Country" and Alabama's "Song of the South."

The Songwriters Hall of Fame honors composers and lyricists whose work has had an impact around the world. Voting among the Hall of Fame's members is underway now through December 15. The inductees will be announced following the vote, and they'll be honored at the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Thursday, June 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood's #1 debut hit? ANSWER: "She's in Love with the Boy."

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Artists Announced for 2015 Country to Country Festival in Europe


Image Courtesy BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCEurope's biggest country music festival is getting even bigger in 2015. Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum will headline the C2C: Country to Country Festival, returning to London and Dublin on March 7 and 8. This year, the festival expands to Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Norway on February 28 and March 1, respectively.

Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore also are slated to perform at this year's C2C: Country to Country Festival. Go to C2C-CountrytoCountry.com for ticket information.

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"Nashville" Recap: "I Feel Sorry for Me"


Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Juliette Barnes sought to quietly give her unborn child up for adoption without telling the father, her ex-boyfriend Avery Barkley. As Avery sank deeper and deeper into the bottle trying to get over Juliette, she had a miscarriage scare. The sonogram showed the baby is fine, and Juliette began thinking about raising the baby herself. Avery made a big scene at his pal Zoey's going away party at the Bluebird and ended up getting arrested after cops found him sleeping in a stranger's car. Avery could only remember Juliette's phone number off the top of his head, so he called her to pick him up from jail. Juliette wanted to tell Avery she is carrying his child, but he went off on her again for ruining his life and walked away.

Rayna Jaymes found herself in a bidding war with her former label president Jeff Fordham to sign new artist, Sadie Stone. Rayna and Sadie bonded while shopping for a wedding dress for Rayna's upcoming wedding to superstar, Luke Wheeler. Sadie even drove like a mad woman when the paparazzi started chasing them as they left the wedding dress shop.

In the meantime, Jeff Fordham got close to Rayna's ex-husband, Nashville mayor Teddy Conrad, in a bid to get close to Teddy and Rayna's talented children, Daphne and Maddie. Rayna eventually convinced Sadie to sign with her label, Highway 65, by telling her how anti-women Jeff Fordham really is in business. Rayna and Sadie then sang a duet, "Gasoline and Matches," at Sadie's Nashville concert to seal the deal.

When he found out Rayna had beat him to signing Sadie, Jeff set his sights on signing Rayna's daughters, Daphne and Maddie, as payback. Look for Jeff to use his growing friendship with Teddy to pull that off.

So, how to true to life is Rayna's experience as a 40-something female country star? We asked Trisha Yearwood, who is navigating very similar situations to Rayna every day. Trisha is a big fan of Nashville, and she tells ABC News Radio, "I really identify with Rayna being her age. I mean, I'm older than her, but I kind of identify with that character a lot, and just the things she goes through and how the odds are kind of against her and all that."

Rayna and her fiancée, Luke, are trying to juggle their crazy touring and recording schedules on the show. Trisha says those scenes between Luke and Rayna often hit close to home as she navigates life with her husband, Garth Brooks.

Trisha says with a laugh, "The thing with her and Luke, a little bit of it is like, 'I know it's not about us, but...it's interesting."

Rayna and Sadie's duet on "Gasoline and Matches" is now available at iTunes. As for Trisha, her new single, "PrizeFighter," is available for download at GhostTunes.

Nashville returns with another all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Country Christmas special will air December 1 on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host.

Trisha Yearwood has signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Wednesday, November 19 at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Tony Blair, Ben Affleck and merchandiser T.J. Maxx will be honored for their work on behalf of children around the world.

The Doobie Brothers have released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of "Listen to the Music" from their upcoming collaborative album, Southbound, due out November 4. The clip is now posted at People.com and features appearances from Blake Shelton on vocals and Hunter Hayes on guitar.

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Brad Paisley Launching Moonshine Spirit Clothing Line


Image Courtesy Jeff Lipsky/Boot BarnBrad Paisley is entering the fashion world with his new Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley clothing line at Boot Barn. The collection includes boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, t-shirts and more aimed at the modern, country man looking for style and a contemporary fit.

Brad says, "Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country -- ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town."

Brad found inspiration for the Moonshine Spirit clothing line in his latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Brad's collection will debut at the grand opening of the new Boot Barn store in Nashville on October 24. The full line will be available online at BootBarn.com and in Boot Barn stores everywhere on December 1.

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Jason Aldean Scores Second #1 "Billboard" 200 Album with "Old Boots, New Dirt"


Image Courtesy James Minchin/Broken BowCongratulations to Jason Aldean on earning his second #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with Old Boots, New Dirt. The project sold 278,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Only Coldplay and Eric Church have scored bigger sales weeks so far this year.

Jason knocks last week's chart-topper, Blake Shelton's Bringing Back the Sunshine, out of the #1 spot. This is the first time in more than a year one country album has replaced another country release at the top of the album chart.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trace Adkins' hit duet with Blake Shelton? ANSWER: "Hillbilly Bone."

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