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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Grammy Charity auction happening online now features signed guitars from Kenny Chesney and Kacey Musgraves, a microphone signed by Carrie Underwood and a CD signed by Cam. Bidding happens through July 8 on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Grammy Museum Foundation and MusiCares.

Following a recent performance at the gala opening of “The Nation We Build Together” exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, music icon and Country Music Hall of Fame Member Kenny Rogers was presented with an award honoring his “unique contribution to American music.”

October 7, occasional country collaborator and Nashville resident Kid Rock will host his 3rd Annual Fish Fry at Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. Fontanel Mansion is the former home to Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell that is now a Music City tourist destination. The Fish Fry is open to the public and performances will feature Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson and others to be announced. For details, visit KidRock.com.

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BMLGCarly Pearce’s emotional top-25 hit “Every Little Thing” was based on one of her real-life relationships. And if you’re wondering if the newcomer still pines for the ex she wrote the song about, Carly says the answer is no.  

“This particular person that the song is about, we’ve both very much moved on,” she says. “But I think even in relationships that I’ve had since then or things that I’ve gone through, that emotion, when you really love somebody, doesn’t fade.”

The Kentucky native admits she doesn’t have to look very far to summon the sentiment she sings about in her song.

“You know, I can see somebody in the crowd crying and get emotional in that,” she reveals. “Or I can think about a situation that’s happening to me in present time and be upset about that, or be in the city where the person is from and think about it. But it’s something that we all deal with. We all deal with heartbreak and so it comes up in different forms a lot.”

Carly’s currently in the studio with producer busbee working on her debut album.

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Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesBrad Paisley will be playing for big laughs on August 15th when Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo debuts on Netflix.

The show was filmed earlier this year when Brad hosted two comedy shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival.  He's wrangled a bunch of great talent for the special, too, including comedians Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Jon Reep, Sarah Tiana and Mike E. Winfield.

Baywatch and Knight Rider icon David Hasselhoff and Reba McEntire make special appearances.

You can watch Brad, along with David Hasselhoff on the hood of K.I.T.T., the car from Knight Rider, as they make the official announcement on Brad's Facebook page.

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Show Dog MusicToby Keith has rolled out a video for his new single "Wacky Tobaccy" and, as promised, there is a brilliant cameo from one of music's most famous wacky tobaccy aficionados, Willie Nelson.

The three-minute video features Toby on the bus with his band jamming to the song, which has plenty of references to its subject.  Those not as familiar with wacky tobaccy might just learn a thing or two.

Caution: watching this video might give you the munchies.

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Born To Fly RecordsPlatinum-selling country artist Sara Evans is the epitome of female empowerment. That fact will be on full display when she releases her album Words on July 21.

The project will not only be released on Sara's own record label, Born to Fly Records, but the 14-song collection boasts songs from fourteen separate female songwriters, including Ashley Monroe, Caitlyn Smith, Hillary Lindsey, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Liz Hengber, and more.

In addition, Sara's current single, "Marquee Sign," features backup vocals from her 14-year old daughter, Olivia Evans.

Starting today, if you pre-order Words at iTunes, you'll be rewarded with instant downloads of lead single “Marquee Sign” and the title track, “Words.”  Pre-order the album now at SaraEvans.com/Words and receive the songs “Long Way Down,” “I Don’t Trust Myself” and “Diving In Deep,” one every Friday beginning June 30.

Here's the Words track list, with songwriter credits:

"Long Way Down" (Tammy Rodgers / Liz Hengber / Jerry Salley)
"Marquee Sign" (Sara Evans / Jimmy Robbins / Heather Morgan)
"Diving in Deep" (Gordie Sampson / Hillary Lindsey / Steve McEwan)
"All the Love You Left Me" (Ben West / Hillary Lindsey / Gordie Sampson)
"Like the Way You Love Me" (Sara Evans / April Geesbreght / Jason Massey)
"Rain and Fire" (Claude Kelley / Charles Harmon)
"Night Light" (Daniel Tashian / Jaida Dreyer)
"I Need a River" (Marcus Hummon / Darrell Scott / Sonya Isaacs)
"I Don't Trust Myself" (Caitlyn Smith / Gordie Sampson / Steve McEwan)
"Make Room at the Bottom" (Ashley Monroe / Brett James)
"Words" (David Hodges / Jake Scott / Jimmy Robbins)
"I Want You" (Shane Stevens / Victoria Monet)
"Letting You Go" (Sara Evans / Emily Shackelton / Victoria Banks)
"A Little Bit Stronger" (Acoustic version) (Hillary Scott / Hillary Lindsey / Luke Laird)

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Blue Chair Records/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney is calling on Nashville-area college students to create the music video for his latest single, “All The Pretty Girls.”

Chesney asked students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN to submit a video they’ve created for the song, including lyric videos, live action, notion, animation and more.

“Get creative. Get real. Get inside the song, and show us how ‘All The Pretty Girls’ looks, feels, and resolves,” Chesney said in the announcement. “I wanna help a student filmmaker with school. And I want to give people a chance to get creative this summer.”

The winning entry -- chosen by a panel from Kenny’s record label Sony Nashville, CMT: Country Music Television and Chesney’s own management team -- will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as having their video's world premiere on CMT.

Kenny also noted that while the song’s video could have easily been a nostalgic look at his own college experience, but he instead wanted to spotlight today’s youth.

“The best moments of being young and having fun should be captured,” said the four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. “But nobody ever talks to the people who are right in the moment of living it about this kind of thing. Rather than look back, we oughta just go to the people living it.”

For more information on how to become involved, Belmont and MTSU students can go to KennyChesneyAllThePrettyGirls.com. Contest deadline is July 23. Winner will be announced July 31.

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John Shearer/Getty Images for CMTSome of country's biggest stars have teamed up with legendary funk/R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire for a first of it's kind outdoor CMT Crossroads, premiering tonight.

Filmed during the CMA Music Festival earlier this month, the group took to a stage in Downtown Nashville outside the Bridgestone Arena to welcome the likes of Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Dan Shay, Martina McBride and more.

The electric collaborations showcases Earth, Wind & Fire's timeless hits including "Shining Star," "After the Love Has Gone" and "September," performed with Lady A. Get a sneak peak now at CMT.com

CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends will premiere tonight, June 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Actress Barbara Eden starred in both a movie and an NBC TV series based on this 1968 hit by Jeannie C. Riley. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Harper Valley P.T.A."

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Image Group LA/ABCIt's no exaggeration that Carrie Underwood's rise to stardom has been non-stop since she won the fourth season of American Idol thirteen years ago.  Her latest career milestone?  Her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Carrie's one of eight recording artists on the list to be honored as part of the Class of 2018, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.  Carrie's the only country star in her category, which she shares with R&B star Mary J. Blige, former American Idol judge Harry Connick, Jr., rapper Snoop Dogg, and even "Weird Al" Yankovic.

There's no date set for Carrie's star ceremony -- honorees have two years to schedule that themselves.  It's usually done around the time the honoree has a major project about to come out, to help drum up publicity, so don't be surprised if we see Carrie's ceremony right about the time she releases a new album.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWednesday night the Country Radio Hall of Fame held its annual induction ceremony at the Vanderbilt Marriott in Nashville. In addition to welcoming more than ten country radio personalities and business executives, the organization bestowed their 2017 Artist Career Achievement Award upon Martina McBride.

Prolific Nashville songwriters Sarah Buxton and Rodney Clawson have re-signed with powerhouse publishing company Big Loud Shirt Publishing. Sarah has written charts hits for Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson and Florida Georgia Line. Rodney Clawson has written #1 hits for Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean as well as Justin Moore’s most recent chart-topper, “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

Stars of the hit CMT series Nashville played two sold-out shows at Manchester’s O2 Apollo recently. Following the shows, Opry Entertainment- the show’s producer- donated £10,000 to the British Red Cross “UK Solidarity Fund” on behalf of the touring cast: Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson. The fund was set up by the British Red Cross to help victims of terrorist attacks throughout the U.K

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will break in the new home of the Atlanta Falcons when the couple play the first-ever concert at Atlanta's new Mercedes-Benz Stadium on October 12.

Garth made the announcement live on Facebook, opening with a video of himself playing guitar inside the catwalks of the new stadium which is scheduled to open in August.

"This is gonna be cool," Garth said in the video.  "It's gonna be the inaugural concert in there," he added, gushing about the vista of Atlanta from the stadium's skywalk.

In a statement, Garth said, “I’ve visited the stadium twice in the last month and all I can say is – the fans are going to love it; it’s truly one-of-a-kind.  We’re going to create a special experience the fans will never forget and I can’t wait to light that place up this fall!”

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 30 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes worked to get Hallie Jordan a record deal, which exposed the promising singer’s complicated relationship with her still-married guitarist. Though Hallie initially hesitated when she realized she wouldn’t be able to use her band on her record, she eventually acquiesced, and started working with producer Avery Barkley.

Zach Welles brought in marketing genius Alyssa Greene to breathe new life into Highway 65, though she admitted she knows nothing about country music. After the label’s artists were initially hesitant to embrace her suggestions, Will Lexington felt pressured to advocate for his boyfriend Zach’s new hire. Will’s misgivings were soon forgotten, however, when Zach revealed that Alyssa had helped land Will an endorsement deal with Budweiser.

With a baby on the way, Scarlett O’Connor still struggled to figure out the status of her relationship with Gunnar Scott, who continued to make romantic overtures toward his musical partner.

Meanwhile, controversy continued to swirl after Maddie Jaymes and Clay Carter’s racially-fuelled run-in with the law. As the media and the paparazzi focused on the incident, formerly homeless teen Liv threatened to drive a wedge between Maddie and her sister Daphne, creating an unflattering meme on Daphne’s computer that eventually went viral.

At the same time, Clay’s mental illness seemed to resurface amid the intense interest in the incident. In the end, he confessed his deep feelings for Maddie, but broke off the relationship, believing the deck was stacked against the romance.

Find out what happens next when Nashville returns, Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Blue Chair Records/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney was instantly attracted to his new single, “All the Pretty Girls,” because of its universal appeal.

“When I first heard this song I knew it was me,” the native of East Tennessee says. “I knew that the beauty of it was that so many different age groups can feel that angst in the song, and hear those lines in the song and go, ‘Oh my God that’s me and my buddies.’”

The “Bar at the End of World” hitmaker says no matter where you grew up, your story is likely the same.

“We all got in trouble, we all had our parents tell us what to do,” he goes on. “We had the sheriff tell us what to do. We had the preacher tell us what to do. We had everybody telling us what to do, but all we ever heard is what the pretty girl said.”

“All the Pretty Girls” is the fourth single from Kenny’s Cosmic Hallelujah album.

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ABC/Image Group LAOn Friday, Little Big Town will rock New York City as part of ABC's Good Morning America 2017 Summer Concert Series.  The band will perform live from SummerStage in New York’s Central Park, and the show will be free and open to the public from 7a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

Fans interested in joining LBT and GMA in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield, SummerStage's location, via the 72nd Street entrance at 6 a.m. when the park opens to the public.

LBT will be the second country act to perform on this year's GMA Summer Concert Series -- Florida Georgia Line kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend for the morning show back in May.

Other country artists scheduled to perform on GMA this summer include Lady Antebellum on July 14th, Eric Church on August 18th and Dierks Bentley at a date to be announced.

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ABC/Image Group LALess than a month after postponing eight concert dates on his All-American Road Show tour, Chris Stapleton has gathered the guys in the band and returns to the stage tonight in Tulsa, OK.

After the suggested period of rest and rehab for a broken bone and detached tendon in his right index finger, Chris is apparently well enough to perform and play guitar.  At least,that's according to his recent Instagram post showing himself holding up the finger with a splint on it with the caption "On my way to Tulsa, where this will come OFF & it will be ON!"

The All-American Road Show tour features music from Chris' acclaimed From A Room: Volume 1, which is now certified RIAA Gold. Released May 5th, the album is the fifth release of 2017 to reach Gold status, and the only country album to be certified so far this year.

Here are the remaining All-American Road Show tour dates:

6/22—Tulsa, OK, BOK Center (SOLD OUT)
6/23—Manhattan, KS, Country Stampede
6/24—North Platte, NE, Nebraskaland Days
6/29—Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field (SOLD OUT)
7/5—Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/6—Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/14—Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/15—Hartford, CT, The XFINITY Theatre
7/16—Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/20—Holmdel, NJ, P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
7/21—Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/22—Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/28—George, WA, Watershed Festival (SOLD OUT)
7/29—Central Point, OR, Country Crossings Music Festival
7/30—Mountain Home, ID, Mountain Home Country Music Festival
8/3—Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena (SOLD OUT)
8/4—Prairie Du Chien, WI, Country on the River
8/5—St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/10—Hershey, PA, Giant Center
8/11—Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/12—Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
8/17—Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8/18—Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/19—Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre (SOLD OUT)
8/25—Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/26—Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/31—Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center at Fresno State
9/1—Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/2—Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
9/8—Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center (SOLD OUT)
9/9—Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/15—Southaven, MS, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove (SOLD OUT)
9/16—Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
10/5—Moline, IL, iWireless Center
10/6—Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/7—St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/13—Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/14—Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/19—Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane’s River Center Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/20—San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
10/21—Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center (SOLD OUT)
10/26—Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
10/27—Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman (SOLD OUT)
10/28—Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
11/2—Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center (SOLD OUT)
11/3—Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/4—Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
11/10—Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
11/11—Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
11/16—Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
11/18—Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center Omaha



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Show Dog NashvilleKnown for adding a bit of comedy to his music, superstar and Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Toby Keith is offering up a new single and video June 23rd called "Wacky Tobaccy."

And, yes, the song is about the substance you think it is, based on the title.

"Wacky tobaccy is a slogan, a saying that's been around forever and no one has ever put it in a song," Toby said. "We recorded it and shot the video in Nashville. We got a cameo from Willie Nelson."

The song's chorus: "That old wacky tobaccy, when you feel it creeping up on you/That old wacky tobaccy, kick back and let it do what it do."

Toby went on to say in the announcement that that the song "fits in with what we do every night with the party crowd."

"Wacky Tobaccy" will be available at all major digital music retailers and services Friday.

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Shania Twain's given name at birth? ANSWER:  Eilleen Regina Edwards.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLindsay Ell made her late-night TV debut Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The emerging artist also took the opportunity to announce that her first full-length album, The Project, will arrive in August.

Vince Gill performs tonight, June 22nd, as part of the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series. The inaugural event took place in 1994 at the then-newly renovated Ryman Auditorium. The first show featured Alison Krauss and the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. Over the last twenty-plus years, the series has become a Nashville summertime tradition, regularly presenting the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born back in 1945.

Singer/songwriter and former Season 9 American Idol contestant Casey James announced via an Instagram post that his family is growing. The singer revealed on Tuesday that he and his wife are expecting their second child later this fall.

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BMLGNew trio Midland is enjoying their first top-fifteen hit thanks to their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.” But Mark WystrachCameron Duddy and Jess Carson owe their band’s moniker to a track from the 2003 album, Population Me.

“The name Midland was inspired by the Dwight Yoakam song ‘Fair to Midland,’” Mark reveals.

“The reason why that was important was that the song is about a guy that loses what was most pure, most honest and was true love,” he explains. “And he lost it in the pursuit of something that was glittering and something was gold. And the song is about if you could go back in time he would go for what’s true.”

Mark believes the name captures the kind of authenticity he, Cameron and Jess are trying to convey.

“When the three of us came together it was three very strong personas and different perspectives musically,” Mark recalls, “and Midland itself, it captured that idea because it was a reference from that song.”

“And it also was kind of symbolic of a place where the three of us come together,” he goes on, “and the rest of the world is, it’s different when the three of us are together.  It is this place, it’s almost like a place that we live, Midland.  And then we found out that it’s actually a real city in Texas.”

Prior to forming the band, Mark was an actor and model. Cameron directed music videos, even winning an MTV award for his work on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” He traveled back behind the lens to helm the video for "Drinkin' Problem" as well.

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ABCThe 2017 Teen Choice Awards nominees have been revealed, and Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton find themselves the most-nominated country acts, with two nominations each.

Voting for “Wave One” nominees in the Awards is open now through Thursday, June 22, at 9PM ET. Fans can vote 10 times per category, per day, per Twitter handle, by tweeting out a category hashtag and the nominee’s name. Full voting rules are available at TeenChoice.com.

The 2017 Teen Choice Awards are scheduled to air live on Aug. 13 from 8PM ET on Fox.

Here's a full list of categories in which country artists are nominated:

Choice Country Artist (#ChoiceCountryArtist)
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood
Florida Georgia Line
Kelsea Ballerini
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt

Choice Song: Male Artist (#ChoiceSongMaleArtist)
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber) – “Despacito”
Niall Horan – “Slow Hands”
Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”

Choice Collaboration (#ChoiceCollaboration)
Cheat Codes (feat. Demi Lovato) – “No Promises”
Florida Georgia Line (feat. Backstreet Boys) – “God, Your Mama, And Me”
Kygo & Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – “Just Hold On”
ZAYN & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Zedd & Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Choice TV Personality (#ChoiceTVPersonality)
Anthony Anderson – To Tell the Truth
Blake SheltonThe Voice
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show
James Corden – The Late Late Show with James Corden
Jimmy Fallon – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tyra Banks – America’s Got Talent

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