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Randee St. NicholasTrisha Yearwood is adding a new venture to her lifestyle empire. In addition to her Emmy-winning cooking show, best-selling cookbooks, cookware, and furniture, Trisha’s embarking on a new partnership with the high-end culinary chain Williams-Sonoma.

Starting today, you can order Trisha’s Biscuit Mix, BBQ Sauce, Applewood Molasses Rub, an Unfried Chicken Kit and a Summer in a Cup Cocktail Mix from the company's website.

“Summer in a Cup is a true story from living in Oklahoma…” Trisha tells People. “My friend Mandy made up this drink with fruit juice and coconut rum and we tasted it and she said, ‘That’s summer in a cup.’”

The products will be available at retail locations the middle of next month. They’ll set you back anywhere from $10 to $17 each.

You can check out a behind-the-scenes clip of Trisha shooting photos and video for the products on her Facebook page.

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Capitol NashvilleNearly a year after its release, Keith Urban’s Ripcord is still going strong.

For the past two weeks, it’s been #1 on the Billboard country albums chart, and now it’s also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. That makes Keith one of only two country artists to sell more than a million copies of an album released in 2016. Garth Brooks is the other. 

The fifth single from Ripcord,  Keith’s collaboration with Carrie Underwood on “The Fighter,” is currently making its way toward country’s top ten.

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ABC/Image Group LA Reba McEntire is set to sing the national anthem to kick off this year’s 27th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville.

The 2017 edition of the CMA Music Festival tradition will take place Saturday, June 10 at First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds.  Lauren AlainaKellie Pickler, and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from ABC’s The Bachelorette are among the first stars who’ve signed up to play in the typically less-than-serious charity game.

Tickets are on sale now, will all the proceeds going to City of Hope, an organization that works to fight cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.  

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ABC/Image Group LAPop duo The Chainsmokers teased they had a big surprise for fans on social media ahead of their Wednesday night show in Cincinnati, Ohio -- and boy, did they deliver.

For the encore, the duo brought out Florida Georgia Line to perform their collaboration, “Last Day Alive.” The song's the closing track on The Chainsmokers’ chart-topping album, Memories… Do Not Open.

Thursday morning, Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley gave their fellow duo a shout-out on Twitter and Instagram.

“Thanks to the Chainsmokers for having us last night in Cincinnati!!!” they shared, along with a photo, adding “#epic #thechainsmokers.”

This week,  FGL  continues on their Dig Your Roots Tour with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane, playing Charleston, South Carolina; Charleston, West Virginia; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Thanks to @TheChainsmokers for having us last night in Cincinnati!!! #epic #thechainsmokers pic.twitter.com/OSDfUn8n4P

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) April 27, 2017

 



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ABC/Image Group LA Tonight in Toledo, Ohio, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean kicks off his They Don’t Know Tour at Huntington Center.

While he’s been rehearsing, Jason’s been vocal about how excited he is to perform the tour’s namesake tune, promising the song that also happens to be his new single definitely will be a high point in his set.

The Georgia native believes “They Don’t Know” is simply one of the rarest kinds of songs to have in your arsenal.

“A lot of times, the hardest songs to find are the songs like 'She's Country' and some of those hits that we've had, those big uptempo things we've had in the past,” Jason tells ABC Radio.

“It's easy to find uptempos. It's hard to find really good ones… “ he quips. “'They Don't Know,' that kinda has a little bit of a 'My Kinda Party' vibe,” he says, referencing his #2 hit from 2010.

With a song like “They Don't Know,” Jason says the secret can often be that it seems both new and familiar at the same time.

“I think you look for things across the board that are kinda different… It's just that combination of the two is making people feel like they've kinda heard it before, but it's also different enough where it's something fresh and new,” he adds.  

Both Chris Young and newcomer Kane Brown join Jason for his summer 2017 trek. This weekend, the They Don’t Know Tour also stops in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, Brad Paisley performed the national anthem for the fictional Denver Nuggets basketball team on this Comedy Central show. Can you name it? ANSWER: South Park.

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Arista NashvilleWith his baseball cap on backwards, Brad Paisley took to stage of the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame to preview the visual version of his new Love and War album Wednesday evening.  

The first of its kind in country music, the roughly 60-minute music film manages to squeeze in all of the considerable special guests on Brad’s eleventh album. Mick Jagger appears mainly in clips from Brad’s home studio in "Drive of Shame,” while the title track with John Fogerty gets a more elaborate treatment on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Super-producer Timbaland dangles bottles of alcohol in front of Brad and his band on “Grey Goose Chase,” and shows up for a rap cameo on the animated “Solar Power Girl.” Brad manages to squeeze in both his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and actor David Hasselhoff in the clip for his new single, “Last Time for Everything.”

The Grand Ole Opry performance of “Dying to See Her” with Bill Anderson is just one of several sentimental moments along the way. Brad stages “The Devil Is Alive and Well” on the steps of a burned out East Nashville church, while his #1 hit “Today” is a crowd-sourced collection of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

For his posthumous composition with the Man in Black, Brad travels to Cash Cabin where Johnny crafted his last recordings. “Gold All Over the Ground” is transformed into a tribute to June and Johnny Cash, with their home movies illustrating much of the clip.  

Never fear, Brad’s well-known sense of humor is on full display as well. The perennial jokester takes over the Sleep Number store in a local mall for “Go to Bed Early,” and lip-syncs “Contact High” while indoor sky-diving. Fan-submitted photos populate the hilarious “selfie#theinternetisforever,” while “One Beer Can” plays out the saga of a high school party gone wrong.  

As the collection begins to wind down, we see outtakes and flashbacks to the previous clips as Brad performs “Meaning Again.” Country’s first full-length video album starts as it begins, with the West Virginia native doing “Heaven South” on the square of his Franklin, Tennessee hometown.

You’ll be able to check out the visual version of Brad Paisley’s Love and War yourself this Friday, when it's available exclusively on Apple Music.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On the heels of her #1 album, WildHorse, and her top-30 single, “Love Triangle,” Raelynn guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Newcomer Ryan Hurd will join Florida Georgia Line for 14 dates on the Smooth Tour, starting June 15 in Wantagh, New York.

Monday night’s 18th annual Nashville Best Cellars dinner raised more than $225,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Eric ChurchLittle Big Town’s Karen FairchildPhillip Sweet and Jimi WestbrookReba McEntireDustin LynchMartina McBride and Cole Swindell were just some of the stars who turned out to help raise money in the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Keith Urban’s Ripcord album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April.

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ABC/Image Group LA Without the investment of their music teachers, country music likely wouldn’t have superstars like Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini. That was the overwhelming sentiment Wednesday night, as the CMA Foundation hosted its second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner at the Stadium Club at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

While Karen FairchildKimberly SchlapmanPhillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook were prepared to host the evening, the CMA Vocal Group of the Year didn’t know they were also in for a surprise. They were reunited with the four music teachers who nurtured their talents long before they formed Little Big Town.

In a pre-recorded segment, Kelsea Ballerini paid a return visit to Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, visiting with a pivotal figure in her life, teacher Beckye Thomas.

Brad PaisleyDarius RuckerCamCassadee Pope and Zac Brown Band all reflected on how music education had affected them in another video that wrapped up the night.

Funded by the money raised during CMA Music Festival, the CMA Foundation has given more than $17.5 million to music education in the past 17 years. It all started in 2000, when Kix Brooks spearheaded the effort to give $1 million worth of instruments to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

In all, 31 music educators were honored Wednesday night: 25 from Music City, and six more from across the U.S.

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BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017.  The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs was very therapeutic for me and to have them connect the way they do is humbling.”

Brett’s chart-topping first single, “Sleep Without You,” has been certified Gold as well. Both songs are on his self-titled debut album.

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour with Jason Aldean #herewego” he added.

Chris also gave a shout-out to the tour opener. “Really pumped that Kane Brown is on this tour as well… Dude is a talent!” he said of the newcomer.

On the heels of his recent #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” Chris has been busy working on new music. So far, we don’t know how the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will follow his hit collaboration with Vince Gill.

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Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today😎😎😎 ready to start this tour with @Jason_Aldean #herewego pic.twitter.com/33K9VR7bfe

— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 25, 2017

 



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L-R: Jonathan Demme and David Byrne; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesNot only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary.

Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio.

Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys.

Demme’s music video work included the video for Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Bruce's 1995 clip for "Murder Incorporated."

In addition, Demme directed 1985’s “Sun City” video for Artists United Against Apartheid, the activist group founded by Little Steven Van Zandt. The project featured Springsteen, Bono, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards and many others.

One of Demme's final projects was a multimedia film for a new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit called the Power of Rock Experience that'll premiere at the Hall July 1. Earlier this month, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris told ABC Radio that the 12-minute film compresses 31 years of footage from Hall induction ceremonies into "an immersive experience based on the emotions of rock 'n roll."

In a statement to ABC Radio today, Harris said, “Jonathan had a keen ability to meld his passion for music and storytelling in works that showed us the world in a new light. It was an honor to have worked with him on one of his last projects.”

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood stopped by this week’s National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas to pick up the BMI Board of Directors Award.

The performing rights organization also played catch-up with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, giving Carrie her three latest BMI songwriting awards. The Oklahoma native would’ve typically picked up the prizes for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break” at the BMI Country Awards in November, but she wasn’t able to attend, since she was getting ready to host the next night’s CMA Awards.

Carrie wrapped up the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner at the Wynn Encore by offering an intimate performance of hits like “Two Black Cadillacs,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and “Smoke Break.”

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ABC/Image Group LA The mutual admiration society between Tim McGrawFaith Hill and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just keeps on going.

It all started last weekend when the writer, director, producer and actor checked out the Soul2Soul tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta. The man who created the Madea blockbusters followed up with a tweet saying how much he loved the show, and how he’s planning to come again. Tim replied with an invitation to return whenever he can.

On Wednesday, Faith shared a black-and-white photo showing exactly how much fun the three seemed to be having backstage. In the picture, Tim and Faith are both obviously laughing, while Tyler appears so carried away he’s doubled over.

“Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing,” the “Speak to a Girl” hitmaker added.

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Great catching up with @tylerperry!

Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing. #Soul2Soul pic.twitter.com/byLAGcXcDE

— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 26, 2017



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Comstock/ThinkstockSara Evans scored her most recent #1 with this hit from 2010 that was co-written by Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "A Little Bit Stronger."

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen will set out on his Good Company World Tour this fall, playing arenas and amphitheaters across the U.S. on a trek named after his latest single. The dates also will extend into Canada and Europe in 2018.

In the meantime, Jake has a full slate of performances set for spring and summer, including his first-ever headlining show at Music City’s Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday. Just last week, the Florida native helped raise more than $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a show in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Jake’s new single, “Good Company,” is the third release from his American Love album, which also boasts his recent #1, “American Country Love Song.”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has revealed that he'll be releasing a "visual album" style video companion to his new album, Love and War, with concept videos for all of the album's 16 songs coming initially as an Apple Music exclusive on Friday, April 28.

Brad tells Variety he didn't come up with the idea to do a complete visual companion until he had finished the video for "Today."

"I saw the way that just blew up and was really connecting. So I went to the label and half-jokingly said, "I can do this with every song on this record. They’re all very visual,'” he says.  "And we went guerilla-style, everywhere we could do this."

Although his "visual album" is not intended to be the kind of coherent single story like Beyonce's Lemonade, there is emotional flow. "I hope that 'One Beer Can' cracks you up, and I hope to tug on the emotions with the one-two punch of 'Love and War,' with me and John Fogerty on the deck of an aircraft carrier, which fades into 'Today,' as the soldiers come home. I hope that there’s not a dry eye watching that," he explains.

He also shot videos anywhere and everywhere including a Sleep Number mattress store in a mall, and, yes, his parents' house.  "In “One Beer Can,” that’s my parents’ house. We cast 30 Belmont students [for a raucous high school party scene]. I never did that to my mother — I never threw that party — so it serves her right that finally at my age I’m trashing her house. With a donkey," he said.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Farr's new single will be titled "I Should Go to Church Sometime."

Newcomer Kane Brown is engaged to Philadelphia singer/songwriter Katelyn Jae. He revealed the news to a hometown crowd in the City of Brotherly Love last week.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith will join her husband Marty Stuart for his 16th annual Late Night Jam during this year's CMA Music Festival. Rhiannon Giddens and many more are on the bill for the Wednesday, June 7 show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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ABC/Image Group LATonight at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town honors music educators from all across the country, as they host the 2nd Annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner.

If you’ve ever wondered where the money goes from your ticket to CMA Music Festival, Karen Fairchild wants you to know, it’s your dollars they’ll be passing out tonight.

“Every year when the artists play at CMA Fest, they're playing for free, and then [the] CMA Foundation donates money to music education,” Karen says. 

“It's become such a big thing now,” she goes on, “that we literally are supporting complete music programs in some schools. Not just providing instruments, but taking care of the educators and on and on and on this list goes.”

This evening, thirty-one music teachers from all across the country will all get a financial gift to honor their accomplishments.

“They're gonna give teachers not just like a little financial gift, but also something for their classroom,” Karen says.

“It's really about celebrating those music teachers who often don't get much of anything…. They're the leftover budget in the school,” she adds. “They end up spending their own money on their classroom.”

Brett Eldredge hosted 2016’s inaugural ceremony. This year, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan, Kristian Bush, Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and more will all turn out to pay tribute to the educators as well.

Multiple landmarks across the Nashville skyline will also be lit in blue Wednesday night in honor of the teachers.

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ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

You can check out Darius’s episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss when it premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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