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Tyler Hubbard's grateful for the love he's received as a solo artist: "I definitely feel supported and welcomed"

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Tyler Hubbard may have felt nervous launching his solo career, but that changed after feeling the support offered to him by the country music community.

"I definitely feel supported and welcomed, and it's really nice to know that I still have a spot in the genre," Tyler shares in a press interview. "A spot on radio, a spot in the country music fans' hearts is what it feels like. As fun as it is to rebuild, it's given me that much more gratitude and perspective [on] what's important."

With two albums released and three #1 hits, including his latest, "Back Then Right Now," Tyler's feeling grateful for his successes and how his time in Florida Georgia Line shaped his current outlook as a solo artist.

"I think the journey that I was on over the last decade's really allowed me to enjoy this season even more," says Tyler. "I'd say currently [I'm] feeling maybe a little bit less pressure than ... at the very beginning when you just don't know, [and] you're really diving off into the deep end of the unknown and kind of hoping for the best."

Tyler's on the road opening for Kane Brown on Kane's In The Air Tour before kicking off his headlining Strong World Tour in September.

For tickets and a full list of dates, head to tylerhubbardofficial.com.

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Nashville notes: Midland's "Old Fashioned Feeling" + ERNEST's Stars for Second Harvest

Midland has dropped a new track, "Old Fashioned Feeling." Of their release, the country group shares, "Sometimes it feels good to go for a swim in the blues, have a sip of that fiery nostalgia & live in the memory of something that was once so sweet that’s now turned bitter. Hope y'all enjoy it."

ERNEST has enlisted HARDY, Jamey Johnson and Lukas Nelson to join him for his Stars for Second Harvest benefit concert, happening June 4 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Tickets are available now at ryman.com.

Country newcomer Vincent Mason, known for his viral song "Hell is a Dance Floor," has signed a joint record deal with Interscope Records/UMG Nashville/Music Soup. "I’m so grateful to have Interscope, Universal Nashville, and Music Soup help bring our vision to life and keep building on what we’ve started. I couldn’t feel better about the team around me and I’m excited to get to work," Vincent tells Billboard. Vincent's debut EP, Can’t Just Be Me, arrives Friday.


 

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Hear a snippet of new Russell Dickerson music

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Russell Dickerson has hopped on social platform X to tease an unreleased track, "Bones."

Without much detail about the song, its release date or who wrote it, Russell shared a preview clip and simply wrote the single-word song title on X.

The tune opens with strummed guitar chords before Russell arrives on what appears to be the first verse.

"Chestnut hair and still blue eyes/ Light up the room kinda smiles/ It's more than when you know you know/ Yeah girl I felt it in my bones," Russell sings in the snippet.

You can check out the clip now on Russell's X.

This summer, Russell will hit the road with Sam Hunt on Sam's Locked Up Tour. For tickets and Russell's full tour schedule, head to his website.

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Step into Luke Combs' world at the Country Music Hall of Fame

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Think you know Luke Combs well? Well, you're about to know him even better through an upcoming exhibition titled Luke Combs: The Man I Am.

Launching July 11 at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the exhibit will display various stage wear, tour memorabilia, set lists, instruments, childhood memorabilia and more to chronicle the North Carolina native's life journey and rise to fame. 

Notable items include the dollar bill from Luke's first paying gig at Boone’s Parthenon Café, the manuscript of "Six Feet Apart," and the Columbia PFG shirt and Swamp Assassin ball cap he donned for his 2016 "Hurricane" music video.

"Once I decided I wanted to do music as a career, it didn’t matter if it was for 100 people or 1,000 people, I just wanted to be playing Country Music for anyone who would listen. If I could have enough fans to call it a job, I was set," Luke shares in a press statement.

"Other than that, I never dreamed of being featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, much less having my own exhibit; that was beyond my wildest dreams. But honestly, it’s all a credit to my fans, family, songwriters and team," he continues. "I have only made it to where I am today because of them, and this honor is one of my most humbling yet. At my core I love Country Music and this exhibit is as prestigious of an honor as it gets."

Luke Combs: The Man I Am will be on display through June 2025.

For more information on the exhibition and Luke's CMA Theater performance on July 11, head to countrymusichalloffame.org.

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HARDY rocks out like a "Rockstar" on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

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HARDY brought his country-rock music to Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Taking the outdoor stage on Hollywood Boulevard, HARDY performed "Rockstar" on a televised segment and "Psycho," ".30-06," "Jack," "Boots" and his latest #1 hit, "Truck Bed," on an off-air, online-only segment.

"Rockstar" and "Psycho" preview HARDY's forthcoming debut rock album, Quit!! Arriving July 12, the project follows his 2023 half-country and half-rock record, the mockingbird & THE CROW.

HARDY's headlining Quit!! tour kicks off May 30 in Rogers, Arkansas. You can grab tickets now at hardyofficial.com/quittour.

Quit!! is available for preorder and presave now.

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Jelly Roll debuts unreleased song, "I Am Not OK," on 'The Voice'

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Jelly Roll rolled out a preview of an unreleased track, "Liar," at the 2024 ACM Awards, and now he's back with another live teaser.

The "Need a Favor" hitmaker took the stage on Tuesday's season 25 finale of The Voice to debut yet another unreleased song, titled "I Am Not OK."

Donning an all-black outfit, Jelly performed the reflective number that chronicles one's adversity-ridden life and their hope for a better tomorrow. 

"But I know I can't be the only one/ Who's only holding on for dear life/ But God knows I know when it's all said and done/ I'm not OK but it's all gonna be alright/ It's not OK but we're all gonna be alright," Jelly sings in the pensive chorus.

"I Am Not OK" and "Liar" preview Jelly's follow-up to 2023's Whitsitt Chapel, which spawned the #1 hits "Need a Favor," "Halfway to Hell" and the Lainey Wilson-assisted "Save Me."

To get tickets to Jelly's upcoming Beautifully Broken Tour, head to jellyroll615.com.

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Reba McEntire invites Lainey Wilson to join the Opry: "This is something I’ve always dreamed of"

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Lainey Wilson's headed to the Grand Ole Opry for a big bucket list moment, y'all.

On Tuesday's season 25 finale of The Voice, Reba McEntire invited the reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year to become an Opry member.

After Lainey's performance of "Hang Tight Honey," Reba praised her and made her way onstage for the surprise invitation.

"Lainey, I am so proud of you. You did a wonderful job. I have heard that I have inspired you in what you have done so far, and I am thrilled to death if I have had anything to do with your career because you are blowing it up," said Reba. "I was so proud of you at the ACMs the other night and I couldn’t be more proud to be the one that helps you continue to bridge the gap between our generations."

"I'd like to be the person to invite you to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry," Reba told Lainey while presenting her a custom belt buckle with the words "Opry," "Lainey" and "2024" embossed on it.

"I am so incredibly honored to be invited to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry, and to have the legendary Reba McEntire surprise me during tonight’s show was such an unforgettable moment," Lainey shared. "This is something I’ve always dreamed of, ever since my first trip to the Opry when I was nine years old. I will never forget this moment!"

Lainey will be inducted into the Opry on June 7 during CMA Fest. Wynonna Judd and Opry members Terri Clark and Mark Wills are also slated to perform.

You can grab tickets to Lainey's induction ceremony now at opry.com.

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Scotty McCreery on his sixth #1: "I do not take it for granted at all"

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There's much to celebrate in the Scotty McCreery orbit these days.

Scotty's latest album, Rise & Fall, debuted atop the Billboard Current Country Album Chart, and that feat was preceded by "Cab in a Solo" hitting #1 on the country charts. So it's safe to say Scotty's been pretty grateful, even though he's not had time to pause and celebrate his sixth #1 quite yet.

"It was not that long ago that I had zero number-ones, so I remember that," Scotty tells ABC Audio. "I will say we've been so busy this season with 'Cab [in a Solo],' promoting the new album, the Opry stuff, coming to the ACMs, I haven't had a chance to celebrate it yet, in my mind, like with my family and everything."

"That's hopefully coming soon. But no, I do not take it for granted at all," he shares.

With five prior chart-topping singles under his belt, Scotty already knows how he's celebrating his sixth.

"I feel like, number one, I want to celebrate with my team because it's like, I'm not getting the number one by myself. I got so many great people behind the scenes working and helping me out. So I want to celebrate with them and celebrate their hard work to get that to happen," says the newly inducted Grand Ole Opry member.

"And then personally, you know, my family, my friends. Every number one, we've had, like, a big party and celebrated and then pop the champagne like we won the World Series," Scotty adds. "So, we haven't had that chance yet, but I promise you we'll get to it because it's a cool thing to celebrate." 

Scotty's follow-up single will be "Fall of Summer."

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Nashville notes: CMA Fest's Fitness at Fest + Toby Keith's silent auction

Fitness at Fest is returning to CMA Fest. Happening June 7-9, the three-day workout event will feature country artists MacKenzie PorterAlana SpringsteenSpencer Crandall and Harper Grace, as well as trainers Erin OpreaWirth Campbell and Barry’s founding instructor Tommy Stracke. For more information, head to cmafest.com.

Kylie Frey and William Michael Morgan are teaming up for their rendition of Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's hit duet, "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." The song drops May 31 and is available for presave now.

Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic is celebrating its 20th year with a silent auction. Items include a Blake Shelton-autographed album, patriotic guitar, Post Malone-autographed guitar, Dolly Parton memorabilia and a guitar signed by the late Jimmy Buffett. Proceeds will support The Toby Keith Foundation-founded OK Kids Korral. You can check out the silent auction now at us.givergy.com/tobykeithfriendsgolfclassic.

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Cole Swindell kicks off tour with sold-out shows: "So good to be back on the road"

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Cole Swindell kicked off his Win The Night Tour with three sold-out shows in Canada.

"What a weekend..So good to be back on the road!" Cole shared on Instagram. "Thanks to everyone who came out and helped us kick off the Win The Night Tour. London, Oshawa, Ottawa… we love ya. See y’all next time."

Cole's Instagram carousel shows him singing onstage and hanging out backstage before the concerts.

The Win The Night Tour continues May 24 in Brandon, Mississippi, before hitting Orange Beach, Alabama, and Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25 and May 30, respectively. Dylan Scott and Jon Langston will serve as opening acts.

You can grab tickets now at coleswindell.com.

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Dan + Shay share why they won't be on season 26 of 'The Voice'

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We now know why Dan + Shay won't be returning as coaches for The Voice's upcoming 26th season.

The newly crowned ACM Duo of the Year spoke with ET recently to share why they're stepping out after their first run as coaches.

"We're touring a lot this year, which we're really excited about, but obviously doesn't allow us to come back," says Shay Mooney

But that doesn't mean they're not exploring ways to return to the show.

"If they would have us, we'd definitely love to see what that looks like," he shares.

Of their first rodeo as The Voice coaches, Dan Smyers reflects, "It was one of the most fun things we've ever done. We've done a lot at this point in our career after 10 years, but this is an experience we never even had on our bingo card but like, man, what an amazing honor. All of the artists they could have chosen, they chose us."

"This is such a good crew. It's like family, you get to spend time with everybody. I can't wait to see what the party looks like after the finale."

The Voice's season 25 finale airs Tuesday on NBC. It'll return for its 26th season with coaches Reba McEntire, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg and Michael Bublé on an as-yet-unannounced date.

"Bigger Houses" is Dan + Shay's current single and it's in the top 30 of the country charts.

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Carly's Closet returns with double the fun

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Carly's Closet is returning to CMA Fest for a third consecutive year.

The two-hour pop-up will take place June 9 at Nashville's Music City Center and give fans the opportunity to purchase clothes, shoes and accessories from Carly Pearce's personal collection. All proceeds go to CMA Foundation.

But wait, that's not all. 

To celebrate the release of her upcoming record, hummingbird, Carly will deliver an acoustic performance and hang around for an album signing. 

Admission is free and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. A Fan Fair X ticket is not required.

For more information, head over to Carly's Instagram.

Hummingbird arrives June 7 and is available for preorder and presave now.

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Lainey's Bell Bottoms Up bar opening sooner than you think

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Hang tight honey: Lainey Wilson's Bell Bottoms Up bar is swinging its doors open soon.

The venue, which was originally announced to open "later this summer," is now set to open May 31. It's located at 120 3rd Ave. South, the previous home of the now-closed FGL House.

"Bell bottoms up! I will see y'all May 31st. Come on inside, let's get to cookin' and drinkin'," Lainey tells fan in an Instagram Reel as she opens the door of her upcoming bar and restaurant. 

"Yank up them britches and make plans to check it out on Broadway before my Country’s Cool Again tour kicks off that weekend in Nashville!" she adds in the caption of her post.

Lainey's Country's Cool Again Tour begins May 31 with two sold-out shows in Music City. For tickets and her full tour schedule, head to laineywilson.com.

On the music front, Lainey's new single, "Hang Tight Honey," is now approaching the top 30 of the country charts.

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Tyler Hubbard earns third #1 with "Back Then Right Now"

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Tyler Hubbard has earned his third career #1 as a solo artist with "Back Then Right Now."

"I'm so thankful to have my third consecutive No. 1 single on country radio, and it feels surreal to have it happen on the two-year anniversary of starting this journey with the release of '5 Foot 9,'" says Tyler, who co-wrote "Back Then Right Now" with Jessie Jo Dillon, David Garcia and Geoff Warburton.

"The past two years have been amazing, and I’m grateful for all the support from country radio, the fans, and my UMG Nashville/EMI team," he adds. "I'm excited to keep it going and keep telling my story through my music, songwriting, and live shows, and I’m happy we’re all on this ride together."

You can find "Back Then Right Now" on Tyler's sophomore album, Strong, out now.

Tyler's currently on the road opening for Kane Brown on Kane's In The Air Tour. His headlining Strong World Tour kicks off September 6 in Indianapolis and will wrap November 21 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.

For tickets and Tyler's full tour schedule, visit tylerhubbardofficial.com.

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Travis Denning says 'Roads That Go Nowhere' is a "really solid country music album"

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Travis Denning's Mercury Nashville debut track, "David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs," arrived in March 2018, and on Friday, he'll finally get to release his first full-length album, Roads That Go Nowhere.

With over five years between both releases, it's safe to say that Travis has had plenty of time to get ready and put together his introductory record.

"It feels pretty dead-on what I've wanted to accomplish. You know, I think the amount of time that we put into it, I don’t know, it feels like we checked pretty much all of the boxes," Travis shares in a press interview. "It just feels like a really solid country music album, and I think that’s just what was really important."

Since Travis penned 12 of the 15 songs on Roads That Go Nowhere, you can expect an auditory glimpse of the Georgia native's life.

"The theme is there with the title track, the stories are there. I got to put enough of the creative things that I connect to where I come from in there that not a lot of people get to do, and for that I am super grateful," says Travis. "And then, of course, there’s some big rockin’, Nashville rock 'n' roll country on there."

"All that mixed together, it’s made what I consider a pretty well-rounded project," he shares.

Roads That Go Nowhere is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the Roads That Go Nowhere track list:

"Why I'm Drinking"
"I Know How It Sounds"
"Better At Leaving"
"Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack"
"Going Places"
"Someone That Isn't Me"
"Southern Rock" (featuring HARDY)
"Love You Past That"
"Things I'm Going Through"
"Add Her To The List"
"Roads That Go Nowhere"
"The Sound of a Beer Getting Cracked" (featuring Josh Ross)
"Can't Find One"
"Here and Her"
"Ocmulgee River"

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