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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will soon have his own place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The new exhibit, Every Mile a Memory, opens March 4 and will showcase the singer’s stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts and more.The always-reverent country fan says he can hardly believe it.“It’s crazy to be considered for something like this. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential country artists of all time. Just
Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels RecordsChase Rice is re-teaming with the writers behind his hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” for “Whisper,” the lead single from his forthcoming album."Personally, I believe my writing has evolved since we put out the last album and it's been a hell of a ride so far, so this one will have a more mature sound to it,” the North Carolina native reveals. “‘Whisper’ is an example of that, h
Warner NashvilleDan + Shay are back with their follow-up to their first number one. Just two months after “Nothin’ Like You” topped the charts, they’re releasing  the lead single from their sophomore album, as well as its accompanying video.“‘From the Ground Up’ is a song that started with a conversation about our grandparents and the love that they shared for the 65-plus years that they were married,” Dan Smyers shares. “It tells t
ABC/Image Group LAFour-time nominee Chris Stapleton is the latest country artist now set to perform on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. He’ll team up with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last May.Chris’s debut solo effort Traveller is up for both the all-genre Album of the Year as well as Country Album, while its title track competes for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.He joins fellow nominees Little Big To
Columbia Nashville/Dack JanielsThese days, there's more than one current country singer who once had a promising career in college football. Sam Hunt was the quarterback for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, while Chase Rice was a linebacker at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Even though he's a native Tar Heel, Chase says it's still not easy picking a side when it comes to Super Bowl 50."Yeah, the Super Bowl’s tough for me this year," he admits. "I’m a huge
Image Group LA/ABCWith 17 semi-trucks and eight buses, Carrie Underwood’s Storyteller tour is her biggest production to date. Since the trek is titled Stories in the Round, the “Heartbeat” hitmaker made sure she built a stage that lives up to the name.  The platform measures 150 feet across the arena floor, with a 48-foot center stage that rotates 360 degrees. It also boasts seven elevator lifts, including a center one that can raise the ACM Female Vocalist nominee 1
ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is adding three new dates to his ripCORD World Tour. He’ll play Bozeman, Montana on August 4 and Sioux City, Iowa on October 7, both places he hasn’t visited in more than a decade. On August 5, he’ll make his first stop ever in Pocatello, Idaho.Brett Eldredge and newcomer Maren Morris will be along for all the shows, which kick off June 2 in Kansas City, Missouri. Keith's eighth studio album, also called Ripcord, is due sometime before the tour
Capitol NashvilleThese days, Charles Kelley is a busy man. He’s expecting his first child any day now, and he’s prepping for the release of his debut album The Driver this Friday. But he’s not so busy he couldn’t find time to fake his own disappearance.It all starts with a fictional clip of Ron Burgundy-esque Nashville newsman Bob Mueller reading a story from the news desk about the disappearance of the Lady Antebellum singer. Off camera, the anchorman then utters, &l
ABC/Image Group LAFormer college football quarterback Sam Hunt will now be playing the Super Bowl -- he'll just do it from a stage instead of from the line of scrimmage. Lady Gaga, Coldplay and Beyonce won't be the only ones getting some national TV time on the biggest sporting event of the year, either. You'll be able to watch Sam's performance from the comfort of your living room, too.The "Break Up in a Small Town" hitmaker will headline the Super Bowl 50 NFL Tailgate Party at Levi's Stadi
Big Machine Label GroupThis summer, Justin Moore heads out on Brantley Gilbert's Take It Outside Tour, and while the "You Look Like I Need a Drink" singer says there's no doubt he loves what he does, he says it's even better when you get to do it with one of your best friends."It's fun to go out and tour on a tour bus and play music for a living, but it's magnified when you do it with people who you're genuinely friends with outside of music. Brantley and I, I think we get along so well b
Eric AdkinsEven though Scotty McCreery has recently been working on finishing his new album, we now know it won’t be on his longtime label. The American Idol winner announced in a statement Wednesday he’s come to the end of the line with Mercury Nashville/Interscope."I enjoyed being on Mercury Nashville/Interscope, and I appreciate all the great people who worked hard on my behalf while I was there. I am excited about what the future holds and the opportunities being presented to
ABC/Image Group LAThough we most often hear from Blake Shelton when he’s hanging out in L.A. shooting The Voice or on his 1,200-acre ranch outside Tishomingo, Oklahoma, it looks like he and rock star girlfriend Gwen Stefani could soon be spending more time in Music City. According to Variety, Blake recently dropped $3.4 million on a 400-acre spread about an hour south of Nashville.The Primm Springs, Tennessee compound boasts three houses -- two of them rustic but luxuriously appointed ca
Mark TuckerFor the first time in almost two decades, Garth Brooks is coming back to Louisville, Kentucky. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will play the KFC Yum! Center Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m. Tickets for Garth’s first show in the Derby City in 18 years go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.This week, Garth and Trisha have a rare weekend off from their World Tour, with their next stop set for North Charleston, South Carolina on Valentine’s Day weekend. Tr
Capitol NashvilleThough his first child isn't officially due until later this month, Charles Kelley tells ABC Radio he and his wife Cassie believed they were becoming parents on Tuesday, just hours before his Wednesday morning appearance on Good Morning America."I'll go ahead and reveal that we thought it might be happening yesterday, before we were coming here," he revealed backstage at GMA. "My wife went in for an appointment, and they were like 'Uh-oh! I might be having contractions, I do
ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett is hoping you’ll try on his “T-Shirt,” as he releases the follow-up to “Die a Happy Man,” the  monster hit that spent six weeks at number one. The new single is a song Thomas has quite a history with, and one he says is already a hit on tour.“I have wanted to put [“T-Shirt”] out since my first record,” he reveals. “Everyone has been in that fun ‘honeymoon’ phase of dating, which is w