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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicLuke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars performing at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival April 17 and 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. They'll collaborate with country icons Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, and Clint Black. The performances will be taped for a new TV special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! The new special will air Friday,
03/05/2015 12:03:00pm
Southern Ground/Big Machine/John VarvatosZac Brown Band's new album, Jekyll + Hyde, will be out April 28 featuring their latest hit, "Homegrown." They'll perform music from the album this weekend as they make their first appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. The new project features collaborations with rocker Chris Cornell and pop star Sara Bareilles.Zac Brown Band will launch a major tour in support of the new album on May 1 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Here's the Jekyll + Hyde tra
03/05/2015 11:23:00am
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum and Kris Kristofferson are among the next group of artists performing on Skyville Live next month. The online broadcast will air live from Nashville April 7 at 8 p.m. ET. Taking part in innovative projects like Skyville Live appeals to Lady A.Group member Dave Haywood says, "Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it'll
03/05/2015 10:01:00am
Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain delighted -- and, possibly, saddened -- fans Wednesday with her announcement that she'll be going on tour for the first time in 11 years, but it'll be her last time on the road.  Shania says for her final live experience, she wanted to take her music directly to the fans."I thought, 'Well, I’m feeling the momentum of being on stage,'" she tells ABC Radio, explaining why she decided to launch a tour after SHANIA: Still the One wrapped up at the Co
03/05/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett just scored his third #1 hit with "Make Me Wanna," but fans won't have to wait long to hear his new single from his upcoming sophomore album. Thomas tells ABC Radio the new track is coming out in about three weeks, and he's got it narrowed down to two possible song choices."It's between two songs -- "Crash and Burn" and "T-Shirt," Thomas says. "And they're both kind of in the same vein."Fans can expect Thomas to continue exploring the sound he introduced on "Ma
03/05/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D'AmicoCloseted country star Will Lexington wasn't happy when his new label boss, Luke Wheeler, set up in a writing appointment with Kevin Bicks -- a hit Nashville songwriter who just happens to be gay. Will was very uncomfortable with the writing session at first, but he and Kevin eventually bonded over their bad relationships with their dads. In the end, they managed to write a great song, too.Will's ex-wife Layla Grant stood up for herself as an indie artist in her n
03/05/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGloriana is back with a brand-new single titled "Trouble," but it looked like the band might be over following group member Tom Gossin's 2012 vocal cord surgery. He had the procedure done just as their single, "(Kissed You) Good Night," was peaking at country radio. The surgery went fine, but Tom had some problems getting his voice back afterwards.He says, "I’m like, 'Am I ever going to be able to sing again now that I’ve had a hit?'”Tha
03/04/2015 06:00:00pm
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has signed on as the entertainment for the 13th Annual Can Do Awards Dinner in New York City coming up April 21. The gala takes place at Cipriani Wall Street to raise money for the Food Bank for New York City. Several individuals and organizations will be honored for their work on behalf of the Food Bank.For ticket information, go to FoodBankNYC.org.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementB
03/04/2015 02:00:00pm
Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: George Strait.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
03/04/2015 10:00:00am
Image Courtesy ACMIn celebration of the upcoming 50th Annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music is releasing a 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak exclusively at Walmart on March 24.The project includes a magazine with 25 exclusive interviews and memories from the first 49 ACM Awards shows. There's also a two-CD collection geaturing hits from this year's nominees, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, as well as songs from country's hottest new acts.Only 50
03/04/2015 10:00:00am
Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThe lineup for the 2015 CMA Music Festival concerts at Nashville's LP Field has been announced. The performers include Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and many more.The CMA Music Festival runs June 11 through 14 in Nashville. It is sold o
03/04/2015 09:13:00am
Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAfter spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road.  The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years -- and she says it'll be her final one.The Rock This Country tour -- named after a track on Shania's 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August.  When it's over, there'll be no
03/04/2015 07:50:00am
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWynonna will give an interview and performance at the South by Southwest Music Conference coming up Friday, March 20 in Austin, TX.Eli Young Band is giving fans a preview of their new single, "Turn It On," at Vevo.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-w
03/04/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryDarius Rucker is always open to collaborate with other artists, but music business politics often get in the way of making those collaborations actually happen. This subject has got a lot of attention in the past few weeks since Kelly Clarkson admitted in an interview other artists often turn her down when she approaches them about collaborating. According to Darius, those artists might not even know Kelly asked to sing with them in the first place.H
03/04/2015 05:00:00am
Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleIf you've caught Billy Currington's new video, "Don't It," then you're probably wondering how well Billy knows his beautiful, brunette co-star. The two get very cozy in the romantic clip, but Billy had never seen her before they shot the video in Nashville.He tells ABC Radio, "I didn't know the girl. I still don't know her. I'll probably never see her again. But for that moment, that day, we had good chemistry. It was easy to do that."Billy adds, "Hopefully,
03/04/2015 05:00:00am