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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean is the first headliner revealed for next year’s Tortuga Music Festival. Look for more information about the April 12-14 festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in the coming months. Thomas

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Comstock/Thinkstock This fall, Shelly West’s mother, the late Dottie West, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The second-generation country hitmaker scored two number-ones in her own right, the first being her

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay’s latest #1, “Tequila,” has been certified platinum and is the fourth most-streamed country song of 2018. Newcomer Lainey Wilson — who’s written for Luke Combs — has signed a new record deal with BBR Music Group.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight-year-old Maggie McGraw sang backup on this 1998 single by her dad, Tim McGraw. Can you name it? Answer: “Last Dollar (Fly Away).” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Cody Johnson’s debut single on Warner Music Nashville is “On My Way to You.” Garth Brooks is set to play the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, August 25, along with Connie Smith, Ricky Skaggs, and

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Comstock/Thinkstock How many members of Old Dominion are actually from Virginia? ANSWER: Four. Trevor Rosen is the only person who’s not; he grew up in Michigan. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney celebrated the #1 success of his collaboration with David Lee Murphy, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” at an invitation-only party at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville on Wednesday evening. “Rock On” hitmaker Tucker Beathard has signed a

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Comstock/Thinkstock The Judds — Wynonna and Naomi — scored the final #1 of their career as a duo with this River of Time cut in 1989. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Let Me Tell You About Love.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CMA-and-ACM nominated duo LOCASH is the latest act signed to BBR Music Group, the home of Jason Aldean, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols and more. Emmylou Harris will host the 2018 edition of Woofstock on Sunday, September 16 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. Lee Ann

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-one years ago this week, this legendary artist staged a once-in-a-lifetime concert in New York City’s Central Park, welcoming Billy Joel and Don McLean as his special guests. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer? ANSWER: Reigning CMA

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ronnie Dunn and K.T. Oslin are among the tunesmiths who’ll be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year during the 48th Anniversary Gala, October 28 at Music City Center. Newcomers Abby Anderson, Travis Denning, Walker McGuire and others will

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1987, Crystal Gayle and Gary Morris scored a top-five hit with a song that shares its title with a now-cancelled NBC soap. Can you name the tune, which was also used as the daytime drama’s

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, LANCO, Jamey Johnson and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson are set to appear at NSAI’s Nashville Songwriter Awards September 19 at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Darius Rucker will play the Grand Ole Opry on

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Comstock/Thinkstock The Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist from 1985 scored the sole #1 of her career the following year with “Until I Met You.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Judy Rodman. Copyright © 2018, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dolly Parton’s popular East Tennessee theme park is getting substantially bigger. Dollywood is investing $37 million in a new section of the park that will be known as Wildwood Grove. Scheduled to open in 2019,

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Comstock/Thinkstock This 1978 album by Tammy Wynette featured a cover photo that was practically identical to the jacket for her 1979 autobiography, Stand by Your Man. Can you name this record, whose title track was also a #3 hit? ANSWER: Womanhood.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Thomas Rhett guests on the new single from Danielle Bradbery, which was recently re-recorded as “Goodbye Summer.” When it was originally released as a track on her I Don’t Believe We’ve Met album back in December, it was titled

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Comstock/Thinkstock “He Stopped Loving Her Today” composer Bobby Braddock landed his first gig in Nashville playing piano in this fellow Country Music Hall of Famer’s band. Can you name the “El Paso” hitmaker who gave Braddock his first big

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Keith Urban kicks off his Thursday by playing the Today show’s concert series. You can keep an eye out for the Aussie superstar starting at 7 a.m. on NBC. If you missed Kenny Chesney’s chat

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-two years ago this week, Kenny Rogers recorded the song that would go on to become his first #1 hit on the country chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Lucille.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you haven’t checked out Loretta Lynn’s Blue Kentucky Girl exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, time is running out. It’s set to close this Sunday. William Michael Morgan, RaeLynn and Rodney Atkins will be among

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty years ago this week, Garth Brooks hit #1 with this song written by Bob Dylan. Can you name it? ANSWER: “To Make You Feel My Love.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay are set to play Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday. You can watch for the hitmaking “Tequila” duo starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. Herman Webb, the brother of both Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle, passed away Saturday

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1955, Johnny Cash recorded the original version of one of his signature hits at Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.  The song wouldn’t hit #1 until 1968, when it was released as a live

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCMT’s Nashville ended its run on Thursday, but fans can relive the series via the final season’s soundtrack. The Music of Nashville, Season 6 Volume 2, available now, includes 16 tracks and features a special performance of the Nashville cast singing “A

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Comstock/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney’s debut album was released in the spring of 1994, but its lead single, “Whatever It Takes,” only made it to #59. Can you recall the album’s title?  ANSWER: In My Wildest Dreams. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cam will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, performing with the band Train.  She’s a featured vocalist on the band’s latest single, “Call Me Sir.” Craig Campbell’s See You Try tour kicks off

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Dolly Parton released her 20th studio album, which spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard chart and was certified gold. Can you name the record, which included the #1 title track and the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Lane’s sophomore album, Laps Around the Sun, debuts at #8 this week on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Not only will Ricky Skaggs join the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall, he’ll also be inducted into the

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifty years ago this week, Jeannie C. Riley recorded her signature song in Nashville. Can you name the Tom T. Hall tune that would go on be #1 on both the pop and country charts? ANSWER: “Harper Valley P.T.A.” Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee, funny man Ray Stevens and Opry star Jeannie Seelywill all be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame August 21 in Nashville. Rosanne Cash will receive the Spirit of Americana Free Speech

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Comstock/ThinkstockEight years ago this week, Luke Bryan enjoyed his first #1 as an artist with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Rain Is a Good Thing.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert played to capacity crowds at all three of their stops on the Bandwagon Tour this past weekend. Pistol Annies reunited as a surprise guests on all three shows. Reba McEntire has signed a new worldwide

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twelve years ago this month, Capitol released the debut album from Eric Church. Can you recall its title? ANSWER: Sinners Like Me. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new album from ACM Songwriter of the Year Lori McKenna, The Tree, is available now. New merch from Lady Antebellum’s Summer Plays On Tour will be available on the band’s website this week. The video for Jordan Davis’s new single,

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Comstock/Thinkstock All of Sam Hunt’s singles have been monster hits, with the exception of his very first one. Can you name the 2013 release from Montevallo that’s Sam’s only release to not be certified platinum? ANSWER: “Raised on It.” Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina, Cam, Morgan Evans, Ashley McBryde and more are set to perform at the 12th Annual ACM Honors August 22 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Jordan Davis, Linsday Ell and others will present. After sold-out shows in Glasgow, Scotland and London, England

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis four-time CMA-nominated Vocal Group scored their first #1 with “The Door Is Always Open,” which also got a nod for Single of the Year in 1976. Can you name them? ANSWER: Dave & Sugar. Copyright © 2018,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Texas music legend Pat Green will play his hit “Wave on Wave” Saturday, September 15 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa vs. Iowa game. The song

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Alan Jackson classic hit #1 on the country chart. Can you name the song that takes its name from a river in Georgia? ANSWER: “Chattahoochee.”  Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert is set to play Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC. The Grand Ole Opry will mark its 93rd year with a Birthday

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-four years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare scored his only #1 so far on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the tune about the “most famous of the voodoo queens that ever existed?”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock “Young Forever” hitmaker Eric Paslay announced in a social media post Monday that he and his wife Natalie are expecting their first child. Country parody king Cledus T. Judd is back with a new single. This time, he takes on Morgan Wallen’s recent #1

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Kathy Mattea scored four number-ones at the height of her popularity: “Goin’ Gone,” “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Come from the Heart,” and “Burnin’ Old Memories.” Though she has five

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new album from two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Kathy Mattea arrives September 7. Though the Kickstarter campaign for the independent record Pretty Bird is already fully funded, you can check out the remaining incentives online. You can

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, this three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year became the first country artist to headline Boston’s Fenway Park. Can you name the Georgia-born singer? ANSWER: Jason Aldean. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Janson’s July 23 show at the Big Apple’s Opry City stage will be recorded for a new episode of the PBS series, Front & Center. Jake Owen, Tyler Farr, Chuck Wicks and songwriter Dallas Davidson will join Lee Brice for his first

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago, Keith Urban scored a #1 hit with Brad Paisley on this tune from the West Virginia native’s Play album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Start a Band.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ashley Monroe’s new single, “Wild Love,” was inspired by her first trip to London. You can check out the new video for the song from her Sparrow album on YouTube now. The video for the debut single from newcomer Travis

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, country legend John Anderson scored his most recent #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the hit that was also the lead single from 1993’s Solid Ground album? ANSWER: “Money in the Bank.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock David Lee Murphy’s follow-up to his #1 with Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” will be the track “I Won’t Be Sorry,” from his No Zip Code album. The debut EP from viral video sensation Mason Ramsey, titled Famous, is

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Texas music maker Pat Green scored his biggest hit on the country chart so far with this #3 song from 2003. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Wave on Wave.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Texas music icon Pat Green plans to release his new single, “Friday’s Comin’,” on July 20. The debut song from RCA Nashville newcomer Rachel Wammack is “Damage,” from her self-titled EP that came out in April. The fifth single

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this month, Garth Brooks introduced this singer as she officially joined the Grand Ole Opry.  She went on to become the 1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.  Can you name her? ANSWER: Alison Krauss. Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Lady Antebellum performing “Heart Break,” “You Look Good,” and “Run to  You” on the Today show, you can catch up online.  The new single from Dwight Yoakam is called “Then Here Came Monday.” Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles have been covering Shania Twain’s

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, this singing cowboy donated more than $27,000 to restore the first “L” in the legendary Hollywood sign. Can you name the man who also immortalized “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in song?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne and Randy Houser will join Charlie Worsham for his Every Damn Monday residency July 9 at Nashville’s Basement East, for a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Watch for Lady Antebellum Friday morning as they play the Today show concert series on NBC, starting at 7

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, the Pure Country soundtrack hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. Can you name the character George Strait played in his motion picture debut? ANSWER: Wyatt “Dusty” Chandler. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Morgan Evans doing his hit “Kiss Somebody” Monday night on The Bachelorette, you can watch a clip of his performance at ABC.com. Phil Vassar is set to play the All American Summer Concert Series Friday on Fox & Friends. 113,000

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Comstock/Thinkstock This patriotic hit from 2001 only made it to #2 on the Billboard chart, because Alan Jackson’s 9/11-themed “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” had a lock on #1 at the time. Can you name the song,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dr. Burton Grant, father of Amy Grant and father-in-law of Vince Gill, passed away Saturday. The 86-year-old fought a decade-long battle with dementia. “Kiss You All Over” hitmakers Exile are set to play the Grand Ole Opry this Friday and

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn November of 2003, Dolly Parton released a patriotic album, complete with a cover depicting her as a USO pin-up girl. Can you recall its title? ANSWER: For God and Country. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cole Swindell, rapper Nelly, RaeLynn, Jillian Jacqueline, Mason Ramsey, Riley Green, and Stephanie Quayle will join Florida Georgia Line for the first-ever FGL Fest Saturday, September 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets are on sale now. Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charlie Daniels donated $100,000 to The Daniels

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill scored his first top-ten hit in 1985 with “If It Weren’t for Him.” Can you name the award-winning ’80s female vocalist who accompanied him on that track from his album The Things