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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1994, these two country legends guest-starred as sisters in the episode of Burt Reynolds’ CBS show Evening Shade titled “The Fabulous Frazier Girls.” Can you name them? ANSWER: Tammy Wynette and K.T. Oslin. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CMT will mark the passing of Burt Reynolds by airing the Smokey & the Bandit documentary, The Bandit, on Friday at 8 and 10 p.m. ET. The movie icon’s film Without a Paddle will also air Friday after the 10 p.m. showing

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Comstock/Thinkstock Nine years ago this week, Jason Aldean kicked off a month-long reign atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Big Green Tractor.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town has been added to this year’s Stand Up to Cancer special that will be simulcast across most TV networks Friday starting at 8 p.m. ET. Keith Urban is set to perform on the fundraiser as well.  Larry

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eric Church scored his first #1 in 2011, with this track from Chief. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Drink in My Hand.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cam’s breakthrough hit, “Burning House,” has been certified double platinum by the RIAA. Thomas Rhett will release “Sixteen” as the follow-up to his current #1, “Life Changes.” Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride has also been inducted

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Comstock/Thinkstock Nineties hitmaker Neal McCoy scored the first #1 of his career with this song, which was also the title track of his platinum-selling third album.  That album included another #1 chart topper, “Wink.” Can you name Neal’s breakthrough

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line will be the grand marshals of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, September 9. A day earlier, they’ll headline their first-ever FGL Fest at the

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Comstock/Thinkstock Tennessee native Ken Mellons scored the biggest hit of his career with the second single from his self-titled debut album. Can you name the top-ten single from 1994? ANSWER: “Jukebox Junkie.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Devin Dawson’s breakthrough hit, “All on Me,” has been certified platinum. The California native got the good news while playing Warner’s Pickin’ on the Patio series in Nashville. Newcomer Brandon Lay will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Garth Brooks album was released. Can you name the record that would spawn the #1 hits “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and “American Honky-Tonk Bar Association?” ANSWER: In Pieces. Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, and Jewel have joined the lineup of the Nashville Songwriter Awards, scheduled for September 19 at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Ryan Hurd’s new single, “To a T,” will be released this Friday. Gary

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago this week, the First Lady of Country Music wrote and recorded her signature song at Columbia Recording Studio in Nashville. Can you name Tammy Wynette’s three-week #1 from 1968? ANSWER: “Stand By Your Man.” 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Good Morning America profiles Luke Bryan on Wednesday, in an in-depth feature shot on location at his 32 Bridge Food + Drink in downtown Nashville. You can watch for the piece starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. Lucie

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-one years ago this week, Crystal Gayle began a month-long reign at the top of the country chart, with the song that would become her signature. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland reveal the nominees for the 52nd CMA Awards Tuesday morning on Good Morning America, which starts at 7 a.m. on ABC. LOCASH, Midland and newcomer Travis Denning are set to headline the fifth annual Island Hopper Songwriter

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Comstock/Thinkstock Exactly four years ago today, Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single was released. Can you name the song that would go on to become her first #1? ANSWER: “Love Me Like You Mean It.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kane Brown’s hit, “Lose It” is featured in a new animated spot that’s part of Amazon Music’s new A Voice Is All You Need campaign. Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook and his wife Brooke welcomed their new little one, Theron Maine, on Wednesday. The boy,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this soon-to-be eleven-time CMA Awards host moved from West Virginia to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Can you name him? ANSWER: Brad Paisley. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Members of Eric Church’s Church Choir fan club got a preview of the track “Hippie Radio,” from his Desperate Man album, on Thursday. Warner Nashville band The Last Bandoleros are releasing the new track, “What Would You Be Doing?,” on

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson scored his most recent #1 ten years ago with this track from his Good Time album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Country Boy.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maddie & Tae will lead a Texas edition of the CMA Songwriters Series at The Heights Theater in Houston on Monday, September 17. Hit songwriters Josh Kerr and Jon Nite will join them. Tickets are on sale now at CMASongwritersSeries.com. The new album

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty years ago this week, Jo Dee Messina took this song, penned by future hitmaker Phil Vassar, to #1. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I’m Alright.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 has been certified 38 times platinum by the RIAA, making it the best-selling album of all time. It passes Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which is 33 times platinum. Songwriters J. Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler and Tony Arata will play

Follow Your Arrow: Kacey Musgraves heads to South Africa to play with Jay-Z, Beyonce and Oprah

ABC/Randy HolmesKacey Musgraves is set to perform alongside Jay-Z, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, and others at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 event later this year in Johannesburg, South Africa. Oprah Winfrey, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Naomi Campbell, Gayle King, and Tyler Perry will also be on hand for

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 2009, the Academy of Country Music combined its male and female newcomer categories into one award that was renamed Top New Solo Vocalist of the Year. Can you name the future ACM Entertainer of the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Keith Urban’s follow-up to his #1, “Coming Home,” will be “Never Comin Down,” from his Graffiti U album. Train’s new video for “Call Me Sir” — which features both Cam and Travie McCoy — is set to arrive on Tuesday. Tracy

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago, this Dancing with the Stars veteran took home the Top New Female Vocalist trophy at the ACM Awards. Can you name her? ANSWER: Julianne Hough. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne and Brantley Gilbert are set to perform at NSAI’s Nashville Songwriter Awards September 19 at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium. You can watch Scotty McCreery’s interview and his performance of his latest single, “This Is It,” from Friday’s Fox &

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this month, Capitol Nashville released the self-titled debut album from this Arizona-born hitmaker. Can you name the artist whose debut single was “What Was I Thinkin’?” ANSWER: Dierks Bentley. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay’s two-week #1, “Tequila,” is the most-streamed country song released in 2018 so far. Country stars Aaron Tippin and John Anderson have teamed up with officers from the Smithville, Tennessee Police department to create a Lip Sync

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, Jerrod Niemann scored his only #1 so far on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this song. Can you name the tune that was a remake of a 1992 hit by the band Sonia Dada?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Sugarland is set to stop by Live with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday. You can watch for the duo following Good Morning America on most ABC stations. Kenny Chesney surprised industry veteran Connie Bradley by presenting her with the CMA’s Irving Waugh Award

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eleven years ago this week, Luke Bryan’s first album was released. Can you recall the name of the debut record from the man who would go on to be a four-time Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: I’ll Stay

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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.