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Comstock/Thinkstock Though it’s now included on the re-release of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s 1984 holiday album, Once Upon a Christmas, Dolly originally recorded the non-traditional yuletide favorite “Hard Candy Christmas” for this movie. Can you name it? ANSWER: 1982’s Best Little

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks guests on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday. You can catch the syndicated show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations. Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean was the most-streamed country artist of 2018 on Amazon

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eighties hitmaker Charly McClain scored her most recent chart topper in 1985 with this tune that was also the title track of her album from that year. Can you name her second career #1, after 1980’s “Who’s Cheatin’

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline will join “All on Me” hitmaker Devin Dawson on his Stray Off Course Tour, which starts December 7 in Arlington, Texas. Garth Brooks guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. You can watch for him

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Comstock/Thinkstock Nine years ago this week, Lady Antebellum began a five-week run atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Need You Now.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay’s self-titled 2018 album featuring their hits “Tequila” and “Speechless” has been certified gold in Canada. Big & Rich, Lonestar, and Phil Vassar will kick off the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign in Nashville with a

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Comstock/ThinkstockWaylon Jennings and Willie Nelson scored their first #1 together in 1976, with this hit from the Wanted! The Outlaws album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Good Hearted Woman.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carrie Underwood officially joined the Oklahoma Hall of Fame during a ceremony November 15 in Tulsa. Fellow Okie Bryan White did the induction honors. Jake Owen revealed he’s expecting a new baby with girlfriend Erica Hartlein during ABC’s Thanksgiving Day I’m Coming

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1968, this artist recorded “Galveston” at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Can you name him? ANSWER: Glen Campbell. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDavid Lee Murphy has been announced as an opening act for Kenny Chesney’s 2019 Songs for the Saints Tour. The future tourmates recently won a CMA trophy for Musical Event of the Year for their duet “Everything’s Gonna

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1998, this six-time CMA Entertainer of the Year performed at Reed Arena in College Station, TX, marking his final concert before his retirement from the road. ANSWER: Garth Brooks. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young will return to the UK in 2019 as part of his Losing Sleep World Tour. Lindsay Ell serves as the opener throughout the four dates in Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and London in May. Tickets go on sale

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Comstock/ThinkstockHe’s had 16 number one hits on country radio including “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Come a Little Closer” and “Woman, Amen.” Can you name this country singer who is celebrating a birthday today? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockShania Twain will take over Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday. She will join ET hosts Kevin Frazierand Nancy O’Dell for the entire show. Check local listings for more details. A memorial for Roy Clark will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. CT at Rhema Bible Church

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Comstock/ThinkstockHe’s had 11 number one hits on country radio including “People Are Crazy,” “Hey Girl” and “Good Directions.” Can you name the country singer born on this day in Savannah, GA? ANSWER: Billy Currington. Copyright © 2018, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFaith Hill and Luke Bryan are set to appear as guests on Pickler & Ben on November 19 and 20, respectively. Faith’s episode will have the singer sharing her family’s Christmas traditions and discussing ugly holiday sweaters, while Luke drops by

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis artist holds the record for the most CMA Entertainer of the Year wins, with six. Can you name him? ANSWER: Garth Brooks. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandon Lay has been named one of Vevo’s DSCVR Artists to Watch campaign. The eclectic list includes 19 other artists, from many different musical genres, who the video platform believes will break through in 2019. Voting for

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Comstock/ThinkstockCan you name the youngest country artist ever to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy? ANSWER: Taylor Swift. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Young was named 2018 ASCAP Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year on Monday evening at a celebration in Nashville. The following evening, his song “In Case You Didn’t Know” —  penned by Brett, Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger — was

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Comstock/ThinkstockCan you name the year Brooks & Dunn served as CMA Awards co-hosts and won three trophies for Single, Vocal Duo and Music Video of the Year? ANSWER: 2006. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will be performing an intimate show for Citi/AAdvantage card members on December 3 at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Card members can currently purchase tickets using their Citi card. Lee Ann Womack accepted the ASCAP Golden Note Award at Monday

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Comstock/ThinkstockCan you recall which year CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley was crowned CMA Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: 2010. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKane Brown continues to break records with his latest release, Experiment. His sophomore album, which dropped November 9, broke the U.S. record on Apple Music for the largest debut of a country album, with 2.5 million streams in

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton won the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year trophy in both 1970 and 1971, they only scored a single #1 during their career. Can you name it? ANSWER: 1974’s “Please Don’t Stop Loving Me.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs” hitmaker Travis Denning will make his Grand Ole Opry debut November 16 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Clint Black’s new holiday musical, Looking for Christmas, premieres November 20 at The Old Globe

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Comstock/Thinkstock When was the last time female artists took home back-to-back Entertainer of the Year trophies at the CMA Awards? ANSWER: 1999 and 2000, when Shania Twain’s win was followed by the Dixie Chicks claiming the title. Copyright © 2018,

Chris Stapleton plans an unforgettable moment with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples at next week's CMAs

ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton will deliver a special performance at next Wednesday’s CMA Awards with Maren Morris and R&B legend Mavis Staples. Brad Paisley, Lauren Alaina and newly-inducted Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs join the impressive lineup as well. Vince Gill, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson, Marty Stuart, Lindsay

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jimmie Allen, Jordan Davis, Russell Dickerson, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, Walker Hayes, LANCO, Chris Lane, Dylan Scott, Mitchell Tenpenny, Morgan Wallen, and Aaron Watson are the contenders to play next year’s prestigious New Faces show at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Miranda Lambert (featuring Pistol

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama recorded this trucking-themed song, which would go on to top the charts the following year. Can you name the tune that became the band’s 12th #1 in

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean will be the featured speaker at next year’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. He’ll be the focus of an hour-long discussion titled Jason Aldean: Overcoming Obstacles at the country

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, 14-year-old Marie Osmond claimed the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with her debut single. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Paper Roses.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carly Pearce will perform her new single, “Closer to You,” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. You can watch for the “Hide the Wine” hitmaker starting at 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 22. Keith Urban will headline WE

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Hee Haw star has taken home seven CMA Awards, including 1973’s Entertainer of the Year trophy. Can you name the man who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009? ANSWER: Roy Clark. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ryan Hurd will launch a four-date club tour January 17 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, with Ryan Beaver opening. Walker McGuire’s Jordan Walker tied the knot with Annie Petrella Saturday in Key West, Florida. Pistol Annies are set to guest on The Talk on

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Comstock/Thinkstock From 1976 until 1979, this act made up of one man and two women were nominated for CMA Vocal Group every year. They were also up for Single in 1976 for “The Door Is Always Open.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dave & Sugar’s Dave Rowland passed away Thursday in Nashville after complications from a stroke. The voice behind hits like “The Door Is Always Open” and “Queen of the Silver Dollar” was 74. Kane Brown is set to

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Comstock/Thinkstock This recent inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame subtitled her 1993 Greatest Hitsalbum Songs from an Aging Sex Bomb. Can you name her? ANSWER: K.T. Oslin. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Granger Smith’s film honoring five fallen soldiers will premiere November 30, the same day its soundtrack is released. You can watch the trailer for They Were There: A Hero’s Documentary on his YouTube channel, where you’ll later be

“Dolly Parton's Heartstrings” is coming to Netflix: Julianne Hough and Kimberly Williams-Paisley to star in “Jolene”

ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton aims to pull at your Heartstrings with her upcoming Netflix series. The entertainment legend’s eight-episode streaming anthology will be called Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings, and premiere sometime in 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Each one-hour installment will be based

Miranda Lambert admits Pistol Annies' “Got My Named Changed Back” is her way of dealing with her divorce from Blake Shelton

RCA NashvilleOn Friday, Interstate Gospel, the first album from Pistol Annies since 2013’s Annie Up, comes out. It’s also the trio’s first record since Miranda Lambert’s much-talked-about divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015. Miranda, Angaleena Presley, and Ashley Monroe don’t shy away from difficult topics on the

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this month, Country Music Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell enjoyed her first Billboard #1 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Randy Houser’s new album, Magnolia, was set to come out on Friday, November 2. Instead, the release will be delayed until January of next year. New duo Walker McGuire stars in their own AUDIENCE Network special, which premieres

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-three years ago this week, the second full-length album by The Judds was released. Can you name the record that contained four consecutive #1 hits? ANSWER: Rockin’ with the Rhythm. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy will honor Willie Nelson February 6 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles. Cassadee Pope, Sam Palladio, Bailey Bryan and Barry Dean will play the December 4 edition of the CMA Songwriters Series at Showbox SoDo

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Comstock/Thinkstock Clint Black and Martina McBride teamed up for this 1997 duet, which was the lead single from both his Nothin’ but the Taillights album and her Evolution project. Can you name their hit? ANSWER: “Still Holding On.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock A special two-disc vinyl collection titled The Best of Nashville will be released on Friday. The 27-track retrospective features some of the best-loved songs from the ABC/CMT drama’s six-season run. Thompson Square’s first children’s book, Time to Get

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Comstock/Thinkstock Newly-inducted Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs scored a #1 hit in 1984 with this single that was written by fellow Hall of Famer Mel Tillis. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Honey (Open That Door).” Copyright © 2018,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton is teasing a special announcement Tuesday, October 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET on his Facebook page. You can check out Old Dominion’s new vertical video for their latest single, “Make It Sweet,” on Spotify. “Just Another Day in

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1996, Reba McEntire notched a top ten hit with her version of this song, which was originally a 1982 hit for Lee Greenwood. Can you name this track from her Starting Over album? ANSWER: “Ring on Her Finger, Time on

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Legendary singer/songwriter Tony Joe White passed away Wednesday at his home in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee after a sudden heart attack. Among other songs, White wrote the classic “Rainy Night in Georgia.” He was 75. Newcomer Levi Hummon got to

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Gary Allan spent the first of two weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with the first single from his See If I Care album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Tough Little Boys.” Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama will receive the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award February 25 at the 11th Annual Nashville Honors Gala at the Omni in Music City. Rascal Flatt’s Jay DeMarcus is launching his own Christian

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Comstock/Thinkstock This newly-inducted member of the Hall of Fame was the first country artist ever to win advertising’s Clio Award for her Coca-Cola jingle, which became the 1973 hit, “Country Sunshine.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Dottie West.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Runaway June will make their morning TV debut on November 1, performing their latest single, “Buy My Own Drinks,” on NBC’s Today show. Nominations for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be revealed on December 5, before the

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Country Music Hall of Famer was on the very first cover of Men’s Health, back in the winter of 1988. Can you name him? ANSWER: Randy Travis. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Luke Bryan will guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, October 30, along with fellow American Idol judges Lionel Richie and Katy Perry. Live airs after Good Morning America on most ABC stations. William Michael Morgan is teasing a new track that’ll be available to stream

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago this month, this late, great Country Music Hall of Famer won both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist at the very first televised CMA Awards. Can you name him? ANSWER: Glen Campbell. Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maddie & Tae are set to sing their latest single, “Friends Don’t,” Monday on the Today show. You can watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.  Trace Adkins is this year’s big name at Gaylord Opryland’s A Country