Category Archives: ABC – Country

Yeah Boy, Kelsea Ballerini can make breakfast

ABC/Image Group LA It appears Kelsea Ballerini must have some skills in the kitchen. “@KelseaBallerini made pancakes this morning,” her fiancé Morgan Evans tweeted, adding “It’s a good Wednesday.” Morgan, who just signed his own U.S. record deal with Warner Nashville,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Both Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss have covered Shenandoah’s top-five hit from 1990, with Voice contestant Lauren Duski recently performing it on the NBC reality show as well. Can you name this tune? ANSWER:  “Ghost in This House.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years, doing a concert with wife Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, July 15. Tickets for the show at Chesapeake Energy Arena go on sale Friday, June 2. The

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Comstock/Thinkstock The new drama The Gospel of Kevin premieres this fall on ABC, and happens to star the grandson of a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name both the actor and his famous grandfather?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Phil Vassar, Brooke Eden, Knoxville Central High School’s Bobcat Company and Restless Heart will each sing the national anthem to kick off the nightly CMA Music Festival concerts June 8-11 at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. Jamey Johnson, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Lee Brice co-wrote this #1 from 2011 for the Eli Young Band. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Crazy Girl.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play four shows at the Forum in Los Angeles starting July 21. He and wife Trisha Yearwood will do Friday and Saturday concerts during the last two weekends of July.   Gary Allan’s new single,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock This weekend, Chris Lane opens for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the Soul2Soul Tour stop in Bozeman, Montana for two shows.   Check out the Women in Music issue of ELLE magazine for a feature on Warner Brothers artist Aubrie Sellers. It’s on

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Comstock/Thinkstock Tim Rushlow rose to fame as the lead singer of this band, who hit #1 in 1994 with “My Love.” Can you name the Lone-Star-State musicians? ANSWER:  Little Texas. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock George Strait will be honored by the Texas State Legislature as 2017’s State Musician Thursday in Austin. After touring North America, Europe and South America with rock legend Sting, The Last Bandoleros will launch their own headlining trek this

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Comstock/Thinkstock “80’s Ladies” hitmaker K.T. Oslin celebrated her 75th birthday this week. Can you recall her first #1? ANSWER:  1987’s “Do Ya.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay, Michael Ray, Ronnie Milsap, and Hall and Oates’ John Oates will join Darius Ruckerfor his 8th annual Darius & Friends concert Monday, June 5 at the Ryman Auditorium. Look for more artists to be added to the benefit

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Comstock/Thinkstock The second single from Reba McEntire’s 1993 It’s Your Call album went on to become her first #1 duet. Can you name the song and her singing partner? ANSWER:  “The Heart Won’t Lie” with Vince Gill. Copyright © 2017, ABC

Loretta Lynn leaves hospital

Stephen J. Cohen/Getty ImagesLoretta Lynn is out of the hospital. According to a post on the  85-year-old country music legend’s website, “Loretta has been moved from hospital facility in to rehabilitation and we’re happy to report she

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Trisha Yearwood is partnering with 7UP to create a series of recipes for summer. You can find them on 12-packs of the lemon/lime soft drink. Brett Young, Kip Moore, Granger Smith and more will play Rodney Atkins’ seventh annual Music

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Joe Nichols released his debut single, which made it all the way to #3. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  “The Impossible.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks is on track to quadruple his sales record for Lafayette, Louisiana, which he set in 1992 at the Cajundome. He’ll return for five shows there with Trisha Yearwood starting June 23. Billy Currington has joined the lineup

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Comstock/Thinkstock Before she became Mrs. Chris Stapleton, the then-Morgane Hayes co-wrote this 2006 hit for Carrie Underwood. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The sophomore album from A Thousand Horses will be out June 2. It’ll be called Bridges, and will feature their new single, “Preachin’ to the Choir.” Sara Evans will host an album preview party for fans, in advance of

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris is widely credited with calling attention to the plight of Nashville’s then-dilapidated Ryman Auditorium by recording this album in 1992. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  Emmylou Harris and the Nash Ramblers:

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock For the first time in 21 years, Garth Brooks will play the Forum in Los Angeles. Tickets for the Saturday, July 29 concert with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, May 19.   RaeLynn will make in-store appearances at Forever

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, the debut album from four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride was released. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  The Time Has Come. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Newcomers Morgan Wallen, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson will join Florida Georgia Line for select dates on The Smooth Tour 2017. The trek kicks off June 2 in Austin, Texas. Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus will host the Innovation in Music Awards on Tuesday, June

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers The Statler Brothers reference this children’s TV program starring Bob Keeshan in their 1966 hit, “Flowers on the Wall.” Can you name it? ANSWER:  Captain Kangaroo. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Newcomer Linday Ell’s next single will be “Waiting on You,” from her EP Worth the Wait. Trent Harmon and Sara Evans are joining the lineup for this year’s 27th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. It’ll be held Saturday,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Milsap references a particular brand of cereal in his #1 hit from 1974, “Pure Love.” Can recall which one? ANSWER:  Cap’n Crunch. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Four of Keith Urban’s albums were certified Platinum in April by the Recording Industry Association of America, including Ripcord, Get Closer, Fuse and Greatest Hits: 18 Kids. Lee Brice will headline the third annual Shipkicker Festival Saturday, July 1 at Waterfront Park

Loretta Lynn recovering from a stroke

Erika Goldring/WireImage Keep a good thought for Loretta Lynn.  The 85-year-old country music legend is recovering from a stroke she suffered Thursday. A statement on Lynn’s official website declares, “American country music legend Loretta Lynn was admitted

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Comstock/Thinkstock This gold single from 1973 is Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Kris Kristofferson’s only #1 as an artist. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Why Me.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The nominations for the 2017 Americana Honors & Awards will be revealed Tuesday, May 9 from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater. You can watch the announcement live starting at 3

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eleven years ago this week, Chris Young burst onto the scene when he won season 4 of this USA Network reality competition show. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  Nashville Star. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence and the Oak Ridge Boys are set to play a special Thursday night edition of the Grand Ole Opry during CMA Music Festival. Tickets for the June 8 performance go on sale this Friday.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This weekend, Nick Jonas joined Shania Twain at Stagecoach to perform her 2004 hit, “Party for Two.” Can you name the two male singers who each originally recorded different versions of the song with Shania? ANSWER:  Billy Currington and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Young will debut his new single, “Losing Sleep,” on May 12. It’s the lead release from his follow-up to 2015’s I’m Comin’ Over. Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Achy Breaky Heart” by releasing

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Comstock/Thinkstock Nineteen years ago this week, Shania Twain topped the country chart with this romantic ballad from her Come on Over album, which also went on to be her first crossover single. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “You’re Still the One.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brett Eldredge will reveal the nominations for this year’s CMT Awards May 9 on NBC’s Today show. The National Music Council will honor Crystal Gayle at its 34th annual American Eagle Awards July 13 at the summer NAMM gathering in

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Comstock/Thinkstock Lady Antebellum covers the 1961 hit “Hey! Baby,” on the soundtrack of ABC’s new remake of Dirty Dancing. In 1982, this Canadian songstress also took the tune to #7 on the country chart. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Anne

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker are set to headline the Carolina Country Music Fest, which takes place June 8-11 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Lonestar is teaming up with Tractor Supply Company for their Life As We Know

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Charley Pride scored his first #1 in 1969 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me).” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks returns to Billings, Montana for the first time in 19 years with a show on Saturday, June 10. Tickets for the concert at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, May

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, Brad Paisley performed the national anthem for the fictional Denver Nuggets basketball team on this Comedy Central show. Can you name it? ANSWER: South Park. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On the heels of her #1 album, WildHorse, and her top-30 single, “Love Triangle,” Raelynn guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Newcomer Ryan Hurd will join Florida

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Comstock/ThinkstockSara Evans scored her most recent #1 with this hit from 2010 that was co-written by Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “A Little Bit Stronger.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Farr’s new single will be titled “I Should Go to Church Sometime.” Newcomer Kane Brown is engaged to Philadelphia singer/songwriter Katelyn Jae. He revealed the news to a hometown crowd in the City of Brotherly

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Comstock/ThinkstockStarting in 1989, Clint Black managed to send five songs from his debut album, Killin’ Time, all the way to #1. Can you name the Texas native’s first chart-topper? ANSWER:  “A Better Man.” Copyright © 2017, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson stars in the new film Pure Country:  Pure Heart, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1. Clint Black is extending his On Purpose tour this summer, adding more than a

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Comstock/ThinkstockJosh Turner sits at the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl,” but the South Carolina native’s most recent prior #1 came with this song from 2010. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “All over

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lady Antebellum will play the 19th Annual Grammy Block Party, May 2 in Nashville’s Cumberland Park, with Miranda Lambert’s beau, Anderson East, set to take the stage as well. The Recording Academy throws the private

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-five years ago this week, the self-titled debut solo album from this country icon spent the first of three weeks atop Billboard’s country album chart. Can you name the project whose first single was “She Is His

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs music from his new album, Love and War, Friday on Good Morning America. You can watch for the “Today” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. After writing the #1 single, “Any Ol’

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Comstock/ThinkstockLady Antebellum scored their first #1 in 2009, with the third single from their self-titled debut album. Can you name the trio’s first chart-topping song? ANSWER:  “I Run to You.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs Thursday evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can catch the show starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Wynonna & the Big Noise, Elle King, Boz Skaggs and more will

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Comstock/ThinkstockShania Twain scored her first #1 on the U.S. country chart with this 1995 hit from her breakthrough The Woman in Me album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Any Man of Mine.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town will sing at the Music Biz 2017 Awards Breakfast & Presentations May 17 at the Renaissance Nashville. Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives will perform “Time Don’t Wait” April 24 on The Late

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis Willie Nelson album from 1992 was a nod to his troubles with the Internal Revenue Service. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini performs at tonight’s 2017 Symphony Fashion Show fundraiser this evening at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Tyler Farr is featured on the song, “My Truck,” on Colt Ford’s new album, Love Hope Faith. If you

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Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town’s new single, “Happy People,” isn’t the only happy tune to make the country singles chart. In 1972, Donna Fargo scored at #1 country hit and a #11 pop hit with this song about a

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley shot the video for the new song, “Heaven South,” Saturday in Franklin. It’s one of the tunes on his Love and War album, which comes out on Friday. Both Martina McBride and Crystal Gayle

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Comstock/ThinkstockLoretta Lynn scored her most recent #1 with the title track of this album from 1977. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Out of My Head and Back in My Bed. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band’s Jimmy De Martini and his wife Stacey welcomed their fourth child on Tuesday, their first daughter, named Jonelle. She joins big brothers James, Joseph and Jackson. Ty Herndon will put on his second

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-eight years ago this week, Capitol released the debut from this Country Music  Hall of Famer, who would go on to become the only artist in history with seven Diamond-certified albums.  That means they each sold ten

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith will host his 14th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic June 2-3 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwood Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. Last year, the event raised more than a million dollars for

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama scored their very first #1 in 1980, with this track from their My Home’s in Alabama album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Tennessee River.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Lane, Frankie Ballard, RaeLynn and William Michael Morgan all will be featured in upcoming concert specials on AT&T’s AUDIENCE Network. While the exact airdates have yet to be announced, the shows will air Fridays at 9 p.m. ET. Chris Janson has

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though the director opted not to use it, Dolly Parton originally wrote this top-40 single from 1991 for the 1989 film, Steel Magnolias. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Eagle When She Flies.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Parmalee will release their new single, “Sunday Morning,” on May 1. New group Midland performed their top-30 hit, “Drinkin’ Problem,” Saturday night as the trio made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins will do his latest

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Trisha Yearwood’s most recent top-ten single on the country chart? ANSWER:  “I Would’ve Loved You Anyway,” which made it to #4 in 2001. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triole/ThinkstockBrad Paisley’s follow-up to his chart-topping single, “Today,” will be “Last Time for Everything,” from his new album Love and War, which comes out April 21. Garth Brooks is set to play seven shows in Kansas City

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Comstock/Thinkstock Can you guess how many singles Little Big Town released before they finally hit #1? ANSWER:  The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year made it to the top of the charts with their 13th release, “Pontoon,”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Music Business Association will give Reba McEntire its Chairman’s Award for Sustained Creative Achievement May 18 at its luncheon in Nashville. Maren Morris will be honored as its Breakthrough Artist. Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum are set to headline the