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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1963, a country legend in the making died in a plane crash at only 30 years old. A decade later, she would be posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockParker McCollum has teamed up with Napa Valley’s Christeni Vineyards for an exclusive collaboration on a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon named for his newest release, “To Be Loved by You.” You can pick up your bottle online.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1980, a film called Coal Miner’s Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek, premiered in Nashville. Can you name the country legend whose life story is the subject of the movie? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn. By Carena

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockShy Carter has an appearance slated on NBC’s TODAY next Friday, March 12. He’ll perform his major-label debut, “Good Love,” which arrived last summer. McBride & the Ride, the ‘90s trio made up of Terry McBride,

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1990, this “Livin’ on Love” singer made his Grand Ole Opry debut where he performed his first top 10 hit, “Here In The Real World.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Alan

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kalie Shorr has debuted an acoustic video for her latest single, “Amy.” The track will be featured on her EP coming out later this year.  Danielle Bradbery is on the cover of the spring edition of People Health where she discusses her struggles

CMA Fest canceled for second year in a row

Country Music Association CMA Fest 2021 has been canceled.  The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday that the festival will not be taking place for the second consecutive year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “After thoughtful deliberation, we are

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1990, this country superstar known for hits including “Hurricane,” “When it Rains it Pours” and “Beautiful Crazy” was born in North Carolina. Today, he celebrates his 31st birthday. Can you guess who

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maren Morris and JP Saxe are performing their collaboration “Line by Line” on The Late Late Show With James Corden tonight. The show airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on CBS.  Rachel Reinert, former member of Gloriana, is expecting a baby boy in August

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Comstock/ThinkstockA country superstar from Georgia celebrated his 44th birthday over the weekend. Known for hits like “Big Green Tractor” and “You Make it Easy,” this singer was born Jason Williams, but he’s best-known by another name today.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHailey Whitters released her Living the Dream deluxe album on Friday, complete with duets featuring Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, Jordan Davis and more. Rising duo Lakeview have announced a short spring tour for 2021. They’ll

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Comstock/ThinkstockIf the Man in Black were still alive today, he’d be celebrating his 89th birthday. Can you name this legendary Arkansas native? ANSWER: Johnny Cash. By Carena LiptakCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRonnie Milsap has announced plans for a new album, titled a Better Word for Love, due out on April 30. The first track on the project is a Vince Gill duet, “Big Bertha.” The Charlie Daniels

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 2005, this “Live Like You Were Dying” hitmaker became the first country artist to have a single be certified platinum by the RIAA for digital downloads for his crossover collaboration with Nelly on “Over

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Willie Jones is making his Grand Ole Opry debut on March 5. He and Waylon Payne are set to perform a duet of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings‘ “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys.” Tenille Townes will perform

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago today, this Australian singer turned country superstar scored his first #1 single with “But For the Grace of God.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Keith Urban.   By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAshley Monroe has shared behind-the-scenes photos from the music video shoot for her new single, “Drive.” Payton Smith is hosting a free virtual concert to benefit East Tennessee Children’s Hospital on February 27. The livestream will air on the Riff app at 7:45

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1999, this iconic singer known as “The Man in Black” was bestowed with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Johnny Cash.  By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNashville Public Television will re-air the Charley Pride documentary, American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, tonight at 6 p.m. ET. Originally released in 2019, the PBS special chronicles Pride’s illustrious career. He passed away from complications due to

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1990, a beloved ‘90s country hitmaker dropped his debut album, Country Club. The album produced four top-ten singles, including the title track, and launched a lengthy career for this Georgia native. Can you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockUp-and-comer Breland teamed with Chevrolet for a special new music video for his song, “My Truck.” The clip is available to watch now on Chevrolet’s TikTok profile. Sykamore shared a new track on Friday, called “Stay

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifty-one years ago today, this crossover country star premiered his Good Time Hour, a music and comedy variety show that would go on to run for three years. The opening theme of the show was his hit

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrooke Eden kicked off a new musical chapter this week with her song, “No Shade.” It’s the first of three new songs she’s planning for release over the coming months. Filmore shared the music video for

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 2012, this singer known as The Chief scored his first #1 single with “Drink in My Hand.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Eric Church.  By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEmmylou Harris has been announced as one of the headliners on The Outlaw Country Cruise next year sailing February 25 – March 3 from Miami to Mexico and Belize. Other performers include Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle & The

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1975, this country icon released “The Pill.” Though controversial at the time for its reference to birth control, the song reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and has become one

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Randy Travis and his wife Mary Travis are featured on The Big Interview With Dan Rather this week where they discuss his recovery following a 2013 stroke. The episode airs tomorrow night on 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV.  Lily

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago today, the world was introduced to this deep-voiced country singer from North Carolina when his audition for American Idol‘s 10th season aired. He would go on to be crowned champion and score hits with “Five

Gabby Barrett announces birth of daughter

ABCGabby Barrett and husband Cade Foehner have welcomed a baby girl.  The 20-year-old singer shared on Instagram on Monday night that she gave birth to daughter Baylah May on January 18. “Gotten to spend a very sweet week with our newest addition. Meet our girl Baylah

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock UK country duo The Shires have released the video for their song “Lightning Strikes” featuring Lauren Alaina. Lauren Weintraub has released her debut single “She’s Mine” after the song went viral on Tik Tok, being viewed more than one

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2014, Luke Bryan hit the top of the country charts with a heartstring-tugging ballad about grief and loss, featuring backing vocals from a then-little known singer-songwriter named Chris Stapleton. The song would remain

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRory Feek, formerly of country duo Joey + Rory, has announced a solo project called Gentle Man. The first single is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Gentle Man will arrive in

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2013, a beloved country trio released “Downtown” to country radio. The song went to the top of the charts and remains one of their best-loved hits to this day. Can you name the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDanielle Bradbery teams with Grammy-nominated Latin star Kurt to reimagine her “Never Have I Ever” as a Spanish-language song. The version is called “Yo Nunca He…” Highwomen bandmate Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell will make an

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1957, one of country music’s best-known legends made her debut appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show. She won that night’s contest with what would go on to become one of her

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Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockWynonna Judd is among the acts scheduled to perform during the rock-focused, virtual Big Love Benefit Concert, which supports the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Bret Michaels, Billy Idol and more are performing; the event will be hosted

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1979, the album The Gambler climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart where it stayed for the next 24 weeks. Can you name the singer? ANSWER: Kenny Rogers.  By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAfter going viral on Tik Tok, Kylie Trout has officially released, “Can’t Be Lonely.” Kylie also drew attention on Tik Tok with her rendition of Morgan Wallen‘s “Somebody’s Problem.”  The music of Johnny Cash is at the center of a Nashville

Luke Combs takes “Better Together” to #1

Zack MasseyLuke Combs has scored his 10th consecutive #1 single with “Better Together.”  The romantic song tops the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week, continuing the superstar’s #1 streak with previous singles including “Even Though I’m Leaving,” “Does to Me”

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1946, this global icon known for such hits as “9 to 5” and “Jolene” was born in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Today, she celebrates her 75th birthday. Can you guess who it

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Jones has released his new single “American Dream” that serves as a patriotic protest anthem against racial injustice. The song is featured on Willie’s debut album, Right Now, that will be released on Friday.  Author and country singer Billy Dawson has

Loretta Lynn gets COVID-19 vaccine

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana MusicLoretta Lynn has received the COVID-19 vaccine.  The 88-year-old music icon revealed on Instagram over the weekend that she and her daughter, Peggy Jean, were administered the vaccine at a local health facility in Tennessee.  “Well, I

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Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-four years ago this week, one of the biggest stars in country was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She’s still a regular performer there, and her Opry shows thankfully go a lot smoother than her

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hailey Whitters last week announced Living the Dream, the deluxe edition of her 2020 album The Dream. The new project features duets with the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town and Jordan Davis, the

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1992, country’s own Man in Black was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his lifetime, he also became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockParker McCollum uses a deserted cityscape as the backdrop for his music video for “To Be Loved by You.” The clip arrived this week. Naomi Judd stars in Ruby, the first installment of a Lifetime-exclusive movie

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Comstock/ThinkstockOne year ago today, this country legend’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Patsy Cline.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson has been tapped as the SXSW Online 2021 Keynote speaker. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Austin-based festival will be held virtually March 16-20.  Phil Vassar is launching a new podcast, Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar, on American

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1996, this “Mississippi Girl” topped the charts with the #1 hit, “It Matters to Me.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Faith Hill. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser and Jamey Johnson are embarking on the Country Cadillac Tour. The shows will be socially distanced and follow safety protocols. The tour kicks off February 5 in Fort Worth, Texas and wraps on April 17 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day, this superstar topped the country charts with one of his biggest hits, “Unanswered Prayers.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brandi Carlile‘s cover of John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” appears in the trailer for the upcoming CBS show, Clarice, premiering on February 11.  The Voice winner Jake Hoot is teaming up with Kelly Clarkson for “I Would’ve Loved You,” the lead single off his EP Love

Jennifer Wayne and Austin Moody tie the knot

Ford FairchildRunaway June‘s Jennifer Wayne and Austin Moody are married.  Almost two weeks after getting engaged at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Santa Rosa Beach in Florida on Saturday, People confirms.  In light

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe mother in country’s most famous mother-daughter duo is celebrating her 74th birthday today. Together with her daughter, Wynonna, she’s scored 15 chart-topping hit singles and won five Grammy awards, among many other accolades. Can you name

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Comstock/ThinkstockAaron Watson’s new album, American Soul, arrived on Friday. The independent artist and native Texan is perhaps best known for his 2017 hit “Outta Style,” which was a top-ten hit at country radio. Rising duo Walker County

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday, one of country’s biggest stars is celebrating his 13th anniversary of marriage to his wife, Katherine Blasingame. This singer also won his first-ever Entertainer of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards last November. Can you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCollin Raye will hit the Grand Ole Opry stage tonight, in celebration of his new album, Scars. The project is the first batch of original tunes Collin’s released in over a decade; the title track is

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Comstock/ThinkstockA very happy birthday is in order to the country star best known for this beloved ‘90s hit “Dust on the Bottle.” This Illinois native, who’s also a frequent collaborator of Kenny Chesney, turns 61 today. Can

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry rapper Lil Nas X, who rose to superstardom in 2019 with his ubiquitous hit “Old Town Road,” is officially a children’s book author. His alphabetical C Is for Country came out earlier this week. Runaway June

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1979, this Country Music Hall of Fame member topped the country charts with his signature hit, “Tulsa Time.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Don Williams. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCaylee Hammack has shared a cover of Patsy Cline‘s “Crazy,” which she calls her “go-to” song during her first trip to Nashville when she was 13.  An exhibit dedicated to famed bluegrass venue Station Inn is opening at the Country

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1985, this Texas native topped the Billboard Hot Country songs chart with “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: George Strait.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHailey Whitters has released her new single featuring Little Big Town, “Fillin’ My Cup.”  Reba McEntire‘s son, Shelby Blackstock, is engaged. He proposed to his now-fiancée, Marissa Branch, while on vacation at Disney World. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1969, a young Tennessee native who first came to prominence as the “girl singer” on Porter Wagoner’s syndicated variety show officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Can you name her?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChristian outfit For King & Country have re-imagined one of their hits to create “Together (The Country Collaboration),” their first country team-up since joining Dolly Parton in 2019. This time around, they’re duetting with singer-songwriters Hannah