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Comstock/ThinkstockDirector Shaun Silva very ably impersonates Johnny Depp‘s Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow in the storyline of this 2004 music video by Terri Clark. Can you name the hit whose video also includes a cameo by singer Wayne Newton? ANSWER: “Girls Lie

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Comstock/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney will be honored with the CRS 2020 Artist Humanitarian Award next year at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. You can watch Thomas Rhett‘s performance of “Remember You Young” from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert online now. Faulkner County,

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2006, this beloved pop/country/Christian singer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Amy Grant.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Songwriters Series is heading to Albequerque, N.M. with performances by Lauren Alaina, Erin Enderlin, Sierra Hull and Luke Laird at the KiMo Theatre on October 15. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. CT.  Sam Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr. and

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams rose to the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the single that would be the first of seventeen career number

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Sheryl Crow doing “Prove You Wrong” — the country single from her Threads album — on The Late Late Show with James Corden, you can watch her performance online. Tanya Tucker guests

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Comstock/Thinkstock Waylon Jennings achieved his fourth #1 with this 1975 song questioning whether country music had lost its way. Can you name the classic tune from his Dreaming My Dreams album? ANSWER: “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Stapleton‘s set to join Sheryl Crow for her appearance this Friday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He sings on the track “Tell Me When It’s Over” from her new Threads album. Sara Evans will kick off her ten-date Blue

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Comstock/ThinkstockReba McEntire scored her first top-ten hit in 1980 with the lead single from her Feel the Fire album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “(You Lift Me) Up to Heaven.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ticket sales for Garth Brooks‘ Saturday, November 16 date at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee will resume on Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, after demand for tickets froze the system on Friday. Sammy Kershaw and

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Comstock/ThinkstockOnce known as the “King of Country Music,” in 1948, this Grand Ole Opry star ran unsuccessfully on the Republican ticket for governor of Tennessee. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer, known for songs

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line, Riley Green, and Ryan Hurd are all joining the lineup for Monday’s Hope 4 Hope Town benefit at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, LOCASH, Devin Dawson and more are already set to play the fundraiser, which will

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-nine years ago this week, CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lynn Anderson recorded what would become her signature song at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville. Can you name this #1 country hit, that also made it to

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Grammy Museum in L.A. will host a special conversation and performance with country legend Tanya Tucker, along with Brandi Carlile and Scooter Jennings, who produced her new While I’m Livin’ album. Tickets for the Thursday, October 3 event go on sale

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago this week, the Country Music Association revealed that this song by Brad Paisley and Keith Urban had been mistakenly left off the list of nominees for Musical Event of the Year at the 43rd CMAs. Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 55th Academy of Country Music Awards will be televised Sunday, April 5 on CBS, live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Chris Janson, Michael Ray, High Valley and more will play the Grand Ole Opry on

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Emmylou Harris scored her second number one in 1976 with her cover of this country classic, made famous by Patsy Cline. Can you name the track that was also the final

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockASCAP will give Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis its Founders Award November 11 during the 57th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville. Newcomer Adam Hambrick sets his The First Semester Tour in motion September 19 in Oxford,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Earl Thomas Conley scored his fourth number one with this song from 1983, which would go on to be nominated for CMA Single of the Year in 1984. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Holding Her and Loving

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country legend Tanya Tucker will perform her first full-length concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on January 12 of next year. Tickets go on sale Friday. The debut album by King Calaway is set to

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Comstock/ThinkstockEight years ago this week, the song that would go on to become Luke Bryan‘s fourth number one was released. Can you name this hit, which was the second single from Luke’s album Tailgates & Tanlines? ANSWER: “I Don’t

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Sheryl Crow promotes her new collaborative album, Threads, Friday morning on the Today show. You can tune in to watch starting at 7 a.m. on NBC. If you missed Maren Morris doing her new single,

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Comstock/ThinkstockFive years ago this week, Garth Brooks ended his retirement by kicking off his World Tour with an eleven-show run with wife Trisha Yearwood. Can you recall where Garth’s comeback tour started? ANSWER: Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line‘s new single is the track “Blessings” from their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country album. Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile are set to appear on both the Today show and The Tonight show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday on NBC. Today starts at 7 a.m. local

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Comstock/ThinkstockThree years ago this week, Justin Moore topped Billboard‘s country albums chart with the predecessor to his current record, Late Nights and Longnecks. Can you name his 2016 album? ANSWER: Kinda Don’t Care. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTaylor Swift and the Dixie Chicks return to the country charts this week, as “Soon You’ll Get Better” — their collaboration from Taylor’s Lover album — debuts at #10 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs tally.  Kelsea Ballerini‘s new single is called “Homecoming

Midland “Let[s] It Roll” all the way to #1

BMLGAfter much critical acclaim — including shout-outs from the likes of Justin Bieber — Midland‘s sophomore album, Let It Roll, lands at number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart this week.  “Retweet if you have a number 1 album,” the trio tweeted, in

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Comstock/Thinkstock 1996 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless scored her first top-ten hit in 1998 with her version of this song, originally recorded by George Jones. Can you name it? ANSWER: “If My Heart Had

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Craig Morgan released his first new music in more than three years on Friday. “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” is in memory of his son, Jerry, who was killed in a tubing

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Trisha Yearwood hasn’t put out a country album of all-new material since 2007. Can you name the album that was released nearly a dozen years ago? ANSWER: Heaven, Heartache, and the Power

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Trisha Yearwood doing the title track of her new album, Every Girl, on the Today show on Thursday, you can check out her “Every Girl in This Town” performance online. Craig Morgan‘s set to play the All-American Summer Concert

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Comstock/Thinkstock Who’s won the most trophies in the history of the CMA Awards? ANSWER: While Brooks & Dunn and Vince Gill are both tied with 18 wins each, Ronnie Dunn ultimately comes out on top, because he has one more win for co-writing

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert‘s music video for “It All Comes Out in the Wash” is set to premiere on Thursday. She’ll chat with fans starting at noon CT, shortly before unveiling the clip on YouTube. Trisha Yearwood will check

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Comstock/Thinkstock At the recent 2019 ACM Honors ceremony at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, newcomer Caylee Hammack performed her version of this song, as a tribute to Cliffie Stone Icon Award winner Martina McBride. Can you name the hit that became

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon Atkins welcomed their new son, Scout Falcon, on Monday. He joins big brother, 20-month-old Ryder Falcon, as well as Rodney’s 17-year-old son Elijah from his previous marriage. If you

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke scored her first number one in 1982 with this song, co-written by Deborah Allen. Can you name the track that was also the second single from her Sleeping with Your Memory album?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNewcomer Caylee Hammack performed Patsy Cline‘s “Crazy” Saturday night during her Opry debut, as well as her current hit, “Family Tree.” Tim McGraw will release his version of The Cars‘ 1984 pop hit, “Drive,” on Thursday. Eric Paslay‘s Live in Glasgow album will

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Comstock/Thinkstock Conway Twitty topped the country chart in 1982 with a song that was originally a #2 pop hit for The Pointer Sisters. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Slow Hand.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant will open September 27 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville and run through August 2, 2020. The couple wrote huge hits for the Everly Brothers like

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Comstock/Thinkstock Juice Newton scored her first number one on the country chart with the final single from her 1981 Juice album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known).” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Young‘s Thursday night concert in Virginia Beach, Virginia was postponed because of severe weather. Refunds for the Raised on Country Tour stop are available now, as fans wait for a new date to be

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Comstock/Thinkstock Barbara Mandrell and Lee Greenwood scored a #3 hit in 1984 with this song from their duet album, Meant for Each Other. Can you name it? ANSWER: “To Me.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama are postponing the rest of their 50th Anniversary Tour as lead singer Randy Owen deals with cluster migraines and vertigo. Look for rescheduled dates to be announced in the coming weeks. You should

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago this week, Garth Brooks released the song that would go on to become his first number one hit. Can you name it? ANSWER: “If Tomorrow Never Comes.”  Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe episode of the music competition show Songland featuring CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. You can check out Midland‘s new video for “Playboys” on YouTube now. It’s from their sophomore

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Comstock/Thinkstock This November, Dolly Parton will co-host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. The superstar from East Tennessee has hosted the show once before, by herself. Can you recall when it was? ANSWER: Dolly hosted the 22nd CMA Awards

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Old Dominion‘s Trevor Rosen has signed a new publishing deal with Twelve6 Entertainment. It includes both his previous hits and his new compositions.  The Grand Ole Opry will host a special screening of part one

Keith, Miranda, Midland, Chris Young, Chris Janson and more to sing at Wednesday's ACM Honors

Walt Disney Television/Paula LoboKeith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Midland, Chris Janson, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Maddie & Tae, Tenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack are all set to perform at Wednesday’s 13th Annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.  Barbara Mandrell and Trisha Yearwood will also present awards during the event,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, this Georgia native performed his hits “Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time” during his Grand Ole Opry debut. Can you name him? ANSWER: Sam Hunt. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban‘s appearance Friday on ABC’s Strahan & Sara, you can check out his interview on the show’s Facebook page. Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis is releasing the new

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, Crystal Gayle recorded her first hit in Nashville. Can you name the song that would make it all the way to #6 on the country chart? ANSWER: “Wrong Road Again.” Copyright © 2019,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban Friday on Strahan & Sara. You can tune in to watch starting at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. Canaan Smith is the flagship artist

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith scored her most recent top ten in 1976 with this cover of a 1959 hit by The Everly Brothers. Can you name the classic written by Don Everly? ANSWER: “(‘Til) I Kissed You.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Midland is set to play the Today show’s Citi Concert Series Wednesday, August 28, after the release of their sophomore album, Let It Roll, the previous Friday. The new album from Hunter Hayes, titled Wild

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago, Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis scored his fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the hit that mentions one of the world’s most famous soft drinks? ANSWER: “Coca Cola Cowboy.” 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Hunter Hayes to reveal details about his next album during his appearance Wednesday during the 9 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.  Phil Vassar will launch his Stripped Down tour January 8 in Richmond, Virginia. Stripped Down is also the title

Listen now: The Highwomen update Willie, Waylon, Kristofferson, and Cash's namesake tune

Low Country Sound/Elektra RecordsFor the title track of the new album by the all-female supergroup the Highwomen, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Amanda Shires re-imagine 1985’s “Highwayman,” previously recorded by Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings. This time, however, they’ve updated and re-worked

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eighteen years ago this week, Blake Shelton scored his first number one with his debut single. Can you name that hit song, written by Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Braddock? ANSWER: “Austin.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert, Chris Young, Midland, Lauren Alaina, and Caylee Hammack have been added to the lineup for the 13th Annual ACM Honors August 21 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Maren Morris will follow-up her #1 single, “Girl,” by releasing the track, “The

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Comstock/Thinkstock Johnny Lee topped the country chart and scored a #5 pop hit with this track from the Urban Cowboy soundtrack. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “Lookin’ for Love.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Keith Urban delivered his hits “We Were,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Wasted Time,” “Parallel Line,” and “Somewhere in My Car” Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. You can watch his Summer Concert Series performance, as

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Comstock/Thinkstock Three years ago this week, the lead single from Luke Combs was released. Can you name the track that would go on to be his first of six number ones so far? ANSWER: “Hurricane.” Copyright © 2019, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will play Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series live from New York City’s Central Park on Friday. You can tune in to watch starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirteen years ago this month, Rodney Atkins scored his first #1 on the Billboard chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: “If You’re Going Through Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows).” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert will release the new track “Mess with My Head” on Friday.  Larry Gatlin and Dwight Yoakam are among this year’s inductees into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. They’ll be officially inducted during the 49th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters