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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date back in 1967, one of country’s living legends released her debut album. It included her first ever Top 30 hit, “Dumb Blonde.” Since then, she has charted a whopping 110 singles, joined the Grand

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockStarting today, Granger Smith will launch his new fall line of Yee Yee Apparel. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Veteran Outdoors, an organization that provides hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities to veterans. Brantley

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday marks the birthday of one of country music’s most influential artists. Though he only lived to be 29, this honky-tonk hero achieved legend status with hits like “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Hey, Good Lookin’” and “I’m So

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Kelsea Ballerini made a virtual stop on The Late Late Show With James Corden this week, performing “A Country Song” off her self-titled third album. Also in late-night news, Americana star

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Comstock/Thinkstock51 years ago today, this legendary country performer had a number one hit on his hands with “A Boy Named Sue.” The song told the story of a young man who vows revenge on his absentee father

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Luke Combs performed “Six Feet Apart” this week on the kick-off episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s sixth season. Mitchell Tenpenny has plans to host a livestream show and

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2003, one of country’s biggest stars inked her first record deal. She signed with Epic Records just a few months after placing third on televised singing competition Nashville Star. Later on, she would

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama will perform their first and only concert of 2020 this evening at 8PM CT, as part of Camping World’s virtual weekly series, Taking the Highways Across America. The event is free to stream on Camping

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2003, two superstar solo country acts were nearing the tail end of a 7-week streak at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song was their good-timing duet, “It’s 5

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrooks & Dunn will be the showcased artists on an October 5 episode of AXS TV’s Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar. Tune in at 9PM ET for a jam session and a tour

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Comstock/ThinkstockCharles Kelley, one third of one of country’s biggest trios, is celebrating his 39th birthday today. Since the band formed in the mid-2000s, they’ve become best known for hits like “Need You Now” and “Downtown.” Can you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry rock act Blackberry Smoke is gearing up for their “Pandemic Jam” livestream series, broadcast from three local Nashville and Atlanta venues. The band also dropped their music video for “Run Away From it All” this

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1991, one of country’s favorite duos were on top of the charts with their debut single, “Brand New Man.” Can you name them? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn. By Carena LiptakCopyright © 2020, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Sara Evans stopped by Good Morning America earlier this week to discuss her new memoir, Born to Fly. Ruston Kelly debuted his new music video for “Under the Sun” today. The

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis “I Want Crazy” singer is turning 29 today. The five-time Grammy Award nominee is also known for other hits “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak.” Can you name him? ANSWER: Hunter Hayes.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCaylee Hammack will perform as part of the weekly series “ACM Wine Down Wednesday” tonight featuring a performance by and conversation with the singer. It streams on Caylee and the Academy of Country Music’s Facebook pages at

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Comstock/Thinkstock88 years ago today, one of the most influential voices of country music was born. Not only was this performer a massive country star with hits like “Crazy” and “She’s Got You,” but she also became one

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama’s 50th Anniversary Tour will resume in 2021, and they’ve announced that Martina McBride will join them for two back-to-back Nashville dates on July 2-3. Tickets are on sale now.Tyler Rich dropped his debut album, Two

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1990, this star released her 17th studio album, Rumor Has It. The record included her version of Bobbie Gentry’s “Fancy,” which quickly became one of her own signature tunes. Can you name her?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Charlie Daniels Brand, Inc. is partnering with Tyler Country Market to create a new line of Black Label Reserve steaks specially crafted to honor the late country legend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2005, one of country’s leading ladies landed at the top of the charts with “Mississippi Girl.” Can you name this Magnolia State native? ANSWER: Faith Hill. By Carena LiptakCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNaomi Judd will star as the grandmother of the title character in Ruby, a Lifetime movie series centered around a young Louisiana woman whose life gets upended after learning that she has another family living in

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago today, this “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” duo performed the final show of their farewell tour, The Last Rodeo, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. They closed the show with their chart-topping 1991 debut single, “Brand New Man.” Can

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Rich is releasing his debut album, Two Thousand Miles, on Friday. The 11-track project features singles “Feels Like Home,” “The Difference” and “Leave Her Wild.”  Mickey Guyton and Brandi Carlile are featured guests on actress Beth Behr‘s upcoming podcast HARMONICS. The podcast debuts on

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago today, this trailblazing trio became the first group in country music history to sell 10 million copies of an album, with 1998’s Wide Open Spaces. Can you name them? ANSWER: The Chicks. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2020, ABC

And the nominees for the 54th CMA Awards are…

Country Music AssociationLuke Combs and Carly Pearce revealed the first contenders for the 2020 Country Music Association Awards this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, with newcomers Gabby Barrett and Ingrid Andress continuing the unveiling online. Here are the

And the nominees for the 54th CMA Awards are…

Country Music AssociationLuke Combs and Carly Pearce revealed the first contenders for the 2020 Country Music Association Awards this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House. Here are the initial nominees for the 54th CMA Awards, with

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCharlie Daniels Jr., the son of the late Charlie Daniels, is honoring his father’s legacy with a new licensing venture that will change CDB, Inc. into Charlie Daniels Brand, Inc. The re-brand includes merchandising and legacy projects that honor

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1990, a neo-traditional country legend released his sixth studio album, an all-star duets project called Heroes & Friends. It would become his fifth consecutive number-one album. Do you know who he is? ANSWER:

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge recently premiered the music video for “Sunday Drive,” the title track of his latest album. It was shot in the singer’s hometown of Paris, Illinois. Jon Pardi has unveiled a new “Western version” of

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe Canadian superstar sometimes known as “The Queen of Country Pop” is celebrating her 55th birthday today. Her third project, Come on Over, became the best-selling studio album by a female artist of all time after she

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Burke/Triolo Prorudctions/ThinkstockRussell Dickerson provides some country flair as the featured guest on Swedish singer-songwriter Clara Mae’s new tune, “Alright.” After previously sharing “Skeletons,” the title track of their next album, Brothers Osborne revealed an acoustic version of

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1990, one of country’s biggest superstars dropped his second studio album, No Fences. By 2020, he’d released a total of 22 studio albums, but this one is still his best-seller, with 17 million

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSongwriter Luke Laird, who’s written hits for the likes of Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood, will release an album of his own on September 18. The project is titled Music Row; the leading track

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Comstock/ThinkstockBrian Kelley, one half of this hitmaking duo, turns 35 today. In addition to their smash debut hit “Cruise,” the twosome is also known for songs like “H.O.L.Y.,” “This Is How We Roll,” “May We All” and

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLanco member Eric Steedly married photographer Jennifer Wardwell in Nashville on Sunday. His bandmates Brandon Lancaster, Tripp Howell, Chandler Baldwin and Jared Hampton served as groomsmen.  The Avett Brothers have released a new single, “Back Into the Light.” It’s featured on their new album, The Third Gleam, that will be

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1979, this country and Southern rock band collected a number-one single with the legendary “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Can you name the group? ANSWER: The Charlie Daniels Band. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2020,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLainey Wilson‘s song “Small Town, Girl” was featured in the season three finale of the TV series Yellowstone on Sunday night.  The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem at The World’s Championship Horse Show during the Kentucky State

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1999, a singer named Chris Gaines released his pop single, “Lost in You.” The catch? Chris wasn’t a real person at all, but rather the alter-ego of a country superstar. Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJimmie Allen will deliver a performance at a drive-in show hosted by the Mid Atlantic Event Group. He’ll take the stage on September 5 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania; tickets are available now. Following the release of his

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday would have been the 82nd birthday of a cross-genre superstar who died this March. This Texas native was a Country Music Hall of Famer known both for his legendary solo work and unforgettable collaborations with superstars

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker makes a cameo in Joel Crouse’s new music video for “On My Way,” a tender meditation on personal low points and the importance of reaching out and staying connected. Actor Lucy Hale also makes

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2012, this brother duo known for hit songs like “It Ain’t My Fault” and “Stay a Little Longer” signed a record deal with EMI Records Nashville. Can you name the singers? ANSWER: Brothers Osborne.  By

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMickey Guyton is a featured guest in Laura Bell Bundy‘s new song and video, “Get It Girl, You Go,” honoring the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. The video also stars Ingrid Michaelson, actress Brittany Snow, Saturday Night

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2003, this Arizona native’s self-titled debut album was released. It features his debut number-one single “What Was I Thinkin’,” along with “How Am I Doin’” and “My Last Name.” Can you name him?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Cadillac Three have partnered with popular Nashville music venue The Basement for live concert series Country Fuzz Presents Live from the Basement now through September. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward Second Harvest Food Bank, with the goal

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1977, the singer known as the King of Rock and Roll was laid to rest at his famed home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, two days after his death. Chet Atkins and Sammy Davis Jr. were among

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood virtually surprised Dutch country artist Ilse DeLange with the 2020 CMA Jeff Walker Global Country Artist Award last week during Ilse’s appearance on German TV show Volle Kanne.  Southern rock group the Allman Brothers Band are releasing a two-disc live concert CD from their

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2012, a country duo debuted their song, “Cruise,” on the Grand Ole Opry stage. It would go on to become the group’s biggest hit to date, launching them into superstardom. Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen and lifestyle brand Salt Life have teamed up for a special edition t-shirt featuring the Jake Owen Foundation. Sales will benefit a host of youth-focused charities and organizations, such as St. Jude Children’s Research

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Comstock/ThinkstockThirteen years ago today, one of country’s biggest superstars dropped his debut album, I’ll Stay Me. It included the debut single “All My Friends Say,” which became a top-five country hit and even enjoyed some success on

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton’s Ole Red bar franchise is launching a “Battle of the Bands” competition series on August 19. The fan-voted weekly event will take place across all four locations, and the winner will receive a monetary

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1973, a country legend released her 23rd studio album, Love is the Foundation. It topped the country charts, and the album’s title track also became a number-one hit. Can you name this artist?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJimmie Allen will stop by the 8:00 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today on Friday. He’ll perform “Why Things Happen” and “Freedom Was a Highway,” two of the tracks off his Bettie James EP. Singer-songwriter Hayes Carll

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1989, this 90s country icon, known for such hits as “Blame It On Your Heart” and “Lonely Too Long,” earned her first number-one single with “Timber, I’m Falling In Love.” Can you guess who it

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Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockGrand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely will be the special guest on the upcoming edition of Change the Conversation’s Tales of a Trailblazer, Stepping Up and Speaking Out via Zoom on August 18 at 6 p.m. ET.  Up-and-coming artist Alyssa Trahan has

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2001, this country superstar and The Voice judge scored his first number-one country single with “Austin.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses have officially released their first single in three years, “A Song to Remember,” to country radio. It’s featured on the group’s upcoming album, Let the Band Play On.  Americana and bluegrass festival MerleFest will take place

Kane Brown dropping 'Mixtape Vol. 1' on Friday

RCA NashvilleKane Brown will release his new EP Mixtape Vol. 1 this Friday, August 14.  The seven-track compilation features previously shared tracks “Cool Again,” which has cracked the top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.  It also includes “Worldwide Beautiful” and

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Comstock/ThinkstockEleven years ago on this date, a superstar duo rocked the country genre by announcing they were calling it quits. After some years apart and some solo projects, they reunited in 2015 for a Las Vegas residency

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Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockEric Paslay dropped his new song, “Nice Guy,” last week. It’s the title track of his forthcoming album, which is due out on August 14. Caylee Hammack released “Forged in the Fire,” a song inspired by a