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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1998, this singer who is “Always on My Mind” was one of the honorees at the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Willie Nelson.  Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRaeLynn‘s music video for her new single, “Bra Off,” premieres today. It will make its debut on the Viacom billboards in New York’s Times Square at 6 a.m. ET.  Justin Moore will host the 2020 St. Jude Golf Classic

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1978, the Charlie Daniels Band recorded the song that would become their biggest mainstream hit. Can you guess what song it was? ANSWER: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Eli Young Band take a walk down memory lane in their new music video for “Break It In,” spanning everything from career milestones like winning their first ACM Award to personal highlights, such as getting married.  Walker

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, Gary Allan topped Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with this tune that’s both stripped-down and airworthy. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Nothing On but the Radio.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s recent eBay for Charity auction raised more than $105,000 for her MuttNation Foundation. CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year Tenille Townes is set to open most of the dates on Alan Jackson‘s 2020 tour. Newcomer Jameson Rodgers kicks off

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago this week, seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks hit number one on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs tally for the first time. Can you recall the title of his first chart-topper? ANSWER: “If Tomorrow Never

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCMA New Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde is adding three new dates to her One Night Standards Tour: February 6 in Springfield, MO; March 6 in Detroit, MI; and March 27 in Huntsville, AL. Thompson Square‘s Keifer Thompson heads

'9' is #1 for Jason Aldean

Macon Music/Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean brings home his sixth consecutive number-one album this week, as 9 debuts at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart. The Georgia native sold 83,000 album equivalent units of his ninth album in its first seven

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2001, Garth Brooks had the number-one album on the country chart with what would be the last project he put out before his decade-long hiatus. Can you name the title of this seasonally-appropriate hit album?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGeorge Strait headlined a benefit concert at ACL Live in Austin, TX on Monday night, helping raise $1.5 million for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in the Bahamas. George also helped create a t-shirt to benefit the cause.  This

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Comstock/ThinkstockSeven years ago today, this country icon released her book, Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You, based on the inspirational commencement speech she delivered at the University of Tennessee in 2009. Can you guess who it is?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCam has released a cover of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” which she cites as her favorite Christmas song. She adds that the standard “especially tugs on my heartstrings this year” as she’s expecting her first child, due on

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2015, this country artist was at the top of the U.S. album charts with his Grammy-winning debut studio project, Traveller. Do you know who he is? ANSWER: Chris Stapleton.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJon Pardi will stop by Late Night with Seth Myers tonight for a performance of the title track of his critically acclaimed new album, Heartache Medication. You can tune in and watch at 12:35pm ET.  Just in time for the

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1970, this country icon recorded two of her signature hits: “You’re Lookin’ at Country” and “I Wanna Be Free.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Loretta Lynn. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line and others helped raise more than $250,000 for Home Street Home Ministries at the 2019 Miracle on 4th event in Nashville. Thomas served as host and FGL performed, with proceeds going

2019 American Music Awards winner's list

dick clark productionsIt was a record-breaking night for Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards, held live Sunday night from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Taylor went on to win six awards, bringing her lifetime total to 29  — toppling Michael Jackson‘s

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Comstock/Thinkstock Six-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town has also taken home the Single of the Year trophy twice, in 2012 and 2015. Can you name the foursome’s winning songs? ANSWER: “Pontoon” and “Girl Crush,” respectively.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOn Thursday, 1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss was presented the National Medal of the Arts in the East Room of the White House. Watch for Dolly Parton Friday on The View, which starts at 11 a.m. ET

Sam Hunt arrested for DUI in Nashville

ABC RadioSam Hunt was arrested early Thursday morning and charged with DUI, according to ABC’s Nashville affiliate, WKRN. Police stopped the country superstar after someone reported a vehicle driving the wrong way on Ellington Parkway in East Nashville. At

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1987, Merle Haggard released the last of his 34 No. 1 singles as a solo country artist. Can you guess which song it was? ANSWER: “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrother duo High Valley spotlight their families in the video for their new song, “Your Mama,” which was shot at bandmate Brad Rempel’s Nashville home. Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard wrote the song, along with Ben West, Josh Miller and Troy Verges. Founding Zac Brown Band member John Driskell Hopkins has

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1975, a country star who has scored a total of nine #1 hits beginning with his debut single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” was born. Can you guess which artist is celebrating a birthday?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarly Pearce will premiere the official music video for her new single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now” — her duet with Lee Brice — today. Fans can watch the video when it premieres on YouTube at 12:30 pm central.  Legendary western

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1973, the country star known for hits such as “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “Pretty Good at Drinkin’ Beer” and “Good Directions” was born. Can you name him? ANSWER: Billy Currington. Copyright © 2019,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAlabama has set a new date for a previously postponed stop on their 50th Anniversary Tour. The concert will now take place on Friday, July 17, 2020 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Additionally, due to high demand, they’ve

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago this week, Garth Brooks hosted Saturday Night Live. Who was the musical guest? ANSWER: His alter ego, Chris Gaines. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIt’ll be another big week on Good Morning America for country fans. Watch for Garth Brooks on Tuesday, followed by his wife Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. on ABC. Florida Georgia Line is featured on the new track by

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1969, this bluegrass icon performed his classic song “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” at the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam in Washington, D.C., becoming one of the few country artists who take a

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line are hosting a yard sale at their Nashville co-working compound, “meet + greet,” on Sunday from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Gently used clothing and shoes will be available for purchase, with

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2001, this country superstar appeared as a special guest during *NSYNC Live! The Atlantis Concert special, singing “Stand By Me,” “Fire And Rain” and “Lean On Me” with the popular boy band. Can you name him?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCaroline Jones will make her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday. Held at the Ryman Auditorium, Caroline will perform during the evening’s two sets at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.  Up-and-coming country singer Sandra Lynn is partnering with Ronald

53rd Annual CMA Awards: The Winners

Mark Seliger/ABC Here are the winners of the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, handed out Wednesday night in Nashville: Entertainer of the YearGarth Brooks Album of the YearGirl, Maren Morris Single of the Year“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton Song

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe CMA Awards have taken place in Nashville every year except for 2005. Can you guess where the awards show took place that year? ANSWER: Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson and Alison Krauss are among the first artists announced to perform at MerleFest 2020, along with a slew of other performers headed to the Wilkesboro, NC festival next April. For tickets and a full lineup, visit the

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Comstock/ThinkstockIconic duo Brooks & Dunn won Vocal Duo of the Year at the CMA Awards every year between 1992 and 1999. Who finally broke their winning streak in 2000? ANSWER: Montgomery Gentry. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCraig Morgan will perform “The Father, My Son, and The Holy Ghost” this morning on NBC’s Today with Hoda & Jenna.  Dog Tales, a new podcast focusing on heroic dogs, has donated $10,000 to Miranda Lambert‘s MuttNation, which helps animals

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Comstock/ThinkstockReigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban took home his first CMA trophy in 2001. Can you recall which award it was? ANSWER: Horizon, which is now known as New Artist of the Year. Copyright © 2019, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIf you missed Carrie Underwood on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday, you can watch her preview of the 53rd Annual CMA Awards online. Carly Pearce and Lee Brice sang their new hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” together for

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago, this female artist became the youngest person ever to win CMA Entertainer of the Year at the age of only 19. Can you name her? ANSWER: Taylor Swift. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Hootie & the Blowfish on Friday’s edition of GMA 3: Strahan, Sare, & Keke. You can tune in to see Darius Rucker and company starting at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. Lady Antebellum will release a new live acoustic video

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twelve years ago today, this artist won the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award for the third time in four years. Can you guess which iconic country star this is? ANSWER: Kenny Chesney. Copyright © 2019, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOld Dominion is set to perform songs from their chart-topping, self-titled third album Thursday morning on NBC’s Today show. You can tune in to watch starting at 7 a.m. ET on NBC.  Newlywed Chris Lane kicked off his Big, Big Plans

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Willie Nelson covered this classic Allman Brothers tune for the soundtrack of the Jane Fonda/Robert Redford movie The Electric Horseman. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Midnight Rider.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks‘ two final stops on his Dive Bar Tour will take place on Monday, December 2. He’ll play Prospectors in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey — just outside of Philadelphia — before traveling to Six String

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Comstock/Thinkstock Where were the very first CMA Awards held, back in 1967? ANSWER: Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw starts the day by being a guest on Live with Kelly & Ryan, which follows Good Morning America on most ABC stations. Sony Nashville is partnering with Wrangler to host a free CMA Awards viewing party at Acme

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago today, Big Machine head Scott Borchetta saw future superstar Taylor Swift perform for the first time. Can you guess which iconic Nashville venue she was playing? ANSWER: The Bluebird Cafe. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTim McGraw guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday, prior to the release of his fitness book, Grit and Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life on Tuesday. You can tune in to watch starting

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty years ago this week, Martina McBride hit number one on the Billboard chart with this song from the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere movie, Runaway Bride. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I Love You.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hootie & the Blowfish celebrates the release of their new album, Imperfect Circle, by stopping by Good Morning America on Friday. You can watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. “On My Way to You” hitmaker Cody Johnson performed

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2000, this timeless hit by Lee Ann Womack was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “I Hope You Dance.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert appears on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight. The show airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.   Matt Stell has released a video for his cover of Ariana Grande’s “God is a Woman.” His cover of the smash hit is

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday is the 12th wedding anniversary of this “Tennessee Whiskey” singer and his wife, a fellow singer who co-wrote Carrie Underwood‘s hit “Don’t Forget to Remember Me.” Can you name this country couple? ANSWER: Chris and Morgane Stapleton.  Copyright © 2019, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKalie Shorr has been added to the lineup for the December 31 event Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville; Keith Urban is headlining.  Adam Hambrick has released a cover of Alan Jackson‘s 1992 hit “Midnight in Montgomery” through the

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago, Big & Rich scored their first gold single with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe new six-track EP from Jon Langston, titled Now You Know, is out now. Singer/songwriter Kelleigh Bannen‘s set to make her national TV debut Tuesday on NBC’s Today show, performing the track “Time Machine” from her Favorite Colors album. The new track, “Rather Be

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirteen years ago today, the band Heartland made it to number one on the Billboard chart with a song that’s become a wedding standard. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I Loved Her First.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockYou can check out Chris Janson doing his number one hit, “Good Vibes,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show via EllenTube.com. Little Big Town visits The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town, Midland, Cam, and Devin Dawson will perform November 10 at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium to celebrate the premiere of YouTube’s documentary, The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash, the next day. Chris Janson‘s set to sing on the

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwo years ago today, this iconic country artist born in Houston, Texas was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Kenny Rogers.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has inducted songwriter Steve Wariner into the Musicians Hall of Fame. The two performed Garth’s hit “Long Neck Bottle” that Steve co-wrote during the induction ceremony Tuesday in Nashville.  New trio Avenue Beat has released the music video for their new