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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1969, this country idol received his first gold single for his iconic hit, “Wichita Lineman.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Glen Campbell. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Old Dominion performed their current single, “One Man Band,” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night. Dustin Lynch brought his most recent hit, “Ridin’ Roads,” to ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday. The song is his

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Comstock/ThinkstockThree years ago on this date, this “Drunk on a Plane” hitmaker headlined Bridgestone Arena for the first time, bringing out special guests Elle King, Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi and others. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley.  Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGene Watson has been invited by Vince Gill to join the Grand Ole Opry, 55 years after he made his Opry debut at the age of 21.  Lauren Jenkins has released two Bruce Springsteen covers: “Hungry Heart” and “Stolen Car.” Both appear on

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe country star behind hits like “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” is celebrating a 35th birthday today. Do you know who it is? ANSWER: Brantley Gilbert. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Aaron Watson was officially inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame last week. He’s in good company: George Strait, Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen are all also Hall of Famers.  Montana native Stephanie Quayle is teaming up with

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday, one of country’s pioneering female artists is celebrating her 34th anniversary of becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Reba McEntire. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMargo Price dropped “Stone Me,” her first new song in over two years, on Thursday. The singer debuted the song, which she co-wrote with her husband and fellow artist Jeremy Ivey, on an episode of TBS’ Full Frontal With

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, Capitol Nashville released the debut album by Jon Pardi. Can you recall its title? ANSWER: Write You a Song. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kelsea Ballerini‘s featured on a new version of “If We Never Met” by pop singer/songwriter John K, which comes out on Friday. CMA New Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde‘s set to perform on The Tonight Show with

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1992, this iconic star and Man in Black was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Can you name him? ANSWER: Johnny Cash.  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLocash has returned from the Joint Chiefs of Staff 2020 USO Holiday Tour. The duo traveled to Romania and Poland, where they visited with and performed for military members.  Kalie Shorr is embarking on her debut headlining tour. The Too

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2000, Deana Carter‘s debut album, featuring the classic hit “Strawberry Wine,” was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Can you guess the title? ANSWER: Did I Shave My Legs for This?  Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMitchell Tenpenny has released the music video for his new song “Anything She Says,” featuring duo Seaforth. Gabby Barrett has released a new song, “Hall of Fame.” It’s inspired by her relationship with her husband, Cade Foehner. High Valley‘s Curtis Rempel and

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Comstock/ThinkstockThree years ago today, Dan + Shay, Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds wrote a Grammy-winning crossover smash for the duo, which is best enjoyed with salt and a lime.  Can you name it? ANSWER: “Tequila.”  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRiley Green will perform “I Wish Grandpas Never Died” this morning on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna.  David Nail has released his new EP, Oh, Mother. It’s his first solo release since 2016.  Brandon Lay has dropped a new single, “For My Money.”

Riley Green to appear on Today show

ABC/Image Group LARiley Green is heading to NBC’s Today show.  The up-and-coming star is set to visit TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, which takes place during the show’s fourth hour, to perform his current single “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” The nostalgic song is

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Nineteen years ago this week, this Canadian country/pop superstar walked away with the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Musical Performer. Can you name her? ANSWER: Shania Twain. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Janson and Travis Tritt sing on the new track by The Cadillac Three, titled “Hard Out Here for a Country Boy.” You can stream or download it now, ahead of the trio’s Country Fuzz album, which comes out February 7.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-seven years ago this week, Reba McEntire scored her first Billboard number one with this song. Can you name the track that was also the second single from her Unlimited album? ANSWER: “Can’t Even Get the Blues.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Nearly 1.3 million tourists visited the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print last year. It’s the fifth year in a row the Nashville attractions have welcomed more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty-nine years ago this week, this legendary vocalist became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Can you name this Country Music Hall of Famer, who was born Virginia Patterson Hensley? ANSWER: Patsy Cline. Copyright © 2020, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock LANCO guitarist Eric Steedly is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Jessica Wardwell, he revealed in an Instagram post from the couple’s Aruban vacation. Both Ashley McBryde and LeAnn Rimes are set to perform at the 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Aerosmith on Friday,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though he’s been up for a Grammy fourteen times, this Arizona native has never won. Can you name the artist who was first nominated for “Every Mile a Memory” in 2006? ANSWER: Dierks Bentley. Copyright © 2020,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new single from HARDY is “One Beer.” The track from his Hixtape Vol. 1 features guest vocals from Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson, his “God’s Country” co-writer. Blake Shelton‘s Fully Loaded: God’s Country remains atop Billboard‘s Country Album Sales chart this week. It debuted

New Year, new 'Now!' compilation

Universal Music Group/Sony Music EntertainmentIt’s a new year, so it’s time for a new installment of the NOW That’s What I Call Music! series. The latest edition, Volume 73, will be available digitally and on CD January 24. While the series

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago, Reba McEntire charted her longest-running number one on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs tally. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Consider Me Gone.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert‘s set to perform on Monday’s edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Tune in to watch at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. The new song and video by CMA New Artist of the

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country legend Charlie Rich scored his first two number ones in 1973 with this pair of songs from the Behind Closed Doors album. Can you name them? ANSWER: “Behind Closed Doors” and “The Most Beautiful Girl.” Copyright © 2020, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brad Paisley’s hour-long ABC special, featuring Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker and Hootie & the Blowfish, Kelsea Ballerini, Jonas Brothers and more, re-airs this Saturday. You can catch the ironically-titled Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on ABC. “Strawberry Wine”

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1936, this multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and honky-tonk icon known for hits like “Dang Me” and “King of the Road” was born. Can you name him? ANSWER: Roger Miller. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Lane has a “big, big” TV appearance coming up. The “Big, Big Plans” singer will kick off 2020 with an appearance on NBC’s Hoda & Jenna on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 10 a.m. ET.Country music celebrity trainer and

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn New Year’s Eve in 1996, this country music power couple — with hits like “It’s Your Love” and “I Need You” — headlined the first country concert at the newly opened Nashville Arena, now Bridgestone Arena.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini and Blanco Brown will perform tonight from Los Angeles during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.   Shania Twain will perform during CNN’s New Year’s Eve special, airing at 8 p.m. ET, while Blake Shelton, Gwen

Nicole Kidman honors daughter Faith's 9th birthday

ABC/Image Group LANicole Kidman celebrated their daughter’s birthday Sunday with a gorgeous throwback photo.  Kidman turned to Instagram to share a beautiful black and white throwback photo of her and husbandKeith Urban‘s daughter, Faith Margaret, that shows Nicole holding baby Faith in

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago this week, Lady Antebellum were at #1 on the U.S. country chart with a song that would become one of their most enduring hits. Can you guess what it was? ANSWER: “Need You Now.” Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKnoxville-based Americana band The Black Lillies have announced an indefinite hiatus. The band revealed on their Instagram that their upcoming shows, as well as a hometown celebration they’re planning for spring 2020, will be their last for the foreseeable future. In

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday in 2016, the mayor of Arlington, Texas declared a day in honor of this Grammy and CMA-winning singer, who grew up in that city. Can you name this artist, who won the Album of the Year

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHometown Rising Country Music and Bourbon Festival has announced its return in 2020. The second annual festival will take place at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville on September 12 and 13.  This year’s festival included Luke

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2000, Tim McGraw had a #1 hit on the U.S. country chart with the final single off of his studio album, A Place in the Sun. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “My Next Thirty Years.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley’s first-ever variety show, Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special, will rebroadcast on ABC Saturday, January 4 at 8pm EST. The show originally aired December 3 and featured special guests including Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw and Hootie & the Blowfish.  Blanco

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn Christmas Eve in 1966, this music icon proposed to his future wife, Priscilla, at his Memphis, Tennessee mansion. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Elvis Presley.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCanadian country star Brett Kissel will release his new album, Now or Never, on New Year’s Day.  Jerry Lee Lewis has received a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail at the site of his home in Nesbit, Mississippi, known as The

Cam welcomes daughter Lucy Marvel

ABC/Image Group LACam and her husband Ryan Weaver have welcomed their first child.  The country star gave birth to daughter Lucy Marvel Weaver over the weekend, announcing the news via Twitter on December 21. Cam shared a collage of photos of the new baby:

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1968, the top U.S. country album was Wichita Lineman. It would turn out to be the only number-one album the country star who released it ever made. Who was that? ANSWER: Glen Campbell. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAubrie Sellers is spending her holiday season performing in a stage adaption of the 2003 holiday romantic comedy Love Actually called Love Actually Live. The musical runs through December 29 in L.A.; tickets are available via TheWallis.org. All-female Nashville-based country songwriting collective

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1970, Loretta Lynn was at the top of the country chart with what would go on to become her signature hit. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDustin Lynch brought his sixth annual Dustin Lynch & Friends Benefit Concert to his hometown of Tullahoma, TN on Tuesday. The show benefits local charities Isaiah 117 House and the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, and also

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1980, Dolly Parton‘s iconic film starring the country legend, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin made its debut. Can you guess what it is? ANSWER: 9 to 5.  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAmy Grant has achieved 1 billion career streams. She was surprised with a plaque commemorating the honor before taking the stage at the Ryman Auditorium with husband Vince Gill for their yearly Christmas at the Ryman residency.  Pre-sale tickets for Charlie Daniels‘

CMA Country Christmas to re-air on Christmas Eve

ABC/Mark LevineYou’ll get to re-live the festivities of CMA Country Christmas when the special gets an encore presentation on Christmas Eve.  CMA has revealed that the holiday special featuring Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Brett Young, Chris Young and others will re-air on ABC on

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1975, the country star best known for No. 1 hits like “We Went,” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” was born. Can you name him? ANSWER: Randy Houser. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSinger-songwriter Brent Cobb will embark on a winter tour in early 2020. He’s announced both stripped-down acoustic dates as well as full-band performances, the latter of which will feature opening act Erin Rae.  Country and Southern rock mainstays the Marshall

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers followed their 1983 smash, “Islands in the Stream,” with this holiday album the next year. Can you name the multi-platinum effort that would be their only full-length album together? ANSWER: 1984’s Once Upon a Christmas.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFlorida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Danielle Bradbery, and newcomers Payton Smith and Avenue Beat will play the industry-only 2020 Big Machine Label Group Luncheon on Friday, February 21 at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee currently sits at

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Comstock/Thinkstock This holiday classic by Alabama originally came out in 1982, nearly three years before the accompanying double-platinum Christmas album, on which it appears. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Christmas in Dixie.”  Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWatch for Brett Eldredge Monday on the Today show, which starts at 7 a.m. on NBC. Vivian Gilley, wife of country legend Mickey Gilley, passed away Friday at the age of 80 after suffering from Alzheimer’s. You can stream or download

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs introduced this country Christmas classic on his 1986 album, Love’s Gonna Get Ya!, complete with backing vocals from the legendary James Taylor. Can you name it? ANSWER: “New Star Shining.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton promotes his new collection, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area. The 28th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival will

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, cowboy legend Red Steagall saw this promising vocalist perform “The Star Spangled Banner” at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City, and was so impressed he set up some sessions for her in

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s set to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area. If you missed Sunday’s premiere of Christmas at Dollywood on Hallmark Channel, you can

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Comstock/ThinkstockThree years ago this week, Maren Morris was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Can you remember what she sang? ANSWER: The Hero hits “My Church” and “80s Mercedes.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThomas Rhett guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night. You can watch for him starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. If you missed Jason Aldean doing the 9 track, “Camouflage Hat,” Tuesday on ABC’s Strahan, Sara, and Keke, you can

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Comstock/Thinkstock1995 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Alison Krauss also took home the Musical Event trophy in both 2004 and 2008. Can you name both her winning songs and her duet partners? ANSWER: “Whiskey Lullaby” with Brad Paisley, and “Gone

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jason Aldean will perform the 9 track, “Camoflage Hat” Tuesday on Strahan, Sara and Keke. You can tune in to watch at 1 p.m. ET on ABC. You can also see him Thursday on the syndicated The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1983, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers were awarded platinum status for a duet single originally written by pop icons the Bee Gees. Can you guess the song? ANSWER: “Islands in the Stream.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae have premiered a festive new music video for their take on the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The clip shows the duo recording in the studio, interspersed with home footage of

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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