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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new single from CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne is the track “It Ain’t My Fault,” from their debut album, Pawn Shop. Jenny Gill, whose father is Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, will release her

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Comstock/Thinkstock 36 years ago this week, this secretary-centric comedy starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin premiered in theatres. Can you name the film that also inspired an Oscar-nominated theme song? ANSWER:  9 to 5. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers will celebrate four decades of Opry membership Saturday night, at the institution’s winter home at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Willie Nelson and family will play Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium January 7.

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Comstock/Thinkstock In addition to scoring a hit with “Here Comes Santa Claus,” this Country Music Hall of Famer was also the first one to take “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to the top of the charts. Can you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Recording Academy, the organization behind the Grammys, will give Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. You can catch High Valley on CBS This Morning Tuesday, starting at 7 a.m. The Country Music Hall

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Comstock/Thinkstock Faith Hill made a memorable contribution to the holiday canon by recording “Where Are You Christmas?” for this yuletide-themed film from 2000. Can you name it? ANSWER:  How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Little Big Town, Tyler Farr, David Nail, Sawyer Brown, Joe Diffie and The Bellamy Brothers are all set to play Cheyenne Frontier Days July 21-30 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. You can catch Sara Evans performing her original song “At Christmas”

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Comstock/Thinkstock 25 years ago this week, this ACM Entertainer of the Year happened to be in the audience as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Chris LeDoux played a sold out show at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. Can you name him? ANSWER: Jason

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride guests on a new episode of Tavis Smiley that premieres Friday on PBS. Check your local listings to see when the one-on-one interview airs in your area. Garth Brooks has added four more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirteen years ago this week, this Oklahoma-born singer-turned-actress was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series for her work in her eponymous sitcom on The WB. Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maren Morris guests on the latest episode of comedian Chelsea Handler‘s show on Netflix. You can stream the “My Church” hitmaker’s appearance on Chelsea starting Thursday. Newcomer Drew Baldridge has given a high-quality Bose sound system and a custom travel case

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-three years ago this weekend, this former resident of Star, Mississippi, made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry. Can you name her? ANSWER: Faith Hill.  Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney‘s follow-up to his chart-topping duet with Pink, “Setting the World on Fire,” will be the Cosmic Hallelujah track “Bar at the End of the World.”  Madame Tussauds unveiled their new wax figure of Grand Ole Opry

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Comstock/ThinkstockDolly Parton‘s ode to the Great Smoky Mountains where she grew up made it to number 15 on the country charts in 1973. Can you name the song that was also the title track for concept album

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young are both set to play this year’s Jamboree in the Hills July 13-16 in Belmont County, Ohio. Newcomer Kane Brown’s self-titled debut album bows at #1 on Billboard’s country albums chart this week, selling more

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Comstock/Thinkstock With the exception of its hit title track, every song on this Randy Travis album from 1990 is a duet with a who’s-who of country legends. Can you recall the title of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks plans to donate $20 from every copy of The Ultimate Collection sold through Christmas to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. That’s a pretty impressive feat, considering the 10-disc Target-exclusive set retails for less than

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Comstock/Thinkstock Three years ago this week, this American Idol winner starred as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Carrie Underwood. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kelsea Ballerini gifted Nashville Public Schools with a $1 million grant from the CMA Foundation, during a visit with Oliver Middle School’s wind ensemble. The money for music education is just part of what was raised

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the most recent country contender to take home the Best New Artist trophy at the Grammys? ANSWER:  Zac Brown Band, who won in 2010. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. Luke Bryan’s new single is “Fast.” It’s the sixth release from his 2015 album, Kill the Lights. Newcomer Kane Brown starts the day Wednesday

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Comstock/Thinkstock Released in March 1994 as the second single from Tim McGraw‘s Not a Moment Too Soon album, this song would go on to become the Louisiana native’s first #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Singer/songwriter Mark Gray, who was perhaps best known for his 1985 hit “Sometimes When We Touch” with Tammy Wynette, died Friday at the age of 64. Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett and Lady Antebellum will headline the festival formerly known as Jamboree

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Comstock/Thinkstock Six years ago this week, Lady Antebellum grabbed six Grammy nominations on the strength of this hit, which also happened to be the title track of their album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Need You Now.” Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will perform his latest single, “A Guy with a Girl” on Tuesday night’s episode of The Voiceat 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of a new little

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Comstock/Thinkstock On December 4, 1956, the foursome soon-to-be known as The Million Dollar Quartet held an impromptu recording session at Sun studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Can you name the group’s members? ANSWER:  Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday. Vince Gill will be the official ambassador for the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will perform at its grand opening on March 9. CMA Entertainer

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-two years ago this week, John Denver scored his first #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with this self-penned tune. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Back Home Again.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock For the first time in more than two decades, Garth Brooks will play Edmonton, Alberta next year. Tickets for the February 18 show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, December 9. You can watch a special rebroadcast of

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this mother-daughter duo played the final show on their Farewell Tour at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University on the outskirts of Nashville. Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nearly eight million people watched Monday night’s CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, as viewership increased 34% and ratings climbed 44% over last year. Craig Morgan recently partnered with Operation Finally Home to give veteran Justin Raymer a mortgage-free home

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have worked together often, they’ve only recorded one full-length album together, a Christmas project from 1984. Can you name it? ANSWER: Once Upon a Christmas. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles guests on the 9 a.m. hour of the Today show Wednesday morning, in advance of her starring role as Avie Lee Parton that night at 9 p.m. ET in Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. You

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Comstock/Thinkstock On November 24, 2016, Decca Records released a song by Country Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee that was destined to become a Christmas classic. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Rockin’ Around the Christmas

Trisha Yearwood Sets Up Shop at Amazon

Randee St. NicholasThere’s now one-stop-shopping for all things Trisha Yearwood, as the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year now has her own store on Amazon. In addition to being able to download or stream her latest solo effort, PrizeFighter:

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks’ last World Tour stop in the Arkansas/Mississippi area is coming up February 4, as he plays FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale next Friday, December 2.   Dustin Lynch, Granger Smith and Tara Thompson are

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis week in 1946, as Gene Autry rode in Hollywood’s Santa Claus Lane parade, the excited voices of the children gave him the idea for this Christmas classic. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRestless Heart is releasing their first-ever holiday single, their cover of Roger Miller’s classic “Old Toy Trains.” Both the single and their album A Restless Heart Christmas are available via the typical digital outlets. A capella

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Comstock/Thinkstock With a dozen number ones to her credit, this Country Music Hall of Famer holds the record as the female with the most chart-toppers on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Reba. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jennifer Nettles will perform her latest single, “Hey Heartbreak,” on American Supergroup Tuesday. When she’s not singing, she’s also one of the judges on the talent competition, which airs at 11 p.m. ET on Pop, before repeating on

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Comstock/Thinkstock On November 16, 1977, these two iconic artists recorded their classic duet, “Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” at Nashville’s American Studios. Can you name them? ANSWER: Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Copyright © 2016,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tim McGraw took his daughter Maggie as his date to Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Garth Brooks stops by to chat with the ladies of The View on Monday. You can catch the show at 11 a.m. ET on ABC. Kip

American Music Awards Winners List

Dick Clark ProductionsHere’s the complete list of winners in all categories from Sunday night’s American Music Awards: Artist of the YearAriana Grande Favorite Album – Pop RockJustin Bieber — Purpose Favorite Female Artist – Pop Rock Selena

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Comstock/Thinkstock Holly Dunn scored her final #1 on the country charts in 1990 with this song from her album Heart Full of Love. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “You Really Had Me Going.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though best known for her #1 crossover hit from 1977, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” Crystal Gayle‘s debut single in 1970 was a similarly-titled tune written by her big sister Loretta Lynn. Can you name it?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Phil Vassar‘s new album, American Soul, comes out December 2. It’s his first new project since 2009. You can see George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Alison Krauss and many more, when ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2016 airs Saturday night on PBS. Mentor

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though he continues to occasionally play special events or limited engagements, George Strait is officially retired from the road. When was the Country Music Hall of Famer’s final show? ANSWER: King George wrapped his last major trek when

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan + Shay are adding 24 U.S. and Canadian dates to their Obsessed Tour in 2017, including a February 21 gig at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Montgomery Gentry has signed with Average Joes, with plans to release

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Jim Ed Brown opened Dr. Pepper cans to simulate the sound of cracking a cold one for this hit, which was later covered by Alan Jackson. Can you name the recording from 1966? ANSWER: 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jon Pardi spent part of Veterans Day on Friday partnering with Musicians on Call to perform his latest #1, “Head over Boots,” for patients at an Atlanta-area VA hospital. CMA New Artist of the Year Maren Morris has

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Comstock/Thinkstock Six years ago this month, this Music-City-themed movie starring Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow premiered in Nashville. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Country Strong. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will headline the Doak After Dark concert April 29 at Doak Campbell Stadium on the campus of Florida State University. Former student Jake Owen is on the bill as well, with more artists to be added

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Comstock/Thinkstock The 10-disc set Garth Brooks: The Ultimate Collection comes out today, exclusively at Target, but can you recall when Garth’s very first, self-titled album was released? ANSWER: Garth Brooks came out on April 12, 1989. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tickets for the final Ohio/Kentucky area stop on Garth Brooks‘ World Tour go on sale Friday, November 18. The CMA Entertainer of the Year will play US Bank Arena in Cincinnati January 28 with Trisha Yearwood. Sara

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Comstock/Thinkstock This week in 1974, Dolly Parton was #1 on the country chart with this tune that also served as the theme for her ’70s variety show. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Love Is Like a Butterfly.” Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Eagles’ Don Henley is set to give Clint Black the Stephen Bruton Award at the 10th Annual Lone Star Film Festival in Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday. In the past, both Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson have been bestowed the honor. Chris and Morgane Stapleton will

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Comstock/Thinkstock Reba scored her very first #1 in 1982 with “Can’t Even Get the Blues,” but can you name her second chart-topper? ANSWER:  1983’s “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Scotty McCreery discusses his fantasy football picks Wednesday night on NFL Network’s Fantasy & Friends at 6 p.m. ET. Lee Greenwood guests on Fox & Friends this Friday, starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on Fox News Channel. Lonestar performs their new single

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Comstock/Thinkstock Even though “Stay a Little Longer” became Brothers Osborne‘s breakthrough hit, another song from their debut album Pawn Shop was actually their first top-30 success. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Rum,” which peaked at #27 in 2014. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock William Michael Morgan performed “The Star Spangled Banner” Saturday before the Indiana Pacers took on the Chicago Bulls. Zac Brown Band guitarist Clay Cook and his wife Brooke are the proud parents of a little boy named Charlie, who was born on

Kelsea Ballerini Shows Off Her New Digs

ABC/Image Group LAYou may not have a personal invite, but you can still step virtually into Kelsea Ballerini’s new Nashville digs, thanks to an exclusive tour she recently gave E! News. The “Yeah Boy” hitmaker worked with interior designers Laurel &

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will headline the Happy Valley Jam next July 8 at Penn State’s Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. Chris Young and Big & Rich are also on the bill. A collection of unpublished verse by Johnny Cash, titled Forever Words,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock After her Wednesday night win for Song of the Year for “Humble and Kind,” Lori McKenna becomes the only female songwriter to take home the trophy two years in a row, after nabbing the CMA last year

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Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks performed “Chug-a-Lug” is his medley with wife Trisha Yearwood on Wednesday night’s 50th Annual CMA Awards. Who originally wrote and recorded the classic country drinking song? ANSWER:  Roger Miller. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Brett Eldredge at Wednesday night’s 50th Annual CMA Awards, it’s because the Chicago Cubs fan was taking in Game 7 of the World Series. CMT gave Brandy Clark its very first Impact Award at part of

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Faith Hill’s mother, Edna Perry, died Sunday in Jackson, Mississippi at the age of 80. Hunter Hayes sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” Tuesday night before Game Six of the World Series. The Cadillac Three, Dr. John, Lucinda Williams, The McCrary Sisters and