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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

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Comstock/ThinkstockCan you guess how many CMA trophies the Country Music Association has passed out during the half-century history of its awards show? ANSWER:  722. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Songwriter Curly Putnam, who had a hand in writing both George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Tammy Wynette’s “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” passed away Sunday in Nashville at the age of 85. Vince Gill, Ashley Monroe, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell raised more than

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With a dozen CMA Awards to her credit, this current contender is the winning-est female artist in the half-century history of the show. Can you name the Texas native? ANSWER:  Miranda Lambert. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam’s duet version of “Hold My Hand” is now available wherever you can stream or download music. The two originally performed the tune from Brandy’s debut album, 12 Stories, on the 2015 Grammys.   Country

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she’s frequently a name that’s brought up for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, this McMinnville, Tennessee native only won two CMA Awards during her career, both for Vocal Duo of the Year

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride wrapped up her Band Against Cancer:  The Sarah Cannon Tour Wednesday night at the Grand Ole Opry, with Little Big Town, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery and Nashville’s Charles Esten taking the stage as well. Joe Diffie has just signed a deal with Silverado

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though only two members of the band are related and their name was actually derived from a brand of facial tissues, this Virginia-born quartet holds the record for most wins in the CMA Vocal Group of

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hank Williams, Jr.’s four-disc boxed set, A Country Boy Can Survive, is now available at Walmart.             Newcomer Jordan Rager’s debut EP Southern Boy comes out this Friday. The title track features his duet with ACM Entertainer of the

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Comstock/Thinkstock Who is the most-awarded artist in the 50-year history of the CMAs? ANSWER:  George Strait, with 83 career nominations and 23 wins. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Look for “Different for Girls” hitmakers Dierks Bentley and Elle King to be featured Wednesday on CBS This Morning. Parmalee will host the Feels Like Carolina Flood Relief Benefit November 18 at Minges Coliseum on the campus of East Carolina University.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Oklahoma native is the most-nominated female artist in CMA history, with 49 career nods and six wins. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Reba. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dustin Lynch, Jerrod Neimann, Steven Tyler and Colt Ford are all set to perform October 29 through November 6, during PBR Finals Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Carrie Underwood recently donated $100,000 to Houston’s Aldine Independent School District to help girls’

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Comstock/Thinkstock During the half-century history of the CMA Awards, how many different Entertainers of the Year have there been? ANSWER:  Thirty-two, ranging from Eddy Arnold in 1967 to Luke Bryan last year. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Vince Gill, Paul Overstreet and Randy Goodrum are the Nashville nominees this year for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. They’ll compete against the likes of Madonna, George Michael and Gloria Estefan. Zac Brown Band’s Coy Bowles and his wife Kylie are the new parents of

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Comstock/Thinkstock One is a Country Music Hall of Famer, while the other is a superstar from East Tennessee. Can you name the two CMA Entertainers of the Year, who are tied for the most wins in the

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Comstock/Thinkstock Zac Brown Band performed at the 2016 USO Gala Thursday night in Washington, D.C.   Tim McGraw will headline Saturday’s Sky Ball at DFW International Airport to raise money to help members of the military and their families.

Ellen Goes Country on Friday

Pearl Records, Inc.Garth Brooks performs his latest hit, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance,” Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, but that’s not the only country connection on the week-ending edition of Ellen’s talk show. Robin Roberts also sits down

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago this week, this “Indian Outlaw” got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at the time in front of the Virgin Records store. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Tim McGraw. Copyright ©

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1990, these two icons hosted the CMA Awards. One is arguably country music’s most famous redhead, while the other was inducted into the Country Music  Hall of Fame earlier this week. Can you name the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Maren Morris Wednesday on the syndicated Ellen DeGeneres Show. Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton will headline this year’s Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They join Kenny Chesney, who was already on the bill for the April 7-9 event.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Charlie Daniels performs his #1 hit “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in this 1980 film starring John Travolta. Can you name the classic movie? ANSWER:  Urban Cowboy. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The concert film American Saturday Night:  Live from the Grand Ole Opry is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Brad Paisley’s new single “Today” tops Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales tally, selling 41,000 downloads in the first week

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Comstock/ThinkstockAt the 4th Annual CMA Awards, Merle Haggard‘s “Okie from Muskogee” was Single of the Year, while Kris Kristofferson‘s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” took home the Song trophy. Can you recall what year it was? ANSWER: 1970.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLOCASH performs their top-five hit “I Know Somebody ” Monday on The Talk. You can catch the show at 2 p.m. ET on CBS. Music City icon John Prine scores the best debut of his career

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1982, this band of cousins from the Heart of Dixie became the first group ever to win CMA Entertainer of the Year. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Alabama. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Backstreet Boys surprised the audience as Florida Georgia Line’s special guests Thursday night on the duo’s sold-out stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on the Dig Your Roots Tour. Kip Moore will release a new EP

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Comstock/Thinkstock The CMA Awards were televised for the very first time by NBC in 1968. Who hosted the show from Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium? ANSWER:  Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tanya Tucker has been forced to cancel her concert dates through Sunday, as she recovers from an upper respiratory infection in a Nashville hospital. Look for Martina McBride to perform “Blue Bayou” as a tribute to Linda Ronstadt Friday at

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Comstock/Thinkstock Starting his career, newcomer William Michael Morgan had a once-a-month date with this legendary Shreveport, LA show, often associated with Hank Williams and Jimmie Davis. Can you name it? ANSWER:  The Louisiana Hayride. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Farr married his fiancée Hannah Freeman Monday in Nashville during a ceremony with family and close friends. The first printing of Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson’s book, An Unprecedented Life in Country Music,

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis “Ode to Billie Joe” legend co-hosted the very first CMA Awards at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium in 1967. Can you name her? ANSWER: Bobbie Gentry. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley helped the Grand Ole Opry celebrate its 91st birthday this past Saturday night, with the first live performance of his new single, “Today.” The Bellamy Brothers are set to appear Tuesday on Fox &

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Comstock/ThinkstockBryan White scored the biggest hit of his career so far with this hit from 1996, which spent two weeks at number one.  Can you name it? ANSWER:  “So Much for Pretending.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Band Perry guests Monday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they’ll perform their latest single, “Comeback Kid.” Nineties hitmaker Bryan White lost his father Bud last Wednesday in a tragic car accident, according to his Facebook page. “Outskirts of Heaven” singer Craig Campbell sang

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Comstock/ThinkstockCountry Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers scored his first number-one pop hit with this single from his Greatest Hits album in 1980. Can you name the song written by Lionel Richie? ANSWER:  “Lady.” Copyright © 2016, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJudging from Garth Brooks’ iconic g logo appearing in multiple ads in country music trade publications this week alongside the date 10.13.16, it looks like the G-man has some plans for next Thursday — potentially a

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, this Houston-based sitcom about a recently-divorced single mother made its debut on the WB. Can you name the show starring the woman who is arguably country music’s most famous redhead? ANSWER:  Reba.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will headline the American Kickoff Concert at Falcon Stadium at The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on September 16 of next year. The Sun Diner will open October 20 on 3rd Avenue

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers scored their second number-one country hit with this duet from 1985. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Real Love.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery and sibling John Michael Montgomery will helm the 4th Annual Montgomery Brothers Charity Golf Event October 9 and 10 at Old Bridge Golf Club in Danville, Kentucky, to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research

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Comstock/Thinkstock Larry Gatlin scored his very first number one with this hit from 1978. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love.” yright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dolly Parton guests Tuesday on The Real. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated talk show airs in your area. Toby Keith will be the featured speaker at Country Radio Seminar on Friday, February 24 in

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Brooks & Dunn hit won the CMA Award for both Single and Music Video of the Year in 2006. Can you name the second single from the Hillbilly Deluxe album? ANSWER:  “Believe.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you missed Brett Eldredge Friday on the Today show, you can catch his “Wanna Be That Song” performance online. Sugarland’s Kristian Bush is pitching in to help MusiCares bring music to the bedsides of those who need encouragement. You can

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Comstock/Thinkstock The self-titled debut album by the CMA’s 1996 Female Vocalist of the Year was released exactly 30 years ago this week. Can you name the traditionalist who scored her first number-one with “Timber, I’m Falling in

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was the most recent song by Randy Travis to top the country charts? ANSWER:  2002’s “Three Wooden Crosses.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Randy Houser, Kellie Pickler and Chuck Wicks will join Darryl Worley for his 15th Annual Tennessee River Run Saturday, October 8 in his hometown of Savannah. It’s part of a weekend full of events to raise money for the “Awful, Beautiful

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 2000, this then-11-year-old became the youngest artist ever to chart a top-20 country hit with “One Voice.” Can you name this current contestant on The Voice? ANSWER:  Billy Gilman.   Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee will accept the Casino Entertainment Legend Award Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. She’s the first woman to take home the honor, following in the footsteps of Jerry Lewis and Wayne Newton. Dan+Shay stay up

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Garth Brooks album debuted atop the Billboard country albums ranking, where it would stay for 33 of the next 36 weeks. Can you name the “Rodeo”-themed record? ANSWER:  Ropin’ the Wind. Copyright © 2016, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Aaron Lewis’ new project Sinner debuts at number-one on both the Billboard 200 album chart and the country tally as well this week.   Country Music Hall of Famers the Oak Ridge Boys are rolling out their own brand of pickled

Why Diamonds Are Garth Brooks' Best Friend

Mark TuckerMove over John, Paul, George and Ringo— Garth Brooks is pulling up beside you in the passing lane! The Recording Industry Association of America bestows diamond certification on an album when it’s sold more than ten million copies. Previously, Garth and the Beatles were tied,

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard achieved her only number-one hit with this 1953 recording with Ferlin Husky. Can you name their war-themed duet? ANSWER:  “A Dear John Letter.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darius Rucker shot the music video for his new single, “If I Told You,” atop the Capitol building in Los Angeles last week. George Strait presented singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Americana Awards

Cam Ties the Knot at Joshua Tree

ABC/Randy HolmesCam is officially off the market. The “Burning House” hitmaker wed commercial real estate agent Adam Weaver Saturday evening in the desert town of Joshua Tree, California, according to People. One hundred forty guests watched Cam walk down the aisle

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Tim McGraw spent the first of five weeks atop the Billboard country chart with this song from his A Place in the Sun album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Something Like That.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Jimmy Wayne scored his only number one so far on the country charts with this tune in 2008. Can you name his chart-topper? ANSWER:  “Do You Believe Me Now.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Stapleton took home Artist of the Year honors at the 15th Annual Americana Awards Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.   Charlie Daniels raised more than $100,000 for The Journey Home Project during his September 13