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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Michael Ray‘s new video for “Think a Little Less” is set to premiere on CMT Hot 20 Saturday. Look for Larry Gatlin to guest on Fox & Friends Thursday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. ET on the Fox News Channel. Newcomer Michael

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Comstock/ThinkstockFive years ago this week, Clay Walker performed this top-five single on ABC’s The Bachelor. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “She Won’t Be Lonely Long.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Easton Corbin‘s new single is called “A Girl Like You.”  Lady Antebellum not only sang their hot new song, “You Look Good,” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, they also played a game of Oops! My Water Broke with the comedian.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This hit from 2009 was George Strait‘s first single that he also had a hand in writing. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Living for the Night.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dick Clark Productions is partnering with Twitter to stream live red carpet coverage of The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 2. Singer/songwriter Carly Pearce has signed a record deal with Big Machine. Previously

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Comstock/Thinkstock Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash, scored her first top-5 hit with this song from 1990, which was also the title track of her album. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “I Fell in Love.” Copyright

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Janson does his latest hit, “Holdin’ Her,” Monday on the Today show, which starts at 7 a.m. on NBC. Chris Lane appears on Monday night’s episode of The Bachelor, performing his single “For Her” during a one-on-one date. The

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty-four years ago this week, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” from The Beverly Hillbillies topped Billboard‘s country chart. Can you recall who sang the classic TV theme? ANSWER:  Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Real-life Music City Mayor Megan Barry played herself in Thursday night’s episode of Nashville on CMT. Rock icon John Mellencamp will release a new duet album titled Sad Clowns and Hillbillies this spring, recorded with Carlene Carter, the daughter of country legend June Carter Cash.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, Garth Brooks performed at an inaugural event for President Barack Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Can you recall the song he sang? ANSWER:  “We Shall Be Free.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Big Machine Label Group will launch its own digital video platform in February at BigMachineTV.com. It’ll become the hub for video content from Big Machine artists like Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett and more.   The

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lauren Alaina is featured on Kane Brown‘s new single, “What Ifs.” A Thousand Horses‘ Graham Deloach proposed to his girlfriend, Andrea Evans, Sunday in Aspen, Colorado.  Waterloo Revival‘s George Birge and his wife Kara welcomed their son George James on Monday. Ned LeDoux, the son of

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Comstock/Thinkstock This hitmaker’s unusual first name comes from his maternal great-grandmother’s surname. Can you guess the Arizona-born singer? ANSWER:  Dierks Bentley. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Little Big Town surprised students from Ohio’s Wadsworth High School Friday, as they dropped in on the kickoff of the 4th Annual Music in Our Schools — Music Inspires Tour at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort Performance

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Darius Rucker‘s first hit to top the country charts? ANSWER:  2008’s “Don’ Think I Don’t Think About It.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTanya Tucker is rescheduling three dates in Kansas and Oklahoma after fracturing a vertebra and injuring a rib after falling while on tour. The country legend is also fighting off a bout of bronchitis. Pop icon Cyndi Lauper makes

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Comstock/Thinkstock Blake Shelton team member Sundance Head recently took home bragging rights on season 11 of The Voice. How many times has one of Blake’s proteges been victorious on the show? ANSWER:  Five.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Travis Tritt’s A Man and His Guitar will premiere Thursday, January 19 on Nashville Public Television at 8 p.m. CT. The show will air nationwide on PBS in March of this year. Tim Rushlow, who rose to

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago today, the then-unmarried Johnny Cash and June Carter recorded this classic duet at Columbia Studios in Nashville. Can you name the #2 hit from 1967? ANSWER:  “Jackson.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hank Williams Jr. kicks off his 2017 tour February 3 at Peppermill Concert Hall in West Wendover, Nevada. Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby are reuniting for half-a-dozen tour dates this year, starting February 26 at Tarrytown Music Hall in

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Comstock/Thinkstock According to Billboard, this was the best-selling country album of 2016, moving close to 1.1 million copies. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Traveller by Chris Stapleton. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Willie Nelson, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Old Dominion, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band and more are set to play this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 7-26. After 17 years leading the Grand

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Comstock/ThinkstockAlison Krauss has the most Grammys of any female artist in history. Can you guess how many she’s won? ANSWER:  27. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Alan Jackson’s mother, Mrs. Ruth Jackson, died Saturday morning at her home in Newnan, Georgia, at the age of 86. Known as “Mama Ruth,” she leaves behind Alan and his four siblings, as well as a

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn Blake Shelton‘s 2002 hit, “Ol’ Red,” what is the narrator’s prison sentence for his crime of passion? ANSWER:  99 years. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jake Owen is launching Good Company Entertainment with Keith Gale. Gale recently left RCA Nashville to act as the “American Country Love Song” hitmaker’s manager. Rodney Crowell’s new album, Close Ties, will be released March 31. His first

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Comstock/Thinkstock Blake Shelton scored three top-ten hits, including the #1 “Some Beach,” after the “opening” of this collection of songs. Can you name this cleverly titled album from 2004? ANSWER:  Blake Shelton’s Barn and Grill. Copyright © 2017, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nashville star Chris Carmack will be the first guest on NASHCHAT, which kicks off Thursday night at 11 p.m. ET, following the season five premiere of the country-music-centered drama on at 9 p.m. on CMT. You can participate in

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Comstock/Thinkstock Reba McEntire‘s gospel double-album, Sing It Now, is on the way February 3, but her very first top-ten hit also happened to reference the hereafter. Can you name the single from 1980? ANSWER: “(You Lift Me) Up

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Cole Swindell’s new single will be “Flatliner,” the track from his You Should Be Here album that features upcoming tourmate Dierks Bentley. Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and Jana Kramer’s “I Got the Boy” were both certified Platinum in

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was the #1 song of 2016, according to Billboard‘s year-end Country Airplay chart? ANSWER:  Jon Pardi‘s “Head Over Boots.” Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Travis Tritt, Kane Brown, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Collin Raye, The Bellamy Brothers and more have been added to the lineup of 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time:  A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, which takes place February 8 at

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though Tammy Wynette was born Virginia Wynette Pugh, legendary producer Billy Sherrill gave the First Lady of Country Music her new moniker because she reminded him of the protagonist in the Tammy series of movies — which starred this late Hollywood legend. Can

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The Country Music Association celebrates giving $3.1 million dollars to 44 different music education programs in their #MannequinChallenge video. If you’d like to see what Thomas Rhett looks like doing a shirtless headstand, just check out his Twitter account.

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 2016, this lifelong Chicago Cubs fan opted to forego attending the 50th Annual CMA Awards to see his team win the World Series. Can you name this Illinois native, whose most recent studio album takes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Jon Pardi will ring in 2017 playing Cowboys Dance Hall in San Antonio, Texas, on New Year’s Eve along with new group Midland. If you don’t have a copy of Cam’s breakthrough album Untamed, it’s available for $7.99 for

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Comstock/Thinkstock Brett Eldredge currently sits at #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart with his Christmas duet with Meghan Trainor on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Faith Hill accomplished the same feat in 2008 with another holiday song. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “A Baby

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nashville’s Connie Britton guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 4. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area. Look for Hayden Panettiere to stop by Live with Kelly on January 5. The full season 5

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was the first #1 song of 2016? ANSWER:  Thomas Rhett‘s multi-week chart topper, “Die a Happy Man.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne will headline the NYE Bowl Bash December 31 in Jacksonville, Florida after the TaxSlayer Bowl. Brett Young and Maggie Rose will also play the free concert that kicks off at 4 p.m. at

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Warner Music NashvilleJust like the classic country song from Loretta Lynn says, “One’s on the Way” for Ashley Monroe. The “Lonely Tonight” hitmaker revealed she and her husband are expecting their first baby, sharing her ultrasound photo on Instagram. “Best present

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Comstock/Thinkstock First recorded by Roy Orbison in 1963, this Christmas classic written by Willie Nelson would go on to be the title track of Willie’s own holiday album in 1979. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “Pretty Paper.” Copyright © 2016, ABC

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nineties hitmaker Bryan White has launched his own app, which is available as a free download for Android or Smartphones. A Thousand Horses plans to release an acoustic live album very soon. It was recorded straight to vinyl

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dolly Parton starred in this 1996 made-for-TV movie loosely based on the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  Unlikely Angel. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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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