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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDolly Parton is launching a special program during this time of quarantine.  Titled “Goodnight with Dolly,” the icon will read a children’s book from her Imagination Library that offers a sense of comfort and healing one night a week

Country stars mourn Joe Diffie's passing

Crystal K. MartelThe news of Joe Diffie‘s passing Sunday at age 61 due to complications from COVID-19 has shocked the country music community.  Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Old Dominion and Trisha Yearwood are among many of Joe’s famous friends who turned to social

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe country superstar behind hits like “Life Changes” is celebrating his 30th birthday today. Can you name him? ANSWER: Thomas Rhett. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley hosted Bud Light’s Dive Bar Tour Series on Friday night, joining in virtually for the live-streamed show. The series is raising awareness about the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 shutdown, in support of the American Red

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Comstock/Thinkstock55 years ago this week, Roger Miller was at the top of the country charts with a smash hit that was subsequently covered by everyone from George Jones and Johnny Paycheck to Randy Travis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Do you know what it was called? ANSWER:

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Lane hopped on the (virtual) stage on Thursday night, and he brought his wife, Lauren, along for the ride. The “Big, Big Plans” hitmaker performed some songs, and the couple chatted with fans.  Margo Price taped a three-song NPR Tiny Desk

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Comstock/ThinkstockOne of country music’s biggest stars is celebrating his 52nd birthday today. He’s also planning to release a new album called Here and Now this spring. Can you guess who he is? ANSWER: Kenny Chesney. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJustin Moore premiered the music video this week for his latest single, “Why We Drink.” In addition to giving us a first look at the clip, he joined in on the fun via YouTube, chatting with fans

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2006, this Country Music Hall of Fame member known for pioneering the Bakersfield sound with hits like “I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail” and “Act Naturally” passed away at the age of

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBilly Ray Cyrus appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show today. He’ll perform his new single, a cover of Neil Diamond‘s “I Am I Said,” off his EP The Singin’ Hills Session Vol. 1 Sunset.  Scotty McCreery, Brandy Clark featuring Ashley McBryde, and Matt Stell are among

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis country couple is celebrating their second wedding anniversary today. She’s topped the charts with tracks like “Girl” and “My Church,” while he’s the songwriter behind hits including Luke Bryan‘s “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” and Lady Antebellum‘s “What If I Never Get

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson is delaying the release of his new album, First Rose of Spring. Originally scheduled for April 24, the project will now be released on July 3.  The title track is out now. Avenue Beat has released its new single, “Ruin

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe country star behind hits like “Beat of the Music” and “Don’t Ya” is celebrating his 34th birthday today. Do you know who he is? ANSWER: Brett Eldredge. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Young and pop star Astrid S unveiled the acoustic version of their new duet, “I Do,” on Friday, along with an accompanying performance video that was filmed in a Germantown, Nashville loft.  The Triple Play Tour, featuring Walker Hayes, Brandon

Kenny Rogers passes away at 81

Kenny Rogers in 1982; Luciano Viti/Getty ImagesKenny Rogers, perhaps best known for his 1978 hit “The Gambler,” has passed away. “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 PM

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1978, Wilie Nelson and Waylon Jennings were at the top of the country charts with a rendition of a song originally recorded by Ed Bruce. Their version of it topped the chart

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Grand Ole Opry will broadcast live on its new Circle network on Saturday evening, adjusting to a live-streamed platform in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Fans can also stream the show online on Facebook

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2013, this critically acclaimed artist released her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, which was later named Best Country Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The album’s lead single, “Merry Go ‘Round,” was simultaneously certified gold by the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNewcomer Dan Smalley is delivering debut EP, If I’m Being Honest, on Friday. Dan co-wrote all four songs. He also has a songwriting cut on Ashley McBryde‘s upcoming album, Never Will.  Tyler Rich is hosting a virtual tour this week for fans staying

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Comstock/ThinkstockThree years ago today, this rock icon passed away at the age of 90. Over the years, many country artists recorded covers of his hit songs, including “Johnny B. Goode” by Buck Owens; George Jones and Johnny Paycheck‘s collaboration on “Maybellene”;

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAcclaimed artist and songwriter Caitlyn Smith has released the video for her single, “Long Time Coming.” It’s featured on her new album, Supernova, which dropped on March 13. She’s slated to hit the road with Maren Morris on the RSVP Tour this

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Comstock/ThinkstockSeventeen years ago today, this Grammy-winning trio and biggest-selling country group in the U.S. was banned from dozens of U.S. country radio stations, one week after they spoke out against then-President George Bush and the impending Iraq War

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBobby Bare has released “The Day All the Yes Men Said No” off his upcoming album, Great American Saturday Night. The project finds Bobby covering 13 songs that were written or co-written by acclaimed poet and author Shel Silverstein. It will

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1998, LeAnn Rimes’ debut single was certified gold by the RIAA. Do you remember which song it was? ANSWER: “Blue.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blanco Brown shared a new tune called “I Need Love” on Friday. The singer says he wrote it several years ago while going through some tough personal times, and was inspired to release it after following

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2012, this country star filed suit in Nashville against vendors who were selling knockoff merchandise outside the concerts on his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. Can you name him? ANSWER: Eric Church. Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus and John Rich are among the artists contributing to a new compilation release called Love Lives On, a project helmed by not-for-profit roots label Roots & American Music Society and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-eight years ago this week, Alan Jackson topped the country radio charts for the very first time. Do you remember what song took him to the top? ANSWER: “I’d Love You All Over Again.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTravis Tritt has signed a new deal with Big Noise Records, and he announced that he’s planning to put out a new, Dave Cobb-produced full length album later in the year. It will be the singer’s first release

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis song, made famous by Whitney Houston but written and originally recorded by Dolly Parton, was certified eight times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on this day in 2019. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I Will Always

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCam is scheduled to play three special shows in April, giving fans on both the East and West coasts a taste of her new album. She’ll perform at the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto, California

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday marks the 20th wedding anniversary of this legendary country couple who married during an intimate ceremony in Nashville in 2000. He’s known for his rendition of “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” while she sings hits like “Baby, Baby”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRay Stevens has announced that proceeds from the opening night of his 2020 CabaRay show will go toward tornado relief efforts via the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The show takes place on Thursday.  Trace Adkins is set to

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2008, a rising newcomer was at the top spot on the country music album chart with her self-titled debut album. After taking Nashville by storm, she went on to become one of the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Hot Country Knights are back with their next song, “Moose Knuckle Shuffle,” a hilarious spoof on ‘90s country. The song comes off of the band’s recently-announced upcoming album, The K is Silent.  Lukas Nelson & Promise of the

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1999, a country icon in the midst of a career comeback was seriously injured after he crashed his car into a bridge. Alcohol was subsequently revealed to be a factor in the accident,

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young, Brett Young and Jon Pardi are among the country stars scheduled to take the stage at Greeley Stampede 2020. LoCash and Phil Vassar will also perform, alongside headlining rockers 3 Doors Down. All-female Nashville collective the Song Suffragettes are planning their sixth anniversary show

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Comstock/ThinkstockReese Witherspoon took home her first Academy Award — for Best Actress — 14 years ago today for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in this acclaimed film, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as June’s husband Johnny Cash. Can you name the movie? ANSWER: Walk

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum has released a new acoustic album, Live: In the Round. The project features stripped-down versions of five of the songs from their latest album Ocean — including the chart-topping hit “What If I Never Get Over You,” and their

Maren Morris' “Girl” goes gold

ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris has struck gold again.  Her 2019 album, Girl, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album scored the largest debut streaming week for a country album by a woman, amassing 24

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 2003, Johnny Cash released his cover of this Nine Inch Nails song that would go on to achieve critical acclaim and win both Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year at the CMA Awards, as well as Best

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGone West, the new country group comprised of Colbie Caillat, Jason Reeves, Nelly Joy and Justin Kawika Young, will release its debut album, Canyons, on June 12. The album is available for pre-sale now and includes the instant gratification track, “Slow Down.”  Duo Seaforth was bestowed with

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1990, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings launched their first tour as this renowned supergroup with a performance at the famed Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Can you name them? ANSWER: The Highwaymen. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, LeAnn Rimes appeared on Sunday’s episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She and host Jesse Tyler Ferguson helped a California-based family make their home wheelchair-accessible after father Jeff Holtzclaw lost a leg in a motorcycle accident. Willie Nelson is returning

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Comstock/ThinkstockOne of country music’s fastest-rising superstars, who scored his first-ever chart-topping hit with “Hurricane,” is celebrating his 30th birthday today. Do you know who he is? ANSWER: Luke Combs. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIn case you missed it, Kane Brown stopped by NBC’s Today show this week to perform his heartfelt tribute to his infant child, “For My Daughter.” Kane is gearing up to hit the road for his Worldwide Beautiful Tour in

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1963, this country icon gave her final television performance before dying in a plane crash just five days later. She sang “San Antonio Rose” and “I Fall to Pieces” on The Glenn Reeves Show.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockPerennial bluegrass favorites Jim Lauderdale and Rhonda Vincent will host a new PBS special, Bluegrass Now!, premiering tomorrow evening. Filmed live at the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Museum in Kentucky, the showcase features acts like Molly Tuttle and Dan Tyminski.  John Prine has been

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2002, this country singer was at the top of the country album chart with his 10th studio album, Drive. The project included hits like “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” Do you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTanya Tucker will join Brandi Carlile for two sold-out performances at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September. The pair will perform with the Colorado Symphony.  In case you missed it, Americana mainstay Nathaniel Rateliff made a stop at The Late Show

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday in 1997, this country star won two Grammy Awards: Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Blue” at the age of 14, making her the youngest individual Grammy winner ever and the first country artist

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockUK country duo The Shires is releasing their new album, Good Years, in the U.S. on March 13. The album was recorded in Nashville and features a song co-written by Cam. The Shires is the first UK country act to perform

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2005, Tim McGraw‘s crossover hit with rapper Nelly made him the first country artist to earn a Platinum single for digital downloads from the RIAA. Can you name the tune? ANSWER: “Over and Over.” Copyright ©

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTenille Townes has written and released a song called “In My Blood,” recognizing women in the Future Farmers of America (FFA). The song is part of a new campaign titled 50 Years of Women in FFA, honoring