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You may have heard about BRANTLEY GILBERT’s deer farm in Alabama.  It’s called Countrywide Whitetails, and if you lay down enough money, you can go hunting there.  But he didn’t build it with you in mind.  It’s there to help veterans.

BLAKE SHELTON tells Entertainment Tonight he may never release another full length album. Citing the digital age, Blake says he’s not sure people even care about albums anymore and he’s having a blast just releasing singles. His last full length album, Texoma Shore, came out in 2017.

BRANTLEY GILBERT loves watching kid’s shows with his 18-month-old son, Barrett.  Their favorites are “Puppy Dog Pals” and “Paw Patrol”.

BRANTLEY GILBERT loves hunting and one of his bucket list items is “killing a caribou.”  He’s already tried and failed.  He once spent two weeks in Alaska hoping to cross that off the list but he never saw one caribou.  He’d also like to go hunting for brown bear or grizzly at some point.

LUKE BRYAN (May 23) and BLAKE SHELTON (May 24) will headline concerts at The Doghouse, a new music performance venue owned by Blake’s Ole Red in Tishamingo, Oklahoma. Proceeds from the shows during opening week of the venue will benefit the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

BILLY CURRINGTON, RANDY HOUSER and PAM TILLIS have joined the list of performers at free stages around Nashville during the CMA Music Festival set for June 6-9.

THE ROLLING STONES released a live version of their song “Dead Flowers” that features guest vocals from BRAD PAISLEY.  It was recorded in 2013 during their “50 & Counting” tour.  It’s one of the tracks on the Stones’ new album “Honk”, which is out now.

BRANTLEY GILBERT’s song Not Like Us will be used to help tell the story of NASCAR driver Chase Elliott. The tune, to be included on Brantley’s upcoming album, will be played at races this season where Elliott is a participant.

BRETT YOUNG and wife Taylor are having a baby girl later this year. In a one minute video Taylor pitches a ball to Brett, a former baseball player, and when he hits the ball it explodes into a pink cloud.

BRETT YOUNG and wife Taylor are expecting their first baby sometime this fall. Brett and Taylor were married November 3 of last year.

BRETT ELDREDGE will headline this year’s Fourth of July celebration in downtown Nashville. DYLAN SCOTT and singer/songwriter MAC McANALLY will also be among the performers. Country Music Television will air a 90 minute special to include performances from Brett and the annual fireworks display.

BRANTLEY GILBERT and his wife Amber are expecting their second child. This time around, it’ll be a baby girl to join big brother, Barrett Hardy-Clay, who is 16 months.

BLAKE SHELTON has established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Center at Oklahoma University Hospital in Oklahoma City. He created the program in honor of his young cousin, Aspen, who underwent treatment for cancer at age five months and is now getting ready to turn three.

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CODY JOHNSON has been developing his own line of men’s fragrances.  No joke.  Although he did joke when he was recently asked to describe it.  Quote, “I would think it needs to be like Brut, Old Spice, Polo . . . oil-stained fingernails.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has a mobile gym on the road with her as part of the Cry Pretty 360 Tour. The gym has free weights, a treadmill and and elliptical machine.

CARLY PEARCE is not afraid to talk about how much she loves MICHAEL RAY, and how she can’t wait to spend the rest of her life with him.  Well, he’s pretty happy with the situation too.  Quote, “Carly has opened me up in so many ways.   “My home life is better than what I ever dreamed it would be.  It’s cool to have someone who can be with you to experience the highs and the lows, because God knows that we’ve been on both sides of that.”

CHRIS STAPLETON and wife Morgane have welcomed their fifth child. Morgane shared the news on Mother’s Day via Instagram.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD loves surprises from her four-year-old son Isaiah.  Quote, “It’s really sweet, because he likes to bring me things.  He’s such a sweet little guy, and anytime he’s outside, he’ll pick me flowers.”

CARLY PEARCE says she and MICHAEL RAY haven’t put a lot of thought into what song will play during the first dance at their wedding.  The one thing she knows for sure is that it will NOT be one of theirs.

CHRIS STAPLETON’s debut album, Traveler, just marked its fourth anniversary with four million in sales.

CHASE RICE scores his first number one with Eyes On You.

CHRIS STAPLETON has made a $5,000 donation to the Special Olympics of Johnson County, Kentucky. The money comes from his Outlaw State of Kind Fund and will be put toward new uniforms for those competing in Special Olympics sporting events.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is inviting fans to perform with her on the Cry Pretty 360 Tour.  The fan will do the Ludacris rap from “The Champion” while she handles the vocals.  Details are on her website.

CHRIS YOUNG is previewing a new song on Instagram and the title alone will make you want to hear it.  It’s called “Hold My Beer, Watch This” and he’s promising to perform it on the road this year.  It’ll probably be on his next album, although there’s still no word when that’ll be out.

Here’s why it’s tough to get CHRIS YOUNG talking about who he’s dating.  He made “a conscious decision” several years ago that he’ll always keep his private life private.

In a “Today Show” interview, CARRIE UNDERWOOD said she’s learned to take it easy on herself and stop trying to be a perfectionist.  She’s feeling much better now that she’s made that change.

CARLY PEARCE is a runner, and she’s proud of her multitasking abilities. Carly says when she’s on the treadmill she can talk on the phone, text and Instagram.

CHRIS YOUNG says his next album will likely be titled Raised On Country and will have only two love songs on it, both from outside writers. Chris also says he believes the album is his favorite so far. No release has yet been set for the project.

KELLY CLARKSON says “Star” magazine is “lying” about a supposed feud between her and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.  But she DOES have a feud with the magazine for using a photo of the “worst expression” she’s ever made.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD thinks some celebrity parents have too high an expectation placed on them by fans to always live a glamorous life, when in fact they’re just normal parents whose job makes them famous.

E! has confirmed that COLE SWINDELL and his ACM date, model Barbie Blank, are a couple.  You know her by her wrestling name, Kelly Kelly.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD admits she questioned her ability to sing after giving birth to her second son Jacob in January. But now that Carrie’s getting back in the swing of performing and rehearsing she’s feeling more confident.

CHASE RICE is giving fans the chance to hang with him on a yacht in Florida and attend a poolside concert. The contest, sponsored by Jack Daniels Fire Whiskey, is to celebrate his latest hit, Eyes On You. For more details visit FireUpYourSummer.com.

CHRIS JANSON has been recognized by his hometown of Perryville, Missouri with a sign that reads: “Welcome To Perryville, Home of Grand Ole Opry Member Chris Janson.”

CARLY PEARCE will be keeping her stage name after she marries MICHAEL RAY.  That’s a good move because her name is her brand, and she’s spent a lot of time working on it.  But she IS going to take his name legally.  It’ll be on her driver’s license and other official documents.  She’ll be signing stuff as Mrs. Carly Roach.  That’s because his full name is Michael Ray Roach.

CHRIS LANE, whose third album will be out this year, says girlfriend and former Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell played a direct influence on his new music and the types of songs he wrote and recorded.

CHRIS JANSON has been dubbed the Hardest Working Man in Music. The title is one he takes seriously, having played 149 shows last year and traveling 223,000 miles

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says it’s a privilege to juggle motherhood with her careers in music and the clothing industry (Calia By Carrie). Carrie says she’s just like other moms who wear several hats at the same time and she cherishes every minute.

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DYLAN SCOTT was initially disappointed that his first new music in two and a half years would only be a six song EP, but he’s changed his perspective on that since it means he’ll be able to release more new music sooner. Dylan says he’ll likely put out another EP in the next six months or so.

DEVIN DAWSON donated $12,463 to the California Fireman’s Foundation, proceeds that were raised from his six date California Smoke Tour. The money will go toward emotional and financial support for firefighters, their families, and the communities they serve. Devin’s grandfather served as a California firefighter for 25 years and his uncle served 35 years.

DYLAN SCOTT and wife Blair will welcome a baby girl in September.

DEVIN DAWSON is engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Leah Sykes.

When it comes to sleeping, there’s no place like the road for DUSTIN LYNCH. The Good Girl singer says he’s so used to being on a bus that when he’s at home in his non-moving bed he doesn’t sleep all that well.

DIERKS BENTLEY has been developing two different TV shows.  One is a reality-type show that would feature his ’90s cover band Hot Country Knights.  The other is a comedy like “Cheers” that’s set in a fictional Nashville bar.

DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.

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It’s a boy this time around for FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubard and wife Hayley. Tyler and Hayley have a daughter, Olivia.

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GARTH BROOKS’ next album, Fun, will be released sometime in June.

GARTH BROOKS will be the focus of a four-part special called Garth: The Road I’m On. The program will feature interviews with Garth and TRISHA YEARWOOD, as well other important people in their lives and the music industry. The special will air some time in the fall.

GARTH BROOKS is set to release The Legacy Collection this fall. The vinyl albums included in the set will be No Fences; The Chase; In Pieces; Fresh Horses; and Triple Live.

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JORDAN DAVIS has racked up 500 million digital streams of his debut album, Home State, which includes his two number ones: Singles You Up and Take It From Me.

JON PARDI will release the title track to his new album, Heartache Medication, in early June. The full length album will be out September 27.

Family is everything to JUSTIN MOORE, which is terrific . . . even though the suits who make money off of him don’t like it.  Quote, “My label gets upset with me because I say that music is about fourth on my priority list.  I love playing music and will always play music [but] God, my wife, and my kids come way before that.”

JORDAN DAVIS tells Strahan and Sara his pre-show ritual is to take a shot of Jack Daniels with his band just before going on stage.

JUSTIN MOORE’s kids are into his music, but he’s not happy about it.  Mostly because they play it around the house . . . and he’d rather be listening to “somebody else” when he’s home.

There’s a lot of JASON ALDEAN’s life in his “Rearview Town” video.  You’ll see pics of him as a kid, and on stage early in his career.  It has clips of him entertaining thousands, plus a photo of him accepting an ACM trophy.  Toward the end you’ll see him meeting with Route 91 survivors.

JUSTIN MOORE will perform his patriotic single The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home at the National Memorial Day Parade May 27 in Washington, D.C. More than 15,000 attended the event last year, which will also be broadcast on TV and streamed online.

JAKE OWEN’s next album has a song with Kid Rock called “The Grass Is Always Greener” . . . and yes, “grass” has a double meaning

JAKE OWEN will be singing MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE’s wedding song. Jake will sing his new tune Made for You.

JASON ALDEAN has been in the studio working on a new album.

JAKE OWEN will make his acting debut in the upcoming film The Friend.  Jake joins Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).

JON PARDI’s album California Sunrise, released in 2016, has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. The album has produced five singles, including three number ones: Dirt On My Boots, Head Over Boots and Heartache On The Dance Floor, and includes his latest, Night Shift.

JON PARDI will be out with a new album this summer.

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KEITH URBAN almost missed his show in West Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday because bad weather diverted his flight to Miami.  So he took an Uber and the driver got him there after topping out at 103 mph.

KACEY MUSGRAVES just signed with IMG Models.  She Tweeted out the good news, saying, “So excited to be joining the IMG Models family.”  Other models on their roster include Karlie Kloss, Hailey Bieber, plus Bella and Gigi Hadid.

KANE BROWN and wife Katelyn Jae will welcome a baby girl later this year.

NICOLE KIDMAN makes sure that KEITH URBAN and their two daughters attend church every week.  Her friends tease her about it, but she doesn’t care.  Quote, “That’s how we’re raising our children.”

Nicole Kidman talks about her life with KEITH URBAN in the May issue of Vanity Fair, which she covers. She talks about enjoying her role as a tour wife and Keith’s passion for writing and playing guitar even when he’s home.

KELSEA BALLERINI isn’t comfortable with being called “famous” . . . and may never be.  She believes that would take the edge off and she’d lose the drive to keep creating at a high level.

KELSEA BALLERINI has her eighth gold certified single with her latest, Miss Me More.

KACEY MUSGRAVES has a new, custom designed tour bus and is spending some of her downtime decorating it. In addition, Kacey is working on designing new merchandise and a coloring book project with her mother.

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LUKE COMBS’ album This One’s For You is spending its 35th non-consecutive week at the top of the Country Albums chart (Billboard), tying him with the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack and TAYLOR SWIFT’s Fearless for most weeks at number one since 2000. One more week at the top would give Luke the title to himself. Since the chart was created in 1964, SHANIA TWAIN’s 1997 album Come On Over holds the longest overall run at the top at 50 weeks.

LUKE COMBS and fiancée Nicole Hocking hope to plan their upcoming wedding later this year. Luke says time constraints have made it difficult to really break into the process with both Nicole and he having busy careers, but he has about six weeks off later in 2019 and the couple hope to do much of the groundwork for the event.

LAUREN ALAINA has a new man in her life. She revealed Wednesday (May 15) she’s dating comedian John Crist, who is 11 years her senior. The two have been dating for a few months following Lauren’s breakup with former fiancée Alex Hopkins earlier in the year.

LUKE COMBS had to convince a snobby New York sales clerk that he was serious about buying a Rolex.  She kept putting him off until he told her he was playing at Madison Square Garden that night and wanted to wear it.

LITTLE BIG TOWN will return to host the CMT Music Awards again this year. The fan voted awards will air live on CMT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 5th.

LUKE COMBS and fiancee Nicole Hocking have a new family member. Last week the couple adopted a shelter dog named JoJo.

LEE BRICE has landed a role in the upcoming Hallmark movie Wedding At Graceland, which will star KELLIE PICKLER. Filming is expected to wrap in early May with the movie airing sometime in June.

LUKE BRYAN (May 23) and BLAKE SHELTON (May 24) will headline concerts at The Doghouse, a new music performance venue owned by Blake’s Ole Red in Tishamingo, Oklahoma. Proceeds from the shows during opening week of the venue will benefit the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

LADY ANTEBELLUM has recorded about half the songs for their new album.

New music is coming from LADY ANTEBELLUM next month. The trio’s first new single on their new label (Big Machine) will be called What If I Never Get Over You. HILLARY SCOTT describes the song as having a fresh but familiar feel.

LUKE COMBS may be dominating the charts, but it hasn’t gone to his head.  He’s still willing to scoop the cat litter . . . because it needs to be done.  Even when showbiz is calling.

LUKE COMBS’ debut album continues selling like hot cakes as it surpasses double platinum status. In addition, every show on Luke’s Beer Never Broke My Hart Tour has sold out.

LUKE BRYAN has been in the studio recording his next album, which he says will include more self-penned material than his latest project, What Makes You Country, which was released in December of 2017 and has produced four consecutive number ones.

LINDSAY ELL is at work on her sophomore album and hopes to show a more vulnerable side in the music, while also showing she can be fearless when tackling more mature lyrics.

LUKE COMBS and his girlfriend of more than two years, Nicole Hocking, are engaged.

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MORGAN WALLEN is on a mission to bring back the mullet, and if you’ve seen his, then you know he walks the walk.  Turns out it’s a family tradition.   He says, quote, “I started doing it because I was looking at my mom and dad’s photo album.  [When] they got married, my dad had a mullet.

MAREN MORRIS covers the June issue of Women’s Health magazine, on newsstands May 28. Inside she not only talks about her recent decision to quit smoking, but also how she still deals with stage fright.

MIRANDA LAMBERT and her MuttNation Foundation will be doing a “Mutt March” on June 6th at CMA Fest.  It’s a parade of dogs and people walking through downtown Nashville helping raise awareness about shelter pet adoption.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says the name of her Idyllwind clothing line was inspired by her horse, Ellie Idyllwind.  She didn’t start riding until she was 30 and found that it was “fun and a scary at the same time.”  She says that’s the kind of feeling that represents the line.

MAREN MORRIS has a new song called “Kingdom of One” that’s on an album of music inspired by “Game of Thrones”, which is titled “For the Throne”.

Not only is MAREN MORRIS excited about joining MIRANDA LAMBERT for the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour this fall, but she’s also very open to the idea of collaborating on songwriting.

MIRANDA LAMBERT is ready to kick some tail again. In an interview with Nashville newspaper The Tennessean, Miranda says she’s happy and healthy and “going into fearless mode musically and heart wise.” Miranda says that fans should start hearing new tunes this coming June.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Mutt Nation Foundation will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year by giving $150,000 in surprise grants to 50 shelters across the United States.

MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE have decided on a date to tie the knot. They shared a photo of their invitations on social media earlier this week. We don’t get to see the date in the invitations.

MAREN MORRIS says there are three woman she looks up to: DOLLY PARTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT and her mom, Kellie Morris. Maren says she looks up to Dolly and Miranda because they’re strong, unapologetic, and not afraid to show vulnerability in their music. She says her mom taught her the value of believing in herself and becoming self-sufficient and independent.

We know Midland singer MARK WYSTRACH used to be a Calvin Klein underwear model . . . but he has another “used to be” that’s just as interesting.  Before he was in Midland he was a bouncer in a honky-tonk.

MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.

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OLD DOMINION has added more than 20 dates to their Make It Sweet Tour. The new shows, mostly in the fall and winter, will include two nights in Las Vegas and a performance in Hawaii.

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RUNAWAY JUNE will release their first full length album, Blue Roses, on June 28. The 10-track effort will include their latest, Buy My Own Drinks, which is climbing toward the Top 20.

RASCAL FLATTS has surpassed 30 million in total sales certifications for their career. The milestone recognizes all of their gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications through the Recording Industry Association of America.

RODNEY ATKINS’ latest, Caught Up In The Country, has been certified gold for sales of at least a half-million copies.

RUNAWAY JUNE’s band members are grateful to be touring with CARRIE UNDERWOOD — for the obvious reasons, and because of Carrie’s desire to be health conscious while on the road. Hannah Mulholland, Naomi Cook and Jennifer Wayne shared that Carrie and her crew strive to ensure everyone on the tour is happy and healthy.

RASCAL FLATTS bass player and singer Jay DeMarcus is a settled-down family man now, but in his new memoir, he shares a heartbreaking story from his past. In Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakeable Hope, Jay reveals for the first time that he had a daughter who was put for adoption in the years before he shot to fame.

Is RUSSELL DICKERSON good friends with “Today” host HODA KOTB?  He must be because he’s very excited about her newly adopted daughter.  He re-Tweeted Hoda’s announcement and added, “Yassss.  Congrats to my girl.  Hit me up if you need a babysitter in Nashville.”

RILEY GREEN has found out that fans can be a bit obsessive.  Someone once showed him a post on social media.  It was a woman’s 40th birthday cake, and it had a picture of his face on top.  Quote, “That’s when I kind of knew I made it.”

Some guy in Wisconsin reached out to RILEY GREEN on social media and invited him to go deer hunting.  Riley took him up on it and said they had a great time.

RODNEY ATKINS’ wife will be giving birth to a baby boy.

RUSSELL DICKERSON was asked how his faith impacted his life in 2018, which was his breakout year.  He credits God for giving him the dream to write music, be on stage . . . and get him his first tour bus.

RANDY HOUSER and his wife Tatiana are expecting their first child together. Randy has a 6-year-old son named West with his first wife. The new baby is due in June.

RUSSELL DICKERSON says the secret to his successful marriage is that he and his wife don’t worry about who’s right or who’s wrong in an argument.  It’s about “laying down your pride and apologizing.”

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SAM HUNT has been writing for the last 10 months and plans to hit the studio in July and August to record his next album. He also said that since he’ll have a new album out, we can expect him to tour pretty heavily next year.

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TIM MCGRAW’s collaborative book with political historian John Meacham will be out June 11. The book is titled Songs Of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Songs That Shaped Our Country and it looks at certain periods in American history and the songs that served as soundtracks in those times.

Whose opinion does THOMAS RHETT always follow when he’s trying to decide whether or not to record a song?  His wife, Lauren.  Quote, “She’s the ultimate gauge.

TYLER RICH and his fiancée Sabina are getting married in the fall, and he’s more involved than he thought he’d be.  At first he said SHE could do all the wedding planning . . . and then his OCD kicked in and now he’s “heavily involved” and full of opinions.

TIM MCGRAW is currently focused on Tim McGraw the country singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done being Tim McGraw the movie actor. Tim says, “There are some things kicking around. It’s just finding time … more after the first of the year, some stuff coming up.”