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ASHLEY McBRYDE will headline the Girl Going Nowhere Tour this fall. Dates begin September 5 in Atlanta and run through December 15 in Rochester, New York. The tour will also include a handful of overseas shows in Europe and Scotland.

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BRANTLEY GILBERT’s 2013 chart topper Bottoms Up has been certified quadruple platinum for sales of 4 million copies.

BROTHERS OSBORNE just bought their mom a house. Brothers John and TJ Osborne bought their mom Trish a house in Nashville, fulfilling a longtime dream of hers (and theirs) for her to be closer to Music City and to her sons.

BRETT YOUNG’s wedding to Taylor Mills will happen toward the end of 2018 and he’s nervous about one important part of the ceremony: singing for the big day. Brett says he doesn’t want to dip into his own catalog unless he writes something new between now and then, so he’s not sure what song he might sing to his bride.

BLAKE SHELTON and KELLY CLARKSON will return as coaches for season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. They will be joined by Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson. Premiere date: September 23rd.

BRETT YOUNG says he’s taking a hands off approach to his upcoming wedding to Taylor Mills. He says those details are all up to her. He’ll just keep doing the honey-do list and let her handle the rest.

BROTHERS OSBORNE, who have found great popularity in the United Kingdom, have announced plans to return for a second headlining tour this November and December. The duo’s currently-schedule dates overseas have sold out at a rapid pace.

BLAKE SHELTON will open a third location of his Ole Red Restaurant and Bar, this one in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The 16,000 foot, two story establishment will open in the spring of 2019. Blake’s Nashville location is open now, while his Tishamingo, Oklahoma Ole Red has been operating since last fall.

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CHRIS YOUNG will visit ABC’s Good Morning America on August 7 and Live With Kelly And Ryan August 8 to perform his newest single, Hangin’ On.

CARLY PEARCE hit up Twitter last week saying she lost her wallet in Philadelphia.  Or maybe it was stolen.  Either way, she posted an update saying that she got it back.  Quote, “Thanks to the PD of Philly, my wallet was found.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s new album, Cry Pretty, hitting stores September 14, will be released in a special pink vinyl edition that will retail for around $25.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has signed on for another year of Monday Night Football. She’ll once again provide the opening theme.

CHRIS YOUNG has added more dates to his Losing Sleep Tour with openers to be KANE BROWN and MORGAN EVANS for those shows.

CHRIS STAPLETON and wife Morgane are hoping to give back to the community by introducing a charitable organization designed to benefit a number of worthy endeavors. Some of those organizations include the March of Dimes, Musicares Foundation, City of Hope, Habitat for Humanity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, VetsAid and more.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD shared on Instagram that her 3-year-old son’s new favorite toy is a potato.

CHRIS LANE’s sophomore album, Laps Around The Sun, will hit stores July 13.

COLE SWINDELL’s third album, All Of It, is coming August 17. He will celebrate the release by playing the Summer Concert Series on NBC’s Today Show the same day.

CAM has teamed with rockers Train for their latest tune, Call Me Sir.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is headed to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. She’ll be inducted during a ceremony in Tulsa, November 15.

CHRIS YOUNG’s German Shephard, Porter, is following in the footsteps of BRETT ELDREDGE’s dog, Edgar, and has his own Instagram account.

CHRIS LANE has earned his third consecutive gold single with Take Back Home Girl. It’s the lead single from Chris’ upcoming sophomore album.

CHRIS STAPLETON has scored more heavy metal as his album From A Room: Volume 1 has been certified platinum while his album From A Room: Volume 2 achieves gold status. Each of his albums have achieved certification since the 2015 release of his debut, Traveler, which has sold more than 3 million copies.

According to “People”, CASSADEE POPE is dating actor SAM PALLADIO. You may know him for playing Gunnar Scott on “Nashville”.  They’ve been spotted around Music City.

CASSADEE POPE said she tried the dating app Raya and found “some hilarious people on there.”  And then she got tired of it.

CHASE BRYANT posted a long message on Instagram about how he let his ego get the best of him after his first couple of hits.  He vowed to be more honest with himself in the future and is proud of the latest music he’s been recording.  He closed by reintroducing himself and thanking his fans for hanging in.

CHRIS STAPLETON may have a few songs in some movies and some cool collaborations on the horizon, but don’t expect a new full-length album anytime soon. Chris says he plans to tour off the two volumes of his From A Room album, which have plenty of life in them.

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DAN + SHAY’s Tequila becomes their first multi-week number one.

DEVIN DAWSON (All On Me) is opening shows for TIM MCGRAW and FAITH HILL’s Soul 2 Soul Tour and doesn’t take that position lightly. Devin, who opened a couple shows for the couple last year, says this year he’s stepping things up a bit with a full band and longer set. Devin knows it’s his job to get the fans ready for Tim and Faith and he wants to do his best to make that happen.

DAVID LEE MURPHY will team with JUSTIN MOORE for a couple of shows this September. The two are hinting there may be more shows together in the future. David Lee and Justin have collaborated on material for Justin’s next album, expected later this year.

DUSTIN LYNCH says at age 33 , he’s longing to find that perfect lady to settle down with. In fact, his new single, Good Girl, was drawn from that idea of finding his own Good Girl.

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The inspiration for ERIC PASLAY’s new song “Young Forever” came from Kelsea Ballerini’s husband Morgan Evans.  Eric says, quote, “I think they had just gotten engaged, so he was like, ‘We’re gonna live forever and be in love forever’ . . . and just good vibes.  This song is about being ‘young’ in every experience.”

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FRANKIE BALLARD has scored a key to the city of his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE was recently presented with Billboard’s inaugural Trailblazer Award for their forward thinking in business and chart success.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard says (to Billboard) that the duo’s fourth studio album is expected to be out in early 2019.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s song Meant to Be has surpassed 1 billion audio and video streams worldwide.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s hinting that an FGL Boat House could be in the works in Florida. On their Instagram the duo posed the question: Anyone think there needs to be an FGL Boat House in Florida? The post also includes several images that would indicate FGL Boat House is in the works, including a building with large outdoor pool, cowboy hat, beer mugs and more. The duo’s FGL House in Nashville opened last June

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE will headline FGL Fest, September 8 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event will be the 25th anniversary of the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. More acts will be revealed to perform in the coming weeks.

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GARTH BROOKS will play the first-ever concert at Notre Dame Stadium. At a press conference in Nashville, Garth was joined by former head football coach Lou Holtz. The date has yet to be announced.

GEORGE STRAIT’s San Antonio home is up for sale. The almost 8,000 square foot home is on 12.2 acres and has three bedrooms — each with its own fireplace — six and a half bathrooms, sports courts, a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a sauna, a guest house and more.

GEORGE STRAIT will close the 2019 Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo with a performance March 17.  It will be his 30th appearance at “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”  *The Houston rodeo is credited with giving Strait his “big break” when he had the chance to fill in for an ailing Eddie Rabbit.  The exposure to a crowed of almost 70,000 people put his career in overdrive.

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HIGH VALLEY will hit the road with OLD DOMINION this fall.

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JASON and BRITTANY ALDEAN are expecting their second child together.  They posted a photo of their son Memphis wearing a onesie with the words “Big Brother” written on the front.

Two country albums are among the Top 10 best sellers so far in 2018. JASON ALDEAN’s Rearview Town is No. 3 (328,000 copies sold in the first half of the year) and KEITH URBAN’s Graffiti U comes in at No. 10 (just under 200,000 copies sold).

JASON ALDEAN says his daughters, 15-year-old Keeley and 10-year-old Kendyl, are good helpers with their baby brother, Memphis, born last December. Jason says especially Kendyl, who always offers to help with feeding and changing duties.

JASON ALDEAN says it’s nice to have a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t change who he is or where he’s from.  Quote, “It doesn’t matter how many cars you drive.  It’s all nice stuff to have, but underneath it all, you are who you are, and you’re from where you’re from.

According to Nashville Business Journal, a restaurant concept named JASON ALDEAN’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar is in the works for the downtown area. If this reported plan goes through, Jason would join a number of country artists with Nashville eating and drinking establishments, including DIERKS BENTLEY, BLAKE SHELTON, JOHN RICH, ALAN JACKSON and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE.

JASON ALDEAN is looking forward to having his youngest child, Memphis, out on the road with him. Back when is daughters were born, when he was touring he was on one bus with his whole band — 12 on the bus. Jason said that baby-proofing his tour bus has been “new territory,” but they’re slowly getting there.

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Two country albums are among the Top 10 best sellers so far in 2018. JASON ALDEAN’s Rearview Town is No. 3 (328,000 copies sold in the first half of the year) and KEITH URBAN’s Graffiti U comes in at No. 10 (just under 200,000 copies sold).

KIP MOORE has partnered with a friend to create Bedrock At the Red in Rogers, Kentucky. The lodge area is equipped for hiking and rock climbing as well as weddings and private events.

KIP MOORE has been writing new music and says he could wind up putting together as many as three different projects. Kip says his musical influences have a wide range and how he decides to disperse the new material will determine just how many projects fans can expect in the months ahead.

Graffiti U-Keith Urban’s 2018 tour is now underway. The tour will make more than 50 stops across the U.S. and Canada with Kelsea Ballerini opening up. Keith says the tour will have a U-shaped stage, allowing everyone in the house a better view. He also promises to collaborate with Kelsea each night.

KACEY MUSGRAVES’ debut album, Same Trailer, Different Park, has been certified platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies.

KENNY CHESNEY’s album Songs For The Saints will include guest collaborations with Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Buffett and Mindy Smith.

Kenny Chesney’s 17th album “Songs for Saints” will be released July 27th.

KANE BROWN has revealed his sophomore album will be released November 9.

KELSEA BALLERINI admits to being star struck around famous people. Kelsea says while her interactions typically turn out for the good, she isn’t one to just approach a musical hero or celebrity of any kind.

KANE BROWN says the idea for his latest, Heaven, came from missing his fiancée, Katelyn Jae, while he was touring. He says to him, Heaven is simply spending time with Katelyn and their dogs at home and maybe paying a visit to their favorite Mexican restaurant in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

The Today show summer concert series is loaded with country acts this year. August will start with KEITH URBAN August 2nd.

KEITH URBAN owns more than 100 guitars. Actually, he’s not even sure of the exact number but says he tends to get a lot of them from eBay.

KELSEA BALLERINI is the only country artist on the bill for Good Morning America’s Summer Concert series this year. She’ll perform August 3.

KELSEA BALLERINI posted a photo of her favorite “travel tools” that she takes on the road.  She captioned it, “My picks for staying healthy, feeling trendy, and capturing it all on a trip.  Not an ad, just sharing.”  We noticed sunglasses, a camera, a passport, Smart Water, and green tea.

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LUKE BRYAN will lend his name to a venue in downtown Nashville called 32 Bridge Kitchen + Drink. The building was purchased by an Ohio restaurant group which also owns the buildings for JASON ALDEAN’s Kitchen + Bar and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s FGL House.

LITTLE BIG TOWN will be the focus of an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum all summer.

LANCO’s sophomore single, Born To Love You, is being used in the Netflix series The Ranch, which just began its new season.

LUKE COMBS has three number ones and is now looking to invest in a house in the Nashville area. Luke says he hopes to find a place with several acres so he can do some hunting and have some quiet space on the property.

LUKE COMBS has recorded 20 songs for his sophomore album and plans to record more this fall. Luke hopes to narrow the field of tunes to the best dozen after the first of the year and put out new music sometime in 2019.

LUKE BRYAN says his road crew and band are like an extension of his family. Luke says it takes everyone working together to make his concerts a success and he likes to create a positive vibe of encouragement and good relationships to help make that happen.

LUKE BRYAN’s 10th Annual Farm Tour will begin in Irwin, Ohio, September 27. He’ll visit six farming communities through October 6 awarding scholarships to farming families within each community.

LOCASH’s song Don’t Get Better Than That has been selected by ESPN as the theme for the network’s coverage of NCAA Men’s College Baseball coverage this summer.

LUKE BRYAN’s 5th Annual Crash My Playa is set for January 23-26th, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two nights of concerts with special guests.  Tickets are on sale now.

LUKE COMBS has teamed with iconic outdoor apparel company Columbia Sportswear, spotlighting Luke’s passion for fishing and the outdoors.

LUKE COMBS will be the only country artist to play this year’s Lollapalooza, August 2-5 at Chicago’s Grant Park.

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The guys in MIDLAND say you know you’re doing the right thing when you start from the bottom, have nothing, and are STILL having the time of your life.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s new lifestyle brand, Idyllwind, will be available this fall in Boot Barn stores. To get a preview, check out Idyllwind.com.

Don’t look for MIRANDA LAMBERT to share details of her personal life on social media. She feels her music is the one and only time and place for her to do that and isn’t a fan of using social media or other means to express personal feelings.

MAREN MORRIS has taken notice of all the star-powered bars in Nashville and thinks she should open her own. Maren shared on social media: “There are so many dude artists opening bars downtown. When I’m rich, I’m seriously opening one called My Church. All we’ll serve is wine…”

MAREN MORRIS says being the boss is one of the best things about her career. Not because she likes being in charge and giving orders, but because members of her band and crew can come to her with any issue and know she has an open door policy and always has their back.

MAREN MORRIS is at work on her sophomore album and says she hopes to maintain a balance of musical styles while remaining true to her signature sound.

With the success of her Fill The Little Red Wagon campaign on her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour, MIRANDA LAMBERT will roll out the campaign again this summer on her tour with LITTLE BIG TOWN. Filling the Little Red Wagon consists of fans bringing food and pet supplies or cash donations to Miranda’s Mutt Nation Foundation at each stop on the tour.

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RASCAL FLATTS have partnered with Hostess for the Sweet Country Summer Sweepstakes and will be appearing on select packages of Hostess products.

RUSSELL DICKERSON says the most country thing he’s ever done, he said, “Probably pop a beer bottle open with a shotgun shell.”

RASCAL FLATTS will go with Boise, Idaho as the next location for a Rascal Flatts restaurant. The trio, who recently opened a location in Connecticut, have also requested permits in St. Louis, Orlando, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.

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SAM HUNT says he didn’t plan on touring this summer, but when he had the chance to join LUKE BRYAN’s stadium tour, he couldn’t pass it up. Sam says after the tour wraps this fall, he intends to go full speed ahead on his second album.

SCOTTY MCCREERY’s first number one, Five More Minutes, has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies.

SAM HUNT says his priorities have shifted in the past few months and he’s now striving to maintain balance between his career and personal life. To that end, he says a new album is nowhere close, but promises another single to follow the newly released Downtown’s Dead.

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TRAVIS DENNING is 25 years old, and has never had a crappy day job.  Quote, “When I was 16 all the way through high school, my job was playing music . . . that’s how I made money.  My weekends were spent in restaurants, bars, clubs, and my parents would be there, schlepping around my gear for me and helping me out.  [I’m] very fortunate to have folks like that.”

TYLER FARR has partnered with boot brand Durango to be a 2018 Durango Boot Country Music Ambassador. Tyler will release Livin’ Hard — a special five-song EP presented by Durango and available to Durango boot purchasers.

THOMAS RHETT has added a string of fall shows to his Life Changes Tour with special guests BRETT YOUNG and MIDLAND. The shows begin September 13.

Turns out TIM MCGRAW’s grueling workouts are one of the reasons he collapsed on stage in Ireland.  Now, at the insistence of his wife Faith Hill, He said, quote, “I’ll have to cut short my workouts.”

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ZAC BROWN BAND member Jimmy De Martini says the group is working on new music and plans to stretch the boundaries again.