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ABC/Image Group LAOn Friday, Little Big Town will rock New York City as part of ABC's Good Morning America 2017 Summer Concert Series.  The band will perform live from SummerStage in New York’s Central Park, and the show will be free and open to the public from 7a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

Fans interested in joining LBT and GMA in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield, SummerStage's location, via the 72nd Street entrance at 6 a.m. when the park opens to the public.

LBT will be the second country act to perform on this year's GMA Summer Concert Series -- Florida Georgia Line kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend for the morning show back in May.

Other country artists scheduled to perform on GMA this summer include Lady Antebellum on July 14th, Eric Church on August 18th and Dierks Bentley at a date to be announced.

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ABC/Image Group LALess than a month after postponing eight concert dates on his All-American Road Show tour, Chris Stapleton has gathered the guys in the band and returns to the stage tonight in Tulsa, OK.

After the suggested period of rest and rehab for a broken bone and detached tendon in his right index finger, Chris is apparently well enough to perform and play guitar.  At least,that's according to his recent Instagram post showing himself holding up the finger with a splint on it with the caption "On my way to Tulsa, where this will come OFF & it will be ON!"

The All-American Road Show tour features music from Chris' acclaimed From A Room: Volume 1, which is now certified RIAA Gold. Released May 5th, the album is the fifth release of 2017 to reach Gold status, and the only country album to be certified so far this year.

Here are the remaining All-American Road Show tour dates:

6/22—Tulsa, OK, BOK Center (SOLD OUT)
6/23—Manhattan, KS, Country Stampede
6/24—North Platte, NE, Nebraskaland Days
6/29—Chicago, IL, Wrigley Field (SOLD OUT)
7/5—Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/6—Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest
7/14—Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
7/15—Hartford, CT, The XFINITY Theatre
7/16—Darien Lake, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
7/20—Holmdel, NJ, P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
7/21—Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
7/22—Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
7/28—George, WA, Watershed Festival (SOLD OUT)
7/29—Central Point, OR, Country Crossings Music Festival
7/30—Mountain Home, ID, Mountain Home Country Music Festival
8/3—Duluth, MN, AMSOIL Arena (SOLD OUT)
8/4—Prairie Du Chien, WI, Country on the River
8/5—St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/10—Hershey, PA, Giant Center
8/11—Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/12—Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
8/17—Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8/18—Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/19—Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre (SOLD OUT)
8/25—Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/26—Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
8/31—Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center at Fresno State
9/1—Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/2—Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
9/8—Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center (SOLD OUT)
9/9—Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
9/15—Southaven, MS, BankPlus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove (SOLD OUT)
9/16—Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (SOLD OUT)
10/5—Moline, IL, iWireless Center
10/6—Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
10/7—St Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
10/13—Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/14—Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/19—Baton Rouge, LA, Raising Cane’s River Center Arena (SOLD OUT)
10/20—San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
10/21—Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center (SOLD OUT)
10/26—Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
10/27—Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman (SOLD OUT)
10/28—Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
11/2—Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center (SOLD OUT)
11/3—Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
11/4—Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
11/10—Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
11/11—Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
11/16—Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
11/18—Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center Omaha



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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Shania Twain's given name at birth? ANSWER:  Eilleen Regina Edwards.

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Show Dog NashvilleKnown for adding a bit of comedy to his music, superstar and Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Toby Keith is offering up a new single and video June 23rd called "Wacky Tobaccy."

And, yes, the song is about the substance you think it is, based on the title.

"Wacky tobaccy is a slogan, a saying that's been around forever and no one has ever put it in a song," Toby said. "We recorded it and shot the video in Nashville. We got a cameo from Willie Nelson."

The song's chorus: "That old wacky tobaccy, when you feel it creeping up on you/That old wacky tobaccy, kick back and let it do what it do."

Toby went on to say in the announcement that that the song "fits in with what we do every night with the party crowd."

"Wacky Tobaccy" will be available at all major digital music retailers and services Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLindsay Ell made her late-night TV debut Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The emerging artist also took the opportunity to announce that her first full-length album, The Project, will arrive in August.

Vince Gill performs tonight, June 22nd, as part of the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series. The inaugural event took place in 1994 at the then-newly renovated Ryman Auditorium. The first show featured Alison Krauss and the father of bluegrass himself, Bill Monroe. Over the last twenty-plus years, the series has become a Nashville summertime tradition, regularly presenting the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born back in 1945.

Singer/songwriter and former Season 9 American Idol contestant Casey James announced via an Instagram post that his family is growing. The singer revealed on Tuesday that he and his wife are expecting their second child later this fall.

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BMLGNew trio Midland is enjoying their first top-fifteen hit thanks to their debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.” But Mark WystrachCameron Duddy and Jess Carson owe their band’s moniker to a track from the 2003 album, Population Me.

“The name Midland was inspired by the Dwight Yoakam song ‘Fair to Midland,’” Mark reveals.

“The reason why that was important was that the song is about a guy that loses what was most pure, most honest and was true love,” he explains. “And he lost it in the pursuit of something that was glittering and something was gold. And the song is about if you could go back in time he would go for what’s true.”

Mark believes the name captures the kind of authenticity he, Cameron and Jess are trying to convey.

“When the three of us came together it was three very strong personas and different perspectives musically,” Mark recalls, “and Midland itself, it captured that idea because it was a reference from that song.”

“And it also was kind of symbolic of a place where the three of us come together,” he goes on, “and the rest of the world is, it’s different when the three of us are together.  It is this place, it’s almost like a place that we live, Midland.  And then we found out that it’s actually a real city in Texas.”

Prior to forming the band, Mark was an actor and model. Cameron directed music videos, even winning an MTV award for his work on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven.” He traveled back behind the lens to helm the video for "Drinkin' Problem" as well.

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ABCThe 2017 Teen Choice Awards nominees have been revealed, and Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Blake Shelton find themselves the most-nominated country acts, with two nominations each.

Voting for “Wave One” nominees in the Awards is open now through Thursday, June 22, at 9PM ET. Fans can vote 10 times per category, per day, per Twitter handle, by tweeting out a category hashtag and the nominee’s name. Full voting rules are available at TeenChoice.com.

The 2017 Teen Choice Awards are scheduled to air live on Aug. 13 from 8PM ET on Fox.

Here's a full list of categories in which country artists are nominated:

Choice Country Artist (#ChoiceCountryArtist)
Blake Shelton
Carrie Underwood
Florida Georgia Line
Kelsea Ballerini
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt

Choice Song: Male Artist (#ChoiceSongMaleArtist)
Bruno Mars – “That’s What I Like”
Ed Sheeran – “Shape of You”
Harry Styles – “Sign of the Times”
Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee (feat. Justin Bieber) – “Despacito”
Niall Horan – “Slow Hands”
Sam Hunt – “Body Like a Back Road”

Choice Collaboration (#ChoiceCollaboration)
Cheat Codes (feat. Demi Lovato) – “No Promises”
Florida Georgia Line (feat. Backstreet Boys) – “God, Your Mama, And Me”
Kygo & Selena Gomez – “It Ain’t Me”
Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson – “Just Hold On”
ZAYN & Taylor Swift – “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever”
Zedd & Alessia Cara – “Stay”

Choice TV Personality (#ChoiceTVPersonality)
Anthony Anderson – To Tell the Truth
Blake SheltonThe Voice
Ellen DeGeneres – The Ellen DeGeneres Show
James Corden – The Late Late Show with James Corden
Jimmy Fallon – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Tyra Banks – America’s Got Talent

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He teased it on his Twitter feed on Tuesday, and today Kip Moore made it official: his third studio album Slowheart will be released on September 8.

"This is the record I've been waiting to make,” Kip said in a statement. “The one that leaves you with a peace in your heart, knowing you did it exactly the way you wanted to. The one that makes it okay if you fail, because it truly came from your soul and no other place. You can't go wrong if you can lay your head on your pillow with no regrets."

Just this week, Kip entered the charts at #20 with one of the album's tracks, "More Girls Like You."

Here's the track list for Slowheart:

"Plead The Fifth"
"Just Another Girl"
"I've Been Around"
"Fast Women"
"Bittersweet Company"
"Sunburn"
"More Girls Like You"
"The Bull"
"Blonde"
"Good Thing"
"Last Shot"
"Try Again"
"Guitar Man"

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courtesy of AT&T AUDIENCE NetworkIf you want more of Justin Moore, tune in to his AUDIENCE Network concert special Justin Moore: Live from Phoenix, airing Friday, June 23, at 9 p.m. ET.

The electrifying live performance and interviews from the platinum-selling artist were filmed on location during the AT&T Block Party at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix.

"They don't call it that for no reason," Justin says of March Madness. "I'm a big sports fan, so the opportunity to do anything with any sport, but in particular the Final Four, is really cool."

Fans, of course, will see Justin sing his current single “Somebody Else Will” as part of the special.  

You can watch the AUDIENCE Network via DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 and DIRECTVNOW.

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ABC/Image Group LASinger/songwriter Chase Rice will forever be associated with the bro-country movement, since he co-wrote the genre's most downloaded song of all time: "Cruise," performed by the duo Florida Georgia Line.

But that was five years ago. Today, many critics note that with the recent success of artists like Chris Stapleton, the sound of country music is swinging back to its core. Chase is hoping to showcase that trend with this week's announcement of a new record deal with BBR Music Group/BMG.

Chase gave Rolling Stone a peek into the music he's working on for the new label that is aimed squarely at showing his talent goes way beyond the bro-country label.

"There will always be people saying: you're not country, you're ruining country. And there were songs [on Ignite the Night, his debut album] where I'm like, you're kind of right," Chase says. "I didn't have a clue what I was doing on that record record. They're finally going to see the me I want them to see."

With the signing of this new deal, Chase also hinted at the reasons behind his departure from his previous record label, Columbia Nashville.

"I'm still blessed, but when you know what you can do and you're not able to do it, it feels like a slap in the face," Chase told Rolling Stone. "I felt like people were holding me back from the music I could create. That's not a way to live, and it's weighed me down for a long time."

Chase's upcoming project has a working title of Lambs and Lions, according to Broken Bow Records. An official release date has not yet been announced.

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleJune 21st is officially the first full day of summer. To celebrate, consider adding some of these great summertime tunes to your playlist:

Dan Shay: "Road Trippin'" -- This is the next single from the duo's Obsession album. Crank it up and let it take you wherever you want to go.

Shania Twain: "Life's About To Get Good" -- Shania's back. She's known for her infectious songs, this groovy llittle ditty is no different. Sing along...and let those lyrics sink in.

Kenny Chesney: "All The Pretty Girls" -- Mr. Chesney's latest single from his Cosmic Hallelujah album sounds as good on the beach as it does in a bar.

Lauren Alaina: "Road Less Traveled" -- Whether you're hitting the road this summer or not, pay close attention to these lyrics from Lauren and take the road less traveled. It's just more fun.

Brad Paisley: "Water" -- Just add water is the basic theme of Brad's #1 hit from seven years ago. H2O is the secret ingredient in his summer recipe.

Alan Jackson: "Chattahoochee" -- The CMA's Single of the Year and Song of the Year in 1993, it could be country music's ultimate summer anthem. Especially when it's hotter than a hoochie coochie.

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Artists Den/Joe PapeoLady Antebellum is taking their new album Heart Break to the big screen, giving fans up-close-and-personal access from the comfort of their local movie theater.

The concert event Artists Den Presents Lady Antebellum is coming to movie theaters for one night on Tuesday, July 25th. Fans can expect an intimate concert performance with interview footage captured exclusively for this event.

The trio will share new music, including their current Top 10 hit “You Look Good,” plus renditions of their biggest hits that have won them seven Grammy awards.

Filmed live at a secret concert performed for a crowd of 1,400 invited guests inside New York's historic United Palace Theatre, the event features candid interviews with Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott as they discuss the creative process behind Heart Break and their You Look Good world tour.

Audiences will also get to experience exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and backstage access as the band prepares for the concert performance.

Tickets for Artists Den Presents Lady Antebellum can be purchased online beginning Friday, June 23 by visiting FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. A complete list of theater locations will be available June 23 on the Fathom Events website. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 500 select movie theaters.

For a sneak peek at the event, view the trailer at Artistsden.com/ladyantebellum.

Here's the set list for Artists Den Presents Lady Antebellum:

1. "This City"
2. "We Owned the Night"
3. "American Honey"
4. "Somebody Else's Heart"
5. "You Look Good"
6. "Bartender"
7. "Just a Kiss"
8. "Army"
9. "I Run to You"
10. "Love Don't Live Here"
11. "Heart Break"
12. "Downtown"
13. "Hurt"
14. "Need You Now"

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer and one of the hosts of NBC's The Voice are tied for the most wins as CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, with five apiece. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Vince Gill and Blake Shelton.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSix months after the release of his self-titled debut album, Kane Brown fans will be able to purchase it on vinyl for the first time beginning June 30. Kane's currently climbing the Country Airplay charts with his latest single from the project, called “What Ifs,” featuring Lauren Alaina.

Trisha Yearwood will conduct a keynote Q&A at the Nashville Lifestyles’ 4th Annual Women in Business luncheon on August 10 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. Trisha was chosen due to her enormous success in business that includes music, cookbooks, line of kitchenware, TV production with her cooking shows, and her two most recent endeavors: a line of food items sold exclusively at Williams-Sonoma, and a signature women’s fragrance.

A record crowd with a peak of nearly 92,000 fans attended the 26th Annual Country Jam -- Colorado’s Biggest Country Music Party. The lineup for the four-day festival which took place June 15-18 included Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, Chris Young, Old Dominion and more. Florida Georgia Line was announced as next year’s headliner.



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MCA NashvilleBelieve it or not, Josh Turner isn’t the biggest video star in his family. That title would go to his wife Jennifer’s grandmother, Lois Cunningham, who at age 98 completely stole the show simply by tickling the ivories.  

“My grandmother-in-law,” Josh says, “the one that is pretty famous right now for playing ‘How Great Thou Art’ spontaneously on the Grand Ole Opry stage a few years ago just turned 100 back on June 12th.”

Josh and his family treated Ms. Cunningham to a celebration worthy of her century-long tenure.

“We went down there and had a big-time shindig for her,” he reveals. “We played a lot of music and ate a lot of food, good clean fun and fellowship and we had good weather for it and everything and she was feeling good, so we had a great time. She was even up there playing several songs on the piano so she’s still doing pretty good for 100.”

You can watch the centenarian blow out her candles on Josh’s socials. And if you’d like to see her piano-playing prowess, you can check out her video on YouTube. At last check, it’d been viewed more than ten million times and ranks as the Grand Ole Opry’s fourth most-watched video.

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Courtesy ABCABC appears to be trying to get the band back together -- literally -- for its American Idol reboot.

Sources tell Variety that the ABC is hiring back longtime American Idol music director Rickey Minor for the show's return next year.  Minor, a bandleader, producer and musician, has worked with Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston.  He was the musical director for American Idol from 2005 to 2010, and then again from 2014 through its fifteenth and final season on Fox.

Minor also served as bandleader for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 2010 to 2014.

As previously reported, Katy Perry will be one of the judges when American Idol returns, but there's been no confirmation from ABC regarding a host or any other judges.  When asked about Minor's participation, ABC-TV said it would not "comment on negotiations."

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Curb RecordsDylan Scott is racking up quite a few "firsts" in his country career.

On May 28th, Dylan celebrated his first wedding anniversary with wife Blair. Then last week, it was announced the couple is expecting their first child. And topping things off, his current single, "My Girl," is his first to enter the top 10 on the country charts, and was just certified gold by the RIAA.

Catch rising star Dylan out on tour and be one of the "first" to see him in concert: Friday, Dylan plays The Country Fest in North Lawrence, Ohio. Saturday he hits Country USA in Oshkosh, WI, and on Sunday, he'll be at the Windy City Lakeshake in Chicago.

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ABC/Image Group LAHillary, Charles and Dave of Lady Antebellum are being extra vigilant on their You Look Good World Tour, which launched May 23 and will take the trio across the globe -- including an October performance at Manchester Arena, site of the May 22 terrorist attack following an Ariana Grande concert that killed 22 people and injured more than 60.

“We saw the news the day we were leaving Nashville to head out on tour. So, it was very much a sobering moment, but you can’t live in fear,” Hilary said on Tuesday's CBS This Morning.

“You know, we saw an incredible event take place not a week later where over 50,000 people joined and enjoyed great music and loved on one another and that’s the goal- is music brings people together,” she continued.

The trio also shared that the You Look Good World Tour will include extra security measures for their fans.

“You Look Good,” Lady A's current single and the inspiration for the tour's name, just entered the Top 10 on the country singles chart. This weekend’s tour stops for the band include Camden, NJ., Bristow, VA. and Cincinnati, OH.

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Warner Music NashvilleDuo Dan Shay used social networking to let their fans decide their next single.

Posted via Instagram, Twitter and voting on their website, the song options were from the pair's latest album Obsessed. The winner? The catchy "Road Trippin.'"

The single is the follow-up to Dan Shay's third consecutive #1 single, "How Not To," which landed at #1 this week.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Who was the first woman ever to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn, in 1972.

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