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ABC/Image Group LA Scotty McCreery will face off against Chris Kattan in a new episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

Scotty’s wife Gabi, his father-in-law Tre, his dad Michael and his grandmother Paquita join the American Idol winner as he takes on the actor and comedian best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Middle.

The “Five More Minutes” hitmaker and his family are playing the classic game show to win money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. You can catch the episode Sunday, August 5, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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ABC/Image Group LA Kip Moore will hit the road on his cleverly-titled After the Sunburn Tour this fall, with newcomers Jordan DavisJillian JacquelineThe Wild Feathers and Caroline Jones joining him along the way. 

“Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” Kip says. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and win over new fans.”

The trek kicks off September 20 in Silver Springs, Maryland, and moves through New York and Los Angeles, wrapping up in Nashville before Thanksgiving. Kip’s latest single, “Last Shot,” just broke into country’s top 30.

Here’s a look at the full itinerary for Kip Moore’s After the Sunburn Tour, with tickets going on sale this Friday: 

9/20 -- Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/21 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
9/22 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
9/28 -- Birmingham, AL, Avondale Brewing Co.
10/4 -- Fargo, ND, Schools Arena
10/5 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District
10/6 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- Chattanooga, TN, The Signal
10/25 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore Auditorium
10/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/27 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort
10/30 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater
11/1 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
11/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/3 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
11/5 -- San Fransisco, CA, The Regency
11/8 -- Spokane, WA, Fox Theater
11/9 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for Performing Arts
11/10 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
11/17 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium 

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ABC/Image Group LA Dan Shay will be serving up late night shots of “Tequila” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month. In addition to playing their multi-week #1 on the L.A. show’s outdoor stage on July 31, it’s a good bet we’ll also find out what their new single from their self-titled third album will be. 

“We’re so excited for our return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month,” Dan Smyers says. “We love that we get to perform a mini-concert outdoors for our fans, and can’t wait to play a bunch of songs from our new album!"

You can watch for Dan Shay's performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC on July 31. 

Dan and his musical partner Shay Mooney are currently out on the Back to Us Tour with Rascal Flatts and Carly Pearce, before joining Chris Young on his Losing Sleep trek in October. The duo’s also set to do a six-date tour of the United Kingdom in January. 

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Blue Chair/Warner Bros. NashvilleThis week, Kenny Chesney’s “Get Along” ascends to the top spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, becoming his 30th #1. That makes him the artist with the most chart toppers in the history of the ranking, according to his label. 

“I can’t think of a better song to set a record,” the superstar from East Tennessee says. “Everything it says is everything I think makes the world a better place. To have something that has a groove that feels so good wrapped around a song that reminds us it’s the things that bring us together that will make us happy…”

“When you get right down to it, ‘Get Along’ is a great way to have some pretty important life advice delivered,” he adds. 

“Get Along” is the lead single from Kenny's new album, Songs for the Saints, which comes out July 27. 

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If you're not familiar with a shotski -- basically a ski with several shot glasses attached to it -- all you need do to get a look at one is check out the cover of Kenny Chesney's Live in No Shoes Nation album.

The cover photo was taken at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, the same venue Kenny played  Saturday night. A group of fans handed Kenny the No Shoes Nation shotski -- emblazoned with the years they'd gone to Kenny's shows -- just before the picture was taken.

The story only becomes more incredible from there.

"I told those fans that I was gonna take that shotski to my island bar in my island home in the Virgin Islands. And I did," Kenny explains. "It is one of three artifacts that I had in my bar that made it through Hurricane Irma."

For Kenny, that only reinforces what the group of fans known as No Shoes Nation mean to him.

"I still have it," he goes on. "It puts chills on me right now to think how I got that, why they gave it to me, I took it down there, and it made it through the storm. It's just an example of the strength of the connection of me and my audience. And it's a reflection of all that."

Kenny will donate all the proceeds from his Songs for the Saints album, which comes out July 23, to rebuilding the Virgin Islands. Friday, he released the track "Better Boat," which features Americana artist Mindy Smith, just as the record's lead single, "Get Along," ascends to the top of the chart.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Kathy Mattea scored four number-ones at the height of her popularity: "Goin' Gone," "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses," "Come from the Heart," and "Burnin' Old Memories." Though she has five gold albums to her credit, only one of her records has been certified platinum. Can you name it? ANSWER: 1990's A Collection of Hits.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new album from two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Kathy Mattea arrives September 7. Though the Kickstarter campaign for the independent record Pretty Bird is already fully funded, you can check out the remaining incentives online. You can also preview the track, "I Can't Stand Up Alone," on YouTube.

Tune in to watch Michael Ray make his late-night-TV debut Monday on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Florida native will perform his new single, "One That Got Away," on the show that starts at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

You can check out the video for newcomer Ruston Kelly's latest single, "Mockingbird," on YouTube now. His debut album, Dying Star, is due September 7.

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If Keith Urban's top-five hit "Coming Home" makes it to the top of the chart, it'll be the first #1 for the late Merle Haggard since 1987's "Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star."

The latest single from Graffiti U was inspired by Merle's 1968 classic, "Mama Tried," and includes the song's signature guitar lick in its intro. 

Merle passed away two years ago and for Keith, it was important to have the seal of approval of his widow, Theresa. "I called her up and said, 'I've written this song that was inspired by "Mama Tried," and we ended up using a piece of the sample from the original recording," the Aussie superstar says. "So it means Merle will be a writer on this song. But I'd love you guys to like it.'"

"'If you love the song and give it its blessing,'" he recalls, "'that would mean the world to me, because I have a lot of reverence for Merle.'"

Both Theresa and Haggard's son, Ben, ultimately agreed and were happy for Keith to honor Merle.  Keith confesses he had multiple motivations for wanting to release "Coming Home."

"That's not something I do gratuitously," he clarifies. "It's something I wanted to be able to do for many reasons. One was because I got to write with Merle Haggard," he laughs. "That's fantastic!"

The other has to do with expanding the legend's legacy.

"There will be a lot of people outside of our genre that will go and find out who Merle Haggard is," Keith tells ABC Radio. "They'll wanna go hear 'Mama Tried,' and that can open up that to a whole lot of people who've never heard him before. Samples can do that in songs. So it was just a win/win across the board."

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Big Label RecordsAaron Watson’s new album was recorded Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show.

The Texas hitmaker laid down the thirteen-track set in front of 65,000 people on the opening night of Rodeo Houston in 2017. Aaron’s first live project in more than a decade includes his very first top ten on the country charts, “Outta Style.”

His 14th career album will arrive on August 24, the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Lone State State. Part of the proceeds from each record will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund.

“We had planned on releasing this album in the second half of 2017, but after the storm it just didn’t feel right,” Aaron reveals. “I’ve always wanted my music to do good in the world and it became clear that there was a real opportunity to hold onto this project and release it on the one year anniversary of the hurricane.”

“So much of my home state of Texas was affected,” he adds. “Hopefully by bringing the recovery efforts back to the forefront, it will remind people that there is still so much work left to do.”

In addition to the live retrospective of Aaron’s 18-year career, the set also includes the acoustic bonus track “Higher Ground,” which he wrote while the storm was happening.

Here’s the complete track listing for Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show, which comes out August 24:

“These Old Boots Have Roots”
“Freight Train”
“Real Good Time” 
“Raise Your Bottle”
“That’s Why God Loves Cowboys”
“That Look” 
“Outta Style”
“Bluebonnets (Julia’s Song)”
“They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To”
“Fence Post”
“Getaway Truck”
“July in Cheyenne (Song for Lane’s Momma)”
“Higher Ground”

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ABC/Image Group LA The video for Eric Church’s new single, “Desperate Man,” will debut early Monday morning on Amazon Music at 3:01 a.m. ET.

The “cinematic and high-flying video” co-stars Eric's collaborator, Texas singer/songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard, and finds Eric on a “mission to fight for what’s right.”

The full Desperate Man album won’t arrive until October 5, but Eric says he knows the kind of suspense his fans are experiencing.

“Excitement for new music from my favorite artists is a feeling I can remember from my formative years,” the North Carolina native reflects. “The unknown and the possibilities of the anticipation are one of the true joys of music.”

“Well, even though how we discover songs from our favorite performers may have evolved,” he adds, “the feeling remains the same.”

Eric’s new “Desperate Man” video will be exclusive to Amazon Music for its first 48 hours, before becoming available on other platforms. You can check out a short tease on Amazon now.

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Country Music AssociationCMA Fest 2018 will live again on Wednesday, August 8, as the annual three-hour music special airs on ABC. But if you’re planning to come to Nashville for the 2019 edition of country music’s largest gathering, it’s time to get out your calendar.

CMA Fest 2019 starts Thursday, June 6, and as usual, will go through the following Sunday. Pre-sales for the nightly concerts at Music City’s Nissan Stadium start Monday, July 30 at 10 a.m. CT. To get the best seats this year, you’ll need to register before Friday, July 27 through Ticketmaster.

General ticket sales begin Monday, August 6 at 10 a.m. CT, with the lineup for 2019 to be announced at a later date. You can find complete info at

Then on Wednesday, August 8, you’ll want to be sure to tune in as Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host CMA Fest for the second year in a row, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  

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Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole OpryWhen Chris Janson takes over New York City’s Opry City Stage on July 23, he’ll not only be doing a concert, he’ll also be recording an episode of Front and Center.

It’ll be the first time the PBS series has shot a show at the Grand Ole Opry’s home-away-from-home in the Big Apple. It’s an appropriate venue, since the “Fix a Drink” hitmaker happens to be the youngest member of the esteemed country music institution.

Tickets are available now online, with the episode likely to air as part of Front and Center’s 2019 season. Chris’s latest single, “Drunk Girl,” is currently on the verge of breaking into country’s top 20.

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Warner Music NashvilleAs Cole Swindell’s latest hit, “Break Up in the End,” makes its way into country’s top 20, the Georgia native is releasing both the cover and the track listing for his third album.

The artwork for All of It shows Cole in an outdoor setting, wearing his signature ball cap and a bomber jacket. The prolific songwriter had a hand in crafting five of the record’s dozen tunes, including the opening cut, “Love You Too Late.”

Cole’s also releasing a concept video for the song, which you can check out on YouTube.

Here’s the complete track listing for All of It, which comes out August 17: 

“Love You Too Late”
“All of It”
“Somebody’s Been Drinkin’”
“Sounded Good Last Night”
“Break Up in the End”
“I’ll Be Your Small Town”
“The Ones Who Got Me Here”
“20 in a Chevy”
“Reason to Drink”
“Both Sides of the Mississippi”
“Dad’s Old Number”

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, this three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year became the first country artist to headline Boston's Fenway Park. Can you name the Georgia-born singer? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.

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ABC/Image Group LA Brett Eldredge loves his home state so much, he even called his second album Illinois.

So it follows that the "Love Someone" singer is pretty excited about his gig in the Land of Lincoln this weekend.

"Windy City [Smokeout], I'm headlining that," Brett explains. "I started playing that a long time ago, and it started out pretty small and they were just building it. Now it's become this huge thing."

Brett admits he's a little obsessed with all things related to Chicago.

"Just playing in that city, I mean I could play there every week if somebody would let me," he smiles. "You know, I just love it so much. I know I come from Illinois, and it is my heart and soul."

"But there's something magic about that city, whether it's the fact that I love all the sports teams and love all the atmosphere and the environment and the culture and everything. I just love going there. So to be the headliner there for the second time -- and now it's become this huge thing -- is really special."

Brett is set to take the stage at the Windy City Smokeout on Saturday. Later this month, he returns to Chicago to lead a special edition of the CMA Songwriters Series at Joe's on Weed St. on July 24.

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Big LoudIf Chris Lane's sophomore effort, Laps Around the Sun, sounds a little bit like a Kenny Chesneyrecord, it's not entirely by accident.

The North Carolina native admits part of his vision for his second album came from seeing the East Tennessee superstar in concert.

"Last year, I was out in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina watching Kenny...onstage," Chris recalls. "I had just finished my show, and I got to watch as a fan AND as an artist this time around."

"I grew up going to all of his concerts," he explains, "And for me, the takeaway was, not only did he make me connect to what he was doing, he made everyone in that crowd connect to what he was doing."

"And I kept saying, 'Man, I want songs that do this, that tell a story or just have so much truth in 'em that people just relate to it.'"

Chris tells ABC Radio the authenticity he tapped into even translated into how he recorded the album itself.

"We went into the studio this time around, [and] did it much differently, just took an organic approach and did it full-band, live," he says. "And I'd never done it that way before. It's always been one instrument at a time. And I think it gave more of an organic sound."

Now, the "Take Back Home Girl" hitmaker is anxious to take Laps Around the Sun to the stage: "It's gonna be a lot of fun playing these songs live. I can't wait, because it's gonna add an extra energy to my show, once I can get some of these songs in my live set."  

On Saturday, Chris will have that chance, as he plays California's Del Mar Fairgrounds. Laps Around the Sun is out today.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Janson's July 23 show at the Big Apple's Opry City stage will be recorded for a new episode of the PBS series, Front & Center.

Jake OwenTyler FarrChuck Wicks and songwriter Dallas Davidson will join Lee Brice for his first Monday night show at Nashville's Analog at the Hutton Hotel on July 16. The concert will raise money to help veterans through Folds of Honor.

Legendary Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel will release its first album of new material in more than a decade, titled New Routes, on September 14.

Dan ShayLauren AlainaParmalee and Love and Theft are all set to play the Shine for Susie benefit next Monday in Clarksville, Tennessee. You can find out more about the fundraiser for ALS at

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ABC/Image Group LA Reigning ACM Group of the Year Old Dominion isn't afraid to admit that they've written quite a few songs about sex, particularly their latest hit, "Hotel Key." 

"That is definitely a sex song," lead singer Matthew Ramsey tells HITS Daily Double. "It’s about a one-night stand. But the truth is, it could just be one night where you get crazy, and it’ll never be like that again. You got drunk together, laughed together, talked and talked together, and you were all there was in the world."

"Sure, you had sex together," he goes on, "and it was this amazing thing. But there’s so much more to it than just the sex. It was everything. That line, 'We danced by the TV we never turned on' -- that line is the whole song." 

Friday night, OD plays Hard Rock Country Fest in Sioux City, Iowa, before opening Kenny Chesney's Trip Around the Sun date Saturday in Kansas City, Missouri. 

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SpotifyIf you pay attention to the socials of Luke BryanJason Aldean, or Kelsea Ballerini, you’ve probably noticed the three stars sharing photos of some pretty impressive crop art bearing their likenesses.

Since none of the artists offered any details or explanation about the pictures initially, it wasn’t clear at first what was going on. But on Thursday, all was revealed: Spotify commissioned noted crop artist Stan Herd to create the likenesses to promote its new Hot Country brand.

“When you operate heavy machinery while listening to the Hot Country playlist,” Spotify tweeted, along with the giant agricultural recreations of Luke, Jason and Kelsea, as well as another that bears the Hot Country logo.

You can also check out a new YouTube video that shows exactly how Herd created the one-of-a-kind images.

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EMI Records NashvilleEric Church’s new album, Desperate Man, is set to arrive October 5, nearly three years since the surprise release of Mr. Misunderstood.  

The North Carolina native announced the project to his fan club, the Church Choir, in a video clip posted to his socials on Thursday morning.

“It’s been a while,” Eric says. “I just want to say I have missed you. I have good news…the album is done, and we are back. It’s called Desperate Man and the first single is called ‘Desperate Man,’ which everybody in the Church Choir can hear right now.”

“And just like last time,” he continues, “just like Mr. Misunderstood -- if you’re in the Church Choir, on October 5th you’re going to get the album.”

You can join the Church Choir at “Desperate Man” will be available for everyone to stream or download on Friday.

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