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ABC RadioAvid golfer Darius Rucker celebrated his latest #1 with a party Thursday night in Nashville at the new location of Topgolf.

The festivities not only commemorated “If I Told You,” which topped the chart back in June, but also welcomed the golf entertainment complex to Music City, prior to its official opening this weekend.

After the traditional plaques and trophies were handed out, Darius went on to become the first artist to play on Topgolf’s Nashville stage, as he previewed five songs from When Was the Last Time. The father of three ended by doing “Wagon Wheel” especially for a little girl in the audience.

Once the festivities died down, Darius stuck around to hit some balls with his friends in the Topgolf bays.

Darius’ fifth country album comes out October 20. Its second single, “For the First Time,” is now making its way up the chart.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Midland's Jess Carson points to Gary Stewart as one of his main influences. Can you name Stewart's iconic hit that turned out to be his only #1 on the country chart? ANSWER: 1975's "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)."

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Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson finishes one chapter this weekend and opens another: the 15 in a 30 Tour comes to a close, just as Chris’s sophomore album, Everybody, arrives on Friday.

Sam HuntMaren Morris and Chris will wrap up their time together with two dates at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.  Chris says there’s no doubt about it -- it’s been a great ride.

“I had no idea that Sam was going to invite me on the tour, and then he did,” Chris reflects. “I am grateful that he did, because I tell you, it's an absolutely polarizing tour, and I mean that on a good note. Because Maren's so different from me, I'm so different from Maren, Maren's so different from Sam, and vice versa. So people are getting all different genres of country music basically on one stage.”

While the three hitmakers are very different, they’ve become a family since the tour kicked off back in June.

“Everybody gets along really good,” Chris says. “The vibe's really nice, and the crowds are not just showing up for the marquee, like they're showing up from the very beginning of the night to the very end of the night. It's the best tour I've ever been a part of, to be honest with you, and Sam's great.”

Chris’s second record, Everybody, is new in stores and online today and features its top-ten lead single, “Fix a Drink.”

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Comstock/Thinkstock To commemorate the release of Chris Janson’s sophomore album, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proclaimed Friday Everybody Day in Music City. Mayor Barry will give Chris the official proclamation and “Fix a Drink” to celebrate at 4 p.m. CT at Margaritaville on Lower Broadway.

A capella sensation Home Free will play Fox & Friends on Friday, as they release their new album, Timeless. You can catch their performance of Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” during the 8 a.m. ET hour on Fox News.

If you missed Little Big TownKacey Musgraves and Midland singing a medley of “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” and ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can watch it online. The three hitmakers will set out on The Breakers tour together next year, with tickets going on sale today.

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ABC/Randy HolmesWith their vintage threads, retro look and throwback sound, you might think Midland put a great deal of effort into crafting their image.  But Mark WystrachCameron Duddy, and Jess Carson insist things came together much more organically than that.

“There was no conversation, or any like meeting, where we were saying like 'We should be this, or we should be that,’” Jess tells ABC Radio.

“See here boys! What do the people want? What does the world desire? Some vintage cool?” Mark and Cameron joke, finishing each other’s sentences.

“It's just the sound that came out, you know, with the three of our sort of shared, but also diverse, backgrounds,” Jess concludes.

“Cam's from California, so he's got that Eagles thing, you know,” he continues. “Gary Stewart is my all-time favorite. Mark's...”

“Song and dance, you know, Broadway!” Mark interjects, once again.

“Mark's Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard and stuff like that, you know,” Jess says, offering a serious answer, “so it's just kind of what happened when we brought our musical influences together.” 

You can get the most complete picture of Midland’s sound yet as their debut album, On the Rocks, arrives online and in stores today. It features their chart-topping debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is giving you a front-row seat for his live show in the video for his latest single, “All About You.”

The clip takes you behind-the-scenes and on-the-road with the “Long Black Train” hitmaker, as he performs his current hit from his #1 album, Deep South. You can check it out on YouTube.

Earlier this week, Josh found out his recent #1, “Hometown Girl,” has been certified gold, just before stepping onto the Grand Ole Opry stage. The South Carolina native celebrated his tenth anniversary as a member of the legendary institution on Tuesday.

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Warner Music Nashville“Daddy Likey.” That was Blake Shelton’s response to girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s announcement Thursday that their duet will be the first single from her new holiday album.

Gwen’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas comes out October 6, and you can hear a snippet of the title song featuring Blake in a snippet posted on her socials. Since Blake’s 2012 yuletide album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is set to be re-released that same day with three new tracks as well, it seems a safe bet the duet might be one of them.

That wasn’t Blake’s only big music news on Thursday, however. “YEEEHAWW who’s ready for some more new music??!!” he tweeted later. #TexomaShore coming at y’all November 3, preorder [Friday]!”

Texoma Shore features the lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” which has already cracked country’s top 25 after only being out two weeks.

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#YouMakeItFeelLikeChristmas out Oct 6th!! Preorder starting tonight & get the first single feat @BlakeShelton 🎄😍🎄gx

— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) September 21, 2017

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney has long proclaimed his love for nineties hitmaker David Lee Murphy -- singing his praises, inviting him onstage, and recording his songs. Now, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year is taking it one step further, producing Murphy's new record.

Kenny and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon took the helm for No Zip Code, the “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd” singer’s first album for Reviver Entertainment Group.  

“David Lee is the original, and the last of, the hillbilly rock stars…” Kenny  says. “He knows the life, and he bottles it up in song. Making this record showed us what country music can be in the 21st century.”

In recent years, Murphy has focused mainly on songwriting, penning tunes like “Livin’ in Fast Forward” and “Pirate Flag” for Chesney, and “The More I Drink” for Blake Shelton.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get out here and do this again,” David Lee admits. “You focus on writing, and that’s its own kind of great. But Kenny and I got to talking, and it seemed like something worth doing. Then when we got in the studio, it felt so good, every day was more exciting than the one before.”

So far, there’s no word on when No Zip Code will be out. In the meantime, you can catch David Lee teaming up with Kenny on his signature hit, “Dust on the Bottle,” on the new Live in No Shoes Nation, which comes out October 27.

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Black River EntertainmentIf you’ve noticed Kelsea Ballerini’s stage outfits and red carpet looks, it’s no secret the 24-year-old is a bit of fashionista.

While she’s previously admitted she loves playing “dress up,” tonight, the “Legends” hitmaker will really have a chance to show off her fashion know-how.

“Thursday!!!” Kelsea tweeted, along with a short video of her dancing with Project Runway stars Zac Posen and Georgina Chapman. She’ll be tonight’s guest judge on the Lifetime show that airs at 9 p.m. ET.

On Friday, Kelsea releases a new track from her forthcoming sophomore album. You’ll be able to stream or download “High School” this week, ahead of Unapologetically’s November 3 release.

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🎉 @zac_posen🎉@KelseaBallerini🎉@georginachapman🎉

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though he's best known for his chart-topping "Dust on the Bottle," David Lee Murphy first hit the top ten in 1995 with this song. Can you name the tune that made it to #6? ANSWER: "Party Crowd."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Tacoma, Washington on Saturday, November 4. Tickets for the show with Trisha Yearwood at the Tacoma Dome go on sale Friday, September 29.

Aaron Watson will headline A Night of Texas at the Ryman October 4 at the legendary Nashville venue. Newcomer Mickey Guyton, singer/songwriter Leslie Satcher and more will join him for the benefit to help Hurricane Harvey victims through the American Red Cross.  

Runaway June’s Hannah Mulholland got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Ian this past weekend.

Singer/Songwriter Mark Selby, who co-wrote Lee Ann Womack’s smash “I Hope You Dance,” died Tuesday after a battle with cancer at the age of 56.

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The Valory Music Co.Sure, Thomas Rhett has a #1 album on both the all-genre chart and the country ranking, as well as a top-ten song with “Unforgettable.”

But it’s likely the recognition of one single fan that means the most to him: that would be his adopted daughter from Uganda, Willa Gray.

“You can tell she loves music,” TR says, “because anytime there's a drum beat, she's dancing, she's spinning around in circles. But lately, I've been pretty impressed, like when we'll be riding in the car and 'Unforgettable' will come on the radio and she'll go 'Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.' And so I think she knows the sound of my voice enough, even when she hears it in a song, she can pick out that that's a song that I sing.”

The father of two -- Willa also has a newborn sister named Ada -- says his oldest definitely gravitates toward one track on his chart-topping Life Changes album.

“She loves this song 'Leave Right Now' and it's probably because it has such an intense beat. Bruno Mars is her favorite,” TR reveals. “She loves dance music in general, so I think that's her favorite on the record.”

Thomas got to meet Bruno this week, sharing a photo of the two together on his socials. Midland’s Cameron Duddy, a longtime friend of the “Uptown Funk” hitmaker who’s also directed his videos, put the two together.

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Finally got to meet @BrunoMars

— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) September 20, 2017

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Tyler Golden/NBCIf there are two things Dolly Parton loves as much as butterflies and blonde wigs, they’re likely rainbows and Miley Cyrus. The superstar gets the chance to combine the two in a new duet on the pop star’s upcoming album.

Dolly recorded “Rainbowland” for Miley’s sixth studio project, Younger Now, which comes out September 29.  Dolly’s first children’s record, I Believe in You, follows digitally a week later, with physical copies coming October 13.

The Country Music Hall-of-Famer adopted Miley as her goddaughter soon after recruiting her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, to duet with her and star in the “Romeo” video back in 1993. Since then, Dolly’s supported Miley in a variety of ways, including guest-starring on Hannah Montana and even going so far as to sing the show’s theme song on tour.

Dolly's dabbling in the pop world quite a bit these days: she recently recorded a duet version of her 1980 classic, "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You," with Kesha, a song that was written by the "Tik Tok" hitmaker's mother, Pebe Sebert.

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Webster Public RelationsCountry Music Hall-of-Famer Don Williams will be remembered in a memorial service next Wednesday in the Hall’s CMA Theater.

The man known as “the Gentle Giant” passed away earlier this month at the age of 78 after a short illness.

The Nashville service will start at 4:30 p.m. CT and be open to Williams’ family, friends, and members of the music industry.

During his career, the Texas native scored 45 top ten singles on the Billboard chart, including 17 number ones, including “I Believe in You,” “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” and “You’re My Best Friend.” He also appeared as himself in the movie Smokey and the Bandit II.

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ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean’s annual Concert for the Cure will take place this year during his They Don’t Know tour stop in Louisville, Kentucky.

October 20, the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year will give a part of the proceeds from every ticket he’s sold all year to the breast cancer organization Komen Kentucky. It’s a tradition he started back in 2004, after he lost a close friend to breast cancer.

“As long as I have the chance, I will do my part and raise awareness for this cause,” Jason says. “My fans keep fighting the battle with this terrible disease along with us, and our dream is that nobody has to fight the disease anymore.”

In all, the Georgia native has raised more than $3 million for the Susan G. Komen organization in the fight to end breast cancer.

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Mercury NashvilleGet ready to see a whole lot more of Shania Twain, as she amps up her TV appearances to promote her new album, NOW, which comes out next week. 

First, Shania guest stars as a fictionalized version of herself on the Comedy Central series, Broad City. The show centers around two twenty-something Jewish women trying to make it in the Big Apple.

In Shania's episode, she's tempted to give up on her workout, just so she can go home and watch Friends. You can catch her guest stint starting at 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on Comedy Central.

The Canadian country/pop superstar is also joining The Launch as a mentor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The singing competition was founded by Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta, and also stars Fergie from the Black-Eyed Peas and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

The six-part talent search shoots in Toronto, and will premiere on Canada's CTV in 2018.

Shania's first studio album in 15 years, NOW, comes out September 29.

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ABC RadioMiranda Lambert came to Nashville’s Marathon Music Works to record a new episode of the PBS show Front and Center, but she ended up delivering some of the most personal insights yet into both her split from Blake Shelton and her subsequent relationship with Anderson East.

The Tuesday night CMA Songwriters Series concert paired the Texas native with the tunesmiths who helped her craft her CMA-nominated double album, The Weight of These Wings.

Shane McAnally recalled how devastated Miranda was when they wrote the set’s first single, “Vice.”

“I felt like you just took your heart out…” he remembered.

“I also brought a roller cooler,” Miranda quipped.

From there, things only got more confessional.

“I did get divorced in 2015,” the six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year said candidly. “I did start drinking a lot, and I did go to [Midtown Nashville bars] Losers and Winners a lot.”

She admitted she started writing the track “Ugly Lights” on the way home from a trip to retrieve her car from the Music City hot spots.

The night’s theme seemed to be how Miranda’s nearest and dearest helped her both craft the album and work through her emotions at the same time, often drinking on what became known as her “magic porch.”  

“We’re all friends,” she explained. “I’m more than friends with one of ‘em. Welcome my boyfriend please, Anderson East!”

From there, the couple performed “Getaway Driver,” the first song they ever wrote together, and Miranda’s revelations continued.

“After we wrote that song we got in a big fight, because that’s how it goes,” she laughed. “I said, ‘Are you gonna break up with me? He said, ‘I think I’ll wait 60 years.”

That experience inspired the tune “Pushin’ Time.”

Near the end of the night, Miranda revealed she’d made the last-minute decision to fly her mom and dad in from the Lone Star State on Monday night. She recalled how a song she wrote with her father was the first one that helped her grab national attention on the singing competition Nashville Star, before bringing Rick Lambert out to duet on “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere.”

You can experience the evening for yourself in early 2018, when the show airs as part of Front and Center’s 8th season on PBS. The episode will likely air in February, after the new season starts after the first of the year.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-three years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Don Williams scored the first of many #1 hits with this song. Can you name his initial chart-topper from 1974? ANSWER:  "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me."

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town is hitting the road, and taking Midland and Kacey Musgraves along for the ride.

The group has announced The Breakers Tour, which will kick off February 8 in Oklahoma City and stop in 26 cities, including a show at New York's famed Radio City Music Hall.  All three acts will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this evening to give you a preview of the tour.

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. Two special experiences will be offered: "Happy People" and "The Breaker," featuring meet-and-greets, a Q&A session, exclusive merchandise and more.  Visit for full details on that.

The tour comes in support of LBT's latest album, The Breaker, and follows on the heels of their four CMA nominations.  The group initially supported the album with a year-long residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

Here are the tour dates:
2/8 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
2/9 --  Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
2/10 -- Grand Prairie, TX, Verizon Theatre - Grand Prairie
2/15 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center
2/16 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
2/17 -- Toledo,    OH, Huntington Center
2/22 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena
2/23 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
2/24 -- New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
3/2 --  Reading*, PA, Santander Arena
3/3 --  Washington, D.C.,  Anthem
3/15 -- Green Bay**, WI, Resch Center
3/16 -- Duluth*,  MN, Amsoil Arena
3/17 -- Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Engelstad
3/22 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
3/23 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, U.S. Cellular Center
3/24 -- Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
4/5 -- Minneapolis, MN,  Target Center
4/6 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Ctr
4/7 -- St. Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
4/19 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
4/20 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
4/21 -- Atlanta, GA, Infinite Energy Arena

*Local on-sale 12pm local time.
**Local on-sale 11am local time.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Willie Nelson and the Boys:  Willie’s Stash Vol. 2 will be released October 20. It’s the second in a series of recordings by the Red-Headed Stranger and his sons Lukas and Micah, as they perform a selection of country classics, including seven tunes written by Hank Williams Sr.

Newcomer Jacob Davis and his wife Whitney are now the parents of two little girls. New addition Lane Elizabeth joins big sister Percy.

RaeLynn will play Wednesday, October 18 at the Club Bar & Grill at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. All proceeds from the show will go to hurricane relief.

You can get to know new Warner Brothers artist Ryan Kinder a little better by checking out the video for his new single, “Still Believe in Crazy Love.”

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