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Keith Urban says "Messed Up as Me" is extremely relatable: "I've had these relationships"

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If you've been in a dysfunctional relationship before, you might relate to Keith Urban's "Messed Up as Me."

The new track, as Keith explains, highlights the realities of a broken relationship and how staying's easier than leaving.

"This is an extremely relatable song for me," Keith says. "I mean, here's a dysfunctional relationship — and I can relate to that — where there's only one good thing going on. I've had these relationships. There's only one part of the relationship that is amazing, and all the rest is complete chaos, dysfunction, toxicity."

"That one thing is pretty good, so you keep coming back to it," he explains. "That's really the center of 'Messed Up as Me.'"

"Messed Up As Me" is the follow-up to February's release of "Straight Line"; both tracks preview Keith's upcoming new album.

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Nashville notes: Kassi Ashton's "Called Crazy" + Maggie Rose's album news

Kassi Ashton has dropped a new track, "Called Crazy." "This was just one, single, universal bit of truth that I think all women would agree with; any man who has ever called me crazy, has called me again," Kassi says of her song, which she wrote with Emily Weisband and Jared Keim. "I've been playing this out live here and there for the past six months and the screams I get from the women of the crowd after the first chorus hits tells me I was right in my assumption."

Maggie Rose has announced her forthcoming album, No One Gets Out Alive, with the release of its title track. "I want people to hear the urgency in the song and stop dwelling on what they're missing out on- the present is all you have, so make the most of it," says Maggie. No One Gets Out Alive drops April 5 and can be preordered now.

Little Big Town is headed to the U.K. in September for their Friends Of Mine Tour. Presale begins Tuesday, March 5, before the general sale on Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. local time. You can find a full list of dates on Little Big Town's website. 

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Get brunch-ready with Martina McBride

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Hosting an upcoming brunch or looking for a new mouthwatering brunch meal? Martina McBride's got you covered.

The "Independence Day" singer has shared her baked French toast with pecan crumble and blackberry-maple syrup recipe.

In terms of ingredients, you'll need items such as one challah loaf, eggs, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, pecans and whole milk.

"This is a decadent dish that is perfect for brunch with friends or family. I always get requests for this recipe!" Martina shares on Instagram. "You can make the crumble and syrup a day ahead. Just store the pecan crumble [mixture] in an airtight container and the Blackberry-Maple Syrup in the [fridge]."

"In the morning, top with the crumble and then just pop the baking dish in the oven, and you will soon have people following their noses to the kitchen!" she adds.

You can find the full recipe on Martina's Instagram.

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Brantley Gilbert's going "Off the Rails" on Friday

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Brantley Gilbert is set to roll out a new track, "Off the Rails," on Friday, March 8.

The announcement arrived Monday via Brantley's socials, alongside a reveal of the song's cover art.

"NEW SONG... OFF THE RAILS... FRIDAY #bgnation #offtherails," Brantley shared on X, formerly known as Twitter.

"Off the Rails" is also the name of Brantley's ongoing headlining tour, which includes upcoming stops in Wetumpka, Alabama; Tampa, Florida; and Canton, Ohio, on March 9, 10 and 21, respectively.

Tickets are available now at brantleygilbert.com.

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Luke Bryan's got a new song coming in April

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Luke Bryan is set to release a new song, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It," April 5.

The country hitmaker took to Instagram to announce the forthcoming rollout, alongside a preview clip of the track.

"She said, 'Love you, miss you mean it Girl/ I'll see you when I'm dreaming/ I can't wait to feel you hold me again/ Til then I'll be countin' down the minutes/ I'll be climbing up these walls/ Your kiss, I want it, need it/ Love you, miss you mean it," Luke sings in the romantic chorus.

"Can’t wait for y’all to hear this one live," he shared on Instagram.

"Love You, Miss You, Mean It" is available for presave now.

Luke and Jon Pardi are currently approaching the top 30 of the country charts with "Cowboys and Plowboys."

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Justin Moore + Randy Houser announce joint tour

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Justin Moore and Randy Houser are hitting the road together on The Country Round Here Tonight Tour.

The joint-headlining trek September 5 in Charlotte, North Carolina, with stops in Georgia, New Jersey, Texas and more, before wrapping up in St. Louis, Missouri, October 12.

Up-and-comers Austin Michael and Sadie Bass will open on select dates.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 8. For a full list of dates, head to Justin or Randy's website. 

Justin's currently approaching the top 30 on the country charts with "This Is My Dirt," the follow-up release to his latest album, Stray Dog.  

Meanwhile, Randy's most recent record, Note To Self, arrived in 2022 and spawned the title track as its lead single.

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2024 ACM Awards: Date + location announced

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ACM Awards season is upon us, y'all.

The 59th Academy of Country Music Awards is set to take place May 16 in Frisco, Texas, and will stream live worldwide on Prime Video.

"Frisco, Texas, and The Star District proved to be the perfect new home for the evolution of this Emmy-nominated 'party,' bringing music’s biggest global superstars to the passionate and loyal Texas country music fans!” ACM CEO Damon Whiteside says in a press statement.

This marks the second consecutive year the award show will broadcast from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

Show hosts, nominees, performers and more will be announced later.

Tickets to attend the 2024 ACM Awards go on sale Friday, March 8. For presale access, visit acmcountry.com.

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Morgan Wallen drops surprise new song + more from 'Abbey Road Sessions'

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Morgan Wallen has surprised-dropped a seven-video YouTube series, Abbey Road Sessions.

The collection comprises in-studio performances he recorded while he was in London. 

"Recorded a new song, some favorites, and a cover with my band in London at @abbeyroadstudios - you can find them on my YouTube now!" Morgan shares on Instagram.

Among the videos are an unreleased new song, "Lies Lies Lies," and a cover of rock band Nothing But Thieves' "Graveyard Whistling."

Additionally, Morgan recently teased on Instagram that he's back in the recording studio working on new music with longtime collaborator and producer Joey Moi.

Morgan's latest album is 2023's One Thing At A Time. He's currently #5 and #8 on the country charts with his collab with Thomas Rhett"Mamaw's House," and the Eric Church-assisted "Man Made a Bar."

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Travis Denning says "Going Places" offers a good overview of debut album

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Travis Denning's upcoming debut album, Roads That Go Nowhere, is set to offer a collective chronicle of his roots, life journey and where he's headed. But if there's one track that encapsulates it all, the singer says it's "Going Places."

"I think ['Going Places'] is the most indicative piece of it. You know, I've tried to be as deliberate [with] all the songs I've recorded for it. This one feels like a better cornerstone than the other two songs ['Things I'm Going Through' and 'Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack']," Travis tells ABC Audio. 

"I try to challenge myself sonically on this one and melodically and just do something different," he says of the track, which he co-wrote with Paul DiGiovanni, Jeremy Stover and Matt Mulhare.

Travis loves and believes in "Going Places" so much that he's got a hunch it'll take his career to new heights.

"I don't like to be the hype guy, but I mean, I feel very excited about this one. It just feels like it could be something," shares Travis. "I don't know, it feels good. And, you know, [we're] trying to go places, so we're doing it all."

Roads That Go Nowhere drops May 24 and is available for preorder now.

Here's the Roads That Go Nowhere track list:

"Why I'm Drinking"
"I Know How It Sounds"
"Better At Leaving"
"Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack"
"Going Places"
"Someone That Isn't Me"
"Southern Rock" (featuring HARDY)
"Love You Past That"
"Things I'm Going Through"
"Add Her To The List"
"Roads That Go Nowhere"
"The Sound of a Beer Getting Cracked" (featuring Josh Ross)
"Can't Find One"
"Here and Her"
"Ocmulgee River"

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Nashville notes: Drake Milligan's world tour + Ryan Hurd's new track

Drake Milligan has announced his Jukebox Songs World Tour. The trek will take him for shows in the U.K. and Europe, as well as the U.S. For tickets and a full list of dates, visit Drake's website.

Ryan Hurd has dropped "Midwest Rock & Roll," his first independent release since parting ways with Sony Music Nashville. "'Midwest Rock & Roll' is the kind of music I’ve wanted to make since I was a kid first learning to write songs back home in Kalamazoo, Michigan," shares Ryan. "I’m extremely proud of this song and the music I’m creating, and I hope that this next musical chapter hits people right in the heart."

To celebrate the release of his new single, "Think I'm In Love With You," Chris Stapleton's rolled out new Think I'm In Love With You merch, which includes a crewneck sweatshirt, women's T-shirt and mug. You can check them out now at Chris' merch store.

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Lainey, Morgan, Jelly, Kelsea + more featured in new exhibit

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Some of your favorite country stars have been featured in a newly launched exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

American Currents: State of the Music spotlights country music's role in American culture over the past year, as well as its ongoing growth in concert venue sizes from clubs to arenas.

Artists featured in the exhibit are Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll, Kelsea Ballerini, Megan Moroney, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

For more information on American Currents: State of the Music and to purchase tickets, head to countrymusichalloffame.

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Chayce Beckham plots Bad For Me Tour

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Chayce Beckham has announced his headlining Bad For Me Tour.

The trek kicks off March 9 at Australia's Meatstock Festival and will wrap October 20 in Sacramento, California.

"I have a brand new show, and I’m beyond thrilled to be back on the road and touring again this year," says Chayce. "With a new set and new music coming very soon, I’m itching to get in front of some crowds and sing these songs with my band."

He adds, "I’m really proud of the work we’ve done to create this experience for the fans of country music."

For tickets and the full Bad For Me Tour schedule, visit chaycebeckham.com.

Chayce's self-penned and autobiographical "23" is currently #7 on the country charts.

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Kenny Chesney wants to be your "Guilty Pleasure"

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Kenny Chesney has shared a new track, "Guilty Pleasure," from his forthcoming new album.

Kenny wrote the feel-good song with Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally, and it narrates Kenny's invitation to be someone's romantic "guilty pleasure."

"You can call me on the weekends/ When you're bored with your life, and you're tired of your friends/ You only want me when you're drinkin'/ And you got a mistake you wanna make again/ You can just text, you don't have to call/ You can say that you love me, but you don't have to fall/ I can be your guilty pleasure, and you don't have to feel guilty at all," goes the confessional chorus.

"I have absolutely never heard a song like this ... ever, and I’ve heard a lot of songs!" says Kenny. "It’s such an unusual, fresh way to come at something you think you know and have heard everything all about. And then something falls out in a writing session, everyone looks at each other – and you all say, 'OH! We’re writing that.'"

"Guilty Pleasure" is the latest preview of Kenny's new record, BORN. The 15-track project also features its lead single, "Take Her Home," which is now in the top 20 of the country charts. 

BORN drops March 22 and is available for preorder and presave now.

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Hear the title track from Carly Pearce's new album, 'hummingbird'

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Carly Pearce has announced her long-awaited fourth studio album, hummingbird.

Arriving June 14, the 14-track project is co-produced by Carly, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the team behind her acclaimed 29: Written In Stone, and features the newly released reflective title track.

"When I wrote this song, I knew I wanted this to be the title of the album," shares Carly. "This song plays on my bluegrass roots but also lyrically tells the story of the journey I am on of finding love. This is the most unapologetically 'Carly' song I’ve ever written."

Of her forthcoming album, she adds, "I have lived a lot of life in the last few years. Entering a new decade has brought a lot of maturity, growth, heartache, and healing. I am still a work in progress, but these songs represent my honesty, playfulness, and openness to keep growing."

In addition to its title track, hummingbird will also include "Country Music Made Me Do It," "Heels Over Head" and the Chris Stapleton-assisted "We Don't Fight Anymore," which is in the top 20 of the country charts.

Hummingbird is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the full track list for hummingbird:

"Country Music Made Me Do It"
"Truck on Fire"
"Still Blue"
"Heels Over Head"
"We Don’t Fight Anymore" featuring Chris Stapleton
"Rock Paper Scissors"
"Oklahoma"
"My Place"
"Things I Don't Chase"
"Woman to Woman"
"Fault Line"
"Pretty Please"
"Trust Issues"
"Hummingbird"

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Scotty McCreery releases fan-demanded "Slow Dance"

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What do you do when your unreleased song blows up on social media? Release it sooner than later, of course — which is what Scotty McCreery's done with his latest track, "Slow Dance."

While Scotty's not one to spend time creating social content, he did heed his team's advice to create some, like his most popular TikTok video, which boasts over 2 million views.

"A few months back, I was waiting on some hibachi takeout and listening to the new tracks in my truck. I filmed a quick video of me singing along with 'Slow Dance' and posted it on my socials, picked up my takeout food, and went home to eat dinner with Gabi. I looked at my phone that evening and the song had blown up; it’s now my most watched TikTok video to date," shares Scotty.

"Over the last few weeks, anytime I post a photo on social media, the response I get back is ‘that’s great…so when are you putting 'Slow Dance' out?' I’m excited to finally put it out!!" he adds.

"Slow Dance" is the latest preview of Scotty's forthcoming album, Rise & Fall.

Of the project, he shares, "I feel like we’re on the rise now, but I’ve fallen pretty low as well. I learned from every little part of that, and it helped me to know who I was as a person – let alone an artist. The rises and the falls helped craft these songs. They made this album what it is."

Rise & Fall is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the Rise & Fall track list:

"Little More Gone"
"Cab in a Solo"
"Lonely"
"Can't Pass the Bar"
"Hey Rose"
"Fall of Summer"
"Love Like This"
"Slow Dance"
"No Country for Old Men"
"And Countin'"
"Stuck Behind a Tractor"
"Red Letter Blueprint"
"Porch"
 

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