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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumSunday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s annual Medallion Ceremony at Nashville’s CMA Theater, Reba McEntire had some fun with her friends Brooks & Dunn, as she officially inducted Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn into the Hall.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumSunday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s annual Medallion Ceremony at Nashville’s CMA Theater, Trisha Yearwood brought the house down with a soul-stirring performance of Brooks & Dunn’s 2005 hit, “Believe,” right before Reba McEntire officially inducted Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn into the Hall.

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Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks has selected a rising country star to be his opening act at an upcoming show on his Stadium Tour. 

During an episode of his Facebook Live series Inside Studio G on Monday, the superstar revealed that Jon Pardi will be opening for him during his show at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 16.

Praising Jon's traditional country leaning sound, Garth compares Pardi to another country legend. 

“Country is many different reflections of many different sounds...I hear George Strait in your music. I don’t know if that’s meant to be or not, but…thank you for doing it for me, as a fan," Garth shared with the "Head Over Boots" singer. 

“There’s some Garth in there, too, man!” Jon adds. 

Garth is set to release several more tickets to the Knoxville show, which serves as his final stadium show in 2019. The new batch of tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. In the meantime, the country icon continues on his Dive Bar Tour with a stop at the Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio on October 28.

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Mark Seliger/ABCThe first round of performers for the 2019 CMA Awards have been announced, and they're bringing a collection of hit songs with them. 

Eric ChurchLuke CombsMiranda LambertKeith Urban and Maren Morris will all take the stage during the broadcast. Eric and Luke will perform their chart-topping tracks "Some of It" and "Beer Never Broke My Heart," respectively, while Maren will deliver her most recent #1 hit, "Girl." Miranda is set to deliver her current single "It All Comes Out in the Wash" and Keith will offer up the nostalgic "We Were." 

CMA Awards co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire also will perform. Dolly is teaming up with Christian artists Zach Williams and duo For King & Country for a trio of songs including "God Only Knows," "There Was Jesus" and an unreleased track called "Faith" that she recorded with EDM duo Galantis and Dutch rapper Mr Probz. Reba is set to bring her iconic hit "Fancy" to the awards show, and Carrie will debut a new song, "Drinking Alone," off her CMA Album of the Year-nominated Cry Pretty.  

Chris Stapleton will also align with pop superstar Pink for their song "Love Me Anyway" that's featured on Pink's 2019 album, Hurts 2B Human. 

More performers are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The 2019 CMA Awards air live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Mark LevineLuke BryanMiranda Lambert and Tim McGraw are among the stars heading to the beach for the 2020 Tortuga Music Festival lineup.

The country superstars will headline the three-day event in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, taking place April 17-19.

Many other country acts will perform across the festival's three oceanside stages, including Kelsea BalleriniCole SwindellJon PardiRiley GreenRunaway June and Jimmie Allen, along with pop stars PitbullBarenaked Ladies and Vanilla Ice. Emerging artists like "The Git Up" singer Blanco BrownCaylee Hammackand Hardy will also take the stage. 

Proceeds from the eighth annual festival go to Rock the Ocean Foundation, a nonprofit that works to educate the public on marine conservation and issues that affect oceans around the world including pollution, turtle and shark conservation, and coral reef degradation.

Passes for the 2020 Tortuga Music Festival go on sale November 1 at 10 a.m. ET.  Visit their website for more info.

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ABC/Image Group LAA&E has unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming documentary Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On, chronicling the illustrious career of Garth Brooks and offering an intimate look at the person behind the stardom. 

The trailer shows clips of Garth performing on stage from dive bars to stadiums, shaking hands and signing autographs for fans. It also offers a glimpse behind the scenes, with photos of Garth in his youth before he became a music icon, and his early days of fatherhood. We also see shots of his home life, throwing logs on an outdoor fire pit and going back to visit his hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma.    

The two-part special also features interviews with Trisha YearwoodGeorge StraitKeith UrbanJames Taylor and more, in addition to the superstar himself reflecting on his life and career. It also incorporates footage from Garth's record-breaking Stadium Tour and intimate Dive Bar Tour.

The documentary is part of a week-long event on A&E called "Garth Week" that includes a special airing of Garth Brooks: Yankee Stadium Live that was originally released in 2016.  

Garth Brooks: The Road I'm On airs across two nights on A&E on December 2 and 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1992, this classic film starring George Strait premiered. Can you name it? ANSWER: Pure Country.

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ABC RadioLuke Bryan kicked off the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday by flipping a gigantic light switch to turn its iconic barn backdrop pink for breast cancer awareness. Little did he know, the Opry would end the night with a big surprise for him.

Two songs into Luke's closing set, the Academy of Country Music surprised him with its Album of the Decade Award for 2013's Crash My Party.

Backstage earlier, he told reporters he couldn't wait to be back at country's most famous venue.

"It's been way too long since I've been on the Opry stage..." Luke explains. "I'll ask my manager... 'We did the Opry like nine months ago?' And she's like, 'No, it was like three-and-a-half years ago.' And I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, we've gotta get to the Opry.'" 

Luke turned Tuesday night's Opry Goes Pink show into a throwback to the first time he sat in the audience, back when he still lived in Georgia. 

"My first Opry show, Vince Gill stopped by unannounced and he just walked out and brought a guitar," Luke recalls. "And I've wanted to do that for years.  I've just wanted to not have my band, just have guitar or piano."

And that's exactly what Luke did, performing "Most People Are Good" and "Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Everyday" accompanied only by his guitar, before sitting down at the piano for "Do I."

While none of Luke's close family members have been affected by breast cancer, both awareness and the work of Susan G Komen are still causes close to his heart.

"The big thing that I always notice is the fans at my concerts that have... a pink sign," he reflects. "'LAST CHEMO TREATMENT TODAY. BEATING CANCER.' And that always is something... I leave the show with." 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKellie PicklerLee Greenwood and Rita Wilson are all taking part in a Mister Rogers tribute album, Thank You Mister Rogers: Music and MemoriesKellie sings one of the show's iconic closing song, "It's Such a Good Feeling." The album will be released this Friday. 

Song Suffragettes have announced that New York-based financial company The LSSW Group will be the first presenting sponsor for the all-female singer-songwriter troupe in Nashville. The organization is led by a team of four women and serves the wealth management and investment needs of the entertainment industry.

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Warner Music Nashville Blake Shelton’s new collection, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, will feature seven previously-released hits, as well as five new songs.

The majority of the older material comes from Blake’s previous two albums, 2016’s If I’m Honest and 2017’s Texoma Shore.

The five new cuts include the chart-topping title track, “God’s Country,” as well as his current single, “Hell Right.”  Blake's cover of Bobby Bare’s “Tequila Sheila” is also included. It came out last year, but has never appeared on an album.

You can check out Blake’s live video for the track “Jesus Got a Tight Grip,” on YouTube now. So far, the only new track we haven’t heard is “Nobody But You” -- which is not to be confused with Blake’s 2006 hit, “Nobody But Me.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Fully Loaded: God’s Country, set to arrive December 13:

“God’s Country”
“Hell Right” (featuring Trace Adkins)
“Nobody But You”
“Came Here to Forget”
“She’s Got a Way with Words”
“A Guy with a Girl”
“Every Time I Hear That Song” 
“I’ll Name the Dogs”
“I Lived It”
“Turnin’ Me On”
“Jesus Got a Tight Grip”
“Tequila Sheila”

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ABC/Image Group LA After Maren Morris’s triumphant Friday night show at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater last weekend, the buzz on Music Row was whether or not the hitmaker might be expecting a child.

Tuesday afternoon on Instagram, she confirmed it’s true.

She shared, “The irony is just too rich that after a year of living in the ‘GIRL’ headspace, the universe would give us a baby boy to even things out.”

“See you in 2020, little one,” she added, captioning a photo of herself showing off her baby bump, alongside her husband, Ryan Hurd.

“Girl,” of course, is the title of both Maren’s most recent number one and her CMA-nominated current album. Her follow-up single, “The Bones,” is climbing the chart now.

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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumSunday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s annual Medallion Ceremony at Nashville’s CMA Theater, reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne performed Brooks & Dunn’s debut 1991 hit, “Brand New Man,” before Reba McEntire officially inducted Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn into the Hall.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumSunday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s annual Medallion Ceremony at Nashville’s CMA Theater, Luke Bryan performed Brooks & Dunn’s 2003 hit, “Red Dirt Road,” before Reba McEntire officially inducted Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn into the Hall.

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ABC/Image Group LAA team of country stars are heading to Europe for the 2020 C2C: Country to Country Festival.  

Eric ChurchLuke Combs and Darius Rucker have been tapped as headliners for the three-day festival that takes place across London, England Glasgow, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland from March 13-15. All three stars will rotate headlining The O2 Arena in London, the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and the 3Arena in Dublin. 

The festival launches with Eric headlining at The O2 on March 13 while Darius takes over the 3Arena and Luke, the SSE Hydro. Several other artists are scheduled to perform throughout the festival including Old DominionBrett YoungRunaway June and Tanya Tucker

C2C launched in 2013 and is the largest country music festival in Europe. Past headlining acts include Carrie UnderwoodLuke Bryan and Tim McGraw.  

Tickets for the 2020 festival go on sale to the general public on November 1 at 10 a.m. 

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ABC/Image Group LATyler Hubbard has found a new way to bond with his one-year-old daughter.  

The Florida Georgia Line member turned to Instagram to share a sweet and humorous post about how he's teaching his daughter, Olivia, to meditate.

The photo shows Tyler sitting cross legged on the floor of the playroom with his eyes closed and arms resting on his legs in a classic meditation pose. Olivia attempts the same position, her legs crossed, head titled back and her eyes closed as two-month-old brother Luca looks on.

"Teaching Liv how to meditate, or 'mommytate' as she says," Tyler writes alongside the photo. "Figured it was a good way to get maybe 5 seconds of peace and quiet."

Tyler and his FGL cohort Brian Kelley are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2019 CMA Awards, airing live from Nashville on November 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  

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Fantasy RecordsTanya Tucker has unveiled the music video for her song, "Bring My Flowers Now," featuring Brandi Carlile.  

The black-and-white video finds Tanya singing the song as she rides horseback through the streets of an empty town square as two young flower girls walk beside her, throwing petals along the trail. 

Brandi appears at video's end, sitting poised as she plays piano in the middle of the street while Tanya approaches her, singing, "Bring my flowers now, while I'm living/I won't need your love when I'm gone/Don't spend time, tears, or money/On my old breathless body/If your heart is in them flowers, bring 'em on." 

Tanya wrote "Bring My Flowers Now" with Brandi and brothers Tim and Phil Hanseroth. It's included on the country icon's latest album, While I'm Livin,' produced by Brandi.

“It’s a musical biography of sorts, about Tanya’s real life and the places she’s seen, and it’s narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash," Brandi says about the project. 

Tanya is currently on a headlining tour that ends on January 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

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Mercury Nashville Lauren Alaina made a powerful impression on Dancing with the Stars Monday night as she danced in honor of her late stepfather, Sam Ramker, to an original song titled "The Other Side." 

Lauren wrote the faith-based song with Jon Nite and Zach Kale in honor of Sam, who passed away from cancer in 2018. "The Other Side" chronicles a loved one's final moments, such as seeing their mother's youthful face walking alongside Jesus and angels in heaven. "I'll be waitin'/Take your time/Pour out a story/That you can't wait to tell me/On the other side," Lauren sings in the chorus. 

The song debuted Monday night on Dancing with the Stars as she and dance partner Gleb Savchenkoperformed a contemporary dance to the moving song. The performance marked the one-year anniversary of Sam's passing.

"I wanted to create a song that did him justice. He couldn’t hear me sing without crying because he was so proud of me," Lauren says. "I wrote this song so that he can live on, and never be forgotten.”

Lauren and Gleb's performance earned their highest score to date, with 26 out of 30 points.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Kix Brooks co-wrote this 1985 number one for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Modern Day Romance."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHootie & the Blowfish are set to play their new single, "Hold On," November 1 on ABC's Good Morning America, the same day their Imperfect Circle album comes out.

Be on the lookout for Keith Urban's Christmas song, "I'll Be Your Santa," which is new for the 2019 holidays. New band King Calaway is also covering the John Lennon classic, "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," which will be out November 1.

The Country Music Association has donated $2.2 million dollars from last June's CMA Fest to the CMA Foundation, who'll use it to fund music programs all across the country. In all, artists have helped raised more than $27 million by donating their performances during the annual four-day extravaganza in Nashville.

Toby Keith is set to perform Thursday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, ahead of the release of Toby Keith Greatest Hits: The Show Dog Years on Friday. You can tune in to watch at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood's four-year-old Isaiah is on the road with her on the Cry Pretty Tour, along with her ten-month-old Jacob, and her husband Mike Fisher.

While Carrie and Mike often post photos of Isaiah transfixed while watching his mom onstage, she figures the concept of a hit record is probably lost on him.

"He just sees my world, and sees the shows and knows we're at venues every day..." she told reporters before the number one party for "Southbound" Monday in Nashville. "He knows when I'm on the radio."

"I know he was in Target not too long ago," Carrie continues, "And... the wall of TVs? I was on there for some reason. They might have been playing CMT or something. And he's like, 'THAT'S MY MOM!'"

"Everybody's like 'SHHH! SHHH! Stop!'" she laughs. 

Carrie and co-writers David Garcia and Josh Miller went on to reveal the Queer Eye guys from Netflix are to thank for the "redneck margaritas" mentioned in "Southbound."

"We had [a] lengthy discussion about the redneck margarita..." Carrie chuckles.

"I think I remember seeing it on an episode of Queer Eye with my now-wife," Josh continues. "And the guy [in the first episode], the deep Georgia good ole boy, he was drinking redneck margaritas, and it was like Mountain Dew and tequila... And it just rhymed so good with marina."

The official definition of the "Southbound" "redneck margarita," however, is a bit more expansive.

"I think it can be tequila and..." Carrie starts, as Josh interject, "Or whiskey or bourbon."

"Yes," Carrie agrees. "Or whiskey and lemonade. I've seen both."

Carrie currently opens the Cry Pretty Tour with her latest number one. The trek wraps up on Halloween in Detroit, Michigan.

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