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CurbDylan Scott’s first #1 may be called “My Girl,” but his firstborn will be a little boy.

The Louisiana native and his wife shared their gender reveal on social media Wednesday.

Blair and I are over the moon excited about our little BOY!!” Dylan added, along with a video of the couple launching a confetti cannon that showered them in blue.

As he awaits the arrival of his son, the newcomer is busier than ever. Dylan Scott Deluxe, the re-issue of his debut album, comes out August 4, and features his new single, “Hooked.”

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Blair and I are over the moon excited about our little BOY!! pic.twitter.com/iRoWhZ0gSF

— Dylan Scott (@DylanScottCntry) July 26, 2017

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BMLGMidland may be enjoying their first top-ten in the U.S. with their debut single, but to the north, the new trio has already hit #1.

This week, “Drinkin’ Problem” climbs to the top of the Canadian country charts. It’s the lead single from the band’s debut album, which comes out September 22.

Band member Cameron Duddy -- who’s previously made a name for himself directing music videos -- also found out this week he’s up for a 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for his work with Bruno Mars on the “24K Magic” clip. He’s won previously for the pop star’s “Locked Out of Heaven” video.

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLast week, Brett Eldredge shared a photo of him eating ice cream with his brother Brice, wishing him a happy birthday. Now, it seems Brett has another present for his older sibling: he’s written a song for him on his new album.

Brett recalls how “Brother” came to be.

“A couple of years ago, my brother was going through a tough time,” he remembers. “He was kind of heartbroken, but I think, as brothers, you don’t always talk about a lot of things. You try to play it tough.”

“So instead of having a talk, I wrote the song,” Brett explains. “We’re all way too sensitive in life to not be able to tell somebody our feelings and say we care about them and that we love them.”

“Brother” is one of twelve tracks on Brett’s self-titled third album, which comes out August 4.

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I look up this old man @BriceEldredge so much...today is his birthday...happy birthday brother Brice pic.twitter.com/6MBPPPiXkC

— Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) July 20, 2017

 


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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain’s first music video in more than five years is coming on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the country/pop superstar shared a short, music-less clip of her walking along the beach in a brightly-colored dress, adding simply “Tomorrow #LifesAboutToGetGood,” along with a camera emoji.

Shania’s most recent music video came early in 2012, when she re-recorded “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie for his Tuskegee album.

“Life’s About to Get Good” is the lead single from Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29.

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🎥 Tomorrow#LifesAboutToGetGood pic.twitter.com/Kjo7FaJqyM

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) July 26, 2017

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John Peets PhotographyIf you haven’t heard of Ashley McBryde yet, chances are, you’re going to.

The Arkansas native caught the attention of Eric Church, so much so that he invited her onstage during his Chicago stop on the Holdin’ My Own Tour to perform her song, “Bible and a .44.” He also added her to his September dates in Tuscaloosa and Orange Beach, Alabama with Brothers Osborne.

McBryde is currently working on her next album with Eric’s longtime producer, Jay Joyce.

This week, CMT added the video for Ashley's latest single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” which was shot just outside of Nashville in Watertown, Tennessee, where Ashley now lives. You can check it out on YouTube.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Last October at the Nashville concert celebrating Garth Brooks' seven diamond certifications from the RIAA, Kelly Clarkson broke format by demanding that Steve Wariner sing this song. Can you name the tune that topped the Billboard chart thirty years ago this week, to become Wariner's sixth #1? ANSWER:  "The Weekend."

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Rounder RecordsIt’s been two months since Gregg Allman died, with his album Southern Blood still in production.  Now we’ve got a release date for the rock legend’s final studio project.

Southern Blood will be released September 8, and is available to order today via GreggAllman.com.  It’ll come in at least a half-dozen configurations, including a standard CD, a deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a bonus DVD, a limited edition first-run LP on colored vinyl with an exclusive lithograph, and various other packages that include T-shirts and other merch.

If you’re a completist, you’re also going to want a copy of a limited-edition, numbered and double-sided picture disc.  It’ll only be offered through select local record stores, or if you pre-order Southern Blood on Allman’s website.

Southern Blood, produced by studio great Don Was, features Allman performing songs from familiar friends, past collaborators and music legends, including Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Tim Buckley, Jerry Garcia, and Jackson Browne, the latter of whom’s featured on the album’s closing track, “Song for Adam,” which Browne also wrote.  Allman himself co-wrote the album’s opener, “My Only True Friend,” with Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band for the last nine years.

You can order Southern Blood now, and check out all of the different offerings, on GreggAllman.com.

Gregg Allman died in Savannah, Georgia, on May 27 of liver cancer at age 69 following years of failing health.

Here’s the Southern Blood track list, with songwriter credits:

“My Only True Friend“ (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)
“Once I Was“ (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)
“Going Gone“ (Bob Dylan)
“Black Muddy River“ (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)
“I Love the Life I Live“ (Willie Dixon)
“Willin’“ (Lowell George)
“Blind Bats and Swamp Rats“ (Jack Avery)
“Out of Left Field“ (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)
“Love Like Kerosene“ (Scott Sharrard)
“Song for Adam” (featuring Jackson Browne) (Jackson Browne)

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lorrie Morgan will play Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café on August 2, along with her brother, songwriter Marty Morgan. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. CT.

Response to the Grand Ole Opry’s special Sunday show to commemorate next month’s total eclipse has been so swift, they’ve added a second performance. A 9:30 p.m. set will follow the earlier, sold-out show on August 20. Little Big TownDarius RuckerWynonna and Nashville’s Charles Esten are all on the bill.  Tickets go on sale Thursday at 12 p.m. CT.

Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar are teaming up for a new Christmas single and a yuletide tour. Their duet is called “The Naughty List.” They’ll launch A Christmas Tour Friday, November 24 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s second album will arrive November 3, and will be titled Unapologetically.

She tells ABC Radio it’s a title she’s given a lot of thought.

“I really feel like album titles, it's more than just naming the body of twelve songs,” Kelsea explains. “It's really kind of naming that chapter of life.”

She goes on: “[M]y first one was called The First Time, and it really was like the first time I put out an album, the first time I heard my song on the radio, the first time I played the Opry, all of these firsts that it really encompassed."

Kelsea believes the word Unapologetically perfectly captures how she’s trying to live her life these days.

“I think with this next chapter… I've just really, in writing for it, and now in releasing it, I really just want to be unapologetic with how I feel and who I am, and what I do,” she admits. “I just think that it's a beautiful, really free thing to be.” 

Kelsea’s current hit, “Legends,” is the lead single from Unapologetically. Look for the album’s track listing and  cover to be revealed soon.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAll the kids on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour seem to be in love with Kelsea Ballerini.

Earlier, Hillary Scott told ABC Radio she thinks her daughter Eisele really believes Kelsea is a Disney princess. Tuesday morning, Charles Kelley shared an adorable video of his son Ward, transfixed as he watched his dad’s opening act sing her latest hit, “Legends,” on ABC's Good Morning America.

“Cheering on his first crush @Kelsea Ballerini on @GMA this morning!” Charles added. In the clip, the Lady A singer repeatedly tries to get his son’s attention, but the toddler refuses to look away from the TV screen. He eventually acquiesces and says, “Kelsea!”

“He’s getting all the cheek kisses when he’s back on the road,” Kelsea replied.

Kelsea, Lady A and Brett Young will be back together again Thursday as they trek through Jacksonville, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida this week.

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Cheering on his first crush @KelseaBallerini on @GMA this morning! pic.twitter.com/mYcIYZ8Dbj

— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) July 25, 2017

 

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will release his fifth studio album for Capitol Nashville on October 20. Titled When Was the Last Time, the record takes its name from its current single, “For the First Time.”

The album’s first release, “If I Told You,” became Darius’s eighth country #1 back in June.

The South Carolina native’s most recent project, Southern Style, came out more than two years ago, in March of 2015.

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CMTIt’s already been a big summer for Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys. They’re playing stadiums together, and FGL helped BSB score their first #1 country hit with “God, Your Mama and Me.”

Now they’re adding another major event to their calendars. Early next month, they’ll trade lines on each other’s hits as they ready a new edition of CMT Crossroads.

“It’s been really cool to collaborate with BSB in so many different ways this year,” FGL’s Brian Kelley says. “And to be able to take our friendship -- and smooth new dance moves -- up a notch with this full-blown concert together is going to be epic!”

BSB’s Brian Littrell apparently even gives his seal of approval to FGL’s newfound choreography.

“Being such fans of each other, this is a really fun way for us to put our mark on our songs,” Brian says of the Crossroads special. “It’s going to be a fun night with seven guys who really admire one another. I’m looking forward to what comes of it!”

“Getting us all under one roof in Nashville will be fire,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard agrees. “We can’t wait to jump in on each other’s songs and add our flavor to ones we grew up listening to!”

You’ll be able to check out Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet’s latest endeavor when their episode of CMT Crossroads premieres Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is set to be released November 3.

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker spilled the details to ABC’s Robin Roberts Tuesday on Good Morning America.

“It’s been such a secret. I’m so excited!” Kelsea said, as she jumped up and down and the audience cheered. She went on to reveal her follow-up to The First Time will focus on the themes of loss and love and life.

Kelsea closed her appearance by performing the album’s lead single, “Legends.” If you missed it, you can check out her GMA segment online.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The late songwriter Andrew Dorff wrote Rascal Flatts' current #1, "Yours If You Want It," and his father, Steve Dorff, also composed this chart-topping tune from George Strait's Pure Country movie. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Cross My Heart."

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BMLGChristmas is still five months away, but Reba McEntire is already busy getting ready.

This season, she’ll release a new version of her third yuletide album, My Kind of Christmas. Last year, the piano-based collection was only available at Cracker Barrel stores.

The new edition not only boasts a new cover, but also has three unreleased songs that include collaborations with Vince GillAmy GrantDarius Rucker, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle. Earlier this year, Daigle duetted with Reba on her single, “Back to God,” at the ACM Awards.

Reba’s new version of My Kind of Christmas comes out October 13.

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ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore may have his latest top-ten hit with “Somebody Else Will,” but he confesses it’s not his daughters’ favorite song.

For 7-year-old Ella, 5-year-old Kennedy and 3-year-old Klein, that honor goes to another tune on his latest album, Kinda Don’t Care.  

"I don't like listening to me," Justin explains. "I don't think any artist likes riding around listening to themselves, unless you've got to check mixes or something. But last year... we had like a 30-minute drive to school and back."

"I was wanting to listen to sports talk radio or whatever, the news or something," he continues. "And they go, 'Dad, can we play your new music?' And their favorite song on the album is 'Put Me in a Box,' which is somewhat morbid. The idea of it, it kinda weirds me out a little bit. But they love it."

The Arkansas native admits Ella isn’t shy at all about expressing her preferences.

"My oldest daughter, she'll flat out, she'll go, 'Yeah, it's not my favorite. Will you play "Put Me in a Box"? Play "You Look Like I Need a Drink."' It's kinda funny," Justin laughs.  

It likely won’t be long until the Moore girls have to share control of the radio with their little brother. Thomas South joined the family this past June.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteCMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks specializes in creating moments his crowds will never forget, and this weekend in Los Angeles, he delivered another one.

The “Ask Me How I Know” hitmaker invited parents-to-be Katie and Wes to the front of the stage at The Forum to reveal the gender of their baby, which they’d planned to name Brooks, whether it’s a boy or a girl.

After Garth advised the first-time mom and dad to have as many as they can afford, he opened the envelope that showed they’re having a girl.   

“I’m extremely happy for you, because I have three of these,” the proud father added, as the audience cheered.

But in typical Garth fashion, he took things one step further.

“We’ll make a deal,” Garth said. “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we’ll pay for her college.” You can check out the gender reveal for yourself, thanks to a fan video on YouTube.

This weekend, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood return for two more shows in L.A.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Kelsea Ballerini on both Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. all across the country on ABC, while Fallon kicks off at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sara Evans and her daughter Olivia will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday. Olivia sings background vocals on her mom’s latest single, “Marquee Sign.” Live typically follows GMA on most ABC stations.

You can catch new band Delta Rae in a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of Nashville. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on CMT.

Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele and his band Sons of the Palomino will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night.

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BBR Music Group “Three Chords & the Truth” is Chase Rice’s lead release from his forthcoming Lambs & Lions album, which comes out September 29.

The “Cruise” songwriter says the tune was inspired by the disappointment he felt after both “Whisper” and “Everybody We Know Does” failed to catch on at country radio. Previously, he had two top-five hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Chase has since left Columbia Nashville for a deal with BBR Music Group.

“When you go through tough times the truth always has a way of finding its way to you,” he says. “This song was my truth. It’s the soul of my childhood, the songs that went along with it and the memories associated with those songs. It’s my heart waiting to be heard, and the songs that shaped it…”

Here’s the complete track listing for the 10-song Lambs & Lions:

“Lions”
“On Tonight”
“Unforgettable”
“Eyes on You”
“Saved Me”
“One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song”
“Jack Daniels Showed Up”
“Three Chords & the Truth”
“Amen” 
“This Cowboy’s Hat” (featuring Ned LeDoux)

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BMLGThis week, “Yours If You Want It” becomes the seventeenth #1 of Rascal Flatts’ career.

“It’s so humbling for us that the milestones keep coming,” Joe Don Rooney says, “and it’s definitely not something that we take for granted.”

“Yours If You Want It” was co-written by Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff, the latter of whom died unexpectedly last December.

“I truly believe that this song found us,” Joe Don continues, “and to know that Andrew Dorff, with his passing, loved what we did with the song and that his legacy continues to live on is a blessing. We’re honored to have put our voices on it.”

Andrew was the brother of actor Stephen Dorff, and also wrote the number ones “Save It For a Rainy Day” and “My Eyes” for Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, respectively.

“Yours If You Want It” is the lead single from Rascal Flatts’ tenth studio album, Back to Us.

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