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Essential Broadcast MediaKing George is adding two more dates to his Las Vegas run in 2018.

George Strait will play his final two shows of the year December 7 and 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open.  

Tickets for the new concerts will go on sale Friday, April 6 at 10 p.m. PT at StraitToVegas.com.

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MCA NashvilleThe release date for Kacey Musgraves’ fourth album is a little more than a month away, the Texas native revealed Friday on social media. Kacey also unveiled the cover for Golden Hour, which comes out March 30.

She shared part of the record’s liner notes as well, which explain its title:  “There we were in the middle of making this record and a total solar eclipse darkened Nashville on my birthday. My 29th year. A golden hour in my young-adult life.”

The tracks “Space Cowboy” and “Butterflies” are available to stream or download now.

Here’s the complete song list for Golden Hour, which Kacey will preview Monday during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

“Slow Burn”
“Lonely Weekend”
“Butterflies”
“Oh, What a World”
“Mother”
“Love Is a Wild Thing”
“Space Cowboy”
“Happy & Sad”
“Velvet Elvis”
“Wonder Woman”
“High Horse”
“Golden Hour”
“Rainbow”

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Warner Music Nashville“It’s here! Hope this song hits y’all like it hit me,” Cole Swindell shared on his socials Friday morning, as he premiered the lead single from his forthcoming third album.

“Break Up in the End” is a departure for the Georgia native, because he didn’t write it. So far, Cole’s penned seven number ones for himself, and three for other artists: Luke BryanThomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line.

You can check out the romantic, plaintive song in a new YouTube video where Cole simply performs it while standing in a spotlight. “Break Up in the End” is available to stream or download now.

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Warner Music NashvilleAshley Monroe will release her fourth album, Sparrow, on April 20 -- the sultry first single, “Hands on You,” is available now.

Miranda Lambert’s bandmate in Pistol Annies made the record in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A with producer Dave Cobb, who’s known for his work with Chris Stapleton.

“I knew I wanted to work with Dave,” Ashley says. “All of his records are consistently awesome and classic, timeless, old and new all in one.”

The East Tennessee native wrote and recorded Sparrow while she was expecting her first child, Dalton, who was born last August.

“I felt powerful,” she reveals. “I wasn’t puffing, I wasn’t drinking wine, I was just singing.”  

Ashley’s most recent album, 2015’s The Blade, followed her #1 with Blake Shelton on “Lonely Tonight,” and was also nominated for a Grammy.

You can check out the music video for “Hands on You” on YouTube now.  

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pfa Entertainment Media & MarketingJake Owen is heading to the ballparks this summer with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.

The “American Country Love Song” hitmaker will kick off the Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour May 18 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with most of the dates taking place in baseball stadiums.

Jake says the tour’s name is an extension of his philosophy on both life and music.

“If you wake up feeling positive,” he reflects, “there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll see things throughout the day in a positive light. I think concerts are like that:  it’s what you make it."

"People show up to have a good time and the artists on stage feel that too," he adds. "A lot of my songs over the years have pointed to that idea.”

Jake’s recently been in the studio working on his next album, with new music coming next Wednesday, February 28.

Here’s a look at the complete itinerary for the Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour, with tickets going on sale Friday, March 2:

5/18 -- Chattanooga, TN, AT&T Field
5/19 -- Augusta, GA, SRP Park
6/2 -- Erie, PA, UPMC Park
6/3 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap -- Filene Center
6/15 -- Jackson TN, Ballpark at Jackson
6/16 -- Little Rock, AR, Dickey-Stephens Park
6/30 -- Bowling Green, KY, Bowling Green Park
7/6 --- Naperville, IL, Ribfest
7/7 -- South Bend, IN, Four Winds Field
8/4 -- Washington, MO, Washington Town & Country Fair
8/9 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Parkview Field
8/18 -- Berea, OH, Country Jam
8/24 -- Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours
8/25 -- Kannapolis, NC, Intimidators Stadium
8/30 -- Birmingham, AL, Regions Field
8/31 -- Montgomery, AL, Riverwalk Stadium
9/7 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Center
9/14 -- Sacramento, CA, Raley Field
9/15 -- Fresno, CA, Chukchansi Park
9/21 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Security Service Field 
9/22 -- Ogden, UT, Lindquist Field

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ABC/Image Group LACanadian duo High Valley officially has their biggest U.S. hit so far, as “She’s with Me” is just one spot away from country’s top ten.

Last March, brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel made it to #16 with “Make You Mine,” the first release from their Dear Life album. But “She’s with Me” has always been a fan favorite.

“Picking a single is tough,” Curtis explains, “because we're proud of all the music that we've recorded. And we don't record music unless we are proud of it, you know. We did see a lot of reaction to 'She's with Me' before we released it as a single, and we could definitely tell that people were fired up about it ahead of time.”

Brad, on the other hand, says High Valley's goals go beyond just having hit songs.

“For us, singles [are] just one way of getting people to come and see the live show or buy the record…” he tells ABC Radio. “We never started a band saying, 'I really hope we have one song that people like,' you know. But you have to pick what song is gonna do the best job of convincing people to want to know more about the band.”

“And whether they love 'Make You Mine' and 'She's with Me' or not,” Brad continues, “that's not gonna be what they go home talking about is one song or two songs. We'll have to give 'em a show, and we're pumped at the challenge, and we're up for it.”  

Next month, High Valley extends their fan base even farther, as they take their live show to Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Australia -- all within less than a ten-day stretch.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, Josh Turner began a month-long stay at the top of the Billboard chart with this two-steppin' tune. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Why Don't We Just Dance."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Trace Adkins will headline the annual Jammin’ to Beat the Blues benefit March 21 at Music City’s Ryman Auditorium. Proceeds go to help Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium has been named Theatre of the Year for the 8th year in a row by the 29th Annual Pollstar Awards. 

Alabama native Riley Green is the newest artist signed to the Big Machine Label Group.

Tickets go on sale Friday for the 5th Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit with the Peach Pickers. The all-star band is made up of hit songwriters and Peach State natives Rhett AkinsDallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip. Money raised from the Tuesday, June 26 concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium goes toward music education in Georgia.  

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ABC/Image Group LA When Keith Urban first heard the demo recording of his latest hit, “Female,” he immediately loved the song and the arrangement. But the Australian superstar still felt there was something missing:  namely, his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.

“[Songwriter] Nicolle Galyon had these beautiful female vocal colors in the song -- really beautiful parts,” he explains. “We left 'em, just as they were on the demo. But I thought, this is one of the songs that would be great to have Nic come sing  as well. Of all songs, it's the right one.”

Thanks to the convenience of working at home, it was easy to make the collaboration happen.

“Because I have a studio at my house and we were working at home,” Keith says, “I went upstairs, and she was home, and I said, 'Can you come down and sing these parts as well?' So she came down and sang, and we just blended her and Nicolle Galyon together on the exact same parts.”

Nicolle Galyon also wrote Keith’s hit with Miranda Lambert, “We Were Us.” “Female” is the lead single from Keith’s forthcoming album, which is expected sometime this year.

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CMTOn Thursday’s mid-season finale of Nashville on CMT, Scarlett O’Connor makes a breakthrough with Sean McPherson, the veteran she met on the equine retreat. After finally convincing him to come to a songwriters’ gathering, he conquers his fears and manages to play a song for Scarlett.

As Jessie Caine and Deacon Claybourne’s romance progresses, Jessie’s ex Brad Maitland continues to meddle in their lives. He makes sure Deacon’s daughter, Daphne Conrad, gets chosen for the talent contest he’s involved in, while at the same time plotting to send his and Jessie’s son Jake to boarding school.

When Jake refuses to leave Jessie’s house to go home with his father, the two come to blows. When Deacon intervenes to pull Brad off Jake, he accuses Deacon of assault -- which should spell trouble for Nashville’s protagonist, considering his previous run-ins with the law.

After Juliette Barnes opts to stay overseas with self-help guru Darius Enright, Avery Barkley realizes he’s finished with their relationship. The Last Highways continue to make strides as a band, though their new singer, Alannah, is causing trouble at every turn. Though she initially hooked up with Gunnar Scott, she now seems to be turning her eye toward Avery.

The band scores a major coup, being asked to make their TV debut on ABC’s The Chew. When the show asks for two songs that feature Alannah, she diffuses the situation by insisting Will Lexington take the lead on one of the tunes. Meanwhile, Will continues to privately battle his dependence on steroids and seems to be doing fine, until he collapses in the middle of The Last Highway’s breakthrough performance.

Find out what happens in the last half of the final season of Nashville, as the show returns later this year on CMT.

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Trae Patton/NBCIf you’re looking for a job in Nashville, Blake Shelton and John Rich may be able to help you out. Both are hosting job fairs, ahead of the opening of their new honky tonks on Music City’s Lower Broadway.

Blake and Ryman Hospitality Properties are looking to hire 250 people before Ole Red Nashville opens its doors in May. The 26,000 square foot restaurant and entertainment venue is the Tennessee extension of Ole Red Tishomingo, which is already open in Blake’s hometown. The employment event will be March 8-16, with more details available at OleRed.com/Jobs.

John Rich’s Redneck Riviera will open this spring in Nashville as well. You’ll be able to apply for both hospitality jobs and audition to play at the tourist attraction at John’s hiring fair on Monday, February 26. It starts at 9 a.m. CT at the Mansion at Fontanel. You can find more info at RedneckRiviera.com.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt looks like Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour will dawn on Friday.

The “Merry Go ‘Round” hitmaker has promised two new songs on February 23, with Texas Monthly reporting the full album is due sometime in March.

“On this project, I feel like I’m leading more with my heart than with my brain,” Kacey says of the record, which contains half-a-dozen love songs. It’s likely no coincidence, since Kacey tied the knot with singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly last October.

Look for Kacey to perform some of her new material when she guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Lou RoccoOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will hand out its 100 millionth book. But instead of dropping it in the mail as usual, Dolly will donate it to the Library of Congress.

You can watch the live ceremony from Washington, D.C. starting at 10 a.m. ET on February 27 via Facebook. Dolly’s expected to read to a group of local school kids, and announce a new partnership with the Library of Congress as well.

Inspired by her own father, who was illiterate, Dolly launched the Imagination Library in 1995 in East Tennessee.  Since then, it’s spread across the U.S., to the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, sending free books to kids all around the world from birth to age five.

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ABC/Mark LevineOn Wednesday, Maren Morris marked her first #1 as a solo artist with a celebration at The Crying Wolf in East Nashville. Just a couple days before the party for “I Could Use a Love Song,” Maren was the guest of honor at another rite of passage:  her bachelorette party leading up to her wedding with singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.

Since she travels so much, Maren says her only request was that she be able to stay in for the get-together that included fellow artists and friends like Cassadee Pope and Lucie Silvas. In the end, Maren confesses there were some moments straight out of Dirty Dancing.

“It just turned into the most like amazingly cliched girl night, of just dancing to '[I've Had the] Time of My Life' -- attempting the Patrick Swayze lift -- and Celine Dion,” Maren laughs. “Yeah, 'The Power of Love!'"

You can check out exactly what Maren means thanks to a short video she posted on her socials.

“It was perfect, and we all woke up [Tuesday] feeling a little less than our best,” Maren admits, “but it was so worth it!”

The “My Church” hitmaker also had another bachelorette party with her friends in her native Texas over the Christmas holidays. She and Ryan are set to tie the knot March 24.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Mary Chapin Carpenter namechecks both Dwight Yoakam and Lyle Lovett in this top-five hit from 1992. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Feel Lucky."

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ABC/Image Group LA These days, Jon Pardi is Livin’ Like Hippies, on the tour of the same name with Miranda Lambert.

Even before the two hit the road together, the pair was already discussing the prospect of recording a duet.

“We keep talking about it…” Jon reveals. “I think she's in. I don't know… When we first started talking about her singing with me on her song she wrote, she goes, 'Well, let's just see how the end of the tour is!' I said, 'Okay,'” he laughs. “So we're working on it, but yeah, it's looking good.”

Jon’s next date with Miranda is March 1 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the California native says the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is proudly carrying the banner for women in country music.

“She's a sweetheart, and we're having nothing but fun on tour,” he says. “She is a great artist, and… she's putting on a great show, and [it] really shows the true songwriter in her and what she stands for, in her music.”

“And it's really an honor to be on tour with her,” Jon goes on, “because I always give her credit and much respect:  she's my only female headliner I've ever been a part of a show with. Really, if you think about it, she's one of the only girl headliners out there.”

Jon celebrated his latest two charttoppers, “Dirt on My Boots” and “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” with a #1 party Wednesday afternoon at BMI in Nashville.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line are among the headliners for this year’s Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The festival takes place June 27-July 1 and July 3-8, with tickets going on sale March 3.

Patty LovelessRonnie MilsapRicky SkaggsJeff FoxworthyThe Oak Ridge BoysJoe DiffieThe Bellamy Brothers and more are set to play the sixth annual Country Music Cruise January 27-February 3, 2019. The ship leaves from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and visits Key West, St. Thomas and Half Moon Bay in the Bahamas.

Brantley GilbertBrad Paisley, and Blake Shelton will headline the seventh year of the Watershed Music and Camping Festival, which takes place August 3-5 at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. Cole SwindellDustin LynchMorgan EvansChris LaneLOCASH and others are set to play as well. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 2.

Charlie Daniels will mark a decade as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by playing two shows on Tuesday, March 27. Trace AdkinsTerri Clark and Lorrie Morgan will also take the Opry stage that night.

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ABC/Image Group LA Troy Gentry’s widow, Angie, is suing the maker of the helicopter that crashed September 8, taking the Montgomery Gentry’s singer’s life, according to People.

The suit, filed in Pennsylvania, alleges that Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Sikorsky Global Helicopters and Keystone Helicopter Corp. knew the Model 269 Schweitzer helicopter had “dangerous defects,” and lacked “modern crashworthy features” included on the military version of the aircraft, “so that in the event of an accident, occupants had virtually no change to survive or be less injured.”

The helicopter’s pilot had offered to take troy on a sightseeing tour of Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, New Jersey, prior to Montgomery Gentry’s scheduled performance later that day.  According to the NTSB, the helicopter had engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The suit claims that “defects in the engine” made it impossible to “perform a routine autorotation safely to the ground,” resulting in the crash.

Both Troy and the pilot were killed. Angie’s suit seeks “damages of more than $50,000,” plus legal fees and interest.

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Black River EntertainmentMaren Morris may have recently hit #1 with “I Could Use a Love Song,” but it sounds like Kelsea Ballerini may not feel exactly the same way.  Kelsea’s follow-up to her chart-topping “Legends” will be the track “I Hate Love Songs,” a song she first played on the Opry.

“I will never forget introducing ‘I Hate Love Songs’ at the Grand Ole Opry before my record was even out, and just the overwhelming feeling of magic,” Kelsea says. “I’d never experienced anything like that before with a song.”

“It’s sweet and sassy and I hope you love it as much as I do,” she adds.

Kelsea wrote “I Hate Love Songs” with producer Shane McAnally and Old Dominion’s Trevor Rosen.

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Big MachineBrett Young is giving his fans what they want, with the fourth -- and likely final -- release from his self-titled debut album.

“‘Mercy’ is the new single because of the amazing fan response,” the California native says. “It’s the feeling you get when someone breaks your heart but won’t let you move on. ‘Mercy’ is a plea to rip the Band Aid off, and many people can relate to that.”

For Brett, the bar is set high, since all three of his previous singles have gone to #1.

Last week, the former pitcher returned to his alma mater, the University of Mississippi, to throw out the first pitch for the Rebels’ opening weekend of baseball. Along the way, he set an attendance record at the Dixie National Rodeo in Jackson, and played multiple sold-out shows in Oxford.

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