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Reviver RecordsThings come full circle for Preston Brust and Chris Lucas this week, as LOCASH opens Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul run through the Sunshine State.

The duo scored one of their first big hits as writers in 2012, with Tim’s top-10, platinum-selling smash, “Truck Yeah.”  

“Tim has always been an iconic entertainer,” Chris says, “and after working with him off the stage, performing on the same stage will be the experience of a lifetime.”

“Faith was one of my first country concerts as a fan,” Chris recalls. “We are blessed to have this opportunity, and it happens to be with two great human beings who are also iconic superstars. We are pumped!”

After their Thursday night date in Sunrise, Florida, the tour continues on to Tampa and Orlando on Friday and Saturday.

LOCASH’s latest single, “Ring on Every Finger,” is currently in the top-15. It’s their third major hit from their album, The Fighters. Next month, they vie for the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards.  

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani played a big part in inspiring his new album, Texoma Shore.

“I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma,” Blake says. “There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life.”

At the same time, Blake had discovered the track, “At the House,” which influenced his decision to name the project Texoma Shore.

“We were listening to this song and relating to it and realizing, ‘Man, this is one of those summers that we’re always going to remember,’” he reveals.

The star of The Voice will perform “At the House” October 30 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ahead of the record’s November 3 release. The project’s lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” is already nearing the top ten.

Here’s the complete track listing for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore:

“I’ll Name the Dogs”
“At the House”
“Beside You Babe”
“Why Me”
“Money”
“Turnin’ Me On”
“The Wave”
“Got the T-Shirt”
“Hangover Due”
“When the Wine Wears Off”
“I Lived It”

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ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks is about to make his debut as an author: his first written work -- the initial volume of his autobiography, no less -- comes out November 14.  But in typical Garth fashion, it won’t be just an ordinary book:  it’ll come with five CDs featuring audio-visual content that’s never been seen or heard by the public before.

“What is The Anthology?” Garth asks in a new video previewing the project. “It's the whole enchilada, man. The First Five Years, probably the craziest five years of my life, told by everybody that was there every day. Stories you have heard, stories you haven't heard, but stories told from different angles.”

As for what to call the package, Garth admits he’s at a loss.

“You can't call it a book because it's music with packaging,” he says. “Or is it a book with music? Music that built the Garth Brooks sound, but yet has never been released. Pictures that even I have never seen.”

The Anthology|Part I:  The First Five Years covers the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year’s first five albums. You can pre-order it now, and get a glimpse at what to expect at Anthology.GarthBrooks.com.

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Chris HolloShania Twain celebrated the #1 global debut of her new album NOW earlier this week with a champagne toast at an intimate gathering at her record label in Nashville.

The CEO of her record label, Mike Dungan, surprised the country/pop superstar with a plaque commemorating the fact that her first album in 15 years arrived at the top of the charts in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The crossover sensation doesn’t plan to cease her world domination anytime soon:  Shania will release “We Got Something They Don’t” as her new single on October 30.

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleNearly a year ago, Dolly Parton’s beloved East Tennessee birthplace was ravaged by wildfires. So it’s only natural the benevolent superstar is eager to do something to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters,” Dolly said, as she announced she’ll be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief. The effort was created by the five living former U.S. Presidents.

The entertainment icon is also living up to her reputation as “the book lady,” as her Imagination Library spearheads an effort to send half-a-million books to affected areas. The non-profit will spend more than $90,000 to place the books in the hands of those that need them.

“Books are not the first thing people need or miss,” Dolly explains. “But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books.”

Dolly released her first children’s album, I Believe in You, earlier this month. She’s donating all her profits to the Imagination Library, which ships a free book a month to children all over the world, from birth until they turn five.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dottie West -- who's often mentioned as a front-runner for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame -- scored three #1 duets with Kenny Rogers. Can you name them? ANSWER:  "Every Time Two Fools Collide," "All I Ever Need Is You," and "What Are We Doin' in Love."

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Warner Music NashvilleThe video for Brett Eldredge’s new single “The Long Way” racked up more than a million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours it was available.

That’s particularly gratifying for the Illinois native, who played a large role in guiding the vision for this clip.

“My fans have never reacted to a video quite like this!” Brett said excitedly. “This is incredible! I think we all can relate to the feeling you get when showing off your hometown to someone you really care about, and this video captures that magic.”

Shot on the outskirts of Nashville, “The Long Way” stars Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson as Brett’s love interest.

“[She] is such an amazing person and actress,” Brett adds. “She made this video extra special.”

You can check out Brett’s “The Long Way” video on YouTube now.

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CMTChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan were the honorees at this year's CMT Artists of the Year special, which aired live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday.

However, the focus of the show was less awards and more "hope and healing," following the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and California.

R&B singer Andra Day, joined by Little Big Town, opened the program with a powerful performance of Day’s hit "Rise Up," after which the five honorees took the stage to explain that the show was tribute to the victims and expression of gratitude to the first responders.  

“Music can be so powerful, and we have never needed it more than we do right now," said six-time honoree Bryan. "We hope music can be a part of the healing."

"The entire nation is trying to process these devastating events," Stapleton continued. "On this night, one that we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit."

"During tragedies like Las Vegas, so many people -- from concertgoers to first responders who risked their own lives for total strangers -- it's in those moments, those acts of courage and heroism, that bring light to even the darkest times," noted FGL’s Tyler Hubbard.

"In some small way tonight, we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits," Urban added. "We hope to remind you that everything we go though, we can get through when we stick together."

Aldean, who was onstage when the gunman opened fire noted, "We have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom...We dedicate this night to you and to everyone who's experienced loss or tragedy in the past few months… we will get through this together."

Little Big Town, Danielle Bradbery and Lee Ann Womack then joined Day and rapper Common for a moving rendition of Day and Common’s "Stand Up for Something."

Six-time CMT Artist of the Year recipient Luke Bryan’s performance of “Fast” was introduced by Lionel Richie – who will join Bryan as a judge on ABC's American Idol revival. He lightened things up with a story about Luke trying convince Richie to go fishing with him, joking joked, “Hunting to me is going to look for a jacket at the store; and fishing is, ‘I’m going to the grocery store to pick up some fish.’”

Sam Hunt, whose "Body Like a Back Road" was named song of the year by CMT, was performing in Hawaii and unable to attend the event. American Idol alum and fellow Georgian Phillip Phillips performed the song.

Stapleton, introduced by the Osborne Brothers, was joined by his wife Morgane for "Broken Halos," dedicated to victims of the Las Vegas shootings and all Americans suffering in the wake of the country’s recent natural disasters.

In keeping with the evening’s theme of “hope and healing,” the “In Memoriam" segment included the names of all the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Vince Gill, introducing Keith Urban, likened him to “a little brother,” adding “and who wouldn’t want Keith Urban as your little brother.” Urban then performed "Blue Ain't Your Color," for his wife, Nicole Kidman, ending by saying, "I love you baby."

Backstreet Boys introduced their friends and touring buddies Florida Georgia Line,  before performing FGL’s big hit, “HOLY.”

Aldean, accepting his sixth CMT Artist of the Year title, was the final honoree of the night. He was introduced by Bryan, who noted, “It could have been any one of us on that stage in Las Vegas," adding, "Jason Aldean has responded with dignity, care, respect and, in some ways, defiance." Aldean, joined by Urban, Stapleton and Little Big Town, delivered the show's finale, a cover of Tom Petty’s "I Won't Back Down."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus produced the new track, "Noise," by iconic country group Shenandoah. The song is the band's first new country single in two decades, and will be featured on their new BMG album, which is due next year.

CMA Album of the Year nominee Jason Isbell is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new Artist in Residence. Tickets for The Nashville Sound music maker's concerts on December 5, 12, and 19, go on sale Friday, October 27.

You can check out the new video by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on YouTube now. "Time Don't Wait" was shot in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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CMTAs the stars walked the red carpet before CMT’s 2017 Artists of the Year special Wednesday night, the excitement was already building toward the show’s multi-artist, cross-genre opening number.   

“It went really well in rehearsal,” Lee Ann Womack told ABC Radio. “I knew it was going to. It's very inspirational…”

The show started with R&B phenomenon Andra Day teaming up with Little Big Town on her hit, “Rise Up,” a duet they’d previously done during the opening weekend of LBT's yearlong residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The Artists of the Year themselves -- Luke BryanKeith UrbanFlorida Georgia LineKeith Stapleton and Jason Aldean -- then delivered an inspirational message for victims of both the Vegas shooting and multiple recent hurricanes.

Lee Ann, Danielle Bradbery and rapper Common then joined Andra and LBT to sing, “Stand Up for Something,” a song Diane Warren originally wrote for the new movie Marshall.

“I wanted to write a song like 'A Change Is Gonna Come’…” the Oscar-nominated writer said. “You know, like a really uplifting song… So I wrote it for the movie, but who knew how timely it would be to these times, when we really do need to stand up?”

“I was crying in there when I heard the rehearsal,” Warren continued. “My eyes were filling up with tears, it's so beautiful… A great song has no borders, and here we're seeing it.”  

Lee Ann agreed there was something special about coming together with non-Nashville artists like Andra and Common, on a show devoted to bringing comfort and healing during a troubled time.

“We try to be as positive as we can," Danielle added, "for those that are going through so much. “It's basically just to tell the fans -- our family -- that you're not alone. We're all in this together. We want to give you as much love as possible and just show you that we support you no matter what.” 

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Redbook/Ben WattsEven though both her single, “Vice,” and her album, The Weight of These Wings, have each sold a million copies and been certified platinum, Miranda Lambert has struggled to land a major radio hit since releasing the double-set last year.

“It’s B.S., straight up!” Miranda tells Redbook, commenting specifically on how hard it is for females to get played on country radio these days.

Carrie Underwood still struggles,” she continues, “and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood. I tell them at radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more,” she vows.

Miranda’s current single, “Tin Man,” is currently one spot away from the top-25, while “Vice” made it into the top-15 last November.

The Texas native shares more of her opinions in her new cover story in the November issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands next Tuesday.

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Jamie Gilliam for Lipscomb UniversityIn her stellar career, Reba McEntire has taken home trophies from the Grammys, CMA, ACM, People’s Choice and American Music Awards, just to name a few. But in Nashville on Tuesday night, she scored a career first, picking up her inaugural Dove Award for her foray into Christian music.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer took home the Christian-music-equivalent of a Grammy for her double-album, Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith and Hope.

“It’s not mine. It’s God’s,” Reba told the audience as she accepted, according to the Tennessean. “We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle, and think of him every time I look at it.”

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, who co-produced the record, shares in the honor and was there to celebrate as well.

Reba closed the show with a performance of “Back to God” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” backed by a choir, as well as Mary Mary’s Erica CampbellTauren Wells and Southern Gospel artist Joseph Habedank, who co-wrote the title track of Reba’s winning album.

You can watch the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

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ABC/Image Group LA Since he retired from touring in 2014, George Strait has made T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas his unofficial home to play live.  That’s a relationship that will continue into 2018.

King George has schedule two shows for February 2 and 3, with tickets going on sale Friday, October 27.

“We said from the beginning that we would listen to the fans and follow what they want,” George explains. “Fan support is just as strong now as it was when we started, and we are responding to that interest by adding shows in 2018.”

Fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open the concerts at T-Mobile Arena.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer has also scheduled three shows next year that aren’t in Vegas, but are relatively close to his home in the Lone Star State. He’ll play BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1 and 2, before heading to Frank Erwin Center in Austin on June 3.

You can find out more about tickets at GeorgeStrait.com.

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CMTWhat would American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sound like singing Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”? We’re likely to find out Wednesday night, as the singer/songwriter pays tribute to the smash at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event.

Backstreet Boys will also honor their pals and recent tour mates Florida Georgia Line with a special performance at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Though the other Artists of the Year -- Chris StapletonJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan -- will play tonight as well, CMT is shifting the tone of the annual event away from being an awards show, in favor of a night of coming together after the recent shootings in Vegas, and the multiple hurricanes that have ravaged many parts of the U.S.

Stars from outside the world of country, like Andra Day and Common, will collaborate with Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town on a medley of Day’s hit “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something.”

Also look for appearances tonight from Blake SheltonChris YoungDolly PartonKelsea BalleriniVince Gill and Amy GrantBrothers Osborne, and new American Idol judge Lionel Richie.

You can catch the 2017 Artists of the Year special live from Music City tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Alex Alvga Kane Brown, Garth Brooks and Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey all made appearances Tuesday night at the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research 42nd New York Honors Gala, which honored outstanding leaders in the music business. 

Garth didn't perform; he was on hand to present Steve Boom, Amazon's VP of Music, with the Music Innovation Award. Garth was introduced by chart-topping hip-hop deejay, producer and social media star DJ Khaled.

Matthew, there without the rest of Old Dominion, was introduced by super-producer Shane McAnally, and performed the group's smash hit "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart." Kane also performed, as did pop/rock star Elle King, who won a CMA last year for her duet with Dierks Bentley, "Different for Girls."

"I always say that what I do for a living is something that I would do anyway," Matthew told ABC Radio on the red carpet before his performance. "And then we really get to see that music actually makes a difference.  And so if I can come in here and lend a little bit of talent to that, to help, then I'm happy to do it."

As for Kane, he's never met a charitable cause he didn't like.

"I just love supporting any cause," the chart-stopping star told ABC Radio.  "I know it sounds weird but any way I can help people out, I just love to do it!"  

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famers Garth Brooks and Randy Traviswalked the red carpet for the Nashville premiere of this movie starring their fellow legend George Strait. Can you name the film? ANSWER: Pure Country.

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleAfter a summer largely off the road, Kenny Chesney is raring to go -- and next year, he’ll be bringing Thomas RhettOld Dominion and newcomer Brandon Lay with him.

Kenny will kick off his 18-stadium Trip Around the Sun Tour April 21 in Tampa, Florida. Pre-sales are already underway, with tickets coming online for the general public on Friday, October 27 -- the same day his new 30-song live album is available.

“Listening to all those tapes of all those shows led to Live in No Shoes Nation,” Kenny says in a statement, “and playing those two nights in Foxboro this year made me really want to get out there with all the people who LIVE this music. We have so much fun, so much life, so many memories -- all tied up in these shows and these songs. I am ready to get out there and kick into another summer where we can all celebrate how lucky we are to love life and be able to come together.”

Here’s the complete itinerary for Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour:

4/21 -- Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
4/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
5/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, US Bank Stadium
5/19 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
6/2 -- Pittsburg, PA, Heinz Field
6/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/16 -- Columbus, OH, Mapfre Stadium
6/23 -- Phoeniz, AZ, Chase Field
6/30 -- Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium
7/7 -- Seattle, WA, Centurylink Field
7/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
7/21 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium
7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
8/4 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
8/11 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
8/18 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/24 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium

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CMAA who’s-who of nominees and one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame make up the initial list of performers at the 51st Annual CMA Awards.

So far, Garth BrooksBrothers OsborneLuke BryanEric ChurchAlan JacksonMiranda LambertLittle Big TownOld DominionJon PardiChris StapletonThomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood are all set to take the stage next month at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Jackson officially takes his place in the Hall of Fame during the annual Medallion Ceremony in downtown Nashville this weekend.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the show for their tenth time together. You can take in all the action live from Music City starting at 8 p.m. ET on November 8.

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ABC RadioChris Young is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, after one of his heroes invited him to join back in August, and another inducted him on Tuesday night.

“If you pick two people that I've been lucky enough to not only get to know, but also grew up loving their music and have been to one of their shows… [it would be] Vince Gill and Brad Paisley,” Chris said before taking the stage. “Vince being the one that asked me to become a member, and Brad being the one inducting me is just incredibly special.”

That didn’t stop Brad from having a little fun at his expense, however.

“On the way up here, I texted him,” Chris explained. “And you know, this is just a huge deal for me, so I'm emotional today, and I'm sending everybody like really nice messages, and Brad just brought me right back to reality, perfectly...”

“I texted him,” he continued, “I was like, 'Man, I really appreciate you being here tonight, and wanting to be the one that inducts me. That means a lot…'”

“He goes, 'I called the Opry like two or three times, but I couldn't get 'em to change their mind, so I figured I might as well show up.' Which is, if you've ever been around Brad Paisley, is not surprising. I was like, 'Thanks, dude. Love you too!'” Chris laughed.

In addition to his first #1, “Gettin’ You Home,” and his hit “I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris played two songs especially for the occasion:  Marty Robbins’ “Devil Woman” was a song his granddad played for him growing up.  Before doing Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All,” Chris recalled how his admiration for the late singer had made him especially excited to sign with his label, RCA.

“This is a zoo,” Brad quipped, after coming on stage for the induction ceremony. “It’s not a museum of inanimate objects -- you can come see the animals!”

In a more serious moment, Brad added, “This is a great human being. This is what the Opry needs,” before giving Chris the statue that signifies his membership.

Chris then walked to the back of the stage where his mother was seated, hugged her and handed her the trophy, before bringing Cassadee Pope on to sing their #1 duet, “Think of You.”

Losing Sleep, Chris’s seventh album, comes out on Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs will be this year’s special guest on the annual CSX Santa Train, as it travels from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee on November 18 to deliver food, toys and winter clothes to the people of Appalachia. This will be the 75th year for the tradition.

RaeLynn performs her latest single “Lonely Call” Wednesday during the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher helped raised $500,000 for Danita’s Children during a fundraiser this weekend in Nashville. The money goes to help the people of Haiti.

If you missed Dierks Bentley’s Tuesday morning appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, you can see it online now.

You can watch The Chew's Clinton Kelly play a game of "I Beg Your Parton" with Dolly herself in a new YouTube video from the legend's Tuesday appearance on the ABC show. 

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