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ABC/Image Group LA It’s official: Carly Pearce and Michael Ray are country music’s latest all-star couple.

Late Wednesday night, the two both shared the same photo of themselves backstage at the Opry, laughing and hugging, along with a similar message: “And then one random night at the Nashville Palace changed everything.”

Earlier in the day, Michael had all but confirmed their relationship in an interview, without going into too much detail.

He also happened to talk about one of his favorite Music City hot spots, which is located across Briley Parkway from the Grand Ole Opry in the Music Valley section of town.

“Nashville Palace,” Michael told the group of reporters at his record label. “I know that's a different place, but I love it. It's my tradition to go there after I play the Opry every time.”

“So, I just love it, I love going there,” he added. “I love traditional country music, that's what my passion is, and so I love the Opry. And I love being in that whole realm of going up there and seeing all the older people two-stepping, and all the bands that go through it.”

“It's just a cool thing,” he explained. “It's different than Broadway, a whole different vibe. So Nashville Palace is probably my favorite place to go to.”

In keeping with the couple’s love of classic country music, Carly is set to play 90’s Night on Monday at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, along with Brothers OsborneEaston Corbin, and more.

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Saturday, Georgia native Lauren Alaina gets the chance to realize a dream, as she plays the Atlanta Braves’ new Suntrust Park with Jason Aldean, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Luke Combs.

“I grew up a Braves fan,” the American Idol runner-up explains, “so to be able to play in their new stadium, and my dad is gonna get to be there -- that's the best part. My dad is a huge Braves fan, and some of my favorite childhood memories with him are watching the Braves play baseball on TV.”

Lauren goes on: “So, for us to get to be in the stadium where they play, and me singing to that many people, and my dad getting to see that, is gonna be so awesome. Pumped! And I got to meet Chipper Jones,” she adds, mentioning the legendary Braves’ player.

The “Road Less Traveled” hitmaker admits practically everyone she knows has asked her for tickets.

“Everyone!” she laughs. “People I haven't talked to in like six years are like, 'Hey, could you get us tickets...' I'm like, 'Uh, I'll see about that, but probably not, because my entire family is gonna be there!'”

Lauren says priority number-one on Saturday will be making sure her father gets to have his moment with Chipper Jones.

“You better believe that my dad will never speak to me again if he doesn't get to meet Chipper,” she jokes. “So I told Chipper when I met him the other day, that I'm gonna need you to come to this show at this stadium and meet my father, 'cause he will have a stroke!”

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis four-time CMA-nominated Vocal Group scored their first #1 with "The Door Is Always Open," which also got a nod for Single of the Year in 1976. Can you name them? ANSWER: Dave & Sugar.

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Texas music legend Pat Green will play his hit "Wave on Wave" Saturday, September 15 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, during the halftime show of the Northern Iowa vs. Iowa game. The song has become the anthem played during the traditional wave to the patients at the nearby Stead Family Children's Hospital. 

John Berry has been added to the lineup of the Alabama & Friends #JSUStrong Tornado Relief Concert September 26 in Jacksonville, Alabama. Tickets are 90% sold-out for the show that features Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and more. Money raised will help Jacksonville State University rebuild after the devastating storm that hit the campus in March.

If you missed Luke Combs performing his #1 hit, "One Number Away," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, you can watch his performance on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA When Darius Rucker heads out on the Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum, he’ll not only be sharing the bill with some of country’s biggest hitmakers, he’ll also be hanging out with some of his best buds.

Charles [Kelley] is probably my best friend in the business,” Darius tells ABC Radio. “He's one of those people I know I can call at any time and talk to about anything and ask him anything, and he knows the same about me. He's an amazing human being and I'm proud to call him my friend.”

Even though Darius and Charles are both avid golfers, the two don’t usually get to hit the links as often as you might think.

“We don't get to play a lot of golf together,” Darius reveals. “You know, we play when we can but it's more hanging out or talking on the phone or texting each other, or you know, singing together. That's what we really love to do, is when we get to, you know, get together and sing.”  

In fact, Charles is featured on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

It’s a good bet that Charles and Darius will be making up for lost time on the green in the coming weeks, since Charles has already pointed out he’s happy to have his “golf buddy” along for the tour.

Darius and Lady A do their first Summer Plays On show tonight in Toronto, Canada, before playing Cleveland, Ohio Friday. On Saturday, Darius reunites with Hootie & the Blowfish for a special appearance on Jason Aldean’s show at Suntrust Park in Atlanta.

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ABC/Image Group LA Go ahead and "Hide the Wine." It looks like Carly Pearce may be the one Michael Ray is singing "Kiss You in the Morning" about these days.

If you're an avid follower of either country hitmaker on social media, you may've noticed the two engaging in some friendly flirting on Instagram.

Wednesday afternoon, the "One That Got Away" singer all but confirmed that he and the "Every Little Thing" vocalist have been seeing each other, when asked about it during a group interview in Nashville.

"I mean, I think when it comes time to talk about the dating life, it'll come out," Michael said good-naturedly. "But she's a great girl. I think that she's an incredible person. And right now, everything on both ends are about, you know, both our singles and both our music and, it'll come out."

"She's great," he added. "I'm a big fan. I'll leave it at that."

Later during the interview, Michael seemed to refer to Carly again, when asked about how he spends his time off the road.

"The little bit of free time that we have is spent mainly at my house, not doing too much," he laughed. "But, yeah, that's changed a little bit, you know. Some person got added into it, so it's been better."

"My time off's been better," Michael added. "She's a homebody too, so we connect real well. So a lot of old country music is listened to."

This weekend, Michael plays Wyoming's Cheyenne Frontier Days, before doing fairs in Hastings, Nebraska and Minot, North Dakota. Carly will be in Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida on Rascal Flatts' Back to Us Tour.

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The GreenRoomLady Antebellum and Darius Rucker want you to turn up your summer and have the experience of a lifetime, courtesy of their tour sponsor, synchrony.

From now through July 26, you can enter to win an impressive prize package in the Turn Up My Summer sweepstakes. The lucky winner will get VIP tickets and airfare for two to attend the August 25 performance of the Summer Plays On show at Mattress Firm Amphitheater in Chula Vista, California.

In addition, the winner will also get a $1000 check, plus their choice of two unforgettable summer experiences in San Diego. They’ll get to choose from a shopping spree, surfing school, golf, biking, kayaking, or a spa day.

You can enter now at synchronySummer.com. The Summer Plays On Tour kicks off Thursday night in Toronto, Canada.  

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CurbHow’d you like to be in Dylan Scott’s new music video? If you happen to be in Nashville on Wednesday, the Louisiana native is looking for you.

Dylan put out the call for extras on social media around noon, announcing he’d be shooting at Springwater in Music City starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.

The tiny dive bar near Nashville’s Centennial Park is a popular music video location. In fact, it’s where Jason Aldean shot both the cover of his Rearview Town album and the “Drowns the Whiskey” clip with Miranda Lambert.

So far, we don’t know exactly what Dylan will be shooting. His latest single, “Hooked,” is nearing country’s top ten. It’s the follow-up to his first #1, “My Girl.”

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EMI Nashville If you’re a paying member of Eric Church’s Church Choir, you’ll automatically get a copy of his new album, Desperate Man, delivered to your door by the album’s release date, October 5.

It probably won’t happen exactly like it does in the new video for the record’s first single, “Desperate Man,” however. In the clip, Eric embarks on a high-stakes, high-flying adventure to press the LP, aided by his co-writer, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The Chief even has a little fun at his record company’s expense in the video, as agents try -- but ultimately fail -- to shut his operation down. The iconic jackets they wear don’t say FBI on the back, though, they say EMI, the name of Eric’s label.

You can check out the “Desperate Man” video on YouTube. It’s now widely available, after being exclusive to Amazon Music for the first two days.

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will play a special six-city tour to promote his new album, All of It, starting the day the record comes out, August 17.

The “Break Up in the End” hitmaker will kick things off that Friday by playing the Today show’s concert series on the Plaza at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza, before the tour’s first date that night at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I’m really excited to announce the All of It Tour coming this August,” Cole shared on his socials. “This is a special one because I’ll be playing my new album from top to bottom. Hope y’all can make it out!” he added.

Pre-sales start on Thursday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Each ticket will also include a copy of the new album.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Cole Swindell’s All of It Tour:

8/17 -- St. Louis, Missouri, The Ready Room
8/19 -- Rosemont, Illinois, Joe’s Live
8/20 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Intersection
8/21 -- Fort Wayne, Indiana, Clyde Theatre
8/22 -- Cleveland, Ohio, House of Blues
8/23 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stage AE

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When Lady Antebellum kicks off their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Darius Rucker Thursday in Toronto, it may be hard to tell who’s enjoying themselves more -- the fans or the folks onstage.  

“One of the biggest reasons that we, together with Darius, kind of approached this concept of touring again together was because we had so much fun last time,” Charles Kelley says. “And still to this day, it was the biggest tour we had ever had. It was just so much fun.”

“The one thing that I love about Darius,” Charles adds, “not only is he a great guy but he’s a seasoned entertainer. And we finally feel like too as a band, we’ve been at this for over ten years now, we feel we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun, entertaining show.”

Darius and Lady A previously toured together back in 2012. This time, Charles and his bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, are excited to be able to deliver a show that’s packed with nothing but hits.

“You know, when the crowds come they’re gonna get over three hours worth of music that is just straight sing-alongs, constantly,” Charles explains, “and that’s what we want.”

“Darius is just such a great entertainer, [we’re] great friends, and we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too. And obviously I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day,” he adds, laughing.

The title track of Lady Antebellum’s latest album, Heart Break, is currently nearing country’s top ten. Meanwhile, Charles also sings on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Alan Jackson classic hit #1 on the country chart. Can you name the song that takes its name from a river in Georgia? ANSWER: "Chattahoochee." 

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ABC/Mark LevineFor the past three years, ACM Group of the Year Old Dominion has spent their summers opening stadiums for Kenny Chesney.

Since Kenny’s No Shoes Nation is made up of some of the most avid fans you could imagine, OD says it’s been a great way to learn how to build a devoted following.

“He really has a special way of really making an emotional connection with his fans during the show,” Brad Tursi observes. “I feel like he really brings people in and makes people feel like he cares about them, and he appreciates how much they care about what he does.”

“And he makes memories,” Trevor Rosen adds. “You feel like all those people are just creating memories, and times they'll never forget.”

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey admits it’s been a great advantage to be able to bond with No Shoes Nation as OD started their career. Now that they’re bona fide stars themselves, they’re finding more folks who’ve come specifically to see the “Hotel Key” hitmakers.

“I think because we've been on tour with him for three years or whatever now… we've won a lot of fans through those years...” Matthew tells ABC Radio. “You can see 'em, you know, with the [Old Dominion] t-shirt on or hat on or something.”

“Luckily, I think we cross over pretty good with his fans,” he explains, “and we're trying to learn from Kenny to build that with our own fans, and really have that kind of connection with them. So, you know, I think it's slowly starting to get there.” 

OD plays the Trip Around the Sun Tour with Kenny Thursday in Southhaven, Mississippi on Thursday, before doing a private show on Friday. Saturday, they’re back with Kenny at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert is set to play Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

The Grand Ole Opry will mark its 93rd year with a Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 13. The festivities will start at 3 p.m. CT with a concert by Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride. Tickets go on sale this Friday. The "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" hitmaker will also play all four Opry shows that weekend.

Kane Brown's #1 hit, "Heaven," is the sole country cut on NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 67, which comes out August 3.

The new single from Chase Rice is "Eyes on You," from his album, Lambs & Lions.

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ABC/Mark LevineKeith Urban is “Coming Home” to Nashville on his Graffiti U World Tour, and he wants to bring you and a friend to Music City to join him.

To enter Keith's contest, all you need to do is follow the Aussie superstar’s record label, UMG Nashville, on Instagram; like the post about the show; and tag the person you’d like to join you. The winner will get hotel and airfare for two, as well as tickets to Keith’s August 24 concert. You have until August 2 to enter.

This weekend, Keith and Kelsea Ballerini play Mountain View, California and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, as his latest hit, “Coming Home,” nears the top of the chart.

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Reid LongMiranda Lambert may be on the Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town right now, but she’s bringing her Little Red Wagon too.

For this summer’s trek, Miranda will continue her efforts to Fill the Little Red Wagon, by asking fans to bring dog food, supplies, toys, treats, and donations to help local no-kill animal shelters through her MuttNation Foundation. You can check out the truckload of goodies her fans brought over opening weekend, in a new video the nonprofit just posted on its socials.

This week, Miranda and LBT take their co-headlining show to Wantagh, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you didn’t get a pair of Michael Ray’s Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede sneakers, the bad news is they’re all sold out. The good news is, Michael managed to raise a lot of money for his animal charity, Wrigley Cares, in the process.

Michael named his mission after his rescue dog, Wrigley, that he adopted last summer in Chicago. Since then, fans have been bringing dog toys, food and donations to the Florida native's shows, which he, in turn, gives to local shelters. He designed the shoes as a partnership with Zappos, with all proceeds going to North Shore Animal League America.

“One of the best things about the country music community is the fact that we are a community,” Michael observes. “When you ask fans for their help, they always show up. I never dreamed that Wrigley Cares could turn into what it’s become, and I owe it all to my fans.”

Monday night, Michael made his late-night-TV debut, performing his new single, “One That Got Away,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. You can check out his performance on YouTube.

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Big Loud Chris Lane’s latest Laps Around the Sun are going pretty well.

Since the release of his sophomore album on Friday, it has consistently occupied the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart, and so far, the record’s already been streamed more than 200 million times.

At the same time, the lead single from the 14-song collection, “Take Back Home Girl,” is nearing country’s top five. Tuesday morning, Chris and pop star Tori Kelly got together to sing their hit during Chris’s Today show debut.

It’s one of the few times the two have actually gotten to perform the tune together. If you missed the live version of “Take Back Home Girl,” you can check it out online.

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Design Credit: Patrick BiedererGranger Smith’s patriotic alter-ego will soon become a published author, as the first book by Earl Dibbles Jr., If You’re City, If You’re Country, arrives August 21.

The illustrated paperback compares and contrasts the two ways of life, and also comes with a five-song CD featuring some of Earl’s greatest hits.

For Granger, it’s been a labor of love.

“Writing these jokes as a creative outlet has been the product of so many late night, after show laughs with the band,” the Texas native says. “Earl in his entire existence has been a walking caricature and finally seeing him in all his glory come to life in illustrations seems so natural.”

If You’re City, If You’re Country is available to pre-order now, and also includes audio of Earl reading the book. Here’s the track listing for the accompanying CD:

“The Country Boy Song”
“Country Boy Love”
“City Boy Stuck”
“Merica”
“Don’t Tread on Me”
“If You’re City, If You’re Country” (audio)

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ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton is the first guest on Reese Witherspoon’s new talk show, called Shine On with Reese.

The Country Music Hall of Famer shared her excitement on social media, in advance of the episode’s premiere on Tuesday.

“I’m so proud to be the first guest on my friend Reese Witherspoon’s new show with Hello Sunshine!” the legend commented in her post, along with a short clip from the show.

“Seriously, y’all, nothing beats great friends, good conversation, and delicious spiced tea. Don’t you agree?” she added.

Dolly not only brews a cup of tea for Reese, she shares her recipe as well. Hello Sunshine was founded by Reese and is “dedicated to celebrating female storytelling” and working to “change the narrative for women.” The new show is a partnership with AT&T and DIRECTV.

You can watch episode one free at ATT.com/HelloSunshine now. Look for Kacey MusgravesP!nk, and actress America Ferrara to join Reese on future installments.

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