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Cliff Lipson/CBSReba McEntire’s gearing up for a busy week ahead, as she prepares to reveal the nominees for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards next Wednesday on CBS This Morning.

Reba will reveal the first contenders during the 8:30 a.m. half hour of the show, with the full rundown following at 8:50 a.m. ET via ETOnline.com.

The Oklahoma native’s day only gets busier from there. At 11 a.m. ET, she’ll do a livestream Q&A as part of the Build series.

Fast forward twelve hours, and Reba will sit down with Andy Cohen on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live at 11 p.m. ET, before stopping by to visit The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Reba steps up to host the ACM Awards for the sixteenth time on Sunday, April 7 starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Just two days before, she’ll release her new album, Stronger Than the Truth. You can stream or download the title track now, or check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s Seven Peaks Music Festival will return to Buena Vista, Colorado this Labor Day Weekend for the second year in a row.

Fans who attended the gathering’s first year will get first crack at tickets through the Alumni Pre-Sale. Even if you didn’t get to go in 2018, you can access this year’s pre-sale by signing up for the event’s newsletter at SevenPeaksFestival.com.

Expect more details about the 2019 incarnation of Dierks’ Rocky Mountain music festival in the coming weeks.

The Arizona native's vision for the Labor Day gathering was inspired by recording his most recent album, The Mountain, in Telluride, Colorado.

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ABC RadioRascal Flatts sang, Brantley Gilbert rocked and Riley Green showed why he's a top 10 artist at the Big Machine Label Group luncheon at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Friday.

CEO Scott Borchetta introduced the label's acts to the crowd, starting with Riley Green.  The "There Was This Girl" hitmaker recalled that just one year ago, he was an unsigned artist and now he's got a song that's #8 on the chart.  In addition to playing that hit, he also performed three other songs: "Georgia Time," "Betting Man" and "In Love By Now."

Next up was rising star Lauren Jenkins, with her songs "Makers Mark and You" and "Running Out of Road."  Brantley Gilbert was next, firing up the crowd with "Country Must Be Country Wide," "Bottoms Up" and "Kick It in the Sticks."  Then he welcomed Lindsay Ell to the stage, for one of the first performances of their duet "What Happens in a Small Town."

22-year-old newcomer Noah Schnacky came next, performing "Hello Beautiful" and "Maybe We Will."  And the afternoon was closed by Rascal Flatts, who performed their new single "Back to Life," as well as a string of hits: "Yours If You Want It," "I Like the Sound of That" and "What Hurts the Most."  They ended with a rousing version of "Life Is a Highway."

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If you'd like a refresher course in why Trisha Yearwood has two CMA Female Vocalist trophies to her credit, all you need to do is pick up her new Let's Be Frank record.  Trisha's first full-length studio album since 2007 becomes widely available today, after being exclusive to Williams Sonoma since December.

In the tribute, Trisha covers tunes from the classic American songbook, particularly ones by Frank Sinatra. But she admits there are definitely other influences on the collection.   

"I narrowed this album down to a hundred songs at first," she explains. "And I'm like, 'Okay, how do I pick twelve songs?'"

She adds: "So the cool thing was that even though I do cover 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' and you might associate that more with Judy Garland, there is a Frank version."

"But I learned things, like there's a song on here called 'Drinking Again.' There's a really cool Frank version and there's a really cool Aretha Franklin version," Trisha continues. "So I sort of listened to both and kind of picked a couple licks from Aretha, but mainly focused on the Frank version."

There was one rule Trisha applied while selecting songs: She's such an admirer of Linda Ronstadt, she didn't let herself duplicate anything the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did on her three similar albums with Nelson Riddle in the eighties.

"I'm an impersonator, anyway!" Trisha laughs. "...I would've done 'em the way she did 'em... In my head, I'm like, 'I don't know what else to do to those songs.'"

Trisha expects to release a country album before the end of the year, but hints this may not be her last big-band effort: "I hope I get to do more of these, because I had a blast," she teases. 

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1991, Garth Brooks co-wrote and provided background vocals on the follow-up to Trisha Yearwood's #1 debut single, "She's in Love with the Boy." Can you name the current Mrs. Brooks' second release, which peaked at #4? ANSWER: "Like We Never Had a Broken Heart."

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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line's fourth studio album arrives today, boasting a title track that Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley not only believe is a smash -- it's also meant to settle the question of the duo's country cred. 

"'Can't Say I Ain't Country' is what we like to call just a no-brainer," Tyler explains. "It just feels like a hit. It's a fun song."

"And you know what? At the end of the day," he adds, "BK and I are about as country as it gets, regardless of what you may think. We grew up in the country, we love the country. That's kind of where our roots are from."

If you're looking for further proof, check out FGL's new collaboration with Jason Aldean.

"'Can't Hide Red' is every redneck's anthem," Tyler points out. "Man, we've had so much fun recording that one. It kind of started as a joke song, to be honest. And then it turned into a rocker that we couldn't deny and couldn't not put on this album."

"We just had to call one of our favorite redneck buddies and try to get him on this song," Tyler continues, referring to the three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year. "He heard it, he was pumped about it, and it's the perfect fit. He crushed this song, and it wouldn't be the same without him on it."

Can't Say I Ain't Country includes FGL's #1 "Simple," as well as their current hit, "Talk You Out of It."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrisha Yearwood guests on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday. You can catch the syndicated show following Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

You can check out Hunter Hayes' new video for "Heartbreak" on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Young will be “Here Tonight” for The Bachelor on Monday.

The California native’s set to sing his latest top fifteen hit next week on the popular ABC reality show, in a performance recorded at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

You can tune in to watch for the ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year starting at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, February 18.

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ABC RadioThursday, for the 10th year in a row, the Universal Music Group record label took over Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for a Country Radio Seminar event to show off its roster.  But after the label's rising stars and superstars all performed, none other than Hootie & the Blowfish made a surprise appearance to close the show.

Darius Rucker is already on the label, but his 90's pop rock band just signed a deal to make a new album.  The audience cheered wildly as Darius and his bandmates played two of their biggest hits: "Only Wanna Be With You" and "Hold My Hand."

But they were just the capper to a show that included everyone from Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton andEric Church, to Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley and Jordan Davis.

Little Big Town opened the show with an impactful new song about the pressures that society puts on women, whose title may be "A God for the Daughters."  Keith Urban also played a new song called "We Were" -- but it was so new that he actually forgot the words!  Don't worry: He eventually remembered them.

Dierks Bentley debuted his new single "Living," while Jordan Davis played an album cut called, "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot."  The bearded singer didn't seem too upset that the head of the label joked that he resembled Bigfoot.

Vince Gill also debuted a new song --- a tearjerker that seemed to be called "A Letter to My Mama."   Chris Stapleton sang his latest hit "Millionaire," while Valentine's Day inspired Eric Church to do "Heart Like a Wheel," and Maddie & Tae to sing "Die from a Broken Heart."

Rising stars like Travis Denning, Brandon Lay, Adam Hambrick, Kassi Ashton and Caylee Hammack also performed their latest singles at the event at the Mother Church of Country Music.

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town’s currently working on their next album, but this time, they’re doing things a little differently: For the first time, they’re producing the project themselves.

“Diplomacy goes a long way,” Jimi Westbrook tells Billboard, since the foursome typically needs to come to a consensus on decisions.

This time, they’re also using their road band to cut the tracks.

“And they don’t settle,” Kimberly Schlapman says of the musicians’ tenacity in the studio.

So far, there’s no word on when we might get the first taste of new music from LBT. The new record will be the follow-up to 2017’s The Breaker.

The band’s currently on the Canadian leg of The Breakers Tour with Midland and Ashley McBryde.

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ABC/Image Group LAA professional bull rider battles addiction in Brothers Osborne’s emotional new video for their ballad, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).” But just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, there’s a twist.

“We’re very excited to release this emotional example of someone’s life being changed by another,” John Osborne says.

“We’re never truly ourselves without the ones we love.” TJ adds. “The directors, Wes [Edwards] and Ryan [Silver], knocked this video out of the park. We’re beyond proud of this one.”

The team is the same one behind the CMA-and-ACM winning video for “It Ain’t My Fault,” as well as “Shoot Me Straight.”

This weekend, TJ and John continue their three-night, sold-out run at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, as their headlining tour continues through April. Later this year, they’ll join Chris Stapleton on his All-American Road Show.

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ABC/Image Group LACarly Pearce happens to be one-half of one of the most romantic couples in country music right now, after getting engaged to fellow artist Michael Ray in December.

Even though she's head-over-heels in love, the "Closer to You" hitmaker says in a perfect world, we wouldn't need a holiday for everybody to feel appreciated.

"I think any time you can celebrate love is wonderful," Carly explains. "But, do I think that there needs to be a day where somebody should feel so inclined to make you feel special?"

"No, I think you should feel special every day," she answers.

But that doesn't mean Carly's not looking forward to whatever surprises the "Kiss You in the Morning" singer may have up his sleeve.

"I feel special every day," she points out. "But, I mean, do I want maybe some flowers on Valentine’s Day? Yeah!" she laughs.

While Carly and Michael haven't revealed exactly when they plan to tie the knot, Carly did recently reveal on her socials that she's picked out her wedding dress.

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Comstock/ThinkstockFourteen years ago this week, Rascal Flatts hit #1 with this career-defining song that was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Bless the Broken Road."

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert reportedly dumped a salad on a woman during a heated moment at a Nashville restaurant.

According to TMZ, it happened last Sunday night at the Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill in Nashville, after the woman's husband got into a dispute with a male friend of Lambert's in the men's restroom over a wisecrack made about millennials and their phones.

The sore feelings soon spilled into the dining area, where the woman's husband reportedly approached the "Gunpowder and Lead" singer's table and started screaming. The two-time Grammy winner was dining with her mother and a family friend.  Video posted on TMZ shows the man clearly arguing with a man identified as Miranda's friend.

That's when Miranda apparently had to be held back by her male friend, after which she approached his table, allegedly got into it with him again, and ultimately picked up his wife's salad and dumped it in her lap.  That moment isn't caught on the video.

Nashville police confirmed that they responded to a call about two men fighting at the steakhouse on Sunday evening around 8:00 p.m., but cannot confirm Lambert's involvement.  At any rate, no charges were filed.

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Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan are used to rocking stadiums, but for the Country Radio Seminar, taking place in Nashville this week, both superstars scaled things way down.

Garth performed an intimate one-man acoustic concert on the floor of Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for an audience of fewer than a thousand people. He sang, told stories and took questions from the crowd, while performing snippets of everything from George Strait's "Amarillo by Morning" and Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes," to Bob Seger's "Against the Wind" and Don McLean's "American Pie," to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" and Billy Joel's "Piano Man."

Garth played abbreviated versions of his own songs too, of course, often choosing certain tunes to illustrate songwriting concepts or memories. He also took requests, playing songs like "The Red Strokes," "Wolves," and "Somewhere Other Than the Night," as well as favorites like "Unanswered Prayers," "That Summer" and "Much Too Young (to Feel This Damn Old)."  He ended the show with the one-two punch of "Friends in Low Places" and "The Dance."

As for Luke, he took the stage at a place in which he feels pretty comfortable: his own bar, 32 Bridge Food Drink, on Nashville's Lower Broadway.  Claiming he didn't have a set list, Luke sipped bourbon as he and his band ran through a string of hits, including newer songs like "What Makes You Country" and "Most People Are Good," and older favorites like "That's My Kind of Night," "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)" and "I Don't Want this Night to End."

Luke also pulled Morgan Wallen onstage to sing his hit "Up Down," before finally getting off the stage, explaining that he had to fly to Los Angeles.  Luke returns to your TV next month on ABC's American Idol.

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ABC/Image Group LAWednesday night, Luke Bryan surprised his label mate and future tour mate Jon Langston by appearing during a special pop-up show at his 32 Bridge Food Drink on Lower Broadway in Nashville.  But on Thursday, the Georgia-born hitmaker was due back on the set of American Idol in Los Angeles.  And that's making Valentine's Day a little tricky for him.

"For Valentine’s Day this year, I’m working every day around Valentine’s, but I’m doing Idol," Luke explained. "Actually, Idol is filming on Valentine’s Day. So I have approached Caroline about maybe flying out to L.A." 

Caroline, of course, is Luke's wife.  Even though his schedule is jam-packed, Luke's determined to make the best of it with her.

"I think we’re gonna have a short taping day at Idol, so maybe we can have a Valentine’s dinner in maybe one of her favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. So I’ll try to make it somewhat romantic," he jokes.

Luke's latest hit, "What Makes You Country," is currently in the top five.

You can tune in to see Luke's Valentine's Day work starting Sunday, March 3, when the second season of American Idol premieres at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley presented Blake Shelton with the 2019 Artist Humanitarian Award Wednesday during the Warner Music Nashville Luncheon at Country Radio Seminar in Music City.

Zac Brown BandThomas RhettDustin LynchJason Aldean, and Kane Brown are all set to play Summerfest 2019 June 26-30 and July 2-7 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

You can check out Maddie & Tae's new acoustic video of "Die from a Broken Heart" via Rolling Stonenow.

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ABC RadioHer upcoming album is called GIRL, so it's no wonder Maren Morris was the guest of honor at Girls Night Out, an event sponsored by her record label, Sony, in conjunction with Country Radio Seminar, taking place this week in Nashville.

All the women at the event were given gold crowns, in reference to the lyric in Maren's single "Girl": "I don't wanna wear your crown/there's enough to go around."

Maren put her crown atop the huge, broad-brimmed hat she was wearing as she addressed the crowd, saying she was still buzzed from this past Sunday's Grammy Awards. 

"If you didn't watch, Nashville really showed up on Sunday night," she said, referring to Kacey Musgraves' big wins. Noting that many female artists performed and won awards, Maren said, "I was just really inspired after coming off of a show that really got it right."

Maren said, "This is a very fun but scary time to release a sophomore album.  We live in a pretty chaotic world at moments, and there's a lot of high anxiety. And music has just been so medicinal."

She added, "It's a really wonderful time for women...and I will say, the most interesting thing about you is not that you're a woman: It's that you are a bada***."

She added pointedly, "What I would like to be remembered for is just being a great artist -- and not a great femaleartist."

The female attendees at the party were given the chance to do good, look good and feel good.  In partnership with Band Against Cancer, guests wrote messages of encouragement to be included with care packages for cancer patients. They also enjoyed massages and blowouts and were given cards with inspiring messages such as, "Don't let anyone dull your sparkle."

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Academy of Country MusicReba McEntire’s set to host the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 7.  But before the trophies are handed out at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause will take over the Vegas strip.

The fundraiser for the charitable arm of the Academy, ACM Lifting Lives, kicks off Friday, April 5 with ACM Stories, Songs & Stars at the Marquee Ballroom at the MGM Grand.

Then Saturday morning, Darius Rucker and Scotty McCreery host the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off, with Morgan Evans, Chris Lane, and Ashley McBryde joining them.  

Saturday night, Lauren Alaina, Michael Ray, Mitchell Tenpenny, Easton Corbin, and Maddie & Tae play the ACM Decades show at the MGM Grand.

If it’s the After Party you’re interested in, Brett Young, Dylan Scott, Walker Hayes, and Runaway June are just some of the stars who’ll be attending the official gathering at the MGM Grand.

Pre-sales start this Thursday, with tickets going on sale to the general public on Friday. You can find out more at PartyForACause.com.

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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line’s counting down to Friday’s release of their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, and in the coming days, they’ll be doing plenty to promote it.

On Wednesday, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley will host Nashville Lifestyles’ 15th Annual Music in the City event at FGL House, as their pals Morgan Wallen, Canaan Smith, RaeLynn and Hardy take the stage.

Then on Valentine’s Day on Thursday, they’ll travel to New York City to play The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can tune in to see them do their latest single, “Talk You Out of It,” starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.
 
Next Tuesday, they’ll do a special album release show at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.

While they’re in L.A., they’ll also tape an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs on Thursday, February 21.

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