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ABC/Mark LevineThere’s no denying Tim McGraw has baseball in his blood. And this spring, he’ll hit the field for a good cause.

Tim's set to headline the first-ever TEX Gala at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, April 23. It’s a chance for the Texas Rangers to show off their new home and raise money for their charity.

Of course, getting into the high-dollar event isn’t cheap. An individual ticket will run you a couple thousand dollars, with prices going up from there. All the proceeds go to The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, which works to improve the lives of people in the Dallas area, with a focus on children, the military, and first responders.

You can find out more about The Tex Gala online.

Tim, of course, is the son of late baseball legend Tug McGraw. Tim’s hometown team, the Nashville Sounds, is also the Triple-A affiliate of the Rangers.

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Copyright 8 Ten, Inc.Garth Brooks is heading back to the “Dive Bar,” just in time for his birthday.

As his hit duet with Blake Shelton nears the top ten, the seven-time, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will crank up his Dive Bar Tour once again on February 5.

The Wednesday show at Six String Grill and Stage in the Boston area happens to be a make-up date for a concert that was originally set to happen in early December, but had to be postponed due to weather.

This particular “Dive Bar” happens to be near Gillette Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots. As usual, the only way to get tickets is through country radio in the area.

Garth will celebrate his birthday just two days later, on February 7. He’ll turn 58, if you’re wondering, and there’s no slowing down for him in 2020. He re-starts his Stadium Tour February 22 in Detroit, with May dates in Charlotte and Cincinnati, and more yet to be announced.

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ABC/Image Group LA; ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs’ new single is a collaboration with the Chief, Eric Church. The two North Carolina natives team up on “Does to Me,” from Luke’s sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get.

“Say I’m a middle-of-the-road, not-much-to-show, under-achievin’ average Joe / But I’m a hell of a lover, a damn good brother, and I wear this heart on my sleeve / That might not mean much to you, but it does to me,” the two sing on the everyman anthem.

“Does to Me” is the follow-up to Luke’s seventh number-one in a row, “Even Though I’m Leaving.” Meanwhile, Eric’s currently climbing the chart with his own hit, “Monsters,” from his Desperate Man album.

This weekend, you can see Luke as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, which starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show will keep rolling on this summer, with new dates that kick off June 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Along the way, special guests like Dwight YoakamSheryl CrowHank Williams Jr.Elle King, and The Highwomen will join him at different points on the trek. Most tickets go on sale Friday, February 7, with Chris set to wrap his 2020 dates on October 23 in San Antonio, Texas, as of now.

You can find full All-American Road Show info at ChrisStapleton.com. Meanwhile, Chris gets back to work on his previously-scheduled dates March 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2010, this "Pretty Woman" singer was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Roy Orbison.

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ABC/Craig SjodinIt's no surprise Luke Bryan's able to send song after song to the top of the chart, since he's put together a unique team that can pick the hits like no other. It just happens to be made up of his sons, Bo and Tate, who are eleven and nine, respectively.

"They're the best litmus test," the Georgia-born superstar explains. "If there's ten songs on an album that the world hadn't heard, and they want to hear these two over and over, and they're not really saying much about the other ones, that tells me so much."

"And it's so fun," he continues. "I mean, in my truck now, I have new music that I've finished. And we get in the truck, [and they say] 'Dad, play this, play that.'"

Luke admits Bo and Tate have also learned to appreciate the perks of having a famous father.

"I was playing in Hershey at Hershey Park," he recalls, "and we're walking and, you know, we get the fast passes. Tate's just bouncing off the walls. And he finally is 52 inches, which was a huge deal, because he'll ride any roller coaster on the planet earth."

"And he got on one roller coaster," Luke smiles, "and he says, 'Oh, my God, Dad, I'm so glad you're Luke Bryan! I'm so glad you're Luke Bryan!' Because he understands [why] we're getting the fast passes, so it was [a] pretty cute moment."

"And then we sent 'em somewhere on a trip without old dad to get him there," he adds. "And yeah, they don't want to do that no more. They want old dad there!"

Luke's new album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, arrives April 24, featuring his latest hit, "What She Wants Tonight," and his previous number one, "Knockin' Boots."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLauren Alaina will release her Getting Good EP on March 6. It will feature six songs, including new ones she's been performing live on the headlining That Girl Was Me Tour.  

Hot Country KnightsDierks Bentley's parody 90s country band, offers a behnd-the-scenes look at making the video for their debut single "Pick Her Up," featuring Travis Tritt

Stephanie Quayle brought country music to 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah with a performance at the Mountain Frontiers Filmmaker Reception and the Instant Karma Lounge at The Cabin.

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ABC/Image Group LAMusic runs in Thomas Rhett's family, and it seems he's passed this passion on to daughters Willa and Ada

In an interview with his label, Big Machine Label Group, Thomas reveals that his home with wife Lauren Akins is often filled with music, whether it's his own or from his daughters who love to sing and play their toy instruments. 

"Anytime I get a guitar out like I can’t keep it in tune because they just want to turn the knobs and play the strings," he explains.  "And Willa Gray has a little baby piano that she plays a lot out of key. And they both sing a ton and, like, they remember the words to my songs at such a young age."

Since they're constantly surrounded by music, the "Life Changes" star predicts that both his toddlers may one day grow up to be a part of the music industry, even if it's out of the limelight.

"I think when you’re around it as much as they’re around music,  like I think they’re gonna grow up to do something," says Thomas. "They may not be a musician, but I think they would love to be in and around the entertainment business in some fashion.” 

Thomas wil embark on his 2020 Center Point Road Tour beginning May 29.

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ABC/Todd WawrychukThe famed Grand Ole Opry radio show will be welcomed home to the Opry house by a collection of stars. 

The Opry show, which returned to its original home of the Ryman Auditorium for Opry at the Ryman over the past several months, will head back to the Grand Ole Opry complex on Friday. Several Opry members are set to perform that night, including Vince GillTrace Adkins and Terri Clark.

Several other acts are slated to appear in the following weeks, including 2012 inductee Darius Ruckerand 2019 inductee Luke Combs, for two shows on February 11. Meanwhile, newly invited member Gene Watson will officially be inducted into the Opry on February 7.

Jake Hoot, winner of season 17 of The Voice, will make his Opry debut on February 4. Tickets for the shows are on sale now at Opry.com.

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Ryan SmithFor Riley Green, the celebration doesn't stop after the ACM Awards are over. 

The chart-topping singer has revealed that he will perform a special showcase on April 5 after the ACM Awards. The show, titled Riley Green & Friends, will take over the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. PT.

Additional members of the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

“I heard we’d be in Sin City for a few days so I figured my time might be better spent putting on a show than sitting at the tables for too long,” says Riley. "I’m looking forward to having a couple friends jump up on stage and wrap up the weekend Vegas style."

Tickets for Riley Green & Friends go on sale January 31. 

The 2020 ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LARunaway June has booked a fashionable new gig. 

The trio has been announced as the headline performer for the 2020 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show. The "Buy My Own Drinks" singers will perform during the Nashville Symphony's annual fundraiser at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, as models strut down the runaway wearing designs by Zang Toi

“To be able to bring music and fashion together with an organization as highly respected as the Nashville Symphony is exciting to be a part of. We are looking forward to an incredible night bringing these two worlds together all for a great cause," Runaway June says.

Money raised through the event benefits the Nashville Symphony's educational programs for students in Middle Tennessee through classroom activities, free concerts and more. 

The 2020 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show takes place on April 14. Tickets go on sale in March.

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Country Music Hall of FameThe Country Music Hall of Fame has announced the 2020 lineup for its rotating American Currents exhibit.

American Currents: State of the Music highlights the artists who helped shape the genre over the past year. Memorabilia from a variety of modern country artists that range across the music spectrum will be featured, including superstars Carrie UnderwoodJason AldeanEric Church and Kacey Musgraves

Additionally, several new acts such as The Highwomen, "Old Town Road" hitmaker Lil Nas X, and "The Git Up" star Blanco Brown will sit alongside such legends as Billy Ray CyrusTanya Tucker and John PrineLuke CombsKelsea BalleriniFlorida Georgia Line and Chris Stapleton are among the many others who are part of the exhibit.       

American Currents: State of the Music opens on March 6. It also includes Unbroken Circle, which chronicles the connection between the past, present and future of the genre. 

This marks the first exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. American Currents originally launched in 2017. 

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ABC/Image Group LAAshley McBryde offers a sense of encouragement in her new song, "Hang in There Girl."

Co-written by Ashley and Jeremy Bussey, "Hang in There Girl" tells the story of a young woman anxious to grow up and escape small-town life. 

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music Beats 1, Ashley shares that the song was inspired by a woman she saw on the side of the road who appeared frustrated with life as she kicked the dirt around her mailbox.

"I remember being 15 and being frustrated with the world and I thought if I could just pull over and tell her that in three years you’re going to have a car and you’re going to get out of here. You’re going to look back really fondly on growing up in the middle of nowhere. If you’ll just hang in there, you’re going to be okay," the singer explains.  

"Hang in There Girl" is the latest sample off Ashley's upcoming sophomore album, Never Will, set for release on April 3. 

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2012, this country star known as "The Chief" scored his first number-one single with "Drink in My Hand." Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Eric Church.  

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ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris's baby boy isn't due until March, but she's already thinking about the kind of mom and dad she and fellow artist Ryan Hurd will be.

While it's hard to speculate, Maren's guessing parenthood will probably mimic the relationship she and Ryan have with their fur babies, Pancake and June.

"I think that I am probably gonna be the rule-setter," Maren tells ABC Audio, "and Ryan's gonna be the fun one that they go to, to hang out. I don't know. I think I'm a little bit of both."

"We have two dogs, so I feel like that's our chemistry now," she laughs. "So maybe that will transfer to a kid, a human kid. I have no idea."

Maren admits it's pretty hard to know exactly how she and Ryan will adjust, since this is their first child.

"The thing about being a new parent is you have no context of how you will be with your own," she explains. "It's different from like holding a friend's baby or being around friends' kids, because it's not your 'copy.' So I don't know. I'll tell you in a year."  

The GIRL hitmaker's on track to have her next number one before her son arrives, since "The Bones" is currently at number three on the chart. Ryan also has a top twenty single of his own with the song he wrote about Maren, "To a T."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town are set to perform on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, and Friday on Live! With Kelly and Ryan. 

Kassi Ashton has released the video for her new song "Hopeless."  "It’s my favorite video I’ve ever done," she says. 

Kalsey Kulyk has unveiled the video for her self-penned song, "Roll With It." It's featured on her 2019 self-titled debut album. 

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ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton is the ultimate Nick Jonas fan in a humorous new promo for The Voice's upcoming 18th season.

Fellow coach John Legend approaches Blake outside of his dressing room, asking if he's excited to meet the show's newest coach, Nick.

"Who's Nick?" Blake says, confused. Kelly Clarkson then comes down the hallway in a Nick Jonas T-shirt, asking Blake and John if they're "pumped" about having Jonas join the show, to which Blake continues to act puzzled.  

"Why are you being weird about it?" Clarkson asks as John pushes open Blake's dressing room door -- revealing that the room is covered in Nick paraphernalia, with photos of the Jonas Brothers star plastering the walls, along with multiple cardboard cutouts. 

Nick himself then comes to greet them all, causing Blake to strike a deer-in-the-headlights look in the presence of the superstar singer.

"Hi," Blake responds sheepishly at commercial's end.

Nick will fill Gwen Stefani's coaching seat when the new season of The Voice debuts February 24 on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is taking some well-deserved R&R before her baby's arrival. 

"The Bones" singer shared on Instagram that she's currently on a baby moon at the scenic Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. Maren posted a photo of herself cupping her pregnant belly as she looks off into the distance on a beautiful waterfront deck overlooking a forest of trees. "Back at the farm. #babymoon," she writes next to the serene photo. 

Many of her famous pals shared positive comments, including Lindsay Ell, who writes, "You are a goddess," while Jana Kramer adds, "Stunning."

Pistol AnniesAshley Monroe chimed in with a simple "Gorge," with Randy Houser adding, "Love it. Excited for you and @ryanhurd."

Karen Fairchild of Little Big TownRaeLynn and model Lily Aldridge were among the others who sent encouraging words to the star.

Maren announced in October 2019 that she's expecting a baby boy with husband Ryan Hurd. The baby is due in spring.

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Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has once again ascended to the top of the charts. 

The quartet sits in the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with their latest project, Nightfall, following its January 17 release. This marks the group's fourth album to top the chart.

Lead single "The Daughters" was also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards, where LBT they presented the award for Song of the Year to Billie Eilish for "Bad Guy," alongside Smokey Robinson

Little Big Town is currently on the Nightfall Tour in support of the album, visiting several historic theaters in the U.S. including The Met in Philadelphia, Wang Theatre in Boston and the Chicago Theatre, among others. The tour continues through May 2.  Visit their official website for the full tour itinerary.

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is commemorating her one-year anniversary with husband Brendan McLoughlinwith a thoughtful social media note. 

The country superstar shared a snap of the couple from their wedding day on Instagram Sunday, walking hand-in-hand along a dirt road surrounded by trees, Miranda in her white lace wedding dress and Brendan in a velvet suit coat and maroon pants. In the caption, Miranda writes a touching tribute to her husband. 

"1 year. I’m so happy to walk through this life with you. Thank you Brendan for making me the proudest wife and stepmom. You are the reason for all my new smile lines," she shares. "I love you." 

Miranda and Brendan were married on January 26, 2019 at a farm just outside of Nashville. They didn't reveal the news publicly until Miranda posted about it on Instagram a few weeks later. The couple met when fellow Pistol Annies members Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley invited Brendan to their show in New York after performing on Good Morning America where he was working as a security guard in November 2018. 

Brendan, a police officer, is on a leave of absence from the NYPD. Miranda is currently traveling the country on her Wildcard Tour through early May. 

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