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The Band Perry and Miranda Lambert Performing on "Fashion Rocks" September 9


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Miranda Lambert will celebrate the connection between style and music when performing at this year's Fashion Rocks concert on CBS. The show airs live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9. Jennifer Lopez, Pittbull, Usher and KISS are among the other stars on the bill.  Ryan Seacrest will host.

Look for even more stars to join the lineup in the coming weeks. If you want to be there in person, tickets go on sale Friday, August 1 through Ticketmaster.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Carrie Underwood's Oklahoma hometown? ANSWER: Checotah.

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New ACM Sweepstakes Lets Fans Play Fantasy Football with Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line and More


Image Courtesy ACMFootball fanatics Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young and Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook are among the stars heading up fantasy football leagues this fall, and ACM Lifting Lives is giving you a chance to get in on the action.

The Academy of Country Music has partnered with CBSSports.com for a new celebrity fantasy football sweepstakes. One $5 donation to ACM Lifting Lives, the Academy's charitable arm, is good for one entry into the sweepstakes. A few lucky winners will then be invited to join the games with country stars serving as league commissioners.

Sara Evans, Jana Kramer, Love and Theft and Montgomery Gentry are also taking part in the sweepstakes. Go to ACMLiftingLives.org now through Saturday, August 9 for your chance to win.

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Jack White, Dave Matthews, Neil Young, John Mellencamp & Willie Nelson to Headline Farm Aid 2014


Farm AidThis year's Farm Aid benefit show will take place on September 13 in Raleigh, North Carolina, and the lineup includes all the usual suspects, plus one new face: Jack White.

White will join Farm Aid board members Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young on the bill at the event, which takes place at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheater.  Tickets go on sale August 1 at 10 a.m. ET.  Others on the bill include country star Jamey Johnson, the Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and the group Delta Rae.

In a statement, Willie Nelson, Farm Aid's president, says, "In North Carolina and across the Southeast, family farmers have struggled to stay on the land, but they have also pioneered new roads to economic sustainability. This region knows the value of its farmers and offers increasing opportunities for new farmers to build a strong regional food system."

He adds, "On the Farm Aid stage Saturday, September 13, we'll celebrate family farmers and the healthy communities they're growing for all of us."

Mellencamp added in a statement that Farm Aid has a "fair-like feeling," explaining, "All day long, people are performing onstage and food from family farmers is being served. It’s a great occasion for families to come listen to great music and teach their children about where their food comes from."

Farm Aid was inspired by something Bob Dylan said at Live Aid in 1985: he noted that he hoped some of the money raised would go to help farmers who were in danger of losing their farms because they couldn't pay their mortgages.  Later that same year, the first Farm Aid concert was held in Champaign, Illinois, with a massive lineup of performers, including Dylan, Mellencamp, Nelson and Young, plus Bon Jovi, Bonnie Raitt, Lou Reed, Carole King, Huey Lewis, Roy Orbison, Billy Joel and dozens more.  Since then, Farm Aid events have raised $45 million to support family farmers.

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Kenny Chesney's Latest Hit, "American Kids," Will Be a Cornerstone of His Upcoming Concert Set Lists


Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney will most likely return to the concert trail in a big way next year, and his latest hit, "American Kids," will be a centerpiece of his new live show. The song excites Kenny because it sounds unlike anything he's put out in the past.

"It's fun to have a melody that you may not have had before," Kenny says. "It was kind of the same way I felt about 'Somewhere with You' when that first came out. I knew exactly where I was gonna put that song in the show, and how it was gonna make our show a little bit different with a few more twists and turns. And I feel that way about 'American Kids.'"

Kenny can't tell you exactly where the new single will fall in his 2015 set list, but he can't wait to see his fans have a good time singing along with it.

Says Kenny, "It's such a fun, summer song. It's going to be a song that I feel like that is gonna be a part of our life for a long time. I can't wait to see how it comes across."

Kenny will be performing "American Kids" at his one-off show August 16 at the Florida-Alabama line on Perdido Key. His new album, The Big Revival, comes out September 23.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHunter Hayes and band and crew took the bullet train from Osaka to Tokyo Tuesday on his current tour of Japan.

Carrie Underwood is playing both shows at the Grand Ole Opry this Friday night.

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Keith Urban Raises 'Em Up with Birthday Boy Jerrod Niemann and Pal Brett Eldredge Starting Tonight


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's Raise 'Em Up tour takes its name from the Eric Church duet on his latest album, Fuse. Keith felt the song's anthemic feel and empowering lyrics captured how he feels about performing for his fans.

Says Keith, "I thought the essence and spirit of that song is really what playing live is all about for me. It's a sense of community. It's a sense of oneness. It's a sense of optimism."

Unfortunately, Eric won't be on hand to sing "Raise 'Em Up" with Keith on this tour, but Jerrod Niemann and Brett Eldredge will bring fans plenty of excitement as the opening acts. Jerrod's stint on the tour starts in New Hampshire Thursday night, which just happens to be his 35th birthday.

Jerrod calls opening for Keith "the best birthday present ever." He says, "Just want to say thank you to him for letting me and my buddy Brett Eldredge come out and spend a summer with him. It's gonna be a blast."

Go to KeithUrban.net to see the complete list of Raise 'Em Up tour dates.

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Miranda Lambert Shows Off Her On-the-Road Oasis


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert is rocking out harder than ever on her just-launched Platinum tour, so she wanted her tour bus to be an oasis from the madness of being on the road. That's why she completely remodeled the interior with soft fabrics and colors for the 2014 tour.

Miranda showed off her new home on wheels in a new video posted on USA Today's website. She says, "When I come on here, I really just wanted to have a place that's like a cottage on wheels and I could really have relaxation before I have to go out there and hit the craziness."

The new tour bus is stocked with water, beer, wine, juice and snacks in her vintage-looking pink refrigerator. There's even a full-sized dresser and a laundry chute so Miranda can store and maintain all her stage clothes. After the shows, Miranda nods off to sleep in her back bedroom with about three dogs laying on top of her through the night.

Miranda is on the road all summer long on the Platinum tour. Go to MirandaLambert.com to see where she's playing next.

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Alan Jackson Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame Opening August 29


Image Courtesy Kristy Belcher/Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson's new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville opens August 29.

"Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" gives museum visitors a look at memorabilia including the water skis Alan wore in the "Chattahoochee" video, the guitar he played on the 2001 CMA Awards debuting "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" and the Harley-Davidson he posed with on the cover of his 1992 album A Lot About Livin' (and a Little 'bout Love).

Alan will also perform a few Artist-in-Residence shows at the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year. His exhibit runs through March 2015.

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Randy Travis's "Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am" Due Out August 19


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleA second volume of Randy Travis's Influence album series is due out August 19. Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am features Randy's take on classics from Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin and more.

Randy says, "The 'Influence' that the older, great ones had on me, and the 'Influence' that I may, somehow, have on the ones that come along after me, is God’s way of allowing us to pay it forward. It is my prayer answered -- and, His will done -- it is what makes me, 'the man I am.'"

Randy's Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am is now available for pre-order at iTunes. Several songs will be released to pre-order customers in the weeks leading up to album release.

Here's the Influence Vol. 2 The Man I Am track listing:

"I’m Moving On"
"Set 'Em Up Joe"
"Are the Good Times Really Over?"
"Nearly Lose Your Mind"
"There I've Said It Again"
"That's the Way Love Goes"
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
"Don't Worry 'Bout Me"
"Mind Your Own Business"
"Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line"
"For the Good Times"
"California Blues"
"Tonight I'm Playing Possum" (Solo Version)

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Taylor Swift Shares Love Advice with Fan: "Unrequited Love Is Just as Valid as Any Other Kind"


Image Courtesy CMAIf she ever steps away from her music career, Taylor Swift definitely has a future as an advice columnist.

A fan named Hannah reached out to Taylor on Instagram asking the superstar for advice on how to deal with her unrequited feelings for a guy she's known for years.

Hannah, whose name on Instagram is SherbetSwift, describes her love interest as "a guy who's sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast…A guy who was my first best friend." It turns out this guy has a girlfriend, whom Hannah describes as "pretty" and "nice" with an "amazing figure."

Taylor wrote a lengthy reply to Hannah, telling her that true love isn't just "the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized." She continues, "I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It's just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind."

Taylor goes on to tell Hannah she'll someday find someone who loves her in that same, selfless way.

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Craig Morgan's 8th Annual Charity Event Raises $60,000 for Tennessee Foster Kids


Image Courtesy Angelyn Tinsley/Edwards Photography StudiosCraig Morgan's 8th annual Charity Event raised more than $60,000 on Sunday in Dickson, Tennessee. Fellow country stars Tracy Lawrence and Chuck Wicks joined Craig and a few other motocross celebrities for a motocross exhibition and trail ride before performing a concert that night at the Dickson War Memorial Lawn.

Proceeds from Craig's Charity Event go to the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation to assist foster kids in that county and throughout Middle Tennessee.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Jake Owen's twin brother's name? ANSWER: Jarrod.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert has been covering ZZ Top's "Give Me All Your Lovin'" during her recent live shows.

Jake Owen has selected "What We Ain't Got" as the follow-up single to his #1 hit, "Beachin'."

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Jason Aldean Won't Be "Burnin' It Down" in Bed with Florida Georgia Line


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsFlorida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are co-writers on Jason Aldean's brand-new, sexy single, "Burnin' It Down," and Jason was looking to include a vocal collaboration with FGL on his upcoming studio album. So, why didn't they just trade vocals on "Burnin' It Down?"

"I don't know if this particular song really would be the song that fits them," Jason says with a grin. "You know, three guys singing a song about burning it down with each other?  I'm not sure that's a message we all want to send."

Speaking of the song's racy lyrics, Jason adds with a laugh, "Laying naked in the bed with Tyler and BK? I'm out. I mean, I like those guys, but not like that."

In all seriousness, Jason is a big fan of Florida Georgia Line, and they're touring together on Jason's Burn It Down tour all year long.  Says Jason, "I love what they've brought to the table over the last couple years. I think it's been a shot in the arm for country music, for sure."

As for what fans can expect on his upcoming album beyond "Burnin' It Down," Jason says, "There are some different things on this new album, and I hope this sets a good tone for what's to come."

"Burnin' It Down" was released to radio and all digital outlets Tuesday.

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Joe Nichols Says "Yeah" to Some Downtime in the Bahamas with His Wife, Heather


Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols had to go back on tour shortly after he and his wife, Heather, welcomed their baby girl, Georgia Blue, nine weeks ago.

He tells ABC News Radio, "I feel for Mama right now 'cause I'm gone so much. She's kinda having to pull double-duty with the two-year-old and with our nine-week-old now. She's probably pretty wore out."

Joe now wants Heather to just kick back, relax and say "Yeah," just like he sings about it in his latest hit, so he's taking her to the Bahamas in the next week for some R&R. Joe expects Heather to get some good sleep on the trip as well.

"She can lay back on the beach and just say, 'Yeah,'" Joe says, before making a snoring sound.  "A little bit of snoring. That's right."

This trip marks Joe's first time back to the Bahamas since singing at Anna Nicole Smith's funeral there in 2007. He says, "I think the place we're going to is a pretty stellar place. I hear it is."

Joe could definitely use some downtime after undergoing back surgery just four weeks ago, according to The Country Vibe. Joe went against his doctors to return to the road just four days after surgery to repair an injury in his lower back from long-distance running.

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Brett Eldredge Has a "Chance" Encounter with a Soldier Headed to Serve in Kuwait


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge had a pretty cool meeting with a U.S. soldier on a Southwest flight Tuesday. Brett posted a picture on Instagram of himself sitting beside Army infantryman Chance Turner on the plane as the soldier made his way to serve in Kuwait. It just so happens Chance was in the audience when Brett performed at his army base, Fort Riley in Kansas, earlier this month.

Brett says, "Small world! Thanks for your service Chance."

To keep up with Brett's tour schedule, go to BrettEldredge.com.

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Kelly Clarkson Enjoys Good Laugh over Being Asked, "So, What Are You Doing Now?"


Image Courtesy Sony MusicIt's been more than a decade since Kelly Clarkson won American Idol. Since then, she's topped the charts several times, toured the world, sold millions of albums, appeared on all sorts of TV shows you can name, graced the cover of many major magazines, won several Grammys, and made headlines when she got married and then had a baby.  So it's no wonder that she's surprised to meet someone who has no clue what she's been up to since 2002.

Kelly tweeted, "Lady says to me 'Oh I recognize your name. You were on that show American Idol. What are you doing now?' Hahahaha!!"  She added the hashtag "#wherearetheynow."

In other Kelly news, she's one of the artists featured on "Pray for Peace," a new song and video by her stepmother-in-law, Reba.  "So honored that Reba asked me to lend my voice to this new song she wrote!" Kelly tweeted.

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Kenny Chesney's New Film, "The Believer," Shines a Light on College Football Legend Steve Spurrier


Image Courtesy Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney and his longtime video director, Shaun Silva, have teamed up for a new documentary, The Believer, telling the story of famed college football coach Steve Spurrier.

Kenny and Steve became friends in 2007 when the country superstar invited him onstage during a show at the University of South Carolina. Kenny is once again partnering with ESPN and the SEC Network to produce the documentary, which features highlights from Spurrier's career as well as interviews with those who know him best.

Steve tells South Carolina's The State newspaper, "They spent a lot of time with my family, wife, kids, grandkids and so forth, and a lot of former players. So, hopefully, it will turn out OK."

The Believer premieres August 27 as part of the SEC Stories series on the SEC Network.  Kenny previously produced the ESPN football specials The Boys of Fall and The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's first hit collaboration from 1997? ANSWER: "It's Your Love."

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