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Sam Hunt's "Montevallo" Hits Half-Million in Sales


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleSam Hunt continues to rack up more career milestones. Sam's record company UMG Nashville reports that this week Sam's album, Montevallo, has reached a half million in sales, climbing to that mark faster than any debut album since 2012.Meanwhile, Sam's single “Take Your Time” is spending its 10th week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.  According to the magazine, "Take Your Time" is one of only sixteen tunes to accomplish that feat since the chart was launched in 1958. This Sunday, the former college football quarterback will performs at the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards where he's vying for the New Artist trophy. The ACM Awards air Sunday night at 8 on CBS.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

Listen to a Mashup of 10 Years of Carrie Underwood Hits


Image Courtesy Arista Nashville/Jeremy CowartDJ Earworm, who’s known for producing annual five-minute long mashups that include all the big songs from the year, has now applied his technique to a decade of hits from Carrie Underwood.  The DJ's audio and video montage, posted to YouTube,  contains more than fourteen songs, including Carrie’s number ones “Something in the Water,” “Good Girl,” “Undo It” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” as well as her current single “Little Toy Guns.”All the songs are included on Carrie’s latest album, the 25-track Greatest Hits: Decade #1. She’s up for Female Vocalist, Vocal Event and Video at this the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.Follow --ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio

David Nail to Play "Secret" Post-ACM Show for Uber


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleCountry fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend have a chance to win a free invitation to an exclusive post-ACM Awards concert by David Nail, courtesy of ride-sharing service Uber and Ram Trucks. From now through noon Central time on Saturday, anyone who enters the promo code UBERCOUNTRY on the Uber app will have a chance to go to the show.The lucky winners will be notified by 5 p.m. on Saturday and told the secret location of the concert. Uber riders will have a second opportunity to score tickets  at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, after the ACM Awards are handed out.  In addition to his number ones “Let It Rain,” “Red Light” and “Whatever She’s Got,” Nail teases he may also unveil some of the new music he’s been recording. You can find out more details about the contest on the Uber blog.Follow --ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio 

Little Big Town Is Grateful for Continued Recognition at the ACM Awards


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will perform their latest hit, "Girl Crush," on Sunday night's ACM Awards. It's included on their latest project, Pain Killer, which is up for Album of the Year. Speaking of that nod along with their mention in the Vocal Group of the Year category, band member Kimberly Schlapman says, "We've been on both sides of the spectrum. So, these nominations really, really do mean a lot to us, because there were so many years when there was just birds chirping in the background."The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Facing Backlash Over Sandy Hook Benefit Concert


Nino Munoz/Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw’s facing some online backlash for his scheduled performance in Hartford, CT this July -- a performance that benefits Sandy Hook Promise, an organization founded in the wake of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT, whose stated purpose is to help protect children from gun violence.McGraw on Monday announced the show, dubbed the Concert for Sandy Hook Promise, part of his ongoing Shotgun Rider tour with supporting acts Billy Currington and Chase Bryant.  But because the show’s proceeds go to what some are calling a pro-gun control cause, the criticism from some parties has been harsh --  particularly from gun rights supporters, including the National Rifle Association, which tweeted, “Country musicians @TheTimMcGraw and @billycurrington to promote and play at gun control fundraiser.”That NRA tweet, reported by the Washington Post, has since been deleted, but others from critical parties haven’t been.  Many critical comments were posted to McGraw’s Facebook page, with some noting the alleged hypocrisy of McGraw’s Shotgun Rider tour name, given the Sandy Hook benefit, though the “shotgun” in that context refers to a vehicle’s front passenger seat.McGraw responded in a statement to the Washington Post, declaring, “As a gun owner, I support gun ownership.  I also believe that with gun ownership comes the responsibility of education and safety -- most certainly when it relates to what we value most, our children.  I can’t imagine anyone who disagrees with that.  Through a personal connection, I saw first-hand how the Sandy Hook tragedy affected families and I felt their pain. The concert is meant to do something good for a community that is recovering.”The “personal connection” to which McGraw refers is his fiddle player, Dean Brown, a longtime friend of Mark Barden, whose 7-year-old son, Daniel, was killed in the Sandy Hook shooting.Even so, the fallout was apparently enough to cause Billy Currington to back out of the concert altogether.  He posted a note on his own Facebook page, declaring in part, “I've never been one to take on controversial issues -- I'm a singer. I do feel strongly about honoring and supporting the Sandy Hook community and will be making a donation to a local organization.”TIME magazine on Thursday named McGraw one of its 100 most influential people.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Florida Georgia Line "Blown Away" by First ACM Entertainer of the Year Nominatio


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has their first-ever nomination in the Entertainer of the Year category going into Sunday night's ACM Awards. The duo's Brian Kelley admits he and singing partner Tyler Hubbard were "blown away" by the nod."That's something that we've been working for for a long time," Brian says. 'It's been a dream. It happened so fast for us. We're very, very blessed and honored. "The nod comes just months after FGL released their sophomore album, Say Anything, and Brian says that project has made them step up their game on the road.He says, "It's changed our show. I think there's just a new breath of fresh air with the whole tour, the whole crew. It's just exciting."Fan voting in the Entertainer of the Year category is now open at VoteACM.com. The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lead Nominee Miranda Lambert Feels Right at Home as the ACM Awards Take Over Tex


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert grew up just 80 miles from Dallas, Texas, in the town of Lindale, so it's only fitting she is the lead nominee going into Sunday night's ACM Awards in nearby Arlington. Miranda has eight nods including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Platinum.She says, "I feel like of all the times for it to be in Dallas, now is perfect for me because I'm still on a high from this album, and from everything that's going on. Now to be like, at home doing the ACMs, is kind of crazy."As for that Entertainer nomination, Miranda adds, "That's what I said from day one when I started first playing the guitar and learning to sing. It was like, I really wanna be -- I at least want to be nominated for Entertainer of the Year at some point. Winning would be great, too."Miranda is also a favorite to win her sixth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year trophy this weekend. Look for her to perform on the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Randy Houser Gives Props to Pal and Tour Mate Luke Bryan in New House Band TV Ep


Image Courtesy Stoney CreekRandy Houser is on the road with Luke Bryan all year long on the Kick the Dust Up tour, but he still remembers when they were newcomers to Nashville trying to make it in the music industry.Randy says in the latest installment of his House Band TV series, "We were playing bars around Nashville, sitting on stools playing our acoustic guitars. And then I get to see all the new toys he gets to go and play with every night and I’m like, ‘That looks like fun!’”Could it be Randy is making the move to permanent headliner status in 2016? Check out his latest YouTube video to find out.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert's "Two of a Crime" to Be Featured in Reese Witherspoon and Sofia


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert has written and recorded a new song for the upcoming Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara comedy, Hot Pursuit. The song is called "Two of a Crime," and Miranda wrote it after getting a text from Reese asking her to contribute a track to the movie. Reese wanted the song to mix Southern and Latin flavors, and Miranda was very inspired by the source material.She says, "[The movie] was a bit of a Thelma and Louise theme and that’s totally up my alley. It is really so fun to be part of it. It was the first time I wrote a song specifically for a movie, so it was a different experience for me.”"Two of a Crime" will be available on iTunes on April 28. The movie, Hot Pursuit, opens in theaters May 8.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge Releasing "Crazy" New Single, "Lose My Mind," to Radio This Tuesd


Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge will release his brand-new single, "Lose My Mind," to radio Tuesday, April 21. The song's groove came to Brett one night and actually kept him from sleeping before he went into a writing session that next day, where they wound up writing the lyrics about a love interest that completely takes over your thoughts."That’s what this song’s about," Brett explains, "when you literally feel like you’re going crazy, but it’s because you’re so crazy about them and shows you how much you love them and you can’t get enough.”"Lose My Mind" is the lead single from Brett's upcoming sophomore album. Look for him to serve as a presenter on Sunday night's 50th Annual ACM Awards at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sofia Vergara & Reese Witherspoon to Present a Trophy at Sunday's ACM Awards


Image Courtesy ACM Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and Reese Witherspoon have signed on as presenters at this Sunday's 50th Annual ACM Awards. The two co-star in the upcoming comedy, Hot Pursuit.Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Kelly Clarkson, Brantley Gilbert, Thomas Rhett, Alabama, Big & Rich, Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Mickey Guyton, Justin Moore, Steven Tyler, Trisha Yearwood, Troy Aikman, and Tony Romo have also been added as presenters. Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Florida Georgia Line, and Brooks & Dunn are set to perform on the show. Pop star Christina Aguilera will perform with Rascal Flatts, and Nick Jonas will take the stage with Dan + Shay.Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton co-host the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Tim McGraw Makes "Time" Magazine's 100 Most Influential People List


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has made Time magazine's list of the 100 Most Influential People for 2015, along with Kanye West and Taylor Swift. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham wrote Tim's profile story, and calls the country star "a kind of Renaissance man in a cowboy hat."The Time article applauds Tim for his continued success in country music with hits like "Shotgun Rider" and "Diamond Rings and Old Bar Stools." The writer also point out Tim's love of reading "serious novels and history."Look for Tim to continue his film career with the new movie, Tomorrowland, coming out next month.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Excited to Celebrate the ACM Awards' 50th Anniversary Sunday Night


Image Courtesy EB Media PREric Church is looking forward to performing at the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In a time where a new awards show comes along almost every week, Eric says of the ACMs, "The fact that it's 50 years and there's a history there, there's a heritage, I love that, and I love that they're celebrating that."More than 60,000 fans will be in the audience for the show, and Eric can't wait to see that energy from the crowd captured for the live broadcast."It's a big room," Eric says of AT&T Stadium. "I've played that room with [George] Strait. That's a big room."Eric is up for three trophies, including Album of the Year for The Outsiders, at the ACM Awards. The show airs Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Escapes Bus Fire on Way to Dallas; Everyone OK


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Hillary Scott had a close call Thursday morning when her tour bus caught fire on the way to Dallas for the ACM Awards. Everyone is safe and back on the road. Hey guys, we had a crazy morning on the way to Dallas today. Our bus tire caught on fire and we had to evacuate very quickly. EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver. Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!!! ~hillary A photo posted by Hillary Scott (@hillaryscottla) on Apr 16, 2015 at 7:21am PDTHillary posted a picture of the burned-out bus on Instagram with the caption, "EVERYONE IS SAFE AND SOUND. It was me, my husband, our tour manager, and driver. Thanking God for our safety and the safety of all of those who helped put this fire out and keep us safe. Love you all!!"Hillary's daughter, Eisele, was not on the bus, and her band mates, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, were traveling to Dallas separately.Lady Antebellum will perform at the ACM Lifting Lives Charity Gala Friday night at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Kellie Pickler Unveils New 'Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler' Home Goods Collection


Sheri Oneal Photography/Grand Ole OpryKellie Pickler has partnered with the Grand Ole Opry to launch a new home goods collection -- Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler. The line is named for Kellie's great-grandmother, who inspired Kellie's design choices on the collection's picture frames, dishes, aprons, candles and select furniture pieces.Says Kellie, "My great-grandmother had a simple, loving touch that made her house a home like no other.  It’s really nice being able to take things I know she would have loved and create a line inspired by her.”You can check out the Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler now at the store at Opry.com or at one of the two Grand Ole Opry retail stores in Nashville.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Easton Corbin's Third Album, "About to Get Real," Due Out June 30


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin's third album, About to Get Real, will be out June 30. The project features Easton's latest top-15 hit, "Baby Be My Love Song."As for that album title, Easton explains, "When country fans listen to this album, I want them to take away that even though the music mixes the modern with the classic, it’s entirely real. Like the music of my heroes, it’s the real deal.”Look for Easton's new video for "Baby Be My Love Song" on Vevo.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ACM Backstage App Offers Fans Unprecedented Access to the ACM Awards


Image Courtesy ACMThe new ACM Backstage app gives you an unprecedented view behind the scenes of this Sunday's 50th Annual ACM Awards. Live cameras placed throughout AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will be streaming footage to the app all night as the show broadcasts live on CBS. Viewers will get access to red carpet footage, the backstage press room, and exclusive messages from artists on the show following their performances.Also, fans who use the Shazam app during the CBS broadcast will be entered to win a trip for two to next Year's ACM Awards, as well as a guitar autographed by co-hosts Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.Download the ACM Backstage and Shazam apps at iTunes or Google Play. Go to ACMBackstage.com for more details.The 50th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Releasing New Album, "Django and Jimmie"


Image Courtesy Sony LegacyCountry icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are releasing a new album together June 2.  Titled Django and Jimmie, the title track pays tribute to the relationship between jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Rodgers.Willie explains, "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."Willie and Merle also take solo turns on selections from each other's respective catalogs on the new project.  Willie wrote a few new tracks for Django and Jimmie, too.Merle says, "[There's] new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager."Willie and Merle first found success together with their #1-selling 1983 album, Pancho & Lefty. They've recorded and toured together several times since then.Here's the Django and Jimmie track listing:"Django and Jimmie" "It's All Going to Pot" "Unfair Weather Friend" "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash" "Live This Long" "Alice in Hulaland" "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" "Family Bible" "It's Only Money" "Swinging Doors" "Where Dreams Come to Die" "Somewhere Between" "Driving the Herd" "The Only Man Wilder Than Me"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Streaming Live Concert from Dallas Friday Night on Yahoo Music


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is kicking off the ACM Awards weekend with a live streaming concert on Yahoo Music Friday night at 9 ET. He'll perform at the legendary club Gilley's in Dallas as part of the Ram Country Live! series.  You can watch at RamCountry.Yahoo.com/Thomas-Rhett-Live."I can't think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley's," Thomas says. "It's one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren't in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool."Thomas is up for the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award; voting is still going on at VoteACM.com. Thomas will be performing "Make Me Wanna" on the 50th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rascal Flatts "Humbled and Honored" with ACM Vocal Group of the Year Nomination


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has been named ACM Vocal Group of the Year seven times since they first took the category in 2002, but it's been a few years since they've been nominated in that category. The rise of vocal groups like Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town has made that award one of the toughest to win, so the Flatts are excited to be back in the running this year."You miss what you don't have," says lead singer Gary LeVox. "So, we were just so humbled and honored. We were just filled with joy."Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus admits he had stopped looking at the ACM nominations in the past few years because he just assumed they wouldn't be in the running anymore. Looking back on the morning the ACM nominations were announced earlier this year, Jay says, "It was a fantastic way to start the day. I had so many great emails and phone calls from friends, from people that were pulling for us to be back in there. I was really speechless."Look for Rascal Flatts to collaborate with Christina Aguilera on this Sunday's 50th Annual ACM Awards. The show broadcasts live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Garth Brooks Reveals Knoxville Show Dates


Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Knoxville, TN May 29 and 30 at the Thompson Boling Arena.Tickets for the show, Garth's first Birmingham dates in over 18 years, go on sale Friday, April 24 through KnoxvilleTickets.com. As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com.  Garth's also making a major push there for fans to give him their vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year.  The 50th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Dierks Bentley Isn't Preparing Speeches for Sunday Night's ACM Awards


Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley has seven nominations going into Sunday night's 50th Annual ACM Awards, including nods for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, with Riser. The songs on that project, including "I Hold On" and "Drunk on a Plane," have catapulted Dierks' career to new heights as a headliner on the road.He says of the recognition from the ACM, "I've been nominated for some stuff along the way, but to get the seven ACM nominations kinda at the end of that whole cycle is just icing on the cake, and I couldn't be more proud for everyone in my camp. It's just really awesome."Dierks won his first ACM Award back in 2004 with he took the New Artist of the Year category. Now that he's older, Dierks says, "I have a lot more gratitude and perspective. Just being nominated is awesome, but it'd be fun to win."While Dierks is fully prepared for his performance on Sunday night's ACM broadcast, he isn't writing any acceptance speeches ahead of time.He says, "It would be straight from the heart and it'd be very loud and probably a lot of arm motions. It'd be a lot of fun."The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Following in His Father's Footsteps with New Furniture Line Launchin


Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church is the latest country star to introduce a home collection. His Highway to Home furniture line will go one sale next year through a licensing deal with a North Carolina-based furniture company. Eric's father, Ken, is a longtime executive in the furniture business, so the country star was raised around this industry.“Highway to Home is a natural extension of my family heritage," Eric explains in a Facebook post. "My dad was in the industry. My first job was in a furniture plant, so yes, it is in my blood. Staying connected with my roots has always been important to me…my history and connection runs deep in this business.”According to FurnitureToday.com, Highway to Home is inspired by Eric's life on the road as he travels from city to city. Some pieces will have a western-inspired look while other items in the collection will have more of a southern influence.Eric will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Highway to Home line to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through his Chief Cares charity organization.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trisha Yearwood's Third Cookbook, "Trisha's Table," Debuts on New York Times Bes


Image Courtesy Clarskon PotterTrisha Yearwood's third cookbook is a New York Times Bestseller. Trisha's Table debuts at #7 on the paper's Advice, Hot-To & Miscellaneous book chart in its first week. The book features lighter takes on recipes from Trisha and her friends and family.This weekend, Trisha returns with the sixth season of her Emmy-winning Food Network show, Trisha's Southern Kitchen. The premiere episode airs Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET with Trisha preparing a breakfast spread for her friends.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann Co-Hosting Fan Bash June 10 in Nashville


Image Courtesy EB Media PRLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann are co-hosting their annual Fan Bash again, this time on Wednesday, June 10 in Nashville. This year's show and fan event will take place at City Winery during the CMA Music Festival.Tickets cost $50 and will go on sale Wednesday morning at FanBash2015.Eventbrite.com.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Young's ACM Sessions Performance Now Live Online


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChris Young's ACM Sessions is now posted at ACMCountry.com as part of the ramp-up to this Sunday's 50th Annual ACM Awards. The feature includes an acoustic performance from Chris, as well as a Q&A session. Fewer than 100 lucky fans got to see Chris tape his ACM Sessions performance earlier this year at Nashville's Bluebird Café.The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS Sunday night at 8:00 ET.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Rascal Flatts Performing with Christina Aguilera on Sunday Night's ACM Awards


Image Courtesy ACMPop superstar Christina Aguilera is teaming up with Rascal Flatts for a performance on the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night. The collaboration will include Christina's song, "Shotgun," as well as the Flatts' new single, "Riot." Look for Christina to perform "Shotgun" during her three-episode story arc on ABC's Nashville, starting Wednesday night at 10 ET.Rascal Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus tells USA Today, "It's going to be a nice, seamless transition and a really powerful performance."While Christina hasn't yet met the members of Rascal Flatts, she's a big fan of lead singer Gary LeVox's vocal performances.  Says Christina, "I really love the rich tone of [his] voice. He has a sound that fans recognize immediately."Of course, Christina has become friends with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, since she and Blake are both coaches on NBC's The Voice.Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars performing on the 50th Annual ACM Awards Sunday night at 8:00 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Toby Keith Hosting 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 15 and 16


Image Courtesy Show DogToby Keith will host the 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic May 15 and 16 at the Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma. The event raises money for the OK Kids Korral, a home-away-from-home for pediatric cancer patients and their families in Oklahoma.Toby says, "I've been blessed with healthy kids, and I'm more than blessed to bring a bunch of folks together who want to help folks who haven't. The great time we have - and we do have one, now - is a far distant second to making a difference for kids and families right here where we live."The Golf Classic kicks off Friday night with dinner with a live and silent auction. Toby will also bring in some friends to perform during the evening. Jason Aldean, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Willie Nelson are among the stars who have donated silent auction items. For more information, go to TobyKeithFoundation.org.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba Returns with New Album, "Love Somebody," Out Now


Image Courtesy Starstruck RecordsReba's brand-new album, Love Somebody, is out Tuesday featuring her latest hit, "Going Out Like That." She was attracted to the sassy attitude of the woman in the song getting over her ex and on with her life.Reba tells ABC Radio, "I think it's a woman's anthem, about not giving up, not giving in. I'm going out and having a blast. I ain't goin' out like that, like he expects me to."When it came to finding songs for this album, Reba used her tried-and-true method of looking for lyrics she could relate to in some way."Same formula as always," Reba says. "Just trying to find the songs that touch my heart, 'cause if it touched my heart when I sing it, it's gonna touch your heart. Whether it's happy [or] sad."Reba recruited some famous faces to help her out on Love Somebody. Jennifer Nettles is featured on the duet, "Enough," and Sam Hunt and Brandy Clark are among the writers on the album.As for tapping into Music City's talented pool of songwriters for the project, Reba says, "There are so many great songwriters on this album that I've been a huge fan of for many years. Some new. Some…been around a long time. Can't say old anymore, because that'd be me too. I'm not gonna admit that. But talent. Talent is what Nashville is full of."Tune in to see Reba on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live! Thursday night. She's also performing on the 50th Annual ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.