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Kix Brooks Heads to New Orleans for Tonight's Episode of "Steak Out"


Brett Warren/GreenroomKix Brooks' new Cooking Channel series, Steak Out with Kix Brooks, is generating good ratings for the network, especially among male viewers. On Tuesday night, Kix takes his show to New Orleans to check out three of the city's top steakhouses.Kix says, "I couldn’t be more excited to hear that everyone is having as much fun watching Steak Out this summer as we had making it. This week’s episode is in one of the best cities in the country."Steak Out with Kix Brooks airs Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on The Cooking Channel.Next up, Kix will host his 4th Annual Harvest Party August 15 at his winery, Arrington Vineyards south of Nashville. Proceeds go to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley to Host the CMA Awards for Eighth Year in a Ro


ABCCarrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning for an eighth turn as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards this year. The show airs Wednesday, November 4 on ABC. The show will broadcast live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena that night at 8 ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Legendary Country Producer Billy Sherrill Dead at Age 78


BMICountry Music Hall of Fame member Billy Sherrill died Tuesday morning following a short illness.  He was 78 years old.Sherrill is best known for producing country standards such as Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors," George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" and Tammy Wynette's "Stand by Your Man," which he co-wrote with Tammy. He is credited with bringing a lush, orchestrated sound to country music.Born in Phil Campbell, Alabama on November 5, 1936, Sherrill got his break in 1962 when Sun Records' Sam Phillips hired him as a producer and engineer in Nashville. He went on to Epic Records and wrote and produced David Houston's 1966 #1 country hit, "Almost Persuaded." That song went on to win three Grammy Awards.Sherrill is the man who signed Tammy Wynette to Epic Records. He went on to work with artists ranging from Johnny Paycheck, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and Shelby Lynne to Elvis Costello and Ray Charles. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Headlining First-Ever American Roots Festival October 17 and 18 in R


John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church will headline the first-ever American Roots Festival coming up October 17 and 18 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow also are on the bill along with The Roots, Grace Potter and Chris Stapleton.The two-day event takes place at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, and more stars will be added to the lineup soon. Tickets go on sale Monday, August 10 through LiveNation.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson Expecting First Baby in January 201


Stoney CreekCongratulations to Thompson Square's Keifer and Shawna Thompson on the impending arrival of their first baby. The couple made the announcement via Instagram drinking out of Diet Coke cans with "Share a Diet Coke with Mom" and "Dad" printed on the side.The caption reads, "WELL….WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO BE A DUO ANYMORE!!!!" #Jan2016 #WeDidIt #BabyOnBoard."The couple adds in a statement, "We are overjoyed to announce that after 16 years of marriage, we are finally starting a family and are excited beyond words to begin this new journey into parenthood!"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. WELL……WE HAVE DECIDED NOT TO BE A DUO ANYMORE!!!!!!! #Jan2016 #T3 #WeDidIt #BabyOnBoardA photo posted by thompson square (@thompsonsquare) on Aug 4, 2015 at 9:58am PDT 

Tim McGraw's New Single, "Top of the World," Got a Truly Out of This World Premi


McGraw MusicTim McGraw debuted his brand-new single, "Top of the World," in a truly astronomical way. An exclusive 15-second clip of the song was sent to NASA and the International Space Station via Twitter on Monday. The crew of the International Space Station wrote back, "Thanks, @TheTimMcgraw! You’re on #TopOfTheWorld…we orbit around it."Tim replied, "Maybe you’ll fly over my next concert. We love what you’re doing up there, pushing humanity forward. Keep up the great work!"The track is now available at all digital retailers. "Top of the World" is the lead single from Tim's upcoming 14th studio album, due out this fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Janson Celebrates Success of "Buy Me a Boat" by Purchasing Some Kayaks


Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson celebrated the top 10 success of his single "Buy Me a Boat" by purchasing a few kayaks for his family. Chris and his wife and kids took the kayaks out on the Harpeth River near their home in Middle Tennessee last week.He says, "We had the afternoon off and wanted to get on the river and this was the fastest way to do it. The river is close to the house and it’s a great way to spend the afternoon with the family. We’re not home much this summer but we will get back out there every chance we get.”Chris is currently on the road with Toby Keith's Good Times & Pick Up Lines tour.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Little Big Town, Dierks, Jason and Kenny on Why You Should Watch the CMA Music F


CMALittle Big Town returns for a third turn as hosts of ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, airing Tuesday night at 8 ET. The group taped the special in early June during CMA Music Festival in Nashville, and LBT's Jimi Westbrook says they've come a long way since they first hosted the show."We were a little shaky and nervous the first year, but now we feel really comfortable, and it's been a blast," Jimi says. "It's such a cool thing 'cause we're here for the entire thing. We get to see everybody that's here and hang out with them and listen to them play. It's just a great experience."For Jason Aldean, taking part in CMA Music Festival gives him a chance to interact with his fans in an intimate setting. You can see a bit of what he's talking about on the ABC special.Jason says, "[We] get a chance to let them experience something they don't get a chance to experience on a tour stop or something, where they get a chance to sit in a room with you that's this big and sit down and sort of have one-on-one conversation time with you."Jason also realizes attending CMA Music Festival doubles as a summer vacation for some fans. Knowing they spent that money to come to Nashville is definitely on Jason's mind when he plays the stadium shows at CMA Music Festival.He adds, "We want to go out and give 'em the best show we can -- make it worth their trip."Dierks Bentley echoes Jason's thoughts and says you can feel the excitement from the CMA Music Fest crowd. That makes Dierks and his fellow country stars want to give the audience something to talk about when they go back home.Dierks says, "You walk out onstage already on a 12, just pumped up. You know everyone's just having a great time. They're hearing their favorite acts sing their top-five biggest songs."Kenny Chesney thinks viewers of the CMA Music Festival special will get a taste of why the country format is different than any other genre of music.He says, "There are a lot of festivals out there. There's a lot of things people can go to, but this is very much about just a love letter to the fans, in my opinion, and saying thank you."Little Big Town, Jason, Dierks and Kenny are all appearing on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special Tuesday night at 8 ET on ABC. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on the three-hour broadcast.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jennifer Nettles Parts Ways with Universal Music Group


CMAJennifer Nettles has parted ways with her record label, Universal Music Group, just days after releasing "Sugar," which was to have been the lead single from her upcoming sophomore solo album.The Sugarland singer tells Billboard, "I want to thank Universal Nashville for 11 wonderful years. This change is the first step on a path I've been wanting to take. I am so excited about the next part of my journey and I invite my fans to stay tuned."Jennifer released her solo debut album, That Girl, in January 2014. Universal Music Group still holds the rights to any future Sugarland projects.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Jason Aldean Is Living It Up on His New Single, "Gonna Know We Were Here"


CMAJason Aldean is going for a fourth #1 hit from his latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt, with his brand-new single, "Gonna Know We Were Here." That title seems appropriate as Jason continues to break attendance records at his stadium shows this summer with pal Kenny Chesney.Jason says of the new track, "In the grand scheme of things, we’re here for a short period of time. By the time I leave, I'm gonna make some noise and I know my fans can relate. I see them out there every night living it up right there with me!"Jason and Kenny head to Denver this Saturday for a show at Sports Authority Field.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reba & Husband Announce Separation After 26 Years of Marriage


Christopher Polk/Getty Images for dcpIt's the second major split for a country star in a month.  Reba McEntire is ending her marriage to Narvel Blackstock, her manager and husband of 26 years.In a joint statement, the couple announce that they have been separated for the past few months, after 26 years of marriage, adding, "Despite this being the end of their marriage, they continue to support each other. They have worked together for 35 years and will continue to do so. They have asked that you respect their privacy during this time."Blackstock, Reba's former steel guitar player, is the star's second husband; her first marriage, to Charlie Battles, ended in divorce in 1987.  Battles passed away in 2013. Blackstock and Reba had one child together, son Shelby, who was born in 1990.  She also has three stepchildren from Blackstock's previous marriage, including Brandon Blackstock, who is married to Kelly Clarkson.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Luke Bryan to Debut New Single, "Strip It Down," on "Good Morning America" This


CMALuke Bryan has scored another #1 hit with his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up." It's the lead single from his new album, Kill the Lights, due out this Friday. Look for Luke to debut his brand-new single, "Strip It Down," this Friday on ABC's Good Morning America. He'll perform the song again Monday, August 10 on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.Luke co-wrote six of the 13 tracks on Kill the Lights, including the title cut.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dustin Lynch Launching First Headlining Tour This November


Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch will kick off his first-ever headlining trek starting November 14 in Richmond, Virginia. The Hell of a Night tour will hit more than 35 cities, including New York City, Boston, Houston and New Orleans.Dustin says, "Touring with Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, I’ve learned from the best and now to headline my first tour is a dream come true. The first night can’t get here fast enough and I’m excited for fans to see what we have in store!"Newcomer Chris Lane is the special guest on Dustin's Hell of a Night tour. Look for more dates to be added soon.Here are Dustin's announced headlining tour dates for 2015 and 2016:11/14 -- Richmond, VA, The National Theater 11/15 -- Norfolk, VA, The NorVA Theatre 11/19 -- Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland 11/20 -- Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium 11/22 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory 11/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Egyptian Room at Old National Centre 11/28 -- Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theatre 12/3 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, House of Blues 12/6 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center 12/10 -- Wallingford, CT, The Dome at Oakdale Theatre 12/11 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount 12/12 -- New York, NY, Irving Plaza 12/13 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall 12/18 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection 2/4 -- New Orleans, LA, House of Blues 2/5 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues 2/11 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues 2/13 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore 2/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, Bogart'sCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Shares Video Serenade He Sent a Fan Just Before She Passed Away


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes sent a video serenade of his song "Invisible" to fan from Maryland just one day before she passed away from cancer. In the clipd he called her "a rock star" and one of the most inspiring human beings he has ever come across.Her name was Erin Catterton, and she lost her battle to uterine cancer on July 29 at age 22. Before her passing, Erin's brother, Robert, reached out to Hunter's camp to try to fulfill her wish to meet her favorite singer. Hunter responded by sending Erin a heartfelt video performance of "Invisible" filmed in his hotel room in Los Angeles. According to Hunter's camp, Erin was able to watch the video on repeat with her family before she passed away. Hunter had hoped to meet Erin in person, and she was able to attend several of his shows over the years.ABC US News | World NewsErin had battled cancer for much of her life. According to Robert, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was just four-years-old. Just a few weeks ago, doctors found a tumor in Erin's uterus. She was surrounded by her family when she died last week and was laid to rest on Monday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hunter Hayes Performs "Invisible" for 22-Year-Old Fan Facing Terminal Cancer


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has recorded a special performance of his song "Invisible" for a fan from Maryland he calls "a rock star" and one of the most inspiring human beings he has ever come across.Her name is Erin Catterton, and she's facing terminal cancer at 22-years-old. Since Erin is a huge Hunter Hayes fan, her brother, Robert, reached out to Hunter's camp to try to fulfill her wish to meet her favorite singer. Hunter responded by sending Erin a heartfelt video performance of "Invisible" filmed in his hotel room in Los Angeles. He hopes to meet Erin in person very soon.ABC US News | World NewsErin has battled cancer for much of her life. According to Robert, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was just four-years-old. Just a few weeks ago, doctors found a tumor in Erin's uterus. After performing surgery to remove the tumor, doctors have now told Erin and her family there is nothing more that can be done. She is now in hospice care.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett Reveals More Details of Genre-Bending New Album, "Tangled Up"


Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett has revealed more details of his genre-bending new album, Tangled Up, due out September 25. The project features his R&B-inspired hit, "Crash and Burn," as well as collaborations with pop/R&B stars Jordin Sparks and Lunch Money Lewis."I didn't grow up listening to just one style of music," Thomas says of his varied musical influences. "So, I don't know how to write just one style of music. Whether these songs have more of a pop influence or more of a hip-hop influence or a completely country influence, they all -- in some crazy way -- cohesively sound like a me song."Thomas is a co-writer on seven of the 13 tracks on Tangled Up.Here is the Tangled Up track listing:"Anthem" "Crash and Burn" "South Side" "Die a Happy Man" "Vacation" "Like It's the Last Time" "T-Shirt" "Single Girl" "The Day You Stop Looking Back" "Tangled Up" "Playing with Fire" (featuring Jordin Sparks) "I Feel Good" (featuring Lunch Money Lewis) "Learned It from the Radio"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kip Moore Launching Wild Ones Tour October 8 in Pennsylvania


Joseph Llanes/UMGKip Moore will launch his 2015 Wild Ones Tour October 8 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in support of his new album, Wild Ones, due out August 21. If you've caught Kip's show in the last few months, then you've probably already heard a good chunk of his new project.Kip says, "We've been playing so many of these new songs in the live show because we road-tested them night after night before recording what became the final album.   They were a huge part in helping me formulate what Wild Ones became."Kip's new tour will play New York City's Terminal Five and Boston's House of Blues. Newcomer Michael Ray is the special guest on all dates with Chris Cavanaugh, Joey Hyde and DeeJay Silver joining the tour for select shows.Look for Kip to perform his latest single, "I'm to Blame," on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special Tuesday night at 8 ET.Here are Kip's 2015 Wild Ones tour dates:10/8 -- Bethlehem, PA 10/9 -- Pittsburgh, PA 10/16 -- London, ON (CAN) 10/17 -- Toronto, ON (CAN) 10/22 - 10/23 -- Chicago, IL 10/30 -- Boston, MA 10/31 -- Baltimore ,MD 11/5 -- Knoxville, TN 11/7 -- Cleveland, OH 11/13 -- Orlando, FL 11/14 -- Ft. Myers, FL 11/19 -- Nacogdoches, TX 11/27 -- N. Myrtle Beach, SC 11/28 -- Charlotte, NC 12/3 -- New York, NY 12/4 -- Sayreville, NJ 12/5 -- Richmond, VACopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Florida Georgia Line Connects with Their Fans on "CMA Music Festival" Special Tu


ABC RadioFlorida Georgia Line is just one of the superstar acts you'll see performing on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock Tuesday night at 8 ET. The three-hour special was shot last month on location in Nashville during the four-day CMA Music Festival. The event attracts fans from around the world because it offers the public a chance to interact with their favorite country stars on top of seeing them perform live.While taping a segment for the ABC special during CMA Music Festival, FGL's Tyler Hubbard said, "CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee is where all the most passionate and most loyal fans join forces for a whole week, from all over the world. Europe, Canada. We've met people from everywhere. The energy here is insane."Meeting their fans during CMA Music Festival week gives Florida Georgia Line a chance to really spend time with the people who buy their music and concert tickets."It's cool to hear their stories, how they've connected with our music," says FGl's Brian Kelley. "How it's touching them and their friends and how they like Cole Swindell now because of us, or they like so and so. It's really cool."He adds, "Our fans are very loyal. The connection is what country music is all about."A lot of those behind-the-scenes moments will be featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special Tuesday night. The show will feature performances and interviews with Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and many more country stars. Little Big Town hosts the special for the third year in a row.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge to Judge Miss America Competition This September


Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has a really rough gig coming up. He's signed on as a celebrity judge for the 95th annual Miss America Competition airing this Sunday, September 13 on ABC.Brett says, "I get to judge Miss America. Are you kidding me?! Talk about a dream come true! I can't wait to be a part of this."The Miss America Competition will broadcast live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fifty-two women representing their home states and territories will compete to be named Miss America and win scholarship money.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Has a Girls Night Out at Shania Twain Concert in Nashville


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was in the audience for Shania Twain's concert in Nashville Friday night. The two connected backstage after the show and hugged for a photograph posted on Shania's Instagram account. During the show, Miranda posted an Instagram picture of Shania riding a fringe saddle on the end of a crane that took her out over the audience. The caption reads, "Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #bada** #musicismedicine." Girls night, love seeing you! #RockThisCountryA photo posted by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain) on Aug 1, 2015 at 4:54pm PDTShania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass #musicismedicineA photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:06am PDT Kip Moore was also spotted in the audience at the Shania show.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dolly Parton Wows the Star-Studded Crowds at Her Two Nashville Shows Over the We


Webster PRDolly Parton played two sold-out benefit concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Friday and Saturday night. The shows marked the first time Dolly had headlined a concert in Nashville since her 2002 concert at the Ryman, which was the home of the Grand Ole Opry when Dolly became a member in 1969.Dolly admits she usually likes to just stay home when she's in Nashville, but the Ryman is always her first choice when she plays Music City.She says of the historic venue, "I just wanted this to be the place I played because I felt safe there. It's so intimate and wonderful."Proceeds from Dolly's concerts, titled Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple, went to benefit the Dustin Wells Foundation's work with Nashville's W.O. Smith Music School and the Opry Trust Fund. Tickets for the concerts sold out in a matter of minutes, which was a shock for Dolly."I guess I just felt like that many people didn't really want to see me in Nashville," Dolly explains. "I felt like they knew me, but the tickets sold out real fast, but I think a lot of that was also for the worthy causes that we're doing."As for the concerts, Dolly performed more than 20 songs each night, including a show-stopping a capella delivery of her song "Little Sparrow." Hits such as "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5" dotted the set list along with more obscure selections like "Tennessee Mountain Home, "PMS Blues" and "Smoky Mountain Memories." As always, Dolly closed out the show with "I Will Always Love You."Some major stars were spotted in the audience for both of Dolly's shows. Naomi and Ashley Judd and John Rich from Big & Rich were there Friday. Nashville's Connie Britton, Reba and Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild were spotted in the crowd Saturday night.Of note, Dolly remembered the late Lynn Anderson during a press conference prior to the Friday-night show. She remembers seeing Lynn backstage at awards shows and concerts over the years.Dolly says, "I just loved her to death. I was really sorry to hear that 'cause she was a good gal. So, we'll miss her. She's blooming in God's rose garden now."Best known for her hit, "Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson died Thursday night at age 67. She will be remembered at a funeral this Wednesday in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney Admires The Rolling Stones' Ability to Evolve


CMARascal Flatts has been going strong for 15 years now, but that's nothing compared to the 53-year career of their heroes, The Rolling Stones. The Flatts opened for the Stones on July 4 in Indianapolis, and the experience of watching their set was inspirational for Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney.He tells Massachusetts's Sun Chronicle, "I go, 'There's more in store for us.' And that's a great thing to see, a band like that that's still hungry and still passionate, still going out and kicking a** like they are at 70 years old."Joe Don says that desire to evolve and be on the cutting edge of music has kept the Rolling Stones relevant all these years."There's something to be learned from that if you're willing to put in the time and the work and the passion, and you really care about it enough," Joe Don says. "You can't be scared to dive deep into it and try to keep evolving."Rascal Flatts is just one of the acts featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special, coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum Shares Their Picks for the Perfect Summer Playlist


Capitol NashvilleIf you're looking to spice up your summer playlist, Lady Antebellum has a few song selections to get you on your feet. Band member Charles Kelley tells USA Today he goes for The Weeknd's hit, "Can't Feel My Face," for its "gnarly melody." Hillary Scott likes to keep things light with WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" and her pal Kelsea Ballerini's new single, "Dibs."Dave Haywood opts for tour mate Sam Hunt's latest hit, "House Party," when he wants to get amped up. He says, "This is the jam of the summer, perfect for a good time."Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour continues through next month. Check out their tour dates at LadyAntebellum.com.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Rose Garden" Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at Age 67


CMA/Donn JonesCountry singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit "Rose Garden," died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.Anderson was born September 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and raised in California.  Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive."In 1966, Lynn Anderson released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called "For Better or for Worse."  It failed to chart, but she went on to score her first top-5 hit, "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)" in 1967.  Anderson went on to appear on ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.With the release of her first #1 country hit, "Rose Garden," Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart.  She also won a Grammy Award for the song in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards.  Lynn also took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early '80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, "You're Welcome to Tonight." She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville.  She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.Several stars have shared their thoughts on Lynn Anderson's contribution to country music:Reba: "I am a huge fan of Lynn’s.  She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music.  Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. 'Rose Garden' was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed."Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys: "It was a pleasure to record with Lynn.  I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair.  We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage.  She owned Utah that night.  She didn't stop until she won everybody's hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kenny Chesney Spotted at Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Ahead of Saturday Nigh


Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney plays a show in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, but he got to town a day early to hang out with the Kansas City Chiefs. The country star was on hand at the team's training camp Friday morning. Kenny even posed with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in a picture on the team's Instagram account. Sleeves are optional at camp. Thanks for stopping by @kennychesney! #ChiefsCamp #ChiefsKingdom A photo posted by Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) on Jul 31, 2015 at 9:19am PDTKenny plays Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night with co-headliner Jason Aldean.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Brad Paisley to Mentor Blake Shelton's Team This Fall on "The Voice"


CMABrad Paisley has signed on as a mentor on NBC's The Voice this fall. According to Us Weekly, Brad will mentor Blake Shelton's team on the show's upcoming ninth season.Other mentors this season include Selena Gomez for Gwen Stefani's team, John Fogerty for Adam Levine's team and Missy Elliott for Pharrell Williams' team.The Voice returns September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Opens Nashville's New Ascend Amphitheater with First of Two Acoustic


EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville's brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Talladega" alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric's singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.Eric closed out the night with a brand-new song, "Three Year Olds," inspired by his oldest son, Boone. Before playing the song, Eric told a story about Boone throwing a fishing rod and a tackle box into the water during a fishing trip. He told the crowd, "I am 38 years old and I did not know a fishing pole would sink faster than a tackle box. I also learned a garbage can is a good place to hide truck keys.”The lyrics to "Three Year Olds" includes the lines, "Say I love you all day long/When you’re wrong you should just say so/I learned that from a three year old.”Eric will wrap up his two-night stand at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater with another sold-out acoustic show Friday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Luke Bryan Premieres Lyric Video for "Kill The Lights" on Dating App Tinder


Capitol NashvilleIf you're a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That's because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut "Kill the Lights," the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, "I'm happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they're not on Tinder, now's the chance."Of course, if you think that even downloading the Tinder app would cause major problems in your relationship, you'll be able to grab the track on iTunes this Tuesday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Carrie Underwood's Post-Baby Return to the Stage Captured on ABC's "CMA Music Fe


Donn Jones/CMACarrie Underwood was anxious to get back in front of her fans at last month's CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The performance at LP Field was one of Carrie's first public appearances since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, earlier this year. If you couldn't be there in person, Carrie's set will be featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.Before taking the stage for the massive crowd at the CMA Music Festival, Carrie said, "It has been a while. I've been very busy doing lots of other things. But the whole singing in front of people, I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited."Country artists always say they have the best fans in the world, but Carrie insists that cliché holds true. That's why every artist who performs at the CMA Music Festival does so free of charge."I really do have the best fans," she says. "I mean, there's people that are in my fan club and everything that I have seen since day one. I know them. They know me. To have that support over the past 10 years has been really incredible."Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are among the stars also performing on CMA Music Festival:  Country's Night to Rock. Little Big Town hosts the special for the third year in a row.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young has signed on a title sponsor of the 29th Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament coming up Monday, August 17 at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Chris has served as a caddy at the event for the last several years. Proceeds go to the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is clearly keeping up with his workout schedule while on the road. He posted a picture on Instagram showing his bulging bicep with his singing partner Brian Kelley pointing to the "gun show." The caption reads, "Flex'n cause we can." Flex'n cause we can @treevibezmusic @tribekelley Thanks @justinmrusek for the picA photo posted by Tyler Hubbard (@thubbmusic) on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:51am PDT Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Young Taps into Universal Themes of Love and Desire on "I'm Comin' Over"


Sony Music NashvilleIf you've ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you'll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, "I'm Comin' Over."He says, "It's all first person, so it's not he or she. It's just the side of, 'I'm coming over. I'm running every red light. I'm just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.' This is just, 'I just need to be with you.'"Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, but Chris is certain the song will strike a chord with listeners who have loved and lost before.Chris adds, "Whether it's girl, guy, in a serious relationship now, not in a serious relationship, I just think there's something about this song that everybody can kind of put themselves in. You've probably been there before.""I'm Comin' Over" is the lead single from Chris's upcoming studio album. We'll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Miranda Lambert Shares Songs with Songwriter Friends and Karen Fairchild at Nash


Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert performed with her songwriter friends and her favorite up-and-coming female acts Tuesday night at Nashville's 3rd and Lindsley. The sold-out show was set up as a songwriter round, which meant Miranda sat on the stage with her special guests throughout the night.Miranda admitted she was nervous as the show got started with her performance of "Bathroom Sink," a song about facing self-rejection from her latest album, Platinum.  She also mentioned that she had been writing a lot this past week with her fellow songwriters onstage, including Jessi Alexander, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Jon Randall. That means you can expect to hear Miranda's emotions following her divorce from Blake Shelton show up on her next album.Speaking of Blake, his music was played over the speakers for a solid hour before the show started. When it came time for Miranda's second song of the night, she admitted she was getting by on a lot of caffeine and sad songs these days. In keeping with that sad song theme, Miranda launched into the cheating song, "Dear Diamond," which she recorded a few years back with Patty Loveless. Miranda wore a sparkly Patty Loveless tour T-shirt throughout the night. Just another Sunday in the South. @mirandalambert and friends.A video posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on Jul 28, 2015 at 6:18pm PDT Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild made a special appearance to sing with Miranda on her latest single, "Smokin' and Drinkin'." Karen also sang "Pontoon" for the audience and returned to the stage at the end of the night to trade vocals with Miranda on "Girl Crush."The other writers onstage mostly sang hits they had written for other acts with Miranda singing backup. Jessi Alexander sang two hits she'd written for Blake -- "Drink on It" and "Mine Would Be You." Natalie Hemby sang lead vocals on the songs she's written with or for Miranda, including "Baggage Claim," "White Liar" and "Virginia Bluebell," which is a song of hope Miranda says she's been listening to a lot in the past week.Newcomers RaeLynn, Clare Dunn and Courtney Cole all performed their new songs. Miranda will take all three of those acts on the road this fall.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div> <p style=" margin:8px 0 0 0; padding:0 4px;"> <a href="https://instagram.com/p/5s4plsguL2/" style=" color:#000; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none; word-wrap:break-word;" target="_top">Just another Sunday in the South. @mirandalambert and friends.</a></p> <p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;">A video posted by Hunter Kelly (@nashvillehk) on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-07-29T01:18:05+00:00">Jul 28, 2015 at 6:18pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote><script async defer src="http://abcnewsradioonline.com//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>

Rascal Flatts Chats with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview" Tonight


Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts gives Dan Rather an in-depth look at their life on the road on The Big Interview Tuesday night at 8:00 ET on AXS TV. The chat took place earlier this year during the Flatts' residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.Rascal Flatts guitar player Joe Don Rooney says, "To be able to offer such an esteemed reporter a look into our everyday life was an honor and I know we all really enjoyed talking with him and discussing things that are important to us as a band, as well as a little trip down memory lane, which is always fun.” Rascal Flatts is currently headlining the Riot Tour 2015. Go to RascalFlatts.com to see where they're playing next.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert Lined Up for ACM Honors September 1 in


Academy of Country MusicJake Owen returns at the host of the Annual ACM Honors Tuesday, September 1 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Miranda Lambert, Roy Clark and Restless Heart are slated to perform, and Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers are among the presenters.Look for more stars to be added to the 9th Annual ACM Honors lineup soon. The event recognizes the ACM Awards winners not presented on camera during the nationwide telecast in the spring. Tickets for the ACM Honors go on sale to the general public Friday, July 31 through Ticketmaster.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.