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Jul 22

Lucy Hale Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of Her Opry Debut

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Lucy Hale photo courtesy of Monarch Publicity.

Lucy Hale brings fans backstage with her in a newly released video, “Night at the Opry,” which chronicles her Grand Ole Opry debut last month. More than 1,000 fans “unlocked” the video in under 24 hours via tweets. The video shows Hale fulfilling a lifelong dream as she steps onto the Opry stage for the very first time.

“I can’t even describe the feeling,” she said. “Literally, no words. For me to be speechless is very rare. The people I grew up listening to, like Martina McBride, sang here, and I love Dolly Parton and Dolly Parton sang here. I grew up, and I learned to appreciate everything this place has done.”

Watch the video below:
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Jul 22

The Willis Clan to Compete on America’s Got Talent

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After wowing the judges with their Appalachian-inspired rendition of The Sound of Music‘s “My Favorite Things,” The Willis Clan made it through the first audition of America’s Got Talent. The musical family competes in the next round tonight at 9/8c on NBC. Results will be revealed on NBC tomorrow at 8/7c. 

The Willis Clan do more than sing. The 12 Willis childrens’ interests and talents vary from songwriting and dancing to wrestling and horseback riding. And almost everything the family is involved in links back to their Irish roots. Between Irish dancing and wrestling competitions, there is never a dull moment with this crew. Parents Brenda and Toby homeschool and coach their children, ranging in ages from 3 to 21, encouraging them to reach their full creative potential.

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“It’s like, ‘If this is what my job is going to be, we’re going to have to buckle down and really, really work hard.’ And the kids have. I think they’re just scratching the surface of where they are going to go,” Toby said in an interview with The Tennessean.

The Willis Clan already has two albums, Roots and Boots, and they are in the middle of producing their third album, Heaven. The Clan will also perform at the Grand Ole Opry on August 23 and October 21.

Watch their performance on America’s Got Talent:

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Jul 22

Little Big Town Joins Team Blake Shelton on The Voice

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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town has joined team Blake. The band will join Blake Shelton’s team as advisers on the upcoming seventh season of The Voice. The group isn’t shy about admitting they begged Shelton to pick them.

“We begged and begged and cornered him!” Karen Fairchild told Access Hollywood. “It’s a huge honor,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “We love the show. We have always watched it.” Continue Reading

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Jul 22

Inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival Set for Las Vegas

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Jason Aldean at the 2014 CMA Music Festival; photo courtesy of the CMA.

Las Vegas is gearing up for its first ever country music festival. The inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival is set for October 3-5 at The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have been announced as headliners.

“It’s exciting to see the Route 91 Harvest Festival come to fruition,” Chris Baldizan, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said. “With an amazing lineup of talent over three days, our guests will experience country music at a unique, one-of-a-kind venue right on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It’s great to have a partner like Live Nation who shares our passion and vision for entertainment.” Continue Reading

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Jul 21

David Nail Wins Co-MVP at All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

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David Nail photo courtesy of MCA Nashville, taken by Jim Wright.

Before David Nail became a country crooner, he played college baseball. Even though music is his first love, he remains an avid sports fan. For the third time, Nail was invited to participate in the 2014 Taco Bell® All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game where he was named Co-MVP alongside rapper Nelly.

“It was definitely one of the most memorable experiences of my life,” Nail said. “To be awarded co-MVP alongside Nelly, a fellow Missourian and Cardinals fan, was surreal. I don’t think I’ll ever bat 8th again.” Continue Reading

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Jul 21

Lady Antebellum to Release 747 on September 30

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Lady Antebellum will release their fifth studio album, 747, on September 30. The album’s lead single, “Bartender,” is soaring up the country chart as one of Lady Antebellum’s fastest rising singles to date. Deciding on a title for the project was a simple group decision.

“We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747,” Hillary Scott said. “The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters, taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.” Continue Reading

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Jul 20

Kellie Pickler to Voice ‘VeggieTales’ Character

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Kellie Pickler photo courtesy of the Academy of Country Music/Getty images.

Kellie Pickler is headed to the big screen – or at least her voice is. Pickler will make her film debut as the voice of a sweet potato in the upcoming VeggieTales movie, Beauty and the Beet. She will play Mirabelle, a yam who is in a family band. She joins recurring cast members Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

Additionally, Pickler will sing seven original songs for the movie’s holiday-themed soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and the DVD will be released October 14 and will include Pickler singing her own version of “Deck The Halls.” Continue Reading

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Jul 19

Krystal Keith Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal.

Krystal Keith made her Grand Ole Opry debut on July 9. For the first time, Keith felt nerves before stepping into the spotlight.

“I have never been nervous on a stage in my life, until that night at the Grand Ole Opry,” she said. “There is something so special and sacred about that stage and being in the circle knowing all of my musical heroes have performed there so many times before me. I was so humbled and honored to have joined that long line of legends who’ve shared that moment.” Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Stay at No.1 on Top 20

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Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut last week, entering the Top 20 Country Countdown at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.” The pair made it two weeks in a row in the top spot with Neal McCoy and Danielle Bradbery rounding out the Top 3. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill jump 10 spots from No. 14 to No. 4 with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and Haley & Michaels continue their slow rise up the charts, up to No. 5 with “Just Another Love Song.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  9. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw”
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Jul 18

Jana Kramer Brings “Love” To Top 20

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Jana Kramer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

There is a whole lot of “love” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Jana Kramer stops by to discuss her new video, “Love,” which she shot south of the border, with host Nan Kelley. Kramer will also find out where “Love” landed on the countdown this week!

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut with “Somethin’ Bad” last week, entering the chart at No. 1. Can they make it two weeks in a row in the top spot? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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