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Sep 1

Top 10 Country Songs for Labor Day

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We’ve compiled our top ten country songs for Labor Day to salute working men and women across America!

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“Hard Workin’ Man” – Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man” is a working man’s anthem, celebrating a blue-collar work ethic while waiting for Friday to come around, just in time for a weekend of fun.

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“9 to 5″ – Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton is one of the hardest working women in country music, making music, touring and working on a number of side projects for more than 40 years. “9 to 5” was written for the film by the same name, and became an ode to office workers everywhere.

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“Little Man” – Alan Jackson

This Alan Jackson song is a tribute to the “little man” trying to keep up with the big corporations threatening to put them out of business. The tune is as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1999. Continue Reading

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Aug 19

George Strait Announces The Cowboy Rides Away Live Album

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George Strait has hung up his cowboy hat on his touring career, but he is giving fans a chance to relive his The Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour with a live album, recorded during his record-breaking final show in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will hit stores September 16.

The album will feature a number of Strait’s 60 No. 1 hits, as well as performances with special guests Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride. Strait’s final show played for 104,793 fans in Arlington. Continue Reading

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Aug 6

Jason Aldean Named Most Downloaded Male Country Artist in History

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has been named the Top Male Country Artist by the RIAA. With more than 21.5 million RIAA Digital Single Certifications, Aldean is the most downloaded male country artist in history.

“This is such a huge honor, and one that everyone on my team earned together,” Aldean said. “I love country music, and I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else… There was never a Plan B for me. I can’t thank the RIAA or country music fans enough for helping us get to this level… It’s unbelievable!” Continue Reading

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Jul 23

Jason Aldean Releases “Burnin’ It Down”

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean has released the lead single from his upcoming sixth studio album. “Burnin’ It Down” was cowritten by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, along with Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson.

“Sonically, this track definitely feels like something different for me and what I have typically put out as the lead single off my previous albums,” he said. “I’ve pretty much always gone with a really guitar-driven song that’s pretty in your face, and this is more of a laid-back thing with a really cool groove.”

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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 17

Top State Fairs in the U.S.

State Fairs are about more than agricultural competitions and blue ribbon pie contests. (Although, there’s nothing better than indulging in state fair foods, like funnel cakes, caramel apples and deep fried everything). Across the U.S., millions of people flock to state fairs to celebrate the culture of the region through food, fun and entertainment. Along with amusement rides and indulgent treats, state fair concerts offer some of the best live music experiences. Most are held in late summer and early fall so we’ve compiled seven top state fairs across the country:

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Jul 14

‘CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock’ Airs August 5

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Did you make it to this year’s CMA Music Festival? Or, do you want to re-live the excitement all over again? CMA Country Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs August 5 at 8/7c on ABC, featuring performances from some of country’s biggest stars, as well as back stage access. Little Big Town will return to host the concert special.

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Nightly concerts featured country music stars Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry, among others. CMA Music Festival took place June 5-8 in downtown Nashville, with hundreds of hours of live music and countless opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with some of their favorite artists.

 

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Jun 30

10 Country Stars Who Totally Rock the Cowboy Look

Great American Country is saddling up for a new show. The Highway Cowboys are a new breed of American heroes who volunteer to heard loose cattle threatening the safety of drivers along busy Texas roads. The new series debuts next Tuesday, July 8 at 10/9c, so we’re celebrating country stars who rock the cowboy look.

George Strait, the King of Country Music, is the epitome of a cowboy. Known for his signature cowboy hat and Wranglers, he’s now retired from touring, giving him more time to spend at his Texas ranch, working cattle, riding his favorite roping horses and spending time with his family.

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Kenny Chesney is more of an island cowboy than a Texas cowboy, but he’s rarely seen on stage without his cowboy hat.

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Jun 23

Florida Georgia Line Working on Their Own Clothing Line

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Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are working on their own fashion line. The line was partially inspired by one of their often used hashtags, #cantaffordnotto. The saying started within the Florida Georgia Line camp and grew from there, eventually going viral.

“We’re going to start a website,” Hubbard said. “We’re going to start a clothing line, Can’t Afford Not To. It’s just become a cool thing, one of those sayings that keeps coming up. So we’ll see what happens with it.” Continue Reading

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Jun 13

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week Miranda Lambert gets some incredible feedback on one of her new songs; Kip Moore and Chris Young discuss injuries; Jason Aldean performs with George Strait; Kix Brooks wife posts a hilarious #TBT; And Charlie Daniels is the picture of contentment. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week:

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: I never thought I would actually hear from the Queen herself!

Kip Moore – KipMooreMusic: Never injured my eye and never left a stage…no clue where that comes from. I’m good

Chris Young – ChrisYoungMusic: Overheard tonight,”That guy has more cuts than Chris Young making dinner!” Haha!!

Jason Aldean at 2014 CMA Music Festival

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

Jason Aldean – Jason_Aldean: A night i will never forget, gettin to sing w Mr. George Strait on his last show. What an amazing night. Continue Reading

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