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Apr 19

Willie Nelson to Receive 5th Degree Black Belt

Willie Nelson to Receive 5th Degree Black Belt

Willie Nelson photo courtesy of Lost Highway Records.

Willie Nelson is a man of many talents. Not only is he an award-winning musician, actor and activist, he is also a martial arts master! He will receive his 5th Degree Black Belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a modern Korean martial arts system, during a ceremony on Monday, April 28 at his martial arts studio in Austin. The ceremony takes place one day before his 81st birthday.

Willie has practiced martial arts most of his life. He started by studying kung fu as a young songwriter in Nashville. In the past 20 years, he has been training in the art of Taw Kwon Do and Gon Kwon Yu Sul, often  practicing technique on his bus while traveling to shows. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Reign at No. 1 on Top 20

Carrie Underwood Continues Her Reign at No. 1 on <em>Top 20</em>

Carrie Underwood photo by James White, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Carrie Underwood keeps her No. 1 streak alive and well, topping the Top 20 Country Countdown chart once again this week with her “Blown Away Medley!” In fact, the Top 5 videos remain unchanged this week with Hunter Hayes moving five spots to No. 7 with his latest, “Invisible.” Luke Bryan has a big debut, coming in at No. 12 with “Play It Again” and new duo Dan + Shay make their first ever countdown appearance, entering the chart at No. 20 with “19 You + Me.”

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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. Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away Medley”
  2. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  3. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  4. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  5. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  6. Keith  Urban – “Cop Car”
  7. Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”
  8. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”
  9. Lady Antebellum – “Compass”
  10. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Carrie Underwood and Eli Young Band hang out with their idols; Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert read the tabloids; Kenny Chesney is recording new music and Charlie Daniels celebrates a milestone. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

l-r: Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood & Emmylou Harris

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/carrieunderwood.

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: Still so hard to believe this actually happened! Love you @SherylCrow @TheBonnieRaitt @StevieNicks @EmmylouSongbird

Blake Shelton – BlakeShelton: Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!”

Miranda Lambert – MirandaLambert: @blakeshelton AND the imaginary baby?!

Kenny Chesney in the studio

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/kennychesney.

Kenny Chesney – KennyChesney: In studio working on new album. Can’t wait for everyone to hear the new music. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Eric Church to Release Vinyl Edition of The Outsiders for Record Store Day

Eric Church to Release Vinyl Edition of The Outsiders for Record Store Day

Eric Church photo by John Peets, courtesy of EMI Records Nashville.

Eric Church will celebrate National Record Store Day on April 19 with the release of a double gatefold vinyl version of his The Outsiders album. The vinyl will also include an exclusive album poster. This marks Eric’s second vinyl project in honor of National Record Store Day. He previously released a vinyl version of his live album, Caught in the Act: Live.

Eric recently announced he will launch his The Outsiders World Tour on September 11 in Bossier City, Louisiana. Dwight Yoakam will join him as a special guest, as well as opening acts Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark and rock band Halestorm on select dates. For tour dates and ticket information, visit www.EricChurch.com. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Take a Tour of Keith Urban’s Trailer

Take a Tour of Keith Urban's Trailer

Keith Urban photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Keith Urban took fans behind the scenes this week to show where he spends his downtime when he’s not performing or working on American Idol. In his latest web clip, he showed fans a row of RVs belonging to his fellow judges before making his way to his home away from home – a U-Haul cargo trailer.

Inside the trailer, Keith has everything he needs. There is a place to sit, his wardrobe, snacks and of course, his guitars. He’s also got a pretty great boom box that happens to play Keith Urban hits! Watch the video below for the full tour. Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Previously Unreleased Hank Williams Recordings Due Out May 20

Unreleased Hank Williams Recordings Due Out May 20

Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs, 1950.

Omnivore Records will release 24 performances from Hank Williams that have remained unheard for the last 64 years. The recordings originally aired more than six decades ago on The Garden Spot Programs, 1950. Set for release on May 20, the set follows the release of Omnivore’s collectible 10” vinyl Record Store Day EP sampler.

“It’s incredible to me that we’re still finding new recordings by my dad — great ones at that,” Hank’s daughter Jett Williams said. “No one even suspected that these recordings existed. We partnered with Omnivore Recordings for this release, and I especially love it that they’re taking my dad back to vinyl.” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

George Strait Prepares to Wrap His Final Tour

George Strait Prepares to Wrap His Final Tour

George Strait photo by Jill Trunnell, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait was just named Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards. Picking up the award didn’t sway his decision to make his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour his last full tour, however. While he plans to play the occasional show, he won’t launch another tour after wrapping the final leg of his current one at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7.

“It’s been a great two years of touring,” George said. “We probably got about 10 more things to do this year, and then we’re done for a while. I’ll probably take a year off and maybe do a record, and then I’m gonna do a few dates after that…here and there.” Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Glen Campbell Moved Into an Alzheimer’s Care Facility

Glen Campbell Moved Into an Alzheimer's Care Facility

Glen Campbell photo courtesy of BB Gun Press.

Glen Campbell has been moved into an Alzheimer’s facility, reports People.com. The legendary singer, 78, has been suffering from the disease for over three years.

“He was moved to an Alzhemier’s facility last week,” a family friend told People. “I’m not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We’ll know more next week.”

Glen and his wife Kim decided to go public with his diagnosis because Glen was embarking on a farewell tour. The couple wanted to let fans know of his condition in case he forgot lyrics or messed up a song during the performances.

Watch Glen & Kim’s interview with GAC’s Suzanne Alexander >> Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Will Carrie Underwood Top the Chart on Top 20 Again This Week?

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Tax Day is behind us, but Nan Kelley is doing some “accounting” of her own on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown! She’s counting down the Top 20 music videos this week, chosen by your votes. Carrie Underwood has been unstoppable at No. 1, but she’s facing stiff competition from a big countdown debut from Luke Bryan!

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Will Carrie make it another week at No. 1? Or will Luke debut in the top spot? Perhaps Blake Shelton or Miranda Lambert will take over the top of the chart. Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who claims this week’s No.1 spot! Check the full schedule » Continue Reading

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Apr 18

Tim McGraw’s Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Tour Essentials

Tim McGraw photo courtesy of The Green Room.

Tim McGraw will kick off his Sundown Heaven Town Tour in May, but he’s been hard at work on the show for a while. During the planning process, he makes it a collaborative effort, bringing in professionals, family, friends and even friends of friends to get their thoughts and opinions on what makes a good show. He also looks for a set that will energize everyone in attendance, especially him and his band.

“You can have every technology that’s out there, you can have the biggest screens, and you can have the best lights and all that kinda stuff, but if you’re not having fun, then they’re not gonna have fun,” he said. “I like having all that stuff, and sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s not. Even in the middle of having it, sometimes I feel like I wish I didn’t have it. But, it’s just about what makes us feel really excited about it.” Continue Reading

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