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Apr 21

Watch the Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Announcement Live

The Country Music Hall of Fame will announce its next class of inductees on Tuesday, April 22. Fans can stream the announcement live from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Rotunda on CMAWorld.com at 11/10 a.m. CT.

Inductees will be announced in the Modern Area category, Veteran Era category and the category that rotates between Non-Performer, Recording and/or Touring Musician, and this year’s category, Songwriter. To be eligible for the Modern Era Category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 20 years ago. To be eligible for the Veteran Era Category, the inductee must have received national prominence more than 45 years ago. Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Go Behind the Scenes of Luke Bryan’s Parade Photo Shoot

Go Behind the Scenes of Luke Bryan's <em>Parade</em> Photo Shoot

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan wasn’t always a country music superstar. Growing up, he put in long hours at his father’s peanut mill, all while balancing school and a love of music. In the latest installment of his LBTV webisode series, Luke takes to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia for a behind-the-scenes look at his photo shoot for Parade magazine.

During the clip, Luke shows fans a bit of his father’s peanut mill and recounts what it was like growing up in Leesburg. He also talks about why he moved to Nashville and the differences between small towns and Music City. Watch the video below! Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Kacey Musgraves’ New Single Comes from Real-Life Breakup

Kacey Musgraves' New Single Comes from Real-Life Breakup

Kacey Musgraves photo courtesy of Mercury Nashville.

Kacey Musgraves has released “Keep It To Yourself” to country radio as her latest single. She penned the song while going through a breakup and says it was difficult for her to write as she’s never been good at self-discipline.

“When this song talks about keeping it to yourself, it’s just about knowing and wanting to know how that person feels about you, but just knowing that it’s not good for you anymore and that you literally have to be the strong person and say, ‘Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in,’” Kacey said. “It’s going to create that cycle again. Continue Reading

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Apr 21

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Singer Kevin Sharp Dies at 43

Kevin Sharp

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of singer Kevin Sharp, who died Saturday, April 19 at the age of 43. Kevin is best known for his 1996 debut single, “Nobody Knows.”

As a high school senior, Kevin was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which had spread to his lungs. Through the Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, Kevin met producer David Foster. After his cancer treatments, Kevin went into remission in 1991. Foster’s connections helped Kevin land a record deal with country label Asylum. Kevin’s debut single, a cover of the Tony Rich Project song “Nobody Knows,” topped the country charts in 1996.

Over the weekend, Kevin’s website posted this statement:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Platinum Country Recording Artist Kevin Sharp on Saturday April 19, 2014 at 10:00 pm PST. Born on December 10, 1970, Kevin took the Country Music scene by storm with his first No. 1 hit, “Nobody Knows.” He had several other hits to his name and in the last few years, traveled the country with an extremely successful Motivational Speaking career.

Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.

It is requested that if anyone would like to make a donation in Kevin’s memory, that donations be made to the closest Make A Wish Chapter in the donor’s area so that wishes can continue to be granted for other children. Click here to donate to Make A Wish >>

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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.”

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

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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