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Cole Swindell Closing Show with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" Due to Fan Response

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell's latest #1 hit, "Ain't Worth the Whiskey," has become such a favorite with the fans that Cole is now closing his shows with the song.

While his first two chart-toppers, "Chillin' It" and "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," get a great reaction in concert, he says, "There's just something about 'Ain't Worth the Whiskey,'  man that everybody, whether they're going through it or they've been through it, you can tell [by] the way they sing it, the way they mean it."

Cole personally understands what those fans are going through when they identify with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey."

"I fell in love with country music because it can make you feel something or help you through something," says Cole, "There's been so many people that have had songs that have gotten me through stuff. If I can have one that'll get somebody through it, then that's crazy."

Cole takes his live show to Council Bluffs, Iowa Thursday night.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe cast of ABC's Nashville will play a second show at New York City's Beacon Theatre on April 30. Tickets for the first show on April 29 are sold out.

Craig Campbell's 3rd Annual Celebrity Cornhole Challenge raised more than $100,000 for colorectal cancer education, research and prevention last Sunday in Nashville. Jerrod Niemann and Charlie Worsham were among the stars taking part in the concert following the Cornhole Challenge.

Country newcomer Cam has released her debut EP, Welcome to Cam Country. The project features her debut single "My Mistake." Look for her to make her Grand Ole Opry debut on May 29.

Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch are taking over the Mandalay Bay Beach in Las Vegas for a concert on Friday, August 28.

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Kenny Rogers to Play Final Shows in South Africa This June

Image Courtesy SKH MusicKenny Rogers will make his final concert appearances in South Africa this June. The farewell shows kick off with a two-night stand in Johannesburg June 15 and 16. He'll perform a final show in Cape Town on June 18.

Tickets for these concerts are now on sale through Computicket. Kenny performed his farewell tour of Australia earlier this year.

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Chase Bryant Spreading Good News and Encouragement with Give a Little Bit of You Campaign

Image Courtesy Chris Tuite/BBRChase Bryant wants to help you spread some good news and encouragement with his new Give a Little Bit of You campaign. The effort ties in with Chase's new single, "Little Bit of You." Nominate someone in your community who deserves recognition for their volunteer work or someone who is going through a rough spot and could use some good news. Two grand prize winners will be chosen at random and each receive a $500 gift card.

The first 500 people to nominate someone else will get two copies of Chase's debut EP -- one for themselves and one for a friend.  Go to ChaseBryant.com for more details.

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Brothers Osborne Capture Their Evolving Sound on New Single, "Stay a Little Longer"

Image Courtesy UMGACM Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Brothers Osborne have just released their brand-new single, "Stay a Little Longer." The song originally appeared on an early EP from the duo, but this new version of the track captures their evolving sound following tours with Eric Church and Darius Rucker.

Brothers Osborne's John Osborne says, "We went back and rerecorded it in the way that we sound now. It’s quite the same but there’s definitely a few more flavors involved.”

TJ Osborne adds, "It's been one of the best songs we play live."

Brothers Osborne will perform "Stay  a Little Longer" during their opening set on Darius Rucker's Southern Style tour launching May 14 in Holmdel, New Jersey.

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Garth Brooks Playing Tampa June 5 & 6

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has announced his latest additions to his ongoing tour.  Garth will play the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida June 5 and 6. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

More info's at GarthBrooks.com.

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Justin Moore Focused on Moving His Music Forward with Next Studio Album

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking some time away from country radio for the time being as he records his upcoming studio album. The short break gives Justin time to explore new sounds and find the direction for his next musical chapter.

He tells Entertainment Weekly, "I’m a fan of people who make a different album every time -- and I’m a fan of people who still make albums as opposed to just a collection of songs -- so this album will definitely be different than the last."

Justin has written a ton of new songs for the project, but fans shouldn't expect him to abandon his country roots.

As he moves forward, Justin says, "The trick is figuring out how to stay true to yourself and what’s gotten you to this point in your career."

Justin is still on the road as he works on the new album. He has a show in Verona, New York on April 8.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrad Paisley hails from which town in West Virginia? ANSWER: Glen Dale.

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Garth Brooks Playing Tampa June 5 & 6

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks has announced his latest additions to his ongoing tour.  Garth will play the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida June 5 and 6. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 10 at 10:00 a.m. via Ticketmaster.

More info's at GarthBrooks.com.

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Darius Rucker Invites Fans Across the Country to Enjoy His Latest Album, "Southern Style"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker's latest album, Southern Style, is inspired by his laid-back way of life in Charleston, South Carolina, but he insists that way of life isn't bound to one geographical region.

"There's people in Wisconsin and Michigan and Idaho living the same lifestyle we're living," Darius explains. "It's not really a Southern thing. It's more of a rural America, kind of, you know, go to work, you know, come home, take care of your kids, pay your bills and when you can have fun, have as much fun as you can and live life."

Darius wrote more than 60 songs for Southern Style, including the lead single "Homegrown Honey." While he's open to cutting other writers' songs, Darius looks for a personal connection with each song he records.

He says, "Most of the songs are songs that I feel something about or in some way, really mean a lot to me."

Now that Southern Style is on sale, Darius is looking forward to launching his tour behind the project. The trek starts May 14 in New Jersey.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrisha Yearwood's new cookbook, Trisha's Table: My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life, is now in stores. Look for her to promote it on ABC's Good Morning America and The Chew on Tuesday.

Look for Keith Urban to sit down for an interview on TBS's Conan Tuesday.

Brad Paisley appears on ABC's hidden-camera series Repeat After Me Tuesday night at 8:30 ET.

Rodney Atkins is performing his 2nd Annual Livin' Room Live Show with his wife Rose Falcon on StageIt Tuesday night at 8:30 ET. Fans can buy tickets to stream the show for $5, and proceeds are going to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, Tennessee. Rodney lived at the home for a while as a child before he was adopted.

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Opener Thomas Rhett Floored by the Fans' Energy on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes Tour

Image Courtesy BMLGThomas Rhett has been floored by the energy coming from the crowds on Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes tour. Even more surprising is the age range of the fans buying tickets to the shows.

Thomas tells ABC Radio, "What I've noticed on the FGL tour is there's a lot of kids there, too. I'm talking about like 11 and 12 years old, and then there's a lot of people that are up into their 50s and 60s and 70s. It's a pretty wide variety of people."

Thomas goes on just before Florida Georgia Line and after the first act of the night, Frankie Ballard. No matter who's on stage, the fans are going wild all night long.

"The common thread between all the FGL shows is that everybody comes to get rowdy and to party and to be loud," Thomas says. "I've never seen a crowd that stands up that long."

FGL's Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard create a friendly and fun atmosphere for everyone backstage, too.  Thomas adds, "You couldn't ask for two better guys to tour with."

Thomas and FGL will hit the road again together April 30 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and More Featured on TV Series "Front and Center"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride and Sara Evans are among the country stars featured on the public television music series Front and Center next month. Starting April 4, an episode featuring a performance from Hunter Hayes and some of Nashville's top songwriters will begin airing on public television stations. The episode featuring Sara Evans and Martina McBride begins airing April 18 with the Little Big Town'sperformance to broadcast on April 25.

Check your local listings for exact air dates and times for these country-themed installments of Front and Center on PBS.

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Jason Aldean Part of Jay Z's New Streaming Service, Tidal; More Details Coming Later Today

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is one of the music stars involved in the relaunch of Jay Z's newly purchased music streaming service, Tidal. He appears alongside superstars Beyoncé, RihannaNicki Minaj, Kanye West and Madonna in a new video posted on his Instagram account.

An announcement about Tidal, originally launched as a Swedish audiophile streaming service before being purchased by the rapper earlier this year, is expected in the next few hours.

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Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard and More Playing Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic

Image Courtesy Shock InkEric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Merle Haggard are on the bill for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic this summer in Austin, Texas. The 42nd edition of Willie's Picnic also will feature appearances from Jamey Johnson, Leon Russell and Asleep at the Wheel.

The show will take place at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Willie staged the first 4th of July picnic just outside Austin in Dripping Springs.

"I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together," Willie explains. "I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea, to this year have it back in Austin, but at a more comfortable venue for the fans AND the pickers."

Tickets for Willie's 4th of July Picnic go on sale Friday, April 10 at Ticketmaster.com and CircuitoftheAmericas.com.

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Brantley Gilbert Releasing Expanded "Just as I Am Platinum Edition" on May 19

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is releasing an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19, one year after the album's debut. The Just as I Am Platinum Edition will include five new tracks, including a remix of "Bottoms Up" featuring rapper T.I. The project features the original hit version of that song along with the singles "One Hell of an Amen" and "Small Town Throwdown" with Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Here is the Just as I Am Platinum Edition track listing:

"If You Want a Bad Boy"
"17 Again"
"Bottoms Up"
"That Was Us"
"I'm Gone"
"My Baby's Guns N' Roses"
"Lights of My Hometown"
"One Hell of an Amen"
"Small Town Throwdown"
"Let It Ride"
"My Faith in You"
"G.R.I.T.S."
"Read Me My Rights"
"Grown Ass Man"
"Bottoms Up (Remix)" featuring T.I.
"Do What the Night Wants"
"Stone Cold Sober"
"Same Old Song"
"Just as I Am"

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Newlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr Plan to Expand the Family in the Next Few Years

Image Courtesy CMANewlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr plan to add to their  family pretty soon. After getting married in Mexico earlier this month, Jason now tells People, "In the next couple of years, probably, we definitely want to have kids."

Jason's two daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl, are excited at the prospect of a new sibling.

He adds, "They want a brother, so we'll see what we can do about that."

Brittany is keeping Jason company on his the road during his Burn It Down tour. The trek continues April 9 in Wichita, Kansas.

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Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and More Added to ACM Awards Lineup

Image Courtesy ACM Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts have been added to the performers lineup for the 50th Annual ACM Awards coming up April 19. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will also appear on the live broadcast.

Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan Shay will perform a duet with pop star Nick Jonas and Christina Aguilera will collaborate with a surprise artist, too. Christina's ACM performance comes just days after her April 15 debut on ABC's Nashville as a pop star hoping to make a country album.

Jason Aldean, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line are among the previously announced performers.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

What was Blake Shelton's first number one song on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER:  "Austin," in 2001.

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Maddie & Tae Cover Everything from Bullies to Fishing on Debut Album

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsFrom high school bullies to fishing, Maddie & Tae say they’ve covered it all on their first album.

“We poured our whole hearts into Start Here, and I cannot wait to just show our fans the whole Maddie & Tae spiel. Songs that cover all different topics,” Maddie says, as Tae chimes in her agreement.

One of Maddie’s favorite songs on the record is called "The Down Side of Growing Up," something she and her musical  partner have apparently done while simultaneously making this record.

“We've been writing this record for five years, so we've had this kind of evolution of music and our journey over the past five years has changed a lot,” Tae reflects, “but it's been fun for us, 'cause we've gotten to write about it and kind of get our different emotions out.”

Look for Maddie and Tae’s debut in stores and online June 2. It features their first number one, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their current hit, “Fly.”

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