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Hunter Hayes and Lady A's Charles Kelley Performing at Harvest Night


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley will perform at the Harvest Night event September 20 as part of the Music City Food and Wine Festival. Festival co-founders Kings of Leon are also on the bill for the show along with Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael McDonald and Nashville's Clare Bowen. Each artist will perform with the house band, The Long Players, made up of Nashville studio musicians.

For ticket information, go to MusicCityFoodandWineFestival.com.

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Parmalee to Perform "Close Your Eyes" with Mike Huckabee During Saturday Night TV Appearance


Broken Bow Label GroupParmalee is set to perform their latest hit, "Close Your Eyes," on FOX News's Huckabee Saturday night at 8 ET. The guys also will be joined by the host, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, on bass for the performance.

"Close Your Eyes" is the follow-up to Parmalee's #1 hit "Carolina." Both songs are included on the band's debut album, Feels Like Carolina.  

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Florida Georgia Line to Be Featured in Major SEC Football Coverage This Season


Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has recorded a special version of their song "That's What's Up" for CBS's SEC football coverage this season. The original version of the song appears on FGL's upcoming album, Anything Goes, due out October 14.

Florida Georgia Line's Anything Goes Tailgate 2014 is set for October 31 at the Jacksonville Shipyards in Florida. Footage from that performance will be broadcast the next day on CBS's coverage of the Florida versus Georgia game. FGl's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are also taking part in a Fantasy Football league at CBSSports.com with lucky fans who won a spot in their league.

Listen to Florida Georgia Line's new song Saturday afternoon as Georgia takes on South Carolina.

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Luke Bryan Is the First Performer Announced for 48th Annual CMA Awards


Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is the first performer confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards being held November 5 in Nashville. He's up for three trophies, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Crash My Party.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts of the CMA Awards which aire Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT, live on ABC.

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Brad Paisley Gives a Tour of the Bar That Inspired His Latest Album, "Moonshine in the Trunk"


CMABrad Paisley shows off his Air Force One rocks glass in a tour of his brand-new, at-home bar that inspired his latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Brad picked up the souvenir when he accompanied President Obama on a trip to entertain the troops in the Middle East earlier this year.

Brad also gives fans a look at his extensive moonshine and bourbon collection in the clip at People.com. People subscribers can look forward to receiving the latest issue of People Country featuring Brad on the cover.  

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Blake Shelton's Duet with Barbra Streisand Now Available for Streaming


Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton's new duet with Barbra Streisand, "I'd Want It to Be You," has been posted on People.com. The track is included on Barbra's new duets album, Partners, but it's not her first time collaborating with a country star. Barbra teamed up with Vince Gill for the duet, "If You Ever Leave Me," on her 1999 album, A Love Like Ours.

Partners comes out Tuesday featuring additional collaborations with Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie, as well as a duet with Elvis Presley on "Love Me Tender."

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"Rose Garden" Singer Lynn Anderson Arrested for DUI in Nashville


CMACountry star Lynn Anderson was arrested for driving under the influence Friday morning in Nashville following a car crash Thursday night.

According to Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN, the singer admitted to taking prescription medication and drinking alcohol prior to the crash. No one was injured in the crash, and Anderson was released on a $5,000 bond.

Anderson released a statement Friday saying, "I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident.  By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result.  I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path."

Lynn Anderson was previously arrested for DUI in 2004 when officers found her passed out in her car on the side of the road. The Grammy winner is best known for her 1971 hit, "Rose Garden."

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Jerrod Niemann Sharing the Spotlight with Historic Ryman Auditorium Friday Night


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleJerrod Niemann can't wait to entertain the crowd at his Friday night show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, but he knows he'll be sharing the spotlight with the building itself.

Jerrod says, "The Ryman is truly one of the only places in the world that, no matter who plays there, it's still the Ryman. You know, it's the star of the show."

The former home of the Grand Ole Opry has hosted music legends such as Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. Musical memories are still being made on the Ryman stage as it hosts star-studded events like the ACM Honors and return visits from the Grand Ole Opry as well as high-profile concerts

"Just to go into the Ryman is always fun, and I've been onstage a couple times with friends," Jerrod adds. "But to be able to headline it, it's one of those --  not to be cliché --  surreal moments that hasn't set in."

Jerrod also hopes to coerce some of his famous friends to make special appearances at his Friday night show. We'll keep you posted on who shows up.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Justin Moore's oldest daughter? ANSWER: Ella.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNew country duo Maddie & Tae will perform their debut single, "Girl in a Country Song," on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman Friday night.

Brantley Gilbert will share the secrets that shot him to the top of the country charts in a panel at the Billboard Touring Conference November 19 and 20 in New York City.

The latest installment of Luke Bryan's LBTV video series takes fans behind the scenes at his Tuesday night performance on CBS's Fashion Rocks special. The new clip includes interview footage of Luke and his band preparing to perform a brand-new song, "I See You," on the show.

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Florida Georgia Line Already Rolling Out New Songs from "Anything Goes" in Their Live Show


Republic NashvilleWhile Florida Georgia Line's latest hit, "Dirt," continues its climb to the top of the country airplay chart, the duo is getting a head start on a new video for a brand-new song called "Sun Daze." FGL's Brian Kelley confirmed via Instagram they were filming the clip in Nashville this week.

As previously reported, "Sun Daze" contains a reference to getting stoned, but FGL's Tyler Hubbard tells ABC News Radio they've got an edited version of the song suited for country radio.

He says, "Man, it was actually a Sunday when we finished it, and it just fit perfectly. So, we love that song. Wanted to cut it, and definitely did a little radio edit. We're excited about playing that one live, for sure."

"Dirt" and "Sun Daze" are both included on Florida Georgia Line's upcoming album, Anything Goes, and they've already added the title track to their set list.

"That's a fun one," Tyler says. "That gets the crowd going. They don't even know it yet."

Tyler also highlights a new song called "Every Night" he expects will get a big reaction from concert crowds. Look for FGL's new album, Anything Goes, to come out October 14.

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Justin Moore Getting His Sleep on the Road Since Baby, Rebecca Klein, Arrived in July


Valory Music Co. Justin Moore and his wife, Kate, haven't been getting much rest since they welcomed their third daughter, Rebecca Klein, in July.

Justin says, "I'm definitely having to go on the road right now to get sleep. She's happy and healthy and doing great, but she doesn't like to sleep too much."

While he loves his three daughters, Justin would like to have a boy one day. That doesn't mean he's ready to start trying for one any time soon.

"My wife told me the other day, it was like four in the morning, we were up with the baby, she goes, 'I could do this again,'" Justin says with a laugh. "I said, 'Get away from me. I'm going to work. Leave me alone.'  So, I don't know. She can't keep her hands off of me."

Justin is getting some good sleep in between shows on Miranda Lambert's Platinum tour this weekend.

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Country Stars Remembers Those We Lost on 9/11


Big Machine RecordsQuite a few country stars took to Twitter Thursday to share their remembrances of those lost on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

Rascal Flatts -- "We can NEVER forget those lost, nor the ongoing costs to maintain and preserve our freedom. God bless America #fallenheroes #weremember 9/11"

Hunter Hayes -- "Praying for peace and love all over the world and thinking about those who need it the most especially today. #NeverForget"

Luke Bryan -- "Go USA. God bless the families who lost loved ones on this day."

The Band Perry's Neil Perry posted this tweet along with a photograph of the Freedom Tower-- "'The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.' #wewillneverforget #911anniversary #freedomtower"

Thomas Rhett -- "Let us remember those we lost and those who continue to sacrifice. #UnitedWeStand"

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Kenny Chesney Opens Up About His College Football Playstation Addiction, Drinking with George Strait


Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleIf Kenny Chesney goes on a little late for one of his concerts next year, it might be because he's sitting on his bus, playing NCAA Football on his Playstation. Kenny admits he's "pretty addicted" to the video game.

Looking back on his 2013 tour, Kenny tells People, "Several nights my tour manager would come on the bus and say, 'It's time to go onstage,' when I'm in the middle of the fourth quarter, and I'm like, 'They can wait!'"

Kenny is no couch potato, though. He gets up really early every day to work with his trainer after eating five egg whites and one whole egg scrambled with peppers and coconut oil.  "That's my daily ritual," he says.

Kenny has been known to splurge on his diet, but he prefers to get his calories from alcohol over fried foods. He had his last hangover back in June, the morning after George Strait's final tour stop at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

"George invited a lot of acts, and there was a big party [after the show]," Kenny says. "The next day was awful. The mixture of stuff was what killed me."

For more of Kenny's confessions, pick up the latest issue of People.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church's fan club? ANSWER: The Church Choir.

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Little Big Town's Karen and Kimberly Offering Hand-Picked Home Items Through Joss & Main


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman are two of country music's most stylish women. Now, they're bringing their design sense to the fans thanks to a new partnership with Joss & Main, a private sale site for the home. The sale features elements from Karen's rustic-meets-modern design in her living room and guest bedroom along with items from Kimberly's charming, southern kitchen.

"Kimberly and I have very different styles from one another, but we both have a passion for making our homes a beautiful retreat to enjoy time with our family and friends when we're home in Nashville," Karen says. "We're thrilled to share this excitement with Joss & Main on a beautifully curated assortment of items for the home."

Karen and Kimberly's sale is available at JossandMain.com now through October 7.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Church refers to the seats behind the stage on The Outsiders World Tour as "The Choir Loft."

Tim McGraw's collaboration with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban on "Highway Don't Care" has been certified double-platinum for more than two-million downloads and digital plays.

Kix Brooks is filming a pilot for a new Food Network show called Steakout. According to The Tennessean, Kix will visit steakhouses around the country on the show. An airdate hasn't been announced yet.

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David Nail on Ray Rice Fallout: "The NFL Must Think We're Just Morons"


Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail finished up tour rehearsals for his I'm a Fire tour Wednesday in Nashville, but he was keeping up with the fallout from the release of the Ray Rice elevator video just like every other sports junkie. In the video, former Baltimore Ravens team member Ray Rice is seen punching his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, inside an Atlantic City casino elevator. Another video showing him dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator surfaced earlier this year.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell claims the league never saw the video from inside the elevator until it was released earlier this week, but David think it's "comical" to think they never had access to that footage.

"The NFL must think we're just morons," David says. "You know, you hear people 365 days a year talk about the almighty NFL, how powerful they are, how much money they have, and to think that they couldn't have somehow had access to that video and known that months ago, weeks after it happened, is just ridiculous.

Ray Rice has been fired from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league since the tape from inside the elevator went public, but other first-time domestic violence offenders in the NFL will only get a six-game suspension going forward. David doesn't see the logic in the NFL's approach in dealing with Rice.

"So, the rule doesn't apply to him, or just because he was first and we have a video, his is worse? It doesn't make any sense," David explains. "If you're having to adjust your rules as time goes along, evidently, you probably don't know exactly what you're doing, and you're probably not the person that should be making the rules."

In the future, David thinks the NFL should discipline players as soon as a domestic violence police report is filed on them, instead of waiting until something like a video becomes public.

He adds, "It's like, if you need a video to know what went on based on the police report, but we're gonna wait for due process or whatever it is, it's just like, 'Come on, man.'  It's pretty ridiculous."

David will be keeping up with this story as he launches his I'm a Fire tour Thursday night in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Eric Church Getting Closer than Ever to His Fans on The Outsiders World Tour, Starting Tonight


Image Courtesy CMAEric Church's Outsiders World Tour kicks off Thursday night in Bossier City, Louisiana. For the first time, Eric is setting up his stage in a 360-degree configuration, which means he'll be surrounded by fans during the show.

Eric explains, "There’ll be no barrier if you’re behind the stage, if you’re in front of the stage, wherever you are, it’s gonna be the same experience. We’re gonna work it that way. There won’t be just one front row, there’s gonna be multiple front rows all the way around the stage."

Giving his fans more access is very important to Eric, who goes to great lengths to make sure his fans access to concert tickets over scalpers. He's got a few other tricks up his sleeve with the show's design to connect with fans all the way up in the upper levels, although he's not spilling the details on those.

Eric adds, "I wanted [people anywhere in the arena] to have that experience, that complete arena experience, where regardless of where you were sitting, you were a part of the show, just like we were."

Eric is taking Dwight Yoakam along on The Outsiders World Tour along with Brandy Clark and Brothers Osborne on select dates.

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Vince Gill to Be Honored as a BMI Icon This November at 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards


Morris PRVince Gill will be honored as a BMI Icon at the 62nd Annual BMI Country Awards Tuesday, November 4 in Nashville. The music rights organization gives the Icon award to "songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Previous recipients include Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr.

The BMI Country Awards are an invitation-only event held every year the night before the CMA Awards.

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