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University of Texas PressIt may be harder than ever to find female voices on country radio, but there’s no shortage of feminine viewpoints in a new collection of country music essays.

In Woman Walk the Line:  How the Women in Country Music Changed Our LivesTaylor Swift considers the impact of her fellow trailblazer, Brenda Lee, while Rosanne Cash writes about the country icon who was also her stepmother, June Carter Cash.

Though the 27-story collection won’t be out until fall, it already counts Reba McEntire as a fan.

“These personal stories -- from women, about women and the way music impacts lives -- are entertaining, thought-provoking, and, most of all, memorable,” Reba says.

The book also features Kenny Chesney’s frequent collaborator Grace Potter sharing her connection to Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt, while second-generation country artist Aubrey Sellers, daughter of Lee Ann Womack, offers her thoughts on Alison Krauss.

Writer Holly Gleason, who edited the collection and brought the project to life, has also penned an essay for the project, on Tanya Tucker.

“I’ve been fortunate to know so many dynamic women whose voices you may not know,” Gleason says, “but how they came to be the women they are is often more tied up in the artist they identified with than you’d imagine."

"So this anthology was built around the notion of reminding people how much music informs life, and offering readers access to some amazing female writers who generously share their own lives, wisdom, and love of music.”

You can pre-order Woman Walk the Line now, ahead of its September 20 release.

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River House Artists/Columbia Nashville“Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs now has some video skills to add to his resume.

The North Carolina native co-wrote the treatment for his new music video, which he shot over the Fourth of July weekend in South Carolina.

“Every night on tour when we start playing ‘When It Rains It Pours,’” Luke explains, “you can feel the fans kick it up a notch. It’s just a fun song and I always think ‘Damn, I kinda wanna be this guy in the song. He’s got it figured out.’ So for the video, I convinced my buddies to meet me in Charleston, [and] we traced the footsteps of the song for two days at the beach and somehow they let us film it…”

You can check out Luke’s adventures with his pals on YouTube.

He continues his current trek with Brantley Gilbert and Tyler Farr through the fall, before launching his own Don’t Tempt Me with a Good Time Tour October 3 in Los Angeles.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAs if having seven #1 singles in a row isn’t quite enough, Cole Swindell’s getting a little extra icing on the cake.

In addition to “Flatliner” topping the chart this week and setting a record on the Mediabase tally, Cole’s previous #1, “Middle of a Memory,” has just passed the million-seller mark, according to the RIAA. That makes it the fifth platinum single of his career.

“Middle of a Memory,” “You Should Be Here,” “Chillin’ It,” Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” have all passed the million-selling milestone, while “Let Me See Ya Girl” has been certified gold.

This weekend, Cole and his “Flatliner” duet partner Dierks Bentley pass through Sacramento and Mountain View, California, along with their What the Hell tourmate Jon Pardi.

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Warner Music NashvilleWith its lead single already in the top-20, Chris Janson is giving his fans a better picture of his sophomore album, Everybody.

The Missouri native co-wrote all twelve songs on the project, which includes his hit “Fix a Drink,” as well as the other four songs from the EP with the same title.

Chris says right down to the black-and-white picture on the cover, everything came together just like he’d hoped.

“The cover shot caught me in a great moment,” he says. “I was literally laughing on the bus, talking and cracking jokes… Shooting the photography for the album was the most relaxed I’ve ever been [in front of] a camera. It turned out exactly how I envisioned it.”

Here’s the full track listing for Everybody, which comes out September 22:

“Who’s Your Farmer”
“Everybody”
“Name on It”
“Eyes for Nobody”
“Fix a Drink”
“Out There”
“Little Bit of Both”
“Our World”
“Bein’ a Dad”
“When You Like Me”
“Redneck Life”
“Drunk Girl”

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ABC/Mark LevineDustin Lynch’s hit, “Small Town Boy,” is just steps away from becoming his latest number one. Back in June, he got to do the new single from his Current Mood album during his very first appearance on the main stage at Nissan Stadium, during CMA Music Festival.

“That was a dream come true,” Dustin tells ABC Radio. “That was a goal I set for myself as an artist, and I definitely wanted to accomplish that goal in 2017, which I did. Miraculously, it happened, and it was mind-blowing, the whole experience.”

Tonight, you can relive that career high point with Dustin during ABC’s CMA Fest special.

“You know, fifty-plus-thousand people, singing a song on a stage right in the middle of all of 'em,” he recalls. “That's the biggest stage I've ever played on in my life. And to be a part of [the annual ABC special] is such a great honor. You know, a tip of the hat from the CMAs, and that they think enough of me to include me in that group of artists that represents country music on that night.” 

You can see Dustin, along with practically every other country star imaginable, when the three-hour CMA Fest special kicks off at 8 p.m. ET tonight on ABC.

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleDolly Parton will release her first album of original children’s music this fall, with all the proceeds going to her Imagination Library, that sends free books to kids all over the world.

The entertainment legend wrote all 14 of the tracks on I Believe in You, drawing inspiration from her large family both in East Tennessee and in Nashville.

“I have all my little nieces and nephews… and I always try to keep playhouses and treehouses and things where I play with them when they come to visit me,” she explains. “And usually when I write these children's songs, I go up to the treehouse or sit there and kinda put myself back in their place, and I try to become a kid again.”

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer reveals many of the songs on the album, like “Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny” and “Chemo Hero,” were written with the next generation of Partons in mind.

“It's so easy for me to tailor-make them to my little nieces and nephews that I'm with all the time,” Dolly says. “I hear what their feelings are, how they think, the things they go through, so I try to write songs you know, to help them, too.”

I Believe in You features a new recording of Dolly’s classic “Coat of Many Colors,” as well as a bonus track with her reading the children’s book based on the song. You’ll be able to pick up a digital copy on September 29, with physical copies coming on October 13.

Here’s the complete track listing for I Believe in You:

“I Believe in You”
“Coat of Many Colors”
“Together Forever”
“I Am a Rainbow”
“I’m Here”
“A Friend Like You”
“Imagination”
“You Can Do It”
“Responsibility”
“You Gotta Be”
“Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny”
“Chemo Hero”
“Brave Little Soldier”
Bonus track:  Coat of Many Colors book read by Dolly Parton

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Comstock/Thinkstock Elvis Presley scored his final #1 on the country chart after his death in 1977. Can you name his posthumous chart-topper from 1981? ANSWER:  "Guitar Man."

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Bob D'Amico/ABCKelsea Ballerini steps up to the mic tonight to co-host ABC’s annual special taped at CMA Music Festival back in June. While it’s her first time hosting the three-hour extravaganza, her recent tourmate Thomas Rhett returns to helm the show for a second year.

The “Legends” hitmaker has an interesting theory as to why she and TR make such a good pair.

“Me and Thomas got to tour together earlier this year,” she explains. “I feel like we're the same person, he's just a boy. And so, we became such good friends and just bonded over so much. And he loves [my fiance] Morgan [Evans], I love [his wife] Lauren, and we're all just really good friends.”

Kelsea already has one high-profile hosting gig under her belt, having emceed ABC’s Greatest Hits with Arsenio Hall last summer. The 23-year-old shares a similar kind of camaraderie with TR as she did with the talk show legend.

“It's really nice just being able to co-host with someone that you're comfortable with,” Kelsea says. “It was the same with Arsenio when I got to do that with him. You get to just have this synergy together that feels kind of effortless. It's been really fun.”

You can check out all the music and star-studded fun when CMA Fest premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks is celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Chase and In Pieces by giving away free copies of both projects, in partnership with Geico and Amazon Music. You can download the classic albums for a limited time at Amazon.com.

Two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke will do her first-ever full concert in Music City this Friday night at the Nashville Palace. She’ll also perform her #1 hit with Moe Bandy, “It’s a Cheating Situation,” Saturday night on the Grand Ole Opry.     

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery has signed a new deal with Triple Tigers Records. Look for new music to follow his current single, “Five More Minutes.”

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ATO Records2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack returns October 27 with her first new album since 2014’s The Way I’m Livin’.

The daughter of the Lone Star State traveled back to her native Texas for The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, recording most of the album at the legendary SugarHill Studios in Houston. In fact, she stood on practically the same spot to record her cover of George Jones’ “Take the Devil out of Me,” as the legend did for the original in 1959.

“I wanted to get out of Nashville and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas,” Lee Ann says. “I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that.”

Lee Ann co-wrote most of the album’s 14 tracks, which was produced by her husband, Frank Liddell, who’s also known for his work with Miranda Lambert.

Here’s the complete track listing for The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone:

“All the Trouble”
“The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone”
“He Called Me Baby”
“Hollywood”
“End of the End of the World”
“Bottom of the Barrel”
“Shine On Rainy Day”
“Mama Lost Her Smile”
“Wicked”
“Long Black Veil”
“Someone Else’s Heartache”
“Sunday”
“Talking Behind Your Back”
“Take the Devil Out of Me”

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The GreenRoomKip Moore is teaming up with arguably the most famous skateboarder in the world, Tony Hawk, to put on the Music City Skate Jam next month in Nashville.

The September 10 event will take place in Walk of Fame Park across from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It’ll combine performances by Kip, newcomer Jordan Davis, and Dee Jay Silver with a skateboarding demo by Hawk.

“I think what’s always driven me at my core, throughout my career, was to one day have the capability to make a major impact in inner cities around the country,” Kip says. In the past few years, the Georgia native has built five skateparks around the country, through his foundation, Kip’s Kids Fund.

“I was never a true skater,” he explains, “but always admired the brotherhood of the skating community. Having a chance to team up with a guy like Tony, who’s so respected for all he does, is beyond what I could’ve imagined. I’m super stoked to combine what we do, as we both share similar visions.”

Proceeds from the Music City Skate Jam will go to both Kip and Tony’s charitable efforts. Tickets are on sale now at KipMoore.net.

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ABC/Image Group LA Billy Currington has made it to the top, and he’s not letting go. For the third week in a row, his hit “Do I Make You Wanna” sits at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

The Georgia native is only the fourth artist this year to have a three-week #1, following Jon PardiSam Hunt and Blake Shelton.

What’s even more impressive is that Billy's previous chart-topper, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To,” also spent two weeks at the top. Only five other artists have had back-to-back multiple-week number-ones in the past four years:  Luke BryanKeith UrbanDierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and Shelton.

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BMLGThomas Rhett will hit Chicago, Boston and Philadephia -- all in the same day -- to celebrate the release of his third album, Life Changes.

TR is calling his intimate, release-day shows "Live from the B-Stage," since they were inspired by the set he plays out in the audience during his Home Team Tour.

Thomas hand-picked the three locations for the September 8 concerts because he has a special relationship with each one.

“I can’t wait to get back in these cities and these venues,” he says, “with the fans who have really impacted by career and life. Joe’s in Chicago was one of the first places I ever sold out as a headliner, and Boston and Philly were also two markets we built from the ground up, and those fans have been with me since the beginning. It’s going to be really cool to be back in these cities and share this new music with the fans for the first time.”

You can secure a spot on the guest list for one of the shows by pre-ordering a limited-edition bundle online that includes the album, starting at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

Life Changes comes out September 8, the same day as Thomas Rhett’s "Live from the B-Stage" appearances.

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney’s ten-year concert retrospective, Live in No Shoes Nation, boasts a mammoth 29 tracks and an impressive list of superstars who’ve joined him on the road.

“No Shoes Nation not only knows no boundaries, we love all kinds of music,” Kenny says of his fans. “It’s why Grace Potter is as loved as Eric Church, why David Lee Murphy gets the same response as Zac Brown and his guys. We love life, we love music, and we really love each other!”

While Grace, Eric and Zac Brown Band join Kenny to sing his hits, David Lee Murphy gets a chance to include Kenny on his own chart-topper from 1995, “Dust on the Bottle.” Taylor Swift adds her vocals to “Big Star,” while Old Dominion sings on a recent Kenny hit they co-wrote, “Save It for a Rainy Day.”

Here’s the complete rundown of songs on Kenny Chesney: Live in No Shoes Nation, which comes out October 27:

“Flora-Bama”
“Summertime”
“Big Star” (with Taylor Swift)
“Boston”
“When I See This Bar” (with Eric Church)
“No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”
“Anything But Mine”
“Down the Road” (with Mac McAnally)
“Guitars and Tiki Bars”
“Hemingway’s Whiskey”
“Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” (with Zac Brown Band)
“I’m Alive”
“Save It for a Rainy Day” (with Old Dominion)
“Pirate Flag”
“Somewhere with You”
“I Go Back”
“One Step Up”
“American Kids”
“You and Tequila” (with Grace Potter)
“Young”
“There Goes My Life”
“Out Last Night”
“Dust on the Bottle” (with David Lee Murphy)
“Coastal”
“The Boys of Fall”
“Noise”
“Old Blue Chair”
“The Joker”/”Three Little Birds” (with Dave Matthews)
“Happy on the Hey Now”

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she's best known for her hit "Nobody," Sylvia scored her first Billboard #1 with another one-word title in April of 1981. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Drifter."

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Warner Music NashvilleThere’s a new album on the way from Blake Shelton -- and it’ll be out in less than two weeks.

Blake Shelton (Live) was recorded earlier this summer at his pop-up show during CMA Music Festival. The six-track EP includes five #1 hits, as well as perennial favorite “Ol’ Red.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Blake Shelton (Live), which comes out August 25:

“All About Tonight”
“Honey Bee”
“Ol’ Red”
“Home”
“Boys ‘Round Here”
“A Guy with a Girl”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Big & Rich’s John Rich currently is hiring staff at his Redneck Riviera honky tonk in Nashville, which is set to open in October.

Newcomer Seth Ennis is releasing the new single, “Look at You,” as the follow-up to “Woke Up in Nashville.”

The lead single from Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings album, “Vice,” has been certified platinum by the RIAA.

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BMLGConsidering that Midland’s debut single is called “Drinkin’ Problem,” it only seems natural they should call their first album On the Rocks.

“We’ve poured our hearts and our souls into writing and making these songs and are extremely proud of what we’ve been about to create,” lead singer Mark Wystrach says.

On the Rocks is a confluence of our musical tastes and our reverence for classic country,” the trio’s Cameron Duddy adds.

On the cover, the three sport brightly colored suits embellished with rhinestones and western art, in the style made famous by designers Nudie and Manuel.  

“This record is truly a nod to the time period we are influenced by and is an effort to bring that sound and that pageantry back to the forefront,” Jess Carson says of their style.

The three had a hand in writing all of the project’s 13 tracks, including their breakout hit, which has just been certified gold. Look for Midland to perform “Drinkin’ Problem” Wednesday, when they make their late-night debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Here’s the complete track listing for On the Rocks, which comes out September 22:

“Lonely for You Only”
“Make a Little”
“Drinkin’ Problem”
“At Least You Cried”
“Burn Out”
“Out of Sight”
“More Than a Fever”
“Check Cashin’ Country”
“Nothin’ New Under the Neon”
“This Old Heart”
“Altitude Adjustment”
“Electric Rodeo”
“Somewhere on the Wind”

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BMLGWith the arrival of daughter Ada James Akins this weekend, Thomas Rhett admits he is now officially #outnumbered, as he joked in a recent Instagram post.

Saturday, Ada joined big sister Willa Gray, who TR and wife Lauren adopted from a Ugandan orphanage earlier this year. Thomas confesses he and Lauren are just figuring things out as they go along.

“We don't have any idea what we're doing at all,” he says candidly. “And I feel like we kinda got spoiled on the front end, because Willa sleeps like 12 hours a night.”

Even as his family grows, TR isn’t slowing down career-wise. He’ll be back at work Thursday night, playing in Brownsville, Oregon, and on September 9, his third album, the aptly titled Life Changes, comes out.

“I think for me personally, I'm just trying to enjoy the ride, and trying to cherish all these great moments,” Thomas reflects. “Because we have gotten to do a lot of cool stuff over the past couple years, and especially this year, getting to headline and having a baby and putting a record out is probably the busiest year of my life. But it's a lot of good things that I'll remember for a lifetime.”

Wednesday night, you can catch Thomas Rhett hosting the annual three-hour CMA Fest special, along with Kelsea Ballerini. The non-stop night of stars kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Courtesy of Getty Images' Rick DiamondJason Aldean raised more than $700,000 for the children’s hospital in his hometown this weekend, thanks to his sold-out Concert for the Kids in Macon, Georgia.

Before the show, the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year visited with patients and their families, and the hospital officially renamed one of its streets Jason Aldean Way.

“Macon will always be my roots,” Jason reflected. “When I moved away to chase music, all I wanted to do was make my family and hometown proud. But, I’m just a singer. I’m honored to be able to do what I do to help raise money, but the doctors and staff are the heroes and are changing these kids' lives.”

This was the second year in a row that Jason’s held the fundraising concert. In all, he’s brought in more than $1.2 million for the facility.

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