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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedOn Wednesday, ACM hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley cranked up the promotion machine as they counted down to Sunday night's telecast.

Despite an early wake-up call for an appearance on CBS This Morning, both of the singers' funny bones were still much intact as they met with reporters later on. Dierks took the first shot, accusing Luke of taking too long to get ready.

“I just woke up this morning looking like this. It's just how I roll out of bed,” said Dierks, who was wearing jeans and a denim jacket. “And Luke...we had a little delay getting started because Luke has to spend a lot of time waxing and, y'know, fluffing, and oiling and getting moisturizer on.”

“Stuffing!” Luke shouted, going along with the joke.

“Stuffing, down below,” Dierks cracked, referring to Luke's jeans.  “So it took a little while to get Luke ready this morning!”

Luke and Dierks will showcase more of their comic stylings Wednesday night on CBS, as they stop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert at 11:35 p.m. ET.

Sunday is the pair’s big day, as they host, perform and are nominated at the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. The show airs on CBS live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET. 

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BMLGRascal Flatts may have taken a back-to-basics approach to their tenth studio album, producing and co-writing much of it themselves, but the trio included plenty of their friends in the effort as well.

Lauren Alaina contributes vocals to “Are You Happy Now,” one of the tunes crafted by Jay DeMarcusGary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney, while Dan Shay offer their songwriting chops on “Hopin’ You Were Lookin’.”

Shay Mooney also picks up a credit without his musical partner Dan Smyers on “Love What You’ve Done with the Place.” Shay, of course, had a hand in writing Flatts’ big 2016 hit, “I Like the Sound of That,” along with pop sensation Megan TrainorChris Stapleton co-wrote the cut “Vandalized.”

There are ten tracks on the standard version of Back to Us, while a deluxe Amazon edition adds three more. The guys will perform the lead single, “Yours If You Want It,” Sunday on the ACM Awards.

Here’s the complete song listing for Rascal Flatts’ Back to Us, which comes out May 19:

“Yours If You Want It”
“Back to Us”
“I Know You Won’t”
“Hopin’ You Were Lookin’”
“Dance”
“Are You Happy Now” (with Lauren Alaina)
“Love What You’ve Done with the Place”
“Kiss You While I Can”
“Vandalized”
“Our Night to Shine”

Deluxe Edition extra tracks:
“Hands Talk”
“Thieves”
“Roller Rink”

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ABC/Image Group LAEric Paslay will be the new face of Habitat for Humanity’s “Home Is the Key” campaign, which launches all across the USA next month. It’s a perfect fit for the avid woodworker, who’s participated in multiple Habitat builds in the past.

“The thing I love the most about country music is it has to do with the soul and family, going back to the good things that built you,” Eric says. “I think everything that Habitat for Humanity is about is helping others…understanding the values of not just having a house, but building a home and coming together as a community.”

The “Friday Night” hitmaker’s campaign will shine a light on how affordable housing can pave the way for a better future, and will culminate with a build at the end of April in Atlanta. You can find out more at Habitat.org/HomeIsTheKey.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This frequent CMA Awards host took home the Academy of Country Music's Male Vocalist trophy every year between 2006 and 2010. Can you name this West Virginia native? ANSWER:  Brad Paisley.

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Sony LegacyMarty Robbins’ pivotal 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, is one of only 25 recordings chosen to be preserved as part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress this year.

Recorded entirely in one eight-hour session on April 7, 1959, the Grammy-winning LP includes the Country Music Hall of Famer’s self-penned signature song, “El Paso."

The registry chooses recordings each year based on their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage," according to the Library of Congress.

Also of note among this year’s honorees are the Eagles’ 1976 compilation, Their Greatest Hits, as well as the Chuck Wagon Gang’s 1948 recording of “I’ll Fly Away.” The country/gospel group was the first to record the now-classic southern hymn by Albert E. Brumley.

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedBrett Eldredge and Old Dominion are the latest additions to an ACM lineup that’ll leave you wondering how they can possibly squeeze this many performances into only three hours.

Sunday night’s show will also bring an unprecedented number of superstar collaborations and firsts. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new single, “Speak to a Girl” for the first time, while Thomas Rhett will debut his new release that features Maren Morris, called “Craving You.” Florida Georgia Line teams up with Backstreet Boys for a medley that’s likely to include their collaboration on “God, Your Mama, and Me.”

New label mates Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will do “The Fighter,” as tourmates Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley deliver “Flatliner.” Christian artist Lauren Daigle will join Reba McEntire for a version of “Back to God.”

There will also be plenty of solo performances as well, by the likes of Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton.

Along the way, there’ll also be quite a few awards to pass out. Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Kacey Musgraves, ET’s Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Miss America Savvy Shields and NASCAR drivers Elliott Sadler and Bubba Wallace will help with that.

You can catch all the action starting Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will host the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for the very first time.

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ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley jokes that making his new album, Love and War, was a lot like “going through the maze to find the cheese.”

“I didn't have necessarily the clearest vision of what I was going to wind up with,” he admits. “I just knew I wanted to go sort of down this path.”

That path involved collaborating with many of the legends who’ve influenced him, namely Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, as well as producer/rapper Timbaland.

And even when you collaborate with some of the most talented people in the business, Brad’s learned, you never know what you’re gonna get.

“If you book your heroes to come in and spend three days each… where you're writing songs and you're trying to see what you come up with… it could go a lot of different directions, but you're hoping it's something you can use,” he says.

“What's interesting is it became clearer and clearer what I was saying as we wrote these,” he adds.  

Brad’s recent #1 single, “Today,” also played an important piece in crystallizing the vision for his 11th studio album. You can pre-order Love and War now, ahead of its April 21 release.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock UMG Nashville will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Deana Carter’s breakthrough album Did I Shave My Legs for This? by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time. The LP will be available March 31.

Watch for Zac Brown Band Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Hank Williams Jr. will co-headline a handful of shows this summer with Lynyrd Skynyrd as part of his 2017 tour.

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ABC/Image Group LA As the Final Four teams get ready to square off this weekend, two of country’s biggest stars will be right in the middle of the action.

Keith Urban and Justin Moore are set to play the NCAA March Madness Music Festival Friday in Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Arizona ahead of Saturday's big games. They both take the stage as part of the AT&T Block Party, which you can stream starting at 10 p.m. ET at ATT.net/ATTBlockParty.

The next day, South Carolina takes on Gonzaga just after 6 p.m. ET at University of Phoenix Stadium, with the Oregon vs. North Carolina game set to start just before 8 p.m. The championship game is set for Monday.

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Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Label GroupTucker Beathard may very well be the hippest dude in all of country music these days.

By the time he wraps up his run on Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour next month, he’ll be ready to set out on a summer full of festivals,  some of which are the most coveted gigs in any genre of music.

The “Rock On” hitmaker will kick off the season April 29 with a stop at California’s Stagecoach Festival, but it’s a June 11 appearance at Bonnaroo where he’ll have a chance to win over lots of fans outside of the country mainstream.

He's one of the artists playing the Club Stage at the Manchester, Tennessee gathering. In years past, it's paved the way for the breakout success of the likes of Chris Stapleton and Elle King.

Tucker also has the distinction of being the only country artist booked to play the legendary Lollapalooza festival this year. He’ll take the stage August 6 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The 22-year-old is currently climbing the country chart with his second single, “Momma and Jesus.”

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Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedThe clock is ticking toward Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley’s second time hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, and starting Wednesday, the pair will be doing all they can to make sure all eyes are on them come Sunday night.

Luke and Dierks will kick off the day Wednesday with an early appearance on CBS This Morning, which starts at 7 a.m. They’ll return to a more normal late-night schedule by closing out the day on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Then Sunday, it’s the big night. The 52nd ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  

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Madame TussaudsFor the first time in more than 50 years, Patsy Cline is on a tour -- of sorts -- of Nashville.

Madame Tussauds will reveal its new wax figure of the late country icon April 7 at the opening of the new Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Nashville. The new museum boasts the largest collection of Cline artifacts in the world, and features a new film about Patsy’s career, hosted by actress Beverly D’Angelo, who played her in the Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Cline's likeness will be on display through April 9 at the new tourist attraction on Third Avenue South, which is adjacent to the popular Johnny Cash Museum.

The wax figure’s permanent home will be at the new Madame Tussauds Nashville in Opry Mills, which opens April 14.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Carrie’s been signed to Arista since winning American Idol in 2005. Cindy Mabe, the President of UMG Nashville -- Capitol’s parent company -- was part of the team that launched her debut album, Some Hearts.

The Oklahoma native’s current single, “The Fighter,” happens to be a duet with her new label mate, Keith Urban. While Carrie hasn’t revealed the timeline for a new recording, she has said she’s turning her attention in that direction.

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

Currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert, Luke will continue on The Devil Don’t Sleep trek through September.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThese two Kentucky-born siblings are the only sisters to both win the ACM's Top Female Vocalist trophy. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a horn player and a Lady Antebellum fan, this could be the gig for you! Lady A is looking for a brass section to join them on stage during their September 9 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

To audition, you just need to post a video on social media of you playing their horn-fueled hit “You Look Good,” using the hashtag #YOULOOKGOODonstage.

Hillary Scott says even as a little girl, she was always attracted to a horn section.

“One of my favorite songs that… would get me just dancing in the living room was 'Sir Duke' by Stevie Wonder…” she recalls. “And there's just something so cool about horns and how they transport you to this other place.”

Dave Haywood agrees the horns are the magic ingredient on Lady A’s lead single from their sixth album, HEART BREAK, which comes out June 9.

“It just takes the whole thing up a notch. They're just loud and in your face,” he says. “And it's just such a fun musical experiment and experience for us.”

Charles Kelley admits it has him wondering if there shouldn’t be more horns on more country songs.

“It's got kind of a seventies funk thing to it, you know, it needed horns…" he says of the band's hit. "We were laughing. You know, it was like, 'Man, can you put horns on a country song?' There used to be horns all over country,” he reminisces. “Johnny Cash, and you know, Ronnie Milsap. Even Brooks & DunnKenny Chesney, had some horns on some of their earlier records.”

You can find out more about Lady A’s contest on YouTube. Tickets for the Music City stop on their You Look Good World Tour go on sale this Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen’s new single is “Good Company,” from his American Love album.

The father of 90’s hitmaker Neal McCoy, “PeteMcGaughey, passed away on Saturday. He was 86.

You can check out Clint Black’s new episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday: it premieres at 8 p.m. ET on AXS-TV.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will mark its 50th anniversary on April 1 by rolling back ticket prices to $1.50. That’s what it cost to get into the Hall when it opened in 1967. The first 5000 patrons will also get a commemorative Hatch Show Print.

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ABC/Image Group LAEver since Jason Aldean lost a close friend to breast cancer just as he was enjoying his first taste of success, he’s been an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation charity. So it’s no surprise the ACM Entertainer of the Year will continue that tradition when he launches the They Don’t Know Tour next month in Toledo, Ohio.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors,” he says. “We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else.”

The survivors will be Jason's "honorary roadies," and will receive concert tickets, VIP backstage access, and private meet-and-greets at many of his shows. You can nominate someone you know for the gig at Komen.org/JasonAldean.  

Jason will also continue to give a portion of each ticket sold to Susan G. Komen. So far, he’s raised more than $3 million for the cause. 

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ABC/Image Group LA If you don’t want to miss a second of the action at this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, you’ll want to be sure to tune in for the pre-show.

ACM Red Carpet Live will stream exclusively on Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET, lasting until the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards starts at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Chase Bryant and newcomer Lindsay Ell will host from the Xfinity stage, with singer Jessie James Decker and actor AJ Gibson at the T-Mobile Stage. You can watch at ACMAwards.Twitter.com.

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Photo Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and RodeoNot only did Zac Brown Band play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this weekend, but Zac also bought himself a pretty impressive souvenir.

Zac and his wife Shelly were one of three couples who chipped in to buy the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, the prize steer went for a cool $330,000.

ZBB’s new single, “My Old Man,” is currently in the top-25. The Houston Rodeo cranks up again next year from February 27 - March 18.

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