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EMI Nashville If you’re a paying member of Eric Church’s Church Choir, you’ll automatically get a copy of his new album, Desperate Man, delivered to your door by the album’s release date, October 5.

It probably won’t happen exactly like it does in the new video for the record’s first single, “Desperate Man,” however. In the clip, Eric embarks on a high-stakes, high-flying adventure to press the LP, aided by his co-writer, Texas music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The Chief even has a little fun at his record company’s expense in the video, as agents try -- but ultimately fail -- to shut his operation down. The iconic jackets they wear don’t say FBI on the back, though, they say EMI, the name of Eric’s label.

You can check out the “Desperate Man” video on YouTube. It’s now widely available, after being exclusive to Amazon Music for the first two days.

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will play a special six-city tour to promote his new album, All of It, starting the day the record comes out, August 17.

The “Break Up in the End” hitmaker will kick things off that Friday by playing the Today show’s concert series on the Plaza at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza, before the tour’s first date that night at The Ready Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

“I’m really excited to announce the All of It Tour coming this August,” Cole shared on his socials. “This is a special one because I’ll be playing my new album from top to bottom. Hope y’all can make it out!” he added.

Pre-sales start on Thursday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Each ticket will also include a copy of the new album.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Cole Swindell’s All of It Tour:

8/17 -- St. Louis, Missouri, The Ready Room
8/19 -- Rosemont, Illinois, Joe’s Live
8/20 -- Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Intersection
8/21 -- Fort Wayne, Indiana, Clyde Theatre
8/22 -- Cleveland, Ohio, House of Blues
8/23 -- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Stage AE

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When Lady Antebellum kicks off their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour with Darius Rucker Thursday in Toronto, it may be hard to tell who’s enjoying themselves more -- the fans or the folks onstage.  

“One of the biggest reasons that we, together with Darius, kind of approached this concept of touring again together was because we had so much fun last time,” Charles Kelley says. “And still to this day, it was the biggest tour we had ever had. It was just so much fun.”

“The one thing that I love about Darius,” Charles adds, “not only is he a great guy but he’s a seasoned entertainer. And we finally feel like too as a band, we’ve been at this for over ten years now, we feel we know how to hold a crowd and put on a really fun, entertaining show.”

Darius and Lady A previously toured together back in 2012. This time, Charles and his bandmates, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, are excited to be able to deliver a show that’s packed with nothing but hits.

“You know, when the crowds come they’re gonna get over three hours worth of music that is just straight sing-alongs, constantly,” Charles explains, “and that’s what we want.”

“Darius is just such a great entertainer, [we’re] great friends, and we’re gonna have a lot of collaborative moments on it too. And obviously I’ll have my golf buddy there with me during the day,” he adds, laughing.

The title track of Lady Antebellum’s latest album, Heart Break, is currently nearing country’s top ten. Meanwhile, Charles also sings on Darius’s latest single, “Straight to Hell,” along with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Alan Jackson classic hit #1 on the country chart. Can you name the song that takes its name from a river in Georgia? ANSWER: "Chattahoochee." 

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ABC/Mark LevineFor the past three years, ACM Group of the Year Old Dominion has spent their summers opening stadiums for Kenny Chesney.

Since Kenny’s No Shoes Nation is made up of some of the most avid fans you could imagine, OD says it’s been a great way to learn how to build a devoted following.

“He really has a special way of really making an emotional connection with his fans during the show,” Brad Tursi observes. “I feel like he really brings people in and makes people feel like he cares about them, and he appreciates how much they care about what he does.”

“And he makes memories,” Trevor Rosen adds. “You feel like all those people are just creating memories, and times they'll never forget.”

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey admits it’s been a great advantage to be able to bond with No Shoes Nation as OD started their career. Now that they’re bona fide stars themselves, they’re finding more folks who’ve come specifically to see the “Hotel Key” hitmakers.

“I think because we've been on tour with him for three years or whatever now… we've won a lot of fans through those years...” Matthew tells ABC Radio. “You can see 'em, you know, with the [Old Dominion] t-shirt on or hat on or something.”

“Luckily, I think we cross over pretty good with his fans,” he explains, “and we're trying to learn from Kenny to build that with our own fans, and really have that kind of connection with them. So, you know, I think it's slowly starting to get there.” 

OD plays the Trip Around the Sun Tour with Kenny Thursday in Southhaven, Mississippi on Thursday, before doing a private show on Friday. Saturday, they’re back with Kenny at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert is set to play Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

The Grand Ole Opry will mark its 93rd year with a Birthday Bash on Saturday, October 13. The festivities will start at 3 p.m. CT with a concert by Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride. Tickets go on sale this Friday. The "Kiss an Angel Good Morning" hitmaker will also play all four Opry shows that weekend.

Kane Brown's #1 hit, "Heaven," is the sole country cut on NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 67, which comes out August 3.

The new single from Chase Rice is "Eyes on You," from his album, Lambs & Lions.

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ABC/Mark LevineKeith Urban is “Coming Home” to Nashville on his Graffiti U World Tour, and he wants to bring you and a friend to Music City to join him.

To enter Keith's contest, all you need to do is follow the Aussie superstar’s record label, UMG Nashville, on Instagram; like the post about the show; and tag the person you’d like to join you. The winner will get hotel and airfare for two, as well as tickets to Keith’s August 24 concert. You have until August 2 to enter.

This weekend, Keith and Kelsea Ballerini play Mountain View, California and Lake Tahoe, Nevada, as his latest hit, “Coming Home,” nears the top of the chart.

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Reid LongMiranda Lambert may be on the Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town right now, but she’s bringing her Little Red Wagon too.

For this summer’s trek, Miranda will continue her efforts to Fill the Little Red Wagon, by asking fans to bring dog food, supplies, toys, treats, and donations to help local no-kill animal shelters through her MuttNation Foundation. You can check out the truckload of goodies her fans brought over opening weekend, in a new video the nonprofit just posted on its socials.

This week, Miranda and LBT take their co-headlining show to Wantagh, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Mansfield, Massachusetts.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you didn’t get a pair of Michael Ray’s Limited-Edition Puma Classic Suede sneakers, the bad news is they’re all sold out. The good news is, Michael managed to raise a lot of money for his animal charity, Wrigley Cares, in the process.

Michael named his mission after his rescue dog, Wrigley, that he adopted last summer in Chicago. Since then, fans have been bringing dog toys, food and donations to the Florida native's shows, which he, in turn, gives to local shelters. He designed the shoes as a partnership with Zappos, with all proceeds going to North Shore Animal League America.

“One of the best things about the country music community is the fact that we are a community,” Michael observes. “When you ask fans for their help, they always show up. I never dreamed that Wrigley Cares could turn into what it’s become, and I owe it all to my fans.”

Monday night, Michael made his late-night-TV debut, performing his new single, “One That Got Away,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!. You can check out his performance on YouTube.

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Big Loud Chris Lane’s latest Laps Around the Sun are going pretty well.

Since the release of his sophomore album on Friday, it has consistently occupied the #1 spot on the iTunes Top Country Albums chart, and so far, the record’s already been streamed more than 200 million times.

At the same time, the lead single from the 14-song collection, “Take Back Home Girl,” is nearing country’s top five. Tuesday morning, Chris and pop star Tori Kelly got together to sing their hit during Chris’s Today show debut.

It’s one of the few times the two have actually gotten to perform the tune together. If you missed the live version of “Take Back Home Girl,” you can check it out online.

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Design Credit: Patrick BiedererGranger Smith’s patriotic alter-ego will soon become a published author, as the first book by Earl Dibbles Jr., If You’re City, If You’re Country, arrives August 21.

The illustrated paperback compares and contrasts the two ways of life, and also comes with a five-song CD featuring some of Earl’s greatest hits.

For Granger, it’s been a labor of love.

“Writing these jokes as a creative outlet has been the product of so many late night, after show laughs with the band,” the Texas native says. “Earl in his entire existence has been a walking caricature and finally seeing him in all his glory come to life in illustrations seems so natural.”

If You’re City, If You’re Country is available to pre-order now, and also includes audio of Earl reading the book. Here’s the track listing for the accompanying CD:

“The Country Boy Song”
“Country Boy Love”
“City Boy Stuck”
“Merica”
“Don’t Tread on Me”
“If You’re City, If You’re Country” (audio)

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ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton is the first guest on Reese Witherspoon’s new talk show, called Shine On with Reese.

The Country Music Hall of Famer shared her excitement on social media, in advance of the episode’s premiere on Tuesday.

“I’m so proud to be the first guest on my friend Reese Witherspoon’s new show with Hello Sunshine!” the legend commented in her post, along with a short clip from the show.

“Seriously, y’all, nothing beats great friends, good conversation, and delicious spiced tea. Don’t you agree?” she added.

Dolly not only brews a cup of tea for Reese, she shares her recipe as well. Hello Sunshine was founded by Reese and is “dedicated to celebrating female storytelling” and working to “change the narrative for women.” The new show is a partnership with AT&T and DIRECTV.

You can watch episode one free at ATT.com/HelloSunshine now. Look for Kacey MusgravesP!nk, and actress America Ferrara to join Reese on future installments.

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-four years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare scored his only #1 so far on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the tune about the "most famous of the voodoo queens that ever existed?" ANSWER: "Marie Laveau."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock "Young Forever" hitmaker Eric Paslay announced in a social media post Monday that he and his wife Natalie are expecting their first child.

Country parody king Cledus T. Judd is back with a new single. This time, he takes on Morgan Wallen's recent #1 with Florida Georgia Line, "Up Down." In Judd's hands, the tune becomes "(Weight's Goin) Up Down, Up Down."

Chris Lane and Tori Kelly are set to sing their top-ten hit, "Take Back Home Girl," Tuesday morning on NBC's Today show. You can also watch for Luke Combs on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, which starts at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday night on CBS.

"Strawberry Wine" hitmaker Deana Carter and boyfriend Jim McPhail tied the knot Friday, July 6 in a private ceremony in Rosemary Beach, Florida.

If you missed Lady Antebellum's profile on Sunday Today, you can watch the extended interview online now.

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ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton’s new single, “Turnin’ Me On,” has the distinction of being the only song on hisTexoma Shore album that he had a hand in writing.

The Oklahoma native was on the road in Louisiana when inspiration struck.

“I’m sitting on my bus one day earlier in 2017,” Blake explains, “and I think I was in Baton Rouge, and I was up there alone. I had my guitar. I started playing a little melody that I was hearing in my head, and next thing you know I started writing a song.”

“I wrote a verse,” he goes on, “and then I wrote a chorus, and then I realized it was going somewhere and I felt good about it.”

That’s when the “I Lived It” hitmaker decided it was time to call in the big guns.

“Like I always do in the last couple of years,” Blake says, “I called up my friend Jessi Alexanderand said, 'I think I’m on to something and I need somebody way better than me to try to bring this thing home.’ And so she and I and Josh Osborne ended up writing this song.”

Jessi wrote Blake’s number ones “Drink on It” and “Mine Would Be You,” while Josh contributed the track “My Eyes” to his Based on a True Story… album.

“I’m super proud of it,” Blake says of "Turnin' Me On," “and [it's] not hard to figure out who this song is about,” he teases. That person, of course, is his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani.

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ABC/Craig SjodinWho’s made the most money in country music over the past year? According to Forbes’ 2018 list of “The World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities,” the answer is Luke Bryan.

The “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” hitmaker comes in at #45 on the ranking, earning $52 million from June of 2017 through June of this year. In addition to his new paycheck as a judge on American Idol, the Georgia-born singer also released his What Makes You Country album, and mounted a stadium-sized tour with the same name. 

Garth Brooks comes in at #59 with $45.5 million, having wrapped his three-year world tour at the end of 2017. Kenny Chesney checks in at #87 with $37 million, which is notable, considering he scaled back his concert schedule considerably last year. 

For comparison, boxer Floyd Mayweather comes in first on the list with $285 million, just ahead of George Clooney’s $239 mil. You can check out the full list at Forbes.com

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Warner Music NashvilleIllinois native Brett Eldredge set a one-day attendance record this past Saturday, as he returned to the Windy City Smokeout in Chicago.

“I played the very first Windy City Smokeout five years ago and I knew coming back for my third time would be very special,” Brett reflects. “Chicago brought an energy like nothing I’ve every felt! That moment of looking out at the crowd and the Chicago skyline is something I’ll never forget.” 

More than 18,000 people turned out for the festival on Saturday, with Brett delivering the title track from his second record, Illinois, and the Chicago Cubs’ theme song, in addition to his collection of hits. 

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ABC/Image Group LA Scotty McCreery will face off against Chris Kattan in a new episode of Celebrity Family Feud.

Scotty’s wife Gabi, his father-in-law Tre, his dad Michael and his grandmother Paquita join the American Idol winner as he takes on the actor and comedian best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and The Middle.

The “Five More Minutes” hitmaker and his family are playing the classic game show to win money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. You can catch the episode Sunday, August 5, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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ABC/Image Group LA Kip Moore will hit the road on his cleverly-titled After the Sunburn Tour this fall, with newcomers Jordan DavisJillian JacquelineThe Wild Feathers and Caroline Jones joining him along the way. 

“Anyone who knows me, knows that the live show means everything to us,” Kip says. “It’s where we get to thank our die-hard fans that show up to every show year after year, and it’s also where we get to lay all of our cards out on the table and win over new fans.”

The trek kicks off September 20 in Silver Springs, Maryland, and moves through New York and Los Angeles, wrapping up in Nashville before Thanksgiving. Kip’s latest single, “Last Shot,” just broke into country’s top 30.

Here’s a look at the full itinerary for Kip Moore’s After the Sunburn Tour, with tickets going on sale this Friday: 

9/20 -- Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore Silver Spring
9/21 -- New York, NY, Hammerstein Ballroom
9/22 -- Huntington, NY, The Paramount
9/28 -- Birmingham, AL, Avondale Brewing Co.
10/4 -- Fargo, ND, Schools Arena
10/5 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District
10/6 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
10/18 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz
10/20 -- Chattanooga, TN, The Signal
10/25 -- Denver, CO, The Fillmore Auditorium
10/26 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex
10/27 -- Reno, NV, Grand Theatre @ The Grand Sierra Resort
10/30 -- Paso Robles, CA, Vina Robles Amphitheater
11/1 -- Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
11/2 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern
11/3 -- San Diego, CA, House of Blues
11/5 -- San Fransisco, CA, The Regency
11/8 -- Spokane, WA, Fox Theater
11/9 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center for Performing Arts
11/10 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
11/17 -- Nashville, TN, War Memorial Auditorium 

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ABC/Image Group LA Dan Shay will be serving up late night shots of “Tequila” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month. In addition to playing their multi-week #1 on the L.A. show’s outdoor stage on July 31, it’s a good bet we’ll also find out what their new single from their self-titled third album will be. 

“We’re so excited for our return to Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month,” Dan Smyers says. “We love that we get to perform a mini-concert outdoors for our fans, and can’t wait to play a bunch of songs from our new album!"

You can watch for Dan Shay's performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC on July 31. 

Dan and his musical partner Shay Mooney are currently out on the Back to Us Tour with Rascal Flatts and Carly Pearce, before joining Chris Young on his Losing Sleep trek in October. The duo’s also set to do a six-date tour of the United Kingdom in January. 

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