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Brian Kelley reflects on Florida Georgia Line's journey: "We've had a blast"

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Brian Kelley is reflecting on Florida Georgia Line's journey before their hiatus. 

Over the weekend, the duo performed in Woodstock, Illinois, as part of a contest T-Mobile held to provide a $3 million "tech makeover" to a small town in America. It marks one of the final shows on this year's calendar before going their separate ways. 

Bandmate Tyler Hubbard is working on a solo album and prepping to go on tour with Keith Urban, while Brian is preparing for his residency at Tribe Kelley Surf Post, the Florida clothing store he owns with wife Brittney. He says he's looking to the future with gratitude for what they've accomplished. 

"Every step of the way, we've had a blast. Even in the hard times where we were driving in a van and not sure if anything's going to happen," Brian shares with E! News"We love creating and we're super grateful that our music resonates to so many different people in so many different locations. It really is a dream come true every time we get to play our songs live. When we live them out with everybody, you get to see the power of music and it's so much bigger than just us onstage in that moment. It's bringing everybody together and that's a feeling that you can't really replicate."

FGL's last show this year is on August 31 at the Minnesota State Fair. 

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"Go Around": Kane Brown releases new song

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Kane Brown is on a new music frenzy. 

On Tuesday, the hit singer dropped new song "Go Around" off his upcoming album, Different Man. The fiddle-filled number finds him singing about a woman who's caught his eye and he's "hell bent" on changing her mind. 

"We could be a story about love in a bar/Or a 'what if' song on an old guitar/You ain't gotta worry 'bout showing them cards/'Cause I ain't in the business of breaking hearts/So give me a go around," he sings. 

"Go Around" arrives in the wake of Kane's current single, "Like I Love Country Music," reaching the top of the country charts this week, becoming his eighth #1 hit. The Georgia native has also shared crossover single "Grand" off the album, which comes out on September 9. 

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Gabby Barrett says it's "getting difficult" to perform while pregnant

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Gabby Barrett is opening up about the reality of performing live while pregnant. 

Gabby is currently on the road opening for Jason Aldean's Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour. She's also pregnant with her and husband Cade Foehner's second child, who is due in early November. She recently sat down with fans for a Q&A on her Instagram Stories and was asked how she was feeling touring while being pregnant with the baby boy. She admitted that it poses a series of challenges. 

"I love performing. It is getting difficult, though. What people don't really see is a lot of sitting around all day before the show, which makes everyone groggy," she explained. "I struggle with very low blood pressure almost every day in this pregnancy, which makes it hard to have energy to perform." 

The "I Hope" hitmaker also revealed that when she was pregnant with their first child, Baylah, she came down with a "bad case" of PUPPP rash that covered her whole body until after the baby was born. She also experienced postpartum preeclampsia, which includes having high blood pressure and excess protein in urine after childbirth.

"I had to get on blood pressure medication when I was 20," she said. "Thankful God provides doctors for help!"

Gabby's last day on tour with Jason is August 27. 

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Blake Shelton brings back the mullet for his new single, "No Body"

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Blake Shelton is going back in time with his new single.

On Friday, the country superstar will drop "No Body" alongside a '90s-themed video that features line dancing and sees the singer donning a mullet wig, a nod to the famous hairstyle Blake had back in the day. On Instagram, Blake teased a clip of the video, which was filmed at a country bar in Los Angeles.

"Had to bring back the mullet just for y'all," Blake writes in the caption, adding in a statement. “I get excited and feel like a kid every time we release new music. But this song in particular takes me back to the ‘90s when I was in high school and first moved to Nashville, because it feels like what the music sounded like at that time." 

"No Body" follows Blake's 2021 single, "Come Back as a Country Boy," which reached the top 20 on country radio.  

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Gone fishing: Sam Hunt features his favorite fishing hole in "Water Under the Bridge" video

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The location for Sam Hunt's "Water Under the Bridge" video is a personal one. 

One of the main features of the video is the river where Sam and his friends are fishing and partying. Turns out, it's a secret spot that the singer frequents. Sam found the fishing hole in Middle Tennessee a few years ago and it's become his favorite spot for catching smallmouth bass. 

"Middle Tennessee has some really good smallmouth water, and that’s a cool little place I found several years ago,” he describes. "I have a canoe that I’ll strap onto the top of the Jeep or truck and take over there and float that little stretch and sometimes catch fish, sometimes not. But it’s so pretty over there, it’s worth taking the trip in the summer or early fall.”

"Water Under the Bridge" is the second single off the Georgia native's upcoming album. It follows the #1 hit "23," marking his ninth single to achieve the feat. 

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Nashville notes: Russell Dickerson presale, Brothers Osborne visit hometown & more

Presale tickets for Russell Dickerson's She Likes It Tour are available Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time using promo code RDFAM2022. A second presale opens on Wednesday exclusively for Russell's Spotify followers. 

Brothers Osborne gave fans a video tour of their hometown of Deale, Maryland, before a show in the area recently.  

The nominees for the CMA Awards will be announced on September 7 at 8 a.m. ET on the CMA's official website.

Lauren Alaina will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame's annual Nightfall at the Hall concert exclusively for the museum's Troubadour members.  

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"Make You Say": Maren Morris and Zedd join forces for another collaboration

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Maren Morris is teaming up with Zedd once again. 

On Monday, the singers announced that their new collaboration, "Make You Say," drops on Friday, this time featuring electronic pop duo Beauz. The cover art features three animated versions of Maren's face in green, orange and blue, each one sprouting out of the other.

"DREAM TEAM." comments Beauz.

Days prior, Maren teased the collaboration on Instagram, writing, "Round 2?" alongside a photo of herself and Zedd. 

Maren, Zedd and Grey shot to the top of the charts in 2018 with their smash hit "The Middle." It reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs charts, in addition to peaking in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted in Belgium, Germany, Canada and several other countries.

"The Middle" has been certified six times Platinum in the U.S. 

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Luke Bryan spotlights farmers, first responders in "Country On" video

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Luke Bryan offers tribute to the everyday hero in the video for his latest single, "Country On." 

The singer takes viewers into farm life, compiling clips of farmers bailing hay and roping cattle. Miles down the road in downtown Nashville, Luke spotlights the bartenders at his bar, Luke's 32 Bridge, who are serving up drinks to tourists, including a group of bachelorettes. 

He also features members of the Nashville Police Department and other first responders, including firefighters, EMTs and members of the military, all posing in front of the American flag as he sings "hey fireman, boys and girls in blue/We could sure use a lot more like you/You come runnin' in anytime, anything goes wrong/Country on." 

The video ends with the superstar standing on the street in the middle of Broadway, the first responders gathered around as he shakes each of their hands before collectively looking up at the fireworks decorating the city skyline. 

"It was awesome to spotlight all these great people to create such a special message," Luke describes of the video. "Hope y'all like it." 

"Country On" is the lead single off his forthcoming album. It's currently in the top 15 on country radio. 

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Carrie Underwood filmed new 'Sunday Night Football' opening in Las Vegas

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Carrie Underwood is capturing the energy of game day in the new season of Sunday Night Football. 

For the 10th consecutive year, the country superstar will perform the opening number of SNF, this time with an updated version of the longtime theme song, "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night," which was filmed at The Resorts World in Las Vegas where Carrie hosts her residency, Reflection. 

New this year, each episode of SNF will feature footage from various games, capturing activities before kickoff, including fans tailgating in the parking lot, to the players arriving at the venue, along with shots of the host cities. 

“Performing the show open for Sunday Night Football for 10 years has been such a joy and privilege for me. It’s always a fun day when we shoot the new open -- our amazing creative team somehow manages to top themselves year after year," Carrie says in a statement. 

The new season of SNF begins on September 11 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers face off against the Dallas Cowboys. It airs on NBC and will be available to stream on Peacock.  

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Nashville Songwriter Awards: Taylor Swift named Songwriter-Artist of the Decade, Jordan Davis & Luke Combs to perform

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Taylor Swift is being honored as the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade at the Nashville Songwriter Awards.

The country-turned-pop superstar is being awarded for her consistent songwriting success between 2010 and 2019 for Nashville-associated songs that appeared on a variety of Billboard charts, including Country Airplay and Pop Songs. The Songwriter-Artist award requires that the songwriter is also the artist who recorded the songs. 

"She’s constantly mining, digging, untethered, uncovering new forms of artistic expression and going at it in such a way that I’m not sure if she’s fearless, or just able to compartmentalize fear," Keith Urbanshares in a statement. "Answering your calling is not for the faint of heart, but when you do you forge new frontiers and inspire others to do the same. Congrats Taylor. Lead on!" 

The "Love Story" singer follows in the footsteps of previous recipients Toby Keith and Vince Gill

Additionally, Ashley Gorley has been named the Songwriter of the Decade for writing 62 #1 hits, including "Marry Me" by Thomas Rhett and Jon Pardi's "Dirt on My Boots." 

Luke Combs, Jordan Davis and Parmalee have been added to the list of performers who will pay tribute to their favorite songwriters, alongside previously announced performers Thomas, Walker Hayes, Hardy and more. Garth Brooks has also been tapped to receive the Kris KristoffersonLifetime Achievement Award. 

The fifth annual event will be hosted at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on September 20. 

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"She Likes It": Russell Dickerson to embark on another headlining tour this year

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Russell Dickerson is jetting off on his second headlining tour of the year with the She Likes It Tour

Named after his current hit single, the trek visits 10 cities across the U.S. in November and December. The tour kicks off on November 17 in Indianapolis and concludes on December 10 in Denver, with stops in San Diego, Portland and Salt Lake City in between. Drew Green joins as the opening act.  

"Couldn’t end the year without hitting the road one more time! Catch us out on the #SheLikesItTour with my boy @drewgreen!" Russell writes on Instagram

It follows his previous headlining All Yours All Night Tour, which traversed the country at the top of the year and included his sold-out debut at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Since February, he's served as the opening act on Tim McGraw's The McGraw Tour.

"She Likes It" featuring pop artist Jake Scott is currently in the top 30 on country radio.  

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. local time. 

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Luke Combs' "The Kind of Love We Make" is reminiscent of the '90s pop acts he grew up listening to

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Luke Combs is a bona fide country star, but he notes that his new single, "The Kind of Love We Make," is a call back to the '90s music he grew up listening to. 

Though known for his extensive list of #1 country hits, Luke reveals he spent much of his childhood listening to pop acts like Boyz II MenBackstreet Boys and NSYNC. That pop influence shines through on "The Kind of Love We Make," which he quickly picked up on when co-writers Jamie DavisDan Isbell and Randy Isbell played him the melody of the song for the first time. 

"They had come out to write with me and they said, 'Here's this thing that Jamie came up with and what do you think about it?' And I was like, 'I think this is fantastic,'" Luke recalls. "I loved listening to Boyz II Men and Backstreet Boys and NSYNC and all that stuff. I was right in that age demo when all that stuff was absolutely crushing." 

Luke says that he learned to sing while listening to those hit '90s acts and that the melody of "Love" is "reminiscent" of the era. But he did want to find a way to put his own stamp on it. 

"How do we do this thing and and really still make it sound like a country song? I don't want it to sound like an R&B song, and I want to be open and honest about where ... those kind of melodies and things come from," he explains. "But I also wanted it to still sound like something that you would come to expect from me." 

"The Kind of Love We Make" is the second single of Luke's current album, Growin' Up. 

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Nashville notes: Walker Hayes RIAA certifications, Amy Grant postpones tour & more

Tickets for Chris Stapleton's show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta are on sale nowMiranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam and Katie Pruitt are also performing. 

Walker Hayes received new RIAA certifications for his hits "Fancy Like" (certified four times Platinum), "AA" (certified Platinum) and Country Stuff the Album (certified Gold).  

Amy Grant has postponed tour dates in September and October as she continues to recover from the injuries sustained during a bicycle accident in July. She'll resume touring in November for her Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith, along with her Christmas at the Ryman residency with husband Vince Gill.   

Thomas Rhett is teaming up with pop singer-songwriter Nicky Youre on one of the remixed versions of his hit song "Sunroof," featured on Nicky's newly released Sunroof Remixes EP. 

Rachel Wammack returns with her new song, "Like Me." It's the first time she's released music in over a year.

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Shay Mooney's wife, Hannah, is pregnant with their third child

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Shay Mooney and his wife, Hannah, are expecting another child. 

On Friday, the Dan + Shay member took to Instagram to share that his wife is pregnant with their third child, another boy.

Hannah posted a video showing the positive pregnancy test, in addition to telling their other two sons, 5-year-old Asher and 2-year-old Ames, the big news. 

"Do you think you're going to have a baby brother or a baby sister?" Hannah asks Asher. "I wanted a baby sister, so it's a baby sister," the tot responds. When she informs him that he has another brother on the way, Asher reiterates, "I wanted a sister." 

Like his older brother, Ames also thought that a baby girl was on the way. "Do you remember when mommy told you I was going to have a baby?" Hannah asks Ames, who responds "baby sister" while sitting on his mom's lap. He leans over to say hello to her growing baby bump. 

Shay and Hannah welcomed Asher in January 2017 and Ames in February 2020. 

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New Music Roundup: Jordan Davis, Parmalee & more

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Jordan Davis dropped his new song, "Next Thing You Know," that follows a couple's relationship from the day they met at a bar to getting married and having their first child. It will be featured on Jordan's upcoming album, along with his current single, "What My World Spins Around," and previous hit "Buy Dirt." 

Parmalee has readied their new single for country radio, "Girl in Mine." It follows back-to-back #1 hits "Just the Way" and "Take My Name." 

Frank Ray's debut EP, Getcha Some, is out now. It's named after a phrase Frank frequently used for motivation while in the police academy. The six-song EP includes his current hit single, "Country'd Look Good on You." 

Little Big Town has shared "Better Love," another track off their upcoming album, Mr. Sun. 

Morgan Wade has released her new EP, Acoustic Sessions, featuring stripped down versions of "Last Cigarette," "Wilder Days" and others. 

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