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Nashville notes: Hannah's "Ugly Houses" + Lily's Pride debut

Hannah Dasher's new video for her faith-based track, "Ugly Houses," is out now. Shot partially in her own home, it's the latest release from her new EP, The Other Damn Half, which arrives August 4.

Newcomer Lily Rose made her morning TV debut Thursday on ABC's Good Morning America, performing "Sad in the Summer" on the first day of Pride Month.

Tim McGraw takes fans behind the scenes of the music video for his new hit, "Standing Room Only," in a new YouTube video.

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Ashley McBryde's "spilling the tea on Friday"


Ashley McBryde has something up her well-tatted sleeve.

The recent Grammy winner teased fans with a short video posted to her socials on Wednesday. In the clip, Ashley raises a fancy teacup, takes a drink and then toasts toward the camera. "Spilling the tea on Friday," the snippet closes. 

While "The Devil I Know" plays in the background, Ashley's latest single is "Light on in the Kitchen." At last month's ACM Awards, she told ABC Audio she'd recently shot the as-yet-unreleased video for her hit.

Both tracks are from her upcoming third solo album for Warner Nashville, the follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Lindeville collaboration. So far, she hasn't revealed when the full record will arrive. 

Her most recent full-length solo effort is 2020's Never Will.

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Lauren Alaina gets 'Unlocked' with new EP

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Lauren Alaina's getting some help from her superstar friends on her first new collection of music since changing record labels.

The six-song Unlocked drops June 9 and features a collaboration with Lainey Wilson on "Thicc as Thieves," which Lauren co-wrote with Luke Bryan. Lauren also had a hand in writing "A Walk in the Bar," which arrives Thursday night, along with the track titled "Hangovers." Cole Swindell help craft "Smaller the Town."

The American Idol runner-up hopes the new music will help her fans get to know her a little better.

“It's been 13 years since we first met, and until a couple of years ago, I don't know that I ever slowed down for more than a day or two at a time,” Lauren says. “I spent more time with the people that matter most to me -- my family, my fiancé, my friends -- during that period than I had in years."

"This music comes from my heart and my hometown," she continues. "I am who I am because of where and who I come from, and I'm more me today than I've ever been. I can't wait to unlock this next chapter with you.”

You can get a sneak peak of the record via a new YouTube video Lauren posted on her socials on Thursday.

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Music is Universal for Jordan Davis, Brothers Osborne and many more

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If you're lucky enough to be headed to Music City for the 50th anniversary of CMA Fest, you can add one more spot to the places you'll want to hang out.

UMG Nashville will take over Skydeck at Broadway June 8-11 to host four days of free events with its artists, including live performances, fan club parties, listening events, writers rounds and more.

Brothers OsborneJordan DavisPriscilla BlockTravis DenningMaddie & Tae and Tanya Tucker are just a handful of the stars who'll be there. You can check out the full lineup for the event, called Music Is Universal, online.

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Dierks Bentley's about to become the hockey host with the most

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Self-professed hockey fanatic Dierks Bentley's on tap to host the 2023 NHL Awards at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

“Hockey plays a big part of my daily life,” the "Gold" hitmaker says. "I’ve been to rinks all over the country with my travel hockey son. I coach his spring league games and spend hours in the local hockey store, telling him, 'No, you do not need a new stick!' We love watching YouTube highlight reels, the whole family loves going to Nashville Predators games and watching the Stanley Cup Final together."

"And, I am a proud member of a beer league team here in Nashville," Dierks continues. "To get to add NHL Awards host to this list is truly an honor."

You can watch the show Monday, June 26, starting at 8 p.m. ET on TNT, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in the U.S. and Canada.

If you'd like to see it in person, you can check out tickets online for the event that kicks off a week of hockey festivities in Music City, including the Upper Deck NHL Draft.

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Tanya, Jo Dee, Josh and Tracy set for the big stage at CMA Fest

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Jo Dee MessinaTanya TuckerJosh Turner and Tracy Lawrence have all been added to the main stage at Nashville's Nissan Stadium for CMA Fest 2023.

King Calaway will kick off the nightly festivities on the big stage with the national anthem on Thursday, June 8. You can check out the full lineup for the shows, which run through Sunday, June 11, at

Four-night passes, as well as single-night tickets, are still available online for the 50th anniversary of the country music festival formerly known as Fan Fair. 

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Dylan Scott's "Can't Have Mine" was inspired by his best friend, Micah

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Dylan Scott is rising up the country charts with his single "Can't Have Mine (Find You A Girl)."

Penned by Dylan, Dallas WilsonJosh Melton and Matt Alderman, the track, as Dylan recalls, was very much inspired by a real-life situation.

Dylan's longtime best friend, Micah, was having trouble finding the love of his life and decided to seek advice from the singer/songwriter.

"He's like, 'Man, you've been with your wife since you were 15. What do I got to do, man?' So I just gave him a laundry list of things, like, 'Hey, you got to find you one like this and maybe one like this and not like this and like this,'" Dylan shares with ABC Audio. "When I got off the phone with him, I told myself, 'Dang, I just described my wife to my best friend.'"

This heartfelt conversation later sparked the inspiration for "Can't Have Mine (Find You A Girl)."

"I started thinking about it, I was like, 'Man, he needs to find a girl, but he can't have mine.' I wrote that in my phone and it turned out to be great," he adds. 

Today, Micah is not only in a relationship, he's gearing up to tie the knot in September. "(Micah) did find him a girl. I'm going to take full credit for that. I am the matchmaker," Dylan boasts. 

Dylan is currently top 30-bound on the country charts with "Can't Have Mine (Find You A Girl)."

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Nashville notes: Randy Travis' latest induction + Jon Langston's "Whiskey Does"

Randy Travis has been inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of fellow stars Tim McGrawElvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Jon Langston's new song, "Whiskey Does," is slated to release on June 9. Hear a snippet on Twitter and presave the track now.

Up-and-comer Karissa Ella has dropped a music video for her latest song, "White Dress Worthy." The tender ode previews her upcoming It’s Personal EP, dropping June 23.

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Shop the Reba at Dillard's summer collection


It's time to spruce up your wardrobe with the new Reba at Dillard's summer collection.

Featured new additions include the Embroidered V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Beacon Blue Knit Tee, Floral Embroidered Short Sleeve Round Neck Knit Tee and Embroidered V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Butter Knit Tee. 

"With summer just around the corner, brighten up your wardrobe with Reba at @dillards," Reba McEntire wrote on Instagram.

Shop the Reba at Dillard's summer collection now at 

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Ingrid Andress is joining Stevie Nicks on tour

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"More Hearts Than Mine" hitmaker Ingrid Andress is slated to open for five Stevie Nicks shows this fall.

"opening for my absolute hero never gets old [heart hands emoji] cannot wait to warm y’all up for @stevienicks !!!!! what is my life?!?!" Ingrid wrote on Instagram.

Ingrid will join Stevie on tour on August 8 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), August 12 (Houston, Texas), November 29 (San Diego, California), December 2 (Los Angeles) and December 5 (Palm Springs, California).

On the music front, Ingrid released her latest album, Good Person, in 2022. The project, which features "Wishful Drinking" with Sam Hunt and the current single "Feel Like This," also received the deluxe treatment in March 2023.

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Stream 'Jelly Roll: Save Me' on Hulu now

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Jelly Roll's new documentary, Jelly Roll: Save Me, is streaming exclusively on Hulu now.

Produced by ABC News Studios, the documentary candidly chronicles Jelly Roll's arduous road of struggles with addiction, incarceration and mental health before becoming a chart-topping music superstar. Additionally, Jelly Roll talks about his passion for helping at-risk youth, why helping them is so important and how he's doing that through various philanthropic efforts.

Jelly Roll: Save Me arrives just days before Jelly Roll's highly anticipated debut country album, Whitsitt Chapel. Dropping June 2, the 13-track collection will feature "NEED A FAVOR," which is number 13 and rising on the country charts.

Stream Jelly Roll: Save Me on Hulu now.

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Dylan Scott announces fall tour, new song dropping Friday

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Dylan Scott's hitting the road this fall for his headlining This Town’s Been Too Good To Us Tour.

The 13-date trek kicks off in Knoxville, Tennessee, on October 12, before concluding in Sayreville, New Jersey, on December 2. Matt Schuster and Tayler Holder will join as opening acts.

Members of Dylan's Beer Buddies fan club get access to presale tickets on Wednesday, May 31, ahead of the general sales on Friday, June 2. 

Additionally, Dylan's new song, "This Town's Been Too Good To Us," will drop on June 2 and is available for presave now. 

For the full list of tour dates, tickets and to join the Beer Buddies fan club, visit

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Scotty McCreery shares sweet moment with son Avery

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Scotty McCreery's 7-month-old, Merrick Avery, can now speak sentences. Well sort of, and it's adorable.  

The country singer recently posted a video of him sharing a special father-son moment with Avery. The clip opened with Avery seemingly uttering, "What're ya doing?" before Scotty looked to his wife, Gabi, who was behind the camera.

"What are you doing? Did you just repeat what I said?" Scotty responded to Avery. He also captioned the video, "Avery skipping over first words and going straight to sentences??"

Avery was born in October 2022 and is Scotty and Gabi's first child. The couple, who are high school sweethearts, got married in June 2018.

On the music front, Scotty's "It Matters to Her" is currently in the top three and ascending on the country charts.

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Carrie Underwood's joining Guns N' Roses on tour this August

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Country and rock music fans, you're in for a treat.

Carrie Underwood is set to join Guns N' Roses on three dates of their upcoming 2023 World Tour.

The "Before He Cheats" hitmaker will open for Guns N' Roses in Canada on August 5 and August 8, before returning stateside to support at their August 26 show in Nashville. 

"SO ready for this! I’m joining @gunsnroses for select dates on their North American Tour in August and I CANNOT WAIT!! [rock on emoji]" Carrie announced on Instagram.

This is not the first time Carrie and Guns N' Roses are sharing the stage. They previously performed "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" at Stagecoach 2022 and most recently, lead vocalist Axl Rose joined Carrie in Los Angeles for a "Welcome to the Jungle" duet.

For the full list of Guns N' Roses' tour dates and to grab tickets, visit

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To Dustin Lynch, country fans are truly "the best party throwers"

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As far as Dustin Lynch is concerned, "Country music fans are the best party throwers and best tailgaters." There's really no persuading him otherwise, especially since he's seen all the action unfold.

"I always heard like NASCAR infield, NASCAR infield, this, that, Kentucky Derby, this, that. That's people that haven't been to a country music festival where there [are] campgrounds for four days," Dustin tells ABC Audio while also referencing his "Stars Like Confetti" music video.

Directed by Chris Hickey, the video, which was filmed at Country Jam USA 2022 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, captures pure summertime effervescence as concertgoers soak up the sun and enjoy some good ole country music with family and friends.

"It's [an] absolute circus between the sets. Of course, everybody's rushing to the shows. But before and after that, man, people are grilling out, making new friends, making babies in tents. It's wild," Dustin adds with a laugh. 

"Stars Like Confetti" is off Dustin's 2022 album, Blue In The Sky, which spawned the hit singles "Thinking 'Bout You" with Mackenzie Porter and "Party Mode." It's currently in the top 30 on the country charts. 

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