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Eric Church and Brad Paisley are paying tribute to Billy Gibbons

The country artists are among the vast lineup set to perform at A Tribute to Billy Gibbons at the Grand Ole Opry on May 16, honoring the ZZ Top singer and guitarist's storied career. 

Other artists performing include Travis Tritt, Lucinda Williams, Ronnie Milsap, actor Dennis Quaid, sister duo Larkin Poe, who performed with Dierks Bentley and The War and Treaty at the ACM Awards, plus musicians Jimmie VaughanTim Montana and Guthrie Trapp, in addition to surprise guests. 

The concert also serves as a benefit for a variety of veterans organizations, with 100 percent of the public donations going to the USO, CreatiVets, First Responders Children‘s Foundation, and ThanksUSA. 

The live audience will be limited capacity and socially distanced. Tickets go on sale on Friday.

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Kacey Musgraves is confirmed to release her third studio album this year. 

On Tuesday, it was announced that the album will be released later this year via a joint partnership between Kacey's longtime label, UMG Nashville, and Interscope Records. 

The project will follow her critically acclaimed 2018 album, Golden Hour, which earned four Grammy Awards, including the coveted Album of the Year and Best Country Album. It was also named Album of the Year at the 2018 CMA Awards and 2019 ACM Awards. 

The Texas native released her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, in 2013, followed by sophomore installment, Pageant Material, in 2015. All three albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. 

Kacey shared in an interview with Rolling Stone in February that Golden Hour producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk are reprising their roles for the new album.

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Luke Combs is looking ahead to new music and live shows. 

Though he didn't take home any trophies at the ACM Awards, he's gearing up for his third studio album and the return of live concerts.

"Had a great time at the @acmawards...0 for 3 but we’ll get ‘em next time," he shares on Instagram. "Thanks to my wife, my team, my family, and most importantly you, the fans, for all that you do for me. Album 3 here we come. Live shows here we come. See y’all real soon." 

Luke is currently working on his third studio album, which will follow his wildly successful sophomore project, What You See Is What You Get, and his 2017 debut, This One's for You.

What You See includes the five consecutive #1 singles "Beer Never Broke My Heart," "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Does to Me" featuring Eric Church, "Lovin' on You," and "Better Together."

Luke's current single, "Forever After All," included on the deluxe edition, What You See Ain't Always What You Get, is also climbing the charts and is inside the top 15 on country radio.

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Brad Paisley is performing at Nashville's 4th of July celebration this year. 

Brad will headline the free show "Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th," which draws thousands of visitors to downtown Nashville. The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp says the event will also feature the largest fireworks display in the city's history that will be synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.  

"Nashville, let’s celebrate together on July 4th!" Brad writes on Twitter. More artists joining the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Brad was originally scheduled to headline Nashville's annual "Let Freedom Sing!" concert in 2020, but the event was cancelled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Past performers include Lady A, Chris Young and Brett Eldredge

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Garth Brooks teases that he may have a new show announcement soon. 

During Inside Studio G on Monday, Garth revealed that there's another Stadium Tour stop in the works at an outdoor venue in a city he's particularly excited about -- and the news may arrive within the next week.

“There’ll probably be another city here mentioned probably in the next 10 days. And this is one that I’ve wanted for years," he teased. "It’s going to be stupid fun. You talk about outdoor. It’ll be a blast.”

Garth currently has three stops on the Stadium Tour scheduled for this year in Las Vegas, Charlotte and Cincinnati. All three shows are sold out. Additionally, Garth will headline the first night of Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 23. 

"Cheyenne is just going to be cowboy. It’s going to be fun. I just love it. Good people. Rodeo is such a family sport, so you’ll get to see little kids all the way up to grandma and grandpa," he says. "And that’s, to me, what music is all about. I cannot wait.”

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On this day in 1969, this future 90s country star was born in Oklahoma. He would go on to top the charts with hits including "On a Good Night," "I'm Still Dancin' With You" and his #1 debut single, "Old Enough to Know Better." Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Wade Hayes.

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Carrie Underwood has "something exciting" in the works. 

The superstar singer shared on Twitter that she has an announcement coming on Wednesday, posting a four-second clip that shows her welcoming a mechanical pink butterfly into her hands, against a background of multi-colored neon lights.  

"I’m all aflutter with something exciting coming April 21," Carrie teases in the caption. 

Many fans are speculating that "The Champion" hitmaker may have a Las Vegas show in the works, connecting her post to a video on Celine Dion's Twitter account that shows her against a similar backdrop while also teasing a "fabulous reveal" on April 21. 

In March, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported that Carrie and Celine are among the rumored headliners at the new 5,000-seat venue The Theatre at Resorts World, set to open this summer. Luke Bryan and his fellow American Idol judge Katy Perry are also on the list of potential performers at the venue. Perry last month revealed a forthcoming Las Vegas residency.

Zedd, who collaborated with Maren Morris and Grey on the massive pop hit "The Middle," replied to Carrie's tweet with the raised eyes emoji, prompting others to guess if the two have a collaboration planned. 

Carrie released her holiday album, My Gift, in September 2020 and the follow-up gospel project, My Savior, in March. Both reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the top five on the Billboard 200.

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Following her steamy performance at Sunday's ACM Awards with husband Ryan Hurd on "Chasing After You," Female Artist and Song of the Year winner Maren Morris now turns her attention toward her next musical milestone: finishing her third album, the follow-up to 2019's GIRL

"I'm kinda like halfway there," she explains. "I think the bulk of the songs are in, it's just about the recording. This is the first time I've been off the road to make a record in a very long time, so I'm really savoring that and not rushing it."

"I would say so far it's a really uplifting record," Maren says, describing what to expect. "I think I'm in a much lighter place in my life, even though we're coming out of a pandemic. I think that I've written the most just intimate songs."

Sonically, the new project seems to hearken back to the album that put Maren on the map: her 2016 debut, Hero

"My last record was very pop-leaning," Maren reflects, "and I think with this one I'm sort of coming back to this Texas rootsy style that I grew up in. And so I think that it's got a lot of Americana elements, a lot of rootsy-ness."

"It just feels like me, but a very stripped down version of me," she goes on. "But it's still extremely fun and energetic. So it was kind of a little bit [of] everything."

While Maren's not giving any indication of when album number three will arrive, she already envisions it as a soundtrack for our lives.

"I was saying this would be a good record to drive to, to get ready to go out for a Saturday night to, or even cook to," she declares. "So it kinda hits all those marks."

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Brent Cobb is releasing his debut children's book, Little Stuffon June 20. The book is inspired by the song of the same name on his latest album, Keep ‘Em On They Toes. 

Orville Peck is teaming with RuPaul's Drag Race star Trixie Mattel for a cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash's duet, "Jackson." Trixie has shared a teaser on Instagram; the full duet will be released on April 30.  

Rodney Atkins is headlining the 25th annual Hot Harley Nights event in Sioux Falls, North Dakota on July 10. 

Elvie Shane is making his Grand Ole Opry debut on April 23.

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Blanco Brown is "coming along" in his recovery following a life-threatening motorcycle accident last summer. 

Blanco made his first public appearance at the ACM Awards on Sunday night since the August accident in his home city of Atlanta that left him with a broken pelvis, arms, wrists and legs. 

After undergoing a 12-hour surgery, the singer spent nearly a month in the hospital recovering and is still in physical therapy multiple times a week. But his outlook remains hopeful.   

"I'm coming along, I'm blessed," Brown shared backstage at the awards show in Nashville. "I'm still rehabbing four to five times a week, and just building my strength so I can keep it going."

"The Git Up" singer says he is looks forward to returning to live music and that he's focusing on the word "purpose" through the recovery process.

"I can't wait to get back on stage and perform for the first time, just to be on stage with the lights and having something to do," says Blanco. "Purpose over everything is what I stress to myself all the time, and to others, so it's just a blessing. It ain't really no words, but I wore 'purpose' on my ring so purpose over everything."

Blanco presented the award for Group of the Year to Old Dominion. He recently scored a #1 single with Parmalee on "Just the Way."

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Luke Bryan is opening up about his battle with COVID-19. 

Ahead of the ACM Awards on Sunday, Luke revealed that his wife, Caroline, served as his caregiver while quarantining at home in Nashville with the virus, which he says presented him with "challenging" symptoms. 

"Certainly the key to feeling better for having COVID was I was very fortunate to not have a long, long set of symptoms and stuff...It was still quite challenging for a couple of days, but thank God for certainly, health, Luke shares with People.

"There were times when Caroline was nursing me back to health, so I was certainly amazed to move through that," he continues. "And now, looking back on the past going into a year and a half, the main thing that's got us through is certainly your friends and your family and praying that everybody can see the side of certainly this pandemic."  

Luke announced on April 12 that he was sitting out of the first live episode of American Idol this season due to testing positive for COVID-19, with original AI judge Paula Abdul filling in for him. 

Luke returned to American Idol on Sunday night -- the same night he was awarded Entertainer of the Year at the ACM Awards in Nashville. The country superstar accepted the award virtually while in Los Angeles. 

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Maren Morris is proud of her post-baby body, and she hopes other mothers feel the same way.

In reference to a recent Instagram post in which she states that she's eliminated the phrase "trying to get my body back” from her vocabulary after giving birth to son, Hayes Andrew, in March 2020, Maren says she's relieving herself of the pressure to try to get her pre-baby figure back. 

"We're always extremely pressed to erase any evidence on our body that we had a child, that we housed a child for nine, 10 months, so I just realized how unhealthy that was for me and my workout journey to be like, 'I need to get back to where I was before,'" Maren explained backstage at the ACM Awards. "That's not really the goal. That shouldn't be the goal, to just erase the fact that you had a kid." 

Maren proudly states that it's "rad" that she carried a child for nine months and "loves" her post-baby curves, saying they serve as a reminder that "I did something really amazing and wonderful with my life." She also encourages her fellow mothers to accept their bodies. 

"It's like, 'I did something that half the population can't do.' So I think that's pretty f***ing rad," she describes. "That's kind of how I came to that epiphany and was like, 'I'm gonna share this.'" 

Maren and husband Ryan Hurd's son turned one on March 23. The couple performed their new duet, "Chasing After You," at Sunday's ACM Awards show, where Maren took home two trophies: Female Artist of the Year and Song of the Year, for her multi-week #1 hit, "The Bones."

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John Osborne of Brothers Osborne is opening up about his experience with anxiety. 

The singer and guitarist, who's one-half of the duo alongside brother T.J. Osborne, reveals that before heading into the studio to make their 2020 album, Skeletons, he dealt with severe anxiety that almost drove him to leave the music business. 

"Going into this record, I considered quitting music, which is something I never in my life thought I would want to do," he explains on CBS Sunday Morningrevealing that he was highly depressed, couldn't sleep and his anxiety was "through the roof." 

The brothers ended up retreating to their small fishing hometown of Deale, Maryland. After entering therapy and relying on support from friends and family, John was "able to get to a better place so we could finish the album," he remarks.   

Additionally, T.J. came out as gay in February, saying he was overwhelmed by the "incredible" amount of support he received from fans and the Nashville community. The duo is now looking ahead to a brighter future for the genre. 

 "Country for the longest time was a pretty narrow lane, what it needed to sound like, what it needed to look like, and that's slowly starting to change," T.J. describes. 

"I have never in my life been more proud to be a part of country music than I am today," John declares, adding that the artistry of the genre is "incredible. ...It's only going to get better the more people we allow to do it."

Brothers Osborne recently dropped their new single off Skeletons, "I'm Not For Everyone," which they performed during Sunday's ACM Awards.

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Miranda Lambert is among the many artists who will appear on Dave Grohl's upcoming TV series, From Cradle to Stage.

In a commercial that aired during the ACM Awards on Sunday night, it was revealed that Miranda and her mother, Bev Lambert, will appear in the series that documents the relationship between various musicians and their mothers. 

"Sometimes, you just need your mom," Miranda confesses in the clip, alongside a shot of the mother-daughter pair hugging in the studio. "She said I'm going to enter the talent show and I said, 'oh you are now?'" adds Bev, recalling her daughter's early musical ambitions. 

The show is is executive-produced by the Foo Fighters frontman and his mother, Virginia Hanlon Grohl, and is based on Virginia's book, From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars.

"I went on the road with my son David to explore the stories of mothers of musicians," Virginia explains in a voiceover at the beginning of the trailer. 

Other artists participating in the six-part series are Brandi Carlile, Pharrell Williams, Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Tom Morello, and Geddy Lee, lead vocalist and bassist for the rock band Rush.

From Cradle to Stage premieres on Paramount+ on May 6.

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Chris Stapleton is expanding his All-American Road Show Tour. 

Hot off his Album of the Year win for Starting Over at Sunday's 2021 ACM Awardsthe singer has announced several new dates on the latest leg of his tour, kicking off in July. 

Chris has added a third show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in New Hampshire on July 30, along with back-to-back shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan just outside of Detroit, on August 6 and 7.

He's also scheduled to headline Cellairis Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta on August 28 and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion near Houston on November 6 and the FedEx Forum in Memphis on December 3. 

Additional stops in Virginia, Ohio and Florida are also on the tour, which is slated to run through June 2022.

Stapleton is bringing an all-star cast of opening acts with him, including Willie Nelson, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, The Highwomen, Elle King, Caylee HammackJamey Johnson, Yola and many more.

Tickets for the new dates go on sale April 30, May 7 or June 11. Visit Chris' website for the full list of dates.

The Grammy-winning "Tennessee Whiskey" singer launched the All-American Road Show Tour in 2017 as his first solo tour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, several shows have been postponed or cancelled. Chris is set to resume the tour on July 17 at the famed Wrigley Field in Chicago.

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