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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley was so hyped up on the first night of his sold-out, two-night stint at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday, he just couldn’t stop playing, eventually extending his set so long he went past the iconic venue’s curfew.

“This is my fifth time… but it gets more crazy and crazy every time,” he told the crowd. “It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in country music and came all the way from Boston to be here…” he said, before bringing on Maren Morris to perform “I’ll Be the Moon,” the duet she wrote for his album Black.

The two then harmonized on Maren’s breakthrough, “My Church,” before Randy Houser joined them for “Bad Angel,” originally a collaboration between Dierks, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson.

The “Different for Girls” hitmaker clocks one more show at Red Rocks, before kicking off the fall leg of his Somewhere on a Beach tour October 13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryFuneral services for Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard will be Friday at 1 p.m. CT in her hometown of Hendersonville, Tennessee, with visitation beginning at noon on Thursday at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Friends, family and fans also will be able to pay their respects starting at 11 a.m. on Friday. The public is invited to the remembrances.

The Opry also will pay tribute to its longest-standing female member during its shows this weekend. Shepard passed away Sunday in hospice care at the age of 82, after six decades as a member of the cast of the world’s longest-running radio show.   

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Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves will mark the release of A Very Kacey Christmas by mounting a headlining tour with the same name. The eight-date trek kicks off November 26 in Windsor, Ontario, before making its way to Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium on the 28th.

The Grammy winner’s first holiday set comes out October 28, with a vinyl version following on November 18.

Here are the dates for Kacey’s yuletide tour, with most of the shows going on sale this Friday:

11/26 -- Windsor, ON, The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor
11/28 -- Nashville, TN, The Ryman Auditorium
12/8 -- New York, NY, The Town Hall
12/9 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, FM Kirby Center for the Performing Arts
12/10 -- Washington, DC, National Theater
12/15 -- Joliet, IL, Rialto Square Theater
12/16 -- Knoxville, TN, Tennessee Theater
12/17 -- Evansville, IN, Victory Theater

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this Garth Brooks album debuted atop the Billboard country albums ranking, where it would stay for 33 of the next 36 weeks. Can you name the "Rodeo"-themed record? ANSWER:  Ropin' the Wind.

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ABC RadioKeith Urban is set to play the Australian equivalent of the Super Bowl this Sunday. He’ll take the stage at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, as close to 100,000 fans turn out to watch the National Rugby League Telstra Premiership Grand Final.

This won’t be the New Zealand-born, Aussie-raised superstar’s only foray into his homeland in the coming months. He’ll return in December with Carrie Underwood, as the two take the Ripcord World Tour Down Under.

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleKenny Chesney will be honored with the President’s Award November 1 at the 64th Annual BMI Country Awards in Music City. The precursor to the next night’s 50th Annual CMA Awards takes place at the Nashville headquarters of the respected performance rights organization.

The East Tennessee native joins the ranks of icons like Willie Nelson and Brooks & Dunn, who’ve also received the accolade. His current “Setting the World on Fire” duet partner, Pink, has been a recipient as well.

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BMLGThe main character in Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is about to imbibe based on the impending breakup of his relationship. But Justin himself can raise a glass for an entirely different reason. This week, the lead single from his album Kinda Don’t Care becomes his sixth number one.

The Arkansas native confesses that the way he usually marks such an occasion is in keeping with the theme of the song.

“Absolutely! I drink quite a bit, typically!” he laughs. “I mean, we don't have like a ritual that we always go do this or we go do that, but I definitely have a good time in celebration,” he tells ABC Radio.

For the father of three little girls, the success of his latest single is especially sweet, having taken a little time off.

“It's good to be back, woo-hoo!” he shouts. “It's exciting to have another hit record. We took eight months off, or something, from putting out new music, and so you always have reservations about doing that… It's somewhat scary to step away. I needed to do so in order to make sure I brought country radio the best music I could bring 'em. You never take 'em for granted. Big hits are great and I've had a lot of 'em, but you certainly enjoy 'em while you're having 'em, because you never know when it's going to be your last one, you know?”  

Justin’s next shot at number-one comes with his new single, “Somebody Else Will.” Next January, he sets out on the American Made Tour with Lee BriceWilliam Michael Morgan and Brett Young.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Aaron Lewis’ new project Sinner debuts at number-one on both the Billboard 200 album chart and the country tally as well this week.  

Country Music Hall of Famers the Oak Ridge Boys are rolling out their own brand of pickled peppers at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. You can buy the Southern Style Bread & Butter Jalapenos now.

American Idol winner Trent Harmon sang the national anthem this weekend in his home state of Mississippi, before the Rebels took on the Georgia Bulldogs.

Dolly Parton remembers her longtime friend and fellow Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry member, Jean Shepard, in a touching video the icon shared on social media. The 82-year-old passed away Sunday in Nashville.

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Mark TuckerMove over JohnPaulGeorge and Ringo-- Garth Brooks is pulling up beside you in the passing lane!

The Recording Industry Association of America bestows diamond certification on an album when it’s sold more than ten million copies. Previously, Garth and the Beatles were tied, with half a dozen diamond records apiece. But now that Garth’s Ultimate Hits has moved ten million units, he officially moves ahead of the Fab Four, notching his seventh diamond album.

Trisha Yearwood led the celebration this weekend, breaking the news at her husband’s Fresno tour stop. Champagne showers followed backstage. You can check out all the antics on Garth’s Facebook page.

When it comes to total sales, it’s worth pointing out that the Beatles still hold the title there. They’re at 178 million units, while Garth lags behind at 138 million.

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BMLGThomas Rhett’s latest single is “Star of the Show,” one of five new tracks from the forthcoming deluxe edition of his sophomore album.

“’Star of the Show’ is one of those songs that I have lived with for a while and [it] kept coming up as a song we needed to record and get to the fans,” he says. “I wrote it with my dad [Rhett Akins] right after I got married, and it was the first song I ever wrote about Lauren. It was a staple in our set before we had any hits,” he recalls, “and fans still request it to this day.”

You can preview Thomas’s new release in the online trailer for the re-issue of his second set. It also includes a new take on another smash hit he wrote about his wife, with pop star Tori Kelly joining him on the “Die a Happy Man” remix.

Here’s the complete track listing for the 18-cut Tangled Up Deluxe, which comes out October 28. It will be available for pre-order at the usual digital outlets on Friday:

 “Anthem”
“Crash and Burn”
“South Side”
“Die a Happy Man”
“Vacation”
“Like It’s the Last Time”
“T-Shirt”
“Single Girl”
“The Day You Stop Looking Back”
“Tangled”
“Playing with Fire” (featuring Jordin Sparks)
“I Feel Good” (featuring Money Lewis)
“Learned It from the Radio”
“Star of the Show”
“American Spirit”
“Background Music”
“Playing with Fire” (featuring Daniellle Bradbery)
“Die a Happy Man (The Remix)” (featuring Tori Kelly)

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Warner Music NashvilleDressed in a black suit and white shirt with a popped collar, Brett Eldredge leans against a deep red wall, casually tossing a silver ball in the air. That’s the cover that sets the tone for the crooner’s first ever-holiday collection, set for release on October 28.   

Named for a new holiday tune the Illinois native wrote for the set, Glow boasts ten other standards, including a cameo by Best New Artist Grammy-winner Meghan Trainor on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Brett’s yuletide offering:

 “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow”
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (featuring Meghan Trainor)
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“The Christmas Song”
“Glow”
“White Christmas”
“Winter Wonderland”
“Merry Little Christmas”
“Silent Night”
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
“First Noel”

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BMLGJust weeks after scoring a number-one album with Kinda Don’t Care, Justin Moore now has a number-one song to match. “You Look Like I Need a Drink” is officially the sixth chart-topper of the Arkansas native’s career -- and this is apparently his lucky time of the year!

“Seven years ago this week, I had my first number-one with ‘Small Town USA,’” Justin recalls. “It is crazy to see where we have come since then and I am pumped to see what is ahead.”

You can preview Justin’s new single, “Somebody Else Will,” in the new instant grat video now posted on YouTube.

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BMLG Fresh off their gig this weekend co-hosting CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown from their Dig Your Roots show in Des Moines, Iowa, Florida Georgia Line is headed back to your TV.

This week, Jana Kramer won’t be the only country artist on Dancing with the StarsTyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley stop by to perform  both “H.O.L.Y.” and “Cruise” on Tuesday’s episode. You can catch it starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

The duo’s new single, “May We All,” which features Tim McGraw, breaks into the top 20 on this week’s country chart.

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Broken BowJason Aldean promised to deliver some unforgettable surprises for his fans around the release of his chart-topping new album, They Don’t Know, and the ACM Entertainer of the Year is certainly living up to his word.

Friday before his tour stop in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason drove up unannounced at Taylore Wingard’s house, delivering a brand-new 2016 Kia Soul for the single mother of three.

“This is so amazing I don’t even know what to do,” the 30-year-old told the “A Little More Summertime” singer. “My son went through cancer treatment twice and your music has gotten me through so much.”

Jason also gave Taylore the VIP treatment at his Six String Circus show that night, in addition to a barrage of other prizes. You can check out her reaction in the video Jason shared on his Facebook page.  

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard achieved her only number-one hit with this 1953 recording with Ferlin Husky. Can you name their war-themed duet? ANSWER:  "A Dear John Letter."

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BMLGJennifer Nettles is gearing up for a busy fall. Not only is she putting out "Hey Heartbreak," the second single from her sophomore solo effort, Playing with Fire, she's also releasing her new holiday collection, To Celebrate Christmas. On November 30, she'll reprise her role as Dolly Parton's mother in the sequel to last year's wildly successful Coat of Many Colors TV movie as well.

"Doing that movie... was so rewarding on so many levels..." Jennifer reflects. "I love that it did speak to such a broad audience. We had no idea. I mean, you're involved in something and you think, 'Oh, it's so special!' But you don't know if other people are gonna think it's special until you put it out there! And the ratings and the reviews, and you know, everything about that project, I was blown away by the response to it..."  

The new film, Christmas of Many Colors:  Circle of Love, also inspired Dolly to write a new song, which appears on Jennifer's latest yuletide offering, which comes out October 28.

Jennifer kicks off a series of select holiday dates with a December 8 stop at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center with the Nashville Symphony.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darius Rucker shot the music video for his new single, “If I Told You,” atop the Capitol building in Los Angeles last week.

George Strait presented singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale with the Lifetime Achievement Award at last week’s Americana Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Lauderdale wrote the Strait classic “The King of Broken Hearts.”

Newcomer Brooke Eden’s debut EP Welcome to the Weekend is now available at the usual digital outlets. The four-song project’s lead single is the track “Diamonds.”

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ABC/Randy HolmesCam is officially off the market. The “Burning House” hitmaker wed commercial real estate agent Adam Weaver Saturday evening in the desert town of Joshua Tree, California, according to People.

One hundred forty guests watched Cam walk down the aisle in a thirties-inspired Jenny Packham gown, as a mariachi band played “Besame Mucho.” The newlyweds chose Miranda Lambert’s version of “Oklahoma Sky” as the song for their first dance, because it reminded them of a date they shared.

The two are expected to honeymoon in Tokyo, Japan, and Bali, Indonesia, according to E! News.

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Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryCountry Music Hall of Famer Jean Shepard passed away Sunday morning in Nashville at the age of 82, after being placed in hospice care late last week.

The outspoken proponent of traditional country music celebrated 60 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry last November, as she stepped onto the legendary stage for the final time. She’s the only female ever to achieve six decades as part of the Opry lineup.

The Oklahoma native was discovered by fellow Hall of Famer Hank Thompson when she only 14, as she played bass and sang in an all-female band. She’d go on to have hits like “A Dear John Letter,” “Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar),” “A Satisfied Mind,” and “Slippin’ Away.”

Jean Shepard became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

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BMLGRascal Flatts’ follow-up to 2014’s Rewind will be the trio’s very first holiday collection, titled The Greatest Gift of All.

“It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record,” Jay DeMarcus says. “We just wanted to do it right! There are certain songs I think most everyone wants to hear during Christmas, and we wanted to put our own special spin on those songs, while adding in a couple of our personal favorites.”

In addition to eight classics, Jay, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney cover both Stevie Wonder’s “Someday at Christmas” and 4Him’s “A Strange Way to Save the World.” The trio’s kids join them to kick off their version of “Silent Night.”

Here’s the complete track listing for Rascal Flatts’ self-produced The Greatest Gift of All, due October 21:

“Joy to the World”
“O Holy Night”
“Deck the Halls”
“A Strange Way to Save the World”
“Go Tell It On the Mountain”
“Let It Snow”
“Silent Night”
“Someday at Christmas”
“The First Noel”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

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