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Kenny Chesney wants to record music that encourages fans

Disney/Frank Micelotta When it comes to recording new songs, Kenny Chesney says the ones that stand out usually have a message that emboldens the listener. “When I look for songs, obviously [I] feel like I’ve got to have a little bit of me in it, but that’s not always the case,” shares Kenny. “I look for …

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“God Gave Me a Girl” hitting #1 was “a very surreal milestone” for Russell Dickerson

ABC Hitting pause to celebrate milestones is important to Russell Dickerson — and that’s what he recently did in Nashville. Russell and various industry members gathered for a party celebrating three of his chart-toppers: “Every Little Thing,” “Love You Like I Used To” and “God Gave Me a Girl,” his latest and fifth career #1. “I always get so pumped with …

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Parker McCollum loves seeing you sing back his songs

ABC If you’ve sung Parker McCollum‘s songs back to him at shows, you’ve put a smile on his face. The “Pretty Heart” hitmaker, who’s currently on his Burn It Down Tour, says seeing fans know his songs and sing them back to him makes him feel fulfilled as a songwriter. “It is the gratification of knowing that you’re …

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Cody Johnson’s all about connecting personally with fans at shows

ABC If you’re headed to a Cody Johnson show, don’t expect big production elements like pyrotechnics, aerialists or hydraulic lifts. The “‘Til You Can’t” singer prefers keeping things simple, and there’s a reason for that. “I mean, listen, some people do this stuff. But for me, we don’t need pyro. We don’t need all this extra stage plot …

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Nashville notes: Randy Travis on ‘The Price Is Right’ + Kassi Ashton’s teaser

A special episode of The Price Is Right featuring country icon Randy Travis and his wife, Mary, airs Tuesday on CBS. A recap video and photos from Randy’s guest appearance are also up now on Instagram. The Outlaw Music Festival kicks off this summer with a star-studded multigenre lineup featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Bob Dylan, Brittney Spencer …

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Dig into Dolly’s lemon glazed blueberry crumb cake

JB Rowland/Courtesy of Dolly Parton If lemons, blueberries and cakes are your thing, Dolly Parton might have a dessert that you’ll enjoy. The global icon, who just expanded her product line with Duncan Hines, has shared her lemon glazed blueberry crumb cake. It’s got a prep time of 20 minutes and uses ingredients such as lemon juice, grated …

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Kane Brown adds new dates to In The Air Tour

ABC Kane Brown has added new dates to his upcoming In The Air Tour. The expanded trek now includes stops in Quapaw, Oklahoma; Orange Beach, Alabama; Hollywood, Florida; Airway Heights, Washington; and Fort Hall, Idaho. A rotating list of artists including Tyler Hubbard, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Bailey Zimmerman, Cole Swindell, Jackson Dean and Parmalee will open on select dates. Presale begins Wednesday, …

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Chris Janson on how he tattooed his wife’s kiss

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Billboard Did you know that Lee Brice had something to do with the kiss tattoo on Chris Janson‘s arm? The lip, which belongs to Chris’ wife, Kelly, was tattooed while Chris was out touring with Lee, courtesy of Lee’s tattoo artist. “This is my wife’s lips. I was playing a show on …

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Luke Bryan’s got something up his sleeves

ABC Luke Bryan‘s got something up his sleeves, and he’s not giving clues just yet. The American Idol judge took to socials Monday to share that he’s “counting down the minutes” to an as-yet-undisclosed announcement. Fans took to the comments to leave their guesses, which included a new album, music and tour. No clues were given except the …

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Kelsea Ballerini returns to host 2024 CMT Music Awards

Courtesy of CMT Kelsea Ballerini is returning as host of the 2024 CMT Music Awards. This will be her fourth consecutive year hosting the fan-voted award show. She co-hosted with Kane Brown in 2021 and 2023, and in 2022, she co-hosted remotely with in-person hosts Kane and actor Anthony Mackie. “I couldn’t be more excited to be back …

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