May 23

It's a boy! Jason Aldean shares his baby's gender reveal on Instagram

ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean already has two girls, and soon he’ll have a baby boy.

On Monday, the ACM Entertainer of the Year and his wife Brittany Kerr shared their gender reveal on Instagram.

“Today is the day….. what’s it gonna be? Boy or girl!” Jason posted, along with a photo of the couple holding “It’s a girl!” and “It’s a boy!” balloons.

He followed up with a video of his whole family popping balloons filled with blue confetti, unveiling the answer. His daughters, 14-year-old Keely and 9-year-old Kendyl, both jumped up and down and squealed with delight, hugging their stepmom and dad.  

Jason and Brittany announced their pregnancy earlier this month. So far, we don’t know exactly when the baby boy is due.

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May 22

Rock on: Cracker Barrel brings free nightly concerts — and rockers — to CMA Music Festival

CMAIf you didn’t score tickets to CMA Music Festival’s big nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium this year, the Country Music Association is offering you a free alternative for the first time ever.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday of CMA week, the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage will take over Ascend Amphitheater on the Riverfront in Music City.

Big & RichDeana CarterBilly Ray CyrusThe Oak Ridge Boys and others kick off the first night. On Friday, it’s Ladies of Country night with Sara EvansKellie PicklerDanielle BradburyAubrie Sellers and more. Dan + ShayHunter HayesHigh Valley, and RaeLynn are just part of the Saturday night party.

CMA Music Festival takes over downtown Nashville June 8-11 this summer. As part of the festivities, Cracker Barrel is also bringing 644 rocking chairs to Music City, one for each of their restaurants in the U.S. If festival-goers rock at least 150,000 times, the comfort-food chain has promised to donate $15,000 to the CMA Foundation.  

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May 22

How you can help Weekend Warrior Brad Paisley send “Love and War” to the troops

ABC/Image Group LAMemorial Day is less than a week away, and Brad Paisley is hoping you’ll help him say thank you to America’s men and women who serve.

From now through next Monday, for every copy of Brad’s new Love and War album that’s sold on his website, he’ll donate another disc to a current member of the U.S. Armed Forces or a veteran.

This Saturday on tour, Brad marked Armed Services Day by calling local members of the military onstage during his performance of the record’s title track, which addresses how America’s military are treated once they return home from a conflict.

“Thankful for the ones who have served and continue to serve our country,” Brad shared later on his socials.

In all, more than 40,000 fans turned out for the first three dates of the 2017 Weekend Warrior trek. Brad hits the road again on June 16, with tour mates Dustin LynchChase Bryant and Lindsay Ell.

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Thankful for the ones who have served and continue to serve our country. #ArmedForcesDay

— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) May 21, 2017


May 22

Little Big Town delivers a mother lode of special guests at the “Mother Church”

ABC RadioFans who turned out to see Little Big Town this weekend at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium got a whole lot more than they bargained for.

In addition to performing their hits and tracks from their new album The Breaker, the reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year surprised their sold-out audiences with a stellar lineup of special guests.

On Friday, bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss and pop sensation Tori Kelly took the stage, while four-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan and 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack stopped by the next night. Saturday’s crowd also got to see a performance by Little Big Kids, the offspring of Kimberly SchlapmanPhillip Sweet, and Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook.

Your next chance to check out “Little Big Town at the Mother Church” during their residency celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Ryman comes the weekend of July 28.

Meanwhile, you can catch LBT Tuesday night on the season finale of The Voice, starting at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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May 22

Rascal Flatts returns to Vegas for Eight “Night(s) to Shine” in October

BMLGRascal Flatts is headed back to Sin City for a limited-run residency this October.

The “Yours If You Want It” hitmakers will play eight shows at the 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre at The Venetian Las Vegas.

“Vegas just keeps pulling us back,” lead singer Gary LeVox says. “Our previous two residencies were such an amazing experience and opportunity to connect with our fans on a more intimate level. I think moving over to The Venetian will provide a totally different setting and fan experience that we’re really excited about!”

For the past two years, the trio has played The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Tickets for Rascal Flatts’ Venetian residency go on sale to the public on Friday, June 2, with fan club pre-sales already underway.

Here are the dates for “Rascal Flatts — A Night to Shine”: October 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21.

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May 22

Shout-out to Gwen and the fans: Blake Shelton is “Billboard”'s Top Country Artist

Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton took home the Top Country Artist honor at Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, and the Oklahoma native knows exactly whom to thank.

“I know this award is based on streaming and record sales and ticket sales and that all happens because of the fans,” he says. “So I consider this a fan-voted award and I couldn’t be more thankful and happy.”

In his acceptance speech,  Blake remarked he already felt like the luckiest guy in the room, since his girlfriend Gwen Stefani was with him.

Blake’s next awards show appearance happens next month at the CMT Music Awards, where he’ll sing his current top-10 hit, “Every Time I Hear That Song.”

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May 22

For Sentimental Reasons: Lee Brice pays tribute to his “Boy(s)” on album #4

ABC/Rick RowellLee Brice’s self-titled fourth studio album will arrive November 3, and the soon-to-be father of three reveals there are multiple reasons he chose “Boy” as the lead single.

“First, Sara and I have two sons, Takoda and Ryker,” Lee says. “This song is a tribute to them. It’s my way of saying how proud I am to be their dad.”

Takoda is nine and Ryker is three, and both are about to become big brothers.

“The second reason,” Lee goes on, “is because, coincidentally, we have a daughter on the way in a couple of weeks and we wanted to share this song for our boys before she arrived.”

You can check out Lee’s moving music video for “Boy” on YouTube.

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May 22

“Billboard” Music Awards 2017: Florida Georgia Line tease more collaborations

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsAt the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night in Las Vegas, Florida Georgia Line won the award for Top Country Song for “H.O.L.Y.” and also performed with John Legend.  Performing with artists outside their genre is nothing new for FGL — they’ve collaborated with Nelly, The Chainsmokers and The Backstreet Boys too. And, it seems, more collabos are coming.

Backstage,  FGL’s Brian Kelley told ABC Radio why their music seems to work with many different genres. 

“Our influences are kinda all over, they always have been,” he explained. “We try to keep an open mind and work hard and always expand our knowledge of music, and what’s current, and what feels good and what sounds right.  We got a couple more collaborations coming, can’t really talk about ’em, but we’re gonna keep droppin’ ’em on the world!”

His partner Tyler Hubbard, meanwhile, talked about how meaningful it is that they won an award for “H.O.L.Y.”

“It’s really special.  That’s been a special song ever since the first time we heard it,” he told ABC Radio. “So to be able to celebrate that tonight at the Billboards and to be able to perform it with John was a really special night for B.K. and I both, and something we’re gonna take home and never forget.”

Florida Georgia Line will perform on ABC this Friday as part of Good Morning America’s summer concert series, and they’re bringing their pal and tourmate Nelly along for the fun.

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May 22

Could Chris Janson's “Fix a Drink” be the song of the summer?

ABC/Image Group LA Chris Janson is hoping his new single, “Fix a Drink,” is one you’ll have on repeat this summer.

Ironically, the infectious tune came to life during a session where the “Buy Me a Boat” hitmaker and songwriter Chris DuBois just weren’t getting anywhere.

“[We] were sitting on the back porch… smoking cigars, drinking Mt. Dews and we were working on a song and trying to woodshed one out…” Janson recalls. “And he goes, ‘Hey man, screw this. I got something!’”

“And he… played me a little snippet of what they had. All they had literally was ‘I can fix a drink,’” Chris says, singing the song’s hook. “Half of it was mumbling, and I went ‘Oh my God, that’s smash! I just love it!'”

One of the reasons Chris loves “Fix a Drink” so much is that it bears a certain similarity to the song that put him on the map.

“With ‘Buy Me a Boat’… when every country audience that you play for, they’re like, ‘Oh, I know that song.’ And even people who don’t know my face know the song. It’s crazy,” he says of the reaction to his chart-topper from 2015.

“And I remember how cool that felt having a song like that, and a song that organically grew like ‘Buy Me a Boat.’ And I kinda just had the notion that ‘Fix a Drink’ may be that sort of song.”

The five-song Fix a Drink EP comes out June 9, with Chris’s sophomore album to follow later this year.

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May 21

Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt represent at Sunday's “Billboard” Music Awards

Courtesy Dick Clark ProductionsIf you’re a Florida Georgia Line fan, you won’t want to miss Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards.

In addition to being the most-nominated country act with six nods, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are set to perform with John Legend. They’ll do a mash-up of their nominated song “H.O.L.Y.,” along with the Oscar-winning R&B singer/songwriter’s current single “Surefire.” 

Even though he’s not among this year’s nominees, Sam Hunt will take the stage to sing his chart-topping hit, “Body Like a Back Road.” It’s his first major TV appearance since getting married last month. Ironically, he performed the same song at the same venue in early April at the ACM Awards, while serenading his now-wife Hannah Lee Fowler.

You can catch The 2017 Billboard Music Awards Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, as the show airs live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Here are the nominees in the country categories:

Top Country Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Dixie Chicks

Top Country Album
Jason Aldean — They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line — Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton —  If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton — Traveller
Keith Urban — Ripcord

Top Country Song
Kenny Chesney featuring P!NK — “Setting the World on Fire”
Florida Georgia Line  — “H.O.L.Y.”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw — “May We All”
Little Big Town — “Better Man”
Keith Urban — “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration
Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King — “Different for Girls”
Kenny Chesney featuring P!NK — “Setting the World on Fire”
Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens — “Kill a Word”
Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw — “May We All”
Chris Young featuring Vince Gill — “Sober Saturday Night”

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