Mar 29

Eric Paslay picks up a hammer for Habitat's new “Home Is the Key” campaign

ABC/Image Group LAEric Paslay will be the new face of Habitat for Humanity’s “Home Is the Key” campaign, which launches all across the USA next month. It’s a perfect fit for the avid woodworker, who’s participated in multiple Habitat builds in the past.

“The thing I love the most about country music is it has to do with the soul and family, going back to the good things that built you,” Eric says. “I think everything that Habitat for Humanity is about is helping others…understanding the values of not just having a house, but building a home and coming together as a community.”

The “Friday Night” hitmaker’s campaign will shine a light on how affordable housing can pave the way for a better future, and will culminate with a build at the end of April in Atlanta. You can find out more at Habitat.org/HomeIsTheKey.

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Mar 29

Marty Robbins, The Eagles and “I'll Fly Away” added to National Recording Registry

Sony LegacyMarty Robbins’ pivotal 1959 album, Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, is one of only 25 recordings chosen to be preserved as part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress this year.

Recorded entirely in one eight-hour session on April 7, 1959, the Grammy-winning LP includes the Country Music Hall of Famer’s self-penned signature song, “El Paso.”

The registry chooses recordings each year based on their “cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.

Also of note among this year’s honorees are the Eagles’ 1976 compilation, Their Greatest Hits, as well as the Chuck Wagon Gang’s 1948 recording of “I’ll Fly Away.” The country/gospel group was the first to record the now-classic southern hymn by Albert E. Brumley.

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Mar 29

Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion join an ACM lineup full of superstar collaborations and performances

Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedBrett Eldredge and Old Dominion are the latest additions to an ACM lineup that’ll leave you wondering how they can possibly squeeze this many performances into only three hours.

Sunday night’s show will also bring an unprecedented number of superstar collaborations and firsts. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform their new single, “Speak to a Girl” for the first time, while Thomas Rhett will debut his new release that features Maren Morris, called “Craving You.” Florida Georgia Line teams up with Backstreet Boys for a medley that’s likely to include their collaboration on “God, Your Mama, and Me.”

New label mates Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will do “The Fighter,” as tourmates Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley deliver “Flatliner.” Christian artist Lauren Daigle will join Reba McEntire for a version of “Back to God.”

There will also be plenty of solo performances as well, by the likes of Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Stapleton.

Along the way, there’ll also be quite a few awards to pass out. Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Kacey Musgraves, ET’s Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Miss America Savvy Shields and NASCAR drivers Elliott Sadler and Bubba Wallace will help with that.

You can catch all the action starting Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will host the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena for the very first time.

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Mar 29

You never know what you're gonna get: How Brad Paisley's superstar collaborations paved an unpredictable path for “Love and War”

ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley jokes that making his new album, Love and War, was a lot like “going through the maze to find the cheese.”

“I didn’t have necessarily the clearest vision of what I was going to wind up with,” he admits. “I just knew I wanted to go sort of down this path.”

That path involved collaborating with many of the legends who’ve influenced him, namely Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson, as well as producer/rapper Timbaland.

And even when you collaborate with some of the most talented people in the business, Brad’s learned, you never know what you’re gonna get.

“If you book your heroes to come in and spend three days each… where you’re writing songs and you’re trying to see what you come up with… it could go a lot of different directions, but you’re hoping it’s something you can use,” he says.

“What’s interesting is it became clearer and clearer what I was saying as we wrote these,” he adds.  

Brad’s recent #1 single, “Today,” also played an important piece in crystallizing the vision for his 11th studio album. You can pre-order Love and War now, ahead of its April 21 release.

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Mar 28

“Rock On!” Tucker Beathard brings country to rock festivals this summer

Photo Courtesy of Big Machine Label GroupTucker Beathard may very well be the hippest dude in all of country music these days.

By the time he wraps up his run on Brantley Gilbert’s The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour next month, he’ll be ready to set out on a summer full of festivals,  some of which are the most coveted gigs in any genre of music.

The “Rock On” hitmaker will kick off the season April 29 with a stop at California’s Stagecoach Festival, but it’s a June 11 appearance at Bonnaroo where he’ll have a chance to win over lots of fans outside of the country mainstream.

He’s one of the artists playing the Club Stage at the Manchester, Tennessee gathering. In years past, it’s paved the way for the breakout success of the likes of Chris Stapleton and Elle King.

Tucker also has the distinction of being the only country artist booked to play the legendary Lollapalooza festival this year. He’ll take the stage August 6 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

The 22-year-old is currently climbing the country chart with his second single, “Momma and Jesus.”

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Mar 28

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley stage a Wednesday TV takeover ahead of the ACMs

Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedThe clock is ticking toward Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley’s second time hosting the Academy of Country Music Awards, and starting Wednesday, the pair will be doing all they can to make sure all eyes are on them come Sunday night.

Luke and Dierks will kick off the day Wednesday with an early appearance on CBS This Morning, which starts at 7 a.m. They’ll return to a more normal late-night schedule by closing out the day on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

Then Sunday, it’s the big night. The 52nd ACM Awards air live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  

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Mar 28

Madame Tussauds and Patsy Cline Museum team up to give fans “Sweet Dreams” of late icon

Madame TussaudsFor the first time in more than 50 years, Patsy Cline is on a tour — of sorts — of Nashville.

Madame Tussauds will reveal its new wax figure of the late country icon April 7 at the opening of the new Patsy Cline Museum in downtown Nashville. The new museum boasts the largest collection of Cline artifacts in the world, and features a new film about Patsy’s career, hosted by actress Beverly D’Angelo, who played her in the Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner’s Daughter.

Cline’s likeness will be on display through April 9 at the new tourist attraction on Third Avenue South, which is adjacent to the popular Johnny Cash Museum.

The wax figure’s permanent home will be at the new Madame Tussauds Nashville in Opry Mills, which opens April 14.

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Mar 28

Jesus, take the wheel: Carrie Underwood's leaving her longtime label home

ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Carrie’s been signed to Arista since winning American Idol in 2005. Cindy Mabe, the President of UMG Nashville — Capitol’s parent company — was part of the team that launched her debut album, Some Hearts.

The Oklahoma native’s current single, “The Fighter,” happens to be a duet with her new label mate, Keith Urban. While Carrie hasn’t revealed the timeline for a new recording, she has said she’s turning her attention in that direction.

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Mar 28

“This One's for You”: A “Hurricane” of a first single leads the way for Luke Combs' debut

River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

Currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert, Luke will continue on The Devil Don’t Sleep trek through September.

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