Chris Lane Puts His Fans to Work on "For Her" Lyric Video

Big Loud RecordsChris Lane is following up his first number one, “Fix,” with the Girl Problems track “For Her,” and he’s enlisted his fans to help make the song’s lyric video. Chris’s devotees sang along and uploaded their footage to create the new clip. You can check out their efforts on YouTube.

There’s also a full-fledged music video on the way for “For Her.” It premieres Saturday, September 17 on CMT.

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Brett Eldredge Gets Ready to "Glow" This Holiday, with a Little Help from Meghan Trainor

ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge’s new holiday album will be titled Glow, taking its name from an original song he wrote for the project.

“I originally had the idea… as the vision of someone you love, making your whole world light up,” Brett says. “It captures the simplicity of sitting next to the dimly lit Christmas tree and watching her glow.”

The Illinois native’s yuletide offering will also feature a duet with Best New Artist Grammy winner Meghan Trainor. While we don’t know the exact release date yet, Glow is set to come out sometime in October.  

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Luke Bryan's Ready to Get Down on the Farm with Chris Janson, Granger Smith and More

Capitol NashvilleChris JansonGranger Smith, the Peach Pickers and Jon Langston will join Luke Bryan for his 8th Annual Farm Tour this year. While Chris and Granger have each scored a number one, with “Buy Me a Boat” and “Back Road Song,” respectively, Langston is a relative newcomer from Luke’s home state of Georgia. The  Peach Pickers are made up of hit songwriters Rhett AkinsDallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip and hail from the Peach State as well.

The CMA Entertainer of the Year kicks off his eight farm stops October 5 in Gaston, South Carolina, with his Farm Tour EP leading the way on September 23. You can check out Luke’s new video for “Here’s to the Farmer” on YouTube.

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Jana Kramer Strives to Follow in Kellie Pickler's Dancing Footsteps

ABCTonight as season 23 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on ABC, a country artist will once again have a shot at taking home the mirror-ball trophy, just like Kellie Pickler did back in 2013. This time, it’s “I Got the Boy” hitmaker Jana Kramer who’s showing off her fancy footwork. So far, she says it’s been every bit as much hard work as she expected — especially since she has a little one at home.

“Expectations and the reality… they’ve matched up, because I knew it was going to be tough and it is tough,” Jana tells ABC Radio. “I knew it was going to be challenging, I knew it was going to be a time commitment, but that’s something that I really wanted to do, because I want to just show moms out there that we can kick butt, we can have a career, we can raise beautiful children and we can kick butt doing all of it.”

So far, Jana says balancing motherhood and competitive dancing is going well, even though she just gave birth on the last day of January this year.

“She’s amazing,” she says of her daughter. “She’s seven-months-old and she’s learning to crawl and her first tooth is coming in, so she’s a little person. I feel like when I come back from dancing, I come back to Jolie and I’m even more excited to see her.”  

Jana and partner Gleb Savchenko are set to tackle the Viennese Waltz when Dancing with the Stars premieres at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Gleb hints he’d like to eventually do a routine that starts with Jana performing her latest single “Circles,” before she takes to the dance floor.

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From "Infinite Love" to "Feud," Sara Evans Continues Her Collaborations with Todd Chrisley

ABC/Kelsey McNealSara Evans and her four siblings take on the stars of USA Network’s Chrisley Knows Best Sunday night on the season finale of ABC’s Family Feud.

Sara and her two brothers and two sisters team up to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, in the episode that starts at 8 p.m. ET.

Earlier this summer, the “Suds in the Bucket” singer recorded a duet with Todd Chrisley. You can check out “Infinite Love” at the usual outlets.

Sara herself is busy working on her debut project for Sugar Hill Records. Her eighth studio album is expected early next year.

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Jennifer Nettles to Kick Off This Weekend's Battle at Bristol

Courtesy Big Machine RecordsJennifer Nettles will put her powerful pipes to good use this Saturday evening, singing the national anthem before the University of Tennessee takes on Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway. You can check out her performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” at 8 p.m. ET, before the Battle at Bristol kicks off on Saturday Night Football on ABC.

The Sugarland hitmaker is getting ready to release “Hey Heartbreak” as the second single from her Playing with Fire album. She’ll also reprise her role as Dolly Parton’s mother, Avie Lee, in Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love November 30 on NBC.

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"The Greatest Thing I've Ever Done Musically": Dolly Parton's Unreleased Recordings with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt

RhinoIt’s been almost twenty years since we’ve heard new music from the three legends who initially wanted to call themselves the Queenston Trio. Today, Dolly PartonEmmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt release The Complete Trio Collection, which includes both 1987’s Trio and 1999’s Trio II, as well as twenty unreleased and alternate recordings from those sessions.

Dolly says the three knew, from the very beginnings of their vocalizing together in the seventies, that they had to collaborate, even though the odds seemed stacked against it.

“Different management, different labels, different agendas, different everything,” she recalls. “So we thought, ‘Will we ever get to do this?’ But when we would sing together, it would just chill us to the bone… We would say ‘No matter what, we have got to find a way to put this down on record.’”

Acknowledging that there were plenty of bumps in the road, Dolly reveals that in the end, she feels it’s all about the Grammy-winning, million-selling music the three Hall of Famers were finally able to make.

“When we would sing, it’s like, everything else kinda faded away. It’s just like about love,”  Dolly says. “You know, when you say ‘Nothing works, but the love?’… The parents don’t like it, this and that. But it’s like, when we would sing, it’s like that’s all that mattered… When we’d get a chance to get in the studio and then hear back, you know, what was going on — it was just a highlight, just to hear us sing. To me, that’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done musically, if not the greatest.”

That’s quite a statement, coming from the woman who both wrote Whitney Houston’s smash “I Will Always Love You” and took it to number-one on the country charts twice herself.

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A Refresher Course at the Ryman: Why Garth Brooks Is in the Running for Entertainer of the Year

Mark TuckerIf you weren’t lucky enough to be part of the invitation-only crowd for Garth Brook’s first-ever concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, there’s still hope you’ll be able to experience the historic night for yourself. Before the current Entertainer of the Year nominee ever took the stage Thursday night, camera crews were in place to capture the show for an as-yet-unannounced special.

Prior to the curtain rising, Garth walked on stage with only a guitar, explaining how hard a time he’d had deciding how to start his set, before seguing into snippets of many of his options. First there was Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin, ” then George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” and Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again.”

The Oklahoma native then delivered a tribute to Dolly Parton, singing an a capella version of her signature “I Will Always Love You,” that had more in common with Whitney Houston’s rendition than Dolly’s. From there, it was Randy Travis’s “I Told You So” and Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes.”

Chris Young and Nashville’s Charles Esten were just some of the celebrities in the house as the curtain rose to reveal Garth’s band and begin an epic on-your-feet sing-along of his hits, interrupted only by an appearance from the woman Mr. Brooks refers to as “The Queen.”

Trisha Yearwood joined her husband for a smoldering version of their hit duet “In Another’s Eyes,” followed by her own “Walkaway Joe.” The two then debuted a new collaboration they recorded only a few days ago that brought to mind the classic chemistry of Jones and Tammy Wynette. “Whiskey to Wine” is likely to be included on Garth’s next album, due sometime this fall.

Here’s the complete set list for Garth’s first stop at the Mother Church of Country Music:

“Friends in Low Places” 
“Rodeo”
“Two of a Kind (Workin’ on a Full House)”
“The River”
“Two Pina Coladas”
“Unanswered Prayers”
“That Summer”
“The Thunder Rolls”
“In Another’s Eyes” (with Trisha Yearwood)
“Walkaway Joe” (Trisha Yearwood)
“Whiskey to Wine” (with Trisha Yearwood)
“Papa Loved Mama”
“Callin’ Baton Rouge”
“The Dance”
“Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)”
“Anonymous”
“Every Time that It Rains”
“In Lonesome Dove”
“Longneck Bottle”
“Shameless”
“Standing Outside the Fire”

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Why Kelsea Ballerini Was "Freaking Out" Before the ACM Honors

Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc.Kelsea Ballerini may be on the verge of having her third number one in a row with “Peter Pan,” but the emerging superstar still maintains her ability to be starstruck.

“It’s freaking me out that she even knows who I am!” she said of Crystal Gayle, as she prepared to pay tribute to the pop-country icon last week at Nashville’s Ryman auditorium. “I’m singing her big crossover hit ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,’ and she’s just such a legend and such a strong, beautiful, iconic female in this format, so it’s really cool to be able to honor her.”

You can check out Kelsea’s take on the chart-topping country hit from 1977 tonight on the 10th Annual ACM Honors at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” made it to #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 that year as well.

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Renee Zellweger Opens Up About Rumors Surrounding Kenny Chesney Divorce

ABC/Image Group LARenée Zellweger is being candid about the breakup of her short-lived marriage in 2005 to country superstar Kenny Chesney. The Oscar winner spoke to The Advocate and admitted she forgot about the gay rumors that swirled after the two divorced — centering over her citing “fraud” in court papers.

She was quick to say how unfair that was to them as a couple and to Chesney.

“That made me sad,” she told the outlet. “It made me sad that somehow people were using that as a way to be cruel and calling someone gay as a pejorative, which has fateful consequences. Of course, there’s the bigger-picture problem of why anyone had to make up a story at all.”

At the time, Zellweger told People magazine in a statement that to, “clarify that the term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character.” The actress has never had anything negative to say about her ex.

“I would personally be very grateful for your support in refraining from drawing derogatory, hurtful, sensationalized or untrue conclusions,” the statement added.

In this new interview more than a decade later, the Bridget Jones’s Baby star, 47, added that she, “said all I needed to say on that subject” at the time, but, “sometimes it is difficult to just let something be what it is, especially when it’s unnecessary ugliness. Once you’ve said your piece, shouldn’t that be enough? And why is the ugliness that’s perpetuated in the media so attractive to people?”

Also in the interview, the actress spoke about her five years away from film, saying “I’d call it a necessary reset. I needed to step away for a second so that I could see what life looks like at this stage.”

Bridget Jones’s Baby hits theaters next Friday.

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