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Reba McEntire invites Blake Shelton to co-host ACMs

Reba McEntire has invited Blake Shelton to co-host the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards.  The pair will front the event together live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, on April 3. It will mark Shelton’s debut as an awards show host.  In a statement, Shelton said that he was “humbled” to […]

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Brad Paisley inks first major book deal

Country music superstar Brad Paisley will publish his first major book, titled The Diary of a Player, with Howard Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. The new book, set to release in May 2011, is a salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock & roll who have shaped his life.  The book will be […]

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Jamey Johnson’s ‘Guitar’ puts a new strum on country music

Jamey Johnson drives the last car Waylon Jennings owned, and he rents office space that the late guitarist and producer Chet Atkins once occupied. But the acclaimed singer and songwriter, whose new album is The Guitar Song, doesn’t see himself as a collector of country music history. He views himself more as a caretaker. “There’s no magic in those things at […]

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ACM Awards Open Thread

The 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were held yesterday, and it was full of familiar faces, up-and-comers and quite a few surprises. Our gal Reba hosted. We were treated to performances from Brooks & Dunn and newcomer Laura Bell Bundy. The ubiquitous Lady Antebellum took home top honors for Vocal Group and Song […]

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7 questions with Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan sure is a busy man. Born and raised in Leesburg, Georgia, he graduated from high school and went off to Georgia Southern University, where he worked on his songwriting, played shows and self-released his own album. After moving to Nashville, Bryan signed with Capitol Records, released his debut-hit single, “All My Friends Say,” […]

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Jo Dee Messina Interview

After selling more than five million albums, producing nine No. 1 hit singles, and earning various Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards, singer/songwriter Jo Dee Messina can look at her life and accomplishments and truly say, “I am.” She’s penned hits like “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “I’m Alright” and the album, “Burn,” […]

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