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Carrie Underwood announces she's pregnant  2014-09-01
Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher made an announcement today on Carrie's Instagram page.

The singer said, "In honor of "Labor" Day...Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier!" 

The photo shows Underwood's two dogs with certain telling wardrobe. It looks like she is preggers- congrats!

Kenny Chesney made a surprise appearance at The Georgia Theater  2014-09-01
An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years – 4-time Country Music Association and 4-consecutive Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney took the stage Friday night at Athens’ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMT’s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27 at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.

With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgia’s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some he’s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 “American Kids.” Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Sr’s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away,” while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.
Alan jackson unveils his Ford Thunderbird at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit  2014-08-28
Alan Jackson poses beside his 1955 Ford Thunderbird at the opening of his "Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country" exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum)

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum hosted a reception this evening in celebration of its newest exhibit, ALAN JACKSON: 25 YEARS OF KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY, which opens to the public this Friday, August 29, 2014, and runs through March 15, 2015. At the reception, Jackson’s treasured 1955 Thunderbird was unveiled in the museum’s Curb Conservatory lobby where it will be on display opening weekend only, Friday, August 29, through Monday, September 1.

In addition to the car display, the museum is offering a trio of exhibit-related programs for the opening weekend. On Saturday, August 30, Jim McBride, a frequent collaborator with Jackson, will participate in a Songwriter Session at 11:30 a.m. Later that day, at 1:00 p.m. families are invited to participate in a guided tour, When Daddy Let Me Drive: The Museum’s Cool Cars, highlighting the classic vehicles on display in the museum’s galleries. Finally, on Sunday, August 31, the museum will screen Alan Jackson: The Greatest Hits Collection (1995).

In October, Alan will take the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum as its 2014 Artist-in-Residence on October 8 and 22. Both Wednesday night concerts start at 7:00 p.m. in the museum’s new 800-seat CMA Theater. Tickets go on sale to the general public at NOON (CDT) on Monday, September 8, and can be purchased at countrymusichalloffame.org/artist-in-residence. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be available to museum and Alan Jackson fan club members beginning Friday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. For your chance to purchase tickets in this pre-sale, become a museum member by Sunday, August 31. Visit countrymusichalloffame.org to find out more.

In his 25-year career, Jackson has been steadfast in his love for traditional music while enjoying major chart success. Since signing his record deal in June 1989, he has sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling country artists of all-time. He has released more than 60 singles—registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard #1s). He has earned more than 150 music industry awards—including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Darius Rucker's latest song is written by Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum  2014-08-26
Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker released his new single, “Homegrown Honey,” to Country radio today. “Homegrown Honey” was written by Darius, label mate Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Nathan Chapman. This is the first single from Darius’ fourth solo country album to be released in early 2015. “Homegrown Honey” is currently available for purchase at all digital retailers.

"This is the first time I've gotten to write with my buddy Charles Kelley and their [Lady Antebellum's] producer Nathan Chapman and I'm sure glad we did!," shares Darius.

Darius is working with producer Frank Rogers who also produced his three previous solo country albums. All three albums debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album chart and have produced a total of six No. 1 singles, including “Wagon Wheel,” “Come Back Song,” “This,” “Alright,” “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” and “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.” “Wagon Wheel,” Darius’ most recent No. 1, held the top spot for two weeks and garnered the 2014 Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance.

For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.
Chris Young releases 'Lonely Eyes' from his album A.M.  2014-08-26
Chris Young admits to the occasional late night hang at Nashville’s renowned Losers Bar & Grill – but this week he’s singing about it! The single singer’s latest smash, “Lonely Eyes,” inspired by the local hangout, is impacting country radio this week, scoring the 2nd most added track with over 46 stations on board!

“Yeah, I’ve spent my fair share of time at Losers (Bar & Grill) in Nashville,” laughs Young. “As a songwriter I like to always be observing the world around me because you never know where you’ll find inspiration, and I’ve seen moments like what I sing about in ‘Lonely Eyes’ go down all the time. I’ve always said the best song wins, and the soaring melody and smart lyrics of this song grabbed me from the first time I heard it.”

Billboard Country Update recently highlighted the song in “Makin’ Tracks” and compares the storyline to forever favorites “Lucille” (Kenny Rogers), “The Chair” (George Strait), and “Drink On It” (Blake Shelton). Written by Johnny Bulford, Jason Matthews, and Laura Veltz, “Lonely Eyes” watches two strangers lock eyes at a bar and imagine where the night might lead.

Early praise for the song includes:

“Chris turns the charm meter up to 10 on this throbbing roadhouse romance.” – Music Row

“Chris Young is one of the strongest male vocalists in the format right now…Young’s smooth vocals will strike a chord with all the women out there.” – All Access

“He has a brand. This traditional country song will strike a chord with fans…” – Taste of Country

“Chris Young’s 3rd single off his album A.M. is his best yet.” – Whiskey Riff

“Lonely Eyes” is the third single from his current album A.M. The album has already yielded the Gold certified chart-topper “Who I Am With You” and Top 5 hit and Gold certified single “Aw Naw.”

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