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CMTCharles Kelley and Rob Thomas sing both their solo tunes as well as their group hits, as the two front men team up for a new episode of CMT Crossroads.

The two pair up and trade vocals on everything from Lady Antebellum’s “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “We Owned the Night” to Matchbox 20’s “3 AM,”  from Charles’ latest single “Lonely Girl” to Rob’s “Lonely No More” and “This Is How a Heart Breaks.”

CMT Crossroads:  Rob Thomas and Charles Kelley premieres Friday, July 1 at 10 p.m. ET. You can preview the pair’s collaboration on “Lonely No More” online now.

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ABC/Mark LevineNashville’s Charles Esten is definitely team Opry. The actor-turned-fictional country singer was presented with his official jersey for this year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game last weekend during his performance on the Grand Ole Opry.

His co-star Jonathan JacksonVince GillLauren AlainaChris LaneLOCASHScotty McCreeryDavid NailJake Owen, and Bret Michaels are just some of the folks who’ll be his teammates and adversaries during the June 7 game. The matchup at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park raises money to fight cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Nashville wraps up its run on ABC Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET, with the episode titled “Maybe You’ll Appreciate Me Someday.”

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Bob D'Amico/ABCIt’s a celebration half a century in the making. This fall, the Country Music Association marks a milestone as it passes out its yearly trophies November 2 in Nashville. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Bridgestone Arena the first Wednesday in November starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Brad Paisley announced he and Carrie Underwood will return as the hosts for Country Music’s Biggest Night for the ninth year in a row.

“Carrie and I have certainly hit our stride in terms of balancing humor and a genuine respect for the nominees and winners,” he reflects. “This year the stakes are higher than ever as we honor the legacy and traditions of the past 50 years. We will give it everything we've got.”

“Of course we have fun up there,” Carrie adds, “but we take the responsibility of honoring the best artists in the format and shining a positive light on country music very seriously. And this year, the bar will be even higher as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary… I can’t wait.”

Vince Gill still holds the record for the longest streak as CMA host, helming the show for a dozen years from 1992 to 2003. You can check out a highlight reel from half a century of CMA Awards on YouTube now.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This American Horror Story legend was nominated for the 1985 Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Patsy Cline in Sweet Dreams. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Jessica Lange.

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CMTThe electric energy that kept fans on their feet during a recent Friday evening taping in Nashville will make its way to the small screen next month, as the episode of Crossroads that pairs Thomas Rhett with Nick Jonas airs on CMT.

The dynamic duo powers through TR’s hits “T-Shirt,” “Die a Happy Man,” “Crash and Burn” and “Make Me Wanna,” while also taking on “Chains,” “Jealous,” “Close” and “Chainsaw” from Nick’s catalog. John Oates makes it a trio, joining the pair for a new version of the Hall & Oates classic “Rich Girl.”

CMT Crossroads:  Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett premieres Friday, June 24 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT. You can check out a clip of the two performing “Jealous” online now.

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Mark Horton/WireImageBrad Paisley made some news on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night.

First, he give Kimmel a full-throated endorsement of the chat show host's run for Vice President of the United States -- even wearing a campaign t-shirt to prove his loyalty. 

Paisley also sang a song poking fun of the North Carolina bathroom controversy set to Tammy Wynette's classic "Stand By Your Man." Sample: "Sit by your man/Why is this such a big deal/Just hike up your dress and take a stand!"

Paisley confirmed that he and Carrie Underwood will host November's Country Music Awards, which would bring their total number of team-ups to 11 -- two shy of Vince Gill's hosting record of 13. "Vince Gill is going to be furious at this news," Kimmel quipped. 

Finally, Brad closed out the show by performing "Without a Fight," his new duet with Demi Lovato. The country star said Demi cut her teeth "singing Billy Gilman at a rodeo in Texas," and it took just "four days" from the time they spoke about collaborating, to the song being cut.

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MCA NashvilleWith his current single “Night’s on Fire” threatening to go top 15 any day, David Nail is enjoying being a new dad to nearly-six-month-old twins and preparing for the release of his new album, Fighter. But the Missouri native remembers a time when things weren’t nearly as good for him and his wife Catherine.

“When I met my wife and I proposed to her, I really naively thought, 'Okay, I know all there is to know about [her], and three or four years into our marriage, we hit a really rough spot,” he reveals. “There were so many moments where I would come home from the road and be like, 'Is this the Sunday morning her car's not in the driveway?'”

Ultimately, it was the way Catherine handled that situation that inspired David to write the title track for his new record.

“Not only was it always in the driveway, but she would literally be in the living room like, 'Hey! We're dealing with this. Head on! I'm here. We're in this for the long haul.' You know, 'We're gonna fight for this!'” he recalls. “So that's what the song is about. It's like, 'I thought I knew everything there was to know about you, but I never knew I had a fighter.'”

To tide fans over until his new project comes out, David recently released his new EP Uncovered, which features his take on four songs by artists ranging from Elvis to Adele to Phil Collins, plus a remake of a track from his first album. His fourth studio effort, Fighter, is due July 15.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are taking their World Tour to San Antonio, Texas. They’ll play AT&T Center on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 3 at 10 a.m. CT.

Blake Shelton will headline the 12th Annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit June 7 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Chris LaneKane Brown and others are also on the bill.

For the second week in a row, Keith Urban’s album Ripcord tops the charts in the United States, Canada and Australia.

This past Sunday, Jerrod Niemann returned from his first USO Tour with the National Guard, visiting soldiers in four countries in six days.

What happens when Blake Shelton eats sushi for the first time? You get a sketch on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which aired Tuesday night. You can check out the hilarious results on the program's YouTube page now.

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NBC/David LaChapelleNot only will Blake Shelton be rubbing elbows with some majors stars, he’ll also be rubbing noses -- red noses, that is- - for NBC’s The Red Nose Day Special this Thursday. Blake and legend Elton John will provide the music for the event, along with David Letterman’s longtime bandleader Paul Shaffer.

Red Nose Day was created a quarter-century ago in the United Kingdom, to raise money and awareness for kids in need both at home and around the world. More than 65 celebrities are set to take part in the show, including Julie Roberts, Celine Dion, Connie Britton, Ashton Kutcher, Ellen DeGeneres and Kobe Bryant, just to name a few. You’ll also be able to see the cast of The Walking Dead in a whole new light, as they star in a comedy sketch.

The two-hour special kicks off Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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UMG NashvilleNewcomer Clare Dunn has the unique distinction of having the sole new song on the latest edition of Now That’s What I Call Country. The ninth country-themed collection in the series features number-ones by veterans like Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Luke Bryan, alongside the first chart toppers by breakthrough artists Cam, Granger Smith, Chris Janson, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion and more.

If you pre-order the digital version now, you’ll be able to download Clare’s “Tuxedo” instantly. Here’s the complete track listing for the 19-cut Now That’s What I Call Country 9, which comes out June 10:

“Strip It Down” -- Luke Bryan
“Take Your Time” -- Sam Hunt
“Smoke Break” -- Carrie Underwood
“Burning House” -- Cam
“Girl Crush” -- Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over” -- Chris Young
“Save It for a Rainy Day” -- Kenny Chesney
“Country Nation” -- Brad Paisley
“Drunk on a Plane” -- Dierks Bentley
“Backroad Song” -- Granger Smith
“Buy Me a Boat” -- Chris Janson
“Girl in a Country Song” -- Maddie & Tae
“Dibs” -- Kelsea Ballerini
“I Got the Boy” -- Jana Kramer
“Stay a Little Longer” -- Brothers Osborne
“Don’t It” -- Billy Currington
“Break Up with Him” -- Old Dominion
“I Like the Sound of That” -- Rascal Flatts
“Tuxedo” -- Clare Dunn

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RCA NashvilleChris Young will get the party started officially for CMA Music Festival 2016 with a free performance at Music City’s new Ascend Amphitheatre on the banks of the Cumberland River. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will join the “Think of You” hitmaker on the newly christened Skyview Stage for the opening ceremonies.

All the money raised from the festival formerly known as Fan Fair goes to fund music education in schools. Some of the students who’ve benefited from those programs will also get the chance to show off what they’ve learned. Gates open an hour ahead of time for the 11 a.m. CT kickoff on Wednesday, June 8.  

This week, Chris revealed his third single from his I’m Comin’ Over album will be “Sober Saturday Night,” which features Vince Gill on guitar and vocals.

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Capitol NashvilleThough they’ve been spent most of the year apart working on their individual projects, the members of Lady Antebellum will be back together again to host the 10th Annual ACM Honors special this fall on CBS.

While the Academy of Country Music has held the ceremony for its special honorees and off-camera winners from the ACM Awards for close to a decade, this is the first time it will be televised. The show tapes August 30 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium, with its airdate to be announced later. Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Crystal Gayle and The Statler Brothers are just some of the evening’s honorees.

In the meantime,  Lady A is back on the road as a group this summer, with Charles Kelley promoting his new single “Lonely Girl” from his album The Driver, as Hillary Scott performs her song “Thy Will” from her forthcoming faith-based album Love Remains with her family. 

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Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard continues the countdown to his new album El Rio, with a performance Tuesday night on the latest edition of the web-based concert series Skyville Live. You can be sure the Michigan native will do his latest hit, the top twenty “It All Started with a Beer,” as he takes the stage alongside ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons and others. You can watch Skyville Live Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET at AOL.com or via the free go90 mobile app.

Frankie’s new project, which was recorded in Texas, is due June 10. You can check out his mini-documentary Journey to Sonic Ranch:  The Making of El Rio on YouTube now.

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Arista NashvilleFans at one of Brad Paisley’s stops on his Life Amplified World Tour this weekend definitely got more than they bargained for. 

“We cut a little song that came out a week ago and we wanted to practice it, so you’re our guinea pigs tonight,” he teased the crowd at California’s Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, before bringing pop star Demi Lovato onstage to sing the pair’s duet, “Without a Fight.”

Brad was still bathing in the afterglow the next day. “As far as this tour goes, you made my year last night Demi Lovato & it was only the 2nd show!” he tweeted. “Thanks for being here.”

Paisley fans probably shouldn’t hold out for more frequent Demi drop-ins on Brad’s tour, since it will get significantly more complicated as she heads out on her own Future Now trek with Nick Jonas this summer.

Tune in for the TV debut of the pair's duet Tuesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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As far as this tour goes, you made my year tonight @ddlovato & it's only the 2nd show! Thanks for being here. pic.twitter.com/sa0Lkvl6j0

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Silver Spoons actor directed Brad Paisley's "Whiskey Lullaby" video and starred as Dolly Parton's father in Coat of Many Colors. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Rick Schroder

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There’s another reason to tune in to tonight’s season finale of The Voice, besides learning who wins.  You’ll get to hear Little Big Town perform their brand-new song, “One of Those Days,” from their forthcoming album, Wanderlust.

Wanderlust was produced by Grammy-winning The Voice coach Pharrell Williams, perhaps with a little help from pop star Justin Timberlake, who's also been writing with LBT.  We got our first news of those collaborations last March, when Timberlake teased fans with an Instagram photo of him with Little Big Town, writing "NBD…Just writing with @LittleBigTown.  This band is the truth!! So good!!!!"  That same month, he also posted a snapshot of himself in the studio with Pharrell.

Written by Little Big Town and Williams, “One Of Those Days” is the lead single from Wanderlust, which drops Friday, June 10 and features eight tracks.

Can’t wait until tonight to hear “One of Those Days?”  It’s available now from all the usual digital retailers.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Young's follow-up to his number one duet with Cassadee Pope, "Think of You," will be "Sober Saturday Night," which features Vince Gill on guitar and vocals.

You can check out Blake Shelton's performance of "She's Got a Way with Words" from Monday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show online now.

Martina McBride's recipes for Classic Mashed Potatoes and Mom's Peach Cobbler are up for grabs on The Chew's website now.

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Warner Music NashvilleIt wasn’t that long ago when Dan Shay debuted their current hit on ABC’s Good Morning America, shortly after weatherperson Ginger Zee revealed she’d be competing on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. Tuesday night, they’ll all be a part of the 22nd-season finale.  

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney hadn’t even intended on writing the day they came up with “From the Ground Up,” which is currently knocking on the door to the top 20.

“My grandfather had just passed away before we wrote it, and Shay's grandfather was in the hospital. It was like this crazy emotional time,” Dan recalls. “We were just chatting, and our grandparents were married for 65-plus years. And it's funny -- my mom sent me a picture of my grandparents' wedding day and it was exactly 65 years to the day we wrote the song. That was like a kind of freaky coincidence.”

In the end, the more-than-half-century relationships of their ancestors became the launching pad for the romantic ballad that will also inspire a dance on the DWTS finale.

“That kind of love is rare these days. You know, you don't see that kind of thing and there's a lot of divorce in the tabloids and just to look at that as an example of hope in our lives and in our own personal relationships is a big deal,” Dan admits.  

 You can catch Dan Shay’s primetime performance of “From the Ground Up” Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The duo’s new album, Obsessed, comes out June 3, the same day they hit the road with Darius Rucker and Michael Ray on the Good for a Good Time Tour.

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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley is gearing up for a busy week, leading up to the release of his new album Black on Friday. Thursday night, the “Somewhere on a Beach” hitmaker stops by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, which starts at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

The following morning, he’ll get up early to perform on New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza as part of Today’s summer concert series. You can catch the show at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Then Saturday night, you’ll be able to relive the pop-up show Dierks did April 10 at The International in Knoxville, Tennessee. Instant Jam: Dierks Bentley premieres May 28 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT. You can watch a preview now at CMT.com.

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Warner Music NashvilleIt looks like Dan Shay have found a fan in Kate Hudson.  This weekend, the duo tweeted a video of the actress listening to their track “Already Ready” during one of her Snapchat sessions.

“Just starting playing this song,” the daughter of Hollywood legend Goldie Hawn said, as she checked out the tune on her Amazon Echo speaker. The second generation star isn’t too far removed from country music -- you might remember her brother Oliver Hudson played the now-deceased character Jeff Fordham on ABC’s Nashville.

“Already Ready” is featured on Dan Shay’s new album, Obsessed, which comes out June 3. You can check out the pair’s just-released "instant grat" video, for the track “How Not To,” on YouTube now.

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