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CurbJerrod Niemann’s new song “God Made a Woman,” is a reflection of where Jerrod is in his life today. The lyric, a mature declaration of love, makes a point of not addressing the object of his affection with the overused term “girl.”

“There’s that spectrum between a boy and a man and this song is the 2.0 of me evolving from a boy to a man,” Jerrod recently revealed to Rolling Stone.

Jerrod, who has topped the charts with “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” says that “God Made a Woman” also reiterates his role of husband. He married wife Morgan Patek in 2014.

“I was definitely one of those guys who swore off marriage and thought it was a trick, a trap, you’re going to get duped,” he said. “But I’m the first to say I’m wrong.”

“God Made a Woman” is the lead single from Jerrod’s upcoming album Drink to That All Night.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe album Something In Red, released in 1991, included the top 5 hit “Except For Monday.” Can you name the second-generation female country star who sang it? ANSWER: Lorrie Morgan, daughter of the Grand Old Opry’s George Morgan.

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Sire/RhinoFormer Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer has just released a star-studded album that features Darius Rucker singing on the R&B classic "Why Can't We Live Together."  While that might seem an odd pairing to country fans, Darius and Paul have a special connection through Darius' pop/rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish

"I hope people remember how far back we go, because I remember so clearly the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish appeared on the Letterman show," Shaffer tells ABC Radio.

In fact, Darius has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after he invited them to perform "Hold My Hand" on his original talk show, Late Night with David Letterman, more than two decades ago.  In fact, in 2015, Darius and Hootie appeared on one of Letterman's final shows before he retired.

So, when Paul Shaffer began putting the album -- titled Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band -- together, he knew it had to include Darius.

Paul tells ABC Radio, "You know, that low voice of his, that baritone is magical. And something about him singing the sentiment of [Why Can't We Live Together], it just strikes a chord in me."

The song is a pacifist anthem, with lyrics that go, "No more war, no more war/All we want is some peace in this world."

Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band is available now and includes other guest vocalists such as rock legend Dion, indie rocker Jenny Lewis, actor Bill Murray, reggae star Shaggy and Valerie Simpson of R&B duo Ashford and Simpson.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s Today Show’s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, is hoping her new baby, Haley Joy, is a country music fan like her mom. Hoda revealed via Instagram that Little Big Town sent her a gift for her little bundle of joy, and she's already playing their music for the baby.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will be guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to preview the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which airs live Sunday night, April 2.  Also on Wednesday night, the Zac Brown Band will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Today, March 27th, is International Whiskey Day. Here’s a list of songs to help you celebrate:

“Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

“Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton

“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” – Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

“Whiskey River”—Willie Nelson

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

"Happy People" is the follow-up to their smash hit "Better Man," which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna.  McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw's award-winning "Humble & Kind."

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song's biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking someone else’s away," they sing. "Never take it for granted, you don’t have to understand it/ Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face/ Whatever makes you happy, people.”

LBT is currently performing their first set of concerts in Australia.

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BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country.  The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis' Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

"It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL's Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane. These shows will make history. We’re so blown away.”

The Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin.

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ValoryOne might think that growing up in Nashville as the son of a country singer would make Thomas Rhett a fan of cowboy boots, but it turns out, sneakers are more his style.  Lots and lots of sneakers.

The switch to wearing kicks onstage came several years ago when Thomas decided to include a few dance moves in his stage show, "I was going to break my ankles dancing in [boots]," he told Billboard.

Thomas is now a "sneakerhead" -- a collector -- and has a whopping 40 pairs with him on the road for his Home Team tour.  He's even outfitted his band members in matching sneakers. 

"We move as a unit and look like a unit as well,” he says, saying he's been inspired by Bruno Mars and James Brown and their respective bands.

Thomas prefers sneakers in "wild colors," telling Billboard that they "bring out my personality." 

He adds, "The fresher colors represent my fashion sense and my musical style, both of which are somewhat all over the place."

Today, TR also teased his new single "Craving You," the lead track from his upcoming album.  The song, featuring Maren Morris, will have its world premiere on March 31.

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CMTIf fans of Darius Rucker missed his cameo appearance last night on CMT's new series Sun Records, not to worry: he's basically taking over the network for awhile.

Next up, you'll see Darius rocking out with John Mellencamp on CMT Crossroads, a concert special airing tonight, March 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Then, get even more of the Charleston native on March 31st during an episode of Hometown Heroes. On the special, Darius returns home to South Carolina to remodel and redecorate the teen room at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The Grammy winner’s late mother was a nurse at the hospital, so he spent much of his childhood at the medical facility. 

Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton will also be featured on the hour-long episode, returning to their respective hometowns to give back in a big way. Hometown Heroes will air Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern on CMT.

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Comstock/ThinkstockAs we round out the first full week of spring, do you remember the huge country hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden?” To this day, the song remains one of the most successful country crossover hits of all time. The tune stayed at the top of the Billboard country singles chart for five weeks in 1970. Can you name the artist who made it famous? ANSWER: Lynn Anderson, who passed away in 2015.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe top 20 songs in this week's Mediabase Country Airplay chart only contain two female solo artists. Raelynn and Lindsey Ell will release new music today with hopes of doing something about those stats.

Raelynn was just 17 when she first caught Blake Shelton's ear with her Pistol Annies-inspired blind audition on The Voice's second season. Ultimately, she was sent home by Blake during the competitions quarterfinals.

The country singer has done a lot of growing in the five years since she was a precocious teenager on the show. And, with her debut album, Wildhorse, released today, RaeLynn-- now 22-- is set to make her mark. The album's lead single, "Love Triangle," currently sits at number 32 on the country chart.

Lindsay Elle is also no stranger to Nashville's music scene. While she's know for slaying on the guitar, she hasn't been able to conquer country radio.

Lindsay hopes to change that today with the release of an EP appropriately titled Worth the Wait. The six-song compilation is stacked with vulnerability, giving listeners a front row seat to a deeply personal narrative. The project, incidentally, was produced by Sugarland's Kristian Bush.

For a list of where you can catch Lindsay Ell live go to www.lindsayell.com

Raelynn is out on her very own Rave Tour 2017. Find where's she's headed at www.raelynn.com

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ABC/Image Group LAGrammy award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released their newest collaboration, “Speak to a Girl,”  today.  It is now available on the usual platforms.

As previously announced, the couple will perform “Speak to a Girl” on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2, live at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. It will be the song’s television world premiere.

“Speak to a Girl,” co-penned by Shy Carter, Dave Gibson and Joe Spargur, and co-produced by Byron Gallimore, McGraw and Hill, is the lead single from a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill album to be released later this year. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform the post-race concert following this year’s St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & Half Marathon on Saturday, April 29 at Ascend Amphitheater. The Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll concert series event is open exclusively to runners and their friends and family, and will start at 7 p.m. Central.

As a way of thanking its customers across the country, online retailer Zappos is launching a year-long event with its "Friends with Benefits Road Show." This Sunday, March 26th at 1 p.m. Wynonna Judd will be stopping by their Friends with Benefits Road Show in Nashville’s Midtown District at 115 Lyle Avenue.

A save-the-date email has been sent out by the Academy of Country Music for the 11th Annual ACM Honors. Winners of the Industry Awards, Studio Awards and Special Awards will be celebrated on August 23 at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium.

To celebrate Record Store Day on April 22, trio The Cadillac Three will release a special, limited edition vinyl EP Live at Abbey Road. The set contains a total of five tracks and was recorded in the legendary North London studio when the band was there putting down live versions of their debut album, Bury Me in My Boots.

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ABCDan Shay have been an integral part of the success of the movie The Shack, and their involvement in the project has gotten the duo contemplating a move into acting.

The duo's contribution to the movie's soundtrack, "When I Pray for You," helped make it a recent #1 Billboard country album.  The song also cracked the top 20 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.  Now, Dan and Shay say they'd like to do more soundtrack work, and even try their skills in front of the camera.

"If that ever comes across, you know, where we get a chance to be in a movie, we would definitely take it." Dan Smyers tells ABC Radio. "And definitely [we] would love to do more movie soundtrack stuff 'cause this was a really cool way to go about writing, and being inspired to write, a song."

But Shay Mooney notes that after observing the actual actors who appeared in the video for their song "How Not To," he has a newfound appreciation for how difficult it is to be on camera.

"Watching them work, it gives you a new perspective and a new respect for those people, acting is really, really hard." he tells ABC Radio. "Obviously, everyone knows that, but, even more so if you’ve never seen it up-close and personal and watched them work."

He adds, "It’s an incredible talent and we both tip our hats to those people who do such a good job with that."

The duo adds that they really admire Tim McGraw, one of the stars of The Shack, for being able to make the transition from music to acting so well.

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen will perform at Ascend Amphitheater on April 27, marking his first time headlining a ticketed event in Nashville.

“I left Florida in 2004 to make Music City my home." Jake said in a prepared statement as the concert was announced. "There are so many amazingly talented people in this town, and I feel so grateful to know that I can be a small part of a wonderful community."

Earlier in the week, Jake tweeted a photograph of him at rehearsals for his upcoming shows. Jake is touring in support of his album American Love, which was released last year.

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AtlanticBrothers Brad and Curtis Rempel, known collectively as High Valley, are releasing a new single to radio today called "She's with Me."

It is the follow-up to the pair's first top-20 single, "Make You Mine." Both songs can be found on their debut album, Dear Life, which was released last fall.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you're a Chris Janson fan, Tune in to the AUDIENCE Network concert special Chris Janson airing tomorrow night, March 24, at 9 p.m. Eastern via DIRECTV Ch 239/U-verse Ch 1114 and DIRECTVNOW.

In the special, Chris talks about the impact his first #1 single, "Buy Me a Boat," had on his career, and the challenges for a successful follow-up.

One of the highlights is when Chris performs the song "Everybody," a tune he loves to perform live.

"Everybody is a song for everybody," Chris explains. "These lyrics are timely for the world we live in. I wrote it with a big smile on my face, and it's my hope that people smile and laugh when they hear it too. I love this song. It's a true story."

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ABC/Image Group LAThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum feature exhibit called "American Currents" features artists who defined 2016, paired with superstars of the past.

Jon Pardi is proud to be a part of the exhibit. On display, you'll find clothing worn by Jon alongside a vintage Buck Owens suit.

Jon says, "It’s kind of an honor, you know. I’m gonna be paired with Buck Owens and we put the the “Head Over Boots” suit that I wore in the music video in there and a Buck Owens guitar that the Crystal Palace gave me."

Jon Pardi will perform his current two-week Billboard #1, "Dirt on My Boots," Thursday morning on ABC'S Good Morning America.

The American Currents exhibit runs through March 2018.



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Comstock/ThinkstockAs sports fans are entrenched in March Madness, can you name the artist who had a #1 hit in 2009 with a song called "People Are Crazy?" ANSWER: Billy Currington.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNewcomer Luke Combs continues an unprecedented year as his debut single “Hurricane” charges into the Top 15 on both Country Aircheck’s Mediabase and Billboard’s Country Airplay charts, and crosses a major milestone of over 54 million streams.

Jack Ingram will headline this year’s Texas Country Music Cruise September 3-10. Setting sail from Galveston, Texas aboard the beautiful Royal Caribbean Liberty of the Seas, guests will experience ports in Roatán, Honduras, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. A must for any Texas Country fan, cabins are on sale now.

Newcomer Tucker Beathard is the sole country act performing during Lollapalooza 2017. He’s scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 6, the annual festival’s final day. Tucker toured with Dierks Bentley during the summer of 2016. Currently he’s on the road with Brantley Gilbert.

Love at First Bark is a romantic comedy airing this spring on the Hallmark Channel, and it co-stars 2013’s ACM Top New Female Artist Jana Kramer. In the made-for-TV movie, Jana plays an interior designer named Julia Galvins who adopts a dog only to find that the task of training him is more that she bargained for. Love at First Bark will premiere April 1 at 8 p.m. Eastern on the Hallmark Channel.

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ABC/Image Group LASuperstar Faith Hill is pretty busy: she and husband Tim McGraw are releasing a new album and rehearsing for their upcoming Soul 2 Soul Tour 2017.  But she still had time to sit down with New Beauty Magazine and talk about her family, fame and why turning 50 later this year really doesn't faze her.

Faith notes that encouraging a good work ethic in her and Tim's three girls, Gracie, Maggie and Audrey, is of utmost importance to the couple.

"It is very important to us as a family, and the girls have seen that. The one thing we stress is that you don't get things handed to you on a silver platter -- you have to work for the things you want. They know it takes hard work. You don't just arrive."

Many would agree that Faith's work ethic and any stress from it isn't affecting her stunning beauty. In fact, when it comes to that subject, she said, "I honestly don't pay attention to it. If I did, my girls would notice and I don't want that. It's not a message I want them to have."

On turning the big 5-0 this September, Faith noted, "Each decade has been different. Each day is a blessing. That's how I want to look at it. I'm OK with having lines. I want people to know I've smiled a lot."

The New Beauty cover story is for the magazine's spring/summer issue, which hits newsstands on March 28.

Listen for Tim and Faith's new duet "Speak To a Girl" which hits radio and online outlets today.



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