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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill is a grandfather once again. His daughter Jenny Gill Van Valkenburg gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Everly June, on Friday.

Jerrod Niemann is just one of the artists who’ll play the Hitmakers & Rum Chasers benefit January 30 at Nashville’s City Winery. Proceeds will help children in the U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Marie.

Johnny Cash’s family is lending their support to a new documentary that will look at the icon’s story through the lens of his historic concert at Folsom Prison, which just marked its 50th anniversary, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

You can check out Jordan Davis’s new video for his top-20 hit “Singles You Up” on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA In addition to her regular gig opening Sunday Night Football, NBC gave Carrie Underwood a special assignment this season:  creating a new sequence to start the biggest game of them all.

“We were asked to come up with something special for the Super Bowl,” Carrie explains. “We knew we wanted the open to be as grand as the Super Bowl is, so I was really excited that NBC and Sunday Night Football kind of gave us control to be creative and go in and see what we could do.”

In the end, what Carrie came up with was so good, NBC wanted to include it in its Olympic coverage as well.

“We spent a couple of days,” Carrie recalls. “We went in and just gave it our all trying to figure out what would best set up something as amazing as the Super Bowl. After we turned it in, they loved it so much we were told, ‘The Olympics are gonna want this!’ So, that was just more incredible news because it certainly fits everything that the Super Bowl stands for as well."

Carrie’s special open featuring her new song, “The Champion,” will premiere Sunday, February 4 before Super Bowl LII on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert kicked off this week rehearsing for her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.

“Ya’ll... it does take ‘All Kinds of Kinds’ to get a show on the road,” she tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of the stage ready for her to perform her hit from 2013.

Earlier, she shared a Boomerang of her showing off a two-toned pink-fringed top she’ll wear onstage, that was designed by her friends Tiffany Gifford and Aubrey Hyde.

Jon Pardi joins Miranda for the Livin’ Like Hippies trek, which starts Thursday in Greenville, South Carolina.

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ABC/Image Group LA You may’ve seen Keith Urban’s year-ending musical tribute to the artists we lost in 2017, but there’s another performance from his New Year’s Eve set in Nashville you’ll want to check out.

The Australian superstar recently shared his December 31 version of his top-15 single, “Female,” with the world-famous Fisk Jubilee Singers.

While you might assume Nashville gets its Music City nickname from its country roots, it’s the choir from Fisk University that’s actually to thank: Queen Victoria was so impressed by their performance on tour in the late 1800’s, she remarked the group must come from the “Music City.”

Later this week, we should find out more about what Keith has planned musically for 2018:  he’ll talk to his fans Wednesday evening during a livestream event at 7 p.m. CT on his Facebook page.

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John Shearer for GettyAfter close to a year of preparation, Dierks Bentley’s signature honky tonk is now open in downtown Nashville.

Thomas RhettCole SwindellJon PardiKelsea BalleriniMaren MorrisBrothers Osborne, LANCOLauren AlainaMaddie & TaeRyan Hurd and more all turned out Sunday night to welcome Dierks’ new bar to the Music City scene.

“It’s really a full-circle moment for me to be opening Whiskey Row on this street,” Dierks said. “When I first moved to Nashville, Broadway was my second home..."

"I was the first artist to be hired and fired from The Stage,” he revealed, mentioning a competing venue. “It’s surreal to think that now I can just jump in my truck and run over here anytime, and that it might possibly be a place where new artists could get their start.”

Dierks and his famous friends turned the night into a tribute to the country classics of the nineties:  TR did his dad Rhett Akins’ hit “That Ain’t My Truck,” while Maren covered Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine.” Brothers Osborne tackled Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochie,” before Dierks returned with Lauren Alaina and LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster to do Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man.”

The three-story historic building on Nashville’s Lower Broadway boasts the highest rooftop bar among the famed stretch of honky tonks.

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Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris marks the first #1 of her career this week -- as both an artist and a songwriter -- as “I Could Use a Love Song” ascends to the top the chart.

The third single from Maren’s Hero album is also up for Best Country Solo Performance at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be handed out January 28 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. It’s the fifth Grammy nod of her career; she won Best Country Song last year for her debut single, “My Church.”

The Texas native can also lay claim to another impressive feat:  she was the most-played female artist on country radio last year. In 2017, Maren also visited the top of the chart with her duet with Thomas Rhett,  "Craving You."

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St. Jude Children's Research HospitalIf you pay attention to social media, you’ve probably spotted your favorite country stars sporting “This Shirt Saves Lives” tees. This weekend, the new campaign came to life, as a who’s who of country artists descended on Memphis for the 29th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar.

On Friday, Russell Dickerson, Devin DawsonJordan DavisChase RiceJerrod NiemannDrake WhiteTrent HarmonDanielle BradberyAshley McBryde and Cam were just a few of the folks who took time to play Uno, Candyland, and Guitar Hero with patients, and also celebrate birthdays with cake, candles, and a song.

As St. Jude works to cure childhood cancer, Cam runs down the reasons she’s happy to help.

“The fact that people don't have to pay,” the “Burning House” hitmaker explains, “the fact that their families can come and they don't have to pay for housing. The fact that these medicines are developed in-house… It's a really incredibly amazing incubator for hope,” she says, summing it all up.

“All on Me” singer Devin Dawson is equally impressed.

“The thing that struck me the most when I first came here was that St. Jude takes care of the whole family unit,” he points out. “It's not just the child… You know you like to say 'St. Jude takes care of everything you can think of.' But they also take care of the things that you don't think of. Whether it's dentists, or whether it's hotels -- whatever it is, all the little things that you can't even think of that make it possible to treat a child.”

You can find out more about the “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign at StJude.org.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWillie Nelson recalls writing these three country classics during a road trip from Houston to Nashville. Can you guess which ones they were? ANSWER:  "Crazy," "Night Life," and "Funny How Time Slips Away."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Tune in for Keith Urban’s livestream event Wednesday on his Facebook page, starting at 7 p.m. CT.

Garth Brooks will play Thursday, February 1, during the 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird series of shows at Music City’s iconic singer/songwriter venue. Kent BlazyPat AlgerVictoria Shaw and Tony Arata will join him for the 9 p.m. CT set. Tickets go on sale this Thursday at BluebirdCafe.com. Proceeds go to Nashville’s Alive Hospice.

You can watch newcomer Cale Dodds’ debut music video for “Take You Back” on YouTube now.

Jillian Jacqueline has released the video for her new single, “Reasons,” just ahead of her performance of the song Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

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Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band will be heading Down the Rabbit Hole this summer.

Zac’s eighth North American headlining trek -- titled Down the Rabbit Hole Live -- kicks off June 8 in Lincoln, Nebraska and wraps with two stadium dates with the Eagles in September. 

“Down the Rabbit Hole Live is a reference to the never-ending pursuit of excellence,” Zac says of the name. “This summer, we'll bring the fans along that journey with us."

Tickets go on sale Friday.

Here’s the itinerary for Down the Rabbit Hole Live: 

6/8 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
6/9 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
6/14, 15 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
6/22 -- Hershey, PA, Hersheypark Stadium
6/23 -- Syracuse, NY, Lakeview Amphitheater
6/24 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
6/30 -- Atlanta, GA, SunTrust Park
7/13 -- Toronto, ON, Rogers Centre
7/14 -- Detroit, MI, Comerica Park
7/19, 20 -- Camden, NJ, BB&T Pavilion
7/27 -- Washington, DC, Nationals Park
7/28, 29 -- Flushing, NY, Citi Field
8/2 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/3 -- Noblesville, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
8/4 -- Cincinnati, OH, Great American Ballpark
8/10 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Field
8/11, 12 -- East Troy, WI, Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/31 -- Seattle, WA, Safeco Field
9/13 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
9/14 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
9/15 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
9/20 -- San Francisco, CA, AT&T Park
9/22 -- San Diego, CA, Petco Park

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ABC RadioIf you were lucky enough to be at the closing banquet for this year’s Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar Saturday night in Memphis, you got to experience an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime show, as Brad Paisley traded songs and stories with his hero and friend, Alabama’s Randy Owen.

Paisley was honored with the 2018 “Angels Among Us” Award for his work to raise money for the hospital that aims to end childhood cancer.

“This is the kind of place that changes you,” Brad said as he accepted the honor. “It re-focuses what’s important in life immediately, the moment you walk through these doors.”

“And it’s all because of him,” he added, pointing to the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer, “that all of us, in this line of work, have anything to do with this place.”

The crowd erupted in applause, as the Alabama front-man kicked into the intro to “Tennessee River.”

“I wasn’t done!” Brad grinned, as the audience laughed, and he started playing along.

The West Virginia native later confessed “Mud on the Tires” was just one of his attempts to replicate Alabama’s sound, going so far as to have Randy sing the hook in the final chorus, just to see what it would sound like. Brad did “He Didn’t Have to Be” at the icon’s request, before recounting his thrill at recording “Old Alabama” with the band.

The 68-year-old Owen was in fine voice as he delivered “Feels So Right,” “Dancin’ on the Boulevard,” “Lady Down on Love,” “Mountain Music” and, of course, the night’s theme, “Angels Among Us.”

Since Randy Owen helped launched Country Cares for St. Jude in 1989, the campaign has raised more than $750 million. To find out how you can help, just go to StJude.org.

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MCA NashvilleWith his debut release “Singles You Up” making a place for itself in country’s top 20, Jordan Davis is getting ready to head out on his first headlining tour.

The trek will be called White Wine and Whiskey, and newcomer Jillian Jacqueline will open most of the shows. The dates kick off February 2 in West Peoria, Illinois, with stops in Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville on the itinerary.

Tickets are on sale now, with the latest information about dates and locations at JordanDavisOfficial.com.

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Mercury NashvilleThe artist now known as simply Tyminski will make his solo debut on ABC’s Good Morning America next Tuesday.

In his stellar career, the man also known as Dan Tyminski has won 14 Grammys, provided the singing voice for George Clooney's character in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou, and still remains a pivotal member of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

He’s currently promoting his solo album, Southern Gothic. You can watch for Tyminski’s performance of “Wanted” starting at 7 a.m. January 16 on ABC.

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Williams-SonomaThe 11th season of Trisha’s Yearwood’s Emmy-winning Trisha’s Southern Kitchen premieres Saturday morning on Food Network.  

Her guest is fellow Food Network star Jeff Mauro. Jeff shows off his guitar chops as he and Trisha duet on the Elvis Presley classic, “That’s All Right,” and they also do a little clowning around while tasting some white wine. You can preview their antics thanks to some clips Trisha recently shared on her socials.

If you’re hungry, they’ll be making eggplant parmesan towers, stove top stuffed artichokes, lemon ricotta cookies and classic Chicago chicken vesuvio.

Tune in Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET on Food Network for all the food and fun.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe Outlaws are taking over, as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum takes visitors back in time to the seventies for its new major exhibit.

Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s will focus on the Outlaw movement in country music, as well as the relationship between Music City and Austin, Texas. Look for Willie NelsonWaylon JenningsKris KristoffersonJessi ColterBobby BareDavid Allan CoeTom T. Hall and more to be spotlighted in what promises to be a massive display.

The exhibit, opening May 25, will run for nearly three years.

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ABC/Image Group LAEaston Corbin takes a break from putting the finishing touches on his new album this weekend, as he hits the road for his first dates of 2018. He’ll play Carmel, Indiana on Friday, before taking the stage in Mount Clemens, Michigan on Saturday.

The Florida native’s current hit, “A Girl Like You,” is his sixth top ten and the lead single from his upcoming fourth studio album.

After this weekend, Easton’s tour rolls on, stopping by Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry on February 20 and 27.

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Comstock/ThinkstockBoth Ray Price and Barbara Mandrell took this Harlan-Howard-penned classic to #5 on the country chart, in 1960 and 1988, respectively. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Wish [that] I Could Fall in Love Today."

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Paul Drinkwater, NBC(NASHVILLE) -- Move over "Fight Song" -- Carrie Underwood has just unleashed "The Champion," her anthemic new track that will heard at the opening of NBC’s Super Bowl LII on February 4. 

Carrie is no stranger to the gridiron: she has been the face and voice of NBC’s Sunday Night Football show open for the last five seasons. 

Carrie's just-released "The Champion" was co-written by rapper Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Brett James, and Chris DeStefano.

"When we were writing 'The Champion,' our main focus was to celebrate athletes at the top of their game, but we also wanted the song to resonate with people in their everyday lives,” Carrie explained in a statement. "We hope the lyrics will inspire people to push themselves beyond their limits to conquer anything they are trying to accomplish or overcome. There’s a champion in every single one of us!"

Along with the track, Carrie has released a lyric video for the song, which will also be heard as part of NBC's Winter Olympics coverage. A full video will make its debut at the open of the Super Bowl.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert’s main squeeze, Anderson East, plays the Today show on Friday. You can watch for his performance starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

The CMA Songwriters Series is headed to Canada. Canadian singer/songwriters Dean Brody and Jessica Mitchell will join father and son Marcus and Levi Hummon to play the Tuesday, January 23 show at The Great Hall in Toronto. Marcus has written smashes like Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” and The Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away.”

Randy Houser, Lee Ann Womack, Lauren Alaina and Runaway June will all take turns opening the next leg of Alan Jackson’s Honky Tonk Highway Tour. Lauren is up first, as the trek kicks off January 19 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida Georgia Line is set to headline Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 30.

Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 27. SNL alum Will Ferrell will host.

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes falls further into the clutches of guru Darius Enright.

Though she goes to his compound to meet with him, he initially refuses to see her, instead encouraging her to focus on manual labor, spending the day helping build a house. By the time Juliette finally comes face-to-face with Darius, he works to convince her she should stay on his campus and not go home.

Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott continue to navigate the waters after the breakup of both their romance and their professional partnership. While Scarlett considers giving up music, Gunnar moves toward forming a new band with Avery Barkley and Will Lexington.

After several near-misses where Scarlett and Gunnar avoid each other, the two finally come face-to-face and have a pleasant, friendly conversation.

At Scarlett’s urging, Deacon Claybourne finally calls Jessie Caine and asks her out, after bumping into her at the farmers’ market. Even though the two seem like they’re on the road to romance at last, Jessie unexpectedly cancels their date, only to call back and reschedule later.

When Deacon and Jessie finally make it dinner, the conversation is awkward and the two decide they may simply be better as friends. Once they agree the chance for a relationship is over, the two end the night with a kiss -- making it clear it’s not. By the time Deacon and Jessie bump into each other in the car line as they drop their kids off for school, it’s apparent they’re both pleased about the direction in which they’re headed.

Find out what happens next on the final season of Nashville, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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