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Thomas NelsonRandy Travis' autobiography, Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life, will be published May 14 by Christian imprint Thomas Nelson.

The memoir follows the Country Music Hall of Famer from his troubled youth in North Carolina through his more than 40 years in the music business. Along the way, it covers both his divorce and his recovery from a massive stroke.

“I didn’t really feel I had a book to write until I stood on the distant shore and looked back over the ripples my life has made -- on myself and on others,” Travis says. “My songs were the stories of my life and I learned from those who listened [that] they were theirs too. My fans inspired me and continue to do so.”

The book was written with best-selling author Ken Abraham, who’s previously worked with the likes of Chuck NorrisGeorge Foreman, and televangelist Jim Bakker.

It borrows its title from Travis's 1987 #1 hit "Forever and Ever, Amen," as well as his debut album, Storms of Life.

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ABC/Lou RoccoShe’s already 2019’s MusiCares Person of the Year, and now, Dolly Parton will also be honored with her own exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton will feature iconic items of clothing from the eight-time Grammy winner’s personal archives, including outfits she’s worn on album covers, in music videos, and onstage.

"I probably have thousands of dresses from over the years," Dolly admits. "I had a hard time letting go of some of my favorites, but I’m excited for them to be included in this exhibit. I can't wait to see them on display at the GRAMMY Museum!"

This is the first time Dolly’s ever participated in an exhibit outside of her Chasing Rainbows museum at Dollywood, her Pigeon Forge, Tennessee theme park.

Fans can get their first look at Dolly’s duds on February 4, the same day the entertainment icon takes part in a Town Hall Program in the museum’s Clive Davis Theater. The exhibit will run through March 17.

It takes its name from a line in Dolly’s 1984 #1 from the movie Rhinestone, “Tennessee Homesick Blues.”

Dolly’s MusiCares tribute follows on Friday, February 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, just two nights before this year’s Grammys.

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Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicIt’s official: the newest member of the Underwood/Fisher family has arrived!

Carrie Underwood made the announcement on Instagram around 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday, along with photos of the whole family posing with the new addition.

Jacob Bryan Fisher entered the world in the wee hours of the morning on Monday...” Carrie shared. “His mom, dad and big brother couldn’t be happier for God to trust them with taking care of this little miracle!”

“Our hearts are full, our eyes are tired and our lives are forever changed,” she added. “Life is good...”

The “Love Wins” hitmaker attached pictures taken in the hospital, the first showing her husband Mike Fisher holding a sleeping, swaddled Jacob. In the second, Carrie -- sans makeup -- is holding her new son close to her face.

In the third, big brother Isaiah -- looking adorable in a little black fedora -- is holding his baby bro on a pillow as his dad watches. Isaiah will turn four on February 27.

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ABC/Mark Levine Blake Shelton is warming up for his Friends and Heroes Tour by playing a pop-up show tonight at Ole Red Nashville.

"Let's party y'all," Blake tweeted around noon, revealing details for tonight's concert.

The line forms at 1 p.m. CT to get a wristband for tonight's show, and the only downside may be that it's a rainy day in Music City. If you're game, you need to go to the venue's Third Avenue entrance. 

It's a 21-and-over event, with only one wristband per person. Doors for the show open at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Blake's Friends and Heroes Tour with Lauren AlainaThe Bellamy BrothersJohn Anderson, and Trace Adkins kicks off on Valentine's Day in Oklahoma City. 

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Columbia NashvilleMaren Morris’s video for “GIRL” will premiere Thursday at 4 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Moments before, the Texas native will start chatting with her fans on her YouTube Channel, and continue interacting with them through the premiere.

The “GIRL” clip is the first country video by director Dave Meyers, who’s worked with pop superstars like Katy Perry, Ariana GrandePink, and more.

Meanwhile, tickets are now on sale for Maren’s GIRL: THE WORLD TOUR, which kicks off March 9 in Chicago.  It'll hit more than forty cities before it wraps in August.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ten years ago this week, Sugarland topped the country chart with this tune from their Love on the Inside album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Already Gone."

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ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton’s All American Road Show will roll on in the summer of 2019, as the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year hits the road in July.

The “Millionaire” hitmaker’s first stop on the tour will be July 9 in Allentown Pennsylvania. Margo Price and The Marcus King Band join him for the first nine dates of the trek. From there, Brent CobbBrothers OsborneKendell Marvel and others will fill the opening slots.

The one thing that remains to be seen is whether Chris’s wife, Morgane -- his main background vocalist and a key ingredient to his sound -- will be along for the ride.

The couple’s currently expecting a baby, who’ll join their nearly one-year-old twins, and their older son and daughter. So far, Chris and Morgane -- who closely guard the privacy of their children -- haven’t revealed when their new addition is due.

Fan club pre-sales start next Tuesday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday, February 1.

Here’s a look at the stops on Chris Stapleton’s 2019 All American Road Show:

7/9 -- Allentown, PA, PPL Center
7/19 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center
7/25 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
7/26 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/27 -- Canadaigua, NY, CMAC
8/1 -- Charleston, WV, Charleston Coliseum
8/9 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/10 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
8/11 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/15 -- Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena
8/16 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
8/17 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
8/22 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
8/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
8/24 -- Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
8/29 -- Huntsville, AL, Von Braun Center
8/31 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
10/3 -- Springfield, MO, Kendell Marvell at JQH Arena
10/4 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/5 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
10/10 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/11 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/12 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
10/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
10/18 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
10/19 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/25 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
10/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
11/1 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
11/2 -- Louisville, KY, KFC  Yum! Center

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock In a video he shared with fans on Tuesday,  John Berry revealed he's battling tonsil cancer. He's already had surgery and will follow that with a five-week regimen of chemo and radiation. This isn't the first health scare for the "Your Love Amazes Me" hitmaker: in 1994, he underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor.

Trace Adkins will kick off his Don't Stop Tour February 9 at the San Antonio Rodeo, continuing on to 39 more cities before wrapping up in November.

Dan Shay's follow-up single to their multi-week smash "Speechless" will be the track "All to Myself," which is also on their most recent, self-titled album.

Country Music Hall of Famer Maxine Brown Russell passed away Monday in Little Rock, Arkansas, from complications of kidney and heart disease. The 87-year-old was one-third of the trio The Browns, along with her brother Jim Ed and her sister Bonnie.

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ABC/Image Group LAToday in Riviera Maya, Mexico, Luke Bryan kicks off his fifth annual Crash My Playa fan getaway vacation.

On Thursday, he gets back to work, as he headlines his first show of the year in the Caribbean. Since Luke's also prepping the second season of American Idol, it raises the question: which is more work -- touring or Idol?

"They're both equally exhausting," Luke tells ABC Radio, "because touring is physically [exhausting]."

"Idol, when we start falling in love with these kids... And with our auditions, we just did three twelve-hour days," he explains. "It's like you're taking the SAT every day."

"So they both have their deal. They're both enjoyable, and the time kinda flies by"

The "What Make You Country" hitmaker says when it comes down to it, both of his gigs wear him down in different ways.

"The road tires you out in this way: when you're running up and down stadiums and doing all that, you wake up the next day and you feel like you ran through a stadium," he points out.

"And when you're out on Idol, we notice you get done and you just want a nice glass of wine just to kind of shut your brain off, because you've been concentrating for twelve hours on making the right decisions with these kids."

The second season of American Idol premieres Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Luke kicks off his Sunset Repeat Tour May 31 in Philadelphia.

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ABC/Image Group LAHow much fun can you have in thirty seconds? Well, a whole lot, apparently, if you’re Dierks Bentley.

Dierks recaps the first weekend of his Burning Man Tour -- with stops in Hamilton, Ottawa, and Oshawa, Ontario -- in a new 35-second video.

In a couple of the shots, you can check out Dierks’ alter ego, as he plays in his nineties cover band, Hot Country Knights.

You can see Dierks himself holding a “Thank God for Dierks Amen” poster made by a fan, a reference to his most recent #1, “Woman, Amen.”

You can also spot Dierks onstage at different times with his openers, Tenille Townes and Jon Pardi. Tenille takes over for Elle King on the #1 duet, “Different for Girls,” while Dierks and Pardi take on Dwight Yoakam’s hit, “Guitars, Cadillacs.”

You can watch the video -- which is set to Dierks #3 hit and tour namesake “Burning Man” -- on YouTube now.

Tonight, the tour continues in Winnipeg, before continuing on to Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary this week.

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Jamie NelsonOne week after Maren Morris unleashed her new single, “GIRL,” the accompanying music video is set to follow.

“I don’t wanna wear your crown…” Maren shared on her socials, adding “premiere thursday” and the hashtag #GIRLvideo.

Maren also attached a photo shot from behind showing her standing onstage at a packed stadium, with the massive crowd in front of her.

The beginning of her post, of course, is one of the lyrics from the song. Maren also happens to wear a sparkly gold crown in some of the publicity photos released at the same time as the single.

“GIRL” is the lead track from Maren’s much-anticipated sophomore album. So far, she hasn’t revealed its release date.

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ABC/Mark LevineChris Stapleton will play a special concert at the Hollywood Palladium on the same night as this year’s Grammys: Sunday, February 10.

It’s all part of Citi Sound Vault, an exclusive live music experience available only to Citi card members.

Citi card members can register as a Verified Fan via Live Nation through January 27 for a chance to attend. Then on January 29, those with a unique code will be able to buy tickets. You can find out more at CitiPrivatePass.com/CitiSoundVault.

Chris is up for three trophies at this year’s Grammys: Best Country Album for From A Room: Volume 2, Best Country Solo Performance for his current single, “Millionaire,” and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for “Say Something” with Justin Timberlake.

You can tune in to watch the 61st Annual Grammy Awards February 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.  

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett’s latest hit “Sixteen” sits at the top of the country chart this week, becoming the twelfth #1 of his career, as well as the fifth chart topper from his Life Changes album.

Tuesday morning, TR took to his socials to thank his fans.

“What a dang year!” he reflected in a short video, as he's seen walking outside on a sunny day. “You guys have been more than supportive and I really just can’t wait to show you the new project and get out on the Very Hot Summer Tour.”

“The [next] record is almost done,” he added, “and I’ve got some new music coming y’all’s way very shortly.”

This Friday, TR headlines Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa concert in Rivera Maya, Mexico, before heading to Australia in March.

In April, he travels to Canada with Dustin Lynch for another leg of the Life Changes Tour, before setting the Very Hot Summer Tour in motion in May.

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ABC/Image Group LAThis weekend, Eric Church takes his Double Down Tour to St. Louis, Missouri for two nights at Enterprise Center. And if fans are wondering what to expect from his two shows, his opening weekend concerts in Omaha, Nebraska may be a pretty good indication.

In total, the Chief played more than seven hours over the two nights, singing close to seventy songs, and only duplicating thirteen tunes between Friday and Saturday. The North Carolina native even took a few requests.

Eric also has good news for Church fans who actually own record players: He’ll be re-releasing three of his classic albums on colored vinyl in the coming weeks and months.

The second vinyl pressing of his debut, Sinners Like Me, will arrive January 25. It’ll be red, just like the second pressing of Chief, which comes out February 15.

This will be the fourth vinyl run of Carolina, which will be available April 5. It’ll be yellow.

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ABC/Image Group LATuesday night, Brothers Osborne will make their Tonight Show debut performing their new single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

The tune comes from Port Saint Joe, which is currently nominated for Best Country Album at the Grammys. Their previous single, “Shoot Me Straight,” is up for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

You can watch for Brothers on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon starting at 11:35 p.m. ET tonight on NBC.

Meanwhile, TJ and John Osborne are busy with their headlining tour, which kicked off last year with dates in the United Kingdom and Canada.  The duo started the U.S. leg earlier this month with a sold-out show in Chicago.

In fact, Brothers Osborne have sold out every venue they’ve played so far. Wednesday night, they play New York City, followed by Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.   

They also have a top three hit right now with Dierks Bentley and "Burning Man." 

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ABC/Mitch HaasethAs her single, "Miss More More," climbs the country chart, Kelsea Ballerini's simultaneously experiencing her first taste of pop success with her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, "This Feeling."

"This Chainsmokers song, I've never gotten to do anything like this," Kelsea told ABC Radio during a recent interview in Hollywood. "I've never had a collaboration like this, I've never heard my voice on pop radio."

"It's been awesome, and a new experience," she adds. "And I love those guys, and I love the song, and I'm happy to be a part of it."

The "Legends" hitmaker precisely remembers the first moment she heard her voice on pop radio.

"I was actually out here in L.A. and I was going to dinner," she recalls. "I had just wrapped my music video for 'Miss Me More,' my country single, and I heard it, and I freaked out." she laughs.  

This week, "This Feeling" is at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, right next to someone Kelsea knows well. Maren Morris is in the #4 spot with "The Middle," her non-country collaboration with Zedd and Grey.

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1983, B.J. Thomas scored his third #1 on the country chart with this song co-written by his wife, Gloria. Can you name it? ANSWER: "New Looks from an Old Lover."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn shot the cover of the February/March issue of Cowboys & Indians magazine. The photo, titled "White Twins of Mustang Monument", was taken at a wild horse sanctuary.

Hunter Hayes will release the new track "Heartbreak" on Friday.

If you missed Kane Brown performing the Experiment track "Homesick," on Live with Kelly and Ryan, you can now check out his Monday appearance online.

Marty Stuart shows off his extensive collection of country music memorabilia and talks about the new museum he's working on in his Mississippi hometown in a new CBS Sunday Morning feature. You can watch the piece on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LARight now, Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany are counting down to the arrival of their new daughter, Navy Rome, who's set to make her debut sometime in February.

"Bumpdate: About to pop! (37 weeks)," Brittany recently shared on Instagram, along with a photo of her belly.

But while they're both excited about their new little one, Jason has made it clear that this will be the final addition to their family: He doesn't expect to have another child.

"I have zero plans to do that!" he says. "I'm good. I think at this point, I mean, this is number four for me, you know."

"I got a fifteen, an eleven, a one-year-old, and one that's cooking," he adds. "So, it's like, to me, four healthy kids... I feel blessed to have that. I'm good."

Navy Rome will join her brother Memphis, and Jason's two older daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl.

Jason points out that he thinks Brittany could use a break too, since Memphis only arrived a little more than a year ago.

"My wife's been pregnant for two years," he explains, "so I don't really think she's in any hurry to jump back and go through that again either. So, I think we're good. I'm officially out of the game!"

And as he waits for his baby girl, Jason's current single "Girl Like You" arrives at the #2 spot on the chart this week.

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ABC/Image Group LAYou can expect Garth Brooks’ new album to be plenty of FUN.

The CMA'S most-awarded Entertainer of the Year announced that FUN will be the title of his new album on Monday night, during his weekly Inside Studio G series on Facebook.  

“The title of the album was sparked because making it has been such a fun process to go through,” he explained. “Being able to go in and out of the studio while being on the tour, working with the same guys, it’s been amazing.”

“The album will be available this spring,” he revealed, “and I want the fans to just have fun with this, because that’s what this has been."

The record will feature his top ten hit “All Day Long,” as well as the new single he debuted on the CMA Awards, “Stronger Than Me.”

So far, Garth hasn't released the cover art or the track listing for the project, but you can pre-order the digital version now for $10 via Amazon.

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