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Steven MartineSince September, Ronnie Dunn's been releasing two songs a month from his epic 24-track covers album, RE-Dunn. Today, the final pair arrives, ahead of the full record's release on January 10. And the Country Music Hall of Famer may have just saved the best for last.

You can now stream or download Ronnie's covers of the Eagles"Peaceful Easy Feeling" and Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." As you might expect, the Oklahoma native has a personal connection to each one.

“I would drive back and forth from Tulsa to Nashville with Eric Clapton’s drummer, Jamie Oldaker," Ronnie recalls. "Jamie told me how Eric wrote 'Wonderful Tonight' for [his wife] Pattie."

"It’s hard to get as organic as Eric was because he wrote it on a personal level for his wife," Ronnie adds, "but we really enjoyed recording it." 

"Peaceful Easy Feeling" was Ronnie's initial introduction to Don HenleyGlenn Frey and the gang.

“It was the first song I heard from the Eagles," he remembers. "We had the album in the dorm room in college and I flipped. It never grows old for me. RE-Dunn wouldn’t be complete without including it.”

You can stream or download all of the preview tracks now, ahead of RE-Dunn's release on January 10.

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Rodin Eckenroth/WireImageGwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s new duet, "Nobody but You," has arrived.

The love song, which appears on Blake's album Fully Loaded: God's Country, is about realizing you can’t live without someone.

“I don't wanna live without you/I don't wanna even breathe/I don't wanna dream about you/Wanna wake up with you next to me,” the couple sings on the chorus.

"I don't wanna go down any other road now," the song continues. "I don't wanna love nobody but you/Looking in your eyes now, if I had to die now/I don't wanna love nobody but you."

Blake previously said the song fit with the couple’s story. “I was about to go in and record when I decided that it needed Gwen on it -- because it is our song,” he said. “I think it's magic."

This marks the third time the powerhouse pair has recorded a song together, following "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" on Blake's 2016 album, If I'm Honest, and the holiday duet "You Make it Feel Like Christmas" on Gwen's 2017 Christmas album of the same name.

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ABC/Image Group LADan Shay will be sharing their fans with newcomer Ingrid Andress in 2020.

The “10,000 Hours” hitmakers have invited their label mate to open the spring leg of The (Arena) Tour next year. Ingrid’s debut single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” is currently climbing in country’s top twenty.

“Ummm R U KIDDING ME?!? I’m going on an ARENA tour?? W/ Dan Shay??... I’m dead,” Ingrid tweeted

“Y’all I can’t even tell u how excited I am to be on the road with these amazingly talented humans/to sing my songs for all your beautiful faces. Much tequila will be consumed,” she added, in a nod to Dan Shay’s huge hit.

Indie alternative group The Band Camino will be on the dates as well, which kick off March 6 with two nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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ABC RadioIf you keep up with Luke Bryan’s wife, Caroline, you know she lives for a good prank. So much so, in fact, that she’s sharing a Bryan family tradition known as the 12 Days of Pranksmas -- and the 2019 edition is off to an epic start.

“Here we go… Day 1!” Caroline captioned an Instagram video of the incident, which she named “Trashy Tammy Takedown.”

You never know who's the target during the 12 Days of Pranksmas, and this time, it’s Luke’s mom, LeClaire.

The incident starts as Luke and his mother are outside on a grassy hill talking, as LeClaire smokes a cigarette. Fairly quickly, a large woman in cut-off jeans and a sleeveless t-shirt approaches, as Luke yells, “Mama, that’s that girl!” and starts running away.

LeClaire -- who's about half the size of the woman -- follows, trying to block “Trashy Tammy,” who's chasing Luke and begging him, "Come here!"

Tammy tackles Luke and starts rolling around on the ground with him, shouting things like “I just want to hug him!” and “He’s beautiful!” The tiny LeClaire throws away her cigarette and climbs on top, trying to pull the woman off her son.

A man who appears to be a police officer rescues Luke, just as Caroline comes to check on him. After she makes sure her husband’s okay, she approaches “Trashy Tammy” like she’s ready to fight.

Just then, you hear Luke say “MAMA! Twelve days of Pranksmas!” as they both collapse, laughing. Ever a good son, he makes sure LeClaire is she warns him not to ever do that again.

A second, behind-the-scenes video shot earlier reveals that “Trashy Tammy” and “Officer Daniels” were both in on the joke.

Stay tuned to see what’s next.    

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Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks’ May 16 Stadium Tour stop in Cincinnati, Ohio sold out in a little more than sixty minutes Friday morning.

Fans snapped up 65,000 tickets in less than an hour, and at 75 minutes in, all 70,000 seats were gone.

This will be the the seven-time CMA Entertainer of the Year's first time playing Paul Brown Stadium. It’s also Garth's  only planned stop on the Stadium Tour in the Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia region.

Garth does have a couple concerts before he heads to Cincinnati. He’ll play Detroit’s Ford Field on February 22, before taking over Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 2.

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Robby KleinThis week, Vince Gill and Amy Grant set in motion a much-treasured Music City tradition -- their series of Christmas shows together at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

For Amy, it's a labor of love -- especially considering she's just wrapped her earlier yuletide tour with pal Michael W. Smith.

"Christmas is for me, the best kind of nostalgia," she tells ABC Audio. "It just brings into sharp focus some of my favorite images of my family."

"I feel like the best gift we can give each other is time," she adds.

In fact, that's what the star of Christian, pop, and Christmas music tries to do with her holiday shows -- carve out a peaceful space for her audience in the season of hustle and bustle.

"The work that happens for me at Christmas time is a great combination of working on music that I love," Amy explains, "creating environments for exhausted people to step into and take a deep breath. That's how I feel about doing Christmas shows."

Even though she made "Tennessee Christmas" a classic and has recorded no less than four complete holiday albums, you get the impression Amy still considers doing her advent season shows a privilege.

"I can clear the calendar because this is my work..." she points out. "I'm not going to a bunch of Christmas parties, I'm not hosting Christmas dinners. We put on Christmas concerts and it's just like, 'What do we get to serve up this year?'"

"It needs to be faith and hope and family and disappointment, laughter, fun. And it's just like serving up a great meal."  

Nine more shows remain during Amy and Vince's run at the Ryman.

For the first time ever this season, Amy's first three holiday albums are available on vinyl in her new Christmas box set.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs introduced this country Christmas classic on his 1986 album, Love's Gonna Get Ya!, complete with backing vocals from the legendary James Taylor. Can you name it? ANSWER: "New Star Shining."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton promotes his new collection, Fully Loaded: God's Country, Friday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area.

The 28th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival will take place March 24-28 in Nashville. Look for the lineup to be revealed February 25.

Wade Hayes' new album, Who Saved Who, is out today. It features the title song he wrote about his dog Jack, who was by his side through two bouts of cancer.

If you missed Jason Aldean on "Don't You Wanna Stay" duet partner Kelly Clarkson's daytime talk show on Thursday, you can check out his segment on YouTube.

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Gail Schulman/CBSSunday’s 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors is a night filled with some of the biggest names in country music, as Carrie UnderwoodThomas RhettTrisha Yearwood and more pay tribute to the likes of Linda Ronstadt, actress Sally Field, and Sesame Street.

Both Emmylou Harris and Don Henley honor their friend Linda Ronstadt with spoken tributes, while Carrie and Trisha perform some of the CMA and ACM winner’s biggest hits. Carrie does “Blue Bayou” and “When Will I Be Loved,” while Trisha tackles “You’re No Good” and recreates the pop hit “Don’t Know Much” with Linda's original duet partner, Aaron Neville.

TR rubs elbows with Elmo, Big Bird, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Bert, Ernie, and Cookie Monster in homage to the beloved children’s series, offering the signature tune “Sing a Song” in the familiar Sesame Street setting, as well as the anthem for the show's 50th anniversary, "This Is My Street."

The yearly special was recorded a week earlier on December 8 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. You can tune in to watch the two-hour gala starting at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.


CMTThings will get emotional on Friday night, when the new episode of Crossroads featuring Chris Young and pop star Gavin DeGraw premieres on CMT.

In one of the special’s highlights, the two team up for a new version of Chris’s current single, “Drowning,” which he wrote about the unexpected loss of his close friend. Gavin plays piano on the stripped-down version of the hit, while Chris sits by the piano and trades lines with him on the song.

In a social media clip promoting the show, Chris reveals his friend Adam would’ve “geeked out” to know Gavin DeGraw was singing a song Chris wrote about him.

You can preview the new take on “Drowning” on YouTube now. CMT Crossroads: Gavin DeGraw & Chris Young premieres Friday at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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ABC/Randy HolmesLuke Combs wraps up his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour this Thursday and Friday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. While those are the last of his shows for this year, there’s still a pretty interesting chance for you to check out one of his concerts.

Just last month, MelodyVR captured the North Carolina native’s sold-out show at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington. That means you can now watch Luke in “immersive 360 degree virtual reality.”

“My fans are the most important people to me,” Luke says. “They are the biggest reason I am even able to put on shows in the first place, so it’s really cool to me that MelodyVR and I were able to team up to give those fans who may not have had a chance to come out to the Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour an opportunity to get the full experience.”

“Even though they’re not physically there,” he adds, “it sure seems like it! It’s really awesome and I can’t wait for y’all to be able to experience it.”

You don’t really need any fancy equipment to try it out, either. You can download the MelodyVR app on your smartphone or use your Oculus VR headset if you have one. Find out more at

On February 7, Luke cranks up his What You See Is What You Get Tour with Ashley McBryde, playing a sold-out show in Columbia, Missouri.

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ABC/Mark Levine If you enjoyed Chris Janson’s souped-up, harmonica-fueled performance of “Run Run Rudolph” on CMA Country Christmas this year on ABC, you can now make it a permanent part of your holiday collection.

The live version of the Missouri native’s tribute to Chuck Berry is available to stream or download now. If you’d like some video to go along with that, you can watch Chris’s original performance on YouTube as well.

There's one more yuletide tune by Chris you may want to check out as well. “It Is Christmas” is an original tune he wrote and put out last year, along with an accompanying music video.

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ABC/Image Group LACountry legend Tanya Tucker’s the perfect person to sing the national anthem as the Tennessee Titans take on the Houston Texans on Sunday, since she was born in the Lone Star State and now lives in Nashville.

You can catch all the action from Music City’s Nissan Stadium starting at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, as the Titans and the Texans vie for the top spot in the AFC South. Tanya’s performance will be accompanied by a flyover by the 149th Fighter Wing’s Lone Star Gunfighters.

The “Delta Dawn” hitmaker’s enjoying a career renaissance these days on the heels of her new album, While I’m Livin’. She’s the most-nominated country artist at the upcoming Grammys, vying for four trophies at next month’s ceremonies.

In February, Tanya will kick off the annual CMT Next Women of Country trek, this year titled the Bring My Flowers Now Tour, after her Grammy-nominated song.

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The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett will kick off next year’s The Center Point Road Tour May 29 with two nights in Gilford, New Hampshire.

Cole Swindell and HARDY will join him on the trek, though Cole will miss the first two shows.

The first tickets go on sale Friday, January 24, as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket.

You can check out TR’s performance Wednesday night of the Center Point Road track, “Notice,” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert online. On Sunday, he pays tribute to Sesame Street on The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors, which start at 8 p.m. ET.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Thomas Rhett’s 2020 The Center Point Road Tour: 

5/29,30 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
6/5 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Music Center
6/6 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/7 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/11 -- Syracuse, NY, St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
6/12 -- Burgettstown, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/19 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Ampitheatre
6/20 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheater
7/9 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/10 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek
7/11 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/16 -- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
7/17 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/23 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheater
7/24 -- Boise, ID, Idaho Center Amphitheater
7/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
7/31 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/7 -- Phoeniz, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/8 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
8/21 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/22 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
8/23 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
8/27 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/28 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
8/29 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, cowboy legend Red Steagall saw this promising vocalist perform "The Star Spangled Banner" at the National Rodeo Finals in Oklahoma City, and was so impressed he set up some sessions for her in Nashville. Can you name the future Country Music Hall of Famer? ANSWER: Reba McEntire.

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Gail Schulman/CBS When Trisha Yearwood got ready to put out her first all-new country album in more than a decade in August, she admits she wasn't focused on releasing a single, since so few female vocalists typically get played on country radio these days.

But her team at Gwendolyn Records -- named after her beloved late mother -- insisted, eventually scoring the highest debut of Trisha's nearly thirty-year career with "Every Girl in This Town."

It was empowering not only for the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, but for other women who related to the song's uplifting lyrics like "You got this, baby! So what if you don't?" as well. 

"I had no expectation of what was gonna happen with it," Trisha tells ABC Audio, "And would we even have a single at radio? Because I'm a woman and I'm 55 and I really just didn't know what to expect."

"So I think it's made it such a wonderful kind of icing on the cake to see the success, and see women and girls relating to it," she reflects. "Because it just tells us it's okay to be however you are, whatever that looks like. And we need to hear that message."  

"Every Girl in This Town" is currently just one spot away from country's top twenty-five.

This Sunday, you can tune in to see Trisha pay tribute to the woman who's perhaps her greatest musical hero, Linda Ronstadt, on The 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. Trisha performs both "You're No Good" and "Don't Know Much" with Aaron Neville on the annual show that starts at 8 p.m ET on CBS.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean's set to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area.

If you missed Sunday's premiere of Christmas at Dollywood on Hallmark Channel, you can catch it this Friday at 8 p.m. ET, complete with guest appearances by Dolly Parton herself.

Opry Entertainment will roll out its new Circle TV network on January 1, complete with sixteen new shows including Opry Live and Backstage at the Opry, as well as classic episodes of Hee Haw.

Midland's follow-up single to "Mr. Lonely" is the Let It Roll track, "Cheatin' Songs."

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ABC/Image Group LAWhat’s the most-played country song of the past ten years? Well, the answer just might surprise you.

Finishing ahead of smash hits like Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” and Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road,” it’s Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” from 2011.  Sam’s “Body” comes in second, while FGL’s at number five, according to the tally by Country Aircheck.

Eric Church is the only artist to have two songs in the publication's top ten. 2012’s “Springsteen” is at number six, while 2011’s “Drink in My Hand” is ninth.

2012 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square makes a surprise appearance at number four with their biggest hit so far, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”

The newest song on the list belongs to Dustin Lynch, who comes in tenth with 2017's “Small Town Boy.”

Here’s the complete rundown of the Top 10 Songs of the Decade, according to Country Aircheck:

1. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" -- Jake Owen
2. "Body Like a Back Road" -- Sam Hunt
3. "Honey Bee" -- Blake Shelton
4. "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" -- Thompson Square
5. "Cruise" -- Florida Georgia Line
6. "Springsteen" -- Eric Church
7. "Wagon Wheel" -- Darius Rucker
8. "Knee Deep" -- Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffett
9. "Drink in My Hand" -- Eric Church
10. "Small Town Boy" -- Dustin Lynch

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ABC/Craig SjodinLuke Bryan is the most-heard country artist of the past decade, according to Country Aircheck.

All totaled, 22 of the Georgia native’s 23 number ones happened in the past ten years, starting with “Rain Is a Good Thing” in 2010, and continuing through his most recent chart-topper, “Knockin’ Boots,” earlier this year.

Somehow, the superstar who’s also a judge on ABC’s American Idol manages to not let his busy life get to him.

“I love being the guy a lot of people count on. I don’t wake up with anxiety about it,” he tells Country Aircheck in the year-end issue, which comes out next week. “I wake up going, all right, let’s get after it and show the world what we’re going to do this year or this week.”

Back in October, the Academy of Country Music also gave Luke its first-ever Album of the Decade honor for 2013’s Crash My Party.

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PEOPLEWhen Blake Shelton’s new album, Fully Loaded: God’s Country, hits the streets on Friday, he and girlfriend Gwen Stefani will also be on the cover of the new issue of People.

The accompanying article is titled “Gwen & Blake: Ready to Wed!” with the subtitle, “After four blissful years of dating, the Voice costars are excited to take the next step.”

A source tells People it was actually Gwen who convinced Blake to record their duet, “Nobody but You,” on the new record.

“Blake and Gwen were driving around in the car, and she put it on. They both loved it,” the unnamed insider says, adding “He feels like it’s their song. It just perfectly reflects where he is in his life right now.”

As for why the two aren’t married, People floats a theory that we’ve heard before. Gwen’s a devout Catholic, and before she and Blake can have a church wedding, her earlier marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale must be annulled, which can take a long time.

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