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Nashville notes: Randy Travis on 'The Price Is Right' + Kassi Ashton's teaser

A special episode of The Price Is Right featuring country icon Randy Travis and his wife, Mary, airs Tuesday on CBS. A recap video and photos from Randy's guest appearance are also up now on Instagram.

The Outlaw Music Festival kicks off this summer with a star-studded multigenre lineup featuring Willie Nelson & Family, Robert Plant & Alison KraussBob DylanBrittney Spencer and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m. To view the full lineup and schedule, visit blackbirdpresents.com.

Kassi Ashton's set to drop a new song Friday. While you wait, check out a teaser clip of it on her Instagram.

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Dig into Dolly's lemon glazed blueberry crumb cake

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If lemons, blueberries and cakes are your thing, Dolly Parton might have a dessert that you'll enjoy.

The global icon, who just expanded her product line with Duncan Hines, has shared her lemon glazed blueberry crumb cake.

It's got a prep time of 20 minutes and uses ingredients such as lemon juice, grated lemon zest, milk, eggs and the Dolly's Duncan Hines Blueberry Muffin & Bread Mix.

"Did you know that you can make my all-time favorite lemon glazed blueberry crumb cake recipe with my favorite Duncan Hines Blueberry Muffin Mix?" Dolly says in an Instagram Reel.

For the full recipe, head to readyseteat.com.

To shop Dolly's Duncan Hines products, visit bakingwithdolly.com.

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Kane Brown adds new dates to In The Air Tour

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Kane Brown has added new dates to his upcoming In The Air Tour.

The expanded trek now includes stops in Quapaw, Oklahoma; Orange Beach, Alabama; Hollywood, Florida; Airway Heights, Washington; and Fort Hall, Idaho. A rotating list of artists including Tyler Hubbard, Jon Pardi, Chris Young, Bailey Zimmerman, Cole Swindell, Jackson Dean and Parmalee will open on select dates.

Presale begins Wednesday, February 28, at 10 a.m. local time. 

To view the full In The Air Tour schedule and to grab tickets, visit Kane's website.

Kane's currently #3 on the country charts with "I Can Feel It," the lead single from his forthcoming new album. His latest record is 2022's Different Man.

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Chris Janson on how he tattooed his wife's kiss

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Did you know that Lee Brice had something to do with the kiss tattoo on Chris Janson's arm?

The lip, which belongs to Chris' wife, Kelly, was tattooed while Chris was out touring with Lee, courtesy of Lee's tattoo artist.

"This is my wife's lips. I was playing a show on a military Marine base in California, and my buddy Lee Brice actually had a tattoo artist on the road. So I made Kelly kiss my arm and then we tattooed it," Chris tells fans in an Instagram Reel.

Additionally, Chris shared that the pin-up girl tattoo, which he got on tour with Hank Williams Jr. and Lynyrd Skynrd, was simply inked because he was riding motorcycles and "thought it was cool." "It really has no meaning at all," he says with a laugh.

Chris' new song, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get," drops March 8 and is available for presave now.

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Luke Bryan's got something up his sleeves

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Luke Bryan's got something up his sleeves, and he's not giving clues just yet.

The American Idol judge took to socials Monday to share that he's "counting down the minutes" to an as-yet-undisclosed announcement. Fans took to the comments to leave their guesses, which included a new album, music and tour.

No clues were given except the announcement time: February 29 at 12:50 p.m.

You can follow Luke on his socials to get the news as soon as it drops Thursday.

Luke's latest single is the Jon Pardi-assisted "Cowboys and Plowboys," which is approaching the top 30 on the country charts. 

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Kelsea Ballerini returns to host 2024 CMT Music Awards

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Kelsea Ballerini is returning as host of the 2024 CMT Music Awards.

This will be her fourth consecutive year hosting the fan-voted award show. She co-hosted with Kane Brown in 2021 and 2023, and in 2022, she co-hosted remotely with in-person hosts Kane and actor Anthony Mackie.

"I couldn’t be more excited to be back for my 4th year with my CMT family to host this year’s CMT Music awards in Austin, TX," says Kelsea. "Hosting an awards show that celebrates the music that the fans love most has been an honor and I know this year will be another unforgettable night."

Kelsea will also join an as-yet-unannounced lineup of artists to perform. The list of presenters and performers will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The 2024 CMT Music Awards take place live on Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. It'll also be available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+ with SHOWTIME.

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Warren Zeiders earns first #1 with "Pretty Little Poison"

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Warren Zeiders's "Pretty Little Poison" has hit #1 on the country charts.

Reflecting on his first chart-topper, Warren shares on Instagram, "Number [one] on country radio… wild ain’t it? I’d never think that in 3yrs of putting out music, I’d be able to speak those words."

"I believe God gave me this position for a reason and I don’t take it lightly! He deserves the glory! I also want everyone to know they are loved and so appreciated by me!" he continues. "Thank you guys for all your support you have shown me over these last couple years, from coming to my shows, to streaming the music, to spreading the word, to buying merch, and countless other things! Thank you will never be enough, but I’ll work like hell to show y’all the love you deserve!

"It’s also very important to show my love to country radio! They welcomed me in and I promised them I was giving them a #1 song haha!" the Pennsylvania native adds.

Warren recently released his Pretty Little Poison (Deluxe) album, a new track, "Heartbreaker," and kicked off the sold-out North American leg of his Pretty Little Poison Tour. 

In August, Warren will open for Jelly Roll on The Beautifully Broken Tour. You can grab tickets via the ongoing presale and the general sale beginning March 1 at jellyroll615.com.

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Kelsea Ballerini has no plans on going pop: "I'm really happy where I'm at"

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Following the recent extension of her recording contract with Black River Entertainment, Kelsea Ballerini says she's excited about the future and the creative projects she may be embarking on — whatever that looks like.

"I'm really open," Kelsea tells ABC Audio. "Whether that be writing another book or whether that be trying my hand in film and TV. Whether that be working more as a writer, I'm really open to all those things that may inspire me."

While Kelsea hit stardom with her country-pop catalog, she has no plans on ditching country for pop, contrary to rumors.

"I'm not going anywhere. And it always makes me laugh when people are like, 'She's going to pop.' I'm like, 'No, I'm not,'" says the "Miss Me More" singer. "I really have no intention of doing that. I'm really happy where I'm at."

Kelsea's latest project is the Grammy-nominated Rolling Up the Welcome Mat. Her latest full-length studio album is 2022's SUBJECT TO CHANGE, which spawned the singles "Heartfirst" and "If You Go Down (I'm Goin' Down Too)."

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Nashville notes: Mason Ramsey's "Blue" + Drake Milligan's living room

Mason Ramsey's rolled out a throwback, classic country-influenced song, "Blue Over You." "This song may just make the heartbreak worth it. Thank you for believing in me and singing along!" shares Mason.

Drake Milligan has dropped a new live performance video of "What I Couldn't Forget." The clip is the first roll-out of his Living Room Sessions series. You can find "What I Couldn't Forget" on Drake's latest EP, Jukebox Songs.

Don't miss country music's Reba McEntire and Dan & Shay on the season 25 premiere of The Voice, airing Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Carly Pearce on unwinding in nature: "It's one of the greatest gifts"

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Love spending your downtime in nature? Then, you might have something in common with Carly Pearce.

The "Next Girl" singer recently teamed with Ford Bronco to film a promotional video in Tennessee's countryside during her time off tour. The scenic clip features Carly driving around in her Badlands SUV as she basks in nature's scenic sights before hopping off to embrace her artistic roots.

"I am on a trail down in Nashville, a little bit south of Nashville. It's beautiful here. We are in the middle of fall, Leaves are changing," shares Carly. "A lot of times when I just need to clear my head, I'll go for a drive. The Bronco really allows me to just kind of go wherever I wanna go."

"Being outdoors definitely takes my mind to a peaceful place to allow creativity. I think I was destined to be an artist. Being able to take my guitar and create and perform something that moves people — it's one of the greatest gifts," she adds before strumming her guitar under a tree.

You can watch Carly's video in full now on YouTube.

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Corey Kent hopes to be part of a Houston tradition

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As a longtime Texas resident, the legendary Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of Corey Kent's bucket-list venues to perform at.

After recently taking the stage at the Dixie National, the largest annual rodeo east of the Mississippi River, he's setting sights on his Houston Rodeo debut.

"[It was a] super cool experience. We got to go into the chutes and watch a bunch of bull riders saddle up and just get absolutely tossed," Corey says of his time at the Dixie National in an Instagram Reel. "Played a show that night, stage came down out of the ceiling. Just had people lined up in the middle of the arena. It was really cool."

"First time playing a rodeo like that. Makes me stoked to someday get to the Houston Rodeo," shares the "Wild as Her" hitmaker.

To see Corey on an upcoming tour stop, head to coreykentofficial.com.

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Keith Urban shares late-night cryptic post

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If you were up at 2:45 a.m. CT on Monday, you might've seen Keith Urban's late-night cryptic post on socials.

"hey...what are you doin' right now ?" the "Blue Ain't Your Color" singer captioned his photo post. The image showcased a clock with its hands at 2:45 and the words "Big Ben" on it. 

An additional text was also included in the photo:
"I’M OUT TONIGHT
AND I’M FEELIN’ LIKE
I SHOULD CALL YOU UP
AND MAYBE TAKE A SHOT
THAT YOU’RE WIDE AWAKE
AT A QUARTER TO 3"

On the music front, Keith released his new song, "Straight Line," earlier in February. His latest full-length album is 2020's THE SPEED OF NOW PART 1.

While you continue taking a stab at decoding Keith's mysterious post, you can follow Keith's socials for the reveal of what's to come. 

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Travis Denning announces debut album, 'Roads That Go Nowhere'

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Travis Denning has announced his long-awaited debut album, Road That Go Nowhere.

Arriving May 24 via Mercury Nashville, the record features Travis as a co-writer on 12 of the 15 tracks as well as collabs with HARDY and Josh Ross.

"'Roads That Go Nowhere' is a culmination of songs and stories that I really believe reflect where I’ve come from, what I’ve been through, and the places I’ve yet to go and where I want to go," says Travis. “That’s with love, music, life, everything. I’m at that point in my life where I’m able to look back and reflect on the things that have gotten me here."

"A lot of them are positive and there are some negatives for sure," the "After a Few" singer shares. "But I think that’s kind of everybody’s goal is to be able to look back and just be happy with the progress they’ve made and the potential they’ve still got. I wanted to take that mindset lyrically and production wise for the record that I’ve gotten to where I am, and I’ve had the successes I’ve had because I just stuck to the guns of what I enjoy doing."

Coming up this spring and summer, Travis will open for HARDY on his Quit!! Tour. For tickets and a full list of dates, head to Travis' website.

Roads That Go Nowhere is available for preorder and presave now. While you wait, you can check out the title track on digital platforms.

Here's the Roads That Go Nowhere track list:

"Why I'm Drinking"
"I Know How It Sounds"
"Better At Leaving"
"Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack" 
"Going Places"
"Someone That Isn't Me"
"Southern Rock" (featuring HARDY)
"Love You Past That"
"Things I'm Going Through"
"Add Her To The List"
"Roads That Go Nowhere"
"The Sound of a Beer Getting Cracked" (featuring Josh Ross)
"Can't Find One"
"Here and Her"
"Ocmulgee River"

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"Holy Smokes": Bailey Zimmerman's dropped a new track

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Bailey Zimmerman has released his much-teased new song, "Holy Smokes."

Penned by Bailey, Austin Shawn, Michael Tyler, Ben Stennis and Lauren Hungate, the smoldering ode finds Bailey reminiscing about a passionate romance when he was a teenager.

"Heaven was a preacher's spot in that first church parkin' lot/ Her hangin' onto me like the cross on the rearview does/ Her eyes were blue, the words were red, on that half pack of cigarettes/ At seventeen that's what hallelujah was/ Life wasn't heavy in the back of that/ Chevy Me, her, and the Holy Ghost/ Somethin' 'bout us, hell of a rush/ Fallin' in love, lightin' up them holy smokes," Bailey recounts in the chorus.

"This song takes me back to the first time I fell in love at 17… I hope y’all love it as much as I do," the 24-year-old shares on Instagram.

Bailey's currently on his sold-out headlining Religiously. The Tour. His current single, "Where It Ends," has cracked the top 20 on the country charts.
 

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George Birge's hitting radio with "Cowboy Songs"

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Saddle up to hit Texas with George Birge's new single, "Cowboy Songs."

Written by George, Michael Tyler, Matt McGinn and Lalo Guzman, the love song chronicles a guy's head-over-heels feelings for a girl he just met.

"You get them go talks on them barstools, get em tryin'/ To get your name, get you a drink/ Start askin' why, yeah/ They ain't ever seen you in here before/ You make a quiet type not quiet no more/ And sure as Sunday, soon as you walk in/ Girl you get them cowboys talkin'," George sings in the upbeat chorus.

"Growing up playing dive bars in Texas, I always wanted to capture that image in a song," says George. "The moment we started writing 'Cowboy Songs,' I was instantly transported back to a hot, smoky, throwback dance hall night in the Austin, Texas that I grew up in. I couldn’t love it more."

"Cowboy Songs" is the follow-up to "Mind on You," which hit #1 in January. It's also the first new release since George's 2023 debut album, George Birge: Mind On You.

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