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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has a really rough gig coming up. He's signed on as a celebrity judge for the 95th annual Miss America Competition airing this Sunday, September 13 on ABC.

Brett says, "I get to judge Miss America. Are you kidding me?! Talk about a dream come true! I can't wait to be a part of this."

The Miss America Competition will broadcast live from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fifty-two women representing their home states and territories will compete to be named Miss America and win scholarship money.

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Webster PRDolly Parton played two sold-out benefit concerts at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium Friday and Saturday night. The shows marked the first time Dolly had headlined a concert in Nashville since her 2002 concert at the Ryman, which was the home of the Grand Ole Opry when Dolly became a member in 1969.

Dolly admits she usually likes to just stay home when she's in Nashville, but the Ryman is always her first choice when she plays Music City.

She says of the historic venue, "I just wanted this to be the place I played because I felt safe there. It's so intimate and wonderful."

Proceeds from Dolly's concerts, titled Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple, went to benefit the Dustin Wells Foundation's work with Nashville's W.O. Smith Music School and the Opry Trust Fund. Tickets for the concerts sold out in a matter of minutes, which was a shock for Dolly.

"I guess I just felt like that many people didn't really want to see me in Nashville," Dolly explains. "I felt like they knew me, but the tickets sold out real fast, but I think a lot of that was also for the worthy causes that we're doing."

As for the concerts, Dolly performed more than 20 songs each night, including a show-stopping a capella delivery of her song "Little Sparrow." Hits such as "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," "Here You Come Again" and "9 to 5" dotted the set list along with more obscure selections like "Tennessee Mountain Home, "PMS Blues" and "Smoky Mountain Memories." As always, Dolly closed out the show with "I Will Always Love You."

Some major stars were spotted in the audience for both of Dolly's shows. Naomi and Ashley Judd and John Rich from Big & Rich were there Friday. Nashville's Connie Britton, Reba and Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild were spotted in the crowd Saturday night.

Of note, Dolly remembered the late Lynn Anderson during a press conference prior to the Friday-night show. She remembers seeing Lynn backstage at awards shows and concerts over the years.

Dolly says, "I just loved her to death. I was really sorry to hear that 'cause she was a good gal. So, we'll miss her. She's blooming in God's rose garden now."

Best known for her hit, "Rose Garden," Lynn Anderson died Thursday night at age 67. She will be remembered at a funeral this Wednesday in Nashville.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini will join Chase Rice for the Atlanta stop on his JD and Jesus Tour 2015 coming up November 12.  

Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean's show at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri set a new venue attendance record with more than 57,000 fans in the audience. Pink Floyd had the previous record with more than 56,000 fans back in 1994.

Steven Tyler will perform a pre-race concert prior to the Irwin Tools Night NASCAR race at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on August 22.

Tim McGraw has a brand-new single, "Top of the World," coming out very soon as the lead release form his next studio album. We'll keep you posted on the details.

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert was in the audience for Shania Twain's concert in Nashville Friday night. The two connected backstage after the show and hugged for a photograph posted on Shania's Instagram account. During the show, Miranda posted an Instagram picture of Shania riding a fringe saddle on the end of a crane that took her out over the audience. The caption reads, "Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #bada** #musicismedicine."

 

Girls night, love seeing you! #RockThisCountry

A photo posted by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain) on Aug 1, 2015 at 4:54pm PDT

Shania Twain. Fringe Saddle. That's All. #nashville #girlsnight #rockthiscountry #badass #musicismedicine

A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Aug 1, 2015 at 11:06am PDT

 

Kip Moore was also spotted in the audience at the Shania show.

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Broken Bow Label GroupCraig Campbell's flirty new single, "Tomorrow Tonight" is out. The clip tells the story's song using playful text messages between Craig and his co-star, actress Sulivan Mellencamp, as a split screen shows them getting ready to meet up for a romantic date.

Says Craig, "I had to break out my acting skills for this one. It definitely shows a side of me that has not been on camera yet. I’m excited for everyone to finally see it!”

Check out Craig's video now at CMT.com.

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CMARascal Flatts has been going strong for 15 years now, but that's nothing compared to the 53-year career of their heroes, The Rolling Stones. The Flatts opened for the Stones on July 4 in Indianapolis, and the experience of watching their set was inspirational for Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney.

He tells Massachusetts's Sun Chronicle, "I go, 'There's more in store for us.' And that's a great thing to see, a band like that that's still hungry and still passionate, still going out and kicking a** like they are at 70 years old."

Joe Don says that desire to evolve and be on the cutting edge of music has kept the Rolling Stones relevant all these years.

"There's something to be learned from that if you're willing to put in the time and the work and the passion, and you really care about it enough," Joe Don says. "You can't be scared to dive deep into it and try to keep evolving."

Rascal Flatts is just one of the acts featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special, coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you're looking to spice up your summer playlist, Lady Antebellum has a few song selections to get you on your feet. Band member Charles Kelley tells USA Today he goes for The Weeknd's hit, "Can't Feel My Face," for its "gnarly melody." Hillary Scott likes to keep things light with WALK THE MOON's "Shut Up and Dance" and her pal Kelsea Ballerini's new single, "Dibs."

Dave Haywood opts for tour mate Sam Hunt's latest hit, "House Party," when he wants to get amped up. He says, "This is the jam of the summer, perfect for a good time."

Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour continues through next month. Check out their tour dates at LadyAntebellum.com.

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CMA/Donn JonesCountry singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 Grammy-winning crossover hit "Rose Garden," died of a heart attack Thursday night at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  She was 67 and had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy.

Anderson was born September 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and raised in California.  Her parents were songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, and Liz wrote the Merle Haggard hits "(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers" and "I'm a Lonesome Fugitive."

In 1966, Lynn Anderson released her debut single, a duet with Jerry Lane called "For Better or for Worse."  It failed to chart, but she went on to score her first top-5 hit, "If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)" in 1967.  Anderson went on to appear on ABC's The Lawrence Welk Show as a regular in 1967 and 1968.

With the release of her first #1 country hit, "Rose Garden," Anderson became a crossover star as the song hit #3 on the pop chart.  She also won a Grammy Award for the song in addition to being named the Female Vocalist of the Year at the 1971 CMA Awards.  Lynn also took the Female Vocalist of the Year honors at the ACM Awards in 1967 and 1970.

Anderson went on to chart nearly 60 more country hits and had her own CBS television special in 1977. Her career began to fade by the early '80s, and Anderson scored her final top 10 hit in 1983 with the Gary Morris duet, "You're Welcome to Tonight." She released albums sporadically in recent years with her most recent project, Bridges, coming out just last month.

Anderson also faced multiple arrests for DUI in recent years, including a September 2014 arrest in Nashville.  She is survived by her father, three children and four grandchildren.

Several stars have shared their thoughts on Lynn Anderson's contribution to country music:

Reba: "I am a huge fan of Lynn’s.  She was always so nice to me. She did so much for the females in country music.  Always continuing to pave the road for those to follow. I loved her music and her love for horses. 'Rose Garden' was a song I sang in high school in our Kiowa Cowboys High School band. She will be missed."

Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys: "It was a pleasure to record with Lynn.  I remember the first time we saw her at the Utah State Fair.  We were playing the small stage and we finished early enough to see her on the main stage.  She owned Utah that night.  She didn't stop until she won everybody's hearts including mine. She sang her way to heaven."

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Blue Chair/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney plays a show in Kansas City, Missouri Saturday night, but he got to town a day early to hang out with the Kansas City Chiefs. The country star was on hand at the team's training camp Friday morning. Kenny even posed with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid in a picture on the team's Instagram account.

Sleeves are optional at camp. Thanks for stopping by @kennychesney! #ChiefsCamp #ChiefsKingdom

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Kenny plays Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium Saturday night with co-headliner Jason Aldean.

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CMABrad Paisley has signed on as a mentor on NBC's The Voice this fall. According to Us Weekly, Brad will mentor Blake Shelton's team on the show's upcoming ninth season.

Other mentors this season include Selena Gomez for Gwen Stefani's team, John Fogerty for Adam Levine's team and Missy Elliott for Pharrell Williams' team.

The Voice returns September 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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EB Media PREric Church opened Nashville's brand-new Ascend Amphitheater Thursday night with a sold-out acoustic show. According to The Tennessean, Eric kicked off the show by playing "Smoke a Little Smoke" and "Talladega" alone on his guitar. An onstage bar gave band members a place to hang out until Eric called them up to join him throughout the night.

Since the show was acoustic, the audience often was louder than Eric's singing, and that came in handy when Eric messed up the words to some of his more obscure songs.

Eric closed out the night with a brand-new song, "Three Year Olds," inspired by his oldest son, Boone. Before playing the song, Eric told a story about Boone throwing a fishing rod and a tackle box into the water during a fishing trip. He told the crowd, "I am 38 years old and I did not know a fishing pole would sink faster than a tackle box. I also learned a garbage can is a good place to hide truck keys.”

The lyrics to "Three Year Olds" includes the lines, "Say I love you all day long/When you’re wrong you should just say so/I learned that from a three year old.”

Eric will wrap up his two-night stand at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater with another sold-out acoustic show Friday night.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you're a married Luke Bryan fan, you now have the perfect excuse to check out the popular dating app Tinder. That's because Luke has partnered with Tinder to debut "Kill the Lights," the title cut from his upcoming album, due out Friday, August 7.

The song appears on the app along with a lyric video. Luke says, "I'm happily married and not on Tinder, but I hope my fans on Tinder enjoy the song — and if they're not on Tinder, now's the chance."

Of course, if you think that even downloading the Tinder app would cause major problems in your relationship, you'll be able to grab the track on iTunes this Tuesday.

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Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood hails from which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Checotah.

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Sony Music NashvilleIf you've ever gone through a breakup or gotten back together with an old flame, Chris Young thinks you'll probably identify with the longing portrayed in his latest single, "I'm Comin' Over."

He says, "It's all first person, so it's not he or she. It's just the side of, 'I'm coming over. I'm running every red light. I'm just gonna get to you. To hell with trying to close this off.' This is just, 'I just need to be with you.'"

Of course, some listeners will be going through that kind of situation right now, but Chris is certain the song will strike a chord with listeners who have loved and lost before.

Chris adds, "Whether it's girl, guy, in a serious relationship now, not in a serious relationship, I just think there's something about this song that everybody can kind of put themselves in. You've probably been there before."

"I'm Comin' Over" is the lead single from Chris's upcoming studio album. We'll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young has signed on a title sponsor of the 29th Annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament coming up Monday, August 17 at Old Natchez Country Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Chris has served as a caddy at the event for the last several years. Proceeds go to the United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard is clearly keeping up with his workout schedule while on the road. He posted a picture on Instagram showing his bulging bicep with his singing partner Brian Kelley pointing to the "gun show." The caption reads, "Flex'n cause we can."

 

Flex'n cause we can @treevibezmusic @tribekelley Thanks @justinmrusek for the pic

A photo posted by Tyler Hubbard (@thubbmusic) on Jul 30, 2015 at 10:51am PDT

 

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Donn Jones/CMACarrie Underwood was anxious to get back in front of her fans at last month's CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The performance at LP Field was one of Carrie's first public appearances since giving birth to her son, Isaiah, earlier this year. If you couldn't be there in person, Carrie's set will be featured on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

Before taking the stage for the massive crowd at the CMA Music Festival, Carrie said, "It has been a while. I've been very busy doing lots of other things. But the whole singing in front of people, I'm a little nervous, but I'm excited."

Country artists always say they have the best fans in the world, but Carrie insists that cliché holds true. That's why every artist who performs at the CMA Music Festival does so free of charge.

"I really do have the best fans," she says. "I mean, there's people that are in my fan club and everything that I have seen since day one. I know them. They know me. To have that support over the past 10 years has been really incredible."

Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley are among the stars also performing on CMA Music Festival:  Country's Night to Rock. Little Big Town hosts the special for the third year in a row.

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David McClister/Sweet Talk PRKristian Bush is teaming up with actress/singer Rita Wilson, the wife of Tom Hanks, for an Academy of Country Music benefit concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California. The show will take place Thursday, August 27 with proceeds are going to ACM Lifting Lives, the ACM's charity organization founded to help improve lives through music.

Tickets are now on sale at Troubadour.com.

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CMAKeith Urban has released a new documentary short revealing how he created his new single, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." In the feature, Keith can be seen working out the foundation of the track on acoustic guitar, bass and a drum track. The clip even shows Keith recording his vocals while playing bass on the song. It's a must-see if you're ever wondered how Keith keeps cranking out hit after hit.

Keith says, "We couldn’t recall a song-specific documentary short that really gave a feeling for how a song comes together. We’re usually filming anyway and the evolution of 'John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16' really did happen in the studio, so we thought why not share some of the fun (and creative angst) that we usually have in the studio with our fans!”

"John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16" is the lead single from Keith's upcoming studio album. We'll let you know when he announces the title and release date for that project.

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is playing a show at Irving Plaza in New York City to celebrate his new album, Kill the Lights, on the project's release date, August 7.

Luke says, "I am so excited to be getting this new music out to my fans and cannot wait to be on stage and enjoy the album release night with them!"

Tickets are on sale to Citi card holders only Wednesday, August 5. If you can't make it to the show, you can stream the concert live that night at 9 ET on the Live National Channel at Yahoo. The concert will  also be available on the Yahoo Screen app on mobile devices or connected devices like XBox, Apple TV and Roku.

Kill the Lights features Luke's latest hit, "Kick the Dust Up."

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Brett Eldredge do to celebrate his first #1 single, "Don't Ya?" ANSWER: Went skydiving.

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