Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Expecting a Second Child

Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, “Sinners Like Me,” during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing “Give my dad a grandson,” he sang “Give my dad another grandson.” The baby’s gender hasn’t been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine’s son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.

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Kenny Chesney’s Flora-Bama Concert Special Coming to CMT November 14

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney‘s recent show at the Flora-Bama on the Gulf Coast is coming to CMT as a brand-new concert special.

Kenny Chesney Live from the Flora-Bama premieres Friday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET featuring highlights from Kenny’s only concert of 2014. The show took place on the beach where Florida and Alabama meet and will feature songs from his brand-new album, The Big Revival, as well as a sampling of Kenny’s greatest hits.

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Blake Shelton’s New Album, “Bringing Back the Sunshine,” Is Now Streaming Online

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is due out Tuesday, but you can hear the entire project streaming now at Bringing Back the Sunshine is Blake’s ninth studio album and features his latest hit, “Neon Light.” Ashley Monroe joins Blake on the song “Lonely Tonight,” and RaeLynn is featured on the track “Buzzin’.”

Blake says Bringing Back the Sunshine is a return of sorts to the beginning of his country music career.

He explains, “Country music is defined by each individual, and this is my definition of stepping back a little bit. I wanted to make a record that represents the beginning of my career, but also blending with where I’ve ended up.”

Look for Blake to promote the new album with an appearance on NBC’s Today this Wednesday and one on Live with Kelly and Michael on Thursday.

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Justin Moore Kicking Off Second Leg of Off the Beaten Path Tour October 23

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is firing his Off the Beaten Path tour back up starting October 23 in Columbia, Missouri. Thomas Rhett and Colt Ford are joining him for select dates of the 11-city trek. Justin’s tour will wrap up  November 23 in Missoula, Montana.

Justin and Thomas have spent most of the last two months on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum tour.

Here are Justin’s new tour dates:

10/23 — Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena
10/24 — Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Center
10/25 — Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center
10/26 — Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
11/14 — Ft. Wayne, IN, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
11/15 — Dayton, OH, Wright State University’s Nutter Center
11/16 — Bristol, TN, Viking  Hall
11/20 — Clovis, NM, Curry County Events Center
11/21 — Loveland, CO, Budweiser Events Center
11/22 — Billings, MT, Rimrock Auto Arena
11/23 — Missoula, MT, Adam Center

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Carrie Underwood Releasing “Greatest Hits: Decade #1″ December 9; New Single Coming Monday

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring a brand-new single, “Something in the Water.” The song will be released to country radio and all digital outlets on Monday. The new album release celebrates the 10 years that have passed since Carrie auditioned for American Idol. She of course won the Idol crown in 2005.

Carrie says, “I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for American Idol.  Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive my amazing journey.  Even better I get to include new music for the fans!”

As for “Something in the Water,” Carrie calls the new song “inspirational.” 

“It’s joyous!” she says. “I can’t help but smile when I hear it. I hope it has the same effect on everyone who listens to it.”

The final track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Jason Aldean‘s debut single, which was co-written by Big & Rich‘s John Rich? ANSWER: “Hicktown.”

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Dierks Bentley Gearing Up for Biggest Miles & Music for Kids Event Yet This Sunday

Image Courtesy Nino MunozDierks Bentley’s annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert is set for Sunday in Nashville, and Dierks says it could be their biggest event yet.

“It’s completely sold out, I think, as far as the ride goes,” Dierks explains. “There’s no tickets left at all. No VIP tickets left.”

While he’s grateful to Kip Moore, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Randy Houser for agreeing to perform at Sunday’s concert at Riverfront Park, Dierks wants to shine a light on the policemen and policewomen who give up their Sunday to volunteer every year to make the event possible. The bike ride starts at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia, 40 miles south of downtown Nashville. The owner of that dealership, Ricky Kelley, has been getting a ton of texts and emails from police officers looking forward to working the event.

Dierks says, “It’s a Sunday. These guys have been looking forward to being out there, and girls being out there, and giving up their time and blocking off roads and riding their motorcycles with us.”

Proceeds from Miles & Music for Kids go to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. The event has raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since Dierks started it nearly a decade ago.

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Jason Aldean Says Fianceé Brittany Kerr Made Him Comfortable Sharing His Life on Instagram

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is letting his fans into his personal life like never before via Instagram, and it’s all thanks to his new fianceé, Brittany Kerr. Before they started dating, Jason would never have dreamed of posting photos of himself having a beer with Kenny Chesney or fishing with one of his daughters on the Internet.

Jason tells ABC News Radio, ” Used to, I would have been like, ‘Man, I’m not putting that on Instagram. Are you crazy?” Now, I’m like. “I don’t care, man. Just whatever.” Make fun of myself. Like, whatever.”

In some ways, Jason and Brittany were forced into the public eye when photographs of them together surfaced on TMZ while Jason was still married to his former wife. At that point, Jason wasn’t comfortable sharing his personal life with the public at all.

“I’ve always been very private,” Jason admits. “You know, I want people to see what I want them to see, and all of the sudden, going through what we’ve gone through, it’s like, we didn’t have a choice. People got let into things that were crazy.”

Since Jason and Brittany went public as a couple on the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards in June, he’s really been able to relax and just have fun in life.

Jason says, “I think [Brittany's] great for me in that sense is that she makes sure I don’t take myself too serious a lot of times, which I think is good.”

Look for Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, to hit stores October 7 featuring his sexy single, “Burnin’ It Down.”

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Case Against Man Accused of Rape at Keith Urban Concert Dropped

Capitol NashvilleAn 18-year-old man who had been accused of raping a 17-year-old girl at a Keith Urban concert in the Boston area in July is no longer facing charges.

Massachusetts’ The Sun Chronicle reports Assistant District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack told a judge the case against Sean Murphy was dropped following “extensive” conversations with the accuser, noting that the girl agreed with the decision.

A lawyer for Murphy described the encounter as a “consensual act.”

The concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts, made news when 46 people had to be treated for alcohol-related illnesses, and several alcohol-related arrests were made.

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Maddie & Tae Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloMaddie & Tae made their Grand Ole Opry debut Tuesday night performing their hit single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The night doubled as a celebration of the 25th anniversary of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids.

Maddie says, “This moment is a dream … to be on the Opry stage where so many of our musical idols like Lee Ann Womack and Vince Gill have stood is just unreal.”

Tae adds, “And don’t forget the great duos like The Judds or Brooks & Dunn. As songwriters, this truly is an awesome and gratifying experience for the Grand Ole Opry to invite us to perform.”

Maddie & Tae met Brad Paisley backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, too. Their debut EP comes out November 4.

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