Blake, Luke, Jason, Miranda, Keith and Strait Performing on ACM Awards Next Month

ACMACM Awards co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan have signed on to perform on next month’s show. Nominees Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Keith Urban, and The Band Perry are also set to take the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  

Florida Georgia Line has already been announced to headline this year’s 4th Annual ACM Fan Jam during the show at Mandalay Bay. The 49th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS April 6 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Kip Moore Signs On with CASE Construction Equipment to Help Out the Working Man

MCA NashvilleKip Moore has teamed up with CASE Construction Equipment to give back to communities as part of CASE’s Dire States infrastructure development program. Kip will be the face of the company’s efforts to develop and improve parks and educational facilities around the country.

Kip feels CASE Construction Equipment fits right in with his music’s reflection of the American working class. He says, “[They're] not pretentious. Not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get in the trenches, to deliver what really matters to people. It’s an honor for me to work with good people like that and especially those who give back to the community.”     

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Florida Georgia Line hails from Ormond Beach, FL? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform on the Grand Ole Opry April 19 in Nashville.

A sneak peek at Hunter Hayes‘ new video, “Invisible,” will air on ABC’s Good Morning America on March 12. The entire clip will then air on CMT, MTV, MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and later that day.

Keith Urban will head out on the Raise ‘Em Up tour this summer with special guests Brett Eldredge and Jerrod Niemann. Go to for tour dates.

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“Nashville” Recap: Guilty Street

ABCJuliette Barnes signed on as the newest act on Rayna Jaymes‘ Highway 65 Records on Wednesday’s Nashville. Judging from the country divas’ history of butting heads, this new business arrangement could lead to some pretty intense fireworks in upcoming episodes.

Highway 65 is also the label home of Scarlett O’Conner, who has been working with Rayna’s ex-love interest Liam McGuinnis on her debut album. Rayna ended up firing Liam when she found out he was sleeping with Scarlett, but Rayna had Liam tell Scarlett he’d been called off to produce another band abroad.

Juliette and Avery Barkley‘ relationship continued to grow even though he felt a little uncomfortable dating such a rich woman. On the music front, Avery almost came to blows with Gunnar Scott when it seemed Avery didn’t care about their new trio with Gunnar’s girlfriend, Zoey Dalton. They ended up overcoming their differences and performing the new song, “Hennessee” at a concert. That song is now available for download at iTunes.

Will Lexington continued to fake interest in his girlfriend, Layla Grant, and she confessed she’d been a virgin before they started dating. Will stood up for Layla to record label executive Jeff Fordham, who dropped Layla from her deal due to poor sales.

Mayor Teddy Conrad found out his late wife, Peggy, had miscarried before they got married and faked a pregnancy to get him down the aisle. Teddy found comfort in the arms of lawyer, Megan, who just happens to be Deacon Claybourne‘s girlfriend. Look for this encounter to create more strife between Teddy and Deacon.

As always, the songs from this episode of Nashville are available on iTunes. Cast member Eric Close, who plays Teddy Conrad, enjoys talking with fans of the show, and they always want to know more about the music on Nashville.

Eric tells ABC News Radio, “The question I always get, “Do those guys really sing? Do they really play music?” I always tell ‘em, “Yeah, these guys are the real deal.”  All the actors on our show that do sing and play instruments, they do it for real. They’re all really good.”

While Eric is a big fan of the music on Nashville, don’t expect him to sing on the show anytime soon.

He says with a laugh, “Now, if I was to sing, I would definitely be using the autotune for sure.”

Nashville returns with a brand-new episode next Wednesday night at 9 ET on ABC.

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Dierks Bentley Honors Country’s Past While Looking Forward to the Format’s Future

Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is open to all styles of music, but he will always have a special place in his heart for traditional country music. That’s why he feels a real kinship with other country stars who still celebrate those classic sounds from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.

“I call ‘em the honky tonkers,” Dierks tells ABC News Radio. “Blake Shelton, John Rich, myself. There’s other guys out there, but guys that really eat up, just old-school country music. I have a connection with Blake, even though we’re not the closest of friends, I know how much he loves that kind of music. He just is such a fan of it. That’s a real bond.”

Dierks considers himself very lucky to have been a friend to the late George Jones and he still keeps in touch with bluegrass icons like Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs.

Says Dierks, “At the same time, I’m sending texts with Tyler [Hubbard] from Florida Georgia Line and kind of in the middle of all these different worlds of bluegrass and the rock and the country stuff.”

Dierks’ melting pot approach to making music continues to pay off for him. His latest album, Riser, just debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.

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Tim McGraw, Lady A and Jake Owen Headlining Watershed Festival in Quincy, Washington

Big Machine RecordsThe Watershed Music Festival returns to the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA August 1 through 3 with Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen in the headlining spots. Billy Currington, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Randy Houser and Cassadee Pope round out the bill.

Kip Moore was eager to return for the Watershed Festival’s second year. He says, “It’s such an iconic and beautiful place to play and adds to what is already a great vibe.  And there are tons of hardcore fans, which just amps it up to an insane level.”

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New Los Angeles Exhibit Offers a Photographic Look at Country Music Past and Present

Photo Credit: David McClisterA new exhibit, titled Country: Portraits of an American Sound, opens at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles May 31.  Classic photographs of country legends like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton highlight the exhibit, along with portraits of modern stars Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more.

Merle Haggard, LeAnn Rimes and Lee Ann Womack also take part in a half-hour documentary airing along with the exhibit, which runs through September 28. Go to for more details.

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Taylor Swift’s Song “Ronan” Generates $100,000 for Cancer Research

CMASales of Taylor Swift‘s song, “Ronan,” have generated more than $100,000 for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

Taylor was inspired to write the song after reading the Rockstar Ronan blog, written by Maya Thompson about her late son, Ronan. The boy died just days shy of his fourth birthday in May 2011 after a battle with neuroblastoma cancer.

Taylor gave a songwriting credit on “Ronan” to Maya Thompson, since her writings inspired the song. All of Taylor’s proceeds are going to combat childhood cancer. For more information on The V Foundation for Cancer Research, check out

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Randy Travis on the Road to Recovery at Home in Texas

Warner Music NashvilleRandy Travis is getting out and about more and more lately in his hometown of Tioga, TX. The singer is recovering at home from a stroke he had while in the hospital for congestive heart failure last year.

James Hilliard, the owner of Clark’s Outpost BBQ in Tioga, tells People that Randy still visits the restaurant quite a bit. James says, “He has a little problem with his vocabulary, and sometimes it’s hard to understand him, but he gets better every time he comes in.”

Randy made it out to see Neal McCoy at a charity concert in Dallas on January 30 as well, but it’s not clear if he’ll ever perform again. Randy is now confined to a wheelchair most of the time, but his father, Harold Traywick, tells People, “I’m sure he would just like to get back to work.”

For more on Randy Travis’s condition, pick up the new issue of People, on stands Friday.

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