Lee Ann Womack Returns with New Album Due Out this September

CMALee Ann Womack will release her new studio album this September, with the first single slated for a summer release.

The multiple CMA Award-winner enlisted her husband, Frank Liddell, to produce the project. He’s the man behind Miranda Lambert and David Nail‘s latest projects.

Lee Ann’s new album is rooted in her and Frank’s mutual passion for country music.  She says, “When we started this record, Frank and I promised each other we would only cut songs that we absolutely loved for no reason other than we loved them very much. No other factors, and I think that freedom really inspired us.”

Lee Ann’s last album, 2008′s Call Me Crazy, features the hit “Last Call.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Eric Church‘s North Carolina hometown? ANSWER: Granite Falls.

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Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow Honoring Linda Ronstadt at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

CMACarrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow are among the artists paying tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt at the Hall’s annual induction ceremony Thursday night.  Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and Bonnie Raitt will also perform in honor of Ronstadt at the event, taking place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Linda won’t be on hand for the ceremony because her Parkinson’s disease diagnosis makes it difficult for her to travel.  The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions will air on HBO on Saturday, May 31.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBelieve it or not, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood had never met until Sunday night’s ACM Awards.

Lady Antebellum took fans behind-the-scenes of their Stevie Nicks and Darius Rucker collaborations on the ACM Awards in their latest webisode.

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Dan + Shay Makes Chart History with Debut Album, “Where It All Began”

Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan + Shay have made country-music history just 14 months after their first meeting.  Their debut album, Where It All Began, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.  This feat makes them the first duo to debut at #1 on that tally since SoundScan began tracking sales digitally in 1991.  The project is also the highest-charting debut project released in 2014.

These impressive sales numbers mean fans are hearing their songs, and that’s music to Dan + Shay’s ears.

Shay Mooney tells ABC News Radio, “Everything kind of came together really quickly, and all these songs are kind of our babies, and we’re very proud of this.”

Duo partner Dan Smyers adds, “We’re proud to get the whole body of work out there and let people hear it from front to back.”

As for the plus sign in their name, Dan + Shay think most people have figured out that it’s pronounced “Dan and Shay” and not “Dan Plus Shay” by now.

Shay explains, “Yeah, in the beginning, it was definitely, people were just [like], ‘Is it ‘Dan Plus Shay?’ ’19 You-Plus-Me?’  So, people who really didn’t do the research, they would kind of mess it up sometimes.”

Dan + Shay continue introducing themselves to fans on the road opening for Hunter Hayes this spring. They play tonight in Southaven, Mississippi.

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Trisha Yearwood Selling Nashville-Area Home for $2.2 Million

Sunshine SachsTrisha Yearwood‘s home in Brentwood, Tennessee — just south of Nashville — is on the market for $2.2 million.  As Trisha prepares to spend more time in Nashville with her husband, Garth Brooks, they’ll be living on his land north of town.

She tells The Tennessean, “It doesn’t make sense to have all of it.”

Trisha goes to on to say she hasn’t lived in the home consistently for a while, but she calls it a “safe haven” in Nashville.

“It’s a great house, and everybody that I know is like, ‘Oh, I love that house,’” Trisha says.  “And I’m like, ‘I know, but someone should be living in it all the time and enjoying it.’  So, it’s time to do it.”

The more than 6,500-square-foot home includes five bedrooms and six baths.

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Toby Keith Surprised With Spirit of the USO Award in Las Vegas

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith was surprised with the Spirit of the USO Award on Monday night in Las Vegas.  The presentation happened at the end of the taping for the upcoming TV special ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops.

According to The Tennessean, Toby just finished performing the final song of the night, “American Soldier,” when military personnel took the stage and made the announcement.  The honor recognizes Toby for playing more than 200 shows for more than 250,000 men and women in uniform and their families in the past decade.

Toby admits the award caught him off-guard.  He says, “I saw a need and a void the great Bob Hope left behind, and no one was filling it, but as hard as Big Dog Daddy tried, I couldn’t bring Marilyn Monroe.”

Toby will be featured in ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, airing May 20 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Luke Bryan Dominates “Billboard” Music Awards Nominations

AMA/Dick Clark ProductionsLuke Bryan got quite a bit of love this morning when the Billboard Music Awards nominees were announced. He’s up for Top Male Artist against the likes of Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Bruno Mars. Luke’s album, Crash My Party, is also nominated for Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Country Album, and Luke is nominated for Top Billboard 200 Artist.

Florida Georgia Line racked up several nods, including a mention in the overall Top Duo/Group category and the Top Country Artist category.

The Billboard Music Awards will take place in Las Vegas Sunday, May 18, and will air live on ABC.

Here are the country-related categories:

Top Male Artist
Luke Bryan
Bruno Mars
Justin Timberlake

Top Duo/Group
Florida Georgia Line
Imagine Dragons
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
One Direction

Top Billboard 200 Artist
Luke Bryan
One Direction
Justin Timberlake

Top Social Artist
Justin Bieber
Miley Cyrus
One Direction
Taylor Swift

Top Country Artist
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Darius Rucker
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Milestone Award Presented by Chevrolet
Imagine Dragons
John Legend
Luke Bryan
Ellie Goulding
Carrie Underwood

Top Billboard 200 Album
Beyoncé, Beyoncé
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Drake, Nothing Was the Same
Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2
Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

Top Country Album
Garth Brooks, Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences
Luke Bryan, Crash My Party
Florida Georgia Line, Here’s to the Good Times
The Robertsons, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story

Top Christian Album
Alan Jackson, Precious Memories: Volume II
Skillet, Rise
Third Day, Miracle
Chris Tomlin, Burning Lights
Various Artists, WOW Hits 2014

Top Country Song
Luke Bryan, “Crash My Party”
Luke Bryan, “That’s My Kind Of Night”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, “Cruise”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”
Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends, “Boys ‘Round Here”

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Eric Church Launching The Outsiders World Tour This September with Dwight Yoakam

CMAEric Church will launch The Outsiders World Tour September 11 in Bossier City, LA, with special guest Dwight Yoakam appearing on all dates. Newcomers Brothers Osborne and Brandy Clark will rotate in the other opening spot, along with rock act Halestorm.

This trek features a much more high-tech design than Eric’s previous tours allowing fans to experience the show in a full 360-degree view.

Tickets go on sale in select markets April 18. Go to EricChurch.com for details on VIP packages.

Here are Eric’s tour dates:

9/11 — Bossier City, LA, CenturyLink Center
9/13 — St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
9/16 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/17 — Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
9/18 — Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
9/25 — Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
9/26 — Charleston, WV, Charleston Civic Center
9/27 — Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/9 — Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/10 — Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
10/11 — Pittsburgh, PA, Consol Energy Center
10/16 — Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
10/17 — New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
10/18 — Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
10/23 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/24-10/25 — Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
10/30 — Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
10/31 — Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum
11/1 — Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
11/13 — London, ON (CAN), Budweiser Gardens
11/14 — Hamilton, ON (CAN), FirstOntario Centre
11/15 — Ottawa, ON (CAN), Canadian Tire Centre
11/20 — Green Bay, WI, Resch Center
11/21 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
11/22 — Evansville, IN, The Ford Center
12/5 — Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
12/6 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford Premier Center
12/11 — The Arena at Gwinnett Center
12/12 — Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
12/13 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Arena

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn which two primetime reality shows did Kellie Pickler compete? ANSWER:  American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

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