Star-Studded Lineup Revealed for CMA Music Festival Special

CMAJason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban are just a few of the stars appearing on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special. The three-hour show airs Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. with Little Big Town returning for a third turn as hosts.

Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Randy Houser, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Maddie & Tae, Kip Moore and Carrie Underwood round out the performers lineup. CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock was filmed last month during the four-day event in Nashville.

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Kacey Musgraves Playing a Benefit Show in Her Texas Hometown September 26

Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves is headed back home to Mineola, Texas to perform a benefit show this fall. The concert will take place September 26 at the Mineola Nature Preserve with proceeds going to music programs at Wood County, Texas schools.

“I’m so excited to be coming back to my hometown to play and help in keeping music and art programs alive in schools!” Kacey says. “I was lucky to have a solid support system as a kid and I can only hope that a fun event like this will be a small step for someone else.”

Tickets for Kacey’s show in Mineola go on sale this Friday at KaceyMusgraves.com and at the Mineola Town Hall.

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Kenny Chesney Breaks His Own Attendance Record with Saturday Stadium Show in Philadelphia

Jill TrunnellKenny Chesney broke his own attendance record at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Saturday with 55,134 fans in the crowd. It was Kenny’s eighth concert at the venue, and it seems his fans in Philly just can’t get enough of him.

“Someone said we could’ve sold 15,000 more tickets easy, which seems crazy,” Kenny says. “Only I heard that crowd. When they cheered, when they sang along, we could hear them onstage over all the instruments — and that’s saying something!”

Kenny’s special guest Eric Church joined him during his headlining set to perform acoustic versions of Kenny’s hits “When I See This Bar” and “Livin’ in Fast Forward.”

Go to KennyChesney.com to see where he’s playing next on The Big Revival tour.

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Brad Paisley Introduces His Signature Model Guitar

Ben EnosBrad Paisley has teamed up with the Santa Cruz Guitar Company to create the Brad Paisley Signature Model Guitar. Brad worked closely with the company’s CEO, Richard Hoover, to develop a guitar he would be proud for his peers to play.

“I’ve never picked up a Santa Cruz that wasn’t magical,” Brad says. “I know if someone gets one of these they are getting exactly what I want them to have.”

Brad goes on to say that the signature guitar is the kind you have to build up to, and the price tag says that, too: the instrument will sell at retail for $5,450.

Go to SantaCruzGuitar.com to check it out.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOne member of A Thousand Horses has the same name as the front man of another country band. What is the name? ANSWER: Zach Brown is in A Thousand Horses. Zac Brown is the lead singer of Zac Brown Band.

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Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival Tour Crosses the $50 Million Mark

Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney is raking in the money again this summer on The Big Revival Tour. According to Billboard, Kenny’s trek has grossed $53 million since he kicked it off in the spring.

Of course, Kenny and his crew have been on the road for many years now, so he can tell when the tour is firing on all cylinders.

He says, “The Big Revival Tour has been everything that my road family and I hoped it would be. And now we’re kind of in the groove out there of playing every weekend, and the cities are startin’ to add up that we’ve already played. So, it’s been an amazing summer so far.”

Kenny will close out The Big Revival tour with two shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts August 28 and 29.

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Keith Urban Becomes First Country Artist to Play Canada’s Festival d’été de Québec

Capitol RecordsKeith Urban claimed a little piece of history on Friday by becoming the first country act to perform at Canada’s 40-year-old Festival d’été de Québec.

“It was a huge honor to have been invited to Quebec to play the historic Le Festival d’été de Québec,” says Urban.

The “Raise ‘Em Up” singer, who played before an estimated crowd of  70,000, noted, “It was a phenomenal experience — the power, energy and love from the crowd was beyond anything I could’ve imagined happening.  I so hope that we get to do it again.”

“We honestly had no idea of what to expect when Mr. Urban arrived here in Quebec,” notes the festival’s programming director, Louis Bellavance.  He added, “We were hoping that our fans would be ready for country, but it was somehow a blind date for lots of them. But his unbelievable performance, professionalism and graciousness, were not only beyond all expectation, they showed us why Country music is so popular.”

“It was a first for the Festival d’été de Québec, but thanks to Keith Urban, we’ll have country music again for the years to come on our main stage!” he declared.

The festival, which runs through next Sunday, also features The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, the Doobie Brothers and Iggy Azalea.

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Carrie Underwood Rescues Four-Month-Old Son from Locked Car

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood had a harrowing experience over the weekend when she had to break into her own car after her dogs accidentally locked themselves inside, along with her four-month-old son, Isaiah.

“When your dogs manage to lock themselves, all your stuff & the baby in the car & you have to break a window to get in. #WhatAreTheChances,” the 32-year-old country superstar tweeted Saturday.

Carrie later clarified, “My bro-in-law was actually the window breaker in the ‘dogs-locked-the-car-door’ incident today! But all is good now!”

“Minus the broken window, of course!” the “Little Toy Guns” singer quickly added.

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Luke Bryan Plays First Stadium Show in Nashville at Vanderbilt Stadium

CMALuke Bryan played his first stadium show in Nashville Saturday night with 35,000 fans in the audience. Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett and Randy Houser were also on the bill at Vanderbilt Stadium, and they all joined Luke throughout his headlining set. Luke led Dustin, Thomas and Randy in a sing-along of the Maroon 5 pop hit “Sugar,” and FGL joined Luke for a spot-on cover of Alabama‘s “Mountain Music.” A joint performance of Journey‘s “Faithfully” followed, though FGL’s Tyler Hubbard admitted he really didn’t know the words to that one.

Luke’s 90-minute set was filled with hit after hit, including his latest single, “Kick the Dust Up,” and the show-closing “Country Girl (Shake It for Me).” A full-on fireworks display erupted over the stage as Luke said goodbye to the capacity crowd.

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