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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson contributes a cover of the Beatles‘ “Yesterday” for The Art of McCartney, a new release coming out November 18 celebrating Paul McCartney‘s vast songwriting catalog. Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Def Leppard and Barry Gibb are among the other artists covering McCartney songs on The Art of McCartney.  

New interview content with Tim McGraw will be posted daily now through next Tuesday at to promote his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out Tuesday, September 16.

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Sam Hunt to Release Full-Length Debut Album, “Montevallo,” on October 27

MCA NashvilleCountry newcomer Sam Hunt will release his debut album, Montevallo, on October 27 featuring his hit single “Leave the Night On.” Sam co-wrote all 10 songs on the project including “Cop Car,” which was a big hit for Keith Urban earlier this year.

He says, “This is such a personal album for me. Each song holds truth and comes from my own life experiences. To get these songs out into the hands of the fans is both exciting and liberating.”

Look for Sam to make his national TV debut on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 24. He heads out on the CMT on Tour: Up in Smoke tour with headliner Kip Moore on September 25 at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City.

Here’s the Montevallo track listing:

“Take Your Time”
“Leave the Night On”
“House Party”
“Break Up in a Small Town”
“Single for the Summer”
“Ex to See”
“Make You Miss Me”
“Cop Car”
“Raised on It”

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Thomas Rhett Joins Martin Guitars Ambassador Program

Image Courtesy Martin GuitarsThomas Rhett plays three Martin guitars when he’s on tour, so it’s a natural fit for him to be named as the newest artist in the Martin Ambassador Program. The campaign recognizes artists who have an “understanding and appreciation of the guitar’s history and craftsmanship.” Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran and Colbie Caillat are among the other artists in the Martin Ambassador Program.

Thomas says, “When I started playing, I knew I’d need a quality guitar. It’s such an honor for Martin to be so supportive of my career and ask me to be one of their Ambassadors.”

Thomas recently toured the Martin factory in Nazareth, PA to meet the guitar’s craftsmen and women. He also began discussions about creating his own custom Martin guitar.

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Chris Young Makes $30,000 Donation to Nashville School of the Arts

Image Courtesy Edwards Studio PhotographyChris Young and his fan club donated $30,000 to the Nashville School of the Arts Monday to help them update and upgrade their auditorium. Chris benefited from arts education while a student in Middle Tennessee, and he wanted to give back to current and talented students in the area.

Chris made the presentation while taking part in the student-produced program, NCA Presents. The Nashville School of the Arts is the only arts magnet high school in the Metro Nashville Public School system.

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“The Best of Me” Soundtrack Due Out October 7 Featuring Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band & More

EMI Nashville/Relativity Music GroupMore details have been announced for The Best of Me soundtrack, coming out October 7. Lady Antebellum‘s new song, “I Did with You,” has already been featured in the film’s trailer, and Lady A has another song on the soundtrack as well, titled “Falling for You.”

Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band, David Nail, Thomas Rhett, Kip Moore, Thompson Square and Eric Paslay are among the other stars contributing brand-new songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.

The Best of Me is based on Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novel of the same name. It hits theaters October 17.

Here’s The Best of Me soundtrack track listing:

Lady Antebellum, “I Did with You”
Hunter Hayes, “Dream Girl”
SHEL and Garth Dunlop, “Hold On”
Colbie Caillat, “In Love Again”
Thomas Rhett, “The Way Things Go”
Thompson Square, “Borrowed Time”
Kip Moore, “Lead Me”
Kacey Musgraves, “Love Is a Liar”
Lady Antebellum, “Falling for You”
Eric Paslay, “Rain from Heaven”
David Nail, “All the Way”
Eli Young Band, “Unchanged”
Cowboy Junkies, “Sweet Jane”
Phoebe Hoffman, “Crossroads”

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Star-Studded ACM Honors Taking Place Tonight in Nashville

Image Courtesy ACMThe 8th Annual ACM Honors are easily the hottest ticket in Nashville Tuesday night. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett, Hunter Hayes, Kelly Clarkson, The Swon Brothers and Kacey Musgraves are just a few of the artists participating in this year’s show, hosted by Jake Owen.

Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, and Ronnie Milsap are among the stars receiving Special Awards at the event. Tickets for the event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium are still available at and the Ryman box office.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s husband, Mike Fisher, plays for which NHL team? ANSWER: Nashville Predators.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack‘s new, mysterious video for “The Way I’m Livin’” premieres Wednesday on CMT. It’s the lead single and title track from her new album, due out September 23.

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and The Band Perry perform on Fashion Rocks Tuesday night at 9 ET on CBS.

Frankie Ballard‘s new video, “Sunshine & Whiskey,” premiered on CMT Monday.

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Brett Eldredge Performs “Mean to Me” to Celebrate “Big Brother” Engagement

Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge performed his new single, “Mean to Me,” on CBS’s Big Brother Sunday night after the show’s Jeff Schroeder surprised fellow cast member Jordan Lloyd with a marriage proposal. As Brett sang the romantic song, highlights of the couple’s courtship from Big Brother 11 and Big Brother 13 where shown in a video montage.

Brett says, “It’s so amazing to see what your songs can mean to different people and having the opportunity to sing ‘Mean to Me’ for them and be a part of this special occasion was a real honor.”

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Dustin Lynch Brings the Party with Sophomore Album, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is warning his fans they better be ready to party when they fire up his new album, Where It’s At. The majority of the 15 songs on the project are designed to get fans up and moving when he plays them in concert. Spending the last two years playing for country fans across the country really changed the way Dustin approached writing and recording when it came to making his sophomore album.

He tells ABC News Radio, “All that energy that I’ve been feeling every day of the year playing music has really kind of rubbed off in my songwriting and making this record. So yeah, it is an uptempo, high-energy album. I think that’s gonna make our live shows really come to life, too.”

Dustin wrote about 100 songs for Where It’s At, but he’s only got writing credits on five of the 15 songs on the finished album.

“I had to kick out a lot of my songs, but I did so because I wanted to make the best album possible,” Dustin explains. “We recorded 18 songs. We had to end up kicking three to get it down to 15.”

Fans who’ve seen Dustin’s show have gotten to hear five songs from the new album, and he expects to add even more new material now that Where It’s At is on sale.

Says Dustin, “The fact that this new album has so much energy, it’s easy to add those new, rocking tunes to the live show to give it that upbeat, kinda party feel.”

Dustin is closing in on the top of the country airplay chart with the new album’s title track. His complete tour schedule is available at

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