Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge hails from which Illinois town? ANSWER: Paris.

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Dan + Shay Want Fans to Hit Repeat on Their Debut Album, “Where It All Began”

Warner Music NashvilleNew duo Dan + Shay release their debut album, Where It All Began, this week, a little more than a year after the duo, made up of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, first started writing songs together.  The guys wrote every song on the album

Shay tells ABC News Radio, "We honestly feel like this album for us is just the perfect intro to us as a band to the world."

Dan + Shay were greatly inspired by Rascal Flatts' 2006 album Me and My Gang, while making their debut project.

Speaking of that Flatts album, Dan says, "Front to back, I mean, every song's awesome, and that's what we want. We want people to turn it on and then by the end of the last song they're ready to repeat the whole thing."

Where It All Began features Dan + Shay's debut hit, "19 You + Me," which is now a hit at country radio. They're up for Vocal Duo of the Year at the ACM Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday and CBS's The Talk on Friday to promote the 49th Annual ACM Awards, airing Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Brett Eldredge performs his latest hit, "Beat of the Music," Tuesday night on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Frankie Ballard will perform his #1 hit, "Helluva Life," on NBC's Today Wednesday during the 10 a.m. hour in all time zones.

Zac Brown Band added a second show at Boston's Fenway Park for June 27 after their first concert date there, June 28, sold out within minutes of going on sale.

Kellie Pickler appears as a guest co-host on ABC's The Chew Tuesday.

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Carrie Underwood Says Goodbye to “How I Met Your Mother”

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood made her acting debut on How I Met Your Mother back in 2010, and she made sure to tune in for the show's series finale Monday night on CBS.

She tweeted Monday afternoon, "I feel like 5 of my friends are moving away & I'll never seen them. Been a great 9 seasons!"

Carrie will have the chance to make some new friends when the How I Met Your Mother spinoff, How I Met Your Dad, premieres later this year on CBS.

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New Artist Nominee Justin Moore Is All Smiles Going into This Sunday’s ACM Awards

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore has been going to the ACM Awards in Las Vegas for years now, but this time he's headed out there as a first-time nominee in the New Artist of the Year category. Justin's wife, Kate, is especially excited for this trip to Sin City.

Justin explains to ABC News Radio with a laugh, "I'm gonna go out there in a good mood now.  No, that's what my wife keeps saying. She goes,  'Yes! You're gonna be happy!'"

Justin relies on Kate to make sure he doesn't get in too much trouble during his down time in Las Vegas.

"My wife generally goes with me, which is a lot of fun," Justin says, "and I have a babysitter, obviously. So, she knows I don't do nothing too stupid."

This year, Justin and Kate are turning the ACM Awards trip into a vacation for their friends, too.

He says, "We're gonna take two of our couple friends with us and kinda make it a little trip, so it'll be a good time."

Justin is nominated for New Artist of the Year along with Kip Moore and Brett Eldredge. Voting is open at VoteACM.com. The 49th Annual ACM Awards air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Jerrod Niemann Launches Free the Music USA Charity to Promote Music Education

Sea Gayle/AristaJerrod Niemann has established the Free the Music USA nonprofit charity to help get used musical instruments into the hands of children in need. The organization will also make various donations to other music-based charities throughout the year.

As part of his fundraising efforts, Jerrod recently became a stock contractor with Back Seat Buckers, the bull ownership program of the Professional Bull Riders organization. Jerrod's bull, which he named "High Noon" after his just-released album, could earn $100,000 in competition this year. He's donating any money made from this endeavor to Free the Music USA.

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Josh Thompson’s New Album, “Turn It Up,” Designed to Get Concert Crowds on Their Feet

Show Dog/UniversalJosh Thompson has been performing songs from his new album, Turn It Up, as an opening act on Justin Moore's Off the Beaten Path tour all year long. In fact, the new project was made with his live show in mind.

"The live portion of what I do is so important, and it really makes sense to cut a record not only that's great lyrically, vibe-y musically, but that translates live," Josh tells ABC News Radio. "You want people to react and wanna have a good time and jump up and down and pump their fist. So, that's what this record's all about."

Turn It Up is out Tuesday featuring Josh's recent single, "Cold Beer with Your Name on It." Go to JoshThompsonOfficial.com to see where he's playing next.

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The Stars of ABC’s “Nashville” Taking Their Music on Tour

ABCABC's Nashville is going on tour starting next month. Stars Clare Bowen, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will kick off the three-date trek with an April 25 show at Joe's Bar in Chicago. The dates continue May 4 with a concert in Washington, D.C. and wrap up May 6 in New York City.

Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, will join the lineup for the New York date. A fourth installment of The Music of Nashville soundtrack series will be released on May 6, too.

All of the stars featured on the tour will perform on the new ABC concert special, Nashville: On the Record, airing April 23 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Rascal Flatts Announces Track Listing for “Rewind,” Due out May 13

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has released the track listing for their new album, Rewind, due out May 13. The project features the hit title track and 12 other songs from Nashville's top songwriters.

The deluxe version, available exclusively at Target, includes four additional tracks, starting with "Compass." Not to be confused with Lady Antebellum's hit of the same name, Flatts' song "Compass" is featured in the new movie Heaven Is for Real, in theaters April 16.

Of note, Shay Mooney of new duo Dan + Shay wrote two songs on the new Flatts album. Eric Paslay had a hand in writing "Rewind."

Here's the full track listing for Rewind:

"Payback"
"Rewind"
"I Have Never Been to Memphis"
"DJ Tonight"
"Powerful Stuff"
"Riot"
"Night of Our Lives"
"I Like the Sound of That"
"Aftermath"
"I'm on Fire"
"Life's a Song"
"Honeysuckle Lazy"
"The Mechanic"

Deluxe Tracks:
"Compass"
"Wildfire"
"She Must Like Broken Hearts"
"Bring the Family"

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Shakira and Blake Shelton to Duet, George Strait to Make Major Announcement on ACM Awards

ACMShakira will join Blake Shelton on the 49th Annual ACM Awards to perform their duet, "Medicine." The song appears on Shakira's new, self-titled album. Look for George Strait to make a major announcement about the ACM's upcoming 50th anniversary show during this year's ACM Awards, too.

Blake Shelton co-hosts the ACM Awards with Luke Bryan this Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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