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Garth Brooks Says Notre Dame Show Might Be 'Best One' Of Three-Year Tour

Garth Brooks makes Notre Dame history tomorrow night (Saturday, October 20th) as he becomes the first artist to perform a concert at the university's stadium. He's got a lot planned for the already sold-out crowd of 85,000, but mostly he's just focused on bringing the music.

Garth tells us: "I'm the king of cheese. I love it. I think it's fun to entertain. I think it's fun to surprise, so I'm gonna bring as much as I can. With that said, I want to reiterate Notre Dame will really, really be focused on the music. The Music 101 that we're gonna show at Notre Dame might be the best one of all of them over the next three years, so just really focusing on the music and because it is this band's last time to play together on stage in this configuration then we'll have a real emotional night."

Of course, Garth is referring to the three-year stadium tour that he just announced earlier this week. That run kicks off in the spring of next year, but exact dates and cities have yet to be announced.

The Notre Dame show will be filmed for a CBS-TV special called Garth: Live from Notre Dame!, which will air on December 2nd at 8 p.m. ET.

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Florida Georgia Line Make A Point To Pay It Forward

Florida Georgia Line just scored their latest Number One song with "Simple," and while they are definitely focused on their future, they’re also focused on repaying the kindness and generosity they were shown early in their career to other artists who are just getting started.

Brian Kelley explains: "We’ve had a lot of great mentors that literally have helped us from when we would show up with paint all over our bodies, all over our clothes, trying to figure out what life was and how to write songs and make ends meet. And we’re more determined than ever to help people that were in our spot. It’s cool to be that because everybody needs a little help, a little mentor and you know, we’re always trying to learn something too from somebody."

Morgan Wallen got some help from the duo on his debut chart-topping single, "Up Down," which was celebrated with a Number One party in Nashville earlier this week. FGL's Tyler Hubbard was in attendance.

The duo plans to to announce details of their next album and a 2019 tour in the coming weeks.

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Luke Bryan Tells Us What Makes Him Country

There is no mistaking that Luke Bryan is a country boy. His brand new single is the title track of his latest album, "What Makes You Country," and as Luke tells us, there are certain things that make him proudly country. "What makes me proud to be country, that’s a tough question what makes me proud? I mean I guess the fact that I’ve navigated so many aspects of this career and held onto being country in a lot of ways. I wake up, I get to go take my boys out and do country things. I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still – I’ve gotten to follow all my dreams and still kind of remain true to who I am as a person. So yeah, that’s what makes me proud to be country. And I feel like my lifestyle hopefully has inspired some people to be positive and have fun and not take yourself too seriously. I think people understand me to just that and not be too serious all the time. Life is serious enough and so when I’m on stage I just try to – I just try to be as country as I can and let people see that and let people have fun with that." with shows in Rochester, New York and his XL Stadium tour at Ford Field in Detroit.

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Bits And Pieces: Maren Morris

On the heels of her performance of Aretha Franklin’s "Natural Woman" with folk rock singer Brandi Carlile on Wednesday (October 17th) night, CMT Artist of the Year Maren Morris was presented with three RIAA plaques celebrating the success of singles from her debut album Hero by Sony Music Nashville label executives. She was awarded Platinum certification for "I Could Use a Love Song" and "80s Mercedes" and 2X-Platinum certification for "My Church."

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Luke Combs Takes Fans Behind The Scenes With New Firestone Videos

Luke Combs has again partnered with Firestone for a digital content series giving a behind-the-scenes look at his creative process and his strong connection with fans. These new installments extend Luke’s partnership with Firestone, which began in 2017 with his "Story Behind the Songs" series. New episodes called "Luke Combs: In The Studio" here and "Luke Combs: Milestones" have premiered on Firestone social channels.

Luke's newly-announced Beer Never Broke My Heart tour is nearly sold out, with 26 of 28 venues already at capacity.

Luke also recently earned two nominations at the 2018 CMA Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. The winners will be announced live in Nashville on November 14th.

Pistol Annies Release 'Sugar Daddy'

The Pistol Annies have released a new song off their upcoming third studio album, Interstate Gospel. The song is called "Sugar Daddy," and it's available now on all streaming platforms and for pre-order. Pistol Annies debuted "Sugar Daddy" during CMT's Artists of the Year special on Wednesday night (October 17th).

Trio member Ashley Monroe said, "I think it’s fun to play with your sexuality, and the power that you have as a woman."

Angaleena Presley added, "Also, you get to see a little bit of our personalities in this song, and what we like in boys."

The Interstate Gospel album will be released on November 2nd.

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