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Randee St. Nicholas
Carrie Underwood 'Super Excited' To Return As CMA Awards Co-Host

Carrie Underwood is thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards with her good friend Brad Paisley for the 11th year. While taking on the responsibility is a lot of work, Carrie tells us it's well worth it. "We were super excited to get the phone call to ask Brad and me to come back for an 11th year of the CMAs of hosting. We just always have a lot of fun. It’s definitely a lot of pressure and it’s a lot of work working on the CMAs, but at the end of the day, I love the team that we work with. We have a lot of fun, and we kinda get to be the ones that represent country music and we take our jobs very seriously, but we love what we do." for Choice Country Artist, is making her way up the country charts with her song, "Cry Pretty." It’s the title track of her upcoming album, due out on September 14th.

Carrie also just announced her Cry Pretty Tour 360, which will kick off on May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Courtesy of Warner Music Nashville
Dan + Shay Celebrate Platinum Success On 'Tequila Tuesday'

Dan + Shay are celebrating the platinum success of their latest chart-topping hit, "Tequila." The song was just certified by the RIAA for more than one million track equivalents sold to date. "Tequila" is currently the Number Four most-streamed country song of 2018, and along with their three additional gold and platinum chart-topping hits and the collection of fan favorite tracks spanning three albums, the duo has officially notched upwards of 1 billion career on-demand streams.

Dan + Shay are taking to the streets of Nashville tonight (Tuesday, August 14th) for a blowout celebration, and the whole city is invited. The "Tequila Tuesday" event will feature Music City’s finest food trucks, festive beverages and assorted street games and activities. The duo also will treat the crowd to a special full band performance, rain or shine.

The duo's new single, "Speechless," marked the highest debut-week stream total of any new country release this year.

Delaney Royer
Florida Georgia Line Keep On 'Creating'

Florida Georgia Line members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard put music first in their lives, professionally speaking, but they still find the need for other creative outlets in their lives. Brian explains: "Anything like The Boathouse, the whiskey, the FGL House, that all comes down to creating. We love creating songs, spaces for people to come enjoy architecture, enjoy the views, enjoy cool food. Food that has intention, whether it’s grass-fed burgers or just different takes on art all throughout. So we’re big on just making everything our own and creating places that people can party and create memories."

While this has technically been an "off year" for Tyler and Brian, they’ve hardly been just sitting around. Brian and his wife recently opened the Tribe Kelly Surf Post in Grayton Beach, FL. The FGL Boathouse is under construction, also down in Florida. FGL has been working on new music for their next album, and they’ve already released three of those songs – "Simple," "Colorado" and "Talk You Out of It." Plus, they’ve been playing various festivals, writing songs for other people and preparing for the FGL Fest music festival, happening September 8th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tickets and more details are available at IMS.com.

Jim Wright
LANCO Announces Fall Headlining Tour

LANCO will head out on their first headlining run with the Hallelujah Nights tour, kicking off in Columbia, MO at The Blue Note on October 24th with special guest Travis Denning. The tour stops in 14 cities and closes out the run where it all began for the band in Nashville, TN. The first tickets will be available to select cities beginning today (Tuesday, August 14th) through the "FANCO" fan club. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday (August 17th) beginning at 10 a.m. local time on https://fanco.lancomusic.com/.

LANCO lead singer Brandon Lancaster said, "This is a brand new show we’ve put together for our fans and it will be first time we get to play Hallelujah Nights in its entirety. This year has been full of so many incredible firsts for us, and we’ve learned so much out on the road about ourselves and about what our people want and expect from us. We can't wait to play these songs and share their stories from front to back that represent the core of LANCO."

LANCO has been on the road this summer with Dierks Bentley’s Mountain High tour, which runs through the fall, wrapping up on October 13th in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of Sony Nashville
Luke Combs Releases Personal Video For 'She Got The Best Of Me'

Luke Combs has released his most personal video to date for his Top 30 and climbing single, "She Got The Best Of Me." Luke takes centerstage in the video based on the true story of the journey on which his songs have carried him -- telling the story of his career from the birthplace of his music in Boone, N.C. to miles on miles of touring and moving to Nashville to achieve his platinum debut album, This One’s For You.

Luke and the team behind his videos, TA Films, created a scavenger hunt for fans throughout the video of milestone moments from the singer's story. Woven into the video narrative are nods towards Luke's lyrics, cameos of band members and songwriting friends, throw backs to Boone, N.C., and This One’s For You Too highlights.

Luke tells us: "The music video for ‘She Got the Best of Me’ is a super cool video. It kind of- I guess, in a way tells the story of, at least visually, of how I got here. And, yeah, there was a lot of Easter eggs in the video I guess from other songs and different things like that. And it was really cool to kind of watch some of that old footage from when I was in college and you know it definitely makes you appreciate where you are now and gives you a little bit of nolstagia I guess for where you came from, too."

Luke recently culminated a week of firsts where he debuted at Madison Square Garden to a sold-out crowd on the High Noon Neon tour with Jason Aldean and joined Lollapalooza as the only country artist on the bill for a packed-out performance to a sea of fans.

Joseph Llanes
Martina McBride Readies New Holiday Album, Tour

Martina McBride is looking ahead to the holidays with her upcoming album, It’s The Holiday Season. The nine-song set will be released on October 19th. She also plans to continue her The Joy of Christmas tour tradition, this time bringing to life the harmonic, orchestral sounds on the album by using local symphonies on each stop.

For this album, Martina collaborated with the late Patrick "Pat" Williams to arrange a set of classic Christmas songs with accompaniment from more than 40 world-class musicians at the famed Capitol Studio in Los Angeles and Blackbird Studio in Nashville. This release follows her 1998 multiplatinum White Christmas.

For tickets and more information on The Joy of Christmas Tour 2018 visit: http://smarturl.it/ItsTheHolidaySeason.

Martina will also release a second all-season cookbook, called Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist For Real Life, which will arrive on store shelves on October 30th.

Chris Hollo
Bits And Pieces: Brett Young & Dolly Parton

Brett Young claims to top spot for a second week on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with "Mercy," and he's now also become the only current debut Country artist to score four chart-toppers on the Mediabase Country Chart. Brett co-wrote the song, which recently reached the platinum-sales benchmark, bolstering his catalog to over one billion in total streams. Brett said, "Thank you to the best fans in the world and Country radio for supporting this song. From the beginning, your response to ‘Mercy’ has been overwhelming in the best way possible."

Dolly Parton was presented with the first ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award by Leadership Tennessee on Saturday (August 11th) for her selfless work to improve lives across Tennessee. Dolly said, "My dream was to make as many people happy as I could in this life, and I am grateful to Leadership Tennessee and First Lady Crissy Haslam for recognizing our work done to improve the lives of all Tennesseans. Even more humbling is for decades to come the future leaders of Tennessee will receive an award with the Parton family name attached to it, and for that I am truly honored and thankful."

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