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Ryan Smith
Florida Georgia Line Call ACM Entertainer Nod 'Mind-Blowing'

Florida Georgia Line heads into Sunday night’s (April 2nd) ACM Awards with five nominations, including Vocal Event, Single, Vocal Duo, Album and the night's biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year. While Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are pumped about all of their nominations, they tell us the Entertainer nod packs a big punch. "Man, Entertainer of the Year. That’s huge. (Brian) That’s the one. (Tyler) It feels great, I mean it’s very humbling. You look at the rest of the nominees and it’s just mind-blowing that we’re in that category with those artists and it’s motivating as well. I think it’s gonna be a big night for us, but even if we don’t take that one home it’s still motivating, regardless, for us to get back out there and work hard and try to be the Entertainer of the Year regardless of what happens that night. So it’s fun for us and it’s a challenge and you know, we’re gonna have a lot to celebrate that night, so it’s a huge honor."

This is FGL’s second nomination for ACM Entertainer of the Year.

Florida Georgia Line will perform their latest single, "God, Your Mama and Me" with the Backstreet Boys on the 52nd annual ACM Awards, which will air live from Las Vegas' T-Mobile Arena on CBS.

Jim Wright
Jason Aldean Makes Breast Cancer Survivors 'Honorary Roadies' On Tour

Jason Aldean continues on his mission to spotlight breast cancer survivors with the announcement of his plan to host "Honorary Roadies" on his upcoming They Don't Know tour. On select dates over the course of the tour, Jason will surprise survivors nominated through essays submitted online at komen.org/JasonAldean with concert tickets, VIP backstage access, and a private meet-and-greet at the concert of their choice.

The superstar said, "As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I’m will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors. We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else."

Since 2004, Jason has continued to find new ways to support breast cancer research, after launching his "Concert for the Cure," an annual benefit performance that has raised more than $3 million benefitting Susan G. Komen. He will also continue to donate a portion of each ticket sale toward his longstanding partner, while also honoring one breast cancer survivor and guest during his upcoming tour.

The They Don't Know tour launches in Toledo, OH on April 27th with special guests Chris Young, Kane Brown and Dee Jay Silver.

Courtesy of UMG Nashville
Keith Urban To Perform At Final Four Weekend

Keith Urban is going to be a good luck charm for one of the Final Four teams remaining in the tournament. The superstar will headline the free AT&T Block Party on Friday (March 31st) during the Final Four Weekend in Phoenix, Arizona.

The March Madness Music Festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday (April 2nd), which also feature free concerts from The Chainsmokers, Aerosmith and Macklemore with Ryan Lewis.

On Sunday (April 2nd), Keith will be in Las Vegas to perform live on the 52nd annual ACM Awards, taking place at the T-Mobile Arena. He is also nominated for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album (Ripcord), and Single and Song for "Blue Ain't Your Color." The ACM Awards will air live on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Courtesy of Sony Nashville
Luke Combs To Release Debut Album In June

Luke Combs is set to release his debut album, called This One’s For You, on June 2nd. The project includes his debut hit single "Hurricane" which boasts 59 million streams and this week lands at Number 13 on both Billboard Country Airplay and Country Aircheck’s Mediabase Chart. This One’s For You will be available for pre-order at digital retailers and LukeCombs.com starting on April 28th. The Asheville, NC native co-penned all 12 tracks on the project.

Luke said, "I couldn’t be more proud of this album. These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with. From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it. I sincerely hope they enjoy the album because they are the reason I do what I do."

And as far as Luke is concerned, music is the only thing he could do. He tells us he never had a backup plan. "A lot of people ask me when I moved to town, ‘What’s plan B? What’s plan B?’ I dropped out of college with 21 hours left and I’m not necessarily proud of that. I’m not advocating anyone to go out and drop out of college, but I am lucky enough that it didn’t backfire on me. I’m sure that it could have but people ask me, ‘What was your plan B?’ and I said that I don’t have a plan B. There was no plan B for me. I was gonna come to Nashville and make it happen, however it had to happen."

Luke joins Brantley Gilbert on his Devil Don’t Sleep tour through September.

Southern Reel
Zac Brown Is High Bidder On Champion Steer At RodeoHouston Auction

Prior to closing out the final night of the Houston Rodeo with a performance with his band on Sunday (March 26th), Zac Brown and his wife, Shelly, attended the RodeoHouston auction where they picked up a prize steer. On Saturday (March 25th), Zac and Shelly placed their winning bid for the Junior Market Reserve Champion steer. The animal reportedly sold for the second highest price at the auction -- a whopping $330,000!

The Zac Brown Band's new album, Welcome Home, will be released on May 12th. They kick off their Welcome Home tour that same day in their hometown of Atlanta.

Cole Swindell, Dierks Bentley Team Up For 'Flatliner' Video

Cole Swindell's brand new video for his hit "Flatliner" premiered yesterday (Monday, March 27th) online at usatoday.com. The clip features his duet partner Dierks Bentley. The performance video was shot in front of a capacity crowd on Dierks' headlining What The Hell World tour stop in Sioux Falls, SD.

Cole told The Tennessean, "After kicking off the album with ‘You Should Be Here’ and how special that song was to me for so many reasons, I knew it would be hard top that feeling. Now, I find myself in a place every night having the opportunity to get up on stage with Dierks Bentley- one of my favorite artists and an artist I have looked up to as a mentor since before I moved to Nashville. Not only do I have this opportunity opening for his ‘What The Hell World Tour’ but he brings me out during his set to perform "Flatliner"- one of my songs. It’s unbelievable. Dierks is so gracious. I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it. Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day. And here we are. This is such a fun, highly energized and, honestly, surreal moment each and every night of the tour for me that there was no question in my mind of how I wanted to capture this video."

"Flatliner" is the third single from Cole’s sophomore album, You Should Be Here.

Danny Clinch
Bits And Pieces: Tim McGraw, Faith Hill & More!

Just days after releasing their new collaboration "Speak To Girl," Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have the year’s highest country airplay debut. The song debuts on Billboard’s country airplay chart at Number 19. Tim and Faith will perform "Speak To A Girl" on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 2nd) on CBS. The song is the lead single from the couple's upcoming album, due out later this year.

Jon Pardi, Lindsay Ell, Kane Brown, Tucker Beathard and Chris Janson have been announced as part of the lineup for the Daytime Village at the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival. The free daytime event will feature live performances on Saturday, May 6 from 2:30-6 p.m. CT at Frank Erwin Center's North Box Office Plaza in Austin, TX. The iHeartCountry Festival Main Stage will feature previously announced performances by Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, and Kelsea Ballerini. The concert will livestream exclusively from AT&T for fans nationwide.

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