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Hear the title track from Carly Pearce's new album, 'hummingbird'

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Carly Pearce has announced her long-awaited fourth studio album, hummingbird.

Arriving June 14, the 14-track project is co-produced by Carly, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the team behind her acclaimed 29: Written In Stone, and features the newly released reflective title track.

"When I wrote this song, I knew I wanted this to be the title of the album," shares Carly. "This song plays on my bluegrass roots but also lyrically tells the story of the journey I am on of finding love. This is the most unapologetically 'Carly' song I’ve ever written."

Of her forthcoming album, she adds, "I have lived a lot of life in the last few years. Entering a new decade has brought a lot of maturity, growth, heartache, and healing. I am still a work in progress, but these songs represent my honesty, playfulness, and openness to keep growing."

In addition to its title track, hummingbird will also include "Country Music Made Me Do It," "Heels Over Head" and the Chris Stapleton-assisted "We Don't Fight Anymore," which is in the top 20 of the country charts.

Hummingbird is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the full track list for hummingbird:

"Country Music Made Me Do It"
"Truck on Fire"
"Still Blue"
"Heels Over Head"
"We Don’t Fight Anymore" featuring Chris Stapleton
"Rock Paper Scissors"
"Oklahoma"
"My Place"
"Things I Don't Chase"
"Woman to Woman"
"Fault Line"
"Pretty Please"
"Trust Issues"
"Hummingbird"

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Scotty McCreery releases fan-demanded "Slow Dance"

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What do you do when your unreleased song blows up on social media? Release it sooner than later, of course — which is what Scotty McCreery's done with his latest track, "Slow Dance."

While Scotty's not one to spend time creating social content, he did heed his team's advice to create some, like his most popular TikTok video, which boasts over 2 million views.

"A few months back, I was waiting on some hibachi takeout and listening to the new tracks in my truck. I filmed a quick video of me singing along with 'Slow Dance' and posted it on my socials, picked up my takeout food, and went home to eat dinner with Gabi. I looked at my phone that evening and the song had blown up; it’s now my most watched TikTok video to date," shares Scotty.

"Over the last few weeks, anytime I post a photo on social media, the response I get back is ‘that’s great…so when are you putting 'Slow Dance' out?' I’m excited to finally put it out!!" he adds.

"Slow Dance" is the latest preview of Scotty's forthcoming album, Rise & Fall.

Of the project, he shares, "I feel like we’re on the rise now, but I’ve fallen pretty low as well. I learned from every little part of that, and it helped me to know who I was as a person – let alone an artist. The rises and the falls helped craft these songs. They made this album what it is."

Rise & Fall is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the Rise & Fall track list:

"Little More Gone"
"Cab in a Solo"
"Lonely"
"Can't Pass the Bar"
"Hey Rose"
"Fall of Summer"
"Love Like This"
"Slow Dance"
"No Country for Old Men"
"And Countin'"
"Stuck Behind a Tractor"
"Red Letter Blueprint"
"Porch"
 

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Keith Urban drops new track, "Messed Up As Me"

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Keith Urban has released a new song, "Messed Up As Me."

Written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Michael Lotten, Rodney Clawson and Shane McAnally, the midtempo tune underscores the realities of a breakup and the slippery slope to make regretful decisions.

"Are you as messed up as me and all alone?/ And all of your friends have all gone home/ And you hate that the truth is nobody leaves your head and your heart/ And your bed and your sheets as messed up as," Keith sings in the chorus.

"Let’s put it this way," Keith says at his label UMG Nashville's luncheon at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. "Most of us have been in dysfunctional relationships before, where there’s not a lot of compatibility, except for that one area where it’s so good you put up with all the rest. A phone call or a night out and you’re right back where you shouldn’t be."

"Messed Up As Me" follows February's release of "Straight Line"; both tracks preview Keith's forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album.

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George Birge's wife said 'thank you' the first time he confessed his love

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George Birge counts himself lucky to call Kara his wife. 

Chatting with ABC Audio recently, George walked down memory lane and revisited how he and Kara met.

"We met in college and it was no secret that she was out of my league," George says. "I was on the golf team and she was a cheerleader. I was very lucky to even get a date with her, and I very instantly knew that she was the girl of my dreams. And I think she was maybe not as certain."

The Texas native, however, wasn't planning on letting Kara slip by or even throwing in the towel before trying.

"I think we were probably less than a month in before I told her I loved her for the first time, and I think I was a couple beers deep and it just kind of came out. She said 'thank you' the first time I said 'I love you,'" George recalls. "But we got two kids and now we're married. So I was playing the long game. It worked out." 

George's latest release is "Cowboy Songs," the follow-up single to the chart-topping hit "Mind on You.


 

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Nashville notes: Jake Owen's new live project + Kenny Chesney's "Guilty Pleasure"

Jake Owen is dropping a new live project, Palm Trees & Palm Readers-Jake Owen: Live in Los Angeles (Set 1), March 8 and it's available for presave it now. While you wait, check out a preview clip of it on Jake's X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kenny Chesney's new track, "Guilty Pleasure," drops Friday. It's off his forthcoming album, BORN, arriving March 22.

"I Love This Life" hitmakers LOCASH have launched and signed to new record label Galaxy Label Group. "I haven’t been this excited since moving to Nashville years ago! With the relationships we’ve built in the industry along the way, it’s time we add a new chapter to the LOCASH book," says LOCASH's Chris Lucas.

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Kacey Musgraves plots Deeper Well World Tour + drops new track

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Kacey Musgraves has announced her headlining Deeper Well World Tour.

The trek kicks off April 28 in Dublin, Ireland, with stops in the U.K. and Europe before the stateside run begins September 4 in State College, Pennsylvania. Kacey's final shows will take place December 6 and December 7 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Alternative/indie artists Madi Diaz, Father John Misty and Lord Huron, and Bluegrass band Nickel Creek will open on select dates.

Additionally, Kacey has dropped a new track, "Too Good to Be True," the latest preview of her forthcoming album, Deeper Well. It arrives March 15 and can be preordered now.

General sale for the Deeper Well World Tour starts Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. local time. For a full list of dates, visit Kacey's website.

Coming up, Kacey will appear on Saturday Night Live March 2, before performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and NBC’s Today on March 14 and March 15, respectively.

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Watch Luke Bryan's new track, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It"

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Luke Bryan has revealed the live performance debut of his new song, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It."

The video was recorded at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during an industry event and was shared via a Facebook and Instagram Live on Luke's socials.

Luke's unreleased sentimental ode paints a picture of a blossoming romance and the persona's heartfelt declaration of his love to his sweetheart.

"Love You, Miss You, Mean It" will follow Luke's latest releases, which include "But I Got a Beer in My Hand," "Southern and Slow" and the Jon Pardi-assisted "Cowboys and Plowboy."

Tickets to Luke's upcoming Mind of a Country Boy Tour are available now at Luke's website.

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Carly Pearce is dropping new music soon

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Carly Pearce is kicking off a new album era on Friday.

The singer posted a clip of an unreleased and as-yet-untitled new track on Thursday. In the yellow-hued video, a violinist plays as Carly stands beside her and sways in a feather coat. The only clue Carly gave was "tomorrow" in the caption.

On Wednesday, the "What He Didn't Do" hitmaker posted a cryptic quote on Instagram.

"I've heard it said that when one sees a hummingbird, challenging times are over and healing can begin... to others, it is an inspiring sign of hope and good luck," read the quote.

All will be revealed on Friday, so follow Carly's socials to get the news as soon as it drops.

Carly's currently #18 on the country charts with her Chris Stapleton-assisted single, "We Don't Fight Anymore."
 

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Brothers Osborne to drop new EP: "This one is for the fans"

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Brothers Osborne have announced a new four-track EP, Break Mine.

Arriving March 22, the project is the follow-up to their 2023 self-titled album and features the previously released "We Ain't Good at Breaking Up" and "Back Home," as well as two new tracks, "Break Mine" and "Get To Movin’ Again."

"This one is for the fans. Every time we release an album, our fans are asking for more music, faster," says the duo's TJ Osborne. "We heard that, and held some special songs back from our last project so we could release them now. We also wanted to include a couple of the tracks from Brothers Osborne that we thought deserved some more of the spotlight."

"We can’t wait to play these songs on the road for you all this spring," he adds.

Coming up, Brothers Osborne will hit the road on their Might As Well Be Us Tour. The 35-date trek kicks off March 28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will wrap in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29. For tickets and a full list of dates, visit brothersosborne.com.

Break Mine EP is available for presave now.

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Garth + Trisha to roll out 'Friends in Low Places' docuseries

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are taking fans on the journey of building Garth's Nashville bar in a new docuseries, Friends in Low Places.

Premiering March 7 on Prime Video, the series will follow the country stars as they launch the four-story Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk on Music City's Lower Broadway.

"This was so much more than I bargained for! With that said, what we have built is far more than just a business," Garth shares in a statement. "This is by far, the craziest ride I have ever been on."

"We started down this road fueled by passion, dedication, and a shared vision. I’m really proud of the team that has built the Friends Bar and Honky-Tonk," adds Trisha. "We are excited to share the culmination of everyone’s efforts. It’s even bigger than we dreamed!"

Friends in Low Places is produced by Amazon MGM Studios and Casey Patterson Entertainment, with Garth, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan serving as executive producers.

Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk opens its doors March 7.

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Scotty McCreery announces title, release date + track list for sixth album

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Scotty McCreery will release his sixth studio album, Rise & Fall, on May 10.

The announcement arrived Thursday via a video on Scotty's socials, where he also revealed Rise & Fall's cover art, track list and a teaser of a new track, "Slow Dance," which drops Friday alongside the preorder and presave links.

"Can't wait for y'all to hear the new music. Hope you love it, we'll see you on the road," Scotty said in the clip.

Rise & Fall will include its lead single, "Cab in a Solo," as well as the earlier released "Can't Pass the Bar" and "Love Like This."

Here's the full track list for Rise & Fall:

"Little More Gone"
"Cab in a Solo"
"Lonely"
"Can't Pass the Bar"
"Hey Rose"
"Fall of Summer"
"Love Like This"
"Slow Dance"
"No Country for Old Men"
"And Countin'"
"Stuck Behind a Tractor"
"Red Letter Blueprint"
"Porch"


 

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Old Dominion started recording 'Memory Lane' on an island

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The recording of Old Dominion's Memory Lane didn't begin in a typical location like a recording studio or somewhere on Nashville's Music Row. Instead, it all started on the sunny island of Key West, Florida.

"That's where it started. That's where we recorded the first four songs. You know, every time you make a new album, you don't really know what you're wading into," the group's Trevor Rosen tells ABC Audio.

"That was our first toe in the water when we went down there, and that's where we recorded the [songs] 'Memory Lane,' 'Ain't Got a Worry,' 'Easier Said with Rum' and 'Hot Again' — and that got the process going," he recalls. "That's the first snapshot in my mind." 

Old Dominion is currently #24 on the country charts with their Megan Moroney-assisted single, "Can't Break Up Now." It follows Memory Lane's title track, which hit #1 in July.

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Nashville notes: Anne Wilson's 'REBEL' track list + Opry NextStage's 2024 class

Country and Christian artist Anne Wilson has unveiled the track list for her new album, REBEL. Arriving April 19, the 16-song project features Anne's current single, "Rain in the Rearview," and includes collabs with Lainey Wilson, Jordan Davis and Christian music hitmaker Chris Tomlin. To view the full track list, head to Anne's Instagram. REBEL is available for preorder now.

The Grand Ole Opry has announced nine artists as part of its Opry NextStage Class of 2024: Josh Ross, Anne Wilson, Chase Matthew, Wyatt Flores, Madeline Edwards, Ella LangleyCharles Wesley Godwin, 49 Winchester and Flatland Cavalry.

Kacey Musgraves is set to release a new song, "Too Good to Be True," on Thursday. The track and her forthcoming new album, Deeper Well, are available for preorder and presave now.

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Ashley McBryde, Wynonna + more to honor Patsy Cline

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Some of your favorite country stars are headed to Nashville's Ryman Auditorium to honor the legacy of Patsy Cline's legacy at an upcoming tribute in Nashville.

Walkin' After Midnight: The Music of Patsy Cline is set to take place April 22. Joining the multigenre lineup are Ashley McBryde, Wynonna Judd, Mickey Guyton, Tanya Tucker, Pam TillisKristin Chenoweth, Natalie Grant and more, with additional artists to be announced later.

The tribute show will feature intimate stories, reflections and memories shared by those who knew Patsy, as well as a slew of performances. Patsy's greatest hits include "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces" and "She's Got You."

You can grab tickets beginning March 1 at ryman.com.

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Darius Rucker may have been "a little too honest" in his memoir

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Honesty takes center stage in Darius Rucker's upcoming memoir, Life's Too Short.

Arriving May 28, the book will detail Darius' growing-up years, success in Hootie & the Blowfish and as a solo artist in country music, and the highs and lows experienced in between. 

"I was pretty honest in this book, maybe a little too honest," Darius says of his candid storytelling. "You know what? It was time. Somebody asked me if I wanted to write a book, and my kids are all adults now, and it just seems like it was a good time to write a book."

"I hope people enjoy it," he adds. "I hope people learn a little bit about me from it."

Life's Too Short is available for preorder now.

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