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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s a new member of Carrie Underwood’s family -- no, not her new baby Jacob.  This time, it’s a horse named Bojangles.

“Every cowboy needs a horse… and a hat,” the “Love Wins” hitmaker shared on Instagram, along with photos of her husband Mike Fisher enjoying both.

“I’m still working with him on the Southern accent,” she said of her Canadian-born, ex-hockey-player spouse, adding, “Meet Bojangles… newest addition to the Fisher family!”

Mike posted a photo of himself posting with his new acquisition -- wearing a baseball cap instead of the cowboy gear -- on his own Insta.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted horses,” he explained. “Today I got my first! Bojangles is finally home!”

It sounds like at least one more equine member of the Fisher clan is on the way, too: Mike added “He’ll have a dancing partner in a couple days.”

Carrie and Mike now have more room for livestock, since moving to one-thousand acres in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.  Jacob joined the family in January; the couple also have four-year-old Isaiah.

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James Devaney/Getty ImagesChris Lane and his girlfriend have taken things to the next level.

Former Bachelor bride-to-be Lauren Bushnell has relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville and moved into a downtown condo with the “I Don’t Know About You” hitmaker.

Coincidentally, Chris has long been an avid fan of the ABC reality series. Lauren finished season twenty in 2016 by accepting Ben Higgins’ proposal, though they later broke up.

“Lauren moving to Nashville has been the best thing for our relationship,” Chris tells People. “It’s been such an easy transition and she makes each day even better.”

“There is nothing like waking up next to the person I love,” he adds, “going about my day -- working out and working on music -- and then coming back home to her! I’m a lucky guy.”

The pair first stepped out in public as a couple in November at the BMI Awards in Music City, but it turns out they’d actually been friends for years. According to Chris, their romance developed on a “random trip" to the Bahamas.

He took her home to meet his parents in Kernersville, North Carolina in December.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you watched Dan Shay’s February performance at the Grammys closely, you might’ve noticed that Shay Mooney had a minor wardrobe malfunction: He left the barn door open, as they say in the South. In other words, his fly was open.

Of course, any embarrassment Shay might’ve felt was no doubt smoothed over by the fact the duo took home a Grammy for the song they were singing, “Tequila" -- but fans have their backs when it comes to their upcoming award show appearance.

As Dan Shay prepare to take the stage at the April 7 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, one follower joked on Twitter, “Make sure your pants are zipped for this performance,” and added the laugh-until-you-cry emoji.

Shay took it in stride, though, retweeting the post and adding, “I’ve decided to go sans pants.”

In case you don't speak French, "sans" means "without."

Shay and Dan Smyers are in a pretty good spot going into the ACMs: They tie Chris Stapleton as this year’s most-nominated act, with six nods. Dan could even pick up several extra trophies as a writer and producer.

You can tune in to see who wins -- and what Shay wears -- Sunday, April 7 as the 54th ACMs air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Atlantic/Warner NashvilleAshley McBryde’s been nominated for a Grammy and two Academy of Country Music Awards -- but now, she has a shot at a Daytime Emmy.

The “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hitmaker is up for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for singing her current single, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” plus her song “American Scandal,” on CBS This Morning Saturday.

“Holy crap! What is life right now!?!” the critical favorite reacted on social media. “Thank you so much.”

Both tunes are from her Grammy-nominated major label debut, Girl Going Nowhere. If you missed Ashley’s award-worthy performances from late December, you can watch them via Facebook and YouTube.

In the past, both Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town have taken home the coveted trophies.

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out Sunday, May 5 at California's Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Next month, the Arkansas native is up for both New Female Artist and Female Artist of the Year at the ACMs in Las Vegas.

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ABC/Image Group LA If there's ever been a country equivalent of Survivor's Rocky smash, "Eye of the Tiger," it just may be LANCO's driving new single, "Rival."

Lead singer Brandon Lancaster and drummer Tripp Howell wrote the song one night after hitting on a universal theme.

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you're doing in life," Brandon explains, "everyone has a moment where they feel like their back is against the wall where maybe people aren't rooting for 'em."

Brandon and Tripp conceived "Rival" as an anthem to encourage you when you're in that situation.

"It's important to tell people that you matter and you're important and be proud of who you are, be proud of where you come from," Brandon goes on. "And go do what you want in life, and if there is anyone that wants to stand in your way, that's all right, that's just reality. Chock 'em up as a rival and use 'em as motivation."

Though LANCO's follow-up to their debut album, Hallelujah Nights, isn't finished yet, they agree "Rival" is a good preview of their sophomore record.

"I think with any song you want to think of an idea a lot of people can relate to," Brandon continues, "that you can also relate to strongly, and it kinda met those two qualifications... But it also just was a good introduction to the next chapter of what we want to do.  

LANCO's nominated for both Group of the Year and New Duo or Group of the Year at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.  They're currently on the Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour with label mate Luke Combs.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Faith Hill performed this song from the movie Pearl Harbor at the Academy Awards. Can you name it? ANSWER: "There You'll Be."

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Scotty McCreery celebrated his second consecutive number one, "This Is It," at a party Wednesday afternoon at ASCAP in Nashville.

The American Idol winner admits it's particularly sweet, because it wasn't that long ago he faced an uncertain future, after parting ways with his first record label.

"One of the things I've learned through my whole life is that things are never on a straight line," the North Carolina native reflects. "It's never always gonna be up, it's never always gonna be down. You've just gotta keep rolling.  And I can think back to plenty of times in my life where I got knocked down and had to get back up again. 2016 was that year for me, musically..."

Scotty goes on: "I could go [back] to middle school in my seventh grade year, getting cut from my baseball team," he continues, "And I was just like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

But Scotty faced his challenges in the music industry much like he dealt with his teenage disappointment.

"I worked my tail off for an entire year," he recalls, "tried out again in eighth grade, and I was the number-one pitcher and our clean-up batter that whole year..."

"So there's a lot of moments in life where you get knocked down," Scotty explains, "but you can have one of two reactions: you can just say, 'Oh, that stinks and I'll never do that again.' Or you can pick yourself up, work harder, and go at it again. And that's kinda what I did back then, and what I did these last couple years."

Scotty's third single from his Seasons Change album -- and perhaps his third #1 -- is the track "In Between."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Kacey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly, are both set to play Lollapalooza August 1-4 in Grant Park in Chicago.

Tanya Tucker is launching her own of tequila called Cosa Salvaje, which means "wild thing" in Spanish. You can find out more at CosaSalvajeTequila.com.

1959's "Long Black Veil" by Country Music Hall of Famer Lefty Frizzell is one of songs being included in the latest class of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. 

If you missed Jordan Davis doing his #1 hit, "Take It from Me," on ABC's Good Morning America, you can check out his performance online.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Nordstrom, Inc.A major figure in the fashion industry been spending some time in Music City, and who better to entertain him than Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Dolly Parton?

Christian Louboutin -- famed for his expensive, highly coveted, red-bottomed women’s shoes -- came to Nashville this week to promote his Optical Illusions Spring/Summer collection at Nordstrom.

On Tuesday night, Karen and her husband Jimi Westbrook hosted a cocktail party for the famed high-heel designer at their private home. Martina McBrideOld Dominion’s Brad TursiBrothers Osborne’s John Osborne and more big names were there.

“Last night was one for the books,” Karen posted on Instagram. “Thank you Mr. Louboutin for coming to Nashville and thank you for the most insane boots. You know my love language.”

You can check out Karen’s new dazzling gold ankle boots in the photo accompanying the post.

Earlier in the week, Dolly Parton threw a dinner party for Mr. Louboutin with her fashion guru, Steve Summers.

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Bob D'Amico/ABCReba McEntire’s been under the weather lately, after what she originally thought was laryngitis turned out to be a strep infection.

But even though she was forced to postpone a concert and miss Monday’s announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can bet she’ll be back in time to host the ACMs on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas.

In fact, if you’re willing to make a donation to charity, you can join her. Reba’s partnering with Omaze to give away a VIP trip to the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, all to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the organization’s charitable arm.

If you win, you’ll get airfare to Sin City, four-star accommodations, and a chance to meet Reba and hang out with her entourage. You’ll also get to see her rehearse her new single from Stronger Than the Truth, which comes out April 5.

You’d better hurry though, because you only have a handful of days to enter. The contest ends March 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find out more at Omaze.com/Reba.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMichael Ray’s “One that Got Away” is nearing the top of the country chart in the U.S., but it’s clearly a huge hit in Australia as well.

The Florida native posted the proof on social media on Wednesday, showing the crowd Down Under drowning him out as he sang his hit at the CMC Rocks festival.

“I can’t believe how incredible this year has been and the life you all have given “One that Got Away” all around the world,” Michael captioned the clip.

“The crew and I celebrated it going Top 5 in the states, while in Australia,” he explained. “For me, this year is about moments, slowing down and living in them, so if you need me, I will be living in this moment over and over for a while!”

“Thank y’all for showing up, stealing the show and making my dreams come true,” he closed.

Michael also posted some pretty cute photos with his fiancée Carly Pearce and a koala. Eventually, Carly took the koala's place, putting a leaf in her mouth, and jumping into the arms of her husband-to-be.

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s the latest country star to be drafted by the NFL.

While he won’t be hitting the football field anytime soon, he'll be doing a free concert next month when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, just like Tim McGraw.

Both shows will take place on the Draft Main Stage at First and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Tim will play Friday, April 26; while Dierks will fire up the amps on Saturday, April 27.

That Saturday will be a particularly busy day in Music City: It’s also when the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon takes place.

Former Nashville star Charles Esten and Charlie Worsham will play sets during the NFL Draft, the first one ever to include a free music series.

You can find out more at NFL.com/DraftExperience.

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCIt’s no secret Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are quite the happy couple these days -- so why haven’t they tied the knot? Us Weekly claims to know the answer.

Citing an unnamed, exclusive source, the publication says Gwen is waiting on the Catholic Church. She’s allegedly begun “the formal process” to have her marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale annulled, “so she can marry Blake and have it be recognized by the church.”

Gwen and Gavin have three sons together: Kingston, who’s 12; Zuma, who’s 10; and 4-year-old Apollo.

“Gwen’s religion has always been extremely important to her,” the anonymous insider says, “and Blake is completely supportive of this.”

Us Weekly also alleges living arrangements may be a hang-up, since Gwen is based solely in Los Angeles, while Blake splits his time between L.A. and his native Oklahoma.

Blake and Gwen revealed their relationship in November of 2015, after his surprise divorce from Miranda Lambert the previous July.

The week of Valentine’s Day 2019, Miranda had some unexpected news of her own, revealing her January marriage to New York City cop Brendan McLoughlin.

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ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini’s been spending some golden days in the Golden State lately.

The “Legends” hitmaker has just learned her current top-15 single, “Miss Me More,” has been certified gold, and so has her previous hit, “I Hate Love Songs.”

She shared the news with her fans on social media, while also revealing an exciting -- if ambiguous -- tidbit about what’s coming next: She tweeted, “This was such encouraging news while working on so much new music."

We don’t know much more about what’s Kelsea’s up to, except that she’s likely in the Golden State. “California girl for a few days,” she posted on Instagram earlier in the week.

Kelsea’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, celebrated its one-year anniversary on November 3.

The Tennessee native’s set to be formally inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on April 16.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, Neal McCoy hit #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with this tune, which was also the title track of his 1993 album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "No Doubt About It."

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Brantley Gilbert's latest hit, "What Happens in a Small Town," is based on his life with his wife Amber, and how they came back together to get married and have a family after breaking up.

The Georgia native reveals it was also a case of love at first sight with his duet partner, Lindsey Ell -- mainly for his brother-in-law.

"She's awesome!" Brantley responds when asked about the Canadian guitar slinger. "We'd bumped into each other, but the first time we ever really met and I heard her play was when Amber and I got back together."

"Her mom and her and her brother wanted to go to the Opry, so we went up," he recalls. "Lindsay was playing that night, and my youngest brother-in-law fell in love with her."

"I've got to keep an eye on him now," Brantley jokes. "I don't trust him around her."

In truth, Brantley says he's thrilled to get to work with a newcomer as talented and well-loved as Lindsay.

"I always remembered the way she played," he explains. "And man, you know, kinda what you see is what you get. She's so genuine."

"And then when everybody else around her wants good things to happen for her," he adds, "and have the same things to say about her, you know, it just kind of solidifies the notion that she is the whole deal.  She's not just a pretty face. She's incredibly talented. And she smokes the majority of the men I know that play guitar."

Look for new albums from both Lindsay and Brantley in the months to come. Lindsay's will be the follow-up to 2017's The Project, while Brantley's will be his first new music since The Devil Don't Sleep, also from 2017.

 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Jordan Davis singing his #1 hit, "Take It from Me," Wednesday on Good Morning America. The show starts at 7 a.m. ET on ABC. 

Billy Ray Cyrus will release his new concept album, The SnakeDoctor Circus, through BBR Music Group. It's a collaboration with Don Von Tress, who wrote his breakthrough smash, "Achy Breaky Heart." So far, BRC's new label hasn't revealed when the project will be out.

Newcomer Matt Stell -- who's currently getting noticed for his single, "Prayed for You" -- will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on April 27.

"Horses," the new track from Tegan Marie, is available to stream or download now. You can check out its video, which was created in collaboration with the Netflix series Spirit Riding Free, on YouTube.

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ABC/Eric McCandlessZac Brown Band will be playing a party at the pool the night of the ACMs in Las Vegas.

After the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Arena on Sunday, April 7, ZBB will kick off the KAOS Pool Concert Series at the Palms. The music gets underway at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for the unofficial post-ACM show. It’ll take place in the new KAOS Dayclub and Nightclub, which is part of a $690 million “reimagination” of the Palms Casino Resort.

You can find out more at Palms.com/KAOS.

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BBRLots of people are downloading Dustin Lynch’s new song, “Ridin’ Roads.”

This week, the title track of his new three-song EP debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales chart, having sold 16,000 downloads. Though it’s Dustin’s sixth top ten on this particular chart, it’s his first #1.

Last week’s chart-topper, Thomas Rhett’s new “Look What God Gave Her,” slips to #4.

Meanwhile, Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” hangs on at #1 on the Country Streaming Songs, Hot Country Songs, and Country Airplay tallies. It’s his fourth week at the top of the radio airplay chart.

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Tyler ShieldsBackstreet Boy AJ McLean already has a number one country single thanks to "God, Your Mama, and Me," his group's collaboration with Florida Georgia Line. Now, he's hoping to repeat his success with his first official solo country single, “Boy and a Man.”

The video for the song tells the story of a lifelong love, inspired by the Disney movie Up. It begins with AJ, as an old man, sitting in a rocking chair on his porch. The video then shows us the love story of a couple from childhood all the way through old age. AJ’s real-life wife, Rochelle, even makes an appearance.

“A look at the future. Lol,” AJ tweeted, along with a photo of himself in the old-man makeup. “Was so much fun to take inspiration from the movie Up for the #BoyAndAMan music video. Hope you all are enjoying it.”

AJ will debut his country-influenced solo album, Long Road, this spring. In addition to launching his solo project, he’ll be kicking off the Backstreet Boys DNA World Tour in May.

BSB wrap up their Las Vegas residency in April.

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