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Luke Bryan says CMA Fest fans are "what makes country music so great"

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In less than two weeks, the annual three-hour recap of CMA Fest premieres on ABC.

This year, country fans once again proved their dedication, waiting it out through sweltering heat and rainstorms to see their favorite stars.

It’s a phenomenon Luke Bryan‘s seen time and again, but he believes country fans are so die-hard, they really don’t mind it too much.

“I think if you sign up for this week as a country music fan to come to CMA Music Fest,” he says, “some form of the weather always comes into play when you’re in Nashville for a week.”

“But it is amazing,” he goes on. “I mean, we’ve seen fans bear the unbearable through hundred-degree days in the sun all day, and yeah, we’ve had rain through my years of being a part of this.  And that’s just a part of the experience. I think the fans understand it.”

Luke goes on: “This is their week to absorb every bit of Nashville, country music, and what the CMA Music Fest does. And they’re not gonna let a little lightning or rain get in their way. And I’m always amazed.”

For the second year in a row, Luke occupied the ultimate headlining spot, closing out CMA Fest on Sunday night.

“Even when I closed the show last year…you look out there and there’s still so many people out there,” he recalls. “You’ve got some hardcore fans out there, and that’s what makes country music so great.”

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini return to host the CMA Fest special for the third time this year. Tune in to watch Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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"We Were": How Eric Church unknowingly wrote a hit that taps into the relationship of Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman

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ABC/Image Group LA Eric Church returns to number one this week with “Some of It,” his first song to reach the pinnacle since “Round Here Buzz” in January of 2018.

“Some of It” isn’t Eric’s only song on the chart, though: He also co-wrote Keith Urban‘s latest hit, “We Were.” He didn’t even realize the Aussie superstar had recorded it, however, until Keith called and told him.

“The coolest thing for me is, I didn’t send Keith the song and say, ‘Here’s a song I wrote,’” Eric says. “He found it, and it honestly, it fits him more than it fits me.”

“There’s a line in there about ‘two heartbeats in the moonlight, leather jackets on the back of a Harley.’ I don’t ride a Harley,” he explains. “Call it poetic license.”

“He and Nicole used to do that when they first started dating, and they were touring,” Eric adds. “They would jump on his Harley and…put on their leather jackets and they’d go ride up through the countryside…I did not know that until after he cut that song.”

Eric says he “truly believe[s] songs find the path they’re supposed to find, and that one was supposed to be with [Keith].”

He laughs, “Now, as it goes number one in a few weeks, I’m gonna rethink that a little.”

In truth, Eric admits Keith cutting his song may mean as much to him as the success of “Some of It.”

“I came to this town to be a songwriter,” Eric points out. “So for me, I’m not sure that’s not as proud as I’ve been, as when you can get a song cut by somebody else, and then it becomes a hit.”

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"Play Something Country" and get a free trip to see Brooks & Dunn in Las Vegas

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Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumIs a Brooks & Dunn song your go-to karaoke tune? If so — and you happen to be pretty good at it — you could find yourself on your way to Sin City.

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is launching the Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon Karaoke Contest to promote their new B&D exhibit.

To enter, just upload a video of you doing your best version of one of Kix and Ronnie’s classics to your public Instagram account, and add the hashtag #KingsOfNeonContest.

Ten finalists will compete for the grand prize August 28 during a sing-off at Losers Bar and Grill in downtown Nashville.

The lucky winner will get a trip to Las Vegas to see Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas, as well as a chance to check out the new exhibit and record at Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville. You can find out more about the contest online.

Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon opens at the Hall of Fame on Friday, August 9 and runs through July 19, 2020.

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Kacey Musgraves keeps her "World" spinning, adding five more shows

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ABC/Image Group LA Kacey Musgraves is extending the second leg of her Oh What a World: Tour this fall, adding five major dates in October.

The Texas native will play two shows at The Pavilion in Dallas on October 10 and 11, followed by two nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on October 15 and 16.

The six-time Grammy winner will wrap up the run with an October 25 concert at home at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

If you missed Kacey singing the Golden Hour tracks “Slow Burn,” “Lonely Weekend,” “Happy and Sad,” and “Oh, What a World” Friday on the Today show, you can check out her performances online.

Pre-sales for the new dates on the Oh What a World: Tour II start on Monday, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday:

10/10-11, Dallas, TX, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/15-16, New York City, NY, Radio City Music Hall
10/25, Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena

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This fall, Keith Urban goes back to the beginning with 20th anniversary vinyl

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Capitol Nashville CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban will mark the twentieth anniversary of his self-titled, debut album this fall by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time.

The platinum-selling Keith Urban will be available as both a limited-edition lavender LP and on standard black vinyl as well. The record — which originally came out on October 19, 1999 — set the Aussie superstar’s career in motion with the hits “But for the Grace of God,” “Where the Blacktop Ends,” and “Your Everything.”

Keith’s 2009 effort, Defying Gravity, marked its tenth anniversary earlier this year, and will once again be available on vinyl as well. Previously, it was available only as a limited-edition white disc. That version will return, plus a standard black disc as well.

Defying Gravity was Keith’s first album to top the all-genre Billboard 200, and features the hits “Sweet Thing,” “Kiss a Girl,” and “Only You Can Love Me This Way.”

Both vinyl re-issues are set to come out September 13. They’re available for pre-order now.

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