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This Is How We Roll: Florida Georgia Line add more acts to FGL Fest

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BMLG RecordsFGL Fest just got bigger. 

The festival, hosted and headlined by Florida Georgia Line, has added a trio of rising stars to its 2019 lineup. “The Git Up” breakthrough star Blanco Brown, “Love You Like That” singer Canaan Smith and newcomer Payton Smith will all join the hitmaking duo on September 7 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The country star-studded concert serves as the kickoff for the annual Big Machine 400 at the Brickyard Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on September 8, which is sponsored by FGL’s label, Big Machine.

The inaugural FGL Fest was scheduled to take place at the historic Speedway in September 2018, but was cancelled due to inclement weather, so this year marks its official first installment.

Previously announced acts who’ll also perform at the festival include the duo’s longtime collaborator Nelly, plus Dan + Shay and Mitchell Tenpenny, who scored his first #1 in 2018 with his debut single “Drunk Me.” 

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Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini vow not to be "too extra" hosting ABC's CMA Fest special Sunday

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ABC’s annual three-hour CMA Fest special premieres Sunday night at 8:00 ET with a who’s who of the biggest stars in country music, plus huge names from the worlds of rap, rock, and pop, like Lil Nas X, Joan Jett, and The Chainsmokers.

Once again, Kelsea Ballerini hosts with Thomas Rhett, who co-hosted with Brett Eldredge his first year.

“Four years — geez!” TR reflects. “This is my third year with Kelsea. Every year, I feel like we get more comfortable in front of a camera.”

“I think the first couple of years we were really learning what it meant to improvise…” he continues, “when plans kind of changed with the TV.”

Every year, TR and Kelsea review the previous show to see what they can learn. 

“We decided the first year, we were like a little too casual about it,” Kelsea reveals. “Last year, we were like like, ‘OH MY GOD! WELCOME TO THE STAGE!’ Just too extra.”

“So we decided this year just to talk like we normally would talk at a festival. We’ll see how it works next year. I don’t know,” she laughs.

Even though Kelsea and TR were friends before, they’ve become even better pals by hosting the show.

“When you spend that much time with somebody,” TR explains, “if you don’t become friends, I think you’re miserable at that point… You know, me and my wife hang out with [Kelsea] and [her husband] Morgan [Evans] quite a bit.”

“When you have…downtime,” TR adds, “you kind of just sit and talk about life and really get to know each other better. And I think that the more friends you are and the better you know somebody, it definitely translates onto the TV when you get to co-host with each other.”

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Tim McGraw and Luke Combs are "real good men" in CMA Fest duet

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ABC/Randy Holmes2019’s CMA Fest earlier this summer was filled with many surprise guests and collaborations, including one by Tim McGraw and Luke Combs

Ahead of the CMA Fest special premiering on ABC on Sunday night, the Country Music Association has shared a clip of Tim and Luke singing a duet version of one of Tim’s smash hits, “Real Good Man.” 

Luke is a natural on the rocking country track, holding his own with his rugged voice alongside Tim before the two unite on the famous line, “I may be a real bad boy/But baby I’m a real good man.”

You can watch the clip right now on Billboard.com, and see the full performance on Sunday night. 

CMA Fest will feature sets by country’s biggest acts, who performed at Nissan Stadium during the annual Nashville festival. Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus joined forces with Keith Urban for “Old Town Road,” while Carrie Underwood performed a medley of hits with Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett.

These collaborations and more will be a part of the special when it airs on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Garth Brooks helping to fight childhood hunger with MLB's Home Plate Project

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ABC RadioGarth Brooks is aligning with Major League Baseball for an important mission. 

Garth is one of the many celebrities involved in the MLB’s new food-driven initiative, Home Plate Project, which aims to prevent childhood hunger and food insecurity across the U.S. and Canada.

The initiative pairs Garth’s Teammates For Kids Foundation — which links the country star with athletes to raise money for children’s charities — and Big League Impact, founded in 2013 by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.  It will help to help all 30 MLB teams raise money for food-related charities. 

Each team will be represented by one or two players who will partner with local and national organizations to help provide food and non-perishable items to children in need. The goal of the initiative is to impact at least 25,000 children by delivering more than 3.6 million meals. 

“Teammates for Kids started with 67 baseball players 20 years ago, and as we look forward, we are excited to launch this project with ballplayers from every MLB team to help fight childhood hunger,” Garth says in a statement.

“The Home Plate Project is special for Teammates for Kids because it incorporates our founding principles of teaming up with athletes who have a passion for helping kids.,” he continues, adding, “The beauty of it all, 100 percent of the money that is getting donated to this effort will feed children in local communities.”

Home Plate Project launches in August. 

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Keith Urban is unplugging for acoustic version of "We Were"

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ABC/Image Group LAKeith Urban is going acoustic.  The trailblazing star revealed on Twitter that he’ll be releasing an unplugged rendition of his current hit single, ‘We Were” tomorrow.

He shared the news with the simple caption “#WeWere Acoustic • 8.2.19” alongside a candid photo of himself inside a colorful recording studio; the photographer captured his profile as he sits inside the booth with his guitar. 

“We Were” was initially released in May and is co-written by Eric Church. As previously reported, Eric didn’t write the song for Keith, but it turns out that the line “we were leather jackets hangin’ onto a Harley/Two heartbeats in the moonlight” perfectly summed up Keith’s romance with his wife Nicole Kidman:  When they were first dating, the two would don leather jackets and ride through the countryside on Keith’s Harley.

Keith continues on the revamped version of his Graffiti U World Tour — which initially kicked off in 2018 — with a series of dates that runs through October. 

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