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Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumAs Alan Jackson and his wife Denise walked the red carpet before Alan’s induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, they admitted they could hardly believe it was happening.

Denise played a crucial role in helping Alan land his first big break, giving a tape to Glen Campbell at the airport, while she was working as a flight attendant. In the end, Alan landed a writing deal with Glen’s publishing company.

“I mean, it was the first step that led us here,” she reminisced. “You never know in life where things are gonna lead you...  [We’re] so blessed and honored. I knew in my heart one day this would happen. But it's surreal to be experiencing it. It really is.”

Alan was feeling much the same way, as he prepared for the moment when he’d officially become a member of the Hall.

“I think I'll be very, just flattered and at the same time, feel like it's like a dream, like I'm not supposed to be here,” he said humbly.

Glen Campbell passed away earlier this year after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Sunday night’s Medallion Ceremony in Music City’s CMA Theater opened with Campbell’s recording of “Try a Little Kindness.”

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Comstock/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Jerry Reed enjoyed his first songwriting success in 1960 with “That’s All You Gotta Do,” which was the B-side of this #1 pop hit by then-15-year-old Brenda Lee. Can you name it? ANSWER:  “I’m Sorry.”

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & MuseumIt’s a custom that the Country Music Hall of Fame's new inductees pick who they’d like to officially welcome them into the genre’s most hallowed ranks. When Alan Jackson made his choice, he knew it was a long shot, since the legend he chose had been forced to take the rest of the year off to recover from a stroke she suffered in May.

But as Loretta Lynn surprised the crowd Sunday night at the CMA Theater in Nashville -- aided by George Strait -- the icon proved her powers of charm and wit are still intact.

“Now this is the first time I've been out of the house, Alan. You're the only thing that would've brought me here,” Loretta explained as the audience laughed and applauded. “I love you, honey and I want to say congratulations, and I am so proud of you. I'm glad that you're being... Hey, you should be here!” she added, interrupting herself.

“Loretta Lynn said I should be in here. That's all I needed to hear, so now it's official,” Alan quipped, after the Coal Miner’s Daughter placed the medallion around his neck to officially make him a member of the Hall.

Earlier, Alan’s tour mate Lee Ann Womack paid tribute to him by singing the title track from his first record, “Here in the Real World.” His one-time record producer, Alison Krauss, did “Someday.” George Strait made the trip from Texas to do the romantic “Remember When.”

Alan’s off-the-cuff acceptance was both heartfelt and funny.  

“I wrote what I knew about, and that was cars,” the Georgia native said, looking back on his career. “My daddy was a mechanic. I grew up in a garage. That's all I cared about. That's the reason I came to Nashville to be a singer because I loved cars, and I couldn't really buy any,” he deadpanned, as the crowd roared.

Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz were inducted into the Hall during the annual ceremony as well. Jamey Johnson revived Reed’s 1977 Smokey and the Bandit hit, “East Bound and Down,” before Bobby Bare presented the late singer’s daughters with his medallion.

Mary Chapin Carpenter offered an emotional take on Schlitz’ “When You Say Nothing at All,” before “Wake Me Up” hitmaker Aloe Blacc teamed up with Vince Gill for a surprise duet on “The Gambler.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny ChesneyToby Keith and Jimmy Buffet are coming together to play the Trying to Reason benefit November 19 at Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, Florida. Money raised will go to help victims of the recent hurricanes in Florida, Puerto Rico and other nearby islands.

Florida Georgia LineJerrod NeimannTyler FarrCraig CampbellCanaan Smith and more will play the Shine for Susie show December 4 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles put the benefit for The ALS Association of Tennessee together after his mother was diagnosed with the disease.   

If you missed Lee Brice’s appearance Friday on the Today show, you can check it out online now.

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EMI Records NashvilleAlan Jackson is releasing new music, just as he becomes one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“The Older I Get” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s forthcoming album, which will be his first new studio effort since 2015.

“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” he reveals. “It’s a good song. I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things and this is how it ended up.”

Alan officially joins the Hall of Fame at the Medallion Ceremony Sunday night in Nashville.

He's set to sing on the 51st CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville November 8 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Look for Alan’s new album sometime in 2018.

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is making his performance of “I Won’t Back Down” available to stream or download now, with proceeds going to the Direct Impact Fund, to help victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year performed the Tom Petty classic to open Saturday Night Live on October 7. It was his first appearance since his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival was interrupted by gunfire that would take the lives of 58 innocent people and injure close to 500 more. Petty had unexpectedly passed away in the days prior.  

Jason has produced a special “We Won’t Back Down” t-shirt to help in the aftermath as well. You can order the $35 black tee that mimics the iconic Las Vegas sign on his website.  

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ABC/Image Group LA If you get the chance to check out the left hand of Luke Bryan’s wife, Caroline, you’ll notice she’s sporting a pretty impressive rock.  That's a present from Luke, to thank her for sticking by him for 10 years.

The couple met during their college days at Georgia Southern, and married in December of 2006. To celebrate a decade of being together, the four-time Entertainer of the Year exchanged Caroline’s original ring for a larger one at the end of last year.

“It was a little 10-year anniversary gift,” Luke tells People. “Ten years with me feels like a thousand. It was certainly the least I could do!”

You can catch a glimpse of Caroline’s new ring on Luke’s Instagram, in a photo taken at the recent CMT Artists of the Year gathering.

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ATO RecordsNext Friday, Lee Ann Womack’s eighth studio album, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, hits store shelves.  But as the 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year counts down to the release of her latest record, she’s taking time to celebrate with a good friend.

Lee Ann's current Honky Tonk Highway tour mate, Alan Jackson, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, and she couldn't be happier.

“It's wonderful!” Lee Ann tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I'm having more fun out on the road with him and his band. I love those guys.”

“He's very excited,” the “I Hope You Dance” hitmaker says of Alan’s entrance into country music’s most hallowed ranks. “He tells the crowd every night that he's going into the Hall of Fame and tells a little story about it, and it's really cool.”

While the lineup for Sunday evening’s Medallion Ceremony is top-secret, Lee Ann may’ve let at least one detail slip:  “I can't wait to sing for him that night,” she added.  

This year, the late Jerry Reed and “The Gambler” songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Hall as well.

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Mercury NashvilleYou can sample the first taste of Chris Stapleton’s second album From A Room now, ahead of the record’s December 1 release.

“Millionaire” was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. Stapleton’s cover is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

On Monday, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year makes his first appearance on Austin City Limits. You’ll be able to watch his performance live on ACL’s YouTube channel starting at 9 p.m. ET, ahead of its airing on PBS in early 2018.  

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Alex AlvgaIt’s a week to celebrate for Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, as their duet “What Ifs” stakes its claim at the top of the chart. But so far, any high-fiving the former schoolmates have been able to do has been solely over the phone.

“We just called each other,” Kane tells ABC Radio. “We hadn't really been in town at the same time, so it's something we're gonna have to work on. But, yeah, we're just super-excited. It's her second #1 and my first, and we're just glad we get to share it together.”

Kane is quick to give the American Idol alum much of the credit for his first chart-topper.

“I think she was huge,” Kane says, weighing her contribution to their success. “You know, she's got a huge fan base. Her voice is incredible, and a lot of people said that our voices just [complimented] each other, so she was a huge part of it.”

When asked if a gift might be appropriate for his duet partner, Kane didn’t go quite that far.

“I don't know. If she buys me something, I'll buy her something. I ain't gonna go first, though!”

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Comstock/Thinkstock On Sunday night in Nashville, Alan Jackson will officially become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though the Georgia native had previously charted three top-five songs, he didn't hit #1 until he released this song in 1991. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I'd Love You All Over Again."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Wednesday night’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special ranks as the most-watched in the event’s 8-year history. In addition to honoring Chris StapletonFlorida Georgia LineJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan, the 2017 gathering paid tribute to America’s resilience after multiple hurricanes and the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Garth Brooks will play three shows December 1-3 at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Tickets still remain for the World Tour stop with wife Trisha Yearwood.

The charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music has donated a quarter-million dollars to help in the aftermath of the Las Vegas Shooting. ACM Lifting Lives gave $200K to MGM’s Victim Relief & First Responders’ Fund, $25K to the National Compassion Fund, and $25K to the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Foundation. The Academy holds its annual awards show in Vegas each spring.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you pay attention, Darius Rucker reveals that you can discover a little bit of philosophy woven into his fifth country album, When Was the Last Time.

“You know, I don't ever make themes to my records or anything like that,” the Hootie and the Blowfish front man tells ABC Radio. “But I think that ended up being the theme around this record… life and trying to live it.”

“You know, a song like ‘The First Time’,” he explains, “it comes across as a song that's about a guy trying to pick a girl up in a bar. But it's really for me, more about taking a chance. That's what I want people to think when they hear that chorus:  'When was the last time I did do something for the first time?'”

“The First Time” -- the album's second single --  even inspired Darius to take action himself.

“We all get caught in our lives and our routines and don't sway from 'em very much. For me, it made me think about that,” he confesses. “It made me go and write a bucket list of concerts I want to see, and things I want to do, just because. I was like, 'Wow, that's true. When was the last time I did something for the first time?'”  

Darius says seeing Paul McCartney was at the top of the list, and he’s already accomplished that. Up next, he’s looking to take in U2’s The Joshua Tree tour.

When Was the Last Time is new in stores and online today.

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Reviver RecordsThings come full circle for Preston Brust and Chris Lucas this week, as LOCASH opens Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul run through the Sunshine State.

The duo scored one of their first big hits as writers in 2012, with Tim’s top-10, platinum-selling smash, “Truck Yeah.”  

“Tim has always been an iconic entertainer,” Chris says, “and after working with him off the stage, performing on the same stage will be the experience of a lifetime.”

“Faith was one of my first country concerts as a fan,” Chris recalls. “We are blessed to have this opportunity, and it happens to be with two great human beings who are also iconic superstars. We are pumped!”

After their Thursday night date in Sunrise, Florida, the tour continues on to Tampa and Orlando on Friday and Saturday.

LOCASH’s latest single, “Ring on Every Finger,” is currently in the top-15. It’s their third major hit from their album, The Fighters. Next month, they vie for the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards.  

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani played a big part in inspiring his new album, Texoma Shore.

“I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma,” Blake says. “There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life.”

At the same time, Blake had discovered the track, “At the House,” which influenced his decision to name the project Texoma Shore.

“We were listening to this song and relating to it and realizing, ‘Man, this is one of those summers that we’re always going to remember,’” he reveals.

The star of The Voice will perform “At the House” October 30 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ahead of the record’s November 3 release. The project’s lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” is already nearing the top ten.

Here’s the complete track listing for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore:

“I’ll Name the Dogs”
“At the House”
“Beside You Babe”
“Why Me”
“Money”
“Turnin’ Me On”
“The Wave”
“Got the T-Shirt”
“Hangover Due”
“When the Wine Wears Off”
“I Lived It”

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ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks is about to make his debut as an author: his first written work -- the initial volume of his autobiography, no less -- comes out November 14.  But in typical Garth fashion, it won’t be just an ordinary book:  it’ll come with five CDs featuring audio-visual content that’s never been seen or heard by the public before.

“What is The Anthology?” Garth asks in a new video previewing the project. “It's the whole enchilada, man. The First Five Years, probably the craziest five years of my life, told by everybody that was there every day. Stories you have heard, stories you haven't heard, but stories told from different angles.”

As for what to call the package, Garth admits he’s at a loss.

“You can't call it a book because it's music with packaging,” he says. “Or is it a book with music? Music that built the Garth Brooks sound, but yet has never been released. Pictures that even I have never seen.”

The Anthology|Part I:  The First Five Years covers the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year’s first five albums. You can pre-order it now, and get a glimpse at what to expect at Anthology.GarthBrooks.com.

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Chris HolloShania Twain celebrated the #1 global debut of her new album NOW earlier this week with a champagne toast at an intimate gathering at her record label in Nashville.

The CEO of her record label, Mike Dungan, surprised the country/pop superstar with a plaque commemorating the fact that her first album in 15 years arrived at the top of the charts in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The crossover sensation doesn’t plan to cease her world domination anytime soon:  Shania will release “We Got Something They Don’t” as her new single on October 30.

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleNearly a year ago, Dolly Parton’s beloved East Tennessee birthplace was ravaged by wildfires. So it’s only natural the benevolent superstar is eager to do something to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters,” Dolly said, as she announced she’ll be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief. The effort was created by the five living former U.S. Presidents.

The entertainment icon is also living up to her reputation as “the book lady,” as her Imagination Library spearheads an effort to send half-a-million books to affected areas. The non-profit will spend more than $90,000 to place the books in the hands of those that need them.

“Books are not the first thing people need or miss,” Dolly explains. “But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books.”

Dolly released her first children’s album, I Believe in You, earlier this month. She’s donating all her profits to the Imagination Library, which ships a free book a month to children all over the world, from birth until they turn five.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dottie West -- who's often mentioned as a front-runner for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame -- scored three #1 duets with Kenny Rogers. Can you name them? ANSWER:  "Every Time Two Fools Collide," "All I Ever Need Is You," and "What Are We Doin' in Love."

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Warner Music NashvilleThe video for Brett Eldredge’s new single “The Long Way” racked up more than a million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours it was available.

That’s particularly gratifying for the Illinois native, who played a large role in guiding the vision for this clip.

“My fans have never reacted to a video quite like this!” Brett said excitedly. “This is incredible! I think we all can relate to the feeling you get when showing off your hometown to someone you really care about, and this video captures that magic.”

Shot on the outskirts of Nashville, “The Long Way” stars Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson as Brett’s love interest.

“[She] is such an amazing person and actress,” Brett adds. “She made this video extra special.”

You can check out Brett’s “The Long Way” video on YouTube now.

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