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Devin Dawson Had to Get Sneaky to Complete His Debut Album: 'I Wanted to Write Something About Me'

The record label had declared Devin Dawson’s debut album finished and headed for release — but Dawson still felt something was missing. So he did what any self-respecting singer-songwriter would do. He kept writing.

“I got into the room with a couple of my friends who are my best friends,” the 28-year-old artist recalls. Though the album was already packed with love songs, this time around, he says, “I wanted to write something about me … that people could hear and be like” — Dawson snaps his fingers — “I know who he is.”

What emerged was a melodic calling card: a soul-baring
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Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall

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Loretta Lynn In 'Great Spirits' After Breaking Hip at Home — as Family Jokingly Blames New Puppy for Fall
Loretta Lynn is recovering after breaking her hip in a fall at her home on Jan. 1.

“She had an accident on New Year’s Day and fractured her hip,” Lynn’s daughter Patsy tells People exclusively. “At my mom’s age it’s so dangerous when it comes to the hip, so we’re all just grateful she seems to be okay. She’s up putting weight on it and starting her rehab now.”

A furry new friend may have been the cause of the 85-year-old country legend’s fall, her daughter reveals.

“She has a new puppy — we don
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Get Holly Jolly Again with Reba! An Insider’s Guide to the Cma Country Christmas Encore

Maybe you forgot to set your DVR. Or maybe you just want to see the holiday music magic all over again. Either way, you’re getting your second chance: An encore broadcast of the eighth annual Cma Country Christmas special will air Thursday on ABC.

Originally shown on Nov. 27, the special features the big band sound of a 25-piece orchestra, but new host Reba McEntire still manages to keep the vibe country with a strong roster of the genre’s superstars and up-and-comers.

Gone are the Broadway-style dance numbers and quirky cameos (see: Miss Piggy, circa 2011) of the previous seven shows,
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32 Country Christmas Songs to Put You in the Spirit of the Season

Feeling festive? We've pulled together some of our favorite country Christmas songs, a perfect blend of new hits and nostalgic classics that will have you humming along at your desk or on your way home for the holidays. Listen to our Spotify playlist below! "Tennessee Christmas," Amy Grant "A Willie Nice Christmas," Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Brett Eldredge "O Holy Night," Luke Bryan "Christmas Spirits," Jake Owen and Parmalee "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy," Brad Paisley "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Kelsea Ballerini "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Lady Antebellum "Christmas Don't Be Late," Kacey Musgraves "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," Rascal Flatts "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," Bryan and Katie Torwalt "Where Are You Christmas," Faith Hill "Home," Blake Shelton and Michael Bublé "The Naughty List," Phil Vassar and Kellie Pickler "Come On, Christmas," Matthew West "Merry Christmas Baby,
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Little Big Town and the Judds Earn Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 Exhibit Spotlights

Little Big Town and the Judds Earn Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 Exhibit Spotlights
Planning a trip to Nashville in 2018? The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced its new exhibits for the coming year, and you may want to set your travel schedule around it. Starting in March, the museum will be rolling out a lineup that honors timeless legends, country’s hottest quartet and some of the brightest rising stars.

On March 9, the museum debuts “American Currents: The Music of 2017,” a review of a year that yielded a bumper crop of fresh faces and news-making events. Among the breakout artists to be featured are Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown and Luke Combs.
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Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Cma Awards

Everything You Need to Know About the 2017 Cma Awards
Put on your cowboy boots! It’s almost time for country music’s biggest night.

If it’s anything like in past years, the 51st Annual Cma Awards will feature heartwarming performances, comedic sketches from the hosts and exciting award reveals. Here is everything you need to know before Wednesday night.

Who’s Hosting?

This year’s Cma Awards hosts came as a surprise to no one: 2017 will be Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood‘s 10th consecutive year hosting the show. In their last nine ceremonies, the hilarious pair have had some unforgettable moments.

There was the 2008 comedic parody “Mamas,
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The New Inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame

It is strange how people’s life circumstances can change so significantly. A perfect example of this is Alan Jackson. When he first moved to Nashville, he was so broke that he couldn’t even afford the admission fee to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Fast forward more than three decades and his situation could not be any more different. He has finally been inducted into the Hall of Fame and received his medallion which is given to all new inductees. Alan Jackson has recorded 16 studio albums and had 10 Top 10 hits. He is well-known for combining

The New Inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame
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Loretta Lynn’s Surprise Appearance Highlights Alan Jackson’s Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I Love You, Honey!’

Loretta Lynn’s Surprise Appearance Highlights Alan Jackson’s Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I Love You, Honey!’
By all rights, Alan Jackson should have been the star of his own induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night. But he somehow got upstaged at the ceremony, and he didn’t mind a bit. In fact, he asked for it.

The multi-platinum artist was allowed to choose which Hall of Fame member would usher him into country’s most hallowed ranks, and he picked his heart’s desire – 85-year-old legend Loretta Lynn – despite the fact she has been recovering from a stroke she suffered in May. But Lynn was determined to accept the invitation, and
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Loretta Lynn Steps Out For First Time After Stroke To Honor Alan Jackson

Loretta Lynn Steps Out For First Time After Stroke To Honor Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson Is Inducted Into Country Music Hall Of Fame

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Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and More to Perform at the 2017 Cma Awards

Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and More to Perform at the 2017 Cma Awards
Nashville’s hottest acts will all take the stage for country music’s biggest night!

The Country Music Association has revealed the first artists scheduled to perform during the 2017 Cma Awards. Nominees Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi and Chris Stapleton will hit the stage Nov. 8.

Alan Jackson — a 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee with 81 Cma Awards nominations throughout his career — is also set to perform at the CMAs for the 24th time.

As this year’s top nominee with five nods, Lambert currently
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Cma Awards: Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks Among Performers

Country music's biggest night is living up to its nickname.

The first round of performers for the 2017 Country Music Association Awards — otherwise known as the CMAs — were announced Wednesday morning, and the list is nothing short of star-studded. Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne and Jon Pardi are all set to take the stage during the awards ceremony.

Also on the initial performers bill is 16-time Cma Award winner (and 81-time nominee) Alan Jackson, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. When not performing, Underwood will be teaming with Brad Paisley to host...
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Performances Dazzle in Tributes to Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and George Strait on Acm Honors Show

Performances Dazzle in Tributes to Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, and George Strait on Acm Honors Show
Tears flow for Reba McEntire and Kelsea Ballerini. Maren Morris delivers a moving – and gender-bending – reading of a Glen Campbell classic. And Chris Janson runs on super octane performing one of rock’s quirkiest songs.

The Acm Honors awards show holds no suspense: The winners have already been announced. But the show, which airs Friday on CBS, is packed with emotional power and musical highs. The 11th annual show, which was taped Aug. 23 in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, pays tribute to specific achievements in country music, and a stellar lineup has shown up for the celebration.

The salute to McEntire
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NBA's Jeff Withey Off the Hook In Domestic Violence Case, 'Self-Defense'

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1:19 Pm Pt -- Withey's attorney Alan Jackson tells TMZ Sports, "This was an apparent pathetic attempt at a shakedown that we saw a mile away and we are thankful the Da recognized that."Utah Jazz center Jeff Withey will Not be prosecuted for domestic violence -- despite the fact cops believe there Was a physical altercation with his Playboy Playmate ex-fiancee.  TMZ Sports has learned ... Withey was investigated by the Manhattan Beach Pd after
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Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’

Alan Jackson on His Entry into the Country Music Hall of Fame: ‘To Be in Here, It’s Just Amazing’
With one of the most celebrated careers in the history of country music, Alan Jackson is often asked if he still has anything left to accomplish. Until now, he hasn’t dared to speak his heart’s desire.

“I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame because I just felt like that was kind of pretentious, you know, to think that I deserve to be in there,” he said, standing in the Hall of Fame Rotunda in Nashville. “I never say that. But now I can say this is about the last dream on the list right here.”

He could say it because,
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On ‘The Good Place’ Twist and a Strong Finish to a Fine First Season

On ‘The Good Place’ Twist and a Strong Finish to a Fine First Season
Don’t read on unless you’ve seen “Michael’s Gambit,” the Season One finale of “The Good Place.”

Who knew we were going to get two versions of “Westworld” — one comedic, the other dramatic — in the past five months? Peak TV, you secretive minx, you.

The parallels between “The Good Place” and the HBO show were strong even before the arrival of the episode that ended the season. The train that serviced Eleanor and Chidi’s town was an old-timey engine that could have had a walk-on (rail-on?) role in “Westworld,” and in Thursday’s other episode, “Mindy St. Claire,” the train chugged through a dusty desert only to pull up at a station framed by wide open spaces. Whenever Eleanor was sitting on those wooden benches inside the train, I half-expected Teddy to amble up to her and say “Howdy, ma’am.” (And speaking of HBO Westerns, true TV nerds will remember that Kristen Bell had
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Inside the Million Dollar Show: Bobby Bones, Sam Hunt and Garth Brooks Celebrate St. Jude

Inside the Million Dollar Show: Bobby Bones, Sam Hunt and Garth Brooks Celebrate St. Jude
If you’ve ever listened to country music on the radio, you’ve no doubt heard of Bobby Bones — the infectious deejay whose morning radio show garners a cool three-million plus listeners each day and who Forbes recently dubbed “the most powerful man in country music.” Bones, who grew up in Arkansas and gained radio fame in Texas before moving to Nashville, uses his platform not only to promote undiscovered country music artists, but more importantly, to raise awareness and funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

“I grew up without a lot,” Bones tells People backstage before the concert began.
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Ring in the Christmas Spirit with Festive New Albums from Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves and More!

Ring in the Christmas Spirit with Festive New Albums from Brett Eldredge, Kacey Musgraves and More!
It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas with a Santa’s sleigh-full of new holiday albums from country music’s biggest stars.

Track for track, the records are brimming with creative arrangements, inspired duets, new songwriting and — what we all long for — a few breathtaking gems that are sure to send holiday spirits soaring. But how to pick the ones that match your taste and mood? People is here to help with this music-shopper’s guide.

Chris Young, It Must Be Christmas

Young’s oft-spoken love for the holidays flows through every track on this album, and his
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The 2016 Cma Awards: Everything You Need To Know About Country’s Biggest Night

The 2016 Cma Awards: Everything You Need To Know About Country’s Biggest Night
This article first appeared on EW.

Country music is having a moment. With Blake Shelton charming audiences on the Voice, Jana Kramer heating it up on the Dancing with the Stars dance floor, and even mainstream pop stars like Lady Gaga wanting to get in on the fun (her latest No. 1 album Joanne was country-inspired), it’s impressive that for as fresh as country feels, the Country Music Awards are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Read below to find out all you need to know about this special anniversary edition of the CMAs.

So, when and where is this happening?
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Dolly, Miranda, Keith and More Reveal Their Favorite Cma Memories

Dolly, Miranda, Keith and More Reveal Their Favorite Cma Memories
“I hope my family is watching back home.”

That’s what Dolly Parton thought when she won her first Country Music Association award in 1968. The Cma Awards were in their infancy, only one year old, and were being televised for the first time, but for a young country singer, winning one of the bullet-shaped trophies was already the stuff of dreams.

“I remember how proud I was to win an award,” Parton says of her first Cma, which she shared with duet partner Porter Wagoner for Vocal Group of the Year. “I remember thinking, ‘I hope my family is seeing all of this.
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Randy Travis Stuns Hall of Fame Crowd by Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ 3 Years After Stroke

Randy Travis Stuns Hall of Fame Crowd by Singing ‘Amazing Grace’ 3 Years After Stroke
Randy Travis sang.

Once, those three words were a given. But on Sunday night they were a miracle, considering the country legend has been virtually unable to speak since suffering a massive stroke three years ago.

And no, his singing voice no longer soars like the music on his beloved albums. But at the Nashville ceremony that ushered him into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he held the audience in his palm with one brief, ragged verse of “Amazing Grace.”

It was a heroic gift of gratitude, offered in response to the tender tribute that the country music community had just extended to him.
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