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PBS will pay tribute to country music pioneer Patsy Cline as part of its Women’s History Month programming in March, as Rosanne Cash narrates a new episode of American Masters. LeAnn Rimes, Rhiannon Giddens, and actress Beverly D’Angelo -- who portrayed the Country Music Hall of Famer in the Loretta Lynn biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter -- are just some of the stars who’ll look back on the “Crazy” hitmaker’s legacy. “She was just kind of a tough girl, you know, singing these really sensitive songs,” Kacey Musgraves says in the new trailer for the documentary. “So it’s kind of a cool juxtaposition there. I feel like you could go out and have a drink with her, but she could also like beat your a**,” (behind”. You can watch the trailer now on YouTube. Patsy Cline:  American Masters premieres March 4.

The 6th Annual Watershed Music and Camping Festival at The Gorge in Washington state sold out within minutes on Wednesday. Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Chris Stapleton will headline the star-studded shows July 28-30.

The new album Nashville Duets arrives Friday via the usual digital outlets. The 15-track set features collaborations from the hit CMT show.

Rhett Akins, Luke Bryan, Dallas Davidson, Brett Eldredge, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney, Cole Swindell and Craig Wisemen were just some of the tunesmiths honored during the 8th Annual CMA Songwriters Luncheon Wednesday in Nashville. Zac Brown and Carrie Underwood contributed special messages via video.

In a new CMT special that premieres next month, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton and Brett Eldredge travel back to their hometowns to lend a hand to some of the people and places that helped make them who they are.   In the special, called CMT Hometown Heroes, Darius returns to MUSC Children’s Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where his mother worked as a nurse while he was growing up.  Stapleton goes back to his high school in Paintsville, Kentucky to help the music program, and Brett visits his alma mater, helping to refurbish Laker Stadium in Paris, Illinois and doing a surprise show in his high school gym. The one-hour CMT Hometown Heroes special debuts Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. ET.

Garth Brooks will give the keynote address at Country Radio Seminar February 23 in Nashville. It’ll be titled “Inside Studio G,” just like Garth’s Monday night Facebook Live series.

Clay Walker will host his 5th Annual Band Against MS Ride March 25 in Humble, Texas. The bike ride raises money for MS education and research.

For the second time in less than a week, Jennifer Nettles return to NBC’s Today show. On Wednesday, she’ll co-host the 10 a.m. hour with Kathie Lee Gifford.

Willie Nelson has postponed three shows at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace because he’s under the weather. The concerts at the Bakersfield, California honky tonk were set to take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. While we don’t know the specifics of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s illness, his publicist tells ABC News he plans to be back on the road for his February 16 date at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. Late last month, the icon was forced to cancel two of his five dates at The Venetian in Las Vegas, after coming down with a serious cold. He'll release his new album, God’s Problem Child, on April 28, one day before his 84th birthday.

Some of Nashville’s most elusive stars will be turning out for this year’s T.J. Martell Gala. George Strait was already confirmed to be part of the charity’s 9th Annual Nashville Honors, and now Kenny Chesney is joining the evening as well.  Nashville’s Clare Bowen also has been added to the bill, alongside her co-star Charles Esten, who will host. Kelsea Ballerini, Brad Paisley, Frankie Ballard and Charlie Daniels also are part of the February 27 fundraiser at Omni Nashville. The event raises money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

Garth Brooks joins the lineup for 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis next Wednesday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. For the first time in 19 years, Garth Brooks will play the City of Brotherly Love. Tickets for the Saturday, March 25 concert at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center go on sale Friday, February 10 at 10 a.m. ET.

Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Crystal Gayle, LOCASH, Cam, Michael Ray, Chris Lane and more will play a special edition of the Grand Ole Opry February 22 at Omni Nashville on the first night of Country Radio Seminar 2017.

Willie Nelson returns this spring with his first album of all-new material since 2014’s Band of Brothers.The April 28 release of God’s Problem Child is timed to coincide with the Country Music Hall of Famer’s 84th birthday, which happens to be the next day. The 13-song collection finds Willie in fine form, being both funny and thoughtful, as usual. On “Still Not Dead,” he takes on the untimely reports of his demise, while he considers the 2016 election on “Delete and Fast-Forward.” The title track includes what’s likely the last recording by the legendary Leon Russell, while the album’s final track, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” is a tribute to Merle Haggard. Both Haggard and Russell passed away last year. The Red-Headed Stranger is nominated for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at this month’s Grammys for his recent album, Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin.

If you wonder what Reba McEntire thinks about the goings-on in the world these days, you’re likely to have a chance to find out next Wednesday. Reba’s set to share her opinions with the ladies of The View on February 8, as she joins the panel as a co-host on the ABC morning talkfest. The Country Music Hall of Famer’s stop by The View is the final stop in her promotional tour for her new gospel album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, which comes out Friday. On Monday, Reba visits NBC’s Today show and the syndicated Access Hollywood Live, before appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

The first concert is April 4 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with T.J. and John Osborne set to start the show.
Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winning artist, Ty Herndon will appear this Saturday, Feb. 4 on Oprah’s Where Are They Now?, airing on The Oprah Winfrey Network at 10/9c p.m.  The country-recording artist will share stories about his journey; a reflection on the personal challenges and struggles he’s faced and conquered, and how he’s continuously bettered himself as a musician by telling his truth through his music.  Herndon will also discuss his latest studio album, House On Fire.  Herndon’s 20-year career has resulted in an impressive string of hits, including four No. 1’s (“What Mattered Most,” “Living in a Moment,” “It Must Be Love,” “Loved Too Much”), as well as numerous Top 10 hits, including “I Want My Goodbye Back,” “Loved Too Much,” “A Man Holding On (To a Woman Letting Go),” and “Hands of a Working Man.”  He’s acquired 20 Billboard charted singles to his credit, numerous industry awards, and more than five million albums sold.

With the start of their 2017 Soul2Soul Tour just a couple months away, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have announced they’ll host a rotating array of special guests on the trek, with their opening acts changing from week to week. Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Chris Lane, High Valley, Lori McKenna, Charlie Worsham, Rachel Platten, Rhiannon Giddens, Eric Paslay, Brandy Clark, Cam, Chris Janson, and LOCASH are just some of the acts who’ll have the chance to share the stage with Tim and Faith during their first tour together in a decade. Due to demand, the pair also is adding half a dozen dates to their itinerary.  ey’re now set to play Edmonton, Alberta; Moline, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; and Greenville, South Carolina, as well as adding a second show in Denver, Colorado.

Pre-sales start Friday, with tickets going on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time on February 10.

Kip Moore is back with a new self-produced and self-penned single called “More Girls Like You.”

Chris DuBois, Ashley Gorley, Kelley Lovelace and Lee Thomas Miller will all play in Writers Round: The Songs of Brad Paisley February 18 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater.

Big & Rich are going all the way to “California” for their new song. The track named for the Golden State will be the lead single from the duo’s sixth studio album, Did It for the Party, which is set to come out during the third quarter of this year. “California” will be released March 6, ahead of Big & Rich's April partnership with Twix candy bars that will promote the single in Walmart stores nationwide. Big Kenny and John Rich also will launch their Did It for the Party Tour this summer.

Blake Shelton has made it to #1 and he’s not letting go, as “A Guy with a Girl” begins its third week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The third single from If I’m Honest also clocks its second week leading the Mediabase tally. “I could not be happier that we’re celebrating this song at #1 for another week,” the star of The Voice says. “The success of this song and this album is because of the fans and people who love country music,” he adds. For the Oklahoma native’s most recent multi-week #1, you have to go back to July of 2015, when “Sangria” topped the chart.

This Friday, Reba McEntire releases the first gospel album of her career, the double set Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. Its first single is a song she’s loved since it was first recorded back in 2008. “'Back to God' was my favorite song on Randy Houser's first album…” the Country Music Hall of Famer recalls. “When that song would come on, I would sit there and listen to it and I said, 'I'd love to record that some day.' But he did such a good job, I thought, 'Ew, I don't think I could beat him on that!'” she jokes. But if Reba hadn’t been a little over-zealous in the studio, she might never have done Randy’s song. “We had recorded like 16 songs,” she recalls, “and we couldn't figure out which ones to cut out to have an album.” The Oklahoma native was all in when the label suggested she do a double set -- even though that meant she was suddenly short. “We needed four more songs, and so I said, 'Oh my gosh, I forgot Randy's song.' And so that's when I recorded 'Back to God'…”

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill promise a special announcement regarding their Soul2Soul World Tour this year coming Tuesday on Facebook Live.

Darius Rucker, the Mavericks, and Nashville star and Eric-Church-duet-partner Rhiannon Giddens are just some of the artists set to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It takes place April 28 - May 7 in the Crescent City.

Garth Brooks has sold out all four of his upcoming shows at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas the first weekend in April.

The biggest stars in country music fuel the soundtrack to Tim McGraw’s new movie, The Shack. Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge, and of course Tim and Faith Hill, have all recorded new music for the film. This marks the first time Tim and Faith have both written and recorded a song together. You can stream their new duet, “Keep Your Eyes on Me” via YouTube now, and if you pre-order the soundtrack, you can download the tune. Tim stars in the movie based on the inspirational best-seller, playing both the main character’s best friend and narrating the film. The Shack:  Music from and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture comes out February 24, ahead of the movie’s release on March 3.

Trace Adkins returns with his first studio album in four years at the end of March, and he’s strikingly candid about the time that’s passed since his last recording. “A man comes to a point in his life where he begins to reflect on his past and what he’s learned…” he says. “If you’ve led the kind of life I’ve led, at some point you have to temper your vices.” Trace says that’s the outlook of his new single, “Watered Down,” and you can see that side of him in the song’s new lyric video, which was shot on his Nashville farm. The man behind “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” hits the road February 4 on his 2017 tour, which kicks off in Orlando, Florida. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and every purchase includes a physical copy of Trace's forthcoming project.

Luke Bryan will be “Huntin,’ Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” as he hits the road this spring on his new 2017 tour, named for his recent #1.  An appropriately camo-clad Luke announced his plans in a comic YouTube video where he engages in an outrageous game of Duck Hunt on Nintendo. Brett Eldredge will be along for all the dates on the trek, with Lauren Alaina, Craig Campbell, Adam Craig, Seth Ennis and Granger Smith rotating in the opening spot. The former CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year still has one more leg left on his Kill the Lights trek, which starts March 17.