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"What I See" in an "Old Camaro": LANCO's back with two new songs

ABC/Image Group LAThe five-man band LANCO plays with idea of perspective in their new single, “What I See.”

Lead singer Brandon Lancaster recalls how the song was born.

"We had the idea for 'What I See' after our bus picked us up in this little random parking lot with just a rundown bar and restaurant," he explains. "To us, it might have been insignificant as we were just passing through, but to someone, it could be a landmark. This could be the place where someone spent all their Friday nights or had their first fender-bender in high school.”

“We started talking about all our upbringings,” Brandon remembers, “and realized that we all have those places in our own towns that meant something to us, whether it’s the football field or just an exit sign. Though insignificant to most, they are part of our stories, so this song shines a light on the idea that 'there’s more than meets the eye.’"

You can stream or download “What I See” now, along with another new track, “Old Camaro.” 

LANCO scored their first number one, and a double platinum single, with “Greatest Love Story,” which came out in 2016. Its follow-up, “Born to Love You,” was just certified gold earlier this month.

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Midland's got a secret, as they re-open L.A.'s most famous honky tonk for one night

ABC/Image Group LAMidland’s hinting they have a secret to reveal Tuesday during their debut appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They’re set to sing on the syndicated program as well. Check your local listings to see when it airs in your area.

That same day, Mark WystrachCameron Duddy and Jess Carson are set to play North Hollywood’s Palomino Club, which wouldn’t be that remarkable, save for one thing -- it closed in 1995. Embracing their retro roots, the trio will bring L.A.’s most famous country music joint back to life for one night with a sold-out performance.

Next month, the “Mr. Lonely” hitmakers vie for both New Artist and Vocal Group of the Year at the CMA Awards in Nashville. Tune in to ABC on Wednesday, November 13 at 8 p.m. ET to see if they take home some trophies.

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"Drunk Me" needs to celebrate: Mitchell Tenpenny goes double platinum

ABC/Image Group LA Mitchell Tenpenny not only kicked off his headlining tour Thursday night in Nashville, he also passed the two million mark.

Backstage at Marathon Music Works, the Nashville native learned his breakthrough hit, “Drunk Me,” has officially been certified double platinum for sales and streams equaling two million units.

Mitchell’s debut single topped the chart last December and was certified platinum in January.

He continues on the Anything She Says Tour with Australian duo Seaforth through December, before joining Old Dominion on the road in February.

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Chris Janson and Ellen DeGeneres will become 'Real Friends' with "Good Vibes" later this month

ABC/Image Group LAEllen DeGeneres has built practically her entire career on “Good Vibes,” so it’s only fitting she should hang with Chris Janson.

Chris will perform his top-five single, “Good Vibes,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, October 25. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area.

That’s exactly one week after Chris’s new album, Real Friends, comes out next Friday.

The Missouri native has one more major TV appearance coming up as well. Catch him during the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. hours of NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, October 22.

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Keith Urban expands European tour due to "phenomenal demand"

ABC/Mark LevineEurope can't get enough of Keith Urban, so the Aussie superstar's adding three new dates in the United Kingdom.

Initial shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Birmingham sold out practically the moment they went on sale. Now, the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year is expanding his itinerary to accommodate the demand.

This is Keith's first major tour of the U.K. in more than a dozen years.

Here's a look at the added concerts on the Keith Urban Live tour, with tickets on sale now:

5/6 -- London, England, Eventim Apollo
5/9 -- Manchester, England, O2 Apollo Manchester
5/13 -- Glasgow, Scotland, O2 Academy Glasgow

Here's the initial itinerary, with sold-out dates noted:

5/2 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, AFAS Live 
5/5 -- London, England, Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
5/8 -- Manchester, England, O2 Apollo Manchester (SOLD OUT)
5/12 -- Glasgow, Scotland, O2 Academy Glasgow (SOLD OUT)
5/14 -- Birmingham, England, O2 Academy Birmingham (SOLD OUT)
5/20 -- Munich, Germany, Zenith
5/22 -- Frankfurt, Germany, Jahrhunderthalle
5/23 -- Cologne, Germany, Palladium
5/25 -- Hamburg, Germany, Sporthalle
5/26 -- Berlin, Germany, Verti Music Hall
5/29 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Falkoner Salen
5/30 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Annexet
5/31 -- Oslo, Norway, Sentrum Scene

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'Grit & Grace' on tour: Tim McGraw hits the road to promo new fitness book

Harper WaveTim McGraw will kick off a five-city book tour Saturday, November 2 in Nashville, before his new fitness book comes out the following Tuesday.

In Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life, the superstar reveals the “mental and physical routines that got him into the best shape of his life” for the first time.  

Journalists Hoda KotbJenna Bush Hager and Nischelle Turner will join Tim for a discussion at different stops on the tour, along with health entrepreneur Aubrey Marcus.

You can find out more at TimMcGraw.com.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Tim’s Grit & Grace book tour, with each evening’s moderator noted: 

11/2 -- Nashville, TN, Ensworth School, Nischelle Turner
11/3 -- Princeton, NJ, Hyatt Regency Princeton, Hoda Kotb
11/5 -- New York, NY, Barnes & Noble Union Square, Jenna Bush Hager
11/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, Barnes & Noble The Grove, Aubrey Marcus
11/8 -- Austin, TX, First Baptist Church, Aubrey Marcus

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Meet Sam Hunt's "Kinfolks," starring the same "playful, flirtatious guy" as "House Party" and "Body Like a Back Road"

Connor DwyerIf Sam Hunt's long-awaited new single, "Kinfolks," seems familiar to you, the Georgia native is just fine with that. In fact, he sees the new music as an extension of two of his biggest hits.

"On the first record, I had a song called 'House Party' that I didn't really know for sure if I was going to put on the record," Sam admits. "And then it turned out to be one of our best live songs... We've had such a good reaction from that song."

"And then 'Body Like a Back Road,' I was hesitant to put that out," he confesses. "And it was kind of the same character, or the same perspective a little bit, and just sort of the playful, flirtatious guy, or a shade of kinda what I'd done."

"And then that song did so well. I just leaned back into that."

So "Kinfolks" is sort of "same character, different song."

"I guess if you were to categorize 'Kinfolks,' it would fall in that same lane as those other two songs," Sam explains. "That seems to be -- as far as writing love songs -- that seems to be the lane that I'm comfortable with, so that 'Kinfolks' fit that bill."

Sam did manage to work a shout-out to his mom into the song. She's the "Joanie" that'll "leave us on a light" in "Kinfolks."

Look for Sam's follow-up to 2014's triple-platinum Montevallo sometime after the first of the year. He's hinting he's planning a major tour for 2020 as well.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago this week, Merle Haggard recorded his live Okie from Muskogee album. Can you name the location of that concert? ANSWER: Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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"It Ain't My Fault" if we "Stay a Little Longer": Brothers Osborne are fueled by the fans 'Live at the Ryman'

EMI NashvilleBack in February, Brothers Osborne played three sold-out shows at the Mother Church of Country Music in Nashville. It's a series of performances that will live on forever, thanks to their new album, Live at the Ryman, which comes out today.

Both John and TJ Osborne agree: it's the people seated in the historic pews that really made the nights come to life.

"There [were] a lot of really true fans in the audience," TJ tells ABC Audio. "And you can hear it on the record, particularly on a song called 'Weed, Whiskey and Willie.' You can hear the audience just singin' a lot of lines in that song."

"And it just kind of radiated with me," he continues, "because that song wasn't a single. It was just a song you would've [had] to have [searched] out on Port St. Joe. The crowds every night were really, really, really fun."

So fun in fact, it fueled a marathon performance of a top ten hit from their debut album, Pawn Shop.

"'It Ain't My Fault,' you know, is a three-and-a-half-minute song that did well for us on radio," John explains. "And we recorded it like a radio single, and it went from about three-and-a-half-minutes to the live version that's on the live record [that clocks in at] over sixteen minutes."

"So, you know, there's a new arrangement," he adds, "there's parts where we kind of pause, and get the crowd going. And then there's like... ten minutes of just soloing in the middle. It's gone. It gets haywire." 

You can check out the new video of Brothers' Live at the Ryman version of their chart-topping hit, "Stay a Little Longer," on YouTube now.

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTune in to see the man behind "The Git Up," Blanco Brown, Friday morning on ABC's Good Morning America, starting at 7 a.m. local time. Blanco's album, Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs, comes out Friday.

The first holiday album from the band Blackhawk, titled The Spirit of Christmas, is set to be released on Friday, October 18. The new project features ten classic Yuletide tunes.

Performing rights organization BMI will give Dwight Yoakam its President's Award Tuesday, November 12 at the 67th annual BMI Country Awards in Nashville. Kenny ChesneyBrooks & Dunn, and Willie Nelson have previously received the honor.

If you missed Kenny Chesney discussing next summer's Chillaxification tour with the Today show's Natalie Morales, you can check out the interview online.

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Tune in to see Blake Shelton surprise Craig Morgan on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show'

Connor Dwyer Craig Morgan’s been hanging out with the original American Idol, recording a new episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. It turns out the vocal powerhouse who’s also a coach on The Voice had something up her sleeve.

“Had a blast at The Kelly Clarkson Show taping,” Craig shared on his socials. “My bud Blake Shelton surprised me.

“Kelly Clarkson, you are amazing,” Craig added, along with a photo of the threesome.

Of course, Blake’s a huge fan of Craig’s, having recently mounted a Twitter campaign to push Craig’s new single, “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost,” to the top of the iTunes sales chart.

That led to Craig reuniting with Broken Bow, his original record label, and more than twenty radio stations starting to play the song, which was inspired by the loss of his son more than three years ago in a tubing accident on a lake.

You can see Craig and Blake together on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, October 17. Check your local listings to see when the syndicated hour airs in your area.

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Trisha Yearwood can't take 'Every Girl' on Tour, but she's picked four special ones

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Trisha YearwoodIt’s not “Every Girl in This Town” who gets to head out on tour with Trisha Yearwood, but four lucky ones will get to.

Kim RicheyCaylee HammackCaroline Jones and Rachel Wammack will all join the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year at different points on her trek, named Every Girl on Tour.

Richey’s a veteran singer/songwriter who wrote hits for Trisha like “Believe Me Baby (I Lied),” while Caylee, Caroline and Rachel are all promising newcomers.

“This tour is a very special one, because I haven’t done a proper U.S. run in five years,” Trisha says. “I know, I know, it was long overdue!”

“Because it’s such an important moment for me,” Yearwood continues, “I wanted to showcase and support a really diverse and dynamic group of girls on the bill. These are strong and confident women who have their own voices, styles, and attitudes. I love that. They’re going to make every night stand out and be unforgettable.”

Ultimately, Trisha feels like she’s paying it forward.

“I had the support of some really great mentors and artists I admired over the years,” she reflects. “There’s nothing better than being able to shine a spotlight on someone else now.”

“Make sure you get to Every Girl on Tour early to watch these ladies bring down the house,” she adds.

Trisha kicked off the trek last week with three nights in Music City with the Nashville Symphony. This Sunday, she continues on to Atlanta, in her home state of Georgia. Expect to hear the title track of her Every Girl album, which is already a top-thirty hit.

Here’s the remaining itinerary for Trisha Yearwood’s Every Girl on Tour, with the openers noted:

10/13 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts, Kim Richey
10/24 -- Carmel, IN, The Center for Performing Arts -- The Palladium, Kim Richey
10/25 -- St. Louis, MO, Stifel Theatre, Kim Richey
10/26 -- Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre, Kim Richey
10/27 -- Cleveland, OH, Playhouse Square -- KeyBank State Theatre, Kim Richey
11/2 -- Tulsa, OK, Brady Theater, Caylee Hammack
11/3 -- Sugar Land, TX, Smart Financial Centre, Caylee Hammack
11/4 -- Fort Worth, TX, Bass Performance Hall
11/7 -- Chicago, IL, The Chicago Theatre, Caylee Hammack
11/8 -- Milwaukee, WI, Riverside Theater, Caroline Jones
11/9 -- Minneapolis, MN, Orpheum Theater, Caroline Jones
11/21 -- New York, NY, Town Hall Theatre, Rachel Wammack
11/22 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre, Rachel Wammack
11/23 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts, Rachel Wammack
11/24 -- Glenside, PA, Keswick Theatre, Rachel Wammack
12/4 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, Kim Richey
12/5 -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Parker Playhouse, Kim Richey
12/6 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Kim Richey
12/7 -- Jacksonville, FL, Florida Theatre, Kim Richey

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Dolly's sold-out 50th Opry anniversary stand will be a Thanksgiving-week special on NBC

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On Saturday night, Dolly Parton will celebrate half a century on the Grand Ole Opry with a sold-out two-show engagement at the iconic Nashville venue. If you're not one of the lucky ones with a ticket, however, you can still see it anyway, since NBC's turning it into a TV special.

The two-hour Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry is set to air Tuesday, November 26, boasting a superstar lineup. Not only will Dolly sing her classic hits, she'll be joined by the likes of Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Chris Janson, Emmylou Harris, Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr. and more.

"I'm so thrilled to be celebrating my 50-year anniversary with the Grand Ole Opry," Dolly says. "I'm also excited that NBC wanted to share in this milestone with me."

She adds, "Together we hope to entertain a broader audience [and educate them] on what the Grand Ole Opry is and what it means to me. We have some special treats, surprises and great performances by some very talented artists and I’m looking so forward to sharing it with you."

Dolly Parton: 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry premieres Tuesday, November 26, at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Sam Hunt, Lady A & Vince will honor Reba at Wednesday's 'CMT Artists of the Year'

CMTThe list of big names who’ll be a part of next week’s 2019 CMT Artists of the Year just keeps growing.

Sam HuntLady AntebellumThomas Rhett’s wife Lauren AkinsVince GillMaddie & TaeThe Connors and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, plus Chrissy Metz and Lonnie Chavis from This Is Us, are all set to take the stage next Wednesday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

Carrie UnderwoodDan ShayKane BrownThomas Rhett and Luke Combs are this year’s honorees, alongside Breakout Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde and Artist of a Lifetime Reba McEntire.

Lady A and Sam will pay tribute to Reba, while Vince will present her award. Chrissy Metz will do a special performance for Luke Combs.

Galecki, Lauren, Lonnie and Maddie & Tae will all be presenters.

You can tune in to watch the 90-minute Artists of the Year special next Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Climb onstage with Jason Aldean and his band in new "We Back" video

Broken BowYou can experience Jason Aldean in concert like never before in his new video for “We Back.”

The black-and-white clip for his latest top-25 hit was shot on the road during his Ride All Night Tour, which wraps up Friday night at Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park, between Dallas and Fort Worth.

You’ll feel like you’re right next to Jason and the band for most of the clip, thanks to eight 360-degree cameras attached to musical instruments, Jason’s mic, and even a beer can.

“We’ve put out music videos in the past from our tours, but [director ShaunSilva put a really cool spin on this one,” Jason says. “Fans are going to feel like they are on stage with us, which is something I’ve never really seen pulled off like this before.”

“We Back” is the lead single from 9, the upcoming ninth album by the ACM Entertainer of the Decade; it comes out November 22.

You’ll be able to stream or download a new track called “Got What I Got” tonight at midnight.

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TR & wife Lauren find "calm in the crazy," while they're moving, she's sick, and baby #3 is on the way

ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are expecting their third daughter in February, and the "Remember You Young" hitmaker says nobody's more excited than his older girls, three-year-old Willa and two-year-old Ada.

"They're really, really pumped. We're all really excited," TR says. "Before I had kids, I never really imagined that I would be this at peace with two [kids] and one on the way."

"I thought I'd be like, 'What in the world is happening?'" he continues. "But me and Lauren were actually talking the other day about [how] even though our lives are insanely chaotic, and we never really stop going, and we just kept growing our family, we really do feel right now that we're at a more peaceful spot than we've ever been. Maybe we found the calm in the crazy somehow."

And what exactly does Thomas Rhett mean by crazy? 

"Lauren... she's twenty-three weeks pregnant and still kind of sick. But I've heard that the second or third babies can do that to you..." he explains. "We're moving, because we've completely outgrown our house. And now we have somewhere for everybody to sleep, which is nice."

"But we're just pumped," he adds, "and you know, Willa Gray and Ada are always are touching Lauren's stomach. And we haven't picked her name yet, but we've got a few floating around, and [we're] trying to figure it out."

Thomas Rhett celebrated his latest two number ones, "Sixteen" and "Look What God Gave Her," during a party Wednesday afternoon on the rooftop at BMI in Nashville. This weekend, he closes out his Very Hot Summer Tour at Bridgestone Arena in Music City.

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How do I love thee? Not like "Tequila Does," according to Miranda Lambert

ABC/Mark LevineMiranda Lambert leans in hard toward traditional country on the latest preview track from her Wildcard album, lamenting, “he don’t love me like tequila does” in the tempo-shifting tune.

“‘Tequila Does’ is country. And country music makes me happy,” Miranda declares. “No matter how rock or edgy or scorned you can get, when you come back to a country song with a steel guitar, it makes my soul feel like it’s on fire.”

You can check out the new lyric video for “Tequila Does” on YouTube now, ahead of Wildcard’s arrival on November 1.

Thursday night, Miranda’s all-girl Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour continues in Champaign, Illinois, with a rotating array of talent that includes Maren MorrisElle KingPistol AnniesAshley McBrydeTenille Townes, and Caylee Hammack.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Fifteen years ago this week, this Keith Urban record debuted at #1 on Billboard's country albums chart. Can you name the 2004 effort that features the hits "Days Go By," "You're My Better Half," and "Making Memories of Us." ANSWER: Be Here.

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Lady A's looking forward to a date with Dolly before diving into 'Ocean'

Walt Disney Television/Paula Lobo; ABC/Image Group LALady Antebellum has a Saturday night date with Dolly Parton. They're among the artists performing in the two sold-out shows celebrating the icon's 50th year on the Grand Ole Opry.

As you might imagine, they love Dolly just as much as everyone else.

"She has ventured so far out of what you could say is country music, but never departed from it," Hillary Scott points out. "But I just love that she is still her. She has not wavered.

"She is one of the best songwriters of all time," Charles Kelley adds, "[She's] such a chameleon, and has been in so many different facets of the business."

"From an entrepreneurial standpoint, too, I mean, she's just the quintessential woman BOSS of our genre," Charles says. "She kind of set the bar high for everybody. Reba [McEntire] I'm sure looked and learned from watching Dolly."

Charles confesses he's also a tiny bit jealous of Dolly. 

"Every single one agrees that, like, you gotta love Bruce Springsteen. You gotta love Willie Nelson. You gotta love Dolly. That's very rare. And I'm not gonna lie. I'm a little envious of that. Everyone thinks she's cool and that's... hard to do," he admits.

Just like everybody else, Lady A's excited to have their moment with Dolly.

"I think we've met her briefly one time," Hillary explains, "so I can't wait to really, hopefully get a second to just hug her neck and tell her how honored we are to be there."

Earlier this week, Lady A performed the majority of their new album for an invitation-only crowd at Third & Lindsley in Nashville. Their set included their latest hit, "What If I Never Get Over You," and as-yet-unreleased tracks like "You Can Do You."

The full Ocean album arrives November 15.

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrothers Osborne's new live video of their chart-topping hit, "Stay a Little Longer," is set to debut Thursday at 5 p.m. ET via YouTube. Their Live at the Ryman album comes out on Friday.

You can check out a newly-remastered HD version of Luke Bryan's 2009 hit "Do I" on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 22 in Nashville, Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall is set to reveal a newly-discovered rare artifact from the Man in Black at the Johnny Cash Museum downtown.

New group King Calaway performed the title track of their debut album, Rivers, on The Late Late Show with James Corden. You can watch their performance now online.

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