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BradPaisley-050611.jpg Brad Paisley will host the 2015 Wild West Comedy Festival in Nashville, which goes down on April 16, at TPAC's Andrew Jackson Hall. Comedic acts scheduled to appear during the evening include Jon Reep, Greg Hahn, Theo Von, Sarah Tiana and Keith Alberstadt. Paisley will introduce and chat up each comedian before they begin their sets.

LadyAntebellum.jpg Lady Antebellum, Christina Aguilera and Nick Jonas have all been added to the performance lineup of the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 19. Aguilera will sing a surprise duet, while Brooks & Dunn will reunite, and Jonas performs with Dan + Shay. Other performers include Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and more.

thompson-square-012213.jpg Thompson Square have released "Trans Am," a new single from their upcoming third studio album. Keifer Thompson tells Rolling Stone that the song's topic holds a special place in his heart. "I've wanted that car ever since I can remember, especially after I saw Smokey and the Bandit, of course. We both love American muscle cars . . ."

MirandaLambert-102209.jpg Miranda Lambert made a double amputee's dream come true on Saturday night. The singer was in Biloxi, Mississippi as part of her tour when she met eight-year-old fan Kalyn Squires, who had her leg amputated as a baby as a result of congenital defects. Lambert signed one of Squires' prosthetic legs, which had an image of Lambert painted just below the knee.

Billyray-052010.jpg Billy Ray Cyrus has teamed up with Shooter Jennings for a special Record Store Day release. The pair have duetted on the cut "Killing the Blues," a track written by Rowland Salley. Speaking with Rolling Stone, Billy says Shooter's offer to record came at a pivotal time. "I had withdrawn into this place where I felt sad and all I did was play music."

jameyjohnson-070814.jpg Jamey Johnson will perform at an upcoming fundraiser for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, set to take place on April 1 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Other acts scheduled to perform include Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Carlene Carter, Angaleena Presley and The Secret Sisters.

willienelson-121211.jpg Willie Nelson is launching his own line of marijuana, and other related products, under the name Willie's Reserve. It's no secret that the 81-year-old country singer has been a longtime advocate of marijuana use. "Well, you know, Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side," said Michael Bowman.

zacbrownband-073014.jpg Zac Brown Band have announced they will be performing at the 2015 Summerfest, which is taking place from June 24-28 and June 30-July 5 at Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park. The band will be one of the acts headlining the Marcus Amphitheater, which also include concerts from Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Kings Of Leon and Linkin Park.

dollyparton-010612.jpg The schedule of events for Dollywood's 30th anniversary celebrations this year has been unveiled. Dolly Parton will be returning to her namesake park to kick off the Showcase of Stars with four concerts on August 8 and 9. This will be her first performance series at the park since her last Dollywood show in 2005.

carrieunderwood-051111.jpg Carrie Underwood is showing the world her baby for the first time. The Grammy-winning singer posted a picture of her one-month-old son, Isaiah Michael, on Instagram on March 29. In the shot, the baby is shown asleep, holding his cheek up with his hand, while his other hand holds a hockey stick emblazoned with the logo of the Nashville Predators.

Kacey-Musgraves-012714.jpg Kacey Musgraves and Brian Wilson recently released their duet "Guess You Had To Be There," which is featured on Wilson's upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. Wilson has a reputation for pushing for perfection when it comes to collaborating with others, but says it didn't take long for him and Musgraves to make a connection.

LukeBryan.jpg Luke Bryan put his skills to the test when he took the field with the Chicago White Sox during spring training. Bryan posed for pictures and even stepped into the cage to take batting practice. Though he is a big baseball fan, Bryan said he learned some time ago that he is better off as a musician. "I learned early on that I wasn't an athlete," a humbled Luke Bryan told CMT.

SunnySweeney-062714.jpg Sunny Sweeney's new video for "My Bed," which stars Will Hoge, is an emotional story of divorce. The song hits home for Sweeney, who was divorced once before. "It's so emotional," she tells Rolling Stone. "I don't drive around and listen to my own music, but for the last two weeks I've been listening to this song a lot because I knew we were doing the video for it."

Taylorswift-042412.jpg Rumors of Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris have ramped up after the couple were spotted shopping for groceries at Whole Foods. In a photo via a Calvin Harris fan-run Twitter account, Taylor and Harris were snapped wearing matching gray tops and black bottoms. Sources at the 2015 Brit Awards reportedly claimed that the two artists "have a mutual respect for each other's work . . ."

LadyAntebellum.jpg Lady Antebellum was recently honored with the Icon Award by the National Music Publishers' Association. The group received the award at the NMPA Spring Songwriter Showcase on Tuesday, March 24, which took place in the nation's capital. They were also given NMPA gold and platinum awards for writing their hit songs, such as "Bartender," "Need You Now" and "I Run To You."

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