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Big Machine Label GroupFlorida Georgia Line just shared the cover artwork for their new album Dig Your Roots, and it’s adorable. In keeping with the title, the cover depicts the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley as children, Kelley clad in a cowboy hat, boots and diaper, and Hubbard smiling astride a toy scooter.

They also announced that the new set, their third studio album, will be available Aug. 26, which also happens to be Kelley’s 31st birthday. The duo wrote more than half the songs on the project, though not the lead single “H.O.L.Y.,” which has already topped the charts.

“Our album cover says it all,” says Kelley. “We really wanted this album to reflect who we are and our lives in this moment, but also where we came from.”

Their headlining Dig Your Roots Tour continues through the end of the year.

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Credit: Karl Walter/Getty Images for StagecoachStars from the worlds of country and bluegrass music — and even Hollywood — are reacting to the sad news that music legend Ralph Stanley died June 23 following a battle with skin cancer.

Country star Dierks Bentley tweeted that the news was “like a punch to the heart. Thank you God for Ralph Stanley.”

Steve Wariner tweeted, “A true legend is gone … RIP.” Singer Mindy Smith wrote simply, “God bless your precious soul #RalphStanley.”

Actor-comedian Steve Martin, who is also an accomplished bluegrass musician, posted a series of tweets, the first reading, “Ralph Stanley, one of the last remaining original bluegrass artistes, has died. Listen to him sing Oh Death.” He later directed his fans to check out Stanley’s performance of “Pretty Polly,” and wrote, “bluegrass can be an acquired taste, but honesty is universal.” He also called Stanley’s autobiography, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times, “soulful and an insight to the thrill of singing.” Like Stanley, Martin plays the banjo.

Ricky Skaggs released a poignant statement saying, “The end of an era, the passing of a king, a kind and humble king from the mountains. He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where. Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches. He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager. The Scriptures tell us ‘God uses the simple things to confound the wise.’ He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses.”

Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent tweeted a photo of herself sharing a microphone with Stanley and wrote, “Rest in peace my friend.” And the duo Daily & Vincent posted, “Our most heartfelt condolences are with the Stanley family this morning. The great Ralph Stanley passed away.”

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Garth Brooks (John Russell/CMA)Like so many others, Garth Brooks was devastated by the recent mass shooting at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured. And while he calls the comparison “stupid,” the incident actually made the country superstar think about a scene in Star Wars where the Obi-Wan Kenobi character says, “I feel a great loss in the force right now” as the balance between good and evil shifted.

Reflecting on the tragedy, Brooks says, “I don’t know how you can not be touched by that,” in much the same way the world was touched by the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. “As mankind, you just felt the air go out [of the room], and you think, ‘Don’t let it win. Keep open. Let that heartbeat start to beat again.’”

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ComStock/ThinkStockIn what year did Elvis Presley appear on NBC’s The Steve Allen Show clad in a tuxedo and crooning “Hound Dog” to a basset hound? ANSWER: 1956

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockDustin Lynch will debut his new single, “Seein’ Red,” on TBS’ Conan July 6. It is the first single from his upcoming third album. Lynch says of the song, “It’s fun, sexy, energetic, and makes me want to dance all over somebody.”

Darius Rucker has changed managers. In joining the roster of Maverick Management’s Nashville office, he now shares representation with fellow country stars Jason AldeanRascal FlattsBrooks & Dunnand Terri Clark. Rucker is currently headlining an amphitheater tour with openers Dan Shay and Michael Ray.

Stars of the hit television series Nashville wrapped their first international tour June 20 in Dublin, Ireland, after playing to sold-out U.K. crowds in five other cities, including three shows in London. The tour featured cast members Clare BowenChris CarmackCharles Esten, and Sam Palladio performing both original music and songs from the series. Jonathan Jackson joined the tour in Dublin.

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Sony Music NashvilleFollowing her divorce from Blake Shelton last year, Miranda Lambert has closed the Pink Pistol boutique she had opened in the small town where they shared a home, Tishomingo, Oklahoma. But now she’s expanding the site of a second Pink Pistol that her mother currently operates in her hometown of Lindale, Texas, moving it to a much larger facility nearby.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Lambert says of the new site, which is expected to open at the end of August."There's a lot of pink randomness. I mean there's like a four foot baby pink elephant. I don't know when I got that, but I was like, 'OK, this is going to be some eclectic stuff.'"

Miranda said she decided to combine the two stores into a single one in Lindale, because the Texas space is so much bigger than the Oklahoma one. And she has big plans for the expansion.

“There's this amazing complex going in in Lindale with all these businesses and a stage," she says. "It's really really cool and progressive, especially for a small, East Texas town.”

Her mother will continue to run the operation.

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Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBluegrass music legend and three-time Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89, his rep confirmed to ABC News. Grandson Nathan Stanley broke the news on his Facebook page Thursday evening, noting that his grandfather “went peacefully in his sleep [after] a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.”

A Virginia native, the banjo virtuoso first rose to fame in the mid 1940s with his band the Clinch Mountain Boys. He later formed the duo The Stanley Brothers with sibling Carter Stanley. They charted the top-20 single “How Far to Little Rock” in 1960.

After Carter’s death in 1966, Ralph embarked on a successful solo career, later finding a legion of new fans through his work on the 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, and earning a Grammy for best male country vocal performance for the song “O Death.” His contributions to the soundtrack also made him part of its Album of the Year Grammy win. A year later he won a third Grammy, this one in the Best Bluegrass Album category for Lost in the Lonesome Pines with the Clinch Mountain Boys. 

Stanley became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2000 and was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 1992.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jimmie; children Lisa Stanley Marshall, Tonya Armes Stanley and Ralph Stanley II; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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Photo: Hunter BerryThirty years ago this month Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life, and he went on to have a major impact on country music as a leader of the new traditionalist movement. On June 22 in Nashville, Travis was honored for those accomplishments with the Career Achievement Award, given annually by the industry organization Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc., during its annual Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner.

Fellow country star Josh Turner (pictured on the right) was on hand to pay tribute with a medley of Travis’ songs, including “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart,” “Three Wooden Crosses,” “Digging Up Bones,” “A Man Ain’t Made of Stone” and “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

Before his performance, Turner said, “I’m just honored and flattered to have been asked to … honor my hero. … One of the best things I feel like anybody can have in life is a hero, because a hero makes you want to be a better version of yourself, and they inspire you to do great things. That’s exactly what Randy Travis has done for me throughout the years.”

Travis is still recovering from a 2013 stroke that took his voice so his wife, Mary, spoke on his behalf calling her husband a “fighter” and a “warrior.”

“Randy’s story is one of redemption, and his songs were always delivered with such patience and experience,” she said. “He lived the songs that he sang. … He left us a beautiful body of work that will live on forever and ever. His songs were rehearsed in the Saturday morning honky-tonks and replayed in the Sunday morning services.”

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Trae Patton/NBCReba McEntire has been entertaining fans for four decades, so she’s more than qualified to judge other talent. She’ll put those skills to use when she joins NBC’s America’s Got Talent as a guest judge for the “judge cuts” round beginning July 12.

She joins fellow entertainers George LopezNe-Yo and former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson in the guest judge role.

In addition to her award-winning singing career, Reba has acted in 11 films, and starred in two television sitcoms and on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun.

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Black River EntertainmentThink you don’t have anything in common with country stars? Well, if you’ve ever had a really bad summer job, you actually do.

In this fun video compiled by the Grand Ole Opry, Kelsea Ballerini (pictured), Craig MorganDustin LynchMaggie Rose and newcomer Tara Thompson share stories about their worst ever non-music gigs.

For Morgan, it was a stint at a fast food chain called Corn Dog 7.  Lynch spent a summer mulching, and says, “You don’t get used to it. … It still smells and it’s still hot and steamy.” Ballerini, meanwhile, admits that because the policy at a cupcake shop where she worked called for disposing of any damaged product, “I’d just eat all the cupcakes.”

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ABC Television NetworkTwo stars of Nashville are unlikely to return for the series’ fifth season, and it’s not the two you might have expected to bolt the show following its move from ABC to CMT and Hulu. Contract talks with series stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are going well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which means a missing airplane cliffhanger involving Panettiere’s character is likely to have a happy ending when the show returns.

But Will Chase, who plays Luke Wheeler, and Aubrie Peeples, aka Layla Grant, are “unlikely to return,” sources tell the publication, adding that theirs are expected to be the only departures from the large cast.

Chase joined the show in the second season and was promoted to series regular in the third. Peeples also came aboard as a recurring character in season two and was upped to regular in season four.

Nashville is expected to return to CMT and Hulu with new episodes in the fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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ComStock/ThinkStockWhat year did Big Machine Records introduce a teenage Taylor Swift with her debut single “Tim McGraw?” ANSWER: 2006

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockSongwriter, musician and producer Freddy Powers passed away June 21 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Powers, who was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, was a frequent Merle Haggard collaborator, and wrote “Let's Chase Each Other Around the Room” and “Natural High,” among other songs recorded by Haggard. He also penned George Jones’ chart-topping hit “I Always Get Lucky with You” and produced Willie Nelson’s Somewhere over the Rainbow album. Powers received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International in 2013. His memoir The Spree of 83, is due from Waldorf Publishing in February 2017.

Singer Margo Smith reportedly is in intensive care at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida where she is being treated for double pneumonia. Smith charted 27 country singles between 1975 and 1988 including the number-one hits “Don’t Break the Heart that Loves You” and “It Only Hurts for a Little While,” plus six other top-10 hits.

“The Streak” singer Ray Stevens has purchased a $2.85 million home in the Nashville satellite city of Belle Meade, The Tennessean reports. Stevens plans to reside in the property. The two-story, 8,363-square-foot home has 14 rooms, including five bedrooms, five full bathrooms and three half baths and sits on 6.38 acres, the newspaper reports.

Hoping to work for Willie Nelson but missing the musical chops? Nelson’s marijuana company, Willie's Reserve, has openings for several positions in its Colorado office. Unfortunately, Billboard reports, all of the positions require actual related work experience.

Rascal Flatts will perform their most recent hit, “I Like the Sound of That,” on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert June 23.

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Capitol Records NashvilleWhat started out as a songwriting collaboration between Little Big Town and artist, producer and The Voice coach Pharrell Williams turned into a mini album for the country band, although the songs on the newly released Wanderlust are not country at all.

Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook calls working with Williams "an amazing musical experience" that began as an “off the cuff” pairing. “It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of.”

Westbrook says, “The energy was so palpable in the studio with him … that we wanted to keep going and just see what happened. And that resulted in eight songs that we just felt like we wanted to share because we had such a great time doing it.”

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Warner Music NashvilleFor an Illinois native like Brett Eldredge, just setting foot in Chicago’s Wrigley Field can be exciting. So it’s no surprise the rising country star was over the moon when he actually got to shoot his new music video, “Wanna Be That Song,” in the historic baseball venue.

Eldredge says he has been a “diehard Cubs fan from the day I was born,” and calls Wrigley Field “a magical place.”

The video features a beardless Eldredge in black and white portraying a 1940s-era Cubs player. Watch it here.

The singer premiered the clip on the Wrigley JumboTron just before the Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game June 21. He also threw out the game’s first pitch and led the crowd in “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

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Image Group LA/ABC via Getty ImagesWhile she has yet to comment on her departure from the artist roster at record label Black River Entertainment, Kellie Picker seems to be taking it in stride.

The singer and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, are currently visiting Japan. Tweeting from Tokyo, Pickler wrote, “Blessed to see the world with my adventure and life partner … love you baby” and “Konnichiwa (hello) from Tokyo!! Making new friends and new memories. #Blessed #Japan.”

Jacobs, meanwhile, posted a photo of the couple on Instagram with the caption “Sup America?! KP and I are hanging in Tokyo for a while and loving every second of it! Love that I get to share these adventures with the most beautiful girl in the world. #luckyman.”

The second season of the couple’s reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler, debuts on CMT in August, but one cast member may be missing. Her childhood pal Daylan Honeycutt, a comic figure in the show’s first season, has reportedly been arrested on an array of charges, including domestic assault.

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UMG NashvilleLittle Big Town will be spending next month’s Independence Day holiday in Boston, where the band has been been tapped to appear on the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. They join previously announced performers Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas, who are set to perform their hits in conjunction with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and its conductor, Keith Lockhart.

The two-hour special will air live from the Charles River Esplanade on the CBS Television Network from 9-11 p.m. ET.

Little Big Town is current on the road as part of Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Tour and working on a new country album with producer Jay Joyce.

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ComStock/ThinkStockWhat year did future superstar Garth Brooks sign his first recording deal with Capitol Records in Nashville? ANSWER: 1988.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockPrior to his June 19 performance at the Buckeye Country Superfest in Ohio, Randy Houser awarded a decked out new truck to a U.S. military veteran as a “thank you” for his service. The Chevrolet Colorado was outfitted with more than $50,000 in tailgating and grilling items. The service member and his family also received free groceries for a year from Kroger. Houser has partnered with Operation Homefront and Eckrich to honor U.S. military families in this way since 2014. He is currently on tour with Dierks Bentley.

The seventh season of Craig Morgan’s Outdoor Channel series, Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors, premieres July 1. A busy Morgan also released a new album, A Whole Lot More to Me, on June 3.

Toby Keith raised more than $1.1 million during his 13th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic earlier this month in Oklahoma. The proceeds fund the Toby Keith Foundation’s OK Kids Korral, an Oklahoma City facility where families can stay when their child is receiving cancer treatments locally. Asleep at the Wheel performed at a kickoff dinner.

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UMG NashvilleFans eager for new music from Sam Hunt will have to wait a little longer, and they can blame his busy touring schedule for that.

“It's hard for me to balance writing with touring,” he says. “Last year I was so busy it was hard to write on the road, especially when we were going so full speed. This year we're not going quite as hard so it's a lot easier for me to be around [Nashville] and … get back in that mindset.”

In fact, Hunt has mentally cordoned off some time this autumn just to write for the next project, which presumably means we’ll see it sometime next year.

“I think the bulk of the work will happen this fall when I get home,“ he says. “I … blocked out a time period to kind of disconnect, … get back in that mindset and focus. I’m excited about that.”

At this point, he says the album is a collection of “a lot of cool ideas that are coming along. This fall is where I think it will all come together.”

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