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Lady Antebellum Perform Surprise Duet With Fan, Make Her Dreams Come True

For 15 years, Tricia Van Auken has been carrying the same sign to every concert she attends. It reads: “Can I Come Sing w/ You?” — and believe it or not, it has actually worked! Ten months ago, Jake Owen invited Van Auken on stage during a performance at the New York State Fair. Then on Sunday night (June 3), Van Auken’s lucky sign worked again, when Lady Antebellum called her up to sing with them during a show in Canandaigua, N.Y.

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Indiana State Fair Case Involving Sugarland Not Going to Trial Until 2014

This summer, plenty of country music fans will both remember and mourn the Indiana State Fair tragedy. In August of 2011, the fair stage collapsed before a Sugarland performance, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. Since the accident, Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles have been wrapped up in depositions and legal proceedings for a trial that will determine who is responsible for the stage collapse.

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Carrie Underwood, Eric Church + More Rehearse for 2012 CMT Music Awards

The 2012 CMT Music Awards are a collection of both superstars and hot, new country talent. This week, stars like Carrie Underwood and Eric Church have been rehearsing their performances, while newcomers like Kip Moore, Jana Kramer and the FARM look to take the stage for the very first time. Scroll through these photos of artists preparing for Wednesday’s (June 6) CMT broadcast.

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Hank Williams, Jr. to Pay Tribute to Dad With Brad Paisley Duet at CMT Music Awards

With the bevy of country stars set to perform during tomorrow’s (June 6) 2012 CMT Music Awards live telecast, show producers seem rather excited about the performance from one of country music’s living legends, Hank Williams, Jr. The member of the country music’s royal family will take the stage to pay tribute to his father, Hank Williams, who was one of the most iconic artists in county music history.

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Darius Rucker and Friends Bring Good Times, Raise Money for Great Cause in Nashville

On Monday night (June 4), Darius Rucker got fans on their feet to kick off an action-packed week of events as part of the 2012 CMA Music Festival. The singer took over Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon for his third-annual Darius and Friends concert, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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Scotty McCreery Changes His Name

Nobody’s perfect. Not even a late night talk show host like Conan O’Brien, who invites fans to let him know if an error is made during the course of the show. Apparently, one astute viewer pointed out that during an interview with actor/singer Jack Black, O’Brien referred to Scotty McCreery as “Scott McCreedy.”

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Sheryl Crow Reveals She Has a Brain Tumor

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has revealed that a brain tumor is what has been causing recent memory lapses. The star and longtime friend to country music recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she visited a doctor after becoming frustrated with her dulled memory.

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Jana Kramer, ‘Jana Kramer’ – Album Review

She’s beautiful and talented, but where Jana Kramer really shines on her debut country album is in her ability to select songs. Not only has she found 12 tightly-packaged, colorful ballads and pop-country cuts to make her own, but she’s found songs that fit her like the perfect pair of broken-in cowboy boots.

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Kenny Chesney Gets His Own Label Imprint at Sony Music Nashville

It looks as though Kenny Chesney‘s upcoming release, ‘Welcome to the Fishbowl,’ will not be his last on Sony Music Nashville — rather, it’s a first. The country superstar and his longtime label home have reached an exclusive worldwide recording agreement for all of Chesney’s future projects to be released under the Blue Chair/Columbia label, an imprint which gives the ‘Come Over’ singer more creative control. 

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2012 CMT Music Awards Presenters Include Alan Jackson, Jason Aldean + More

The countdown to the 2012 CMT Music Awards is on! This Wednesday night (June 6), country music fanatics will get to see country’s top performers take the stage at the awards show. Plus, fans will also catch a glimpse of their favorite artists presenting awards to this year’s winners.

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David Nail to Play the Country Music Hall of Fame During 2012 CMA Music Festival

David Nail is one of many artists scheduled to perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville during the 2012 CMA Music Festival this week. Nail will kickoff the Hot Nights at the Hall concert series with his performance, which is slated for Tuesday night (June 5).

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Vince Gill, Jake Owen + More Sign on for Second Harvest Food Bank Benefit Concert

Vince Gill, Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line and hit songwriter Dallas Davidson make up the entertainment lineup for the 8th-annual Stars for Second Harvest benefit, which will be be held in Nashville on Tuesday, June 5 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The event will be just one of many musical happenings during the week, as it falls during the 2012 CMA Music Festival, which will draw in from all over the world.

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