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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty recently shot the music video for their new song “Love and War” aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

The West Virginia native teamed up with the former Creedance Clearwater Revival lead singer to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and women.

"I think the message is, really, 'We can do better,'” Brad tells Entertainment Tonight. “We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

Brad felt like Fogerty was the perfect collaborator for the song, since he served in the Army Reserve in the seventies.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but… I had my eye on that all the way through," the rock legend says.

"We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well,” he adds. “That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

The duet is the title track on Brad’s new album, Love and War, which was just released on Friday.

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ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves makes a cameo appearance on the new album from the Zac Brown Band.

The Pageant Material singer and the Georgia music-makers duet on “All the Best,” written by renowned Nashville singer/songerwriter John Prine. He originally recorded the track on his Grammy-winning 1991 album, The Missing Years.

“I had so much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old John Prine songs on the new ZBB record,” Kacey shared on social media, along with a video of herself in the studio with ZBB. “Zac -- Thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me,” she added.

You can hear the full version of “All the Best” via Zac Brown Band’s new lyric video on YouTube. Their new album, Welcome Home, is due May 12.

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Chris Stapleton paid tribute to George Jones on his multi-platinum Traveller album by covering his classic “Tennessee Whiskey,” and now on his sophomore effort, he’s tipping his hat to Willie Nelson.

Willie went to #2 in 1982 with “Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning,” and Stapleton offers his take on the tune on his new album, From A Room:  Volume 1, which comes out May 5.

You can listen to Chris’s version in an audio-only clip on YouTube, or you can instantly download the track if you pre-order the album.

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ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley not only plays a pilot in concert and in his “Drunk on a Plane” video, he's also a pilot in real life. And soon, he may also be running an airport.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has nominated the “Black” hitmaker for a volunteer position on the Metro Nashville Airport Authority. The 10-member board oversees the Nashville International Airport.

“Dierks brings a unique perspective to the board…having flown into hundreds of airports worldwide,” Barry told The Tennessean. “He will lend an important voice to the Airport Authority, which will be managing the $1.2 billion capital investment in the MNAA facilities, while working to make our airport a true international hub for commerce and tourism."

"I love Nashville and I love aviation,” Dierks responded. “There are many big changes happening in our city right now as it continues to grow so rapidly. I am very excited to get a chance to be involved in facilitating and managing that growth as it pertains to our airports and aviation services."

Music City’s Metro Council will take up Dierks’ nomination during its next meeting on Tuesday, May 2.

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Comstock/ThinkstockTwenty-five years ago this week, the self-titled debut solo album from this country icon spent the first of three weeks atop Billboard's country album chart. Can you name the project whose first single was "She Is His Only Need?" ANSWER:  Wynonna by Wynonna Judd.

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Andrew Lipovsky/NBCBrad Paisley, who has a new album called Love and War, was the musical guest on Thursday's Tonight Show, and he also helped host Jimmy Fallon celebrate 420 -- the unofficial "Weed Day" -- with a marijuana-themed installment of "Tonight Show Hashtags."

Every Wednesday, Fallon sends out a hashtag on Twitter and asks viewers to respond to the topic, and on Thursday, he reads them. This time, he asked them to send funny 420-themed songs, which he had Paisley perform with the Tonight Show house band, The Roots.

The first, sung to the tune of The Weeknd's "I Can't Feel My Face," went, "I can't feel my face cuz I'm too high/Ate a brownie/It's 4-20."

Another, stealing the melody line to R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," went, "I believe I am high/I believe I am in the sky/Overthinking about time and space/Also imagining a zebra race."

Brad's 2002 hit "Mud on the Tires" provided the inspiration for this tweet: "Come on now what do you say?/Girl I can hardly wait/Let's get a little bud on fire."

Jimmy helped Brad out on one sung to the tune of Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence" that went, "Hello darkness my old friend/On my weed I do depend/My alarm is probably beepin'/Late to work I'm probably sleepin'."

Finally, the two sang a song, based on Elton John and Kiki Dee's 1993 duet, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," with the lyrics changed to: "Don't go smoking my weed/Babe I'm already high/Oh honey I'm getting hungry/Baby I'll order fries."

Later, Brad returned with his band to sing "Contact High," from Love and War, which comes out today.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs music from his new album, Love and War, Friday on Good Morning America. You can watch for the "Today" hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.

After writing the #1 single, “Any Ol’ Barstool” for Jason Aldean, Josh Thompson releases his new album, Change: The Lost Record, on Friday.

Both Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs will be on hand next Tuesday for the grand opening of the Gallery of Iconic Guitars on the campus of Nashville’s Belmont University. The museum is made up of mainly 20th century American-made guitars and mandolins, and will be open to the public inside the Lila D. Bunch Library.

Johnny Lee, who scored a #1 hit in 1980 with the Urban Cowboy tune, “Lookin’ for Love,” has just published his autobiography, appropriately titled Still Lookin’ for Love.

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Arista NashvilleWith cameos from rock legends Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and pop super-producer Timbaland, Brad Paisley’s new Love and War is what he calls a “bucket list” experience. But Brad says he's aware that a stable full of superstars doesn’t necessarily guarantee a great album.

“If I'm wasting Mick Jagger's time for three days, it better be something... when he leaves. It wasn't just all for a couple of beers at the bar and a couple of dinners,” he tells ABC Radio. “I was bound and determined that...we would have something to show for it.”

By the time the Rolling Stones icon left Music City, he and Brad had written and recorded the cut “Drive of Shame.”

The album’s title track, “Love and War,” makes a statement about how America treats its veterans, and Brad knew it was a message he needed to deliver with former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty.

“I had that idea for him for quite awhile, and I knew I wanted to say it with him,” Brad recalls. “Because saying a statement about the mistreatment of veterans in a song, I can do that for my generation, but nobody speaks for his generation better than him.”

Brad says his collaboration with rapper and mega-producer Timbaland was definitely the album’s biggest stretch.

“That was a grand experiment that I'm ecstatic about, because it could've very easily been sort of goulash…” he laughs. “He was smart in saying 'I think where we meet up the best is in bluegrass.' And that's where we went. And some of the countriest stuff on here is with him.” 

Timbaland teams up with Brad on the tracks “Grey Goose Chase” and “Solar Power Girl.” Love and War is new in stores and online today.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe success of Atlanta’s basketball team is throwing a kink into Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s schedule.

The superstar couple is postponing their Saturday Soul2Soul show at Philips Arena, so the Atlanta Hawks can take on the Charlotte Hornets in game 3 of the first-round of the NBA's Eastern Conference playoffs.

Fans won’t have to wait too long to see the “Speak to a Girl” hitmakers, however. They’d already accounted for the playoff possibility and will instead play their Atlanta show on Sunday.

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Bob D'Amico/ABCWhile we don’t know a lot about Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, it does appear that up-and-coming Australian country singer Morgan Evans definitely has the Thomas Rhett seal of approval.

Kelsea’s current Home Team tour mate even went so far as to say that Morgan might be one of his “favorite human beings that ever exist[ed].”  

“When he’s not there, I’m like ‘Oh, gosh,” Thomas Rhett tells People. He goes on to reveal that Kelsea is similarly disappointed when his better half isn't along on tour.

“When my wife Lauren’s not there, Kelsea is like, ‘Oh no!’ On the road, every night is somewhat of a double-date,” he adds.

Kelsea and Morgan originally met while working together on an awards show Down Under, and he popped the question last Christmas Day. While we don’t know exactly when the two will tie the knot, Kelsea has said it’ll definitely be sometime this year. She’s even teased that the couple is likely to do a duet on her forthcoming sophomore album.

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea are set to co-host this year’s CMA Music Festival special on ABC. It’ll be recorded June 8-11 in Nashville, and will air later this summer as a three-hour prime time event.

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ABC/Image Group LAA who’s-who of the biggest stars in Nashville will start next week by drinking a little wine -- all for a good cause, of course.

Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Dustin Lynch, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet, Cole Swindell, Chris Young, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and more will all raise a glass for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s annual Best Cellars Dinner.

In addition to a four-course gourmet meal, the Monday evening event at Omni Nashville will also showcase a different celebrity and a different world-class vintage of vino at each table.

This is the 18th year for the fundraiser, which has brought in more than $2 million to help the T.J. Martell Foundation in its fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

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Bob D'Amico / ABCMove over Brett Eldredge, here comes Kelsea Ballerini!

Kelsea will co-host ABC's annual CMA Music Festival TV special with her current tourmate, Thomas Rhett. The “Yeah Boy” hitmaker takes over for Brett as TR's co-host: he was on tour with TR before the 2016 show.

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan…” Kelsea recalls, “and now being able to host… is going to be another crazy thing of the bucket list. I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

Similarly, CMA Music Festival has always been a part of Thomas Rhett’s life, since his dad, hit songwriter and 90’s hitmaker Rhett Akins, is also in the business.

“Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds, to hosting this year with Kelsea, it’s always been one of the biggest weeks in country music that is all about the fans,” TR says. “I’m pumped!”

The special will be recorded June 8-11 during the nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. The three-hour primetime event will air later in the summer on ABC.

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ABC/Chris HolloIf you’ve ever wished you could raid Hillary Scott’s closet, this may be just about as close as you’ll ever come. On Thursday, the Lady Antebellum frontwoman debuts her new line of clothes on HSN, as part of the network’s Music City Nashville promotion.  

Hillary first takes to the airwaves to roll out LaBellum at 9 p.m. ET, and she’ll be back at 10 p.m. too. Expect “lace, romance, ruffles and boho-chic,” along with some western flair in Hillary’s designs. You can preview the collection at HSN.com now.

With an appropriately-titled hit called “You Look Good,” the new fashion mogul hits the road this summer with bandmates Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood. Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young are also coming along for the trek, which starts May 26 in Bakersfield, California.

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Comstock/ThinkstockLady Antebellum scored their first #1 in 2009, with the third single from their self-titled debut album. Can you name the trio's first chart-topping song? ANSWER:  "I Run to You."

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ABC/Image Group LATonight at Music City’s Ascend Amphitheater, Thomas Rhett plays the first of two sold-out shows in his hometown on his Home Team Tour.  While TR has expressed his surprise at being able to headline at this stage in his career, there's one person who's even more flabbergasted by it all: his dad, hit songwriter and 90’s artist Rhett Akins.

The proud father admits he watched in wonder as the crowds poured in for TR’s first few dates with his name at the top of the ticket.

“The weirdest part was pulling up to the venue and seeing thousands of cars, and… moms holding their seven-year-old daughter’s hand,” Akins recalls.

“My first thought is, 'They're here to see Jason Aldean. They're here to see [Florida Georgia Line]. They're here to see Luke [Bryan]’,” he goes on, “'Cause I'm not used to Thomas Rhett being the headliner. And it was like so weird to pull in a parking lot and go, 'Every single one of these people came to see Thomas Rhett.'”

The man behind hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started” says things got even more surreal when he went to eat dinner.

“He had his own catering!" says Akins. "It's like, 'This is Thomas Rhett's roast! And it tastes a little better, literally!'"

He brags, "I thought the catering was the best I've ever eaten. I don't know if it's because it really was or because I was so excited that it was his.”

Look for Thomas Rhett to duet with his dad on his upcoming album, since TR’s joked he’s making it his mission to revive his father’s 1990s career.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley performs Thursday evening on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can catch the show starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Wynonna & the Big Noise, Elle King, Boz Skaggs and more will perform at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium during the second annual Dylan Fest May 23 and 24, to mark the Nobel Prize winner’s 76th birthday.

Lauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Kip Moore and Michael Ray are just some of the artists who’ll join the Peach Pickers for their fourth annual benefit May 16 at Music City’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The Peach Pickers are made up of hit songwriters Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip and Dallas Davidson. Proceeds go to the Georgia Music Foundation in the tunesmiths’ home state.

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCWhen Shania Twain plays the Stagecoach festival on Saturday, April 29, she’ll be bringing something she didn’t have when she wrapped her 2015 Rock this Country tour:  new music. 

In addition to her hits, the Canadian superstar plans to debut a couple of new songs from her upcoming album, which is now expected in early fall. Shania admits tracks like “Life’s About to Get Good” and “I’m Alright” were written in the aftermath of her breakup from her husband and longtime producer, Mutt Lange.

“It wasn’t just about my divorce, but just the sadness and disappointment you feel, and also how those feelings have evolved and almost become moments of celebration,” she tells The Press-Enterprise.

“The choruses in both of those songs are very celebratory and very happy,” Shania explains. “They’re optimistic… it still takes me to a place where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and that’s actually where I’m at right now.”

On cuts like “Light of My Life,” Shania goes back to influences like the Mamas & the Papas and Beach Boys that she listened to as a little girl.

“I do basically 99.9 percent of all of the backing vocals and arranged all of them so they’re very organic and almost retro...It just ended up being very diverse from one song to the next,” she says of the album’s sound.

While it seemed that Shania’s 2015 trek might have been her farewell tour, she says she can now see herself hitting the road again, once her son Eja is grown.

“I think as he gets older, I will pick up where I left off and carry on and do more at some point,” she says.

Shania plays her Stagecoach set April 29, sandwiched between fellow headliners Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Chris Janson hits the road with Sam Hunt this summer on his 15 in a 30 Tour, the “Buy Me a Boat” hitmaker will have a brand new single.

Chris debuted “Fix a Drink” Wednesday night on the Grand Ole Opry. Though the lead release from his upcoming sophomore album won’t be available digitally until May 5, you can get an early listen thanks to a short video of the performance the Opry shared on its social media.

Chris sets out on his summer trek with Sam and Maren Morris starting June 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Here's just a sip. #FixADrink 🥃 @janson_chris #Opry pic.twitter.com/NOfgjOQvBF

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re judging by the latest issue of People magazine, Carrie Underwood may very well be the most beautiful woman in country music.

While Julia Roberts claims the overall Most Beautiful title for the fifth time, Carrie shows up as one of the magazine’s Fabulous Faces of 2017, alongside the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Alicia Keys and Selena Gomez.

People editor Jess Cagle says Carrie was an easy pick. “She looks great, she's incredibly popular…” he tells ABC Radio. “She just seems so nice and so down-to-earth.”

“There's something about those stars who became famous on American Idol,” Cagle adds, “that you feel this kind of ownership of them… You feel like you were there from the very beginning. You've seen them evolve, you saw the real person they are, so they can't change too much. They can't go too Hollywood, because we were there. We knew you when, Carrie Underwood!” he laughs.

Kelsea Ballerini also makes People’s “Every Age” list, which runs down 40 stars who “set the standard for modern beauty.” Keith Urban’s bride, 49-year-old Nicole Kidman, makes the ranking, as well as Nashville’s former Rayna Jaymes, 50-year-old Connie Britton.

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ABC/Image Group LATwo of Kelsea Ballerini’s great passions came together Tuesday night in Music City, as the “Love Me Like You Mean It” hitmaker headlined the 2017 Symphony Fashion Show in downtown Nashville.

“I feel like just like music, fashion is another form of art and a way of expressing yourself,” she told The Tennessean. “It’s really cool when you’re able to combine different kinds of art to celebrate each other.”

“Playing guitar in this dress is a sin,” she said later as she took the stage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, wearing an elaborate iridescent blue dress from Zac Posen’s fall 2017 collection. “It’s worth more than my car,” she joked.

Kelsea started her set with “Yeah Boy,” which is currently just steps away from #1, before seguing into her take on Eddie Arnold’s classic, “Make the World Go Away.” She closed with the song that’s quickly becoming her signature, the chart-topping “Peter Pan,” aided by members of the Nashville Symphony.

“Never have I felt a dress matched a song as much as this one,” she added. “Zac Posen, thank you so much for making me feel like a fairy.”

Kelsea also posted a video on her Instagram of her taking a twirl in another Posen creation.  "playing dress up for tonight's Symphony Fashion Show with @zacposen," she wrote.

The annual event is a fundraiser for both music education and the Nashville Symphony.

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