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Travis Denning says "Going Places" offers a good overview of debut album

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Travis Denning's upcoming debut album, Roads That Go Nowhere, is set to offer a collective chronicle of his roots, life journey and where he's headed. But if there's one track that encapsulates it all, the singer says it's "Going Places."

"I think ['Going Places'] is the most indicative piece of it. You know, I've tried to be as deliberate [with] all the songs I've recorded for it. This one feels like a better cornerstone than the other two songs ['Things I'm Going Through' and 'Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack']," Travis tells ABC Audio. 

"I try to challenge myself sonically on this one and melodically and just do something different," he says of the track, which he co-wrote with Paul DiGiovanni, Jeremy Stover and Matt Mulhare.

Travis loves and believes in "Going Places" so much that he's got a hunch it'll take his career to new heights.

"I don't like to be the hype guy, but I mean, I feel very excited about this one. It just feels like it could be something," shares Travis. "I don't know, it feels good. And, you know, [we're] trying to go places, so we're doing it all."

Roads That Go Nowhere drops May 24 and is available for preorder now.

Here's the Roads That Go Nowhere track list:

"Why I'm Drinking"
"I Know How It Sounds"
"Better At Leaving"
"Strawberry Wine and a Cheap Six Pack"
"Going Places"
"Someone That Isn't Me"
"Southern Rock" (featuring HARDY)
"Love You Past That"
"Things I'm Going Through"
"Add Her To The List"
"Roads That Go Nowhere"
"The Sound of a Beer Getting Cracked" (featuring Josh Ross)
"Can't Find One"
"Here and Her"
"Ocmulgee River"

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Nashville notes: Drake Milligan's world tour + Ryan Hurd's new track

Drake Milligan has announced his Jukebox Songs World Tour. The trek will take him for shows in the U.K. and Europe, as well as the U.S. For tickets and a full list of dates, visit Drake's website.

Ryan Hurd has dropped "Midwest Rock & Roll," his first independent release since parting ways with Sony Music Nashville. "'Midwest Rock & Roll' is the kind of music I’ve wanted to make since I was a kid first learning to write songs back home in Kalamazoo, Michigan," shares Ryan. "I’m extremely proud of this song and the music I’m creating, and I hope that this next musical chapter hits people right in the heart."

To celebrate the release of his new single, "Think I'm In Love With You," Chris Stapleton's rolled out new Think I'm In Love With You merch, which includes a crewneck sweatshirt, women's T-shirt and mug. You can check them out now at Chris' merch store.

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Lainey, Morgan, Jelly, Kelsea + more featured in new exhibit

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Some of your favorite country stars have been featured in a newly launched exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

American Currents: State of the Music spotlights country music's role in American culture over the past year, as well as its ongoing growth in concert venue sizes from clubs to arenas.

Artists featured in the exhibit are Lainey Wilson, Morgan Wallen, Jelly Roll, Kelsea Ballerini, Megan Moroney, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

For more information on American Currents: State of the Music and to purchase tickets, head to countrymusichalloffame.

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Chayce Beckham plots Bad For Me Tour


Chayce Beckham has announced his headlining Bad For Me Tour.

The trek kicks off March 9 at Australia's Meatstock Festival and will wrap October 20 in Sacramento, California.

"I have a brand new show, and I’m beyond thrilled to be back on the road and touring again this year," says Chayce. "With a new set and new music coming very soon, I’m itching to get in front of some crowds and sing these songs with my band."

He adds, "I’m really proud of the work we’ve done to create this experience for the fans of country music."

For tickets and the full Bad For Me Tour schedule, visit

Chayce's self-penned and autobiographical "23" is currently #7 on the country charts.

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Kenny Chesney wants to be your "Guilty Pleasure"

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Kenny Chesney has shared a new track, "Guilty Pleasure," from his forthcoming new album.

Kenny wrote the feel-good song with Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman and Shane McAnally, and it narrates Kenny's invitation to be someone's romantic "guilty pleasure."

"You can call me on the weekends/ When you're bored with your life, and you're tired of your friends/ You only want me when you're drinkin'/ And you got a mistake you wanna make again/ You can just text, you don't have to call/ You can say that you love me, but you don't have to fall/ I can be your guilty pleasure, and you don't have to feel guilty at all," goes the confessional chorus.

"I have absolutely never heard a song like this ... ever, and I’ve heard a lot of songs!" says Kenny. "It’s such an unusual, fresh way to come at something you think you know and have heard everything all about. And then something falls out in a writing session, everyone looks at each other – and you all say, 'OH! We’re writing that.'"

"Guilty Pleasure" is the latest preview of Kenny's new record, BORN. The 15-track project also features its lead single, "Take Her Home," which is now in the top 20 of the country charts. 

BORN drops March 22 and is available for preorder and presave now.

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Hear the title track from Carly Pearce's new album, 'hummingbird'

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Carly Pearce has announced her long-awaited fourth studio album, hummingbird.

Arriving June 14, the 14-track project is co-produced by Carly, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, the team behind her acclaimed 29: Written In Stone, and features the newly released reflective title track.

"When I wrote this song, I knew I wanted this to be the title of the album," shares Carly. "This song plays on my bluegrass roots but also lyrically tells the story of the journey I am on of finding love. This is the most unapologetically 'Carly' song I’ve ever written."

Of her forthcoming album, she adds, "I have lived a lot of life in the last few years. Entering a new decade has brought a lot of maturity, growth, heartache, and healing. I am still a work in progress, but these songs represent my honesty, playfulness, and openness to keep growing."

In addition to its title track, hummingbird will also include "Country Music Made Me Do It," "Heels Over Head" and the Chris Stapleton-assisted "We Don't Fight Anymore," which is in the top 20 of the country charts.

Hummingbird is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the full track list for hummingbird:

"Country Music Made Me Do It"
"Truck on Fire"
"Still Blue"
"Heels Over Head"
"We Don’t Fight Anymore" featuring Chris Stapleton
"Rock Paper Scissors"
"My Place"
"Things I Don't Chase"
"Woman to Woman"
"Fault Line"
"Pretty Please"
"Trust Issues"

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Scotty McCreery releases fan-demanded "Slow Dance"

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What do you do when your unreleased song blows up on social media? Release it sooner than later, of course — which is what Scotty McCreery's done with his latest track, "Slow Dance."

While Scotty's not one to spend time creating social content, he did heed his team's advice to create some, like his most popular TikTok video, which boasts over 2 million views.

"A few months back, I was waiting on some hibachi takeout and listening to the new tracks in my truck. I filmed a quick video of me singing along with 'Slow Dance' and posted it on my socials, picked up my takeout food, and went home to eat dinner with Gabi. I looked at my phone that evening and the song had blown up; it’s now my most watched TikTok video to date," shares Scotty.

"Over the last few weeks, anytime I post a photo on social media, the response I get back is ‘that’s great…so when are you putting 'Slow Dance' out?' I’m excited to finally put it out!!" he adds.

"Slow Dance" is the latest preview of Scotty's forthcoming album, Rise & Fall.

Of the project, he shares, "I feel like we’re on the rise now, but I’ve fallen pretty low as well. I learned from every little part of that, and it helped me to know who I was as a person – let alone an artist. The rises and the falls helped craft these songs. They made this album what it is."

Rise & Fall is available for preorder and presave now.

Here's the Rise & Fall track list:

"Little More Gone"
"Cab in a Solo"
"Can't Pass the Bar"
"Hey Rose"
"Fall of Summer"
"Love Like This"
"Slow Dance"
"No Country for Old Men"
"And Countin'"
"Stuck Behind a Tractor"
"Red Letter Blueprint"

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Keith Urban drops new track, "Messed Up As Me"

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Keith Urban has released a new song, "Messed Up As Me."

Written by Jessie Jo Dillon, Michael Lotten, Rodney Clawson and Shane McAnally, the midtempo tune underscores the realities of a breakup and the slippery slope to make regretful decisions.

"Are you as messed up as me and all alone?/ And all of your friends have all gone home/ And you hate that the truth is nobody leaves your head and your heart/ And your bed and your sheets as messed up as," Keith sings in the chorus.

"Let’s put it this way," Keith says at his label UMG Nashville's luncheon at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. "Most of us have been in dysfunctional relationships before, where there’s not a lot of compatibility, except for that one area where it’s so good you put up with all the rest. A phone call or a night out and you’re right back where you shouldn’t be."

"Messed Up As Me" follows February's release of "Straight Line"; both tracks preview Keith's forthcoming as-yet-untitled new album.

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George Birge's wife said 'thank you' the first time he confessed his love

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George Birge counts himself lucky to call Kara his wife. 

Chatting with ABC Audio recently, George walked down memory lane and revisited how he and Kara met.

"We met in college and it was no secret that she was out of my league," George says. "I was on the golf team and she was a cheerleader. I was very lucky to even get a date with her, and I very instantly knew that she was the girl of my dreams. And I think she was maybe not as certain."

The Texas native, however, wasn't planning on letting Kara slip by or even throwing in the towel before trying.

"I think we were probably less than a month in before I told her I loved her for the first time, and I think I was a couple beers deep and it just kind of came out. She said 'thank you' the first time I said 'I love you,'" George recalls. "But we got two kids and now we're married. So I was playing the long game. It worked out." 

George's latest release is "Cowboy Songs," the follow-up single to the chart-topping hit "Mind on You.


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Nashville notes: Jake Owen's new live project + Kenny Chesney's "Guilty Pleasure"

Jake Owen is dropping a new live project, Palm Trees & Palm Readers-Jake Owen: Live in Los Angeles (Set 1), March 8 and it's available for presave it now. While you wait, check out a preview clip of it on Jake's X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kenny Chesney's new track, "Guilty Pleasure," drops Friday. It's off his forthcoming album, BORN, arriving March 22.

"I Love This Life" hitmakers LOCASH have launched and signed to new record label Galaxy Label Group. "I haven’t been this excited since moving to Nashville years ago! With the relationships we’ve built in the industry along the way, it’s time we add a new chapter to the LOCASH book," says LOCASH's Chris Lucas.

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Kacey Musgraves plots Deeper Well World Tour + drops new track

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Kacey Musgraves has announced her headlining Deeper Well World Tour.

The trek kicks off April 28 in Dublin, Ireland, with stops in the U.K. and Europe before the stateside run begins September 4 in State College, Pennsylvania. Kacey's final shows will take place December 6 and December 7 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Alternative/indie artists Madi Diaz, Father John Misty and Lord Huron, and Bluegrass band Nickel Creek will open on select dates.

Additionally, Kacey has dropped a new track, "Too Good to Be True," the latest preview of her forthcoming album, Deeper Well. It arrives March 15 and can be preordered now.

General sale for the Deeper Well World Tour starts Friday, March 8, at 10 a.m. local time. For a full list of dates, visit Kacey's website.

Coming up, Kacey will appear on Saturday Night Live March 2, before performing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and NBC’s Today on March 14 and March 15, respectively.

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Watch Luke Bryan's new track, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It"


Luke Bryan has revealed the live performance debut of his new song, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It."

The video was recorded at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium during an industry event and was shared via a Facebook and Instagram Live on Luke's socials.

Luke's unreleased sentimental ode paints a picture of a blossoming romance and the persona's heartfelt declaration of his love to his sweetheart.

"Love You, Miss You, Mean It" will follow Luke's latest releases, which include "But I Got a Beer in My Hand," "Southern and Slow" and the Jon Pardi-assisted "Cowboys and Plowboy."

Tickets to Luke's upcoming Mind of a Country Boy Tour are available now at Luke's website.

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Carly Pearce is dropping new music soon

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Carly Pearce is kicking off a new album era on Friday.

The singer posted a clip of an unreleased and as-yet-untitled new track on Thursday. In the yellow-hued video, a violinist plays as Carly stands beside her and sways in a feather coat. The only clue Carly gave was "tomorrow" in the caption.

On Wednesday, the "What He Didn't Do" hitmaker posted a cryptic quote on Instagram.

"I've heard it said that when one sees a hummingbird, challenging times are over and healing can begin... to others, it is an inspiring sign of hope and good luck," read the quote.

All will be revealed on Friday, so follow Carly's socials to get the news as soon as it drops.

Carly's currently #18 on the country charts with her Chris Stapleton-assisted single, "We Don't Fight Anymore."

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Brothers Osborne to drop new EP: "This one is for the fans"

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Brothers Osborne have announced a new four-track EP, Break Mine.

Arriving March 22, the project is the follow-up to their 2023 self-titled album and features the previously released "We Ain't Good at Breaking Up" and "Back Home," as well as two new tracks, "Break Mine" and "Get To Movin’ Again."

"This one is for the fans. Every time we release an album, our fans are asking for more music, faster," says the duo's TJ Osborne. "We heard that, and held some special songs back from our last project so we could release them now. We also wanted to include a couple of the tracks from Brothers Osborne that we thought deserved some more of the spotlight."

"We can’t wait to play these songs on the road for you all this spring," he adds.

Coming up, Brothers Osborne will hit the road on their Might As Well Be Us Tour. The 35-date trek kicks off March 28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will wrap in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29. For tickets and a full list of dates, visit

Break Mine EP is available for presave now.

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Garth + Trisha to roll out 'Friends in Low Places' docuseries

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are taking fans on the journey of building Garth's Nashville bar in a new docuseries, Friends in Low Places.

Premiering March 7 on Prime Video, the series will follow the country stars as they launch the four-story Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk on Music City's Lower Broadway.

"This was so much more than I bargained for! With that said, what we have built is far more than just a business," Garth shares in a statement. "This is by far, the craziest ride I have ever been on."

"We started down this road fueled by passion, dedication, and a shared vision. I’m really proud of the team that has built the Friends Bar and Honky-Tonk," adds Trisha. "We are excited to share the culmination of everyone’s efforts. It’s even bigger than we dreamed!"

Friends in Low Places is produced by Amazon MGM Studios and Casey Patterson Entertainment, with Garth, Casey Patterson and Carol Donovan serving as executive producers.

Friends in Low Places Bar & Honky-Tonk opens its doors March 7.

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