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Tracy Lawrence Charged After Post-Show Brawl

Over the course of his 20-year recording career, Tracy Lawrence has had his share of scrapes, scuffles, and tangles with the law, from his shooting during a 1991 mugging to his 1998 conviction for reckless endangerment and spousal abuse.

Now, thanks to an argument that turned violent after a show over the weekend, he can add a disorderly conduct charge to the list.

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Kellie Pickler Is ‘Excited’ About Her New Album

It’s been almost three years since Kellie Pickler released her second album — but the wait for new music is almost over.

Pickler, who recently wrapped up recording on her next release, says fans can expect to hear her adopt a more traditional sound this time around.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Building Mammoth Mansion on Private Island [VIDEO]

Between the two of them, the husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have sold over 80 million albums and notched almost 30 number one singles on the country charts. What does that kind of success buy you?

How about your very own private island?

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Jerrod Niemann Is Hard At Work on His Next Album

It’s been a long road for budding country superstar Jerrod Niemann, from his years as a songwriter for artists like Garth Brooks and Neal McCoy, to his stint as an independent recording artist.

But all that work has paid off — his year-old debut, ‘Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury,’ went to number one, and with his latest single, ‘One More Drinkin’ Song,’ he has three top 40 hits to his credit, including the number one ‘Lover, Lover.’ What’s next for Niemann?

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Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash’s Last Living Original Band Member, Dead at 83

Nashville legend Marshall Grant, the last surviving member of Johnny Cash‘s original band, passed away on Sunday after suffering an aneurysm. He was 83 years old.

Grant’s bass playing helped anchor the Cash combo known as the ‘Tennessee Two,’ and was a signature part of his early sound. Just as importantly, Grant, in the picture above on the right, served as the band’s road manager, working with Cash from 1954-1980.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Are the Grand Ole Opry’s Newest Inductees

Since they started making music together way back in 1947, the Oak Ridge Boys have topped the country charts more than 15 times, won four CMAs and a Grammy, and sold millions of records — but one honor has eluded them.

Until last week, that is, when the Oak Ridge Boys — or “the Oaks,” as former President George Bush referred to them in a tribute filmed specially for the occasion — were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

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Patsy Cline’s Former Home Renovated, Open for Tours

She’s one of the most important names in modern music history, but Patsy Cline fans haven’t had a place where they can go to celebrate her legacy — until now.

Thanks to the efforts of the aptly named Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc. organization, Cline’s Virginia home has been renovated and is now open to the public.

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George Strait Announces Release Date and Track Listing for ‘Here for a Good Time’

George Strait has already released nearly 40 albums — and scored more number one hits than any other artist, in any genre, ever — and he isn’t slowing down yet.

The country legend has set September 6 as the date for his next release, titled ‘Here for a Good Time,’ announced the 11-song track listing, and opened up pre-orders for fans.

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Trace Adkins Says He’s Come a Long Way on His New Album, ‘Proud to Be Here’

Trace Adkins named his new album ‘Proud to Be Here,’ and that sums up his career outlook pretty nicely.

Adkins might be riding high on the charts now, with a string of bestselling records and hit singles to his credit, but he still remembers how he felt when he was just starting out — and, as he proved during a recent interview with Taste of Country, he knows how far he’s come.

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Toby Keith Forced to Cancel Concert After Coming Down with Laryngitis

What’s just about the worst thing that can happen to a singer who’s getting ready to promote his new album?

If you answered “laryngitis,” you know what’s been plaguing Toby Keith — and what forced him to cancel his Sunday appearance at Canada’s Big Valley Jamboree.

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How Will the Debt Crisis Affect Trace Adkins’ New Album?

Selling an album is hard enough in today’s tough musical climate without having to worry about current events overshadowing your music — but that’s just the position Trace Adkins is finding himself in with his upcoming release, ‘Proud to Be Here.’

As Adkins pointed out during a recent interview, “My album comes out August 2. And when is the deadline on the debt crisis? August 2! So, what do you think is going to dominate the press that day? I’m out there trying to sell my album and it’s never mind that, we’re going down the toilet!”

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Blake Shelton Cruise Sets Sail in October 2012

Ahoy, country fans! If you’ve got some vacation time on the calendar, $1,000 to burn, and a hankering for the high seas, Blake Shelton is offering you the chance to be part of something special.

Next October, Shelton — along with other artists who have yet to be announced — will set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for a seven-day sojourn. During the cruise, passengers will be treated to the usual amenities, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and port stops in places like San Juan, Tortola, and Nassau, along with unique access to country music royalty.

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