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Mary Chapin Carpenter Debuts New Songs on Tour

Mary Chapin Carpenter is still touring behind her most recent studio album, 2010′s ‘The Age of Miracles,’ but she’s already thinking about where her songwriting muse might lead her next.

In fact, she says she’s written a handful of new material for her next album — and she’s even taken the opportunity to debut some of the songs on the road.

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Alan Jackson Invited to Perform at 9/11 Memorial Concert

In the days after the September 11 attacks, Alan Jackson put his emotions into song with ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’ an eventual country number one hit that also broke into the top 30 on the pop charts.

Ten years later, the track is regarded as one of the defining moments of Jackson’s career — and he has been asked to perform it at the upcoming Concert for Hope, held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Vince Gill Shows His Rock ‘n’ Roll Side on Alice Cooper’s New Album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’

Vince Gill is one of country’s most distinctive singers, but he’s more than just a pretty voice — he’s also one of the industry’s most gifted guitarists.

One person who’s aware of those gifts? Alice Cooper, who asked Gill to add a little spice to a track from Cooper’s upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ — and Gill responded with a hard-rockin’ solo that might take some of his longtime fans by surprise.

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Taylor Swift Shares Pictures of Her Vacation at the Beach

All things being equal, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that any of us will end up frolicking on in the surf with Taylor Swift anytime soon.

Fortunately for anyone who’d like to have the chance, Taylor has been kind enough to share a few photos from her recent beach vacation.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Get Their Own Barbie Dolls for Wedding Aninversary

Tradition says the 15th wedding anniversary calls for crystal, but when you’re country music royalty, the ordinary rules don’t apply — and that goes double for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The proof? They’ll ring in their 15th year of wedded bliss by joining the short list of celebrities who have been turned into Barbie dolls.

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Ronnie Dunn Reveals He Was ‘Confused’ When He Launched Solo Career

As a member of Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn was half of one of the most successful duos in the history of country music, responsible for 26 number one singles and more than 30 million albums sold.

But as he discovered this year, starting a solo career still poses its own unique challenges — and even with all those hits under your belt, stepping out on your own can feel pretty lonely.

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Watch Kenny Chesney’s CMA Songwriters Series Online — No Ticket Required

Kenny Chesney is helping pay tribute to some of Nashville’s finest with his CMA Songwriters Series, which brings a rotating cast of country stars — including Dierks Bentley, Ashton Shepherd, Brett James, Craig Wiseman, and more — to audiences around the country.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets, don’t worry: the tour’s Boston stop will come to you.

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Garth Brooks Plans to End His Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years’

It’s been almost 10 years since Garth Brooks released 2001′s ‘Scarecrow,’ his last album of original material — and four years since he added a pair of previously unreleased tracks to his ‘The Ultimate Hits’ compilation.

The bad news for Brooks’ fans is that their wait for a new record will continue for awhile. The good news? Brooks has an idea of when he’ll return to his mega-platinum career.

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Phil Vassar Promises ‘Different Flavors’ on His New Album

Phil Vassar‘s latest single, ‘Let’s Get Together,’ has already cracked the country top 40 — a familiar place for the singer, who has released a whopping 19 chart hits since making his debut with 1999′s ‘Carlene.’

But ‘Let’s Get Together’ isn’t just another hit for Vassar. It’s part of a new beginning — and a flurry of activity that could see him wind up releasing three albums in the next six months.

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Uncle Kracker Says His New Album, ‘Postcards from Home,’ Is ‘Super Fun’

With his last album, 2009′s ‘Happy Hour,’ Uncle Kracker scored his first country hit — the top 10 track ‘Smile’ — so conventional wisdom would dictate that he’d continue courting a country audience with his upcoming release, ‘Postcards from Home.’

But then again, his career has never been conventional — and as he told Billboard during a recent interview, he doesn’t see any reason to start now.

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Grand Ole Opry Hosting George Jones’ 80th Birthday Party

How does a legend celebrate his birthday?

In the case of George Jones, who will turn 80 on September 13, it’s with a birthday party at the Grand Ole Opry. And dessert.

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