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Heroes & friends: How Cole Swindell went from butterflies to besties with Dierks Bentley

ABC/Image Group LA Now that Cole Swindell has traveled to the top of the chart with “Flatliner,” the Georgia native isn’t too proud to admit he had butterflies in his stomach when he recorded the song with his hero, Dierks Bentley.

“I had met Dierks before and knew he was a great guy, but I'd never been in the studio with him, him singing on a song I wrote…” Cole explains. “I was nervous. I don't know...I didn't want him to think I was not deserving to be there, or whatever it is,” he laughs.

Since then, Dierks and Cole have not only had a #1 song together, they’ve also spent most of 2017 on the road together on the What the Hell Tour.

“He just makes you feel so comfortable, and he's just one of those guys,” Cole says of Dierks. “You know, you always do hear that sometimes you don't want to meet your heroes. But… I'm so glad I know him, I'm glad to call him a friend.”

As Cole, Dierks and Jon Pardi wrap up their last couple weeks on tour together, Cole is releasing the follow-up to “Flatliner” -- a track from You Should Be Here titled “Stay Downtown.”  

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On Friday, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean plays NBC's Today show's summer concert series. You can watch for the “They Don’t Know” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.  

RaeLynn’s latest single “Lonely Call” will be featured in CMT’s Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders:  Making the Team, as the squad hopefuls create a routine around the song. You can catch the episode Thursday, September 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Joe Nichols will do songs from his new Never Gets Old album when he plays Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.  

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A Killer tribute: Strait, Stapleton, Kristofferson and more to honor Jerry Lee Lewis

Skyville LiveThis Thursday will officially be Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Nashville.

Music City will pay tribute to the piano-playing, rock-and-roll icon on the same day he’s honored by ongoing web series Skyville LiveGeorge StraitChris StapletonLee Ann WomackToby KeithKris Kristofferson and more will be on hand that night to sing the songs of The Killer.

You can watch online starting at 9 p.m. ET, with complete streaming details at

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Dustin Lynch reveals the secret behind his t-shirts

BBR Music Group If you’ve been waiting for the track listing for Dustin Lynch’s new album, it turns out that it's been hiding in plain sight.

Since the beginning of August, Dustin’s been sharing photos of himself on social media wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the disc's song titles.

He was even sporting one when he sat down with ABC Radio to talk about Current Mood.

“This is 'I'd Be Jealous Too,' which is the opening track to my album,” Dustin explained. “I had a friend of mine make up shirts for all the song titles, so I've been rockin' those around town a little bit.” 

So far, there’s no word on whether the designs might one day be part of Dustin’s Stay Country line of apparel.

Here’s the complete song list for Dustin’s third studio album, Current Mood, which comes out September 8:  

“I’d Be Jealous Too”
“Seein’ Red”
“Small Town Boy”
“Why We Call Each Other”
“Here We Come”
“Love Me or Leave Me Alone”
“Back on It”
“I Wish You Were Beer”
“State Lines”
“Party Song”
“New Girl”
“Why Not Tonight”
“Sun Don't Go Down on That”

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"She's a California red in a dive bar ..." #one #tres

— Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynch) August 5, 2017


Newcomer Carly Pearce promises "Every Little Thing," coming in October

BMLGCarly Pearce may be a relative newcomer, but she can already make a pretty impressive claim: she’s the only solo female artist with a song in the top 15 this week.

On the strength of that breakout hit, "Every Little Thing," Carly’s debut album is now officially on the way. The album, also called Every Little Thing, is set to come out October 13.

“Music is all I’ve ever known, all I’ve dreamed of, and now more than I could have imagined growing up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky,” Carly reflects. “My journey has been long but so worth it each time I hear ‘Every Little Thing’ on the radio or sung back to me from a crowd."

She adds, "I’m so grateful and excited to share more of the songs I wrote…I hope this album will be worth the wait… I know it has been for me.”

Carly co-wrote eight of her debut album’s thirteen songs.

Here’s the complete track listing for Every Little Thing:

“Hide the Wine”
“Every Little Thing”
“Everybody Gonna Talk”
“Catch Fire”
“If My Name Was Whiskey”
“I Need a Ride Home”
“Doin’ It Right”
“Feel Somethin’”
“You Know Where to Find Me”
“Dare Ya”

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Nicole loves working the fair circuit with Keith, but hold the fried Snickers

ABC/Image Group LA Nicole Kidman’s had a pretty great summer on the road with husband Keith Urban.

“We get on that tour bus, we have fun, we go to the fairs, we do the rides,” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“The kids love it. We love cotton candy, and anything fried. But I do have to say I am a little partial to a funnel cake,” she confesses.

One thing she doesn't love? “The fried Snickers," she tells the magazine. "That’s just too much.”

The Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies actress is currently back at work shooting Aquaman in her native Australia. Meanwhile, Keith's tour continues as we wait to see how he’ll follow-up his recent #1 with Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter.”

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Jerrod Neimann invites you along for "This Ride"

Curb RecordsJerrod Neimann’s debut album for Curb Records, This Ride, is set to be released October 6, and will feature guest vocals from his pal Lee Brice and nineties hitmakers Diamond Rio.

Lee duets with Jerrod on the album’s lead single, “A Little More Love,” while Diamond Rio harmonizes on the track “I Ain’t All There.” The set also includes Jerrod’s current single, “God Made a Woman.”  

“My new record… represents a journey of life and music, and where it’s led me today as a man and an artist,” Jerrod says. “These songs either dig up some old yesterdays or make me look forward to tomorrow. That’s why I’ve never been more excited to share This Ride.”

Here’s the complete track listing for the fourth major album of Jerrod's career:

“Zero to Crazy”
“But I Do”
“Leavin’ a Trail”
“I Got This”
“Out of My Heart”
“A Little More Love” (with Lee Brice)
“God Made a Woman”
“Whiskey Waitin’ on Ice”
“I Ain’t All There” (featuring Diamond Rio)
“Come Back”
“The Regulars”
“This Ride”

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