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Keith Urban surprises fans with an intimate, free show Monday night in Nashville

ABC RadioKeith Urban kicked off an impromptu Monday night show at Nashville’s The Basement with a rocking version of Dave Edmund’s 1970 classic “I Hear You Knocking.” Earlier in the day, the Australian superstar had hinted he was feeling like playing a surprise show, before tweeting out the details several hours later.   

“I miss playing,” he told the capacity crowd at the intimate venue off 8th Avenue South. “We’re not touring right now. I miss gigging. So we called… and said, ‘Can we come and plug in?’ And they said, ‘Sure.’”

The CMA Entertainer of the Year contender continued his solo acoustic concert with his hits “Day Go By” and “Raining on Sunday,” before bringing his band out for “Long Hot Summer” and “You Look Good in My Shirt.” Along the way, he threw in his group The Ranch’s debut single, “Walkin’ the Country.”

“It’s been a crazy month, really. Just insane,” he said to the audience. “And literally while I was driving here tonight, I was talking to a friend of mine who is going out to be a part of Tom Petty’s memorial tonight for family.”

“We were both talking about the fact that we are both just going to be of service and be a part of something tonight,” Keith continued. “And I just wanted to play music so we can remember what it’s like to be alive, to celebrate and to be together and enjoy this beautiful, precious life.”

From there, Keith’s free concert rolled on with signature tunes like “Break on Me,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Good Thing” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” as well as the Ripcord cut, “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today.”

He also covered Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” and sang “Happy Birthday” to a fan as well.  

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kacey Musgraves tied the knot with singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly this weekend in Tennessee. The two have been engaged since last Christmas Eve.

Look for Dolly Parton on The Chew on Tuesday. You can catch the show at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Garth Brooks has broken his previous record in Lincoln, Nebraska, selling nearly 67,000 tickets to his five shows that run October 20-22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Brad Paisley’s new single from his Love and War album will be the track “Heaven South.”

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From standing ovations to embarrassing moments, Chris Young caps a decade of memories with Opry membership

RCAJust days before the release of his new album, Losing SleepChris Young marks a career milestone tonight in Nashville, as he’s officially inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

For the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, it’s the pinnacle of more than a decade of Opry memories.

“I think it was Jean Shephard one time that asked me to do… one more song,” Chris remembers, recalling the late Opry pioneer. “The Opry band had not played with me enough for me to know, off the top of my head… something that I was 100-percent certain that they were gonna know and I was gonna nail. [I] did [an] acoustic [version of] 'Begging to You' by Marty Robbins, and that was the only time, honest-to-God, everybody in the room was standing up. It was just a cool moment, and it's something that I'll always remember.”

Chris admits he’s had his share of humorous moments on the Opry stage too, particularly one involving a Cajun country music legend.

“Probably the funniest thing that happened to me at the Opry was Jimmy C. Newman loaned me a guitar strap one time, and I didn't check it before I went onstage,” Chris explains. “And it looked like I was playing a mandolin… But seriously, it's been something that I've been lucky... I signed my record deal eleven years ago, and the Opry has let me play so many times.”

Brad PaisleyDustin LynchTracy Lawrence and Chris’s “Think of You” duet partner Cassadee Pope are all set to play Tuesday night’s Opry. Chris’s new album, which takes its title from his latest top-20 hit, “Losing Sleep,” comes out on Friday.

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Dierks Bentley rocks the block in Austin, Texas Tuesday on "Good Morning America"

ABC/Todd WawrychukIt’s never too early for a party, and Dierks Bentley aims to prove it Tuesday morning on Good Morning America!

The Arizona native starts the day by playing a show for the winner of GMA’s Summer Block Party contest, live from Austin, Texas. Dierks will kick things off starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday on ABC.

It’s an exciting week for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year nominee. On Friday, the film Only the Brave opens; it features the first song Dierks has ever written for a motion picture: the emotional track “Hold the Light.”

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Jake Owen's Black Friday deal: Eleven years of "Greatest Hits"

RCAJake Owen is hoping you’ll do a little shopping on Black Friday -- specifically, that you'll pick up his new Greatest Hits album, which comes out the day after Thanksgiving.

In addition to six number-ones, the 13-track collection also includes two new songs -- “Subliminal Love” and “Long as You’re in It” -- which were both co-written by Jake.

Here’s the complete track listing for Jake Owen’s Greatest Hits, which spans the Florida native’s five studio albums since 2006:

“Yee Haw”
“Don’t Think I Can’t Love You”
“Eight Second Ride”
“Barefoot Blue Jean Night”
“Alone with You”
“The One That Got Away”
“Anywhere with You”
“Days of Gold”
“Beachin’”
“What We Ain’t Got”
“American Country Love Song”
“Subliminal Love”
“Long as You’re in It”

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Brantley Gilbert builds his tour around "The Ones That Like Me"

The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert sets the wheels in motion for his The Ones That Like Me Tour February 1 in Worcester, Massachusetts.

“The Ones That Like Me” is the title of Brantley’s latest top 30 hit, but the Georgia native says it also “speaks to what this tour is:  a chance for me to get together with all the people out there who get this music, who believe in these songs and live their lives just like the people back home do.”

“We are all proud Americans, who try to stand up and do the right thing," he adds. “That’s life -- and that’s what my music is made of.”

Here are the initial dates for Brantley Gilbert’s The Ones That Like Me 2018 Tour, with Staind's Aaron Lewis opening the shows:

2/1 -- Worcester, MA, DCU Center
2/2 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
2/3 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
2/8 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
2/9 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson Boling Arena
2/10 -- Tupelo, MS, BancorpSouth Arena
2/15 -- Fairfax, VA, EagleBank Arena
2/16 -- Augusta, GA, The James Brown Arena
2/17 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Coliseum
3/24 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
4/19 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
4/20 -- Salem, VA, Salem Civic Center
4/21 -- Pikeville, KY, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
4/26 -- Dayton, OH, Wright State University Nutter Center
4/27 -- Terre Haute, IN, ISU Hulman Center
4/28 -- Rogers, AR, Arkansas Music Pavilion
5/10 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, US Cellular Center
5/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, The Van Andel Arena
5/12 -- Erie, PA, Erie Insurance Arena

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Chris Stapleton plans his second "From A Room" album, coming in December

Mercury NashvilleChris Stapleton’s second From A Room album will arrive -- as promised -- on December 1.

The reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year announced a follow-up set would be coming when From A Room: Volume 1 was released back in May.  So far, the original collection has been certified gold and gone on to become the best-selling country album of 2017 so far. It’s also up for Album of the Year at next month’s CMA Awards, where Chris will also defend his Male Vocalist title and compete for Entertainer as well.

From A Room:  Volume 2 boasts seven songs co-written by Stapleton, as well as two covers:  Kevin Welch’s “Millionaire,” and “Friendship,” which was made famous by Pops Staples.

Here’s the complete track listing for the album, which takes its name from the place it was recorded, Nashville's historic RCA Studio A:

“Millionaire”
“Hard Livin’”
“Scarecrow in the Garden”
“Nobody’s Lonely Tonight”
“Tryin’ to Untangle My Mind”
“A Simple Song”
“Midnight Train to Memphis”
“Drunkard’s Prayer”
“Friendship”

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