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ACMs throws back with collaborations

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 – The Academy of Country Music will stage throwback Thursdays of a sort on Sunday at the awards show as three sets of collaborations reprising hits from 1993.

The "ACM Flashbacks" idea is to honor classic country music hits and/or the artists whose music continues to influence musicians and fans alike. Toby Keith and Blake Shelton will sing Keith's number one debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy," Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson's "Chattahoochee," and Reba McEntire and daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson performing Reba's "Does He Love You."

Additional collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, number one hit "What Ifs," Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban's new single "Coming Home," plus previously announced Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing mega hit "Meant to Be."

Dan + Shay, Darius Rucker and Chris Young also will now be performing.

Carrie Underwood will world television premiere of her new single, "Cry Pretty," on Sunday at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Underwood, who released the single on Tuesday, is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for "The Fighter" with Urban.

Previously named performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young. Presenters include David Boreanaz, Drew Brees, AJ Buckley, Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O'Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

The awards are being held in Las Vegas with Reba McEntire hosting. The show will be broadcast at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CBS.

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Storyteller CD review - Storyteller
Carrie Underwood's powerful voice has been her calling card throughout her career, and that is no different on her latest. She has always possessed a voice that can be chameleon-like and work with the material at hand. Underwood does that again on these 13 songs, 6 of which she helped pen. Underwood knows a thing or two about writing or finding material that fits her commercial orientation as almost all 13 could conceivably be picked as singles. They are big sounding, big voiced and radio ready. »»»
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 CD review - Greatest Hits: Decade #1
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lake Street Dive ends the year in style – Lake Street Dive may have been looking back when it offered that traditional New Year's song "Auld Lang Syne" as the new year rolled in. No matter which way the band looks - forwards or backwards - life is good. For the second time in six weeks, Lake Street Dive was back home (the Brooklyn-based group formed at the local New England... »»»
Concert Review: Who's to say that McKenna has reached her prime? – Before she even started her annual holiday season gig at the venerated club, Lori McKenna told the sold-out crowd she remembered holding a CD release party for her very first album, "Paper Wings and Halo" 18 years ago and was shocked when she found out that, too, was SRO. "I didn't have that big a family," McKenna joked,... »»»
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