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Brett Eldredge
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Brett Eldredge Elected to CMA Board of Directors

After winning the CMA Award for New Artist of the YearBrett Eldredge is joining the Country Music Association's board of directors.

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Lady Antebellum, ‘Need You Now’ — Story Behind the Song

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott wrote 'Need You Now' with Josh Kear, and while they knew they had a good song, the trio didn't realize just how good it was. The lead single and title track from their sophomore album stayed at No. 1 for five consecutive weeks and sold more than six million copies in the United States. The song also won numerous awards, including four Grammys, a CMA Award, two ACM Awards and the BMI Pop Award, among others, and earned the trio crossover success. Below, Kelley tells The Boot about the day the song was conceived.

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Laura Gibson
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Laura Gibson, ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ Music Video — Exclusive Premiere

If there was ever a Christmas song to serenade you to sleep on Christmas Eve, it's Laura Gibson's cover of 'Wonderful Christmastime.' The Portland-based singer-songwriter is sharing the song's music video exclusively with readers of The Boot -- Merry Christmas, indeed.

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Lindsay Ell
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News Roundup — An Interview With Lindsay Ell, Garth Brooks Plays ‘Jimmy Kimmel’

The Boot rounds up today's top stories from our news partners.

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Nabs Fifth No. 1 Album With ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1′

Carrie Underwood has reached No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart with her 'Greatest Hits: Decade #1' album, making it her fifth consecutive album to top the charts.

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Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton’s ‘Blue Smoke’ Goes Platinum in the UK

After a record-breaking overseas tour, Dolly Parton's latest album, 'Blue Smoke,' has gone platinum in the UK.

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Larry Henley
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Songwriter Larry Henley Dies

Larry Henley, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and writer of hits for Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, among others, passed away Dec. 18 at the age of 77. Henley was suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

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Brantley Gilbert
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Brantley Gilbert Added to ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Lineup

While some will be ringing in the New Year with one too many choruses of 'Auld Lang Syne,' others will be partying down with some of music's biggest stars at 'Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2015,' and country rocker Brantley Gilbert was recently added to the mix of performances.

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Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert
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Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood + More Set for Inaugural Big Barrel Festival

Summer is for camping, drinking cold beer and listening to country music -- and the inaugural Big Barrel Festival is set to offer all that, plus headliners Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and more.

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Billy Ray Cyrus
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British Medical Journal Puts Billy Ray Cyrus Song on Operating Room Playlist

Billy Ray Cyrus played a medical doctor on the TV show 'Doc,' and it seems he is still hanging out in the operating room -- or at least his music is. A recent editorial from the British Medical Journal, touting the benefits of playing music during surgery, has included Cyrus' hit, 'Achy Breaky Heart,' on their suggested playlist.

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