Kane Brown’s ready to coach Little League, mend broken hearts & help with homework once his daughter arrives

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There's no escaping the fact that country music is in the middle of another baby boom right now.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard just welcomed his second child, a son named Luca Reed, on Monday, and Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Young, Midland's Mark Wystrach, Dylan Scott, Jordan Davis, and Kane Brown are all expecting babies -- with a lot of help from their wives, of course. 

Kane's already done quite a bit of thinking about the kind of dad he wants to be to his daughter, who's set to arrive this fall.

"Hopefully she plays sports and I can be that dad that's a coach. I want to coach a Little League team," he reveals.

"I wanna be there for, you know, when her first boyfriend breaks her heart," Kane continues, "I want to be there and help her, or, you know, [be] the dad that sits at the table and helps her with her homework. I just wanna be there for her."

Last week at a baby shower thrown by Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany, Kane and his wife Katelyn revealed they plan to name their first child Kingsley.

Kane plays the Crawford Country Fairgrounds in Meadville, Pennsylvania Wednesday before re-joining Jason on the Ride All Night Tour.

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe episode of the music competition show Songland featuring CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Old Dominion airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

You can check out Midland's new video for "Playboys" on YouTube now. It's from their sophomore album, Let It Roll, which comes out on Friday.

Martina McBride is one of the inaugural members of the Ambassadors Council for the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation. As part of her work with the nonprofit, she'll mentor aspiring artists, speak at workshops, and donate a portion of tickets sales, as well as memorabilia, to the cause.

New Australian duo Seaforth is set to make their Grand Ole Opry debut on September 6. 

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Even if he’s feeling “grumpy,” Chris Janson is still inspired by the “Good Vibes”

Warner NashvilleWhen Chris Janson released his latest song, the positive anthem "Good Vibes," he hoped it would not only become a hit, but a movement as well -- one that would inspire his fans to do random acts of kindness and spread positivity.

Now that he's seen that happen -- and "Good Vibes" is nearing the top fifteen -- Chris says that attitude spurs him on, even if he's having a bad day.

"You are subliminally talking to yourself every day," he explains. "And even on days where I don't feel like being the 'Good Vibes' guy, and maybe I'm just being kind of grumpy -- like every human being in the world, I mean, that's pretty natural -- it reminds me, and it's a good reminder to self, to really try to be better, be nicer."

"Smile as often as you can," Chris adds, "and you can really change somebody's life like that. And I've noticed it. I've seen it happen, and that is very rewarding."

"Good Vibes" is the lead single from Chris's new album, Real Friends, which comes out October 18.

This week, he continues on the Raised on Country Tour with Chris Young and Jimmie Allen, with stops in Virginia Beach, Virginia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Dolly relives 50 years of Opry memories in new exhibit

Courtesy of Grand Ole Opry archives/Les LeverettThis fall, Dolly Parton will celebrate half a century as a member of the Grand Ole Opry with two sold-out performances October 12 at the Nashville institution.

The Opry will also mark the occasion by unveiling a rare Dolly exhibit on September 3.

Dolly Parton: My Opry Memories features 24 iconic items from her closet that she’s worn throughout the last fifty years, either at the Opry House or the historic Ryman Auditorium. That includes the dress the Country Music Hall of Famer wore on the night of her Opry induction in 1969.

While Dollywood features an elaborate museum called Chasing Rainbows that’s dedicated to the icon, it’s rare to be able to see Dolly memorabilia outside the park. Earlier this year, Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton was on display for a little more than a month at L.A.’s Grammy Museum.

Dolly’s Opry exhibit will run through October 31, with tickets going on sale Wednesday.

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Michael Ray’s ready to take “CMT on Tour” with Jimmie Allen this fall

ABC/Randy HolmesMichael Ray will headline this fall’s 18th annual CMT on Tour trek, with Jimmie Allen and new duo Walker County opening the dates.

The run kicks off October 17 in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Michael comments, “I’ve noticed that after the CMT tour, you can see the trajectory of the year ahead, and many of the artists who have participated in the past end up having one of the best years of their careers.”

“I think CMT has a great way of putting a package together that really sets up artists for the next chapter,” he adds.

In the past, superstars like Keith UrbanLuke BryanJason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert have all been chosen for the tour.

Tickets go on sale this Friday. Here’s the current lineup for 2019’s CMT on Tour with Michael Ray, with more dates still to come:

10/17 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center
10/18 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
11/1 -- Grand Rapids, MI, 20 Monroe Live
11/2 -- Fort Wayne, IN, The Clyde Theatre
11/22 -- Lexington, KY, Tipsy Cow Bar
11/23 -- Macon, GA, The Crazy Bull
12/5 -- New York, NY, The Gramercy Theatre
12/6 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
12/7 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert

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Destination Texas: Garth Brooks to reveal latest stop on Dive Bar Tour today

ABC/Randy Holmes Garth Brooks continues to stoke the anticipation about where his next stop on his Dive Bar Tour will be.

On Monday’s weekly Inside Studio G chat on Facebook, he revealed that show number three will take place somewhere in the Lone Star State.

To find out where exactly it will be, you’ll need to be able to tune in to local country radio stations in the Texas/Oklahoma area at 4:15 p.m. CT today, Tuesday. That’ll be the only way to land tickets as well.

The next show will be the third of seven planned concerts on Garth’s Dive Bar Tour, which launched Monday, July 15 at Joe’s on Weed Street in Chicago. The second stop took place last Thursday at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California.

The tour promotes the Blake Shelton duet "Dive Bar," Garth’s latest single from his forthcoming FUN album.

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Why Haven’t I Heard From You: Source tells “Billboard” there’s “no deal in place” for newly announced CMA co-host Reba to return for next year’s ACMs

ABC/Image Group LA Now that we know that Reba McEntire will co-host November’s CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton, it raises an interesting question: Could Reba still return to host the competing ACM Awards next spring?

“We haven’t confirmed our host yet for 2020,” a representative of the Academy of Country Music tells Billboard, without mentioning Reba specifically.

Billboard also cites an unnamed source as saying that “no deal is in place for [McEntire] to come back” and “nothing [is] determined yet."

There’s no denying there are plenty of differences between the CMA and ACM: the Country Music Association is based in Nashville and calls ABC its TV home, while the Academy of Country Music is West-Coast-based and airs on CBS.

Still, things are mostly friendly.

Reba hosted the ACM Awards for the sixteenth time in April. She also hosted ABC’s CMA Country Christmas for the second year in a row the previous December. So far, we don’t know the details for 2019’s annual special either.

For now, what we do know is that we can see Reba, Dolly, and Carrie leading a female-focused 53rd CMA Awards Wednesday, November 13 on ABC.

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Here for a Good Time: Win a trip “Strait to Vegas” courtesy of King George’s Texas resort

ABC/Image Group LA George Strait is re-opening his resort in the Texas Hill Country this fall, and not only does he want you to come visit Tapatio Springs, he wants to send you to Vegas, too.

George's getaway in Boerne, Texas re-launches on October with a new clubhouse and renovated guestrooms. The resort also boasts one of the top public golf courses in the Lone Star State, an indoor/outdoor restaurant, and spaces for private events.

To celebrate, King George is giving away a trip for two to see his Strait to Vegas show at T-Mobile Arena on Friday, December 6. The winner will get round-trip airfare for two, plus two nights at the MGM Grand, and premium tickets to the show.

You can enter to win at TapatioResort.com.

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock This November, Dolly Parton will co-host the CMA Awards with Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire. The superstar from East Tennessee has hosted the show once before, by herself. Can you recall when it was? ANSWER: Dolly hosted the 22nd CMA Awards in 1988.

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Vinyl Is a Good Thing: Luke Bryan celebrates 10th anniversary of pivotal album with re-release

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan will mark the tenth anniversary of his breakthrough 2009 album Doin’ My Thing by releasing it on vinyl for the very first time.

In addition to his hits “Rain Is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby,” the vinyl re-issue will include two rare bonus tracks. “Y’all Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers” were previously available only on the iTunes exclusive version of the album.

Doin’ My Thing also features Luke’s cover of the OneRepublic hit “Apologize.”

The special edition of the record comes in both translucent and traditional black vinyl.

Here’s the complete track listing for the tenth anniversary version of Luke Bryan’s Doin’ My Thing, which comes out October 4:

Side A:
“Rain Is a Good Thing”
“Doin’ My Thing”
“Do I”
“What Country Is”
“Someone Else Calling You Baby”
“Welcome to the Farm”
“Apologize”

Side B:
“Every Time I See You”
“Chuggin’ Along”
“I Did It Again”
“Drinkin' Beer and Wastin’ Bullets”
“Y’all Can Have This Town”
“Favorite Flowers”

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