Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Merle Haggard and More Playing Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Image Courtesy Shock InkEric Church, Kacey Musgraves and Merle Haggard are on the bill for Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic this summer in Austin, Texas. The 42nd edition of Willie's Picnic also will feature appearances from Jamey Johnson, Leon Russell and Asleep at the Wheel.

The show will take place at the Austin360 Amphitheater. Willie staged the first 4th of July picnic just outside Austin in Dripping Springs.

"I got the idea from Woodstock about how music could bring people from different places together," Willie explains. "I had just moved to Austin and had come to realize what a great music center it was and could be. I thought it would be a nice idea, to this year have it back in Austin, but at a more comfortable venue for the fans AND the pickers."

Tickets for Willie's 4th of July Picnic go on sale Friday, April 10 at and

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Brantley Gilbert Releasing Expanded “Just as I Am Platinum Edition” on May 19

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is releasing an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19, one year after the album's debut. The Just as I Am Platinum Edition will include five new tracks, including a remix of "Bottoms Up" featuring rapper T.I. The project features the original hit version of that song along with the singles "One Hell of an Amen" and "Small Town Throwdown" with Thomas Rhett and Justin Moore.

Here is the Just as I Am Platinum Edition track listing:

"If You Want a Bad Boy"
"17 Again"
"Bottoms Up"
"That Was Us"
"I'm Gone"
"My Baby's Guns N' Roses"
"Lights of My Hometown"
"One Hell of an Amen"
"Small Town Throwdown"
"Let It Ride"
"My Faith in You"
"Read Me My Rights"
"Grown Ass Man"
"Bottoms Up (Remix)" featuring T.I.
"Do What the Night Wants"
"Stone Cold Sober"
"Same Old Song"
"Just as I Am"

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Newlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr Plan to Expand the Family in the Next Few Years

Image Courtesy CMANewlyweds Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr plan to add to their  family pretty soon. After getting married in Mexico earlier this month, Jason now tells People, "In the next couple of years, probably, we definitely want to have kids."

Jason's two daughters from his previous marriage, Keeley and Kendyl, are excited at the prospect of a new sibling.

He adds, "They want a brother, so we'll see what we can do about that."

Brittany is keeping Jason company on his the road during his Burn It Down tour. The trek continues April 9 in Wichita, Kansas.

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Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and More Added to ACM Awards Lineup

Image Courtesy ACM Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts have been added to the performers lineup for the 50th Annual ACM Awards coming up April 19. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will also appear on the live broadcast.

Vocal Duo of the Year nominees Dan + Shay will perform a duet with pop star Nick Jonas and Christina Aguilera will collaborate with a surprise artist, too. Christina's ACM performance comes just days after her April 15 debut on ABC's Nashville as a pop star hoping to make a country album.

Jason Aldean, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line are among the previously announced performers.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton return as hosts for the 50th Annual ACM Awards airing Sunday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Maddie & Tae Cover Everything from Bullies to Fishing on Debut Album

Image Courtesy Dot RecordsFrom high school bullies to fishing, Maddie & Tae say they’ve covered it all on their first album.

“We poured our whole hearts into Start Here, and I cannot wait to just show our fans the whole Maddie & Tae spiel. Songs that cover all different topics,” Maddie says, as Tae chimes in her agreement.

One of Maddie’s favorite songs on the record is called "The Down Side of Growing Up," something she and her musical  partner have apparently done while simultaneously making this record.

“We've been writing this record for five years, so we've had this kind of evolution of music and our journey over the past five years has changed a lot,” Tae reflects, “but it's been fun for us, 'cause we've gotten to write about it and kind of get our different emotions out.”

Look for Maddie and Tae’s debut in stores and online June 2. It features their first number one, “Girl in a Country Song,” as well as their current hit, “Fly.”

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