Thomas Rhett Streaming Live Concert from Dallas Friday Night on Yahoo Music

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is kicking off the ACM Awards weekend with a live streaming concert on Yahoo Music Friday night at 9 ET. He'll perform at the legendary club Gilley's in Dallas as part of the Ram Country Live! series.  You can watch at

"I can't think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley's," Thomas says. "It's one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in their career, and even if you aren't in Dallas for the weekend, you can tune in online and be part of it, which is really cool."

Thomas is up for the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award; voting is still going on at Thomas will be performing "Make Me Wanna" on the 50th Annual ACM Awards, broadcasting live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts is married to former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Tiffany Fallon? ANSWER: Joe Don Rooney.

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Rascal Flatts “Humbled and Honored” with ACM Vocal Group of the Year Nomination

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has been named ACM Vocal Group of the Year seven times since they first took the category in 2002, but it's been a few years since they've been nominated in that category. The rise of vocal groups like Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town has made that award one of the toughest to win, so the Flatts are excited to be back in the running this year.

"You miss what you don't have," says lead singer Gary LeVox. "So, we were just so humbled and honored. We were just filled with joy."

Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus admits he had stopped looking at the ACM nominations in the past few years because he just assumed they wouldn't be in the running anymore. Looking back on the morning the ACM nominations were announced earlier this year, Jay says, "It was a fantastic way to start the day. I had so many great emails and phone calls from friends, from people that were pulling for us to be back in there. I was really speechless."

Look for Rascal Flatts to collaborate with Christina Aguilera on this Sunday's 50th Annual ACM Awards. The show broadcasts live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Garth Brooks Reveals Knoxville Show Dates

Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Knoxville, TN May 29 and 30 at the Thompson Boling Arena.

Tickets for the show, Garth's first Birmingham dates in over 18 years, go on sale Friday, April 24 through 

As always, you can find more information at  Garth's also making a major push there for fans to give him their vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year.  The 50th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry is performing July 28 through 30 aboard Carnival Cruise ships docked in Nassau as part of the cruise line's Carnival LIVE concert series. Go to for details.

Sam Hunt will headline the first Country Night Lights festival September 26 in Athens, Ohio, according to Billboard. More stars will be added to the lineup soon.

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman has released her first cookbook, Oh Gussie!, available now online and at bookstores everywhere.

Billy Currington, Reba, Big & Rich and Chris Young are among the stars playing the Country Life Music Festival April 24 through 26 in Punta Gorda, Florida.

Darius Rucker remembered R&B legend Percy Sledge, who died Tuesday at age 73, with a tweet saying, "We lost a legend today. Prayers to Percy Sledge’s family, may he rest in peace." Percy Sledge was best known for his 1966 classic, "When a Man Loves a Woman."

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Dierks Bentley Isn’t Preparing Speeches for Sunday Night’s ACM Awards

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/CapitolDierks Bentley has seven nominations going into Sunday night's 50th Annual ACM Awards, including nods for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, with Riser. The songs on that project, including "I Hold On" and "Drunk on a Plane," have catapulted Dierks' career to new heights as a headliner on the road.

He says of the recognition from the ACM, "I've been nominated for some stuff along the way, but to get the seven ACM nominations kinda at the end of that whole cycle is just icing on the cake, and I couldn't be more proud for everyone in my camp. It's just really awesome."

Dierks won his first ACM Award back in 2004 with he took the New Artist of the Year category. Now that he's older, Dierks says, "I have a lot more gratitude and perspective. Just being nominated is awesome, but it'd be fun to win."

While Dierks is fully prepared for his performance on Sunday night's ACM broadcast, he isn't writing any acceptance speeches ahead of time.

He says, "It would be straight from the heart and it'd be very loud and probably a lot of arm motions. It'd be a lot of fun."

The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Sunday night at 8 ET on CBS.

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