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Zac Brown Explains His Beanie-Lovin’ Ways

When we think of country’s most noteworthy hat acts, we tend to think of guys wearing cowboy hats — stars like George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley. But the term could also apply to Zac Brown, who’s rarely seen without a beanie.

And, as Brown recently explained during a stop at WYCD, it’s more than just a fashion choice.

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Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Perform ‘Baby’ Duet Live [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber has made something of a habit out of making surprise public appearances lately — as these wedding guests can attest — and he continued his streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What was so unexpected about Bieber taking the stage in L.A.? Only the fact that Taylor Swift was already there, wowing a crowd of several thousand fans — who really went into a frenzy when they saw her special guest.

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Alan Jackson Invited to Perform at 9/11 Memorial Concert

In the days after the September 11 attacks, Alan Jackson put his emotions into song with ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’ an eventual country number one hit that also broke into the top 30 on the pop charts.

Ten years later, the track is regarded as one of the defining moments of Jackson’s career — and he has been asked to perform it at the upcoming Concert for Hope, held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Vince Gill Shows His Rock ‘n’ Roll Side on Alice Cooper’s New Album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’

Vince Gill is one of country’s most distinctive singers, but he’s more than just a pretty voice — he’s also one of the industry’s most gifted guitarists.

One person who’s aware of those gifts? Alice Cooper, who asked Gill to add a little spice to a track from Cooper’s upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ — and Gill responded with a hard-rockin’ solo that might take some of his longtime fans by surprise.

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Taylor Swift Shares Pictures of Her Vacation at the Beach

All things being equal, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that any of us will end up frolicking on in the surf with Taylor Swift anytime soon.

Fortunately for anyone who’d like to have the chance, Taylor has been kind enough to share a few photos from her recent beach vacation.

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Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

They’re already two of the most successful recording artists in modern country music. Now Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson are getting their due as songwriters, too.

Brooks and Jackson are two of this year’s inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. The five will be honored with a dinner and ceremony in October.

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Dierks Bentley Earns Eighth #1 Hit With ‘Am I the Only One’

Congratulations are in order for Dierks Bentley, who just notched an impressive sixth career number one single with ‘Am I the Only One.’

The song, which ended the chart-topping reign of Lady Antebellum’s ‘Just a Kiss,’ is the first single from Bentley’s upcoming seventh album, titled ‘Diamonds.’

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Montgomery Gentry Return in October with New Album, ‘Rebels on the Run’

You can hear the new song from Montgomery Gentry called 'Where I Come From' on XL COUNTRY.  It's a great MG tune!

Since making their debut with 1999′s ‘Tattoos & Scars,’ Montgomery Gentry have notched five number one singles, three platinum albums, and two gold records.

And with their upcoming seventh release, ‘Rebels on the Run,’ they’re looking to use some of the tumult and heartache of the last year to put them back on top of the charts.

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Watch Kenny Chesney’s CMA Songwriters Series Online — No Ticket Required

Kenny Chesney is helping pay tribute to some of Nashville’s finest with his CMA Songwriters Series, which brings a rotating cast of country stars — including Dierks Bentley, Ashton Shepherd, Brett James, Craig Wiseman, and more — to audiences around the country.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets, don’t worry: the tour’s Boston stop will come to you.

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Ronnie Dunn Reveals He Was ‘Confused’ When He Launched Solo Career

As a member of Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn was half of one of the most successful duos in the history of country music, responsible for 26 number one singles and more than 30 million albums sold.

But as he discovered this year, starting a solo career still poses its own unique challenges — and even with all those hits under your belt, stepping out on your own can feel pretty lonely.

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Garth Brooks Plans to End His Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years’

It’s been almost 10 years since Garth Brooks released 2001′s ‘Scarecrow,’ his last album of original material — and four years since he added a pair of previously unreleased tracks to his ‘The Ultimate Hits’ compilation.

The bad news for Brooks’ fans is that their wait for a new record will continue for awhile. The good news? Brooks has an idea of when he’ll return to his mega-platinum career.

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