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Young Hank Williams Fan Bursts Into Song at Walmart

A YouTube video showed 10-year-old Mason Ramsey busting out a classic Hank Williams song, “I Got The Lovesick Blues”, while standing in what appears to be the home goods aisle at a Walmart in Harrisburg, Illinois. Mason was apparently placed there to sing by his grandparents.

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Jana Kramer Performing at Phoenix Race

Singer, actress and “Dancing With the Stars” finalist Jana Kramer will perform a pre-race concert on Sunday at I-S-M Raceway in Phoenix prior to the Monster Energy Series TicketGuardian 500.  Kramer’s appearance is made possible through a partnership with Niner Sports and Entertainment, and is free to all fans with a grandstand ticket for Sunday’s race.  She is a native of Rochester Hills, Michigan … which also is Brad Keselowski’s hometown.  Tickets for the weekend ahead are available at I-S-M Raceway-dot-com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE … 408-7223.

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Country Artists Up for Grammy’s

Best Country Solo Performance:
“Body Like A Back Road” — Sam Hunt
“Losing You: –Alison Krauss
“Tin Man” — Miranda Lambert
“I Could Use A Love Song” — Maren Morris
“Either Way” — Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“It Ain’t My Fault” — Brothers Osborne
“My Old Man” — Zac Brown Band
“You Look Good” — Lady Antebellum
“Better Man” — Little Big Town
“Drinkin’ Problem” — Midland

Best Country Song:
“Better Man” — Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
“Body Like A Back Road” — Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos” — Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)
“Drinkin’ Problem” — Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
“Tin Man” — Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney
Heart Break — Lady Antebellum
The Breaker — Little Big Town
Life Changes — Thomas Rhett
From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton

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Country Singers Pay Tribute to Shooting Victims at CMT Awards

Country singers honored victims of a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas instead of accepting awards at the CMT Artists of the Year show last (October 18th) night.

The format of the show changed this year to focus on victims of the shooting, as well as those recovering from hurricanes and wildfires, with a night of somber tributes, inspirational anthems and voices lifted in harmony.

Jason Aldean, who was on stage at the Route 91 Harvest Festival when the shooting occurred Oct. 1, stood side-by-side with the night’s other award winners, including Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, to dedicate the night to country music fans. The honorees did not accept awards or give speeches as usual, but some chose to perform or other musicians performed in their honor.

“We’ve been tested beyond our worst nightmare these past few months,” Aldean said during the live broadcast from Nashville, Tennessee. “Heartbroken doesn’t even begin to describe how some of us feel. But we have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom. We dedicate this night to you and everyone who has experienced loss or tragedy in the last few months.”

Rock legend Tom Petty passed away the day after the Las Vegas shootings, so Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Little Big Town ended the show with a group performance of Petty’s hit “I Won’t Back Down.”

“On this night when we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit, the spirit we see in our fans every night,” Stapleton said.

“So in some small way we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits for just a moment,” Urban said.

The names of the 58 victims from Las Vegas were listed during an “in memoriam” segment, along with the names of Tom Petty, Gregg Allman, Glen Campbell, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Near the end of the night, Luke Bryan took a moment to honor his friend Aldean.

“It could have been any one of us standing on that stage two weeks ago,” Bryan said. “It’s a nightmare that nobody should have to face. Jason has responded with dignity, care, respect and, some ways, defiance. And we all proud of him, especially me.”