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Dallas & Brenda Nashville Notes Friday July 14 CMA Music Fest w/hosts Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini acting goofy!/Shania celebrates an anniversary

For his second year hosting ABC’s annual special from CMA Music Festival, Thomas Rhett is really taking things to the next level. From the looks of this year’s first promo, he’ll actually come into your living room and sing to your dog.

In the spot, TR and his new co-host Kelsea Ballerini emerge from the TV to tease the big lineup. Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, and Florida Georgia Line will all take the stage from Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

The three-hour extravaganza also features collaborations between Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell, TR and Maren Morris, and Darius Rucker with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild.

You can catch the CMA Fest special Wednesday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC. In the meantime, you can check out TR’s canine-crooning version of “Star of the Show” on his socials.

Believe it or not, this fall will mark twenty years since the release of Shania Twain’s smash crossover album, Come On Over.  The Canadian country/pop superstar will celebrate that momentous occasion with a performance on the opening night of this year’s U.S. Open tennis tournament.

The kickoff for one of the biggest events in tennis will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York. You can tune in for the festivities Monday, August 28 on ESPN2.

That’s slightly more than a month before the release of Shania’s first studio album in 15 years. NOW, which features the lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” comes out September 29.

Reba McEntireLee Ann Womack and Brandy Clark raised more than $50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America with their Wednesday night benefit at Nashville’s City Winery. Surprise guests Martina McBrideWilliam Michael Morgan and Hunter Hayes also pitched in to help.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors:  Circle of Love is nominated for Outstanding Television Movie at the Emmys on September 17.

Cassadee Pope has called off her engagement to drummer Rian Dawson, of the band All Time Low.

Duo Thompson Square has parted ways with their label Stoney Creek, an imprint of BBR Music Group.