Jo Dee Messina’s new album has a release date.

Jo Dee announced that her self titled fan titled album, Me, is slated for release March 18th, 2014. This is especially exciting for her fans since they funded it. Yup, you read that correctly. The fans put their hard earned dollar bills together thanks to the Kickstarter program and helped raise over the $100,000 needed for Jo Dee to finally have musical freedom.

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Louisiana to get its very first Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

The Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier, Louisiana is set to get its very own Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill this year sometime, with construction on the 10,000-square foot restaurant expected to begin this summer sometime.

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Ashley Monroe denies the Pistol Annies have broken up

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There's been a long-running rumor that Miranda Lambert's awesomer-than-awesome girl band, the Pistol Annies, have broken up. With a canceled tour and nothing new coming along for so long, it's understandable why the rumor persists.

Well NashvilleGab friend (and sometimes writer) Vickey, had the chance to interview Ashley Monroe for her own blog recently and asked Ashley about that pesky rumor. 

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In defense of Trace Adkins’ impersonator, Michael Larsen

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A lot has been written about Trace Adkins and the events that transpired last week on the country cruise that ended up with the singer heading to rehab

In fact, I had a lengthy post about what I had dug up about Michael Larsen, the guy who fancies himself a Trace Adkins impersonator and who Trace got into an argument with on board the ship. 

Life being what it is, Trace has far more fans than Michael Larsen and so more people have come out to defend Trace. Well turns out Larsen does have at least one vocal fan and she wrote me this morning. 

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Fans get their first glimpse of a recovering Randy Travis

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Well hello, Mr. Travis!

Last summer, Randy Travis had a series of medical emergencies that left him in a rehab facility fighting to recover. While he was hospitalized, fans got regular updates, but once he was released to rehab the updates stopped.

There were various National Enquirer stories about people fighting over Randy's millions, he released a new influences album, there was the holiday movie that aired this season that Travis had obviously filmed long before his health went downhill, and at one point Billy Ray Cyrus gave an update on Travis' health, but there really hasn't been much else in the way of official health updates. 

On Sunday, however, fans got their first glimpse of a skinny but surprisingly healthy looking Randy Travis courtesy of a family friend, Anthony.  

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