NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES FOR APRIL 1, 2016!

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The ACM Awards are this Sunday night, but the talent lineup is still changing.  Jason Aldean will debut his new single, “Lights Come On,” and now Cole Swindell has also been added to the lineup: he’ll perform “You Should Be Here.”  In addition, Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller have been added to the show as presenters, though Garth will do so via satellite.  The show’s performance lineup now includes Jason, Cole, co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, Cam, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, and Little Big Town.  Special guest artists include pop stars Nick Jonas and Katy Perry, New Orleans musician Trombone Shorty, and ZZ Top rocker Billy Gibbons.  If you just can’t get enough ACM’s, the ACM Awards Backstage Live will stream on CBS.com and ACMAwards.com.  The show itself airs at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard anything from Gary Allan.  If recent rumors are true, it won’t be long until we hear some new music from Gary!  Reports from Music Row say that Gary has re-signed with Universal Music Group Nashville.

Granger Smith is headlining a benefit for families affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. It’ll happen Thursday night at the Dort Federal Credit Union Event Center.