NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES FOR THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016!

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Chris Stapleton along with Willie Nelson and Kacey Musgraves are the big country acts that will perform at the 15th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival.  The festival takes place across two consecutive weekends – September 30-October 2, and October 7-9 in Austin, Texas.  If you can’t make it there in person, no worries – the festival will stream live on the festival website, where you can also check out the festival lineup and sign up for email updates.

It looks like Brad Paisley has a little something up his sleeve. Ads in country music trade publications are teasing new music from Brad due a week from Friday, on May 13 at 6 a.m. ET. The plot thickens when you consider the ad also includes the silhouette of what appears to be a female figure, along with a question mark and the line “featuring a very special guest.”

Nominations for this year’s CMT Music Awards will be announced on Monday. The show will air live Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.