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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHank Williams, Jr. has signed a new deal with Nash Icon Records and will soon begin work on his 37th studio album. Look for the project to come out later this year.

Martina McBride sang "Over the Rainbow" on Fox's American Idol Wednesday night. A studio version of her performance is now available at iTunes.

Brett Eldredge returns to his home state of Illinois for a pre-NASCAR race concert at the Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, September 20.

Florida Georgia Line has established a new publishing company, Tree Vibez Music. The name comes from the duo's recording studio in a treehouse on band member Brian Kelley's Nashville property.

Congratulations to 78-year-old country legend Merle Haggard on being presented with an honorary high school diploma from his now-alma mater Bakersfield High School in California. According to the Bakersfield Californian, Merle dropped out of the school as a freshman after attending just nine days of the year.

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