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South Georgians dominate the country music charts

CELEBRITY WATCH: Phillip Phillips getting ready for Canada tour

Alex Kendrick will hit the big screen in May in a movie starring Patricia Heaton, while Paula Deen takes her cokking show on the road to New York state.

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CELEBRITY WATCH: Paula Deen hits the high seas

Luke Bryan and Jennifer Nettles have concerts scheduled for Atlanta and Jacksonville this year

Phillip Phillips appears to be focusing on song writing and studio work, while the Kendrick brothers are writing a script for their production company’s first film.

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Luke Bryan headlining first stadium shows this summer

The two-part concert tour includes a July 25 performance at the Lakewood amphitheater in Georgia

Luke Bryan’s That’s My Kind of Night Tour includes stadium shows in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Chicago.

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YEAR IN REVIEW: The Albany Herald's top stories for 2013

2013 a monumental year for many Southwest Georgians

The Albany Herald filled its readers in on the meteoric rises and the precipitous falls during the past 365 days.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line big winners at American Country Awards

Fans vote Luke Bryan as the American Country Awards Artist of the Year

Florida Georgia Line are voted New Artist of the Year for the ACAs, winning a total of six awards Tuesday night.

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CMA Awards: George Strait CMA entertainer of the year (NEW: Link to video of Luke Bryan interview)

Double-nominee Luke Bryan of Leesburg performs moving memorial tribute to brother and sister

George Strait wins the top award at the Country Music Association Awards.

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Bobby Deen's Albany cookbook signing draws crowd

Bobby Deen, youngest son of Paula Deen, has placed a healthy twist on her recipes

Celebrity chef Bobby Deen has given recipes of his mother, Paula Deen, healthy tweaks so that they can be eaten more often.

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Native son Deen returns home for book signing

Celebrity chef and Albany native Bobby Deen will sign copies of his New York Times bestseller “From Mama’s Table to Mine” Saturday at the Albany Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Center.

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Bobby Deen to sign copies of new book in Albany

Bobby Deen will meet fans, sign his latest bestseller and enjoy a homecoming Nov. 2 when he comes to the downtown Albany Welcome Center.

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Luke Bryan album goes platinum

In just six weeks, Crash My Party has been certified platinum, the second album by country music superstar Luke Bryan to attain that designation.

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Deen blackmailer gets 2 years in federal prison

former Savannah businessman on Monday was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison for attempting to extort $200,000 from embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen to keep quiet about damaging testimony he said would “sink her ship before it left the dock” in a pending civil case.

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Bryan's latest album 'crashes' the sales charts

Leesburg’s Luke Bryan climbs both the Top 200 and country music charts with more than a half-million in first-week album sales.

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Luke Bryan wants to take country out of the country

Country singer Luke Bryan’s latest album, “Crash My Party,” released on Tuesday and expected to land near the top of U.S. charts, is just his latest step in taking a quintessential American music genre to the rest of the world.

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Luke Bryan to perform on 'Today' show

Leesburg native and country music star Luke Bryan will perform on 'Today' Friday.

Leesburg native and country music star Luke Bryan will perform on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday.

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Paula Deen wins partial victory in law suit

Celebrity chef Paula Deen won a partial victory on Monday when a U.S. judge dismissed the racial discrimination portion of a lawsuit that has already cost the Southern culinary star a big chunk of her multimillion-dollar enterprise.