Lowdown from Twangtown

Sunday's "CMA Fest TV Special" will include an appearance from the choir at Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Nashville. You'll see them doing CARRIE UNDERWOOD's"The Champion".

And if it looks like they're nailing it, that could be because they got some tips from Carrie herself. She surprised them during a rehearsal . . . and a video of the visit has been making the rounds.

The kids went crazy when they saw her. One said, quote, "[She] just popped out of nowhere. She is such an inspiration to me."Another said, quote, "I never thought it was going to be, like, Carrie Underwood caring about us. It was really special."

Carrie returned the praise, telling them, quote, "You guys are going to be so amazing. That crowd is gonna NOT know what hit 'em."

Profits from the TV special go to music education, and this is one of the schools that received a CMA Foundation grant.

Kane Brown's headlining show at the 20th anniversary of L.A.'s Staples Center . . . ended up selling out in under two hours. Granger Smith, Blanco Brown, and Season 16 "American Idol" finalist Gabby Barrett are also on the show.

Tyler Childers is gearing up to release his highly-anticipated Country Squire album this coming Friday and along with the album release, he will also be making his late night television debut. One week from today, on Tuesday August 6th, Tyler will be the special musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

Garth Brooks' second Dive Bar tour stop will be in Bakersfield, California on August 15th. He'll be performing at Buck Owens' historic Crystal Palace. It's also they place where he proposed to Trisha Yearwood back in 2005

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