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Here's proof that the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  A bunch of whiners, I mean, people on the "Country Cruising" tour got all bent out of shape that they didn't get to see TRACE ADKINS perform.

 

 

As you may recall, he had to leave the cruise after falling off the wagon and checking into rehab.

 

 

"Country Cruising" worked out a deal with Trace to give free tickets for an upcoming show to passengers who were on the cruise.  They're also getting backstage passes plus meet and greets.

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Best country solo performance
Darius Rucker -- "Wagon Wheel" -- WINNER

 

Best country duo/group performance
The Civil Wars -- "From This Valley" -- WINNER

 

Best country song
"Merry Go 'Round" -- Kacey Musgraves -- WINNER

 

Best country album
Kacey Musgraves -- "Same Trailer Different Park" -- WINNER

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Kenny Chesney is headed to court, but it has nothing to do with music. The singer is suing T&M Enterprises for using his trademarked logo of a guitar leaning against a palm tree to sell branded merchandise. According to The Tennessean, in 2013 the company was contacted by Kenny and agreed to stop producing the merchandise featuring Kenny’s logo, however it appears they forgot.

“We believed we had an equitable settlement in place,” a statement from a Chesney spokesman said. “As time has passed, we realized that, in fact, the defendant had no intention of honoring the agreement. Regrettably, we were forced into taking further legal action. The details of our complaint are provided in the lawsuit filed in Nashville.”

The suit seeks unspecified damages and asks T&M to stop making the merchandise.

Kenny’s trademarked logo is used on everything from album covers, t-shirts, guitar picks, and more.

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 I swear every country star gets the memo to NEVER badmouth anyone.  Ever.  There's too much at stake to go off and make enemies that could hurt your career.

 

 

And yet, every once in a while someone lets something slip that lets you KNOW they're holding in some hate.  This is one of those times.

 

 

JOE NICHOLS was at a party in Nashville on Wednesday celebrating his #1 song "Sunny and 75".  It's been three years since "Gimmie That Girl" topped the chart, so he started there.  He said, quote, "I never thought I'd ever have another #1 song."

 

 

And then he got real.  He added, quote, "The minute 'Sunny and 75' went Number One . . . the first thought I had was, 'Whose face can I rub this into?'  That lasted for about 15 seconds, and then I was overcome by gratitude."

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DAVID NAIL'S new album "I'm On Fire" will be out March 4th . . . and on that SAME DAY he'll be launching a headline tour in Medina, Ohio.  You can grab dates at DavidNail.com

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There'll be a seat at the Grammys on Sunday with LEE BRICE'Sname on it.  Let's hope he gets there on time to sit in it. 

 

 

He told CMT, quote, "I'm playing Madison Square Garden on Saturday in New York City with LUKE BRYAN, and then I have to be in Los Angeles for the Grammys by 11:00 A.M. Sunday morning.  

 

 

"And commercial flights don't fly that late, so I really don't know yet how I'm going to get there." 

 

 

Obviously, Lee will find a way to get there.  He has to, because he's bringing his wife . . . and I think he has plans.  He adds, quote, "My favorite thing about any kind of awards show is seeing my wife in those dresses."

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KACEY MUSGRAVES really wanted "Merry Go 'Round" to be the first song released from her debut album "Same Trailer Different Park".  And the reason was pretty simple . . . her fans were loving it.

 

 

She says, quote, "When we were about to pick the first single I really lobbied for it because I'm out there every night and I can tell you, hands down this is the one people are connecting with.

 

 

"I had people all over, it didn't matter if I was in Texas or if I was in Scotland or New York, people were coming up to me and just saying, 'That is my life.'  I'm really glad it was my first thing to say to the world."

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Photos of what appears to be a slimmed-down but healthy Randy Travis have surfaced on Twitter. According to a tweet from actor-bodybuilder Anthony Maurizio—@antmaurizio—he received the photos from “Randy’s stepson and someone who was hunting on Randy’s acreage.” 

 

 

If legitimate, the photos are the first images released of Randy since the singer suffered a stroke this past July. The stroke occurred after the Grammy award winner was admitted to a Texas hospital on July 7 for congestive heart failure. Surgery was then required to alleviate pressure on his brain. Since his release, Randy had been undergoing physical therapy out of the public eye.

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KELLY CLARKSON and her husband Brandon Blackstock are having a daughter.  She Tweeted, "We just found out we're having a girl!  I knew it!  Only a girl could cause this much drama with all this vomiting.  Ha!"

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Before he got his record deal, ERIC PASLAY made a name for himself as a songwriter.  A very successful songwriter.  We're talking Rascal Flatts, Big & Rich, Jake Owen, the Eli Young Band and Love and Theft, to literally name a few.

 

 

He's written so much music that he felt compelled to record some of it on his own.  He says, quote, "I know it would be easier to sit at home and write songs and create that way, but I feel that I'm meant to be on the road and sing my songs.  

 

 

"There have also been signs that I'm not meant to sing all of them.  And thank goodness, because I've written about 750 in the last eight years."

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ERIC CHURCH released the video to his song "Give Me Back My Hometown".

 

 

 

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Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman took home the award for “Best Home Chef in a Series” last night at the 5th Annual Taste Awards in Los Angeles for her GAC cooking show Kimberly’s Simply Southern. The award show honors the year’s best in food, fashion and lifestyle programs on television, film, online and radio.

"Looking back on the memories of me as a little girl standing at our kitchen counter pretending to have my own cooking show makes this award such an honor and privilege to receive," said Kimberly.  "Thank you so much to the Taste Awards and to the fans who took the time to vote for me and make this dream come true! I am so very grateful."

Kimberly’s Simply Southern is currently filming season 3 and is expected to premiere this spring on GAC. To view photos, recipes and video clips please visit: GACTV.com.

About KSS: Kimberly's Simply Southern is a one-of-a-kind cooking show featuring country artist and founding member of the band Little Big Town, Kimberly Schlapman. Her passion for making simple, home cooked recipes with her family and fellow country artists back home keeps Kimberly hunting for culinary treasures while on the road. Guests to appear in season 3 include Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Jewel, Eric Paslay and the members of Little Big Town.

About Kimberly: For the past fourteen years, Kimberly Schlapman has brightened stages worldwide as a member of country foursome Little Big Town. This spring, she’ll fulfill a lifelong dream with the third season airing of Kimberly’s Simply Southern, a half-hour cooking show on GAC. Kimberly grew up in the northern foothills of Georgia where cooking was an enormous part of Kimberly’s upbringing. She calls both of her grandmothers “incredible” cooks but it was her mother who taught her not just how to cook, but how to take care of people with food. In 1987, Kimberly left home to attend Samford University, where she met fellow vocalist Karen Fairchild. After graduation, both women moved to Nashville, which is where the idea for Little Big Town was born. The addition of Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet filled out their signature harmonic sound and five albums later; they’re still going strong. Kimberly currently lives in Nashville with husband Stephen and daughter Daisy Pearl.

 

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BLAKE SHELTON released the cities but not the dates of his "Ten Times Crazier" tour.  We do know the first stop is Austin, Texas sometime in June.  The Band Perry, Neal McCoy and Dan + Shay will open the shows.  Grab your updates at BlakeShelton.com.

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MARTINA MCBRIDE recorded an album of soul classics called "Everlasting", which will be out March 4th.  She tells "Billboard", quote, "This music is similar to country music in that it has emotion and soul.  That's what I look for in my own songs."  One of the songs she recorded is the R&B classic "If You Don't Know Me By Now".  (You can listen to that here.)

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It's been over six months since the PISTOL ANNIES cancelled all their concerts . . . but didn't bother to say whether or not they were breaking up.

 

 

ASHLEY MONROE was recently asked to clear things up but all she did was dodge the question, again.  She said, quote, "I think we've told what happened, it's funny how people just make up things, even after you tell what happened. 

 

 

"It is what we said it was, we didn't have time to rehearse for the tour, and we wanted to be our best.  It's really as simple as that, but it's entertaining to read all the different views.  All the soap opera stories people can make up."

 

 

She was asked if they have ANY plans to get together, but still stayed vague.

 

 

She said, quote,  "We don’t have any plans right now, MIRANDA [LAMBERT] is making her record, ANGALEENA [PRESLEY] is making one, I'm making one end of February.

 

 

"We're all doing our own thing right now, which is fine, it's what we wanted to do originally."

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TRACE ADKINS fell off the wagon in the worst way yesterday . . . by getting drunk and mixing it up with a real live Trace Adkins impersonator.  It happened during the "Country Cruising" cruise in the Caribbean. 

 

 

Trace and his impersonator "got physical" during a karaoke session.  No photos have surfaced, yet . . . but we should all collectively cross our fingers and hope that someone on the cruise posts a video. 

 

 

Anyway, Trace left the ship when it reached Jamaica and he checked into rehab.  (By all accounts, Trace had been stone sober since spending 28 days in an alcohol rehabilitation program in 2002.) 

 

 

His rep told CountryWeekly.com, quote, "Trace has entered a treatment facility after a setback in his battle with alcoholism.  As he faces these issues head-on, we ask that his family's privacy will be respected."

 

 

Trace's performances on the ship have been canceled.  The cruise features over 20 country acts, including Montgomery Gentry, Wynonna, and Craig Morgan.

 

 

Trace actually MET the impersonator back in 2007 and they got along fine.  (You can check out a photo and video of that encounter here.)

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BLAKE SHELTON'S "Boys 'Round Here" was the most popular country dance song of 2013.  That's according to Marco Club Connection, who surveyed nearly 250 club owners, DJs and dance instructors in the U.S.

 

 

CHRIS YOUNG'S  "Aw Naw" was right behind it at #2 and LAURA BELL BUNDY'S "Two Step" came in third.  Here is the Top 10:

 

 

1.  "Boys 'Round Here", Blake Shelton

 

2.  "Aw Naw", Chris Young

 

3.  "Two Step", Laura Bell Bundy

 

4.  "That's My Kind Of Night", Luke Bryan

 

5.  "Booze Cruise", Blackjack Billy

 

6.  "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert

 

7.  "Don't Ya"Brett Eldredge

 

8.  "Done", The Band Perry

 

9.  "Runnin' Out of Moonlight", Randy Houser

 

10.  "Round Here", Florida Georgia Line

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LUKE BRYAN has added 54 new dates to his"That's My Kind Of Night" tour, including three stadium shows . . . in Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.  LEE BRICE and COLE SWINDELL are the openers.  Dates and details are at LukeBryan.com.

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JENNIFER NETTLES is confident that she's done solid work in SUGARLAND.  But she'd also like people to be blown away by her solo album "That Girl", which came out yesterday.

 

 

She says, quote, "I feel like the work that I've done with Sugarland, I'm super proud of it, and yet there are things that I wanted to prove to myself and to my fans and that I still want to.

 

 

"I hope that they listen to it and go, 'Wow!  She's a way better songwriter and a better singer than I would've ever thought!'

 

 

"I hope that they listen to that and they get to hear a side of me that they hadn't before and it makes them like what I do as a performer that much more."

 

 

Jennifer is going to promote the album with a tour, although there's no word when that'll start.  She says, quote, "I'm gonna go to the beautiful theaters and music halls across the country.  Smaller places that will really honor what the music is about."

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The midtempo pop-country track, which goes on sale on iTunes on January 21, is the first from his upcoming album, a follow-up to last year’s Two Lanes of Freedom. “Lookin’ for That Girl” was penned by Jimmy Slater, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin, and it finds McGraw experimenting with some Autotune flourishes as he croons about his quest to find Ms. Right.

Take a listen to the song HERE

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KEITH URBAN treated a group of his "100 Club" fans . . . people who've seen him perform 100 times . . . to a free weekend in Chicago.

 

 

Each fan got a free airline ticket and hotel room, a trolley tour through the city, dinner at the concert venue and front row seats to the show.

 

 

Keith also arranged a special meet and greet and gave each fan an "exclusive" 100 Club jacket.  He even threw in some spending money.

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BRAD PAISLEY will be doing a cameo on the January 29th episode of ABC's "Nashville".   It's his second time on the show.  He was on last May's season finale.  

Brad's wife KIMBERLY plays Peggy Kenter on the show.

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 For the past five years, JAMEY JOHNSON and MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY have made a bet on the BCS Championship game . . . with the loser donating to the other's favorite charity.

 

 

Jamey ALWAYS took the team representing the Southeastern Conference, while Matthew had whoever played against them.  Well, after getting his butt kicked four years in a row, Matthew finally won last week when Florida State defeated Auburn.

 

 

Jamey wrote a check to Matthew's Just Keep Livin Foundation, which empowers high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices.   

 

 

Matthew said, quote, "Yeah, I finally got a victory.  The $500 check he is donating to our foundation will definitely be cashed and go towards the after-school program."

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Of course, this is doubly good news for the family. Nichols and his wife are already parents to daughter Dylan River, born in April 2012 — but her arrival into the world wasn’t without incident. After she was born, Joe and Heather spoke candidly about their struggle to have children during an appearance on ‘The View.’

Heather explained that an auto-immune condition lead to a few miscarriages. Once her affliction was understood and treated, she was finally able to sustain a pregnancy. When little Dylan arrived, they were joyous, to say the least.

This pregnancy, which comes just two years later, must have the family ecstatic, since they dealt with so many emotional highs and lows in their quest to become parents together. Nichols has a teenage daughter, Ashelyn, from a previous relationship.

Congrats to the family on their upcoming addition! It sounds like 2014 is off to a running start for Joe Nichols

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The ACMs would like you to cast your vote for one of eight semi-finalists in the Best New Artist Category.  They are:  Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee.

 

 

Voting runs from January 21st through February 4th at GACTV.com and the top three will move on to the final round.  The "49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" airs April 6th on CBS.

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JASON ALDEAN got scooped by his own mobile app.  If you've been following the clues he's been leaving on his Facebook page, then you know there's a big announcement today on "Good Morning America".

 

 

Well, his official mobile app leaked that news yesterday . . . with word that he's launching his "2014 Burn It Down Tour" on May 1st in Roanoke, Virginia.

 

 

It's possible that he leaked it on purpose for his loyal fans who downloaded the app, but that seems like a stretch because he's been hyping it to death. 

 

 

Anyway, the tour will be huge and will include several baseball stadiums.  He says, quote, "We've always had a great relationship with Major League Baseball, so when the opportunity came up to work with them on a bigger level, it was a no brainer."

 

 

He's also bringing along some big time openers.  FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and TYLER FARR will be supporting him on most of the shows . . . with MIRANDA LAMBERT performing in Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

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Brad Paisley brought a dose of country to the 2014 People’s Choice Awards with a performance of his newest hit, ‘The Mona Lisa.’

If the country star felt any pressure by performing in front of the biggest stars in movies, TV and music, he didn’t show it. Looking completely suave in his trusty white cowboy hat, a blue denim shirt and black jeans, red and blue lights flashing behind him, Paisley turned in a rousing rendition of the song, representing country well.

‘The Mona Lisa’ is a catchy song already, but when the country singer’s guitarist and bass player joined him after the chorus each time for some gang vocals, it brought it to a whole new level.

Paisley and his band looked like they were having nothing but fun, wearing huge grins while delivering the rocking performance. One of the highlights was definitely when he shredded his way through a guitar solo, making his way offstage and interacting with lucky front row fans. At one point, Paisley even grabbed an iPhone from a fan and took a picture!

At the end of ‘The Mona Lisa,’ the country crooner made his way down to supermodel Heidi Klum who snatched his hat, balancing it on top of her perfectly coiffed hair. Paisley ended the 2014 People’s Choice Awards performance sans hat — but with a standing ovation.



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Brad Paisley brought a dose of country to the 2014 People’s Choice Awards with a performance of his newest hit, ‘The Mona Lisa.’

If the country star felt any pressure by performing in front of the biggest stars in movies, TV and music, he didn’t show it. Looking completely suave in his trusty white cowboy hat, a blue denim shirt and black jeans, red and blue lights flashing behind him, Paisley turned in a rousing rendition of the song, representing country well.

 

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In the digital age, artists can release music whenever they damn well please . . . and that's exactly what the ZAC BROWN BAND is planning to do.

 

 

Zac tells The Country Vibe, quote, "We'd rather put out smaller batches of songs over time and then do a physical release later after there's a collection of them, and be able to do vinyl and all the old stuff that's there to be done." 

 

 

He also believes the "small batches" idea is a better way to appreciate the music. 

 

 

He says, quote, "If somebody gives you four songs, you might listen to all of them five or six times and be able to digest the lyrics and digest the stuff better than if somebody gives you 14 songs at a time."

 

 

Zac may or may not stick with the plan, but right now he's loving it.  He says, quote, "Having the freedom to do that now, it's incredible.  It's the best feeling as an artist that I've ever had.  So this is our experiment and it's exciting."

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE'S "Cruise" is now the top selling digital country single of all time.  It's been downloaded 6.33 million times, passing LADY ANTEBELLUM'S "Need You Now", which is at 6.27 million.  TAYLOR SWIFT'S "Love Story" is third with 5.66 million downloads

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Last month we learned about the custody battle between WYNONNA JUDD and her sister ASHLEY . . . over Wynonna's 17-year-old daughter Grace. 

 

 

Turns out the REAL battle is between Wynonna and Grace . . . and they've been at it for years.  Grace has been wanting to move OUT of the house and IN with Ashley for quite a while . . . but her mom has been fighting her on it.

 

 

Well, the "National Enquirer" claims that Ashley now has "temporary custody."  It was granted after Grace told a judge about Wynonna's, quote, "nasty name-calling, put-downs and substance abuse."

 

 

Despite that, Wynonna is still putting the blame on her sister.  A source said, quote, "Wynonna is furious that Ashley has 'stolen' her daughter, and she wants her back."

 

 

Wynonna is staying quiet, but her rep claims the verbal and substance abuse accusations are "not accurate."  The irony is that Wynonna and Ashley live NEXT to each other in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Winning "Dancing With the Stars" has KELLIE PICKLER thinking she'd like to star in a Broadway musical.

 

 

She tells "Country Weekly", quote, "Since the show I've been wanting to do Broadway so bad just to throw together two of my passions . . . dance and music. 

 

 

"I want them to do a TAMMY WYNETTE Broadway musical.  I know DOLLY PARTON has her Broadway shows and I think if anybody lived a country song, it's Tammy."

 

 

The Tammy Wynette project may only be a fantasy, but there is a musical that her former "Dancing With the Stars" partner DEREK HOUGH thinks would be perfect for her.

 

 

She explains, quote, "He was like, 'You need to be Roxie in 'Chicago'.'  I think that would be amazing!  I've watched that movie a million times.  I know it by heart."

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EDDIE MONTGOMERY, from MONTGOMERY GENTRY, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection.

 

 

This is mostly due to the failure of his Eddie Montgomery's Steakhouse in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, about 30 miles west of Lexington.  It closed "abruptly" last May. 

 

 

According to the "Lexington Herald-Leader", Eddie has $13.4 million in debts and most of it is related to the restaurant, which is being put up for sale this Friday.

 

 

Eddie and his wife opened the Steakhouse back in 2009 and they divorced three years later.

 

 

His attorney said, quote, "Eddie's struggles in business and marriage brought him to this point.  It is very common with individuals dealing with divorce and business closure to have to seek out bankruptcy relief."

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Taylor Swift has been named Tennessean of the Year, reports The Tennessean. She moved to Nashville from Pennsylvania at the age of 14 and, only 10 years later, has become an international superstar.

 

Taylor broke onto the music scene at only 16 with her hit “Tim McGraw” and has made what The Tennessean called “the most graceful transition from teen stardom to adult music career since Brenda Lee.” However, Taylor was recognized as Tennessean of the Year not for selling millions of records, but for her generosity and her role as an ambassador of Nashville all over the world.

 

In October the Taylor Swift Education Center opened at the Country Music Hall of Fame thanks to Taylor’s $4 million gift, the largest individual artist gift in the museum’s history. For her birthday this month (December 13), Taylor gave $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony, which suffered through a severe financial hardship this year.

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The increasingly hot duo Florida Georgia Line cap off 2013 with another No. 1 single as "Stay" beats its chest on Billboard's country airplay summit.

Meanwhile, Garth Brooks commands the album list for the fourth straight week with his boxed set, Blame It All on My Youth: Five Decades of Influences.

There are no new albums this time around, but three previous entries resurface: the multiple-artists' package, Alabama & Friends (back at No. 48), Sheryl Crow's Feels Like Home (No. 49) and Billy Currington's We Are Tonight (No. 50).

Three new songs bow in: Brantley Gilbert's "Bottoms Up" (No. 41), Blake Shelton's "Doin' What She Likes" (No. 47) and Keith Urban's "Cop Car" (No. 58). Luke Bryan's closely-watched "Drink a Beer" rises from No. 11 to No. 10 in its eighth week of action.

Rounding out the Top 5 albums, in descending order, are the Duck Dynasty disc, Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas, Bryan's Crash My Party, Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times and Shelton's Based on a True Story.

Songs No. 2 through No. 5 are Eli Young Band's "Drunk Last Night" (last week's No. 1), Zac Brown Band's "Sweet Annie," The Band Perry's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely" and Darius Rucker's "Radio."

The year also ends with probably the greatest saturation of drinking songs the country charts have ever experienced, namely, the aforementioned "Drunk Last Night," "Drink a Beer" and "Bottoms Up," plus Jerrod Niemann's "Drink to That All Night," Josh Thompson's "Cold Beer With Your Name on It," Tyler Farr's "Whiskey in My Water" and Gary Allan's "It Ain't the Whiskey."

Despite a title that suggests that, Leah Turner's debut single "Take the Keys" is not about preventing a friend from driving drunk.

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he year 2013 will be remembered by country fans for the extraordinary tours from Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and more modern superstars, the long musical goodbye to the late George Jones and major league benefit concerts following the devastating May tornadoes in Oklahoma.

Over the summer, Carrie Underwood claimed the top prize at the CMT Music Awards, while Taylor Swift dazzled and delighted the homefolks with a three-night stand at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena in the fall. As the year drew to a close, the CMT Artists of the Year trophies were presented to Aldean, Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.

Predictably, a relentless and widening circle of awards shows spewed out more entertainers and songwriters of the year than one could keep shake a scepter at. But that's just show biz.

CMT.com will be running a separate story about the year's notable deaths, but here are the other country music news highlights of 2013:

January
Nielsen Soundscan reports that country music sales in 2012 were up substantially over those of the year before, with Taylor Swift being the prime beneficiary. ... Kelly Clarkson is tapped to join James Taylor and Beyoncé to sing at Barack Obama's second inauguration. ... Tim McGraw announces his Two Lanes of Freedom tour will commence May 2 in Birmingham, Ala. ... Jason Aldean sells out his March 2 concert at Madison Square Garden in 10 minutes. ... New York City welcomes its first country music radio station since 1996 with the launch of WRXP by Cumulus Media. ... Brandy Clark, Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves are among the inaugural members of CMT's new platform, Next Women of Country.

February
George Jones announces he will hold his final concert Nov. 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena with an all-star supporting cast. ... Carrie Underwood, the Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift and Little Big Town are among the country performers winning Grammys at the Recording Academy's annual awards show. ... Dixie Chick Natalie Maines jokes with CMT's Katie Cook that returning to country music would be "like going back to your abusive husband." ... Now a trio, the band Alabama announce they will tour for the first time in more than a decade. ... Tim McGraw wins court fight in his battle to divorce himself from Curb Records. ... Billboard declares Kenny Chesney (with a total of nearly $20 million earned), McGraw (over $18 million) and Jason Aldean (over $17 million) were the top country music moneymakers of the previous year.

March
Blake Shelton, a household name thanks to his role on The Voice, offers a new album, Based on a True Story .... Vince Gill and T Bone Burnett are singled out for honors at T. J. Martell's fifth annual gala in Nashville. ... In honor of the album's 40th anniversary, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken is remastered from the original analog tapes and re-released on vinyl. ... Kacey Musgraves debuts at the top of Billboard's country albums chart with Same Trailer Different Park.

April
Luke Bryan is voted the Academy of Country Music's entertainer of the year. ... Jason Aldean delivers the first-ever concert at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. ... Tim McGraw headlines an all-star CBS-TV special taped in Las Vegas for the Academy. ... Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and Jack Clement are announced as the 2013 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. ... Keith Urban and Vince Gill host the fourth annual We're All for the Hall concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event raises nearly $650,000. ... Billy Currington is indicted by a Georgia grand jury on charges of "terroristic threats" and elder abuse growing out of a nautical incident near the singer's home. Five months later, Currington pleaded no contest.

May
Services honoring George Jones, who died April 26, are held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville in front of an overflow crowd. Among those performing or speaking at the service are Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell and former first lady Laura Bush. ... Kellie Pickler claims the mirror ball trophy by winning Dancing With the Stars. She lends it to the Country Music Hall of Fame to display. ... Propelled by the inescapable "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker releases the album, True Believers. ... Randy Travis sues to prevent the release of a patrol car video of his 2012 drunken-driving arrest near his home in Tioga, Texas. ... Blake Shelton hosts a May 29 telethon, broadcast on NBC-TV and various cable channels, and raises more than $6 million for the citizens of Moore, Okla., whose town was devastated by a tornado on May 20. Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker and Rascal Flatts are among the performers.

June
Carrie Underwood wins the CMT Music Awards video of the year prize for "Blown Away." Florida Georgia Line cop breakthrough and duo video trophies for "Cruise." ... Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, the Zac Brown Band, Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Kid Rock and the Oak Ridge Boys perform at the opening concert for the annual CMA Music Festival at Nashville's LP Field. Subsequent nights yielded Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Hunter Hayes, Jason Mraz, Randy Travis, Kip Moore, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Lenny Kravitz, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Gary Allan, The Band Perry, Jake Owen and more. ... The Pistol Annies cancel their June concert dates without saying why, although Ashley Monroe later cited the lack of rehearsal time. ... Ralph Stanley announces plans for his farewell tour, set to end in December 2014.

July
Toby Keith stages a tornado-relief show in Norman, Okla., that draws 60,000 fans to hear Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Mel Tillis, John Anderson, Wade Hayes, Sammy Hagar and others. ... Figures amassed by Nielsen SoundScan reveal that sales of recorded music declined during the first half of 2013. In the country and Americana categories, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Mumford & Son and the Lumineers were the biggest sellers.

August
Reba McEntire discusses her career before a capacity crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Ford Theater in conjunction with her newly opened exhibit at the Hall. ... Luke Bryan releases the smash album, Crash My Party. ... George Strait, MCA unveil a five-album contract renewal. ... Keith Urban confirms that he'll return as a judge on American Idol. ... Ricky Skaggs does a live radio interview at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Nashville to promote his new autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music. ... Brantley Gilbert and Jana Kramer call off their engagement.

September
Prior to his Kansas City, Mo. concert, Vince Gill confronts protesters from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church who showed up to draw attention to the fact that Gill divorced and remarried, supposedly a sin in the church's eye. ... Zac Brown tells a Canadian radio interviewer, "If I hear one more tailgate-in-the-moonlight, Daisy Duke song, I'm gonna throw up," thereby igniting a minor feud within the country music community. ... Old Crow Medicine Show is formally inducted into Grand Ole Opry membership. ... The duos Shovels & Rope and Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris score big wins at the Americana Music Honors and Awards show. . . . Taylor Swift sizzles with three sold-out shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. ... The Gibson Brothers win the entertainer of the year award at the International Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony in Raleigh, N.C.

October
Hunter Hayes launches his CMT on Tour in Knoxville, Tenn., with many of the shows selling out well in advance. ... Jeffrey Steele, Layng Martine Jr., Will Jennings and Alabama's Randy Owen are inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. ... Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Jack Clement officially become members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. ... Jason Aldean captures the experience of his live show with the concert DVD, Night Train to Georgia. ... Joe Nichols makes a comeback after signing to a new label with the album Crickets, which features the No. 1 single, "Sunny and 75."

November
Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson wins SESAC's songwriter of the year award, while Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" is named the performance rights organization's top song. ... ASCAP crowns Josh Kear its songwriter of the year and "How Country Feels" and "Drunk on You" its premier songs. George Strait is presented the Founder's Award. ... BMI taps Rodney Clawson and "Wanted" as its songwriter and song of the year. Dean Dillon receives BMI's Icon Award. ... Strait wins the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award. ... Loretta Lynn is among 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom conferred by President Barack Obama. ... Jennifer Nettles and Eric Church announce new albums for early 2014. ... Nearly 100 singers and musicians -- including Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley and Miranda Lambert -- take the stage to pay tribute to George Jones on the date and at the place the late singer had scheduled his final concert. ... Garth Brooks performs live from Las Vegas on a CBS-TV special.

December
The CMT Artists of the Year awards are presented during a live telecast at Nashville's brand-new Music City Center. ... Dolly Parton's "Jolene" and Kris Kristofferson's self-titled 1970 debut album and Doc Watson's 1964 self-titled album are added to the Grammy Hall of Fame. ... Carrie Underwood portrays Maria von Trapp in a live NBC-TV broadcast of The Sound of Music, which receives record-breaking ratings. ... Garth Brooks confirms he will embark on a world tour in 2014. ... Kacey Musgraves receives four Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist. ... Country music says farewell to "For the Good Times" legend Ray Price.

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Entertainment Weekly had the chance to catch up with Taylor Swift to talk about her Golden Globe nomination for her song "Sweeter Than Fiction" from the movie One Chance. But what I love about the interview is that Swift really opened up about what's next her for. Not just in a new album kind of way. And not in a retire-and-start-a-family way, either. But more of an intangible, theoretical way.

First, there is her dream collaborator, which would be the Australian singer/songwriter Sia. "I'm kinda obsessed with Sia. Always have been," Swift said.

Then she moves onto the things she still wants to accomplish. "One thing I've tried to never do is make wish lists. I try to have a very steppingstone mentality about this whole thing, where as soon as you make one step you visualize the next step, not five steps ahead," Swift said.

"There's a line in the (One Chance) movie that's almost word-for-word that metaphor. That's the way I've always looked at my career. I would love to win another Grammy. I would love to get to go to the Oscars someday. That's why I'm so happy to get to be a part of movies."

But Swift eventually did drop a few hints about the next batch of music she's making.

"For me writing the next record, it usually takes me awhile to find the new sound. It usually takes me a year to shed the last album's sound and start anew. And this one just started on new territory," she revealed.

"At the core of what I do, it's always going to revolve around a confessional storyline and filling my fans in on what my life has actually been. It's become this lifeline between me and my friends, and they know that no matter what they read in some magazine, they're going to hear the actual accounting of it when the album comes out. I've always written songs for the same reason -- to sort through my emotions."

She did add, though, that as she matures, so do her relationships.

"As I grow up, the lessons I learn in love and relationships and how we treat each other are hopefully maturing -- hopefully."

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It's been way too long since Garth Brooks sent a new song to country radio stations. Like more than five years when he released "Midnight Sun" in 2008. So I'd say the world is very, very ready for new music.

Brooks told industry publication Country Aircheck all about when and if new stuff will be part of the 2014 comeback. He just sent his duet with his wife Trisha Yearwood "The Call" to radio, so he talked about why that song is so special to him.

"It's about that point in a relationship when you make the decision whether what you have is worth fighting for, or is it just easier to call it 'friends' and live life from there," Brooks said. "Everybody goes through this; Miss Yearwood and I were in the middle of it in 2002-03." The version playing on radio now is just Brooks and Yearwood. Intentionally. There's no big band behind them.

"We tried cutting this song with a full band but kept going back to the Wynn performance where it's just like two people talking to each other. The echo-type piece in this is something I haven't seen since 'Mockingbird' with James Taylor and Carly Simon," he said. "I love how unique this song sounds and when you bring it down to just two voices and a guitar, the conversation happens."

Whether or not there will be another new Brooks single is up in the air. It sounds like he wants to do it, but there are a few obstacles in his way. The lack of a digital partner, for instance, means the music may not make it into the hands of all the fans.

"We'd love to do new music. But if the songwriters aren't being taken care of, why are we creating? Everybody says, 'It's for the art.' Don't get me wrong, the music is everything. But if we don't nurture and protect our songwriters, the music is going to suffer and will eventually disappear."

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Yes, I ran the numbers. Kellie Pickler could make 5,358 drinks with the barrel of whiskey Jack Daniel's just gave her for Christmas.

And I didn't just pull my whiskey math out of nowhere. I talked to Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett, who delivered the Single Barrel Tennessee Whiskey to Pickler and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, earlier this week.

This is what Arnett -- who described his job as chief whiskey maker -- told me about this particular barrel of Jack Daniel's.

"I had dinner with Kellie and Kyle a couple of months ago at the Palm in Nashville. And while we were there, I pulled samples from three different barrels out on the table and told them I'd like them to taste them and find one that spoke to them," he said of the Music City taste test. "That sampling was fun, but delivering the barrel was even more fun."

Once Pickler and Jacobs settled on their favorite, Arnett got to work.

"Barrels can make anywhere from 200 bottles up to about 300, so with 282 bottles, their barrel is on the higher end. They hit the jackpot. They now have every bottle that particular barrel produced," he said, adding that once the barrel was emptied, they cleaned, sanded, varnished and branded it before bringing it to Pickler.

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The Eli Young Band doubled up in December with two singles celebrating gold status, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

Both "Drunk Last Night" and "Always the Love Songs" have been certified gold, marking the third and fourth singles the band has taken beyond the milestone. In the U.S., gold singles are awarded based on a combination of sales and streaming of more than 500,000 units.

"Drunk Last Night" is the current No. 1 single on Billboard's country airplay chart.

Last week's No. 1 single, Parmalee's "Carolina," was also announced by the RIAA as that band's first gold-certified single. The song was first recorded for a 2008 EP titled Complicated but now finds its home on Feels Like Carolina, the band's first release on Stoney Creek Records.

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There's a video of a gap-toothed, off-key 16-year-old KEITH URBAN performing on an Australian TV show called "New Faces".  It's from 1983 . . . and was recently posted by a guy whose band won the competition.  Keith took home the coveted "Encouragement Award."  (Here's the video.  Keith shows up at the 0:24 mark.)

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Miranda is excited to announce her new line of footwear, Miranda by Miranda Lambert! The shoes are just like Miranda - feisty, sexy, confident - and reflects what makes us love Miranda, bold beyond all expectations with just the right combination of edgy and feminine.

Miranda by Miranda Lambert is launching this week! You can find them now at select DSW stores and online at dsw.com. They are also available at select SHOE DEPT and SHOE DEPT. ENCORE stores or online at shoedept.com and shoedeptencore.com.

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One of the biggest downsides of being a country star has to be all the time separated from your family.  That's why RANDY HOUSER plans to spend every minute he can with them over the holidays.

 

 

He says, quote, "2013 has been a crazy year, and a busy year . . . and there's a lot of things I missed out on with my little boy and my wife.  And I think while I have a month off we're going to spend that together and play catch-up."

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We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E's decision.  We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word.  While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm.  We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty.   Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.

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A&E has suspended PHIL ROBERTSON from filming "Duck Dynasty", after he gave a interview to "GQ" magazine, where he called gay people sinners . . . and equated homosexuality with terrorism and bestiality.

 

 

A&E said, quote, "We're extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty'.

 

 

"The network has placed Phil under hiatus from filming indefinitely."  The show's fourth season premieres on January 15th . . . and he'll probably appear in most of it, since, at this point, most of the season has already been filmed

 

You can read the article HERE

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KACEY MUSGRAVES' grandpa doesn't care that she's 25 or a country star.  He still makes her act like a kid at Christmas.  She says, quote, "My grandpa has a scavenger hunt puzzle that he does every year. 

 

 

"Even though I'm too old for the puzzle, he's like, 'You're still gonna do it.'  It's funny 'cause sometimes you'll find your present in the bathroom or in a tree or out behind the shed.  It's very imaginative, and it's something I look forward to.  It's a tradition."

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Keith Urban tells fans "thank you" for coming out to his Light the Fuse 2013 Tour, and heads to Hollywood for American Idol. Check out the UrbanChat below.

 

 

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LUKE BRYAN is in the January issue of "Good Housekeeping" giving up seven secrets that keep his marriage strong.  Here are some "highlights":

 

 

"We don't have big throwdown fights.  If we have a beef, we always talk it out instead of letting it snowball."

 

 

"We have coffee in the morning, just Caroline and me.  It's my favorite time of the day . . . anytime we can have 30 minutes to talk, it's just great."

 

 

"We do little nights out together.  One Valentine's Day, we got each other's initials tattooed on our ring fingers!"

 

 

"Every night before bed, I rub my wife's feet.  She says they're the best foot rubs on Earth."

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CHRIS CAGLE was arrested early Sunday morning for DUI near Greenville, Texas, which is about 50 miles northeast of Dallas.

 

 

He was pulled over around 2:00 A.M. after running a red light . . . and then he failed the sobriety test.  He was booked into jail and released a few hours later on $3,000 bail.  He's looking at a possible fine of $2,000 and six months in jail.

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Country music Hall of Famer RAY PRICE lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.  He passed away yesterday at his home in Texas at the age of 87.

 

 

His career spanned several decades.  He and the great HANK WILLIAMS wrote a song together called "Weary Blues From Waitin'", which Hank took to #2 in 1953.

 

 

One of Ray's first hits was "Crazy Arms", which topped the country chart for 20 weeks in 1956.  It had a "unique rhythm" that became known as the "Ray Price beat."

 

 

Ray's most famous song is probably his Grammy winning version of KRIS KRISTOFFERSON'S "For The Good Times".  It was a huge crossover hit back in 1970.

 

 

In 2007, he got together with WILLIE NELSON and MERLE HAGGARD for the album "Last of the Breed".  That won a Grammy for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals.  If you're interested, CMT.com has a detailed write-up on Ray's career.

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This is kind of a surprise:  BRIAN KELLEY, the short-haired dude in FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, married his girlfriend Brittney Marie Cole yesterday in Nashville.  Yes, girlfriend, not fiancée.

 

 

He told "People", quote, "There was no official proposal or exchanging of rings.  We had just fallen in love, and I knew I couldn't live without her.  It sounds like a terrible cheesy movie, but when you know, you know!"

 

 

Wait, he's not done.  He added, quote, "She's the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.  She's my dream girl.  I'd never wanted to make someone my wife before.  I always want her by my side."  Brian's 28, Brittney's 23.

 

 

As far as the actual wedding, it was held at hishouse in Nashville.  His bandmate TYLER HUBBARD was there, but there's no word if he was the best man.

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You may recall GARTH BROOKS' concert in Central Park back in 1997.  About a million people were there.  It also aired on TV, which is where it influenced a young JAKE OWEN

 

 

He recently talked about it, saying, quote, "I'll never forget when HBO aired 'Garth Live from Central Park'

 

 

"Just watching this dude on a full-on rope swing, swing out over the crowd and then come back?  I want to do that.  That will happen at some point in one of my shows, but I just haven't gotten there yet."

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The dysfunctional JUDDS are at it again.  WYNONNA and ASHLEY are involved in a custody battle over Wynonna's daughter Grace.  Believe it or not, that's the simple part.  The rest of this is just bizarre.

 

 

In early November, Wynonna had someone, allegedly her ex-husband Arch Kelley, SECRETLY install a GPS tracking device in a car owned by Ashley . . . but driven by Grace. 

 

 

Grace found out about it when she took the car to a mechanic who discovered it and called the police.  They asked Ashley, and she knew it had to be her sister.  Naturally, Wynonna denied it, until she couldn't.

 

 

The device was traced back to a private investigator hired by Wynonna . . . and that's when she had to come clean.  She had her overpriced attorney admit to the police that she put it there because she was tracking her daughter.

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TRISHA YEARWOOD canceled her February 22nd appearance at SeaWorld's "Bands, Brew & BBQ" concert series in Orlando.  Her rep told CNN, quote, "In light of recent concerns, Trisha has decided to remove the date from her upcoming tour plans."

 

 

The "recent concerns" is most likely a reference to the animal abuse issue from the CNN documentary "Blackfish".

 

 

Other artists who've pulled out because of that include Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, Heart, and Cheap Trick.

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THOMAS RHETT released the video to his song "Get Me Some Of That" . . . and he kept his word that he would NOT "kiss all over some girl" out of respect for his wife.  He hired an actor for that.

 

 

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We’re beyond excited to announce that Randy Houser, Thompson Square, Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Farr, Charlie Worsham, Chase Rice, Blackjack Billy and Gwen Sebastian have been added to the lineup of the 2nd Annual Taste of Country Music Festival – to be held June 13-15, 2014 at Hunter Mountain Resort in Hunter, NY!

 

They join previously announced performers Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert.

Early Bird tickets to the festival sold out, but you can still take advantage of our Pretty Early pricing. (Get your tickets here!)

Taste of Country Music Festival is THE ‘can’t miss’ country music experience of the summer – and we’ve still got a few more lineup surprises up our sleeve for the new year!

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LADY ANTEBELLUM released the video to their song "Compass"

 

 

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The "American Country Awards" went down last night, and even though it was their fourth year, the show still hasn't found its legs.  Or host.

 

 

TRACE ADKINS just isn't cutting it, even paired up with a hot cohost like DANICA PATRICK . . . although I did appreciate both of them wearing Vegas showgirl getups.  (Here's a TwitPic of BRAD PAISLEY getting up close to Danica and her outfit.)

 

 

There were some great performances:  RANDY HOUSER killed it with "How Country Feels", JAKE OWEN turned it out with ZZ TOP'S BILLY GIBBONS . . . and LEANN RIMES got a standing ovation for her tribute to PATSY CLINE, which was a medley of "Leavin' on Your Mind", "Walkin' After Midnight", "Crazy", and "Sweet Dreams".

 

 

LUKE BRYAN was a big winner, taking home trophies for Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year. 

 

 

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE had the most awards with six:  They won Best New Artist, Single of the Year, New Artist Single of the Year, New Artist Music Video of the Year, Most Played Radio Track and New Artist Most Played Radio Track.

 

 

Here is your list of winners:

 

 

Album of the Year:  "Based On A True Story . . .", Blake Shelton

Song of the Year:  "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

 

Touring Artist of the Year:  Luke Bryan

 

Artist of the Year:  Luke Bryan

. . . Male Artist of the Year:  Luke Bryan

. . . Female Artist of the Year:  Miranda Lambert

. . . Group of the Year:  Lady Antebellum

. . . Breakthrough Artist:  Scotty McCreery

. . . Best New Artist:  Florida Georgia Line

 

Single of the Year:  "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

. . . Male:  "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton

. . . Female:  "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert

. . . Duo or Group:  "Downtown", Lady Antebellum

. . . New Artist:  "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

. . . Breakthrough Artist:  "I Drive Your Truck", Lee Brice

. . . Collaboration:  "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban

 

Music Video of the Year:  "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton

. . . Male:  "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton

. . . Female:  "Blown Away", Carrie Underwood

. . . Collaboration:  "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban

. . . New Artist:  "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

 

Most Played Radio Track:  "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

. . . Male:  "How Country Feels", Randy Houser

. . . Female:  "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert

. . . Group:  "Better Dig Two", The Band Perry

. . . New Artist:  "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

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A never-before released JOHNNY CASH album is coming out March 25th.  It's called "Out Among The Stars" and it was recorded during sessions in 1981 and 1984.

 

 

It features two duets with his wife, JUNE CARTER CASH . . . plus one with the great WAYLON JENNINGS.  There are also two songs that Johnny wrote:  "Call Your Mother" and "I Came to Believe".

 

 

And this isn't a bunch of sessions slapped-together to make a buck . . . it's a completed album that his record company decided not to release.  Fortunately, Johnny saved the tapes and his son John Carter Cash found them just last year.

 

 

An interesting side note is that it also featured a young MARTY STUART on guitar.  The new producers decided to "fortify" the original tapesso they brought Marty back, plus some studio musicians and June's daughter CARLENE CARTER.

 

 

No other changes were made to the record, so it's like we're getting a brand new Johnny Cash album 10 years after his death.

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A lot of people were surprised when DANICA PATRICK was announced as TRACE ADKINS' cohost at the "American Country Awards".  Even she was a little shocked when the producers offered her the job.

 

 

She said, quote, "This is one of the first things where I said, 'You know, let me think about that.'  I just was nervous about doing it."

 

 

Even though she's been on TV a million times, this is uncharted territory for her.  She says, quote, "I don't think hosting dinner at my house really counts." 

 

 

What helped seal the deal is that she won't be flying solo.  She says, quote, "With a guy like Trace who's done it for a few years and is such a cool, relaxed guy and so well-known and respected in the industry, and he has a great personality. 

 

 

"We're going to have fun.  I'm looking forward to it." 

 

 

The ACAs will air tonight at 8:00 P.M. on Fox.

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GARTH BROOKS is officially coming out of retirement.  He told ROBIN ROBERTS on "Good Morning America", quote, "You know what, let's announce it.  We're going on a world tour in 2014."  He also appeared on "The Talk" and said it's going to be a three-year tour . . . and that it'll make everything else he's ever done "look small."

 

 

 In case you missed it:  GARTH BROOKS announced on yesterday's "Good Morning America" that he's planning to launch a tour sometime next year. 

 

 

He told ROBIN ROBERTS, quote, "You know what, since it's you and since we've had a history forever, let's announce it.   We're going on a world tour in 2014.  I can't believe I just did that but you are a doll."

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You won't find JON PARDI on the dance floor this New Year's Eve . . . because he'll be recovering from surgery. 

 

 

He says, quote, "This year for Christmas, I'm going to get knee surgery.  I have to get my meniscus repaired, and I have to get some cleanup from a previous surgery on my ACL."  

 

 

Jon actually NEEDS to stay off of his feet because he plans to be on road in time to promote his debut album "Write You A Song", which is out January 14th.

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RANDY HOUSER is performing at tomorrow night's "American Country Awards".  He also has three nominations and although he'll be happy to win, trophies don't compare to the validation he gets when fans actually shell out money to see him perform. 

 

 

He says, quote, "I think it's very nice to have those nominations and I'm very proud of it and I hope people vote for us, but I feel validated when people actually buy tickets and come to the shows."

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JOSH THOMPSON has finished recording his second album and if he's to be believed, listening to it might cause you to break the law.  He says, quote, "There's a lot of party, and there's great songwritery, lyrically loaded heartache and love songs.

 

 

"At the same time, it's something you can put on and get a speeding ticket to, or drink beer to and have a party.  I'm proud of it."

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 No one will accuse KIMBERLY PERRY of being lazy when it comes to her career.  She was asked about the stuff she likes to do when THE BAND PERRY is on break and her answer is that she barely takes breaks.

 

 

She said, quote, "I always feel kinda like a loser when I get asked about hobbies because honestly since I was 15 I've spent every waking minute with music and towards pursuing our dream."

 

 

It sounds like Kimberly's mom may be the only one who can rip her away from music long enough to do other things. 

 

 

She adds, quote, "I go antique shopping with my mother and find little bits and pieces that, when we actually have time to build a real house, we'll use to furnish it.  That kind of girly stuff like that."

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GARY ALLAN'S"Set You Free" has been named the #1 album of the year by TasteofCountry.com.  He's followed on their list of the Top 10 albums of 2013 by THE BAND PERRY'Ssecond album "Pioneer".  Here's the Top 10:

 

 

1.  "Set You Free", Gary Allan

 

2.  "Pioneer", The Band Perry

 

3.  "Same Trailer, Different Park", Kacey Musgraves

 

4.  "Like a Rose", Ashley Monroe

 

5.  "Based on a True Story . . .", Blake Shelton

 

6.  "Rubberband", Charlie Worsham

 

7.  "Two Lanes of Freedom", Tim McGraw

 

8.  "Fuse", Keith Urban

 

9.  "Golden", Lady Antebellum

 

10.  "Spitfire", LeAnn Rimes

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You'll have LUKE BRYAN to thank if LIONEL RICHIErecords one or two . . . or even three more "Tuskegee"-type country collaboration albums.

 

 

Lionel had been thinking about doing a follow-up . . . but the deal was sealed after he and Luke performed together at the "CMT Artists of the Year" special on Tuesday.

 

 

He told "Country Weekly", quote, "Luke put the final nail in the idea.  I walked onstage with him and I realized the magic of performing.  Country has it down pat.  These guys to me are just great new country.

 

 

"I love the idea of recording one thing, maybe two or three, with Luke and a couple of the other crazy guys."

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Think you're a linguist with a tongue made of pure gold?  Try THIS out, big guy.

 

 

Scientists at MIT believe they've created the world's HARDEST TONGUE TWISTER.  They engineered it based on their research into which phonic combinations cause people the most difficulty.

 

 

And the result is:  "Pad kid poured curd pulled cod"

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Like most of us, KIP MOORE plans to take some time off over the holidays.  But while you and I gorge on day-old Christmas pie while pretending to like our relatives . . . Kip will be heading to Hawaii.

 

 

He says, quote, "I'll go to Maui the day after Christmas.  I'll go surf for two weeks.  It's the only thing that makes me cut my brain off. 

 

 

"It's like this spiritual thing of being out there at six o'clock in the morning when the sun is coming up and then being out there when the sun is going down . . . there's a stillness and a quietness that I never get to find when I'm on the road.

 

 

"So it just really cuts my brain off and I disappear."

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This could be a sign that GARTH BROOKS is gearing up for a full-blown tour.  He announced that he's doing two nights of shows at Wynn Las Vegas . . . and this time he's bringing his full band.

 

 

It's a total of four shows, two each night, on January 3rd and 4th.  He said, quote, "I've been itching for the chance to bring my band to Vegas to play this room.  I can't wait."

 

 

He also addressed the possibility that this could lead to a tour.  He said, quote, "Will there be something else down the road?  Who knows!  I'm just going to enjoy getting to turn it up in Las Vegas and play with the band again."

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BLAKE SHELTON and LUKE BRYAN will be cohosting the ACMs for the second time.  It's Blake's fourth year in a row.  He cohosted it twice with REBA MCENTIRE.  The show airs April 6th on CBS. 

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MIRANDA LAMBERT gifted DIERKS BENTLEY with a Polaris Ranger ATV utility vehicle after they wrapped this year's Locked and Reloaded tour. 

 

 

Well, last week Dierks collided with a small tree and got it stuck with its front wheels dangling a few feet in midair.  He Tweeted a photo and wrote, "End of tour present from Miranda just arrived.  I immediately proceeded to hang it up in a tree."

 

 

 

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Country music superstar Luke Bryan -- the guy behind the hit "That's My Kind Of Night" -- slammed a beer WHILE driving his truck back in July ... but cops say he did NOTHING wrong.

The incident went down on Luke's private ranch in Tennessee -- Luke can be seen chugging a can of Busch ... the brew that's "as smooth as it's name."

But according to the Knoxville Police Department, Luke was within his legal right -- 'cause in TN, it's perfectly OK to booze while operating a motor vehicle AS LONG as it's on private property.

So, while it might not be the safest thing to do -- it definitely ain't illegal.

Still, kids -- don't drink and drive.

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GARY ALLAN released the video to his song "It Ain't The Whiskey".  You can check it out on his YouTube page.
 

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