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December 18th

Eric Church is on track to finish 2014 as one of the top-selling artists in country music.  He has the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as his Grammy-nominated album, The Outsiders, reaches Platinum certification – signifying sales of more than a million copies.
Carrie Underwood makes it 5 for 5 this week as her newly released Greatest Hits: Decade #1 becomes her 5th consecutive album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Album sales chart.
Frankie Ballard will be returning to his home state of Michigan for the holidays, and he’ll be bringing his sold-out 5th Annual Country Christmas show with him – which raises money for the Van Andel Institute, a cancer research foundation based in Grand Rapids.
Kip Moore had a very busy 2014 that included his first headlining tour.  So, he says he'll head to Costa Rica for a few weeks after Christmas to unwind and recharge.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY: Randy Houser is 39.

December 17th

The Band Perry has been in the studio working on album #3.  They’ve recorded about half of it and are still writing a lot.  But they say it’ll definitely be out in the first half of 2015.
Kip Moore’s got himself a double platinum hit with “Somethin’ ‘Bout A Truck,” and a platinum certification with “Hey Pretty Girl.”
Miranda Lambert was back home in Oklahoma yesterday and posted on Facebook that she bought a new nutcracker at the Dollar General, plus about 15 rolls of wrapping paper, and some last minute stocking stuffers.
Brett Eldredge is finding his Christmas spirit.  He says he needs some awesome Christmas socks with reindeer and candy canes and stuff.
And Garth – the man who can buy anything he wants for Christmas – has just one thing on his list this year... just 20 minutes at a table with his daughter and Ms. Yearwood.

December 16th

Florida Georgia Line were the big winners at last night’s Awards show.  They won  Digital Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year for their song with Luke Bryan, “This Is How We Roll.”  They also picked up the Group/Duo of the Year award.  Luke was named Male Vocalist of the YearMiranda Lambert was named Female Vocalist of the YearJason Aldean won Artist of the Year.
Kip Moore cleans up pretty nicely.  He wore a tux for his stripped-down performance of “Hey Pretty Girl.”  He also won Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Special awards were given to Kenny Chesney – who won the night’s Groundbreaker Award and sang “Til It’s Gone.”  Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert swapped vocals on “How Blue,”  and “Take It Back” before Reba joined them for “Fancy.”  Reba was presented the Nash Icon Award.
And with all of the hoopla from the ACC Awards behind him, Luke Bryan can start planning his traditional Christmas Eve... which is a nonstop chili-dog fest!  Luke scores the most successful country tour on Billboard’s list of 2014’s Top 25 tours.

December 15th

Lady Antebellum will perform with Hank Williams, Jr. tonight on the ACC Awards Show.  Florida Georgia Line host the show tonight at 8 on FOX.
Sugarland’s Kristian Bush has teamed up with Goodwill Industries of Houston to bring Goodwill job connection program participants and donors together for a benefit concert and donation event over the weekend.
Darius Rucker got coal in his stocking two Christmases ago... courtesy of his wife, Beth. He says he probably worked too much that year.  
Carrie Underwood celebrated the end of her Greatest Hits release week with a night at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday.  She’s off for the rest of the holidays to be with family and to get ready for the birth of her little boy.
Congratulations to Nashville star Hayden Panettiere and her fiance, Wladimir Klitschko... they welcomed their first child, a baby girl they named Kaya, last Tuesday.

December 12th

Kenny Chesney has been added to the performance lineup for Monday’s ACC Awards Show on FOX.  He’s also set to receive the Groundbreaker Award for innovation, excellence, and expanding the country music genre.
If you miss Jake Owen’s hair... blame his mom.  He says that she’s always telling him he needs to cut it.
Blake Shelton has signed on to appear on “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” along with his fellow “The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams.
Chris Young is being honored by the National YoungArts Foundation at the their 2015 Backyard Ball.  He was a YoungArts Award winner in 2003 and US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and he’ll be recognized as a 2015 Arison Alumni Honoree.
Hunter Hayes leads the lineup of country stars set for the 2014 Christmas4Kids tour bus show, which raises money for children in middle Tennessee.  Jeff Bates, TG Sheppard, BUddy Jewel, and more will join him.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: John Anderson turns 60 tomorrow.  Randy Owen turns 65.

December 11th

Look whose pretty face is on the cover of Marie Claire magazine’s January issue… Miranda Lambert! And she gushes a little, too… once again dispelling divorce rumors.  She says Blake Shelton is the “light in her darkness.”
Rumors have swirled for a long time that Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks can’t stand each other… and that’s why the duo split up.  Not so much.  They still go to dinner together and even vacation together. They say they’ve never NOT been friends. They’re back together – with Reba – in Vegas beginning in June for a residency at the Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace.
Jason Aldean and Eric Church say that these huge stadium tours with Kenny Chesney have been a long time coming… Eric and Kenny talked about doing the joint tour after playing George Strait’s farewell concert back in June.  Jason signed on when he and Kenny went drinking together back in July.
Zac Brown Band is ready for some football… they’ll kick off a 3-day concert series preceding the Superbowl as part of the first-ever DIRECTV Super Fan Festival.  Sam Hunt and Cadillac Three will also be part of it. The 3-day event kicks off on January 28th.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Little Brenda Lee is 70.  My dog, Dave, is 6.

December 10th

The Band Perry has plans for New Year’s Eve… they’ll be part of Pitbull’s – yes… the dude that raps – “New Year’s Revolution” live from his hometown of Miami.
Jennifer Nettles is broadening her horizons… she’s headed to Broadway as part of the cast of “Chicago the Musical.”  She’ll play the part of Roxie Hart – the part Renee Zellweger played in the movie!  The show runs from February 2nd through March 29th
Maddie & Tae are super-excited!  They’ve got a #1 hit with “Girl in a Country Song.”  They are the first female act in 8 years to top the Country Singles chart with their debut single.
Meanwhile, Jason Aldean has scored the first Platinum Country Album of 2014 with Old Boots, New Dirt – selling over 280thousand copies just 8 weeks after it debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

December 9th

Garth Brooks has only announced a dozen or so cities worldwide... and he's already sold over a MILLION tickets!
Not only does he have his 2nd Number 1 hit with Sunshine & Whiskey... Frankie Ballard can also brag about his GOLD RECORD for the song!
Miranda Lambert made a country fan out of NASCAR driver Danica Patrick!  Danica admits she didn't know much about country music until she filmed the video for "Fastest Girl in Town" with Miranda.  Now she's pretty up on her country stars and songs!
Carrie Underwood's new album "Greatest Hits: Decade #1" is in stores today with 25 tracks that span her career.  She says that she hopes her baby boy gets her husband's eyes, but she'd also like him to take up some sort of organized sport like his hockey-playing Daddy.  She says that her husband has the biggest heart and loves people... and she hopes the little guy ends up like that.


December 8th

Grammy Nominees have been announced... Miranda Lambert and Eric Church lead the pack with 4 nods each!  Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are each up for 2.  The show airs live on CBS February 8th.
Garth had a diehard fan at his concert in St. Louis Thursday night.  Actor/singer Justin Timberlake says Garth is one of his idols, a master of his craft, and he is in awe of Garth.
Jason Aldean  has been dropping wedding hints... and it sounds like he and fiancée, Brittany Kerr, could get married when they have some time off during the holidays.
Keith Urban is taking country music to Canada on New Year’s Eve when he performs a televised, free concert at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  It one of Canada’s biggest New Year’s Eve parties.
Darius Rucker will perform during this year’s Christmas in Washington special on the 19th.  Hunter Hayes will be there, too.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Sam Hunt is 30.  Local celebrity Dakota Perry of Ocala is 8.

December 5th

The first round of ACC Awards presenters has been announced and includes Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, Kip Moore, Chris Young, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Maddie & Tae.  The show will be hosted by Florida Georgia line on the 15th on FOX-TV.
Hair today... gone tomorrow.  Well... gone... now!  Jake Owen has chopped off that long hair of his.  He even shared his new ‘do on Twitter.  High and tight.
Lady A will host their 1st Annual Cheers for Charity event on New Year’s Eve in Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.  All proceeds benefit LadyAID, the trio’s children’s charity.
Brantley Gilbert was recently announced as an addition to Kenny Chesney’s upcoming 2015 Big Revival tour.  Now, Brantley hints that there may be a duet or two between him and Kenny on the road.  Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, and Chase Rice will also be on the road with Kenny.
Set the DVR... Tim McGraw will perform on A Very Grammy Christmas on CBS tonight at 9.

December 4th

Reba will team up with Brooks & Dunn for a Las Vegas residency next year at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace.  “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” will kick off on June 24th and has 11 more dates scheduled for June, July, and December of 2015.
Chris Young will be going more global in 2015 with tours set for Europe and Australia.  He says he loves Europe and it blends two things he thinks are really great – he gets to wake up in Europe, and he also gets to work and be somewhere a little different.
Carrie Underwood has announced the launch of her very own fitness lifestyle apparel brand called CALIA by Carrie Underwood.  It will be sold exclusively at DICK’S Sporting Goods stores nationwide and online beginning in March.
Florida Georgia Line has been announced as one of the performers on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2015.  They’ll perform a medley of their songs including “Cruise,” “This Is How We Roll,” and “Sun Daze.”
Congrats to Jana Kramer... she got engaged on her birthday to NFL Player Michael Caussin on Tuesday.

December 3rd

Darius Rucker will be on hand to kick off Christmas at the Rockefeller Center tonight.  Meanwhile, Jason Aldean will be hunting with his friends on Country Buck$ on A&E..
Frankie Ballard says that he thinks country music is missing one thing... the element of danger.  That’s why he does his share of jumping around on stage.  He says he might break his neck and that would be it, but he thinks the fans love that little element of danger.
Eric Church says that time off at home is essential to what he does.  It’s where he can recharge and hang out with his wife and son.  Or, as Eric says, “You can’t go out there and slay dragons unless you have that place to go back and plug in.”
Dustin Lynch had to satisfy a long-time curiosity... he had his tour bus pull over at an Iowa Wal-Mart and checked out the Black Friday shopping scene.
47th Annual CMA Awards - Show
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Luke Bryan (C) performs onstage during the 47th annual CMA awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

December 2nd

Jana Kramer says that one person helped her not give up on music… and that person is Miranda Lambert.  Miranda told Jana to just keep pushing – using her own experience as an example.
Luke Bryan won’t be attending and performing at the CMT Artist of the Year event in Nashville tonight because his brother-in-law – Luke’s late sister Kelly’s husband – passed away over the weekend.  Luke is in Georgia with his family.  His name was Ben Lee Cheshire – he went by Lee.  The service is today.
Reba will receive the first-ever NASH Icon Award during the inaugural ACC Awards show on the 15th in Nashville.  Reba’s daughter-in-law, Kelly Clarkson, and Miranda Lambert will be on hand at the ceremony to honor Reba by performing some of her best-known songs live.
Lady Antebellum will perform at the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on Friday.  The show will air live on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 9PM – so set the DVR.
Congrats to Keith Urban who picked up the ARIA Award for Best Live Act last week.

December 1st

Blake Shelton has something to say to folks who criticize country music for being too predictable and shallow: Get over yourselves, and let it be. 
New singles are out for Jon Pardi and Dustin Lynch. Jon’s latest is “When I’ve Been Drinking.”  Dustin's new one is “Hell of a Night” from his “Where It’s At Album” that came out in September.
Set your DVR... ABV-TV airs the CMA Country Christmas tonight hosted by Jennifer Nettles... featuring performances by Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, and Dan + Shay.
It was a special night for Joe Nichols a couple Saturday’s ago... his musical hero, Randy Travis, made an unexpected visit to his show at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth.  Joe paid tribute to his hero with a solo acoustic performance of Randy’s hit, “Promises.”
Brad Paisley’s in the clothing business... you can find his new line of clothing – Moonshine Spirit – at Boot Barn stores.

November 26th

So… what’s on the table for Thanksgiving for your favorite country stars? 
Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott always has her grandmother’s Sweet Potato Casserole whether she’s at home or at her inlaws’.  If she can’t have grandma’s, she brings the recipe with her and makes it wherever she is.
Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike, gather friends because they don’t have a lot of family nearby and have a nice Thanksgiving meal with people who probably wouldn’t have anywhere to go on Thanksgiving.
Justin Moore says he’s always got to have turkey and dressing – and the dressing is even more important than the turkey because it’s an old family recipe that is awesome.  Other dressing aficionados are Thomas Rhett and Alan Jackson.
Tyler Farr loves mashed taters and gravy the best.  And his Grandma, Mom, and Aunt always make Chicken ‘n Dumplins, too!

November 25th

Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan will be headlining parades in New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year.
If you see a Tweet from Garth Brooks, you can believe that it’s not someone “handling” his account, but the man himself. Garth says he doesn’t like somebody else speaking for him.
Kenny Chesney will receive the Groundbreaker Award at the 1st Annual ACC Awards on December 15th on FOX-TV.
Little Big Town are among the stars featured in new episodes of the PBS series Front and Center.  The band’s show will be filmed at Nashville’s Marathon Music Words during the first week of December.
Jake Owen took the wheel on Friday to drive people around Nashville for ridesharing service Uber.  Uber is a smartphone app people can use to request rides from drivers around town instead of taking a taxi.  Jake was part of Uber’s partnership with music streaming service Spotify which allowed riders to connect their Uber app to their Spotify account and stream music throughout their ride.

November 24th

The American Music Awards were handed out last night and our country winners are... Luke Bryan for
Favorite Male Artist, Carrie Underwood for Favorite Female Artist.  Florida Georgia Line won Favorite Band, Duo or Group.  And Favorite Album goes to Brantley Gilbert for Just As I Am.
Brantley says that he’s looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  He’s got the fiancée's family and his family... and they’re ALL getting together.
Ronnie Milsap is getting ready to kick off his farewell tour that he’s named “Legend In My Time.”  Ronnie is 71 and he’ll kick off a 3-year tour when he performs an intimate show at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Country music fans will be able to celebrate the biggest college football weekend of the year with the first-ever televised special CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship.  It’ll premiere live on CMT Friday, January 9th at 9PM and will feature performances by Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, and Big & Rich.

November 21st

Easton Corbin will be at our huge concert at Silver Springs State Park tomorrow with Montgomery Gentry and Jackie Lee... and he recently did something downright awesome.  Easton, along with Ram Trucks, presented a million dollar check to the National FFA Organization.
Luke Bryan may be done touring for the year, but that doesn’t mean he’s slowing down at all.  Luke says he’s been staying busy writing songs for his follow-up album to Crash My Party.  He says that the past two months he’s really been ramping up the writing and starting to think about ideas and what he wants to say.
Always outspoken, Blake Shelton says he can see why artists including Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean have pulled their music from the streaming service Spotify.  He says that he knows it’s in a kind of experimental phase and changing the industry and he can see why Taylor and others have done that.
And in other Blake news... he’s earned himself a coveted spot in People Magazine’s 2014 Sexiest Man Alive issue.  And considering all the jokes he made last year when his The Voice co-judge Adam Levine was chosen Sexiest Man Alive... it seems fitting that Adam have a chance to tease him, too.  The issue is available now.

November 20th

Congratulations to Scotty McCreery… he recently picked up 3 RIAA Platinum certifications with his hit songs “I Love You This Big,” and “The Trouble With Girls” from his debut album Clear As Day, and “See You Tonight” from his follow-up album See You Tonight.
Keith Urban is up for a couple of awards “Down Under.”  He’s up for Single and Video Clip of the Year at the 2015 Country Music Awards of Australia January 24th.  He’s also up for Australian Live Act and Best Country Album at the ARIA Awards in Sydney on the 26th.
Lady Antebellum will receive the CRS 2015 Artist Humanitarian Award when they return to Country Radio Seminar in February.  They are being honored for their humanitarian work – particularly with children’s charities.
Kenny Chesney is rebelling against “Bro-Country.”  He says his song “Wild Child” from his The Big Revival album is his stand against the Bro Country Movement, and it reunites him with duet partner Grace Potter.

November 19th

Parmalee performed at our 22nd K COUNTRY Acoustic Concert last night and talked with us back stage a bit about their recent performance on Craig Ferguson.  They said that the studio is in the same building as The Price As Right and they had to stop and get a picture of themselves spinning the wheel.
Scotty McCreery recently built a beach house on the coast of North Carolina.  He says it’s got a man cave and it’s his little escape.
More performers have been added to the ACC Awards – Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, and Brett Eldredge join Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, and Miranda Lambert on the December 15th show on FOX.
ASCAP has honored Garth Brooks with the Centennial Award Monday night.
Carrie Underwood admits she’s enjoying some of the perks of being pregnant... like getting away with saying a little more because... “What are they gonna do to a pregnant lady?”  She also gets excited over getting to use the expectant mother’s parking at stores.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Billy Currington is 41.

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