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October 31st


We’ve got some pretty fun country stars when it comes to Halloween...
Darius Rucker is home with his kids and says there’s a good change they’ll probably go out trick or treating as Ninja Turtles.  But he says the greatest costumes they ever had was when his son was Darth Vadar and he was Luke Skywalker and as they went from house to house his son would go into Darth mode and say, “I’m his faaathah!”
Brantley Gilbert has never been much of a Halloween kind of guy, but last year was pretty memorable.  He got a picture of his godson dressed up as him for Halloween!
Tyler Farr says that he really enjoyed Halloween as a kid and he was obsessed with Emmitt Smith growing up.  So he got a Dallas Cowboys football helmet, jersey and some shoulder pads and cleats and went trick or treating as his hero one year.
Thomas Rhett knows what his favorite part of Halloween is... the candy!

October 30th


With Halloween just a day away, the members of Little Big Town are getting ready to dress up their kids – and themselves – for the big candy day.  Phillip’s family is going all vampire.  His daughter, Penelopi, came up with the idea.  Meanwhile, Karen and Jimi’s son, Elijah, wants Daddy to dress up as Peter Pan because he’s going to be Captain Hook.  Jimi says... um... no.
Parmalee will be at our next K COUNTRY Acoustic Concert along with Frankie Ballard and Brothers Osborne.  The guys will be releasing their album Feels Like Home on December 10th.  Brohers Matt and Scott Thomas grew up watching their dad, Jerry, front a popular local southern rock blues band.  Then their cousin, Barry Knox, who played drums for church choir, joined them.  And they called in longtime friend, Josh McSwain.
The ACM Lifting Lives club tour will kick off with 2 dates headlined by Tyler Farr in January.  More clubs and artists will be announced in the coming months with dates through Spring 2015.  The first two shows are in Milwaukee and Chicago.
Hunter Hayes is kicking off the week leading up to the 48th Annual CMA Awards next week with a free nighttime concert in downtown Nashville on Monday as part of his involvement with the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: T. Graham Brown is 60.

October 29th


Luke Bryan tends to agree with Tyler Farr when it comes to being labeled “Bro Country.”  He despises the term.
Lady A’s Charles Kelley says that their new song, “Freestyle,” is a bit nostalgic for him because it reminds him of those high school moments when he and his friends would sneak vodka in their lemonade.
Randy Houser says his inspiration for his latest single, “Like A Cowboy,” was from how he and his co-writer, Brice Long, grew up cowboys.  He says cowboys get up when they fail.  They work hard, try hard, and don’t give up.
Justin Moore admits he’s not big on Facebook and Twitter when it comes to posting about his 3 daughters and sharing intimate moments of his life at home.  He’s very protective of his family and says that too much awful stuff can happen on the internet.

October 28th


George Strait is going to perform at the CMA Awards Show!!!  Presenters include Garth Brooks and Connie Britton from the ABC hit series “Nashville” are both presenters.  The show airs on Wednesday, November 5th.
Brantley Gilbert has a lot of artists and public figures who have influenced him, but he says his biggest influence is his pawpaw.  Brantley’s granddad passed away a few years ago from lymphoma, but he says he thinks about him every day, and all the lessons that he’s learned.
Miranda Lambert has raised over $600thousand dollars for the 7th Annual Cause for the Paws event to benefit her MuttNation Foundation.  Miranda is a dog-mom to 7 rescue dogs of her own.
Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are teaming up for the summer of 2015 when their tours “collide” for two tours... one big night!  They’ll do 10 stadium shows together between May 2nd and August 28th.  Special guests will be announced over the next few weeks.
2014 CMT Music Awards - Backstage & Audience
attends the 2014 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

October 27th


Lady Antebellum is celebrating their latest #1 – “Bartender” – this week in Nashville.  All of their usual music industry guests have been asked to bring their kids for the party and to dress up for Halloween.
Kenny Chesney has announced that he’s returning to the road with The Big Revival Tour for 2015.  So far, only Nashville has been announced.  It’s where the tour will kick off on March 26th.  That day is also Kenny’s 47th birthday.
Luke Bryan says that it’s flattering that fans have created Twitter, Facebook, and Fan Pages dedicated to his butt.  Enjoy it while you can, ladies... Luke says that his rump-shakin’ won’t go on forever... he’ll be toning it down over the next 10 years.
Tim McGraw will be among the artists sharing memories and performing their favorite holiday songs as part of A Very Grammy Christmas December 5th on CBS.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Lee Greenwood is 71.

October 24th


Jason Aldean is getting ready to record a new installment of CMT Crossroads with Bob Seger.  The episode will premiere on Black Friday – November 28th at 10PM.
Little Big Town perform the National Anthem tonight before Game 3 of the World Series.
Troy Gentry and his family are in our thoughts and prayers... the Montgomery Gentry singer’s wife, Angie, has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She’s currently undergoing chemo and he says the prognosis is very good.
Maddie & Tae continue to climb the country charts with their debut single, “Girl In A Country Song.”  When they have a little down time, they tend to hit their favorite apps – one in particular... Pinterest!
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Local celebrity Bill Breitzke of Dunnellon turns 45 tomorrow.

October 23rd


Brantley Gilbert says that he never hid the fact that he overcame a drinking problem and has been sober since 2012, but it was recovering addict Keith Urban who gave him the support he needed when his addictions threatened to get the better of him.
 
Garth Brooks continues to break records – including his own in ticket sales for North Carolina which he held since 1999.
 
Chris Young is hitting the road next year.  He’ll bring his 2015 A.M. World Tour to Germany, Australia, and the UK. He’ll even visit Hawaii for the first time.  More dates will be announced in the next few weeks.
 
Luke Bryan is featured on ABC’s Nightline tonight as correspondent Gloria Riviera takes an in-depth look at Luke as an entertainer.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Dwight Yoakam is 58.

October 22nd


Brantley Gilbert... is ENGAGED!  He says he’s getting married to a girl he met 10 years ago.  Most of his songs are about her.  “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do” is just one song about her.  The wedding is planned for next June and she’s a school teacher in Georgia.  That’s about all he’s giving away – they dated briefly and then he says she became the one that got away... until now.
 
CMT has unveiled the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year.  They’ll be honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban as the top country artists of 2014 love from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2nd at 8PM.
 
Reba’s big announcement yesterday is that she has signed with a new label – Nash Icon Music... and that she has a new album and tour in the works.  She’s already cut 11 songs and says she has 3 more to record.
 
Lady A will perform their new song “Freestyle” today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
 
Last night Trisha Yearwood sang the National Anthem at the opening game of the World Series.  Little Big Town will sing it at Game 3.

October 21st


Zac Brown Band has announced its very first career anthology – it’s called “Greatest Hits So Far.”  It includes all 11 of the group’s #1 singles plus three more hits.  It’ll be available on November 10th.
 
How do you celebrate a #1 single?  Extend your tour!  Jason Aldean is enjoying his 12th #1 song, “Burnin’ It Down,” by adding 23 shows to his Burn It Down Tour.
 
Alan Jackson has announced his 25th Anniversary Tour – Keepin’ It Country – which will kick off in Fort Myers on January 8th at the Germain Arena followed by the 9th at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa.  He’ll wrap it up in Denver on May 17th.  Jon Pardi will be opening for him and AJ says that he likes that Jon is closer to country than most of the other new guys he’s heard.
 
Newcomer Sam Hunt has a Top 3 song with “Leave the Night On” this week.  His debut album hits stores next Tuesday. 
 
Little Big Town – fresh off of their induction into the Grand Ole Opry on Friday – have their new album available today called Pain Killer.

October 20th


Poor Dustin Lynch got whacked in the face and hurt pretty badly by a beer can thrown from the crowd at the MulletFest in Niceville just as he was finishing up “Friends in Low Places.”  He says it was completely full and felt like a baseball had hit him.  Dustin STILL finished the show despite bleeding pretty good... he later went to the ER and ended up getting a couple of stitches to close the wound.
Florida Georgia Line co-wrote Jason Aldean’s 12th #1 song, “Burning’ It Down.”  They guys said it was originally going to be recorded by FGL, but they thought that Jason would do a much better job on it. 
Dierks Bentley is branching out with his Whiskey Row bar.  He’s opening one in Tempe, Arizona next year.  It offers table taps and more than 40 whiskeys behind the bar.
Eric Church blew the roof off the Garden on Friday... he made his 2nd appearance at Madison Square Garden and even had Dwight Yoakam open for him.

October 17th


Reba will make a big announcement on Tuesday.  No clue on what it is, but fans have been speculating that it’s going to be a big tour while others say it may be another grandbaby.
Thomas Rhett says that his post-race performance tomorrow night after NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series at Talladega definitely goes on the “Things I’ll tell my Grandkids” list.
Lady A and Luke Bryan will headline the 2015 C2C Country to Country Festival in Europe early next year with stops in London, Dublin, Oslo, and Stockholm.  Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, and Kip Moore are also scheduled to perform.
Speaking of FGL... if you missed them at the O-Dome with Tyler Farr and Jason Aldean last night, you can catch them tonight on CMT Instant Jam: Florida Georgia Line at 10 on CMT.
Little Big Town will be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry tonight.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Alan Jackson is 57.

October 16th


Trisha Yearwood revealed the album cover for her new album Prizefighter: Hit After Hit with a personal message on Facebook.  The album cover features Trisha in a ball-gown and tiara, sporting a pair of boxing gloves given to her by none other than Rocky himself.  They were a gift from Sylvester Stallone and he wore them during the filming of Rocky V.
Toby Keith is back with a brand new single called “Drunk Americans.”  The song celebrates those special moments when glasses go up – or in Toby’s case, the Red Solo Cup - and the barriers that separate us all come down. 
Sara Evans is getting ready to appear on ABC’s “Nashville.”  She’ll be on the October 29th episode.
Blake Shelton will be back for Season 8 of The Voice.

October 15th


Blake Shelton says that his latest single “Neon Light” was inspired by a real bar in his hometown of Ada, Oklahoma.  He says back in the day he used to sneak into The Village Inn and that’s definitely the place he’s singing about in his mind
 
Thomas Rhett is pretty excited – he’s headlining this Saturday night’s infield concert at the race in Talladega.  He’s a big NASCAR fan and says a lot of his family will be there.
 
American Music Awards nominees are in… Luke Bryan is nominated in the all-genre Artist of the Year category.  He’s also in the Favorite Male Artist – Country category along with Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton.  The show airs live from Los Angeles on November 23rd on ABC-TV.
 
Speaking of Luke… he’ll be back in Florida early next year.  He’s extended his That’s My Kind of Night Tour and will be at the Amway Center in Orlando along with Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch on February 21st.

 

October 14th


Jason Aldean is a big supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness and Research.    He performed his 9th Annual Concert for the Cure in Detroit over the weekend and raised over $660thousand dollars to benefit Susan G. Komen and Breast Cancer Research.  We’ll be outside Gate 1 with your chance to win Meet & Greet passes to meet Jason, Florida Georgia Line, and Tyler Farr on Thursday before his show at the O’Dome!
 
Speaking of Florida Georgia Line… their new album, Anything Goes, is available today.  It features their latest single “Dirt.”
 
George Strait might not be touring, but he’s got one heck of an album planned from his final show.  He’s already released an album from that concert, but he’s got an even larger deluxe package coming out with 2 CDs full of 28 songs including 6 not on the original album... PLUS the full 40-song DVD from the June 7th show.
 
Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Kacey Musgraves have been added as performers at the CMA Awards Show on November 5th.

October 10th


Jerrod Niemann is getting married to his long-time girlfriend, Morgan Petek, in San Juan on Sunday.  He has requested that instead of wedding gifts a donation be made to his Free the Music Foundation at freethemusicusa-dot-org.
Lady Antebellum will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame tomorrow.  Comedian Jeff Foxworthy is also an inductee.
Luke Bryan is the only country artist this year with three #1 songs.  “Roller Coaster” just became the third – and Luke’s 11th career #1 song.  The others are “Drink A Beer” and “Play It Again.”
Scotty McCreery was surprised on stage in Seattle by retired Seahawks players Joe Tafoya and Norm Johnson to celebrate Scotty’s 21st birthday.  Scotty will spend his birthday weekend with family and friends in North Carolina before returning to the road next week.
CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS: Tanya Tucker is 56.  Local Celebrity Carli Sue Post of Micanopy is 18.
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