Kellie Pickler Set to Play a Yam in New “VeggieTales” DVD

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First, she was the Dancing with the Stars champion. Now she’s playing a sweet potato. This fall, Kellie Pickler makes her debut as a yam named Mirabelle in a forthcoming feature-film-length installment of the popular animated children’s series VeggieTales, starring alongside Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

The former American Idol contestant lends her voice as the lead singer of a family band of sweet potatoes in the winter-themed Beauty and the Beet. Kellie also performs seven original songs in the film which will be available October 14 both on DVD and via iTunes. The songs also will be available separately on a holiday album also due October 14, and includes a special rendition of “Deck the Halls.” 

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Billy Currington Feels Pressure To Be More Social

Mercury NashvilleIf you’ve noticed that Billy Currington‘s not quite as active on social media as some other country stars, he says it’s no accident, partly due to his private nature.  “I like [to keep] a little more to myself sometimes. More than others, I’m sure, but that’s just me,” he laughs.

Billy says he does enjoy Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — just not as much as his manager wants him to. “I know people that I’m working with wish I was on it more. I hear that quite a bit, and that makes me not want to be a part of it sometimes,” he confesses. “I like it, when I want to use it, I’ll use it, and when I don’t, I don’t. “

This Saturday night, Billy plays Stockdale, Texas — though he won’t necessarily be tweeting about it.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Billy Currington‘s first top ten hit? ANSWER: “Walk A Little Straighter,” in 2003.

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Garth Brooks Reveals World Tour Opening Date Details

Mark TuckerOn Monday, Garth Brooks revealed that he’ll be kicking off his world tour in Chicago.  Now, he’s revealed details of that show.

Garth will perform at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL on September 4.  It’ll mark the first time he’s played the Chicago area in 17 years.  Tickets go on sale next Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster; there’s a six-ticket limit.  With tax and service charges, tickets will set you back $65.50 apiece, which isn’t bad, considering the fact that Garth hasn’t done an extensive tour in 13 years.

Speaking about why he’s chosen the Chicago area to begin the trek, Garth said in a statement, “As an entertainer, you get asked a lot ‘what are the best cities to play?’  Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play and that list ALWAYS includes Chicago.  It is the PERFECT city to launch the World Tour!”

Joining Garth on the bill for the show will be his wife, fellow Grammy-winner Trisha Yearwood.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDwight Yoakam‘s latest single is a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival‘s hit “Who’ll Stop the Rain.”

Ashley Monroe is back home after being hospitalized over the weekend for a severe kidney infection.

Comedy Central’s latest edition of Drunk History features the story of how Kris Kristofferson got Johnny Cash to record “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” You can catch the show Tuesday night at 10 ET.

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Justin Moore and Wife Welcome Third Daughter

Kristin BarloweJustin Moore and his wife Kate welcomed their third daughter on Monday.

The couple tells People magazine in a statement they are “very excited to welcome Rebecca Klein Moore into the world. Both Mom and Klein are healthy.”

The baby’s named after her paternal great-grandmother, but will go by her middle name.

Klein joins big sisters Kennedy Faye, 2 1/2, and Ella Kole, 4.

Justin and his wife say, “Her two older sisters helped with her first bath and are thrilled to have a little sister! We are blessed.”

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Miranda Lambert Goes “Psycho” To Get Dogs Adopted

Image Courtesy PedigreeIt’s no secret Miranda Lambert‘s other great passion besides music is her love for animals. Not only has she rescued and fostered close to 30 dogs herself, she’s also helped revamp the local shelter in her hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.

And when it comes time to get her rescue dogs adopted, she confesses she gets a little “psycho about it.” Not long ago, she dropped by an adoption event for about 30 puppies, and ended up staying five hours.

“I couldn’t stop.  I was like, standing outside the door of the Walmart, you know, holding black labs, like, ‘Come on! You know you need a dog!’ I have no pride, no shame.  I will hawk a dog all day long,” she laughs.

Miranda was particularly motivated to help two labs who’d been at the shelter for a whole year.

“Hansel and Gretel… had been there the year before at the same event as puppies… and they were sister and brother, so they couldn’t be separated, and it’s hard to get rid of two huge, black dogs. Nobody wants two.”

So when a man with a little boy showed some interest in the two, Miranda was determined to help them put their best foot forward. “I kept trying to walk ‘em around. I kept telling ‘em, ‘Get down! Act calm! You’re gonna get adopted! Be calm!’ You know, ’cause they were jumping around.”

In the end, Miranda’s long day in the Walmart parking lot paid off.

“He didn’t even say, ‘I’m taking ‘em home,’  or anything. He just pulls out the money and hands it to us. And we just start cheering and bawling. I look over and my dad’s bawling. I’m like, ‘This is a huge moment!’  That’s so rewarding when a match is made like that, and those babies went home. “

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Garth Brooks Officially Gives Up On Irish Concerts

Pearl RecordsEven after Garth Brooks‘ five shows in Ireland were canceled, the country superstar continued to hold out hope that he’d find a way to make them happen. But in a written statement Monday evening, Garth officially threw in the towel.

“I just received the news the Dublin City Council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows.  To say I am crushed is an understatement,” he says in the statement, adding, “All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice.  She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason.  As hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.  So it is with a broken heart [that], I announce the ticket refunds for the event will go as posted by TicketMaster.”

Garth goes on to thank the folks who bought tickets, as well as the concert promoter and the Irish authorities who had continued to work toward a solution. He ends by urging his Irish fans to try to attend other shows on his world tour, and show their pride while doing so.

“I love you, always have, always will. I encourage any and all of them that can come see the show, at some point around the world, to bring your Irish flags and wave them proudly at the concerts. I will be looking for you,” he closes, signing the statement simple “garth,” in all lower-case letters.

The Dublin city council initially only approved licenses for three out of the five concerts at the city’s Croke Park.

On Tuesday, we’ll learn more details about Garth’s world tour, which is set to kick off in Chicago.

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Little Big Town to Deliver a Dose of Pain Killer in October

Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will deliver a dose of Pain Killer for country fans come October 21.  That’s the newly announced release date for LBT’s sixth studio album which the group hopes will build on the success of its first single, “Day Drinking.”  The foursome co-wrote eight of the project’s 13 tracks, reuniting with producer Jay Joyce, the man behind their million-selling Tornado CD.

Fifteen years into LBT’s history as a band, Karen Fairchild says she and band mates Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet are still forging new territory.

“Sometimes you don’t know what’s going to happen in the studio. You just have to dive in head first and work hard to do something unique,” Karen observes. “We’re always striving and pushing ourselves to go somewhere new. Pain Killer is a new place for sure.”

Here’s the track list for Pain Killer:

“Quit Breaking Up with Me”
“Day Drinking”
“Tumble and Fall”
“Pain Killer”
“Girl Crush”
“Faster Gun”
“Good People”
“Stay All Night”
“Save Your Sin”
“Live Forever”
“Things You Don’t Think About”
“Turn the Lights On”
“Silver and Gold”

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Carrie Underwood Takes “Sunday Night Football” to the Big Screen

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood hits the big screen on Friday, July 25, as this year’s Sunday Night Football theme debuts in 19,000 movie theaters across the country.  The debut comes as part of a  two-and-a-half-minute trailer taking viewers behind the scenes as the former American Idol champ records the latest version of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.”

This is Carrie’s second year to sing the theme, based on Joan Jett‘s hit, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” Pink was the first artist to perform it in 2006, before Faith Hill took over in 2007.

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