Image Courtesy RCA/GwendolynTrishaYearwood will perform her latest single, “PrizeFighter,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on the 31st Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Special. The show airs December 25 on ABC starting at 10 a.m. ET with Robin Roberts serving as host. Tim Tebow, Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, Ariana Grande, Lucy Hale and Train are also taking part in the special.
Check local listings to confirm the air time in your area.
Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s family always had a fake Christmas tree since her sister was allergic to fir trees. Now that she’s got her own house, Carrie still puts up a fake tree at Christmas just to keep things simple.
She says, “I don’t think there’s any kind of tree that’s not a pain in the rear to get in and get out and decorate and whatever, but they’re pretty.”
While she’s looking to expand her Christmas decoration collection, Carrie has a pretty good start with her giant fake tree and ornaments. She also has stockings for her two dogs, Ace and Penny, explaining, ” They need stockings, too. It’s their Christmas, too”
Carrie continues, “[I have] big candle pieces and things like that. Little ceramic Santa things. Pillows. I have lots of pillows that say stuff on ’em. Reindeer-type things. Big, wooden reindeer.”
Of course, this will be the last Christmas Carrie and her husband, Mike, spend without their baby boy. He’s due in early 2015.
In other Carrie news, her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, sold 94,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.
Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsNewcomer Chase Bryant is racing up the country chart with his debut single, “Take It on Back.” The hit song has established Chase as one of country’s most talented and good-looking new acts, but he’s taking his newfound success in stride.
Chase tells ABC News Radio, “I’m trying not to get big-headed about it. I got good people around me keeping me humble, and I really appreciate that from all the people and all, from the bottom of my heart.”
Chase has enjoyed getting to know his fans as well as the folks at country radio, too.
He adds, “It’s just a humbling experience and I’ve been glad to have had that success, and I just hope it’s continued.”
Look for Chase to announce his 2015 tour plans very soon.
Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.
Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTraceAdkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.
Here’s the DVD track listing:
“(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing” “Songs About Me” “Big Time” “This Ain’t No Love” “Chrome” “You’re Gonna Miss This” “There’s a Girl in Texas” “Every Light in the House” “Marry for Money” “Come to Poppa” “Hot Mama” “Heartbreak Song” “Maintenance Man” “It All Adds Up to Us” “Ladies Love Country Boys” “Rock You Up” “I Left Something Turned On at Home” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” “Ride” “Take It from Me”
Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin’ It Country Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan’s 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.
Alan’s Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville’s Music City Center. Tickets for Alan’s concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.
Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerTheBand Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell‘s classic “Gentle on My Mind.” The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.
The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis.
“Gentle on My Mind” is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Country Duo/Group performance.
Image Courtesy Live Nation/Colleen Callahan Frankie Ballard will celebrate the holidays with his 5th Annual Frankie Ballard’s Country Christmas show in his home state of Michigan on Saturday, December 20. The show will take place at the Kamazoo State Theatre with proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Frankie says, “There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show — the lights might go off before I get off stage!”
Frankie’s Christmas show will include a mix of holiday classics and his own songs, including the #1 hits “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.”