Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT’s “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Special January 9

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.

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Trace Adkins Releasing 20-Song Concert DVD on January 13

Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins 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”
“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”
“Take It from Me”

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Alan Jackson Playing 25th Anniversary Concert in Nashville April 11

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.

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The Band Perry Releases Scenic Video for “Gentle on My Mind”

Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band 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.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kenny Chesney‘s duet partner on the 2009 hit single, “I’m Alive?” ANSWER: Dave Matthews.

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Frankie Ballard Playing Fifth Annual Country Christmas Show in Michigan December 20

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.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney has selected indie country act Old Dominion as an opening act on his 17 stadium dates for 2015’s The Big Revival tour.

Kip Moore‘s hit, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America marking sales and streams hitting two million. His single, “Hey Pretty Girl,” has been certified platinum for hitting the one million mark.

Martina McBride is joining R&B legend Gladys Knight and British pop singer Estelle for the first-ever Skyville Live concert streaming from Nashville on Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET at SkyvilleLive.com.

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Randy Houser Believed in His Latest Hit, “Like a Cowboy,” from the Start

Image Courtesy BBR Music GroupRandy Houser has hit the top 10 with his latest hit, “Like a Cowboy,” which shows off his very impressive vocal range. The song is the most traditional-leaning track Randy has released in years, and he’s glad to see “Like a Cowboy” become a hit at country radio following his big hits “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”

“It’s one of those songs we really believed in from the start, but thought, ‘We better get some hits under our belt before we try this,'” Randy tells ABC News Radio. “It was sort of a — not really a longshot, because we believed in it, but I’m just so thankful that all of my friends out in the radio and all the fans have stepped up to bat for it.”

Randy adds that he couldn’t be more pleased with the success of “Like a Cowboy,” but he’s already thinking about the follow up to his latest album, How Country Feels.

Randy says of “Like a Cowboy,” “This song is the last single off of our current album.”

Randy will hit the road with Luke Bryan starting February 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Justin Moore Came Up Empty on His 2014 Hunting Trips

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore had a great 2014 with his ACM New Artist of the Year win in April and the arrival of his new baby, Rebecca Klein, in July. Justin wasn’t so lucky when it came to catching big game on his hunting trips to Colorado and Wisconsin this year.

He says, “I’ve struck out so far this year, which is a rarity.”

Justin is quick to blame his elk hunting fail in Colorado on the weather, though.

“It went from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in a day,” Justin explains, “and that’s not conducive to seeing a lot of elk.”

Another deer hunting trip to Buffalo County, Wisconsin was a bust, too.

Says Justin, “I don’t know if I wasn’t quiet enough or what. I didn’t have any luck there either. So, I’ve got my work cut out for me.”

Justin is off the road spending the holidays with his family in Arkansas. He’ll head out with Miranda Lambert on the Certified Platinum tour starting January 15, 2015 in Evansville, Indiana.

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Brett Eldredge Elected to Country Music Association’s Board of Directors

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge won CMA New Artist of the Year last month, and now he’s taking a seat on the Country Music Association’s Board of Directors. Brett joins Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild as the artist members of the CMA Board, which is made up of industry executives from all branches of the country music business. The group is responsible for steering the CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival among other duties.

When he’s not helping run the CMA, Brett is gearing up for a full year of tour dates starting January 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas.

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