George Strait’s New Live Album, “The Cowboy Rides Away,” Features Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and More

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait‘s new concert album, The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium, is available now, featuring performances from his final tour stop last June. To make the evening even more special, George invited special guests Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and more to join him singing their favorite songs from his catalog. Having his friends pick which songs they wanted to sing made it easier on George when it came time to put the final set list together.

He says with a laugh, “Once I had that list, that was like 18 songs, then I got to pick all my favorite ones. So, that’s basically what I did. I picked the songs that were my favorites.”

When it came time for Jason Aldean to pick which song he’d sing with Strait, he went with George’s first #1 hit, 1982′s “Fool Hearted Memory.” That was one of the early George Strait hits Jason grew up listening to with his dad.

“I love George Strait from top to bottom, but that was my favorite era was that early ’80s into the mid-’80s kinda thing,” Jason tells ABC News Radio. “Those are songs that I just grew up as a kid listening to, and then I got to be a teenager and the George Strait box set, and I’m still listening to ‘em. As an adult, they’re still some of my favorite songs.”

Jason later joined the other stars and George for a sing-along of “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” and the whole experience was pretty surreal for the Georgia native.

When asked how it felt to be onstage singing ’80s hits with Strait that night, Jason says, “Are you kidding me? Now, I get a chance to get onstage with him and sing some of these things? It was like, that was insane to me.”

Here’s the live album track listing:

“Check Yes or No”
“Love Bug” (with Vince Gill)
“Fool Hearted Memory” (with Jason Aldean)
“Arkansas Dave” (with Bubba Strait)
“Cowboys Like Us” (with Eric Church)
“That’s What Breaking Hearts Do”
“Marina Del Rey”
“Here for a Good Time” (with Sheryl Crow)
“I Can Still Make Cheyenne”
“Jackson” (with Martina McBride)
“A Showman’s Life” (with Faith Hill)
“Murder on Music Row” (with Alan Jackson)
“The Chair”
“Give It All We Got Tonight”
“Run” (with Miranda Lambert)
“I’ll Always Remember You”
“Ocean Front Property” (with Kenny Chesney)
“All My Ex’s Live in Texas” (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)
“The Cowboy Rides Away”

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Chris Young Sells Out Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth for the Second Time in His Career

Image Courtesy Chris Spinks/Billy Bob’s TexasChris Young played the second sold-out show of his career at Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth, Texas over the weekend. Nearly 6,000 fans were on hand for the show, which was Chris’s first time playing the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in almost three years.

He says, “Billy Bob’s is one of my absolute favorite venues to play. I always say I love playing anywhere in Texas and that goes double for this venue.”

Chris has more headlining shows coming up this weekend before he rejoins Dierks Bentley‘s Riser tour later this month. Go to for a full list of tour dates.

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Darius Rucker to Release New Christmas Album, “Home for the Holidays,” on October 27

Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker‘s first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, is due out October 27 featuring two song Darius co-wrote for the project — “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants for Christmas.” He also teams up with Sheryl Crow for a duet on the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Darius says, “I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Darius will release a brand-new studio album in 2015 featuring his latest hit, “Homegrown Honey.”

Here’s the Home for the Holidays track listing:

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
“White Christmas”
“Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow”
“Winter Wonderland”
“Please Come Home for Christmas”
“What God Wants for Christmas”
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (featuring Sheryl Crow)
“O Come, All Ye Faithful”
“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Candy Cane Christmas”

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Luke, Blake, Miranda and Keith to Perform on 48th Annual CMA Awards November 5

CMATop nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the first performers confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. All four artists are nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with that category’s reigning champ, George Strait.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the CMA Awards for a seventh consecutive year on Wednesday, November 5. The show airs live that night from Nashville at 8 ET on ABC. More performers will be announced soon.

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Darius Rucker Encourages Students to Help Support Music Education Through the Grammy Foundation

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker joins pop star Colbie Caillat and fun. band member Jack Antonoff as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation’s new program with yearbook and class-ring makers Jostens. Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education programs.

Darius contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped him become the man he is today.

He says, “[I] learned so much about life, singing and all that stuff. That was how I found out who I was, and it was really cool for me, ’cause I just developed into who I am right in the halls of Middleton High School, and I think a lot of my friends did the same thing.”

Jostens is also donating $50,000 on top of the money raised through the class rings and yearbooks program, so the total donation to the Grammy Foundation could reach $150,000. Go to for more details.

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Brothers Osborne Cast Their Real Friends and Family in “Rum” Video

UMG/Sonya JasinskiBrothers Osborne went back to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to shoot the video for their latest single, “Rum.” The cast of characters in the clip all hail from Deale as well, which may explain the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne‘s offbeat senses of humor.

At first the director wanted to go to Deale to find off-the-wall people to appear in the video, but T.J. says they assured him they’d just call on their old friends and family that still lived there.

“We grew up with those people,” T.J. tells ABC News Radio. “We wanted it to be real. We wanted the music to be real. We wanted the music video to be real and when people see and hear it, it’s completely true, honest what it is. We didn’t want anything to be contrived, ’cause it didn’t need to be.”

The video for “Rum” features the guys’ pals lip syncing the song, but not everyone had the lyrics memorized in time for the shoot.

Says T.J., “There’s even a couple moments, we left them in the video ’cause they were hilarious where people are just singing along and they get to the bridge, and they’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t know what the words are.’ And they have this kind of paused look on their face like deer in the headlights, and it’s amazing.”

“Rum” is included on Brothers Osborne’s new, self-titled EP, available now.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s duet with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” appeared on which one of his studio albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Lee Brice Surprised with Platinum Plaque During Madison Square Garden Set

Image Courtesy Avi Gerver/MSG PhotosLee Brice got a big surprise during his Friday night set opening for Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Toward the end of the show, Lee’s pal Hoda Kotb of NBC Today‘s Kathie Lee and Hoda joined Lee on stage to present him with a platinum plaque for his recent hit, “I Don’t Dance.” He then performed the song, which is up for Song of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in November.

“I Don’t Dance” is the title track from Lee’s new album, in stores now.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s concert at the Washington State Fair has been rescheduled to September 19, 2015. He had to bow out of the gig Saturday due to the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father, psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman.

Garth Brooks has added three more shows for a total of six dates in Jacksonville, Florida, starting October 10.

Garth Brooks took batting practice at the home of the Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Friday prior to his two shows that night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, according to ESPN.

Blake Shelton‘s new video, “Neon Light,” was shot during stops on his current Ten Times Crazier tour.

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Jason Aldean Comes to Terms with His Oldest Daughter Starting Middle School

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s mornings have gotten a lot crazier this school year since his oldest daughter, Keeley, started going to middle school. His younger daughter, Kendyl, is in first grade, but she doesn’t go to school until 8:30. Since Keeley’s class starts at 7:20, Jason drops her off first and then hands Kendyl off to his mother.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s like I get one to school and then take ‘em over to my mom’s and let her cook my little one breakfast, let her eat and then take her to school. We’ve got a little system working out, now. It’s working out pretty well.”

Jason admits he’s a little depressed having his oldest daughter in middle school now, but he’s happy to see Keeley finding her niche as a sixth grader.

“She’s playing sports,” Jason says, “and actually she tried out for middle school volleyball team and made it and actually is doing really well, really likes it. I think she might have found her sport ’cause she’s really good at it.”

Keeley is also developing a bit of a rebellious streak as she approaches her teenage years.

Says Jason, “My older one, she’s 11 going on 20. So, that’s not fun at all.”

On the music front, Jason’s new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, is due out October 7 featuring the hit single “Burnin’ It Down.”

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