Brad Paisley Offers His Analysis of a Few Classic Christmas Songs

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley has gone beyond just listening to Christmas music, and moved on to analyzing some of the holidays’ most beloved songs. He must have heard a bad rendition of “Oh Holy Night,” based on one recent tweet.

Brad says, “‘Oh Holy Night’ is kinda like ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’; When someone starts too high, it’s not gonna end well.”

Brad also has some concerns about the popular holiday duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” in which a guy tries to coerce his duet partner into staying the night. He tweets, “I never realized how creepy the song ‘Baby Its Cold Outside’ is until just now. If you read the lyric with no melody, it’s insane.”

Of note, Brad didn’t include either of those songs on his 2006 holiday album, Brad Paisley Christmas.

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Randy Houser Planning a Quiet Christmas with Family in Mississippi

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser is headed back home to Mississippi this Christmas with his young son, West. He tells ABC News Radio, “I’m gonna spend as much time with him as I can. That’s my biggest goal. Go down to Mississippi and hang with my family.”

When it comes to opening presents, Randy and his family prefer exchanging gifts on Christmas morning. Opening gifts on Christmas Eve would be a bummer for Randy.

He explains, “Nobody wants to get all their toys and then go to bed. Can’t do that.”

Randy got a great Christmas gift from country radio as his latest single, “Like a Cowboy,” is now a top-10 hit. It’s included on his latest album, How Country Feels.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum will perform at the Future of Texas inaugural ball for Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott in Austin on January 20, 2015.

Martina McBride has signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group. The move follows her independently released 2014 album, Everlasting, which bowed at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart earlier this year.

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Dierks Bentley Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis Tonight in Arizona

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and his pals are celebrating the holidays in Phoenix Tuesday night at his Whiskey Row bar and restaurant. The event includes dinner and raises money for the Jordan Sterling Foundation to help fight cystic fibrosis and support organ transplant services in the area.  

Whiskey Row opened on July 4, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. Dierks will open a second location in Tempe, AZ in 2014.

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Rodney Atkins Releasing First “Greatest Hits” Album February 3

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsRodney Atkins will release his first-ever Greatest Hits album on February 3, 2015, featuring his latest single, “Eat Sleep Love You Repeat.”

You can pre-order the album now and get an instant download of the single instantly. The project also includes Rodney’s six #1 hits, including “If You’re Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows), “Take a Back Road.” and “Watching You.”

Here’s Rodney Atkins’ Greatest Hits track listing:

“If You’re Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)”
“Watching You”
“These Are My People”
“Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)”
“Take a Back Road”
“Farmer’s Daughter”
“It’s America”
“Invisibly Shaken”
“Honesty (Write Me a List)”
“He’s Mine”
“About the South”
“Eat Sleep Love You Repeat”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho is Blake Shelton‘s duet partner on the hit song “Hillbilly Bone?” ANSWER: Trace Adkins.

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Little Big Town Reveals Their Most Memorable Christmas Gifts

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman doesn’t have to think too hard to recall the sweetest Christmas gift her husband, Stephen, ever bought for her. They’d been together for about two or three years when he got her a diamond bow necklace to celebrate the holiday.

Kimberly gushes, “He said, ‘I gave you that because you’re my present, and I wanted you to have a bow.'”

Kimberly’s band mate, Karen Fairchild, quickly takes the Christmas memory down a different road, adding, “He wanted you to just wear the bow?” Kimberly fires back saying, “No,” but their band mate, Phillip Sweet, chimes in saying, “I think that’s what he meant, though.”

As for the other members of LBT, Karen recalls getting a Sit-and-Spin toy when she was a kid.

“I just twirled around,” Karen remembers. “Maybe that’s what’s wrong with me now. I twirled around for hours and hours and hours and hours. I loved that thing.”

Phillip got a Stretch Armstrong doll one Christmas, but the gift didn’t last too long.

Says Phillip, “I thought that was the coolest thing ever until I stretched him too far and then he busted. Sorry, Stretch. He only lived for a little while, but it was fun.”

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Tim McGraw Reflects on His Most Meaningful Christmas Memories

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw and his wife, Faith Hill, can look back on many years of great Christmas mornings with their three daughters, even though the girls often got up very early to see what was waiting under the tree.

Says Tim, “We’ve had great memories with the kids for Christmas and the comin’ out at Christmas morning when Santa Claus has come and gettin’ up at four in the morning and doin’ all those things, which are very special.”

Looking back to his own childhood, Tim remembers the one Christmas when he started to feel like a grownup helping his mom with his sisters’ Christmas gift.

“I remember bein’, I don’t know probably eleven-years-old or so, and my mom askin’ me to put together a doll house for my sisters,” Tim says, “and that was the first time that I actually got to participate and, like, be the man of the house with my mom and put together all the Christmas stuff for my sisters, and that was sort of a graduating-to-a-young-man, I think, in my eyes, thing for me.”

Tim’s acting career includes a small role in the holiday comedy, Four Christmases, starring Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley was heavily influenced by British soul singer Joe Cocker, who passed away Sunday at age 70. Charles tweeted, “Just heard Joe Cocker passed away. Sad to hear that. When I say HUGE influence, that’s an understatement. He will be missed.”

Blake Shelton tweeted out a holiday wish Monday: “In case I forget Merry Christmas yall!! Now get the hell off Twitter… It’s the holidays!!!!

Nashville guitar player Chip Young, best known for playing that signature guitar riff on Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene,” died Saturday at age 76, according to The Tennessean.

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Justin Moore Reveals What Christmas Morning Is Like with His Little Girls

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore‘s two oldest daughters are polar opposites when it comes to waking up, and the difference is especially obvious on Christmas morning.

Justin says, “[My oldest] Ella‘s the one who gets up a hundred miles an hour. Like, no easing into the morning. It’s just non-stop from the word go. Now, my middle daughter, her little sister, [three-year-old Kennedy] is like me. She’s just kind of groggy for an hour or two.”

Ella is very specific on what she wants to find under the Christmas tree this year — a unicorn. She got the idea on a recent family trip to Sea World.

Justin says with a smile, “Well, she saw [a unicorn] at the zoo, but it had not grown his horn yet. He was too young. I’d like to thank the Sea World trainers for letting her know that.”

Justin and his wife, Kate, welcomed a third daughter, Rebecca, in July.

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