Florida Georgia Line Probably Won’t Be Writing Christmas Songs During the Holiday Break

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley is spending a quiet Christmas at home after wrapping up a very hectic 2014. A lot of that time will be spent in the rustic treehouse Brian and his wife, Brittney, added to their home this year.

“Yeah, just kind of hanging out with the dogs, the wife, just kind of relaxing,” Brian tells ABC News Radio. “Maybe write some songs in the treehouse. It’s gonna be good to be in Nashville, be at home and just kind of kick it.”

Brian and his duo partner, Tyler Hubbard, probably won’t be writing any Christmas songs over the break, though. In fact, fans will have to wait a long time before they hear FGL release any Christmas music.

Tyler explains, “I actually don’t mind Christmas music, but I do mind singing it. So, I don’t know. It may be 10 years before BK and myself release a Christmas album, but I’ve learned to never say never.”

Look for Florida Georgia Line to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest next week.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Selling the Rest of Their Nashville-Area Property for $18.5 Million

Image Courtesy Red Light ManagementTim McGraw and Faith Hill are looking to sell the remaining 623 acres of their property just south of Nashville for $18.5 million. According to Zillow, the couple recently sold a portion of the land, and they’re now offering the rest of property in two parcels.

One part is offered at $10 million, complete with a circa 1800 log home on 353 acres. That part has a 12-stall barn and a guest house, too. The smaller part is on sale for $8.5 million and includes the Beechwood Hall house, which was completed four years before the Civil War. That property is reportedly in need of a renovation.

The couple’s main residence is located closer to downtown Nashville.

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert Play Surprise Show at Her Oklahoma Bed and Breakfast

Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert played a very small show at her Ladysmith bed and breakfast in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on Friday. According to Oklahoma TV station KXII, Blake and Miranda announced the all-ages show via the Ladysmith’s Facebook page just hours before it started. There was a $5 cover, and about 80 people were on hand for the show. The fans got to meet Blake and Miranda after the concert.

Miranda opened the Ladysmith in September across the street from her boutique, The Pink Pistol. For more information, go to TheLadysmith.us.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood recently celebrated their wedding anniversary. What year did they get married? ANSWER: 2005.

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Big & Rich Line Up Multiple TV Appearances Through the New Year

Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich have a ton of TV appearances lined up into the New Year starting with a Christmas Eve performance on NBC’s Today. They’ll also perform on at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on ESPN on Monday, December 29. Look for Big & Rich to perform on CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party along with Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt and several other stars on Friday, January 9.

Big & Rich’s new single, “Run Away with You,” is headed to radio in mid-January.

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Kelly Clarkson Raises Big Money for Charity with All-Star Miracle on Broadway Concert in Nashville

Image Courtesy ABC News RadioKelly Clarkson hosted the first-ever Miracle on Broadway Christmas concert in Nashville Saturday night raising more than $400,000 for charities in the Middle Tennessee area. $200,000 of that money came from public donations, and show participants Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood matched that number just after Kelly announced it from the stage.

The evening was filled with Christmas music from Kelly and a host of guest stars, including Kelly’s baby girl, River Rose. The little one was dressed in a little red dress to match her mother’s outfit, and donned pink headphones to protect her sensitive ears. Kelly shared the microphone with Trisha and Reba for a trio performance of “Silent Night.” Garth Brooks delivered a solo acoustic reading of “Little Drummer Boy,” and Meghan Trainor of “All About That Bass” fame offered a cover of Justin Bieber‘s Christmas song, “Mistletoe.”

Paramore‘s Hayley Williams sang the Elvis Presley classic, “Blue Christmas,” and Kacey Musgraves brought a Latin flavor to the evening singing “Feliz Navidad.” Ronnie Dunn was on hand to sing a duet with Kelly on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and Martina McBride sang “The Christmas Song” with Kelly before taking a solo turn on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Kix Brooks offered a little Cajun flair with “Rockin’ Little Christmas,” and Nashville‘s Charles Esten was there to sing “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

In addition to a cover of Dolly Parton‘s “Hard Candy Christmas,” Kelly rounded out the set list with selections from her own holiday album, Wrapped in Red.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker will perform “What God Wants for Christmas” on ABC’s Good Morning America Monday.

Charlie Daniels has lined up Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry and Billy Ray Cyrus to perform at his 40th Anniversary Volunteer Jam concert on August 12, 2015. The show will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The Voice season-seven winner Craig Wayne Boyd will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday, January 3 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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Sugarland, Live Nation Settle Indiana Stage Collapse Lawsuit

Dana TynanA settlement was revealed Friday in the lawsuit stemming from a 2011 stage collapse before a scheduled Sugarland performance at the Indiana State Fair that left seven people dead and dozens injured, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Concert promoter Live Nation, the country duo and 16 other defendants will be required to pay $39 million to the victims. 

A storm swept through the fair grounds on August 13, 2011, just as Sugarland was waiting to perform. Strong wind gusts shook stage rigging loose and caused it to fall into the packed crowd. The whole incident was captured on video.

Friday’s settlement is in addition to $11 million previously paid by the state of Indiana.

A settlement was not reached with the final defendant, ESG Security. That case will likely go to trial in 2015, according to Donald Asher, general manager of the Kenneth J. Allen law group, which represents many of the victims.

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Garth Brooks Explains How He Decides How Many Shows to Play in Each Tour City

Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks has yet to play just one show in any city on his World Tour, which launched last September in Chicago. Usually two or three shows are announced at first, and then more dates are added after the tickets go on sale. Garth always loves getting that call that they need to add more shows.

“Well, it’s wonderful ’cause you get the call, and it’s usually somebody panicking, which is great,” Garth tells ABC News Radio. “And you’re going, ‘Are you kidding me? How many people are looking for tickets?’ It’s very, very sweet. So, it’s nice. The buildings are great to work with because they’ll give you these windows of time to work with. It’s just neat.”

Garth only has one ticket price for every show, and it’s usually under the $70 mark, which is well below other arena headliners’ ticket prices. It’s all an effort to make sure Garth’s fans get the tickets directly from Ticketmaster.

Garth explains, “The less that we can drive people to the scalpers, I think the more fun the show is gonna be, because nobody’s happy about paying too much to do anything.”

Go to GarthBrooks.com to keep up with his tour dates.

Of note, Garth made a surprise appearance at Justin Timberlake‘s concert in Nashville Friday night to sing “Friends in Low Places.” Justin recently attended one of Garth’s concerts and has covered “Friends in Low Places” at previous shows. After singing the first verse and chorus of the song at the Nashville show, Justin brought Garth out to join him and the crowd in singing the drinking anthem.

Garth filmed a bit of the performance and put it on Instagram with the caption, “I saw an ENTERTAINER tonight! @justintimberlake #Justincredible.”


I saw an ENTERTAINER tonight! @justintimberlake #Justinrcredible

A video posted by Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) on Dec 12, 2014 at 10:33pm PST



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Lucy Hale Cancels Winter Tour Due to Vocal Strain

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityPretty Little Liars star-turned-country singer Lucy Hale has canceled all of her winter tour dates due to vocal strain. She was set to kick off the trek on January 29 in Boston.

Lucy says, “I am devastated that I can’t be out performing for my fans who have been incredibly supportive,but I have been advised not to embark on a tour at this time. You know I hate letting y’all down and thank you for your understanding.”

Fans who bought tickets for Lucy’s shows should contact their point of purchase for information on a refund.

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