Garth Brooks Announces Tour Dates in Tulsa, OK

Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Tulsa, OK January 15, 16 and 17. It’s the first time he’s performed there in more than 17 years. Trisha Yearwood is also on the bill.

Tickets go on sale Friday, November 14 through Ticketmaster.


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Eric Church’s Gamble on “The Outsiders” Paid Off with Multiple CMA Awards Nominations

Image Courtesy CMAEric Church won CMA Album of the Year for his last project, Chief, and now he’s in that category again this year with The Outsiders. Since he intentionally tried to defy everyone’s expectations while making The Outsiders, Eric wasn’t sure how the new music would go over once he put it out.

“I think that was kinda what we were trying do with this album is try and creatively to go somewhere that people didn’t expect us to go and maybe we didn’t expect us to go,” Eric explains.

Eric’s gamble paid off with The Outsiders becoming one of 2014′s top-selling country albums. The hit single from the project, “Give Me Back My Hometown” is up for Single and Song of the Year at the CMA Awards as well.

Eric says of The Outsiders‘ success, “It’s really cool. I wasn’t sure when we finished it if it was commercial at all. So, to have some commercial success with it and to get a nomination is really cool.”

Look for Eric to perform with George Strait on the 48th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkatockWhich duo hosted the CMA Awards before Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley took over in 2008? ANSWER: Brooks & Dunn.


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Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Pick Up Early CMA Awards Wins

Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are early winners at the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Keith and Miranda’s duet on “We Were Us” took the Musical Event of the Year category, and Dierks’ “Drunk on a Plane” won for Video of the Year. The announcement came Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America as Keith performed in the rain for a crowd outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on ABC.


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Carrie Underwood Debuting “Something in the Water” Video Wednesday Night

19 Recordings Limited/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood fans will have a lot to look forward to on Wednesday night. Not only will she co-host the CMA Awards alongside Brad Paisley, she’ll also premiere the video for her new song, “Something in the Water.”

The clip will debut on her official Twitter account, @CarrieUnderwood, after her performance of “Something in the Water” at the CMA Awards is broadcast in the Eastern and Central Time Zones.

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s upcoming release, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, out December 9.

ABC will air the 48th CMA Awards at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Star-Packed CMA Awards Airing Live Tonight on ABC

Image Courtesy CMAMiranda Lambert leads this year’s CMA Awards nominees with nine nods, including Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for Platinum. Miranda matches the record she set in 2010 for the most nominations of any female artist in CMA history. Alan Jackson holds the record with 10 nods back in 2002.

Miranda will perform twice on Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, including a collaboration with Meghan Trainor on the pop smash, “All About That Bass.” Look for Miranda to team up with Little Big Town to sing her new single, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” too.

Little Big Town is also collaborating with pop star Ariana Grande, and The Doobie Brothers will take the stage with Hunter Hayes, Jennifer Nettles and Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott to celebrate the release of their new country project, Southbound. George Strait and Eric Church are teaming up for a duet. Five-time nominee Dierks Bentley promises a big performance of “Drunk on a Plane,” and Luke Bryan is set to sing “Roller Coaster.”

Blake Shelton will welcome Ashley Monroe for his performance, and the show’s co-hosts, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will perform their respective new singles, too.

Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Kacey Musgraves  and Lady Antebellum round out the CMA Awards performers lineup.

Presenters on this year’s show include, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Lee Brice, Martina McBride, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, Dan + Shay, Brandy Clark and supermodel Lilly Aldridge.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards broadcasts live Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Single of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

Song of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“I Hold On,” Dierks Bentley

Music Video of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Somethin’ Bad,” Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year
Bakersfield, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally


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Luke Bryan Could Cap Off His Amazing Year with a CMA Entertainer of the Year Win Tonight

Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan is a favorite to take home the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. Surprisingly, Luke has never won a CMA trophy before, but he’s definitely got the numbers to earn an Entertainer win this year. Luke has played to more than 1.7 million fans on the road in 2014, and taken every single from his latest album, Crash My Party, to the top of the country charts. He’ll perform his latest #1 hit, “Roller Coaster,” on ABC’s CMA Awards broadcast.

Even Luke agrees that 2014 couldn’t have been any sweeter for him. He says, “I’m so blessed that we can sit here this year and go, “Man, I think this has been the best of my life on all levels.”

Luke’s home life is solid with his wife, Caroline, by his side, and his young sons, Bo and Tate, growing up healthy, too.

Says Luke, “It’s been the best year ever personally.”

As for his sold out shows in stadiums, arenas and fair grounds across the country, Luke adds, “It’s just been overwhelming this year to the point to where I was almost kind of emotionally drained by the end of the last show, which [was] such an emotional high the whole year. So, it’s been amazing.”

Luke is also up for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Crash My Party at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards. The show airs live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s career is profiled on a new episode of CMT Inside Fame, premiering Saturday, November 8 at 8 p.m. ET.

Maddie & Tae and RaeLynn have signed on as members of CMT’s Next Women of Country campaign. They were recognized at an event in Nashville Wednesday.

Don’t forget to watch Florida Georgia Line perform as a hologram on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night following the 48th Annual CMA Awards.

Chris Young will perform his latest single, “Lonely Eyes,” on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on November 14. He’ll headline New York City’s Best Buy Theater that night.


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Tim McGraw Grateful for CMA Awards Nomination 20 Years into His Superstar Career

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has plenty of CMA Awards in his trophy case, and he could add some more hardware at Wednesday night’s ceremony. Tim’s collaboration with wife Faith Hill on “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” is up for CMA Musical Event of the Year. The recognition is sweet for Tim, who is now in his 20th year of country superstardom.

“Well, nominations, you never take those for granted, I think, ’cause when you’ve been around as long as I have, everybody just assumes you’re there,” Tim explains. “Everybody can assume you’re gonna be at the awards show and can assume you’re gonna be nominated and therefore they don’t vote for you, ’cause they automatically assume that you’ll be nominated anyway.”

Tim adds that he’s grateful to be included in the CMA Awards nominations since he’s seen so many artists come and go in the past two decades. Still, the accolades don’t drive him to keep recording and touring.

Tim adds, “At the end of the day, you just want to make good music.”

Look for Tim to perform on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Lee Brice’s CMA Song of the Year Nod for “I Don’t Dance” Is a Childhood Dream Come True

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice wrote his #1 hit, “I Don’t Dance,” for his own wedding to wife, Sara, in 2013. Now that the song is up for Song of the Year at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards, Lee is truly realizing a childhood dream come true.

He explains, “When I was 10 years old writing them songs — I don’t know why it was — but the dream for me was to have a girl, write songs about her and it be on the radio. That was my romantic thing. I wanted that. So, this is the first time that that’s happening.”

Lee’s hit, “I Drive Your Truck,” won CMA Song of the Year last year, but he didn’t write it. Another song he wrote about an ex-girlfriend, “Crazy Girl,” was a hit for Eli Young Band and went on to win ACM Song of the Year a few years ago. All of those honors don’t compare with the Song of the Year nod for “I Don’t Dance.”

Says Lee, “‘I Don’t’ Dance’ is a very new beginning.”

Look for Lee to present a trophy on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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