The Swon Brothers Catch Up with “The Voice” Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, over Dinner

Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Swon Brothers caught up with the newly crowned winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, over dinner in New York City. The Swon Brothers, who competed on The Voice on Team Blake like Craig, had dinner with Craig at the Bond 45 Italian steakhouse this week. All three stars posed for pictures with fans at the restaurant in between sharing stories about The Voice.

The Swon Brothers will hit the road with Brad Paisley next month. Of note, Craig Wayne Boyd has signed a record deal with Dot Records, the label home of Maddie & Tae.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Hunter Hayes‘ Grammy-nominated crossover ballad from 2012? ANSWER: “Wanted.”


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Hunter Hayes Performs on “Christmas in Washington,” Tonight

Image Courtesy TNTHunter Hayes performs for President Obama on tonight’s Christmas in Washington special on TNT, but this won’t be the first time he’s entertained a sitting president. In fact, Hunter sang for his first U.S. president as a seven- or eight-year-old child prodigy in a Cajun band.

Hunter tells ABC News Radio, “It was actually on the White House lawn.”

He returned to Washington, D.C. the next year to perform for the president again, but Hunter admits he didn’t really understand what a big deal that was as a kid.

He says with a laugh, “I’m 23 now. It means a lot. It means a lot more, you know.”

Look for Hunter to perform “Run Run Rudolph” and “Mary, Did You Know” on Christmas in Washington. Performing on this show has been on Hunter’s wish list for a while now.

“I’ve seen, actually, a lot of my favorite artists do it,” Hunter explains. “Everything about it is just so [big] — I mean, the enormous and incredible orchestra, the choir, the band that plays with everybody. The production, the building, and obviously, all for our nation, right? So, it’s quite something to walk into and process.”

Darius Rucker, Earth Wind & Fire and pop star Rita Ora are also performing on Christmas in Washington. The show, hosted by Dwayne The Rock Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you’ll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRolling Stone Country has selected Kenny Chesney‘s hit song, “American Kids,” as the best country single of 2014.

Sara Evans has two new Christmas performances available for viewing now at YouTube.com/CountryNow.


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The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes Confirmed to Attend the People’s Choice Awards on January 7

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Hunter Hayes are both set to attend the People’s Choice Awards on January 7. The Band Perry is nominated for Favorite Country Group at the People’s Choice Awards, and Hunter is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Behrs, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Betty White are among the others stars confirmed to attend. The show airs January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.


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Scotty McCreery Performing on “Fox & Friends Christmas Special” on Christmas Eve

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is performing on Fox News’s Fox & Friends Christmas Special on Christmas Eve, December 24. Scotty and his band are set to sing “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” on the show, airing that night at 8 p.m. ET. Both songs are included on Scotty’s 2012 holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery.

Look for the Fox & Friends Christmas Special to re-air on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. ET.


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Brantley Gilbert Added to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Lineup

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Yet another batch of performers for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced, including Brantley Gilbert. He’ll perform at the Hollywood Party portion of the show, along with Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train and Ella Henderson.

Florida Georgia Line is also set to perform live from New York City’s Time’s Square while Lady Antebellum will join the show from Nashville. One Direction, Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Meghan Trianor and Elton John are also on the show.

The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.


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Country Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the runner up when Carrie Underwood won American Idol in 2005? ANSWER: Bo Bice.


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Trisha Yearwood Performing on ABC’s Disney Parks Christmas Day Special

Image Courtesy RCA/GwendolynTrisha Yearwood will perform her latest single, “PrizeFighter,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on the 31st Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Special. The show airs December 25 on ABC starting at 10 a.m. ET with Robin Roberts serving as host. Tim Tebow, Modern Family‘s Sarah Hyland, Ariana Grande, Lucy Hale and Train are also taking part in the special.

Check local listings to confirm the air time in your area.


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Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Prefers a Fake Christmas Tree

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s family always had a fake Christmas tree since her sister was allergic to fir trees. Now that she’s got her own house, Carrie still puts up a fake tree at Christmas just to keep things simple.

She says, “I don’t think there’s any kind of tree that’s not a pain in the rear to get in and get out and decorate and whatever, but they’re pretty.”

While she’s looking to expand her Christmas decoration collection, Carrie has a pretty good start with her giant fake tree and ornaments. She also has stockings for her two dogs, Ace and Penny, explaining, ” They need stockings, too. It’s their Christmas, too”

Carrie continues, “[I have] big candle pieces and things like that. Little ceramic Santa things. Pillows. I have lots of pillows that say stuff on ’em. Reindeer-type things. Big, wooden reindeer.”

Of course, this will be the last Christmas Carrie and her husband, Mike, spend without their baby boy. He’s due in early 2015.

In other Carrie news, her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, sold 94,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.


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