Garth Brooks’ First Studio Album in 13 Years, “Man Against Machine,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Sony/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ first, brand-new studio album in 13 years is out now. Man Against Machine finds Garth revisiting some familiar musical territory for his longtime fans.

“It’s a Garth record, which means we have everything,” he says. “We have everything from cowboy songs, we have everything to waltzes to things that people have never heard in country music before. That’s kind of what we do. We just follow our hearts.”

While Garth didn’t write many of the songs on Man Against Machine, he thinks this material holds up to his classic material.

Says Garth, “These are songs that are comin’ that have some pretty hellacious substance in it.”

Garth enlisted a few new studio musicians to work on Man Against Machine, but most of the players on this project have performed on every Garth record since his 1989 debut.

He says, “Walkin’ in the studio and seein’ those guys that I hadn’t seen in years, that were my brothers that I just loved to death that we made all the early records with, was a wonderful feeling. And I think that translates into the music and onto the record.”

Man Against Machine is available at all physical retailers and online at

Here’s the Man Against Machine track listing:

“Man Against Machine”
“She’s Tired of Boys”
“Cold Like That”
“All-American Kid”
“Wrong About You”
“Rodeo and Juliet”
“Midnight Train”
“Cowboys Forever”
“People Loving People”
“Send ‘Em on Down the Road”
“You Wreck Me”

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Jason Aldean Is Rocking Out Again with Brand-New Single, “Just Gettin’ Started”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is back to rocking out on his brand-new single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” the follow-up to his sexy hit, “Burnin’ It Down.” Both songs are included on Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Says Jason, “This is a great follow-up to ‘Burnin’ It Down’ because it’s probably more familiar to those fans who love that bigger rock guitar sound we do a lot. This will be a fun one to put in the set list.”

Jason will fire up his Burn It Down tour again in February 2015.

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Brett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe Performing at John Oates’ Nashville Fundraiser

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge and Ashley Monroe will join John Oates of Hall & Oates for a fundraiser in Nashville coming up Monday, January 26. The concert at City Winery celebrates the release of John’s new DVD, Another Good Road. Proceeds from the event go to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Tickets are available now at

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Kenny Chesney Lines Up Five 2015 Stadium Dates with Eric Church

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has announced five stadium dates on The Big Revival Tour featuring Eric Church. They two superstars last toured together in 2013, and Kenny can’t wait to team up with Eric again starting in May.

Kenny says of Eric, “He attacks the stage with so much force – and his songs really speak to the people who’re fighting the fight to get by – and I love that about what he does onstage.”

Kenny also has stadium dates lined up with Jason Aldean and Brantley Gilbert for 2015. Check out for all the latest tour information.

Here are Kenny’s tour dates with Eric Church:

5/9 — Indianapolis, IN, Lucas Oil Stadium
5/30 — Pittsburgh, PA, Heinz Field
6/13 — Atlanta, GA, The Georgia Dome
7/11 — Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
8/22 — Detroit, MI, Ford Field

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Sam Hunt Launching Lipstick Graffiti Tour This January in Los Angeles

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is heading out on the Lipstick Graffiti Tour starting January 29, 2015 at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA. The trek will continue through mid-April with stops in Dallas, Denver, Chicago, Boston and New York City. Newcomers Native Run and Michael Ray will open the shows.

Tickets go on sale Friday. Go to for more details.

Here are Sam’s 2015 tour dates:

1/29 — West Hollywood, CA, Troubadour
1/30 — Anaheim, CA, House of Blues
2/5 — Dallas, TX, House of Blues
2/7 — Jackson, MS, Hal & Mal’s
2/11 — New York, NY, Irving Plaza
2/12 — Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club
2/13 — Burlington, VT, Higher Ground
2/14 — Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
2/19 — Knoxville, TN, Bijou Theatre
2/20 — North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
2/21 — Charleston, SC, Music Farm
3/12 — Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
3/13 — Grand Rapids, MI, The Intersection
3/14 — Chicago, IL, Joe’s Bar
3/20 — Lincoln, NE, Bourbon Theatre
3/21 — Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
4/2 — Fayetteville, AR, George’s Majestic Lounge
4/3 — Columbia, MO, The Blue Note
4/4 — Milwaukee, WI, The Rave

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Florida Georgia Line member hails from Ormond Beach, Florida? ANSWER: Brian Kelley.

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Florida Georgia Line Plans to Spend Quality Time with Fans on This Is How We Cruise Outing

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line is hitting the high seas on a cruise this week with their fans. The This Is How We Cruise outing will feature multiple concerts from FGL and a few of their fellow country stars. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley tells ABC News Radio they plan to meet every fan on the cruise in person.

He says, “We’ll get to shake hands and take a picture with pretty much everybody, and that’ll be incredible. But I think we got a little place we can slip off to and kind of hideaway if we need to, but we’ll be getting some sun, playing some music.”

Brian’s singing partner, Tyler Hubbard, looks forward to playing one game in particular.

“Well, I heard they got a bowling alley on this boat, so that’ll be fun. Maybe place some bets on a game of bowling. We’ll see.”

Florida Georgia Line just won their second Duo of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards this past week.

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Kelly Clarkson: I Want to Squeeze My Cute Daughter’s Face Off

Jill Greenberg/RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson has an adorable baby, and she’s not afraid to share that fact with the world.

On Friday, she tweeted a new photo of her daughter, River Rose, wearing a bib and a pink knitted cap with fuzzy animal ears on top.

Kelly wrote, “Seriously, I want to squeeze her little cute face off!”

Kelly and her husband, Brandon Blackstock, welcomed River Rose in June.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney and Jason Aldean’s two shows at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts sold out in just 12 minutes. More than 110,000 tickets were snatched up for the shows August 28 and 29, 2015.

Gretchen Wilson appears on ABC’s The View Monday.

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Eric Church and Wife, Katherine, Preparing to Expand Their Family with the Arrival of Second Child

Image Courtesy John Peets/Captiol NashvilleEric Church and his wife, Katherine, are getting closer to welcoming a second child into their family. So, far Katherine’s pregnancy seems to be going smoothly.

“We’re approaching the third [trimester] now,” Eric says. “The second one was great. You know, the third gets more interesting. I think she’s getting close to ready to get it on over with and done.”

Eric has Katherine and their son, Boone, on the road with him on The Outsiders World Tour.

Says Eric, “My son loves the road more than I do. It’s fun to have ’em there, and having that balance, I think, is crucial to the success of any artist.”

Spending downtime with his family is essential for Eric’s well-being, too.

He says, “That’s where I recharge. You can’t go out there and slay dragons unless you have that place that you can plug back in.”

Eric launches a run of shows in Canada starting Thursday night in London, Ontario.

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