Willie Nelson’s Braids Sell at Auction for $37,000

Image Courtesy Sony Legacy RecordingsSomeone just paid $37,000 to own Willie Nelson‘s braids at an auction in Phoenix.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Willie’s hair was part of a 2,000-item lot belonging to the late Waylon Jennings. Willie cut his braids off in 1983 to support Waylon’s sobriety and presented them to his friend at a party that year hosted by Johnny Cash. Waylon passed away in 2002.

The contract between Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris Kristofferson for their collaboration as The Highwaymen was also included in the auction.

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Garth Brooks Playing North Carolina Next Month for the First Time in More than 16 Years

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has announced two concerts in Greensboro, NC, coming up November 21 and 22. The shows are part of his ongoing World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and mark the first time Garth has played the state in more than 16 years.

Tickets for the two concerts at Greensoboro Coliseum go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com. If those shows sell out, Garth is very likely to add more dates to the run in Greensboro.

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Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum Hold the Top Two Slots on the “Billboard” 200

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Blake Shelton on his #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Bringing Back the Sunshine. The project sold 101,000 units in its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Blake previously bowed at the top of the all-genre chart in 2011 with Red River Blue.

Only two other country albums have topped that all-genre chart so far in 2014 — Eric Church‘s The Outsiders and Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum.

Lady Antebellum‘s latest offering, 747, bows at #2 on the Billboard 200 with 74,000 copies sold in the first week. This week marks the first time since 2010 that two country albums have held the top two positions on that chart: back then, it was Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now at #1 and Jason Aldean‘s My Kinda Party at #2.

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Tyler Farr Says Drinking with Jason Aldean Is Like Mixing “Fire and Gasoline”

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleTyler Farr and Jason Aldean have become big drinking buddies this year on Jason’s Burn It Down tour. Tyler can’t go into detail about their parties since he wants to keep his friendship with Jason, but Tyler tells Rolling Stone, “He’s the kind of guy that when you mix me and him together — he drinks tequila, I drink whiskey — tequila and whiskey together equals bad.”

Jason and Tyler always have a blast together, but Tyler admits, “It’s like fire and gasoline.”

Tyler opens Jason’s two shows in Detroit coming up Friday and Saturday night.

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Academy of Country Music Salutes George Strait with New Biography on Stands Now

Image Courtesy ACM/CBS WatchThe Academy of Country Music and their TV partner, CBS, have teamed up to release a new tribute “bookazine” celebrating George Strait, as part of the run-up to the 50th Annual ACM Awards.  The Strait biography is now on newsstands everywhere as well as on Amazon. The ACM combed through their archives to compile the book. Fans also get a look at George’s life on his Texas ranch.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19, 2015 on CBS. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan return as hosts.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Hunter Hayes‘ duet partner on “Everybody’s Got Somebody but Me?” ANSWER: Jason Mraz.

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Florida Georgia Line Launching Anything Goes Tour in January

Image Courtesy CMAFlorida Georgia Line will kick off their Anything Goes tour January 15, 2015 in Toledo, OH. They’re bringing along Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard for the trek. So far, FGL has announced shows through May, with more dates expected soon.

Ticket information for Florida Georgia Line’s new tour will be announced Friday. If you sign up at the duo’s website, you’ll be the first to get pre-sale ticket information.

Florida Georgia Line’s new album, also titled Anything Goes, is due out next week.

Here are Florida Georgia Line’s 2015 tour dates — venues will be announced soon:

1/15 — Toledo, OH
1/16 — Dayton, OH
1/17 — Charlottesville, VA
1/22 — Biloxi, MS
1/23 — Lafayette, LA
1/24 — Little Rock, AR
2/12 — Sioux City, IA
2/13 — Lincoln, NE
2/14 — Moline, IL
2/18 — Manchester, NH
2/19 — Ottawa, ON (CAN)
2/20 — Kingston, ON (CAN)
2/21 — Uncasville, CT
2/25 — New York, NY
3/21 — Orange Beach, AL
4/30 — Columbia, SC
5/1 — Charleston, WV
5/2 — Hershey, PA
5/3 — Wilkes-Barre, PA
5/7 — Providence, RI
5/8 — Atlantic City, NJ

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Martina McBride Shows Off Her Party-Planning Skills in New Book, “Around the Table,” Out Now

Image Courtesy Harper CollinsEveryone knows Martina McBride has one of the most-celebrated voices in country music, but until now, only her friends have known she’s just as talented at throwing parties at her home in Nashville. Now, Martina is letting everyone in on her party-planning secrets with the new cooking and entertaining book, Around the Table.

She’s included step-by-step instructions on how to throw parties ranging from a Red ,White and Blue Backyard Cookout to a Retro Valentine’s Day Supper Club gathering.

“There are 12 different chapters that are 12 different parties,” Martina tells ABC News Radio. “There’s lots of pictures. It’s kind of like a how-to book to throw 12 different parties. So, we could do one a month.”

Martina hopes Around the Table inspires readers to host more get-togethers with the friends.

She says of party-planning, “It’s a little intimidating and overwhelming and you want everything to be perfect and you don’t want to mess up. And you have to clean your house, which is always the biggest hurdle for me.”

Look for Martina to talk about Around the Table on ABC’s The Chew on Wednesday and Fox News’s Fox & Friends on Friday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDon’t miss Big & Rich on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday.

Hunter Hayes‘ new song, “Dream Girl,” is included on the just-released soundtrack for the new film The Best of Me, in theaters October 17. Starting October 14 through November 4, fans can sign up for The Best of Me Sweepstakes at Fandango.com to win a trip to meet Hunter at one of his upcoming tour stops.

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The Band Perry Says Touring with Blake Shelton Is Like “Summer Camp”

Joseph Anthony BakerWhat’s it like touring with Blake Shelton? Pretty fun, according to The Band Perry.

Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry stopped by E! News Tuesday to spill the behind-the-scenes details of their recent tour with Shelton.

“2014 has been totally slammed. We’re very blue collar when it comes to our touring life,” Kimberly Perry said. “It was funny being out with Shelton all the time. It was like summer camp.”

And apparently, The Voice judge is just as crazy as he is on TV. “He is, especially when he’s out playing basketball between the buses,” Kimberly said. “He gets really intense.”

Shelton and The Band Perry will be working together again soon. Shelton picked the group as his team’s guest advisers on The Voice. They’ll help with the Battle Rounds, which begin Monday night on NBC.

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