Jason Aldean Nominated for Big Touring Honor at Upcoming Pollstar Awards

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s Burn It Down tour is up for Major Tour of the Year at the 26th Annual Pollstar Awards. The ceremony will take place Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Jason is nominated in that category against heavyweights including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake and Jay Z and Beyoncé.

Brantley Gilbert and Kacey Musgraves also scored nods in the Best New Tour Artist category. The Pollstar Awards honor artists and power players in the touring industry.

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Trisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes Performing on Christmas in Rockefeller Center December 3

Image Courtesy CMATrisha Yearwood and LeAnn Rimes will perform on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center special coming up Wednesday, December 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett also will sing on the show along with Cyndi Lauper, Idina Menzel and Seth McFarlane featuring Sara Bareilles. An additional hour of the special will broadcast in select NBC stations starting at 7 p.m. ET.

This year’s Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center is an 85-foot tall Norway spruce from Hemlock Township, Pennsylvania. It’s about 90-years-old and weighs approximately 13 tons.

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Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban Performances Featured on Country Now

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleNew performances from Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are now live on Country Now, the country music-dedicated YouTube channel. The footage is taken from each artist’s Front and Center performance, airing this fall on Public Television in partnership with the Country Music Association.

Lady A performs “Downtown,” “Bartender” and their latest single, “Freestyle,” on Country Now. Dierks is featured singing “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Home” and “Tip It on Back.” Keith’s performances including “Cop Car,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Sweet Thing” and “Somebody Like You.”

Check local listings to see when the full Front and Center performances are airing in your city.

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Garth Brooks Announces First Boston Shows in More than 17 Years

Image Courtesy Sony Music/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is returning to Boston for the first time in more than 17 years. Garth and Trisha Yearwood will play three shows at Boston’s TD Garden January 22, 23 and 24, 2015. Tickets for these shows go on sale Friday, November 21 through Ticketmaster.com.

Garth also released his new album, Man Against Machine, this week. He’s also joined Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under his own name, Garth Brooks.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Garth Brooks‘ studio album prior to his latest offering, Man Against Machine? ANSWER:  Scarecrow, released in 2001.

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Frankie Ballard Brings an Element of Danger to Country Music with Death-Defying Onstage Antics

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFrankie Ballard isn’t afraid to climb up and play his guitar on top of a stack of speakers or stand on the edge of a theater balcony during his shows. It’s all part of his plan to bring the excitement of a rock show to his country audiences.

Frankie says, “The fans, they love it. That little element of danger, it happens in rock and roll all the time — people climbing up, jumping off stuff, breaking their arms and stuff. Country music needs a little bit of that, I think.”

So, what’s going on in Frankie’s head when he’s standing on the balcony with no net?

“I’m just hoping that there isn’t, some like, ex-girlfriend that’s gonna push me off the edge there,” Frankie says with a laugh. “No, it’s just so much fun.”

Being out in the crowd offers Frankie to get extremely close to his fans, too.

He adds, “The coolest part about climbing up on anything is looking down over at the crowd and you can get the perspective of the whole audience. That’s really cool, ’cause sometimes on stage you can’t really see everybody together, but up there you can.”

Frankie’s live show includes his latest hit single, “Sunshine and Whiskey.” Frankie has tour dates now through December 20 when he wraps up his 2015 trek in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band and Others Perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington, D.C.

Chris HolloCarrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band marked Veterans Day Tuesday by performing at the Concert for Valor on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Carrie performed “See You Again,” “Something in the Water” with the Singing Sergeants Choir, and closed with “Before He Cheats.”

Zac Brown band deliver a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful” and were joined on stage by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl for a performance of the Creedence Clearwater Revival hit “Fortunate Son.”

The concert aired live on HBO and also included performances from Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Metallica, Eminem and others.

Meryl Streep, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Bryan Cranston, George Lopez, Reese Witherspoon and other celebrities were also on hand to introduce the performances and narrate vignettes highlighting veterans.

The Concert for Valor was staged to increase awareness of veterans’ support groups, raise funds for veterans’ charities and honor the troops.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks has joined Twitter with the handle @garthbrooks.

Kenny Rogers will kick off a final tour of Australia and New Zealand on January 23 in Sydney. He’ll play 12 shows before wrapping the trek up February 15.

Keith Urban will appear on HSN throughout the day Saturday to launch his new Night Star Guitar Collection. Keith launched his guitar collection through HSN one year ago.

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Little Big Town Explains Their Selfish Opening Act Choices for Just-Launched Pain Killer Tour

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town chose Brett Eldredge and Brothers Osborne to open their Pain Killer tour this fall, and those newcomers should take the invitation to hit the road with LBT as a big compliment.

The group’s Phillip Sweet tells ABC News Radio, “I think we take it very seriously. For us to offer a platform for these other artists, we’re fans of them. You know, we love what they’re doing and wanna show the world.”

Little Big Town gives a big shout out to Keith Urban and George Strait as two of the stars who treated them extremely well as opening acts. Now that they’re the headliners, LBT strives to find opening acts who are great onstage and off.

“It all comes out of selfishness,” band member Karen Fairchild admits. “It’s like people that we want to tour with. I’m not lying. I mean, it’s people that we love their music and we want to be around them and with them.”

She adds, “We know how much fun it is when you’re on tour with people that you love, it can be really, really good.”

 Go to LittleBigTown.com for a complete list of Pain Killer tour dates.

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Dierks Bentley Hits the Recording Studio with Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley

Image Courtesy Capitol Nashville/Nino MunozDierks Bentley hit the recording studio with bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley this week. He posted a photograph of the session on Twitter with the caption, “Still processing. got to sing a ralph stanley song with…ralph stanley! look him up kids. #firstgenerationbluegrass.”

Dierks continues his Riser tour Thursday night in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

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