Sara Evans Releasing Her First Holiday Album, “At Christmas,” November 17

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans will release her firs holiday album, At Christmas, on November 17. The project features Sara’s modern take on Christmas classics like “Silent Night,” “Oh Holy Night” and “Winter Wonderland.” Her daughters Olivia, age 12, and Audrey, age 10, are also featured on Sara’s version of “12 Days of Christmas.”

The album’s title track, “At Christmas,” is described as an “upbeat original.” Sara’s Christmas album is now available for pre-order at Walmart.com. Look for Sara to perform a song from the project on the CMA Country Christmas special, airing December 1 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.


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Brantley Gilbert is Engaged!!! NOT to Jana Kramer.

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A little more than a year after his high-profile engagement to Jana Kramer ended, Brantley Gilbert announced engaged to a hometown girl he’s known for 10 years.

Brantley explains, “It was one of those things that was on and off for few years – mostly on – and then she was the one that got away for about five years. It came back around and I’ve never been happier. This little one, she’s the one, and I’m a pretty stoked dude. I’m pretty excited to say the least.”

The singer admits, “You’ll hear her in most of my songs,” pointing to his 2012 tune “More than Miles” as an example, with lyrics like: “Cause that girl’s in every song I sing/She’s in every song I write/And that six string ridin’ in her seat/Won’t keep me warm tonight.”

While Gilbert didn’t share his fiancée’s name, he did say she’s a teacher.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Lady Antebellum to perform their brand-new single, “Freestyle,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.

Little Big Town will perform the national anthem prior to game three of the World Series Friday night in California.


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Dustin Lynch’s Grandmother Was Onstage When He Got Hit by a Flying Beer Can

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch was hit in the face by a full beer can thrown by an unruly fan during a show in Florida last week, and his grandmother was there to see it all.

“She was sitting in a chair onstage and we had just finished singing ‘Happy Birthday’ to her — myself and all the fans,” Dustin says. “So it was a special night because she was there.  And also the crowd was electric.  It was, as a whole, one of the most electric crowds we’ve had in a while.”

Even though he was bleeding quite heavily as a result of the beer can hitting his face, Dustin kept on singing until the show ended. He was then taken to a local hospital to get stitches.

Says Dustin, “I didn’t want this one clown to ruin a great night and a great memory for me and all the fans that came out to support us and, of course, my grandmother.  So I just decided to continue on with the show without missing a beat — bleeding or not bleeding.”

Dustin is currently supporting his latest album, Where It’s At, with a full slate of tour dates. Go to DustinLynch.com to see where he’s playing next.


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Chris Young Taking His A.M. World Tour to Australia and Europe in 2015

Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Monarch PublicityChris Young is hitting Europe and Australia on his 2015 A.M. World Tour, starting with a headlining show in Melbourne, Australia March 11. He’ll continue on to Sydney and the CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival in Ipswich, Australia in the following days.

In fall 2015, Chris will headline a European trek starting with a September 14 show in London. He’ll also play the Gstaad Festival in Switzerland this fall, but that date hasn’t been announced yet. Look for more tour dates to be announced soon.

Here are Chris’s 2015 A.M. World Tour dates so far:

3/11 — Melbourne, Australia
3/13 — Sydney, Australia
3/14 — Ipswich, Australia, CMC Rocks the Hunter Festival
9/14 — London, UK
9/17 — Dublin, Ireland
9/19 — Munich, Germany
9/20 — Cologne, Germany
9/22 — Berlin, Germany


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Jake Owen Hosting Annual Hometown Charity Concert Saturday in Vero Beach, FL

Image Courtesy Nick Rau/Sweet Talk PublicityJake Owen will close out his Days of Gold tour with his annual charity concert this Saturday in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL.

The annual event supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as charities in Indian River County, FL, including Autism Speaks, Hibiscus Children’s Center, the Mardy Fish Children’s Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Indian River County.

Jake has been hosting the charity concert for several years now. Last year’s event brought in $125,000.


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Reba Almost Finished with a Brand-New Album, Due Out Next Year

Image Courtesy CMAReba is on the home stretch of recording a brand-new album, expected to come out in 2015. She announced plans for the project Tuesday morning in Nashville, saying fans can expect to hear her interpreting songs from Nashville’s best songwriters on the new project.

“It’s just a huge thrill for me to have this outlet to get these songwriters’ stories out to the public,” Reba says. “I’m always kind of like the water hose. I’m the conduit from the songwriters’ heart and soul, what they write and conceive, and then to get it out to the fans. I love that part.”

Though any songwriter would tailor-make a song for Reba, she took some chances on recording a few songs written from a male perspective. She pulled that off on her 1995 covers album, Starting Over, taking on material originally recorded by Glen Campbell, Ray Price, and Michael McDonald, among others. Still, Reba’s husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, was hesitant about some of the new songs at first.

Reba explains, “I’d play him this demo, and I’d say, ‘What do you think?’ He’d say, ‘Uh huh. That’s a guy song. I don’t know how it’s going to sound with you singing it.’ I get in the studio, and he said, “OK. You made it your own.’”

The new album will feature a variety of moods and sounds, though. Says Reba, “We’ve got happy, sad, slow, fast. Got a drinking song in there. And for the first time in a long time, I’ve got a love song. A true, to the heart and soul love song.”

The best part of this new project for Reba is giving her fans her first new album since 2010′s All the Women I Am.

“They’re gonna be very excited to have new music coming out,” Reba explains. “They’ve been with me through thick and thin, Broadway, television, movies, back to music. They’re my team. Glad to be a part of theirs.”

We’ll keep you posted when Reba announces more details about the new album release.


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Brantley Gilbert Engaged to Old Love Who Inspired Some of His Biggest Hits

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is engaged to his old love who inspired his hit songs “More Than Miles” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” The couple parted ways a few years ago, but it looks like their love story will have a happy ending. Brantley hasn’t revealed his fiancee’s name, though.

Brantley recently moved back home to Georgia. He was engaged to fellow country star Jana Kramer, but they called it off in August 2013.



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2014 CMT Artists of the Year Honorees Announced; Ceremony Broadcasting Live December 2

Image Courtesy CMTJason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban will be honored as the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year. They’ll be saluted on a live broadcast from Nashville coming up Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET.

This is Keith’s first time getting the CMT Artists of the Year honor. The other four acts are previous honorees. The artists are selected based on the impact they’ve had in country music throughout the year.


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The Band Perry Taking Their Time Making Upcoming Third Album

Image Courtesy CMAFans of The Band Perry can expect a new album from the trio in 2015, but they can’t tell you exactly when they’ll release the album next year.

Lead singer Kimberly Perry tells ABC News Radio, “We’ve actually taken timeline pressures away just to make sure we are creating with the pure sensibilities. So, that’s an exciting thing.”

The Band Perry didn’t have the luxury of unlimited time while making their sophomore album, Pioneer, but it worked out nicely for them. The lead single from that project, “Better Dig Two,” was just certified double platinum, recognizing two million streams and downloads of the song.

In the meantime, The Band Perry is now climbing the country chart with their cover of Glen Campbell‘s “Gentle on My Mind.” It’s featured in the new Glen Campbell documentary, I’ll Be Me, in theaters Friday.


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