Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kenny Chesney‘s duet partner on the 2009 hit single, “I’m Alive?” ANSWER: Dave Matthews.


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Frankie Ballard Playing Fifth Annual Country Christmas Show in Michigan December 20

Image Courtesy Live Nation/Colleen Callahan Frankie Ballard will celebrate the holidays with his 5th Annual Frankie Ballard’s Country Christmas show in his home state of Michigan on Saturday, December 20. The show will take place at the Kamazoo State Theatre with proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Frankie says, “There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show — the lights might go off before I get off stage!”

Frankie’s Christmas show will include a mix of holiday classics and his own songs, including the #1 hits “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.”


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney has selected indie country act Old Dominion as an opening act on his 17 stadium dates for 2015′s The Big Revival tour.

Kip Moore‘s hit, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America marking sales and streams hitting two million. His single, “Hey Pretty Girl,” has been certified platinum for hitting the one million mark.

Martina McBride is joining R&B legend Gladys Knight and British pop singer Estelle for the first-ever Skyville Live concert streaming from Nashville on Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET at SkyvilleLive.com.


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Randy Houser Believed in His Latest Hit, “Like a Cowboy,” from the Start

Image Courtesy BBR Music GroupRandy Houser has hit the top 10 with his latest hit, “Like a Cowboy,” which shows off his very impressive vocal range. The song is the most traditional-leaning track Randy has released in years, and he’s glad to see “Like a Cowboy” become a hit at country radio following his big hits “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”

“It’s one of those songs we really believed in from the start, but thought, ‘We better get some hits under our belt before we try this,’” Randy tells ABC News Radio. “It was sort of a — not really a longshot, because we believed in it, but I’m just so thankful that all of my friends out in the radio and all the fans have stepped up to bat for it.”

Randy adds that he couldn’t be more pleased with the success of “Like a Cowboy,” but he’s already thinking about the follow up to his latest album, How Country Feels.

Randy says of “Like a Cowboy,” “This song is the last single off of our current album.”

Randy will hit the road with Luke Bryan starting February 10, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


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Justin Moore Came Up Empty on His 2014 Hunting Trips

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore had a great 2014 with his ACM New Artist of the Year win in April and the arrival of his new baby, Rebecca Klein, in July. Justin wasn’t so lucky when it came to catching big game on his hunting trips to Colorado and Wisconsin this year.

He says, “I’ve struck out so far this year, which is a rarity.”

Justin is quick to blame his elk hunting fail in Colorado on the weather, though.

“It went from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in a day,” Justin explains, “and that’s not conducive to seeing a lot of elk.”

Another deer hunting trip to Buffalo County, Wisconsin was a bust, too.

Says Justin, “I don’t know if I wasn’t quiet enough or what. I didn’t have any luck there either. So, I’ve got my work cut out for me.”

Justin is off the road spending the holidays with his family in Arkansas. He’ll head out with Miranda Lambert on the Certified Platinum tour starting January 15, 2015 in Evansville, Indiana.


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Brett Eldredge Elected to Country Music Association’s Board of Directors

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge won CMA New Artist of the Year last month, and now he’s taking a seat on the Country Music Association’s Board of Directors. Brett joins Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild as the artist members of the CMA Board, which is made up of industry executives from all branches of the country music business. The group is responsible for steering the CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival among other duties.

When he’s not helping run the CMA, Brett is gearing up for a full year of tour dates starting January 15, 2015 in Houston, Texas.


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Hunter Hayes Performing with Los Angeles-Area Music Students at Grammy in the Schools Live! Concert

Image Courtesy CMAHunter Hayes has signed on to perform with Southern California music students at the Grammy in the Schools Live! concert in Los Angeles coming up February 4, 2015. More than 400 attendees of the Grammy Camp — Jazz Session program will take part in the event that night at Club Nokia. They’ll also attend the Grammy Camp — Basic Training program prior to the concert to get a behind-the-scenes look at music careers from leaders in the industry.

To purchase tickets to the show, go to Tickets.AXS.com.


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Eric Church Caps Off 2014 with Platinum Certification for The Outsiders

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleEric Church‘s album, The Outsiders, has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for reaching the one-million sales mark. The project debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in February with more than 288,000 copies sold in the first week. That’s the fourth highest debut of any genre this year behind only Taylor Swift, One Direction and Coldplay, respectively.

Eric picked up four Grammy nominations this month thanks to The Outsiders and the hit single from the album, “Give Me Back My Hometown.” The trophies will be handed out February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.


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Classic Titles from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and Bob Wills Inducted into Grammy Hall of Fame

Image Courtesy Shock InkThree classic country recordings have been selected for the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame Inductees.

Willie Nelson‘s classic 1978 standards album, Stardust, is going into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The honorees also include “Honky’ Tonkin,” by Hank Williams and His Drifting Cowboys from 1947, and Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys‘”San Antonio Rose,” from 1939.

The Grammy Hall of Fame honors recordings that are at least 25 years old that have made a big historical or cultural impact. There are currently 987 titles in the Grammy Hall of Fame, on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.


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Reba to Release New Single, “Going Out Like That,” on January 6

Image Courtesy BMLGReba will release her brand-new single, “Going Out Like That,” on January 6. It’s the lead single from her upcoming studio album, and Reba says it really stuck out among the thousands of songs she considered recording for the project.

Reba writes on Facebook, “It’s a great song with up-tempo sassyness!!! The first time I heard it, a man was singing the demo. When I sang it coming from a female perspective, it became a woman’s power anthem! Sure hope you like it!”

Reba’s first new album since 2010′s All The Women I Am is due out in 2015.



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