Kix Brooks Looking for the Perfect Steak in New TV Special Airing Sunday Night

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleKix Brooks owns the Arrington Vineyard winery just south of Nashville, so he’s always on the lookout for a great steak to go with his glass of red. Now, Kix has taken that search on the road for the new Cooking Channel special, Steak Out with Kix Brooks. Restaurants in Louisville, Chicago and Nashville will be featured on the show.

He says, “I really think that local steakhouses say a lot about the personality of their community, so this show was a great way to get to know a few towns and their people better over a great steak dinner and a glass of wine.”   

Steak Out with Kix Brooks airs Sunday, November 2 at 8 p.m. ET on the Cooking Channel.


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Thomas Rhett Honored to Be in the Running for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett was on tour in Toronto with no cell phone service or WiFi access the morning the CMA Awards nominations were announced. He had to go old school and call his manager from a land line to listen to the nominations TV broadcast over the phone. Things got tense when they started calling out the finalists in the New Artist of the Year category.

Thomas recalls, “They were called out in alphabetical order, and obviously my name starts with a ‘T,’ so it was towards the end. I was like, ‘We didn’t get it! We didn’t get it!’ Then at the end they did call my name, which made me kind of jump in my pants.”

He quickly adds, “I didn’t mean for that to come off weird if that sounded weird.”

Thomas is proud to share in the New Artist nomination with his pals Cole Swindell, Kip Moore and Brett Eldredge along with singer/songwriter Brandy Clark.

He says, “Just to be a part of that award is the coolest thing in the world. It makes you feel like the past three years of touring 300 days-a-year actually did pay off.”

Four of the five New Artist nominees have scored multiple #1 hits, and there are even more country newcomers who fit that criteria that didn’t make the cut this year.

“You know, you got Tyler Farr and people like Dustin Lynch who I felt like definitely should have be in the category, but it’s just how the cards fall,” Thomas says. “I’m just pumped to be a part of that group. And whoever wins, I’ll be pumped for ‘em.”

See who win New Artist of the Year on the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum All Hoping for CMA Vocal Group of the Year Win

Image Courtesy CMAReigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town landed their first performance slot on the CMA Awards nearly a decade ago, but the ceremony still brings out a sense of wonder in the four band members.

LBT’s Karen Fairchild tells ABC News Radio, “The CMA Awards are so special. They really are, just from growing up and watching the CMA Awards and then just pinching ourselves standing up on that stage, much less to have won one or two or three. Thank you, Jesus.”

Karen and her husband/band mate Jimi Westbrook display their CMA trophies in the office at their house, and the group’s Kimberly Schlapman has a special case for her CMA hardware.

She tells us, “My husband built shelves for mine. Love ‘em.”

Little Big Town is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year again at this Wednesday night’s ceremony along with Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.

Just getting a nomination is a big thrill for The Band Perry‘s Reid Perry. He tells ABC News Radio, “The CMAs are always great ’cause, you know, voted on by your peers, so it’s already an honor to be in the category voted on by peers, but to also win that award would be nice.”

Lady Antebellum won that Vocal Group trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Now that they’re back at the top of the country chart with “Bartender,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley has his fingers crossed for another win.

“To have a little time with not winning that award, it’s gonna be sweet if we can get that again,” Charles says. “But we’re gonna focus on performing like we always try to.”

Lady A and The Band Perry will perform on the CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC. Look for Little Big Town to team up with pop star Ariana Grande on the live broadcast, too.


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Cole Swindell Meets His Hero, Reba; Announces “Down Home Sessions EP” Coming November 17

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell got to meet his hero, Reba, on Thursday in Nashville while trying on clothes for next week’s CMA Awards. Cole was in the middle of a wardrobe fitting at his manager’s office, which is located inside Reba’s Starstruck building on Music Row, when Reba herself suddenly walked in.  The whole episode was captured on video and posted to YouTube.

She told him, “Good thing I didn’t come in here when you was stark naked.”

Cole bent over in shock when he realized Reba was in the room. He then told her how much her shows meant to him growing up after his parents  divorced. Cole was in fifth grade at the time and moved with his mother to Albany, Georgia. A farmer in town, named Ronnie Lee, took a young Cole to see Reba every year in Albany, and those shows helped spur Cole’s passion to pursue a music career.

He told her, “I got to see everybody that ever toured with you. It was so awesome. So, I’ve been waiting to meet you.”

Cole will be dressed to kill at the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC. He’s up for New Artist of the Year.

In other Cole Swindell news, he’s releasing the new Down Home Sessions EP on November 17 in conjunction with the launch of his Down Home Tour. The five-song digital project is designed to get as many songs out to the fans as possible, even between albums.

He says, “I’m always writing and I have lots of songs that I want my fans to hear. As a songwriter that’s what you want, but everything can’t always make it onto your album so I decided the best way to release this music was to put together the Down Home Session EP.”

Here’s the Down Home Sessions EP track list:

“Ready:
“The Way You’re Lovin’ Me Now”
“Kiss”
“Workin’ on Me”
“Boomerang”


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Carrie Underwood’s “Greatest Hits: Decade #1″ Track Listing Revealed

Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring her current hit, “Something in the Water.”  That song’s just one of 25 songs included in the two-CD set, according to the official track listing, released today.

“Something in the Water” is also one of two new tracks Greatest Hits: Decade #1, the other being “Little Toy Guns.”  Those songs lead off disc one, while disc two ends with never-before-released versions of familiar hits, including a live version of Carrie’s duet with Vince Gill on the gospel standard “How Great Thou Art,” and in-progress “worktape” versions of “So Small,” “Last Name,” and “Mama’s Song.”

You can pre-order Greatest Hits: Decade #1 at all the usual digital outlets beginning Tuesday, November 4, five days ahead of the official release date.

Here’s the track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1:

Disc 1
“Something in the Water”
“Little Toy Guns”
“Inside Your Heaven”
“Jesus, Take the Wheel”
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me”
“Before He Cheats”
“Wasted”
“So Small”
“All-American Girl”
“Last Name”
“Just a Dream”
“I Told You So” (feat. Randy Travis)

Disc 2
“Cowboy Casanova”
“Temporary Home”
“Undo It”
“Mama’s Song”
“Remind Me” (duet with Brad Paisley)
“Good Girl”
“Blown Away”
“Two Black Cadillacs”
“See You Again”
“How Great Thou Art” (with Vince Gill) (Live from ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out)*
“So Small” (writing session worktape 1/24/07)*
“Last Name” (writing session worktape 1/22/07)*
“Mama’s Song” (writing session worktape 2/5/09)*

* = never-before-released version.



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Garth Brooks Reveals Track Listing, Cover Art for “Man Against Machine”

Sony NashvilleIf you haven’t already, now’s the time to head over to Garth BrooksGhostTunes music service to hear a preview of his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine.  Garth’s giving what he calls a “sneak peek” of the album all day today, through midnight: that much, he announced Thursday. Today, he also revealed the track listing and cover art.

The Man Against Machine cover features a tough-looking Garth, shot from the waist up, standing in front of some rusty gears and cogs with his arms crossed, clad in a tight black tee-shirt, black sunglasses and a black hat.

Man Against Machine, Garth’s first album of all-new music since 2001′s Scarecrow, hits retailers November 11.  If you order it now from GhostTunes, you’ll score immediate downloads of two songs from the album: “People Loving People” and “Send ‘Em on Down the Road.”

Here’s the full Man Against Machine track listing:

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


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert make their home in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.


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Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line Among “Billboard” Touring Awards Finalists

Image Courtesy Dick Clark Productions/ABCLuke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line have picked up some big nominations for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards.

Luke is up against One Direction and Justin Timberlake in the Top Draw category, which is based on BoxScore attendance figures.  Luke’s That’s My Kind of Night tour with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell is also up for Top Package along with Jason Aldean’s 2014 trek with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr.

Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for Breakthrough touring act against OneRepublic and Arcade Fire.

In the Concert Marketing & Promotion Award, Luke has a mention for his partnership with Cabela’s. Hunter Hayes is also nominated in that category for his work with Conagra Foods, and Blake Shelton earned a mention for his work with JCPenney.

The 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will be handed out November 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.


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Luke Bryan Partners with Outdoor Outfitter Cabela’s for 32 Bridge Clothing Line

Image Courtesy Cabela’sLuke Bryan is expanding his relationship with outdoors outfitter Cabela’s with the launch of a new clothing line, 32 Bridge. The name comes from the Route 32 bridge that crosses the Flint River, connecting Lee and Worth counties in Georgia, where Luke grew up. The clothing line features men’s and women’s apparel, including t-shirts and caps.

Luke says, “This brand is so dear to me and such a big part of who I am that seeing it come to life is so exciting. I can’t wait to share it!”

32 Bridge goes on sale Saturday at select Cabela’s stores and online.


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Sam Hunt Admits He’d Be Freaked Out to See Someone Dressed as Him This Halloween

Image Courtesy David McClister/UMGSam Hunt is becoming known for his crisp fashion sense wearing shirts buttoned all the way to the top along with his signature flatbill baseball hat. The look is pretty distinctive, so it’s possible a fan could dress up like Sam this Halloween. So, how would Sam react if he saw someone trick-or-treating as him?   

“That would freak me out,” Sam tells ABC News Radio. “Hopefully, I don’t have too unique of characteristics to help someone distinguish themselves as me, in a bad way.”

As for his own childhood Halloween costumes, Sam says he most enjoyed dressing up like Zorro.

He explains, “I was a huge Zorro fan when I was a lot younger. I mean, really young.”

Sam’s debut album, Montevallo, is out this week featuring his debut hit, “Leave the Night On.”


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