Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan‘s wife’s name? ANSWER: Caroline.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s Platinum comes in at #5 on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2014. Eric Church’s latest offering, The Outsiders, also made the cut at #21.

Craig Campbell has signed a new deal with Red Bow Records and will release new music in 2015.

Kip Moore will kick off his 2015 headlining tour January 27 in Missoula, MT.

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Brad Paisley’s Moonshine Spirit Clothing Line Now on Sale at Boot Barn

Image Courtesy Boot BarnBrad Paisley‘s new clothing line, Moonshine Spirit, is now available at Boot Barn’s 165 locations. The clothes were inspired by Brad’s latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk, as well as his concept of what country music is all about.

Says Brad, “What we were trying to do was create clothing that is the kind of things I want to wear, that I want to look like, that is the image that I think of as country and modern and a little bit progressive and a little bit rugged and all of those things that you think of when you think of modern country music.”

Brad collaborated with the designers at Boot Barn to create the clothing line, and he thinks they got it just right.

“The folks that put this together came up with some of the coolest clothing I’ve ever seen, and it’s exclusive to Boot Barn,” Brad says. You’ve got to go there to get it.”

The clothing line includes boots, shirts, jeans, T-shirts, ball caps and a leather jacket.

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Carrie Underwood Performs at World AIDS Day Concert in NYC

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood joined Bruce Springsteen, Kanye West, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and U2‘s The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. for a concert at New York’s Times Square Monday night to mark World AIDS Day.

Carrie performed her hits “Something in the Water” and “Change.”

Springsteen and Martin filled in for an ailing Bono. The U2 singer was forced to bow out of the event because of injuries he suffered last month in a bike accident in New York’s Central Park.

Former President Bill Clinton spoke before the concert and said he received an email from Bono telling him he had to attend the event. Clinton told the crowd that this year “for the first time ever, more people were put on life saving medicine than were diagnosed with AIDS.”

“We are going to win this fight,” Clinton added.

The concert was sponsored in part by (RED), the anti-AIDS organization co-founded by Bono.

The show was streamed live on YouTube and broadcast as part of ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.

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Luke Bryan’s Brother-in-Law Passes Away

Image Courtesy CMACondolences to Luke Bryan on the death of his brother-in-law, Ben Lee Cheshire. He passed away over the weekend and was the husband of Luke’s late sister, Kelly. Luke is in Georgia with his family and will officiate Lee’s funeral service on Tuesday. That means he won’t be performing at CMT Artists of the Year Tuesday night.

According to the obituary in the Albany Herald, Lee was 46-years-old. Luke’s sister, Kelly, died in 2007 at age 39.

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Eric Church, Kenny Chesney and Lady A Added to “CMT Artists of the Year” Lineup

Image Courtesy CMTEric Church, Ashley Monroe, Billy Bob Thornton and T Bone Burnett will perform in honor of Merle Haggard at CMT Artists of the Year Tuesday night. Merle will be on hand for the show along with Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, NASCAR’s Danica Patrick, rocker Chris Cornell and hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa.

Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban are this year’s CMT Artists of the Year. Due to a death in his family, Luke Bryan won’t be appearing on the show. CMT Artists of the Year airs live from Nashville Tuesday night at 8 ET on CMT and VH1.

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Garth Brooks Taking His World Tour to Buffalo, New York March 6 and 7

Image Courtesy RCA/Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Buffalo, New York, on March 6 and 7, 2015. He’ll play two shows each night, and tickets go on sale Friday morning. Garth’s wife, Trisha Yearwood, is also on the bill.

The show will take place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

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Carrie Underwood Joining U2 for World AIDS Day Concert Tonight in New York City

Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood has joined the lineup for U2′s World AIDS  Day (Red) concert Monday night in New York City’s Time Square. The event also features Bruce Springsteen and Coldplay‘s Chris Martin. U2 lead singer, Bono, will not be there since he is still recovering from a bike accident last month.

The concert will stream live on YouTube at starting at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Artists Announced for CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show

Image Courtesy Aristo PRFrankie Ballard, Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay and Cole Swindell have been selected to perform at the CRS 2015 New Faces of Country Music Show in Nashville. The industry-only event takes place February 27, and the performers are voted on by country radio station employees.

The showcase is a huge launching pad for country stars. Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Reba and Luke Bryan are among the stars who have performed at New Faces in the past.

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Ronnie Dunn Hints at Brooks & Dunn Reunion

Image Courtesy Little Will-EIs there a Brooks & Dunn reunion in the works? It certainly looks that way based on Ronnie Dunn‘s recent Facebook post mentioning Kix Brooks.

On November 26, Ronnie posted a message saying, “…Talking to Kix. He’s talking back.” In the comments on that post, Ronnie stopped short of confirming a reunion, but he did say he and Kix were never completely on the outs as a friends.

Ronnie is expected to make a very big career announcement later this week.

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