Willie Nelson and Sister, Bobbie, Releasing Collaborative Album, “December Day,” on December 2

Image Courtesy Sony LegacyWillie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson, will release a new collaborative album, December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, on Tuesday, December 2.  The project features the siblings performing new versions of songs from Willie’s catalog as well as covers of American standards from Al Jolson and Irving Berlin.

Bobbie has performed in Willie’s band since 1973. Look for more installments in the Willie’s Stash series soon.

Here is the track listing for December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1:

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band”
“Permanently Lonely”
“What’ll I Do”
“Summer of Roses”/”December Day”
“Nuages”
“Mona Lisa”
“I Don’t Know Where I Am Today”
“Amnesia”
“Who’ll Buy My Memories”
“The Anniversary Song”
“Laws of Nature”
“Walkin’”
“Always”
“I Let My Mind Wander”
“Is the Better Part Over”
“My Own Peculiar Way”
“Sad Songs and Waltzes”
“Ou-es tu, mon amour”/”I Never Cared for You”


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Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson and Steven Tyler Added to “CMA Country Christmas” Lineup

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler have been added to the lineup for this year’s CMA Country Christmas special. The show airs Monday, December 1 on ABC. Alan Jackson is also joining the bill along with previously announced performers Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Sara Evans, Little Big Town and Hunter Hayes.

Tickets to attend the CMA Country Christmas taping on Friday, November 7 are still available through Ticketmaster. The show takes place at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.



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Florida Georgia Line Earns Their First #1 on “Billboard” 200 Albums Chart with “Anything Goes”

Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line earns their first #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with their sophomore project, Anything Goes. The set sold 197,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Their debut album, Here’s to the Good Times, has sold 2.1 million copies.

It’s a great time for country music on the Billboard 200. Jason Aldean debuted at #1 last week with Old Boots, New Dirt, while Blake Shelton was #1 two weeks ago with his new project, Bringing Back the Sunshine.


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Jason Aldean Teaming Up with Bob Seger for CMT “Crossroads” Special November 28

Image Courtesy CMABob Seger recently showed up backstage at Jason Aldean‘s concert in Detroit. Apparently, they got along just fine: the two stars will team up for a new CMT Crossroads installment premiering on Black Friday, November 28 at 10 p.m. ET. Look for them to trade vocals on both of their biggest hits, including selections from Jason’s latest album, Old Boots, New Dirt.

Jason and Seger will film the special next week, just outside of Nashville.



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Country Star Trivia

Image Courtesy Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the radio-friendly title of Reba‘s most recent #1 hit from 2010? ANSWER: “Turn on the Radio.”


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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.

Nashville Notes

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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