Garth Brooks Surprises One Lucky Mom on ABC’s “Good Morning America”

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryAhead of Mother’s Day this weekend, Garth Brooks partnered with ABC’s Good Morning America to surprise one special mom with a once-in-a-lifetime gift. Karen Garrison, a farmer’s wife, hairstylist and mother of three from Darlington, Wisconsin, was the lucky recipient of an intimate acoustic performance of Garth’s  latest single, “Mom.”

Garth surprised Karen Friday morning live on GMA, and she was clearly in shock as she soaked in Garth’s performance.  Then, her surprise got even better.  

Garth told Karen, “I talked to your husband, OK? We talked quite at length actually. And since you didn’t get to come to Chicago [to see my concert],  I’m gonna ask if you would like to jump on the plane and go to the show tonight.”

“You can bring your babies and your babies can bring their boyfriend and girlfriend too. And we’ll just jump on there and go and I talked to everybody and they said they’ll run your farm for a day,” he continued. “OK, Fair enough? Can you come?”

After a delighted Karen said she’d join him, Garth had one piece of advice for her: “Honey, you’re gonna have to get dressed and get ready!”

Garth’s world tour hits Omaha, Nebraska Friday night. 

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGeorge Strait has a new song, “Texas Rising,” on the soundtrack to the History channel’s upcoming series event, Texas Rising, coming out May 18. Country Music Hall of Fame member Kris Kristofferson also contributed a cover of Tom Petty‘s “I Won’t Back Down” for the soundtrack. The event series premiers Monday, May 25.

Kenny Chesney gives you an inside look at his experience at the recent Tortuga Music Festival in Florida in the latest installment of his new web series, No Shoes TV.

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Garth Brooks Remembers His Late, Larger-Than-Life Mom, Colleen, This Mother’s Day

Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ mother, Colleen, passed away in 1999, but he still laughs when he thinks about her larger-than-life personality.

“My mom was certified nuts,” Garth tells ABC Radio. “That’s why I love her. She was. She was the life of the party, and never meant to be.”

Since Colleen was such a fun-loving parent, Garth and his friends often found themselves having parties at his house. That’s not to say Garth’s parents were pushovers when it came to discipline, though.

He explains, “They had pretty hard lines. But at the same time my parents were fun.”

As he has gone on to raise his own three daughters, Garth has learned that, for better or worse, he is a product of his parents’ raising.

“[The] two greatest gifts your parents give you are the people you want to be and the people you don’t want to be,” Garth says. “Hang on to those things you want to be, and you’ll fight the other half the rest of your life. But that thing you want to be — take it and share it.”

As for his mother’s lasting legacy in his life, Garth says, “The thing for my mom was her joy. If you ever met my mom, she was just a bundle of joy.”

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Luke Bryan’s Life Story Told Through His Personal Items in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Image Courtesy Country Music Hall of FameLuke Bryan‘s Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville opens May 22. The country superstar has loaned several items to the museum to tell his life story, including his Little League baseball uniform and glove, and his second-grade school backpack and denim jacket, as well as his first guitar, which his parents gave him when he was 14 years old.

Luke’s CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year trophies will also be on display along with the handwritten lyrics of his recent #1 hit, “I See You.”

Luke Bryan’s Dirt Road Diary exhibit will run through November 8.

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Brett Eldredge Proves He Really Loves Cereal in Manic New Instagram Post

Image Country Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has many passions in life, including music, making hilarious social media posts, and eating cereal. Brett displays his passion for sugary breakfast items in a manic new Instagram post, which finds him quickly sampling some of his favorites —  Fruity Pebbles, Fruit Loops and Cap’n Crunch.



A video posted by Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) on May 7, 2015 at 8:23am PDT


Since Brett has more than 248,000 followers on Instagram, there’s a good chance his fans will be giving him tons of boxes of those particular cereals in the coming weeks. Brett hits the road with Darius Rucker’s Southern Style tour starting May 14 in New Jersey.

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Shania Twain Extends Rock This Country Tour into the Fall

Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain has extended her Rock This Country tour into the fall, thanks to overwhelming fan demand. The new dates kick off September 12 in Spokane, Washington and will continue through October 11 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Shania hasn’t toured North America in 11 years. She says, “The Rock This Country tour will have a different spirit than my past tours. It’s a Shania they’ve never seen before.  A lot of years have gone by and I’ve got a lot more to share.”

Gavin DeGraw will be the special guest on most of Shania’s fall dates. The tour starts June 5 in Seattle, Washington. Go to for ticket information.

Here are Shania’s Fall Tour dates:
9/12 — Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
9/13 — Portland, OR, Moda Center
9/15 — Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/17 – 19/28 — Calgary, AB, (CAN), Scotiabank Saddledome
9/20 — Winnipeg, MB (CAN), MTS Centre
9/21 — Fargo, ND, Fargodome
9/23 — Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
9/24 — Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
9/26 — Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
9/27 — Madison, WI, Kohl Center
9/29 — Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
9/30 — Columbus, OH, Nationwide Arena
10/2 — Allentown, PA, PPL Center
10/3 — Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
10/6 — Manchester, NH, Verizon Wireless Arena
10/7 — Albany, NY, Times Union Center
10/9 — Quebec City, QC (CAN), Videotron Centre
10/11 — Toronto, ON (CAN), Air Canada Centre

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Brantley Gilbert Gets Tattoo of the 2nd Amendment Tattooed on His Back

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert often sings about his belief in the right for Americans to bear arms, and now he’s taken that belief to a whole new level.

The country singer took to Instagram to reveal a brand-new tattoo of the 2nd Amendment earlier this week. The new ink features the word “Amendment” written in bold letters across Brantley’s shoulder blades, with two pistols inked underneath. Text from the 2nd Amendment is written below the guns: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Brantley added that his friend, tattoo artist, Carl Grace, did the art work at Brantley’s house in Georgia.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Miranda Lambert‘s middle name? ANSWER: Leigh.

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Brantley Gilbert Putting His Event-Planning Skills to Use for Upcoming Wedding Ceremony

Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has been putting his arena shows together for years now, so he knows a thing or two about planning big events. That’s why Brantley is also taking a pretty big role in organizing his upcoming wedding to his fiancée, Amber.

Brantley tells Billboard, “I’m involved — as much as she wants me to be. I make sure I’m on hand when she needs me to be.”

The couple isn’t stressing out about their big day too much, though.  Says Brantley, “It’s going to be a lot of fun, and I’m looking forward to it.”

On the music front, Brantley is currently climbing the country chart with his latest hit, “One Hell of an Amen.” He’ll release an expanded edition of his album, Just as I Am, on May 19.

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Trace Adkins Throws It Down for the Grand Ole Opry During USO Tour

USO photo by Cherie CullenTrace Adkins saluted the Grand Ole Opry while on a recent USO tour in the Middle East and Europe.

During his performances, Adkins threw down a replica of the six-foot Opry Circle of wood symbolizing the oak center stage at the Opry House. It was in honor of the Opry’s 90th anniversary celebration.

Dozens of artists will take part in similar “Circle Throwdowns” around the world to salute the Opry.

You can check out Adkins’ “Throwdown” on

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