Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLadyAntebellum has signed on to perform at the People’s Choice Awards 2015 next month. They’re up for Favorite Country Group, which is their fifth People Choice Award nomination. The awards will be presented live Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.
Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker wanted to include a duet on his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, so he went with the classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The reason he chose that song may surprise you, though.
Darius says, “I decided to do that for one reason, for Elf, for that movie and how great they did it when she’s taking a shower in the bathroom, and he comes and sits on the counter and he’s singing along with her. I thought it was just a great song.”
When it came to choosing his duet partner, Darius called on his friend Sheryl Crow.
“We got Sheryl to come and do it,” Darius says,” and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice.”
Home for the Holidays is now available in stores and online.
Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has sold more than a million tickets since he launched his World Tour in September, and quite a few superstars have been in the audience. Lady Gaga attended one of the shows in Chicago, and Justin Timberlake sat in the front row at one of Garth’s concerts in St. Louis last week. Both stars completely freaked out as Garth performed his hits.
Garth tells ABC News Radio, “Lady Gaga. I didn’t think I was gonna keep her off the stage. She was so fired up. Her security was getting mad at her because she kept running, screaming, yelling. She was having a great time.”
As for Justin, Garth says he knew every word to every song in the set.
“He filmed the whole thing,” Garth says. “He was asking people to film him.”
Even though Justin and Gaga regularly sell out arenas on their own, they didn’t distract the other fans in the audience from enjoying the show.
Says Garth, “You could not ask for either one of those to be a better fan in the seat than they were. They paid great respect to me as an artist, but blended in with the rest of the fans, which is a big statement for them because they are extraordinary people. They love music. You can tell.”
Justin has paid Garth with an even bigger compliment by including a cover of “Friends in Low Places” in his recent live shows. Keep up with Garth’s tour dates at GarthBrooks.com.
Image Courtesy McClister/UMGSam Hunt has been added to the lineup for the CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also on the show, airing live from Dallas Friday, January 9 at 9 p.m. ET.
The concert event is part of the festivities leading up to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleHunterHayes has added a second show at Nashville’s Bluebird Café to raise money for Alive Hospice. The organization provides end-of-life care and support for families. The new show is set for Tuesday, January 6, with special guest Eric Paslay. Tickets for Hunter’s original show at the Bluebird on January 2 are sold out.
Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleKip Moore is a big Shania Twain fan, but he couldn’t find a girl to take to her concert back when he was in high school. That’s why he recruited a guy friend to go with him to the show.
Kip tells People, “I once attended a Shania twain concert with just one other dude — my buddy — which is probably a no-no, but we were both crazy about Shania in my high school years and we wanted to get a close-up look at her!”
Fans are now buying tickets to get a close-up look at Kip. Go to KipMoore.net to see where he’s playing next.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the NRA Country concert at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, February 14.
Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum has been named the best country album of 2014 by Rolling Stone.
Dustin Lynch raised more than $15,000 for the Karing for Kids charity at his Tuesday night benefit concert in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tennessee. The organization provides coats, sweaters and shoes for needy families in the area. Jerrod Niemann joined Dustin on the bill.