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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBe sure to check out Tim McGraw on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at 11:35 p.m. ET, after your local news.

Lauren Alaina is taping ten more webisodes of her popular SWAK: Sealed with a Kiss series. The latest one is titled 21 Things You Don’t Know About Me, in honor of her 21st birthday this month.

Nineties hitmaker Bryan White performs a concert November 18 at Music City’s Listening Room Cafe to benefit Nashville non-profit Possibilities Inc.

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Kelsea Ballerini Is “Billboard’s” Rising Star of 2015

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Natasha Moustache/CMABillboard will honor Kelsea Ballerini as this year’s Rising Star at its Women in Music event December 11 in New York City.

“At 22, [she] already has a career to kill for,”says Janice Min, the co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which oversees Billboard. “Much like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift before, Kelsea is a powerful songwriter and singer that has Nashville a buzz. Expertly bridging the pop-country gap, her songs have heart and it is only the beginning.”

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Luke Bryan Grows Mustache for Veterans Day Hunt

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you wonder what two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan would look like with a mustache, all you need to do is check out his Twitter feed. But that’s likely to be the only place you’ll see it, since it sounds like his wife Caroline is not a fan.

Earlier in the day, Luke tweeted “Thank you and Happy #VeteransDay to all of the Veteran’s who have served our country.” Then several hours later, he shared a photo of him with his son sporting their camo gear, along with his new …read more

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CMT Names Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt Its Artists of the Year

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CMTCMT will honor Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt as its Artists of the Year for 2015, with a 90-minute special from Nashville next month. Both Luke and Florida Georgia Line have earned the title before, while it’s the first time for Blake, Sam and Little Big Town.

This is the sixth year for the annual CMT show, which airs live from Music City’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Expect announcements about which stars of music, film and television will pay tribute to this …read more

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Cole Swindell Shows Off What He’s Learned from Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean

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CMAWhen Cole Swindell takes the stage tonight to kick off his Down Home Tour at New York City’s Playstation Theater, he says you can bet he’ll be showing off what he’s learned on his previous gigs opening for Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

“They’re two of the biggest superstars in our format and I’ve gotten a chance to tour with ’em and learn from both of ’em and you know, I’ve watched Luke, I’ve watched Jason,” he says. And one of the main things he’s learned is how important it is to keep the hits coming.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat did Luke Bryan study in college? ANSWER: He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1999 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration.

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Garth Brooks Playing Baltimore for First Time Ever

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks is taking his World Tour to Baltimore, MD, marking the first time he’s played the state’s largest city.

Garth will play two shows at Royal Farms Arena Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30. As with Garth’s other shows, wife Trisha Yearwood‘s also on the bill.

On-sale date for tickets is Friday, November 20, exclusively through Ticketmaster.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Look for Kellie Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs to appear today on Access Hollywood Live, before guesting on The Real on Thursday. Next Monday, they stop by Larry King Now, before visiting The Steve Harvey Show on Thursday, November 19. They’re promoting their new docu-comedy I Love Kellie Pickler. The show airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Brett Eldredge, Cam and Eric Paslay play a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital December 7 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

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Trace Adkins Weighs Former “Apprentice” Boss Donald Trump as President

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Kristin Barlowe/Sunshine SachsAfter hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend and competing in the Republican debate last night in Milwaukee, Donald Trump has clocked plenty of time in the national media spotlight lately. And one person who knows something about sharing that spotlight with the billionaire-turned-presidential contender is Trace Adkins, having worked for him in two seasons of Celebrity Apprentice.

Trace lost the title in 2008 to Piers Morgan, before emerging victorious in the 2013 All-Star season. Still, the country star thinks it’s funny folks often assume he has the inside track on Trump’s campaign.

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Jason Aldean’s Publicist Confirms He Went as Lil Wayne on Halloween

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Jim Wright/Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s publicist confirms the CMA Album of the Year nominee dressed as rapper Lil Wayne on Halloween, after a photograph surfaced of him wearing sunglasses, dreadlocks, a large gold necklace and what appears to be an unusual amount of self-tanner. His wife, former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr, is in the picture beside him, dressed in braids, a red bandana and a red plaid shirt, making some sort of sign with her hand. There’s no word so far on where the picture was taken or who the other two women and one man in …read more

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