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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Keith Urban‘s middle name? ANSWER: Lionel.

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Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice and Thompson Square will perform at the Mountain High Music Festival in Crested Butte, Colorado, which takes place January 14 through 18, 2015. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign in the fight against breast cancer and the Adaptive Sports Center for individuals with disabilities in Crested Butte.

Go to MountainHighMusicFest.com for ticket information.

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean‘s latest single, “Just Gettin’ Started,” will fit in nicely on his 2015 tour set list next to the other uptempo hits like “Dirt Road Anthem,” “When She Says Baby” and “Hicktown.” In fact, Jason says he’s built his career with those fun songs.

He tells ABC News Radio, “When you’re going into a tour, you want something that’s being played on the radio that’s fun and gets people excited about the shows and all that.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s 2015 calendar to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is now available for purchase at KeithUrbanFans.com. Keith’s fans put the calendar together every year and have raised more than $850,000 for the cause since the first one went on sale in 2003.

This year’s CMA Country Christmas special will re-air on ABC Saturday, December 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain wrapped up her two-year residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas over the weekend, and she’s using the occasion to shine a light on an important cause. The Canadian native’s just released a PSA against family violence for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s YouTube channel.

In the clip, Shania encourages people to report incidents of family violence to the police. She also stresses that abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional and can happen in any family.

“Family violence shouldn’t be kept a secret,” says Shania. “You can break …read more

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Image Courtesy UMG/Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves has added a new round of 2015 dates for her Same Tour Different Trailer outing starting February 12 in Norfolk, Virginia. She’s taking along new duo John & Jacob in the opening spot.

Kacey performed at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend. She’s currently in the studio working on the follow up to her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park.

Here are Kacey’s new tour dates:

2/12 — Norfolk, VA, The NorVa
2/13 — Durham, NC, Carolina Theatre
2/14 — Baltimore, MD, Ram’s Head Live!
2/19 — Madison, WI, Orpheum Theater
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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryIs Carrie Underwood plotting a collaboration with pop superstars One Direction? The band is managed by Simon Cowell, who was a judge on American Idol when Carrie was crowned the winner in 2005.

Carrie tells U.K.’s Daily Mail, “If One Direction ever wants to go country, I’m here.” She adds, “I think I should get on the phone to Simon.”

When asked if she would ever step into Simon’s shoes as a judge on a TV singing competition, Carrie says, “I feel like it would be really hard to be honest, …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town will continue their Pain Killer tour into 2015 with special guest Chris Stapleton. The new round of dates kicks off March 5 in Savannah, GA. These shows follow LBT’s run through the United Kingdom starting February 10 in London.

Look for Little Big Town to perform the halftime show at the 2014 Capitol One Orange Bowl in Miami on New Year’s Eve.

Here are Little Big Town’s new tour dates:

3/5 — Savannah, GA, Johnny Mercer Theatre
3/6 — Birmingham, AL, BJCC Concert Hall
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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley always thinks of the visuals his words will create in the listeners’ minds when he’s writing hit songs like his latest offering, “Perfect Storm.”

Brad says, “My idea of country music is always about the pictures it paints for you. I don’t like songs that don’t give me images in my mind.”

That approach can be found in rock and pop music as well, even if the meaning of the lyrics isn’t always clear. Brad points to The Eagles‘ classic “Hotel California” as an example.

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Country Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich country group sang backup on Darius Rucker‘s hit, “Wagon Wheel”? ANSWER: Little Big Town.

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