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Coming Around Again: Another Chance to Catch “CMA Country Christmas” and “Christmas of Many Colors”

ABC/Heidi GutmanIf you missed two of the biggest Christmas events in country music this year, never fear. Both will be coming around again, just in time for the holiday.

NBC plans to re-air Dolly Parton‘s sequel to last year’s successful Coat of Many Colors TV movie. You can catch Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, December 23.

The Country Music Association will also cue up this year’s CMA Country Christmas special again, this time on Christmas Eve. You can see host Jennifer Nettles along with Brett Eldredge, Rascal Flatts, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, …read more

“You Can’t Box ‘Em In”: Maren Morris Takes Inspiration from Shania Twain, as “Billboard” Honors Both at Its Women in Music Gala

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris has been caught up in quite a whirlwind lately. First, she took home the New Artist trophy at the CMAs. Then, the “My Church” hitmaker found out she’s the most-nominated country artist at this year’s Grammys.

“Utter shock, honestly!” the relative newcomer says of her reaction to the news. “That’s happened a few times this year where I just am speechless. Yeah, that morning I found out I was up for four… one of ’em being Best New Artist.”

These days, the accolades just keep on coming for Maren, and on Friday, …read more

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Miranda Lambert Takes “Highway Vagabond” to Late Night

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert continues making the rounds to promote her new #1 album, The Weight of These Wings, and next up, she’ll stop by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

This time, she’ll perform the track “Highway Vagabond,” which also happens to be name of her upcoming headlining tour that kicks off January 26 with Old Dominion and Aubrie Sellers. You can catch the show Monday at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

The Texas native just released the second single from the record, “We Should Be Friends,” just as its lead release, “Vice,” was nominated for two Grammys.

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Kenny Chesney Teams Up with the CMA to Kick In Half a Million Dollars for East Tennessee

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ABC/Image Group LA Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association are teaming up to donate half a million dollars to help victims of the recent wildfires that ravaged Sevier County, Tennessee, leaving 14 dead and more than 2,400 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed.

“Growing up in East Tennessee, the only thing greater than the beauty of the region is the heart of the people who live there,” Kenny says. “It is devastating to think of what’s been lost in terms of the fire, but overwhelming for the families facing rebuilding their lives, in many cases from scratch. I’m appreciative the …read more

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Why It’s “Meat and Candy” and Gold for Old Dominion

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ABC/Image Group LAA little more than a year after its release, Old Dominion‘s debut album has officially been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling half-a-million copies.

“When we made Meat and Candy, we had no way of knowing if it would go over well or not,” lead singer Matthew Ramsey says. “Hearing that it is now certified gold really shows us that it is resonating with people in much bigger ways than we could have ever expected. We are extremely proud and grateful,” he adds.

Though this is their first gold album, OD has already amassed quite …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock With the exception of its hit title track, every song on this Randy Travis album from 1990 is a duet with a who’s-who of country legends. Can you recall the title of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s sixth record, which topped the Billboard country chart? ANSWER: Heroes & Friends.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks plans to donate $20 from every copy of The Ultimate Collection sold through Christmas to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. That’s a pretty impressive feat, considering the 10-disc Target-exclusive set retails for less than $30.

Hit singer/songwriter Radney Foster has signed a new publishing deal with BBR Music Group. In addition to his own hits like “Nobody Wins,” the Texas native wrote “I’m In” for Keith Urban and “A Real Fine Place to Start” for Sara Evans.

Miranda Lambert joins Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt as one of the headliners for the Taste of Country Music …read more

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Why Trisha Yearwood and Brett Eldredge Plan to Cue Up Their Own Albums as They Deck the Halls

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Gwendolyn/Pearl Records, Inc.If you know someone who just can’t get enough Christmas music during the holidays — well, Trisha Yearwood confesses she’s that girl.

“Every Christmas album I have is on shuffle at Christmas time because I love it, and I find those radio stations that just go Christmas you know, the minute, the day after Thanksgiving, and that’s all I play, so I am the perfect consumer for this music,” she tells ABC Radio.

So it’s only appropriate that of all the new yuletide collections this season, Trisha and husband Garth Brooks happen to have the most successful one so far. …read more

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Zac Brown Band Believes Drake White Is Grammy’s Artist of Tomorrow

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BMLGNewcomer Drake White isn’t up for a Grammy this year, but he still has a shot at participating in the festivities. The “Livin’ the Dream” hitmaker was nominated by recent tourmates Zac Brown Band to be CBS.com’s Artist of Tomorrow.

The Alabama native is one of three finalists, including singer/songwriter Bailey Bryan, who is endorsed by Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, and Farina, who’s supported by rapper Wyclef Jean.

You can check out videos of all three contenders and the Grammy-winning artists who champion them before voting for your favorite at CBS.com. The winner will perform during the official pre-show online …read more

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Zac Brown Band Believes Drake White Is Grammy’s Artist of Tomorrow

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BMLGNewcomer Drake White isn’t up for a Grammy this year, but he still has a shot at participating in the festivities. The “Livin’ the Dream” hitmaker was nominated by recent tourmates Zac Brown Band to be CBS.com’s Artist of Tomorrow.

The Alabama native is one of three finalists, including singer/songwriter Bailey Bryan, who is endorsed by Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, and Farina, who’s supported by rapper Wyclef Jean.

You can check out videos of all three contenders and the Grammy-winning artists who champion them before voting for your favorite at CBS.com. The winner will perform during the official pre-show online …read more

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