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Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman has teamed up with Smithfield Brand meats for their Lend a Ham campaign this holiday season.

Every time someone tweets @SmithfieldBrand or posts on their Facebook wall using the hashtag #LendAHam, the company will donate one serving of protein to a food bank, up to one million servings.

To launch the campaign, Kimberly went undercover at a grocery store to hand out $100 gift cards to unsuspecting customers. Highlights from Kimberly’s giveaway are now featured in a new YouTube video.

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Image Courtesy BJ Yeager/Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols got a surprise visit from Randy Travis over the weekend. Randy attended Joe’s show at Billy Bob’s Texas Saturday night in Ft. Worth, Texas. The two shared some barbecue, and Joe honored the country legend with an acoustic performance of Randy’s song “Promises.”

Joe and Randy sang a duet of “Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum” in tribute to the late George Jones on Randy’s 2013 album, Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am. Randy hasn’t made many public appearances since suffering a stroke and undergoing heart surgery last year.

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Image Courtesy Webster PRBig & Rich will perform at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Halftime Show in Memphis December 29. They’ll also headline the President’s Gala Dinner Dance at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis on December 28.

Big & Rich will also receive the Liberty Bowl’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the dinner recognizing their achievements in the music world. Previous recipients include Clint Black, Alabama and Little Richard.

For more information on the game, go to AutoZoneLibertyBowl.org. It airs on ESPN December 29 at 2 p.m. ET.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleSara Evans doesn’t have any co-stars in her new video for “Put My Heart Down.” The clip features Sara alone in Nashville’s Riverside Mansion, surrounded by hundreds of lights, which are meant to signify the light coming on in her head that this relationship is over. Eventually, the lights explode, something Sara feels demonstrates the song’s sad lyrics and happy melody.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks is rescheduling as many TV appearances as possible this week, due to the riots in Ferguson, MO. This includes his planned appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael Tuesday, a Thursday night appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and a Friday morning appearance on NBC’s Today. Garth is also slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which tapes in Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon. He taped that appearance Monday before the grand jury’s decision was announced not to indict police officer Darren Wilson on …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson‘s husband, Brandon, is the manager of which country superstar? ANSWER: Blake Shelton.

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Image Courtesy EckrichRandy Houser was the bearer of really good news for one military concert during a backstage visit at his show in Baltimore, Maryland, on Saturday night. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Solso and his wife, Clare, were surprised with a meet-and-greet with Randy, who presented them with a voucher for a year of free groceries on behalf of Eckrich meats’ Operation Inspiration campaign and Operation HomeFront.

Randy will also host the Solso family for a VIP trip to his December 14 concert in Tucson, Arizona. The husband and wife will tour the …read more

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch had a party in Nashville Monday night celebrating the first #1 hit of his career, “Where It’s At.” The song has elevated Dustin’s career to a new level on the road.

“It’s crazy to go in any town in the country and have that many faces looking back at you singing,” Dustin says. “Our audience has grown tremendously over the course of the summer as this song has grown in numbers and in just energy that they’re bringing to the show.”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith‘s new video for “Drunk Americans” premieres on CMT Thursday.

Garth Brooks appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday.

Jake Owen premiered the video for his latest single, “What We Ain’t Got,” at ETOnline.com Monday.

Kelly Clarkson loves Little Big Town‘s next single, “Girl Crush,” so much she covered it during a recent concert. A video of the performance is on YouTube.

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Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Lady Antebellum will perform on CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party Live from the College Football Playoff National Championship special. The show airs Friday, January 9, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, in connection with the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship. That’s set for January 12, 2015 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.

Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge will also perform on the 90-minute special. More acts will be announced soon.

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