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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is performing on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest Wednesday night. It’s his first performance ever on a multi-genre show, and he’s looking forward to seeing how it all works out.

Brantley tells ABC News Radio, “I’m really excited to see the performances and the interaction between people in other genres as opposed to country, you know, ’cause we’re a really close family. I’m just excited about the whole night. I think it’s gonna be a great experience.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockGarth Brooks will appear during all four hours of NBC’s Today on Thursday, January 8.

Cole Swindell is headlining a New Year’s Eve show at Wild Bill’s near Atlanta, Georgia Wednesday night with special guest Kelleigh Bannen.

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Image Courtesy CMAAs Luke Bryan closes the door on his most successful year ever, he’s focusing in just one thing — his beautiful wife, Caroline.

Luke tells ABC News Radio, “My wife’s birthday is always New Year’s Eve. So, I always forgo work to celebrate her birthday.”

Luke and Carolina tied the knot in 2006. They have two young sons named Bo and Tate. Caroline makes an appearance in Luke’ s video for “Crash My Party,” which has racked up more than 24 million views on YouTube.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban‘s latest album, Fuse, has produced multiple #1 hits and helped him secure a CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2014. More than a decade into his career, Keith says this latest project has been “life-changing.”

Urban tells ET Canada, “As an artist, you know, you’re always wondering what people are going to make of your music. But I made the record that I had in my head and I was very happy with that…But this one’s done amazing things.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleTouring publication Pollstar has released their list of 2014’s top 20 tours, and three country stars made the list.

Luke Bryan had the biggest country tour bringing in $62.8 million for a #17 finish. George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away tour is next at #18, with $61.8 million coming in this year. Jason Aldean closed out the list at #20, with $52.5 million.

Pop boy band One Direction tops the list with a staggering $282.2 million gross for the year. They sold more than 3.4 million tickets in 2014.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Rascal Flatts‘ duet partner on the hit single “Easy?” ANSWER: Natasha Bedingfield.

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Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is always kind to her fans, and now she’s getting formal recognition for those good manners.

The National League of Junior Cotillions releases their list of the Best-Mannered Celebrities at the end of each year. Now, in celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary, it’s announced the 25 Best-Mannered People of the Past 25 Years, and Carrie Underwood is placed at #13 — just behind Mother Theresa and Tom Hanks.

Jimmy Fallon tops the countdown for his courteous nature hosting NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Nelson Mandela, Oprah Winfrey and Peyton …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMaddie & Tae will open for Lee Brice at his headlining show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium coming up February 24, 2015.

Craig Morgan was once a deputy in the Dickson County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department, and he put the uniform back on to pull over drivers in the area and surprise them with $100 gift cards in the days leading up to Christmas. A video of Craig’s experience is now on YouTube.

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Image Courtesy CMAJoe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts always goes away for a little vacation with his wife, Tiffany, to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The trip offers the couple a much-needed chance to reconnect without the stress of work and kids.

“It’s important, I think, for a couple to find the time to spend together when they can,” Joe Don explains, “especially in this crazy business when you travel so much, you’re gone so much.”

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett is looking to literally stretch himself in 2015. Since he and wife, Lauren, did a good job of working out and eating right in 2014, Thomas is resolving to expand his workout routine in the New Year.

He says, “I would say that my New Year’s resolution would be to stretch more. To maybe do a little bit more diverse workouts, such as yoga, maybe hot yoga, maybe a sweathouse kinda thing.”

Thomas expects to get some spiritual benefits from his yoga practice on top of achieving a more lean and limber physique.

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