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Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits “Songs About Me,” “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “You’re Gonna Miss This” among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.

Here’s the DVD track listing:

“(This Ain’t) No Thinkin’ Thing”
“Songs About Me”
“Big Time”
“This Ain’t No Love”
“Chrome”
“You’re Gonna Miss This”
“There’s a Girl in Texas”
“Every Light in the House”
“Marry for Money”
“Come to Poppa”
“Hot Mama”
“Heartbreak Song”
“Maintenance Man”
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Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin’ It Country Tour to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan’s 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.

Alan’s Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville’s Music City Center. Tickets for Alan’s concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.

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Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell‘s classic “Gentle on My Mind.” The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.

The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis.

“Gentle on My Mind” is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Kenny Chesney‘s duet partner on the 2009 hit single, “I’m Alive?” ANSWER: Dave Matthews.

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Image Courtesy Live Nation/Colleen Callahan Frankie Ballard will celebrate the holidays with his 5th Annual Frankie Ballard’s Country Christmas show in his home state of Michigan on Saturday, December 20. The show will take place at the Kamazoo State Theatre with proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Frankie says, “There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show — the lights …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney has selected indie country act Old Dominion as an opening act on his 17 stadium dates for 2015’s The Big Revival tour.

Kip Moore‘s hit, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America marking sales and streams hitting two million. His single, “Hey Pretty Girl,” has been certified platinum for hitting the one million mark.

Martina McBride is joining R&B legend Gladys Knight and British pop singer Estelle for the first-ever Skyville Live concert streaming from Nashville on Wednesday, January 14 at 8 p.m. ET at <a target="_blank" rel="nofollow" …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore had a great 2014 with his ACM New Artist of the Year win in April and the arrival of his new baby, Rebecca Klein, in July. Justin wasn’t so lucky when it came to catching big game on his hunting trips to Colorado and Wisconsin this year.

He says, “I’ve struck out so far this year, which is a rarity.”

Justin is quick to blame his elk hunting fail in Colorado on the weather, though.

“It went from 30 degrees to 70 degrees in a day,” Justin explains, “and that’s not conducive to seeing a lot of …read more

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Image Courtesy BBR Music GroupRandy Houser has hit the top 10 with his latest hit, “Like a Cowboy,” which shows off his very impressive vocal range. The song is the most traditional-leaning track Randy has released in years, and he’s glad to see “Like a Cowboy” become a hit at country radio following his big hits “How Country Feels,” “Goodnight Kiss” and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight.”

“It’s one of those songs we really believed in from the start, but thought, ‘We better get some hits under our belt before we try this,'” Randy tells ABC …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge won CMA New Artist of the Year last month, and now he’s taking a seat on the Country Music Association’s Board of Directors. Brett joins Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild as the artist members of the CMA Board, which is made up of industry executives from all branches of the country music business. The group is responsible for steering the CMA Awards and CMA Music Festival among other duties.

When he’s not helping run the CMA, Brett is gearing up for a full year of tour dates starting January …read more

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