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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Country Christmas special will air December 1 on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host.

Trisha Yearwood has signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Wednesday, November 19 at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Tony Blair, Ben Affleck and merchandiser T.J. Maxx will be honored for their work on behalf of children around the world.

The Doobie Brothers have released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Listen to the Music” from their upcoming collaborative album, Southbound, due out November 4. The clip is now posted at People.com …read more

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Image Courtesy Jeff Lipsky/Boot BarnBrad Paisley is entering the fashion world with his new Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley clothing line at Boot Barn. The collection includes boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, t-shirts and more aimed at the modern, country man looking for style and a contemporary fit.

Brad says, “Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country — ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town.”

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Image Courtesy James Minchin/Broken BowCongratulations to Jason Aldean on earning his second #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with Old Boots, New Dirt. The project sold 278,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Only Coldplay and Eric Church have scored bigger sales weeks so far this year.

Jason knocks last week’s chart-topper, Blake Shelton‘s Bringing Back the Sunshine, out of the #1 spot. This is the first time in more than a year one country album has replaced another country release at the top of the album chart.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trace Adkins‘ hit duet with Blake Shelton? ANSWER: “Hillbilly Bone.”

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Image Courtesy Big MachineFans who’ve seen Thomas Rhett in concert know he’s got some smooth dance moves, but now he’s showing them off for everyone else in the new video for “Make Me Wanna.” The inventive clip features Thomas dancing in different situations as the camera spins around a brick room. It’s a far cry from the original idea they had for the video.

Says Thomas, “We had a talk about doing the typical guy-girl in a truck riding down a dirt road kind of video, but I was just like, ‘I can’t do …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks will bring his World Tour to St. Louis on December 5 and 6. The shows mark the first time Garth has played St. Louis in 18 years. Of course, Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill at the Scottrade Center.

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com on Friday, October 24.

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church will kick off the second leg of The Outsiders World Tour January 8, 2015 in New Orleans. The new dates include stops in Nashville, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Eric continues the first leg of The Outsiders World Tour Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Look for Eric to perform his latest single, “Talladega,” on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

Here are Eric’s new tour dates:

1/8 — New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
1/9 — Tupelo, MS, BankCorpSouth Arena
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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrace Adkins will launch his The Christmas Show 2014 Tour on November 14 in West Point, NY. Go to TraceAdkins.com for the full itinerary.

Trisha Yearwood‘s new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is now available for pre-order at GhostTunes. She revealed the album cover on Tuesday.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, are adjusting well to parenthood since their baby boy, Cash, arrived on September 7. Dave tells ABC News Radio the little one is “such a cutie,” and he’s been helping out with diaper and feeding duty.

Dave says, “My wife and I, we’ve been up every three or four hours kind of tag-teaming with helping with feeding and taking care of him all night long. It’s been great. It exceeds your expectations.”

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Image Courtesy Big EnterprisesWynonna is hitting the road this January for her Wynonna and Friends: Stories & Song tour. The trek kicks off January 14 in Durham, North Carolina, with Wy’s husband and musical partner, Cactus Moser, leading her band, The Big Noise. During the concert, Wynonna will share the stories behind her biggest hits and favorite songs from her 30-year career.

She says, “The concept for the ‘Stories & Song’ tour has been a dream of mine for many years and will be unlike any tour I’ve ever done before.”

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