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Naomi Judd Reveals She and Daughter Wynonna Are “a Little Estranged,” as She Opens Up About Her Own Severe Depression

Hatchette Book GroupFans and even Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks noticed the absence of nine-time CMA winners The Judds at last month’s 50th anniversary awards show. In a new interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Naomi Judd opened up about some of the likely reasons the country legends weren’t able to be there for the celebration.

While discussing her own ongoing battles with anxiety and severe depression, Naomi revealed that she and daughter Wynonna are “a little estranged from each other.”

She went on to explain, “From the day I knew she existed, it was the two of us against the …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kelsea Ballerini gifted Nashville Public Schools with a $1 million grant from the CMA Foundation, during a visit with Oliver Middle School’s wind ensemble. The money for music education is just part of what was raised at this year’s CMA Music Festival.

Billy Currington marked the success of his two-week number-one hit “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” Tuesday afternoon at a party at South near Music Row in Nashville. Even his grandmother made the trip to Music City to help him celebrate.

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Brett Eldredge Brings His Holiday Tunes to “GMA” and “Live with Kelly” on Friday

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Atlantic/Warner NashvilleBrett Eldredge will bring his own cold front to Live with Kelly on Friday, as he performs “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” from his new holiday album, Glow. Earlier in the day, he’ll also do “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Good Morning America.

You can catch GMA starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. The syndicated Live with Kelly typically airs after GMA on most ABC stations.

While Brett may be focusing on his big-band Christmas tunes right now, his straight-ahead country ones certainly aren’t suffering. His latest single, “Wanna Be …read more

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Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Set to Join Dolly for Tuesday’s “Smoky Mountains Rise” Telethon

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Webster Public RelationsReba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are the first stars confirmed to join Dolly Parton for Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund. The three-hour telethon will air next Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on Great American Country, and will be simulcast on radio as well.

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Dolly says. “Wildfires have affected many of the people — my people — who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in …read more

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Keith Urban Turns Guitar Tech to Make One Fan’s Night Down Under

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf you’ve checked out Keith Urban‘s Ripcord World Tour, you know there’s typically a time in the show where he picks one lucky audience member to come on stage and chat. That’s resulted in many memorable moments since he hit the road last June, and his first night in his native Australia was certainly no exception.

“Do you bring a guitar to every concert?” Keith asked, as he welcomed flummoxed fan Amy Jennifer to the stage, with her axe in tow.

“No just yours,” she replied, giggling, “I’m sorry. You’re so beautiful!” somewhere along the way.

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Blake Shelton Booked to Spend New Year’s Eve with His Crew from “The Voice”

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Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton will ring in 2017 with his Voice cohorts Carson Daly and Alicia Keys.

Carson will host NBC’s New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square for the 14th year, with Spice Girl Mel B by his side. Blake will perform, as will Alicia and a capella sensations Pentatonix.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly starts at 11:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 31.

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The Uglier, the Better: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Want to See Your Christmas Sweaters

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood want to see your biggest holiday fashion disasters! Inspired by a song on their new holiday album, the two launched 12 days of their own #UglyXmasSweater movement on Facebook Monday.

Garth explains how the idea for the track on Christmas Together came to be.

“I love this song!” he tells ABC Radio. “John Martin came to me and says ‘I got this idea called “Ugly Christmas Sweater”,’ and the first thing I said was, ‘Oh my God, how do you even make that lyrically work and how does it rhythmically work?’ But it …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the most recent country contender to take home the Best New Artist trophy at the Grammys? ANSWER: Zac Brown Band, who won in 2010.

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Cancer Survivor Who Sang with Garth Brooks Recording an Album

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Disney/Mark AshmanThe Virginia cancer survivor who gained notoriety after Garth Brooks brought her on stage to sing with him at the Richmond Coliseum in November, is recording an album.

Danielle El-Jor got her big break when she met Garth Brooks during a meet-and-greet arranged by a local country radio station. Brooks was so impressed with her he invited her to join him the following night.

Now, WTVR reports the Midlothian High School graduate is collaborating with a producer at Sony on four original songs for an album she hopes will land her a record …read more

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“Gunslinger” Garth Brooks Dominates This Week’s Country Albums Chart

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Gwendolyn Records/Pearl Records, Inc.For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, Garth Brooks accomplishes a rare feat on the country albums chart this week. With Christmas Together with wife Trisha Yearwood at #2, the Walmart-exclusive combination of the holiday record and his tenth studio album at #3, and the single-disc edition of Gunslinger at #four, Garth officially occupies three of the top-five spots on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums tally.

While Christmas Together is composed of multiple Garth/Trisha collaborations as well as solo songs, Gunslinger also boasts a new duet from the two called “Whiskey to Wine.”

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