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Dolly Parton’s Celebrity Friends Line Up to Play Her “Smoky Mountains Rise” Telethon

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ABC/Brett OronzioThe list of celebrities pitching in to help Dolly Parton with her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon next week is growing. Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry join the roster of talent that already includes Reba, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss.

The three-hour effort will raise money for Dolly’s My People Fund, which is giving $1,000 per month to anyone who lost a primary residence in the raging wildfires early last week.

“I’m truly honored that these artists are giving their time and energy to …read more

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Tucker Beathard Rocks On, Books Opry Debut on the Heels of Headlining in Europe

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ABC/Image Group LANewcomer Tucker Beathard may have just wrapped his second successful European tour this year, but the “Rock On” hitmaker is already looking forward to 2017.

“When I played in Europe a few months ago, it definitely felt like something clicked, but I definitely didn’t know just how much. The connection I felt with the fans over there this time was pretty intense,” he says of his return as a headliner.

“They had done their research since I’d played last time and it showed,” he adds. “The songs they were asking me for, …read more

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Heroes & Friends Plan February Tribute to Randy Travis

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ABC/Image Group LAA host of country stars will come together February 8 to honor new Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis.

Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, and Josh Turner are just the first group of stars set to take part in 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Seen as one of the leaders of country music’s New Traditionalist movement of the ’80s, Randy has battled back from personal problems and a massive stroke …read more

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How Christmas-Lover Chris Young Wreaks Havoc on His Parents’ Yard

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you happen to be driving around Chris Young‘s hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee and you spot an outrageously decked-out yard, there’s a good chance it might belong to his parents — and Chris freely admits he’s the culprit.

“It’s my favorite holiday, I mean it just is… I love putting gigantic inflatable Christmas stuff in my parents’ yard since I don’t have one. It’s a little bit overkill. I probably need to stop, but it’s funny!” he laughs.

This season, Chris translated his love for the holiday into his new yuletide project, It Must Be Christmas. And come December 16, …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Three years ago this week, this American Idol winner starred as Maria Von Trapp in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music. Can you name her? ANSWER: Carrie Underwood.

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

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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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Nashville Notes

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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.

All-female band Farewell Angelina will sing the national anthem Thursday before the Chiefs take on …read more

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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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