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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker‘s first Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, is due out October 27 featuring two song Darius co-wrote for the project — “Candy Cane Christmas” and “What God Wants for Christmas.” He also teams up with Sheryl Crow for a duet on the holiday classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Darius says, “I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album. This has been a lifelong dream and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

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CMATop nominees Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban are the first performers confirmed for the 48th Annual CMA Awards. All four artists are nominated for Entertainer of the Year along with that category’s reigning champ, George Strait.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the CMA Awards for a seventh consecutive year on Wednesday, November 5. The show airs live that night from Nashville at 8 ET on ABC. More performers will be announced soon.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker joins pop star Colbie Caillat and fun. band member Jack Antonoff as ambassadors for the Grammy Foundation’s new program with yearbook and class-ring makers Jostens. Through the partnership, students can opt to have a music icon placed on their yearbooks and class rings with $1 going to the Grammy Foundation for each order up to $100,000. Proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation’s Grammy in the Schools music education programs.

Darius contributed a video to the project explaining how studying music in high school helped him become the man he is today.

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UMG/Sonya JasinskiBrothers Osborne went back to their hometown of Deale, Maryland to shoot the video for their latest single, “Rum.” The cast of characters in the clip all hail from Deale as well, which may explain the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne‘s offbeat senses of humor.

At first the director wanted to go to Deale to find off-the-wall people to appear in the video, but T.J. says they assured him they’d just call on their old friends and family that still lived there.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s duet with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” appeared on which one of his studio albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Image Courtesy Avi Gerver/MSG PhotosLee Brice got a big surprise during his Friday night set opening for Luke Bryan at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Toward the end of the show, Lee’s pal Hoda Kotb of NBC Today‘s Kathie Lee and Hoda joined Lee on stage to present him with a platinum plaque for his recent hit, “I Don’t Dance.” He then performed the song, which is up for Song of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards in November.

“I Don’t Dance” is the title track from Lee’s new album, in stores now.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s concert at the Washington State Fair has been rescheduled to September 19, 2015. He had to bow out of the gig Saturday due to the death of his wife Nicole Kidman‘s father, psychologist Dr. Antony Kidman.

Garth Brooks has added three more shows for a total of six dates in Jacksonville, Florida, starting October 10.

Garth Brooks took batting practice at the home of the Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Friday prior to his two shows that night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, according to ESPN.

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s mornings have gotten a lot crazier this school year since his oldest daughter, Keeley, started going to middle school. His younger daughter, Kendyl, is in first grade, but she doesn’t go to school until 8:30. Since Keeley’s class starts at 7:20, Jason drops her off first and then hands Kendyl off to his mother.

He tells ABC News Radio, “It’s like I get one to school and then take ‘em over to my mom’s and let her cook my little one breakfast, let her eat and then take her to school. We’ve …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley will perform at the Harvest Night event September 20 as part of the Music City Food and Wine Festival. Festival co-founders Kings of Leon are also on the bill for the show along with Jamey Johnson, Ashley Monroe, Michael McDonald and Nashville‘s Clare Bowen. Each artist will perform with the house band, The Long Players, made up of Nashville studio musicians.

For ticket information, go to MusicCityFoodandWineFestival.com.

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Broken Bow Label GroupParmalee is set to perform their latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” on FOX News’s Huckabee Saturday night at 8 ET. The guys also will be joined by the host, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, on bass for the performance.

“Close Your Eyes” is the follow-up to Parmalee’s #1 hit “Carolina.” Both songs are included on the band’s debut album, Feels Like Carolina.

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