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Luke Bryan Responds After Altercation with Heckler at Nashville Show

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan is speaking out after video on social media and YouTube captured an altercation with a concert-goer at Wednesday night’s Volunteer Jam in Nashville.

“A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance,” Bryan’s publicist explained in a statement. “It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for military veterans — some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw …read more

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Miranda Lambert to Showcase “The Weight of These Wings” on “A Home for the Holidays”

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is set to headline this year’s A Home for the Holidays special on CBS. Now in its 18th year, the annual event highlights families whose lives have been changed through adoption.

The ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will perform songs from her new double album, The Weight of These Wings, alongside Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara and pop star Rachel Platten.

A Home for the Holidays airs Friday December 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Thomas Rhett Will Ring in 2017 on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve”

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett will finish up 2016 by performing for more than a million people expected to turn out for the annual ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. He’ll join Mariah Carey, Joe Jonas‘s band DNCE and Gloria Estefan, along with the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet!, for this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will host from the Big Apple, with Fergie joining them from Hollywood. They’ll kick off five-and-a-half hours of music starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Steamy New “Seein’ Red” Video Leaves Dustin Lynch Drenched

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ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch has been promising a steamy new video for his top-15 hit, “Seein’ Red,” and now, he’s ready to deliver. In the clip, he and his band play the new single on an all-white set, as they literally are seeing red images of the 31-year-old making out with model Yoli Lara, as they’re projected on the wall in front of them.

While getting intimate with a gorgeous girl may sound like fun, Dustin admits it was actually a little awkward.

“I introduced myself and within seconds [the director] was like ‘Okay, Yoli, jump in his lap and …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-two years ago this week, John Denver scored his first #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with this self-penned tune. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Back Home Again.”

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Dolly Parton Announces Fund to Help with Smoky Mountains Fire Relief

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Courtesy Webster Public RelationsDolly Parton‘s never been one to forget where she’s from. In response to the fires still burning in her native Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly’s established a fund to help folks who have lost everything to the blazes.

Dubbed the My People Fund, the joint effort by The Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation will donate $1,000 each month to families in Sevier County, TN, who lost their homes.

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Dolly says in a video message announcing …read more

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Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Dolly Parton Perform on “Christmas in Rockefeller Center”

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Peter Kramer/NBCThe stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were among the musical guests. Dolly sang “Christmas of Many Colors,” while Garth and Trisha sang a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” from their current holiday album, Christmas Together.

Other performers included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, and Anthony Hamilton with The Roots.

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Gumbo in a New House: Justin Moore’s Holiday Wishes

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen it comes to what he wants for Christmas, Justin Moore seems to have a big “ask” for jolly old Saint Nick this year — a new house!

“For the holidays in particular, we’re hoping to be moved into our new house that we’re building and have been building for a year and a half,” he explains. “So that would be Christmas present #1, the best, and the most wanted… We’re so close, though. We’re hanging light fixtures and we’re doing flooring, so we’re getting close.”

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock For the first time in more than two decades, Garth Brooks will play Edmonton, Alberta next year. Tickets for the February 18 show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, December 9.

You can watch a special rebroadcast of The 50th Annual CMA Awards January 1 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

If you missed Kacey Musgraves‘ performance of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Wednesday on Good Morning America, you can check it out online.

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Need an Ugly Christmas Sweater for Your Party? Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Sara Evans Can Help You Out

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ABC/Image Group LA Ugly Christmas sweaters have become such a thing there’s even a song about them on Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood‘s new Christmas Together record. But Garth and Trisha aren’t the only ones who are getting in on the action.

Florida Georgia Line and Sara Evans have designed their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts for this holiday season, both with the hint that a little drinking might be in order. Santa raises a bottle of FGL’s new peach/pecan Old Camp whiskey on their shirt, along with the admonition to “Keep Your Spirits High.” Sara’s “All I Want for Christmas”-themed …read more

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