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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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Carrie Underwood Wraps Million-Selling Storyteller Tour Just in Time to Head Down Under with Keith Urban

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ABC/Image Group LA After playing for more than a million fans since it started in January, Carrie Underwood‘s Storyteller tour is now in the history books. The CMA Female Vocalist of the Year wrapped up the trek Monday night in Salt Lake City, after logging 92 shows in 7 countries along the way.

The tour also generated a hefty donation for Carrie’s C.A.T.S. organization, with one-dollar from each ticket sold going to the Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation, which is named for the “Dirty Laundry” hitmaker’s Oklahoma hometown.

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Star of the Show: Thomas Rhett Expands First U.S. Headlining Tour After Selling Out

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ABC/Image Group LAJust as he returns to the U.S. after selling out his first headlining tour of Europe, Thomas Rhett is responding to demand stateside by adding more shows to his 2017 Home Team trek. After his initial date at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater sold out instantly, the “Star of the Show” hitmaker is now planning a second stop on April 20.

“I grew up seeing my favorite bands and a lot of my heroes play here,” he says of Music City. “So, to headline my first Nashville tour stop with not one, but two nights is pretty wild. I know having …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, this mother-daughter duo played the final show on their Farewell Tour at the Murphy Center on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University on the outskirts of Nashville. Can you name them? ANSWER: The Judds.

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Jennifer Nettles Promises High Drama and Lots of Laughter in Tonight’s “Christmas of Many Colors”

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Photo by Quantrell Colbert/NBCWednesday night, Jennifer Nettles reprises her role as Dolly Parton‘s mother, Avie Lee, starring in the sequel to last year’s successful TV movie about the Country Music Hall of Famer’s upbringing in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.

“This is the follow-up to Coat of Many Colors. Christmas of Many Colors furthers Dolly’s story,” Jennifer says. “It furthers the story of her family, and it’s set around Christmas. They’re all true stories based on her childhood. This one is centered around a ‘Gift of the Magi’ somewhat…” she adds, mentioning …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Nearly eight million people watched Monday night’s CMA Country Christmas special on ABC, as viewership increased 34% and ratings climbed 44% over last year.

Craig Morgan recently partnered with Operation Finally Home to give veteran Justin Raymer a mortgage-free home during his show in Warsaw, Indiana.

The Las Vegas outpost of Nashville’s Losers Most Wanted Bar will officially open Thursday inside the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Owned by George Strait‘s longtime manager, Erv Woolsey, the watering hole tried its first dry run during this year’s ACM Awards.

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One More Night: Kenny Chesney Extends His Boston Run in Response to Demand

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ABC/Image Group LA It looks like one night just won’t be enough for Kenny Chesney next summer at the home of the New England Patriots. Since he’s not planning to tour next year, his August 25 show was to be his only stadium date of 2017. Now, due to demand, he’s adding August 26 as well.

“I said I was going to take some time and lay low, but obviously a summer without Boston just isn’t the same,” Kenny explains. “And when they came back asking about another show due to the response and said, ‘You’re already going to have the …read more

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After “Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love,” Dolly Parton Teases TV Series May Be Next

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Photo by Quantrell Colbert/NBCTonight, Dolly Parton builds on the success she had in 2015 with the first film based on her life, as the new TV movie Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love premieres on NBC.

“We got such great ratings on the little Coat of Many Colors movie last year… I guess that’s because there’s not that many faith-based, family-type things on any more,” Dolly says. “I know I have missed it. You know like Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons and that sort of thing.”

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Dollywood Unharmed, but Closed Until Friday; More Than a Dozen Cabins Damaged or Destroyed

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Credit: Fran StrineEven though the devastating East Tennessee wildfires didn’t do any damage to Dolly Parton‘s theme park itself, the staff of Dollywood will take the next two days to help the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg communities recover.

More than a dozen rustic homes managed by Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Cabins were either damaged or destroyed. Monday night, 19 of the structures on property near the park were evacuated as a precaution. Families in 50 rooms at the new DreamMore Resort had to relocate for their safety as well.

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High Valley Books U.S. TV Debut with Kathie Lee and Hoda

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ABC/Image Group LAHigh Valley is set to make their TV debut in the U.S. January 10 on the Today show. Canadian brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel will perform their breakthrough hit, “Make You Mine,” which is currently on the verge of breaking into the top 20.

You can catch their visit with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb during the Today show’s fourth hour, which starts weekdays at 10 a.m. on NBC.

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