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Dolly Parton Plans Telethon to Help Fire-Ravaged East Tennessee

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ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton is busy planning a telethon to help raise money for victims of last week’s wildfires in East Tennessee. While we don’t know many details about the event yet, it’s set for next Tuesday, December 13 in Nashville.

Money raised will go to Dolly’s My People Fund, which she set up to give $1,000 a month to families who lost everything in the fires that raged through the tourist meccas of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, near where the entertainment icon grew up.

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Granger Smith Injured at Saturday Night Show in New Jersey

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BBR Music GroupGranger Smith is off the road for the time being, as he recuperates from an accident at his show Saturday night at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey.

The “Boots On” hitmaker was standing on a monitor when it collapsed, sending him crashing into a metal barricade offstage. He managed to finish his set with his recent number one, “Backroad Song,” before being rushed to a nearby emergency room. There, it was discovered he’d suffered two broken ribs, as well as a punctured and partially-collapsed lung.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Six years ago this week, Lady Antebellum grabbed six Grammy nominations on the strength of this hit, which also happened to be the title track of their album. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Need You Now.”

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Write New Duet for the Soundtrack of “The Shack”

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ABC RadioTim McGraw and Faith Hill are heading out on tour together next year, and there’s new music on the way from the superstar couple as well. Tim and Faith co-wrote and perform “Keep Your Eyes on Me” from the soundtrack of the new film The Shack.

Tim also co-stars in the movie, which is based on the best-selling book of the same name that deals with one father’s journey after his youngest daughter is abducted. You can check out the trailer for The Shack now, which also includes a snippet of the song. The major motion picture is …read more

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How Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s FaceTime Duet Set the Wheels in Motion for Their Tour Down Under

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ABC/Paula LoboNow that Carrie Underwood has joined Keith Urban for the Australian leg of his RipCord World Tour, the two finally have a chance to perform their new duet, “The Fighter.” As it happened, Keith and Carrie weren’t even together when they recorded the song. He was clear across the country in California shooting the “Wasted Time” video, and she was in the heartland on the Storyteller Tour.

“She had a day off on tour and she was in St. Louis, Missouri,” Keith recalls. “So she was in the studio, and I was way out there on the set and I …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will perform his latest single, “A Guy with a Girl” on Tuesday night’s episode of The Voiceat 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Eli Young Band‘s Jon Jones and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of a new little one, daughter Lila Pascale, who joins soon-to-be four-year-old big brother Hudson.

Kacey Musgraves guests on The Talk Monday on CBS.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton will perform his latest single, “A Guy with a Girl” on Tuesday night’s episode of The Voiceat 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Eli Young Band‘s Jon Jones and his wife Sarah are the proud parents of a new little one, daughter Lila Pascale, who joins soon-to-be four-year-old big brother Hudson.

Kacey Musgraves guests on The Talk Monday on CBS.

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“Nashville” Set to Return on CMT Ahead of Schedule

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CMTIf you can’t wait for the premiere of Nashville, the good news is — you won’t have to! CMT, the drama’s new home, will preview the first hour of season five on December 15, ahead of the full two-hour episode’s official air date on January 5. Both air in Nashville‘s new time slot, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

You can also get an early preview via a new trailer on YouTube. Though the first half is largely a recap of last season, the final minute teases a new love interest for Maddie after she …read more

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Maren Morris to Play “Saturday Night Live” Next Weekend

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ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris will be the musical guest on the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live, making her the first country artist to play the show this season. WWE superstar-turned-actor John Cena will host that night.

The CMA New Artist of the Year just added two new dates to her 2017 Hero Tour. Both Maren’s February 2 show in New York City and her April 4 concert in Nashville sold out in less than ten minutes on Friday.

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Back Home Again: Brad Paisley Shows Off His West Virginia Heritage on New PBS Show

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ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley takes fans on a tour of the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up, in his episode of the new Landmarks Live in Concert series set to air next year as part of Great Performances on PBS.

Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ drummer Chad Smith, the show will feature interviews with the artists, as they showcase some of their favorite places. Brad’s set was shot during his outdoor concert at West Virginia University during his Country Nation College Tour in September.

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