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The Year in Country 2016 — Baby in Tow, Storyteller Carrie Underwood Launches Country’s Most Talked-About Tour

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ABC/Image Group LA In 2015, Carrie Underwood gave birth to a bouncing baby boy and made an album that would go on to be nominated for CMA, Billboard Music and American Music Awards. So how did she follow that up in 2016? By creating a tour to match.

— From the beginning, we knew that The Storyteller Tour would be different than any other Carrie had ever done before, with the American Idol winner situated in the middle of arenas. With its spinning and rising stages, the Storyteller set gave Carrie the perfect platform to deliver both her dazzling array of …read more

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Brett Eldredge Scores His First Crossover #1, While Making It Two in a Row with “Wanna Be That Song”

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Atlantic/Warner NashvilleFrom the looks of things, Brett Eldredge will be heading into 2017 on top of the world — because he’s certainly at the top of the charts.

Currently enjoying his second week at the top of the country tally with “Wanna Be That Song,” the Illinois native also just scored his first #1 on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart.

Brett’s red-hot duet with Meghan Trainor on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is to thank for the Adult Contemporary honor. Believe it or not, it’s also Best New Artist Grammy-winner Trainor’s first trip to the top of the AC chart as well.

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Dierks Bentley Set to Get the Party Started Before the College Football Playoff National Championship

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ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley may be busy getting ready for his What the Hell World Tour in 2017, but he’s making time for at least one high-profile appearance along the way.

The “Black” hitmaker will headline the Championship Tailgate on Monday, January 9 before the College Football Playoff National Championship in Tampa, Florida. The pre-game event will start at 12 p.m. ET in the space adjacent to Raymond James Stadium.

Pop band The Shadowboxers, who were discovered by Justin Timberlake, will open the show.

Dierks kicks off his 2017 trek January 19 in Dayton, Ohio with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was the first #1 song of 2016? ANSWER: Thomas Rhett‘s multi-week chart topper, “Die a Happy Man.”

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The Year in Country Music 2016: Gunslinger Garth Brooks Becomes the Winningest Entertainer in CMA History

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ABC/ Ida Mae AstuteThough Garth Brooks made two solo albums and notched countless sold-out dates on his world tour since he came out of retirement, 2016 would be the year the Country Music Hall of Famer solidified his comeback, winning Entertainer of the Year more times than any other artist in the 50-year history of the CMA Awards.

–While the year started with the focus on wife Trisha Yearwood‘s portrayal of Mary, the Mother of Jesus in FOX’s live The Passion of the Christ on Palm Sunday, by April, Garth’s showmanship was on full display as he piped in a performance …read more

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The Year in Country Music 2016: The ACM Crowns Jason Aldean Its New Entertainer of the Year

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ABC/Image Group LA In country music in 2016, there was a changing of the guard in the coveted Entertainer of the Year categories. After two years of holding the CMA’s title, Luke Bryan made way for the return of Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks. And after spending two non-consecutive years with the ACM’s Entertainer mantle, Luke ceded that crown to Jason Aldean.

Proclaiming it an award won on the strength of an artist’s live show, road warrior Jason Aldean saw the trophy as an endorsement for his We Were Here and Six String Circus tours this year with …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne will headline the NYE Bowl Bash December 31 in Jacksonville, Florida after the TaxSlayer Bowl. Brett Young and Maggie Rose will also play the free concert that kicks off at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean and Forsyth Streets in downtown Jacksonville.

Love and Theft‘s Stephen Barker Liles revealed he and his wife Jenna are expecting their second little one, a girl, later this year. She joins her big brother Jett, who is three. You can check out their Christmas-themed gender reveal video on YouTube.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dolly Parton starred in this 1996 made-for-TV movie loosely based on the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life. Can you recall its title? ANSWER: Unlikely Angel.

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Garth Brooks Reveals What the Christmas Spread Is Like at the Real “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen”

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteWhen your wife hosts her own show on Food Network, you’d expect the holiday meal to be pretty spectacular. As for Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks can proudly confirm that’s true.

Through the years, the Country Music Hall-of-Famer says the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen has expanded his holiday food repertoire.

“I always knew stuffing, always. She introduced me to dressing, and people go ‘Oh, there’s no difference.’ Trust me, there’s a difference on it!” he asserts.

Also on the Brooks/Yearwood table every holiday: two kinds of stuffed eggs.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The new single from CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne is the track “It Ain’t My Fault,” from their debut album, Pawn Shop.

Jenny Gill, whose father is Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, will release her debut project The House Sessions on February 17. Sheryl Crow guests on the six-song EP.

If you missed High Valley‘s feature Wednesday on CBS This Morning, you can check it out online.

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