» Silent Night: As the nation grieves the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a wide range of Country music artists put their emotions on display and offered sympathy via Facebook and Twitter:
» All In The Family: "Country crossover" usually means that a Nashville artist is making it big in the pop world (hellooo, Taylor!), but pop star Kelly Clarkson is flipping that script in a big way. In addition to her new country single "Don't Rush" with Vince Gill, she's about to be come a singer-in-law. That's right, Reba's stepson Brandon Blackstock popped the question to his girlfriend over the weekend. Clarkson broke the news to fans via Twitter: “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever.” Blackstock, along with his father Narvel, is a part of the management team that represents Reba, Clarkson and Blake Shelton, which leaves very few career options for their first born.
» Ghosts Of Christmas Pasta: One of the best things about the holidays is when adults make their kids do exactly what they used to do when they were a kid. That's called a "tradition" and here are few about food from the world of Country music:
» Thunder Swarm: Country Thunder has added five to its festival line-ups in Wisconsin and Arizona. Jake Owen, Sarah Darling and Dean Alexander will join Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town and others in Twin Lakes, WI July 18-21, while Aaron Lewis and Greg Bates join Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Lee Brice, Kip Moore and more in Florence, AZ April 11-14. Lady Antebellum were also scheduled for the Wisconsin show, but have since canceled that appearance due to Hillary Scott's pregnancy. Complete schedules and ticket info here.
Cowboy Troy (12/18)
Cledus T. Judd (12/12)
Little Jimmy Dickens (12/19)
Tuesday (12/18): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); LeAnn Rimes, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).
Wednesday (12/19): A Home For The Holidays With Rascal Flatts (CBS)
Thursday (12/20): CMA Country Chirstmas (ABC)
Upcoming Album Releases
Katie Armiger Fall Into Me (1/15)
Darius Rucker True Believers (1/22)
Gary Allan Set You Free (1/22)
Randy Houser How Country Feels (1/22)
The Mavericks In Time (1/29)
Tim McGraw Two Lanes Of Freedom (2/5)
Ashley Monroe Like A Rose (3/5)
» He Didn't Go To Jared: Part-time hand model Kelly Clarkson shows off her Johnathon Arndt-designed engagement ring from Reba's stepson to her 2,443,725 Twitter followers.