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Free Country News - October 25, 2013

Free Country News - October 25, 2013

» Taylor's Well Red: Taylor Swift has been nominated for Artist of the Year and a cover of her song "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Walk Off The Earth (feat. KRNFX) received a nod for Response of the Year for the first-ever YouTube Music Awards. Directed by Spike Jonze and hosted by Jason Schwartzman with Reggie Watts, the show will stream live from New York City Nov. 3. Details including the unique voting process here.


Swift has also revealed that her 47th Annual CMA Awards performance with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss will be a "very unique" version of "Red." Bassist Edgar Meyer, drummer Eric Darken and Sam Bush on mandolin will round out the rest of Swift's band when the show airs Nov. 6 on ABC-TV.

» Hale Yeah: "I was born and bred on country," says Lucy Hale, star of ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars. Hale is preparing to launch her country music career with a single and album due early next year. "The whole reason I moved to LA in the first place was to get a record deal," she says. An opportunity to start an acting career came first, but Lucy says in her new web series, "This album has been a long time coming." Watch here.

» Category 5: Are you a people? Do you have a choice? Favorite Country Music Icon is among the new categories introduced for the 40th Annual People's Choice Awards. Fans can vote for Alan Jackson, Clint Black, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Glen Campbell, Randy Travis, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Tracy Lawrence, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill or Willie Nelson starting today (10/22) through Oct. 31 here. The top five will make up the nominees to be announced Nov. 5. The show airs Jan. 9 on CBS-TV.

» Blake And Blue: Blake Shelton will offer his Red, White And Air Force Blue Christmas radio special to more than 2,000 stations in the US and to the Armed Forces Network by mid-November. The one-hour program was recorded in Nashville with Air Force Tech. Sgt. Harry Kibbe interviewing Shelton. Now in it's 12th season, the show has previously featured Reba McEntire, George Strait, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, LeAnn Rimes and Darius Rucker.

» Blade Runner: It's The Robertson's worst nightmare. Watch the Jimmy Kimmel Live! take on a Duck Dynasty Halloween special "Duck Beard Massacre" here.

» Chesney & Gabbana: Want to know who designed Jake Owen's flip-flops, the ones that look great with sleeveless jean tux? GAC will air the CMA Awards Red Carpet Live prior to ABC-TV's broadcast of the 47th Annual CMA Awards Nov. 6. Hosts Suzanne Alexander, Nan Kelley and Storme Warren will dutifully ask the stars "who" they're wearing in the moments leading up to the event.

» In Case You Missed It: In their first appearance since Hillary Scott had her baby, Lady Antebellum debuted their new single "Compass" on The Ellen Degeneres Show Tuesday (10/22). Watch here.


Joe Nichols talked to Fox & Friends about his new tattoos, his new album Crickets and played "Sunny And 75." Watch here.

Thomas Rhett performed "It Goes Like This" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (10/22). Watch the full episode here.

Keith Urban visited Jimmy Kimmel Live (10/23) and talked about the worst birthday he ever had and the better party the next day. "There was a woman, there was shaving cream, and that was about it," he said. He also performed "Good Thing" and "Cop Car" from his album Fuse. Watch here.

Shania Twain stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show (10/23) to talk about her Vegas run and play a game of "Head's Up."  Watch here.

In honor of "Pearl Jam Week" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Dierks Bentley joined The Roots and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready to play "Alive" (10/23). Watch here.

Hit List 

  • A television soundtrack for The Sound Of Music starring Carrie Underwood will be released Dec. 3. The live broadcast airs Dec. 5 on NBC-TV.

  • Florida Georgia Line will perform at the 2013 American Music Awards. The duo is nominated for four awards this year including New Artist Of The Year. They'll join fellow performers One DirectionMiley Cyrus and Imagine Dragons when the show airs live from the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles Nov. 24 on ABC-TV.

  • Chris Young performed on Yahoo’s Ram Country with three brand new songs and the title track from his fourth studio album Aw Naw. Watch here.


Keith Urban (10/26) 

Charlie Daniels (10/28) 

Brad Paisley (10/28)


Friday (10/25): Scotty McCreery, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC); Cassadee Pope: Frame by Frame (CMT).

Monday (10/28): Keith Urban, The Ellen DeGeneres Show; Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upoming Album Releases

Robertson Family Duck The Halls (10/29)

Trace Adklns The King's Gift (10/29)

Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This (10/29)

Julie Roberts Good Wine And Bad Decisions (10/29)

George Ducas 4340 (10/29)

Restless Heart A Restless Heart Christmas (10/29)

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped In Red (10/29)

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)

Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/12)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

Various Artists The Sound Of Music - Music From The NBC Television Event (12/3)

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (10/10)

» League Of Their Own: Kenny Chesney (far right) fields a picture at Fenway Park during Game One of the World Series last night (10/23) with (l-r) former pitcher and ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe, Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavey and sportswriter Peter Gammons.

» Fringe Benefit: You can always spot a country artist by their fringe, even amidst confetti. Pictured (l-r) Tegan (of Tegan & Sara), Sara Bareilles, Sara, Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Ellie Goulding and Bonnie McKee. Katy’s We Can Survive concert at The Hollywood Bowl benefitted the Young Survival Coalition. The girls ended the night with everyone onstage to perform Katy's single "Roar."

» Switch Hit: LeAnn Rimes flips the switch on the Opry's Signature Barn as the fifth annual Opry Goes Pink gets underway. LeAnn, Amy Grant and Opry members Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis were among the performers at Tuesday's show (10/22) to support the fight against breast cancer.


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