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Top Country News - October 18, 2013

» Body Slam: Seven of YouTube's most popular artists have collaborated with Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz to perform "Everybody's Got Somebody But Me." Brandyn Burnette, Echosmith, Kina Grannis, Peter Hollens, Brian Landau, TJ Smith, Sam Tsui, Tessa Violet (MeekaKitty) and Tyler Ward created their own renditions of the song as well as contributed to a one-take "mash-up" video in which everyone sings with Hunter and Jason. Watch here.


Hunter also launched the CMT-sponsored Let's Be Crazy Tour last week (10/10) in Knoxville, TN. "I've been waiting for this for a long time," says Hunter of his first-ever headlining run. He had a hand in every aspect of production and even designed the set himself. "I've had drawings of the stage, very similar to the one we're using, in my notebooks from high school." View all of Hunter's tour dates here.

» No Shoes, No Shirt, Two Reefs: "Just because I’m taking a minute to exhale before getting back to music," said Kenny Chesney, "doesn’t mean I’m any less committed to the world I live in!" Kenny has teamed with Building Conservation Trust to match the funds raised by the Coastal Conservation Association's project to place two man-made reefs in the mouth of Jacksonville's St. John River. "When you can have a hand in stewarding the health of the ocean," said Kenny, "you’re insuring the survival of something very necessary for all of us, whether you're a beach person or someone that won't go near the water. The ecological balance is very delicate, especially in Florida, so I am honored to help them achieve this goal." 

» Under Cover: "Comfy sweaters, jeans and boots," those are a few of Carrie Underwood's favorite things, as revealed during her Women's Health cover shoot. Underwood talks about singing "My Favorite Things" on the NBC-TV's live broadcast of The Sound Of Music Dec. 5, coconut oil and more in the November issue. Watch the behind-the-scenes footage here.

» Appsolutely: Brad Paisley has invited fans to create their own music videos for "I Can't Change The World" using video-editing app Magisto. Fans are encouraged to use Magisto's "country" editing theme with music bed to "celebrate someone they know who has changed their world." Videos using #changedmyworld will be entered to win the grand prize of a Sony BluRay Home Theater System, a personalized video message from Paisley and his entire catalogue of albums. More here.

» Winner, Winner, Catfish Dinner: George Strait, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and The Band Perry were among artists honored by the Recording Industry Association of America in September for digital downloads and on-demand streams of their singles and albums. "Give It All We Got Tonight" earned Strait's first Platinum Digital Single award and "It Goes Like This" brought Rhett his first Gold certification. Bryan and Shelton earned Platinum awards for their albums Crash My Party and Based On A True Story, respectively, while The Band Perry got their second Gold album award for Pioneer.

» The NeverEnding Story: If you don't know anything about Music City, Eric Church, The Civil Wars, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Brett James, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride, Marty Stuart and many others will tell you the story on For The Love Of Music: The Story Of Nashville. Those who "live and breathe its inspiration" will discuss the Nashville music scene during the hour-long program to air on ABC-TV Nov. 3. Following that initial airing, the documentary can be seen in its entirety at Unseen clips and extended artist inteviews will be available at that website, as well.

» In Case You Missed It: Scotty McCreery visited The Today Show Wednesday (10/16) to talk about his new album and perform "See You Tonight." Watch here. Later, Scotty dropped by Fox & Friends (10/17) to talk about college life, touring and his favorite American Idol judge. Watch here.

Hit List 

  • Jason AldeanLuke BryanFlorida Georgia LineHunter Hayes and Tim McGraw will be honored as CMT Artists Of The Year. The fourth annual event will broadcast live on the network Dec. 3.

  • Blackberry Smoke will start their Fire In The Hole Tour in Fort Lauderdale, FL Jan. 9 with The Delta Saints opening. The band has partnered with Carhartt for tour merchandise and will also release a 12" vinyl split with Lynyrd Skynyrd Nov. 29. More here.

  • Kip Moore will headline the Burn The Whole World Down Tour beginning in Jacksonville, FL Nov. 15. Eleven shows run through Dec. 14 with Drake White and Joey Hyde to open select dates. Moore here.


Josh Gracin (10/18)

Jimmy Westbrook of Little Big Town (10/20) 


Friday (10/18): Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame (CMT).

Monday (10/21): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Thomas Rhett, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Upoming Album Releases

Willie Nelson To All The Girls ... (10/22)

Ty Herndon Lies I Told Myself (10/22)

Toby Keith Drinks After Work (10/29)

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)

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)

Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/12)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)

» The New Normal: "Taking a break at rehearsals," tweets Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. "Loving my new normal and our little family!"


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