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Top Country News - October 4, 2013

Top Country News - October 4, 2013

» Carol Of The Beards: The upcoming Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas album may bring to mind the kazoo-like squawks of duck calls belting out the melody to "Frosty The Snowman," but don't be alarmed. Professionals are involved. Luke Bryan, George Strait, Josh Turner and Alison Krauss are among the experienced country crooners helping out the Duck Dynasty crew. Songs include "Christmas Cookies" (Strait with Phil and Kay Robertson), "Hairy Christmas" (Bryan with Willie, Phil, Si, Jase and Jep Robertson) and "Why I Love Christmas" (Turner with Missy Robertson). And don't miss Uncle Si's reading of "Night Before Christmas," as written by Willie. It'll put hair on your face.

» Done Deal: When Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia popped the question to The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry, he made her childhood dreams come true by proposing under the oak tree in her family's Greeneville, TN front yard. The baller had one of his own come true, as well, having scored a backstage meet-and-greet with the singer after being smitten by her in the "If I Die Young" video. "In the immortal words of Anne Of Green Gables – this makes up for every unfulfilled dream we ever contemplated," Perry tells us.

» Heavy Metal: A country duo rapping in front of a hard rock band. That's about the best way to describe Florida Georgia Line's tour, which opened Thursday in South Dakota (10/3). Fans and music industry pros were invited to a preview of their first major headlining tour in Nashville earlier this week, and Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard had an announcement: A deluxe edition of their debut album titled Here's To The Good Times ... This Is How We Roll will be released Nov. 25. The original edition is already certified platinum for sales exceeding one million copies.

» In Case You Missed It: Kellie Pickler stopped by Good Morning America Tuesday (10/1) to perform her new single "Someone Somewhere Tonight" and kick off the show's Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign. Watch her emotional performance here.


Keith Urban and the other American Idol judges were on the Ellen Degeneres Show Thursday morning (10/3) to talk about the upcoming season and how they eat, sleep and live at the judges' table, and Ellen gave them a helpful gift. Watch here.

Kenny Rogers stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night (10/2) and revealed the surprising place his friend Lionel Richie wrote the second verse of "Lady" and how his goal is to get his twin nine-year-old sons into prison before he dies. He also performed "Merica" from his new album, You Can't Make Old Friends. Watch here.

Tyler Farr talked to Fox & FriendsElisabeth Hasselbeck and Steve Doocy Wednesday about working at famed Nashville honky tonk Tootsie's and being on the road with George Jones. Farr also performed his single "Redneck Crazy." Watch here.

Also Wednesday, Chris Young stopped by The Ellen Degeneres Show to perform his single "Aw Naw." Watch here.

» Down Came A Blackbird: Martina McBride and her husband John have launched sound-engineering school The Blackbird Academy with its inaugural six-month Studio Engineering program. TBA utilizes the couple's Blackbird Studio in Nashville and offers programs for studio and live-sound engineering. Enrollment for 2014 is underway here. In other news, McBride's Team Martina recently raised $27,000 to build a playground for children of all abilities and needs in Atlanta. The effort culminated in a gathering for top fundraisers prior to Martina's Sept. 28 performance in the city; watch a highlight video here.

Hit List 

  • Chris Young concluded his show at House of Blues in Los Angeles Monday night (9/30) with a $25,000 donation to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Stars For Stripes.

  • Congrats to newcomer Chris Janson ("Better I Don't") and wife Kelly Lynn, who are expecting a boy April 2. The date also happens to be Chris' birthday.


Heidi Newfield (10/4)
Sarah Darling (10/4) 


Friday (10/4): Cassadee Pope, Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame (CMT).

Upcoming Album Releases

Joe Nichols Crickets (10/8)

Kenny Rogers You Can't Make Old Friends (10/8)

Chase Rice Ready Set Roll (10/15)

Will Hoge Never Give In (10/15)

Robertson Family Duck The Halls (10/29)

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

Thomas Rhett It Goes Like This (10/29)

George Ducas 4340 (10/29)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

» Put Me In, Coach: John Fogerty (l) rehearses with the Zac Brown Band's Zac Brown (c) and Jimmy De Martini prior to last week's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Nashville. Fogerty joined ZBB for three songs – "Bad Moon Rising," "Lookin' Out My Back Door" and "Centerfield."

» Batter Up: "You guys have no idea how good Taylor is at cooking," Kelly Osbourne tweets as she posted pictures from a chocolate-peppermint cookie baking session. "#NewGirlGroup, we are #TheCulinaryPatienceTurtles." Pictured (l-r) are Taylor Swift, Osbourne and Claire Winter.


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