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Top Country Stories - December 10, 2013

» Back To His Roots: He's got the top-selling release on the country charts, and now Garth Brooks is firing up the touring machinery for the first time since his 2000 retirement from the road. "You know what, since it's you and since we've had a history forever, let's announce it," Brooks told ABC-TV's Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts Monday morning (12/9). "We're going on a world tour in 2014. I can't believe I just did that but you are a doll." Later on CBS-TV's The Talk, Brooks revealed plans for a three-year world tour that will make everything else he's ever done "look small." He also sent a new song to radio from his Walmart exclusive box set Blame It All On My Roots. The track is a live duet with wife Trisha Yearwood called "The Call," and was recorded during his run at The Wynn in Las Vegas. Watch the GMA interview here.

» Mo' Grammys: Ladies are first as Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead country nominees for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards with four nods each. The news was delivered Friday (12/6) during the Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! on CBS-TV. In overall categories, Swift's Red received a nod for Album Of The Year while Musgraves was nominated for Best New Artist. View the country categories below and the complete list of nominees in all categories here. The 56th Annual Grammy Awardsairs Jan. 26.


Best Country Solo Performance

  • "I Drive Your Truck," Lee Brice
  • "I Want Crazy," Hunter Hayes
  • "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert
  • "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker
  • "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton

Best Country Album

  • Night Train, Jason Aldean
  • Two Lanes Of Freedom, Tim McGraw
  • Same Trailer, Different Park, Kacey Musgraves
  • Based On A True Story..., Blake Shelton
  • Red, Taylor Swift

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • "From This Valley," The Civil Wars
  • "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson f. Vince Gill
  • "Your Side Of The Bed," Little Big Town
  • "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban
  • "You Can't Make Old Friends," Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

Best Country Song

  • "Begin Again," Taylor Swift, songwriter (Taylor Swift)
  • "I Drive Your Truck," Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary, songwriters (Lee Brice)
  • "Mama's Broken Heart," Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
  • "Merry Go 'Round," Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
  • "Mine Would Be You," Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan, songwriters (Blake Shelton)

» Strait Up Success: The final stop for George Strait's The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX sold out within hours of going on sale Friday (12/6). The June 7 show will wrap up the two-year finale tour with more than 100,000 fans in attendance. Asleep At The Wheel will open, with Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack each performing three songs before Strait plays a full set. "To see this response from the fans to our final show is humbling and exciting at the same time," says Strait. "This is going to be an incredible night and I feel very blessed this holiday knowing how many of you we'll get to see next year on our final tour." More here.

» Sound Decision: The Sound Of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood powered NBC-TV to a first-place finish Thursday (12/5), pulling in 18.5 million viewers during its three-hour time slot. Excluding sports programming, it marked the network's best Thursday since the ER finale in 2009. "Glory to God tonight ... I couldn't be more proud," Carrie tweeted after the show. "What a tough thing to pull off and we did it! I am so blessed!" Watch here.

» Bay Sitting Rollers: Taylor Swift will appear from Australia and LeAnn Rimes, Justin Moore, Randy Houser and Thomas Rhett have been added to the performers list for Tuesday's American Country Awards (12/10). The two-hour fan-voted event will air live on FOX-TV from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick. See the full list of performers and nominees here.

» In Case You Missed It: Steve Wariner dropped by The Better Show (syndicated) Friday (12/6) to share "Arrows At Airplanes" from his latest album It Ain't All Bad. Watch here.

» Crib Note: Congratulations to Lee Brice and wife Sara on the birth of son Ryker Mobley Brice Wednesday (12/4). "A week ago I didn't think I could be any happier," Brice tweeted. "I was wrong. Our brand new baby boy was born healthy. My heart is full." Ryker weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and joins big brother Takoda. Brice says Mobley is also his middle name, as well as that of his father and grandfather.

Hit List 

  • The official 2014 Keith Urban calendar to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is now available. Featuring photos taken by fans during his Light The Fuse Tour, it can be purchased for $15 here.
  • Billy Currington will take his We Are Tonight Tour on the road in the Spring. The run starts March 6 in Tulsa, OK and features openers Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. See full list of dates here.
  • Clay Walker's fourth annual Band Against MS Chords of Hope benefit concert raised more than $12,000 for the MS Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to aid in MS research and awareness. Craig Campbell and Greg Bates also performed.
  • Through Christmas, LMG's Tracy Lawrence will give fans free downloads of two albums, All Wrapped Up In Christmas and The Rock. More here.


Brenda Lee (12/11)

Hank Williams III (12/12)

Taylor Swift (12/13)

John Anderson (12/13)

Randy Owen (12/13)


Tuesday (12/10): Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers, Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Various, American Country Awards (FOX).

Thursday (12/12): Chris Young, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC): Kelly Clarkson, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

Friday (12/3): Gary Allan, Guitar Center Sessions (Audience).

Today's Album Releases

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (Show Dog-Universal)

Her father, Toby Keith, co-produced the album and wrote four of the 10 tracks. He even lent his background singer Mica Roberts to the project – she's on seven songs; Toby sings background on one. The collection includes single "Get Your Redneck On" and the song that spawned a viral wedding video "Daddy Dance With Me."

Parmalee Feels Like Carolina (Stoney Creek)

This four-piece band says their 12-song debut was inspired by their lives and journey to Nashville over the last few years, including a 2010 armed robbery that nearly turned fatal for drummer Scott Thomas. "Every experience over the last few years – both positive and negative – has helped to mold the songs on Feels Like Carolina," says vocalist Matt Thomas.

Zac Brown Band The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 (Southern Ground)     

Produced by the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl, the album is the first they've recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. The collection includes the studio recording of "Day Of The Dead," the collaboration Brown and Grohl performed live on the CMA Awards. Guest performers include Grohl on drums and the Allman Brothers Band's Oteill Burbridge on bass.

Jennifer Nettles That Girl (1/14)

Jon Pardi Write You A Song (1/14)

Roseanne Cash The River & The Thread (1/14)

Jenna Jentry Jenna Jentry (EP) (1/21)

Eric Paslay Eric Paslay (2/4)

Eric Church The Outsiders (EMI) (2/11)


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