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Top Country Stories - November 15, 2013

» Fuse Board: You saw Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert in the live premiere of "We Were Us" during last week's CMA Awards, and now the video is on the way. Keith is hosting a live chat following the Facebook video premiere Nov. 15 at 7:30pm ET. "Miranda joined us on the road a few years back," he says. "She's such an incredible singer and I've always thought it'd be cool to do a duet together if the right song ever came along. When I heard 'We Were Us' it was instant. I had two thoughts. The first that 'this is that song' and the second ... 'man, I sure hope she says yes!'" She did, and the pair shot the video in front of a live audience at Edna's neighborhood bar in Oklahoma City (see pic below). Keith will answer questions about the collaboration with Miranda, the Fuse album and the Light The Fuse Tour during the chat. Join the conversation here.

» Project Runway: Taylor Swift performed at the 2013 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Wednesday (11/13). As models walked the runway in billion dollar diamond bras and snowflake angel wings, Taylor took the stage twice: Once with Fall Out Boy (see pic below) to perform "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)" and later to sing "I Knew You Were Trouble." The show airs Dec. 10 on CBS-TV.

» Brooks' Big Box: Six CDs and two DVDs make up Garth Brooks' new box set Blame It All On My Roots, available exclusively at Walmart Nov. 28. The set retails for the "Friends In Low Places" price of $24.96 and includes 33 original songs, 44 covers Brooks performed during his Las Vegas residency, a DVD of the Vegas show and a collection of music videos. "What a great luxury to have, the world's largest retailer as a partner to bring new music to the people," says Brooks. "Walmart has been responsible for the majority of our record sales since I started selling music. So it makes total sense that they are the exclusive place to get the new Garth music this Holiday season ... Blame It All On My Roots!" Order here.

» Shut Up And Hold On: When Toby Keith tells you to do something, you better do it. Toby will serve as Grand Marshal during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 to deliver the famous "drivers, start your engines" opening line. The race happens at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 17. More here.

» Beat It: Brad Paisley will extend his Beat This Summer Tour into the cold months and in doing so he'll rename it the Beat This Winter Tour. Presented again by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the final leg includes 13 dates that begin in Greenville, SC Jan. 9 and wrap in Charleston, WV Mar. 1. Chris Young and Danielle Bradbery are on as openers. Details here.

» Wedding Belles: Best wishes to Rodney Atkins and Rose Falcon. The couple and The Most Hits For The Money Tourpartners married Sunday (11/10) during a beachside ceremony on Captiva Island, FL. Twenty guests were in attendance. Rose crafted many of the wedding decorations herself, including programs made of CD cases and handmade bracelets for each female guest. Male guests received custom baseball cap to match the one worn by Rodney. When asked about plans for a honeymoon the newlyweds responded, "Our life is a honeymoon." They'll resume life on the road with a gig in Cherokee, NC Nov. 16.


Congratulations to former The Voice contestant and frequent Blake Shelton background vocalist Gwen Sebastian, as well. Gwen and producer/drummer Louis Newman had a 11/12/13 wedding – one of only 12 sequential dates this century. The couple married in Nashville.

» In Case You Missed It: Kellie Pickler visited The Ellen Degeneres Show Wednesday (11/13) and talked about presenting a CMA Award with Sean Combs and receiving an award from the USO. She also threw back a few shots of whiskey before performing "Little Bit Gypsy." (Or was it "Little Bit Tipsy"?) See her interview here and performance here. Then she appeared on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and talked about the "redneck party" that is the CMAs, drunk skiing and her new album The Woman I Am. See it here and another performance of "Little Bit Gypsy" here.


Gary Allan stopped by The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11/13) to perform "It Ain't The Whiskey." Jump to 37:00 to see it here.

Hit List 

  • Carrie Underwood VIP concert experience at the Grand Ole Opry, including a private meet-and-greet, is up for bid during The Grammy Foundation and MusiCares Online Auction. Other items include a songwriting session with Sugarland's Kristian Bush, a round of golf with singer-songwriter Jonny Lang and more. The auction runs now through Dec. 3. More here.

  • The George Jones monument at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park will be unveiled Nov. 18. Open to the public, fans are encouraged to attend the ceremony which begins at 3:30pm and will include an announcement from Nancy Jones.

  • Florida Georgia Line will perform and Sheryl Crow will duet with Darius Rucker at the American Country Awards Dec. 10. The show, hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick, airs live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and will feature appearances by Scotty McCreeryChris YoungCarrie KeeganJoe Nichols and Lauren Alaina. More here.


Jack Ingram (11/15) 

Jessi Alexander (11/18)


Friday (11/15): Lady Antebellum, Katie (ABC); Lady Antebellum, The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS); Lee Brice, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

Monday (11/18): Danielle Bradbery, Hart of Dixie (CW); Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); John Rich, Wynonna, Kix Brooks, Gretchen Wilson, Rich At Night (TVGN)

Upoming Album Releases

Sarah Darling Have A Merry Little Christmas (11/19)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/25)

Florida Georgia Line Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll (11/25)

Garth Brooks Blame It All On My Roots (11/28)

Deana Carter Southern Way Of Life (12/2)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

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

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (12/10)

Parmalee Feels Like Carolina (12/10)

» We Were There: Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban laugh it off while making the video for "We Were Us" in front of a live audience. "Keith has always been someone that has inspired me along the way," says Miranda. "Getting to work with him in the studio was just an amazing experience."

» Secret Service: Almost every country in the world is represented on articles of clothing as Taylor Swift joins Fall Out Boy during the 2013 Victoria Secret Fashion Show.


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