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Top Country Stories - September 24, 2013

Top Country Stories - September 24, 2013

» Tailored By Taylor: Accidents wouldn't seem to be common occurrences in the world of Taylor Swift, and so it was with the decision to close the US leg of her Red tour with three shows at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena (9/19-21). "On the [Speak Now Tour] we had the last shows in New York, and Nashville was sort of in the middle of the tour," Swift says. "I realized that not only is this my hometown, but this is one of the craziest crowds that we play to over the course of a tour, so it just made sense." 


Swift was able to pull some friends in to give the shows a different musical guest each night. Thursday, Luke Bryan joined her to sing "I Don't Want This Night To End." She did a "What Hurts The Most" duet with Rascal Flatts on night two. And she surprised the crowd with a Hunter Hayes' "Crazy" collaboration on Saturday's show. "Nashville is all about remembering where you came from," Swift said from the stage before introducing Flatts, with whom she toured in 2008. "Remembering the people who helped you out in the very beginning and took you on their arena tour, their sold out tour … when nobody knew your name."

» Wynn Some: Garth Brooks ended his three-year residency at the Wynn's Encore Theater in Las Vegas last November, but we should've known from the name of the place that he'd be back. Garth signed up for eight more shows this fall. Two shows happen each night Oct. 18-19 and Nov. 8-9. More here.

» Get Cooking: If you can't make it to  Zac Brown's Southern Ground Music & Food Festival at Nashville's Riverfront Park Sept. 27-28, don't worry. AXS-TV will broadcast it live. Fifteen hours of coverage will feature musical performances from ZBB, Kacey Musgraves, Eli Young Band and others, so you won't miss a thing. The show will also highlight demonstrations from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard and more, if you feel like cooking along.

» Farr Out: Tyler Farr will release a four-part web series called "Redneck Ranch" to support the Sept. 30 release of his debut album Redneck Crazy. Tyler promises the series will prove his craziness is pure redneck and, in order to do so, he enlisted the help of some friends with guns. Watch the first episode here.

» In Case You Missed It: Carrie Underwood performed The Beatles' "Yesterday" during a tribute to 1963 television milestones at the 65th Emmy Awards Sunday (9/22). Watch here.

» Black & White & Web All Over:

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  • Brad Paisley will extend his Beat This Summer Tour through November. Presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, 12 additional dates will feature Chris Young and Lee Brice through October, and Young and Danielle Bradbery in November. More here.
  • Dwight Yoakam won Artist Of The Year at the 2013 Americana Music Honors & Awards Wednesday (9/18). Due to his tour schedule, he was unable to accept the award in person during the ceremony at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
  • The Dixie Chicks will perform during a tribute to Carole King when she's honored as 2014 MusicCares Person Of The Year. The ceremony will be held Jan. 24 during Grammy Week in Los Angeles.


Doug Supernaw (9/26)

Lynn Anderson (9/26) 


Wednesday (9/25): Blake Shelton, Live With Kelly & Michael, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC).

Thursday (9/26): Little Big Town, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC).

This Week's Album Releases

Alan Jackson The Bluegrass Album (ACR/EMI Nashville)

Jackson wrote eight of 14 tracks and says, "It's not that different from what I normally do." He started thinking about a bluegrass album in the mid-'90s, but with the success of O Brother Where Art Thou? he admits, "I didn't want to seem like I was jumping on the bandwagon." Produced by Adam Wright and Keith Stegall, Jackson says releasing the album now, "seemed like the right time in my life, in my head … in everything."

Upcoming Album Releases

Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy (9/30)

Colt Ford Ride Through The Country Revisited (10/1)

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)

» Swiss Miss: Gretchen Wilson shows us the sights from Switzerland after she played the Gstaad Festival last week.

» Insane Clown Posse: Taylor Swift (center) poses with her dancers and tour mate Ed Sheeran (right of center) who snuck onstage during Saturday's closing number. "Show highlight: Ed Sheeran dressed like a clown and danced the choreography to 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,'" tweeted Swift. "Quite the finale."


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