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Brad Paisley Says the Past Year Has Been Comedy Gold for His CMA Awards Monologu

CMACMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood plan to have a field day with some of the recent scandals in the news, including the Ashley Madison website hack."I guess it's the wrong thing to say, but God bless the Ashley Madison website hack for many reasons," Brad says, before Carrie clarifies, "The hack. Not the website itself."While Brad doesn't condone using the cheating website, he is glad it exists for the purposes of the CMA Awards monologue.  He says, "If anybody has a right to deal with a cheating website, it's us. Don't you think? In country music."The current political election will also provide some great comedy bits.  "This election has been just amazing," Brad adds. "They give us sound bites. We can't keep up."Brad and Carrie co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jana Kramer's Sophomore Album, "thirty one," Is Out Friday

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer's new album, thirty one, is out Friday featuring the lead single, "I Got the Boy." Look for Jana to perform the song on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday, October 12.As for the album title, Jana explains, "thirty one was the perfect title because it’s taken me 31 years to live and write this album, and I believe it shows strength, grace, vulnerability, fun and confidence. thirty one is who and what I am, and I think when my fans listen to the album they will discover so much more about me."Jana co-wrote six of the 11 songs on the new project.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Toby Keith Sticks to His Guns on New Album, "35 MPH Town"

Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith admits his latest album, 35 MPH Town, doesn't really break any new ground, musically speaking. That's exactly what he hopes listeners say after they give the project a spin.He says, "I hope they look at this album and go, 'Same ol’, same ol'. He’s sticking to his guns.'"Though he's not going to work to keep up with current trends at country radio, Toby promised himself he would never say anything bad about the music coming from the new generation of country artists."I heard the guys whining, saying that the youth like, twenty years ago when I was coming in, there were people that were saying my generation wasn’t country enough, and I was like, 'Man I never want to be that guy.' So, I don’t care what the kids are doing."Toby co-wrote nine of the 10 songs on 35 MPH Town, including the new single, "Beautiful Stranger." The album is out now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Launching Fashion Collection October 27

Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town's Karen Fairchild is easily one of country music's most stylish stars, so it makes since she's now launching her own fashion collection. Fair Child by Karen Fairchild is described as a "unique fusion of sexy, bold, pieces that Nashville inspired with a rock and roll sensibility."Karen says, "Fair Child is a blend of everything I love. It’s a collection of rich textures, details and embellishments in iconic pieces that are easy to wear, glamorous and affordable. These versatile pieces are made to be worn together through mixing, matching and layering.”Look for Fair Child by Karen Fairchild to debut October 27 at © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Maddie & Tae Kick Off "Start Here" Tour in New York City

Rick Diamond for Getty ImagesMaddie & Tae kicked off their Start Here tour Wednesday night at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. The 75-minute set included a crowd sing-along on the duo's latest hit, "Fly," as well as covers of Dolly Parton's "9 to 5," Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," Rihanna's "Umbrella," and "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac. Of course, "Girl in a Country Song" was a big highlight.Maddie & Tae's Tae Dye says, "“This is everything Maddie and I have dreamed since we started writing songs at 15."Maddie & Tae are up for three trophies at the 49th Annual CMA Awards, coming up Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Shelton Hitting the Road in February and March 2016

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will hit the road this February for a brand-new tour, including a March 4 show in Nashville.Blake says of his plans for 2016, "We've got a new album coming and I can't wait to get back out on the road and play some new music for my fans. As an artist, my favorite thing to do is go on the road and play shows. I’ve missed it, and it's gonna be like old times. So y'all get ready to party, ‘cause Blake Shelton is comin to see ya!'"Tickets for Blake's show in Nashville go on sale Saturday, October 17 through Ticketmaster.Here are Blake's new tour dates:2/18 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena 2/19 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center 2/20 -- Detroit, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills 2/25 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena 2/26 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center 2/27 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center 3/3 -- Memphis, TN, FedEx Forum 3/4 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena 3/17 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center 3/18 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena 3/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy CenterCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Brett Eldredge Reveals the Alter Ego That Helps Him Hang Incognito with Fans

CMABrett Eldredge manages to hang out in the crowd at his concert without getting mobbed thanks to a clever disguise. The wacky singer puts on a long, curly wig to take on the persona of his alter ego, Xander, going out to mingle with his fans. The disguise works very well.Brett tells People, "Xander has hippie hair and doesn't look anything like me when I put the wig on. People will ask me about my hair while wearing a T-shirt [with my name on it]."Xander doesn’t come around all the time, though. Brett adds with a laugh, "He shows up when I'm drinking."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

"Nashville" Recap: How Can I Help You Say Goodbye

ABCOn Wednesday's Nashville, Scarlett O'Conner made the decision to take her mother, Beverly, off life support, which didn't sit well with Beverly's brother -- Scarlett's uncle Deacon Claybourne. Scarlett was in the room alone as Beverly died at the end of the episode. Deacon chose to grieve alone in the bedroom he had set up for Beverly to come home to after she got better.Juliette Barnes continued her hard-partying ways on the road as her husband, Avery Barkley, started divorce proceedings back home in Nashville. Juliette's tour mate, Luke Wheeler, gave her a cautionary tale about abandoning his wife and kids for life as a country star. It didn't seem to work, though. Juliette was downing champagne with a friend right after that pep talk.Will Lexington faced heat from some gay members of the Nashville music community for not doing more with his status as an out country singer. Will's boyfriend, songwriter Kevin Bicks, backed them up but understood when Will said he needed more time to adjust to being an out gay man.Mayor Teddy Conrad came clean to his daughters, Maddie and Daphne, about embezzling money from the government. He decided to plead guilty to the charges and will most likely spend several years behind bars.Nashville returns next Wednesday night on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Country Newcomer Cam Connecting with Fans Thanks to Personal Debut Hit, "Burning

Sony Music NashvilleCam wrote her debut hit, "Burning House," based on a dream she had about seeing an old love for the first time in a while. Since it comes from such a personal place, it's no wonder fans are really passionate about the song.Cam says, "People run up to me after shows, and it’s like we’re already friends, kind of, because their stories are my stories, and they say, ‘Oh, my gosh, I just broke up with someone, and "Burning House” -- I’ve listened to it 10 times, and this is my story.'”Luckily, Cam is in a much better romantic place now. She recently announced her engagement to Adam Weaver.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alan Jackson Releasing Three-Disc Box Set Next Month

Schmidt RelationsAlan Jackson's career is getting the box set treatment November 6. Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story is a three-disc collection featuring Alan's classic hits, as well as eight previously unreleased recordings. Among those rarities is a live version of The Eagles' "Seven Bridges Road" recorded in 1997, and a live performance of "The Star Spangled Banner" in 2001.The Alan Jackson box sit will only be available at Walmart and © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Blake Shelton Returning for 10th Season of "The Voice" in February 2016

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton will be back for season 10 of NBC's The Voice this February. Besides Adam Levine, Blake is the only coach that has appeared on every season of the hit show. Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera will also appear on the 10th season.The ninth season of The Voice is now underway Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert hails from which Texas town? ANSWER: Lindale.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCongratulations to country newcomer Rachele Lynae on her recent engagement to Sam Hunt's lighting director, Tim Creedon.Maddie & Tae will perform their song, "No Place Like You," on Disney Channel's Girl Meets World during the series' three-part episode airing Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18 each night at 8:30 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jason Aldean's Tuesday-Night Concert in Canada Postponed to Wednesday

Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean's Tuesday-night concert in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, has been postponed to Wednesday night. According to, one of the tractor-trailers carrying Jason's gear was involved in a rollover accident, which led to the postponement. The driver of the truck is being treated for minor injuries. Jason's website only says the delay is "due to circumstances beyond our control."Go to to check out the rest of Jason's tour dates.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

The Oak Ridge Boys Announce 26th Annual Christmas Night Out Tour Dates

John MirAs they get ready for their upcoming induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys are announcing plans for their 26th Annual Christmas Night Out tour. The nearly two-hour show features highlights from the group's six holiday albums, as well as their greatest hits.The Oak Ridge Boys' Joe Bonsall says, "With a revamped stage and a fresh approach, this year’s show will be a dynamic mix of music representing every aspect of Christmas from presents and snow, to romance and Santa Claus, on to the real meaning of the season celebrating the birth of Jesus."The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas tour kicks off November 17 with a three-night stand at The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson, Missouri.  Here are the Christmas Night Out tour dates:11/17-11/19 -- Branson, MO, The Oak Ridge Boys Theatre 11/21 -- Canton, OH, Canton Palace Theatre 11/22 -- Newport News, VA, Ferguson Center 11/24 -- Portsmouth, OH, Verne Riffe Center 11/27 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Paramount Theater 11/28 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Washington, Pavilion 11/29 -- Des Moines, IA, Hoyt Sherman Place 11/30 -- Topeka, KS, Topeka Performing Arts Center 12/1 -- Cheyenne, WY, Cheyenne Civic Center 12/2 -- Colorado Springs, CO, Pikes Peak Center 12/3 -- Richfield, UT, Sevier Valley Center 12/4 -- Boise, ID, Morrison Center at Boise Station 12/5 -- Kennewick, WA, Toyota Center 12/6 -- Lewiston, ID, Clearwater River Casino 12/7 -- Spokane, WA, INB Performing Arts Center 12/8 -- Eugene, OR, Hult Center 12/10 -- Shelton, WA, Little Creek Casino Resort 12/11-12/12 -- Lincoln City, OR, Chinook Woods Casino 12/13 -- Redding, CA, Redding Convention Center 12/15 -- Deadwood, SD, Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel 12/16 -- St. Joseph, MO, Civic Arena 12/17 -- Paducah, KY, Carson Center 12/18 -- Mansittee, MI, Littler River Casino Resort 12/19 -- Wisconsin Dells, WI, Crystal Grand Music Theatre 12/20 -- Merillville, IN, Star Plaza Theatre 12/21 -- Evansville, IN, Old National Events Plaza 12/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena 12/23 -- Nashville, TN, Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Keith Urban Can't Predict What His Next Album Will Sound Like

CMAKeith Urban is riding high once again, thanks to his latest #1 hit, "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," but you shouldn't expect the rest of his upcoming album to sound like that song. Like all of his albums before it, Keith says the new project will serve as a snapshot of what's going on in his life right now.He tells Rolling Stone Country,"I've always really done it sort of haphazard when I get in the studio. You got a bunch of songs and try this song and try that one. Sometimes songs just don't work and sometimes other things become something in the studio much more than before. They just come to life."Keith's new album is expected to hit stores in the coming months. He's been working on it off-and-on for most of this year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler and More Headed to Mexico for Island Time Music a

Arista/Sea GayleJerrod Niemann, Kellie Pickler, Love & Theft and LOCASH are among the stars headed to Mexico for the Island Time Music and Fishing Fest this winter. The event runs February 15 through 20 on the island of Isla Mujeres and coincides with the winter migration of sailfish to the island.For more details, go to © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Carrie Underwood Sharing the Stage with Brad Paisley, Paul Simon Tonight in New

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood is in New York City for Tuesday night's All for the Hall songwriters show at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square.She says with a laugh, "I don't know if you've heard of some of the other people on the bill.  But it's gonna be cool."Carrie certainly has reason to get excited about this concert, benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame. She'll be sharing stories and songs on stage with legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon as well as Brad Paisley, Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill.Carrie says of performing the informal, guitar-pull style show, "There's no fancy-pants lights and bells and whistles and stuff like that going on. You just kind of get to sit and sing, and there's something special about that."Of course, Carrie strongly believes in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's work to preserve the history of the country format."I mean, country music is so based on tradition. So many of us look back," Carrie explains. "It's not just about what's hot right now. It's built on legacies, and really, really, really amazing artists and musicians and songwriters, and we need to preserve that. It's cool to go to the museum and see everything and feel the history."Tickets for the show are on sale through © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Country Duo LOCASH Releasing "I Love This Life" EP October 30

Webster PRCountry duo LOCASH will release their new EP, I Love This Life, on October 30. The six-song project features the hit title track, which is closing in on the top 20 at country radio.LOCASH's Preston Brust says, "We are in a really great place in life and I think these songs are windows into our lives right now. I couldn't be more excited or more proud of it!"Of note, "I Love this Life" was co-written by Preston and his duo partner, Chris Lucas, along with "Buy Me a Boat" singer Chris Janson.Here's the I Love This Life track listing:"I Love This Life" "I Know Somebody" "Shipwrecked" "Ain't Startin' Tonight" "Drunk Drunk" "Till the Wheels Fall Off"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Craig Morgan Announces Special Guests for 9th Annual Charity Event

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan has announced the special guests joining him for his 9th Annual Charity Event, coming up October 17 in Dickson, Tennessee.MMA champion Dan Henderson and motocross pro Kevin Windham will join Craig for the golf tournament that morning at the Greystone Golf Course. Later that evening, Craig will headline a concert festival with special guests Halfway to Hazard and American Idol finalist Janelle Arthur.Proceeds from the charity event will benefit the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. For more details, go to © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Eric Church, Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan Headlining 2016 Stagecoach Festival

CMACarrie Underwood, Eric Church and Luke Bryan are headlining the 2016 Stagecoach Country Music Festival coming up April 29 and 30 and May 1. The three-day event takes place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Among the other artists on the bill are Chris Young, Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, The Band Perry, Joe Nichols, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, A Thousand Horses and Old Dominion.Tickets for Stagecoach go on sale this Friday at © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eric Church Teaming Up with Hank Williams, Jr. to Kick Off Next Month's CMA Awar

CMAEric Church is teaming up with Hank Williams, Jr. to open up the 49th Annual CMA Awards next month on ABC. The two will sing a duet of Neil Young's "Are You Ready for the Country," which was also a hit for Waylon Jennings. The performance is the first taste of Hank Jr's upcoming studio album.Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley return as hosts of the CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Pistol Annies Reunite at Miranda Lambert's Weekend Tour Stops

Sony Music NashvillePistol Annies reunited during Miranda Lambert's weekend concerts in Augusta, Georgia and Fayetteville, North Carolina. The group, made up of Miranda with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, haven't performed together as a trio in several years.Miranda posted a picture of the first Annies performance on Instagram Saturday, saying, "The Pistol Annie’s raised a ruckus last night in Augusta GA when we surprised the crowd!" She added, "The GIRLS are back in town!" "Hell on Heels".... The Pistol Annie's raised a ruckus last night in Augusta GA when we surprised the crowd! I hope yall are ready Fayetteville NC! The GIRLS are back in town! #roadsidebarsandpinkguitars #batshitcrazytour A photo posted by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Oct 3, 2015 at 9:57am PDTMiranda's weekend shows are part of her Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars tour. She'll get her star on the Music City Walk of Fame Tuesday in Nashville.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Charles Kelley Explains What His Solo Project, "The Driver," Means for Lady Ante

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley is stepping out from the group for his upcoming solo EP, The Driver. The lead single from the project is the title cut, which also features Charles' buddies Eric Paslay and Dierks Bentley. All three vocalists deliver a verse on the song to give three different perspectives of what it's like for a touring musician on the road.As for why he chose those two guests for "The Driver," Charles tells ABC Radio, " I definitely wanted Eric Paslay on there because he co-wrote it, and he's just one of the best singers we have in the genre."Charles continues, "When we wrote the song, I kept picturing someone's voice like Dierks Bentley. He just sounds like that gravelly singer that you believe. When I played it for him, he was like, 'Man, I’m on board. Let's do it.'"The release of Charles' solo EP shouldn't be seen as the beginning of the end for Lady Antebellum. Charles only decided to go forward with this album after having a heart-to-heart with his Lady A bandmates Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood about halfway through their just-wrapped Wheels Up tour. It all started when Hillary brought up the fact she hasn't had a break since Lady A formed nine years ago.Charles says, "When she had her baby, we got to take a break, Dave and I, but she, of course, was nursing a newborn and having that whole craziness going on. So, she's never really had one."That's when Charles brought up his idea of doing a solo side project that eventually became The Driver EP.  He explains, "When she said that, I said, 'Well, guys, I've always wanted to just do this on the side for fun. I've got some songs I want to do that don't fit us anyways.' You know, I wanted their blessing. They were hugely supportive."In addition to releasing his EP, Charles is also planning a run of club shows this fall and winter. He hopes taking a left turn with the new solo project will also give Lady Antebellum a creative boost when they return to the studio for their next album: "Hopefully it just mixes us up a little bit, throws us off a little bit, that it'll kind of make us maybe have to really go in and fight for a great record," he says.As for the club tour, Charles' business manager has already warned him he's not going to make the kind of money he's used to bringing in with Lady A's arena shows.Charles tells us, "I said, 'I'm not doing this for the money. I'm doing this for the soul.'"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser Help Raise Big Money for Cancer Support Organiza

Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann and Randy Houser were on hand for Jamey Johnson's two benefit concerts last week in Nashville and Montgomery, Alabama. The events raised more than $112,000 for the Nikki Mitchell Foundation to help those battling pancreatic cancer.Nikki Mitchell was Waylon Jennings' longtime business manager, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2013. Jamey's good friend, songwriter Hank Cochran, also died of the disease in 2010.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sam Hunt Adjusted to Playing Arenas And Amphitheaters on Just-Wrapped Lady Anteb

MCA NashvilleAs his career took off thanks to hits like "House Party" and "Take Your Time," Sam Hunt quickly went from playing small clubs, to entertaining thousands of fans in amphitheaters and arenas on Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up tour this past year.Looking back on that adjustment period, Sam says, "There's sort of a different art to it when you're in an amphitheater with 15 or 20 thousand different people. "Instead of freaking out about the task, Sam looked to Lady A and their tour mate, Hunter Hayes, for tips on how to keep a large audience's attention.Sam says, "It was just a combination of the experience of doing it, and the experience of observing professionals doing it every night that I think helped me develop into a better artist than I was before I went on tour with these guys."Look for Sam to play several stadiums dates with Kenny Chesney in 2016. He's playing select shows throughout the end of the year.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Thousand Horses Welcomes Richie Sambora on Stage During Los Angeles Headlining

Christopher Polk/Getty ImagesA Thousand Horses welcomed special guest Richie Sambora during their Thursday night show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. The rocker joined the group during their cover of "Travelin' Man." A Thousand Horses also covered The Rolling Stones and The Black Crowes during the set, as well as their hit songs "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial" and "Smoke."Check out A Thousand Horses' tour schedule at © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley Making Big Announcement on "Good Morning Americ

Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Charles Kelley will make a big announcement on ABC's Good Morning America Monday. Look for the group to appear on ABC's Nightline as well.These appearances should clear up any of the mystery surrounding Charles' new single, "The Driver," featuring Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. That track is now available at all digital outlets.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Thomas Rhett, George Strait and Don Henley Vying for #1 on "Billboard" Country A

Valory Music Co.There's a three-way race for the #1 spot on Billboard's Country Albums chart this week.Thomas Rhett's Tangled Up, George Strait's Cold Beer Conversation and Don Henley's Cass County are all vying to debut in the top spot. Billboard predicts each album will move about 75,000 units in the first week.The final chart will be revealed Sunday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

George Strait Proves His Commitment to His Fans on New Album, "Cold Beer Convers

MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait may have retired from launching major tours, but he's intent on keeping the connection with his fans strong as ever through his music."I have great fans," George says. " I run into 'em, [and they ask me,] 'When are you gonna put a record out?' [I say,] 'Well, it's coming. I'm gonna do it.' [They also ask me,] 'Well, you're not retiring, though?' 'I'm not.'"George finally got that new album out to his fans this week. Cold Beer Conversation features 13 brand-new songs, and George has his fingers crossed the title track picks up steam at country radio.He adds, "I think it’s been almost a year, really, since I’ve actually really had a record on the radio that’s of any significance. So, I’m hoping that this album changes that."Cold Beer Conversation is available only at Walmart and Apple Music.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.