Nov 17

King George Goes Strait Back to the Dancehall for “Strait Out of the Box: Part 2”

Erika Goldring for MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait returned to his roots Wednesday night, playing the oldest dancehall in Texas to promote the release of his new boxed set.

King George kicked off his nearly two-hour set at Gruene Hall with an appropriate opener, his 2011 hit, “Here for a Good Time.” In addition to fans watching all over the world via the internet, Strait devotees crowded outside the historic venue in New Braunfels to listen and try to catch a glimpse of the icon.

In addition to his hits and classics, Strait debuted the two new songs from his latest project, “Kicked Outta Country” and “You Gotta Go Through Hell,” both of which he co-wrote.

The three-disc Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 comes out Friday, exclusively at Walmart.

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Nov 17

Maren Morris and Alicia Keys Prove They're Soul Sisters in New “Crossroads” Preview

CMTYou can sample the electric musical chemistry between Maren Morris and The Voice star Alicia Keys in a just-released clip of the two pairing up on Maren’s debut hit, “My Church.” It’s just a taste of their new episode of Crossroads, which debuts next month on CMT.

The CMA New Artist of the Year trades lines with Keys on her latest top-20 hit, “80’s Mercedes,” as well as “Rich” from her Hero album. Maren assists on Alicia’s hits like “No One” and “If I Ain’t Got You,” as well as her latest release “In Common,” from her new project, Here.

CMT Crossroads:  Alicia Keys and Maren Morris premieres Friday, December 2 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Nov 17

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Nov 17

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Nov 17

Garth Brooks Helps Jimmy Kimmel Write a Country Song

ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGarth Brooks set up shop with Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday and Wednesday, sitting in with the band on Tuesday and then returning Wednesday to throw a huge block party outside Jimmy’s Hollywood studio.

But before that party went down, Garth and Jimmy appeared in a pre-recorded segment in which Garth mentored the late-night host on writing a country song. “Dig down deep for something in your past that only you would know and it’s possible that all of us can relate to it,” Garth advised.

Jimmy decided to tell the story of his friend Daniel. Daniel wanted to learn to breakdance and show off his moves, so Jimmy hired Boogaloo Shrimp, the star of the 80’s breakdance movies Breakin’ and Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. But it didn’t quite work out, as Jimmy told Garth, “Tracked him down, I paid him $1,000, I got four dance lessons, I gave them to Daniel, Daniel called the guy, we never heard from him again.”

So went the song, which Kimmel sang as Garth accompanied him on acoustic guitar. The results were predictably funny.

Garth’s 10-disc The Ultimate Collection, which includes his latest album Gunslinger, is available now exclusively at Target. His first duets album with wife Trisha Yearwood, Christmas Together, is new in stores as well. You can pick up Gunslinger as a standalone November 25.

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Nov 16

Love Unleashed: Martina McBride Reaches Out to Veterans on Tour

ABC/Image Group LAMartina McBride is turning her new song “We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off” into a spotlight for U.S. servicemen and women. A touching new video for the track from Reckless is made up entirely of footage of soldiers being reunited with their loved ones. You can check it out on YouTube.

The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is also teaming up with the non-profit Disabled American Veterans during her Love Unleashed Tour, honoring those who serve with VIP tickets and a backstage meet-and-greet.

This Friday night, the Kansas native stops by her home turf, playing the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City with newcomers High Valley.

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Nov 16

Dolly Parton Hands Out a Scholarship to Mark Her Imagination Library's Milestone

ABC/Image Group LAFor more than 20 years, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has changed the lives of countless children by sending them free books from birth until they start kindergarten. But Tuesday night, as she brought her Pure & Simple Tour to a hometown crowd in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee,  the entertainment icon revealed she plans to mark a milestone by going a step further.

“I thought long and hard about the best way to honor our achievement of reaching a million children a month,” Dolly told the audience. “The Imagination Library is all about inspiring dreams, so what better way to pay tribute to this moment than by helping one special child pursue her college degree?”

She continued, “I’m thrilled that today I can let the world know that precious little Evey Johns from Conway, Arkansas will receive a $30,000 scholarship for the college of her choice.”

The two-year-old Evey, who’d just signed up for the Imagination Library, was chosen at random. Her scholarship money will be held in a special account until she enrolls in college. In 16 years, it’s likely to be worth close to $50,000.

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Nov 16

Miranda Lambert Reveals the Late Holly Dunn's Impact on Her Career

ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert revealed the major impact Holly Dunn had on her as a child, remembering her fellow Texas native on Facebook Wednesday morning, a day after she died at the age of 59, following a battle with ovarian cancer.

“So sad to hear about Holly Dunn passing,” the reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year said. “She was a big inspiration to me. By singing along with her cassette tape I learned to sing. ‘Daddy’s Hands’ was the very first song I ever learned and sang in public. I was 9-years-old. [I was in] the third grade talent show and my dad played guitar for me. She will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace, Holly,” she added.

The Weight of These Wings singer also posted the cover of Dunn’s breakthrough hit, which made it to number seven in 1986.

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Nov 16

Carrie Underwood Surprises Crystal Gayle with an Opry Invitation

Chris Hollo for Grand Ole OpryThough she frequently appears on the Grand Ole Opry and her sister Loretta Lynn has been part of the cast since 1962, Crystal Gayle isn’t actually an Opry member… but that’s all about to change.

“You are an inspiration to so many of us,” Carrie Underwood said Tuesday night, as she surprised the sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium by joining Crystal on her signature song, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue.” “You are important to country music, and you are important to the Opry, which is why I was asked tonight to ask you if you would like to join our Opry family officially.”

“I have always felt like I was a member of the family and this is just so special,” the Paintsville, Kentucky native reacted, in her typically elegant, understated way.

Crystal actually made her Opry debut nearly half a century ago, singing the Marty Robbins/Connie Smith classic “Ribbon of Darkness” when she was just 16. She’s set to be inducted by the Coal Miner’s Daughter herself on January 21.

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Nov 15

George Strait Show to Stream Live from a Texas Dancehall Wednesday Night

ABC/Image Group LASince George Strait retired from the road in 2014, there have been precious few opportunities to see him play live — but there’s one coming your way Wednesday night, and you can enjoy it in the privacy of your own home.

King George and his Ace in the Hole Band will do a live show from a historic Texas dancehall on November 16, to promote his new three-disc boxed set that comes out this week. You can stream the performance live, starting at 8 p.m. ET at www.Strait.WranglerNetwork.com.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 will be available Friday, exclusively at Walmart.

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