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LUKE, ERIC, KACEY AND MORE ANNOUNCED AS 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR! (PRESS RELEASE)

AN ALL-STAR PERFORMANCE LINEUP OF TALENT ANNOUNCED FOR
“CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” PREMIERING SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 ON CMT

The Exclusive Night of Music Honoring 2012’s Brightest Stars to Include Appearances or Performances by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Sammy Hagar, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Willie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Thompson Square, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young and More

90-Minute Special to be Hosted by Rascal Flatts and Hayden Panettiere

 

NASHVILLE – Nov. 27, 2012 – The celebrity line-up for the third annual 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR continues to heat up with appearances or performances by some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Sammy Hagar, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, “Duck Dynasty” star Willie Robertson, Kenny Rogers, Thompson Square, Carrie Underwood, Chris Young, with more to be announced. Country super group Rascal Flatts and “Nashville” actress Hayden Panettiere will host the event that honors the top country acts of 2012 when it premieres on Saturday, December 8 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT.

The 90-minute special is the most exclusive gathering of country music superstars of the year and celebrates the class of 2012 with an incredible evening of wall-to-wall performances and special appearances from others in entertainment. For the first time ever, CMT is keeping the illustrious list of honorees top secret until they are revealed on the night of Saturday, December 8. Past artists named as CMT Artists of the Year include Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band.

LUKE BRYAN TAKES HIS FARM TOUR TO GAC! (AUDIO & VIDEO)

“I always dreamed of coming to Nashville and putting music out that drove people to come to a live show and join in the live show experience,” says Luke Bryan in Luke Bryan Farm Tour airing exclusively on GAC. Bryan’s energetic, hit-filled live show was filmed before 14,000 of his closest friends at one of his Farm Tour stops in Athens, Georgia. As the tour’s charitable endeavor, proceeds from the Farm Tour go to college scholarships for students from a farming family within the communities the tour played. GAC is pleased to present the platinum star’s first televised concert special.

“Growing up in Georgia we’d put some speakers in a tractor shed, call a few folks, light a big bonfire, collect money at the cattle gate and that was our gig,” Bryan jokes about the Farm Tour prototype. “This is the same thing; it’s just a lot bigger.” The star’s recent eight city Farm Tour attracted 100,000 fans, doubling the attendance of his ’11 Farm Tour. Swelling crowds are something he’ll have to get used to as he embarks on his first headlining tour, Dirt Road Diaries, in 2013 and he’s quick to give credit to Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean. “When I rewind and look back over the years of getting to open for Chesney and McGraw and Aldean, I’ve taken little things and watched what they do,” he says. “The pressure is trying to put on the best show and reinventing what the country music audience might have already seen.”

Viewers will be treated to performances of “Rain is a Good Thing,” “Do I,” “Drunk on You,” “Don’t Want This Night to End,” “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye,” “Shore Thing,” “Country Girl Shake It For Me” and “Mukalee Creek Water” backed by his band and surrounded by state-of-the-art staging, lighting and even fireworks. They’ll also get a behind the scenes glimpse into everything that goes into producing such a large-scale concert. While in Athens Bryan also stops by the Georgia Theatre, the place that while growing up, he dreamed of playing. “I’ll never forget the joy of selling out the Georgia Theatre and the fact that we never had set lists on stage, I’d just call the songs out,” he recalls. “I never want to lose that spontaneity, I’ve always wanted to keep it real, let it be about having fun and grow the show.”

The Luke Bryan Farm Tour television special premieres Wednesday (November 28th) at 10pm ET on GAC-TV. The show will re-air Thursday (November 29th) at 2am ET and 10am EAUDIOT; Saturday (December 1st) at 10pm ET and Sunday (December 2nd) at 2am ET.

AUDIO: Luke Bryan talks about his annual Farm Tour.

Luke Bryan (Farm Tour) OC: …keep it rockin’. :17
“I think what’s cool about the Farm Tour is these things are big events for these towns. I just love the fact that people can come out and have a big time, listen to some music, and it’s just a fun experience all around. And I want to do what I can to keep it rockin’.”

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KELLEIGH BANNEN TALKS ABOUT HER MUSICAL INFLUENCES, DREAM PERFORMANCE VENUE AND HER SINGLE, ‘SORRY ON THE ROCKS,’ AMONG OTHER THINGS WITH CMT LISTEN UP! (VIDEO)

Kelleigh Bannen talks about her dream performance venue, musical inspirations (Dolly & Garth are among them) and more with CMT’s Listen Up Series. Kelleigh is the Listen Up Artist of the Month.

Kelleigh is currently on the radio airwaves with her debut single, “Sorry on the Rocks.”

 

EASTON CORBIN ANSWERS 8 QUESTIONS RANGING FROM FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE TO THE BEST HANGOVER CURE. (VIDEO)

Hank-FM in Indianapolis recently sat down with Easton Corbin, who revealed his first public performance fiasco, his first big purchase and his sure-fire hangover cure. Check it out!

SCOTTY McCREERY HAS BEEN ADDED TO ‘CHRISTMAS IN ROCKEFELLER CENTER.’ (AUDIO)

Scotty McCreery has been added to the list of performers for this week’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center  NBC-TV special. Previously announced performers include Trace Adkins, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart and Cee Lo Green. The special, which kicks off the tree lighting ceremony in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza, will air Wednesday (November 28th) at 8pm ET.

The North Carolina native, who just released Christmas With Scotty McCreery, says his favorite holiday song is one that music royalty recorded in 1957. “My favorite Christmas song comes from my favorite Christmas album, and that’s Elvis’ Christmas album,” says Scotty. “I was an Elvis fanatic growing up. It was ‘Blue Christmas.'”

AUDIO: Scotty McCreery reveals his favorite Christmas song, which was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1957.

Scotty McCreery (favorite Christmas song) OC: …my favorite. :18
“My favorite Christmas song comes from my favorite Christmas album, and that’s Elvis’ Christmas album. I was an Elvis fanatic growing up. It was ‘Blue Christmas.’ When I was making my album, I knew I was going to put at least one Elvis song on there, so it came down to just deciding that nobody was going to sing ‘Blue Christmas’ like Elvis Presley, so we did ‘Santa Claus is Back in Town.’ But ‘Blue Christmas’ is definitely my favorite.”

Video / Christmas With Scotty McCreery

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HOLIDAY MOVIES: Kelleigh Bannen, Lady A, Luke Bryan, Mallory Hope and more. (AUDIO)

Thanksgiving is over, Black Friday Door Busters have been bought and the Christmas trees are being decorated, and that means your favorite Christmas movies are hitting the small screen. Some of your favorite country stars reveal which Christmas movies will be playing on their television during the holiday season.

AUDIO: Kelleigh Bannen talks about her favorite Christmas movies.

Kelleigh Bannen (Christmas movies) OC: …hilarious. :19
“I love White Christmas! That is an incredible movie. The music alone is incredible, so that one. And then, Home Alone [laughs]. We watched that movie, I don’t even know how many times, so those two. We’ll do something classic and then we’ll do something hilarious.”

AUDIO: The members of Lady Antebellum reveal their favorite Christmas movies.

Lady A (favorite Christmas movies) OC: (Hillary) …Christmas Vacation. :14
CHARLES: “Favorite Christmas movie would have to be A Christmas Story. I never get tired of it. ‘Shoot your eye out’ – it’s my favorite line.” DAVE: “National Lampoon’s!’ HILLARY: “Yes! My favorite Christmas movie is, it’s close between It’s a Wonderful Life and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

AUDIO: The members of Little Big Town talk about some of their favorite Christmas movies and holiday specials.

LBT (Holiday movies) OC: (Phillip) …whatever I touch. [LAUGHS] :38
KAREN: “One of our favorite Christmas traditions is gathering around the television to watch holiday movies. And I know [for] Kimberly, it starts with [KIMBERLY: “It’s a Wonderful Life.”] It’s a Wonderful Life. Ours is holiday movies and records, like certain records have to be played in order for Jimi.” JIMI: “You have to start out the season right with Elvis, a little Elvis Presley.” KAREN: “I like the Charlie Brown Christmas movie.” KIMBERLY: “It’s sweet.” KAREN: “Yeah, it is sweet.” JIMI: “I like all those classic ones like the Rudolph and what is the one with the Abominable Snowman?” KIMBERLY: “Frosty, the Snowman?” PHILLIP: [sings] “I’m Mister Heat Miser/whatever I touch…” [LAUGHS] (The song is from the Claymation special ‘A Year Without a Santa Claus.’)

AUDIO: Luke Bryan reveals his favorite Christmas movie.

Luke Bryan (Christmas movie) OC: …Vacation. :06
“Hey, it’s Luke Bryan! My favorite Christmas movie is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

AUDIO: Mallory Hope talks about her favorite Christmas movies.

Mallory Hope (Christmas movies) OC: …this year. :43
“Christmas time is my favorite time of the year and I love the music, movies and the TV shows. I think some of my favorite movies are Holiday Inn and White Christmas and every year, we always watch The Grinch with my nieces and now nephew, but they absolutely love The Grinch. Always every year, we have to watch the Santa Clause movies (starring Tim Allen). I actually really enjoy them, and they’re really funny. It makes you want to believe in Santa and go back to being a kid and how exciting it was. And we also like to watch Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. Every year, I probably watch it 20 times, but it’s hilarious, and it makes me think of my family. We watch it on Christmas Day, and we watch the parade, and I can’t wait to sit around and watch the holiday movies again this year.”

KIP MOORE HAS A LITTLE ‘BEER MONEY’ TO SHARE. (AUDIO)

Kip Moore is closing in on the Top 5 on the country charts with his current hit, “Beer Money.” It’s the follow-up to his previous No. 1 single, “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck.” He says his music, especially his latest, describes how he grew up. “It’s a signature thing for small town America and what I think small town America is, and people working the  says Kip, adding, “and they’ve got to have their ‘Beer Money’ to do it.”

Kip is set to perform at the American Country Awards – where he’s up for three, including Best New Artist — on December 10th on FOX.

Kip is also on the road on Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour – the next stop is in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (November 28th).

AUDIO: Kip Moore talks about his hit single, “Beer Money.”

Kip Moore (Beer Money) OC: …a good time. :19
“My latest single, ‘Beer Money,’ is basically describing how I grew up. It’s a signature thing for small town America and what I think small town America is, and people working the 9 to 5 jobs and saving just enough to kind of escape from those jobs for the weekend, and they’ve got to have their ‘Beer Money’ to do it. And you want to go out and blow it out and have a good time.”

KEITH URBAN TELLS HIS FANS WHAT HE’S THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR. (VIDEO)

In this week’s Urban Chat, Keith Urban wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! The singer also recommends the movie Silver Linings Playbook, which stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert DeNiro.

Video / Urban Chat: Video 32: Happy Thanksgiving!

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KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT ‘AMERICAN IDOL.’ (VIDEO)

Even though he’s been in the music business for years, celebrity judge Keith Urban is still taken aback by some of the voices that step onto the Idol stage! Tune into American Idol this January on FOX to hear for yourself!

Video / Keith Urban: Idol Transformations - American Idol

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DIERKS BENTLEY PERFORMS HIS LAST SHOW OF 2012! (VIDEO)

In DBTV Episode 85, join Dierks Bentley and the band as they leave the last show of this year’s tour. Thanks to everyone who joined him on the road in 2012! By the way, check out where Dierks keeps all of the set lists from this year’s trek.

In the meantime, the “Tip It On Back” singer is already in the studio working on the follow-up to Home, as well as putting some finishing touches on the Locked & Reloaded tour with Miranda Lambert, which will kick off January 17th.

Video / Dierks Bentley - DBTV - Episode 85: The Last Show

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