Garth Brooks is back and is heading out on a world tour in 2014. Nothing like wading back into performing live than a little old world tour. In case you have forgotten who Garth Brooks is during his 10 years off while his kids were “growing up,” there’s a new box set of his music with 77 songs and 33 music videos. Garth will continue to play in Las Vegas through January. Tour dates and stops are to be announced later.
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The American Country Awards airs on Fox Dec. 10, 8 p.m., with hosts Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick. Performers include Brad Paisley, Lady A, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler and Sheryl Crow. Presenters include Sara Evans, Billy Gibbons, Cowboy Troy, Big Smo (who?), Dan King, Scotty McCreery, Thompson Square, Chris Young, Lauren Alaina, Clay Walker and Parmalee.
Fan-voted winners, but voting is closed. Here are the nominees:
Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift
Artist of the Year Male: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Blake Shelton
Artist of the Year Female: Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year Duo or Group: Lady A, LBT, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and ZBB
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist: Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser, Scotty McCreery, Justin Moore (wow! a nomination for Justin)
Artist of the Year New Artist: Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Cassadee Pope, Thomast Rhett
Album of the Year: “Night Train” Jason Aldean, “Here’s to the Good Times” FGL,”Two Lanes of Freedom” Tim McGraw, “Based on a True Story” Blake Shelton, “Pioneer” The Band Perry
Single of the Year: “Cruise,” “How Country Feels,” “Beer Money,” “Better Dig Two” and “One of Those Nights”
Single of the Year Male: “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” “One of Those Nights,” “The One That Got Away,” “Wagon Wheel” and “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
Single of the Year Female: “Easy,” “American Heart,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Begin Again” and “Two Black Cadillacs”
Single of the Year Duo/Group: “Downtown,” “Tornado,” “Better Dig Two,: “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Goodbye In Her Eyes”
Single of the Year Breakthrough Artist: “I Drive Your Truck,” “All Over the Road,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” “How Country Feels” and “Til My Last Day”
Single of the Year New Artist: “Did It For The Girl” Greg Bates, “Don’t Ya” Brett Eldredge, “Redneck Crazy” Tyler Farr, “Cruise” FGL and “Beer Money” Kip Moore.
Single of the Year Collaboration: “The Only Way I Know,” “Don’t Rush,” “Highway Don’t Care” and “Boys Round Here.”
Touring Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band
GAC Music Video of the Year: “Cruise,” “Tornado,” “Sure Be Cool if You Did,” “Begin Again” and “Better Dig Two”
Music Video of the Year Male: “Take A Little Ride,” “Every Storm,” “One of Those Nights,” “Wagon Wheel” and “Sure Be Cool if You Did”
Music Video of the Year Female: “American Heart,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” “Begin Again” and “Blown Away”
Music Video of the Year New Artist: “Don’t Ya,” “Cruise,” “Crying on a Suitcase,’ “Beer Money” and “Merry Go Round”
Music Video of the Year Group or Collaboration: “Tornado,” “Highway Don’t Care,” “Come Wake Me Up,” “Better Dig Two” and “If I Didn’t Have You”
Song of the Year (goes to songwriter): “Better Dig Two,” “Cruise,” “Hard to Love,” “Highway Don’t Care,” “I Drive Your Truck.” “Like Jesus Does,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” “Merry Go Round,” “Pontoon” and “Wagon Wheel”
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So the Grammy Award nominations are out. Here’s the country artists who got the nod:
Taylor Swift: Album of the Year for “Red”
Kacey Musgraves: Best New Artist
Best Country Solo Performance: Lee Brice for “I Drive Your Truck,” Hunter Hayes for “I Want Crazy,” Miranda Lambert for “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Darius Rucker for “Wagon Wheel” and Blake Shelton for “Mine Would Be You”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance: The Civil Wars “From This Valley” (what???), Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill for “Don’t Rush” (what???), Little Big Town for “Your Side of the Bed,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban for “Highway Don’t Care” (makes me thing of honey badger), and Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton for “You Can’t Make Old Friends”
Best Country Song: “Begin Again,” “I Drive Your Truck,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Merry Go Round” and “Mine Would Be You.” (Mine would be none of the above)
Best Country Album: “Night Train” Jason Aldean, “Two Lanes of Freedom” Tim McGraw (i like!), “Same Trailer Different Park” Kacey Musgraves, “Based on a True Story” Blake Shelton and “Red” Taylor Swift.
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Hold on there, Garth! You are not the only country artist set to take on the world in 2014. Dolly Parton will launch her new album, “Blue Smoke,” in New Zealand and Australia on Jan. 31 to coincide with her tour of the same name which launches there in February. The tour will also stop in England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. The album will drop in the states in May.
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Did you catch Carrie Underwood’s “The Sound of Music” live performance. Critics and SoM movie fans have been a wee bit harsh. I liked the show. It was like theater, not a movie. I think the vocals were great! It’s not one of my favorite movies, but I watched the entire show. Don’t try to compare it to the movie. Take it for what it was: a live TV performance. Kudos to Carrie and the cast!
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The opportunities to see George Strait live in concert just got a little smaller. The final stop of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, sold out within hours of tickets going on sale earlier this month. The grand finale of the tour is set for June 7, 2014, with a crowd of more than 100,000 in attendance.
Six-time Grammy Award-winning group Asleep At The Wheel will open the show at AT&T Stadium, and country superstars Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack will perform three songs each. Strait will perform a full set of his legendary career-making hits.
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Lee Brice and his wife, Sara, welcomed Ryker Mobley Brice Dec. 4. Mobley, he said, is a family middle name, including for Lee, his father and his great-grandfather.
Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and his fiancee, Jenna Kennedy, welcomed their first child, Jett Barker Liles on Dec. 2.
Keith Anderson welcomed baby boy Jaxon Creed Anderson Nov. 13.
Kelly Clarkson and husband Brandon Blackstock are expecting their first child, which Kelly’s instinct tells her will be a girl.
And a welcome to Knox Bentley, born in October to Dierks Bentley and his wife, Cassidy.