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Dec 18

Miranda Lambert Releases “Little Red Wagon”

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Miranda Lambert is following up her hit song “Somethin’ Bad,” which featured Carrie Underwood, with “Little Red Wagon.” The song was co-written by Joe Ginsberg and Audra Mae, the niece of Judy Garland. Mae originally included the song on her 2012 album, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound. Lambert may have never heard the tune if not for one of her musician friends.

“John Eddie is an artist who has come out on the road with us before and opened a few times,” Lambert told NewsOK.com. “He called my tour manager three or four years ago and said, ‘Hey, tell Miranda about this girl Audra Mae, specifically her song ‘Little Red Wagon.’ I think she could rock it.’”

Listen to “Little Red Wagon” below:

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Dec 18

Christmas Is All About Family for Justin Moore, RaeLynn

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Christmas is a time for family, and that sentiment holds true for Justin Moore and RaeLynn. Having three little girls at home makes the day extra special for Moore and his wife, Kate. Christmas is all about their daughters, and their oldest, Ella, provided the couple with one of their favorite memories on her first Christmas.

“She actually got her first tooth on Christmas morning,” he said. “That was pretty neat to see and something we’ll always remember.” Justin’s middle daughter, Kennedy, just turned three in November, and Rebecca, is five months old. “Of course I’m gonna spoil them rotten,” he said. “That’s my job as a daddy, especially to little girls.”

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For RaeLynn, Christmas is the one time of the year she will get to see all of her family, especially now that she is so busy traveling the country to promote her debut single, “God Made Girls.” Continue Reading

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Dec 17

Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves Extend Tours Into 2015

Fans of Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves are in for a pleasant surprise. Both acts announced they will extend their headlining tours into 2015. They also plan to release new music.

The spring leg of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour will kick off on March 5, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The new leg will feature Chris Stapleton as a special guest and stops in 12 more cities. The band will also continue to offer a unique VIP experience for fans, allowing them to choose from two limited packages.

After celebrating their latest single, “Day Drinking,” reaching No. 1, Little Big Town released their new single, “Girl Crush,” to country radio. For tour dates and ticket information, visit littlebigtown.com.

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Dec 17

Kip Moore Talks Christmas Traditions, Future Family

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Kip Moore is enjoying some downtime after finalizing his 2015 tour dates last week. He plans to do some surfing, taking a break from the waves only to celebrate Christmas. One of Moore’s favorite traditions was going fishing with his brothers and their father, until his father passed away a couple of years ago. Another favorite ritual was watching Christmas movies as a family.

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“The night before Christmas.” Moore said, “my dad would take us to the store, the video store, and we would rent a bunch of movies, and we’d watch them all through the night. That was always a thing that we’d look forward to was all hanging out together and laughing until 3 or 4 or 5 in the morning, then waking up two hours later for the presents.”

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Dec 16

7 Easy, DIY Christmas Decorating Ideas

If the holidays crept up on you this year, don’t worry. We found seven easy, DIY holiday decorating ideas for last-minute decorators. These festive handmade trimmings don’t require much effort or many materials. In fact, you can make most of them with items you already have at home! Keep reading for inspiration.

1. Create a festive banner with sparkly gold letters, a strip of burlap webbing and fresh greenery, berries and pine cones. Top it off with an oversized bow.

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Dec 16

Maddie & Tae Make History

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Maddie & Tae may still be teenagers, but their youth hasn’t stopped them from making history. They are closing out 2014 by celebrating their first No.1 single and Gold certification for “Girl In A Country Song.” The pair is only the second female duo to debut at No. 1 on the Nielsen BDS charts, with The Wreckers being the first, in 2006 for “Leave The Pieces.”

Maddie & Tae are also only the third female duo to reach No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Country Singles chart. The Davis Sisters were the first, with their No. 1 hits “I Forgot More About Love Than You’ll Ever Know” and “Jealous Love.”

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Dec 15

Dollywood Presents the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

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For a magical Christmas spectacle full of lights, seasonal music and festive fun, head to the Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. The event lasts through Jan. 3 and features plenty of family-friendly attractions, like Carol of the Trees, Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, Santa’s Workshop and more.

The newest installment at the park brings characters from the beloved TV classic, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, to life. Rudolph, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snow Monster are stationed at the Holly Jolly™ Junction for meet-and-greets and photos.

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Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol stage production, adapted from the Charles Dickens story, transports you to the Victorian period with lavish scenery and costumes. The classic tale is underscored with seven new songs written by Dolly exclusively for the musical. Plus, thanks to holographic technology, Dolly stars as the “Ghost of Christmas Past” in every show.

See the full list of Dollywood Christmas events here!

And be sure to tune in to special encore presentations of Backstory: Dolly Parton on Great American Country this month and next.

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Dec 15

Luke Bryan Shares Christmas Memories, Traditions

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2014 has been the best year of Luke Bryan’s career to date, bringing with it sold-out tours and stadium shows, several No. 1 songs, and a slew of awards, including the trophy for CMA Entertainer of the Year. He also has a loving wife and two healthy boys at home.

After such a great year, the only thing he wants this Christmas season is a little bit of down time before kicking off a busy 2015. He’s especially looking forward to Christmas morning.

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“With having two young boys, Christmas morning, watching them grow older and starting to understand Christmas and understand the excitement of Christmas, it’s just fun watching them tear into toys and sitting on Santa Claus’ lap at the mall, watching them pick what they want Santa Claus to bring,” he said. “And honestly, teaching them what the real reason for Christmas is and the reason for the season. It’s just great having them around, and certainly, Christmas isn’t anything without kids.”

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Dec 14

Country Stars Support Charities in 2014

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Whether they were volunteering, fundraising or otherwise supporting charitable causes, country stars were generous in 2014. As a reminder that this is the season of giving, here are a few stories Great American Country featured this year.

Scotty McCreery recently raised $60,000 at a benefit concert for the 12.14 Foundation, which was established in memory of lives lost in the 2012 Newton, Conn., school shooting.

Over Thanksgiving, Miranda Lambert and her MuttNation Foundation opened a no-kill animal shelter called Redemption Ranch.

Keith Urban filmed a PSA for November’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in support of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation.

As part of his involvement in and support of the USO’s Every Moment Counts campaign, Hunter Hayes played a free concert in downtown Nashville at the 2014 CMA Festival. Continue Reading

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Dec 14

Darius Rucker and Sheryl Crow Holiday Duet Inspiration

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Darius Rucker found inspiration for his new Christmas album, Home for the Holidays, in a blockbuster film. The project features a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Sheryl Crow, and while most duets are recorded separately, Rucker and Crow recorded the song together in the studio.

“When we got Sheryl to come and do it, and after sitting there with her in the studio right next to each other singing it over and over and laughing and having a great time, I knew it was a great choice,” Rucker said.

Rucker chose to record the song thanks to the holiday comedy Elf, starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Continue Reading

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