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ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris will be the musical guest on the December 10 episode of Saturday Night Live, making her the first country artist to play the show this season. WWE superstar-turned-actor John Cena will host that night.

The CMA New Artist of the Year just added two new dates to her 2017 Hero Tour. Both Maren's February 2 show in New York City and her April 4 concert in Nashville sold out in less than ten minutes on Friday.

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CMTIf you can’t wait for the premiere of Nashville, the good news is -- you won’t have to! CMT, the drama’s new home, will preview the first hour of season five on December 15, ahead of the full two-hour episode’s official air date on January 5. Both air in Nashville’s new time slot, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET.

You can also get an early preview via a new trailer on YouTube. Though the first half is largely a recap of last season, the final minute teases a new love interest for Maddie after she returns home with Rayna and Deacon, fireworks between Gunnar and Scarlett, and the answer to what happened to Juliette after her plane disappeared.

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ABC/Image Group LA Brad Paisley takes fans on a tour of the Appalachian Mountains where he grew up, in his episode of the new Landmarks Live in Concert series set to air next year as part of Great Performances on PBS.

Hosted by Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith, the show will feature interviews with the artists, as they showcase some of their favorite places. Brad’s set was shot during his outdoor concert at West Virginia University during his Country Nation College Tour in September.

You can catch Brad Paisley -- Landmarks Live in Concert Friday, January 27 at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAYou can find out what a typical show day is like for David Nail in the new live performance video for his latest single, “Good at Tonight.” You can check out the clip shot in different cities on David’s Fighter Tour on YouTube.

Written by CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne, the single features vocals from TJ and John, though they don’t appear in the video. “Good at Tonight” is the second release from David’s Fighter album.

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Comstock/Thinkstock On December 4, 1956, the foursome soon-to-be known as The Million Dollar Quartet held an impromptu recording session at Sun studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Can you name the group's members? ANSWER:  Elvis PresleyJohnny CashJerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re an audiophile and a Keith Urban fan, Friday is your lucky day! Three of Keith’s records -- 2002’s Golden Road, 2010’s Get Closer, and 2013’s Fuse -- are being released on vinyl for the first time ever. 

Golden Road is a two-disc set, while both Get Closer and Fuse are single LPs. The Aussie superstar’s most recent release, RipCord, came out on vinyl last summer.

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ABC/Image Group LA William Michael MorganMaren MorrisJon PardiGranger Smith and Drake White are set to play next year’s prestigious New Faces of Country Music show. Held every year during Country Radio Seminar, it’s seen as a significant indicator of who’s likely to be around for a long time, as well as who has a shot at super-stardom.

The performers are voted on by members of the radio industry attending the convention. Last year, both Kelsea Ballerini and Old Dominion took the stage, following in the footsteps of RebaGeorge Strait, and Thomas Rhett, who were also chosen early in their careers.

The already-sold-out show takes place Friday, February 24 at the Omni Nashville.

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NBCUniversalAfter going head-to-head with Cookie Wednesday night, Dolly Parton officially comes out on top.  Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was number-one for the night, drawing nearly 12 million viewers for NBC, compared to nearly eight million for Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire, according to Variety.

The holiday-themed sequel to last year’s Coat of Many Colors was down about a million-and-a-half viewers compared to its record-setting predecessor, which was the most-watched made-for-TV movie in some time.

If you missed Dolly’s cameo as The Painted Lady who inspired her iconic look, you can stream or download Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love now, with the DVD on the way December 20.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Blake Shelton stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

Vince Gill will be the official ambassador for the Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will perform at its grand opening on March 9.

CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks will play five shows in Cincinnati over two weekends in January, during what’s set to be his last World Tour stop in the Ohio/Kentucky area. So far, he’s sold more than 70,000 tickets to the concerts that kick off January 21.

Lorrie Morgan has four more dates on her Grits & Glamour Christmas Tour with Pam Tillis, starting Saturday in El Cajon, California, before kicking off her own Enchanted Christmas trek December 14 in St. Charles, Illinois.

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ABC/Image Group LA Even though Jason Aldean is known for his arena anthems like "Lights Come On," the ACM Entertainer of the Year also enjoys reminding his fans -- and his critics -- of his true country roots.

“You know, I love to go out and have these songs that are fun and kind of rock, and uptempo things,” he tells ABC Radio. “But I also love to prove to people that I'm also a country act, and I grew up on country music and I can sing that as well as I do the other stuff, because I like it. I mean, I put those things on the record because I enjoy playing 'em.”

The latest single from Jason's They Don’t Know record certainly falls into that category.

“There's a song on the new album called 'Any Ol' Barstool' that's just, I mean, as country as it gets. It's sort of my version of I guess, kinda traditional -- I wouldn't say it's traditional country, but it's… probably as country as we're gonna get.”  

“Any Ol’ Barstool” is the follow-up to “A Little More Summertime,” which recently became the 18th number-one of Jason’s career.

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ABC/Image Group LALuke Bryan is speaking out after video on social media and YouTube captured an altercation with a concert-goer at Wednesday night’s Volunteer Jam in Nashville.

“A man in [the] front row was making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance,” Bryan's publicist explained in a statement. “It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for military veterans -- some of who were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man’s disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.”

The two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year was performing his hit “Move” at the time, which he went on to finish after the incident. According to Rolling Stone, there were multiple men heckling the singer, with one waving a sign that read “We can see your camel toe,” a nod to Luke’s notoriously tight jeans.

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is set to headline this year’s A Home for the Holidays special on CBS. Now in its 18th year, the annual event highlights families whose lives have been changed through adoption.

The ACM Female Vocalist of the Year will perform songs from her new double album, The Weight of These Wings, alongside Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara and pop star Rachel Platten.

A Home for the Holidays airs Friday December 23 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett will finish up 2016 by performing for more than a million people expected to turn out for the annual ball drop in New York City’s Times Square. He’ll join Mariah CareyJoe Jonas’s band DNCE and Gloria Estefan, along with the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet!, for this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve

Ryan Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will host from the Big Apple, with Fergie joining them from Hollywood. They’ll kick off five-and-a-half hours of music starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch has been promising a steamy new video for his top-15 hit, “Seein’ Red,” and now, he’s ready to deliver. In the clip, he and his band play the new single on an all-white set, as they literally are seeing red images of the 31-year-old making out with model Yoli Lara, as they’re projected on the wall in front of them.

While getting intimate with a gorgeous girl may sound like fun, Dustin admits it was actually a little awkward.

“I introduced myself and within seconds [the director] was like ‘Okay, Yoli, jump in his lap and let’s get to making out!” Dustin tells Entertainment Tonight. “I mean, there were only 30 or more people watching, so [it was] totally normal.”

As the song reaches its climax, the images seem to explode, dousing Dustin and his band in -- you guessed it-- red.

“The only thing I was able to salvage were my boots and they went from being solid black to having some red highlights,” he says. “Everything else, our clothes and most of our gear, we preserved and are going to do some cool things for charity with them.”

You can check out the full video at ETOnline.com now, or see it when it premieres on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend.

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Comstock/ThinkstockForty-two years ago this week, John Denver scored his first #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with this self-penned tune. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Back Home Again."

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Courtesy Webster Public RelationsDolly Parton’s never been one to forget where she’s from.  In response to the fires still burning in her native Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dolly’s established a fund to help folks who have lost everything to the blazes.

Dubbed the My People Fund, the joint effort by The Dollywood Company and the Dollywood Foundation will donate $1,000 each month to families in Sevier County, TN, who lost their homes.

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Dolly says in a video message announcing the fund.  “We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

Dolly promises to reveal additional information about the program Friday.

You can donate to the My People Fund by visiting DollywoodFoundation.org.

Fires in the Great Smoky Mountains this week burned hundreds of homes and forced the evacuation of thousands of people in Sevier County and the town of Gatlinburg.  Seven people so far are known to have died in the fires.

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Peter Kramer/NBCThe stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center.

Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were among the musical guests.  Dolly sang “Christmas of Many Colors,” while Garth and Trisha sang a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” from their current holiday album, Christmas Together.

Other performers included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Pentatonix, Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, and Anthony Hamilton with The Roots

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen it comes to what he wants for Christmas, Justin Moore seems to have a big “ask” for jolly old Saint Nick this year -- a new house!

“For the holidays in particular, we're hoping to be moved into our new house that we're building and have been building for a year and a half,” he explains. “So that would be Christmas present #1, the best, and the most wanted… We're so close, though. We're hanging light fixtures and we're doing flooring, so we're getting close.”

Whether he’s able to spend the holidays in his new home or not, the Arkansas native knows exactly what he’ll be doing.

“It's fun. We're pretty traditional,” Justin says. “We just hang out with family, eat really good stuff. My wife makes a gumbo, because she's from south of New Orleans. And we just kind of hang with family.” 

When asked what Christmas with his little girls will be like, the father of three jokes, “Expensive!”

“Somebody Else Will,” Justin’s follow-up to his recent number-one, “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” is climbing the chart now.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock For the first time in more than two decades, Garth Brooks will play Edmonton, Alberta next year. Tickets for the February 18 show with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, December 9.

You can watch a special rebroadcast of The 50th Annual CMA Awards January 1 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV.

If you missed Kacey Musgraves’ performance of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” Wednesday on Good Morning America, you can check it out online.


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ABC/Image Group LA Ugly Christmas sweaters have become such a thing there’s even a song about them on Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s new Christmas Together record. But Garth and Trisha aren’t the only ones who are getting in on the action.

Florida Georgia Line and Sara Evans have designed their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts for this holiday season, both with the hint that a little drinking might be in order.  Santa raises a bottle of FGL’s new peach/pecan Old Camp whiskey on their shirt, along with the admonition to “Keep Your Spirits High.” Sara’s “All I Want for Christmas”-themed sweater showcases a glass of red wine, along with a bottle that references her hit “A Little Bit Stronger.” Sam Hunt goes a little more John Cusack on his design, which features a bear holding a boom box over his head a la Say Anything.  

The shirts will run you 35-dollars, and are part of the Deck the Halls campaign by Musicians on Call, the organization that works to bring music to the bedsides of patients all across the country. You can check out the shirts online.

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