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Lucy Hale Cancels Winter Tour Due to Vocal Strain


Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityPretty Little Liars star-turned-country singer Lucy Hale has canceled all of her winter tour dates due to vocal strain. She was set to kick off the trek on January 29 in Boston.

Lucy says, "I am devastated that I can’t be out performing for my fans who have been incredibly supportive,but I have been advised not to embark on a tour at this time. You know I hate letting y'all down and thank you for your understanding.”

Fans who bought tickets for Lucy's shows should contact their point of purchase for information on a refund.

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Kelly Clarkson Hosting Star-Studded Miracle on Broadway Concert Saturday Night in Nashville


Image Courtesy RCA RecordsKelly Clarkson's star-studded Miracle on Broadway concert is set for Saturday night at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The lineup includes pop stars Meghan Trainor and Hayley Williams of Paramore as well as country stars Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Martina McBride. Kelly started the ball rolling for the show less than 90 days ago, and she recruited her mother-in-law, Reba, as the first special guest on the show. Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock.

Kelly says with a laugh, "I figured if I could tie Reba in, people would say yes. So, she said yes, probably 'cause she's just my mother-in-law. It'd be awkward at Christmas when she was like, 'Oh, I turned you down.'"

The stellar lineup at Miracle on Broadway is a testament to how much other artists, like Trisha Yearwood, love and respect Kelly.

"If Kelly Clarkson asked me to mow her lawn, I'm there," Trisha tells ABC News Radio. "I mean, really. She emailed and she goes, 'I know you and Garth are really busy, and I expect you to say no, but I just want to ask.' Both of us were like, 'Yeah, absolutely.' So, I mean, really, truly anything for her."

Kelly hopes to make Miracle on Broadway an annual event, and she's already gotten commitments for next year's show from a few superstars, including Dolly Parton. Kelly reached out to Dolly about eight days ago to join her for a duet of "Hard Candy Christmas" at this year's concert, but Dolly actually returned Kelly's email with a fax containing a sweet note about the song and Kelly's new baby, River Rose.

Kelly says of Dolly, "First of all, I love her because she doesn't email. She faxes, which makes me love her. Like, you don't understand. The fax, I'm actually framing and putting in my office."

Miracle on Broadway coincides with Kelly's first Christmas with her baby, River Rose. While she's worked with charities in the Nashville area for years now, Kelly says becoming a mother has made her want to give even more back to her community.

In addition to River Rose, Kelly is a stepmom to Brandon's two children from a previous marriage. She hopes to instill that spirit of giving into their kids with events like Miracle on Broadway.

Says Kelly, "We want to make sure that they are a part of things like this from the get-go. His kids, and our little girl as well -- [to] just see this. Because it's like, you can't grow up in your own little world. There's a whole world out there, and there's people that are in need."

Proceeds from Miracle on Broadway benefit several of Kelly's favorite charities in Middle Tennessee, including The Community Foundation, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Monroe Harding Children's Home, Second Harvest Food Bank and the Thistle Farms organization for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

Fans attending the concert are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation for Second Harvest Food Bank. Those not attending the concert can make a one-time $10 donation by texting MIRACLE to 41010.

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Garth Brooks Adds More Shows in Detroit


Image Courtesy Pearl/RCAGarth Brooks has added three dates to his run of shows in Detroit for a total of six concerts starting Friday, February 20. He'll then play two shows on Saturday, February 21. There's another show on Friday, February 27 followed by two shows on Saturday, February 28.

So far, Garth has sold more than 90,000 tickets in Detroit with tickets still available through Ticketmaster.com.

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Martina McBride Shares Holiday Recipes and Traditions on "Today" This Tuesday


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsMartina McBride recently invited Today correspondent Jenna Bush Hager into her home in Nashville for a segment airing just before Christmas. Martina shared stories about her Christmas traditions and prepared a few recipes from her new book about entertaining, Around the Table. The book came out earlier this year and offers tips on how to throw parties for every season.

Tune in to see Martina on NBC's Today on Tuesday morning.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Hunter Hayes' Grammy-nominated crossover ballad from 2012? ANSWER: "Wanted."

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The Swon Brothers Catch Up with "The Voice" Winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, over Dinner


Image Courtesy Splash! PRThe Swon Brothers caught up with the newly crowned winner of The Voice, Craig Wayne Boyd, over dinner in New York City. The Swon Brothers, who competed on The Voice on Team Blake like Craig, had dinner with Craig at the Bond 45 Italian steakhouse this week. All three stars posed for pictures with fans at the restaurant in between sharing stories about The Voice.

The Swon Brothers will hit the road with Brad Paisley next month. Of note, Craig Wayne Boyd has signed a record deal with Dot Records, the label home of Maddie & Tae.

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Hunter Hayes Performs on "Christmas in Washington," Tonight


Image Courtesy TNTHunter Hayes performs for President Obama on tonight's Christmas in Washington special on TNT, but this won't be the first time he's entertained a sitting president. In fact, Hunter sang for his first U.S. president as a seven- or eight-year-old child prodigy in a Cajun band.

Hunter tells ABC News Radio, "It was actually on the White House lawn."

He returned to Washington, D.C. the next year to perform for the president again, but Hunter admits he didn't really understand what a big deal that was as a kid.

He says with a laugh, "I'm 23 now. It means a lot. It means a lot more, you know."

Look for Hunter to perform "Run Run Rudolph" and "Mary, Did You Know" on Christmas in Washington. Performing on this show has been on Hunter's wish list for a while now.

"I've seen, actually, a lot of my favorite artists do it," Hunter explains. "Everything about it is just so [big] -- I mean, the enormous and incredible orchestra, the choir, the band that plays with everybody. The production, the building, and obviously, all for our nation, right? So, it's quite something to walk into and process."

Darius Rucker, Earth Wind & Fire and pop star Rita Ora are also performing on Christmas in Washington. The show, hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET, and you'll see the first family get onstage with all the musical performers at the end and hug them.

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Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRolling Stone Country has selected Kenny Chesney's hit song, "American Kids," as the best country single of 2014.

Sara Evans has two new Christmas performances available for viewing now at YouTube.com/CountryNow.

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The Band Perry and Hunter Hayes Confirmed to Attend the People's Choice Awards on January 7


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry and Hunter Hayes are both set to attend the People's Choice Awards on January 7. The Band Perry is nominated for Favorite Country Group at the People's Choice Awards, and Hunter is nominated for Favorite Male Country Artist.

Ellen DeGeneres, Beth Behrs, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin Hart and Betty White are among the others stars confirmed to attend. The show airs January 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Scotty McCreery Performing on "Fox & Friends Christmas Special" on Christmas Eve


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is performing on Fox News's Fox & Friends Christmas Special on Christmas Eve, December 24. Scotty and his band are set to sing "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" on the show, airing that night at 8 p.m. ET. Both songs are included on Scotty's 2012 holiday album, Christmas with Scotty McCreery.

Look for the Fox & Friends Christmas Special to re-air on Christmas Day at 2 p.m. ET.

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Country Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the runner up when Carrie Underwood won American Idol in 2005? ANSWER: Bo Bice.

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Trisha Yearwood Performing on ABC's Disney Parks Christmas Day Special


Image Courtesy RCA/GwendolynTrisha Yearwood will perform her latest single, "PrizeFighter," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" on the 31st Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Special. The show airs December 25 on ABC starting at 10 a.m. ET with Robin Roberts serving as host. Tim Tebow, Modern Family's Sarah Hyland, Ariana Grande, Lucy Hale and Train are also taking part in the special.

Check local listings to confirm the air time in your area.

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Brantley Gilbert Added to "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" Lineup


Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Yet another batch of performers for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest has been announced, including Brantley Gilbert. He'll perform at the Hollywood Party portion of the show, along with Nick Jonas, Nico & Vinz, Train and Ella Henderson.

Florida Georgia Line is also set to perform live from New York City's Time's Square while Lady Antebellum will join the show from Nashville. One Direction, Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Meghan Trianor and Elton John are also on the show.

The fun gets underway December 31 starting at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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Carrie Underwood Explains Why She Prefers a Fake Christmas Tree


Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood's family always had a fake Christmas tree since her sister was allergic to fir trees. Now that she's got her own house, Carrie still puts up a fake tree at Christmas just to keep things simple.

She says, "I don't think there's any kind of tree that's not a pain in the rear to get in and get out and decorate and whatever, but they're pretty."

While she's looking to expand her Christmas decoration collection, Carrie has a pretty good start with her giant fake tree and ornaments. She also has stockings for her two dogs, Ace and Penny, explaining, " They need stockings, too. It's their Christmas, too"

Carrie continues, "[I have] big candle pieces and things like that. Little ceramic Santa things. Pillows. I have lots of pillows that say stuff on 'em. Reindeer-type things. Big, wooden reindeer."

Of course, this will be the last Christmas Carrie and her husband, Mike, spend without their baby boy. He's due in early 2015.

In other Carrie news, her first compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, sold 94,000 copies in its first week to debut at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockFrankie Ballard is releasing "Young & Crazy" as the follow up to his #1 hits "Helluva Night" and "Sunshine & Whiskey."

Zac Brown Band performs on Live from the Artists Den, airing on public television starting January 30, 2015. Check local listings for air time.

Dolly Parton's Blue Smoke…The Best of Dolly European release has been certified platinum in the United Kingdom.

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Chase Bryant Staying Humble as Debut Hit, "Take It on Back," Races Up the Chart


Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsNewcomer Chase Bryant is racing up the country chart with his debut single, "Take It on Back." The hit song has established Chase as one of country's most talented and good-looking new acts, but he's taking his newfound success in stride.

Chase tells ABC News Radio, "I'm trying not to get big-headed about it. I got good people around me keeping me humble, and I really appreciate that from all the people and all, from the bottom of my heart."

Chase has enjoyed getting to know his fans as well as the folks at country radio, too.

He adds, "It's just a humbling experience and I've been glad to have had that success, and I just hope it's continued."

Look for Chase to announce his 2015 tour plans very soon.

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Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT's "Ultimate Kickoff Party" Special January 9


Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Trace Adkins Releasing 20-Song Concert DVD on January 13


Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits "Songs About Me," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "You're Gonna Miss This" among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.

Here's the DVD track listing:

"(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing"
"Songs About Me"
"Big Time"
"This Ain't No Love"
"Chrome"
"You're Gonna Miss This"
"There's a Girl in Texas"
"Every Light in the House"
"Marry for Money"
"Come to Poppa"
"Hot Mama"
"Heartbreak Song"
"Maintenance Man"
"It All Adds Up to Us"
"Ladies Love Country Boys"
"Rock You Up"
"I Left Something Turned On at Home"
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
"Ride"
"Take It from Me"

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Alan Jackson Playing 25th Anniversary Concert in Nashville April 11


Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin' It Country Tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan's 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.

Alan's Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville's Music City Center. Tickets for Alan's concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.

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The Band Perry Releases Scenic Video for "Gentle on My Mind"


Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell's classic "Gentle on My Mind." The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.

The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis.

"Gentle on My Mind" is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Country Duo/Group performance.

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