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Jennifer Nettles Set to Host CMA Christmas

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Once again, some of country music’s biggest names are teaming up to bring us CMA Country Christmas, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, November 8th, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Jennifer Nettles will host this special, which airs this holiday season on ABC, for the fourth year.

“It’s really a joy for me to get to host CMA Country Christmas,” Nettles said. “I have so much fun doing it! I love the holiday season, and for me to get to be a part of this show for the fourth year in a row is a really big honor. What I love about doing this gig is that it’s the closest I’ve gotten to the old classic television variety shows. It is entertainment that everybody in the family can find fun, and I hope it’s something that keeps happening for years and years and years.”

Scheduled to join Jennifer and celebrate the season with songs and stories are: Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, and Michael W. Smith.

“The taping for CMA Country Christmas is a jump-start for the holiday season and has become a family tradition for many Nashville residents,” said CMA Board President, Ed Hardy. “Adding to the celebration is our A Gift for All toy drive, which provides new toys for homeless children, shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and heart of our artists, the industry, and this city.”

Audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help underprivileged Nashville area children enjoy their holiday season. Generosity, a Nashville-based, non-profit group, will have volunteers at Bridgestone Arena to collect the toys for distribution to homeless families. Volunteers from Generosity will start accepting toys on November 8th at 1:00 PM at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza. ***A ticket for the show is not necessary to donate a toy to the cause.***

Tickets for CMA Country Christmas are on sale now and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

For updates and further information, visit CMAchristmas.com.

Rhonda Vincent Helps Raise Money For Rocketown

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Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent helped raise $10,000 for Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown.  Vincent helped Denali Flavors, the developers of the legendary Moose Tracks Ice Cream flavor, and Purity Dairy to give away 10,000 scoops of ice cream during the 10,000 Scoop Challenge at the CMA Fest in Downtown Nashville.  For every scoop of ice cream, Denali Flavors donated $1 to Rocektown, a teen center started by Michael W. Smith.

 

It was a delicious event for a great cause and it was a treat to get to spend time with my friends all while raising money for a wonderful organization, Michael W. Smith’s Rocketown.

Vincent was joined by Jennifer Johnson (WKRN News 2), Scott Hamilton (Olympic Gold Medalist / Figure Skater), GNASH (Nashville Predators mascot), and Jason Crabb (Grammy Award Winning Vocalist).

For more information on Rocketown, visit www.rocketown.com.

Carrie Underwood Attends Fundraiser Hosted By Jeff Foxworthy

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Lets play a game of “Six Degrees”, shall we?

Okay, so Carrie Underwood attended a fundraiser last night hosted by Jeff Foxworthy for Rocketown, which is a Christian-based hangout in Nashville. But, she wasn’t there for her benefit. That’s where the six degrees comes in. She was there with her hubby, Mike Fisher, who is a player for the NHL Nashville Predators. The Predators’ head coach is best buds with a manager for Michael W. Smith, who is a big supporter of Rocketown. Hope that didn’t give you too much of a headache!

Carrie and her husband wore matching plaid shirts and jeans in support of the Redneck Rally for Rocketown-hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, of course. Carrie kept a low profile, quietly autographing event programs for the few folks who asked. That didn’t stop auctioneers from trying to entice her to buy items for the charity.

When a 1957 T-Bird made it onto the block, the auctioneer gestured toward Carrie and said, “Wouldn’t that look good in a country music video?”

10 songs for Mother’s Day

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Us here at Keepin’ it Country want to wish all the moms out there a happy Mother’s Day! Just in case you’re looking for a playlist of songs to help celebrate the weekend with your Mom, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite country songs about moms. Take a listen to our list below and let us know what YOUR picks are for mother’s day.

MAMA’S SONG – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

A personal song written by Carrie herself to her mom is our first pick for our Mother’s Day playlist. The music video features Carrie and her real life mom, as pictured to the side of this post, on her wedding day as she tells her mom that she doesn’t need to worry about her daughter, because she learned from her. “Mama’s Song” was the fourth single from Carrie’s “Play On” album, which was co-written by Carrie with Luke Laird, Kara DioGuardi, and Marti Frederikson. BONUS: The video also features Carrie’s real-life husband, Mike Fisher.

 

Check out the rest of our picks below: 

Craig Campbell Releases Outta My Head EP

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As a special holiday treat for fans, Craig Campbell is releasing an exclusive version of his brand new EP.  The 6-song CD includes 2 brand new songs from his upcoming sophomore album in addition to 2 previously unreleased tracks and live recordings of his smash singles “Family Man” and “Fish.”  The Outta My Head physical EP is available for fans to purchase now exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide.

Craig Campbell's official album art for his Walmart Outta My Head EP.

Craig Campbell’s official album art for his Walmart-released Outta My Head EP.

Outta My Head “Walmart Exclusive” EPOfficial Track Listing

1. “Outta My Head” (Brandon Kinney, Michael Carter, Cole Swindell)
2. “Keep Them Kisses Comin’” (Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip)
3. “This Old Guitar” (Craig Campbell, Rob Hatch, Jason Sellers)
4. “You Can’t Drown Misery” (Craig Campbell, Jameson Clark, Rob Hatch)
5. “Family Man” -Live from Gstaad, Switzerland (Craig Campbell, Jon Henderson, Joel Shewmake)
6. “Fish” -Live from Gstaad, Switzerland (Craig Campbell, Arlos Smith, Ashe Underwood)

GAC Booth Announces Schedule For CMA Fest Autograph Sessions

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We’re getting closer and closer to this year’s CMA Music Festival and GAC has just announced who will be signing at their booth this year! Check out who you can have a chance to meet below.

Thursday, June 7:

• 10-11 a.m. – JT HodgesColt Ford
• 12-1 p.m. – Katie Armiger, Gwen Sebastian
• 2-3 p.m. – Craig Campbell, Jerrod Niemann
• 4-5 p.m. – Bryan White

Friday, June 8:
• 10-11 a.m. – Mallory Hope, Miss Willie Brown
• 12-1 p.m. – Randy Montana, Phil Vassar
• 2-3 p.m. – Heidi Newfield, Suzanne Alexander
• 4-5 p.m. – Sarah Darling, Chris Cagle

Saturday, June 9:
• 10-11 a.m. – Jason Michael Carroll
• 12-1 p.m. – Canaan Smith
• 2-3 p.m. – Billy Gilman, Trailer Choir

Sunday, June 10:
• 10-11 a.m. – Wade Brown, Due West
• 2-3 p.m. – Glen Templeton

Please remember that autograph guidelines have changed for this year’s CMA Fest. Here is a highlight of how the new procedure works:

Fans will now enter a random drawing for the opportunity to meet various artists appearing in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. You will be able to enter the drawing at CMAfest.com. between May 14 (starting at 10:00 AM/CT) and May 28 (ending at 5:00 PM/CT). You will enter in your contact information and then select from the list of participating artists singing autographs in the Hall. You may select as many or as few artists as you’d like to meet. Once you submit your entry, you will not be allowed to go back in and change it so choose carefully! Duplicate entries will not be considered and all winners will be notified by Friday, June 1 via email.

CMA will also have a limited number of tickets on-site at the Festival for those who can’t get to a computer to register ahead of time. For more information on this, please see the Fan Fair Hall page at CMAfest.com.

Not every artist participating in the Fan Fair Hall will be part of the autograph drawing. There will be many opportunities for patrons to obtain multiple autographs from artists by just walking around the Fan Fair Hall. So don’t lose hope if you don’t get picked!