The final stop for Quicken Loans Presents George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. The show, which will be the star-studded grand finale of George Strait’s final two-year tour, is set for June 7, 2014 with a crowd of more than 100,000 in attendance. For more information on Strait’s forthcoming new music and Quicken Loans Presents George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014, please visit www.georgestrait.com.
Strait will also be auctioning off two pairs of front row seats plus meet-and-greet passes to each show on Quicken Loans Presents George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2014, with proceeds benefiting The Jenifer Strait Foundation, a foundation that focuses its donations on various children's charities including Boys and Girls Clubs of San Antonio and St. Jude's Ranch. For more information or to participate in the auction, click here.
Country legend Dolly Parton has revealed the U.S. dates for her upcoming Blue Smoke World Tour, which kicks off on January 24th in Rancho Mirage, California. Previously announced dates include shows in New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Dolly says, “We’re kicking off our Blue Smoke World Tour right here at home. I love traveling all over the world; but it’s true, there’s nothing like home.”
Jan 24 Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage, CA
Jan 25 Star Of The Desert Arena at Primm Valley Resorts Primm, NV
Jan 26 Reno Events Center Reno, NV
Jan 28 Comerica Theater Phoenix, AZ
May 22 Hard Rock Casino Tulsa, OK
May 23 Hard Rock Casino Tulsa, OK
May 25 Harrah's Cherokee Casino Cherokee, NC
May 27 St. Mark's "Evening Among Friends" @ EKU Center for the Arts Richmond, KY
May 28 "Imagination Library" Benefit Thompson-Boling Arena Knoxville, TN
May 30 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
May 31 Winstar Casino Thackerville, OK
GARTH BROOKS is officially coming out of retirement. He told ROBIN ROBERTS on "Good Morning America", quote, "You know what, let's announce it. We're going on a world tour in 2014." He also appeared on "The Talk" and said it's going to be a three-year tour . . . and that it'll make everything else he's ever done "look small."
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the leading country nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards with four nominations each. T scores a top all-genre nod for Album of the Year for Red, while Kacey is among the all-genre Best New Artist nominees. Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw have two nominations each. Other country nominees include Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, The Civil Wars, Little Big Town, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Jason Aldean. The 56th annual Grammy Awards will be held on January 26th in Los Angeles.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Taylor Swift - Red
BEST NEW ARTIST
BEST COUNTRY SOLO PERFORMANCE
Lee Brice - "I Drive Your Truck"
Hunter Hayes - "I Want Crazy"
Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"
Darius Rucker - "Wagon Wheel"
Blake Shelton - "Mine Would Be You"
BEST COUNTRY DUO/GROUP PERFORMANCE
Kenny Rogers With Dolly Parton - "You Can't Make Old Friends
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift & Keith Urban - "Highway Don't Care"
Kelly Clarkson f/ Vince Gill - "Don't Rush"
"Civil Wars - "From This Valley"
Little Big Town - "Your Side of the Bed"
BEST COUNTRY SONG
(award goes to songwriters; artist name in parentheses)
"Begin Again" - Taylor Swift (Taylor Swift)
"I Drive Your Truck" - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Jimmy Yeary (Lee Brice)
"Mama's Broken Heart" - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves (Miranda Lambert)
"Merry Go 'Round" - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves & Josh Osborne (Kacey Musgraves)
"Mine Would Be You" - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington & Deric Ruttan (Blake Shelton)
BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
Jason Aldean - Night Train
Tim McGraw - Two Lanes of Freedom
Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
Blake Shelton - Based on a True Story
Taylor Swift - Red
Eric Church’s next album, The Outsiders, is Billboard magazine’s new cover story. In an online preview, Eric opens up about recording the collection in an old East Nashville church with his longtime producer Jay Joyce. Eric says, “Jay had to become an ordained minister to purchase the church, and anybody who knows him knows that that’s its own joke –- it tells itself.” The new issue of Billboard hits newsstands Saturday (12/7), while "The Outsiders" cd lands on February 11th.
The website WhatToDoWithTheKids.com recently conducted a survey to find The Top 10 Family Holiday Movies and TV Specials. Here's the top 10, along with each one's rank in 2011. (There are actually 12 titles listed, thanks to a three-way tie.)
1. The 1966 animated special, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", which was also #1 in 2011.
2. The animated TOM HANKS movie, "The Polar Express", which he made back in 2004.
3. JIMMY STEWART'S 1946 black-and-white classic, "It's a Wonderful Life"
4. The 1964 animated special, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
5. The 2004 WILL FERRELL comedy, "Elf"
6. A three-way tie between the 1965 animated special, "A Charlie Brown Christmas". . . TIM ALLEN'S 1994 movie "The Santa Clause". . . and the 1969 animated special, "Frosty the Snowman"
7. JIM CARREY'S live-action version of "The Grinch" from 2000.
8. NATALIE WOOD'S 1947 black-and-white classic, "Miracle on 34th Street"
9. The 1989 CHEVY CHASE movie, "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"
10. The 1992 movie, "A Muppet Christmas Carol"
The ones from the 2011 list that DID NOT make this year's list are: The 1983 movie, "A Christmas Story". . . the 1951 black-and-white movie "Scrooge: A Christmas Carol". . .BING CROSBY'S 1954 movie, "White Christmas". . . and the first "Home Alone" movie, made back in 1990 when people still consider MACAULAY CULKIN cute.