GARTH BROOKS GIVES 'SNEAK PEEK' AT NEW ALBUM TODAY ONLY
Garth Brooks is giving fans what he calls a "sneak peek" at his new album, Man Against Machine, on GhostTunes until midnight tonight (Friday, October 31st). Garth says he talks a little bit about each song as a snippet of the tune plays for listeners. Man Against Machine will be released on November 11th.
The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood plays at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky tonight and tomorrow night (Saturday, November 1st). Garth will remember his late sister and former band member, Betsy Smittle, during tonight's show. He said, "Our family lost our sister Betsy on Halloween night, 2013. Since then, we have flown the "B 13" on the guitar in her honor. We will fly it one last time on the two shows in Lexington this Halloween night. It has been an honor to fly her salute for the past year, she was and is loved by so many and she will forever be with us every time we take the stage."
LUKE BRYAN CREATES '32 BRIDGE' CLOTHING LINE
Luke Bryan and Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, have paired up to create Luke's new 32 Bridge clothing line, debuting exclusively at Cabela’s on Saturday (November 1st). 32 Bridge will feature men’s and women’s apparel, including short-sleeve T-shirts, long-sleeve T-shirts and caps.
The line is being marketed to country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts.
Luke's inspiration for the new clothing line comes from his childhood home and passion for the outdoors. The name, 32 Bridge, is taken from a bridge in Georgia that crosses over the Flint River and marks the line between Worth and Lee counties. This is the area where Luke was raised and where he developed a passion for the outdoors, learning to fish and hunt with his family and friends.
The 32 Bridge clothing line will be offered exclusively at select Cabela’s retail stores, online at www.cabelas.com and by phone at (800) 237-4444.
Luke will be at next week's CMA Awards, where he’s nominated for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for Crash My Party. The show airs live from Nashville on ABC on November 5th at 8 p.m. ET.
KEITH URBAN, MIRANDA LAMBERT TO APPEAR ON 'GMA' ON 'CMA AWARDS' DAY
Keith Urban will perform a free concert in Nashville next week as part of ABC’s Good Morning America. The concert will take place on the plaza at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (November 5th) hours prior to the 48th Annual CMA Awards. Miranda Lambert will also drop in on the GMA broadcast to join Chief Meteorologist Ginger Zee and contributor Tim Tebow, who will be reporting live from Nashville. In addition to hosting duties on the CMA Awards Red Carpet, Tebow, an ESPN and SEC Network Analyst, will be a presenter at the CMA Awards.
Urban is nominated for several awards this year, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Album of the Year for Fuse and Music Event of the Year for "We Were Us" with Lambert.
The CMA Awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena beginning at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Winners in two CMA Awards categories – CMA Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year – will be announced on Good Morning America, which begins at 7 a.m. in all time zones.
LITTLE BIG TOWN PLAN NIGHT OF TRICK-OR-TREATING WITH FAMILIES
All four members of Little Big Town are parents of little kids who are very excited about today (Friday, October 31st) being Halloween. Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild have one son, four-year-old Elijah; Kimberly Schlapman is mom to seven-year-old daughter Daisy; and Phillip Sweet is dad to six-year-old daughter Penelopi.
Phillip, Jimi, Kimberly and Karen tell us about this year's Halloween plans: "(Phillip) For our house, my daughter Penelopi, she wanted us to be a vampire family. I’ve got a Dracula thing, she’d have a cape; she’s got this beautiful dress with velvet, what is that velvet? (Dracula laugh; Kimberly laughs) (Jimi) Elijah thinks I’m putting on green tights as Peter Pan, but it ain’t happening. (Kimberly) C’mon, Jimi. (Karen) Elijah’s gonna be Captain Hook, and he wants daddy to be Peter Pan. (Jimi) Not happening. I’ll be Smee. (laughter) (Kimberly) Karen should be Peter Pan. You should be Peter Pan, Karen, and Jimi can be Tinkerbell. (laughs) (Jimi) It’s getting worse. (Kimberly) We’re gonna do the Frozen theme at our house. (Jimi) Of course. (Kimberly) My little girl is going to be Anna, she wants me to be Elsa, and she wants my husband to be Olaf. (Jimi) Which one’s the cold, freezy one? (Kimberly) Elsa. That’s going to me . . . a ha. (Jimi) That’s you . . . (Kimberly) I’m going to have to work on costumes."
Little Big Town released their new album, Pain Killer, earlier this month.
They are also the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry, having been inducted on October 17th.
BRAD PAISLEY TO GUEST ON ESPN'S 'COLLEGE GAMEDAY' THIS WEEKEND
Brad Paisley will pay a visit to ESPN’s College GameDay on Saturday (November 1st). The singer will stop by the GameDay set in Morgantown, West Virginia, on the campus of West Virginia University. Brad will join host Chris Fowler and analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard for their winning picks segment leading into the weekend’s biggest college football games. The weekly three-hour show airs from 9 a.m. – noon ET will set up on the patio of the Mountainlair Student Union for only its second visit to Morgantown. At 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC will televise the Mountaineers’ game against TCU.
ESPN senior coordinating producer Lee Fitting said, "Anytime we can get a star of Brad Paisley’s stature on the show it is a huge win. On top of that, Brad is a West Virginia native and huge Mountaineers fan. GameDay’s been on a great run this season with celebrity guest pickers and Saturday morning in Morgantown with Brad on our set should be very entertaining."
Brad will be back in Nashville next week to co-host the CMA Awards on Wednesday (November 5th) on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
TYLER FARR AND HIS NINJA TURTLE HALLOWEEN COSTUME
As a kid, Tyler Farr says that Halloween was one of his favorite days. The singer usually leaned toward sports figures costumes, but he tells us he did squeeze in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle getup along the way. "I always wanted to be a sports person, so I never got too crazy. I was never a Power Ranger or a . . . I think I was a Ninja Turtle one year. I wanted to be Donatello — I think I was Donatello — and I had that big stick thing that he carries, but my mom ended up taking it away from me ’cause I kept attacking everybody, like, thinking I was a real Ninja Turtle. Yeah, I got in . . . I was big into Halloween." .
GLORIANA MEMBERS RECALL LEAST FAVORITE HALLOWEEN CANDY
Remember as a kid when you'd sit down on the floor at home after hours of trick-or-treating to pour over all the candy in your Halloween bucket? There were always those certain kinds of candy that you weren't exactly thrilled to see in the pile.
Gloriana members Rachel Reinert and Tom Gossin can quickly recall which kinds of candy that was for them. They tell us: "Anytime you get one of those little packets of Starburst and you're like, 'I wonder which colors it's gonna be,' right? There's two in a pack, and you're sitting there, you start to open it up. If you get a yellow and an orange, there is nothing worse in life. (Tom) There was this candy when i was a kid called Mary Janes. It was, like, killed your teeth, pulled out all your fillings. They were in a yellow and red (wrapper), it had a red stripe on the little package but it looked like a little . . . like you were buying drugs from somebody or something. It was really creepy, but awful taste."
On the other hand, Rachel says she loves any kind of chocolate, while Tom prefers Starburst and Skittles, and Mike Gossin says these days he's a big fan of Lifesavers and Jolly Ranchers.
Gloriana just released a new single called "Trouble." It's the debut release from their yet untitled new album due out next year.
Jimmy Wayne’s 2011 Christmas book, Paper Angels, based on his song with the same name has been turned into an original movie which will premiere on the UP network on November 16th at 7 p.m. ET. Howard Books will reissue the book on November 4th, featuring a refreshed cover that ties into the movie.
Jimmy said, "Having my book become a movie is something I had always hoped would happen. It’s an inspirational story, and one I hope will encourage people to keep in mind those children who have so little, not just during Christmas, but throughout the year."
As a child, Jimmy was a recipient of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. He has a small role in the film, and the denim jacket he carries is the one he wore in his music video for the hit song "Paper Angels." It was given to him when he was a homeless teenager living on the streets in North Carolina.
Jimmy added, "I’ve always kept that jacket, just to remind myself of what my life was like back then. It was a hard life, but it helped me get to where I am today."
Paper Angels, the movie, stars Josie Bissett (Melrose Place) and Matthew Settle (Gossip Girl).
KIX BROOKS HEADS OUT ON A 'STEAK OUT'
Kix Brooks will be the star of a new Cooking Channel special, called Steak Out with Kix Brooks, premiering on Sunday (November 2nd) at 8 p.m. ET. Kix is hitting the road on his tour bus to discover seven of the country’s best restaurants in Chicago, Louisville and Nashville.
Kix said, "It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, steakhouses are in every small town to big city. I really think that local steakhouses say a lot about the personality of their community, so this show was a great way to get to know a few towns and their people better over a great steak dinner and a glass of wine."
Kix told Billboard that Steak Out was born out of his desire to do some research on possibly opening up his own steakhouse in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Kix is also the owner of award-winning Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, Tennessee.