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Strait Cowboys' Captain For Home Opener Sunday, Tour Dates Monday


George Strait is becoming another type of cowboy.  The country star will take the field at AT&T Stadium to act as the Dallas Cowboys' honorary captain for the coin toss prior to the team's home opener against the New York Giants this weekend.  The game will be carried on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" starting at 8:20 p.m. Eastern.  George will then return to the venue on Monday to announce the dates for his upcoming tour.  The 2014 edition of his "Cowboy Rides Away" trek will formally cap off the King of Country's touring career.  Fans will be able to watch Strait's press conference live online.  The media event will be streamed at and starting at noon Eastern time.


Urban Debuts Songs At NFL Concert, Underwood's Theme Debuts Sunday


Keith Urban fans are getting another taste of his upcoming album, courtesy of the National Football League.  The country star was the featured performer for this year's NFL Kickoff Concert, which was part of NBC's extended pregame show for Thursday's 2013-2014 season launch.  His set featured the live debut of few new songs, including "Even The Stars Fall 4 U."


And Carrie Underwood fans won't have to wait much longer for the start of her run singing the theme to NBC's "Sunday Night Football."  Her rendition of "Waiting All Day For Sunday Night" will have its premiere as part of the series opener this weekend.  The broadcast, featuring the Dallas Cowboys hosting the New York Giants, is scheduled to begin on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Eastern.


Kenny Rogers' New Novel Now In Stores


Kenny Rogers' upcoming album isn't the only thing that has been occupying his time.  The country star also has a new novel in stores, titled "What Are The Chances."


Rogers says he originally intended to use the storyline for a new "Gambler" movie, but eventually conceded it wouldn't work.  The singer explains that "The Gambler" is set at the turn of the 20th century while Texas Hold 'Em came to prominence in the 1970s, so it simply wasn't "time appropriate."  But instead of scrapping the idea, Kenny turned it into a book.  "What Are The Chances" is in stores now.


This week Rogers also released the new single "You Can't Make Old Friends."  The Dolly Parton duet is the title track to Kenny's next album, which will be released on October 8th.


Brad Paisley Sells Southern California Home


Brad Paisley is letting go of one of his homes.  "The Los Angeles Times" says the country star and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently sold their place in Pacific Palisades.  The three-thousand-394-square-foot house dates back to 1925.  It has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a two-story living room with a fireplace and stained glass windows.  The property also includes a detached garage and lawn with citrus trees.  The home went for two-point-five-million-dollars.


Brett Eldredge Announces First Headlining Tour


Brett Eldredge is following up his first chart-topping hit with his first headlining tour.  The country star will hit the road on his "Bring You Back" fall 2012 trek.  He'll launch the tour in Oxford, Ohio on October 3rd, and remain on the road into December.  So far he's announced 14 dates, but more stops are expected to be added.  Eldredge is touring behind his debut album, "Bring You Back," which features his number one hit "Don't Ya."


Brett Eldredge "Bring You Back" Fall 2013 Tour Dates


October 3 - Oxford, Ohio, at the Brick Street Bar

October 4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at The Rave II

October 5 - Chicago, Illinois, at Joe's Bar

October 10 - Davie, Florida, at The Round Up

October 11 - Jacksonville, Florida, at Mavericks

October 12 - Bradenton, Florida, at the JoyLand and Nightclub IV

October 17 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, at Track 29

October 25 - Boston, Massachusetts, at the Paradise Rock Club

October 30 - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, at Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill

October 31 - Lincoln, Nebraska, at the Single Barrel

November 16 - Decatur, Alabama, at Herb's Music Hall

November 22 - Austin, Texas, at Midnight Rodeo

November 30 - Washington, DC, at the 9:30 Club

December 7 - Springfield, Illinois, at the Boondocks


Kacey Musgraves Sets European Tour Dates


Kacey Musgraves will be taking her music overseas.  The American country singer has a 13-date fall tour set, which includes eight stops across Europe.  Kacey will kick off the "Same Trailer Different Park" trek with a show at New York's Bowery Ballroom on September 19th.  She'll then cross the Atlantic for performances in Sweden, Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the UK before returning to the States.  Kacey has a series of college shows scheduled once she returns home.


Musgraves spent this summer as an opener on Kenny Chesney's tour.  She says she's "learned so much" from him and the other "amazing artists" who've taken her on the road over the years, and she "can't wait to take that knowledge and work it into this tour" in her "own quirky way."


Kacey Musgraves "Same Trailer Different Park" Tour Dates


September 19 - New York, New York, at the Bowery Ballroom

October 2 - Stockholm, Sweden, at the Nalen

October 3 - Oslo, Norway, at the John Dee

October 6 - Berlin, Germany, at the Postbahnhof

October 7 - Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Paradiso

October 9 - Glasgow, Scotland, at the Oran Mor

October 10 - Manchester, England, at the Academy 3

October 11 - Dublin, Ireland, at Whelans

October 13 - London, England, at the Shepherd's Bush Empire

October 26 - Cullowhee, North Carolina, at Western Carolina University's Ramsey Regional Activity Center

October 29 - Columbia, Missouri, at Missouri University's Jesse Auditorium

October 30 - Richmond, Kentucky, at Eastern Kentucky University's EKU Center for the Arts

October 31 - Athens, Ohio, at the Ohio University-Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium


Scotty McCreery Proud Of Latest Video


Scotty McCreery says he's pleased with the video for his current single, "See You Tonight."  The country singer admits the song's theme is pretty obvious, which is why they took a slightly different approach to the clip.


Scotty says he told director Roman White he really wanted the video to capture that moment of surprise when the soldier and his girl are reunited.  The singer adds that he thinks they did a great job on the clip, and admits it gave him "chills" the first time he saw it.  The video to "See You Tonight" had its online premiere Thursday at  The song is the title track to McCreery's next album, which will be in stores on October 15th.


Alabama Earns First Billboard 200 Top Ten


Alabama is logging a career first.  The country group's new all-star tribute disc, "Alabama And Friends," is debuting at number eight on the Billboard 200 with 32-thousand in sales.  That's the band's highest placement ever on the all-genre list, and the first time they've had an album in the top ten.  Alabama's previous best on the Billboard 200 was the 1998 hits collection "For The Record," which peaked at number 13.  "Alabama And Friends" is taking the number two spot on the Country Albums chart, behind Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party." 


Bryan's CD sold another 92-thousand copies in its third week to hold on to the top spot on the country chart, but was bumped from number one on the Billboard 200 by Avenged Sevenfold's "Hail to the King."


Big Kenny Unveiling Electro Shine Music


Big & Rich's Big Kenny Alphin continues to stretch musical boundaries.  The country star has come up with the new musical style, Electro Shine.


Big Kenny adds that Electro Shine is a celebration of life,with music "made to get everybody dancing."  He recently released the six-track EP "The Hits, Vol. 1" under the Electro Shine name on iTunes.  Big Kenny also has Electro Shine remixes of the Big & Rich songs "Party Like Cowboyz (Galactic Version)" and "Born Again" posted on his website.


Country Birthdays Include


David Allan Coe is 74.

Sawyer Brown drummer Joe Smyth is 56.

Mark Chesnutt is 50.

Jeff Foxworthy is 55.


Today in Country Music History


Today in 1975, "Rhinestone Cowboy" by Glen Campbell hit number one on the pop singles chart.


Today in 1980, Johnny Lee's "Looking For Love," which was featured in the movie "Urban Cowboy," reached number one on the country charts.


Today in 1985, Willie Nelson's "Half Nelson" album was released.


Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt hit number one with the single "Your Love Is A Miracle."


Today in 2001, Tim McGraw was tapped for "People" magazine's annual "Best Dressed" list.


Today in 2001, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers  announced that they planned to present the Golden Note Award to Garth Brooks on September 11th at an invitation-only reception and dinner on Capitol Hill.  The event, which was set to be attended by members of Congress, was postponed "indefinitely" following the terrorist attacks earlier that day.  Garth finally received his award on March 12th, 2002.


Today in 2001, the Gospel Music Association announced plans to induct Elvis Presley into its Hall of Fame on November 27th during ceremonies at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.  The "king of rock 'n' roll" was also an accomplished gospel performer.  With the honor, Elvis became the first Hall of Famer in three genres -- country, rock, and gospel.


Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney's "The Good Stuff," spent its seventh and final week at number one on the "Radio & Records" Country Top 50 chart.


Today in 2003, The Dixie Chicks launched the European portion of their Top of the World tour with a show in Stockholm, Sweden.


Today in 2003, The Mavericks' Robert Reynolds married longtime love Angie Crabtree in a ceremony in Grayton Beach, Florida.


Today in 2010, Trailer Choir frontman Marc "Butter" Fortney and Carter's Chord's Emily Robertson were married in a surprise ceremony at a club in Nashville.  When inviting guests the couple told people the gathering was for Butter's birthday.  After serving the cake, Butter proposed to Emily.  Moments later, a curtain that had been conceiling a portion of the club fell, reveealing a makeshift alter, flowers, and a preacher to oversee the wedding.


Today in 2010, Billy Gilman was one of the celebrities who took part in the 45th annual Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.


Today in 2011, new releases included George Strait's album "Here For A Good Time" and Hank 3's "Ghost To a Ghost/Gutter Town."


Today in 2012, Vince Gill received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Today in 2012, Carrie Underwood set a new chart record with her hit "Blown Away," which became her 16th top ten single on the country chart -- the most ever for a female artist.


Today in 2012, Taylor Swift provided the finale for the MTV Video Music Awards with the live debut of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."


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