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Darius Rucker Plans Christmas Album

Darius Rucker will release his first Christmas album, featuring two new original songs, on Oct. 27. The project will be titled Home for the Holidays.

“I am so excited to finally make a Christmas album,” Rucker said. “This has been a lifelong dream, and I hope my fans enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed making it.”

Rucker and producer Frank Rogers co-wrote “What God Wants for Christmas” with Monty Criswell. In addition, Rucker and Rogers teamed with Steve Leslie for “Candy Cane Christmas.” Sheryl Crow joins Rucker for the duet, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Other holiday selections on the album include “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Please Come Home for Christmas,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Rucker is also completing work on his upcoming country album, expected to be released in early 2015. That project’s lead single in “Homegrown Honey.”

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This Day in Country Music- September 16th

2004, Keith Urban’s “Days Go By” video premieres on CMT

1995, Tim McGraw begins a five-week stay at the top of the Billboard country chart with “I Like It, I Love It”

1958, Terry McBride is born in Taylor, Texas. He becomes the lead singer of McBride & The Ride, which has a series of hits from 1991-1993. As a songwriter, he pens the Brooks & Dunn singles “I Am That Man,” “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” and “Play Something Country”

1947, Bass player Sonny Lemaire is born in Fort Lee, Virginia. He joins Exile, which shifts in the 1980s from a rock band to country, where it reels off a seven-year string of hits, including “Woke Up In Love,” “Crazy For Your Love” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough”

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Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman Grieve Her Father’s Death

Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman are grieving the death of her father, Dr. Anthony Kidman, after he fell in a Singapore hotel room. The death was reported on Friday (Sept. 12), although few details are available.

Dr. Kidman was visiting his daughter Antonia in Singapore. He was an award-winning clinical psychologist at the University of Technology in Sydney. In addition to his two daughters, he is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janelle Kidman.

Kidman’s publicist and friend Wendy Day told Australia’s Daily Mail, “The family is in shock and is grieving. I think that some time and privacy is needed to deal with this shock and tragedy.”

Attila Brungs, a colleague at the university, released a statement to Reuters.

“It is with great sadness that we learn of Dr. Tony Kidman’s sudden passing,” Brungs said. “During his 43 years at the University of Technology, Sydney, Tony has contributed greatly — as a colleague, as a researcher and as a health practitioner. Tony will be missed by all at UTS. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.”

Urban and Nicole Kidman were married in 2006 during a ceremony in Sydney.

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This Day in Country Music- September 15th

2005, Dierks Bentley realizes his second gold album, for “Modern Day Drifter”

2001, Toby Keith’s “I’m Just Talkin’ About Tonight” rests at #1 on the Billboard country chart

1992, MCA releases George Strait’s “Pure Country” soundtrack

1956, Elvis Presley goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart with a double-sided hit: “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”

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This Day in Country Music- September 14th

2005, Actress Renee Zellweger files for an annulment of her marriage to Kenny Chesney in Los Angeles, barely four months after the couple exchanged vows

1996, Mindy McCready makes the #1 position in Billboard with “Guys Do It All The Time”

1978, Danielle Peck is born at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Raised in Ohio, she comes to prominence in 2006 with her self-titled debut album and her first Top 15 hit, “Findin’ A Good Man”

1976, Waylon Jennings garners six nominations and Willie Nelson picks up five as the Country Music Association announces the finalists for its annual awards in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music- September 13th

2010, Capitol releases Keith Urban’s “Put You In A Song” to radio

2003, The U.S. Postal Service unveils a stamp featuring Roy Acuff during a ceremony at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The art is based on a photo that appeared in a 1949 edition of Collier’s magazine

1986, Reba McEntire’s “Little Rock” checks in at #1 on the Billboard country singles list

1973, Tom T. Hall records “I Love” at midday at the Mercury Custom Studios in Nashville

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This Day in Country Music- September 12th

  • 2003, Johnny Cash dies at Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, of complications from diabetes, four months after the death of his wife, June Carter. The Man In Black was a member of both the Country Music and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame
  • 1994, George Jones undergoes triple bypass surgery on his 63rd birthday at Baptist Hospital in Nashville
  • 1974, Jennifer Nettles is born in Douglas, Georgia. She becomes the soulful lead singer of Sugarland, which collects a series of vocal duo trophies behind such catchy singles as “Everyday America,” “Stuck Like Glue” and “Something More”
  • 1931, George Jones is born in Saratoga, Texas. Widely regarded as one of the most gifted singers in country music history, he gains hits in five different decades, despite a lengthy battle with chemicals. He enters the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992

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Lee Ann Womack Faces the Devil in “The Way I’m Livin'”

In the first line of Lee Ann Womack’s new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” she makes a startling admission: “I met the devil on the side of the road one day.”

And it only gets more scandalous from there. With just one sip from his bottle, suddenly she’s lyin’ and sinnin’ and bound for hell.

Fortunately, an encounter with the Grammy-winning country singer is far less frightening. After delivering the video to CMT, Womack chatted with CMT Edge about the cinematic new project, which was directed by Roger Pistole. (He also helmed Chris Knight’s striking videos for “Framed” and “It Ain’t Easy Being Me,” among many others.)

Shot with a palette of sepia tones, the video follows two characters who appear to be possessed, but only one gets away — or does he? Meanwhile, in her scenes, Womack is safely tucked away as the story unfolds. What was it about this video treatment that grabbed her?

“Well, I love Roger Pistole,” she replied. “I like him because he’s not so literal, you know? Whatever he does, it makes you think, and you don’t get all your answers in one viewing, so you go back and watch it again. He really grabbed me.”

While it’s a beautifully-shot video, I had to make a confession of my own: I couldn’t look at the snakes. As I told Womack, that particular scene made me uncomfortable.

“Did it?” she answered, slyly. “I think that was the intention. I don’t like them, either. I wasn’t there, so never saw them until I saw the video. I just really trust him and trusted his vision for it. You know, I do what I do, then I try to let people do what they do. So it was not my idea!”

Womack will release her first album in seven years, also titled The Way I’m Livin’, on Sept. 23. After that, she’ll join R&B star John Legend in the newest episode of CMT Crossroads, which is scheduled for a Sept. 26 premiere on CMT.

Take a look at “The Way I’m Livin’.” (And don’t say I didn’t warn you about the snakes!)

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This Day in Country Music- September 11th

  • 2009, Kellie Pickler’s video for “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You” has its TV debut on CMT
  • 2004, Terri Clark makes an appearance at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Girls Lie Too”
  • 1999, Chely Wright goes to #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with a song written by Carolyn Dawn Johnson, “Single White Female”
  • 1982, Jerry Reed hits the mother lode on Billboard’s country chart, going to #1 with “She Got The Goldmine (I Got The Shaft)”

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This Day in Country Music- September 10th

  • 2010, The Zac Brown Band’s video for “As She’s Walking Away,” featuring Alan Jackson, premieres on CMT
  • 2002, Travis Tritt and Ray Charles tape an installment of “CMT Crossroads” in Nashville. Tritt sings “Georgia On My Mind” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive,” and joins Charles for “I’m Moving On”
  • 1992, MCA releases George Jones’ “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” with vocal guests Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Alan Jackson, T. Graham Brown, Joe Diffie, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and Pam Tillis
  • 1982, Epic releases Ricky Skaggs’ “Highways & Heartaches” album

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