Saturday, December 24, 2016

Today's Country Music Countdown & Country Music News..Saturday December 24, 2016

  COUNTRY CHART Weekend of December 17-18:

2 OLD DOMINION Song For Another Time
3 BRETT ELDREDGE Wanna Be That Song
4 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
5 KEITH URBAN Blue Ain’t Your Color
6 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
8 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
9 BLAKE SHELTON A Guy With a Girl
10 GRANGER SMITH If The Boot Fits
11 THOMAS RHETT Star Of The Show
12 MAREN MORRIS 80s Mercedes
13 DUSTIN LYNCH Seein’ Red
14 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
15 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
18 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
20 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less


Carrie Underwood’s Favorite Christmas Songs

Music Celebrates the "Grandness of That Night"

The hymns and songs of the season are what make Carrie Underwood think of Christmas. And the more traditional, the better.
In a recent radio interview, Underwood talked about a handful of her holiday favorites:
“O Holy Night”
“It’s my favorite Christmas song. I mean, it just talks about the grandness of that night, and it’s just very powerful. And it’s powerful singing it, and to me, it’s always been very powerful listening to it,” Underwood said.
“The First Noel”
“I remember singing ‘The First Noel’ in our church. That’s one of those songs that you know because there are not a lot of words going on. Anybody can sing along, whether you know what it means or not,” she said, adding that as a kid she had no idea what it was about.
“Now that I’m older and can put a prettier touch on it, and actually sit back and think about it, it’s just one of those that has a different meaning to me as an adult.”
“Do You Hear What I Hear?”
Underwood calls this one a really good story. “It has a lot of good visuals with it. It’s just one of those that it’s fun to sing, it’s really nice, (and) it brings a smile to my face when I sing it. It talks about things that, as a child, you would understand, such as ‘dancing in the night with a tail as big as a kite.’ Or ‘voice as big as the sea’: stuff that kids all know.”
When Underwood was young and her grandmother was still alive, she remembers going with her family to visit a nearby nursing home to sing Christmas carols and pass out gifts to the residents. She’s hoping that her son Isaiah has fond memories of the holidays, too.
So far, his only holiday memories are of traveling, and Underwood hopes that that translates to knowing how important it is to surround yourself with your people at Christmas.
“Just the effort to go see family,” she said. “That’s what I want him to know.”


John Oates Delivers Video for “Santa Be Good to Me”

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member Puts a Swinging Spin on the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time of year for romance — and John Oates is bringing his A-game with his new song “Santa Be Good to Me,” a tune about finding that special someone during the most wonderful time of the year.
Glowing lights, flowing champagne, snow on the ground, glamorous parties, magic in the air. … Who doesn’t want to be in love at Christmastime?
The live video from the icon features an intimate jazz and blues-tinged performance of the holiday tune recently released as a collaboration with the Time Jumpers. It’s chock full of finesse, style and a timeless flair.
He’s one half of Hall & Oates, the most successful pop duo of all time, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But most of all, he’s one of the sweetest, most down-to-earth guys you’ll ever meet.
So although he’s already found love with his wife Aimee, he’s definitely on the “nice” list, Santa. Do really be good to him and bring him something else totally worthy of a rock star.


CMT Hot 20 Countdown Takes Music Video Requests From U.S. Military

Finale of Hot 20’s Military Tribute from NSA Bahrain Airs Dec. 24

CMT Hot 20 Countdown‘s two-part special documenting the show’s first military entertainment trip overseas to Naval Support Activity Bahrain wraps Saturday (Dec. 24) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.
The all-new episode has military personnel from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard taking over the countdown with personal music video requests dedicated to family and friends back home for the holidays.
From Toby Keith’s “American Soldier” to Reba McEntire’s “Fancy” and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” the video requests span a catalogue of country’s biggest hits.
The first part, the Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown, aired Dec. 17 with the performance premiere of Big & Rich’s new song “For the Party” in front of a small group of sailors at guard mount, where they prepare for a 12-hour shift protecting the base. Additional footage included a performance of their hit “Comin’ to Your City” from a full concert for thousands of service members on base.
 Host Cody Alan also performed intense fitness drills with soldiers and sat down with a Naval Support Activity officer to discuss the importance of the base in that region. NSA Bahrain is home to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. 5th Fleet. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, roughly 220,000 American service members served overseas to protect our country during the 2015 holiday season.


Making Zac Brown’s Spirits Bright

'Tis the Season for Lists of Songs and Wines 

Zac Brown recently compiled a couple of lists. One is a collection of holiday songs he’s always loved, and another is of wines he’s loving right now.
First, the songs.
The Zac Brown Band frontman didn’t just throw together an obvious mix of country Christmas tunes*. He pulled from almost every genre and every era to come up with 18 songs on Spotify’s Sounds With Sweets: Holiday playlist. From Elvis and the Eagles to the Jackson 5 and the Brian Setzer Orchestra, this hour or so of music will get you in the Christmas spirit in no time.
1. “This Christmas,” Donny Hathaway
2. “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” Mariah Carey
3. “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” Mel Torme
4. “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby
5. “Blue Christmas,” Elvis Presley
6. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Eagles
7. “Sleigh Ride,” the Ronettes
8. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” the Jackson 5
9. “Let It Snow Let It Snow Let It Snow,” Frank Sinatra
10. “Here Comes Santa Claus,” Gene Autry
11. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” Brenda Lee
12. “Jingle Bell Rock,” Daryl Hall & John Oates
13. “Winter Wonderland,” the Brian Setzer Orchestra
14. “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Harry Connick Jr.
15. “Silver Bells,” Andy Williams
16. “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” Burl Ives
17. “Merry Christmas Baby,” Bruce Springsteen
18. “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,” Bing Crosby and David Bowie
And while Brown is listening to all those Christmas tunes, he’ll probably be drinking the wines he says are his favorites right now. Some Black Stallion sauvignon blanc (because he told Wine Enthusiast, “I’ve been on a little bit of white kick recently”), plus some Malbec from Tierra del Fuego, some Mollydooker Velvet Glove from Australia, and some of his favorite wine, Hundred Acre Cab. Plus, I bet he’s sampling a few glasses of his own, the new line of Z. Alexander Brown wines.
After the holidays, Brown and his band will be heading into the studio to make a record that returns to their roots. 


For Miranda Lambert, Christmas Is Girl Time

Her Holiday Self Is the Opposite of Her Stage Self 

You know that sassy badass you see onstage at a Miranda Lambert concert? Well, she’s no match for the domestic girly girl getting ready for Christmas.
Lambert admits that the two sides of her personality are complete opposites, but she loves everything about who she is around the holiday season.
“I love, love, love holidays. I mean, just, it’s my time to really be a girl,” Lambert said in a recent radio interview.
“I grew up with all the decorations and cooking, and I get really domestic during holidays. And it’s kind of weird because it’s so opposite of who I am onstage,” she said.
Lambert plans to be baking cookies and cooking dinner for family and friends while taking some well-deserved time off from the music business — while still decorating her heart out.
“I have every decoration you can think of,” she said, “and I like to have a tree in every room.”


Randy Rogers Buys Texas Music Landmark

Rogers Plans to Continue Kent Finlay's Legacy at Cheatham Street Warehouse 
The historic Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas, this week came under new ownership — Randy Rogers of the Randy Rogers Band.
His business partner is the Austin-based event production company KRR Entertainment, which co-founded Austin’s Lone Star Jam and produces events at the Nutty Brown Amphitheatre.
The legendary venue will undergo a few cosmetic changes and updates, but the primary goal is to maintain the character Cheatham fans have come to love and continue the legacy of its original owner and songwriter, the late Kent Finlay. The sellers are his children, Jenni, Sterling and HalleyAnna.
 Finlay founded Cheatham Street in 1974 and since then it has served as a bedrock for some the most iconic careers in American music. In 1975, George Strait made his debut at the venue. Guy Clark once sat in with Townes Van Zandt. In 1980, Stevie Ray Vaughan had a regular Tuesday night gig, and musicians Charlie and Will Sexton, then 12 and 10, respectively, would open for Vaughan and sometimes join him onstage. There was a time when each Strait and Vaughan played one night a week at the venue.
Bruce Robison, James McMurtry, Todd Snider, Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker have each graced the Cheatham stage.
In 2000, Rogers was a mass marketing student at the local Southwest Texas State University and got his start in the world of songwriting performing Cheatham Street’s weekly open songwriter nights on Wednesdays.
It was also those nights that spawned his relationship with Finlay. Over the course of their 15-plus-year friendship, Finlay would serve as a mentor, a songwriting partner, a life-coach, a sounding board and sometimes even a critic for Rogers both personally and professionally.
Rogers met and formed Randy Rogers Band at Cheatham Street, and when they signed their first major label deal years later, they did it there, with Finlay by their sides as a nod to him and “where they came from.”
“I still get butterflies when I step on that stage,” Rogers said in a release. “I’m going to make sure other songwriters and musicians young and old get to experience that same feeling for many years to come. That’s my goal.”
The title of the latest Randy Rogers Band album, Nothing Shines Like Neon, is a tribute to one of Finlay’s original songs.


Chris Janson Ready to Say, “Aloha From Hawaii”

Celebrates Another Top 5 Hit With Tim McGraw 
With his 293rd and final show of the year completed, Chris Janson is taking the family to Hawaii for their first real vacation in quite a while.
“We’re never home, realistically,” Janson said in a recent conversation with “We’ve only been home 36-37 days this year. Our vacation most of the time is home. However, we’re going to Hawaii this year, which is going to be really fun, and I’m taking everybody. I’m taking in-laws, outlaws, cousins and brothers and all the kids.”
During their stay in the Aloha state, Janson plans to mostly do whatever his wife Kelly wants to do. He said, “That’s what makes me happy.” He also plans to catch some rays while riding some waves.
“I tried surfing at this private event I did out there and I got cut up by the reefs so bad,” he admitted. “It’s so hard, but I’m going to do it. What’s a redneck’s last words? ‘Hey y’all watch this — give me a Mountain Dew.’”
Looking back on his 2016, Janson is thankful for the many blessings the year has provided. He says his top three moments of the year are his kids’ birthdays, celebrating eight years of marriage and having a job doing something he was born to do.
“God really is blessing us very much,” he said. “I always tell people, I never really practiced honing my craft as an artist. I’m going to always do it until the day that I die.”
Janson is currently enjoying another top five hit as a songwriter with Tim McGraw’s “How I’ll Always Be.” He co-wrote the song with hit-makers Jamie Paulin and Jeremy Stover. Janson’s first McGraw hit was “Truck Yeah,” which he co-wrote with LOCASH’s Preston Brust, Chris Lucas and hitmaker Danny Myrick.

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