Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae Added to CMT’s “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Special January 9

Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen, Thomas Rhett and Maddie & Tae have been added to the lineup for CMT's Ultimate Kickoff Party special airing January 9 from Dallas. The special is part of the festivities surrounding the first-ever College Football National Championship. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are also confirmed for the 90-minute special airing that night at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Trace Adkins Releasing 20-Song Concert DVD on January 13

Image Courtesy Sunshine SachsTrace Adkins will release a 20-song concert DVD, titled Live Country!, on January 13, 2015. The release includes live versions of his hits "Songs About Me," "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" and "You're Gonna Miss This" among others. Trace filmed the concert in Huntington, New York last August.

Here's the DVD track listing:

"(This Ain't) No Thinkin' Thing"
"Songs About Me"
"Big Time"
"This Ain't No Love"
"You're Gonna Miss This"
"There's a Girl in Texas"
"Every Light in the House"
"Marry for Money"
"Come to Poppa"
"Hot Mama"
"Heartbreak Song"
"Maintenance Man"
"It All Adds Up to Us"
"Ladies Love Country Boys"
"Rock You Up"
"I Left Something Turned On at Home"
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
"Take It from Me"

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Alan Jackson Playing 25th Anniversary Concert in Nashville April 11

Image Courtesy Schmidt Relations/Kristy BelcherAlan Jackson is bringing his Keepin' It Country Tour to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena April 11, 2015. The trek celebrates Alan's 25th anniversary in the music business. Jeff Foxworthy and Jon Pardi are also on the bill.

Alan's Bridgestone Arena concert is a part of the events surrounding the NRA Convention taking place that week at Nashville's Music City Center. Tickets for Alan's concert go on sale Thursday, January 15 through Ticketmaster.com.

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The Band Perry Releases Scenic Video for “Gentle on My Mind”

Image Courtesy Splash PR/Kenny BakerThe Band Perry has released a brand-new video for their version of Glen Campbell's classic "Gentle on My Mind." The clip stars Alexander Ludwig, of The Hunger Games and Lone Survivor fame, sharing the screen with Shelley Hennig, whom you may recognize from the FX drama Justified.

The Band Perry shot the narrative scenes with the actors in Death Valley, CA along with performance scenes at Union Station in Indianapolis.

"Gentle on My Mind" is the lead single from the soundtrack to the documentary, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me. The song earned The Band Perry a Grammy nomination earlier this month for Best Country Duo/Group performance.

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Frankie Ballard Playing Fifth Annual Country Christmas Show in Michigan December 20

Image Courtesy Live Nation/Colleen Callahan Frankie Ballard will celebrate the holidays with his 5th Annual Frankie Ballard's Country Christmas show in his home state of Michigan on Saturday, December 20. The show will take place at the Kamazoo State Theatre with proceeds going to the Van Andel Institute for cancer research in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Frankie says, "There’s no better place to celebrate this time of year then with all the familiar faces of fans and friends,” shares Ballard. “I’m looking forward to bringing the best I have to this show -- the lights might go off before I get off stage!”

Frankie's Christmas show will include a mix of holiday classics and his own songs, including the #1 hits "Helluva Life" and "Sunshine & Whiskey."

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