Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat does the "GS" on Cole Swindell's signature baseball hat stand for? ANSWER: His alma mater, Georgia Southern University.

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Brad Paisley Offers His Analysis of a Few Classic Christmas Songs

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley has gone beyond just listening to Christmas music, and moved on to analyzing some of the holidays' most beloved songs. He must have heard a bad rendition of "Oh Holy Night," based on one recent tweet.

Brad says, "'Oh Holy Night' is kinda like 'The Star-Spangled Banner'; When someone starts too high, it's not gonna end well."

Brad also has some concerns about the popular holiday duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," in which a guy tries to coerce his duet partner into staying the night. He tweets, "I never realized how creepy the song 'Baby Its Cold Outside' is until just now. If you read the lyric with no melody, it's insane."

Of note, Brad didn't include either of those songs on his 2006 holiday album, Brad Paisley Christmas.

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Randy Houser Planning a Quiet Christmas with Family in Mississippi

Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser is headed back home to Mississippi this Christmas with his young son, West. He tells ABC News Radio, "I'm gonna spend as much time with him as I can. That's my biggest goal. Go down to Mississippi and hang with my family."

When it comes to opening presents, Randy and his family prefer exchanging gifts on Christmas morning. Opening gifts on Christmas Eve would be a bummer for Randy.

He explains, "Nobody wants to get all their toys and then go to bed. Can't do that."

Randy got a great Christmas gift from country radio as his latest single, "Like a Cowboy," is now a top-10 hit. It's included on his latest album, How Country Feels.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum will perform at the Future of Texas inaugural ball for Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott in Austin on January 20, 2015.

Martina McBride has signed a new record deal with Big Machine Label Group. The move follows her independently released 2014 album, Everlasting, which bowed at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart earlier this year.

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Dierks Bentley Raising Money for Cystic Fibrosis Tonight in Arizona

Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley and his pals are celebrating the holidays in Phoenix Tuesday night at his Whiskey Row bar and restaurant. The event includes dinner and raises money for the Jordan Sterling Foundation to help fight cystic fibrosis and support organ transplant services in the area.  

Whiskey Row opened on July 4, 2013 in Scottsdale, AZ. Dierks will open a second location in Tempe, AZ in 2014.

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Rodney Atkins Releasing First “Greatest Hits” Album February 3

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsRodney Atkins will release his first-ever Greatest Hits album on February 3, 2015, featuring his latest single, "Eat Sleep Love You Repeat."

You can pre-order the album now and get an instant download of the single instantly. The project also includes Rodney's six #1 hits, including "If You're Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows), "Take a Back Road." and "Watching You."

Here's Rodney Atkins' Greatest Hits track listing:

"If You're Going Thru Hell (Before the Devil Even Knows)"
"Watching You"
"These Are My People"
"Cleaning This Gun (Come on in Boy)"
"Take a Back Road"
"Farmer's Daughter"
"It's America"
"Invisibly Shaken"
"Honesty (Write Me a List)"
"He's Mine"
"About the South"
"Eat Sleep Love You Repeat"

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