Robin Roberts Hosting “Countdown to the CMA Awards” Special November 3

Image Courtesy ABC/Ida Mae AstuteA new Robin Roberts special will premiere on ABC Monday, November 3 featuring some of country's top stars paying tribute to the genre's rich history. Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music will feature musical tributes from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride.

Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Florida Georgia Line, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts and a few other stars will also appear to talk about their favorite country songs.

Countdown to the CMA Awards: 15 Songs That Changed Country Music airs Monday, November 3 at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. The 48th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast Wednesday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET live from Nashville on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrandy Clark and The Cadillac Three's Jaren Johnston will play the CMA Songwriters Series show at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville on Tuesday, November 4.

Jerrod Niemann's video for "Buzz Back Girl" premieres Thursday.

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Thomas Rhett Proves You Can Be a Real Man and Love Nicholas Sparks Books and Movies

Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett contributed the song "The Way Things Go" to the just-released soundtrack for the film, The Best of Me, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks. Even though he could lose his man card over it, Thomas admits he actually read the book, but he knows he's not alone in his love for Nicholas Sparks books and movies.

Thomas says, "Every guy, if you ask him honestly, they've seen The Notebook. Let's get real. If you're married, you've seen The Notebook."

As for The Best of Me soundtrack, Thomas became friends with the movie's music supervisor, who asked him to write a few songs that might make the soundtrack. None of the songs Thomas wrote for the project worked, so he dug up an older song, "The Way Things Go," that had never been commercially released before.

Thomas explains, "It's always been one of my favorite songs, and we still play it live as a band. Never has been on a record before, so I'm glad that song is gonna get a little bit of exposure."

Thomas will be on hand for the Nashville premiere of The Best of Me Thursday night.

He says, "It'll be cool to meet Nicholas Sparks in person and get to watch the movie and get to see where my song falls in the movie."

Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Eric Pasley and a few other country stars also contributed songs to The Best of Me soundtrack.

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Willie Nelson’s Braids Sell at Auction for $37,000

Image Courtesy Sony Legacy RecordingsSomeone just paid $37,000 to own Willie Nelson's braids at an auction in Phoenix.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Willie's hair was part of a 2,000-item lot belonging to the late Waylon Jennings. Willie cut his braids off in 1983 to support Waylon's sobriety and presented them to his friend at a party that year hosted by Johnny Cash. Waylon passed away in 2002.

The contract between Waylon, Willie, Johnny and Kris Kristofferson for their collaboration as The Highwaymen was also included in the auction.

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Garth Brooks Playing North Carolina Next Month for the First Time in More than 16 Years

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGarth Brooks has announced two concerts in Greensboro, NC, coming up November 21 and 22. The shows are part of his ongoing World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and mark the first time Garth has played the state in more than 16 years.

Tickets for the two concerts at Greensoboro Coliseum go on sale Friday, October 7 at 10 a.m. ET through Ticketmaster.com. If those shows sell out, Garth is very likely to add more dates to the run in Greensboro.

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