Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation's first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix's pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.

Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Next up for Kix, he's kicking off a run of shows with Reba as one-half of Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting this June.

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Kix Brooks Honored with First-Ever CMA Foundation Humanitarian Award

Image Courtesy Greenroom PRKix Brooks was honored with the CMA Foundation's first-ever Humanitarian Award Monday night in Nashville. The two-hour gala was held at City Winery with Kix's pal Reba leading the toast in his honor. Chris Young was also in the crowd to honor Kix for his work in growing the CMA Music Festival into a big fundraiser for school music education programs. He spearheaded those changes when he joined the CMA Board of Directors in 1998.

Kix was also recognized for his work on behalf of Nashville's Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Next up for Kix, he's kicking off a run of shows with Reba as one-half of Brooks & Dunn at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting this June.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will make her national TV debut on ABC's Good Morning America Friday singing her debut single, "Better than You Left Me."

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem at the NASCAR race taking place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.

George Strait and his Ace in the Hole band played their first gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay owned the club and served as a mentor to George and many other aspiring singer/songwriters. Finlay died Monday, and George issued a statement, "Country music -- and just music in general really -- lost a great friend today. His legend will live forever in Texas, though. We'll never forget our friend Kent Finlay. Sad day."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry newcomer Mickey Guyton will make her national TV debut on ABC's Good Morning America Friday singing her debut single, "Better than You Left Me."

Rascal Flatts will perform the national anthem at the NASCAR race taking place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, March 8.

George Strait and his Ace in the Hole band played their first gig at Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos, Texas. Kent Finlay owned the club and served as a mentor to George and many other aspiring singer/songwriters. Finlay died Monday, and George issued a statement, "Country music -- and just music in general really -- lost a great friend today. His legend will live forever in Texas, though. We'll never forget our friend Kent Finlay. Sad day."

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Chase Bryant Earning a Reputation as Country Music’s Best New Chef

Image Courtesy Broken Bow Label GroupChase Bryant is a triple-threat when it comes to singing, writing and performing guitar on all his songs. His creativity doesn't stop when he leaves the stage, though. Chase is fast becoming one of country music's best chefs, too. He's mastered Italian, Mexican and steak dishes in the past few years, but Chase's specialty is still his grandmother's fried chicken recipe.

Chase tells ABC Radio, "I like to make it like my grandma used to. Put it in a brown bag and shake it up and then toss it in the fryer and go to town."

Lately, Chase has been drawing culinary inspiration from TV cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef, and the results are pretty out there.

"I'm taking, like, wacky ideas like making these crazy sauces out of, like, cotton candy and different stuff," Chase explains. "It's crazy, but it's really cool. I'm just way into it."

Getting creative in the kitchen ultimately helps recharge Chase's batteries when it's time to make music again.

He says, "It's a way to be creative in another way and kind of get away from the music for a minute and just kind of give it a break. So, that's really cool. "

Chase is currently on the road with his Take It On Back tour. He'll join Tim McGraw's Shotgun Rider tour starting in May.

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