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Brooks Overflowing: The Garth Brooks press conference announcing his Dec. 17 flood benefit show started at 8am this morning in Nashville (10/28), but word was out an hour earlier. "Garth wants Country radio to have it first," a rep told local programmers Wednesday (10/27) while passing along details about the Bridgestone Arena concert. Stations were given 24 hours to prepare and their embargo ended at 7am, giving them a one-hour head start on-air, at social media and with their email blasts. Meanwhile, other members of the media were hearing about the big show while still in their cars on the way to the press event. Unofficial word is that Brooks has also put the venue on hold Dec. 19, 20 and 21 in the eventuality that the first and subsequent dates sell out. A Predators game is scheduled for Dec. 18.
"Yes, we're going to again ask Tennesseans to pull Tennessee out of this," Brooks said during the announcement, which was attended by almost every level of political representation. "But I'm making the plea to all our families from Ireland, Australia, Germany, all over the world: If [seeing a Garth Brooks show] is a bucket list [item] for you, this is the time to do it. Come here, because our job is to show everyone that Nashville is not only up and running, it's better than it's ever been." After the presser, Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood discussed the possibility of guest performers. "We're going to ask our usual guys ... it's not unlike us to beg," Brooks said. "So, if there are surprises, great. We just don't want to sell a ticket and then [fans are] disappointed. So we'll try to keep quiet and whoever wants can seek us out." Yearwood added, "We can confirm that we're going to be there." Ticket information will be announced at noon CT next Wednesday (11/3). Details here. Every penny of the $25 ticket price will go to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for flood relief.
» Tuning Fork-Over: The Oct. 23 ReTune Nashville art auction raised nearly $20,000, which will be distributed to uninsured musicians affected by May's flood through MusiCares and the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund. Jamie O'Neal, Kentucky Thunder and Anthony Smith were among the performers at the Soundcheck event. ReTune's online benefit auction goes live Monday (11/1). Details here.
» Are You Ready For Some Taylor? Big Machine's Taylor Swift will co-host this weekend's episode of the Motor Racing Network's College Football Country with host JasonToy. She will preview the Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Arkansas Razorbacks game. Other artists scheduled for the show this season include Reba, Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban and Sara Evans.
» Gone Till November: The CMA is staging an ABC-TV takeover throughout November. Leading up to the Nov. 10 awards telecast, various artists will appear on the Road To The CMA Awards (10/30-11/10) and In The Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville (11/3); Taylor Swift will perform on Dancing With The Stars (11/2); Brad Paisley (11/4) and Reba (11/9) will appear on Good Morning America; Blake Shelton will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live (11/10). Ahead of the CMA Country Christmas special (11/29), Jason Aldean plays on Jimmy Kimmel Live; Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes will appear on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (11/14); Lyle Lovett guests as "Agent Darryl Shafer" on Castle (11/15); and Reba will guest-star in Better With You (11/17).
» Walk Of Ages: The next group of Music City Walk of Fame inductees includes Rascal Flatts, Eddy Arnold, Little Jimmy Dickens, Mel Tillis, Kris Kristofferson and Bobby Hebb. This eighth class will be recognized with an unveiling of their sidewalk markers Nov. 7. Presenting sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors GAC, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks make the annual event possible.
» Railroad Crossing: RCA's Martina McBride and rockers Train will tape the latest CMT Crossroads installment in Nashville for a Nov. 20 airdate. "Martina is an icon in the country music world because her voice is amazing and her songs are timeless," Train frontman Pat Monahan says. "We can't wait to share the Crossroads stage with her and her band." This is McBride's second appearance on the show, having performed with Pat Benatar in 2003.
» Your Vote Counts: CMA Awards balloting closes Tuesday (11/5). So find your ballot email and let your voice be heard!
» Moore Than A Feeling: Valory's Justin Moore is teaming with CLEAR Super Fast Mobile Internet to do a weekly segment called "Direct Line" on The Country Vibe With Chuck and Becca TV show. In the segment, he will answer fan questions. For more on the show, go here.
H2 Oh No We Didn't (Yes We Did)! Journalists and music execs welcomed Brad Paisley to his "Water" No. 1 party with a chorus of "Happy Birthday" Thursday (10/28). "This song became more than just a single from an album," Paisley said, probably not referring to "Happy Birthday." "It became a whole year of my life. Then we had the flood, and it had way more meaning that I ever expected it or wanted to get. We were faced with all these things like rebuilding the set, rebuilding the city and making something good out of a bad thing. There was nothing that felt hollow about this year." Wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley was also at the event, which was held at ... wait for it ... Watermark restaurant.
Swiftly Speaking:Taylor Swift will be testing out new catchphrases in different languages when she tours overseas next year beginning Feb. 9 in Singapore (full itinerary here). During her first interview on the Late Show With David Letterman, Swift showed off her skills in Japanese. "This is the first international release where the CD is released everywhere, so I've been all over the place recently," she tells Letterman. "I always try to adapt myself a little bit by learning a few phrases. Sometimes it fails miserably. When I'm in Japan, I speak in Japanese the entire show. You just memorize something and you figure out what it means and you say it." Watch the full Late Show appearance here and view more Swift television spots below.
In Case You Missed It: The following artists made the TV rounds this week: Taylor Swift plugged Speak Now on the Today show and Live! With Regis & Kelly. Jamey Johnson performed on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) gabbed with Chelsea Handler on Chelsea Lately. Couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton went 'gator hunting on the Sportsman Channel's Country Boys Outdoors. Follow the links for the footage
Faith Hill and Martina McBride helped raise more than $225,000 for for infant care at Nashville's Baptist Hospital and the Beaman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Music City fundraiser was the first time the pair ever performed together.
A track from Keith Urban's Get Closer will be released every Tuesday through iTunes' countdown feature. "Long Hot Summer" was issued this week (10/26), while "Without You" (11/2) and "You Gonna Fly" (11/9) will be available for download ahead of the Nov. 16 street date. A free Urban podcast will also accompany each song. Details here.
Lady Antebellum re-create their "worst gig ever" here.
Biily Currington gives a personal behind-the-scenes look at his live show here.