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Jim Wright
Blake Shelton Establishes Cancer Research Program To Honor Cousin

Blake Shelton has established a Cancer Research Program in honor of his cousin, Aspen Van Horn. He has made donations in the past to the Oklahoma University’s Children’s Hospital Foundation and said, "They don’t turn any kids away. You come in there, you have a problem, they don’t turn anybody away, so I thought, ‘That’s a place that needs some money."

Aspen received treatment for a neuroblastoma tumor when she was only 5 months old. She will celebrate her 3rd birthday next month.

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Garth Brooks Continues To Break Sales Records

Garth Brooks continues to break sales records. This time on the social media selling platform, TalkShop.Live.

The Anthology LIVE Part III sold the same amount of units in fifteen minutes as it did with conventional retailers in two days.

He plans to continue his weekly conversation with viewers and will return to TalkShop.Live on Monday, December 17 at 7pm ET.

Garth also has a weekly Facebook Live series called Inside Studio G.

Courtesy of Universal Music Group
Luke Bryan Includes Family In New Video

Luke Bryan has released a video for "What Makes You Country." It was shot last month at Luke’s farm located just south of Nashville and features his sons Bo and Tate, his nephew Til, and a few of their close friends.

The song, co-written by Luke, is the fourth single from his #1 debuting gold album of the same title.

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Alan Jackson Announces 2019 Tour

Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson has announced his tour dates for next year. William Michael Morgan will be opening most of the shows and Randy Houser is set to open several dates as well.

His concerts will also include performances by singer-songwriters who’ve played at Alan’s Nashville honky-tonk, AJ’s Good Time Bar.

The tour begins in Louisville, Kentucky January 25 and will wrap September 21 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Chris Hollo
Brett Young Ready To Spend Christmas With His New Wife

As newlyweds, Brett Young and his wife Taylor are still figuring out how to share their holidays with both families. This will be their first Christmas as Mr. and Mrs. Young. Brett tells us more about their plans: "I think we’ll kind of talk about who’s able to do what and what’s available. Her family for her whole life has gone to Sun Valley for Christmas. She’s from Seattle. And I know they’re not doing that this year, so I think we’re intent on splitting time as well as possible. It’s brand new, so that’s still a learning curve we haven’t figured out yet."

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Kip Moore Looking Forward To Some Down Time With Family

Kip Moore has big plans for 2019. He recently announced another leg of his Room to Spare Tour which kicks off in Chicago March 7. The tour includes VIP packages upgraded from last year, but before that happens, he’s looking forward to some down time with family during the holidays. Kip tells us more, "All my brothers and sisters started having kids around the same time a few years ago, so it’s like a house full of little five-year-olds and under just going nuts. So, it’s brought a lot of joy to the house."

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Justin Moore Enjoys Christmas Through His Children's Eyes

Christmas at Justin Moore’s house is full of excitement. He and his wife Kate have 4 children under the age of 8, so Christmas is still about Santa Clause. Justin says he loves seeing it through their eyes. He told us this: It’s fun because I think the older we get, the less we …I hesitate to say care about Christmas, but the things like the gifts and this and that, it’s more to us sometimes a hassle, I think as adults, to be honest with you. But it’s fun having kids around because for the first time since I was a kid, I see Christmas through the eyes of kids again, which is really, really cool and neat and obviously so enjoyable. And so, yeah, it’s a lot of fun. The kids obviously are so stoked and we try to make it as special for ‘em as we can each year.

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Travis Denning To Headline His Own Tour

Travis Denning will headline a tour of his own in 2019. Excited about the possibilities, Travis said this about recent touring, "It was an unbelievable year that showed me just how many amazing country music fans are out there."

The Heartbeat of a Small Town Tour will kick off in Rome, Georgia on February 1 and tickets go on sale today (Friday.)

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