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Chris Young is now the proud owner of something very special to him: a guitar once owned by one of his heroes, the late Keith Whitley. Chris tells us he’ll be feeling just a little pressure trying to write a song with Keith Whitley’s old guitar. "“There’s pressure! Oh, trust me, there’s…’cause I’m gonna use it to write with, and I mean, you don’t want to come out of the gate and the first song you write on Keith Whitley’s old guitar is terrible.” The guitar was one of the three guitars that Keith Whitley used on the road between ‘84 and ‘89, right before he died.
The new CMA entertainer of the year has the number-one tour in North America right now according to the website, Pollstar. The next country act is Rascal Flatts in sixth, followed by the American Idols Live tour with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina in seventh. Jason Aldean and Keith Urban are in eighth and ninth. Pollstar says Tim McGraw’s tour is in 11th and Sugarland are in 13th place.
Taylor Swift saw her lucky number 13 twice before she took home her second CMA Entertainer of the Year trophy last Wednesday night. The Entertainer of the Year announcement was after ‘Act 13’ following ‘Commercial 13’ during the CMA Awards. "I saw that on the sheet and it was ‘Act 13’ before the Entertainer Award announcement and I just didn’t want to think about it." Taylor continued “You don’t want to have high hopes about something that big and that cool.”
The Band Perry have written and recorded their first-ever Christmas song. It’s for ABC Family’s “25 Days of Christmas.” I’ll debut Sunday, November 20. After it airs, it’ll be available online at ABCFamily.com/25Days.
Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift were winners at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York City on Thursday night. Chesney won for top touring package for his Goin' Coastal tour with the Zac Brown Band, Uncle Kracker and Billy Currington. Aldean claimed the breakthrough category, and Swift's Speak Now tour earned the award for concert marketing and promotion. Her world tour was sponsored by Cover Girl. U2 won for top tour and top draw while Bon Jovi won the fan-voted Eventful Fans' Choice Award.
Garth Brooks andTrisha Yearwood helped build 100 houses in Haiti last week, , part of a Habitat for Humanity effort. They didn't do it alone, but were two of 500 volunteers. Garth and Trisha joined Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter to build only a small fraction of the 105,000 houses that were destroyed by the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January of 2010, displacing thousands of families.
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