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Oct092013

Megadeth to Perform at George Jones Tribute Concert

Facebook.com/MegadethYou normally wouldn’t associate Megadeth with country music, but it appears the guys are fans of the late country singing legend George Jones. The band has just signed up to participate in a tribute concert, now called Playin' Possum! The Final No Show. 

Frontman Dave Mustaine notes Megadeth will be covering Jones’ “Wild Irish Rose” for the event, which will take place on November 22 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. “While 'Wild Irish Rose,' may be an unexpected choice with so many great songs to choose from, it is a perfect example of Mr. Jones way of reaching inside every one of us, and making us aware that we all have pain," Mustaine says in a statement. “By far the most pain a man can endure, sadly as so many of our Vietnam Vets know, is to come home and find no one wants him. In the end, as so many do, they end their days inside of a bottle, as ‘Rose’ knows too well."

The tribute concert has been sold out for months now, and was originally planned as George Jones' farewell show before he passed away earlier this year. Other bands set to take the stage at the event include Kid Rock and country stars Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Reba, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Alabama, Thompson Square, and Dierks Bentley.

The title "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show" is a tongue-in-cheek reference to two of Jones's nicknames: the Possum, and No-Show Jones, the latter taken from his frequent habit at one time of not bothering to show up for scheduled performances.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Tim McGraw to Perform Veterans Day Concert for the Troops in Florida

Greenroom PRTim McGraw will salute America's service men and women with a concert at the U.S. Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, FL to celebrate Veterans Day. The event, titled Chase Presents Live from the HomeFront: Tim McGraw, takes place Sunday, November 10 and will be broadcast live on the Pentagon Channel and online at TimMcGraw.com and on Tim's YouTube page.

"It's easy for me to show up and play music to honor the men and women who have the really tough jobs," Tim says. "To me, it's just one small thing I can do to help show how much we appreciate what they put on the line and what these families sacrifice every single day."

The Veterans Day concert is part of Tim's larger partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront to present mortgage-free homes to wounded military personnel and military members in need. They'll give away another home on November 10.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Working with Habitat for Humanity This Week in Denver

Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are in Denver this week to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity. The couple has been involved with the organization for the past six years through the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The families who move into the Habitat homes buy the homes at zero-percent interest, but they must put in a lot of work building other homes to qualify.

Garth tells Denver's 9News, "They put in incredible sweat equity. It is a 500-hour minimum."

There will be 400 other volunteers on this build, but Garth isn't surprised at the large number of people showing up to help out.  He notes, "You take away more than you put in. You just do."

Garth and Trisha traveled to Haiti last year to work with President Carter on another Habitat for Humanity build project.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Kelly Clarkson Performing at Musicians on Call Anniversary Concert Next Month in Nashville

RCAKelly Clarkson has signed on to perform an intimate concert at Nashville's Hard Rock Café November 14 to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Musicians on Call. The organization provides live music to patients in healthcare facilities, and Kelly took part in the program last year with a holiday performance at the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public Friday. For more information, go to MusiciansonCall.org/KellyClarkson.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKelly Clarkson and Reba scored a country hit with a duet version of which one of Kelly's previous pop hits? ANSWER: "Because of You."

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Kenny Rogers Reflects on Friendship and Explores Different Sounds on "You Can't Make Old Friends"

Warner Music NashvilleKenny Rogers' new album, You Can't Make Old Friends, is now in stores featuring a duet with Dolly Parton on the title track.  The song captures Kenny and Dolly's decades-long friendship that began with their 1983 hit "Islands in the Stream."

Kenny tells ABC News Radio, "I love the fact that we had the chance to document our relationship."

Having Dolly sing with him on "You Can't Make Old Friends" made Kenny step up his game in the vocal department, too.

He says. "I've always been convinced that duets are better than singles because you sing a song as best you think it can, and then someone comes in and sings it better, and you go, 'Oops, I need to change my part.'  So, she just killed it.  So, I went back and kind of did some things on mine."

Beyond the title cut, Kenny explores country, pop and even Cajun-influenced zydeco sounds on the new album.  Tackling those different musical styles was a creative challenge for Kenny, but it also made appealed to him from a business perspective too.

Kenny explains, "There's only two ways I can compete in this business.  I can do what everybody else is doing and do it better, and I don't like my chances of doing that.  Or I can do something no else is doing, and you don't invite comparison.  So, that's where I chose to go."

Look for Kenny to promote You Can't Make Old Friends with an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show this Friday.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Art Critics Disagree Over Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" Cover 

Interscope RecordsIt's not every pop star who commissions a world-famous modern artist to sculpt them for their album cover.  That's why Lady Gaga is getting so much attention for hiring artist Jeff Koons to create the image you see on the cover of her upcoming disc ARTPOP.  But so far, reviews of the album artwork by bona fide art critics have been mixed.

Just to put things in perspective, in his often controversial career, Koons has produced everything from sculptures of Michael Jackson and his chimp Bubbles; to pornographic portraits and sculptures of him and his porn star ex-wife;  to giant stainless-steel sculptures of balloon animals and inflatable toys; to a 43-foot tall sculpture of a puppy done entirely in flowers.  Last year, one of his works sold for $33,000,000.

Will Gompertz, author and Arts Editor for the BBC, tells NME.com that he feels the ARTPOP cover is "a classic," adding, "When you’re listing the 100 best covers of the 21st century, this will be right up there."  He also says, "Jeff Koons is one of the best artists around: a funny guy who is seriously good." 

"His shtick is to play with our perceptions of fine art and pop culture: to make the low high and the high low....Koons’ art asks questions about values, taste, capitalism, reality and beauty," says Gompertz. "They are designed to appeal to our eyes and mess with our soul. His new album cover for Lady Gaga fits that bill."

However, Jerry Saltz, acclaimed art critic for New York magazine and judge on the short-lived Bravo reality series Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, hates the cover.

"Another day, another boner from Jeff Koons," writes Saltz, adding that the Gaga sculpture on the cover "looks like a...cheesecake blow-up doll from an old 42nd Street porno shop."  He adds, "Graphically it looks like the rinky-dink work of some bottoming-out artist."

To put it in perspective, Saltz doesn't actually hate Koons' work generally -- in May, he praised a recent exhibit by the artist, which heavily featured those mirrored blue balls that you see on the cover of ARTPOP.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

K. Michelle Excited for Upcoming Rebellious Soul Tour

 

Atlantic RecordsFollowing the release of her latest album, Rebellious Soul, K. Michelle is gearing up for a fall tour to support her first studio effort, beginning next month.

The "V.S.O.P" singer tells ABC News Radio that she's excited for the trek, dubbed the Rebellious Soul Tour. "It's very exciting actually to, you know, really just always want to get your music out there, and now finally your music is appreciated," she says.  "The people are excited about it.  It's a great feeling."

The Love & Hip Hop reality star will be accompanied by Sevyn Streeter, known for "It Won't Stop" and "I Like It," on the upcoming trek, which kicks off on November 4 in San Francisco, CA and wraps in Boston, MA on December 3. The singer says she knew Sevyn would be the perfect fit as her tour mate.

"I just wanted to do what I wanted to do [since] I was doing the tour on my own.  I was like 'Okay, let me take somebody out that's up and coming and do girl power.'  I wanted to use her and I picked her," Michelle says. The opportunity will broaden Sevyn's fan-base and allow her to promote her debut EP, Call Me Crazy, But..., arriving Tuesday, November 5.

While Michelle is still in the beginning stages of preparing for the show and choosing the set-list, she says that performing is what she looks forward to the most.

"I would say just being on the stage, like everything else I really don't like but I just like to see the fans' faces," she says.  "I like to hear that they know every record, that's a great feeling for any artist."

K. Michelle encourages everyone to come out for the Rebellious Soul Tour, which she promises will be worth it. "This tour is just fun, like really what it is, is not a snoozer, it's not 'Oh my God, I'm going to go to sleep,' I don't do boring at all," says Michelle.

She adds that "this tour is for the ladies to just come out there, you gon' laugh, you gon' cry, it's just a good, grown, sexy fun night. So I'm excited." 

As previously reported, tickets for the 15-date outing, which makes stops in major markets including Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston and Charlotte, are available via her official website now.

Here's the list of dates for the Rebellious Soul Tour:

11/4 -- San Francisco, CA, Mezzanine
11/5 -- Los Angeles, CA, House of Blues
11/9 -- Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theater
11/11 -- Dallas, TX, House Of Blues
11/12 -- Houston, TX, Warehouse Live
11/14 -- Kansas City, MS, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
11/15 -- Chicago, IL, The Shrine
11/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, The Vogue Theater
11/17 -- Royal Oak, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/19 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Music Hall
11/21 -- Raleigh, NC, Phantom Night Club
11/22 -- Atlanta, GA, Center Stage
11/23 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
11/24 -- Charlotte, NC, The Fillmore
11/26 -- Baltimore, MD, Rams Head Live!
11/27 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore
11/29 -- Cleveland, OH, House Of Blues
11/30 -- Buffalo, NY, Tralf Music Hall
12/3 -- Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre

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Wednesday
Oct092013

New Ramones Box Set Due Out Later This Month

Rhino RecordsA new box set featuring the Ramones' first six studio albums will hit stores later this month.  Titled Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981), the package includes the pioneering punk band's 1976 debut, Ramones; 1977's Leave Home and Rocket to Russia; 1978's Road to Ruin; 1980's End of the Century; and 1981's Pleasant Dreams.

In addition, an expanded version of the box set will be available exclusively at digital outlets that will include the rest of the band's catalog from the 1980s: 1983's Subterranean Jungle, 1984's Too Tough to Die, 1986's Animal Boy, 1987's Halfway to Sanity and 1989's Brain Drain, their final album with bassist Dee Dee Ramone.

Ramones: The Sire Years (1976-1981) will be released on October 29.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Sting & Bryan Adams to Honor MTV Co-Founder at Charity Gala

Kevin Mazur; Decca RecordsSting and Bryan Adams were fixtures on MTV during the channel's early days, so it's no surprise that the two rockers will provide the musical entertainment at a star-studded charity event honoring one of the network's founders.

Sting and Adams will perform at the 38th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala on October 22 in New York City, as John Sykes is presented with a lifetime music industry achievement award.  In addition to co-founding MTV, Sykes was the president of VH1 from 1994-2002.  He created VH1's Save the Music Foundation, and co-produced last year's 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as the now-legendary post-September 11 charity event The Concert for New York City.

President Bill Clinton, a past T.J. Martell Foundation honoree, will present Sykes with the award, which recognizes his "profound contributions to the music and entertainment industries."

Incidentally, the gala is scheduled to take place about a month shy of the 20th anniversary of the release of the hit duet "All for Love," which featured Sting, Adams and Rod Stewart.  The song, which Bryan co-wrote, was featured on The Three Musketeers soundtrack and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 1994.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Sting & Bryan Adams to Honor MTV Co-Founder at Charity Gala 

Kevin Mazur; Decca RecordsSting and Bryan Adams were fixtures on MTV during the channel's early days, so it's no surprise that the two rockers will provide the musical entertainment at a star-studded charity event honoring one of MTV's founders.

Sting and Bryan will perform at the 38th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala on October 22 in New York City, as John Sykes is presented with a lifetime music industry achievement award.  In addition to co-founding MTV, Sykes was the president of VH1 from 1994-2002.  He created VH1's Save the Music Foundation, and co-produced last year's 12-12-12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief, as well as the now-legendary post-September 11 charity event The Concert for New York City.

President Bill Clinton, a past T.J. Martell Foundation honoree, will present Sykes with the award, which recognizes his "profound contributions to the music and entertainment industries."

Incidentally, the gala is scheduled to take place about a month shy of the 20th anniversary of the release of hit duet "All for Love," which featured Sting, Adams and Rod Stewart.  The song, which Bryan co-wrote, was featured on The Three Musketeers soundtrack and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January of 1994.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy Gives Update on Next Slash Album; Mark Tremonti Talks Next Solo Release

Ashley MaileAlter Bridge may have just released their fourth studio album, Fortress, but frontman Myles Kennedy and guitarist Mark Tremonti have revealed they already have plans for their side projects.

Kennedy says he’s begun the writing process for Slash’s next solo album, which he hopes to start recording sometime in 2014.  “Slash is sending me his riffs and ideas, so I've been [sending parts to him] via the old phone voice memo,” he tells Billboard.  “We'll probably get together here later with the other guys, start chipping away at some things, and the goal is to record it next year.”

Meanwhile, Tremonti notes he’s looking forward to getting back into the studio with the members of his side project, Tremonti.  “I'll be getting with the guys and trying to find a window maybe in December or January just to write some material,” he explains.  “The next time we tour [as my solo band] Tremonti will probably be after we get some new material done, so it will probably be at least six months till we play some shows.”

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Wednesday
Oct092013

KISS to Host Halloween Marathon of Concert Specials on AXS TV

Brian Lowe/KISS Catalog Ltd.What better way to spend Halloween than to watch a bunch of guys in scary makeup playing some loud rock 'n' roll?  AXS TV will celebrate the spooky October 31 holiday by airing a series of hard-rock concert specials hosted by KISS.

The "KISS Monster Marathon" will include the network premiere of the KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe concert, which captures the band playing a show this past June in Zurich, Switzerland.  The show will air at 8 p.m. ET. 

Other concerts that will air as part of the marathon include hard-rocking performances by AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Papa Roach.  During breaks in the daylong event, newly taped segments featuring the members of KISS will be shown.

Here is the full list of programming for the KISS Monster Marathon:

3:30 p.m. ET: Judas Priest Live: British Steel 30th Anniversary Special
4:45 p.m. ET: Papa Roach Live from Club Nokia
5:55 p.m. ET: Iron Maiden En Vivo!
7:30 p.m. ET: At Hell's Door: Behind the Scenes at Hellfest (Encore screening at 1 a.m. ET)
8 p.m. ET: KISS Monster World Tour: Live from Europe (Encore screening at 1:30 a.m. ET)
10:05 p.m. ET: AC/DC Live at River Plate (Encore screening at 3:35 a.m. ET)
11:15 p.m. ET: Alice Cooper Live at Montreux

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Robin Thicke, Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis to Headline Grammy Nominations Concert

The Recording AcademyGuess we know who the Grammy folks think will be getting a bunch of nominations this year.  Robin Thicke, Drake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis,  as well as American Idol judge/country star Keith Urban, are among the artists who'll be performing on The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night TV special on December 6.

During the hour-long CBS special, hosted by LL Cool J, nominees in top Grammy categories will be revealed. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

After the show, the audience will get to enjoy an exclusive concert by Robin.  To be one of those lucky people, you can purchase tickets to the event, held at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  They go on sale October 17 via AXS.com or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 26 at the Staples Center in L.A. and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT. 

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Keith Urban to Headline Grammy Nominations Concert

Capitol NashvilleGuess we know who the Grammy folks think will be getting a bunch of nominations this year.  Keith Urban has been chosen as one of the performers on this year's GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night TV special, airing on December 6.

In addition to Keith, R&B star Robin Thicke and rappers Drake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are on the billAdditional performers and presenters will be announced soon.  During the hour-long CBS special, hosted by LL Cool J, nominees in top Grammy categories will be revealed. 

After the show, the audience will get to enjoy an exclusive concert by Robin Thicke.  To be one of those lucky people, you can purchase tickets to the event, held at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  They go on sale October 17 via AXS.com or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 26 at the Staples Center in L.A. and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Robin Thicke, Drake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Keith Urban to Headline Grammy Nominations Concert 

The Recording AcademyGuess we know who the Grammy folks think will be getting a bunch of nominations this year.  Robin Thicke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Drake and American Idol judge/country star Keith Urban are among the artists who'll be performing on The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night TV special on December 6.

During the hour-long CBS special, hosted by LL Cool J, nominees in top Grammy categories will be revealed. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

After the show, the audience will get to enjoy an exclusive concert by Robin.  To be one of those lucky people, you can purchase tickets to the event, held at the Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.  They go on sale October 17 via AXS.com or by calling 888.9.AXS.TIX.

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held January 26 at the Staples Center in L.A. and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Miley Cyrus Says "SNL" Appearance Proved She Can Do More than "Just Twerk and Lick Stuff"

Lloyd Bishop/NBCFresh from positive reviews of her appearance on Saturday Night Live -- and the blockbuster global release of her new album Bangerz -- Miley Cyrus appeared on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night. She was more than game: Miley not only sat for an extended interview, but took part in a bizarre sketch, and performed her hit "Wrecking Ball" -- and that was after recording an a cappella version of "We Can't Stop" with Fallon's house band, The Roots, earlier in the day.

Miley, wearing just an oversized shirt and suspenders with a bra stitched between them -- on the outside of her top -- said her record's No. 1 debut in 70 countries meant Tuesday was a very good day for her -- but feared it would be ruined when she got pneumonia from Fallon's cold studio. "You have to wear clothes!" Fallon protested, gesturing to her half-outfit. "That's how you get pneumonia!"

During a commercial break, Miley's mom provided a blanket for the singer to use to warm her bare legs.

Miley said her appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend was gratifying, especially after the headlines she made for her VMA performance. "It was fun for me, just 'cause everyone always has something to say and I think at the end, people forget that...I grew up performing...And so I feel that was a good time to kind of show people...that I don't just twerk and lick stuff: I can sing and I can act a little bit, too."

Fallon said, "Though you're great at those things as well, not to knock that!"

Miley also explained why she was eager to have Britney Spears on the new album. "I really wanted to put someone on that I felt was just -- what represented pop music to me -- and that was Britney. Because so many of my fans have grown up watching me...I was so many peoples' first records that they went out and bought. And Britney was my first album."

Before she performed, Miley took part in a sketch in which she and Fallon used mannequin arms instead of their own. The scene, allegedly part of a soap they once starred in, had Miley playing a nail shop owner.  The pair even plugged "We Can't Stop" as part of their scene.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Brad Paisley Sings About Tuesday Night Football on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

Image credit: Jim SheaEarlier this year, Brad Paisley recorded a hilarious music video mocking the TLC reality series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo for Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The ABC late-night program on Tuesday unveiled another new music clip from Brad. In a nod to Carrie Underwood's Sunday Night Football intro, Brad performed a "theme" for "Tuesday night football." The joke was that no pro, college or high school football games are played on Tuesday nights.

Brad sang, "Well it's Tuesday night, and I'm ready to go/The wings are hot and the beer's gonna flow/I'm hanging with my bros, that's Derek and Wayne/We're all fired up, sit down and watch the game/But there's one little thing I didn't get right/There is no football on Tuesday night."

He goes on to list the many TV shows he and his pals can watch instead on Tuesday nights, such as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Rizzoli and Isles.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCassadee Pope appears on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

Look for Kelly Clarkson on ABC's The View Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Oct092013

Jason Aldean Reveals Kenny Chesney's Advice on Playing Stadiums; Jason's Concert DVD Out Next Week

Broken BowJason Aldean grew up a diehard Georgia Bulldogs fan, so his sold-out concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium was a real dream come true. His fellow country superstar and Tennessee Volunteers fan, Kenny Chesney, played a similar show at the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium back in 2003. Before Jason played his Georgia show, he got a call from Kenny offering some advice on handling such a big concert.

Jason says, "He's like, 'Man, it's gonna be a lot of stuff going on. Lot of craziness. Media everything.' He's like, 'It's gonna be hard to enjoy it just because it's gonna be so crazy, but take it all in, because it's gonna be a once-in-a-lifetime thing.'"

Jason certainly took that advice to heart for the Georgia show. Fans who couldn't be there in person can see it all on Jason's new concert film, Night Train to Georgia, coming out on DVD next week. In addition to the full concert, the film includes footage of Jason preparing for the big show and giving his mom a full tour of Sanford Stadium. Luke Bryan, Ludacris and Kelly Clarkson also make special appearances singing with Jason during the show.

Jason invited a few guests to watch Night Train to Georgia at a movie theater in Nashville Tuesday afternoon. A lot of planning and work went into making this concert film, and Jason can't wait to share it with his fans.

"I think it's really well done, which is good," Jason says. "I mean, you hate to put this much time and effort into something and it turn out you be unhappy with it. So, I'm extremely happy with the way it turned out."

Highlights from Night Train to Georgia will be featured in a new 30-minute special airing Saturday, October 19 on CMT. That special will also air on Palladia on Sunday, October 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

Look for Jason to host a live chat and stream of the concert on his Facebook page Monday, at 9 p.m. ET, too.

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