Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town landed their first performance slot on the CMA Awards nearly a decade ago, but the ceremony still brings out a sense of wonder in the four band members.
LBT's Karen Fairchild tells ABC News Radio, "The CMA Awards are so special. They really are, just from growing up and watching the CMA Awards and then just pinching ourselves standing up on that stage, much less to have won one or two or three. Thank you, Jesus."
Karen and her husband/band mate Jimi Westbrook display their CMA trophies in the office at their house, and the group's Kimberly Schlapman has a special case for her CMA hardware.
She tells us, "My husband built shelves for mine. Love 'em."
Little Big Town is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year again at this Wednesday night's ceremony along with Eli Young Band, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry and Lady Antebellum.
Just getting a nomination is a big thrill for The Band Perry's Reid Perry. He tells ABC News Radio, "The CMAs are always great 'cause, you know, voted on by your peers, so it's already an honor to be in the category voted on by peers, but to also win that award would be nice."
Lady Antebellum won that Vocal Group trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Now that they're back at the top of the country chart with "Bartender," Lady A's Charles Kelley has his fingers crossed for another win.
"To have a little time with not winning that award, it's gonna be sweet if we can get that again," Charles says. "But we're gonna focus on performing like we always try to."
Lady A and The Band Perry will perform on the CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC. Look for Little Big Town to team up with pop star Ariana Grande on the live broadcast, too.
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Cole Swindell got to meet his hero, Reba, on Thursday in Nashville while trying on clothes for next week's CMA Awards. Cole was in the middle of a wardrobe fitting at his manager's office, which is located inside Reba's Starstruck building on Music Row, when Reba herself suddenly walked in. The whole episode was captured on video and posted to YouTube.
She told him, "Good thing I didn't come in here when you was stark naked."
Cole bent over in shock when he realized Reba was in the room. He then told her how much her shows meant to him growing up after his parents divorced. Cole was in fifth grade at the time and moved with his mother to Albany, Georgia. A farmer in town, named Ronnie Lee, took a young Cole to see Reba every year in Albany, and those shows helped spur Cole's passion to pursue a music career.
He told her, "I got to see everybody that ever toured with you. It was so awesome. So, I've been waiting to meet you."
Cole will be dressed to kill at the 48th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 ET on ABC. He's up for New Artist of the Year.
In other Cole Swindell news, he's releasing the new Down Home Sessions EP on November 17 in conjunction with the launch of his Down Home Tour. The five-song digital project is designed to get as many songs out to the fans as possible, even between albums.
He says, "I'm always writing and I have lots of songs that I want my fans to hear. As a songwriter that's what you want, but everything can't always make it onto your album so I decided the best way to release this music was to put together the Down Home Session EP."
Here's the Down Home Sessions EP track list:
"The Way You're Lovin' Me Now"
"Workin' on Me"
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Carrie Underwood's releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring her current hit, "Something in the Water." That song's just one of 25 songs included in the two-CD set, according to the official track listing, released today.
"Something in the Water" is also one of two new tracks Greatest Hits: Decade #1, the other being "Little Toy Guns." Those songs lead off disc one, while disc two ends with never-before-released versions of familiar hits, including a live version of Carrie's duet with Vince Gill on the gospel standard "How Great Thou Art," and in-progress "worktape" versions of "So Small," "Last Name," and "Mama's Song."
You can pre-order Greatest Hits: Decade #1 at all the usual digital outlets beginning Tuesday, November 4, five days ahead of the official release date.
Here's the track listing for Greatest Hits: Decade #1:
"Something in the Water"
"Little Toy Guns"
"Inside Your Heaven"
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"
"Don’t Forget to Remember Me"
"Before He Cheats"
"Just a Dream"
"I Told You So" (feat. Randy Travis)
"Remind Me" (duet with Brad Paisley)
"Two Black Cadillacs"
"See You Again"
"How Great Thou Art" (with Vince Gill) (Live from ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out)*
"So Small" (writing session worktape 1/24/07)*
"Last Name" (writing session worktape 1/22/07)*
"Mama’s Song" (writing session worktape 2/5/09)*
* = never-before-released version.
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If you haven't already, now's the time to head over to Garth Brooks' GhostTunes music service to hear a preview of his forthcoming new album, Man Against Machine. Garth's giving what he calls a "sneak peek" of the album all day today, through midnight: that much, he announced Thursday. Today, he also revealed the track listing and cover art.
The Man Against Machine cover features a tough-looking Garth, shot from the waist up, standing in front of some rusty gears and cogs with his arms crossed, clad in a tight black tee-shirt, black sunglasses and a black hat.
Man Against Machine, Garth's first album of all-new music since 2001's Scarecrow, hits retailers November 11. If you order it now from GhostTunes, you'll score immediate downloads of two songs from the album: "People Loving People" and "Send 'Em on Down the Road."
Here's the full Man Against Machine track listing:
"Man Against Machine"
"She's Tired of Boys"
"Cold Like That"
"Wrong About You"
"Rodeo and Juliet"
"People Loving People"
"Send 'Em On Down the Road"
"You Wreck Me"
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