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Brad Paisley, 'Love and War': Everything You Need to Know

Brad Paisley is getting set to release his 11th studio album, Love and War, and Taste of Country has rounded up all the information that's been revealed so far about the record.

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Brantley Gilbert’s straightened out his life, but he still loves to get crazy

Brantley Gilbert has done some growing up in the past few years with his marriage to his wife, Amber, and his decision to stop drinking. Just because he’s living a sober, married life, you shouldn’t assume Brantley’s concerts are any less rowdy than they’ve always been.

“I think you can watch me at a show and I feel like it should be visible I am having the time of my life,” Brantley says.

RELATED: Brantley Gilbert’s wife made this very big change in his life

Nowadays, instead of just getting wild with his friends back home, Brantley chooses to have his fun with the fans that come see his shows.

He adds, “Those shows are really my parties now, and I mean that’s one hell of a party. When you get 10-15,000 people losing their minds, that’s fun. I mean that’s a party. And being able to get up there and act a fool and have fun with them and it not be all straight business and all serious, I’m a fan of chaos and mayhem.”

RELATED: Brantley Gilbert opens up about the demons that once plagued him

That wild vibe can be heard in Brantley’s latest hit, “The Weekend,” so it’s clear he hasn’t lost any of his edge since he put down the bottle.

“Not drinking and all, I still have a blast,” Brantley says, “I can promise you that.”

“The Weekend” is the first single from Brantley’s upcoming studio album, “The Devil Don’t Sleep,” due out Jan. 27. You can catch Brantley’s insane live show on The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour kicking off Feb. 2 in Reading, Pennsylvania. He’s bringing along Tucker Beathard and Luke Combs as the supporting acts.

Which Country Stars Will Be Performing at 2017 Inauguration Events? [PICTURES]

These country stars are among the artists performing at inauguration-related events in 2017.

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Ivanka Trump lays groundwork for policy role in Washington

She may not be working in the White House, but that doesn't mean Ivanka Trump is staying out of politics.

Although she has said she will have no official role in her father's administration, Ivanka Trump has been quietly laying the groundwork for an effort that could make her perhaps the best-connected policy advocate in Washington. Trump, who has made clear she wants to push for policies benefiting women and girls, last week sought the advice of a group of female executives and media stars in New York City. And transition aides have reached out to congressional staff on child care policies, an area she has urged President-elect Donald Trump to prioritize.

In a Facebook post detailing her next moves, Ivanka Trump thanked people who had reached out on such issues and added that she is determining the "most impactful and appropriate ways for me to serve our country."

It is not clear if Trump will establish herself independently or if she will eventually enter the White House. But operating from the outside may take her into uncharted territory, as there are few recent examples of a first family member without a White House office advocating for policies. The closest model is the first lady, who has an office in the East Wing.

For now, the businesswoman has said only that she is stepping away from executive roles at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand and is moving her family to Washington so that her husband, Jared Kushner, can take a job as a senior adviser. She has also stressed that she wants to focus on settling her three young children in a new home.

But Ivanka Trump is also thinking beyond that.

On Thursday, she attended a dinner with female executives at the home of her friend Wendi Deng, ex-wife of media executive Rubert Murdoch. The dinner was put together by Dina Powell, a Goldman Sachs partner who is joining the Trump administration as an assistant to the president and senior counselor for economic initiatives. Powell has been advising Ivanka Trump and is expected to continue working closely with her.

Other guests included MSNBC "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski, model Christy Turlington Burns, former White House press secretary Dana Perino, Xerox Chairperson Ursula Burns, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert, Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cynthia Leive and Time Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs. Another attendee, Pattie Sellers, executive director of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summits, wrote on that Ivanka Trump "explained that she wanted to learn from the efforts of leaders in their fields."

Also there was Sheila Marcelo, founder of, a website that connects families with caregivers, said an attendee who spoke on condition of anonymity because it was a private dinner. Marcelo spoke about the high cost of caregiving, both for children and adult family members.

The attendee said the group also discussed the Trump transition team's recent outreach to the House of Representatives' Ways and Means Committee staff about Trump's child care proposals. Asked about news reports about the outreach, Ivanka Trump noted that these were priorities for the president-elect, the attendee said.

A Trump Transition spokesperson declined to comment on the event.

Ivanka Trump's interest and influence on these issues was clear during the campaign. Encouraged by his daughter, Donald Trump offered a child care plan in September, which includes guaranteeing six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers, as well as some incentives to encourage employers to provide child care to workers.

The policy would require congressional approval — a considerable hurdle. Such proposals are not a high priority for Republican leadership and it's not clear how well they'll be received by conservatives in the GOP-controlled Congress.

Ivanka Trump has already made some outreach to lawmakers, including meeting with Republican women back in September. But it is not clear if, moving forward, she will lobby Congress directly.

There is little precedent for a president's adult child seeking to have that sort of influence, said University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who served as ethics counsel for President George W. Bush.

The closest comparison would be the policy work by first ladies, like Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. Painter said that first ladies are generally not subject to conflict of interest laws, though in the past they complied voluntarily like past presidents.

But Painter said to avoid conflicts, Ivanka Trump should, like her husband, follow federal ethics laws. For example, he said she should not offer her father advice on international trade if she continues to have a financial stake in her clothing business. He said he did not think Ivanka Trump would need to register as a lobbyist if she was a policy advocate if she was not paid.

Ivanka Trump has said she will take a "formal leave of absence" from her executive positions at the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand — which offers shoes, clothes and messages of female empowerment. Her company will be run by the current president and a board of trustees.

The Trump team has said Ivanka Trump will divest some assets and will receive fixed payments rather than a share of the profits from the Trump Organization. No details have been released on her financial arrangement with the lifestyle brand.

Singer Nina Simone's birthplace in Tryon for sale for $95K

The small wooden cottage that was the birthplace of singer, pianist and civil rights activist Nina Simone is for sale in Tryon, North Carolina.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports ( the current owner of the 664-square-foot home has done work to shore up the foundation and restore the interior of the cottage in hopes of it being used as a museum.

The asking price for the home built in 1930 is $95,000 in cash.

Real estate agent Cindy Viehman of Tryon Foothills Realty says some people have discussed moving the house. But Viehman says the neighborhood is essential to understanding how hard Simone worked to become a history-making, Grammy-winning talent.

Simone was born in 1933 and named Eunice Waymon. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.


Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times,

Fans Decide Country Music's Next Superstar in Taste of Country's 'Hot Seat' Poll

You decide who makes it in as the tenth member of Taste of Country's inaugural RISERS class during a week-long fan vote that kicks off today!

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Introducing RISERS, a New Program to Discover the Next Generation of Country Music Stars

We're about to bring you the 10 hottest acts of 2017 — and make some dreams come true in the process.

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Always the consummate showman, Eric Church delivers a marathon of music in tour opener

There comes a point in many careers where one is done with being told how to do their job.

They just go out and do it.

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RELATED: Eric Church just took a strong stand against sneaky scalpers

And that’s exactly what Eric Church did as he kicked off his Holdin’ My Own Tour on Jan. 13 in Lincoln Nebraska. With no opening acts to take a little of the weight off of him, Eric is making his own rules, playing the entire two-set show all by himself.

And he sounds like he loves it.

“Here’s the thing: We’re gonna play everything,” he told the adoring crowd before tearing into a set list of 37 songs over a span of three hours. “I don’t care how long the show may be, I still want you to give it to me the whole time. At the end of the night, either you’re gonna drop or I’m gonna drop.”

RELATED: Carrying on a country music tradition, Eric Church nailed this stadium performance

And despite this musical marathon, Eric showed no signs of slowing down, performing rousing renditions of songs such as “Drink In My Hand,” “Over When It’s Over,” “That Was a Cold One” and “Talladega.”

“You guys have a good time?” he said toward the end of the night. “I’ve dreamed my whole life about a tour where we could come out and play as long as we want and everyone knew every song. For that, I thank you, Lincoln. It’s been a helluva night.”

Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban to Perform at 2017 Grammy Awards

Carrie Underwood has been confirmed as a performer for the 59th Annual Grammy Awards. Additional artists scheduled to take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles include Keith Urban, the Weeknd, Metallica, and John Legend, according to a short promo clip that aired Saturday evening (Jan. 14) during the NFL Playoffs.

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The legendary Charlie Daniels reflects on his terrifying brush with death

If you have ever seen 80-year-old Charlie Daniels take the stage and play late into the night, you can believe that the guy is and always has been unstoppable.

Yet, on Jan. 20, 2010, he was truly stopped in his tracks.

RELATED: Charlie Daniels lays out his thoughts on how Donald Trump got to the White House

In a flashback piece he recently shared on his blog, Charlie reflected on the day of snowmobiling that quickly turned into a tragic one, as Charlie experienced a stroke.

“I noticed that my left hand was getting numb and thought that it was because I had been hanging on to the handle bars of my snowmobile for so long that it had gone to sleep, but then I felt the left side of my mouth starting growing numb and my left foot started getting hard to control and I knew something was happening to me. I knew I’d better get back down the mountain and get some help.”

RELATED: Charlie Daniels puts his faith before fame when it comes to acting roles

The group luckily did get help quickly – something Charlie believes was a bit of divine intervention. “The fingerprints of God were all over my experience,” he wrote. “I have seen the hand of God extended over me in the past when I was in a dangerous situation and I knew He was near. There were so many things that made me know that God was ordering our steps.”

Thank God he was, because Charlie is now good as new.

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