News Briefs; Taylor to NBC, The Roys Sign New Deal, Kid Rock and Jamey Johnson to tour

In this short rundown of the news, Taylor Swift announces a Thanksgiving TV special, The Roys sign a big record deal, Kid Rock invites Jamey Johnson on Tour and more.

Taylor Swift To Air Prime Time Special on Thanksgiving Night on NBC

“Taylor Swift: Speak Now” will bring fans on a whirlwind trip from New York City to Los Angeles with concerts in unique locations, including Central Park and on top of a tour bus on Hollywood Boulevard in downtown Hollywood.  

The fast-paced hour features nine one-of-a-kind performances, including intimate takes on Swift’s songs “Mine,” “Sparks Fly,” “Story of Us,” “Long Live,” “Haunted,” “Mean,” “Back to December,” “Enchanted,” and the title track of her new Big Machine Records album “Speak Now.”

The special also features behind-the-scenes footage of all of the mayhem surrounding the popular Swift, who takes viewers along for the exhilarating ride of making and releasing her blockbuster Speak Now CD.  From the recording studio to her publicity tour for Speak Now, fans get an all-access pass.

Check out a sneak peak of the show here:

Country Duo The Roys Sign Major Recording Contract

After the last few years in which The Roys straddled the line between bluegrass and country music, it was announced today that the brother-sister duo had signed a recording contract with major bluegrass record label Rural Rhythm Records, joining a roster that includes Audie Blaylock and Redline, Lonesome River Band, Randy Kohrs, Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and Michael Martin Murphey among many others.  The duo’s first Rural Rhythm Records album will be released in early 2011, the 50th year of Rural Rhythm Records’ existence. 

Jamey Johnson Joins Kid Rock on 2011 “Born Free” tour.

Starting with his 40th birthday show at Detroit’s Ford Field, Kid Rock will kick off a national arena and stadium tour with his good friend Jamey Johnson opening up the tour.

SAT 1/15/11 Detroit, MI Ford Field ( B-Day Show)      

 FRI 1/21/11 Saginaw, MI Dow Events Center  

 TUE 1/25/11 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel  

 WED 1/26/11 Toledo, OH Huntington Center    

 FRI 1/28/11 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center  

 SAT 1/29/11 Dayton, OH Nutter Center      

 TUE 2/1/11 Wichita, KS Intrust Arena      

 TUE 2/8/11 Bossier City, LA CenturyTel Center  

 WED 2/9/11 Little Rock, AR Verizon Wireless Arena      

 FRI 2/11/10 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center  

 SAT 2/12/11 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center      

 MON 2/14/11 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center    

 WED 2/16/11 N. Charleston, SC N. Charleston Coliseum     

 FRI 2/18/11 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena  

 SAT 2/19/11 Birmingham, AL BJCC      

 TUE 2/22/11 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum  

 WED 2/23/11 Huntington, WV Big Sandy’s    

 FRI 2/25/11 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center  

 SAT 2/26/11 Chicago, IL United Center    

 MON 2/28/11 Peoria, IL  Peoria Civic  

 TUE 3/1/11 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium      

 FRI 3/4/11 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Center  

 SAT 3/5/11 Orlando, FL UCF Arena     

 TUE 3/8/11 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock  

 WED 3/9/11 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena     

 FRI 3/11/11 Jackson, MS Mississippi Coliseum  

 SAT 3/12/11 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum    


George Strait, Reba & Lee Ann Womack To Tour in 2011

The three country stars have decided to extend their successful 2010 tour into 2011 with dates below:

January 14 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

January 15 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center

January 27 Tallahassee, FL Leon City Civic Center

January 28 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial Arena January

29 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

February 4 Fresno, CA SaveMart Center

February 5 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

February 17 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse

February 18 Cleveland, OH Quickens Loan Arena

February 19 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace

March 4 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena

March 5 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

March 25 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena

March 26 Las Cruces,  NM Pan American Center

April 1 Denver, CO Pepsi Center

April 2 Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena

April 8 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena

April 9 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Arena

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Brad Paisley & Darius Rucker Parody Song

Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker were on Jimmy Kimmel Live the other day to perform this parody of “To All The Girls I Loved Before” for Facebook’s “UnFriend Day.”