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Tim McGraw To Appear On "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Country superstar Tim McGraw is going to try to get to the roots of his family tree when he appears on the NBC series "Who Do You Think You Are?". Cameras will be rolling as Tim digs through his own family's history to see what he can uncover.

Many country fans know the story that Tim grew up thinking that his step-father, Horace Smith, was his father until he discovered his birth certificate in his mother's closet when looking for some pictures. It was then that the 11 year old Tim discovered that his father was really baseball great Tug McGraw, who also happened to be his baseball hero.

Tim's mother took him to see Tug, but Tug denied being his father. It wasn't until an 18 year old Tim once again tracked Tug down that the elder McGraw noticed the resemblance and admitted to being his father.

What family secrets will Tim uncover on "Who Do You Think You Are?" I guess we'll just have to tune in and find out!

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ACM Awards To Be Held April 3rd, 2011

The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3rd, 2011 at 8:00 PM on the CBS Television Network.

In addition, the Academy will tape an all-star concert special, Girls’ Night Out: Superstar Women of Country at the same location Monday, April 4th, 2011 to air at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

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Josh Turner And Wife Welcome Third Child

Josh Turner and his wife Jennifer welcomed their third child this past Monday when Crawford Marion Turner was born. The child weighed in at 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was born in a Nashville hospital.

“Jennifer and I are overjoyed at Marion’s arrival,” Josh says. “He’s a strong, handsome little boy with a resilient spirit. Thanks to all of our family, friends and fans for their thoughts and prayers.”

Congratulations to them!

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Jay And Allison DeMarcus Welcome Baby Girl

Jay DeMarcus, of Rascal Flatts, and his wife Allison, a CMT personality, welcomed their first child on Friday (December 17th). Named Madeline Leigh DeMarcus, the baby girl was born in Nashville at 4:49PM, weighing 6 pounds and 9 ounces.

"Allison and I are thrilled!" Jay said in a statement. "Madeline is absolutely gorgeous; she looks just like her daddy! Both mom and baby are doing well."

"Leigh is Ali's middle name and we finally settled on a [first] name that we both liked together," Jay told Country Weekly when revealing their daughter's name in September, saying she'd be called "Maddy."

Congratulations to the couple!

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Julianne Hough Video Banned From CMT & YouTube??

In what might be the strangest story so far that we've covered here on Twangwire, it appears that CMT and YouTube have banned Julianne Hough's video for her song "Is That So Wrong."

Before performing the song at a concert in Baltimore, Julianne said:

"This next song — funny story. I shot a music video for it...and [CMT] kind of banned it, Apparently I was taking off too many clothes as I was dancing across my bedroom. But I don't know — I kind of liked it."

Fox news has this to say about the controversy:

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No Country Tours On Billboard's Top Ten Grossing Tours Of 2010

It wasn't a great year for country tours in 2010 as none of the usual suspects cracked the Top 10 grossing concert tours of the year.

Tim McGraw was the highest grossing country act of the year, grossing nearly $45 million over 71 shows. McGraw's tour drew about 880,000 fans and finished at number 13 on the Billboard list.

The next country artist, Taylor Swift, finished at number 15, pulling in $40 million and 643,000 fans to 47 shows.

Bon Jovi was the top touring act on the list, drawing 1.6 million fans over 69 shows and grossing $146 million.

The rest of the Top 10: U2, AC/DC, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, James Taylor/Carole King, Eagles, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band and Paul McCartney.

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Dierks Bently Caps Off An Amazing 2010 With More Accolades

Press Release – Nashville, TN – As 2010 comes to a close, country music maverick Dierks Bentley capped off a daring year with three GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Album for his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE and two nominations in the Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for the album’s “Bad Angel” featuring Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson and “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” featuring Del McCoury and Punch Brothers.

To watch a video performance of “Bad Angel” with Lambert and Johnson, click here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/dierks-bentley/558158/bad-angel.jhtml

Since announcing this Spring that his fifth Capitol Nashville studio project would be steeped in the bluegrass and roots music that moved him to become a country musician in the first place, Bentley has garnered the support of fans, media and industry peers alike. UP ON THE RIDGE has been named one of iTunes “Best Albums Of the Year” and one of Amazon’s “Top 10 Country Albums of the Year.” It also earned glowing praise from critics who said the album was “the best country recording we’ll hear in 2010” (Washington Post), “timeless” (NPR) and “shocking in its freshness” (Boston Globe).

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Brad Paisley's Gift To You - Free Download Of "This Is Country Music"

In the spirit of the holiday season, Brad Paisley is giving you the opportunity to download his brand new hit song "This Is Country Music" for free!

Now through Monday, December 20 you can go to the site www.thisiscountrymusic.com and download the track absolutely free. Brad introduced the song this past November on the 44th Annual CMA Awards Show and it has really taken off since.

You can also pre-order Brad's upcoming album at the site to get some exclusive content!

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Tim McGraw "Pissed" At Gwyneth Paltrow?

Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow share the big screen in the new movie "Country Strong" about a washed up country singer. McGraw is no stranger to crossing over from one career to another, moving seamlessly between his music career and his acting, but he definitely took notice when Paltrow wowed the crowd at this year's CMA's, receiving a standing ovation. As he told Ellen DeGeneres recently:

"I'm sort of pissed at her though," McGraw said, jokingly. "I've been, what, twenty years I've been in the music business and I don't think I've ever gotten a standing ovation at the CMA's. After all the hard work I've done, after all the time and effort. And then she walks out and sings one song and everybody stands up."

You can watch McGraw's full interview on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday, Dec. 16.

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Happy 21st Birthday To Taylor Swift!

Taylor Swift, arguably the biggest act in the music industry right now, turns 21 years old today so we would like to wish her a very Happy 21st Birthday. She's accomplished so many amazing things already that it's hard to believe she is only 21. In a world where even the Disney stars let people down, yes, Miley we are talking about you, Taylor has stayed true to her word that she would always try to be a good role-model for all the kids that look up to her.

Taylor truly seems to have a special bond with her fans and is always looking for new ways to connect with them and reward them for being her fans. Today, to celebrate her birthday, every order placed at her on-line store will include a free bonus item worth at least $10. Giving presents to her fans on HER birthday, pretty cool.

Happy Birthday Taylor!


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