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BREAKING NEWS!

FAITH & TIM TAKE VEGAS!

THE COUPLE REUNITE ONSTAGE FOR A SERIES OF INTIMATE CONCERTS

Hey baby, they're going to Vegas! Having shared the stage through-out their careers-most notably the Soul2Soul tours in 2000 and 2006-Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will do so again, this time in Sin City. The couple are set to play 10 weekends at Las Vegas's Venetian Hotel beginning Dec. 7. Unlike previous tours, where the two played major venues, their Vegas dates will take place in an intimate 1,815-seat theater. "It's going to be a real moment in time for us in our careers," McGraw said from the hotel they'll call home for 40 concerts. "It will be us together-that we can say. In this kind of setting, we can do things we haven't been able to do on a bigger stage." The deal, which had been in the works for more than a year, took fruition after the Venetian allowed the duo to schedule concerts around their three daughters' school calendars. The girls couldn't be more excited, said McGraw-though more so about Vegas than about their parents. "They love going to the shows," he joked, "so they probably won't see ours."



EDITORS' PICKS

7 THINGS WE LOVE!

HOT MEN, BLING FOR A CAUSE AND MORE STUFF WE'RE RAVING ABOUT NOW



AARON TIPPIN'S ABS

The singer (who has a line of nutritional supplements) has been bodybuilding since the '80s.

YES, HE'S REALLY 54!



VINCE GOES TIME JUMPING!

For years the Time Jumpers have played western swing for packed crowds at Nashville's Station Inn, drawing famous fans like Robert Plant, Bonnie Raitt and Kelly Clarkson to their Monday night shows. Now the band, made up of 10 of the town's top session musicians, has added a longtime admirer (and country legend) to the mix: Vince Gill. Gill and the pickers release their first studio album Sept. 11.



JEWEL'S BABY LOVE

With her 1-year-old son Kase for inspiration, Jewel penned "That's What I'd Do," a lullaby in story form (illustrated by Amy June Bates). The picture book and accompanying CD with a musical version are out Sept. 18.



ALL THINGS PATSY!

Crazy for Cline? Who isn't? A new exhibit at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum displays personal letters, stage costumes and Patsy's salt and pepper shaker collection, which includes these she-devils!

THROUGH JUNE 10, 2013 countrymusichalloffame.org



GUITAR STRING BRACELETS

The $100-$500 bangles are crafted from strings donated by Toby, Tim, Willie and others. Profits go toward artists' favorite charities.

ORIGINAL ARTIST BRACELETS wearyourmusic.org



CMT STAYS IN SCHOOL

STARS LIKE CARRIE AND LUKE BRYAN SHARE COLLEGE TALES IN CMT'S PLUG FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION. FIND THEM (AND TIPS FOR APPLYING TO AND AFFORDING SCHOOL) AT: cmtempoweringeducation.com



TRACE ADKINS

Sausage

The Louisiana-born singer loved local brand Hightower's Country Smoked Sausage so much as a kid, he's put his name on it!

Where to Buy go to trace adkinscountrysausage.com



COUNTRY ON TV

What to Watch This Fall

SET YOUR DVRs: COUNTRY STARS ARE ALL OVER TV THIS SEASON!

THE VOICE

Premieres Monday, Sept. 10

8 p.m. ET on NBC

Blake and company return for season 3 of the reality hit!



CMA MUSIC FEST: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK 2012

Monday, Sept. 17

8--11 p.m. ET on ABC

Luke Bryan and Kimberly Perry host the all-star concert special with performances by Jason, Miranda and more.



KIMBERLY'S SIMPLY SOUTHERN

Premieres Saturday, Sept. 22

1:30 p.m. ET on GAC

Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman indulges her love of food in a new cooking show



TRISHA'S SOUTHERN KITCHEN

Premieres Saturday, Oct. 20

11 a.m. ET on Food Network

More down-home recipes and fun in season 2 of Trisha Yearwood's cooking show.



GREAT AMERICAN HEROES

Wednesdays

8 p.m. ET on GAC

Trace Adkins celebrates hometown heroes at each of his tour stops around the U.S.



THE NEXT: FAME IS AT YOUR DOORSTEP

Thursdays

9 p.m. ET on the CW

John Rich joins Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan in traveling the country in search of fresh talent in the new music-competition show coproduced by Queen Latifah.



+ Craig Morgan's Acting Debut!

The singer donned a cowboy hat and doctor's coat for a recent guest turn on TNT's police drama Rizzoli & Isles. Morgan got the role, in part, thanks to his friendship with R&I star Angie Harmon. But Morgan, who played folksy medical examiner Dr. Billy Ray Higgins, must have been a hit: He's in talks to come back next season.



STAR TALK

KIX BROOKS

The Last Thing I Googled...

"It was something about the Olympics. I love those obscure sports. I watched with my computer in my lap going, 'What the heck is a three-point BB gun?' Heck, I want to do that! I'm just going to start practicing right now. I got four years, maybe I can win with that thing. It's like Fredo in The Godfather: I'm smart."



A GUIDE TO...

NASHVILLE

MUSIC CITY GETS STAR BILLING IN THE NEW ABC DRAMA. HERE'S YOUR CHEAT SHEET FOR THE SIGHTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE SHOW'S PREMIERE

1. Belle Meade neighborhood

The drama opens in the home of reigning queen of country Rayna James (played by Connie Britton), in the suitably tony neighborhood of Belle Meade in west Nashville. Her rival, hot young phenom Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere), lives in a gated community nearby.

2. Tennessee State Capitol

Rayna's dad is a power player in Tennessee politics. He persuades Rayna's husband to run for Nashville mayor over lunch at the Hermitage Hotel's Capitol Grille, down the street from the state capitol building.

3. Broadway honky-tonks

The neon lights of Lower Broadway form a backdrop for the show. At a low moment, Rayna invites her guitarist (and old flame) for a drink at one of the strip's most popular spots, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.

4. The Bluebird Cafe

Two central characters work at the fabled music venue, where Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift all played before being discovered. The pilot was filmed on location, but the show is building a replica of the Bluebird for future filming.

5. Downtown Nashville

Told she must tour with her rival or face her own tour's demise, Rayna visits the unsympathetic head of her record label at his office in the Pinnacle at Symphony Place. Later Rayna mulls over her troubles while walking the nearby Shelby Street pedestrian bridge.

6. Grand Ole Opry

Rayna and Juliette have a frosty meeting in the Opry dressing rooms before Juliette performs on the famous stage.



STAR TWEETS

Star of the Stadium

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER, KENNY CHESNEY PROVED TO BE A MAN OF MANY HELMETS!



ON-SET

PLACE: Atlanta

DATE: June 28, 2012

Jewel as June Carter Cash

In her first starring role, Jewel transforms into the legendary singer for Lifetime's Ring of Fire costarring Matt Ross as Johnny. The film, based on John Carter Cash's book about his mom, is expected to air early next year.



TRENDING!

Sara Sans Makeup!

"I'm so critical of myself, and I started thinking, You just need to love yourself more-no matter what," says Evans of why she posted a photo of herself wearing no makeup July 28. The photo quickly amassed over 45,000 likes on Facebook and prompted followers to post their own no-makeup photos. "To get the response we did was like a sign from God," says Evans, "Like, See, you're beautiful without all the crap you feel like you have to do!"



CELEBRITY DREAM ANALYSIS

ERIC CHURCH

THE DREAM

"I was at a pizza place in Brooklyn with Ray Romano. I was sitting there thinking, 'Wow, this is the coolest thing that's ever happened to me!' And then it kicked in that it was probably a dream."



THE ANALYSIS

"It's not uncommon to 'wake up' inside a dream and realize we are dreaming. This is a kind of lucid dreaming that helps us pay better attention to the dream's message," says dream coach Paula Scardamalia. "Eric's asking himself if the dream is real would make me wonder if he's still checking in with himself about the reality of his success. I also think his delight in being with Ray Romano is because he likes how Romano achieved success by being himself and telling his stories his way. This might speak to what Eric wants to do with his music." And why pizza? "It's common food and a connection to Romano's roots. If I were Eric, I might see it as a reminder to stay connected to my own roots."

Analysis by Paula Scardamalia of diviningthemuse.com



PASSAGES

EXPECTING

Jake Owen has said he always knew he "wanted a family," and the singer is now going to get his wish. Owen, 31, and his wife, Lacey, 23 (inset), are expecting in November. After seeing the ultrasound, Owen tweeted, "Greatest day of my life."

"Onions." That is what singer-song-writer Sarah Buxton, 32, said she craves now that she and her husband, guitarist Tom Bukovac, 43, are going to be parents this December. She then added, "My poor husband."



BABY

Rascal Flatts musician Jay DeMarcus, 41, was in Detroit for a concert when he learned that his wife, Allison, 35, was about to have an emergency caesarean, so he hopped a plane for Nashville and arrived in time for the birth of son Dylan Jay on July 20. The couple's newest little Rascal joins sister Madeline Leigh, 1.

Mike Eli, 31, and his wife, Kacey, 31, are first-time parents. Kline Olivia Diaz was born in Dallas on July 30, and the Eli Young Band frontman crowed, "They tell you about this feeling that is beyond comparison, and the moment we laid our eyes on little Kline, we understood. It's the coolest thing ever."



LEGAL MATTERS

State troopers arrested singer Randy Travis on Aug. 7 in Tioga, Texas. Troopers say he was naked, had wrecked his car, "had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath" and had threatened to kill the troopers. The singer, 53, who was cited for public intoxication earlier this year, was charged with DWI and released on $21,500 bail.



RECOVERING

Not even surgery could sideline Toby Keith's Live in Overdrive Tour. The singer, 51, had his gallbladder removed July 30 and resumed performing on Aug. 3.

"Holdin' Heaven" singer Tracy Byrd, 45, and his wife, Michelle, 44, were in a car accident in Lumberton, Texas, on July 17 that totaled their SUV; Michelle required foot surgery.



DIED

Andy Griffith, who brought southern charm to television with The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock and who won a Grammy in 1997 for his gospel album I Love to Tell the Story, died July 3 on Roanoke Island, N.C., at age 86.

Kitty Wells, who earned the title Queen of Country Music with such hits as "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" and proved to Nashville executives that they should record more female singers, died July 16 in Madison, Tenn., at age 92.