Underwood Plays On; More Artist News

Carrie and Brad co-host the CMA Awards on Nov. 11.

Carrie and Brad co-host the CMA Awards on Nov. 11.

Carrie Underwood will make her first ever appearances on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien (11/16) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (11/19), and is set for a return visit to Ellen (11/18). She is making the rounds in support of her new album Play On. Unofficial estimates are expecting debut week sales to hit close to 350k units.

This week Underwood appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and Live! with Regis and Kelly. As previously announced, next week for the CMA Awards she will make a second appearance on GMA live from downtown Nashville (11/10), and co-host the Awards with Brad Paisley, where both are nominees. On Thurs., Nov. 12 A&E debuts Biography-Carrie Underwood.

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Randy Houser’s video for his new single, “Whistlin’ Dixie,” is premiering today on CMT. It was directed by Revolution Pictures’ Chris Hicky. The song will appear on Houser’s sophomore album scheduled for release this spring. Houser is currently on the CMT tour with Jamey Johnson. In between shows this week, Johnson performed at actor Matthew McConaughey’s 40th birthday party.

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Brooks & Dunn are the inspiration behind Toyota’s new “Midnight Rider Tundra Tailgater by Brooks & Dunn.” The Tundra has been a sponsor of Brooks & Dunn for the past three-plus years and this concept vehicle celebrates the duo’s upcoming 2010 farewell tour. Dubbed the “Ultimate Tailgating Experience®” the truck has a cooking space with countertops, infrared barbeque, beverage tap, ice chest, 42-inch flat screen TV in the bed and Kicker sound system. The exterior is accented by custom door handles, a chrome Brooks & Dunn logo steer skull on the grille, and a chrome-accented steer skull tailgate handle.

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Toby Keith’s new single “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song)” and its accompanying video are a
tribute to his late friend and basketball legend, Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale passed away unexpectedly in May from health problems. Keith is on his America’s Toughest Tour drawing standing-room-only crowds, and he’ll embark on his first European tour this month.

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Zac Brown Band has added a stop at the Ryman Auditorium on Dec. 28. Tickets go on sale Fri., Nov. 13 at 10 AM, Ryman box office or Ticketmaster. Last night ZBB played The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

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