The Band Perry will start out 2012 with rockets red glaring, when they perform the national anthem at the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on January 6. The classic college football matchup pits the Arkansas Razorbacks against the Kansas State Wildcats at a sold-out Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Tx. TBP is also set to play Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 on January 31 in New York City, along with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Hot Chelle Rae.
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Speaking of January 31, Joe Nichols has been added to the lineup of Fox’s American Country New Year’s, which airs live from Las Vegas at 11 PM/ET. Nichols joins previously announced performers Lauren Alaina, Rodney Atkins, Eli Young Band, and Toby Keith, as well as co-hosts Rodney Carrington and Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
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Sibling duo The Roys will host A Nashville’s New Country Christmas, a syndicated radio special, on December 24 and 25. The seasonal program, featuring holiday music from Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and more in addition to The Roys, will stream online at www.nashvillesnewcountry.com and on 650 AM WSM.
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Country newcomer Lisa Matassa released her debut album Sunrise Highway on December 21, and is available for digital download now. The album includes her rendition of “The Christmas Song” with the NYC Broadway Youth Ensemble and the video is available for streaming at CMT, GAC, and TCN. The Long Island native is offering free streams of the album on her Facebook fan page.