Sam Hunt is scheduled to hit the stage in Times Square December 31st for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. The show will also air live from Miami, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay and Blanco Brown are part of the lineup for the Los Angeles broadcast.
Billboard has released their end of the decade Top Country Albums chart and two of Luke Bryan's albums are in the Top 10. Eric Church's 'Chief' is number 10, followed by Kane Brown's 'Kane Brown at number 9, Lady Antebellum 'Need You Now' at number 8, Luke Bryan's 'Tailgates & Tanlines' at 7, Jason Aldean's 'My Kinda Party' at number 6, Luke Combs' 'This One's For You' at 5, Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' at number 4, Florida Georgia Line's 'Here's to the Good Times' at number 3, Sam Hunt's 'Montevallo' is number 2 and the biggest album from the past decade is.............Chris Stapleton's 'Traveller'.
Maddie & Tae's Maddie Marlow is spending her first Christmas as a married woman and she says her husband, Jonah Font, is crazy about Christmas. There is also one tradition that must be kept. "We have to get a real tree. It's a dealbreaker for him," Maddie says. The couple started their own tradition over the past couple of years, they trim a small part of the trunk off and make it into an ornament. For Tae Dye her family tradition takes place on Christmas Eve. "We all sleep in the same room," Tae shares. "We still all pile in a room with bedding on the floor just so we can wake up together. We've done it since I was a child and we're just not breaking the tradition."
Old Dominion's Brad Tursi shared a childhood memory about the worst Christmas present he ever received. "My parents thought it would be funny to put coal in my stocking," he recalls. "I took it out of my stocking and they were like, 'Oh, you must not have been a very good kid this year.' I was like Aaaaahh!" Brad says it didn't last long and they had a bunch of presents for him in the other room. Matthew Ramsey from the band says that once December starts they like to decorate the bus if they are on the road. "We usually get the yule log; you can go on Netflix and put a yule log on the TV," he shares. "We get eggnog and whiskey, and we always make it very warm and cozy and hang out for about a month on the bus in the Christmas spirit. No gifts though."
Luke Bryan has brought back his annual 12 Days of Pranksmas and it was his mom's turn recently. In a video posted on December 13th you see Luke, his mom LeClaire and his wife Caroline on a golf course. A woman, who has been identified as Trailer Trash Tammy, chases after him and LeClaire motions for the police. When they don't get there quick enough, she jumps in and tries to save her son. When the "fan" is arrested by the "police", Luke tells his mom that is was all just a joke. LeClaire falls to the ground and says, "Don't you ever do that to me again."
Cole Swindell is just one of many country artists who admire Reba McEntire. He recently shared a story about his first time meeting her. "Reba did walk in on me while I was doing my fitting for the CMA Awards. That was a malfunction," he says. "First time meeting Reba in that situation was pretty awkward."
A couple members of Rascal Flatts have some special Christmas traditions. Gary LeVox says that his family would have Mexican food every Christmas Eve. "We had a big family, especially my mom," he explains. "There were nine kids in her family, so there were lots of aunts and uncles, and lots of food every Christmas Eve, lots of Mexican food." Jay DeMarcus says that his family had a tradition that he continues with his own family. "We eat pizza on Christmas, and everybody opens one gift," he says.
Luke Combs was at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on December 12 for the first of his back-to-back shows. Fans were treated to a 20+ song set that featured his seven number one singles. He surprised fans by teaming with Thomas Rhett on "Lovin' on You" and ended the show with an appearance by Keith Urban, who joined Luke on his first number one, "Hurricane".