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Toby Keith’s new album, ‘Hope On The Rocks’ will be out November 13. Toby produced it and he’s the principle songwriter too. It’ll have 11 tunes but the deluxe edition will have 14.

My sources confirm via The Hollywood Reporter that in January, Keith Urban will be a judge on ‘American Idol’ along with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and maybe Enrique Iglesias. Randy Jackson’s probably moving into a mentor role. Keith will make about $3 million. Brad Paisley asked $8.5 million but producers said no.

Word has it Taylor Swift did not buy that house in Massachusetts next to Conor Kennedy. We also hear she went to a wedding with him there last weekend. He’d been invited but never RSVP’d and because Taylor was such a distraction the brides mom asked her to leave. Tailors rep says she was invited to the wedding and the bride also thanked her for being there.

Rascal Flatts upcoming restaurant chain in the U.S. and Canada will have it’s first location in Phoenix, AZ. It’ll be 14,000 square feet and feature live entertainment and reasonably priced food. Six restaurants will open in 2013 and four the year after that.

   The first of several Rascal Flatts restaurants is scheduled to open later this year in Phoenix. Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group, a company formed by businessmen Philip Lama and Eric Soe, have partnered with the band to create and develop themed restaurants throughout the U.S. and Canada. The 14,000-square-foot restaurant in Phoenix will feature food, performances by nationally recognized-entertainment, a state-of-the-art sound stage, an elevated bar, an indoor/outdoor bar and retail space. According to the restaurant group's website, "Rascal Flatts chose Philip Lama to be the exclusive licensee because of his experience, creativity and commitment to the concept. He then entered into a partnership with Eric Soe and created Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group. Together they will develop an entertainment venue that most accurately projects the Rascal Flatts image." Additional restaurants are scheduled to open in 2013 in the following markets: Pittsburgh; Minneapolis; Columbus, Ohio; Raleigh, N.C.; Long Island, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. Other locations are planned in 2014. They include: Boston/Cambridge, Mass.; Charlotte, N.C.; Tampa, Fla.; and Madison, Wis.

Keith Urban says as a child living in Australia, he’d listen to his dad’s records and on the back he’d read, ‘recorded in Nashville, Tennessee,’ so at seven years-old Keith told his dad he was moving there one day.

Finally – it's official - for the 5th time, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts for the CMA’s. Brad says, “we’re waiting on someone to do something really stupid between now and then.”

There is a bizarre story surfacing about Taylor Swift. The 51 year-old founder of the Croc shoe company, George Boedecker was arrested 2 days ago in Boulder, Colorado for a DUI and when police questioned him at the scene, he claimed Taylor was his girlfriend and she’d been driving. When police asked where she was, he said, ’Nashville.’

Hunter Hayes is addicted to coffee. He's got a fancy coffeemaker on his bus and he likes Starbucks because when he walks in, they know his name and what he likes to drink. When he tours with Carrie Underwood starting September 14, he’ll be having pre-concert ‘Coffee House’ meet-and-greet’s.

Speaking of Tim, his first comic book called ‘FAME: Tim McGraw’ is out in September. It’s a biographical comic book series and will retail for $7.99 and you can pre-order it on Amazon now.

For the second time this year, Randy Travis has been arrested for DUI. 


   Sgt. Ricky Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in Sherman, Texas confirms to ABC News Radio that state troopers responded to a call at 11:18 p.m. Tuesday night reporting a man lying on the road outside of the town of Tioga.  They discovered Travis at the scene with a "strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and several signs of intoxication" and arrested him for DUI. 

   On the way to the station, Travis allegedly threatened to shoot and kill the troopers, which resulted in an additional charge of retaliation and obstruction, which is a felony.  Sgt. Wheeler also says Travis was brought to the station naked, though it's unclear whether Travis was discovered naked or somehow disrobed later. 

   Travis was booked and held overnight, then released Wednesday after posting a total of $21,500 bond, $20,000 of which was for the felony charge. 

Sherman is located about 60 miles north of Dallas, Texas.  Tioga is roughly 25 miles southwest of Sherman.

   Travis, 53, was arrested early last February in Sanger, Texas after a police officer discovered him drunk in his car with an open bottle of wine.  He later blamed the incident on too much post-Super Bowl celebrating.


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    Last weekend, Sarah Evans published a photo to Facebook of her unmade face, which acquired over 3,000 "likes" within ten minutes. The photo was nearing 50,000 "likes" as of the time this article was written.


   "I'm being brave and posting a picture of me without makeup!" Evans told her hundreds of thousands of Facebook fans.


    "You look better without makeup," one fan wrote underneath the picture.

"I wish people would learn that makeup just ages your face before your time. You are gorgeous without makeup," posted another follower.


   "I think people responded to it because it's just very real, and as women we are way, way too hard on ourselves. It just felt good to send a picture out with no makeup -- just me exactly as I am -- and get that kind of response," Evans told



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Toby Keith was at a recent gig in Nebraska, when he supposedly refused to sign a guitar for St. Jude’s. Witnesses said they took it to a meet-and-greet and he wouldn’t sign it and told them to leave or he’d call security. His road manager said Toby would always sign something for St. Jude or any other legitimate charity.

It seems Taylor Swift is not dating Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son but 18-year-old Conor Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The New York Post reports they were spotted holding hands last weekend at the family compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. They also were seen jumping on a trampoline, having pizza, sailing and just generally being quote, “touchy-feely.”

Carrie Underwood’s on the new Aerosmith album, ‘Music from Another Dimension,’ out in November. She duets with Steven Tyler on what he calls "a country-western crossover ballad.” Guitarist Joe Perry wasn't sold on a duet between them, but he loved the song once he heard it. Lauren Alaina also sang backup on a song but it may not make the final album.

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