Country stars set to help ring in 2019 as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve event on ABC include Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina who will perform as part of the Hollywood lineup, while Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line will perform from New Orleans.

Ryan Seacrest will host the five-plus-hour event from New York City, while Lucy Hale will handle emcee duties in New Orleans and Ciara will call the shots from Hollywood. Additionally, Jenny McCarthy will report from Times Square.

Other performers include The Chainsmokers, Ella Mai, Camila Cabello, Hasley, Shawn Mendes, Weezer, Post Malone and more.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve begins live from New York City at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell teamed up to record "What Happens in a Small Town," which goes to country radio December 14th.

Gilbert said the song came from his life's experiences. 

Ell also played guitar on the song. Brantley says, "Lindsay plays with thesame emotion that she sings with. Her voice is as intense on that guitar as it is when it comes out of her mouth."

Rodeo Houston has announced which genres will be featured throughout the 2019 season, which runs from Monday, February 25th through Sunday, March 1th7. It already has been announced that country legend George Strait will close out RodeoHouston on the final day.    .

As always, country music will be front on center, on tap for 13 of the 20 nights, including opening night. Organizers have always attracted the biggest, best, and buzziest upcoming country acts to the Stars Over Texas stage, so expect a massive roster with some major home runs as well as a few up-and-comers once the final line-up is announced on January 3, 2019.

SAD NEWS: Floyd Estel Parton, a singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton's brother, has died. He was 61.

He passed away last Thursday.

Two of his most famous songs were "Rockin' Years," recorded by Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton, and "Nickels and Dimes," recorded by Dolly Parton and later by George Burns.

Per his obituary, Floyd is survived by his siblings and their spouses, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Zac Brown Band frontman Zac Brown announced the launch of his new new entertainment and lifestyle branded parent company, Zac Brown Collective (ZBC).

Formerly known as Southern Ground, with this relaunch the company expands its portfolio of brands as an entity grounded in the "American experience," spanning music, film, food, fashion, custom design and American-made gear.

Brown said in a statement: "My team and I are more than ready to roll out our roster of unique brands that embody our latest vision of delivering consumers a genuine American experience..."

ZBC will act as a parent company to a variety of brands, each of which falling under one of the previously mentioned categories.

In music, the company plans to soon roll out expanded artists services, including fan experience and fan club management, merchandise management and artist management. The food division will cover Brown's stakes in various food and service ventures, including the newly opened Zac Brown's Social Club inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the Remedy Bakeshop line of gluten-free cookies and snacks, and the Z. Alexander Brown wine brand. As well, ZBC is expanding its reach in fashion beyond band merchandise through the acquisition of Los Angeles-based American-made line Sheehan and Company.

In film, Brown's production company Southern Reel has produced many videos for the band over the years and recently worked with Cirque de Soleil to create a stage and video show for Brown's pop music side-project, Sir Rosevelt. Now, ZBC is planning to leverage that experience beyond band projects into feature film, TV and digital video.
 
ZBC will also cover Brown's in-house custom design company, ZB Customs, which works with wood, metal and leather on pieces ranging from custom vehicles to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and more, with work featured on Animal Planet's Treehouse Masters and the CMAs. And the collective will also cover Brown's various gear endeavors, including his premium knife company, Southern Grind, and his audio company, DemerBox.

Lastly, ZBC will continue to support Camp Southern Ground, by allocating funds and resources to the nonprofit that helps military and veteran families. The camp further serves children with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, social or emotional challenges and typically developing children.

 

Blake Shelton has been tapped to host a 2019 Elvis Presley tribute concert special, "Elvis All-Star Tribute Special", in honor of the 50-year anniversary of the famous special "Singer Presents …. Elvis" that aired in 1968.

Also dubbed the '68 Comeback Special, the show came at a crucial point in Presley's career. It was his first live performance in seven years and helped reignite his music career after he had taken a break from touring to star in films like Blue Hawaii, Kid Galahad and Viva Las Vegas. The original special aired Dec. 3, 1968 and featured the King performing many of his iconic hits, including "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Love Me Tender" and "Can't Help Falling in Love."

A full list of performers is set to be announced in the coming weeks, but Keith Urban has already spilled that he and Post Malone are teaming up for a collaboration during the tribute.

The ninth annual CMA Country Christmas drew 6.23 million viewers for ABC Monday night.  Last year's show logged in at 8.17 million viewers.

 

Hallmark Channel holiday movies is airing "Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas", a movie inspired by Blake Shelton's song "Time for Me to Come Home," which the country star co-wrote with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, and her novel of the same name.

"Time for Me to Come Home" for Christmas will run throughout the holiday season.  The Christmas movie is about a big-time music star named Heath (Josh Henderson) who finds himself stranded in Chicago during the holidays with a small-town girl, Cara (Megan Park), who has no idea who he is. They're both headed back to Oklahoma, and a connection sparks between the two. Shelton executive produced the film.

Rascal Flatts have shared a new EP, "Jukebox", that takes a look back at four classic hits and offers the trio's own trademark spin on the iconic tunes. The idea for the EP was inspired by one of the band's favorite parts of their live show, where they perform a medley of some of their favorite hits.

Tracks included on the new project include Foreigner's iconic 1977 hit "Feels Like the First Time," Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams Come True," Kenny Loggins' "Heart to Heart" and Huey Lewis and the News' "Do You Believe in Love." The latter song will be available exclusively to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers.  

Florida Georgia Line will release its fourth album, "Can't Say I Ain't Country" on February 15th on Big Machine.

The track listing and cover artwork will be revealed soon.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared Tuesday (yesterday) "Florida Georgia Line Day" in Las Vegas at City Hall. The duo's residency at the Hollywood Resort & Casino ended with Canaan Smith and Mason Ramsey opening.

The Grammy-nominated duo will head to Australia for a string of shows in March 2019.

Jana Kramer slammed body shamers who criticized her photo one-week after giving birth.

The singer/actress posted a photo on social media in which she wore form-fitting clothing just a week after giving birth to her second child and was slammed.

She then wrote,  “A few things because honestly I’m so frustrated and I need to vent this.”

Kramer continued, “Why do we women have to compare ourselves to each other and then shame? Our bodies are all beautiful and created differently, they heal different, they react different, they simply look different.”