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Garth Brooks’ Sister, Betsy Smittle, Dies

Garth Brooks' half-sister, Betsy Smittle, has died. The 60-year-old was known as Brooks' bass player for part of his career. She also released one solo album and was a gay rights activist who performed and participated in numerous gay rights events.

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Garth Releases Another Comeback Clue!

Back in August, Chad tipped us off on the gossip circulating about Garth Brooks returning to the stage in 2014. Like many of you did, I went to Garth's website to see what I could find. I quickly registered to get newsletters from his site to keep up to date on any announcements coming from his camp.

Well, this morning... we got another piece of the Garth World Tour 2014 puzzle!

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Garth Brooks Hints at Comeback in Cryptic Email Message

Have you visited Garth Brooks' official website and joined his circle of "Friends?"  What are you waiting for?  The thunder is rolling.  The lightning is crashing.  A Garth storm is brewing!  And, just a couple of days ago, Garth sent his "friends" a cryptic, secret message.  Take a look!

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Garth Brooks and a 2014 World Tour?

The first country concert I ever saw was Garth Brooks' tour way back in the late 90's.  And, I can honestly say, I haven't seen anything like it since.  But, there is good news brewing and rumors are swirling that Garth may be ready to hit the road again in 2014. But are the rumors true?  We aren't sure but it appears the thunder may be rolling.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images; Facebook
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Garth Brooks Becomes a Grandfather for the First Time

I am officially old. Yep.

Back in 1992, members of the WBKR staff--myself included--went to Louisville to see Garth Brooks in concert. And we got to go backstage to meet him.

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Kelly Clarkson Duets with Trisha Yearwood at CMA Music Festival [Video]

Hello, my name is Chad Benefield.  And I am an addict.  I am apparently addicted to Kelly Clarkson.  For the second day in a row, I am posting video taken from the CMA Music Festival.  Yesterday, I posted video of Kelly singing her new country single "Tie It Up."  Today, I am posting footage of her duet with Trisha Yearwood.  That's right!  Trisha showed up and the two tore into a classic Garth Brooks song.  Take a look . . .

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Two Country Megastars To Perform Together At The ACM Awards

The Academy of County Music Awards will air Sunday, April 7th on CBS in Vegas! With my boyfriend Luke Bryan and funny-guy Blake Shelton hosting, I didn't think I could get any more excited about the show! Well, I was wrong!

People.com reported on Wednesday that two country megastars will be performing together at the show for the first time ever! These artists are the two most recent winners of the ACM Artist of the Decade Awards.

Who do you think they are?!?

Two of the biggest country stars of the last few decades....

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(Image from Cheryl Ladd's official Facebook page)
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Strange Super Bowl National Anthems [Video]

Today, the performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl is just as big a media spectacle as the half-time show and the game itself.  Huge stars are asked to deliver rousing renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the whole world watches to see if they mess up the words, lip-synch or perform live.  In the last few years, we have seen amazing renditions by Kelly Clarkson, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Jennifer Hudson.  Way back in 1993, even Garth Brooks stepped up and swung for the fences.  But, historically, there have been some STRANGE choices and some really bizarre renditions at The Big Game.  WATCH!

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Garth Brooks Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame [VIDEO]

Well, this makes me feel old. Of course, the honor is richly deserved. It's just that I remember playing his debut single "Much Too Young" for the first time in 1989, and now Garth Brooks is an official member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Shoulda Been a Hit: Garth’s “When You Come Back To Me Again”

This week's Shoulda Been a Hit column is going to look a little different.  Normally, I include the official video for the song that I choose, but, given Garth's disdain for YouTube and ITunes, that's just not going to happen.  And, now, I know what you're thinking . . . "Garth Brooks had a song that wasn't a hit?"  He sure did.  It was "When You Come Back to Me Again," which peaked at a disappointing #21 on the Billboard Country Chart.  How on Earth was that possible?  The song had everything going for it.

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Photo courtesy of Dave Spencer
Photo courtesy of Dave Spencer
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Dave’s Brushes with Greatness Gallery Part I [PHOTOS]

I have discovered an enormous amount of photos featuring myself and a number of country music stars. So, I've decided to share them with you. And because of the amount of pictures and stories that go with them, I'll break it up into a couple 0f installments.

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Larry Busacca, Getty Images
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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Beat Beyonce and Jay-Z as Most Powerful Couple in Music

The most powerful celebrity couple??? It's true, click through for more from Taste of Country's Amy Sciarretto.

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