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"Jesus and Elvis" and Kenny Chesney, coming to "Late Night" on Monday

Allister AnnKenny Chesney will not only sing Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he’ll also do a rare interview.

It’s the East Tennessee native’s first TV appearance since his Live in No Shoes Nation album debuted at #1 on the all-genre album chart, and he started the Love for Love City Foundation to help the Virgin Islands in the wake of recent hurricanes.

“Obviously, anyone who knows me knows I’m supposed to be on a beach right about now,” Kenny says candidly. “But to share everything that’s happened with the Virgin Islands, the animal rescue, this amazing live record the fans really created -- well, I can endure some snow for that!”

Kenny will also perform “Jesus and Elvis” -- a track from his Grammy-nominated Cosmic Hallelujah album -- for the very first time. You can catch Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday at 12:35 p.m. on NBC.

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Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more set to salute Elton John

Credit: Joseph GuayMiranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Keith Urban will pay tribute to the legendary Elton John at a special concert January 30 at Madison Square Garden.

The show will take place in New York City two days after the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held in the Big Apple in 2018 as well. Pop stars Miley Cyrus, Kesha, John Legend and Sam Smith are set to take the stage too.

Tickets for the show go on sale Monday at 12 p.m. ET. Elton John:  I’m Still Standing -- A Grammy Salute will be recorded for broadcast as a CBS special later in the year.

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Catch Kelsea Ballerini's "Legend"-ary performance on Lady A's You Look Good Tour, tonight on TV

ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini may be off the road for 2017, but you can still catch her in concert tonight on AUDIENCE Network.

This evening's one-hour special was captured this fall at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena during the final, sold-out night of Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour.

You can preview Kelsea’s performance of her latest hit, “Legends,” on YouTube now, ahead of the show’s 9 p.m. ET premiere tonight on AUDIENCE Network.  

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The late Keith Whitley both co-wrote and sang on this track from Alan Jackson's 1993 holiday album, Honky Tonk Christmas. Can you name it? ANSWER: "There's a New Kid in Town."

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The "tired and wired" tour is in the home stretch: Garth and Trisha play their second weekend in Nashville

ABC/Image Group LA Friday night, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood kick off the second of three weekends at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, as they move closer to bringing the North American leg of their World Tour to a close.

“It’s been pretty non-stop, but it’s been great,” Trisha says, looking back on the couple's more than three-year run. “I think we are tired. Garth says we’re tired and wired, because I think we really are tired, but we are really having a great time.”

She adds:  “I mean, it’s an experience that I think we all know is special. And so even though it’s coming to an end, this portion of the tour -- we’re not gonna be done, we’re gonna do other things -- I think it’s a little bittersweet, because I think everybody’s really ready for a nap, but at the same time, we’ve really enjoyed it.”

When she’s not supporting her husband on tour, Trisha also has another full-time gig, running a culinary empire that features her Saturday-morning show on Food Network.  So what does the host of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen take to a holiday party?

“A lot of people bring sweets to Christmas parties, because everybody’s got a dessert,” Trisha says. “But you know, you’ve got to have something salty. So I’m usually the girl that will bring, like Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese. It might not scream Christmas to you, but… that’ll be the thing that will be gone -- devoured!”

You can tune in for Trisha’s Southern Kitchen Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. ET on Food Network.

After three shows this weekend, two more Nashville dates still remain for Garth and Trisha, on December 22 and 23.

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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Newcomer Kassi Ashton is the newest artist signed to UMG Nashville. Look for the debut single from the Missouri native on MCA Nashville sometime in early 2018.

California native Tyler Rich has signed both recording and publishing contracts with Big Machine.

You can check out the new lyric videos for both Keith Urban’s “Female” and Luke Combs’ “One Number Away” on YouTube now.

If you missed Vince Gill and Amy Grant’s Christmas segment from their Nashville home on the Today show Thursday, you can watch it online.

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FGL's Tyler Hubbard is ready to show his soft side, as he becomes daddy to a little girl

ABC/Image Group LA As Florida Georgia Line works on their fourth studio album and prepares to open a new creative complex in Nashville, Tyler Hubbard has another major project in the works:  He and his wife Hayley are preparing to welcome their firstborn any day now.

Though the two were initially told they were having a boy, Tyler tells ABC Radio he’s now really looking forward to having a daughter.

“We’re both so, so excited, especially Hayley,” he says. “I think it’s gonna be amazing to have a little mini-Hayley running around the house. So, you know, I’m prepared to become very, very soft. I know that’s gonna happen,” he smiles.

But Tyler admits he’s going to try not to be a total pushover when it comes to his little girl.

“I’m still gonna, you know, try to be a good disciplinarian and all that good stuff,” he adds. “But we’re excited. December 20 couldn’t get here fast enough. So we can’t wait.”   

Tyler and his musical partner Brian Kelley are set to perform on the Hollywood portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018. You can watch for FGL starting at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, December 31 on ABC.