Apr 19

“Weed, Whiskey, and Willie”: The holy trinity of Brothers Osborne

EMI Records NashvilleThe wait is almost over for the sophomore album from Brothers Osborne, Port Saint Joe, which arrives on Friday. And if you’re wondering if the record’s release date, 4/20, is a coincidence, just consider the title of the latest advance track released from the project: “Weed, Whiskey and Willie.”

“I’ve got bottles and vinyl stacked to the ceiling/I get stoned for survival, it helps with the healing,” TJ and John sing. “When it all goes to hell, the only thing I believe in is weed, whiskey, and Willie.”

If you check the length of the song, the numbers synonymous with pot come up again. “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” clocks in at exactly 4:20.

You can stream or download the track now, in advance of Port Saint Joe’s Friday release. You can also check out the tune’s lyric video on YouTube.

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Apr 19

Melissa Peterman spills the tea on the new man in Reba’s life

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicReba McEntire’s been very open about the new man in her life, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, posting photos on social media and even taking him on the red carpet at awards shows.

Now, Reba’s former sitcom co-star and good friend, Melissa Peterman, is shedding more light on the country icon’s relationship with the 68-year-old retired oilman, who she met last year on vacation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  

“I see her completely at ease with him,” Peterman tells Closer. “He adores her wholeheartedly, which is what we all want, right?”

The actress, who played Barbra Jean on Reba, says Lasuzzo seems adept at handling the high-profile situations the Country Music Hall of Famer finds herself in.

“I don’t think it even causes a stir,” Peterman adds. “He’s a confident guy. And when you’re hanging with the crazy crew that Reba has, you gotta be a good sport and be able to roll, and he totally does!”

Reba and her husband of 26 years, Narvel Blackstock, split up in 2015.

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Apr 19

Love+1: Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren creates a necklace to help the children of Uganda

Nicola Harger Thomas Rhett’s wife, Lauren, is launching her own line of jewelry to help the children of Uganda.

It’s called Lauren Akins X Ladybird, and features your choice of seven necklaces, which all come with three charms: a heart, a plus sign, and the number 1.

The money Lauren raises will go to Love One International. That organization grew out of 147 Million Orphans, which was instrumental in TR and Lauren’s adoption of their daughter Willa Gray last year.

“The impact Love One International is making on kids’ lives in Uganda is truly indescribable,” Lauren says. “We’re helping shape communities and rebuild families through these children.”

“Their bellies are full and more importantly, so are their hearts,” she explains. “I know it is impossible to care for every child’s needs in the world, but we each can love one. This is the idea behind Love+1 and why we created this jewelry line.”

Lauren’s necklaces range from a $99 sterling silver option to a gold-and-diamond version that runs $749. You can check them out at LaurenAkins.com.

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Apr 19

“Call your congressman!”: Reba needs YOU to make the “Reba” reboot happen

ABC/Image Group LA The campaign for a Reba reboot continues, and Reba McEntire wants your help to make it happen.

“Call your congressman!” Reba joked backstage at Sunday’s ACM Awards.

“I don’t know what’s gonna happen,” she went on. “I’ve been trying to get a reboot ever since we left. We had so many more stories to tell. So I hope we get to work it out. I hope it happens.”

With shows like RoseanneWill & Grace, and Murphy Brown all enjoying a second life, Reba’s 2001-2006 sitcom is another show many fans would like to see come back.

The most recent talk of a Reba reunion came last month, when Reba reunited with co-stars Melissa Peterman and Christopher Rich — aka Barbra Jean and Brock — at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser.

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Apr 18

Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” dawns on “Saturday Night Live”

MCA NashvilleIt’ll be Golden Hour on Saturday Night Live next month, as Kacey Musgraves is the musical guest on one of the final new episodes of the season.

Kacey will perform new music from her third studio album, Golden Hour, on the May 12 show. Comedian Amy Schumer, who’s promoting her new movie I Feel Pretty, will host.

SNL wraps its 43rd season the following week, with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj. You can catch the show Saturday nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Apr 18

Chris and Morgane Stapleton’s twin boys are home, after arriving more than a month early

ABC/Image Group LA Just days after we learned Chris Stapleton missed Sunday’s ACM Awards because of the birth of his twin sons, his wife and musical partner Morgane is revealing more about the two new little ones in their lives.

“Thank you for all the love!” she shared on Instagram, along with a photo with the newborns. “We’re so grateful to finally be home with our sweet family.”

Morgane goes on to thank the doctors and nurses at Centennial Hospital in Nashville.

“At more than a month early,” she explains, “we had a week long stay in the nicu & the incredible people there kept our boys healthy & happy. Words cannot express our gratitude for you all & what you did for our family. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”

Morgane and Chris also have two older children, a boy and a girl. So far, they haven’t revealed the twins’ names.

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Apr 18

Cam’s counting down to her first headlining show at the Ryman

ABC/Image Group LA Cam just kicked off her Listening Room Series Tuesday night with a sold-out show in Portland, Oregon; and now she’s adding a rather impressive date to her itinerary: On Wednesday, September 26, the California native will do her first headlining concert at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.  

Lucie Silvas — who happens to be married to John Osborne of Brothers Osborne — will be Cam’s special guest for the night. Pre-sales are underway now, with seats going on sale to the general public on Friday.

It’s already been a busy week for Cam. Fresh off her appearance Sunday on the ACM Awards, Cam performed duet versions of her hits “Burning House” and “Diane” on American Idol on Monday, before additionally performing “Diane” on the The Late Late Show with James Corden.

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Apr 18

Midland makes video “magic” at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk

BMLGHot off Midland’s free-wheeling appearance Sunday night in the ACM press room — where the trio showed up with their Budweiser tallboys — the New Vocal Group winners have gone right back to work.

“Pure honky tonk magic tonite filming the new video for Burn Out…” Midland tweeted late Monday, along with a photo that shows lead singer Mark Wystrach in front of a Billy Bob’s Texas logo. The Fort Worth, Texas bar is known as the World’s Largest Honky Tonk.

“Burn Out” is the third single from Midland’s On the Rocks album, which features their #1 debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”

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Apr 18

Kane Brown brings it back to #1 on the country albums chart

Sony Music Kane Brown’s self-titled debut returns to #1 on Billboard’s country albums charts this week, making it the set’s eleventh time at the top. Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour got in between Kane and #1 last week, but it now slips to second place.

Kane’s getting plenty of good news from Billboard this week: Monday, he found out he’s nominated for Artist, Album and Song for “What Ifs” with Lauren Alaina at the upcoming Billboard Music Awards.

This week, Kane’s follow-up single, “Heaven,” ascends to the top five. If you’re a Comcast customer, you can see the him perform the song as an encore performance to Sunday’s ACM Awards.

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Apr 18

Cole Swindell and Lee Brice to headline free nightly shows during CMA Fest

Country Music AssociationIf you can’t grab a ticket to CMA Fest’s nightly stadium shows this summer, the Country Music Association once again is giving fans a free option.   

The venue typically known as Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville will transform into the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage from June 7-9.

Broken Bow artists Chase BryantCraig CampbellLindsay EllChase RiceRunaway JuneGranger Smith and more will take the stage on Thursday. Lee Brice headlines on Friday, with Clare DunnTyler FarrMaddie & Tae, and Drake White joining him.

On Saturday, Cole Swindell leads the bill, with his Warner Bros. labelmates Cale DoddsMorgan EvansMichael Ray and Tegan Marie rounding out the show. The concerts start at 7 p.m. CT each night.

While these performances are free, you can buy passes that include VIP early access.

Some seats still remain for the Thursday-Sunday concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium. You can find out more at CMAFest.com.

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