Luke Combs has a longtime attachment to Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”


Luke Combs‘ highly anticipated new album Gettin’ Old is out now. The 18-song record features 17 original tracks and a cover of Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car.”

That 1988 hit has been a longtime favorite of Luke’s. In fact, it was, as he recalls, the “first favorite song” he ever had and one of the first tunes he learned to play on the guitar.

“That song’s just been a huge part of my life for a really long time. It’s one of the first songs I remember hearing. It’s probably my first favorite song that I ever had and spent tons of time listening to it with my dad in his pickup truck when I was a kid, probably four or five years old at that time,” Luke shares. “Ever since I could play guitar, it was one of the first songs I wanted to learn.”

While he’s been covering “Fast Car” on the road for years, it wasn’t until it was time to put together his latest project that Luke decided to record a studio version of it.

“I had been doing covers of it in my college years for a long, long time and did a video of it over COVID in my garage playing it,” Luke recalls. “And the fans were like, ‘Man, you ought to do an official version of this.’ And I always wanted to. Finally felt like the right time. I think there will be a lot of people that would be exposed to that song for the first time that will fall in love with it as much as I did.”

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Nashville notes: Kip’s “Kinda Bar” + Brandy’s new album

Kip Moore has released a rocking new song, “Kinda Bar.” The track, which Kip co-wrote with Dan Couch, is featured on his upcoming album, Damn Love, dropping April 28. 

Mickey Guyton joined the Tamron Hall Show on Thursday, March 23, to talk about her new Apple TV+ series, My Kind of Country, and catch up on life and new music. While on the show, Mickey also teased an upcoming collaboration with a “superstar artist” that’s slated to drop this summer.

Brandy Clark has announced her forthcoming self-titled record with a tender new song, “Buried.” The 11-song project is produced by Brandi Carlile and will be out on May 19. 

Country newcomer Greylan James has signed with BMLG Records. The announcement arrived on Friday, March 24, in conjunction with the release of Greylan’s new single, “Undermine.” “When I was 14 years old, I wrote and mailed Scott Borchetta a letter that told him who I was and why he should sign me. For some reason, I just always had a feeling Scott was going to be part of my career. Now 12 years later, I can’t believe I get to work with him and the incredible BMLG team,” Greylan shares.

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More tickets released for Luke Combs’ World Tour


Missed your opportunity to grab tickets for Luke Combs‘ World Tour? Fret not, Luke’s got you covered. 

Luke has just announced the addition of Standing Room Only (SRO), and Limited Sight and Video Only seats on select dates.

In a tweet, Luke wrote, “Hey guys, I worked with my team all yesterday to open up more tickets for the USA and Canada stadium shows. We’re going to open up SRO (Standing Room Only – where applicable) and Limited Sight and Video Only seats for $35 ALL IN with taxes and fees! We’ll release these tickets at noon local time before every show. Doing as much as I can for as many of y’all to join us as possible!”

Cities with these added ticket opportunities include Arlington, Nashville, Kansas City and Philadelphia. 

Tickets are available on Luke’s website. For tickets to the Arlington show, visit SeatGeek and select “hide resale.”

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New music from Brothers Osborne is coming


Brothers Osborne fans, new music is arriving, and it’s coming sooner than you think.

On Friday, March 24, the award-winning duo shared on social media that three new songs are dropping on Friday, April 7: “Nobody’s Nobody,” “Might As Well Be Me,” and “Rollercoaster (Forever and a Day).” They will be packaged as the Nobody’s Nobody Sampler.

While not much was revealed about the tracks, the announcement post also included a back-view photo of T.J. Osborne and John Osborne in black T-shirts, which adds to the mystique surrounding the duo’s upcoming release.

The Nobody’s Nobody Sampler is available for presave now.

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Peek into the first night of Kenny Chesney’s I Go Back 2023 Tour

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Kenny Chesney kicked off the first night of his I Go Back 2023 Tour at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Thursday, March 23. The venue, though one of the smallest he’s played in years, was still filled with Kenny’s signature stadium-sized energy.

Kenny had the crowd singing along to hits such as “‘Til It’s Gone,” “Reality,” “The Good Stuff,” “Living In Fast Forward” and “All The Pretty Girls.”

The last time Kenny played at John Paul Jones Arena was during an opening slot he had in 2006.

“It was a crazy thing,” Kenny shared backstage prior to the concert. “We pulled up and all of the Statler Brothers were there, and they watched the entire show from the third row. Charlottesville is that kind of place: the very best of who they are come out and just live in the music. I can’t believe we’ve been away this long.”

Fellow Knoxville native Kelsea Ballerini also joined Kenny onstage to harmonize on “Wild Child” and perform their CMA Award-winning duet, “half of my hometown.”

“I wanted to bring all the power and all of the passion that we have at those stadium shows,” Chesney said after the show. “I want every single person who’s in the room to know how much we love them, to feel as good as they’ve ever felt, and to go home hoarse from the cheering and singing. Charlottesville, Virginia, sure made the opening night feel like the biggest stadiums.”

View photos from Kenny’s John Paul Jones Arena show on his Instagram page.

For a full list of dates of the I Go Back 2023 Tour and to get tickets, visit Kenny’s website.

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Maren Morris has read just about every book on Dolly Parton

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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Maren Morris is sharing a little about a fellow female country artist who has inspired her — Dolly Parton.

“There are many women that have shaped me as a, not just an artist or writer, but as a woman myself. Dolly Parton is a huge one for me, in all the ways,” Maren tells the press. “I think I have read every bit of literature there is available on the woman. I’ve gotten to work with her a couple times over the last few years, and she’s just everything you would expect and more.”

Back in 2019, Dolly made a surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival and shared the stage with The Highwomen, an all-female supergroup comprised of Maren, Brandi CarlileAmanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

Maren will hit the road with The Chicks this summer for their The Chicks World Tour 2023. For a full list of dates and to get tickets, visit Maren’s website.

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Nashville notes: Easton on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ + Boy Named Banjo’s Opry debut

“A Little More Country Than That” hitmaker Easton Corbin was on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, March 22, to perform his new romantic single, “Marry That Girl.” If you missed it, you can watch the performance on YouTube.

Hailey Whitters is set to appear on NBC’s Today on Tuesday, March 28. “Takin’ some country up to the big city next week to perform on @todayshow!!” Hailey shared on Instagram. 

Boy Named Banjo made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, March 21. Check out photos from the special night on the band’s latest Instagram post. 

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Carrie Underwood loves her vintage band T-shirts


Carrie Underwood may be known for her glittery outfits, flowy dresses and even a little “denim and rhinestones.” But she’s also a big fan of vintage band T-shirts.

On Wednesday, March 22, Carrie posted a photo montage on Instagram of the outfits she wore for all 43 meet-and-greet sessions during her recently concluded Denim & Rhinestones Tour. 

Featured in the clip were vintage T-shirts from artists and bands such as Alan JacksonReba McEntireGuns N’ RosesSkid Row and Metallica

“Had the best time getting to meet so many of you out on the #DenimAndRhinestonesTour! [wave emoji] Here’s a little fun from all 43 of our Meet & Greet rooms [purple heart + diamond emoji],” Carrie wrote in the caption.

Carrie wrapped up her Denim & Rhinestones Tour in Seattle, Washington, on March 17. Her latest single, “Hate My Heart,” is currently number 23 and climbing on the country charts.

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Collaborations + more performers announced for the 2023 CMT Music Awards


More of your favorite stars have joined the performance lineup for the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

Darius RuckerThe Black CrowesWynonna JuddAshley McBrydeTyler Hubbard and Jelly Roll have been announced as additional performers for the upcoming show. 

Darius and The Black Crowes will deliver a collaboration of the band’s hit “She Talks to Angels,” while Wynonna and Ashley will perform a duet of an as-yet-unannounced song. 

Previously announced performers include Blake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodCarly PearceCody JohnsonKeith UrbanLainey Wilson, and co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, as well as Kane’s wife and “Thank God” duet partner, Katelyn Brown

Rising newcomers Avery AnnaChapel HartJackson DeanLily RoseMegan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards air live on CBS April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Livestreaming and on-demand streaming options will be available via Paramount+.

View the full list of nominations and vote for your favorite artists on CMT’s website.

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Get a peek into ‘My Kind of Country’ with Mickey Guyton


Mickey Guyton joined CBS Mornings Thursday, March 23, to share more about Apple TV+’s new country talent competition, My Kind of Country.

The series, which is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, will feature contestants from India, South Africa and Mexico, with Mickey, Jimmie Allen and Orville Peck serving as mentors and scouts for the next big country star.

“Country music is universal and there are so many people that love country music outside of America that don’t necessarily have access to it, and this is giving them that opportunity,” Mickey said. “It’s really holding the door open and giving listeners that love country music another version of it.”

Additionally, the “Black Like Me” singer shared what she and her fellow mentors will be looking for.

“We’re definitely looking for tones. We’re looking for the stories,” Mickey noted. “You know, country music is stories about life, and we want to hear that within the artists. We want to hear, you know, a little twang in their voice like what you hear in country music. That’s stuff that we look for, for sure.”

My Kind of Country premieres Friday, March 24, on Apple TV+.

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