Nashville notes: Walker Hayes RIAA certifications, Amy Grant postpones tour & more

Tickets for Chris Stapleton‘s show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta are on sale nowMiranda Lambert, Dwight Yoakam and Katie Pruitt are also performing. 

Walker Hayes received new RIAA certifications for his hits “Fancy Like” (certified four times Platinum), “AA” (certified Platinum) and Country Stuff the Album (certified Gold).  

Amy Grant has postponed tour dates in September and October as she continues to recover from the injuries sustained during a bicycle accident in July. She’ll resume touring in November for her Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith, along with her Christmas at the Ryman residency with husband Vince Gill.   

Thomas Rhett is teaming up with pop singer-songwriter Nicky Youre on one of the remixed versions of his hit song “Sunroof,” featured on Nicky’s newly released Sunroof Remixes EP. 

Rachel Wammack returns with her new song, “Like Me.” It’s the first time she’s released music in over a year.

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Shay Mooney’s wife, Hannah, is pregnant with their third child

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Shay Mooney and his wife, Hannah, are expecting another child. 

On Friday, the Dan + Shay member took to Instagram to share that his wife is pregnant with their third child, another boy.

Hannah posted a video showing the positive pregnancy test, in addition to telling their other two sons, 5-year-old Asher and 2-year-old Ames, the big news. 

“Do you think you’re going to have a baby brother or a baby sister?” Hannah asks Asher. “I wanted a baby sister, so it’s a baby sister,” the tot responds. When she informs him that he has another brother on the way, Asher reiterates, “I wanted a sister.” 

Like his older brother, Ames also thought that a baby girl was on the way. “Do you remember when mommy told you I was going to have a baby?” Hannah asks Ames, who responds “baby sister” while sitting on his mom’s lap. He leans over to say hello to her growing baby bump. 

Shay and Hannah welcomed Asher in January 2017 and Ames in February 2020. 

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New Music Roundup: Jordan Davis, Parmalee & more

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Jordan Davis dropped his new song, “Next Thing You Know,” that follows a couple’s relationship from the day they met at a bar to getting married and having their first child. It will be featured on Jordan’s upcoming album, along with his current single, “What My World Spins Around,” and previous hit “Buy Dirt.” 

Parmalee has readied their new single for country radio, “Girl in Mine.” It follows back-to-back #1 hits “Just the Way” and “Take My Name.” 

Frank Ray‘s debut EP, Getcha Some, is out now. It’s named after a phrase Frank frequently used for motivation while in the police academy. The six-song EP includes his current hit single, “Country’d Look Good on You.” 

Little Big Town has shared “Better Love,” another track off their upcoming album, Mr. Sun. 

Morgan Wade has released her new EP, Acoustic Sessions, featuring stripped down versions of “Last Cigarette,” “Wilder Days” and others. 

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Reba McEntire is a no-frills judge in ’The Hammer’ trailer

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Reba McEntire is one tough judge in the trailer for The Hammer. 

The country legend is the star and executive producer of the upcoming Lifetime movie that is based on the life of Kimberly Wanker, a judge in the fifth district of Nevada. The trailer shows Reba in action in court, not hesitating to knock out a criminal with her gavel when he attempts to attack her on the bench. 

“I may be new, but trust this, I’ll do everything I can for the truth,” Reba narrates over a series of action shots. 

The Hammer reunites the singer with her Reba co-star Melissa Peterman, who plays Kris, Kimberly’s sister, who is a suspect in the murder of Kimberly’s predecessor, Jacob Brewer. Reba also acts alongside her boyfriend, Rex Linn, who portrays cowboy Bart Crawford. 

The Hammer is set to air in 2023. In the meantime, Reba also appears in the new season of the ABC series Big Sky, premiering on September 21. 

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Why don’t you just meet me on Broadway?: Maren Morris “in tears” after scoring Wicked callback


Maren Morris has made it no secret that a lifelong dream of hers is to star in Wicked, and “The Middle” singer is officially one step closer to turning her Broadway dreams into a reality.

Maren celebrated some very good news on her Instagram Stories, writing in lime green letters against a white backdrop, “I got a callback for Wicked.  I am in tears.  What the hell.”  

The singer also shared the excellent news on Twitter, which earned her a round of applause from none other than Kristin Chenoweth, who originated the role of Glinda in Wicked‘s Broadway debut. “You go baby!! Told ya you could do it!!!” the Broadway legend cheered.

Soon after, “The Bones” singer took to her Instagram Story to talk about the significance of the moment.  “Ya’ll, I literally don’t even care — yes I do — if I go beyond this callback because this is, like, 14-year-old Maren’s getting to achieve something that was never in reach,” the singer said, adding her Broadway dreams “just never felt possible.”

“We’ll see where it goes,” the Grammy winner emotionally declared. “I’m just really happy. I love Wicked. I love Elphaba. I love Kristin Chenoweth. Thank you, Kristin, for inspiring me to just buck up and just send the self-tape in.”

Maren revealed in May she had made an audition tape where she sings “The Wizard and I,” a solo number sung by the character Elphaba, in hopes of being cast in the beloved musical.

The singer previously revealed she wants to play Elphaba, who becomes the infamous Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.  The hitmaker said she identifies “heavily” with the green-skinned character.

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‘Bell Bottom Country’: Lainey Wilson releasing new album this fall

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Lainey Wilson is entering Bell Bottom Country. 

The hit singer has announced that her sophomore album, Bell Bottom Country, will be released October 28. Described as a blend of country, ’70s rock, soul and funk, the album features current single “Heart Like a Truck” and newly released track “Watermelon Moonshine.”

She also penned a tribute to her father, Brian, with “Those Boots (Deddy’s Song).” The singer has shared on social media that her father has recently been experiencing some health issues. 

“I’ve lived quite a bit of life the past few years, and I have a lot more to say. Sure, I love a good pair of bell bottoms, but Bell Bottom Country to me has always been about the flare and what makes someone unique — I have really embraced mine, and I hope y’all can hear that across this project,” Lainey says in a statement. 

Bell Bottom Country follows her 2021 debut album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin,’ that included her first #1 hit, “Things a Man Oughta Know.” 

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Keith Urban on working with songwriting legend Richard Marx: “We clicked”

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Keith Urban and Richard Marx have a natural songwriting chemistry, so much so that Richard has included him on his upcoming album, Songwriter. 

The superstars’ relationship spans decades, beginning with the country singer’s 2005 single, “Better Life,” which reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Additionally, “Everybody” became a top five hit in 2008, followed by one of Keith’s signature hits, “Long Hot Summer.” 

Keith says that when he and Richard met in the early 2000s, they quickly realized they had a seamless repertoire in the studio. 

“We clicked. Our pop sensibilities, I think melodic, hooky sensibilities blended really well,” Keith describes. “He was able to bring what he does and what I do, and we found a way to bring those worlds together into those songs.” 

Their relationship continues on Richard’s new album, Songwriter, which finds him collaborating with artists across genres. He and Keith co-wrote a track called “One Day Longer” under the country category, which Keith says is a long time coming. 

“It’s a song we had written many years ago. He just texted me last week and said he had included the song on a project he was doing, so that’s the first I’d heard about it,” Keith recalls. 

In addition to his work with Keith, Richard also found success in the country genre as a co-writer on Kenny Rogers‘ hits “Crazy” and “What About Me.” Another country act featured on Songwriter is Darius Rucker, who co-wrote “Breaking My Heart” with the songwriting legend. 

Songwriter is out on September 30. 

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Nashville notes: Elle King, Brett Eldredge & more

Elle King has shared a behind-the-scenes video with Dierks Bentley on the set of the video for their new collaboration, “Worth a Shot.” 

Brett Eldredge‘s episode of CMT Campfire Sessions airs Friday at 10 p.m. ET. CMT has shared a sneak preview of his performance of “Songs About You.”

Ingrid Andress has partnered with newcomer Avery Anna for a stripped-down performance of the title track of Ingrid’s new album, “Good Person.” 

Mickey Guyton is performing as part of Global Citizen Festival on September 24 in New York City’s Central Park. 

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Maren Morris is “very proud” of her team of women on tour

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Maren Morris is praising the women she works with on tour. 

The hitmaker is currently on her headlining Humble Quest Tour, and she’s brought a team of women with her to help run the show. Maren reveals that half of her crew is female and notes that while she’s steering the ship, she couldn’t do it without her support system, including frequent co-writer Natalie Hemby and guitarist Annie Clements

“I just have to take a moment and say that I love the women on this tour. I am very proud to be able to say that half my crew out here are women. It is rare you see it 50/50 in the touring industry, but it happens intentionally and over time,” the singer says alongside a gallery of photos highlighting the women on her team. “Everyone can hang, feel safe, and hopefully have some drinks once the trailer is locked. I might be the boss, but this sh** doesn’t go without the incredibly hardworking girls and guys out here.” 

Touring isn’t the only area where Maren is surrounded by a team of women. She’s also one-fourth of the all-female supergroup, The Highwomen, with Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires and Natalie. 

The Humble Quest Tour continues through early December. 

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Cole Swindell says it was “cool” working with Jo Dee Messina on “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” video

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Cole Swindell‘s video for “She Had Me at Heads Carolina” is filled with personal touches. 

As confirmed in the teaser, “Heads Carolina, Tails California” singer Jo Dee Messina makes an appearance in the video as the bartender serving up drinks at the karaoke bar that Cole and his friends visit in downtown Nashville. 

Additionally, one of the original writers of “Heads Carolina,” Tim Nichols, makes a cameo sitting next to Cole at the bar. 

The karaoke concept was Cole’s idea, as was Jo Dee playing the bartender, noting that “one of the coolest parts” about the video was having Tim next to him at the bar while the country legend is making cocktails.  

“I told her, ‘You’re going to make this whole video,'” Cole shares on Instagram Live about pitching the idea to Jo Dee, admitting that he was “nervous” to meet her for the first time on set. “I’m so glad that she was able to make it up for that. It was cool.”

The Georgia native also hints that he and his team are in the process of finding another way for the two to collaborate and encourages his fans to be “patient.” “I promise it’s going to be worth it when we figure out what we want to do,” he says.   

Cole’s girlfriend, Courtney Little, also makes a cameo in the video. 

“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” is currently racing up the top 10 on the country charts, becoming the fastest rising hit of Cole’s career so far. 

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