Oct 15

CMA to “Make It Sweet” with OD-centric version of Songwriters Series

CMAFor fans of Old Dominion, this just might be the best edition of the CMA Songwriters Series ever.

On Wednesday, November 20, three members of the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year will take take the stage at Ordway Music Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota for a writers’ round with two of their most frequent collaborators.

OD lead singer Matthew Ramsey, as well as Trevor Rosen, and Brad Tursi, will tell stories and perform songs they’ve written for OD, as well as for other big names like Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan. Writer/producers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne will complete the lineup.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, with part of the proceeds going to the CMA Foundation. You can find out more at CMASongwritersSeries.com.

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Oct 15

Kelsea in Harmony: “homecoming queen?” hitmaker to be honored by Nashville Symphony

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini may not have been the “homecoming queen?” in high school, but she’ll soon be the belle of the ball in Music City.

On Saturday, December 14, the Nashville Symphony will give Kelsea its 2019 Harmony Award during the 35th annual Symphony Ball at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Given to “individuals who exemplify the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community,” the award’s previous recipients include Dolly PartonTaylor SwiftCarrie UnderwoodTrisha YearwoodFaith Hill and Tim McGrawRascal Flatts, and Chet Atkins.  

The Knoxville, Tennessee native’s set to perform at the event as well. Attendees can expect to hear Kelsea perform the lead single from her forthcoming third album, “homecoming queen?,” which is currently a top-thirty hit.

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Oct 15

TR, Carrie, Church and more board the Stagecoach for 2020

Thomas RhettCarrie Underwood, and Eric Church will headline the 14th annual Stagecoach festival next spring in Indio, California.

It’s a gig TR’s been wanting to book for some time.

“Headlining Stagecoach has always been on my bucket list,” he says. “Can’t wait to see y’all in April!”

TR will lead the lineup on Friday, April 24, with Brett YoungDustin LynchMorgan WallenLil Nas X, and more also set to play.

Carrie returns to the stage at Empire Polo Club in Indio, California on Saturday, with Dan + ShayMidlandLOCASHTanya TuckerJimmie Allen and others also booked to perform on April 25.

Eric will close things out on Sunday, April 26, following sets by Alan JacksonJon PardiChris Lane and Riley Green, just to name a few.

Passes go on sale this Friday. You can find out more at StagecoachFestival.com.

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Oct 15

“Burning House” hitmaker Cam’s expecting a baby

ABC/Image Group LACam will soon be a mommy. The “Burning House” hitmaker made the surprise announcement Tuesday on her socials, in a video with husband Adam Weaver.

“We’ve been keeping a secret to ourselves for the last seven months, but I feel like it’s time to let you guys in on it!” a beaming Cam announced, as the camera tilted down to reveal her baby bump.

“S u R p R i S E !!” Cam captioned the post. “Little one you are already so loved.”

Cam and Adam tied the knot three years ago this month, in a ceremony in her native California.

The singer/songwriter topped the chart with “Burning House” in December of 2015, and Cam’s debut album, Untamed, came out that same month.

By August of 2018, “Burning House” had been certified double platinum, though the wait for her sophomore effort continues.

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Oct 15

Wanna be the talk of a “Nothing to Do Town?” Dylan Scott says all you need to do is shoot a music video

CurbThese days, Dylan Scott is a pretty big deal in his hometown of Bastrop, Louisiana, having shot the video for his latest hit, “Nothing to Do Town,” there.

“Well I feel like it at the moment,” he laughs. “You know, I wasn’t growing up. I was just a regular guy doing my thing.”

“We went back home to my hometown and didn’t tell anybody we were coming,” Dylan explains. “So when you watch that video and you see the diner scene, when we’re walking in the diner, nobody had a clue what was going on.”

“So that was all genuine, which is what I wanted to capture,” he adds. “I wanted to capture the real genuineness of it, and the small-town feel. And I think we did a pretty good job at it.”

Though he lives in Nashville now, Dylan says the new video’s prompted lots of the home folks to get in touch with him.

“I got a lot of messages and a lot of buzz about that, still get it, actually, just the fact that we came back and did a video there,” he says.

“Nothin to Do Town” is the title track of Dylan’s latest EP of original material. This summer, he also put out a collection of Keith Whitley covers, titled An Old Memory.

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Oct 15

Kane Brown postpones LA show after drummer’s death

ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown is postponing his Friday concert in Los Angeles after the unexpected death of his longtime drummer over the weekend.

“I want to thank everyone for your outpouring of support and understanding and working with us as we reschedule the STAPLES Center 20th Anniversary show that was scheduled for October 18, 2019,” Kane posted on his socials. “The new show date will be January 9, 2020. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Twenty-seven-year-old Kenny Dixon was killed in a single car accident on I-24 about 40 miles southeast of Nashville at about 12:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Tennessean.

Dixon left the road at a high rate of speed and struck a tree head-on, according to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected to be a factor in the crash. 

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Oct 15

Trisha Yearwood believes ‘Every Girl’ will find her father in Ashley McBryde’s “Bible and a .44”

Gwendolyn RecordsThere are some pretty big Ashley McBryde fans who live at Garth Brooks‘ house.

First, Garth covered Ashley’s “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” on tour and included it on Triple Live. Now, Trisha Yearwood‘s recorded “Bible and a .44,” a song Ashley’s previously performed with Eric Church.

It was Garth and Trisha’s youngest daughter Allie who introduced the superstars to Ashley.

“I just loved her writing,” Trisha explains. “She has a song called ‘A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,’ and I’m from Georgia, so I know exactly where she’s talking about.”

“She’s a smart writer…” Trisha continues. “I didn’t set out to record one of her songs, I just really felt a strong attraction to ‘Bible and a .44.’ It’s about her dad.”

Trisha believes you’ll probably see your dad in the song, too.

“It doesn’t have to specifically fit your dad for you to find your dad in it,” she tells ABC Audio. “I did change a couple lyrics… to make it more my dad.”

“But it’s that song that just talks about that person in your life that you looked up to that had your back,” she adds.

The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year admits she had a hard time recording it, and may have a hard time singing it during her Every Girl on Tour shows.

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve gotten more okay with being emotional, and I also think that comes through in the vocals and in live performance…” she says. “I was very guarded as a younger woman, even talking about music I’d be like, ‘Ah, that song’s not really about me…'”

“I like being more raw about it, and more vulnerable, and being able to be emotional,” she reveals.

You’ll find “Bible and a .44” on Trisha’s new Every Girl album.

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Oct 14

“I literally find new ways to love you every single day”: Thomas Rhett writes sweet anniversary note to wife Lauren

ABC/Image Group LA Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren just celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary. To mark the special day, the couple posted sweet tributes for each other on their socials.

“I can’t believe the Lord has blessed me with 7 amazing years of marriage with Lauren,” TR wrote.  “It’s tough to put into words how crazy the ride has been. We have changed and grown in so many ways and I literally find new ways to love you every single day.”

He added that there’s “no one in the world” like Lauren and called her “the most amazing mother.” He also posted a snap of them embracing that he said sums up their relationship.

“Thanks so much babe for being my rock and for loving me so good,” he captioned the post. “You are my favorite person on the planet.”

For her part, Lauren posted a photo from their wedding day to mark the occasion. “Happy wedding anniversary 7 years ago tonight honey,” she captioned her post.  “You are better than my best dream and so is our life with our precious babies.”

“I’m so thankful God gave me you,” Lauren added. “Can’t wait for the next 70 babe… I love you Thomas Rhett.”

Lauren’s currently expecting the pair’s third daughter in February. She’ll join three-year-old Willa Grayand two-year-old Ada James.

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Oct 14

Justin Bieber is now #1 on ‘Billboard”s Hot Country Songs chart, thanks to Dan + Shay

Catherine PowellJustin Bieber has two people to thank for his first number-one country hit: Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney.

Justin teamed up with Dan + Shay for the romantic track “10,000 Hours,” and now the track has blasted from number 40 to number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which measures airplay, streaming and sales. 

Hot Country Songs is now the seventh Billboard chart that Justin has topped in his career, and he’s the only act ever to have reached number one on all of those seven. The other charts are the Hot 100, Hot Latin Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B Songs, and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

On the Billboard Hot 100, “10,000 Hours” has hit number four — it’s Justin’s 16th top-10 on that chart, and Dan + Shay’s first. The highest they’d gotten previously was #21, with “Tequila.”

Dan tells Billboard, “We wrote this song about our wives, and we’re glad that it means as much to our fans as it does to us. The reaction has been incredible.”

Meanwhile on the country airplay charts — typically considered the most important ranking in the genre — newcomer Matt Stell hangs on for a second week at the top with his debut single, “Prayed for You.”

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Oct 14

‘Follow the Flag’: Hall of Fame to honor America’s military with free admission next month

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will say thank you to America’s military next month, offering three days of free admission around Veterans’ Day.

Active duty and retired armed services members with a military ID will be able to get in free November 9-11, along with three members of their immediate family.

The museum’s also planning several special programs. RaeLynn, whose husband is in the military, will perform at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, November 10. That same day, the Hall will also screen the documentary, Loretta Lynn: Follow the Flag, a film that chronicles the legend’s 1987 USO tour of the Philippines and South Korea.

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