Never experienced a Carly Pearce concert? Fret not, she’s got a live album for you


If you’ve never had the chance to attend a Carly Pearce concert, don’t worry, she’s got you covered.

On Friday, March 24, Carly will drop her anticipated live album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City). The collection will feature live versions of tracks from her monumental 2021 record, 29: Written In Stone, including “What He Didn’t Do,” “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” and “Dear Miss Loretta.”

Because these songs are so special to Carly, she wanted her live performances recorded on an LP and made available to fans who haven’t been to a Carly Pearce show yet.

“It was just a record that’s so much about the storytelling, and so much about those live experiences, that I wanted to bring it finally to life in a way that if fans never came to see me live, they could have that special moment in time. And it’s just a way for me to again say thank you because this album completely changed my whole world,” shares Carly.

Of course, Carly is also a fan of live albums. 

“I love live records,” she says. “Music just comes to life in a live way. A lot of my favorite records were live records.”

29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City) is available for preorder and presave now.

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Nashville notes: Chris Janson’s fifth Opry anniversary + Brett Eldredge’s new vinyl


Chris Janson celebrated his fifth year as a Grand Ole Opry member in style by arriving in Minnie Pearl’s Cadillac. He also wore Johnny Cash‘s coat while performing a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” onstage. View photos from Tuesday night’s event on the Opry’s Instagram post.

Brett Eldredge is dropping a brand new vinyl exclusively for his The Locals fan club members. The two-track LP will feature an unreleased song, “Cinnamon,” as well as a work tape of “The One You Need.” Watch Brett’s announcement on Twitter and join The Locals via the sign-up link.

Jimmie AllenDrake Milligan and Jay Allen have been added to the Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) lineup. The three-day event will take place in Napa Valley, California, from April 25 to April 27. For the full list of performers, visit the LITVGC website.

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Ingrid Andress takes the NPR Tiny Desk spotlight


Ingrid Andress is the latest country artist featured on NPR’s celebrated Tiny Desk concert series.

Premiering March 22, the live performance features Ingrid on the piano with a guitarist and steel guitar player as she delivers acoustic renditions of her number one hit “More Hearts Than Mine,” as well as “Yearbook” and her new single, “Feels Like This.”

“Ingrid Andress writes songs that have a way of digging up clear-headed truths; here, she performs three tracks from across her catalog,” NPR Music shared in a collaborative Instagram post with Ingrid.

Ingrid is currently on the road on her The Good Person Tour. The trek, which includes both U.S. and international dates, will wrap in Norway on May 24.

Ingrid’s latest album, Good Person, dropped in 2022 and received the deluxe treatment earlier this month with three additional songs, including the JP Saxe-assisted “Runnin.”  

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Peek into Dolly Parton’s wardrobe with her new book

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Get a peek into Dolly Parton‘s wardrobe and signature fashion style with her upcoming new book, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones.

Arriving on October 17, the special publication will chronicle Dolly’s longtime love for fashion, and share how her quintessential and universally beloved Dolly style came to be. Fans will also get stories about the global icon’s life and career, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at her private costume collection, which includes memorable wigs and high heels.

“I am happy, proud, and excited to present my book Behind the Seams to the public,” Dolly shares in a statement. “It is my hope that you will enjoy a look at my life in costume and hair and get to know some of the great people who have helped shape my life and my look. Enjoy!”

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones serves as the second installment in a trilogy of books that started with 2020’s Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.

Dolly’s Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones is available for preorder now.

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Carly Pearce announces 100th Opry performance + new merch line


Carly Pearce has announced that her milestone 100th Grand Ole Opry performance will be on April 11. Now an Opry member, Carly first made her debut on the hallowed stage on May 30, 2015.

“When I made my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015, I had hopes and dreams that I would be able to align with them in a much larger way as my career progressed,” Carly shares. “To now be at my 100th performance and to think about everything that has happened in the years that followed my debut, I am so proud to be a member of the Opry and know that they are a true partner of mine.”

Carly’s 100th performance show will also feature special guests such as Ricky Skaggs and The Isaacs, and will be aired on Circle Television’s Opry Live on Saturday, April 22.

Additionally, the “What He Didn’t Do” singer has launched a new Opry merchandise line, The Carly Pearce Collection, which includes items such as T-shirts and sticker packs. 

“I am also so excited to have a new merchandise line launching with the Grand Ole Opry,” notes Carly. “It will forever be a huge part of my story & a huge passion in my life to continue to keep the Opry at the forefront of our genre.”

To view the collection, visit the Opry’s online shop.

Carly’s new live album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), drops on Friday, March 24.

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Dan + Shay serve up a life + new music update


Dan + Shay‘s last Instagram post was on January 11, 2023, where they performed “Tequila” acoustically to celebrate the song’s fifth anniversary. But since then, it’s been radio silence from the duo, with no music or life updates. That had fans wondering: where are Dan + Shay?

Well, the singers are around, of course, but they’ve been hunkered down working hard on new music.

In an update posted on Instagram Tuesday night, Dan + Shay shared:

“Hi, we’ve been quiet on social media lately but wanted to check in and let y’all know we’re alive. We’ve been spending every single day in the studio working on a new album that we can’t wait for you to hear. The last 10 years have been the most incredible ride thanks to your support, so we feel the responsibility to bring you our best work yet. We’ve written songs, recorded songs, written more songs, recorded more songs, and feel so good about how things are shaping up. As soon as it’s ready, you’ll be the first to know,” the pair wrote.

Dan + Shay expressed gratitude for the charting success of their single “You,” which is currently number 11 and climbing on the country charts.

“And while we’ve been camped out in the studio, ‘You’ has been climbing the charts thanks to our friends at country radio, so don’t forget to keep requesting it at your local station(s)!” they added. “Thank y’all so much for being patient with us while we prepare for the next chapter.”

Dan + Shay’s last album is 2021’s Good Things, which features the hits “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” “Glad You Exist” and “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber, as well as current single “You.”

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Nate Smith: From nurse to country singer


Nate Smith may have notched his first number one song with “Whiskey on You” last month, but the road to success wasn’t an easy one. Nate had previously tried to pursue an artistic career, but after that fell through he was on track to work in a completely different industry — health care. 

“I wasn’t necessarily planning on ever being an artist again, you know, like, because I’d moved to Nashville already and everything. And I was gonna be a nurse. That was kind of my whole thing,” Nate recalls. “So I was working and I’ve been a nurse assistant for like a bunch of years and stuff. So getting the chance to, like, have a second chance at music without even asking for it was pretty amazing.”

While having a singing career means a lot to Nate, it’s even more special to him when he considers the impact his songs have on others.

“You know, it’s hard to even find words to really explain how I feel and stuff but I’m just extremely grateful that, like, this is what I get to do. I get to make music that helps people. It helps me. And make a difference,” adds Nate.

Nate’s self-titled debut album drops on April 28.

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Luke Combs recalls how Miranda Lambert inspired him


Luke Combs is tipping his hat to Miranda Lambert this Women’s History Month. In a recent statement to the press, Luke says his “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” duet partner is an inspiration and an artist who’s shaped his artistry.

“I think it’s hard to say that Miranda Lambert hasn’t influenced my music a ton,” Luke reflects. “You know, right around the time that I started playing guitar, you know, she was coming into prominence in this genre and was putting out really great, really impactful songs she was writing.”

“And so, you know, anybody that writes their own stuff and sings great and performs great is someone that’s truly inspiring to me,” he adds.

Luke and Miranda’s “Outrunnin’ Your Memory” is featured in his 2022 album, Growin’ Up. Luke’s highly anticipated new record, Gettin’ Old, will drop this Friday, March 24.

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Nashville notes: John Anderson’s headed to the Ryman + Larry Fleet’s summer plans

John Anderson will bring his “Seminole Wind” and other hits to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on May 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. CT on the Ryman’s website.

Larry Fleet has added eight additional stops to his headlining Larry Fleet Live tour this summer. The multi-city trek will wrap on August 10 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a full list of dates and to get tickets, visit Larry’s website.

The War and Treaty shared on Twitter that they’ll appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 27. The up-and-coming duo released their Mercury Nashville/UMG debut album, Lover’s Game, on March 10.

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Thomas Rhett hasn’t forgotten about ‘Side B’


Remember when Thomas Rhett released Country Again: Side A in April 2021 and promised a companion album, Country Again: Side B?

Well, plans shifted, live concerts became a thing again and Thomas started gravitating toward crafting uptempo and live show-ready songs. That’s why fans received his latest record, Where We Started, instead of a Side A follow-up.

But that doesn’t mean Thomas has forgotten about his traditional-leaning project. It’s still in the works, and he’s planning to release it.

“‘Anything Cold’ was written for live. ‘Bring the Bar to You’ was written for live. ‘Half of Me’ was written for live. ‘Paradise’ was written for a live show. ‘Somebody Like Me’ was written for live” Thomas shares, as he name-drops several tracks from 2022’s Where We Started.

“I would say half was written for the live show, and I would say the ones that are a little more Side A-ish were probably supposed to be a part of Side B,” he adds. “And so, I hope we get to get on the road this year and really finish out Side B the way that I want it to sound, and hopefully put that record out.”

Thomas is currently climbing up the country charts with his single, “Angels (Don’t Always Have Wings).”

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