Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney jokes that his kids are “pretty devastated” about getting a baby brother

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Dan + Shay won Favorite Duo or Group at the 2022 AMA Awards over the weekend, but back home in Arkansas, band mate Shay Mooney is working on growing another group of his own: He and his wife Hannah are eagerly anticipating the arrival of baby boy number three.

However, on the AMAs red carpet, Shay admitted to ET Online that his two sons — five-year-old Asher and two-year-old Ames — aren’t exactly thrilled that the new addition to the family will be a baby brother.

“They were more excited at the thought of a baby sister. They were pretty devastated whenever they found out it was another brother,” Shay laughed. “But it’s funny, man. They’re gonna be great big brothers, and we’ll have a lot of fun.”

Asher and Ames were watching the AMAs from home, Shay said, but added, “They don’t know why dad’s on TV.”

As for the singer and his wife, they’re just excited to expand their family, and are bracing themselves for the chaos ahead.  Or, as Shay put it, “We’re about to be outnumbered!” 

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Enchiladas, banana pudding + “Whiskey Cupcakes”: Get in the kitchen with Miranda Lambert’s new book

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Just in time for Thanksgiving, Miranda Lambert has announced the release of a new book centered around family, food and home.

Called Y’all Eat Yet? Welcome to the Pretty B*****in Kitchen, Miranda’s new book of recipes and family stories will draw inspiration from the meals and memories of her childhood in Texas.

“Watching my mom and her friends, I saw the way pitching in, working together, loving music and being there for each other is the greatest gift you can have in life,” Miranda explains. “I think my mom inherited that gift from her mom, because they both attracted the most awesome group of girlfriends.”

Y’all Eat Yet? will inspire you to bring that same homecooked color and sparkle to all your family get-togethers, with help from recipes for Nonny’s Banana Pudding, Stacked Enchilada Bake and Whiskey Cupcakes.

The new book pairs perfectly with Miranda’s line of Wanda June home goods, which delivers the same cozy Southern flare as the recipes themselves. The book goes on sale April 25, 2023.

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Nashville notes: Luke Combs’ Crocs collab and Parker McCollum’s summer 2023 shows

Luke Combslatest collab with Crocs will drop on Wednesday. The singer, whose limited-edition Crocs shoes have been in high demand in the past, is releasing a new design with a Mossy Oak camo pattern.

Parker McCollum has announced some summer 2023 dates on his upcoming headlining tour. Larry Fleet, Jackson Dean, Flatland Cavalry and Randy Rogers Band will serve as opening acts on the new dates.

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Maren Morris is “thinking of my LGBTQ+ family” after Colorado Springs nightclub shooting

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Maren Morris extended her love, support and thoughts to the LGBTQ+ community in Colorado Springs following a nightclub shooting that claimed the lives of five victims.

On Twitter, Maren shared her devastation at the tragedy, especially in light of the continuing high numbers of mass shootings in the U.S.

“Can’t really continue saying ‘my heart breaks for…’ when it’s never allowed to heal from the last time this happened, and the time before that, and so on,” she wrote. “Thinking of my LGBTQ+ family today.”

According to ABC News, the shooting took place at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night. A gunman opened fire as soon as he walked into the LGBTQ+ club, killing five people and injuring 25 more. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich.

Colorado Springs Police Chief Adrian Vasquez has since told reporters at a news conference that the tragedy is being investigated as a hate crime. Police reports also indicate that two unarmed patrons confronted Vasquez and fought with him, saving more lives.

Maren also shared video of a witness to the shooting emotionally sharing his story.

The singer has often voiced her support of the LGBTQ+ community. Earlier this year, after a spat with Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany over some transphobic comments Brittany made in an Instagram reel, Maren released a limited-edition line of “Lunatic Country Music Person” tees, a reference to a dig Fox News’ Tucker Carlson made at her during that feud. The shirt ultimately raised $500,000 for GLAAD and the Trans Lifeline.

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Kane Brown adds summer leg to Drunk or Dreaming tour, with a stacked bill of opening acts

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Kane Brown just added seven new days to his Drunk or Dreaming Tour, spanning between the middle of June and early August.

The new shows are set to feature a stacked lineup of opening acts. Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett, LoCash and Restless Road are all on the bill, and they’re divvying up dates across the U.S.

This particular leg of the Drunk or Dreaming Tour kicks off June 11 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but Kane will be on the road long before that. He has been overseas for some international dates on the Drunk or Dreaming Tour since September, and he’s booked more than 20 U.S. stops for the first half of the tour, kicking off in March.

In between shows on his busy touring schedule, Kane has also managed to release a Christmas song recently: his version of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.”

Fans who want to see Kane at one of the newly-announced Drunk or Dreaming tour stops can go to his website to register for a fan presale, which opens November 28.

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Lauren Alaina announces she’s engaged from the Grand Ole Opry stage

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Lauren Alaina recently got engaged to her boyfriend Cam Arnold, and she picked a special spot to share the news with fans.

The singer — who has been a Grand Ole Opry member since February — appeared onstage for her Saturday night performance with a brand new ring on her finger. “I was welcomed into this family and it was a dream of mine as long as I can remember,” she told the crowd, speaking about her Opry membership.

“I didn’t think this year could get any better, [but Friday] I got asked into another family!” the singer continued, according to People. “After he proposed to me, I said, ‘You have to come out on this stage at the Grand Ole Opry.’”

And come out he did: Cam, who Lauren has been dating for two and a half years, joined her onstage to officially meet her country music family.

“Everybody, this is my fiancé,” Lauren announced. “…Make some noise for my future husband, everybody!”

Cam is a partner in a Nashville-based insurance firm, and according to People, he typically prefers to keep his life fairly private, so the couple have stayed largely out of the spotlight for most of their relationship. For their engagement, however, Cam made an exception.

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Kenny Chesney announces I Go Back 2023 Tour with opening act Kelsea Ballerini

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Just weeks after wrapping his Here and Now Tour, Kenny Chesney is already announcing tour plans for 2023.

The singer shared the news on Monday, unveiling his I Go Back 2023 Tour, which is set to launch next March. Of course, the trek takes its name from Kenny’s 20004 hit “I Go Back.”

While the singer hits stadiums in 2022, things will be a little bit more up-close and intimate on his 2023 run. He’s playing amphitheaters and arenas this time around, kicking things off with a March 25 stop in State College, Pennsylvania.

But that’s not all: Kenny has a very special opening act booked for the I Go Back Tour. Kelsea Ballerini, his “Half of My Hometown” duet partner, will join him for the dates.

“Kelsea understands everything about where I come from, because she’s from there too,” Kenny says of the singer. The two stars both hail from the same hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.

“She knows how hard it is to leave, how much you miss all those things that make you who you are…but also how the only way to chase the kind of dream she has is to do just that,” he continues. “It’s a tough call when you love home the way we both do, but for kids like us, there was never really a choice.”

Tickets to the I Go Back 2023 Tour will go on sale December 2 at 10 a.m. local time.

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Kenny Chesney and Kelsea Ballerini in Sioux Falls on May 11, 2023

Kenny Chesney with bring his I Go Back tour to the PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls on Thursday, May 11, 2023, along with Kelsea Ballerini.

You can get tickets as soon on Tuesday, November 29th at 10 am. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 2nd at 10 am.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When Kenny Chesney wrapped his 2022 Here And Now tour – playing to over 1.3 million people and breaking personal records in many of the 21 NFL stadiums he played – the East Tennessee songwriter/superstar knew he wanted to create a touring experience to make 2023 every bit as special. He made the decision to dial in on those cities that were a major part of establishing what has become the soundtrack of coming of age in the 21st Century, naming the tour I Go Back and taking his music to the fans beyond the stadium markets.

“I can still hear No Shoes Nation singing those songs after being apart for four whole summers,” Chesney, who just received 28 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications, says. “It’s a sound that reminds me how much music really means to people. It’s not about the numbers, but the joy you see on people’s faces – and the more I thought about it, the more I thought about taking the music to the people who were there when this thing was taking off.”

Joining the only country artist who’s made Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts of the Past 25 Years for the last 14 years for this highly anticipated tour is three-time GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini. A songwriting force, she launched her singular career with three consecutive No. 1s and a Best New Artist GRAMMYnomination and has not looked back. Having enlisted Kenny for their No. 1 “half of my hometown,” which won the 2021 Country Music Association Vocal Event and Video of the Year Award and was nominated for the 2022 CMA Single of the Year, she, too, embodies that feeling of loving where you’re from, but knowing your heart has bigger dreams.

“Music has taken me so many incredible places,” Ballerini says. “Around the world, singing with some of my heroes in pop, alternative and contemporary music, but singing with Kenny is going home. He was the only voice I heard on ‘half of my hometown,’ and when he comes in, it’s just like hitting the Knoxville city limits. So to be able to go out to those cities like the place he and I grew up with an artist who’s accomplished what he has, it’s a lot like going home.”

Hailed as “The King of the Road” by the Wall Street Journal and “The People’s Superstar” by the Los Angeles Times, Chesney’s music distills living beyond the media centers – recognizing the dignity, richness and fun of an authentic American life. As Variety offered of his immediacy and appeal: “classic-rock-infused country with his in-the-moment philosophy.”

“I Go Back 2023 is going to be so awesome,” Chesney raves. “To be able to take this music to where it comes from? To have Kelsea Ballerini out there with me, maybe even singing ‘half of my hometown’? It’s going to be a tour unlike any other – and I can’t wait.”

I Go Back 2023 is Presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, November 23 at 10 a.m. local time through Thursday, December 1 at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets on sale December 2 at 10 a.m. local time at KennyChesney.com.

Parades, parties and trophies usher in ‘Bluebird Days’ for Jordan Davis

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Jordan Davis has plenty to celebrate these days, hot off his Song of the Year win for “Buy Dirt” at the recent CMA Awards. 

Even before that, the busy father of two had to get creative to squeeze in a birthday party for his firstborn, Eloise, who turned 3 on November 17.

“It was the only Sunday that I’m gonna be home for the next couple months,” Jordan tells ABC Audio. “So we had that and it was a Frozen-themed party. She dressed up as Princess Elsa and we had a blast.”

“Three’s a fun age!” he adds. “It’s a hard age. But it’s a fun age.”

Next up, he’s headed to New York City to take part in one of America’s most beloved turkey day traditions before enjoying a holiday with all the trimmings with the in-laws.

“Thanksgiving, we’re going over to Kristen‘s family in Virginia,” Jordan explains. “I’m doing the … Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that morning. Then we’re gonna go to Virginia that afternoon.”

“You know, that’s how we started Thanksgiving every year,” he says of the annual parade. “So it’s like, you know, it’s just cool to think that there’s a lot of people watching. I know my family’s gonna be at home watching it, so it’s gonna be fun.”  

Early next year, Jordan will release his new album, Bluebird Days, which features his latest hit, “What My World Spins Around,” as well as his double-Platinum smash “Buy Dirt.” 

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American Music Awards 2022: Taylor Swift, Morgan Wallen and Dan + Shay earn country honors

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The 2022 American Music Awards went down in Los Angeles last night, with Taylor Swift and Morgan Wallen the big country winners.

Taylor nabbed two country awards: Favorite Female Country Artist, and Favorite Country Album for Red (Taylor’s Version). These wins, along with several others last night, extend Tay’s record as the most awarded artist in AMA history with 40 wins.

Also winning two awards was Morgan, who nabbed Favorite Male Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for “Wasted on You.”

The only award handed out on the broadcast was Favorite Country Duo or Group, which went to Dan + Shay.

“We are so grateful to get to make country music,” Shay Mooney shared while accepting the award.  “We are proud to represent our community here. This is unbelievable.” Dan Smyers thanked his musical partner, noting, “I am so glad to make music with you, this is a dream come true to stand on this stage with you and accept this award,” adding to their fans, “we couldn’t do this without you…you change our lives every single day.”

And while Taylor’s win for Favorite Female Country Artist robbed Carrie Underwood of another AMA trophy, that didn’t stop her from wowing the crowd with a performance of her Denim & Rhinestones track “Crazy Angels,” which she began while hanging over the audience in a spherical apparatus.

Also performing last night was Yola, who sang “Break the Bough” for the show’s second annual “Song of the Soul” moment, and Jimmie Allen, who paid tribute to the late Loretta Lynn, performing a bit of her classic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on guitar.

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