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T-Swift is Living Her Best Life

"Drunk Taylor" memes are all over the Internet, thanks to Taylor Swift's lively energy at the VMAs. Whether she was drinking or not, she seemed to be having the time of her life! Check out some of the clips below:


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Maddie & Tae's, Maddie Font, is a mom!

The singer and her husband Jonah welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Forrest Henry, on Saturday (September 9th).

She shared a photo of the newborn to Instagram Monday (September 11th) and revealed that she had an emergency c-section “after 37 hard hours of labor.”

She continued, “Thank you to our incredible medical team at St Thomas Midtown for taking incredible care of us and making a really scary experience as calm and comfortable as possible for our little family. Forrest is everything Jonah and I could’ve ever dreamed of, and we’d go through it all over again for him.”




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Kelsea Ballerini Shares Video Of 30th Birthday Tumble

Kelsea Ballerini took quite a spill in a video she posted to social media Sunday (Sept 10th). The clip shows her nearly tumbling off a balcony and down a steep, tree-filled incline that leads down to the water during an early 30th birthday getaway with friends. Fortunately, the "If You Go Down" singer was saved by a clear barrier that stopped her from disaster. Ballerini offiially turns 30 on Tuesday (September 12th). ARTICLE PHOTO CREDIT: LINKED BELOW



Scotty McCreery's Dog Moose Is a Crazy-Good Swimmer

Scotty McCreery recently posted a video of himself swimming with his son, Avery, who turns one year old next month.   But the real STAR of the video is Scotty's dog Moose, who's swimming in the background.  Moose is swimming laps and is totally tearing it up, like a canine Michael Phelps!  



Country Stars Share Condolences over Jimmy Buffetts's Death

The legendary Jimmy Buffett passed away of skin cancer on Friday.  He was 76.  Jimmy was a HUGE star . . . but at his heart, he was always a country singer, and he was an inspiration and influence to many country artists over the past few decades.

1.  Kenny Chesney said, "Jimmy painted pictures and short stories in all the songs he wrote.  He taught a lot of people about the poetry in just living, especially this kid from East Tennessee." Kenny also posted an early morning video of himself singing Jimmy's "A Pirate Looks at Forty" on a beach.


2.  Toby Keith posted photos with Jimmy, along with the caption:  "The pirate has passed.  R.I.P. Jimmy Buffett.  Tremendous influence on so many of us."


3.  Old Dominion thanked Jimmy for "providing countless musicians like us a comfortable, welcoming place to create our own music."  (Here's a clip of Old Dominion paying tribute to Jimmy over the weekend.)


4.  20 years ago, Jimmy appeared on Alan Jackson's singalong, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere", a massive Number One hit that earned Jimmy his first CMA Award, for Vocal Event of the Year in 2003.  (Alan shared a tribute to Jimmy on Instagram.)

"It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" is #1 on Billboard's list of Jimmy's BEST country collaborations.  Here's the rest of the Top 6:

5.  A lot of musicians were celebrating Jimmy this weekend by performing renditions of "Margaritaville" . . . including Zac Brown.  Halfway through his tribute, Zac told the crowd, "He [once] said he'd pass the torch on to us.  It was one of the greatest honors of my life.  [He was] such an incredible American poet and soul."  (Here's video.)


6.  In an interview online, Clint Black said, "People always say don't meet your heroes, because, a lot of times they disappoint.  [Jimmy was] not one of those . . . he was a one-of-a-kind, larger-than-life, sweetheart of a guy. "Fun, funny, brilliant.  He holds a special place in the hearts of all of us Parrotheads."


7.  Blake Shelton Tweeted, "Heartbroken hearing of Jimmy Buffett's passing. What an incredible talent and man.  His songs will live on forever . . . raising a glass today to the 'Son of a son of a Sailor.'"


8.  Brad Paisley said, "He got the point of all this.  Thank you Jimmy, for being the soundtrack to the best in life.  Heartbroken.  But thankful for you.  Sail towards that distant horizon."

Kenny Chesney Sings a Farewell to Jimmy Buffett

Kenny Chesney said goodbye to Jimmy Buffett in a heartfelt post shared to Instagram Saturday (September 2nd).

The country star found a spot on the beach in Key West, FL and filmed himself singing Buffet’s song, “A Pirate Looks at Fort.”

He captioned the post with, “So goodbye Jimmy. Thanks for your friendship and the songs I will carry in my heart forever. Sail On Sailor.”

Buffett died Friday (September 1st) at the age of 76.



Luke Bryan is Selling Peanuts

Luke Bryan is turning into the "snack king."  Last year he started selling popcorn through his Boldly Grown Goods label . . . and this year he's added peanuts.  There are three delicious flavors "handpicked by Luke."




Luke Combs Welcomes His Second Child

Luke Combs and his wife, Nicole, have welcomed their second child.

The couple announced on Instagram Thursday (August 31st) that Beau Lee Combs was born on August 15th. They shared a photo of the newborn’s feet and wrote, “Welcome to the world. We couldn’t love you more.”

Beau, their second son, was due in September, but arrived while Combs was touring Australia earlier this month.




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Carly Pearce Shares Moving Moment with Fan

Carly Pearce shared an emotional moment with a grieving fan.  When it was time to perform her song "Show Me Around", she said, quote, "This beautiful girl told me that she lost her dad."  So Carly kneeled in front of the girl and held her hand during the entire performance.



Lainey Wilson, Darius Rucker & The Cadillac Three To Take Over The College GameDay Opening Theme

Lainey Wilson, Darius Rucker and the Cadillac Three will be the new voices of ESPN College GameDay’s opening theme. College GameDay announced Monday (August 28th) afternoon that the artists will sing “Comin’ to Your City,” now that Big & Rich have moved on.



College Football Coaches Reveal Favorite Country Stars

Action Network surveyed all 133 head coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and asked them who their favorite musician is. While their answers vary from genre to genre, there are a whopping fifty coaches who called out a country act as their top choice of music to listen to.

Some of the most popular choices on this list? George Strait, Eric Church and Luke Combs  — and of course there's some home state love for a few artists.

Read More: 50 College Football Coaches Reveal Their Favorite Country Artists 

Jelly Roll Shares The Stage With 11-Year-Old Fan

Jelly Roll brought a talented young fan on stage last Tuesday (Aug 15th) to sing Lainey Wilson’s part on “Save Me.”

According to Music Mayhem, 11-year-old Josie Salvittie attended the Pittsburgh-area show with a sign asking if she could sing the duet.

After her performance, went backstage and posed for photos with Jelly after the show. She shared the pictures on social media, writing, "I'm so lucky. The nicest guy you'll ever meet. Cannot wait to do it again soon."

Kelsea Ballerini Getting Ready For Her First Date With Chase Stokes

Kelsea Ballerini took her fans back in time by sharing a video of herself getting ready for her first-date with actor Chase Stokes.

In a TikTok video set to her new song “How Do I Do This,” the 29-year-old singer shows off her short black dress and tells her best friend, "Here's the look. With the boots. We've got the hair in a clip because we're trying to be [a] cool girl. He's picking me up and we're going to a sushi place. And I'll call you tomorrow with a full update."

Clearly nervous, she tells herself, "I can do this. I can do this. It's just a date."

Ballerini publicly confirmed that she was dating the Outer Banks star on the Call Her Daddy podcast in February.


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Oliver Anthony's Rich Men North of Richmond

Oliver Anthony shares his thoughts on why his new song 'Rich Men North of Richmond' has been captivating folks. The original video of his song soared to 15 MILLION views in a short 7 day time span. Check out his response below:



You can view his original song preview here


Megan Moroney Releases New Music Video

Megan Moroney's "I'm Not Pretty" was inspired by an ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.  Well, the video is out and it looks like a reenactment . . . except Megan is playing a version of herself AND her ex. 


Thomas Rhett And Lauren Atkins On The Cover Of 'Southern Living'

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins will cover Southern Living when the September issue hits newsstands Friday, August 18th.

The couple posed for photos at their farm in Tennessee and talked about their family’s love of football.

Rhett, a Georgia Bulldogs fan, told the outlet, “When you get to hear a whole stadium calling the Dawgs, a lot of people would call it funny that grown men and women are out there barking on a Saturday. But when you hear it all in unison there’s something electric about that.”




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Kelsea Ballerini Opens Up About Her New 'Spur Of The Moment' Haircut

Kelsea Ballerini recently opened up to People about the new “spur of the moment” haircut she debuted on Instagram last month. 

The singer told the outlet, “I chopped it. I went to my hair girl to get my roots done and ended up chopping it off. I didn’t tell anyone. I left and I called my manager and I called my boyfriend and I was like, ‘I just chopped my hair off.’”

The responses were encouraging, causing Ballerini to add, “It’s a new chapter, you know, so why not? It grows back.”



Gibson Launches Signature Guitar Inspired By Miranda Lambert

Gibson Custom Shop has launched the new Gibson Miranda Lambert Bluebird, the singer’s first ever signature guitar.

She said in a statement, "I have been playing Gibson acoustic guitars for so long now, so to be able to partner with such an iconic brand to create my own version of the classic Hummingbird is a dream come true. I hope this encourages musicians everywhere - especially young girls - to pick up a Bluebird and chase the same dream that guitars have made come true for me.”

The signature piece is available now. 


Check it out below:




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Luke Bryan's Newest Music Video

Luke Bryan released a music video for "But I Got a Beer in My Hand" on YouTube on July 31st. Check it out below: 





Tim McGraw Plays Secret Show In Los Angeles

Tim McGraw played a secret, invite-only show on Monday (July 24th) night at Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles.

According to People, the 56-year-old singer received a special gift from a young fan and thanked her from the stage.

He said, "My little pal over here, she made this bracelet for me. It's got my wife and all my daughters' initials on it, so thank you Berkeley. I appreciate it,"

TMZ reports that McGraw’s one-hour set included "Something Like That," "Real Good Man," "The Cowboy in Me" and "Indian Outlaw" as well as songs from his forthcoming album "Standing Room





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Luke Combs Performs 'Fast Car' With 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

Luke Combs invited an eight-year-old cancer survivor to join him on stage in Foxborough, Mass on Saturday (July 22nd).

According to Taste of Country, the 33-year-old singer brought Cooper Massengill onstage for a performance of his “favorite song,” “Fast Car.” The young fan even got a chance to sing the chorus solo as the crowd cheered him on.

CBS News reports that Make-A-Wish had planned to make Massengill's dream of meeting his idol come true but had no idea that he'd actually get on stage.



Jelly Roll Performs Private Concert For Dying Fan

Jelly Roll made a dying cancer patient’s last wish come true.

According to a TikTok video posted by the James Bess Foundation, 65-year-old Suzanne Durham – a former Nashville house manager for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction – asked to see the singer perform live after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer.

When Jelly Roll’s wife, Bunny XO, saw the clip, she jumped into action, setting up a private performance within a matter of days. According to Music Mayhem the meeting took place at Nashville’s Life Church and featured hits like “Need a Favor,” and “Son of a Sinner.”

Fan Speaks Out About Being Selfie Shamed By Miranda Lambert

Las Vegas influencer Adela Calin spoke to NBC News about being shamed by Miranda Lambert for taking a selfie during her show.

The 43-year-old said she and her friends only spent “30 seconds at the most” trying to take a photo before being scolded by the singer for interrupting her ballad, “Tin Man.”

Cailin recalled, “It felt like I was back at school with the teacher scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place … I feel like she was determined to make us look like we were young, immature and vain. But we were just grown women in our 30s to 60s trying to take a picture.”