Country Music 411

Hardy & Lainey Wilson combine for a "Dark & Emotional " Tale

Country music rising Hardy, and Lainey Wilson, have joined forces for a dark country ballad called “Wait in the Truck”.

“Wait in the Truck” takes the issues of murder and domestic violence head-on, with Hardy singing the role of a guy who runs into a girl, Lainey Wilson, on the side of a road after she’s been beaten. He finds the man who hurt her, kills him and eventually goes to jail — but he doesn’t regret his actions or changing the girl’s life for the better.

“’Wait in the Truck,’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written – probably the best song I’ve ever written to be honest,” HARDY admits. “It hit me so hard the first time I heard the demo back, and no other song had done that before. Very excited for the world to hear the song, excited for the song to give people a platform to maybe speak out about stuff that might be going on in their own homes.

Fans will get their chance to see Hardy sing “Wait in the Truck” live when he hits the road this December for his four-date Wall to Wall Tour.

 

See the video here: https://youtu.be/YsMB0i5YTOc

 

Note: If you are affected by abuse and needing support, or know someone who is, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673). You can also chat online at thehotline.org or online.rainn.org, respectively.

Jason Aldean has settled in with getting his kids ready in morning

The school year is starting to settle in. As a father of four, Jason Aldean is used to the drill that comes with early school mornings, but he's enjoying a pretty easy break in the action at the moment.

His oldest daughter, Keeley, is in college, but he has one teenager and two that are still too young for full-time school at home. Jason says that at this time, not much is required of him other than providing transportation.

"Kendyl's 15 so she still can't drive, so this morning I got up, took her to school. Luckily she's at the age now where she comes in, makes her own lunch. She gets herself ready for school, so we haven't crossed that yet.

Memphis starts kindergarten next year, and then Navy will start the year after, so when that happens there'll be two of them and I'm sure I'll be doing ponytails and you know . . .  With Memphis it's easy. I just slap a hat on him and go. You notice he's always got a backward ball cap? Yeah, that's cause it's easy. I don't know. They'll make it to school on time. That's my role in it all."

Dolly Parton, Kelly Clarkson Team Up On Reimagined Version Of '9 To 5'

 

Dolly Parton and Kelly Clarkson have teamed on for a new duet version of “9 to 5" in conjunction with the release of the Still Working 9 to 5 documentary, set to premiere on September 16th.

The song has been reimagined into what is described as "a melancholic yet inspirational anthem." Dolly said, "Nobody sings like Kelly Clarkson. She makes any song come alive. I love her voice on 9 to 5 and I am so proud I got to sing with her on it . . . " Kelly said, “I am so honored that Dolly asked me to reimagine this iconic song, ‘9 to 5,’ with her! She is so talented, an inspiration to all women, and one of the sweetest people you will ever meet! I hope y’all like what we did, but even if you don’t, remember I got to sing a duet with the magical Dolly Parton and now have bragging rights til the end of time!”

CMA Awards Nominees

The 56th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning, airs live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8pm , ABC).

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

Luke Combs 

Miranda Lambert 

Chris Stapleton 

Carrie Underwood 

Morgan Wallen 

   

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  

Miranda Lambert 

Ashley McBryde 

Carly Pearce 

Carrie Underwood 

Lainey Wilson 

  

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

Eric Church 

Luke Combs 

Cody Johnson 

Chris Stapleton 

Morgan Wallen 

  

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR 

Lady A 

Little Big Town 

Midland 

Old Dominion 

Zac Brown Band 

  

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR   

Brooks & Dunn 

Brothers Osborne 

Dan + Shay 

LOCASH 

Maddie & Tae 

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

HARDY 

Walker Hayes 

Cody Johnson 

Parker McCollum 

Lainey Wilson 

FGL Plays their last show

 

Florida Georgia Line officially played their last concert on Wednesday (August 31st) night at the Minnesota State Fair.

The duo, made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, took time to thank the fans for supporting them for the past 10-plus years before singing the final song of their set, which was "Cruise."

TMZ reports that after saying their goodbyes to the crowd and each other, they exited the stage from separate sides. 

 

Eric Church's signature shades started out for a reason

Eric Church Signature Shades Started To Avoid Losing His Contacts 
 
Eric Church wears his shades on and off stage.  It’s become a signature look for him.
Eric has carried a look of mystery about him, and part of that is his signature shades. 
It’s all part of the persona…the package…the look, but it didn’t always start out that way. 
In fact, he says it all started out because he didn’t want to lose his contacts back when he played bars and clubs with low ceilings and hot lights.
“I’m tall so the lights were right here,” Eric says motioning to his face. “Somebody just suggested, ‘why don’t you wear shades it’ll protect your eyes?’ That’s how this whole thing started.”
 

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans Divorcing

Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans are getting divorced after almost five years of marriage.

Kelsea broke the news via an Instagram story letter to fans yesterday (Monday, August 29th), writing in part, "This deeply difficult decision is the result of a journey of love, growth, and effort that ultimately has come to an end. It's hard to find the words here...but I feel extremely grateful for the years of marriage to Morgan and hopeful for the next seasons. With very active schedules coming up, please be mindful that we are both fragile, actively healing, and showing up the best we can."

Yesterday afternoon, Morgan issued a statement via Instagram story writing, "I am very sad to confirm that after 5 years of marriage, Kelsea and I are parting ways. I wish it were otherwise but sadly it is not."

Luke Bryan is getting into popcorn

Luke Bryan is getting into the popcorn business!

He has teamed up with AGCO Corporation, which designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural machinery and technology, for the release of Fendt & Luke Bryan’s Boldly Grown Popcorn.

The limited-edition snack is available in Bold Butter and Chart Toppin' Churro flavors. 

Boldly Grown Popcorn will be available for sale exclusively on BoldlyGrownGoods.com for $5.00 per bag (plus shipping) while supplies last.

Scotty McCreery, wife Gabi's dog Moose has helped prepare them for kids

Scotty McCreery and his wife, Gabi, are about to become parents for the first time, but they’ve already gotten some practice in with their dog, Moose. 

The couple welcomed the yellow Lab into their family in 2019 when he was 3 months old. In the years since, the couple has given him a dream life that includes hikes through the mountains in their home state of North Carolina and indulging in Moose’s favorite activity — swimming. 

“Sometimes he gets a little sassy with us, if he only wants to eat at certain times or whatever. But it’s like, ‘You get to run around, we’ll take you to the beach, you get to go hiking in the mountains and swimming in waterfalls,'” Scotty describes of their relationship with Moose, noting that the pup has a “good life.”

He adds that they spend a lot of time at Gabi’s parents’ lake house so Moose can swim in the lake (oftentimes chasing kayakers for a half mile). And if the way they dote on Moose is any indication of how they’ll be as parents, it’s safe to say their child will be loved and cared for.

Scotty shared with People that having Moose was “great training for kids one day.” 

“He loves going to his boarding. They call it Pet Resort and Spa. They have a pool for him and they send us pictures, he’s loving life,” Scotty adds. “I can’t even remember life without Moose. It’s so funny because now, nobody ever asks, ‘How are you doing?’ or ‘How are you and Gabi?’ It’s, ‘How’s Moose doing?’ That’s all we ever get nowadays is, ‘How’s Moose?’ But we love it. He’s the man.” 

Scotty and Gabi are expecting a baby boy in November.

Jake Owen doing the Sobriety thing!

Jake Owen is working on a major lifestyle shift: sobriety from alcohol.
He shared the revelation on Instagram, posting a picture of his day counter of being sober. Owen explains it was time to share his story with fans — and hopefully provide support to anyone out there who might want to make a change in their own drinking habits.
"I embarrassed myself after drinking too much alcohol one night. It wasn't the first time, either," Owen wrote. "The next day, I told myself, 'Never again.' I am better than that, and the people I love the most deserve better. My family, my little girls and my friends."
With the better part of a year of sobriety now under his belt, Owen says he's proud of how far he's come, and he hopes his experience can help other people in his situation.
"Just wanted to share my journey in case anyone woke up this morning and wants to make a change," he continues. "None of us aren't perfect...I'm just trying to be the best version of myself these days."
 

Carrie sings a Stevie Nicks song while out for a "Girls night"

Carrie Underwood was having a girls' night out with some friends at a bar on Saturday (August 6th), when the local band playing invited her up on stage to sing Stevie Nicks' part on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Carrie obliged and even encouraged patrons to "visit the tip jar" for the band members.

Luke Bryan disputes his wife's claim of broken finger at Cedar point

Luke Bryan is setting the record straight after his wife, Caroline, posted what he says is untrue information about him. Caroline turned to social media on Friday (August 5th) to share a family picture from their visit to Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio with the caption, "Another adventure in the books! Luke broke a finger and I twisted another ankle . . . pretty much a normal day for us!" Luke posted a video message on social media on Saturday (August 6th) to dispute her report with the caption "It's not broken," saying, "My finger's not broken. Please stop reporting that it's broken."

The post drew comments from some of Luke's famous friends including Jason Aldean who wrote, "I mean it’s not that much of a stretch @lukebryan. We all k ow (sic) u are accident prone," followed by a few laughing crying emojis, and Katy Perry who wrote, "show us or we don’t believe you."

 

Alan Jackson to be a Grand Pa

Alan Jackson is going to be a grandfather for the first time!

His oldest daughter, Mattie, revealed the big news in an Instagram story that her sister, Ali, and her husband are expecting their first child and it's a boy! 

Ali and her husband, Sam Bradshaw, revealed the gender by having Sam shoot at a clay disc which exploded in blue dust. 

Alan has three daughters so baby Bradshaw will be the first boy.

Dierks Bentley Drops First Taste Of New Music With 'Gold'

Dierks Bentley has released a new song called “Gold." It's a taste of the new music featured on his upcoming 10th album due out sometime early next year. 

 

Dierks said, “2020 was a chance for me to give my guitar and the road a little rest. It gave me the chance to spend a lot more time adventuring outdoors with family and friends, but also alone. It also gave me time to reset and rekindle my love of Country music and a lot of the types of songs and sounds that I fell in love with when I first got to Nashville. I think you’ll hear that in this first track, but it carries across the whole album.”

 

CHECK OUT HIS NEW SONG HERE: 

Lainey Wilson Requests Continued Prayers For Her 'Deddy'

Lainey Wilson asks that the prayers continue, but she has now specified that they are for her father. On Wednesday morning, Lainey posted a message on social media letting fans know that she was bowing out of her weekend shows due to a "family emergency" but didn't offer any details. Later in the day, she posted a picture of her and her dad on social media writing, "My deddy. My cowboy. Please keep lifting him up in prayer. Toughest man I know."

While the cause of Lainey's dad's medical emergency is unknown, she did let fans know that the situation was "critical."

There is no information yet on when Lainey will return to the road, but as it currently stands, she is set to re-join Jon Pardi's Ain't Always The Cowboy Tour on August 4th in Inglewood, CA.

 

Check out her instagram post here: 

 

 

Morgan Wallen Pays All Expenses For Youth Baseball League's Trip To World Series

Morgan Wallen is sponsoring the Humphreys County Dixie League's upcoming trip to the World Series in Anderson, South Carolina. The 11/12 Division 2 team from Waverly, Tennessee won the state championship despite going through such a hard time in the last year with their schools destroyed by a devastating flood back in August. To make things a little easier on the kids and their families, Morgan has offered to pay for their travel, accommodations, food, new uniforms and even souvenirs for the team, who traveled to South Carolina yesterday (Wednesday, July 27th).

He also sent a video message to the team, calling their story "inspiring" and congratulating them on making it to the World Series. Morgan ended by telling them he'd be cheering them on from Tennessee and wished them good luck.

The mother of one of the baseball players posted a video on Facebook earlier this week of the team watching Morgan's video and learning of his generous gifts.

 

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO HERE:

 

Blake Shelton Receives Special Gift From NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson

Blake Shelton recently received a special gift from his friend, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, that, according to Blake, might "top" all others. It's a commemorative military NASCAR helmet reportedly featuring images of his late father and late brother, Dick Shelton and Richie Shelton, respectively. 

 

Blake shared pictures of the helmet on social media on Monday (July 25th) writing, "I have been blessed in my lifetime to have received some incredible gifts and awards and things that will always mean a lot to me, but on a personal level this just might top them all. Thank you @jimmiejohnson. It is an honor and a privilege to call you my friend."

Jimmie replied writing, "Thanks my friend, the honor and privilege was all mine."

 

Taste of Country reports that the helmet was designed by Blake and Jimmie for the Indy 500, which was held over Memorial Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Blake served as the Grand Marshal. The "Helmet of Heroes" featured both Blake's and Jimmie's veteran family members. 

 

Both Blake and his wife, Gwen Stefani, performed at the Hy-Vee INDYCAR races at Iowa Speedway over the weekend, which is where it seems Jimmie gifted the helmet to Blake

 

CHECK OUT BLAKE'S INSTAGRAM POST HERE: 

 

Luke Combs Gives Young Fan With Cancer Unforgettable Concert Experience

Luke Combs recently checked a bucket list item off one of his biggest fans' lists. Seventeen-year-old Addi is battling acute myeloid leukemia and she desperately wanted to get to go to one of Luke's concerts and be able to meet him. He learned about this special fan through a friend of Addi's family who reached out to Luke's camp so Luke arranged to fly Addi from her home in California to his show on Saturday (July 23rd) in Columbus, Ohio, invited her backstage to hang with him, and Luke even brought her on stage when he sang her favorite song, "Better Together."

In a Facebook post, Addi's mother Staci Conely wrote in part, "Tonight the world was right and there was no talk of Addi’s cancer, no talk of dying and no talk of not making it to her 18th birthday. Her smile says it all! Tonight was perfect . . . Thank you, Luke Combs and team for giving our girl the most perfect night."

Luke is set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday (July 30th) with special guests Cody Johnson, Zach Bryan and Morgan Wade.

 

Check out the post here:

 

Morgan Wallen Pauses Concert When Fan Passes Out

Morgan Wallen halted his concert in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Friday (July 22nd) to make sure a fan in distress received medical aid before continuing with his set. Before launching into "Cover Me Up," Morgan noticed the crowd trying to get the attention of security because a fan had passed out. He paused, instructed the crowd to make a pathway for paramedics and told organizers to let him know when it was okay for him to resume the concert. 

Several fans shared footage of the incident, writing such comments as, “That’s what raised right looks like!”, “that is sweetest most caring man his momma raised him right,” and “Thank you @morganwallen for caring about your fans!”

 

 

Check out the video here: 

@smediumdaddy Morgan stopped his show to make aure his fans were ok! @Tawnya rae @morganwallen #fyp #morganwallen #hardy #kameronmarlowe ? original sound - AJ Saul

 

Shania Twain Documentary Headed To Netflix

Shania Twain will be the subject of an upcoming Netflix documentary called ??Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl. The project has reportedly been in production for several years and will document Shania's career “from a Nashville newcomer to international icon,” according to Country Now. So far, the streaming service has announced two different release dates -- July 26th and August 26th. 

A trailer for the project was released last month featuring Shania talking about her 1998 hit, "You're Still The One."

Shania resumes her Let’s Go! Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on August 26th.

 

Check out the documentary preview here: 

 

Tim McGraw Charts 45th Number One Hit

Tim McGraw tops the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart this week with “7500 OBO.” He shared the news on social media, July 18th, writing, “Thanx Country Radio for making “7500 OBO” the #1 record this week. We’ve got new music coming soon! Buckle in!!" This is Tim's 45th Number One hit, according to Country Now.

 

As a car enthusiast, Tim was immediately drawn to "7500 OBO" but he admits that while he's attempted it, being a good mechanic is not in his wheelhouse. “No, God no. When I was a kid I used to. In fact, I had a ‘70 Ford pick-up truck, and one summer I got bored, and so I took the whole engine out and took everything apart and put it all back together, and I had a whole bucket of stuff left over. But it still ran. It still ran great. Nothing didn’t not work, so I don’t know what all the extra parts were that I had left over. But no, I’m not a mechanic by any means.”

 

“7500 OBO” is included on Tim's 2020 Here on Earth album. It's also his 45th career Number One hit. Check out his instagram post here:

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson Celebrate Chart-Topping Duet

Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson gathered with the co-writers of their recent hit duet, "Never Say Never," on Wednesday (July 13th) in Nashville to celebrate it topping the country charts earlier this year. The song was Cole's 11th career Number One hit and Lainey's second. 

 

The two say "Never Say Never" has helped them both, career-wise, in different ways, and as Lainey tells us, she's very appreciative for that boost from Cole. "I will say I think it's important for people like Cole who have been there, done that, for him to show the rest of the world like, 'Hey, I believe in this girl, maybe you should too.' That is really important, especially for where I'm at in my career and I can't wait to be able to do that for somebody. (Cole) I've told her since day one that this wasn't just helping her, this was gonna help both of us and take us both to whatever that next level we want to be at and I think its definitely done that."

 

Check out Dave's Kicks96 interview with Cole here

 

 

Maren Morris' Latest Hit Serves To Inspire Her, Others

Maren Morris included a lot of her own personal circumstances in her latest hit, "Circles Around This Town," but she tells us the message is universal enough for everyone to relate to it. "I think that with the chorus we really, in a cyclical way, tied in the idea of yes, I'm looking back on my past, but I'm also still in the driver's seat doing the same exact things. Like I'm still trying to outdo myself and I'm still getting inspired by this town every single day. Obviously it's very specific to my story but I think it's relatable to a mass of people who are just trying their best and trying to figure out what their dream is and chase it down and stay inspired by it over time."

 

"Circles Around This Town" is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the Mediabase chart.

 

It's the lead single from her latest album, Humble Quest, which was released in March