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Luke Bryan Stopped To Help A Woman Change A Flat Tire In Tennessee

A small-town Tennessee woman blew a tire rounding a curve and ended up on the side of the road.

She wasn’t sure what to do next, but thankfully, a stranger stopped to lend a helping hand. That stranger was country superstar and American Idol judge, LUKE BRYAN!

The woman, named Courtney Potts, shared the video on Instagram showing Luke down on the ground cranking off the lug nuts on the flat tire.

“Thank you again Luke Bryan. I cannot thank you enough for helping me and my kids! It really made our day so much better!”



Jason Aldean And Carrie Underwood "If I Didn't Love You" Is Officially #1

From the moment you heard this song you knew it would hit that #1 spot!

“If I Didn’t Love You,” the collaboration between country superstars Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, rises to #1 on this week’s Mediabase country radio singles chart.
This marks Jason’s 26th career chart-topper & Carrie’s 28th.

The sweetheart story continues to be, Walker Hayes’ “Fancy Like” rising one spot to #2 this week, and Zac Brown Band’s “Same Boat” jumps seven spots to #3. 

Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris’ “Chasing You” rises two spots to #4, and Luke Combs’ “Cold As You” jumps three spots to #5.


What's your favorite song right now?

Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, Eric Church Among First 2021 CMA Awards Performers

he CMA just announced some big names to perform at next month’s 55th Annual CMA Awards.

Get ready for Blake Shelton, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, and Dan + Shay!

Also, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards.

Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
The show returns to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena this year with Luke Bryan as your host.

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform?

Don't miss the CMA Awards on Wed. Nov. 10th. 8/7c on ABC.

Eric Church Channels His Former Self in 'Heart on Fire' Music Video

Eric Church just dropped his new music video for "Hearts on Fire" with a very cool concept.

In his new music video, The Chief travels back in time for a journey through his own impressive career.

Directed by Reid Long, the intriguing clip features digitally edited scenes from many of the most-popular videos of Church’s career, making it appear as if the Eric Church of days-gone-by is singing a brand new tune.

Like a trip down memory lane, Church starts rewriting the past at the very beginning with the opening scene of his “How ‘Bout You” clip from 2006. It continues on to show how the star has evolved. 

Clips like “Two Pink Lines,” “Love Your Love the Most,”“Springsteen,” “Mr. Misunderstood,” “Some of It” and more all get reworked with new lyrics. It's like the ghost of Eric Church!

“Heart On Fire” is the third single of Church’s Heart & Soul album.
Coming up, Church is looking to defend his 2020 Entertainer of the Year title and comes into the night tied for the most nominations, with five in total with Chris Stapleton.

The 2021 CMA Awards, which will be held Nov. 10 in Nashville.



Jimmie Allen Foxtrots His Way Through Grease Night on Dancing With The Stars

Fresh off a whirlwind trip home to Nashville over the weekend to see the birth of his daughter, Jimmie Allen was back to Hollywood on Monday night to hit the ballroom floor.

The country singer danced the Foxtrot on Grease Night with his partner Emma Slater.

As the competition moves into another week, Jimmie and Emma move up in points, scoring their best total so far!

With the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba, Derek Hough, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli giving Jimmie a total 34 out of 40 points (8,9,8,9).

Fans LOVE Jimmie on social media,  “Jimmie is COMMITTED to this s**t. Respect #DWTS," wrote on fan.

Another commented, “I love watching Jimmie dance. Makes me smile #dwts “.
“Jimmie is that celeb I had no idea before the show that I was absolutely in love with #dwts," said another.

Tune in Monday nights at 8p on ABC and help Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater get closer to winning that mirror ball trophy!



Jon Pardi Gets A Surprise Visit From Randy Travis

Jon Pardi got a surprise visit from the legendary, Randy Travis.


He was taping a tribute to him when Randy walked onto the CMT set. "Well, hey Randy! This is a surprise. Wow,"  


He told Randy that he was a big influence on his music and also shared that his grandma was a big fan, while wiping tears from his eyes.


Jon Pardi sang "He Walked on Water" while playing acoustic guitar.

It took place at The Nashville Palace, where Randy used to wash dishes and would perform while he was on break.


Randy Travis was recognized as Artist of a Lifetime during the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony.



Jimmie Allen Tearfully Tributes Late Father With "Fantastic" Paso Doble On 'Dancing With The Stars'

Things got heavy on Dancing with the Stars this week, as Jimmie Allen and partner Emma Slater honored the country singer's late father with an emotion-filled performance.

This week, they were challenged to transform into iconic Disney characters and take part in the Mickey Dance Challenge, where they had to incorporate steps from Mickey Mouse into their routines.

Contestants were also asked to honor their heroes.

“When I think of heroes, I think of my Father,” Allen emotionally shared during rehearsals for their Paso Doble. “He’s the one that raised me on ‘never make an excuse’ and that’s helped me so much with my career.”

As tears filled his eyes, Jimmie went on to remember his dad and his final moments with him.

“He died in 2019 from Kidney failure. I definitely miss him every day. So, I knew my Dad was going to die in the next day or so [at the time] and I was going to go to the hospital, but they said he was non-responsive, couldn’t talk,” Allen recalled. “So I was like, ‘do I want to be in this hospital just watching him lay there like that?’ So, I went to me and my dad’s favorite fishing spot. For me, that was a peaceful way to remember my Dad and be okay just knowing that I was going to have kids he’ll never meet.”

Jimmie concluded, “If I botch this dance, I’m not dedicating it to my Father, but if I kill it… It’s for my Dad. In the words of my Dad, ‘get it done or don’t,’ and I want to get it done.”

Jimmie got it done dancing the Paso Doble, set to the tune of “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the movie Mulan.

Sporting Mulan’s signature red robe and battle attire, the pair flawlessly made their way around the dance floor, leaving the judges and audience in awe.
They couple earned a score of 30/40 with 8’s from Inaba and Hough and 7’s from Goodman and Tonioli.

Dancing with the Stars returns on Tuesday (Oct. 12) at 8/7c on ABC with performances inspired by Disney Villains.




Mitchell Tenpenny will release a holiday album called Naughty List on October 29th.

The project features 11 songs, and the title track has already been released.  


Mitchell said, “I love all Christmas music. It always brings me back to my childhood and sharing the holidays with my family. ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ is probably my favorite of all time. Makes me think of sitting by the fire and watching Christmas movies. But I love I was able to write a few new songs that are included too!”  


Naughty List includes all seven songs on Mitchell’s Neon Christmas project which was released in 2020, as well as four additional tracks including two originals co-written by Mitchell.




Eric Church performed his weekend shows in Pennsylvania solo after sharing the news on social media on Friday (October 8th) that members of his band tested positive for COVID.


On Friday, he was joined by surprise guest Cam in Pittsburgh, while Morgan Wallen popped up on stage on Saturday (October 9th) in Philadelphia.


Eric posted a message to fans on Friday reading, "Despite thorough safety protocols, a limited number of breakthrough COVID-19 cases have occurred within the Eric Church Band. In the best interest of everyone's health and safety, Eric Church will be performing this weekend's shows in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia as a special solo performance. Get ready PA."



Luke Bryan Honors Bill Dance's Birthday With Release Of New Video

Luke Bryan premiered a new music video for his song, called "Bill Dance," in honor of the pro fisherman's 81st birthday, which was yesterday (Thursday, October 7th). The song, written by Luke, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, is a track from Luke’s Born Here Live Here Die Here album. The video was shot at Luke’s farm outside of Nashville and features his sons, Bo and Tate, with cameos by all three of the co-writers.


Luke co-directs for the first time, along with Michael Monaco of FlyHi Films who has now directed eighteen music videos for Luke since 2013. Michael is also the executive producer and director of Luke’s original five-part docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, available now on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service.


Luke takes his Proud To Be Right Here Tour to Los Angeles tonight (Friday, October 8th) with a show at the Staples Center and continues his west coast run through next week.



Carly Pearce's New Duet Captures The 'I've Been Duped' Sentiment

Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde set out to write and record a different kind of duet with "Never Wanted To Be That Girl."


Carly tells us that instead of taking the usual rivalry position when two women discover they are sharing the same man, they wanted to present a different perspective.


"A lot of times in a cheating situation women immediately want to fight each other or they wanna fight the guy, and in reality none of that really matters. It's that feeling of realizing 'I've been duped,' and Ashley and I never meet in the song and there's a reason for that because I think a lot of times it doesn't need to be but you just never thought you'd be in that situation."


"Never Wanted To Be That Girl" is included on Carly's new album, 29: Written In Stone.


She wraps up the What A Song Can Do Tour with headliner Lady A. Final shows are this weekend in Erie, PA; Albany, NY; and Gilford, NH.



Jason Aldean Encourages Californians To Be 'Outraged' About School Vaccine Mandate

Jason Aldean is becoming more and more vocal about how he feels about the current U.S. administration, COVID-19, masks and the current vaccines. On Sunday (October 3rd), he made things crystal clear about where he stands on any type of vaccine mandate. He posted a picture of the headline of an article which read, "Gavin Newsome mandates Covid vaccines to attend school, with no testing alternative."


The fairly lengthy caption reads, "So let me get this straight! It is no longer our decisions as parents (or free Americans) to make decisions about our kids, Gavin Newsom makes those decisions for us now?? You gotta be kidding me! People in California should be outraged and people everywhere else better start standing up and speaking out NOW. This is not how America and being free works."


Jason's wife, Brittany, and his son, Memphis, were recently wearing anti-Biden T-shirts which Brittany posted on her social media.


Jason recently turned to social media writing, "I will never apologize for my beliefs or my love for my family and country. This is the greatest country in the world and I want to keep it that way." 



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Luke Combs Featured On New Season Of Netflix's 'MeatEater'

Luke Combs is featured on a new episode of MeatEater, a Netflix series starring hunting enthusiast and conservationist Steven Rinella. Combs stars in the first installment of the show's 10th season, where he and Rinella are in search of pronghorn, a deer-like mammal native to the plains of Wyoming. 


Combs recently tweeted about the experience and shared a few pictures from the trip, which also included the company of the Brothers Hunt and songwriter/conservationist sibling duo Dan and Reid Isbell. 


Part 1 of the new season of MeatEater is now streaming on Netflix. 



Morgan Wallen Banned From Attending CMA Awards

Morgan Wallen will not be allowed to attend this year's CMA Awards despite being nominated for Album of the Year for his multi-platinum project, Dangerous: The Double Album. The decision of the organization stems from the racial slur Wallen was caught on video saying after a drunken night out with friends earlier this year.


CMA CEO Sarah Trahern told The Los Angeles Times, "This is the first time in the history of the CMA, to my knowledge, anyone has ever been disqualified for conduct. Honoring him as an individual this year is not right, and he will not be allowed on the red carpet, on our stage, or be celebrated in any way.”


Trahern further explained, “This was something we looked at from so many angles. The decision, ultimately, was the man would not be allowed, but the music and the people who were part of it (songwriters and producers) could be eligible. That made his music eligible in five categories, and ultimately, he was nominated in one . . ."


The CMA Awards will be held in Nashville on November 10th and air live on ABC.

Jimmie Allen Is Stealing Hearts on DWTS

Jimmie Allen is winning over hearts this week, emotionally reflecting on his childhood and praising his mother's strength, and how it impacted his life.

Before getting into his performance, Jimmie shared how the didn't have an easy childhood, but his mother always made sure he was cared for. There were a lot of tears as he hit the dance floor with Emma Slater for a Rumba set to Jimmie's tune "Make Me Want To."

"How you used your arms and your line, well done!" Bruno shares."

That was amazing," Carrie Ann says. "I could not take my eyes off of you. You have so much respect for the art form with the way you did every movement."

"Your upper body was really great, and the secret to this show is to do better than you did the week before, and you did," Len praises.
Derek adds that it was "beautiful."

The pair earn three 7s and then a 6 from Len for a total of 27 out of 40.
What do you think of Jimmie's Rumba? Does Jimmie Allen have what it takes to make it all the way to the top? 

Alan Jackson Reveals Degenerative Nerve Condition

Alan Jackson has revealed he is living with a degenerative nerve condition that is impacting his ability to tour and perform. During an interview with Jenna Bush Hager on NBC's Today show yesterday (Tuesday, September 28th), Alan said that he has a rare condition known as “CMT” (Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disorder), which is related to muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease.


He said, “I’ve been reluctant to talk about this publicly and to my fans, but I have this neuropathy – a neurological disease that’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy. There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious.” 


Alan was first diagnosed a decade ago, and that his father and grandmother had it, as well as his oldest sister.


He added, “It’s not going to kill me – it’s not deadly. I know I’m stumbling around onstage, and now I’m having a little trouble balancing even in front of a microphone. I’m just very uncomfortable. I was starting to get so self-conscious up there…so if anybody’s curious why I don’t walk right, that’s why. I just wanted the fans and the public to know. I don’t want ’em to think I’m drunk onstage because I’m having problems with mobility and balance.”


Alan says that CMT often manifests in muscle weakness, discomfort and pain, especially when standing for long periodshe hopes to continue performing.

He said, “I don’t know how much I’ll continue to tour. I’m not saying I won’t be able to tour. I’ll try to do as much as I can . . ."


Alan added, “I don’t want people to be sad for me; it’s just part of life. I’ve had a wonderful, beautiful life. I’ve been so blessed. It’s just good to put it out there in the open. In some ways, it’s a relief.”


Alan's next concert is scheduled for October 8th at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The show was postponed from last year.

Scotty McCreery Charts Fourth Number One In A Row

Scotty McCreery charts his fourth consecutive Number One hit this week with “You Time,” the lead single from his new album, Same Truck. He co-wrote the song about his wife, Gabi, prior to the pandemic.  

Scotty said, “This song, like so many of my songs, was inspired by my wife Gabi as well as my desire to spend more time with her in the midst of our busy careers. Thanks to country radio . . . and as always, to my fans. I have missed you during this past year while the world did stop spinning, and I’m glad to be back out on the road to see you.”  


He wrote "You Time" in 2019 when he was busying touring on the heels of the success of his first Number One hit, while Gabi was working as a pediatric nurse at Duke Hospital. Scotty tells us: "(I) wrote the song just wanting everything to slow down and wanting me and her to have more time together, and I got what I asked for. It's definitely one of those be careful what you wish for kind of things but again talking about a silver lining through the craziness of the last year or so was that time we got to spend together, that 'you time' that we got, especially so young in our marriage. We didn't think we'd ever get this until we're old and retired with my work schedule and everything."


“You Time” follows Scotty’s three back-to-back chart-topping hits from his Seasons Changealbum, “Five More Minutes,” “This is It,” and “In Between.”  

Scotty's next single from the album is called “Damn Strait.”

Jason Aldean To Release 30-Song 10th Album

Jason Aldean's 10th studio album will feature 30 songs that will be slowly rolled out over the next few months until its official release date of April 22nd. The project will be called Macon, Georgia, and in addition to its current Top Five debut single “If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood, fans will have access to nine more new tracks and five live tracks on November 12th.


Macon, Georgia is divided into two discs -- Macon and Georgia -- and each disc contains 15 songs. The entire project will be offered as a commemorative three-disc vinyl set. Macon, Georgia features 20 new songs and at least one live hit off each of Jason's previous albums. 


He said, "Where you were raised has such a big influence on who you become and for me it’s no different, especially from a music standpoint. My little hometown of Macon was heavily instrumental in my musical background. Growing up in an environment that was a crossroads between Country music, Southern rock, blues and R&B, it was just natural to blend different sounds in my on way.”


Jason continues on his Back In The Saddle Tour with special guests HARDY, Lainey Wilson, John Morgan and Dee Jay Silver. The run makes stops this week in Phoenix, AZ (9/30), Albuquerque, NM (10/01) and Denver, CO (10/2). 



MACON Track List:
1. "After You"
2. "Over You Again"
3. "That’s What Tequila Does"
4. "Small Town Small"
5. "If I Didn’t Love You"
6. "Story For Another Glass" 
7. "Heaven" 
8. "This Bar Don’t Work Anymore"
9. "The Sad Songs"
10. "Watching You Love Me"
11. "Amarillo Sky" (Live from Nashville, TN)
12. "Johnny Cash" (Live from Los Angeles, CA)
13. "She’s Country" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)
14. "Big Green Tractor" (Live from Dallas, TX)
15. "My Kinda Party" (Live from St. Louis, MO)

GEORGIA Track List:
16. "Whiskey Me Away"
17. "Trouble With A Heartbreak"
18. "The State I’m In"
19. "Midnight And Missin’ You"
20. "Ain’t Enough Cowboy"
21. "God Made Airplanes"
22. "My Weakness"
23. "Holy Water"
24. "Rock And Roll Cowboy"
25. "Your Mama"
26. "Take a Little Ride" (Live from Las Vegas, NV)
27. "Burnin’ It Down" (Live from St. Louis, MO)
28. "Any Ol’ Barstool" (Live from Knoxville, TN) 
29. "Rearview Town" (Live from St. Louis, MO)
30. "Blame It On You" (Live from Manchester, TN)

Ashley McBryde Shares More Details of Horse Back Riding Accident

Last week Ashely was “enjoying her time in the beautiful state of Montana and had an accident while riding a horse.”

Now McBryde herself has taken to social media to share the scary details on the horseback riding accident and it was more than she led on. 

In a lengthy note posted to Instagram, Ashley wrote, “A few of us went to ride horses on a ranch in Montana before the scheduled show on Wednesday.” And while McBryde mentions she grew up riding a “fair amount” she also does not consider herself an “experienced horsemen.” 

So, after a day of riding across suspended bridges, crossing chest deep rivers and climbing embankments with no problem, during the last leg, Jenny, the young mare became spooked. Eventually, McBryde, whose foot had slipped from the stirrup, had lost her center of balance, and with the horse “moving faster than [she] could stay on” McBryde ended up “going over” and landing on her head!  A trip to the ER revealed the need for “staples to close [her] scalp” and a CAT scan showing a “pretty harsh concussion.”

Ashley ended by saying, "You know me, I wouldn't postpone a show for bumps and bruises," she wrote. "But at the moment I am not able to walk without assistance. We are in contact with my doctors and following everything they say seriously. And as soon as I am able to walk across a stage again, that is exactly where you'll find me. Y'all take care of yourselves. I'll be back soon."

Ashley McBryde Injured In Horseback Riding Accident

Ashley McBryde is on the mend after sustaining injuries while horseback riding in Montana. 

According to her IG stories, Ashley was riding a horse while visiting Missoula, Montana on Wednesday (Sept. 22) and was rushed to the hospital after an accident occurred.
"Earlier today, Ashley was enjoying her time in the beautiful state of Montana and had an accident while riding a horse. After a trip to the hospital and a few stitches (and some very sore bones) she is recovering and doing her best to ensure she can play again as soon as possible. Thank you to the wonderful EMTs and hospital workers in Missoula. Our sincerest apologies to the fans for the postponement tonight. As soon as we have updates on other shows this week, we will make sure to let everyone know."

Sending Ashley healing vibes for a speedy recovery.


Tim McGraw Wishes Faith Hill A Heartfelt Happy Birthday Via Social Media

Tim McGraw offered up a sweet message via social media to his wife, Faith Hill, yesterday (Tuesday, September 21st) on the occasion of her 54th birthday. He shared some footage from her 1999 music video for "Breathe" spliced with a 2001 interview he did with Diane Sawyer where he talked about being married to the superstar.


In the clip, Tim was asked, "When you see that video, every time it goes by, what do you think?" He smiled saying, "It's my wife. It's like I wanna call my college buddies and say, 'Hey, I'm married to her!'"


The video then cut to present day Tim who offered a heartfelt message saying, "Hey, baby. I still feel the same way even more so . . . I wouldn't change anything for the world, and I love you."


The post drew comments from the couple's youngest daughter, Audrey, who wrote, "Awwwww" followed by a bunch of heart emojis, as well as actress Rita Wilson and actor and Midland frontman Mark Wystrach.



Kelly Clarkson Announces New Single "Christmas Isn't Canceled (Just You)"

Who's ready for Christmas?!

Kelly Clarkson has unveiled her new holiday single “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).” arriving on September 23.

Is this a shot fired at her ex husband?!


Kelly has already hinted that the new album will be all about the emotional ups and downs she’s experienced over the past few years, from her ongoing divorce, to raising children as a single working mom in the midst of a global pandemic.


Kelly announced her new song on Instagram:

“Y’all know I’m obsessed with Christmas and that’s why I’m so excited to announced my new single ‘Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You)’ is coming out September 23,” Clarkson said in the clip, before promising fans, “you’re going to love it!”

The single will appear on the singer's upcoming ninth studio album. 

Thomas Rhett Charts 18th Number One Hit

Thomas Rhett returns to the top of the country charts for the 18th time this week with "Country Again." The song claims the Number One spot on both the Billboard Country and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts.


Thomas shared the news on social media yesterday (Monday, September 13th) in a video message to fans writing, "Country Again is number 1 this week!!!! Thank you to everyone that made this possible!! Love y’all!"


"Country Again" marks his 12th consecutive Number One hit, the longest current active streak in the format (Mediabase/Country Aircheck Chart), according to a release. 


Of the song, Thomas said, "This song is so special to me, because every line really is autobiographical, but it’s also a song about centering yourself and reconnecting with the things that are truly important to you; which is different for all of us. Being able to share this song with fans each night on the road finally and seeing how it’s resonating with them is something I will never take for granted.”


Thomas's headlining The Center Point Road Tour rolls on to Syracuse, NY, Holmdel, NJ, Mansfield, MA and Cuyahoga Falls, OH this weekend. 



Jimmie Allen Joins 'Dancing With the Stars' for Season 30

The star-studded cast list for season 30 of Dancing With the Stars is finally here and JIMMIE ALLEN will be competing for the mirrorball Trophy! We didn't see this one coming.

Jimmie joins an all-star lineup that includes Olympian Suni Lee, YouTube star JoJo Siwa, reality star Christine Chiu, actor Melora Hardin, YouTuber Olivia Jade, actor Martin Kove, professional wrestler Mike “the Miz” Mizanin, Peloton's Cody Rigsby, actor Brian Austin Green and NBA star Iman Shumpert.

Mel C from the Spice Girls, former Bachelor star Matt James, Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore and talk show host Amanda Kloots are also part of season 30.

We're putting our money on Jimmie, a man who's not afraid to wear glitter. Jimmie is going to rock these costumes!

Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will return as the judging panel, while Tyra Banks will executive produce and host the show. 
DWTS season 30 kicks off on Sept. 20th on ABC.



Listen: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay's New Collab "Only Us"

The wait is over!!  Carrie Underwood shared the new duet with the country superstar duo, Dan + Shay.

"My version of “Only Us” with @DanAndShay from the #DearEvanHansenMovie soundtrack will be released tonight! Here’s a sneak peek!"

This incredible song is featured on the soundtrack to Dear Evan Hansen. The movie is an adaptation of a Tony-award winning Broadway musical of the same name, and the film comes out September 24th.

The full Dear Evan Hansen soundtrack also includes songs by Tori Kelly, Finneas, Sam Smith, SZA and more.



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