Country Music 411

Elle King & Dierks Bentley Team Up On New Song

Elle King and Dierks Bentley had a chart-topping hit with their duet “Different for Girls” in 2016. Six years later, the two are joining forces again on Elle's new single called “Worth A Shot.” 


Elle said, “Dierks took a chance and brought me into the country world. I couldn’t make my own country record, which is my favorite album I’ve ever made, without including the person who gave me a seat at the table. To be honest, Dierks and I just have fun no matter what we do, especially singing and performing great songs. This song is all about trying to get back to the beginning of something, and so it’s only right that we go back to where it all started for me.”


“Worth A Shot” is the follow up Elle's Number One hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert. The duet marked the first woman-woman collaboration to reach the top spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart since Reba McEntire and Linda Davis’ “Does He Love You” in 1993.


 Check out the video here: 


Kane Brown Has His Own New Cereal: Kane Krunch!

Kane Brown just announced his very own crispy cocoa cereal: Kane Krunch!


CMT reports, Kane's excited about the opportunity:

“Getting to work with the team to create my own cereal is one of the coolest things I’ve ever gotten to do. You can ask my family, but we truly are a big cereal household, and I’m excited for my fans to be able to try it and get to share breakfast with me, too,” Brown said. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of cereal will benefit Brown’s charitable activities, including supporting the United States armed forces, youth, and affordable housing initiatives.


Way to go Kane! Check out his cereal and merch here: 

Gabby Barrett Pregnant, Expecting A Boy!

Gabby Barrett is expecting baby number two! She appropriately shared the news on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 8th) with a social media post of an ultrasound video writing, "My son. Another LIFE we get to love and cherish. Happy Mothers Day!" Gabby and her husband, Cade Foehner, are already parents to one-year-old daughter Baylah Mae. 

In other Gabby news, she released the video for "Pick Me Up" on Thursday (May 5th) with the CMT Broadcast Premiere, appearing on the Paramount Times Square Billboard in New York City. The clip co-stars Gabby's husband and band member Cade. Gabby said, “This was a very personal video for me to shoot – taking on the lead with my husband Cade and even being reminded of our daughter Baylah by having a little girl play her on set, and my goodness when I saw the full clip for the first time, I teared up. This one just touches my heart in a very special way.”


The clip chronicles the true love story of a couple – played by Gabby and Cade – through the decades. 


View her Instagram video here:




Country Stars Honor Moms Just In Time For Mother's Day


  • Morgan Wallen will be releasing a song dedicated to his mother this Mother's Day weekend. The song is called "Thought You Should Know," and it will be available on Friday (May 6th).

    Morgan posted a picture of himself as a young child along with his mother on Instagram writing, "Thank you Mama. Dropping this song for you on Mothers Day weekend." He co-wrote "Thought You Should Know" with Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon and it's in the form of a phone call to his mother, Lesli Wallen. Check out his adorable Instagram post here:



  • Maren Morris relishes her role as a mother to toddler son Hayes, but she holds her own mother, Kellie Morris, up as one of her biggest role models. She tells us: "Definitely my mother. She's such a hard worker and she and my dad own a small business in Texas and I feel like nothing's been handed to her. She grew up in poverty and she really made something of herself without even a college degree. She's just such a street-smart go-getter and so I feel like that's been instilled in me from day one because of my mom."

  • Carrie Underwood is a singer, songwriter, and internationally-known superstar, and as she tells us, she's proud to be able to add "working mom" to her title. "I'm a working mom, working wife, same as all the other ones out there. My job's kind of weird (laughs), but you just figure your way through it, and women, we ladies are good at that, and I'm honored to get to hold some pretty incredible titles (cries) and Mom is definitely one of them, and I'm just excited. I'm excited that they get to see their mom do that and see me on stage and hopefully, I can be an inspiration to my children and to other working moms out there, 'cause we got this!" Of course, Carrie has two sons, Isaiah and Jacob, with her husband and former pro hockey player Mike Fisher. View one of Carrie's Instagram photos with her son at a rehersal: 





  • If there's one thing about Luke Combs' mom that he inherited it's her ability to talk . . . a lot, according to her son. Luke tells us you'd see him in her pretty quickly after meeting her. "The second you talk to her, probably, because she just wouldn't stop talking. Then you'd be like, if you knew me at all, like, it's like if we were at the house, you'd be like, 'God, is this guy ever going to stop talking? Geez! He's the worst.' That's probably when you would know. I have an innate ability to like, I feel like at least, to be able to talk and relate to almost anyone, and I definitely would say that's the thing that I got from my mom." Luke's wife, Nicole, will soon become a mom when they welcome their first child, a boy, sometime this spring. The couple have yet to announce a due date. Check out his post here: 



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Keith Urban Pays A Musical Tribute To Naomi Judd

Keith Urban paid a musical tribute to Naomi Judd during his concert in Manchester earlier this week. He led the crowd in singing an acapella version of "Love Can Build A Bridge."


Keith shared a clip of the performance on social media on Tuesday (May 3rd) writing, "Naomi Judd sowed so many important seeds in her precious time here. Here’s one of the many. On the other side of the world in Manchester tonight they were all singing 'Love Can Build A Bridge.' Thank you, Naomi. We love you."


Naomi reportedly took her own life on Saturday (April 30th), one day before she and her daughter Wynonna, aka The Judds, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Naomi was 76.


View Keith's tribute here:



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Carly Pearce 'Most Nervous' She's Ever Been At The Judds' HOF Induction

TRIGGER WARNING: This article may include readings, media, or discussions around sensitive topics.


Carly Pearce had the honor of being asked to perform one of The Judds' hits during their induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (May 1st) night. She was invited as a surprise guest for the mother/daughter duo a few months ago, but in light of Naomi Judd's sudden and unexpected death on Saturday (April 30th), everything got changed around at the last minute. 


Carly tells us: “I love the Judds, and in light of what happened, I certainly didn’t think that the ceremony would go on, but I think that’s such a testament to the strength of the Judds' daughters, Ashley and Wynonna, just that they wanted to keep it going. And I got a call that Wynonna had a special request for someone to sing ‘Grandpa.’ And she didn’t know that I was gonna be there. And I had to change my song at the last second, and it truly was, I think, the most nervous I’ve ever been in my career.”


Naomi reportedly died by suicide at the age of 76. She had struggled with depression for several years, writing about it in her 2016 book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope


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View Carly's Instagram Dedication here: 



Carrie Underwood's New Music Video & Performance with Axl Rose!

Check out Carrie Underwood's new music video and surprise performance with Axl Rose!





Axl Rose joined country superstar Carrie Underwood onstage on Saturday night (April 30th) during her performance at Indio, California's Stagecoach Festival. Together, Rose and Underwood tackled two of Guns' Appetite For Destruction classics -- "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City."



Ultimate Classic Rock reported that back in 2020, Carrie Underwood revealed her love for Guns N' Roses string an appearance on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Underwood joked about "abandoning" her husband and kids to head out to a Guns show just after returning from her own road dates: "It's hard when you meet your heroes, y'know, because I do consider (Axl) to be somebody who taught me how to sing. . . and I was like, 'What if I meet him and he's not everything I want him to be?' But he was, he was super cool and nice."

Garth Brooks Has Announced New Opening Night Dates



Garth Brooks has added brand-new opening nights for Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The new opening night concert in Ohio will be on Friday, May 13th, with the second night will on Saturday, May 14th!


Tickets go on sale April 29th at 10AM sharp!


Garth’s intent is to offer great customer service by giving fans the best chance to have a seamless experience when they enter the waiting room to get their tickets on Friday. The best way to ensure this is for fans to refresh their Ticketmaster accounts NOW at Once there, all you have to do is click on the Cincinnati show for May 13th and follow the instructions.

Kelsea Ballerini's Bus Gets A 'Facelift' During New Season Of Netflix Show

Kelsea Ballerini's tour bus recently got what she calls a "facelift" by the ladies of the Home Edit, Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, who are the stars of Netflix's Get Organized With the Home Edit. The update is featured on the current second season of the show, which is streaming now on Netflix. 


Kelsea told Music Mayhem, “Me and the Home Edit ladies, we go way back. I love them dearly, they’re both so wildly talented. Me and my husband bought a house and they came over and helped me do my closet and helped me get the kitchen together and just kind of help start that new chapter which was so lovely. The girls have actually done my bus before, years ago. So this is, like, the facelift for the bus."


Check out the video here:




Kane Brown And Daughter Dance To Kane's Next Single

Kane Brown has shared a snippet of his upcoming single, called “Like I Love Country Music,” via a video posted to social media on Tuesday (April 18th) where he's dancing in his kitchen with his two-year-old daughter, Kingsley! The song has a 90's country sound, so both Kane and Kingsley are sporting cowboy hats.


He captioned the video writing,

“3 things! 1: This will be the new radio single (like I love country music) 2: thank you, @brooksanddunn 3: this little girl is too damn cute”


While Ronnie Dunn's vocals can be heard in the clip singing "I'm a brand new man," the details of whether this is an actual collaboration with Ronnie has not been revealed. If so, this won't be the first time the two acts have paired up. You may recall that Kane joined Brooks & Dunn on their 2019 Reboot album on the track “Believe.”


Check out the adorable video here:




Keith Urban Feels 'Lucky' That Addictions, Sobriety 'Hasn't Defined Creativity'

Keith Urban says he's “lucky” that his music and creativity remain unaffected by his sobriety now 15 years later. He told the Sunday Times, “I’m glad it didn’t change anything about my music. I wrote plenty of hit songs while drunk. I wrote plenty sober. I feel lucky it hasn’t defined my creativity.”


Keith entered rehab for the second time in his life while newly married to Nicole Kidman at her insistence during an intervention. 


He ultimately realized he "had to find a different way to be in the world," explaining, "I just realized I’m allergic to (substances). Someone said, ‘You have an allergy? What happens when you drink?’ And I said, ‘I break out in cuffs.'"


Keith credits Nicole with helping him turn his life around. He said, "I was spiritually awoken with her. I use the expression ‘I was born into her,’ and that’s how I feel. And for the first time in my life, I could shake off the shackles of addiction.”

Maren Morris Considers Children's Album, Book

Maren Morris is considering expanding her body of work to include a few projects inspired by her toddler son, Hayes: 


"I've sort of floated the idea of writing a children's book or doing a children's album just because there's so much really awful children's music that I've had to hear as a mother that I would love to (laughs) make some for myself just to be able to listen to, but also, I've read to y son since he was born and it's just our favorite thing to do, so, yeah, I would love to maybe write a children's book someday."


Marren shared a heartwarming Instagram post featuring her son this past weekend, mentioning her inspiration for her song Hummingbird:

"hummingbird, now your heart beats in me.

I wrote “Hummingbird” on the day I found out I was pregnant with Hayes. By the time we were recording, he was talking so I got to record his sweet voice to add to the top of the track."


View her Instagram post here:



Kane Brown's New Album Is Finished, Includes Duet With Wife

Kane Brown's new album is finished and should be released "sometime this year," he recently told Billboard. The project includes a duet with his wife, Katelyn, and is expected to feature his chart-topping hit, "One Mississippi," along with his latest single, "Leave You Alone."


Kane said, “I took time with this album and I love every song on the album. My wife says it’s her favorite album I’ve ever done."


The new album will be the follow-up to Kane's 2020 release, Mixtape Vol. 1.

Luke Combs & Wife 'In Talks' About Baby Names

Luke Combs and his wife, Nicole, have whittled name choices for their baby boy down to a "shortlist" but they aren't sharing any of them. The couple is expecting their first child this spring, and according to, Luke recently told Audacy's Rob + Holly, "(The name) is tight-lipped, but we are in talks . . . There's a theme. I'm good."


Luke has big plans for raising his son, saying, "I would teach him to sing, teach him how to eat a cheeseburger, (and) I could afford a good coach. I have been pawning the takeover of the Nashville little league in the next five years – finding the best kids,  building this unstoppable little league team." 


So far, Luke and Nicole have not announced the baby's due date.




Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Cody Johnson Win Big At CMT Music Awards

The CMT Music Awards were held live from Nashville on Monday (April 11th) night, airing on CBS for the first time ever. The evening's big winners were Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Cody Johnson, who each took home two belt buckle trophies.


Keith Urban kicked off the night with his song “Wild Hearts,” followed by Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson performing a dramatic “Never Say Never” in the rain.

Kelsea Ballerini co-hosted the event virtually from home due to a COVID-19 diagnosis, while Anthony Mackie joked that they found a “backup KB” to co-host, as Kane Brown joined him onstage throughout the night.


Despite being nominated for four CMT awards, Kane didn’t end up taking home any buckles this year.


Carrie Underwood had already won the most CMT awards ever before last night — and she took home two more with Jason Aldean for “If I Didn’t Love You,” including Video of the Year. Jason said that this is the first Video of the Year award he’s won in his 17-year-long career.


Cody Johnson's two CMT awards were for Male Video of the Year for “’Til You Can’t" and CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year for "Dear Rodeo" (from CMT Campfire Sessions).


Miranda Lambert was the lucky winner for Female Video of the Year for “If I Was a Cowboy,” which she performed live later in the show.


Carrie Underwood wowed the audience with her aerial silks skills while singing “Ghost Story,” and The Judds performed for the first time at an awards show in over 20 years, singing a momentous version of “Love Can Build a Bridge” with the help of a gospel choir.


Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams revived their 2009 CMT Crossroads rendition of “Heaven.” Jimmie AllenMonica, and Little Big Town also brought heaven to the stage visually with “Pray”—as the performers were all dressed in white with cloud-like fog at their feet.


Co-host Kelsea Ballerini took work-from-home to a whole new level, performing her new song “Heartfirst” from her backyard.

BREAKING NEWS: Kelsea Ballerini Tests Positive For Covid, Will Co-Host CMT From Home

Kelsea Ballerini has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be forced to handle her CMT Music Awards co-hosting duties tonight ((Monday, April 11th) from her Nashville area home. She shared the news on social media earlier today with a video message saying that while "devastated" to not be able to attend in person, she plans to "make some lemonade together out of these very bitter lemons."


Kane Brown will now handle co-hosting duties at the CMT Awards alongside previously announced host actor Anthony Mackie.


Kane heads into tonight's show as the most-nominated artist with four including Male Video of the Year, CMT performance of the Year and the night's biggest award, Video of the Year.


The fan-voted CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.


Kenny Chesney To Close Out CMT Awards With Live Performance

Kenny Chesney will close out tonight's (Monday, April 11th) CMT Music Awards with a performance of his hit "Beers in Mexico." The last-minute addition comes at Kenny's request, as he told that he reached out to show organizers just last week during his own rehearsals for his upcoming tour. This is Kenny's first performance on the CMT Awards in seven years!


Via a statement late last week, Kenny said, "When I realized the CMT Music Awards were happening next week, I asked if they could find space for us to debut this band, to play one of those songs that defined what we do live all those years ago — and they said, 'C'mon.'"


Kenny's Here And Now 2022 tour kicks off on April 23rd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL with special guests Dan + Shay, Old Dominion and Carly Pearce.


His duet with Kelsea Ballerini, "Half of my Hometown," is nominated for Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year at the CMT Awards, which airs live from Nashville beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

Carrie Underwood To Release 'Denim And Rhinestones' On June 10

Featuring her new single you hear on KICKS 96: Ghost story 


Carrie Underwood will release a new album, called Denim & Rhinestones, on June 10th. She surprised fans with the news via social media yesterday (Thursday, April 7th) morning by posting a picture of her album cover writing, “I can’t wait any longer!! I have a new album coming June 10! Get ready for #DenimAndRhinestones!"


The album's lead single, "Ghost Story," is making its way up the country charts. Carrie debuted the song live on last weekend's Grammy Awards where she took home the award for Best Roots Gospel Album trophy for her faith-based project, My Savior


Lee Brice To Honor Farmers on Upcoming Tour

Lee Brice and agricultural and farm equipment manufacturer Case IH will celebrate farmers this summer with Lee's new song simply called “Farmer.” It was written as part of Case IH’s Built by Farmers initiative, which connects the company’s employees, dealers and their families rooted in agriculture with the farmers who use Case IH equipment and technology.


Lee said, “I wrote ‘Farmer’ to honor the families and individuals who are up before sunrise, doing the backbreaking work it takes to provide food and resources for homes all across America. My goal was to spotlight one of the world’s oldest and most noble professions — a backbone that all of us rely on.”


"Farmer" debuted at the 2021 Farm Progress Show Concert in Decatur, Illinois.

Carrie Underwood Mourns the Loss of Her Dog

Carrie Underwood is mourning the loss of her dog Ace, a rat terrier, who died on Sunday (April 3rd) night. She shared the sad news on social media along with several pictures of Ace yesterday (Monday, April 4th) writing, “Last night my sweet Ace left this world…he will forever live on in our hearts and be forever missed . . . He was a true friend and a good boy till the very end. I love you, sweet Ace…see you on the other side…" 


Carrie also shared that Ace was with her when she was "trying to figure out life when it was at its craziest!," adding, ”He was with me through 3 houses, 6 tours and 2 kids…always ready to snuggle and play…through all the highs and lows."


Rest in peace, Ace.




Miranda Lambert Heads To Sin City For Planet Hollywood Residency

Miranda Lambert is the latest entertainer to head to Las Vegas for a headlining residency. “Miranda Lambert: Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency” opens on Friday, September 23rd for a run of 24 shows at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.


So far, Miranda has 2022 dates booked in September, October, November, December and March and April of next year. Tickets go on sale to the public starting Thursday, April 7th at 10 a.m. PT at


Miranda said, “When you've been touring as long as I have, there's something really creative about imagining a residency in a city like Las Vegas. I've had a lot of fun designing our sets, merchandise and clothing and boot lines – and even my place on Broadway in Nashville, Casa Rosa – so, this opportunity allows me to lean in a bit more into that side of myself and think about how to really bring country music to life in this room. I think everyone will like what we've dreamed up. I'm really excited about this!” 


Miranda will release her new album, Palomino, on April 29th. 

Kelsea Ballerini Named The New Face Of CoverGirl Cosmetics

Kelsea Ballerini is the new face of CoverGirl. She shared the news on social media yesterday: "EASY, BREEZY, BEAUTIFUL Y’ALL!!! Being a @covergirl has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl. They’ve always felt approachable to me through every age, phase of life, or occasion. From playing with makeup in middle school to getting ready for some of the biggest stages I’ve been lucky enough to perform on. It’s a full circle moment and I’m so happy to officially join the CG family."


Kelsea also said, "I've always had an iconic tube of CoverGirl mascara in my makeup bag, and I even wrote in my journal at age 14 that one day I dreamed of being a CoverGirl."

Kelsea's partnership with CoverGirl is a multi-year deal. She will be the face of an as yet unnamed collection from the brand set to launch this spring.


View the video here:


Keith Urban Treats High School Guitar Players to Private Jam Session

Keith Urban invited about 30 students from the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts to visit with him during a private soundcheck of his show at Caesars Palace's Colosseum last Thursday (March 24th). Reports claim that the students, all guitar majors, got a backstage tour, learned about sound engineering, got a close-up view of Keith's many guitars, got to have a little Q&A with him, and were even treated to a private performance of a few of Keith's hits!


He told People, "It's great to kind of be in that situation to give any answers that might help, but also to hear questions and challenges that they're going through right now." As their time was wrapping up, Keith invited a senior named Bradley Love to jam with him onstage for a few minutes.

Maren Morris Reveals Motivation Behind New 'Humble Quest' Album

Maren Morris’ new album, Humble Quest, is out today (Friday, March 25th). It includes her latest single, “Circles Around This Town,” as well as 10 other new songs which came together as a result of several factors, not the least of which was the pandemic. 


Maren tells us: "I think that forced me to really stop and recalibrate my life and my choices and what I put stock into so it really made me sharpen my view on what I do for a living and what I don't want to do anymore, so I think that a culmination of motherhood, marriage, the pandemic, not being able to tour, and then just trying to be creative again, it all ended up being these songs, and so it just felt like a huge growth period but also less pressure going into trying to prove myself because I feel like I don't have to do that anymore."


Stay tuned for Kicks 96's Maren Mashup March 28th - April 1st during the Morning Crew with Sean & Dave for a chance to win tickets to her Humble Quest tour!


Watch her Circles Around This Town music video: