Country Music 411 Archives for 2020-03

Country Star Joe Diffie Dies From Coronavirus at Age 61

Grammy-Award winning country singer Joe Diffie died Sunday at the age of 61 from the coronavirus, USA Today reports. A rep for the singer confirmed the death, after he'd been hospitalized on Friday.


Diffie scored early '90s hits with songs like "Pickup Man," "Home," and albums like Honky Tonk Attitude, and Third Rock From The Sun. Diffie broke into Nashville first as a songwriter penning hits for artists like Ricky Van Shelton, Alabama and Holly Dunn, before signing a three-record deal with Epic.


He won a Grammy in 1998 for his collaboration with Marty Stuart called "Same Old Train." He was also an influence on many country stars who followed, including Jason Aldean and Chris Young.


Most recently he hosted a mid-day show on a Tulsa radio station starting last year. 

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to Perform Live Concert on CBS


Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have scheduled an hour-long special concert to run on CBS this Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET, Page Six reports. 


Garth & Trisha Live! will feature the husband and wife country stars live in concert from the same home studio they use to broadcast Brooks' weekly Facebook Live show, Inside Studio G. CBS said the inspiration came after they heard that Brooks and Yearwood got 5.2 million fans to watch an at-home concert last Monday.


“We’re seeing how big things can be when we all do them as one,” Brooks and Yearwood said in a joint statement, adding that they and CBS “will donate $1 million to charities to be determined, combating the COVID-19 virus.”


Brooks said he plans to take requests for the show and will announce how fans can submit them on Monday. 

Kane Brown Notches 5th Consecutive #1 Single With "Homesick

Kane Brown's Experiment just keeps paying off. Nash Country Daily reports that the country crooner's 2018 studio album has just earned its fifth consecutive #1 single with "Homesick," which hit the top of the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts this week. 


“‘Homesick’ is just kinda personal because we’ve done so many shows in the last couple of years, and I’m never home,” Brown says in a statement. “I miss my dogs; I miss my family and my friends. I had it tattooed on me already, so it kinda made sense [as a single].”


The tune, co-written by Brown with Brock Berryhill, Matthew McGinn and Taylor Phillips, follows Experiment's previous #1 hits “Lose It,” “Heaven,” “What Ifs,” and “Good as You.”

Hot Country Knights Share New Track "Moose Knuckle Shuffle" Off Debut Album

The Hot Country Knights are ready to add a little heat to your country nights with their latest track, "Moose Knuckle Shuffle." The three-minute ditty, which dropped late Thursday, finds Dierks Bentley's alter ego (a.k.a. frontman Douglas "Doug" Douglasson) crooning about that time he got stranded in Moose Knuckle, Tennnesee, and wound up learning some new dance moves and meeting his future wife in the middle of a town party.


If the faux-'90s country band's new song sounds familiar, that's probably because it's basically a spoof of Tracy Byrd's 1994 hit ,"Watermelon Crawl." In fact, "Watermelon Crawl" writers Buddy Brock and Zach Turner both earn co-writing credits on "Moose Knuckle Shuffle." Meanwhile, the Hot Country Knights' debut album, The K Is Silent, will arrive on May 1.



Country Star Reactions and Personal Stories on the Nashville Tornadoes

The tornadoes that ripped through Nashville yesterday morning killed at least 25 people and caused massive devastation.  It'll be a while before officials can assess the full damage. 



Obviously, country stars were deeply affected.  They went on social media to share their thoughts, and some are already pledging to help in the recovery efforts.  A few had personal stories to tell.



DIERKS BENTLEY was flying into Nashville's John C. Tune Airport around 11:30 Monday night and he shot video of a nasty storm.  He posted the clip yesterday and said, quote, "Glad we landed when we did.  Wouldn't have been so good an hour later.  It was the cell that turned into the tornado.  Lot of people lost their homes, including our drummer, and a lot of people in need."  



He also included aerial photos of the airport that were shot after the tornado, and the destruction is everywhere.





CARRIE UNDERWOOD was on the "Today Show" yesterday to promote her new book but they wanted to know how the storm affected her.  She wasn't home, but her family was.  She said, quote, "I [was] asking my husband if everybody's good. 



"He said he had to go upstairs at like 2:00 A.M. and grab the boys and take them down to a little safe room in our house.  I was like, 'I bet everybody is crying.'  It's 2:00 A.M., freaking out, so it was scary."



DOLLY PARTON posted a video on Twitter, saying, quote, "I want all of you to know that we are all with you, and hope your family's okay, and your property's going to get mended soon, and [I] want you to know you're being thought of, and we love you."



KACEY MUSGRAVES has pledged to donate the proceeds from the sale of her stage clothes to the relief efforts.



The Boot put together a page of reactions from stars like Chris StapletonCadillac ThreeScotty McCreeryRyan HurdReba McEntireMartina McBrideMaren MorrisKelsea BalleriniJake OwenDan + ShayChris Janson, and Carly Pearce.



"The Tennesseanhas a massive gallery of photos showing the destruction.  It's heartbreaking. 



And Taste of Country has a page of different ways that you can help, both in person, and with donations.