Country Music 411 Archives for 2021-06

Little Big Town's Canned Wine Is Fastest-Growing Brand

Little Big Town's canned wine called Day Drinking is the fastest growing 375 ml can wine brand out of Top 10 brands and the second largest flavored can wine brand. Flavored Wine Cans make up 35% of the can wine category.


Group member Karen Fairchild said, “Diving into the wine world has been an incredible way for us to extend ourselves creatively. From every single flavor profile down to the last detail of the can design is as thought out as if we were writing or recording a song. We’re thrilled to know that it’s connecting with consumers on such a huge level.”


Each 375ml can of Day Drinking wine is equal to half a standard bottle of wine and has a SRP of $6.99.


A new flavor, called Pontoon Punch, was recently added to the line up. Pontoon Punch features of notes of juicy orange, cherry, and pineapple with a hint of lemon and rum flavors. Like all Day Drinking can wines, it has no artificial flavors and colors and is gluten-free with 9% ABV.


Other flavors in the Day Drinking line include Rosé Bubbles, Watermelon Rosé, Southern Peach and Black Cherry.

Luke Combs Shares New Music On Social Media

Last night (Tuesday, June 29th), Luke Combs shared an unreleased song on social media called "Good Old Days." He teased the new material on Sunday (June 27th) on Twitter writing, "Been playing two new songs on tour… Figured I’d share them with y’all if that’s cool? If so, I’ll post one this Tuesday and one this Thursday at 8 PM ET."


Luke made good on his promise, sharing a live version of the song and writing, "The first new song I’m sharing this week - 'Good Old Days.' Let me know what y’all think!"


He recently returned to the road after delaying his tour due to Covid. He plays three back-to-back shows this holiday weekend in Orange Beach, AL at The Wharf.



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Maren Morris and The Highwomen Put Their Spin on a Lady Gaga Track

The Highwomen supergroup, Maren Morris, Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby and Amanda Shires give a new country-rock interpretation of Lady Gaga's "Highway Unicorn (Road to Love)." The girls paired with fellow female singer-songwriters Madeline Edwards and Brittney Spencer for this radical cover. 

The Highwomen's Gaga cover is part of larger compilation project called Born This Way Reimagined, which accompanies Born This Way: The 10th Anniversary, of the singer's deluxe re-release of her landmark Born This Way album. 

The 10th Anniversary features all 14 of Born This Way's original songs, while the Reimagined tracklist is a six-song selection of Born This Way covers. 

The reimagined covers are performed by artists who represent and advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, including pop legend Kylie Minogue, New Orleans-bounce rapper Big Freedia, and Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt.

Born This Way: The Tenth Anniversary is now available.



Thomas Rhett Teams Up With His Dad For Heartfelt New Song "Things Dads Do"

Thomas Rhett and his dad, Rhett Akins teamed up on yet another song called, “Things Dads Do." 

The new song highlights the amazing parts about fatherhood, as well as all of the life lessons Rhett learned from his famous  dad,  who co-wrote the song.

The pair shared the brand-new song on Wednesday morning (June 16).

“This is probably my favorite song I’ve gotten to write with my dad. I’ve learned so many life lessons from him, and it’s pretty wild to see so much of him in myself now that I’m a dad. It felt like we should go ahead and release it for all of y’all who have been asking since we wrote it and to celebrate all the dads out there!”

This Father's Day will be a particularly special one for both singers: Not only is Akins celebrating his longtime status as a dad to Rhett, but he also welcomed a baby boy, Brody James, with his wife Sonya in March of 2020.

Thomas Rhett is now the father of three daughters — 5-year-old Willa Gray, 3-year-old Ada James and 1-year-old Lennon — and he'll soon welcome a fourth. In May, he and his wife, Lauren, announced that Lauren is pregnant with the couple's fourth baby girl, who is due in November.


Jon Pardi Cancels All June Shows, Put on Vocal Rest

Jon Pardi has to keep his mouth shut! 

Imagine waiting a year and half to get back on the road to start performing shows – and then just as things are opening up…you’re put on vocal rest.

He shared a picture on social media holding a piece of paper with a sad face writing:  


"For the first time in my life I have been ordered by the doctor to go on vocal rest and it is NOT EASY!!! All shows through End of June will be rescheduled. I promise to do my part and stay as healthy as possible to continue singing and performing. Sorry for the inconvenience."
Wishing Jon Pardi a speedy recovery!

Thomas Rhett Launches New Sandal Line

First tequila and now shoes!

Thomas Rhett has teamed up with the iconic brand, Chaco Footwear for a line of outdoorsy sandals.

The Thomas Rhett Collection for Chaco features three limited-edition designs inspired by Rhett’s passion for the outdoors and time spent exploring with his family. The debut Boulder design launched on Monday features green webbing and a colorful fly-fishing lure pattern.

TR shared the exciting news on Instagram saying:
"Been wearing @chacofootwear since I was a kid. So excited to share this collection with yall inspired by my love for nature. First of three designs launches Monday. Visit now to get more info #thomasrhettxchaco".

Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett Pull Out of CMT Awards

Two of country's biggest female stars are NOT performing anymore at the CMT Music Awards tonight (June 9).

Maren Morris told fans via Instagram stories on Monday, June 7 that she is sitting out. She was scheduled to perform “Line By Line” alongside her friend and collaborator JP Saxe.

“Due to a scheduling conflict, I will not be performing at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday,” Morris said. “I know JP Saxe will slay it and I am so excited for his album to come out soon!”
Ingrid Andress is now replacing Maren and performing with JP Saxe.

Gabby Barrett also pulled herself out of performing sharing on her IG stories that due to “personal circumstances”.

As for Barrett, she was set to take the stage with Lady A and Carly Pearce. Lindsey Ell is now taking her place.

Watch the CMT Awards TONIGHT at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land, hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini.