Country Music 411 Archives for 2021-10

Luke Combs, Dan + Shay Lead The Way For Country At 2021 People's Choice Awards

The 2021 People's Choice Awards are finally here! This year's 40 categories spanning movies, television, music, and pop culture are stacked with star power.

Only one category for country but we'll take it.

Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert will be competing for Country Artist of 2021.

Kasey Musgraves also landed in the Album of the Year category for star-crossed.

Dan + Shay earned an all-genre Group of the Year nomination and Luke Combs was nominated for Male Artist of the Year. Do you think Combs can beat out Justin Bieber?!

Voting is open now at 

The People's Choice Awards airs live on E! and NBC on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. 

Gabby Barrett Sings On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Makes A Big Announcement

Gabby Barrett surprised fans on Tuesday night (October 26th)  during her appearance on CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and made a big announcement!

On November 19th Gabby Barrett will release an expanded version of her album Goldmine Deluxe.

Gabby also performed “Footprints on the Moon” on the show, where she was joined by her husband and lead guitarist, Cade Foehner.

Further details, including tracklisting, will be released in the coming days. We do know "Footprints on the Moon" will be on the new expanded version.

Gabby heads into the CMA Awards as the most-nominated female with four, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for “The Good Ones,” Female Artist of the Year, and New Artist of the Year. The winners will be announced live from Nashville on November 10th on ABC.



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." 



A post shared by Jason Aldean (@jasonaldean)

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.