Country Music 411 Archives for 2022-07

Lainey Wilson Requests Continued Prayers For Her 'Deddy'

Lainey Wilson asks that the prayers continue, but she has now specified that they are for her father. On Wednesday morning, Lainey posted a message on social media letting fans know that she was bowing out of her weekend shows due to a "family emergency" but didn't offer any details. Later in the day, she posted a picture of her and her dad on social media writing, "My deddy. My cowboy. Please keep lifting him up in prayer. Toughest man I know."

While the cause of Lainey's dad's medical emergency is unknown, she did let fans know that the situation was "critical."

There is no information yet on when Lainey will return to the road, but as it currently stands, she is set to re-join Jon Pardi's Ain't Always The Cowboy Tour on August 4th in Inglewood, CA.


Check out her instagram post here: 



Morgan Wallen Pays All Expenses For Youth Baseball League's Trip To World Series

Morgan Wallen is sponsoring the Humphreys County Dixie League's upcoming trip to the World Series in Anderson, South Carolina. The 11/12 Division 2 team from Waverly, Tennessee won the state championship despite going through such a hard time in the last year with their schools destroyed by a devastating flood back in August. To make things a little easier on the kids and their families, Morgan has offered to pay for their travel, accommodations, food, new uniforms and even souvenirs for the team, who traveled to South Carolina yesterday (Wednesday, July 27th).

He also sent a video message to the team, calling their story "inspiring" and congratulating them on making it to the World Series. Morgan ended by telling them he'd be cheering them on from Tennessee and wished them good luck.

The mother of one of the baseball players posted a video on Facebook earlier this week of the team watching Morgan's video and learning of his generous gifts.




Blake Shelton Receives Special Gift From NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson

Blake Shelton recently received a special gift from his friend, NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson, that, according to Blake, might "top" all others. It's a commemorative military NASCAR helmet reportedly featuring images of his late father and late brother, Dick Shelton and Richie Shelton, respectively. 


Blake shared pictures of the helmet on social media on Monday (July 25th) writing, "I have been blessed in my lifetime to have received some incredible gifts and awards and things that will always mean a lot to me, but on a personal level this just might top them all. Thank you @jimmiejohnson. It is an honor and a privilege to call you my friend."

Jimmie replied writing, "Thanks my friend, the honor and privilege was all mine."


Taste of Country reports that the helmet was designed by Blake and Jimmie for the Indy 500, which was held over Memorial Day Weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where Blake served as the Grand Marshal. The "Helmet of Heroes" featured both Blake's and Jimmie's veteran family members. 


Both Blake and his wife, Gwen Stefani, performed at the Hy-Vee INDYCAR races at Iowa Speedway over the weekend, which is where it seems Jimmie gifted the helmet to Blake




Luke Combs Gives Young Fan With Cancer Unforgettable Concert Experience

Luke Combs recently checked a bucket list item off one of his biggest fans' lists. Seventeen-year-old Addi is battling acute myeloid leukemia and she desperately wanted to get to go to one of Luke's concerts and be able to meet him. He learned about this special fan through a friend of Addi's family who reached out to Luke's camp so Luke arranged to fly Addi from her home in California to his show on Saturday (July 23rd) in Columbus, Ohio, invited her backstage to hang with him, and Luke even brought her on stage when he sang her favorite song, "Better Together."

In a Facebook post, Addi's mother Staci Conely wrote in part, "Tonight the world was right and there was no talk of Addi’s cancer, no talk of dying and no talk of not making it to her 18th birthday. Her smile says it all! Tonight was perfect . . . Thank you, Luke Combs and team for giving our girl the most perfect night."

Luke is set to perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday (July 30th) with special guests Cody Johnson, Zach Bryan and Morgan Wade.


Check out the post here:


Morgan Wallen Pauses Concert When Fan Passes Out

Morgan Wallen halted his concert in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Friday (July 22nd) to make sure a fan in distress received medical aid before continuing with his set. Before launching into "Cover Me Up," Morgan noticed the crowd trying to get the attention of security because a fan had passed out. He paused, instructed the crowd to make a pathway for paramedics and told organizers to let him know when it was okay for him to resume the concert. 

Several fans shared footage of the incident, writing such comments as, “That’s what raised right looks like!”, “that is sweetest most caring man his momma raised him right,” and “Thank you @morganwallen for caring about your fans!”



Check out the video here: 

@smediumdaddy Morgan stopped his show to make aure his fans were ok! @Tawnya rae @morganwallen #fyp #morganwallen #hardy #kameronmarlowe ? original sound - AJ Saul


Shania Twain Documentary Headed To Netflix

Shania Twain will be the subject of an upcoming Netflix documentary called ??Shania Twain: Not Just a Girl. The project has reportedly been in production for several years and will document Shania's career “from a Nashville newcomer to international icon,” according to Country Now. So far, the streaming service has announced two different release dates -- July 26th and August 26th. 

A trailer for the project was released last month featuring Shania talking about her 1998 hit, "You're Still The One."

Shania resumes her Let’s Go! Las Vegas Residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on August 26th.


Check out the documentary preview here: 


Tim McGraw Charts 45th Number One Hit

Tim McGraw tops the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart this week with “7500 OBO.” He shared the news on social media, July 18th, writing, “Thanx Country Radio for making “7500 OBO” the #1 record this week. We’ve got new music coming soon! Buckle in!!" This is Tim's 45th Number One hit, according to Country Now.


As a car enthusiast, Tim was immediately drawn to "7500 OBO" but he admits that while he's attempted it, being a good mechanic is not in his wheelhouse. “No, God no. When I was a kid I used to. In fact, I had a ‘70 Ford pick-up truck, and one summer I got bored, and so I took the whole engine out and took everything apart and put it all back together, and I had a whole bucket of stuff left over. But it still ran. It still ran great. Nothing didn’t not work, so I don’t know what all the extra parts were that I had left over. But no, I’m not a mechanic by any means.”


“7500 OBO” is included on Tim's 2020 Here on Earth album. It's also his 45th career Number One hit. Check out his instagram post here:




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Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson Celebrate Chart-Topping Duet

Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson gathered with the co-writers of their recent hit duet, "Never Say Never," on Wednesday (July 13th) in Nashville to celebrate it topping the country charts earlier this year. The song was Cole's 11th career Number One hit and Lainey's second. 


The two say "Never Say Never" has helped them both, career-wise, in different ways, and as Lainey tells us, she's very appreciative for that boost from Cole. "I will say I think it's important for people like Cole who have been there, done that, for him to show the rest of the world like, 'Hey, I believe in this girl, maybe you should too.' That is really important, especially for where I'm at in my career and I can't wait to be able to do that for somebody. (Cole) I've told her since day one that this wasn't just helping her, this was gonna help both of us and take us both to whatever that next level we want to be at and I think its definitely done that."


Check out Dave's Kicks96 interview with Cole here



Maren Morris' Latest Hit Serves To Inspire Her, Others

Maren Morris included a lot of her own personal circumstances in her latest hit, "Circles Around This Town," but she tells us the message is universal enough for everyone to relate to it. "I think that with the chorus we really, in a cyclical way, tied in the idea of yes, I'm looking back on my past, but I'm also still in the driver's seat doing the same exact things. Like I'm still trying to outdo myself and I'm still getting inspired by this town every single day. Obviously it's very specific to my story but I think it's relatable to a mass of people who are just trying their best and trying to figure out what their dream is and chase it down and stay inspired by it over time."


"Circles Around This Town" is a Top 10 hit and climbing on the Mediabase chart.


It's the lead single from her latest album, Humble Quest, which was released in March

Luke Bryan Falls During Live Performance

Luke Bryan wiped out in the middle of a show in Raleigh, NC Friday (June 8th) night, but it didn’t stop him from singing.

A video posted to Twitter shows Bryan taking a spill during his performance of “That’s My Kind of Night.”

He sang the rest of the song from the floor where he incorporated some pelvic thrusts into his dance routine.




Zac Brown Band Tap Cody Johnson For New Version Of 'Wild Palomino'

Zac Brown Band is set to release a new version of “Wild Palomino” featuring their labelmate Cody Johnson. The track will be available everywhere on July 15th and it will be featured on their upcoming deluxe version of The Comeback, due out this fall. 


Zac Brown Band announced the collaboration on social media yesterday (Thursday, July 7th) writing in part, "Cowboys and love songs, that's country music right there." 

The deluxe version of The Comeback will also include their recently released collaboration with Blake Shelton on their current single, “Out in the Middle." The song is nearing the Top 20 at country radio. 


The band continues on their Out in the Middle Tour with a show on Saturday (July 9th) at Wrigley Field in Chicago.





Dustin Lynch Releases Summertime Tune

Dustin Lynch has released a new song made for the summer called “Fish In The Sea.” It's available on all streaming platforms and digital retailers. 


Dustin said, “It’s that time of the year! Time to keep the 'Blue In The Sky' and bring a little bit of that feel-good energy into the holiday weekend. This song takes me on a vacation – living life on the water and in a ‘Party Mode’ state of mind. I hope it does that for you, too! Crank it up!”


Dustin co-wrote “Fish In The Sea,” which is a continuation of his latest album, Blue In The Sky.




Blake Shelton Wishes Disabled Vet A Happy 4th

Disabled Air Force Veteran Jason Morgan was celebrating the July 4th holiday boating on Lake Texoma when he got a surprise visit from Blake Shelton. Country Now reports that Shelton was fueling up at Highpoint Marina in Pottsboro, Texas when he learned a disabled Veteran was on a nearby boat and walked over to meet with Morgan and take a few pictures, which Morgan later shared on social media.


He wrote, “Great hanging out with Blake Shelton on our boat. Happy Independence Day. We were at the same gas dock and someone told Blake that a disabled veteran was in one of the boats gassing up and he come over to meet me.  I was very appreciative.”


Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan’s website reveals that he was injured in South America while on a counter-narcotics mission in 1999 when the SUV he was riding in crashed into a steep ravine. He was thrown from the vehicle and his spine was crushed. 


Check out Jason's post with Blake Shelton here:


Kenny Chesney's Childhood July 4th Included Baseball, Fireworks, & Girls!

Kenny Chesney's holiday weekend plans include playing a show at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO on Saturday (July 2nd). There is no word on how he will spend his July 4th (Monday) holiday this year, but he tells us that in years past it was all about baseball and girls. 

"You know what? I was usually playin' little-league baseball on the Fourth of July. You know, I was big into sports, and the summertime in east Tennessee consisted of playin' baseball, and that's what I did on the Fourth of July. And they had a big fireworks display after all the games, and I was usually, you know, tryin' to win the affection of some little girl over at the concession stand. And, you know (laughs), things don't change very much!"


Kenny sits inside the Top 15 and climbing on the Mediabase country singles chart with "Everyone She Knows."