Country Music 411 Archives for 2022-11

Loretta Lynn's Family Endorses Petition To Rename Park After Her

Loretta Lynn's family has thrown their support behind a petition to rename a Kentucky park after the late legend. One of Loretta's longtime fans, Carla Engle, created the petition in hopes of renaming Paintsville Lake State Park in Paintsville, KY to Loretta Lynn State Park. So far, more than 13,000 fans have signed the petition.


A message on Lorette's social media accounts reads, "Our family hopes you'll sign this petition to request the State of Kentucky rename this state park after Loretta. She would LOVE this so much. Kentucky, and especially her home area were always in her heart. Thank you to the fans who started this. We continue to be amazed by the outpouring of love!"

Luke Combs Teams Up with Crocs before Holidays

Christmas is coming early for Luke Combs fans who also happen to love Crocs!


He has collaborated with the shoe brand to create a new fishing-themed style complete with Mossy Oak camouflage pattern and Jibbitz charms that include a bobber, hook, and reel. The Luke Combs X Crocs collaboration will be available for just 24 hours beginning on Wednesday (November 30th) at 12 p.m. ET. 


Luke shared the details on social media with a video message to fans along with a couple pictures of his latest Luke Combs X Crocs collaboration.


This marks Luke’s fifth time to team up with Crocs.



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Kacey Musgraves Sells Home To Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini just bought a house from Kacey Musgraves. Through a private sale, she paid just under $2.5 million for the 4-bedroom, 3-bathroom, 3,494-square-foot home in Nashville.


According to, she signed the papers on November 16, the day after her divorce was finalized. Kelsea calls it her “dream home.”


Kacey Musgraves originally bought (and re-designed) the house in 2020 for $1.98 million.




Thomas Rhett Charts 20th #1 Hit

Thomas Rhett heads into Thanksgiving  with one more thing to be grateful for -- his 20th Number One hit in less than a decade with this week's chart-topper, “Half of Me,” featuring Riley Green. The song tops both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts this week making it the longest active consecutive Number One streak on the Country Aircheck chart, according to a release.


Thomas said, “20 No. Ones in 10 years is mind-blowing. The support since 2012 by radio, songwriters, my team and all the fans has been incredible. This is insane and I’m so grateful for this wild ride! I can’t wait to see what the next decade has in store."


In 2013, Thomas scored his first Number One single, “It Goes Like This.” He co-wrote the track with his father Rhett Akins, along with Ben Hayslip and Jimmy Robbins, standing out as the first Number One song written by a father and son. 

Kenny Chesney Adds Kelsea Ballerini to 2023 Tour

Kenny Chesney has announced his 2023 tour plans and so far, they only include arena tours through the late spring. The I Go Back 2023 Tour will open on March 25th in State College, PA with special guest Kelsea Ballerini on all dates.


Kenny said, "'I Go Back' is a song about holding all those things that shaped you very close and keeping them alive anyway you can. In 2023, I decided rather than just go repeat what we did on this summer's stadium tour, I wanted to take this band and these songs to a lot of the cities we played on our way up, call it the I Go Back Tour and do just that."


Kenny and Kelsea won the 2021 Country Music Association Vocal Event and Video of the Year for their hit duet, “Half of My Hometown,” as well as being nominated for 2022 CMA Single of the Year. Kenny said, “Kelsea understands everything about where I come from, because she’s from there, too . . . I have been one of Kelsea’s biggest fans ever since. She’s a writer, a girl who sings from her heart and isn’t afraid to honor where she comes from. To me, there was no other choice for this tour.”


Kelsea added, “Music has taken me so many incredible places. Around the world, singing with some of my heroes in pop, alternative and contemporary music, but singing with Kenny is going home. He was the only voice I heard on ‘half of my hometown,’ and when he comes in, it’s just like hitting the Knoxville city limits. So to be able to go out to those cities like the place he and I grew up with an artist who’s accomplished what he has, it’s a lot like going home.”


Tickets to the I Go Back Tour 2023 go on sale on December 2nd at 10 a.m. local time at


I Go Back Tour Dates:
March 25       State College, PA                         Bryce Jordan Center
March 30       Wichita, KS                                 INTRUST Bank Arena
April 1           Oklahoma City, OK                     Paycom Center
April 6           Uncasville, CT                             Mohegan Sun Arena
April 8           Wilkes-Barre Township, PA         Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
April 12         Birmingham, AL                          Legacy Arena at the BJCC
April 14         Jacksonville, FL                           Daily’s Place Amphitheater
April 16         Ft. Lauderdale, FL                       Tortuga*
April 25         Lexington, KY                             Rupp Arena
April 27         Greenville, SC                             Bon Secours Wellness Arena
April 29         Greensboro, NC                           Greensboro Coliseum
May 4            Moline, IL                                    Vibrant Arena at The Mark
May 6            Grand Rapids, MI                        Van Andel Arena
May 9            Grand Forks, ND                         The Alerus Center
May 11          Sioux Falls, SD                            Denny Sanford Premier Center
May 13          Lincoln, NE                                 Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 18          Fort Wayne, IN                            Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
May 20          Evansville, IN                              Ford Center

May 25          Charleston, SC                             Credit One Stadium
May 27          Orange Beach, AL                       The Wharf
July 22          Des Moines, IA                            Hy-Vee Indy Race*

Lauren Alaina Announces Engagement At The Grand Ole Opry

Lauren Alaina announced her engagement this weekend at the Grand Ole Opry. For those who missed it, she posted this on Sunday morning (11-20): “Bride be dang’d, y’all. My best friend asked me to marry him.”


She added that she couldn’t wait to become Mrs. Cameron Scott Arnold.


She shared a series of photographs of herself and her fiancé  backstage at the Opry, including several shots of her ring and a champagne toast. There's also a picture of the couple onstage as Alaina announced the news publicly, as well as a shot of her showing off her engagement ring to the crowd.



Ticketmaster Cancels Taylor Swift "Eras" Tour General Sale

After more than 2 million tickets were sold for Taylor Swift’s 2023 Eras tour through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan presale on Tuesday, the ticketing company announced Thursday (11-17) that a planned general sale for all other customers has been canceled.


Ticketmaster stated that it was due to extraordinarily high demands on ticketing systems and insufficient remaining ticket inventory.  


While many fans were able to get tickets on Tuesday, others were left waiting in hours-long Ticketmaster queues that eventually either crashed or sold out. The company later issued a statement about "historically unprecedented demand."

The site was supposed to be opened up for 1.5 million verified Taylor Swift fans and instead had 14 million people hit the site — including bots.


Swift's last concert tour in 2018 sold a total of 2.8 million tickets across 53 global dates and became the highest-grossing U.S. tour of all time. Her upcoming tour features 52 shows in North America alone.


The Eras tour is set to kick off in March in Arizona, and will hit a number of cities across the U.S. before wrapping things up in Los Angeles in August.


More than 90% of the ticketing inventory is already gone, breaking the record Tuesday for the most tickets ever sold in a single day by a touring artist.


It’s unclear how the remaining tickets will be distributed or sold.

Carly Pearce Tapped to Host CMA Christmas

Carly Pearce will host the 13th annual CMA Country Christmas holiday television special set to air on ABC on Thursday, December 8th at 9 p.m. ET. The 60-minute special features performances by Dan + Shay, Scotty McCreery, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Molly Tuttle, Steven Curtis Chapman, The War And Treaty, and Carly. 


CMA Country Christmas was recently filmed in Nashville.

Scotty McCreery Talks Family in New Single

Scotty McCreery released the official music video for his current single, “It Matters to Her,” on Monday, November 14th. The video was filmed in North Carolina and features his wife, Gabi, preparing to welcome their son, Avery, who was born last month. The song was co-written by Scotty.


He said, “I wanted to really focus the video on Gabi and our preparations for (son) Avery’s arrival. We filmed some of it over the course of several months at home in Raleigh when we were getting the nursery ready. We also filmed some of it at our place at North Topsail Beach. I think you can see in the video how excited we were getting for Avery to get here as well as how amazing Gabi was throughout the entire pregnancy.”


"It Matters To Her" is climbing the country airplay charts. It follows Scotty's five consecutive No. 1 hits, including his recent three-week chart-topper, “Damn Strait.”  


“It Matters to Her” is included on Scotty's Same Truck: The Deluxe Album, which will be available this Friday, November 18th on vinyl, CD and digital, and includes six additional new songs not found on the original album which was released last year

Tyler Hubbard Reaches #1 for First Time as Solo Artist

Tyler Hubbard's debut solo single, “5 Foot 9,” is a Number One hit this week on Country radio. The feat makes Tyler the first male country artist formerly in a country duo to climb to Number One as a solo artist. “5 Foot 9" is the lead single from Tyler's self-titled debut solo album which will be released on January 27th. He co-wrote and co-produced the song, which was certified Gold by the RIAA within six months of its release.


Tyler says "I’m trying to really let it sink in you know, what this really means and how special this is and the fact that I’m getting relive having a first No. 1 again is so, it’s so rare and so special, so I’m really trying to let it soak in and again, just continue to feel all this gratitude and use it to motivate and inspire the next one and just keep this thing rockin’."


Tyler celebrated the Gold certification on Friday night backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, where he received a plaque before making his debut Grand Ole Opry performance as a solo artist.  

Elle King Releases Single, "Jersey Giant," Originally Written by Tyler Childers

Elle King has released a song called “Jersey Giant,” written by fellow artist Tyler Childers. Elle will join Childers on his 2023 Send in the Hounds Tour at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on August 2 and 3. 


Elle said, “Tyler Childers is not too far from where my family lives and he’s a legend. The life of a song is something so beautiful to me, and country music has taught me to see that the opportunity to sing a song written by someone else, is nothing short of a gift, a blessing. When you hear a song and say ‘I wish I wrote that’ you know it’s a good’n . . ."
Tyler said, “I wrote ‘Jersey Giant’ over ten years ago and only performed it for a short period of time. I was pleased with how it turned out . . . but I was over performing it pretty fast. I reckon that’s just how songs go sometimes . . . I’m super excited that Ms. King has dusted this old song off and given it a new life . . ."


Elle provides lead and background vocals and is featured on acoustic guitar, in addition to co-producing the track with Charlie Worsham. 


Elle will release her new album, Come Get Your Wife, on January 27th. The record includes her current single, “Worth A Shot” (feat. Dierks Bentley). 

Walker Hayes Releases New Single, Would-Be CMA Acceptance Speech

Walker Hayes was up for his very first CMA Awards nomination on Wednesday  night where he was up for New Artist of the Year. Although he didn’t win, he was prepared with a speech just in case. Thursday, he released a song called "Face In The Crowd."


He prefaced it by stating, “I was honored to be nominated for a CMA Award, but the acceptance speech I would’ve made dropped just now… it’s called ‘Face in the Crowd.’” The song is a message to his wife, Laney, his family and his fans.


Walker said, “I can’t say how grateful I am for the last year of my life. It changed a lot for me and my family, but at the end of the day, money doesn’t fix anything. We’ve been doing this a long time, and we were happy when we were poor, too. We’re just lucky to have each other, and that’s really all that matters."


His latest single, “Y’all Life,” continues climbing the charts at country radio.


Luke Combs Headlines CMA Winner List

Luke Combs, Lainey Wilson and Cody Johnson were the big winners at last night's (Wednesday, November 9th) 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, each taking home two awards. Luke had a huge night as he won Entertainer of The Year for the second year in a row.


Seemingly stunned by the win, he said, “I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true.” Earlier in the night, he also picked up the coveted Album of The Year award for Growin’ Up.


First time nominee, Lainey Wilson was a major winner and gave two of the most emotional speeches when she won Best New Artist and Best Female Artist. In tears, she talked about her dad recently being in the hospital but was able to walk the red carpet with her earlier in the evening.


After hosting the show solo last year, Luke Bryan was joined by football’s Peyton Manning to co-host this year. The three-hour show aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.




  • Luke Combs


  • Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer
  • “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
  • Producer: Trent Willmon
  • Mix Engineer: Jack Clarke


  • Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s)
  • Growin’ Up – Luke Combs
  • Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton
  • Mix Engineers: Jim Cooley, Chip Matthews


  • Award goes to Songwriter(s)
  • “Buy Dirt”
  • Songwriters: Jacob Davis, Jordan Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins


  • Lainey Wilson


  • Chris Stapleton


  • Old Dominion


  • Brothers Osborne


  • Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde
  • Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne


  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle


  • Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s)
  • “‘Til You Can’t” – Cody Johnson
  • Director: Dustin Haney


  • Lainey Wilson

Nate Smith Announces Upcoming Debut Album

Newcomer Nate Smith will release his self-titled debut album on February 17th. The 20-track project includes his current Top 15 single, “Whiskey On You,” as well as recent releases “I Found You” and “I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven.”


Nate said, “It has been so much fun making this album, and I really believe in every one of these songs. Releasing an album has always been a goal of mine, but at the end of the day it’s really not about me. It’s about being able to reach other people with music that means something. I’m not trying to be cool, or reinvent the wheel, or chase musical trends…I’m going after the heart of the matter.” 


Nate will be joining Thomas Rhett on his Home Team Tour 23. The 40-city tour will kick off on May 4th in Des Moines, IA, and tickets go on sale Friday, November 11th at 10 a.m. local. 



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Toby Keith Makes First Public Appearance Since Cancer Diagnosis

Toby Keith surprised the crowd at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Lexington, KY on Friday night (November 4th), popping up on stage and performing songs for over an hour, according to Classic Country Music. Toby was reportedly in town for the annual Breeder's Cup at Keeneland Racetrack. This was his first public appearance since revealing his cancer diagnosis in June.


Toby's set list included his 2003 hit "I Love This Bar," which was recorded by patrons and shared on social media.


In June, Toby revealed that he has been battling stomach cancer since late 2021. He wound up canceling the remainder of the dates on his 2022 calendar.

Luke Bryan Releases New Song Ahead of CMA's

Luke Bryan released a new song on Friday called “Prayin’ In A Deer Stand.” He co-wrote the song, which is the second release of new music from his upcoming album following his current radio single “Country On.”


Luke said, “This is such a personal song to me. The world can be a busy place and I, like a lot of people, have a ton of different things going on but getting to be outside, it grounds and reenergizes me. There is just something about it that never gets old.”        


Luke closed out his Raised Up Right Tour this weekend with three re-scheduled shows in Florida. 


For the second consecutive year, Luke is hosting the On the Road to the CMA Awards special tonight (Monday, November 7th) at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. On Wednesday (November 9th), Luke and NFL superstar Peyton Manning will host the 56th Annual CMA Awards live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena airing on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.  

Gabby Barrett Welcomes Second Child

Gabby Barrett and her husband, Cade Foehner, welcomed their second child on October 27th. Gabby shared the news of son Augustine Boone Foehner's arrival only yesterday (Wednesday, November 2nd) on social media with a blurred picture of the baby in a swing while his big sister, one-year-old Baylah May, looks on. She captioned the post, "Soaking up the newborn days with baby brother. What a precious gift from our Lord!"


Gabby also makes a point of explaining how to say Augustine's name correctly writing, "(Pronounced UH-GUS-TIN)"


Gabby is scheduled to get back to work on December 17th with a show in in Nacogdoches, TX.



Reba Reschedules Show for Vocal Rest

Reba McEntire has postponed this weekend's scheduled concerts, beginning with tonight's (Thursday, November 3rd) show in Raleigh, NC, per doctor's orders. Yesterday (Wednesday, November 2nd), Reba took to social media to let fans know, writing, ”My doctor has advised me to go on vocal rest, so I have made the difficult decision to reschedule this weekend’s shows. Thank you for understanding!"


The dates have already been rescheduled as follows:

Columbus, OH - December 2
Raleigh, NC - December 3
Indianapolis, IN - December 16


Tickets will be honored on the new rescheduled dates. 


Reba is still set to perform at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday (November 9th). The show will air live on ABC.



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Luke Combs Joins CMA Performer Lineup

Luke Combs, Reba McEntire, Brothers Osborne, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Patty Loveless, Ashley McBryde, John Osborne, Katy Perry, Pillbox Patti, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, The Black Keys, The War and Treaty, and Thomas Rhett have all been added as performers at next week's CMA Awards in Nashville. 


The 56th Annual CMA Awards will be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manning and will air live on ABC on Wednesday November 9th at 8 p.m. ET.


Previously announced performers include Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Bryan, Kelly Clarkson, HARDY, Marcus King, Miranda Lambert, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Zac Brown Band.


Presenters for the CMA Awards will be revealed later this week


Current Scheduled Performances include:

Luke Combs - “The Kind of Love We Make”
Cody Johnson - “’Til You Can’t”
Elle King & The Black Keys - “Great Balls Of Fire”
Brothers Osborne & The War and Treaty - “It’s Only Rock & Roll (But I Like It)”
Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Caylee Hammack, Pillbox Patti and John Osborne - Linda Ronstadt's “When Will I Be Loved”
Thomas Rhett & Katy Perry - “Where We Started”
Cole Swindell - “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”
Chris Stapleton & Patty Loveless - “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” 

Jason Aldean & Wife Spoof Anchorman in Sketch

Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany Aldean, always turn out for Halloween and this year was no exception. Yesterday, the couple shared an almost four-minute video of them spoofing Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy as Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone that pokes fun at Luke Bryan, Kane Brown and the recent social media feud between Brittany and Maren Morris. 


The couple's “Nashvegas” newscast was posted on Jason's social media with the caption, “Breaking News Happy Halloween from Ron, Veronica and the Channel 4 News Team. #fakenews.”


Watch the skit below



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