Country Music 411 Archives for 2022-12

How to Celebrate New Years with Country's Biggest Stars

Lots of channels and networks including news outlets are hosting their own New Year's Eve event with  stars from all genres of music and that includes appearances by country artists. New bookings are popping up daily, but here's a few of the major performances:


Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, and Dierks Bentley  are among the performers for the CBS New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. The special, which kicks off at 8pm ET will also feature performances by Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town, Sheryl Crow, Flo-Rida, Riley Green, Ashley McBryde and Zac Brown Band. Jimmie Allen, Elle King, and Rachel Smith will host five-hours of 50 consecutive performances from Music, City USA.


Maddie & Tae will perform two songs on ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The festivities kick off at 8pm ET.


Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party with Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton will feature Brandi Carlile. The show airs on NBC and begins at 10:30pm ET. It will also livestream on Peacock.

Luke Bryan Lists Home For $18 Million

Luke Bryan has listed his beach house in Santa Rosa, Florida for $18 million. It has four bedrooms, four baths, a private pool and a view of the gulf from the master suite.


Built in 1994, it last sold for $2.5 million in 2013. Luke named the property "Snowman" in honor of his brother Chris, who died in a car accident. He got the nickname because of the way he played golf. He often scored an eight, which looks like a snowman on the scorecard.


Since buying it, a fourth floor was added with two additional living rooms. It also has an elevator that opens to the beach.


Taste of Country noted, that if the house sells for that price, it will become one of the most expensive country celebrity home transactions ever.



Kelsea Ballerini Keeps Up Christmas Lights Year Round

Even though it’s almost a new year, Kelsea Ballerini says to keep those Christmas lights on. In a story posted on Taste of Country, they referred to her comments in a video promo for the 2017 CMA Country Christmas TV special. Kelsea explained that her family's Christmas decorations stay put all year 'round. She said, “"I'm from East Tennessee. We keep up our Christmas lights all year."


In the past, she also said she loves Christmas music all year round and that during the season, she and her mom wear their Christmas pajamas everywhere… including grocery shopping and to church.


That was 5 years ago, no word as to whether or not that‘s still a family tradition.

Brantley Gilbert Planning on Recording New Music in February

Even though Brantley Gilbert just released a new album, So Help Me God, he plans to start working on the next one very soon.


Gilbert says “I’m excited about gettin’ ready to go write in February, another Texas trip. That usually starts the process, so we’ll be workin’ on a new record. I’ve already been working on it since we finalized the track list for this one."


He finished by saying "I’m always workin’ on what’s next. And to be honest with you, there’s so much in the windshield I don’t have time to look in the rearview. There’s a lot in front of us. I got a lot of work to do.”

Tyler Hubbard Planning "Low-Key" Christmas Ahead of Album Release

After a busy year as a solo artist, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard has been looking forward to some down time with his family. He and his wife Hayley and their three children — Olivia, Luka, and Atlas usually spend the holidays in the Idaho snow, but this year, they’re staying home in Nashville.


“We’re gonna try to lay low and kind of have a low-key Christmas with the family," Hubbard said. "It’s been a really kind of a hectic last six months in a great way, but I’ve really been just pushing hard, working hard knowing that when the holidays hit, I’m gonna relax for a few weeks and then really prepare for end of January and getting ready to rock hard next year.”


Hubbard’s debut solo album will be out on January 27th.

Walker Hayes Holds Top Two Spots For 2022 Digital Record Sales

The year-end numbers have been tallied and Walker Hayes is holding down the top two spots on Billboard’s 2022 Country Digital Songs chart. Beating out every song in the genre, “Fancy Like” was the top-selling song of the year and right behind it was “AA.” Cody Johnson is at #3 with his Grammy nominated single, “’Til You Can’t.” And Morgan Wallen has both #4 and #5 positions.


Some of the other notables include - an older song still proving that it’s relevant, Chris Stapleton’s 2015 release, “Tennessee Whiskey” in at #8.


There were no female artists in the Top 10, not even as a guest performer, however, Carrie Underwood made the Top 20 at a guest vocal on Jason Aldean’s “If I Didn’t Love You.”


The only female-fronted tracks to make it into the Top 25 were Miranda Lambert and Elle King’s "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)” and Taylor Swift’s "All Too Well."


Top 10 Highest-Selling Country Digital Songs Chart, per Billboard

  • 10. "Sand in My Boots," Morgan Wallen
    9. "The Kind of Love We Make," Luke Combs
    8. "Tennessee Whiskey," Chris Stapleton
    7. "Buy Dirt," Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan
    6. "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," Cole Swindell
    5. "Wasted on You," Morgan Wallen
    4. "You Proof," Morgan Wallen
    3. "'Til You Can't," Cody Johnson
    2. "AA," Walker Hayes
    1. "Fancy Like," Walker Hayes

Maren Morris Set to Guest Judge on MTV Show

Maren Morris has signed on to guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race on MTV. Ariana Grande has been named as one of the judges too. It’s not clear if Maren will also perform.


The show is based on 16 queens competing to be the best and take home $200,000 in cash. After moving from VH-1, the realty show will begin airing on MTV on January 6.




Alan Jackson is a Grandpa

Alan Jackson is officially a grandpa! His daughter, Ali, and her husband welcomed their first child, son Jackson Alvie Bradshaw, into the world on Tuesday, just in time for Alan and his wife, Denise's, wedding anniversary, which was yesterday (Thursday, December 15th).


Alan shared a picture of the new grandparents holding Jackson on social media yesterday writing, "Denise and I are celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary with our new grandson Jackson Alvie Bradshaw . . . So happy that this little guy has made us grandparents!"


Alexandra “Ali” Jackson Bradshaw is the youngest of Alan's three daughters.



Luke Bryan Reaches 30th #1 Hit

Luke Bryan is celebrating his career 30th Number One hit this week with "Country On," the lead single from his upcoming album. "Country On" claims the top spot on the Mediabase country chart.


Luke celebrated the feat with his manager and other members of his team. He shared several pictures on social media writing, “30 #1 songs at country radio is really crazy to hear. I’m blessed to have this career and can’t thank everyone involved enough for supporting my dreams. ‘Hey, hey, USA! We ain’t seen our better days’ is a come together moment. I couldn’t have hand picked a better 30th."


Luke tells us that the song's lyrics immediately resonated with him “When you hear, ‘Hey Farm Boy…’ I mean that certainly spoke to me right off the bat, and the fact that we were able to put so many different aspects of the way, the country American way of life out there, and I felt like this song really, really nailed it."


Luke will kick off 2023 with his annual Crash My Playa in Riviera Cancun, Mexico from January 19 - 22. 

'Yellowstone' Star Signs Music Deal

Yellowstone star Luke Grimes has joined the roster of Universal Music Group Nashville. You might know him as Kayce Dutton on the hit Paramount show. In a social media post, Luke shared the news that his debut release, “No Horse To Ride,” which he co-wrote, will be release on Friday (December 16th). 


Luke is set to perform at Stagecoach in Indio, CA on April 30th.


He's in the process of recording his debut album, which is being produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton).



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Scotty McCreery Announces New Tour, Two Stops in Indiana

Scotty McCreery will kick off the new year with a new tour. He'll launch his 22-city Damn Strait Tour beginning on January 20th in Hinton, OK and wrap things up on April 30th in Hagerstown, MD. Tickets for the Damn Strait Tour go on sale on Friday, December 16th.


The tour name is borrowed from Scotty's latest Number One hit, "Damn Strait," the second consecutive chart-topper from his 2021 Same Truck album.


The third single, called "It Matters to Her," is currently climbing the country charts.


2023 Damn Strait Tour dates:
Jan. 20 — Hinton, Okla. @ Sugar Creek Casino
Jan. 21 — San Antonio, Texas @ Let’s Rodeo Ball
Jan. 27 — Joliet, Ill. @ Rialto Square Theatre
Jan. 28 — Milwaukee, Wist. @ UW-Milwaukee Panter Arena
Feb. 2 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ Knoxville Civic Auditorium
Feb. 3 — Charlotte, N.C. @ Coyote Joe’s
Feb. 4 — Greenville, S.C. @ Blind Horse Saloon
Feb. 8 — The Villages, Fla. @ Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center
Feb. 9 — Fort Meyers, Fla. @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 10 — Sarasota, Fla. @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Feb. 11 — Port St. Lucie, Fla. @ MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center
March 10 — Grant, Okla. @ Choctaw, Casino
March 11 — Tulsa, @ Okla. @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
March 18 — Shipshewana, Ind. @ Blue Gate Theatre
March 19 — Nashville, Ind. @ Brown County Music Center

March 24 — DuQuoin, Ill. @ Cord McCoy Du Quoin Rodeo
March 25 — Opp. Ala. @ Opp Rattlesnake Rodeo
April 21 — Scottsdale, Ariz. @ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
April 22 — Henderson, Nev. @ Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
April 27 — Carteret, N.J. @ The Carteret Performing Arts Center
April 28 — Lancaster, Pa. @ American Music Theatre
April 30 — Hagerstown, Md. @ The Maryland Theatre

Blake Shelton Planning to Focus on Music After "The Voice"

Blake Shelton is stepping away from The Voice to focus on his family, but he has no plans to step away from Country music.


He told, "Walking away from music, you might as well just poison me or something. That's not something I can go without. I can't help it."


In fact, Blake hopes to spend his freed up time focusing more on his music saying, "I'm enjoying watching what's happening and putting a song out once in a while. That's another reason that I'm excited to get some time back away from The Voice and concentrate more on, 'What kind of record do I want to make? Is it going to fit in? Do I care? Do I not care?' I got a lot to figure out."


He added, "But I'm not getting away from music! (Now) I can control the timing, and I'm not on anybody else's schedule when it comes to making a record or touring. I can fit it in a way that makes more sense for us."


Blake will kick off his 2023 tour in February.

Zac Brown Is Engaged

Zac Brown and his girlfriend, Kelly Yazdi, are engaged, according to A source told the outlet, "He proposed in Hawaii a while ago. It was very intimate and the couple has kept it very private."


Kelly has been touring around the country with the Zac Brown Band since this summer. While the couple haven't posted any pictures together on social media, in October Kelly shared several photos of herself with various band and crew members writing, "Some snapshots of life on tour."


Zac and his ex-wife Shelly went their separate ways in 2018 after 12 years of marriage and five kids together.

Bailey Zimmerman Makes History with Debut Single

Bailey Zimmerman has made history this week as his debut single, “Fall In Love,” tops the Country charts and becomes the fastest debut single to reach the top spot since 2015.


Bailey co-wrote the song, which is also the first debut song to climb to Number One on the Country Airplay chart this year, according to Country Now.


Bailey reached out to fans on social media writing,“Big thanks to all of y’all that have made this possible, without every single one of you, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. Also huge thanks to my radio people out there that have believed in me and this song, grateful for y’all. Cheers to 2023."


Bailey's next single is called “Rock And A Hard Place.” He will perform it live on ABC's Good Morning America on December 27th. 

Thomas Rhett Refuses to Buy Fake Christmas Trees

Thomas Rhett and his family recently visited a Christmas tree lot to pick out several trees, which he tells us has become a family tradition. 


“It’s kinda been a rule in our house since I got married to Lauren, but we do not do the fake tree scenario, as much as I have wanted to in the past. It would be so easy to have one that’s already lit, you just throw up and then put some lights on, but my wife loves the process of going to the lot, picking the perfect one," Rhett said.


"We also get a real Christmas tree for each of the girls’ bedrooms. It’s like 4 feet tall or whatever, and we usually take about two nights and build a fire, put on Home Alone, and get out all the ornaments and let the girls go crazy on the tree. It’s probably my two favorite nights of the year, is getting to decorate the house for Christmas. I love getting to do that with my girls.”


Thomas recently topped the country charts with his latest single and career 20th Number One hit, "Half of Me," featuring Riley Green. 


He plans to hit the road again next year on his headlining Home Team Tour 23 beginning on May 4th in Des Moines, IA with special guests Cole Swindell and Nate Smith. 

Eric Church Shows Plans for New Bar in Nashville

Eric Church alongside real estate and hospitality entrepreneur partner Ben Weprin have shared the first detailed rendering of their upcoming bar, restaurant and live music venue called Chief's. Construction of the six-story establishment is still underway on Lower Broadway in Nashville's downtown area. Chief's is scheduled to open sometime next year.


Chief’s will feature a ticketed music venue plus additional live entertainment throughout the building and unique decor elements such as more than 3,000 concert posters from throughout Eric's career papering the ground floor. Chief’s will also house a studio for live broadcasting, inclusive of Eric’s Outsiders Radio SiriusXM channel, with the capability of hosting broadcasts by various media partners.


The venue also reflects Eric's North Carolina roots in partnership with James Beard Award Winning Pitmaster Rodney Scott. His restaurant, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, will overlook downtown with its rooftop offering.


Eric said, “I’ve had a blast working with Ben on the design of Chief’s. Like everything we do with our music, the same care and consideration has gone into every detail of this place. It will be unrivaled downtown. I can’t wait to play here.”



Parmalee Lands Billboard's Most Played Song Of The Year

Parmalee earned the #1 spot on Billboard’s Year-End Country Airplay Chart with their single “Take My Name.” Over the past year, it stayed in the Top 10 for 21 weeks.


Co-written by lead singer, Matt Thomas, the song has 259 million on-demand streams and is currently in the top 25 on Mediabase Hot AC Chart and Billboard’s Adult Pop Airplay Chart.

“Take My Name” proceeds the band’s current single “Girl In Mine,” which is now in the Top 40.

Morgan Wallen Announces 2023 Tour, Stop in Ohio

Morgan Wallen is taking his tour around the globe in 2023. His headlining One Night At A Time World Tour is scheduled to kick off overseas March 15-24 with shows in New Zealand and Australia with HARDY before returning stateside on April 15th at Milwaukee’s American Family Field with HARDY.


He'll play Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Saturday August 12th. ERNEST and Bailey Zimmerman will support across all dates, U.S. and internationally. The 39-date trek includes 17 stadiums, in addition to amphitheaters and arenas. Tickets go on sale on Friday, December 9th at


Morgan said, “Man, what a year 2022 has been with the Dangerous Tour. I had the time of my life, and I cannot begin to express how grateful I am that my fans connected with the Dangerous album the way they did.


I’ve had so many people ask me if I wanted to take some time off; but the truth is - I have been writing and making so much music in my off-time because I feel as inspired as I ever have. It feels like new songs are pouring out of me, and I love that feeling. We are going to run it back next year with the One Night At A Time World Tour. Bigger venues. New countries. Bigger memories. See y’all there.”


Morgan named his tour after one of the three new songs that dropped last night at midnight on his One Thing At A Time – Sampler: “One Thing At A Time”; “Tennessee Fan,” and “Days That End In Why.”


These three songs serve as the first taste of what’s to come on his upcoming studio album. It arrives on the heels of the release of his new single at Country radio, “Thought You Should Know,” which was co-written with Miranda Lambert and Nicolle Galyon. The song is a current Top 20 hit and climbing.


Morgan's Dangerous album continues to make history as Billboard’s longest running Top 10 album ever for a solo artist, besting Adele’s 21 and Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA. Fans will have to wait a little longer for Morgan's next project.


He explained, “I’m not quite done making this new album, so I’m going to keep making it through the holiday break and early January to chase this inspiration. I promise I won’t wait too long to reveal the album details. To hold you over, I’m dropping three new songs . . . as a sampler of what I’ve been working on. Can’t wait to take it one night at a time in 2023.”

Kane Brown To Perform At Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest

Kane Brown will be part of the lineup for the 2023 Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest taking place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ February 9-11. He will take the stage on Saturday, February 11th along with rock act Imagine Dragons.


The Super Bowl Music Fest will feature three days of performances beginning with rock act Paramore on February 9th followed by Dave Matthews Band with an opening DJ set from Anderson .Paak, AKA DJ Pee .Wee on February 10th.


Tickets to the Super Bowl Music Fest go on sale on Friday (December 2nd) at 10 a.m. local time. Super Bowl LVII will be played on Sunday, February 12th.