Country Music 411 Archives for 2023-07

Tim McGraw Plays Secret Show In Los Angeles

Tim McGraw played a secret, invite-only show on Monday (July 24th) night at Whisky a Go-Go in Los Angeles.

According to People, the 56-year-old singer received a special gift from a young fan and thanked her from the stage.

He said, "My little pal over here, she made this bracelet for me. It's got my wife and all my daughters' initials on it, so thank you Berkeley. I appreciate it,"

TMZ reports that McGraw’s one-hour set included "Something Like That," "Real Good Man," "The Cowboy in Me" and "Indian Outlaw" as well as songs from his forthcoming album "Standing Room





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Luke Combs Performs 'Fast Car' With 8-Year-Old Cancer Survivor

Luke Combs invited an eight-year-old cancer survivor to join him on stage in Foxborough, Mass on Saturday (July 22nd).

According to Taste of Country, the 33-year-old singer brought Cooper Massengill onstage for a performance of his “favorite song,” “Fast Car.” The young fan even got a chance to sing the chorus solo as the crowd cheered him on.

CBS News reports that Make-A-Wish had planned to make Massengill's dream of meeting his idol come true but had no idea that he'd actually get on stage.



Jelly Roll Performs Private Concert For Dying Fan

Jelly Roll made a dying cancer patient’s last wish come true.

According to a TikTok video posted by the James Bess Foundation, 65-year-old Suzanne Durham – a former Nashville house manager for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction – asked to see the singer perform live after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer.

When Jelly Roll’s wife, Bunny XO, saw the clip, she jumped into action, setting up a private performance within a matter of days. According to Music Mayhem the meeting took place at Nashville’s Life Church and featured hits like “Need a Favor,” and “Son of a Sinner.”

Fan Speaks Out About Being Selfie Shamed By Miranda Lambert

Las Vegas influencer Adela Calin spoke to NBC News about being shamed by Miranda Lambert for taking a selfie during her show.

The 43-year-old said she and her friends only spent “30 seconds at the most” trying to take a photo before being scolded by the singer for interrupting her ballad, “Tin Man.”

Cailin recalled, “It felt like I was back at school with the teacher scolding me for doing something wrong and telling me to sit down back in my place … I feel like she was determined to make us look like we were young, immature and vain. But we were just grown women in our 30s to 60s trying to take a picture.”



Morgan Wallen Gives Free Concert Tickets To Family Of Idaho Murder Victim

Morgan Wallen gave free concert tickets to the family of Idaho murder victim Ethan Chapin after learning that the late college student was a huge fan. TMZ reports that the singer invited the Chapin family to his Friday (July 14th) show in Sothern California.  

Ethan’s mother, Stacy, wrote on social media, "Last night, we met Morgan Wallen! He kindly gifted our family and friends tickets to his show in San Diego. Morgan's mom, Lesli, even flew in! It was an incredibly bittersweet full-circle moment."

She continued, “Truthfully, the show would have been enough. We were all over the moon, and then Morgan handed us a donation check to the Ethan’s Smile Foundation. It was one of the kindest gestures in my life. I still cannot believe it happened, and it isn’t easy to recognize it all came at a massive cost to our family."

Ethan was one of the four University of Idaho students stabbed to death last year.  The alleged killer, Bryan Kohberger, is currently facing the death penalty if convicted of their murders.



Jason Aldean Suffers Heat Stroke During Connecticut Concert

Jason Aldean suffered a heat stroke Saturday (July 16th) night, causing his concert in Hartford, Connecticut to come to an abrupt end.  

The singer explained on social media that he had been playing golf earlier in the day and the “combination of dehydration and heat exhaustion” caught up to him during the show. 

He added that he’s feeling up to continuing his tour after having being treated with two IVs and plans to reschedule his show at the Xfinity Theater. 


Dan + Shay To Release 'Bigger Houses' On September 15th

Dan + Shay announced Thursday (July 13th) that their fifth studio album Bigger Houses, will be available on September 15th. 

In addition to the lead single, “Save Me The Trouble,” the album will feature “2 more of [their] favorite songs, 'Heartbreak On The Map,’ and the title track, ‘Bigger Houses.’” All three tracks are available now. 

They wrote on Instagram, “We poured every bit of our hearts into this album and truly cannot wait for y’all to hear it.  New era starts now!” 


  1. Breakin’ Up With a Broken Heart - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Zach Crowell, Ashley Gorley
  2. Save Me The Trouble - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Ashley Gorley, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds
  3. Heartbreak On The Map - Dan Smyers, Jimmy Robbins, Ernest Keith Smith
  4.  Always Gonna Be - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Ashley Gorley, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds
  5. For The Both of Us - Dan Smyers, Andy Albert, Jordan Reynolds
  6. Then Again - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert, Lori McKenna, Jordan Reynolds
  7. Heaven + Back - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Matt Dragstrem, Josh Thompson
  8. What Took You So Long - Dan Smyers, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds, Jimmy Robbins
  9. Missing Someone - Trannie Anderson, Adam Doleac, Dylan Guthro, Gordie Sampson
  10. We Should Get Married - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Andy Albert
  11. Neon Cowgirl - Dan Smyers, Shay Mooney, Zach Crowell, Jessie Jo Dillon, Ashley Gorley
  12. Bigger Houses - Dan Smyers, Andy Albert, Jordan Minton, Jordan Reynolds




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Shania Twain Releasing 25th Anniversary Edition Of 'Come On Over'

Shania Twain is releasing special 25th anniversary editions of of Come On Over on August 25th.

Taste of Country reports that the lengthy track list will be completely remastered from the original recordings. The 1997 release remains the top selling country album and the highest-selling album by a female artist of all time.

Twain told the outlet, "This was an album that was really meant to bridge genres, and I wanted to make sure that the fans were getting what they expected from me as a multi-genre artist. This album is me trying to deliver that and bring as many different people together as possible — so imagine how incredible it feels to still have a sense of bringing people together 25 years later? I’m at a great place in my life.”

The singer announced the release of her Double Diamond Anniversary Edition while on stage with Hoda Kotb at Madison Square Garden Tuesday (July 11th) night.  The Today Show host presented Twain with a double diamond platinum record for Come On Over and joined the singer for a duet of "You're Still The One."




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Kelsea Ballerini Shows Off New Tattoo

Kelsea Ballerini is sporting some fresh ink.

The “If You Go Down” singer shared a carousel of photos to Instagram Wednesday (July 12th), including a close-up shot of her new tattoo.

A selfie of Ballerini posed with her hand over her face shows a delicate drawing of a mountain range with a couple of birds and a sun in the backdrop



Dan & Shay Reveal They Nearly Split Following Their 'Arena Tour'

Dan + Shay revealed that they nearly ended the band back in December 2021. 

In a video posted to social media, the duo recalled that after concluding their Arena Tour, they didn’t speak for nearly four months.  

Dan Smyers said in the clip, “I was in, like, the lowest low of my entire life. Came off the road and I was like, 'Man, I f--king hate music. I'm ready to quit.'" 

Shay Mooney added, “I could feel the separation, and I think there was little things between you and I that we never talked about. It was affecting everything. Not just our band. Like, my marriage, everything. I was in a really dark place." 

The two reunited in March 2022 to discuss the future of the band, unsure if they would “break up and hug it out” or use it as “a launching-off point” for a “new beginning.”

Fans will soon get to hear the results of that reunion as they have new music set to arrive on Friday (July 14th).  

Smyers told Mooney in the clip, "I can feel the closeness of our relationship and our friendship when I listen back to the music. We are by far, a million times, the closest we've ever been. For so many reasons. But because we worked at it. That makes what we're doing now infinitely sustainable. I could do this the rest of my life with you."





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Jelly Roll Pens Tribute To Wife That Leaves Her 'Crying At The Dinner Table'

Jelly Roll penned such a touching tribute to his wife, Bunnie, on Friday (July 7th), that it left her “crying at the dinner table.”

The singer wrote in his “Bunnie Appreciation Post," “A lot is often said or made about my story, but the truth is, I’ve never been moved more by a story than the story of my wife. To watch what this woman has overcame and her passion and determination to be something better has inspired me from the moment I met her.”

He recalled her drive to start the Dumb Blonde Podcast in an attempt to end the sex industry for good and added, “She wanted to do it on her own, she didn’t want to be just “Jelly Roll’s wife” she wanted to build her own empire to empower women and share her story in hopes that it could motivate others to believe that they could change their lives and be happy.”

Bunnie responded, “I’m crying at the dinner table. You have always been my reason, my why & my strength. I love you to the moon & deepest galaxies. Let’s keep probing them wrong & taking s--t over.”




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Ashley McBride Releases 'Made For This' Single

Ashley McBryde had dropped the lead single from her forthcoming album, Devil I Know.


She said of the track, “Travis Meadows and I wrote ‘Made For This,’ and at the time, I was still touring in a van and he was using his truck, so we definitely had touring and the life of musicians top of mind. But this song reaches beyond that. It’s not just touring musicians and bands and crews who are on the road 200+ days a year who are ‘calling home for a telephone goodnight kiss.’ It’s also members of our military, our truck drivers and those that work long or odd hours sacrificing time with their family. We’re lucky we’re made for this.”


The Devil I Know drops September 8th.



Thomas Rhett Teases Wife For Falling Asleep On Date Night

Thomas Rhett took to Twitter Friday (July 7th) to make fun of his wife for falling asleep on date night.

A snap of the couple shows Lauren Akins passed out in the passenger seat of the car while the “Angles” singer smiled at the camera.

He wrote, “Went on a date. Lauren needed a nap first. Hahaha love you honey.”


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