Courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC/Chris HolloDolly Parton will celebrate fifty years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, October 12, by appearing on both the 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. editions of the world’s most famous radio show that night.
Both performances are sold out, but there’s still one way to get in: Dolly’s partnered with the website Omaze to give away a VIP trip.
The winner and a friend will get airfare to Nashville, accommodations at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, plus two VIP tickets to the show. On top of that, they’ll also get their own dressing room backstage at the Opry for a meet-and-greet with Dolly.
The sweepstakes benefits MusiCares, the charitable arm of the organization that hands out the Grammys. Money raised goes to help members of the music community in times of need.
BBR Music Group The new album from Zac Brown Band won’t arrive for almost another month, but you can check out the track listing for The Owl now.
The eleven-song project features a cameo by hot commodity Brandi Carlile on “Finish What We Started.” In addition to being a member of the all-female supergroup The Highwomen, Brandi’s recently collaborated with Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, and Tanya Tucker.
OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder is one of the producers on the cut, “Need This.” It’s available to stream or download now, along with “Warrior,” “Leaving Love Behind,” and the top-thirty lead single, “Someone I Used to Know.”
Here’s the complete song rundown for Zac Brown Band’s The Owl, which comes out September 20:
“The Woods” “Need This” “OMW” “Someone I Used to Know” “Me and the Boys in the Band” “Finish What We Started” (with Brandi Carlile) “God Given” “Warrior” “Shoofly Pie” “Already on Fire” “Leaving Love Behind”
Capitol NashvilleJon Pardi wants to help you hold up your pants -- well, sort of.
Starting today, members of Jon’s Pardianimals fan club can pre-order a special “Heartache Medication” belt buckle. Of course, Heartache Medication is the title of both Jon’s new album, which comes out September 27, and his current hit single.
The buckle was created by Jon’s designer, Rusty Badillo, and will be crafted by Benchmark Buckles, who make both western jewelry and trophy buckles. You'll need to hurry though: the pre-order closes on September 6.
Right now, Jon’s wrapping up his last few shows on Dierks Bentley’s Burning Man Tour, before launching his Heartache Medication headlining trek with two sold-out shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in October.
Big LoudIn case you missed it, Morgan Wallen and HARDY are in the middle of an epic bromance.
On Thursday, HARDY played his last night on Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour, which he commemorated with a major shout-out to Morgan on Instagram.
“Me and this dude have played 60 shows together,” HARDY shared, along with a picture of the two hugging onstage. “We’ve seen almost all 50 states. We’ve shotgunned a million beers. We’ve seen each other’s careers grow. We’ve laughed, cried, celebrated, thrown glass bottles into empty parking lots, fished, punched each other in the arm until it left a bruise, plus a bunch of other things I either can’t remember or barely remember. All in less than a year.”
“Last night we played our last show of the year together,” HARDY continued. “It was bittersweet but it was a good one to end on.”
“Love you like a brother. Keep kicking a** ya crazy mf’er,” he closed.
Morgan responded right back with his own emo post: “Man. We sure did give em hell. If it were up to me we’d play every show together. You’re a natural. And you inspire me every day.”
“With all the glitz and glamour that this life can bring, it also requires sacrifice and heartache,” Morgan continued. “Your friendship makes that sacrifice and heartache a whole lot easier. Thankful for that and for you. Love you like my own family.”
HARDY co-wrote Morgan’s first number one, “Up Down” -- which featured FGL -- as well as Blake Shelton’s recent chart-topper, “God’s Country.”
HARDY’s current single, “Rednecker,” has just become his first top-25 hit as an artist.
Meanwhile, Morgan continues on the duration of the FGL trek with Dan Shay and Canaan Smith.
ABC/Mitch HaasethIt’s just a matter of days before we find out the nominees for this year’s CMA Awards.
The first noms for the 53rd CMAs will be revealed during ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, with the rest continuing afterwards via livestream. “Chasin’ You” hitmaker Morgan Wallen’s set to perform that day as well.
Then on Friday, Kane Brown stops by GMA to play the Summer Concert Series with DJ/producer Marshmello. Expect the pair to do their new “One Thing Right” collaboration, among other hits.
You can tune in to watch GMA weekdays starting at 7 a.m. on ABC.
MCA NashvilleVince Gill's deeply personal album titled Okie is new today, complete with an autobiographical song about his wife, iconic Christian singer Amy Grant.
While you may think the Country Music Hall of Famer and the inspirational legend share a similar faith-based background -- well, Vince says you're wrong.
"It's interesting because there's perceptions," he explains. "There's this thing we do where we assume and we perceive that someone's this or someone's that. And you know, you don't ever see the entirety of somebody."
"In saying that," Vince continues, "you know, I think a lot of people assume that because I'm married to Amy Grant that I'm just like her, you know, that I had this whole life of faith and whole life of church and I didn't."
Big Machine Midland's sophomore album, Let It Roll, arrives today, featuring a cover photo of Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, and Jess Carson perched against a vintage pink limousine.
Cam confesses the Austin-based trio originally had a completely different vision for the artwork of album number two.
"We thought we already had the album concept figured out in the form of a painting collage," he reveals. "So when we went to do that photo shoot, we didn't have any intention of doing shots for the album. We knew we wanted to shoot some places in Austin, and Harper, my wife, found that pink Cadillac."
Cam's better half also took the pictures.
"Cam's wife is a very successful... talented fashion photographer..." Mark explains. "It's like Midland doing kind of fine art... You know, us just being goofballs but Harper actually making us look cool."
Midland may've been set on a limo for the shoot, but the color was purely accidental.
"We didn't need it to be pink..." Cam says of the car they found via Instagram. "Turns out we knew a guy who had that pink limo. It's a Lincoln with longhorns on the front."
Midland ended up parking their pink limo in front of the iconic Nau's Drug in the Tarrytown section of Austin.
"It's old school," Mark says. "So it has these really beautiful neon lights on the outside. And it has this kind of really gorgeous art deco exterior."
Once Midland saw the snaps from the shoot, they scrapped their original plans.
"It was a complete accident..." Cam reiterates. "We saw it, and we were like, 'That's the album cover.'"
If you buy the physical CD of Let It Roll, the insert unfolds into a poster of the threesome standing by the car with a full view of Nau's Drug.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Young's Thursday night concert in Virginia Beach, Virginia was postponed because of severe weather. Refunds for the Raised on Country Tour stop are available now, as fans wait for a new date to be announced.
Canaan Smith will release his new track, "Country Boy Things," on Friday.
Newcomers Temecula Road are set to open Scotty McCreery's October dates in Europe.
You can check out the new Trisha Yearwood song, "What Gave Me Away," on YouTube now. The cut from her new Every Girl album, which arrives August 30, features Trisha's husband, Garth Brooks.
Academy of Country MusicLast night on the stage of the Mother Church of Country Music, the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year teamed up with the winningest artist in ACM history for a rare moment: Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert turned “The House That Built Me” -- her triple-platinum, multi-week number one from 2010 -- into a duet on the stage of the Ryman.
Keith was there to present Miranda with the Gene Weed Milestone Award at the 2019 ACM Honors, recognizing her 32 ACM wins, among other accomplishments.
While onstage, the two reminisced about how Keith took Miranda on tour in 2005.
“My first tour I ever did,” she recalled. “I was terrified.”
The Aussie superstar went on to remember how he knew he’d found a “kindred spirit” once he spotted the newcomer watching him every night to see what she could learn.
“You are absolutely one of my heroes,” Miranda told Keith. “And he smells good. He always smells good,” she added as the Nashville audience laughed.
Miranda’s new song, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” is already a top twenty-five hit. Her new album, Wildcard, will arrive November 1.
Gwendolyn RecordsTrisha Yearwood will travel the road to Every Girl to celebrate the release of her new album on August 30.
“Announcing #EveryGirlRoadTrip,” the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year shared on Instagram on Thursday. “Retracing my road to Music City from my hometown of Monticello, Georgia.”
“I hope to see you all over Labor Day Weekend for the launch of #EveryGirl,” she added.
Trisha’s journey will start at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 30 with a release party on the square in Monticello.
The next morning, she’ll appear at 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Edgewood, Georgia, before making her way to JCPenney in Kennesaw, Georgia for a 3 p.m. event.
On Sunday, Trisha starts with an 11 a.m. at Barnes & Noble in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before traveling home to Nashville for the 4 p.m. culmination of the trip at a location that’s yet to be announced.
Every Girl takes its title from Trisha’s current top forty hit, “Every Girl in This Town.” It’s her first country album of all-new material in nearly a dozen years.
ABC/Image Group LA More than seven weeks after Lee Brice topped the country chart with “Rumor,” the South Carolina native now has a pop hit on his hands.
“Y'all, #Rumor just debuted at #25 on the Billboard and Mediabase Pop Adult Contemporary charts!!” he tweeted on Thursday.
“Thank you to everyone showing this song some love!” he added. “Let's keep this thing moving to the top!!”
Maroon 5 and rapper Cardi B are currently at #1 on this particular chart, but Lee does have some other country company: Dan Shay are at #9 with “Speechless,” while Ronnie Milsap and Dolly Parton are at #30 with their remake of “Smokey Mountain Rain.”
So far, Lee hasn’t revealed how he’ll follow up “Rumor” on the country chart.
ABC/Image Group LA Jimmie Allen’s transportation troubles will keep him from making Wednesday night's stop on the Raised on Country Tour.
“I will not be able to make it to the show tonight in Virginia Beach with Chris Young & Chris Janson,” he revealed this morning on Twitter. “We had some bus issues that won't be resolved in time.”
“I'll see y'all soon. Chris & Chris are gonna have that place rocking,” he added. “Y'all have a great time tonight. Sorry!”
Hopefully, Jimmie’s travel problems will be resolved in time for him to make the Friday and Saturday stops on the trek, which are set for Raleigh, North Carolina and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, respectively.
Academy of Country MusicWednesday night in Nashville, the Academy of Country Music took care of some unfinished business, passing out the non-televised honors from April's ACM Awards.
Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban was excited for the chance to shine the light on musicians, songwriters, venues and promoters.
"I just love the opportunity to celebrate a lot of people behind the scenes," Keith said on the red carpet. "In anything I do, there's so many people behind the scenes that make it happen that no one ever knows about."
"The fact that this awards show highlights them -- for them -- but also for everybody else to know who these people are," he added. "And the fact they do it at the Ryman is amazing."
Chris Young started the show with a song by Poet's Award recipient Rodney Crowell, made famous by the Oak Ridge Boys.
"If you've never looked at the lyric sheet for 'Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,'" Chris explained, "I have no idea how [Rodney]'s remembered all of those words to that. It's like the wordiest song."
Chris Janson didn't have to dig too deep to play the Waylon Jennings classic written by another Poet's Award honoree, Billy Joe Shaver.
"I've been covering 'Honky Tonk Heroes' when I started in this town, one hundred steps from here at Tootsies," Chris pointed out, gesturing toward the famed honky tonky near the Mother Church of Country Music.
Meanwhile, Midland was preparing to honor the current ACM Songwriter of the Year, Shane McAnally.
"He was one of the first people that took a chance on us in the beginning of this band," Cameron Duddypointed out. "And not only that, also we've felt an immediate kinship with him."
Midland's latest collaboration with McAnally, their sophomore album Let It Roll, comes out Friday.
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama are postponing the rest of their 50th Anniversary Tour as lead singer Randy Owen deals with cluster migraines and vertigo. Look for rescheduled dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
You should start hearing The Cadillac Three's new track, "All the Makin's of a Saturday Night," during college football games on ABC and ESPN beginning this Saturday, August 24.
Seventies hitmaker Tony Orlando -- known for hits like "Knock Three Times" and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" -- made a surprise appearance at Wednesday's ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium, to accept the Casino of the Year Award on behalf of Mohegun Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman is teasing she'll soon have new items available in time for the holiday season as part of her line at Cracker Barrel.
Academy of Country MusicNext November’s CMA Award will highlight country’s greatest female voices during a show hosted by Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. But the Academy of Country Music got a jump on the trend Wednesday during its 13th annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.
“Thank you to all the pioneers that came before me… especially to the women,” Martina McBride said as she accepted the Cliffie Stone Icon Award, the ACM equivalent of membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame.
“Dolly, Reba, Barbara [Mandrell], Patsy [Cline], Emmylou [Harris], Linda Ronstadt, the list goes on and on,” Martina continued. “These women paved the way and kicked down the doors and they did it with such integrity and authenticity.”
Earlier, Lauren Alaina and Caylee Hammack performed Martina's hits, “Independence Day” and “A Broken Wing,” respectively.
Though she’s been retired for 22 years, Barbara Mandrell made a rare appearance to honor Poet’s Award winner Kye Fleming, who wrote many of her hits like “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” Tenille Townes and Maddie & Tae each offered their interpretations of the classics.
The evening’s most tender moment came as Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban teamed up with Gene Weed Milestone Award winner Miranda Lambert to duet on “The House That Built Me.”
“Some days feel like I’ve been doing it for two days, and some days feel like I’ve been doing it two hundred years,” Miranda said in her acceptance remarks. “But today, I feel like I’ve been doing it two days, and I just want to keep going.”
Though they couldn’t be present because they were working, Brooks & Dunn were also honored with the Icon Award, with Ashley McBryde offering her version of their REBOOT collaboration, “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone."
RCA NashvilleIf you want to know more about Old Dominion’s forthcoming third album, you’ll have a chance to get the scoop on Thursday.
The CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year will do a question and answer session on Twitter starting at 11:30 a.m. ET on August 22. Just tweet your question and be sure to add the hashtag #AskOldDominion.
Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET, you can see Old Dominion on the latest episode of NBC’s Songland, alongside their co-producer and frequent collaborator Shane McAnally.
The self-titled Old Dominion -- which features the band’s current hit, “One Man Band” -- comes out October 25.
ABC/Image Group LA You can add one more name to the ever-growing list of country stars expecting babies these days: Shay Mooney.
Shay and his wife Hannah shared the news on Instagram on Wednesday, along with a picture of their two-year-old son, Asher James. Of course, this week Dan Shay also happen to have the top song in the country with “All to Myself.”
“Celebrating a number 1 with baby number 2!” Shay commented. “Hannah and I have been dying to share the news.”
“We thought for sure we’d be announcing a baby girl,” he added, “but God has other plans for the Mooney’s. Found out today we’re having a BOY! Bout to be a new duo in town.”
Soon-to-be big brother Asher will turn three on January 24.
If you’re keeping up with who has a baby on the way, here’s the rundown: Thomas Rhett, Brantley Gilbert, Brett Young, Midland’s Mark Wystrach, Dylan Scott, Jordan Davis, and Kane Brown.
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and his wife Hayley welcomed their second child, a son named Luca Reed, early Monday.