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And Then There Are Three

This year’s Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are, in the Veterans Era Artist category, Jerry Reed; in the Modern Era Artist Category, Alan Jackson; and in the Songwriter Category, Don Schlitz. The honorees will be celebrated at the annual invitation-only Medallion Ceremony later this October.

Another High Honor In Oklahoma

Carrie Underwood is among the Class of 2017 Oklahoma Hall of Fame honorees. She’ll be inducted November 16th at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. The ceremony will be emceed by past OKHoF inductees, MCA’s Vince Gill and Kristin Chenoweth. “I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” says Underwood. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!” Previous inductees include Reba McEntire, Toby Keith and Blake Shelton. Complete Class of 2017 list here.

Getting Down On The Farm

Luke Bryan has announced the 9th annual “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017” set to run September 28th to October 7th. Since the tour’s inception in 2009 Luke has awarded 50 college scholarships to a local student from a farming family within the communities the tour has played. A total of more than 100,000 fans have gathered on the farms each year. 2017 ACM New Male Vocalist Jon Pardi will support Luke at each stop with additional talent to be announced later.


Signed And Sealed

Maddie & Tae have signed a record deal with UMG/Nashville. Additional information, including which imprint they’re on, is forthcoming.

Never Look at the Empty Seats

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” , fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a Grammy award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business. The book releases October 24th in hardcover, eBook and audiobook and is available for pre-order now. For available retailers and more info, go here.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch Announces New Motorcycle and Music Event

Loretta Lynn Ranch will be hosting the Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival on September 28 – October 1. The event will host motorcycle riders of all makes, models and years at one of the most storied and beautiful ranches in the great state of Tennessee. Not associated with other previous events in the area, Loretta Lynn’s Tennessee Motorcycle and Music Revival will feature live music at multiple locations, a variety of entertainment, specialty food trucks, premium and primitive camping sites, vendors and plenty of riding on some of the most beautiful roads in America. Loretta Lynn and family have hosted the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Amateur National Championship for nearly 40 years and decided to host their own event to cater to the motorcycle-riding community at large. This special event benefits from the gracious hospitality of country music legend, Loretta Lynn. More information here.

Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias

Miranda Lambert will be the executive music producer for the upcoming Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias comedy “Something In The Water”, co-written and directed by Trey Fanjoy. Lambert will oversee music curation and write an original song for the film, which is about five women in the south who challenge their men to a bass fishing competition. Fanjoy has directed more than 150 music videos, including Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart” and “The House That Built Me.” More info here.

How Bazaar?

See MirandaLambert as one of Carine Roitfeld’s ICONS in BAZAAR’s September Issue.


Vassar and Pickler team up to be on the The Naughty List

Two essential holiday-favorites, recording artist Phil Vassar and country music darling Kellie Pickler, are teaming up this season for a special Christmas tour around the country launching at the end of November and continuing throughout December. In honor of the tour, Pickler and Vassar teamed up to release a new Christmas single this holiday season called “The Naughty List,” written by Phil Vassar and Juliana Songs, and co-produced by Vassar and long-time friend Dane Bryan, who also co-produced Vassar’s first Christmas album, “Noel”.

Three Chords & the Truth

More than three years after dropping his 2014 album, “Ignite the Night”, Chase Rice will release his fourth studio album, Lambs & Lions, on September 29th. The 10-song offering, which includes seven songs co-written by Chase, features the lead single, “Three Chords & the Truth.”

“Lambs & Lions” Track Listing and Songwriters

  1. “Lions” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
  2. “On Tonight” (Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite)
  3. “Unforgettable” (Chase Rice, Josh Miller, Steven Lee Olson, David Garcia)
  4. “Eyes On You” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
  5. “Saved Me” (MCV, Josh Hoge, Chase Rice)
  6. “One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song” (Jesse Rice, Chase Rice)
  7. “Jack Daniel’s Showed Up” (Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Chase Rice)
  8. “Three Chords & The Truth” (Chase Rice, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite)
  9. “Amen” (Rodney Clawson, Jamie Moore)
  10. “This Cowboy’s Hat” featuring Ned LeDoux (Jake Brooks)

Live,..from the past 10 years,.. it’s No Shoes Nation!

Kenny Chesney revolutionized the way country artists tour the country, with his dedicated fanbase following him to concert halls and stadiums across the nation throughout the past two decades. Now, the country icon announced he will be releasing a live compilation album, Live in No Shoes Nation, later this fall. The record will arrive October 27th and feature 30 performances from the last 10 years of Chesney’s tours.

Kenny Chesney: Live in No Shoes Nation

  1. “Flora–Bama”
  2. “Summertime”
  3. “Big Star” (with Taylor Swift)
  4. “Boston”
  5. “When I See This Bar” (with Eric Church)
  6. “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems”
  7. “Anything But Mine”
  8. “Down the Road” (with Mac McAnally)
  9. “Guitars and Tiki Bars”
  10. “Hemingway’s Whiskey”
  11. “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” (with Zac Brown Band)
  12. “I’m Alive”
  13. “Save It for a Rainy Day” (with Old Dominion)
  14. “Pirate Flag”
  15. “Somewhere With You”
  16. “I Go Back”
  17. “One Step Up”
  18. “American Kids”
  19. “You And Tequila” (with Grace Potter)
  20. “Young”
  21. “There Goes My Life”
  22. “Out Last Night”
  23. “Dust on the Bottle” (with David Lee Murphy)
  24. “Coastal”
  25. “The Boys of Fall”
  26. “Noise”
  27. “Old Blue Chair”
  28. “The Joker” (with Dave Matthews)
  29. “Three Little Birds” (with Dave Matthews)
  30. “Happy on the Hey Now”

New Day, New Deal

BBR Music Group and BMG executives along with Kid Rock and members of his team recently celebrated their new relationship to release the multi-platinum rock icons’ new music. Upcoming new music will be released under the artist’s Top Dog Records in conjunction with BBR Music Group in Nashville and BMG in LA.

Theirs Because They Want It

Blake Shelton has no shortage of famous friends to call upon to help out in his tenure as a coach on NBC’s The Voice. For the show’s upcoming 13th season, Shelton has secured the expertise of country vocal group Rascal Flatts. The trio, who just scored a Number One hit with “Yours if You Want It,” will serve as advisers to Team Blake, offering contestants hands-on mentoring sessions as they progress through the competition. Other advisers announced for the new season are Billy Ray Cyrus (Team Miley Cyrus), Joe Jonas (Team Adam Levine), and Kelly Rowland (Team Jennifer Hudson). Shelton and Levine have served as coaches since the series’ inception. Cyrus returns after joining in season 11, while Hudson will be making her coaching debut. Season 13 of The Voice premieres on NBC September 25th. 

Moore Days On The Road

Kip Moore will hit the road this fall for his headlining “Plead The Fifth Tour”, kicking off on October 19th in Bowling Green, OH.  He will be in a stacked lineup with Drake White and Jordan Davis. 

Believing In The Kids

Dolly Parton announced the release of “I Believe In You”, her first album written and recorded for kids and those young at heart. A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29th, whereas the physical album will street worldwide on October 13th. All 14 tracks on “I Believe In You” were written and performed by Dolly Parton.

Home State

Internationally renowned superstar, Billy Ray Cyrus, will soon be honored by his beloved home state of Kentucky as he is inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2018. The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum honors Kentucky performers, songwriters, publishers, promoters, managers, broadcasters, comedians and other music professionals who have made significant contributions to the music industry in Kentucky and around the world. Cyrus will join the ranks of artists such as Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe and the Osborne Brothers. Officials say the actual induction will be on May 11th, 2018.

Setting The Record Straight

Billy Ray Cyrus has announced the release of a new album “Set The Record Straight”, on November 10, 2017. Set The Record Straight features collaborations with Joe Perry, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bryan Adams, Glenn Hughes, Jencarlos Canela, Ronnie Milsap and his daughter, Miley Cyrus.

Justin Moore Reveals 2017-2018 Hell on a Highway Tour

Justin Moore has announced a string of tour dates in 2017 and 2018, dubbed the “Hell on a Highway Tour”. The trek will begin in mid-October and is currently scheduled to run through late April. Moore’s Hell on a Highway Tour will kick off on October 13 in Monroe, La. The singer will hit more than 40 cities throughout the U.S. during the trek; Dylan Scott will open the shows. A complete list of stops is below, and ticketing details can be found on Moore’s official website.

2017 Country Music Association Awards Nominees

Nominations for The 51st Annual CMA Awards, which airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th on ABC-TV, were announced on Monday (Sept. 4). Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch appeared on Good Morning America to announce categories’ nominees. Previously announce, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as co-hosts. Paisley and Underwood’s 10-year tenure as hosts is second only to Vince Gill’s 12-year run.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers)

  • The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
  • The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert
  • The Breaker, Little Big Town
  • From A Room, Vol. 1, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

  • “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert (Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)
  • “Better Man,” Little Big Town (Taylor Swift)
  • “Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi (Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban (Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen)

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LoCash
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Luke Combs
  • Old Dominion
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer)

  • “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt
  • “Better Man,” Little Big Town
  • “Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Funny How Times Slips Away,” Glen Campbell feat. Willie Nelson
  • “Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney feat. Pink
  • “Kill a Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
  • “Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  • “Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)

  • “It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Vice,” Miranda Lambert
  • “Better Man,” Little Big Town
  • “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
  • “Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris

Musician of the Year

  • Jerry Douglas
  • Paul Franklin
  • Dann Huff
  • Mac McAnally
  • Derek Wells

Premiere Country Artists of 2017

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urbanhave been selected by CMT as the premiere country artists of 2017 and each will be celebrated at the eighth annual CMT Artists of the Year special, airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 18th at 8pm ET. This year’s special will extend beyond music to honor the unwavering spirit of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and champion the many volunteers contributing to the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.

Red Days

Ole Red Tishomingo, a restaurant, live music venue and retail space, will celebrate its grand opening with an Opry-style performance and block party on Saturday, Sept. 30th inTishomingo, Oklahoma. The themed entertainment venue was inspired by Opry member Blake Shelton’s “Ol’ Red,” one of the superstar’s earliest career-defining songs. Operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Ole Red Tishomingo will open its doors with the party flowing into the streets as an outdoor stage plays host to performances by RaeLynn and Opry members Jeannie Seely, John Conlee, and Ronnie Milsap. Shelton will co-host the Saturday, Sept. 30 show with 650 AM WSM’s Bill Cody. The free “Blake & Friends” concert will begin at 7 p.m. Central and will be livestreamed on Ole Red’s Facebook page,

Deluxe Edition

Kane Brown will have a deluxe version of “Kane Brown”  set for release on October 6th via RCA Records Nashville. The project contains the original 11 tracks from “Kane Brown” as well as four all-new studio recordings. “Setting the Night on Fire” is a duet with Chris Young that Brown co-wrote with Young, Corey Crowder and Josh Hoge. The three other new songs on the Kane Brown Deluxe Edition are “What’s Mine Is Yours,” “Found You” and “Heaven.”

Kane Brown – Deluxe Edtion Track Listing:

1. “Hometown”
2. “What Ifs” (Featuring Lauren Alaina)
3. “Learning”
4. “Thunder in the Rain”
5.”Pull It Off”
6. “Cold Spot”
7. “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”
8. “Comeback”
9. “Rockstars”
10. “Better Place”
11. “Granddaddy’s Chair”
*12. “Setting the Night on Fire” (Duet with Chris Young)
*13.” What’s Mine Is Yours”
*14. “Found You”
*15. “Heaven” 

Jo Dee Messina reveals she has cancer

Jo Dee Messina will postpone her 2017 tour after being diagnosed with cancer. Her team revealed the news on the country singer’s website. “Team JDM wanted to be the first to let you know that she was recently diagnosed with cancer,” the statement reads. “It has been a trying summer, but her heart has been filled with gratitude for the many opportunities she has had to see God’s hand at work.” The specific type of cancer has not been revealed, but she will explore her treatment options. “We don’t know anything specific regarding the treatment plan at this point,” the team adds. “But Jo Dee is working closely with a team to explore all options. She has taken the semester off from classes at The King’s University.” Jo Dee will be forced to postpone her tour dates after October 7th, “as she will begin cancer treatment this Fall.”

Don Williams… Dead At 78

The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams (a.k.a. The Gentle Giant) after a short illness on Friday, September 8th. He was 78.

Troy Gentry, Gone, but not forgotten

One half of the group, Montomery Gentry, Troy Gentry, was in a fatal helicopter crash on Friday, September 8th. Per statement on the groups’ Twitter account, “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey. The duo was scheduled to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford.” Troy Gentry was 50 years old. Details of the crash are unknown. Troy Gentry’s family wishes to acknowledge all of the kind thoughts and prayers, and asks for privacy at this time.


Blackbird Presents Records and CMT are proud to announce the broadcast premiere and CD/DVD release of “The Life & Songs Of  Kris Kristofferson”. The broadcast, concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and rising superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the songs of music icon Kris Kristofferson. CMT will premiere the 90-minute broadcast on Friday, October 27th at 10 PM ET/PT, and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo, which is available for immediate preorder at and

Diggin’ Their Roots

Country Music Hall of Fame members and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys, announced they will release a project with acclaimed producer Dave Cobb in the first quarter of 2018. For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the Oaks was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel. The album will be released by Lightning Rod Records and distributed by Thirty Tigers.

Booking It

Jason Aldean is sharing a collection of stories about the people closest to him in a book titled “Family, Friends and Fans”, written with Tom Carter. The book covers Jason’s life lessons learned from influences early in his life to today, ranging from his mom and dad, to his producer, band members and booking agent in addition to friends and his wife Brittany. Check it out here.

Strait Down Route 66

George Strait will take the stage once again at Tulsa’s BOK Center on June 2 for “Strait Down Route 66,” an exclusive one night engagement in Oklahoma presented by Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.  The King of Country Music’s summer concert is the first show announced for BOK Center’s “10 for 10” concert series in 2018, a planned celebration that will feature 10 blockbuster artists commemorating the arena’s 10th anniversary, according to a news release. Tickets to Strait’s show go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 and will be available online at or by calling (866) 726-5287.

Christmas Times A Comin’

Leading into the holiday season, McEntire will release “My Kind of Christmas” on Friday, October 13th on Nash Icon Records. The newly-packaged album follows last year’s limited release and includes collaborations with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, Darius Rucker, and Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood.

My Kind of Christmas Track List:

1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
3. Mary, Did You Know? (with Vince Gill and Amy Grant)
4. Jingle Bell Rock
5. O Holy Night
6. Hard Candy Christmas
7. Back To God (with Lauren Daigle) (Acoustic Version)
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (with Darius Rucker)
11. White Christmas
12. Jingle Bells
13. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
14. Silent Night (with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood)