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Keifer Thompson’s Mother Has Died

Thu, 02/21/2019 - 08:55

Carrol Thompson, 79, the mother of Thompson Square’s Keifer Thompson, died unexpectedly on Feb. 20 in Miami, Okla.

The husband-and-wife duo cancelled their shows on Feb. 21 in Mayetta, Kan., and on Feb. 23 in Nashville.

Thompson Square is best known for their 2010 hit, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.” The tandem won the ACM Award for Vocal Duo of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

NCD will update this post once a statement is released.

[Updated, Feb. 22]

Shawna posted a brief message on Thompson Square’s Facebook page on Feb. 21, noting: “Keifer wanted me to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Here are his Mother’s arrangements. Please continue to pray for our family. With lots of love, Shawna.”

Carrol’s obituary was posted by the Paul Thomas Funeral Home.

Alice Carrol Thompson of Miami, OK passed from this life Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at her home. She was 79.

Carrol was born September 21, 1939 in Wagner, OK to William Kenneth “Fibber” and Jewel (Hunter) Magee. Carrol graduated from Wyandotte High School class of 1958. She had lived most of her life in Miami. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami and was the church secretary for almost 30 years and the Children’s Department Director for over 50 years. She loved to write in her journals and she loved to read.

Carrol married Darrien L. Thompson October 22, 1960 and he survives of the home. Additional survivors include her son Darrien Keith Thompson and his wife Shawna of Nashville, TN, her daughter Rebecca Sue Grigg and her husband Steve of Daphne, AL and 2 grandchildren Samantha White and Cooper Thompson.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Miami, OK. Rev. Paul Simpson and Rev. Mark A. Nickles will officiate. Interment will follow in G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami, OK. Justin Stilley, Jared Stilley, Kevin Thompson, Kelly Thompson, Alex White and Steve Simpson will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church. Services have been placed in the care of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Miami, OK. Online condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuenralhomes.com

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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Kelsea Ballerini Reacts to Lack of ACM Awards Nominations With One-Word Tweet That Was Later Deleted

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:53

After being nominated in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (now known as Female Artist of the Year), Kelsea Ballerini is noticeably absent from the category in 2019. In fact, Kelsea is noticeably absent from all categories in 2019.

Apparently, Kelsea had an abbreviated reaction to the news.

In a one-word tweet—which was later deleted—Kelsea simply posted: “Wow…”

You can check out a screen shot of the tweet below.

The Female Artist of the Year category takes into account factors such as “success at radio, sales of pre-recorded music, success in digital media, live concert ticket sales and vocal performances.”

Based on the aforementioned criteria, a strong case can be made that Kelsea should have been a shoo-in.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Breakdown–ACM Awards Nominations: Chris Stapleton (6), Dan + Shay (6), Kacey Musgraves (5), Brothers Osborne (4) & More

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 08:18

Top Artist Nominees: Fast Facts

  • Chris Stapleton, receives 6 nominations
  • Dan + Shay, receives 6 nominations, with Dan Smyers receiving 4 additional nods
  • Kacey Musgraves, receives 5 nominations
  • Dierks Bentley, receives 4 nominations
  • Brothers Osborne, receives 4 nominations
  • Florida Georgia Line, receives 4 nominations
  • Bebe Rexha, receives 4 nominations

Reigning Male Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton received six nominations in four categories, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. Stapleton is also nominated twice, as both artist and producer, for his album From A Room: Volume 2 in the Album of the Year category, which he won last year for From A Room: Volume 1. Additionally, he is nominated for Song of the Year twice, as both artist and songwriter, for “Broken Halos.” Lastly, Stapleton is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year

Dan + Shay earned six nominations, including their sixth nod for Duo of the Year. They received nominations in the Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year categories for “Tequila.” Dan + Shay are also nominated for Album of the Year for Dan + Shay, and Music Event of the Year for “Keeping Score” (featuring Kelly Clarkson). Additionally, Dan Smyers received 3 individual nominations as a producer in the Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Event of the Year categories. He also received an individual nomination as a writer in the Song of the Year category for “Tequila.”

Kacey Musgraves earned five nominations in three categories, including a nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she is nominated in the Album of the Year Category twice, as both artist and producer, for Golden Hour, as well as in the Song of the Year category twice, as both artist and songwriter, for “Space Cowboy.” Musgraves most recently won in 2016 in the Video of the Year category for “Forever Country” and previously won in the Album of the Year category in 2013 for Same Trailer Different Park.

Dierks Bentley received four nominations, including his fourth nod for Album of the Year; nominated for the category this year for The Mountain. Additionally, Bentley is nominated for “Burning Man” (featuring Brothers Osborne) in both the Music Event of the Year category and Video of the Year category. He is also nominated for Male Artist of the Year. If he were to win for Video of the Year this year, it would mark his third win in this category.

Reigning Duo of the Year and Video of the Year winners, Brothers Osborne earned four nominations in three categories, including a nod for Duo of the Year. They are also nominated for Music Event of the Year for “Burning Man” with Dierks Bentley. Additionally, Brothers Osborne are nominated twice in the Video of the Year category for songs “Shoot Me Straight” and “Burning Man.”

Florida Georgia Line received four nominations, including a nod for Duo of the Year. They are also nominated with Bebe Rexha for “Meant To Be” for Single of the Year, Music Event of the Year and Song of the Year.

First-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, Bebe Rexha earned four nominations for “Meant To Be” (featuring Florida Georgia Line). Rexha is nominated for Single of the Year, Music Event of the Year, and twice, as both artist and songwriter, for Song of the Year.

First-time Academy of Country Music Award nominee, Ian Fitchuk received six nominations, including a nod for Album of the Year with Kacey Musgraves as a producer for Golden Hour. Fitchuk also received five nominations across Studio Recording Award categories, including Bass Player of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year, Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year and Producer of the Year.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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ACM Award Nominations: Updated List

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 07:11

As the ACM Award nominations are announced across various platforms beginning at 7 a.m. CT, Nash Country Daily will update this post.

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter/Publisher/Artist)

  • Break Up In The End – Cole Swindell
    • Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon / Chase McGill / Jon Nite
    • Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)
  • Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton
    • Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
    • Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)
  • Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
    • Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha
    • Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)
  • Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves
    • Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
    • Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin by Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI).
  • Tequila – Dan + Shay
    • Writers: Nicolle Galyon / Jordan Reynolds / Dan Smyers
    • Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)
  • Yours – Russell Dickerson
    • Writers: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling
    • Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey’s Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ross Copperman
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Shane McAnally
  • Chase McGill
  • Josh Osborne

Duo of the Year

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

Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion

Male Artist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

New Female Artist of the Year

  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Carly Pearce

New Male Artist of the Year

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Luke Combs
  • Jordan Davis
  • Michael Ray
  • Mitchell Tenpenny

New Duo/Group of the Year

  • High Valley
  • Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay
    • Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers / Matt Dragstrem
    • Record Label: Warner Music Nashville
  • Desperate Man – Eric Church
    • Producers: Jay Joyce / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    • Record Label: EMI Records Nashville
  • From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
    • Producers: Dave Cobb / Chris Stapleton
    • Record Label: Mercury Nashville
  • Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
    • Producers: Ian Fitchuk / Daniel Tashian / Kacey Musgraves
    • Record Label: MCA Nashville
  • The Mountain – Dierks Bentley
    • Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    • Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville


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Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard & 7 Others Honored With “CMA Triple Play Awards” [Photo Gallery]

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 06:00

The Country Music Association honored 10 new recipients of the CMA Triple Play Award on Feb. 19, a distinction presented to songwriters who pen three No. 1 songs within a 12-month period. This year’s honorees include Luke Combs, Jesse Frasure, Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley, Tyler Hubbard, Josh Kear, Shane McAnally, Chase McGill, Josh Osborne and Thomas Rhett.

CMA’s Triple Play Award is based on the Country Aircheck, Billboard Country Airplay and Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The 10 songwriters were recognized at an industry-only luncheon, followed by a concert at Marathon Music Works that featured Nicolle Galyon, Luke Combs, Ashley Gorley, Josh Kear, Chase McGill and Josh Osborne.

Check out our photo gallery of the concert, courtesy of Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com.

2019 CMA Triple Play Awards recipients:

Luke Combs
“When It Rains It Pours”
“One Number Away”

Jesse Frasure
“Unforgettable,” recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Marry Me,” recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Life Changes,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Nicolle Galyon
“All the Pretty Girls,” recorded by Kenny Chesney
“Tequila,” recorded by Dan + Shay
“Coming Home,” recorded by Keith Urban ft. Julia Michaels

Ashley Gorley
“Fix A Drink,” recorded by Chris Janson
“Marry Me,” recorded by Thomas Rhett
“Life Changes,” recorded by Thomas Rhett

Tyler Hubbard
“Meant to Be,” recorded by Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line
“You Make It Easy,” recorded by Jason Aldean
“Simple,” recorded by Florida Georgia Line

Josh Kear
“God, Your Mama, And Me,” recorded by Florida Georgia Line ft. Backstreet Boys
“Most People Are Good,” recorded by Luke Bryan
“Woman, Amen,” recorded by Dierks Bentley

Shane McAnally
“Written in the Sand,” recorded by Old Dominion
“Marry Me,” written by Thomas Rhett
“Get Along,” recorded by Kenny Chesney

Chase McGill
“Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” recorded by Luke Bryan
“Break Up in the End,” recorded by Cole Swindell
“Lose It,” recorded by Kane Brown

Josh Osborne
“Drinkin’ Problem,” recorded by Midland
“All the Pretty Girls,” recorded by Kenny Chesney
“Get Along,” recorded by Kenny Chesney

Thomas Rhett
“Marry Me”
“Life Changes”

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photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Lonestar Announces New “Hits & More Hits Tour”

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 13:15

Lonestar announced a new headlining tour, dubbed the Hits & More Hits Tour.

The quartet, comprised of Richie McDonald, Michael Britt, Keech Rainwater and Dean Sams, will kick off the 40-plus date tour on March 2 in Panama City Beach, Fla.

“We are celebrating another milestone in 2019,” says Dean Sams. “It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of our Lonely Grill CD that had four No. 1 singles on it and sold over 4 million records. Hope to see everyone out to celebrate with us on our Hits and More Hits Tour in a city near you! After all, it’s you the fans that made it happen!”

Hits & More Hits Tour

March 2 Panama City Beach, FL Aaron Bessant Amphitheatre March 8 Kent, OH The Kent Stage March 9 Manistee, MI Little River Casino Resort March 15 Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre March 16 Pinellas Park, FL England Brothers Park March 17 Immokalee, FL Seminole Casino Hotel April 13 Florence, AZ Country Thunder USA April 24 Lake Buena Vista, FL American Gardens at Epcot Disneyworld April 25 Lake Buena Vista, FL American Gardens at Epcot Disneyworld April 26 Lake Buena Vista, FL American Gardens at Epcot Disneyworld May 31 Dayton, OH Hollywood Gaming At Dayton Raceway June 9 Norfolk, VA Town Point Park June 11 Belleville, ON The Empire Theatre June 13 Burlington, ON Sound of Music Festival June 14 London, ON London Music Hall June 15 Rama, ON Casino Rama June 17 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium June 18 Moncton, NB The Centre at Casino New Brunswick June 20 Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse June 21 Lincoln, RI Twin River Casino June 22 Winston-Salem, NC The Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex June 23 Myrtle Beach, SC Calvin Gilmore Theater July 6 Roundup, MT Roundup City Park July 11 Tee PeeCreek, Alberta TeePee Creek Stampede July 12 Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada Country Thunder Saskatchewan July 18 Port Huron, Michigan Port Huron to Mackinaw WSAQ Radio Show July 19 Twin Lakes, WI Country Thunder USA July 20 Oskaloosa, IA Southern Iowa Fair July 25 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Grey Eagle Resort & Casino July 26 Mattawa, ON, Canada Mattawa Voyageur Days 2019 July 27 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Howl at the Moon Music Festival Aug. 1 Spokane, WA First Interstate Center for the Arts Aug. 2 Whitefish, MT Glacier Twins Baseball Fundraiser Aug. 3 Klamath Falls, OR Klamath County Fair & Carnival Aug. 5 Santa Rosa, CA Sonoma County Fair Aug. 7 Duchesne, UT Duchesne County Fair Aug. 8 Nephi, UT Juab County Fair Aug. 10 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino Aug. 14 Bath, NY Steuben County Fair Aug. 16 Richmond, RI Washington County Fair Aug. 23 Meridian, MS MSU Riley Center for the Performing Arts Aug. 24 Mount Vernon, KY Renfro Valley Entertainment Aug. 30 Lexington, MI Village Theatre Sept. 1 Matthews, NC Stumptown Park Sept. 6 Bonner Springs, KS Providence Medical Center Amphitheater Sept. 13 Frederick, MD The Great Frederick Fair Sept. 21 Franklin, NC Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts

photo courtesy of Reckoning PR

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Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn Say Reba’s Boyfriend Has “Passed the Test, He’s a Great Guy”

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 11:34

Reba McEntire’s boyfriend, Anthony “Skeeter” Lasuzzo, has the seal of approval from two of her longtime friends, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn.

Reba and Skeeter have been together for about 18 months, first making their relationship public at the 2018 Grammys. Since that time, Reba has filled her Instagram page with numerous pics of her beau, from red carpets and industry events to vacations in the U.S. and trips abroad.

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What an incredible trip! Skeeter and I had a blast in Iceland! I highly recommend it! #GoSeeIceland

A post shared by Reba (@reba) on Jul 23, 2018 at 12:30pm PDT

In a sit-down interview on The Blair Garner Show, Kix and Ronnie told Blair that they are happy Reba has found a companion after her 26-year marriage to Narvel Blackstock ended in October 2015. Skeeter, a retired geologist and avid photographer, is a “good find.”

“Skeeter’s passed the test,” said Ronnie. “He’s down to earth, he’s an outdoors guy via West Texas and now lives in Jackson Hole, [Wyoming].”

“Skeeter’s the brother of one of my oldest friend’s wives,” added Kix. “My wife’s probably more responsible [for fixing them up] than I am. He’s a great guy. They’re having fun.”

“He’s dragging her out there, taking her beyond her comfort zone in some things—you see her all wrapped up in Jackson Hole in the Tetons chasing elk around. He’s a big photographer. Skeeter’s a good find.”

photo by Scooter, AFF-USA.com

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Darius Rucker to Receive Humanitarian Award at Music Biz 2019

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:14

Darius Rucker will be the recipient of the Music Business Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his years of philanthropic support to various charities, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, S.C.

Darius will be honored at the annual Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on May 7 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Nashville. Since its inception in 1981, the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award has celebrated the legacy of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, whose philanthropic work to end world hunger earned him the Congressional Gold Medal.

Previous recipients of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award include Martina McBride, Dee Snider, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Jackson Browne, Norman Lear, Bonnie Raitt and more.

Since 2010, Darius’ annual benefit concert and golf tournament has raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation, Darius and his bandmates have raised funds for more than 200 charitable causes that support public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Charley Pride’s “American Masters” Documentary to Air on PBS on Feb. 23 [Watch Trailer]

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:01

After more than 50 years as a recording artist, Charley Pride will be the subject of a new documentary, American Masters—Charley Pride: I’m Just Me, on PBS on Feb. 22.

The film, which is narrated by Tanya Tucker, chronicles Charley’s improbable journey to country stardom, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in Mississippi and his career as a Negro League baseball player. The film includes interviews with Charley, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

“Charley deserves every accolade he can get,” said Willie Nelson. “And, uh, we’ll make up some new ones if we need to. He’ll deserve them too!”

Charley, a three-time Grammy winner, is considered country music’s first African-American superstar. He signed to RCA Victor in 1967 and earned a string of No. 1 hits, including “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me),” “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again,” “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’,” “Amazing Love” and many more.

Charley won the CMA’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971 and Top Male Vocalist in 1971 and 1972. Charley was the first African-American to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage and he became the Opry’s first African-American member in 1993.

American Masters—Charley Pride: I’m Just Me airs on PBS on Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. The film will stream on pbs.org beginning on Feb. 23.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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How, When & Where to View the Nominations for the ACM Awards on Feb. 20

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 07:37

The nominations for the ACM Awards will be announced on Feb. 20 across multiple platforms beginning at 8 a.m. ET.

Here’s how to catch all of the action.

Facebook Live
Reba McEntire will appear on Facebook Live during the 8 a.m. ET hour to reveal nominees for Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year. The live video will be available on Reba’s Facebook page, Academy of Country Music’s Facebook page and CBS This Morning’s Facebook page.

CBS This Morning
Reba McEntire will announce nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Duo of the Year, and Group of the Year during the 8:30 am. ET hour block on the CBS Television Network.

Nominees for New Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year, New Duo/Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year will be revealed on ETOnline.com at 8:50 a.m. ET.

ACM Awards Social Media
Nominees for the ACM Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards will be revealed across the Academy of Country Music’s social media channels including on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at 8:55 a.m. ET.

The full list of available nominees for the 54th ACM Awards will be revealed immediately following the Entertainment Tonight announcements on ACMcountry.com at 9:10 a.m. ET.

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Thomas Rhett Will Be the Musical Guest on “Saturday Night Live” on March 2

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:39

Thomas Rhett will be the musical guest on an upcoming episode of Saturday Night Live.

TR will take the stage on March 2, as actor John Mulaney tackles hosting duties.

Thomas Rhett commented on the exciting news in a video with daughter Willa Gray via Instagram, saying: “Playing NEW MUSIC out 3/1 on @nbcsnl on 3/2 <— how is that sentence even real!? #SNL”

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Playing NEW MUSIC out 3/1 on @nbcsnl on 3/2 <— how is that sentence even real!? #SNL

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In the past four years, a handful of country stars have performed on SNL, including Blake Shelton (January 2015), Zac Brown Band (March 2015), Chris Stapleton (January 2016, January 2018), Maren Morris (December 2016), Margo Price (April 2016), Sturgill Simpson (January 2017, January 2018) and Kacey Musgraves (May 2018).

photo by Jason Simanek

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Maren Morris Says She Looks Up to “Kind But Unapologetic” Women Like Her Mom, Miranda & Dolly

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 12:07

Maren Morris’ inspiring new single, “Girl,” is continuing its rise up the Billboard Country Airplay chart, currently No. 27 after four weeks.

Penned by Maren, Sarah Aarons and Greg Kurstin, who also produced the song, “Girl” features the encouraging chorus: “Girl, don’t hang your head low / Don’t lose your halo / Everyone’s gonna be okay, baby, girl.

In a sit-down interview on The Blair Garner Show, Maren told Blair about some of the inspiring women in her life—both inside and outside of the country music industry.

“In music, I’ve always looked up to Dolly Parton,” says Maren. “I love women that are kind but unapologetic. And there’s ways to be both of those things, and I think Dolly does it so beautifully. Also, Miranda Lambert has been such a great friend and inspiring person in my life, musically and professionally, just looking at the way she’s conducted her career, very strong-mindedly, but also my favorite moments are when she’s vulnerable in a song, so there’s such a strength and vulnerability I love in women especially.”

When in comes to strong women outside of the industry, Maren says her mom, Kellie Morris, is at the top of her list.

“My mom is pretty awesome,” says Maren. “She grew up really poor in Texas. Her parents were divorced. Her mom was a waitress her entire life. My mom decided that she wanted to become a hairdresser so she put herself through hair school and after a couple of years she opened her own salon, and it’s been in business for over 20 years now. It’s named after my sister and I. I think my work ethic definitely comes from my parents, because I was not, like, silver-spooned. It was a very middle class, working family. I have learned a lot about being a self-starting woman from my mom.”

Maren will release her new album, Girl, on March 8. On March 9, she will kick off her headlining Girl The World Tour with Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn.

photo by JPA, AFF-USA.com

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Marty Stuart Announces 34-Date Tour With Steve Miller Band

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 09:26

Marty Stuart will hit the road with Steve Miller Band this summer for more than 30 dates.

Kicking off on June 13 in Des Moines, Iowa, the tour will make stops in New York, Boston, Denver and more. In addition, Marty and His Fabulous Superlatives are playing a number of shows in March and April, including dates in Nashville, Houston and more.

Tickets for many of the dates are on sale now.

Marty Stuart Tour Dates

  • March 2 | Stoughton, WI | Stoughton Opera House
  • March 15 | Nashville, IN | Brown County Playhouse
  • March 16 | Ann Arbor, MI | The Ark
  • March 22 | Macon, GA | Hargray Capitol Theatre
  • March 23 | Live Oak, FL | Suwannee Spring Reunion
  • March 27 | Nashville, TN | The Ryman (Country Music: A Celebration of the Film by Ken Burns)
  • April 4 | Alexandria, VA | The Birchmere
  • April 5 | Phoenixville, PA | Colonial Theatre
  • April 6 | Wheeling, WV | The Wheeling Jamboree
  • April 10 | Houston, TX | The Heights
  • April 11 | Waco, TX | Waco Hippodrome Theatre
  • April 13 | Roswell, NM | The Liberty
  • April 14 | Florence, AZ | Country Thunder
  • June 1 | Franklin, NC | Smoky Mountain Center For The Performing Arts
  • June 13 | Des Moines, IA | Wells Fargo Arena*
  • June 15 | Tulsa, OK | River Spirit Casino – Paradise Cove Margaritaville*
  • June 16 |Rogers, AR |Walmart Amp*
  • June 21 | Alton, IL | Liberty Bank Amphitheater Summer Concert Series*
  • June 22 | Dubuque, IA | America’s River Festival*
  • June 24 | Grand Rapids, MI | Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park*
  • June 28 | Rochester, NY | Rochester International Jazz Festival*
  • June 30 | Sterling Heights, MI | Freedom Hill*
  • July 12 | Prior Lake, MN | Lakefront Music Fest*
  • July 14 | Duluth, MN | Bayfront Festival Park*
  • July 16 | Kettering, OH | Fraze Pavilion*
  • July 18 | Baltimore, MD | MECU Pavilion*
  • July 21 | Twin Lakes, WI | Country Thunder
  • July 20 | Lynchburg, Virginia | Riverfront Park Concert Series*
  • July 24 | New York, NY | Pier 17*
  • July 25 | Boston, MA | Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*
  • July 27 | Rangeley, ME | Rangeley Health & Wellness Pavilion*
  • July 28 | Kingston, NY | Hutton Brickyards*
  • July 30 | Selbyville, DE | The Freeman Stage at Bayside*
  • July 31 | Vienna, VA | Wolf Trap Center for Performing Arts*
  • Aug. 2 | Mashantucket, CT | The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino*
  • Aug. 3 | Bethlehem, PA | Musikfest*
  • Aug. 11 | Albuquerque, NM | Sandia Resort and Casino*
  • Aug. 13 | Denver, CO | The Mission Ballroom*
  • Aug. 14 | Vail, CO | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheatre*
  • Aug. 16 | Billings, MT | Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion*
  • Aug. 17 | Missoula, MT | Big Sky Brewery*
  • Aug. 19 | Salt Lake City, UT | Red Butte Garden*
  • Aug. 21 | Los Angeles, CA | Greek Theatre*
  • Aug. 22 | Paso Robles, CA | Vina Robles Amphitheatre*
  • Aug. 24 | Stateline, NV | Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys*
  • Aug. 27 | Salem, OR | Oregon State Fair*
  • Aug. 28 | Airway Heights, WA | Northern Quest Resort & Casino*
  • Aug. 30 | Woodinville, WA | Chateau Ste. Michelle*
  • Aug. 31 | Woodinville, WA | Chateau Ste. Michelle*

* supporting Steve Miller Band

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Miranda Lambert Reveals She Got Married

Sat, 02/16/2019 - 17:39

Miranda Lambert married Brendan Mcloughlin, according to a post on her Instagram page.

“In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news,” says Miranda in the post. “I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for…. me. #theone.

Miranda was a big name in the news this week for her involvement in an altercation at a Nashville restaurant in which she allegedly dumped a salad on a patron.

Since her divorce from Blake Shelton in 2015, Miranda has been linked to singers Anderson East and Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours.

Miranda had not publicized her relationship with Brendan prior to the wedding announcement.

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In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan Mcloughlin for loving me for…. me. #theone

A post shared by Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) on Feb 16, 2019 at 2:41pm PST

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Listen to the Title Track of Reba McEntire’s Upcoming Album, “Stronger Than the Truth”

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 13:52

Reba McEntire released the title track from her upcoming album, Stronger Than the Truth, which will drop on April 5.

Penned by Hannah Louise Blaylock and Autumn McEntire, who is Reba’s niece, “Stronger Than the Truth” is one of 12 tracks from the new album, Reba’s first since her 2017 Grammy-winning Christian album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope.

In addition to co-producing the project with Buddy Cannon, Reba co-penned two of the 12 tracks. Additional songwriters include Brandy Clark, Ronnie Dunn, Dallas Davidson, Hillary Lindsey and more.

“The response to Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope reinforced my love for recording songs that speak to the heart,” says Reba. “So when I started selecting songs for this album, I stuck with that same formula—go with the songs that touch my heart, and hopefully when you hear me singing it, they’ll touch yours too. That honesty once again revealed itself. I grew up on an 8,000-acre family ranch singing at dance halls, honky-tonks and rodeos with my brother and sister. Stronger Than the Truth takes me back to that kind of country music that I grew up with. I haven’t gotten to do that in a while, so I’m thrilled to pieces to release this new music.”

Listen to “Stronger Than the Truth” below.

Stronger Than the Truth Track Listing & Songwriters

1. “Swing All Night Long With You” | Written by Sidney Cox, Jon Randall
2. “Stronger Than The Truth” | Written by Hannah Louise Blaylock, Autumn McEntire
3. “Storm In A Shot Glass” | Written by Mary Browder, Will Robinson, Leslie Satcher
4. “Tammy Wynette Kind Of Pain” | Written by Brandy Clark, Mark Narmore, Shelley Skidmore
5. “Cactus In A Coffee Can” | Written by Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin
6. “Your Heart” | Written by Kellys Collins
7. “The Clown” | Written by Dallas Davidson, Hillary Lindsey, James Slater
8. “No U In Oklahoma” | Written by Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Donna McSpadden
9. “The Bar’s Getting Lower” | Written by Kellys Collins, Erin Enderlin, Liz Hengber, Alex Kline
10. “In His Mind” | Written by Reba McEntire, Liz Hengber, Tommy Lee James
11. “Freedom” | Written by Jay Brunswick, Tommy Cecil, Jaida Dreyer, John Pierce
12. “You Never Gave Up On Me” | Written by Billy Aerts, Burton Collins

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Jerrod Niemann & Morgan Petek Divorce After 4 Years of Marriage

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 09:42

Nash Country Daily has confirmed that Jerrod Niemann and Morgan Petek have divorced after more than four years of marriage.

Morgan filed for divorce on June 18, 2018, citing “irreconcilable differences.”

The divorce became final on December 17, 2018.

According to the final divorce decree, Jerrod paid his wife a “$170,000 cash lump sum.” Both parties retained their personal cars, while Morgan assumed total possession of a Nashville house she paid the mortgage on. Jerrod was awarded assets in a family trust, including a Nashville property. Neither party is entitled to alimony or spousal support. Jerrod retained complete ownership of the two LLCs related to his music career.

The couple, which married in October 2014 in Puerto Rico, do not have any children together.

Jerrod released his most recent album, This Ride, in 2017. He has scored a trio of Top 10 hits over the last decade, including “Lover, Lover,” “What Do You Want” and “Drink to That All Night.”

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Trisha Yearwood Hosts “Let’s Be Frank” Album Release Party in NYC [Photo Gallery]

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 08:33

Trisha Yearwood released her first full-length studio album in more than 10 years on Feb. 15 with Let’s Be Frank, a collection of tune made famous by Frank Sinatra.

Trisha recorded 11 of Sinatra’s tracks live with a 55 piece orchestra at the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood using Sinatra’s microphone and sitting on the same stool where he sat while recording the originals.

With a recording career that spanned more than 50 years—and 59 albums—Sinatra’s catalog of work is formidable, but, as Trisha says, she went with her instincts when creating her collection.

“I went through and kind of highlighted classic Frank songs that you have to do—and then my favorite songs that I have to do,” says Trisha. “And I remember the first sit-down meeting with [producer] Don Was, and he said, ‘Ok, right now, just write down 12 songs. If you had to pick 12, what would they be?’ And, honestly, this album turned out to be 11 of the 12! And the twelfth song ended up being an original song [“For the Last Time”] that I wrote with Garth, which I never intended to be on the record. It just kind of found its way because it seemed to fit.”

To celebrate the release of the new album, Trisha hosted a signing party at William Sonoma in New York City on Feb. 14, performed at NYC’s Rainbow Room and stopped by Live With Kelly & Ryan on Feb. 15.

Check out our photo gallery from Trisha’s album signing party in NYC, courtesy of Steven Bergman, AFF-USA.com.

Let’s Be Frank Track List

  1. “Witchcraft”
  2. “Drinking Again”
  3. “All the Way”
  4. “Come Fly With Me”
  5. “Over the Rainbow”
  6. “One for My Baby”
  7. “They All Laughed”
  8. “If I Loved You”
  9. “The Man That Got Away”
  10. “The Lady Is a Tramp”
  11. “For the Last Time”
  12. “I’ll Be Seeing You”
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Kacey Musgraves Shares How Ruston Kelly Opened Her Heart: “He Made Me Laugh Again”

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:52

During her Grammy acceptance speech for Best Country Album for Golden Hour on Feb. 10, Kacey Musgraves shared some heartfelt sentiments about her singer/songwriter husband, Ruston Kelly.

“My sweet husband is down here, Ruston—I love you,” said Kacey from the stage. “I really believe I wouldn’t have this album if I hadn’t met you and you didn’t open my heart like you did, so thank you so much.”

The future lovebirds initially met at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe in March 2016, after one of Ruston’s shows. A few months later, they got together for a songwriting session—and the rest is history. Kacey and Ruston got engaged in December 2016, before tying the knot in October 2017.

If you were wondering how Ruston helped “open” her heart, Kacey recently shared the sweet details with Blair Garner of the Blair Garner Show.

“First of all, it was his songs,” says Kacey. “This is such a Nashville story, but it was February, early March 2016, and I had nothing to do one night and I was randomly in town. I had just taken time off the road to just stay in town and write and start getting creative again, kind of get back to my creative center. This one night in particular, I didn’t have any plans. A friend was playing a songwriter round at the Bluebird and they were like, ‘You should come.’ So I went alone and sat at a table. Ruston was playing in the songwriting round and I had no idea who he was. But he played these songs, and they just really got to me. They floored me. I was kind of in a sad headspace around this time. I had just gotten out of a relationship and creatively was kind of lost. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do and I just felt kind of weird.

“Anyways, his songs really spoke to me and I loved them so much. After the show, I went up to him and I said, ‘Hey, I never do this, but I really love your songs. Here’s my number. We should write sometime.’ That’s not like me to really step out on a limb like that. I definitely wasn’t even thinking in romantic terms. I just was really intrigued by his songs and his brain. I said we should write. So a few months went by and he would try to text me every now and then. I’d be like, delete. Whatever. I wasn’t looking for anything.

“But May 11th rolled around, 2016. I remember the date, May 11th. And he was coming to my house to write. The second he walked in my door, it was like just Dorothy walking into the colorful side of Wizard of Oz. He made me laugh again. I hadn’t laughed in what felt like forever. We made drinks, and we didn’t even get to writing because we were just talking about life and ourselves into the night. Just really hit it off. It just felt like, ‘Whoa, who is this? This is my best friend. Where have you been? Who are you?’ I wasn’t trying to get into any kind of relationship. I was like, ‘Damnit.’ But this is awesome. And then we dated for eight or nine months, got engaged. We were engaged for another nine months, and then we got married in October.”

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Watch Brothers Osborne’s Gritty New Video for “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)”

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 10:14

The Brothers Osborne—John and TJ—released a new video for their single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” which is currently No. 52 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart after 13 weeks.

The new tune, which was penned by John, TJ, Matt Dragstrem and Shane McAnally, is the second single from the duo’s 2018 album, Port Saint Joe, following lead single, “Shoot Me Straight.”

The new video centers around a professional bull rider who struggles to get his life back on track as he battles substance abuse. Once again, Brothers Osborne teamed with directors Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver (“It Ain’t My Fault” and “Shoot Me Straight”) for the new video.

“We’re very excited to release this emotional example of someone’s life being changed by another,” says John. “We’re never truly ourselves without the ones we love.”

“Wes and Ryan knocked this video out of the park,” says TJ. “We’re beyond proud of this one.”

Watch the new video below.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com

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Photo Gallery: Blake Shelton Honored as Dan + Shay, Cole Swindell, Ashley McBryde & More Perform at CRS Lunch

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 09:12

A number of country stars in the Warner Music Nashville stable took the stage at Omni’s Broadway Ballroom for the WMN Lunch at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Feb. 13. Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is Nashville’s annual gathering of radio programmers, music executives, media and more.

Performers at the inaugural event included Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Devin Dawson, Morgan Evans, Cody Johnson, Ashley McBryde, Chris Janson and Cole Swindell.

In addition, Dierks Bentley presented Blake Shelton with the Country Radio Seminar Artist Humanitarian award, which was created in 1990 by the organization’s board to honor country music artists who have exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career. Past recipients of the annual award have included Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Randy Owen, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Reba, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks and Charlie Daniels, among others.

Blake’s recent philanthropic endeavors include raising money for children’s hospitals, tornado victims and flood victims.

“The cool thing about country artists is that I feel like we all step up anytime we get a chance,” Blake said. “We have the easy part. We get to make music and that helps to generate awareness for certain things, it generates money for things. [We] step up anytime we get a chance. I couldn’t be more honored.”

Check out our photo gallery from the event, courtesy of Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com.

photo by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com


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