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August 5, 2015

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Reba McEntire’s Separation Surprised Fans and Industry Insiders

In a community where celebrity divorce rumors tend to run rampant, news of Reba McEntire and husband Narvel Blackstock’s separation came as a huge surprise to fans and the Nashville music industry. The couple announced Monday (Aug. 3) that they’ve separated after a 26-year marriage. McEntire confirmed the news on her official website. “In a... Read more »


Nashville Legend Billy Sherrill Dead at 78

Producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill, whose hits for Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Charlie Rich, Tanya Tucker, David Houston and others earned him niches in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, died Tuesday morning (Aug. 4) in Nashville at the age of 78. Born Nov. 5, 1936 in... Read more »


Georgia Boys Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan Top This Week’s Charts

There are two new titles at the tops of Billboard‘s country albums and country airplay charts this week, both by Georgia boys. Alan Jackson’s Angels and Alcohol moves in as the No. 1 album (up from No. 2 last week), and Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up” claims its place as the primo song. Like... Read more »


Check Out Photos From the Oregon Jamboree

Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Big & Rich delivered the goods during their headlining sets this past weekend (July 31-Aug. 2) at the Oregon Jamboree. Others who headed to the Cascade Mountains for the festival in Sweet Home, Oregon, included Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Hunter Hayes Love and Theft and Michael Ray. Check... Read more »


Billy Currington Joins Writers of “Don’t It” at No. 1 Party

Music Row toasted Billy Currington and the three writers of his latest hit, “Don’t It,” with a No. 1 party Monday afternoon (Aug. 3) at the CMA building in Nashville. The writers are Ashley Gorley, Jaren Johnston and Ross Copperman, all of whom were present with Currington to bask in the accolades. Mike Sistad spoke... Read more »


Brett Eldredge to Judge Miss America Pageant

Poor Brett Eldredge. How will he ever pick the next Miss America out of all those gorgeous women set to hit Atlantic City in September? That’s right. Eldredge is the first of seven celebrity judges revealed for the 2016 Miss America Competition, which airs live next month on ABC. It’s a tough, tough job, but... Read more »


Talent Booker and Manager Tandy Rice Dead at 76

Tandy Rice, a talent booker and manager instrumental in the careers of Dolly Parton, Tom T. Hall, Jim Ed Brown, comedian Jerry Clower and others, died Monday (Aug. 3) in Nashville of respiratory failure. He was 76. Born Aug. 16, 1938 in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, Tennessee, Tandy C. Rice Jr. graduated from the... Read more »


Reba McEntire, Narvel Blackstock Separate

Reba McEntire and her husband-manager Narvel Blackstock have separated after a 26-year marriage, the couple announced Monday (Aug. 3). The singer posted the following message on her official website: “In a joint statement, Narvel Blackstock and Reba McEntire have announced that they have been separated for the past few months, after 26 years of marriage.... Read more »


Maddie & Tae Bring Opry Spirit to Chicago

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, Maddie & Tae brought a replica of the venue’s famed six-foot wooden circle to the Chicago White Sox game on Friday night (July 31). But they also brought some pretty vivid memories of their own Opry experiences. The first was a few years ago when... Read more »


Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley Tapped for Americana Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Americana Music Association will present lifetime achievement awards to Ricky Skaggs, Eagles co-founder Don Henley, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Los Lobos at its 14th annual honors and awards ceremony Sept. 16 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. All the honorees will perform during the ceremony which will be taped to air on... Read more »


Carrie Underwood: Baby on Board

Look out. Carrie Underwood is bringing boys on the bus. Of course, it’s her two main men — hubby Mike Fisher and their adorable son Isaiah. Via her Instagram page, the singer recently shared the most “aww”-inducing shot of her boys enjoying life on the road. She added the caption, “My boys, checking out the... Read more »


Miranda Lambert Feels Like a Woman at Shania Twain Concert

If Shania Twain gives the command, “Let’s go, girls,” you heed the call, right? If you’re Miranda Lambert, you dang sure do. Lambert was one of thousands of Twain fans to hit the town Friday night (July 31) to kick up her heels and take in Twain’s magnificent Rock This Country tour stop at Nashville’s... Read more »


Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden” Hitmaker, Dead at 67

Lynn Anderson, who earned a Grammy with her 1970 hit, “Rose Garden,” died Friday (July 31) in Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center at the age of 67. Lynn Rene Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to noted songwriters Liz and Casey Anderson. She grew up in Sacramento, California. Apart from her... Read more »


Size Doesn’t Matter to A Thousand Horses

It’s been an exceptional year for A Thousand Horses, who have seen most of the U.S. from their tour bus while opening shows in arenas and amphitheaters for headliner Darius Rucker. However, the band got its start in the clubs, and the members say it’s fun to go back to the smaller venues. “It’s awesome,”... Read more »


CMA Songwriters Series Reveals More Than Songs

When you put four country songwriters up on a stage together and give them microphones, they’re going to do more than play you hit songs. They’re going to let you in on some secrets of the music business. And that’s just what happened on Thursday night (July 30) at Joe’s Bar in Chicago when Brett... Read more »


Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett Looking for Mermaids

So … Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett walk into a mermaid bar. That quip is hardly the start of a joke. They actually did walk into a mermaid bar, and the evidence is a hilarious photo posted on Bentley’s Instagram page of them at the legendary Sip ‘N Dip Tiki Lounge at the O’Haire Motor... Read more »


Hunter Hayes to Appear on Bella and the Bulldogs

All Hunter Hayes has to do for his acting debut is play Hunter Hayes, so you know he will totally nail it. Hayes is going to play himself in an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon‘s Bella and the Bulldogs. He is in Los Angeles this week filming his scenes, according to Entertainment Tonight. The show is... Read more »


Why Jake Owen’s Used Car Is So Pricey

When a representative for Jake Owen posted a link to the Craigslist ad that lists the singer’s old Jeep, a lot of people were questioning why it was so expensive. It is, after all a 25-year-old car. Then again, this 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer belonged to Owen. But that’s not why it he is asking... Read more »


Yes, Shania Twain Is Blond

“I thought that was Faith Hill.” “Who is that?” “There’s no way that is Shania.” Those were just a few of the comments I saw when I posted some photos from Shania Twain‘s Chicago show at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday night (July 29). It was all about the blond. So after a 22-song set,... Read more »


Miranda Lambert, RaeLynn Skip the Makeup

I couldn’t help but smile when I saw this Instagram photo of Miranda Lambert with one of her favorite country gals and dearest friends, the always adorable RaeLynn. The two are “smizing” (that’s smiling with your eyes, according to supermodel Tyra Banks) behind two mugs of coffee with some pretty rocking messy hair and makeup-free... Read more »


Steel Guitarist and Inventor Buddy Emmons Dead at 78

Fabled steel guitarist Buddy Emmons — whose sweeping, lyrical flourishes elevated such stylistically disparate classics as Ray Price’s “Night Life” and Judy Collins’ “Someday Soon” — has died at his home in Hermitage, Tenn., at the age of 78. The exact date of his death has not yet been disclosed. Born Jan. 27, 1937 in... Read more »


Craig Campbell’s Wife Encouraged Sexy New Video

This is one way to get over the awkward sexy scenes with a stranger: Invite your wife. Craig Campbell’s brand new video for “Tomorrow Tonight,” which premiered Thursday (July 30) on CMT, is sexy as hell. It features him flirting and ultimately carrying on bare-chested in bed with a woman who is not his wife.... Read more »


Two Hours of Miranda Lambert, Cool Friends at Nashville Club

It sounds like there was a cool little guitar pull in Nashville on Tuesday night (July 29). Only this one had some star power that wasn’t so little. Because Miranda Lambert was at the helm, and she had her songwriter friends who’ve written or co-written most of the biggest hits in Nashville in the past... Read more »


Will Jason Aldean Continue His Acting Career?

When Jason Aldean made his acting debut in the Western thriller Sweetwater back in 2013 alongside movie stars like January Jones and Ed Harris, fans and critics alike were all thinking, “Could this be Aldean’s new thing?” With fellow superstars like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, Kix Brooks making the leap to... Read more »


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