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Country Music News

Nashville notes: Travis Tritt's DVD + Josh Turner's new song tease

Travis Tritt is releasing his television special and DVD, Country Chapel, on April 26. "This album is one that I have wanted to make for over 30 years. I’m extremely excited and grateful to have released this collection of songs that take me back to my early roots of singing inspirational songs as a child in church," Travis says of the songs on the forthcoming project. You can preorder your copy online.

Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, William Michael Morgan and more have joined the Opry Country Classics' Johnny Paycheck tribute show. Tickets for the May 9 event are available now at opry.com.

Josh Turner is set to release a new song on April 26. You can check out a clip of the as-yet-untitled track on Josh's Instagram.

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Miranda Lambert drops fiery, cryptic teases on social media

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Country music's "Fastest Girl in Town" has something up her sleeve.

Miranda Lambert took to her socials recently to share fiery teases on something she's working on.

The first is a 12-second video of scenes from her past music videos, including "Mama's Broken Heart," "Somethin' Bad" and "Kerosene." The chosen clips show Miranda's sassy and up-to-no-good side with a snippet of a potential new song, before ending with "to be continued."

The second's a graphic with the words "WARNING: HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED" and a call to action for fans to "text 430-300-0144."

What could Miranda be teasing? Could new music be on the horizon? 

You can follow Miranda's socials and text 430-300-0144 to find out as soon as her announcement is made.

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Cody Johnson adds 10 dates to Leather Tour

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Cody Johnson has added 10 dates to his Leather Tour.

They include stops in Rapid City, South Dakota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Kansas City, Missouri; and Arlington, Texas. The entire tour will conclude November 16 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

"My guys and I have spent 17 years on the road, and it’s not lost on any of us how fortunate we are to get to do this for a living and now at this level," Cody tells the press. "I truly believe God put me on this earth to help make country music sound like country music again."

"Can't wait to see y'all on Nov. 9th at Globe Life Field," he adds.

Presale for Cody's COJONation fan club begins Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. CT ahead of the general sale on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. CT.

You can find the full Leather Tour schedule on Cody's website.

On the music front, Cody's approaching the top 20 of the country charts with "Dirt Cheap." The song and its preceding single, "The Painter," are off his latest album, Leather, out now.

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Luke Bryan covers John Mellencamp on 'Idol'

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Luke Bryan took the stage on Sunday's American Idol to perform John Mellencamp's "Small Town."

Clad in a shirt and jeans, Luke got the in-studio crowd on their feet, clapping and singing along to John's 1985 hit. His performance coincided with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame theme for Sunday's show.

This year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees were also announced Sunday night. They include ageless diva Cher, R&B powerhouses Mary J. Blige, '70s and '80 rock hitmakers Foreigner, '70s superstar guitarist Peter Frampton, jam band superstars Dave Matthews Band, R&B legends Kool & the Gang, metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and pioneering rap group A Tribe Called Quest.

You can watch Luke's "Small Town" performance on YouTube.

Luke's making his way up the country charts with his new single, "Love You, Miss You, Mean It."

To see Luke on his upcoming Mind of a Country Boy Tour, head to lukebryan.com.

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Meet your newest Opry member: Scotty McCreery

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Scotty McCreery is officially a Grand Ole Opry member.

The "Five More Minutes" singer was inducted into the hallowed institution on Saturday by fellow Opry member Josh Turner. Randy Travis and his wife, Mary, were also onstage with Scotty and Josh for the special occasion.

"I stand here tonight proud of the fact that I bridged the gap between the generation of Randy Travis and Scotty McCreery," Josh said. "Only time will tell who will be inspired by Scotty."

"Scotty is not only a fine singer and a songwriter but he’s a great man, husband and now father," Josh added. "I’m proud of him and I’m proud that he is filling the shoes of the artists before him. With artists like him, country music is in great shape."

After being inducted into the Opry and accepting his official Opry Member Award, Scotty shared, “If you’ve listened to any of my interviews over the last 15 years of doing this, they’d say, 'What is your biggest goal?' And I’d always say, 'One day I wanna be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.'"

"I gotta go home and start writing a new bucket list," he added.

Scotty performed his latest single, "Cab in a Solo," "Fall of Summer" from his forthcoming album, Rise & Fall, and Randy's hit "Three Wooden Crosses" before closing out with "Five More Minutes."

You can check out photos from Scotty's induction now on Instagram.

You can watch Scotty's Opry induction and performance later this spring on Opry Live on the Opry's Facebook and YouTube channels.

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Luke Bryan brushes off onstage fall after slipping on fan's phone: 'My lawyer will be calling'

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Luke Bryan is brushing off his recent onstage accident.

The country superstar, 47, slipped on a phone that was on the stage while he was performing in Vancouver over the weekend, sending him crashing to the floor.

"Did anybody get that?" he asked the crowd after getting back to his feet, as seen in fan-captured footage of the incident. "It's OK, hey, my lawyer will be calling."

Luke, despite the fall, appeared to be in a joking mood, making fun of the tumble and even replaying the moment on a fan's phone.

"There it is!" he said. "Hey! I need some viral, this is viral."

Luke's American Idol family even checked in with him during Sunday night's live show.

"Are you damaged in any way?" host Ryan Seacrest asked him.

"What are you talking about, Ryan?" Luke quipped back.

The moment was then replayed for American Idol fans.

One fan who was at the concert, Emily Nicole, told Good Morning America other concertgoers were throwing phones, cowboy boots, cowboy hats, water bottles and more onto the stage.

"People were trying to get their stuff signed," Nicole recalled. "So they thought the best way to get that to happen was by throwing things on [the] stage, which was not safe at all and just super disrespectful."

This is hardly the first instance of artists dealing with fans throwing items onstage at concerts.

Just last year, Bebe Rexha was hit in the face when a fan threw their phone at her during a show in New York City. Harry Styles was also hit in the face by a flying object while he was onstage in Vienna last July.


 

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Jelly Roll is eager to drop new music: "I need to get it out of me"

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Waiting with bated breath for new Jelly Roll music? Well, so is Jelly.

Chatting with ABC Audio backstage at the 2024 CMT Music Awards, Jelly talked about winding down the Whitsitt Chapel chapter as he readies to roll out new music.

"This is it, man. This is the end of the Whitsitt Chapel era. We started it here with 'Need a Favor.' We performed 'Halfway to Hell' tonight. And then the next time y'all see me at an award show, God willing, it will be something new," said Jelly.

While a release date hasn't been set yet, Jelly says he's excited to unveil all the songs he's been working on.

"I wrote probably 100-and-something songs last year. I am sitting on a phone that is shaking out of my pocket, with the spirit and soul in it that needs to be released in a way I can't even describe," says Jelly. "I'm to the point where I'm going to just start releasing music. I need to get it out of me."

"It's therapeutic for me," he adds, before sharing what inspires him. "I got to see so much last year and meet so many people and experience so much. I do how I do dialogue best, and I wrote it in a song." 

Jelly's currently in the top 10 of the country charts with "Halfway to Hell." You can find it on 2023's Whitsitt Chapel.

Jelly's Beautifully Broken Tour begins August 27 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and wraps October 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tickets and the full tour schedule are available now at jellyroll615.com.

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Nashville notes: Randy Houser's "Country Back" + Maren Morris expands RSVP Redux tour

Randy Houser has dropped a new track, "Country Back." Randy and Matt Rogers wrote the uptempo and rockin' country ode.

Maren Morris has added 15 dates to her 2024 RSVP Redux Tour, with newly added shows in Raleigh, North Carolin; Savannah, Georgia; Hollywood, Florida; and more. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. local time, after Maren's fan club presale on Tuesday, April 23, at 10 a.m. local time.

Country newcomer and American Idol alum Colin Stough's released "Makes Two of Us." Of the song, Colin shares, "'Makes Two of Us' is about that after a breakup thing where you keep thinking about your ex. It’s those lonely moments when your brain kicks in and you start thinking about them, then you start debating on whether or not you should reach out just in case they’re thinking of you too."

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Kelsea Ballerini files for temporary restraining order against alleged hacker who released her songs

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Kelsea Ballerini has filed for a temporary restraining order against an alleged hacker for illegally sharing her music online. 

As reported by People, the alleged hacker, Bo Ewing, is accused of unlawfully obtaining and releasing "still-in-production, unreleased masters and demos" of Ballerini's music, per court documents reviewed by the publication. Ballerini, her label home Black River Entertainment and producer Alysa Vanderheym are listed as plaintiffs.

The Ohio-based alleged hacker is identified as "a former member of Ms. Ballerini’s fan club" and "a supporter of her career in the past" who "has since become disenfranchised with Ms. Ballerini." Court documents state that Ewing got hold of the files "through gaining back-door access to the device of either, or both, of Ms. Ballerini or Ms. Vanderheym."

The plaintiffs also posited Ewing "had already shared the files with multiple third parties and that the music in question was unfinished," per People.

An injunction to protect the recordings has been secured by the country star, Black River Entertainment and Vanderheym to protect the recordings, citing "continued, irreparable harm" on the plaintiff's end.

"Protection of an artist’s music is of the upmost importance," a spokesperson for Ballerini told People exclusively. "Artists spend countless hours perfecting their craft and telling their stories through their music. Stealing and sharing unfinished music is illegal and harms the integrity of the creative process."

Ballerini's latest project is her seven-track Rolling Up The Welcome Mat (For Good) EP, which was preceded by 2022's SUBJECT TO CHANGE. She's currently working on and gearing up to release new music.

You can read the full story now on People's website.

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Michael Ray wants you to "Hold" your loved ones close

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Michael Ray has dropped a new life-inspired song, "Hold."

The midtempo number offers numerous lessons on approaching life, crossroads and relationships with our loved ones. 

"Hold a beer, don't hold a grudge/ Hold on to the ones you love/ You can hold your cards but boy know when to fold 'em/ Hold on to your beliefs, don't hold back on all your dreams/ Make some memories before the good Lord calls you home/ There's a lot of things in life worth letting go/ But the ones that mean the most you got to hold," Michael sings in the chorus.

"This one is so special to me. It’s about keeping what really matters close to you," Michael says on Instagram.

Michael's latest project is 2023's Dive Bars & Broken Hearts EP. His recent single-track releases are "We Should Get a Drink Sometime" and "Nothin' Else."

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Corey Kent shares "perfectly imperfect" new track, "Rust"

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Want a look at what real, authentic love looks like? Corey Kent's got you covered.

The "Wild as Her" singer has dropped a new track, "Rust," that candidly spotlights a relationship's good, bad and less glamorous sides.

"This love won't rust, it holds right up/ Ain't going nowhere when the going gets tough/ The shine might fade, the rain's gon' come/ We'll weather that storm whenever it does/ This love don't rust, rust, rust," Corey sings in the chorus.

"In a world full of love songs that seem hard to relate to & too good to be true, I wanted to write one that felt real; Perfectly imperfect. So I wrote Rust," Corey shares on Instagram.

"Real love doesn’t quit when it gets hard. It endures. It keeps fighting. It weathers the storms," he adds. "When the shine fades & the rust sets in, it should be a badge of honor… because the love endured & that’s a love story worth singing about."

"Rust" is out now on all digital platforms.

To see Corey on Parker McCollum's ongoing Burn It Down Tour, head to coreykentofficial.com.

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Anne Wilson + Lainey Wilson drop faith-inspired "Praying Woman"

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Rising country artist Anne Wilson has teamed with Lainey Wilson for a new duet, "Praying Woman."

Anne and Lainey co-wrote the powerful song with Trannie Anderson, Jeff Pardo and Christian singer Matthew West, and it chronicles a woman's unwavering commitment to prayer.

"That's the power/ The power of two folded hands/ Bowed head, bended knees/ When she whispers dear Jesus/ Heaven can hear it/ And that devil gets back to Hell running/ That's the power/ The power of a praying woman/ Oh, a praying woman," goes the soul-stirring chorus.

"Praying Woman" is off Anne's debut country album, REBEL. Out now, the 16-track project also includes collabs with Jordan Davis ("Country Gold") and Christian superstar Chris Tomlin ("The Cross").

"When I think about this new album and this set of songs, all I see is the faithfulness of God," Anne shares with the press. "He called this little 15 year old girl from Kentucky out of the tragic loss of her brother and has brought me on the most incredible journey. I would be nowhere without Jesus."

"My hope is that you all absolutely love these songs and that you feel Jesus in all of them," she adds. "I pray this record impacts your life for the glory and honor of Jesus. That it brings you JOY and peace. That it inspires you to be a REBEL."

REBEL and "Praying Woman" are out now wherever you listen to music.

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Chris Janson + The Rock bask in the outdoors in "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" video

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Chris Janson has dropped the music video for "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" with surprise guest star and longtime friend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The lighthearted visualizer opens with Chris hanging at Bass Pro Shops before being mentally transported to the outdoors. There, Chris performs his autobiographical song while having a good time with Dwayne on a classic Ford pickup truck.

"We had a great time making this video. Tons of genuine real fun. From TN to TX, we made it happen," shares Chris. "Can’t thank DJ enough for starring in it and for being a great friend to me."

Dwayne says, "We bonded so quickly in a parking lot waiting for our cars to pull around – talking about 'The Blues Man,' talking about the Opry…what really moved me was Chris’ humility, his love for not only Country music, which I love as well, but his desire to work hard and take care of his family."

"He does it with such a grace and style – again, his humility, gratitude and always bringing some fun to the mix made us fast friends and I’m happy to be a part of his video," adds The Rock.

"Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" is Chris' new single, preceded by the #1 hit, "All I Need Is You." His latest album is 2023's The Outlaw Side Of Me.

To see Chris at an upcoming tour stop, visit his website.

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Megan Moroney loves how self-empowering "I'm Not Pretty" is

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Don't be fooled by the self-deprecating title of Megan Moroney's latest single, "I'm Not Pretty." It's actually a self-empowerment song that transpired from an experience Megan had.

"I just love it because it's a confident anthem. I wrote it, obviously, about my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend accidentally liking a photo from 2016," Megan says in a press interview, before talking about the vibrant music video.

"I feel like I got to tell the bigger story of this song. When I sing 'I'm Not Pretty,' I'm not thinking about my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. It's more so just like, 'Keep telling me I can't do things,'" she says. "That's the message of the song."

"I just like how the music video is like, 'If you're nice, you're really good at baking cakes and you're really good at doing things. And if you're mean, you burn your cakes and look unhappy all the time,'" adds Megan.

"I'm Not Pretty" is now approaching the top 15 of the country charts. You can find it on Megan's debut album, Lucky, out now.

Megan's currently opening for Kenny Chesney on his Sun Goes Down Tour. Tickets and the full tour schedule are available now on her website.


 

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Nashville notes: Brittney Spencer on 'CBS Mornings' + Kip Moore's tour merch

Brittney Spencer was on CBS Mornings to talk about being featured on Beyoncé's "BLACKBIIRD" and her long-tenured journey in the music industry. If you missed the interview, you can watch it now on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Kip Moore has dropped new tour merch to celebrate his upcoming Nomad World Tour. You can grab new T-shirts, hats and more at Kip's merch store. For his upcoming tour schedule, visit kipmoore.net.

Danielle Bradbery has announced that she's releasing a new song, "Younger & Wiser," on Friday. While you wait, you can check out its cover art on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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