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ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher returned to Bridgestone Arena for a weekend Nashville Predators game, but this time as fans of Mike's former team. 

The powerhouse vocalist and former NHL player were in the stands when the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night, but the event was a bit nostalgic for the couple, who spent many nights at the arena when Mike was a member of the team for seven years, two of which he spent as captain.

Carrie shared a snap of their night out on Instagram, throwing up the team's "fang fingers" and joking that maybe her unemployed husband should return to the ice.    

"Good to be back at a @predsnhl game! Way to pull out the win, guys! Didn’t realize how much I missed it. Think I can talk the hubby into coming back for one more round?" she writes alongside playful hashtags such as  #UnRetiredAgain? and #MyHusbandNeedsAJob. 

Mike was traded to the Nashville Predators from his native Ottawa Senators in 2011. He announced his initial retirement in 2017, but a few months later he decided to rejoin the team for a final season, officially retiring from the NHL in 2018.

Carrie was recently surprised with a plaque from the Recording Industry Association of America commemorating her latest album, Cry Pretty, earning Platinum status.

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Capitol Nashville Luke Bryan finally feels like he's hitting his stride on American Idol. 

Now in his third year as a judge on the ABC singing competition, Luke says that he's having more fun than ever. A major part of this enjoyment stems from how he and fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are able to foster young talent from across the country, which he says gives him a sense of fulfillment.

"You're able to watch good TV that you can sit down and watch with your family. You can cry, you can cheer these kids on. There's some kids from backgrounds where you just … pull for them. It's the microcosm of life, we get to see it walk in and you get to see what America's all about. They get to stand in front of us and sing," Luke shares with People. 

He also praises Katy and Lionel, explaining how the three of them have struck a balance thanks to them knowing one another's strengths and weaknesses.  It creates a sound dynamic that makes them capable judges.

"And year three, I'm enjoying it now more than ever. I feel like, with the show, it seems like we're catching a good stride," Luke says. "And I'm just excited to be a part of it."

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Shock InkToby Keith has another honor to add to his collection. 

The "How Do You Like Me Now?!" singer was the recipient of the Arnie Award at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California.

Awarded by Golf Digest, the country star was recognized for his efforts in helping critically ill children and their families in his home state of Oklahoma through his own annual tournament, Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic. The 17th annual event will take place in Oklahoma City later this year.  

Toby also showed off his golf skills during the Pro-Am when he sunk a nearly 40-foot-long putt at the 15th hole on the Pebble Beach Golf Links course. With the move, he birdied on his third round at the hole, nearly replicating a shot he made at the same "lucky hole" during the 2019 tournament. 

Toby launches his Country Comes to Town Tour on May 1 in Estero, Florida, continuing through September 5 where it wraps at the Hard Rock in Atlantic City.

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ABC/Image Group LAMaddie & Tae's Taylor Dye is married. 

Taylor wed songwriter Josh Kerr in a ceremony in Nashville on February 21. The couple shared photos from the special day on Instagram, revealing that Taylor wore a long-sleeved white gown with a plunging back. They also included shots of them standing face-to-face as they took the wedding vows while another shows them kissing as family and friends hoist white ribbons over them in celebration.

"My person for life. I am madly in love with you @joshkerrmusic," the singer writes"Wife, my forever, my best friend," Josh captions alongside a gallery of wedding photos.

The singer-songwriter couple announced their engagement in September 2019. Taylor celebrated her bachelorette party earlier this month, thrown for her by her Maddie & Tae cohort Maddie Marlow

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ABC/Image Group LABrandi Carlile is lending her support to a meaningful cause. 

The beloved singer has been tapped as the official 2020 Record Store Day ambassador. The annual tradition   began in 2008 and takes place one Saturday in April, encouraging music lovers to visit and celebrate their local record shops, where you can also purchase music only available to participating independent record stores.

Brandi unveiled the news via a passionate letter on Instagram, sharing her deep admiration for record stores. She relates how growing up, she often dreamed of seeing her own music in a record store one day and how important they've become to her and longtime collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth, known as "the twins," her co-ambassadors. 

"Independent record stores are home to me and the twins," she writes. "We’ve covered every square inch of this country and visited damn near every record store it has to offer and I still believe these places are the heart and soul of American music."  

Brandi joins an elite group of past Record Store Day ambassadors including Pearl JamMetallica and Dave Grohl. 2020 Record Store Day takes place across the world on April 18.

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ABC/Image Group LACraig Morgan is making his way back to TV.

The country star is partnering with the recently launched country music network, Circle, for a new reality show called Craig's World. The 10-episode series will follow the singer as he navigates his music career in Nashville, along with family life with his wife, Karen, and their children. 

Craig's World follows Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors and Morgan Family Strong, the latter of which ran on the UP network in 2018 and chronicled the family's grieving process after his son, Jerry, was killed in a boating accident in 2016.

“We do our normal stuff. We don’t create stuff. There’s no drama -- if there is, it’s real life and is really happening,” Craig tells Rolling Stone. “Like dealing with the loss of our son and the pain we may be feeling that day. Or having a band member quit and having to replace them. Or teaching my grandson to ride a motorcycle.”

Craig's World begins on March 5 and will air every Thursday through May 7 at 8 p.m. ET on Circle Network.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1991, the ‘50s honky tonk legend behind hits like “In the Jailhouse Now” died of pancreatic cancer. Do you know who he was? ANSWER: Webb Pierce.

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ABC/Mark LevineShay Mooney, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo Dan Shay, announced on Saturday that he welcomed another son with wife Hannah Billingsley.

The "10,000 Hours" singer was over the moon when announcing the birth of Ames Alexander, who was born on Friday.

Mooney sweetly wrote, "Welcome to the Mooney family. Asher has been so excited to meet you, 'baby brover.'"  The "Speechless" artist also uploaded a series of photos documenting little Ames' first moments.

"You are already so loved. I’m so proud to be your dad. And you have have the best momma on planet earth," gushed the 28-year-old before delving into a cute anecdote about how three-year-old Asher James is comprehending that he's no longer an only child.

Added Mooney, "Yesterday, Asher asked Hannah when baby brother’s mom was gonna come pick him up and take him to his house...so we might be in for a slight rude awakening."

Billingsley also paid tribute to her newborn on Saturday, adoringly writing that the "world is already a brighter place" because he's in it.  "Now, let the adventures begin," She happily added.

The couple first announced they were expecting another boy back in August.

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ABC/Image Group LAWhile Maren Morris counts down the days until she welcomes her first child with husband Ryan Hurd, "The Bones" singer posed a serious question to fans on Twitter: What the heck is a playroom?

"Someone tell me wtf a “play room” is," Morris asked fans on Friday.  She then prefaced her confusion by explaining, "When I was little, I’d play with Barbies in MY room but now people are telling me the Barbies get their OWN room."  

Morris amended that she won't judge anyone for their answer, but hilariously added, "it just does not compute that a small kid gets two living spaces."  

Luckily, "The Middle" singer was able to find answers when fellow moms were quick to empathize and share a laugh with her.

Several agreed with Morris, telling her about the "playroom" they all had back in the day -- such as the great outdoors with a bowl of dirt, in the basement, or in their own bedrooms -- to which the 29-year-old enthusiastically concurred.  

However, Morris finally received her answer when a fan named Emily helpfully explained that giving the child two rooms -- a bedroom and playroom -- lets them separate playtime and bedtime.  "Fair enough. I feel my OCD starting to get sloughed away already," the singer humorously cracked back.

The best comment, although, came from a fan named Daniella who sarcastically teased, "a small kid gets like 8 living spaces, maren."  Morris deadpanned in return, "this cannot stand."

The singer, who also revealed in the tweet that she is nine months pregnant, is reportedly due in March.  She and her husband, who wed in March 2018, first announced they were expecting a son in October

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ABC/Image Group LAEarlier this month, Tim McGraw revealed that he was parting ways with Sony Music Nashville, his label since 2017. Fans wondered where the country superstar would end up next, especially since he was gearing up for a big summer tour. 

Tim didn’t leave fans hanging for too long, though: During the annual Country Radio Seminar, he announced that he would be returning to his longtime label home, Big Machine Records, where he enjoyed considerable success in the 2010s. 

It was on that label that the singer put out his 2013 album Two Lanes of Freedom, 2014’s Sundown Heaven Town and 2015’s Damn Country Music. Between those three projects, Tim notched several top ten hits on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, including “Shotgun Rider,” “Humble and Kind” and “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s.” 

“I am so proud to welcome Tim McGraw back home to Big Machine Records,” label CEO and founder Scott Borchetta explained to Billboard. “We can’t wait to jump back into the mix with Tim and his great team and get his incredible new music out to the world.”

He’s already got his first project lined up: Tim will release a new album, Here on Earth, which is also the name of his upcoming tour. While an exact timeline for the new record hasn’t yet been unveiled, Scott hinted to Billboard that a new single will be here “sooner than later.” 

At the same time that Tim moved to Sony three years ago, so did his wife, fellow superstar Faith Hill. While at that label, the couple put out a duets album called The Rest of Our Life. Faith remains at Sony. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJimmie Allen teams up with rising pop act Noah Cyrus for his new single, “This is Us.” The power ballad was co-written by Florida Georgia Line bandmate Tyler Hubbard. 

Last Friday, a DVD of worship songs and hymns performed by country legend Randy Travis called Worship & Faith came out via the Gaither Music Group. The DVD was filmed in 2003 in Orlando, Florida, and comes alongside a companion CD of Randy’s favorite gospel tunes entitled Precious Memories

Walker Montgomery, a rising country artist and the son of John Michael Montgomery, has shared a new song called “Like My Daddy Done It.” The ‘90s inflected new tune is a testament to his famous father’s classic country legacy. 

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ABC AudioCarrie Underwood was in tears Friday afternoon at Country Radio Seminar as she received a Platinum album for her most recent release Cry Pretty, which she co-produced.

"This means a lot, 'cause I feel like this is the project that I've done, and the album that I've done, that is the most 'me,'" Carrie said through sobs, as two executives from her record label gave her the giant plaque.

"And the fact that you guys were there supporting the whole way and didn't laugh at me when I said I wanted to produce, and were equally as excited about these songs as I was...just, thank you," she continued. "I'm honored and I'm humbled and God is good."

The presentation came at the end of a sit-down interview Carrie did called Finding Your Path, whose name was inspired by the title of her upcoming book Find Your Path.  She discussed her artistry, her role as a leader in the music industry, and her personal life, including how she manages to juggle country superstardom with being a wife and mother of two.  Bottom line: Her husband Mike is super-supportive and, she says, "We figure it out."

Carrie also revealed her secret musical passion: heavy metal.  She confessed to listening to Ozzy Osbourne's new album before taking the stage on Friday, and recalled attending concerts by HoleGreen Day and Slipknot as a teenager. 

Carrie also described going to a recent Guns N' Roses concert, where she watched from the audience, rather than in a special VIP box.

"It was one of the best nights of my life," she raved. "I was losing my mind -- and it was amazing, amazing, amazing!"

Of course, for anyone who remembers Carrie covering Motley Crue's "Home Sweet Home" for the American Idol farewell song one year, this won't come as a surprise.

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Sara HertelLeAnn Rimes donned Western wear and headed to a saloon-themed Gruene, Texas photo studio for the latest installment of her LovE Sessions. The singer’s newest cover performance taps pop singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved.”

The breakup ballad’s subject matter may tug on the heartstrings, but LeAnn says she was equally inspired by Lewis’ goofball sense of humor. 

“It’s such a beautiful song! Definitely one of my favorites that’s come out in the last few years,” LeAnn says of “Someone You Loved.” “I adore Lewis Capaldi’s voice, but I adore his wacky sense of humor just as much. So, in honor of not only a great song, but the pure entertainment he brings to the world, we thought we’d take this video down a little cheeky path.”

LeAnn’s LovE Sessions celebrates the month of love with a new release every Friday. Each week, the singer covers one of her favorite love songs. Though LeAnn’s known best for her country roots, she explores far beyond her home genre, putting her own spin on songs by the likes of Billie Eilish and Selena Gomez. Previous installments of the LovE Sessions were filmed at her home, but this time around, she recorded “Someone You Loved” while on Tour in Texas.

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Round Here RecordsRaeLynn’s bold new release, “Keep Up,” is an attitude-packed anthem for country girls who know how to work, play and party every bit as hard as their male counterparts. The singer also dropped a music video to match, which encapsulates the same high-energy fun. 

“I want women to take away from ‘Keep Up’ that they can be just as rowdy as the guys can!” the singer explained to ET Online. “This is the country girl anthem that we need. From the moment I wrote ‘Keep Up,’ I had a vision for a fun video that incorporates my personality and all the bright colors.”

In bringing that vision to life, RaeLynn enlisted plenty of sequins, some serious dance moves and even a cameo from her husband, Josh

RaeLynn co-wrote her latest song with Corey CrowderSteven Lee Olsen and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard. She recently signed to FGL’s newly-formed, artist-helmed label, Round Here Records, and has since been busily plotting her next musical chapter. 

“Keep Up” is the second song she’s dropped since becoming a Round Here Records artist; the new tune follows the empowering breakup anthem “Bra Off,” a quirky and fun-loving tune that celebrates getting out of a relationship that just didn’t fit right.

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Legacy RecordingsCountry legend Willie Nelson will drop the 70th solo studio album of his career, First Rose of Spring, on April 24. The new release comes right before the singer’s 87th birthday on April 29.

In addition to a variety of original material, Willie will tip his hat to a series of other iconic artists in the track list of his new project. The record includes a rendition of Toby Keith’s “Don’t Let the Old Man In,” Billy Joe Shaver’s “We Are the Cowboys” and Pete Graves’ “Just Bummin’ Around,” a tune that’s also been recorded by the likes of Dean Martin and Jimmy Dean

As well as sampling some favorite cover tunes, Willie also called on a couple of notable artists to help him write the material on First Rose of Spring. For example, Randy Houser co-wrote the project’s title track. 

Fans can hear that  track right away, as Willie released the song and its accompanying music video when he announced his new album. 

First Rose of Spring was produced by Willie’s longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, who also co-wrote several of the songs with the country legend. 


The new album is in keeping with a pattern for Willie, who has consistently put out at least one album every year since 2016. The new release follows his 2019 project, Ride Me Back Home.

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Warner Music NashvilleTucker Beathard returns with an emotional new power ballad that’s all about the pain of still caring about someone who no longer cares for you.

Called “You Would Think,” the song describes a breakup that ends on one-sided terms -- but Tucker says that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s about a romantic relationship.

“We all had different impressions of it while we were writing it,” he tells American Songwriter. “I was under the impression that it was talking about a kid and his relationship to his father. We kept it open to interpretation and we didn’t specify what we were talking about.” 

Speaking of fathers, one of Tucker’s co-writers for “You Would Think” was his own dad, Nashville songwriting legend Casey Beathard. By this point in Tucker’s career, the father-son duo have plenty of experience writing together, and the singer says they’re typically able to set aside their personal dynamic when they head into the writing room.

“You Would Think” comes off the upcoming second chapter of Tucker’s debut album. The first half of the project, Nobody’s Everything, dropped in 2018. 

It’s also the first song Tucker has shared since his younger brother Clayton was killed in a bar stabbing in Nashville last December. The singer’s relationship with his brothers has previously been the subject of his songwriting, too, and in the wake of Clayton’s death, Tucker posted a clip of his song “Brother” on social media as a tribute.

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Rick DiamondThe King of Country Music has a new stadium show on the books: George Strait will headline the University of Notre Dame’s stadium in South Bend, Indiana on August 15. It’s an unbeatable lineup for country fans, with Brothers Osborne and Chris Stapleton set to open for the legendary performer. 

The newly announced show is one of a handful George is planning for August of 2020. He recently shared plans for a stadium show in Minneapolis; Chris is also serving as direct support for that show, along with Little Big Town. After that, at the end of the month, George will head to Las Vegas for two more dates of his Strait to Vegas residency. 

Notre Dame is a particularly memorable venue for country fans, as it was the site of Garth Brooks' first stop on his stadium tour in October of 2018. Garth’s performance was the first-ever concert to take place in the stadium, which seats over 80,000 people. 

So far this year, George has delivered three performances, all of which have sold out. He's offered limited touring engagements since concluding his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour in 2014. 

Tickets for the South Bend, Indiana show go on sale March 6 at 10:00 a.m. ET.

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Diego PerníaThey may still be in the middle of their 2020 The Owl Tour, but the Zac Brown Band is already expanding on their upcoming summer plans. The group revealed five new tour stops on their 2020 Roar with the Lions run, as well as an exciting new pair of openers. 

Longstanding live favorites Old Crow Medicine Show will join the trek for two newly announced shows in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Noblesville, Indiana on September 10 and 11, respectively. 

Following that, ZBB have tacked three California dates onto the end of their tour, on October 23, 24 and 25. Rising country hitmaker Riley Green will join them for those stops, taking place in Chula Vista, Los Angeles and Mountain View. 

Tickets for the just-announced dates go on sale next Friday at 12PM local time. However, members of ZBB's Zamily Fan Club will have access to a pre-sale beginning on February 25. Find more info and a complete list of tour dates at ZacBrownBand.com.

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Warner Music Nashville After teasing new music for several weeks and even sharing the title of his next single, Kenny Chesney’s next tune is finally available for us to hear.

Here and Now” is the name of the song, which serves as an uptempo reminder of the importance of staying present in the moment.

Kenny and his co-writers, including “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” duet partner David Lee Murphy, wrote the song "Here and Now" while sharing cold drinks, soaking up the sun and telling stories about life. 

“This song kind of blew my mind,” Kenny says. “The chorus is everything I feel about that time onstage with No Shoes Nation...that rush of it absolutely being the best place, best moment in the entire world. There’s no rush like it.”

"Here and Now's" release comes just two days after Kenny accepted the Country Radio Seminar Humanitarian Award in honor of all the causes he’s supported over the years, such as his work to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The song doubles down on the singer’s message of making the world a better place -- and savoring every moment along the way.

“There is so much in the world we can’t change,” Kenny declares. “You can get so caught up in that, you miss your life. I can’t save the world, but I can make music that makes people happy, play shows that let them forget their problems for an evening -- and occasionally cut a song that maybe reminds all of us what we ought to be embracing.”

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1958, one particularly rough-and-tumble country legend was transferred to San Quentin Prison after a failed attempt to break out of Bakersfield Jail. Do you remember who it was? ANSWER: Merle Haggard.

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