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Country Music News

Cody Johnson’s Ain’t Nothin’ To It album has officially been certified Gold by the RIAA. It arrived in 2019 and was his major-label studio debut. Cody recently followed it up with Human The Double Album, whose lead single, “Til You Can’t,” is climbing the country charts.

In case you missed it, Gabby Barrett stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night. She performed her current single, “Footprints on the Moon.”

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Keith Urban celebrated his 54th birthday on Tuesday, and his wife, actor Nicole Kidman, didn’t let the day go by without marking the occasion. On social media, she posted a sweet, simple tribute to her country star husband.

“Happiest of birthdays my love,” Nicole wrote, along with a string of birthday cake and heart emojis.

She also posted a snapshot of the two of them hanging out on a boat, with Nicole planting a kiss on Keith’s cheek as he smiles with his eyes closed. A second slide shares a glimpse of their birthday celebrations: From the vantage point of what appears to be a private box at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, we see an image of gold, glittery balloons reading “Happy Birthday.”

Keith and Nicole tied the knot in 2006. They are parents to two daughters, 13-year-old Sunday Rose and 10-year-old Faith Margaret.

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Chase Rice has plans to bring a little bit of southern fun to Cleveland, Ohio this December. He just announced that he’s opening a venue there called Welcome to the Farm, which will provide drinks, bar food and -- of course -- live music.

Located on the Flats East Bank of the Cuyahoga River, Chase’s new hot spot will boast a 280-person capacity, garage doors that open on all sides and a waterfront patio. The centerpiece of the venue will be a center stage.

“We’ve been working on this for a while and I’m excited to finally let everyone in on the secret,” the singer shares. “I’ve had a blast learning about another side of the entertainment and hospitality industry and getting to put my stamp on things at Welcome to the Farm. I can’t wait to welcome y’all in December!”

Chase’s connection to Ohio is both personal and musical. His dad grew up near Columbus and played on the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. Plus, as the home of rock ‘n’ roll, Cleveland has always held a special place in the singer’s heart, he says.

“It’s awesome to know that we’ll be just a mile down the road from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which is home to people like the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, Tom Petty and so many more who have all had a huge impact on my career.”

Chase tips his hat to those rock influences in his latest single, “If I Were Rock & Roll.”

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Dierks Bentley’s been out on the road for his 2021 Beers on Me Tour for the past few months, and he’s having too much fun to quit now. The singer just announced a winter leg of the tour, set to kick off in January.

The fun will start with a string of dates in Canada, before Dierks and the gang head south for a batch of shows in the U.S. Among them is a marquee show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in late February. The tour is now set to wrap in early March in Toledo, Ohio.

This time around, Dierks’ opening acts will be Jordan Davis, Tenille Arts and Lainey Wilson.

Dierks’ new tour plans arrive on the same day he’s dropping his new music video for “Beers on Me,” the song that lends its name to the tour. The clip -- featuring collaborators Hardy and Breland, the latter of whom joined Dierks for the last leg of the Beers on Me tour -- follows the singer and his pals as they pass out free beer to random passersby in Nashville.

Tickets for the next stretch of Dierks’ tour go on sale on Friday, Nov. 5 at 10AM local time.

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Miranda Lambert has a new accolade under her belt: She was recently inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Houston, Texas.

The country star was among a class of 2021 inductees that also includes Lavonna “Shorty” Koger, a former rodeo contestant and leading industry cowboy hat-maker, Olympic equestrian Kathryn Kusner and more.

The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame recognizes women who exemplify the Western spirit of resilience and independence. Though it focuses on women pursuing cowboy-centric careers, the Hall recognizes a wide variety of women who bring the cowgirl spirit to whatever it is they do.

It’s a timely honor for Miranda, as she just released her newest single, “If I Was a Cowboy.”

You can also catch her performing at the upcoming 2021 CMA Awards show, which airs on ABC on Wednesday, November 10.

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More of the lineup for the 2021 CMA Awards was unveiled this week, and it’s packed with stars. Jason Aldean will hit the stage with Carrie Underwood to perform their duet “If I Didn’t Love You,” which just reached the top of the country charts.

Kane Brown and Chris Young will contribute another megawatt duet: They’re going to perform their latest #1 hit, “Famous Friends,” which is the title track on Chris’ latest album.

Also just added to the bill are Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs. Old Dominion will take the stage, too, performing their new single “I Was on a Boat That Day.” Meanwhile, Chris Stapleton will perform “Cold,” which comes off his latest album, Starting Over.

The newest round of performers joins an already stacked bill: Previously-announced acts who’ll hit the stage include Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton and Carly Pearce with Ashley McBryde.

The 2021 CMA Awards airs on Wednesday, November 10 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. The ceremony will take place in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Grand Ole Opry

This weekend, Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry marks its 5000th Saturday night show -- a feat that would take more than 96 years to repeat.

So what does it take to become the world's longest-running radio show? Jeannie Seely -- the Grammy-winning Opry legend who's been a member since 1967 -- has a theory. 

"It's not like anything else," she tells ABC Audio. "Quite often there are three generations on the stage, and three generations in the audience. You don't see that. You may see three generations in the crowd at a sporting event, but you don't see them on the field."

"I think that is one thing that knits [the Opry] together," she explains. "One generation gets to know the one before, and the one after."

It's a phenomenon the "Don't Touch Me" hitmaker demonstrated backstage, as she and Ashley McBryde visited about the recent Opry induction of Carly Pearce, Ashley's duet partner on "Never Wanted to Be That Girl."

"I'm in [dressing] room 18 tonight, [themed] 'The Women of Country,'" Ashley said, "And we walked in, the first thing I did was walk over to [Carly's] picture and take a selfie, and I was like, 'She looks so beautiful!'" 

"It was such a whirlwind for her, and I knew that..." Jeannie reminisced. "We live in the same hood and I get to be around her now that she's a little Opry sister -- Little? You know, that I look up to," she added.

Saturday night, Garth BrooksTrisha YearwoodDarius RuckerChris YoungVince GillConnie SmithDustin LynchChris Janson and many more will help Jeannie and the Opry mark the milestone.

"After all these years, I can't even explain what that extended family means to any artist that's here," she reflects. 

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Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts, has been certified nine-times platinum, and hit song, "Before He Cheats," has been certified seven-times platinum by the RIAA. The singer was surprised with plaques commemorating the accomplishments during a recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry. 

Garth Brooks was at the National Museum of African American Music yesterday in Nashville to present Charley Pride's son, Dio Pride, with an RIAA Lifetime Achievement Award for his late dad. "One of the greatest American Icons is Charley Pride, Charley Pride is love," Garth said during the event. 

Gabby Barrett is performing her latest single, "Footprints on the Moon," on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight. It airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. 

Walker Hayes will be appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tomorrow night, airing at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC. 

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Kane Brown shared a heartwarming moment with a young fan battling illness. 

Following a recent show, Kane dedicated an Instagram post to Mia, a young girl who has cancer. The post shows a series of photos of Mia onstage with the country superstar, one with his back to the camera and his arm wrapped around her with two spotlights shining upon them. Another shows him signing the back of a handmade poster that reads, "Sorry for being Xtra. Help me get my cancer fighter meet Kane?"  

"This post is dedicated to this sweet little girl Mia. You’re so strong and I know everyone in this crowd prayed for u that night. Hope you see this!!!!" Kane wrote in the caption. 

The sweet gesture came days before Kane twisted his ankle during a show in Memphis over the weekend. He's in the midst of his Blessed & Free Tour, which continues through February.

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Kelsea Ballerini is ready for all the holiday seasons -- and she has some special hacks to prove it.

The country hitmaker turned to TikTok to share some of her foolproof tips to prepare for the upcoming holidays, including Halloween and Christmas. 

"Here are some perks from being an occasional lazy piece of s***," she jokes, pointing to a shriveled, decayed pumpkin that's been sitting on her porch since last year. "Still here," she affirms. "So I don't in fact have to get new pumpkins this year." 

Kelsea then leads viewers upstairs to reveal a fully decorated Christmas tree standing in the corner, where it's sat since 2020.

"Couldn't be the Christmas tree from last year still up. But it is. And see, the thing here is it's decorated, it has the lights on, it's still ready to go," she points out, turning on the lights to transform the tree from a dormant decoration into a sparkling holiday display. 

"You tell me, lazy or genius?" she declares at video's end, with a laugh. 

While Kelsea gets into the holiday spirit, she's also wrapping up an opening stint on the Jonas Brothers' Remember This Tour, which ends on October 27 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Her current single, "Half of My Hometown" featuring Kenny Chesney, is in the top 20 on country radio.

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Scotty McCreery's chart-topping hit, "Five More Minutes," is getting a Christmas makeover.

The singer's #1 single, originally released in 2017, is the inspiration behind an upcoming Hallmark holiday movie of the same name that follows a young woman as she finds her grandfather's old journal and learns of a secret romance.

The song was inspired by Scotty's own relationship with his grandfather and was written after he passed away in 2015. Scotty is an executive producer on the film. 

The American Idol winner debuted the song at the Grand Ole Opry in 2016. It later became the lead single off his 2018 album, Seasons Change, and his first #1 hit. 

Five More Minutes is slated to premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel on November 20 at 10 p.m. ET. 

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It's not every day that Luke Bryan fixes your tire, but for one lucky fan, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity became reality. 

Courtney Potts, a resident of Columbia, Tennessee just outside of Nashville, revealed she was driving down a Tennessee backroad with her young children when her tire blew out. Luke happened to be driving by at the same time and saw Potts parked on the side of the road and jumped into action to help. 

Potts shared a video on TikTok that shows the country star lying down on the road, replacing the tire with the help of another bystander. Potts also posted a video on Instagram of the singer on his hands and knees, using a tire iron to detach the faulty tire from the vehicle.

"When my tire blew in small town Tennessee, who stopped to help? LUKE BRYAN He deserves all the praise!" Potts captions the TikTok video that has amassed more than three million views. 

"Thank you again @lukebryan I cannot thank you enough for helping me and my kids! It really made our day so much better!" the mother of two writes in the Instagram caption alongside the post, that's set to the tune of Luke's hit "What Makes You Country" and includes a photo of her and her infant daughter, Ellie, posing with the superstar.

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Jimmie Allen came out on top on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, earning his highest score of the season. 

Embracing the theme of Horror Night, Jimmie and his pro partner, Emma Slater, performed a contemporary routine set to the tune of "Say Something." In honor of the horror film A Quiet Place, which inspired their dance, Jimmie and Emma incorporated American Sign Language into the performance, which is how the characters communicate in the film. The passionate performance had the country star in tears at the end. 

Before the performance, Jimmie shared that he was dancing for his children: seven-year-old Aadyn, one-year-old Naomi and one-week-old Zara. "I would sacrifice anything for my kids, my career, my wife, anything," he professed

Jimmie and Emma ended up with a score of 38 out of 40, their highest marks yet and landing them in 2nd place. 

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Broken Bow

Jason Aldean grabs his 26th career #1 this week, as he and Carrie Underwood claim the top spot with their duet, "If I Didn't Love You."

"As cliche as it sounds, it really never gets old..." he reflects, "I feel really fortunate. I mean, I've been around since 2005. It means a lot to me. I think this song is the fastest song that I've ever had to reach #1."

"We've put out a lot of songs over the years," he adds, "and every time we get one, if anything, it probably means more to me now than it did in the earlier days."

Now, it's just a matter of time before Jason and Carrie get to share the stage.

"We haven't had a chance to do this live," he explains. "We kind of acted like we played it live about 100 times when we shot the video."

"We've got some award shows... coming up here in the next couple of months," he teases, "and looks like we're gonna be doing the song together on some of those."

Jason goes on to compare singing with Carrie to collaborating with Kelly Clarkson on 2010's chart-topping "Don't You Wanna Stay."

"My biggest fear with people like that is, I kind of set myself up for failure," he admits. "I keep doing these songs with these great female vocalists and then I have to go and try to match 'em every time we do it live."

Ultimately, Jason credits Carrie with elevating an already-great song.

"Having her get onboard with it just took it to a different place for sure," he says.

"If I Didn't Love You" is the lead single from Jason's tenth album, Macon, which arrives November 12. 

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Carrie Underwood and CeCe Winans' collaboration on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" took home the award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year at the 2021 Dove Awards. It's featured on Carrie's debut gospel album, My Savior. 

Tickets for May We All, the country music-themed musical produced by Brian Kelley and his production company, CuzBro Productions, in partnership with Lively McCabe Entertainment, go on sale Friday at 11 a.m. ET. May We All will premiere at Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville on June 7, 2022 and run through July 17. 

Maddie & Tae will headline the 2022 CMT Next Women of Country TourCallista Clark and Sacha join as opening acts on the 16-city tour that kicks off on January 6 in Oklahoma City and concludes on February 12 in Atlanta. Tickets go on sale Friday.   

Ashley McBryde has added new dates to her This Town Talks Tour in 2022. Ashland Craft will serve as the opening act. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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