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Country Music News

“Calling all bowlers”: Jimmie Allen is hosting a Holiday Bowling Classic in his home state of Delaware

Want to bowl with Jimmie Allen and maybe even pick up some prizes in the process? If you’re going to be in Delaware for the holiday season, you’re in luck.

This week, the singer revealed details for his Holiday Bowling Classic, an event that he’s hosting in Wilmington, Delaware, this month. “Calling all bowlers. It’s going down!” he wrote on social media, along with a poster with all the details.

Registration is now open, but spots are limited to 120 bowlers. There’s a first-place prize of $2,000 at the event, as well as some runner-up cash prizes. The fun takes place on Saturday, December 17, at Bowlero in Wilmington.

Fans who have been following Jimmie know he’s an avid bowler who discovered his passion for the sport during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s bowled in tournaments in the past and even hinted at plans to join the Professional Bowlers Association.

From the looks of the poster for his Holiday Bowling Classic, it seems the event will be a family affair. In the picture, Jimmie is holding his toddler daughter, Naomi Bettie, in one arm and a bowling ball in the other.

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Nashville notes: New songs from Parker McCollum, Brett Young + more

Parker McCollum dropped his latest new song, “Stoned,” on Friday. Tickets for his 2023 headlining dates are on sale now.

Brett Young puts a new spin on his song “You Aren’t Here to Kiss Me” in an updated version that is out now. Brett is headed out on his headlining 5 Tour 3 2 1 next spring.

Darius Rucker will headline the first-ever SHOWdown Lex event next fall. Billed as an annual event taking place before a major football home game for the University of Kentucky, the first iteration will take place on October 13, 2023. Tickets start at $49.

Shane Profitt has a new song out Friday called “Country Boys.” The up-and-comer will be on tour with Chris Janson in 2023.

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Kelsea Ballerini updates fans on mental health, music + more in a social media Q&A

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Kelsea Ballerini checked in with fans this week, answering questions about her dog Dibs, her upcoming tour with Kenny Chesney and more in an Instagram Stories Q&A.

It’s been a year of highs and lows for Kelsea, who released her Subject to Change album and filed for divorce from fellow country artist Morgan Evans in 2022, so one fan simply asked how she’s been doing.

“Thanks for askin,” Kelsea wrote back over a clip of herself enjoying a hot beverage on a balcony.

“I’m feeling very, very human,” she continued. “There’s been really hard days, there’s been days of uninhibited joy. I’m just welcoming it all. I’m proud of the music I’m making. I’m proud of the true connection to myself and lil close circle, and I’m proud of the openness I feel to life and whatever it has in store.”

In another slide, the singer said that she doesn’t see a deluxe version of Subject to Change coming out in the future, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have new music up her sleeve.

“I’m so proud of STC just as it is, but I am working on something,” she teased, sharing a screenshot of a Notes file that shows an audio recording labeled “penthouse RUFF.”

Kelsea recently wrapped her Heartfirst Tour, but it seems she might not be done with the trek yet. When asked if there could be a part two of the tour, the singer simply responded, “Yes.”

Additionally, when a fan asked if Kelsea had any plans to tour in Europe, she replied, “I will say it has been way too long...”

Kelsea also shared a snapshot of herself and her soon-to-be tour boss. Kenny Chesney’s 2023 tour dates featuring Kelsea as an opener are on sale now.

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Dolly Parton drops details on her rock album during stop on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon'

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Ever since news broke that she was being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dolly Parton has been promising fans a full album of rock music.

It’s been clear for a while that Dolly’s been busy behind the scenes -- she’s even hinted that she’s enlisting some big-name duet partners for the project -- but during a Wednesday night stop on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she was ready to drop some concrete details.

“It’s gonna come out next fall,” the singer shares during her conversation with show host Fallon. “And you know what I’m calling it? Rock Stars!”

She goes on to say that the project will feature some original numbers, star cameo appearances and covers of classic rock songs through the years.

“We’re gonna have a lot of great, iconic songs, like ‘Purple Rain,’ and ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ and ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ ‘Freebird’! I even did ‘Freebird,’” Dolly continues.

But before she fully immerses herself in her foray into rock music, Dolly has big holiday plans. Her latest Christmas movie, Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas, airs Thursday on NBC. It’ll feature plenty of big-name guest stars, including Fallon, Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Jimmie Allen and more.

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Keith Urban pays tribute to “the incredible Christine McVie” onstage in Australia

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As the world reeled from the death of Christine McVie this week, Keith Urban paid tribute to the late, great rock vocalist with a medley of Fleetwood Mac songs during a show in Gold Coast, Australia.

Keith offered his spin on snippets of “Say You Love Me,” “Everywhere” and “Songbird” -- all of which McVie wrote solo or had a hand in writing -- during his set. After the fact, he shared video footage of his tribute on his social media, with the caption, “Last night in Gold Coast.”

The country star prefaced his Fleetwood Mac medley by acknowledging the loss of “the incredible Christine McVie” and telling the crowd a little bit about what her music, and Fleetwood Mac’s catalog in general, meant to him growing up.

“For me growing up listening to their music, you had three incredible vocalists,” Keith said. “You had Lindsey Buckingham, who brought this kind of punk, angular ethos to the whole thing, and you had Stevie Nicks, whose voice was just angelic, otherworldly.”

The crowd cheered and whooped as Keith went through Fleetwood Mac’s bandmates, finally arriving at McVie. “And then you had Christine, who for me was the maternal, soulful, heartbeat vocal of the band. I just wanna sing a few of her songs tonight,” he concluded.

McVie died on Wednesday at the age of 79. A statement from her family explains that she died “peacefully at hospital” after “a short illness. The family requested privacy and added, “... we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”

 

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Kane Brown + wife Katelyn take the stage together for first live performance of their hit duet, “Thank God”

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Kane Brown had a very special surprise up his sleeve when he took the stage in Ottawa, Canada, on Thursday night: His wife, Katelyn, joined him onstage for the very first performance of their hit duet, “Thank God.”

Both Kane and Katelyn shared video of the moment on their social media accounts, giving fans a front-row look at the performance. The husband-and-wife team gazed into each other’s eyes as they sang, with Kane playing hype man and dancing along as Katelyn took her solo verse.

“My baby’s first time onstage singing our song together,” the singer wrote in the caption of his video post. “She killed it of course and I’m so proud of you!!!!”

In the comments, Katelyn said that she was “speechless” and expressed gratitude to the crowd and her superstar husband for putting her at ease during the performance.

“Thanks babe for making me as comfortable as possible and for everyone being so kind,” she wrote.

“Thank God” is Kane’s current radio single, and it’s rapidly rising up the charts. The track comes off of Kane’s Different Man album and has been in the making for a long time.

“My fans have been waiting for five years for us to sing together,” he told People upon the song’s release, revealing that the couple went through four other duet ideas before settling on “Thank God.”

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"Hijacked ... and used": Jessica Chastain & Michael Shannon defend the legacy of 'George & Tammy'

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Long before Jessica Chastain won the Oscar for playing Tammy Faye Bakker, she started on her journey to embody Tammy Wynette.

This Sunday, you can experience her interpretation of the first lady of country music for yourself, as she and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon become George & Tammy.

The six-part series traces the love affair of George Jones and the "Stand by Your Man" hitmaker, with Chastain and Shannon even doing their own singing. In an eerie twist of fate, the real George and Tammy were not far away.

"At the studio we were recording at, there was a cemetery behind it," Shannon explains. "And you could go back and see George's grave and the mausoleum where Tammy's ashes are."

"And it was a very kind of, I don't know, sacred experience, you know, going back there," he adds. "We went back there more than once, actually."

Since the limited series is based on the book written by George and Tammy's only child, Georgette, it was even more crucial for Chastain to get it right. 

"Georgette was very, very important," the actress points out. "You know, she introduced us to so many people."

"It was just such an important story to tell. In some sense, my heart kind of broke for all their kids, because these are two people that were just gifted and so open and so full of intensity and love and passion," Chastain tells ABC Audio. "And I hate to say it, but I kind of feel like they were both hijacked, you know, in some part of their lives and used."  

George & Tammy premieres simultaneously on Showtime and Paramount Network Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Nashville notes: Chris Janson’s tour, LoCash’s halftime show gig + more

Chris Janson announced his upcoming Heavy & Western Tour this week, and fans will only have to wait days before the shows kick off. The trek launches December 17, with opening acts Tim Montana and Shane Profitt set to join in on the fun. Visit Chris’ website for a full list of dates and details.

LoCash are playing the halftime show for Thursday night’s New England Patriots versus Buffalo Bills game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The game, and a portion of the halftime show, will air on Amazon Prime video.

Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, Old Dominion and Alan Jackson are all among the stars that have contributed items to the second annual ASCAP Foundation Silent Auction. Donations made at the auction will benefit music education and talent development programs across the U.S. Bidding is open through December 16; you can check out the items available on CharityBuzz.com.

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Carrie Underwood will return to Las Vegas for more 'Reflection' residency dates in 2023

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Carrie Underwood isn’t done with her Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency just yet. The singer announced this week that she’s got more Vegas shows on the books for 2023.

The return of Reflection will arrive next summer, after the singer wraps her Denim & Rhinestones Tour in March. Carrie’s new residency dates are set for June 21, 23, 24, 28 and 30, July 1, September 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30, November 29 and December 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9.

All dates will take place at Resorts World Theatre. When she first launched her Vegas residency in December 2021, Carrie was the first artist to break in the brand new venue.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Resorts World Las Vegas next summer,” the singer says. “Reflection is a show I’m so proud of and have so much fun performing. I love being out on the road with the Denim & Rhinestones Tour and look forward to returning to Vegas once that wraps, as it has become our home away from home where we get to play to audiences from all over the world.”

Tickets for Carrie’s 18 new Vegas shows go on sale next Friday, December 9, at 10 a.m. PT. VIP packages will be available that same day. Additionally, there will be a presale for Citi cardholders starting December 6.

 

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Jason Aldean wishes a happy 5th birthday to son Memphis: “My little rock star”

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Jason Aldean and his family are celebrating a very special birthday: The singer’s son, Memphis, turns five years old today.

“Happy bday to my little rock star today,” the singer wrote on social media, alongside a carousel of photos showing Memphis through the years. The snapshots show Memphis hanging out in the water, chilling on a couch with a large stuffed deer and posing for photos with his parents: Jason and wife Brittany Aldean.

“5 years ago I was blessed with my only son and it has been an honor being his daddy and watching him grow,” Jason continued. “You are a special lil guy and we love u more than you will ever know. Happy bday Bubba.”

Brittany also commemorated Memphis' birthday on her social media, sharing a video montage of Memphis through the years set to "Your Mama," a song that Jason released as part of his 2022 Georgia album.

"Jason cut this song about me and my baby because our bond is a special one," she wrote. "There's just something amazing about a mama/son relationship. I never knew how much I needed him till he came into this world."

Jason and Brittany are also parents to a daughter, three-year-old Navy. Jason also has two teenage daughters, Keeley and Kendyl, with his ex-wife, Jessica Ussery.

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Garth Brooks extends his Las Vegas residency through 2024

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For Garth Brooks, one year in Las Vegas just isn’t enough.

The singer announced this week that he’s extending his Garth Brooks/Plus ONE Vegas residency due to massive fan demand for the 27-date 2023 residency that he initially put on the books.

Garth previously shared that his 2023 shows sold out in the first day of presale and hinted that he was working on a way to expand his Vegas stay. “How do you take care of those people who weren’t taken care of?” he wondered in an installment of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.

The answer to that question, it seems, is to stay in Vegas through 2024.

“You’re scared to death, you know, when they tell you that they’re going to put on a whole year of shows. And then...the first day of on-sale...they call you and tell you that the whole year is gone,” Garth recounts. “That’s an amazing feeling, as you can imagine. And all of a sudden it hits you -- they want to extend this!”

Dates for the new performances will be announced in May 2023, surrounding the kick-off of the Garth Brooks/Plus ONE residency. All shows will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

“Well...the only thing better than one year at Caesars Palace in Vegas would be two years, right?!! So I’m there!!” he continues.

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Miranda Lambert adds 16 new dates to her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency for 2023

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Miranda Lambert’s Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency will roll on in 2023.

The singer announced 16 new dates this week, with blocks of time concentrated in the summer and winter months of 2023. Her show will return to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood, the same place where the Velvet Rodeo show launched back in September.

“We’re gonna keep the party goin in Vegas!” Miranda wrote on social media along with a clip of herself performing her song “Geraldene” from the Zappos Theater stage.

The 2023 leg of the Velvet Rodeo residency kicks off with a string of dates: July 7, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 21 and 22. Miranda will then return to Vegas on November 30, with more shows set for December 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14 and 16.

The official on-sale for the 2023 shows begins December 9 at 10 a.m. PT, but fan club members will have access to a presale starting December 5. There are two additional presales: one for Citi cardholders on December 5 and another for Caesars Entertainment loyalty program members and Live Nation and Ticketmaster customers on December 7.

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One Night at a Time: Morgan Wallen plans a 2023 world tour and readies a three-pack of new songs

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Morgan Wallen is gearing up for a massive 2023. This week, the singer announced his upcoming One Night at a Time World Tour, which will bring him to a wide array of U.S. cities as well as stops in Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

News of the new trek comes just weeks after Morgan wrapped his 2022 Dangerous Tour. The singer says he’s not interested in taking much time off.

“I have been writing and making so much music in my off-time because I feel as inspired as I ever have,” he states. “It feels like new songs are pouring out of me, and I love that feeling.”

To kick things off, the singer will drop a three-pack of new songs at midnight, December 2. One of those, “One Thing at a Time,” inspired the name of his new tour, and the other two are the fan-requested “Tennessee Fan” and “Days That End in Why.” Morgan says there’s more where that came from.

“Also, I’m not quite done making this new album, so I’m going to keep making it through the holiday break and early January to chase this inspiration,” he continues. “I promise I won’t wait too long to reveal the album details.”

Hardy, Parker McCollum, Ernest and Bailey Zimmerman are special guests on the trek. Tickets for the One Night at a Time Tour go on sale December 9; three dollars of every U.S. ticket will benefit the Morgan Wallen Foundation, supporting causes like Greater Good Music, Children Are People, the Salvation Army and the National Museum of African American Music.

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For Dolly Parton, it's family that makes a 'Mountain Magic Christmas'

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Dolly Parton kicks the holiday season into high gear Thursday as her Mountain Magic Christmas movie premieres on NBC. 

The two-hour film takes you behind the scenes during the making of a fictional TV special at her real-life East Tennessee theme park, Dollywood. The TV event features many of the songs — and guests — from her most recent yuletide offering, A Holly Dolly Christmas: Ultimate Deluxe Edition.

Dolly hosts Jimmy FallonMiley CyrusWillie Nelson and Billy Ray Cyrus, as well as a couple of her new favorites.

"We had Zach Williams, who did the wonderful song 'There Was Jesus' with me that we had a million selling record on and won a Grammy on," the new Rock & Roll Hall of Famer explains. 

"Jimmie Allen is so fun and so energetic, and he was one of the new artists that we brought on ... They really did a wonderful performance on the show. And Jimmie is such an entertainer in addition to being such a wonderful person," she adds.

But for Dolly, it's her own relatives who really make the special shine.

"One of the highlights of the show for me is getting to work with my family," she reflects. "And I had a whole bunch of my nieces and a lot of my family — sisters that came in to sing with me."

"I couldn't round them all up, but I got a whole bunch of them, because there's a whole bunch of us," she smiles. "So we probably had about 19 or 20 of my immediate family coming on to be part of it."

You can be a part of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas, starting at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on NBC.

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Nashville notes: Tim McGraw covers Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker stars in 'A Nashville Country Christmas' + more

Tim McGraw recently shared a live cover of Merle Haggard’s holiday classic, “If We Make it Through December,” on his social media.

Tanya Tucker stars in the upcoming Paramount Network holiday film A Nashville Country Christmas. The trailer is available to watch now.

Scotty McCreery returns to the road Wednesday after several weeks of paternity leave; he posted a bittersweet shot of himself saying goodbye to his newborn son, Avery, at the airport. He is headlining the National Finals Rodeo’s Downtown Hoedown on Fremont Street in Las Vegas. 

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