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Miranda Lambert Kicks Off Vegas Residency With Sold-Out Weekend

Miranda Lambert opened her "Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency" on Saturday (September 24th) night at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino to a packed house. Fans at the sold-out show were treated to a 22-song set list which spanned Miranda's nearly two-decade career.

She said, "We've been dreaming up this show for so long to make it something special for the fans and to celebrate all the music we've enjoyed together over the years. It felt amazing to finally take everything we've rehearsed and share it with that room full of people. I can't wait to do it again next weekend and to make Vegas our own supersized honky tonk for months to come!"

Miranda will take the stage at Zappos Theater again tomorrow night (Wednesday, September 28th).

Tickets for the Velvet Rodeo shows through April 9, 2023 are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/mirandavegas.

Martina McBride To Head Out On 12th Annual Christmas Tour

Martina McBride has announced plans for her 12th annual The Joy of Christmas Tour, set to to kick off on November 26th in Greensboro, NC. The 12-date holiday tour will wrap up on December 18th in Fayetteville, AR.

Martina said of the tour, "It is truly a night for the whole family to celebrate all the joyful things about the holiday season. We look forward to it every year and are honored that our show has become a tradition for us and the fans. We cannot wait to take it back on the road!"

Martina will be a special guest at all the shows on The Judds: The Final Tour featuring Wynonna Judd which is set to kick off on Friday (September 30th) in Grand Rapids, MI.

Bits And Pieces: Cole Swindell, LoCash & More!

Cole Swindell remains at Number One on the Billboard country airplay chart for his third consecutive week with "She Had Me At Heads Carolina." The song is his third consecutive multi-week chart-topping single from his latest album, Stereotype, following "Single Saturday Night" and "Never Say Never" with Lainey Wilson. The song has also been a Top 10 most-streamed country song for the past 13 consecutive weeks.

LoCash and Runaway June are among the performers at the 2nd Annual ‘Kiss Breast Cancer Goodbye (KBCG) Benefit Gala, taking place in Nashville on Sunday, October 23rd at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The event benefits the Susan G. Komen Foundation. To purchase tickets or for more info about the Gala, visit kissbreastcancergoodbye.org.

Carrie Underwood Is Counting Down To 'Denim & Rhinestones Tour'

With her Denim & Rhinestones Tour set to kick off in just a few weeks, Carrie Underwood is knee-deep in rehearsals. She has been posting behind-the-scenes pictures of her and the band getting the show ready on social media.

One of Carrie's biggest challenges is putting together her set list for each tour. She has the great problem of having so many hits that some get left behind, but Carrie tells us it's one of her favorite things to do. "I definitely like putting set lists together, but it is very difficult because there's just not enough time. If it were up to me and up to my voice holding out, I'd probably do like a four-hour show. It's just really hard to figure out what songs you're not going to do and there's always ones that it's like, ‘Aw, but I love that song!' but it doesn't work with the flow or whatever. It's fun, but it's hard, but then you definitely want it to flow and for people just to be able to listen and have a great time and to sing along and for everything to make sense."

The Denim & Rhinestones Tour with special guest Jimmie Allen kicks off on October 15th in Greenville, South Carolina.

Carrie sits inside the Top 10 and climbing with her latest single, "Ghost Story."

Jon Pardi Was Confused By Wife's Pregnancy Reveal

Jon Pardi wasn't exactly putting the pieces together when his wife, Summer, recently tried to surprise him with the news that they are expecting their first child. In a video she posted on social media, she shows the moment that despite the "baby on board" sticker and positive pregnancy test she attached to the back of the couple's new boat, Jon was in the dark.

Summer captioned the clip writing, "We had just gotten our new boat and I said there was a big scratch on the back of it. Even with the baby on board sign AND pregnancy test, he still didn't get it. He thought I was just making fun of him because the boat was his new baby. 5 minutes later he was blasting baby shark in the kitchen, already thriving hahah."

The Pardis are expecting their new addition early next year.

Kelsea Ballerini References Former Friend Halsey On New Album

Kelsea Ballerini gives some insight into her personal life on her new album, Subject To Change, and not just about her impending divorce from Morgan Evans. On "Doin' My Best," Kelsea sings, "I was friends with a pop star / I put 'em on Track 4 / But I wish I could take it back, would've never asked / If I knew we wouldn't talk anymore." She's clearly referencing pop singer Halsey, who joined Kelsea on her self-titled 2020 project on a track called "The Other Girl." The song is the fourth track on the Kelsea album.

Taste of Country reports that Kelsea said, "There are songs on this record that I'm a little nervous for people to hear. I'm a human, and life is messy, and there's some things that I wanted to take ownership for . . . It's a little embarrassing and a little cringey, but that's my human experience."

Kelsea kicked off her Heartfirst Tour at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan on Saturday (September 24th). She will play nine more dates before wrapping the run on October 14th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.

Shania Twain Drops First Song, Video On New Label

Shania Twain released a new song and video on Friday (September 23rd) called "Waking Up Dreaming." It's her first release on her new label home, Republic Nashville, where she is the flagship artist.

Shania said, "I couldn't think of a better partner than Republic Nashville. I'm honored and excited to be the label's first artist and lead the charge of this new and exciting chapter. In this respect, it feels like a new beginning all around, and I'm embracing it wholeheartedly."

Republic Nashville is a new imprint created by Republic Records, which is owned by Universal Music Group.

Florida Georgia Line To Release First Greatest Hits Album

Florida Georgia Line will release their first Greatest Hits album on Glass Clear LP vinyl on October 28th through Target. The 12-year retrospective will feature 14 tracks.

The duo recently wrapped their final set of tour dates together as both Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard focus on solo careers.

Tyler's debut solo album will be released on January 27th. Brian released his solo effort, Sunshine State of Mind, in June of last year.

Tyler Hubbard Releases Video For 'Inside And Out'

Tyler Hubbard has released a new music video for the song "Inside And Out," one of the six songs included on his recently-released Dancin' In The Country project. The video was shot in a local park in Nashville. Tyler co-wrote the song with Old Dominion's Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi, among others.

He said, "This is one of my favorite songs, and I'm really excited for people to hear and see the message behind it through the video. ‘Inside And Out' is also a family favorite, and my daughter calls it ‘her song,' but the message is universal. I want my wife, kids, and really anyone listening, to know that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty, and I want everyone to hear that message in this song. When I watch the video, I'm reminded of being a child and the innocence and the fun and the beauty of that stage of life. I hope as adults, we can channel and remember the inner child that's within all of us."

Dancin' In The Country debuted with over 10,000 SPS units (sales plus streaming) making it the second best-selling country EP debut of the year.

His debut solo single, "5 Foot 9," sits inside the Top Five at country radio. Tyler's debut solo album will be released on January 27th.

He is currently on Keith Urban's The Speed of Now World Tour.

Jordan Davis Releases Collaboration With Danielle Bradbery

Jordan Davis has released a new song and video called "Midnight Crisis" featuring Danielle Bradbery. Jordan co-wrote the song, which he instantly knew needed Danielle's voice. He tells us: "I played a Veteran's event a few years ago and Danielle was on the round and I was just absolutely blown away by her voice live. I've been a fan of her for a long time, and I knew that when we finished that song, it was something I wanted to get to Danielle to see if it's something that she would want to sing with me. I'm very grateful she said yes, and really excited how it turned out, so pumped for y'all to hear it."

"Midnight Crisis" follows recent releases from Jordan including "Next Thing You Know" and his current single, "What My World Spins Around."

His latest Number One hit, "Buy Dirt" (feat. Luke Bryan), is nominated for both Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the upcoming 56th CMA Awards, set for November 9th in Nashville.

This week, Jordan will headline two sold out shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. He is currently on the road with Luke Combs for the Middle of Somewhere Tour through December.

Kelsea Ballerini Drops 'Heartfirst' Album Today

Kelsea Ballerini's new album, Subject To Change, is available everywhere today (Friday, September 23rd). This is her fifth studio album, and it features her current Top 25 hit, "Heartfirst."

Kelsea co-wrote "Heartfirst" with her good friends Alysa Vanderheym and Little Big Town member Karen Fairchild. She tells us: "The idea for 'Heartfirst' really just came to be in the room. We were talking about listening to 90s music and being influenced by 90s kind of breezy pop and 90s gritty country and we were just talking about what we were feeling in our lives and just talking about as women, especially women in the music industry, how we just always have to trust our gut and follow our heart even when it against kind of what the standard is and I think both sonically and lyrically that's kind of where 'Heartfirst' came from."

Kelsea's Heartfirst Tour kicks off tomorrow (Saturday, September 24th) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

She will celebrate album release day with an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

Jon Pardi And Wife To Welcome First Child Next Year

Jon Pardi and his wife, Summer, are expecting their first child. The new addition with arrive in early 2023, according to People.com.

Jon told the outlet, "I'm ready to start a new adventure with my wonderful wife Summer and our new little one — Pardi of three! I'm really excited to meet our baby and to have someone to ride around the ranch with."

Jon and Summer struggled to get pregnant. She explained, "After years of no luck and meeting with doctors who just didn't feel like the right fit, we decided to take a break, leave it in God's hands and just enjoy each other and this crazy, fun life we live together … and then surprise, we're pregnant!"

Jon continues on his headlining Ain't Always the Cowboy Tour with a show tonight in Gilford, NH with special guests Lainey Wilson and Hailey Whitters.

Wynonna Judd Opens Up About Naomi's Death On 'CBS Sunday Morning'

Wynonna Judd admits to suffering some guilt over the death of her mother, Naomi Judd, who committed suicide earlier this year. She told CBS Sunday Morning, "I did not know that she was at the place she was at when she ended it. Because she had had episodes before and she had gotten better and that's the challenge with mental illness, it's really, really mysterious. That's what I live in -- was there anything I should have looked for or should have known? I didn't. That's why it's such a shock."

She added, "People think it's (mental illness) a character flaw and they don't know it's this incredibly dark and light experience. She had incredibly great days in the middle of the dark days, that's why it's so confusing."

Wynonna will forge ahead with The Judds: The Final Tour dates despite her mother's death. She will be joined by a rotating group of special guests including Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde and Trisha Yearwood along the way. The tour opens on September 30th in Grand Rapids, MI.

Wynnona's full interview with CBS Sunday Morning will air on Sunday (September 25th) at 9 a.m. ET.

Barbara Mandrell's Former Home To Hit The Auction Block

Barbara Mandrell's former log mansion and the surrounding property located just outside Nashville will hit the auction block at 12 p.m. CT on October 22nd via Bob Parks Auction as well as online. Her former residence, called Fontanel, features six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and an indoor swimming pool and spans 30,000 square feet. The house sits on 221 wooded acres in Whites Creek, Tennessee.

The estate features a helipad, volleyball court, five fireplaces, two kitchens and an indoor shooting range.

After Barbara sold Fontanel several years ago, the property has served as a concert venue and the site of various public and private events.

Kane Brown, Luke Combs Among This Year's CMT Artists of The Year

Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, and Walker Hayes are this year's CMT Artists of the Year, it was announced yesterday (Wednesday, September 21st). They will be honored during a 90-minute special airing on CMT on Friday, October 14th at 9 p.m. ET.

According to a release, artists have "collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music, leading across all CMT platforms, scoring chart-topping albums and singles, and performing music that entertains and inspires millions of fans."

Performers, presenters and other information about the show will be announced in the coming weeks.

This marks Kane and Luke's third time to be included on CMT's short list of Artists of the Year. Carly, Cody, and Walker are first-time honorees.

Mitchell Tenpenny Living 'The Dream' On Luke Bryan Tour

Mitchell Tenpenny is experiencing what he calls "the dream" as the opening act on Luke Bryan's Raised Up Right Tour. With a few Number Ones now under his belt, the fans are coming out early in support of the singer, who tells us it's what he's always wanted. "It's crazy because we're the opener to this Luke Bryan tour, so like, it's not always the easiest thing in the world to do to like, open up for something to get people's attention, but this tour has been overwhelmingly awesome when people are showing up early. At the end of 'Truth About You' I always do it, like just me and the crowd, like I play just a chorus and they're singing it back, and it's everywhere we go, and it's just, it's weird to think about like, that people know my music across the country. It's hard to, you know, it's a hard concept for me to accept but it's the dream."

Mitchell continues on Luke's Raised Up Right Tour on September 29th in Estero, FL.

His new album, This Is The Heavy, was just released last week.

Toby Keith Makes Videotaped Appearance At Fundraiser

Although Toby Keith wasn't in attendance at the SabesWings Second Annual Strike Out Fundraiser in Paso Robles, California last week, he accepted the organization's Lifetime Achievement Award via video. Toby had to bow out due to a "tough week" of treatments following last fall's stomach cancer diagnosis.

Toby received the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his cancer-related patient support programs via the Toby Keith Foundation. The Foundation built the OK Kids Korral to be a cost-free home for families of children being treated at The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.

The SabesWings Second Annual Strike Out Fundraiser was hosted by former all-star MLB baseball player Bret Saberhagen and his wife, Kandace.

The event raised $1,046,000 for the SabesWings charity which helps cancer patients in medical financial need.

Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban To Take Part In 'Heal The Music Day'

Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell will be among the artists participating in the fifth annual "Heal The Music Day," taking place on October 21st. The event benefits Music Health Alliance (MHA), which provides free healthcare advocacy and access to health and financial resources to more than 18,000 working music professionals nationwide and is entirely funded through individual and corporate donations and grants. Those taking part in Heal The Music Day can pledge a percentage of a single day earnings or an event to support MHA.

Launched in 2017, Heal The Music Day is the brainchild of Rodney Crowell who is championing this year's campaign.

To learn more about Music Health Alliance's free services and how to take part in "Heal The Music Day," visit MusicHealthAlliance.com.

Bits And Pieces: Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert's MuttNation Foundation has partnered with Greater Good Charities via the global nonprofit's GOODS Program to help provide two million pet meals to help families who are facing economic hardships stay together with their pets. This donation will be delivered to more than 30 GOODS Ambassadors with pet food pantries in over 30 cities to assist families in need.

Maren Morris Doesn't 'Feel Comfortable Going' To CMA Awards

Despite her nomination for Album of the Year for Humble Quest, Maren Morris might be a no-show at the CMA Awards this year. In the wake of her public social media war with Jason Aldean's wife, Brittany Aldean, amongst other reasons, Maren told the Los Angeles Times, "Honestly, I haven't decided if I'm gonna go. I'm very honored that my record is nominated. But I don't know if I feel (at) home there right now. So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I'll make a game-time decision and go. But as of right now, I don't feel comfortable going."

When asked if the idea of not going makes her sad, she replied, "I think I was more sad going last year. Some nights are fun. Others I'm just crawling out of my skin. I'm not good at those events because I'm awkward. But this time I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going."

While Maren wasn't happy about Morgan Wallen being caught on video last year calling his friend the N-word, she says she has mixed emotions about him seemingly being forgiven by the industry with a CMA Awards nod for Entertainer of the Year in addition to recently being honored with the ACM Milestone Award at the Academy of Country Music Honors. Maren said, "I don't know how I feel about it, honestly. I've never hated that guy. He made a mistake, and I will say after this Aldean drama, at least Morgan tried to apologize, even if it wasn't perfect. I have to give him that, because he didn't have to. He's not going anywhere. And I feel like all you can do at this point is shut up and listen to people that are smarter than you try to tell you why what you did was wrong."

The CMA Awards will be held on November 9th in Nashville.

Maren continues on her Humble Quest Tour with a shows this week in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Reba McEntire Makes 'Big Sky' Debut Tonight

The third season of the ABC drama series, Big Sky, premieres tonight (Wednesday, September 21st) starring Reba McEntire for the first time. She plays Sunny Barnes, who is described as a "successful backcountry outfitter with a secret history of missing customers."

Reba tells us that when approached by Big Sky Executive Producer and Showrunner Elwood Reid to join the cast, she couldn't say no. "When Elwood Reid first pitched his idea for me becoming a member of the Big Sky family, I fell in love with it. I absolutely loved it. Yeah, I play a devious, conniving, scheming woman on one side and on the other, I'm a really nice gal. I get to play on the screen with Rex Linn — he plays my husband – and a cast of wonderful characters. I love the crew (and) everything about filming Big Sky. I can't wait for y'all to watch it."

Big Sky airs at 10 p.m. ET. The show also stars Jensen Ackles (Supernatural, The Boys), Katheryn Winnick and Kylie Bunbury.

Reba will appear on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday (September 22nd).

She is set to kick off her fall arena tour, Reba: Live in Concert, on October 13th in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Shania Twain To Release New Song On Friday

Shania Twain will be releasing a new song on Friday (September 23rd) called "Waking Up Dreaming." She shared the news on social media earlier this week writing in part, "I've spent the last couple years working away on new music... on my documentary... on the Vegas residency and it's been such a creatively fulfilling time for me, I can't wait for this next chapter and Waking Up Dreaming is just the start."⁠

Shania followed that up by sharing a teaser clip of the new song on TikTok set to some footage from throughout her career.

Elle magazine reports that Shania is going to release a new album in 2023.

Shania recently wrapped up her "Let's Go!" Las Vegas residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The residency began in December 2019.

Bits And Pieces: Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae will appear on NBC's Today with Hoda & Jenna this morning (Wednesday, September 21st) to perform their recent release, "Every Night Every Morning." The song is the lead track from their upcoming eight song collection, Through The Madness Vol. 2, due out this Friday (September 23rd).

BRELAND To Kick Off Fall Tour In November

BRELAND has announced plans for a fall headline tour, called Here For It Tour, opening in Oxford, OH, at Brick Street on November 16th. The trek runs through December with more dates to be announced soon. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday (September 23rd) at 10 a.m. local time at brelandmusic.com.

This tour announce comes on the heels of the September 9th release of BRELAND's debut album, Cross Country. The album's debut single, "For What It's Worth," will head to country radio in October.

BRELAND shared news of the tour on social media yesterday (Tuesday, September 20th) writing, "What's a debut album with no tour? I'm beyond excited to announce the "HERE FOR IT TOUR" coming to some cities near you. If y'all wanna sing, dance, drink, fall in love this November and December, I'm Here For It"