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Toby Keith Announces New Album, 'Peso in My Pocket'

Toby Keith is back! 

He's been slowly rolling out new songs, “Old School” and “Happy Birthday America” over the last few weeks, and now he’s got more news to share!

Toby just announced the release of his new album, Peso in My Pocket due out October. 15, and we have the pandemic to thank for it.

The country singer spent much of that time holed up in his house in Mexico.

“It was like being on the moon. A lot of my friends down there were afraid they wouldn’t be let back into the U.S., so they all went home,” Toby remembers. By himself, with no touring engagements on the books, he decided to get to work on some solo songwriting.

As a result, four of the 10 songs on Peso in My Pocket were written by Toby alone. Among them are “She’s Drinkin’ Again,” “Thunderbird” and “Happy Birthday America,” as well as the title track. Toby also has a co-write with rocker Sammy Hagar.

The 10 song album will also feature a cover of John Prine’s “Take a Look at My Heart.”

Tanya Tucker Admitted To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

Tanya Tucker has been admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery, following a fractured hip.

She was admitted to the hospital for emergency hip replacement surgery on Wednesday (July 15), which her representative said required immediate attention.

For now, Tanya Tucker cancelled her remaining shows in July. We are guessing she will be out for awhile there after July.

Tucker has not yet made an official announcement nor has given any additional details on show cancellations.

Sending prayers and a speedy recovery to the GRAMMY-award winning country superstar.

Dolly Parton MusiCares Tribute Concert Coming to Netflix

We can never get enough of Dolly!

The new trailer is here for "Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute,"  set to premiere April 7 on Netflix.
In 2019, Parton was the first country artist to be honored as MusiCares "Person of the Year" at the Recording Academy's annual fundraising gala and tribute concert.

Taped just before the Grammy Awards in February 2019, the concert features artists like Katy Perry, Leon Bridges, and Miley Cyrus paying musical tribute to the country legend!

Chris Stapleton, Shawn Mendes, Yolanda Adams, and Willie Nelson are also among the performers. Little Big Town host and sing for Parton.

Great concert to check out Dolly fans on Netflix starting April 7th.



Remembering Charley Pride on his Birthday!

Born a sharecropper’s son in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934, Charley Pride emerged from Southern cotton fields to become country music’s first Black superstar and the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“No person of color had ever done what he has done,” said Darius Rucker in the PBS American Masters film Charley Pride: I’m Just Me.

Pride was a gifted athlete who at first thought baseball would be his path from poverty, labor, and strife. But his musical acumen was more impressive than his pitching arm or his hitting skills, and he emerged as one of the most significant artists at RCA Records.

His chart-topping hits included “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’,” “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone,” and “Mountain of Love.” He won the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year award in 1971, its top male vocalist prize in 1971 and 1972, and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2020.

His final performance came on November 11, 2020, when he sang “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” during the CMA Awards show at Nashville’s Music City Center with Jimmie Allen, who counts Pride among his heroes.

We lost Charley on December 12, 2020, in Dallas, Texas of complications from Covid-19 at age 86. This heartbreaking news came after his performance at the CMA's which same say is where he contacted COVID-19.


Dolly Parton Re-Records "9 to 5" for Super Bowl Ad

Dolly Parton has rewritten the lyrics to her classic hit '9 to 5' for a commercial about a side hustle in Squarespace's Super Bowl ad.


The country icon re-recorded her big hit as "5 to 9" for the new spot.

Parton herself makes an appearance in both ads, as the cover star of Five-Nine magazine.

The commercial, directed by Oscar winner Damien Chazelle (La La Land), with choreography by Tony winner Justin Beck, features a number of dancers from Broadway and Off Broadway hoofing to lines such as, "Working 5 to 9/ You've got passion and a vision/ Cuz it's hustlin' time/ A whole new way to make a livin'/ Gonna change your life/ Do something that gives it meaning."

Dolly shared that she's "been asked several times" to be part of the Super Bowl, but it's "always such a big commitment" so she's "always kind of chickened out. 

She added, "This seemed like the perfect kind of way to do it."



Garth Brooks To Perform At Biden's Inauguration

Garth Brooks will join Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga in performing at at the U.S. Capitol tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 20th) as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States. Garth shared the big news via a Zoom press conference yesterday (Monday, Jan. 18th).


He told reporters: “This is a great day in our household. This is not a political statement. This is a statement of unity. This is history! And it’s an honor to get to serve. This is kinda how I get to serve this country. Our father served as a United States Marine in the Korean War; we had brothers that served in the Air Force and the Army. This is my chance to get to serve.”


Garth is hoping that his performance will help unify people from all walks of life. He said: “In this case, you must rise beyond red and blue. You must rise beyond Black and white, gay/straight, male/female. Look at it from above. Look at it as America. And that’s always kind of been my thing. You are all welcome at a Garth Brooks concert. And then the whole mission of a Garth Brooks concert is for the people that come watch the show to leave the show loving each other more than when they came in. That’s never going to change for me.”


Garth previously performed at an inaugural concert for Barack Obama. He was asked to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration but had a prescheduled tour date.


Tennessee Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Build Dolly Parton Statue At State Capitol

Hail to the queen!  Everybody LOVES Dolly, who was born and raised in the Smoky Mountains.
And the proper way to honor the country legend is with a statue at the State Capitol in her home state of Tennessee.

Thats exactly what congressman John Mark Windle has proposed in a recent bill. According to CNN, the statue would be placed on Capitol grounds in Nashville, and would be commissioned “to recognize her for all that she has contributed to this state.”

If it's commissioned, the Parton sculpture will face the historic Ryman Auditorium, a music venue where she's played throughout her career.

Dolly has made so many contributions to her native Tennessee, like her recent million dollar donation to Vanderbilt University to help find a coronavirus vaccine last year.

Country Legend Ed Bruce Dies at 81

The country legend, Ed Bruce died of natural causes in Clarksville, Tennessee, on Friday (Jan. 8). He was 81.

Bruce had several hit songs throughout his decades long career, including the all-time classic "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys."

The country legend also appeared in many fan-favorite shows, including Walker, Texas Ranger, Maverick and The Chisholms. His music has earned him 35 Billboard spots, including six Top 10 hits.
Stars took to social media to remember Bruce.

Blake Shelton wrote on Twitter, "Just hearing that Ed Bruce passed away ... What a standalone voice he had. He'll be remembered for his many talents including acting and maybe most important his songwriting ... Rest In Peace cowboy. I'm not loving 2021 so far."

The Oak Ridge Boys shared a tribute as well, tweeting, "We have lost another friend and songwriter today ... Rest Easy Ed Bruce ... many will remember him for songs like Mama Don't Let Your Baby's Grow Ip To Be Cowboys but we shall remember him for a song called, I Know.  Look it up for a blessing ... Goodbye brother and Thank You."

"We lost another one of our great country singer songwriters today," Tim McGraw wrote on Twitter. He added, "So many cool records of his that I listened to growing up."

"It was an honor to perform on stage with Ed Bruce. The memories of sitting in the living room with him and a couple of guitars are priceless. I appreciate his counsel and encouragement. My heartfelt condolences to his family. Thanks, Ed. -Trace Adkins"

Willie Nelson Readies Frank Sinatra Covers Album For February Release

Willie Nelson will soon honor his friend and fellow music legend Frank Sinatra again with his new studio album, That’s Life out on February 26th.

The project includes covers made famous by Frank Sinatra and is the follow up to Nelson’s first Sinatra covers album, My Way released in 2018. That album earned Nelson a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Pop Solo Album.

The album was recorded at Capitol Studios in Hollywood (where Sinatra recorded albums from March 1956 to November 1961). 

The two were close friends and musical colleagues. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Nelson in Las Vegas and the pair appeared together in a PSA for NASA’s Space Foundation.

Loretta Lynn Announces New Album Featuring Reba, Carrie Underwood & More

At 88 years young, Loretta Lynn is gearing up to release her 50th studio album. It's also the 50th anniversary of her Coal Miner’s Daughter record.

The new album will be a 13-song collection celebrating women in country music which includes new music along with reinterpretations of songs from throughout Lynn’s catalog.

The album titled, 'Still Woman Enough' will feature collaborations with some of the most talented women in country music: Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, and Margo Price.

Still Woman Enough is set to hit shelves on March 19th.

A New COVID Relief Bill Includes Billions For Live Music Venues & Theaters

Finally some good news for live music.
Congress has agreed on a new bipartisan COVID relief bill that will set aside $15 billion for independent music venues, theaters, and other cultural institutions.

The relief comes as part of a $900 billion stimulus package aimed at helping unemployment, struggling businesses and vaccine distribution. With both sides coming to an agreement yesterday, it’s expected to be voted on today before going to the President to be signed into law.

The deal also included a $600 stimulus check for most Americans. 90% of music venues won't survive if they don't get some sorta funded.

As of today, some states won’t open venues until a vaccine is found and widely distributed to the general which could still be months away.


NIVA tweeted the good news!
"Yes, the COVID relief bill DOES include #SaveOurStages Act! We truly cannot wait for it to be passed. #SaveOurStages"

Garth Brooks, Wife Trisha Yearwood Holiday Christmas Special

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are bringing their holiday cheer to us this Christmas!

The superstar couple returns to give us "Garth and Trisha Live! A Holiday Concert Event," on Dec. 20 on CBS.

For the hourlong special, Garth and Trisha will sing Christmas songs "live by request from their home studio."

It's going to be a great way to feel some Christmas cheer from the comfort of your home.  Due to COVID-19 precautions, the audience-free show plans to be produced with a minimal crew.

To get your request in, join Garth on Facebook for his, "Brooks' "Inside Studio G" show, which airs most Mondays from his Facebook Live page. 

The CMA Awards Brought The Energy With Charlie Daniels Tribute!

The CMAs opened up with a BANG bringing the energy with a tribute to the late Charlie Daniels. It was everything you wanted it to be and more.  Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and Bentley’s fiddler, Dan Hochhalter, rocked the stage.

The group performed a medley of Daniels' songs, including "Trudy," "Texas," "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."  The country music icon Charlie Daniels, died in July at age 83.

The first award of the night went to Maren Morris winning "Single of the Year" for The Bones! Did you catch Ryan Hurd walking his lady up on stage and then gracefully sat back down so Maren could shine!


What a guy! 

Maren also won the next big award, 'Song of the Year' which goes to the writers for "The Bones" - Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz.  A very clever and well written song.



Shania Twain Releases 25th Anniversary Edition Of 'The Woman In Me' Album Today

Shania Twain releases the 25th Anniversary Diamond Edition of her career-catapulting album, The Woman in Me, today (Friday, Oct. 2nd).


The diamond edition contains a newly remastered version of the multi-platinum album and previously unreleased tracks, live recordings, and mixes. 


The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition will be available in two and three CD configurations; the mastered album willbe available in LP and limited-edition color variant LP versions.


Eight of the 12 songs from The Woman in Me appeared on Billboard‘s country singles chart, with four — “Any Man of Mine,” “(If You’re Not in It for Love) I’m Outta Here!” “You Win My Love” and “No One Needs to Know”  reaching No. 1.


“Any Man of Mine” also gave Shania her first Top 40 crossover hit.


The Woman in Me spent 29 weeks atop the country albums chart. It was 1995’s best-selling country album and won a Grammy for Best Country Album in 1996.



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Trisha Yearwood Releases Video for "I'll Carry You Home"

After performing the powerful ballad "I'll Carry You Home" during the in memoriam segment of last week's ACM Awards, Trisha Yearwood has released a music video for the song.


The Boot reports Yearwood unveiled the moving video on Wednesday. In the video, the singer pays tribute to her supportive loved ones.


A press release says the clip honors the people "that have carried Yearwood home over the years, including her parents, sister and extended family."


It features vintage footage of warm and nostalgic family memories, including Yearwood as a baby. "I'll Carry You Home" is almost like a prayer," Yearwood says. "For me, it's very much about the people in my life that have my back, and also my strong spiritual belief that God's got me, no matter what. I believe that. It's really like a prayer. It's just one of the most beautiful songs that I've heard."


The song appears on her 2019 album Every Girl



Reba McEntire to Release Another Vintage Concert Special on YouTube This Friday

Who's ready for another Reba weekend? After Reba McEntire shared her 1994 concert special Reba: Live on YouTube last month, MusicRow reports that she'll do it all over again with another '90s concert this coming Friday. 


Reba in Concert was filmed at Austin's Frank Erwin Center back in 1990 and includes some of her biggest hits, including “Fancy,” You Lie" and "Rumor Has It." (Speaking of "Rumor Has It," Reba will release a 30th-anniversary edition of that album on September 11.)


In retrospect, the concert film also serves as a tribute to several of her original band members, who were tragically killed in a plane crash the following year.

ba adds in a statement, “This show is very special to me because it features my friends that we lost in a plane crash 29 years ago. Their love for music and incredible talents deserve to be seen again, and I’m so glad that we’re getting the chance to stream this concert for the first time ever."


Featuring 16 iconic performances, Reba in Concert will premiere at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT and will include a chat with Reba on her YouTube channel.

63-Year-Old Dwight Yoakam Is a First-Time Dad

63-year-old DWIGHT YOAKAM became a first-time dad last week.  His wife Emily gave birth to a boy named Dalton.  He posted the news on Friday and included pics of them headed to the hospital.  He also snuck in a shameless plug in the caption.



Quote, "Like the lyric from the song 'Waterfall' that Dwight wrote Emily on his '3 Pears' album, says . . . 'Babies get born even in a pandemic lockdown.' 



"With great joy and happiness Dwight and Emily announce the birth this past Sunday of their new baby boy.  Dalton Loren Yoakam.  Born 08-16-2020."  The couple were married back in March. 


Dolly Parton to Release Christmas Album, Featuring Duets With Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus & Bublé


Finally some good news in 2020: Dolly Parton will be releasing a Christmas album on October 2. Billboard reports A Holly Dolly Christmas is the country legend's first holiday album in 30 years and will feature duets with a variety of famous friends.


Parton will sing holiday tunes with Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and her brother, Randy Parton--and the first single will be a duet with Michael Bublé called "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas."


Parton finished the album after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, so the duets were mostly recorded separately.


"We've been very smart, very careful, because we're trying to protect ourselves and I'm an older person," she said. "I'm not out to get it if I don’t [have] to, I'm hoping I can outrun all that.


We've been all very, very smart, but it didn't slow us up.”

Hank Williams Jr. and Marty Stuart Are Being Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

HANK WILLIAMS JR.MARTY STUART, and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Marty is in the "Modern Era Artist" category, and Dean is a "Songwriter" inductee.  


Hank Jr. will go in the "Veterans Era Artist" category and that's significant.  It's almost 60 years after his father, the great Hank Williams, went in. 


Dolly Parton to Record Audiobook Version of Upcoming Book "Songteller: My Life in Lyrics"

Dolly Parton's dropping a new book later this year just in time for Christmas--and now The Country Daily reports that she'll also be recording the audiobook of the project herself. 


Songteller: My Life in Lyrics will arrive on November 17 in hardcover, CD and digital audiobook formats. The book will explore Parton's life and career through 175 of her most beloved tracks.


Back in June, Parton announced the book by humorously saying in a Twitter video, "My songs are like my children. I expect them to support me when I'm old."


On Thursday, she announced the audiobook by sharing a snippet in which she reveals the inspiration behind her most iconic hit, "Jolene."


Randy Travis Releases Long-Lost Early-'80s Single, "Fool's Love Affair"

A never-before-heard song recorded by Randy Travis in the early 1980s has finally seen the light of day. Rolling Stone reports that Travis recorded "Fool's Love Affair" sometime before the release of his 1986 debut LP, Storms of Life.


His wife, Mary Travis, also tells the outlet, "Randy doesn’t even remember [when it was recorded] because he laid so many things down over the years... It’s a very traditional sound because it’s Randy Travis, but it’s so current, which is what Randy’s songs always did. Everybody could identify with the life story in his songs and he told them so well.” 


Charlie Monk, Milton Brown and Keith Stegall co-wrote the song, while Monk--who'd signed Travis to a publishing deal back then--found the demo last year while cleaning out his office.


Travis' original producer, Kyle Lehning, isolated his voice and recorded new tracks around it for the new release.


"Fool's Love Affair" arrived on the 35th anniversary of the release of his debut single, “On the Other Hand.”


12 Classic Country Albums Turning 40 in 2020

Ready to feel old while enjoying some old-school country? Rolling Stone just published a list of 12 classic country albums turning the big 4-0 this year. Here are some LPs guaranteed to be must-hears for classic country fans this year:


  1. Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
  2. Willie Nelson and Ray Price, San Antonio Rose
  3. The Kendalls, The Heart of the Matter
  4. Carlene Carter, Musical Shapes
  5. Hazel Dickens, Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People
  6. Charley Pride, There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me
  7. Merle Haggard, Back to the Barrooms
  8. Emmylou Harris, Roses in the Snow
  9. George Jones, I Am What I Am
  10. Kenny Rogers, Gideon
  11. Razzy Bailey, Razzy
  12. Lacy J. Dalton, Hard Times

Reba McEntire & Vince Gill to Perform Together on July 18 Opry Showcase

The next episode of the Grand Ole Opry's Saturday showcase will feature two old pals and country icons: Vince Gill and Reba McEntire. 


MusicRow reports that the two Oklahoma natives will step into the Opry circle for the Nashville institution's 4,933rd consecutive Saturday night broadcast on July 18. 


Gill was inducted as an Opry member in 1991, while McEntire joined the Opry in 1987.


McEntire also said in a statement, "The Grand Ole Opry has always been very special to me and my family. It’s part of my history, my heritage and my future, and I’m so excited to get to share the stage with Vince again." The performance can be viewed on Circle TV and

Billboard Declares George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" the Most Honored Country Recording of All Time

Billboard has crunched some country music awards data to determine that the most honored country recording of all time is George Jones' 1980 classic, "He Stopped Loving Her Today."


The publication notes that the song has earned several of the genre's most prestigious honors, including CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.


The track was also made a part of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2008. The Country Daily notes that "He Stopped Loving Her Today," co-written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, is also currently celebrating its 40th anniversary of topping the Billboard Hot Country Chart on July 5, 1980.


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