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Bailey Zimmerman Readies Debut Album, Drops First Track

  • Three years ago, he was working for a gas pipeline company with no real ambitions to be a musician - and now Bailey Zimmerman has two big country hits, is touring with Morgan Wallen - and has his debut album ready to drop
  • Zimmerman announced his new album, "Religiously - The Album" will be coming out May 12th
  • Along with the announcement, he also dropped the title track
  • Source: Taste Of Country

Tim McGraw's Tour Rider Isn't What You'd Expect

  • Tour riders - the things performers demand in the dressing room when they play a venue - can be simple or epic
  • Tim McGraw - a megastar who could probably ask for anything and everything - has a tour rider, but it's not what you'd expect from someone at his level
  • Items on his rider: Peanut M&M's (he just likes to eat one small bag); Mexican Coca-Colas (with the real cane sugar), tuna sandwiches and "Muscle Milk." Pretty basic stuff
  • Source: Taste Of Country

Luke Combs Shares Acoustic Version Of "Five-Leaf Clover"

  • Luke Combs already announced that his new track, "Five Leaf Clover," was dropping today - but he released a clip of him performing it live a day early
  • He wrote the track after a literal four-leaf clover hunt near his home; he found one, but then his friend found a FIVE leaf clover, and he jotted the phrase down as a potential song idea
  • After tossing it out to songwriters Jessi Alexander and Chase McGill, the three realized they had something - and that something drops today
  • Source: Whiskey Riff

Kelsea Ballerini Stops Concert To Ask Crowd A Taylor Swift Question

  • Kelsea Ballerini and Taylor Swift go way back - when Kelsea's first EP game out, Taylor gave it a huge boost by posting on her socials that she was listening to it non-stop
  • So no surprise that Kelsea is tracking the kickoff to Taylor's "Eras" tour - and actually stopped her own concert to ask a Taylor-related question of the sold-out crowd
  • "Is anyone stalking the "Eras Tour" - has it started? I'm gonna stalk it after this, but I have one question: Is 'Cruel Summer' on the setlist?"
  • The answer, by the way, was "yes"
  • Source: People

Lainey Wilson Performs First Song She Wrote - At Nine Years Old

  • Lainey Wilson's got game - and apparently has always had game
  • The singer visited "The Kelly Clarkson Show" this week, and performed the very first song she ever wrote - at the age of nine!
  • Kelly challenged her to sing it - and Lainey ripped off a couple lines from "Lucky Me" for an appreciative studio audience
  • Source: Whiskey Riff

Riley Green Teases New Song, "Talk To My Truck"

  • Riley Green hit #1 earlier this year with the Thomas Rhett collab, "Half Of Me" - and now he looks to duplicate this success on his own with a track he teased on Instagram this week
  • The song, "Talk To My Truck," is a classic wish-I-could-have-her-back tune Riley performed acoustically
  • Riley hasn't put out a full-length album since 2019, relying on single releases and collabs since then - so no word if this means an album is coming
  • Source: Whiskey Riff

Brothers Osborne Tease New Music

  • It's been a minute since we've heard new music from Brothers Osborne - but that wait is about to end
  • Yesterday the duo released a live performance of a previously unheard song - with the intriguing caption, "Coming soon"
  • The track - about opposites attracting and how rewarding it is when they do - features rollercoaster imagery, and their Instagram post also featured a rollercoaster emoji
  • Source: Taste Of Country

Cole Swindell Announces New Single "Broken"

  • Cole Swindell had a great 2022, riding the success of his album "Stereotype"
  • Coming April 28, a deluxe edition of the album titled "Stereotype Broken" will be released, featuring three new songs 
  • Ahead of that, Cole is releasing the new track "Broken" this Friday
  • Source: Cole Swindell/Instagram

Shania Twain Adds Twang To Cover Of Harry Style's "Falling"

  • Shania Twain is a big fan of Harry Styles, and vice versa - the two have been friends for years
  • When Shania's "Spotify Singles" session dropped yesterday, she gave a nod to her friend, covering his hit "Falling"
  • Also on the sessions, a cover of the blues classic "Spoonful" and a reimagining of her track "Queen Of Me"
  • Source: Billboard

More Performers Announced For 2023 CMT Music Awards

  • The CMT Music Awards have announced some pretty big names who'll perform the night of the awards ceremony
  • Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Keith Urban and Lainey Wilson have been added to the performing lineup
  • Previously announced: performances by Carrie Underwood, and co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown (along with his wife Katelyn Brown)
  • The show airs live April 2 at 8pm ET on CBS
  • Source: People

Carrie Underwood Duets With Axl Rose In Los Angeles

  • Carrie Underwood surprised fans at a LA show on Monday by bringing out Axl Rose.
  • The country star and the Guns ‘N Roses legend have collaborated before, duet-ing together at Stagecoach Fest last year.
  • But in Los Angeles, the pair unveiled their first public duet of “Welcome To The Jungle.”
  • Source: Loudwire

Gabby Barrett Teases New Song Co-Written By Luke Combs

  • Gabby Barrett is here - her first album spawned hits and put her in the spotlight, but as any artist knows, it's not getting there but staying there - so her upcoming sophomore project is key
  • By all appearances, Gabby is coming out of the gate hard - teasing a new song that was co-written by superstar Luke Combs - and singing a snippet of it acapella on Instagram for excited fans
  • Other than Combs' involvement, she's made no other details available, including the other writers or even the title - just that it will be on her upcoming second album
  • Source: CountryNow

Miranda Lambert And Her Label Part Ways

  • In a move that shocked the country music industry, superstar Miranda Lambert announced yesterday that she and her long-time record label, Sony Music, are parting ways
  • Miranda announced on Twitter that, while she had been with the label since her teens, she "wouldn't be true to myself if I wasn't constantly looking for the next challenge and a new way to stretch my creativity"
  • She made no announcement as to how she will proceed career-wise, but did make clear that she was grateful to the label that allowed her to "share her story with the world"
  • Source: Taste Of Country

Bailey Zimmerman Shares The Best Advice Morgan Wallen Gave Him

  • Morgan Wallen has experienced the highest highs and lowest lows in his relatively brief country career - so any advice he'd have for new artists is worth listening to
  • Bailey Zimmerman says Morgan gave him one piece of advice he plans on taking to heart
  • "One day, Morg told me, ‘I’ve only ever canceled one show. I’ve played shows no matter what. This is the reason you do this. You’ve got to work really hard,’ Bailey says
  • Source: MusicMayhemMagazine

Morgan Wallen's "One Thing At A Time" Bows At #1

  • Morgan Wallen continues to own country music - and, currently, all music
  • His new album "One Thing At A Time," as expected, debuted at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart - but also debuted at #1 on the Top 200 Albums chart which covers all genres
  • Notching over half a million in equivalent sales, it's the biggest one week for album sales so far in 2023
  • Source: Billboard

Kelsea Ballerini Selling Merch Based On Morgan Evans Diss

  • Good business decision or bad look? Or both? Kelsea Ballerini is cashing in on her messy divorce from Morgan Evans - with merch
  • The singer performed on "SNL" last week - and changed up the lyrics to one of her songs to diss her ex-husband
  • The phrase "Yeah. Sure. Ok." that she used (or "YSO") is now on t-shirts she's selling for $35 a pop
  • Source: Us Magazine

2023 CMT Music Awards Nominations Are Out

  • The nominations for the 2023 CMT Music Awards were announced yesterday
  • Lainey Wilson was the top nominee with four nods; Kane Brown, Cody Johnson and Jelly Roll each received three
  • We have the complete list of nominees; the awards air live Sunday, April 2 on CBS
  • Source: US Magazine

It's Been Almost 25 Years - Who's Taken Brad Pitt's Place For Shania Twain?

  • It's been almost 25 years since "That Don't Impress Me Much" was a huge hit for Shania Twain
  • With that much time passing, if she were to write the song again now - who would take the place of Brad Pitt in the lyrics - if anyone?
  • Though she name-checked Ryan Reynolds in a live performance at the People's Choice Awards last December, her answer - at least today - is Channing Tatum
  • Source: NYPost

Tim McGraw Records Very Special Duet

  • Tim McGraw has duetted with many famous singers: Faith Hill, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kenny Chesney, Nelly and others. But his latest duet partner is someone you haven't heard of
  • Michael Hugo is just an average dad - who was diagnosed with Stage Four cancer
  • Feeling it was a diagnosis that would keep him from seeing his young daughters eventually getting married, he reached out to the country singer to help him with a special project
  • Tim immediately agreed to the request - and together, the two sang the song "My Little Girl" - so that his two daughters would have one last gift from their father on their wedding days
  • Source: WhiskeyRiff

Luke Combs/Morgan Wallen Have Discussed Mega-Collab

  • Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen are two of the biggest country stars on the planet - so have the two ever thought about, you know...teaming up?
  • Actually, yes, says Luke. "We’ve just never really landed on a song that I think that we both love that we wanna do, you know? I don’t think it’s outta the question at all. I think it would be awesome."
  • If they do team up, it might be awhile before we hear the results. Morgan just released his new album last week, and Luke's new album is coming out March 24
  • Source: CountryNow
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