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GOOD NEWS QUICK BIT: ANIMAL SHELTER CELEBRATES FIRST TIME BEING EMPTY IN 47 YEARS

Animal Shelter Celebrates FIrst Time Being Empty In 47 Years: Last week, the Adams County SPCA in Pennsylvania celebrated a remarkable achievement when all of the shelter’s kennels were completely empty for the first time in 47 years.

WHY GABBY BARRETT HAS TURNED DOWN HIGH PROFILE DUETS

  • Gabby Barrett is a rising star with hit songs, but she's been warned by friends and industry folks that perhaps her marriage is hindering her career progress
  • Specifically, Gabby has turned down some high-profile duets with big stars because doing the songs would conflict with her morals
  • Not that romantic songs are bad, but she feels singing them with a man other than her husband is inconsiderate to him
  • On the "Unexpected With Hannah Love" podcast, she explains, "If I'm singing with another man, is that gonna make my husband uncomfortable? Probably. And I respect and love him so much that I am not gonna jeopardize my marriage to do a duet with somebody"
  • Source: TasteOfCountry

LIFESTYLE QUICK BIT: AMAZON PRIME VIDEO WILL SOON CHARGE EXTRA FOR AD-FREE OPTION

Amazon Prime Video Will Soon Charge Extra For Ad-Free Option: If you want to watch Amazon Prime Video without ads next year it’ll cost you more. 

LIFESTYLE REDUX: STUDY: HOW FAR AMERICANS WILL GO TO SEE THEIR FAVORITE ARTISTS

  • This is a “Best Of 2023” Lifestyle story we originally covered on June 27th, 2023. New Lifestyle content will resume tomorrow!
  • The average American is willing to travel more than 600-miles to see their favorite band or artist live, according to a new survey.
  • It finds that one in 10 fans would even go into debt to see their favorite musician.
  • BTS fans are willing to travel the farthest, an average of 2,040, to see the band in concert.
  • Source: Yahoo Finance

LIFESTYLE REDUX: WHAT NOT TO SAY TO SOMEONE DOING DRY JANUARY

  • This is a “Best Of 2023” Lifestyle story we originally covered on January 4th, 2023
  • Now that we’re days into the new year, Dry January is in full effect for some.
  • It’s a month-long break from alcohol and while it can be challenging, some comments you make to those participating can come off as judgemental or rude.
  • These are some remarks you’re better off keeping to yourself.
  • Source: Huff Post

DAILY DOSE: FACT OR CRAP?

Fact or Crap? The beignet is the official state donut of Louisiana.

Fact or Crap? Aaron Sorkin was a bartender who most of “A Few Good Men” on cocktail napkins.

Fact or Crap? Des Moines, Iowa has the highest Jello consumption, per capita.

MORE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

  • Walker Hayes And His Daughters Sing On "The Today Show"
  • Megan Moroney Posts Demo Of New Song To Instagram

MAREN MORRIS SINGS "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" TO CELEBRATE DIVORCE BECOMING FINAL

  • We'll probably never know what went on in the marriage of Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, but we know how Maren feels about her divorce
  • On the day it was to be finalized (Sunday), she jumped on Tik Tok to sing a variation on the Tammy Wynette classic "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," changing the lyrics to "Our D-I-V-O-R-C-E becomes final today"
  • So while we don't know what went on in the marriage, we know how Maren feels once it was about to be dissolved
  • Source: People

OLIVER ANTHONY MAKES HIS GRAND OLE OPRY DEBUT

  • We told you earlier this month that Oliver Anthony got the call - he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry
  • Over the weekend, Anthony checked off a big box on the career "to do" list, as he took the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium
  • And he had some company, as new friend Jamey Johnson joined him on stage for a perfomance of Jamey's hit "In Color"
  • Source: WhiskeyRiff

MORE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

  • Carly Pearce Teases What She Says Is "One Of Her Favorite New Songs"

MORE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

  • Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood Crush "Joy To The World" On "CMA Country Christmas"
  • Old Dominion Announces They're Opening A Nashville Bar Too
  • Midland Drops New Single "Up In Texas"
  • Dan + Shay Join Spotify Billionaire Club With "10,000 Hours"

JON PARDI 112 DAYS SOBER AND COUNTING

  • Jon Pardi guested on Amazon's "Country Heat Weekly" podcast and talked about a wide range of subjects, including everything from "facial care," to his new Christmas album...to his sobriety
  • Jon revealed that he is now 112 days sober, a change brought about by being diagnosed as prediabetic
  • While he says he's lost weight and is feeling great, he admits the sobriety isn't a permanent decision, adding he "just needed a break"

MORE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

  • Mitchell Tenpenny Makes Plea For Duet With Scott Stapp On Instagram
  • Chris Janson And Bret Michaels Perform "Your Mama Don't Dance" On "CMT Crossroads"
  • Cody Johnson Channels Merle Haggard On "If We Make It Through December"

REMEMBER WHEN TAYLOR SWIFT WAS A BACKUP SINGER FOR BRAD PAISLEY?

  • Who remembers when Taylor Swift was a backup singer for Brad Paisley? Anyone? Well, Brad Paisley does
  • Brad and Taylor go way back; in fact she opened for Brad on tour back in 2007. She also appeared with Kellie Pickler as a background singer/dancer in the video for Brad's hit "Online"
  • Brad reminded Taylor and everyone about this, posting a Tik Tok of actor Jason Alexander playing him on stage with Taylor dancing alongside, with the message "Happy Birthday Taylor Swift! Thanks for being a background singer in one of my music videos all those years ago!"
  • Source: WhiskeyRiff

LAINEY WILSON PERFOMS "WILDFLOWERS AND WILD HORSES" ON "JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE"

  • Lainey Wilson brought country to the masses earlier this week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live"
  • Tuesday night, the country superstar performed her new song "Wildflowers And Wild Horses" on the late night show
  • The stage set up was similar to the one she used on the CMA Awards last month, with a red-orange hue and desert setting behind her as she performed
  • Source: TasteOfCountry

WOMAN SELLS $380 WORTH OF LUKE COMBS TUMBLERS, JUDGE SAYS SHE OWES THE SINGER $250K

  • It was a pretty crazy day for one Luke Combs fan - and for Luke himself
  • Nicol Harness of Pinellas, Florida dabbled in what so many do: she made some cute tumblers featuring her favorite artist, Luke Combs, and sold them for $20 each - raking in a grand total of $380
  • Imagine her shock when she woke up today to find she was being sued by Combs - and a judge had already found her guilty, owing the country superstar $250K
  • Equally shocked - Luke himself, who woke up to a firestorm. To his credit, he moved swiftly to rectify the situation
  • Explaining on social media that suing people like Nicol was not what was intended - Luke had employed lawyers to sue big companies infringing on his copyright and she got caught up in the net - Luke took several steps to make things right, and by the end of the day he did
  • Source: WhiskeyRiff

MORE COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS

  • More Big Names Added To "New Year's Eve Big Bash"
  • Sawyer Brown's Mark Miller Announces Memoir

WILLIE NELSON REVEALS SET LIST FOR "WILIE NELSON 90 LIVE AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL" CONCERT DVD

  • Willie Nelson has something of an early Christmas gift for fans: his "Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90 Live At The Hollywood Bowl" concert film will be released
  • The Hollywood Bowl performances took place on April 29 & 30 at the legendary Hollywood Bowl and featured not only Nelson but a slew of fellow performers like Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, George Strait, Jamey Johnson, Keith Richards, Kris Kristofferson and more
  • Yesterday, the full, huge 52-song track list was released - the collection comes out this Friday in a 2CD+Blu-Ray deluxe edition, a complete digital edition and a double LP version
  • Source: WhiskeyRiff

GWEN STEFANI, BLAKE SHELTON TO GO ITALIAN FOR CHRISTMAS DINNER

  • While you would think that Blake Shelton is the more traditional of the couple, Gwen Stefani says she grew up in a very traditional household as well
  • Outside the taping of "The Voice," Stefani told "Entertainment Tonight" that when it comes to Christmas dinner, she and Blake have made an effort to think outside the box and come up with new traditions that would be all their own when it comes to the holiday meal
  • The result: the couple have settled on an Italian dish for Christmas dinner. "We stumbled across this dish called the Timpano Dome...it's basically like a lasagna but it's in this dome formed either with bread or a pasta. We started doing that a few years ago and now that's the thing"
  • Source: Entertainment Tonight
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