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Nashville notes: Kip's "Kinda Bar" + Brandy's new album

Kip Moore has released a rocking new song, "Kinda Bar." The track, which Kip co-wrote with Dan Couch, is featured on his upcoming album, Damn Love, dropping April 28. 

Mickey Guyton joined the Tamron Hall Show on Thursday, March 23, to talk about her new Apple TV+ series, My Kind of Country, and catch up on life and new music. While on the show, Mickey also teased an upcoming collaboration with a "superstar artist" that's slated to drop this summer.

Brandy Clark has announced her forthcoming self-titled record with a tender new song, "Buried." The 11-song project is produced by Brandi Carlile and will be out on May 19. 

Country newcomer Greylan James has signed with BMLG Records. The announcement arrived on Friday, March 24, in conjunction with the release of Greylan's new single, "Undermine." "When I was 14 years old, I wrote and mailed Scott Borchetta a letter that told him who I was and why he should sign me. For some reason, I just always had a feeling Scott was going to be part of my career. Now 12 years later, I can’t believe I get to work with him and the incredible BMLG team,” Greylan shares.

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More tickets released for Luke Combs' World Tour


Missed your opportunity to grab tickets for Luke Combs' World Tour? Fret not, Luke's got you covered. 

Luke has just announced the addition of Standing Room Only (SRO), and Limited Sight and Video Only seats on select dates.

In a tweet, Luke wrote, "Hey guys, I worked with my team all yesterday to open up more tickets for the USA and Canada stadium shows. We’re going to open up SRO (Standing Room Only - where applicable) and Limited Sight and Video Only seats for $35 ALL IN with taxes and fees! We’ll release these tickets at noon local time before every show. Doing as much as I can for as many of y’all to join us as possible!"

Cities with these added ticket opportunities include Arlington, Nashville, Kansas City and Philadelphia. 

Tickets are available on Luke's website. For tickets to the Arlington show, visit SeatGeek and select "hide resale."

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New music from Brothers Osborne is coming


Brothers Osborne fans, new music is arriving, and it's coming sooner than you think.

On Friday, March 24, the award-winning duo shared on social media that three new songs are dropping on Friday, April 7: "Nobody's Nobody," "Might As Well Be Me," and "Rollercoaster (Forever and a Day)." They will be packaged as the Nobody's Nobody Sampler.

While not much was revealed about the tracks, the announcement post also included a back-view photo of T.J. Osborne and John Osborne in black T-shirts, which adds to the mystique surrounding the duo's upcoming release.

The Nobody's Nobody Sampler is available for presave now.

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Peek into the first night of Kenny Chesney's I Go Back 2023 Tour

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Kenny Chesney kicked off the first night of his I Go Back 2023 Tour at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Thursday, March 23. The venue, though one of the smallest he's played in years, was still filled with Kenny's signature stadium-sized energy.

Kenny had the crowd singing along to hits such as "'Til It’s Gone," "Reality," "The Good Stuff," "Living In Fast Forward" and "All The Pretty Girls."

The last time Kenny played at John Paul Jones Arena was during an opening slot he had in 2006.

"It was a crazy thing,” Kenny shared backstage prior to the concert. "We pulled up and all of the Statler Brothers were there, and they watched the entire show from the third row. Charlottesville is that kind of place: the very best of who they are come out and just live in the music. I can’t believe we’ve been away this long."

Fellow Knoxville native Kelsea Ballerini also joined Kenny onstage to harmonize on "Wild Child" and perform their CMA Award-winning duet, "half of my hometown."

"I wanted to bring all the power and all of the passion that we have at those stadium shows," Chesney said after the show. "I want every single person who’s in the room to know how much we love them, to feel as good as they’ve ever felt, and to go home hoarse from the cheering and singing. Charlottesville, Virginia, sure made the opening night feel like the biggest stadiums."

View photos from Kenny's John Paul Jones Arena show on his Instagram page.

For a full list of dates of the I Go Back 2023 Tour and to get tickets, visit Kenny's website.

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Maren Morris has read just about every book on Dolly Parton

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In celebration of Women's History Month, Maren Morris is sharing a little about a fellow female country artist who has inspired her — Dolly Parton.

"There are many women that have shaped me as a, not just an artist or writer, but as a woman myself. Dolly Parton is a huge one for me, in all the ways," Maren tells the press. "I think I have read every bit of literature there is available on the woman. I’ve gotten to work with her a couple times over the last few years, and she’s just everything you would expect and more."

Back in 2019, Dolly made a surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival and shared the stage with The Highwomen, an all-female supergroup comprised of Maren, Brandi CarlileAmanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

Maren will hit the road with The Chicks this summer for their The Chicks World Tour 2023. For a full list of dates and to get tickets, visit Maren's website.

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Nashville notes: Easton on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' + Boy Named Banjo's Opry debut

"A Little More Country Than That" hitmaker Easton Corbin was on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, March 22, to perform his new romantic single, "Marry That Girl." If you missed it, you can watch the performance on YouTube.

Hailey Whitters is set to appear on NBC's Today on Tuesday, March 28. "Takin’ some country up to the big city next week to perform on @todayshow!!" Hailey shared on Instagram. 

Boy Named Banjo made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, March 21. Check out photos from the special night on the band's latest Instagram post. 

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Carrie Underwood loves her vintage band T-shirts


Carrie Underwood may be known for her glittery outfits, flowy dresses and even a little "denim and rhinestones." But she's also a big fan of vintage band T-shirts.

On Wednesday, March 22, Carrie posted a photo montage on Instagram of the outfits she wore for all 43 meet-and-greet sessions during her recently concluded Denim & Rhinestones Tour. 

Featured in the clip were vintage T-shirts from artists and bands such as Alan JacksonReba McEntireGuns N' RosesSkid Row and Metallica

"Had the best time getting to meet so many of you out on the #DenimAndRhinestonesTour! [wave emoji] Here’s a little fun from all 43 of our Meet & Greet rooms [purple heart + diamond emoji]," Carrie wrote in the caption.

Carrie wrapped up her Denim & Rhinestones Tour in Seattle, Washington, on March 17. Her latest single, "Hate My Heart," is currently number 23 and climbing on the country charts.

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Collaborations + more performers announced for the 2023 CMT Music Awards


More of your favorite stars have joined the performance lineup for the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

Darius RuckerThe Black CrowesWynonna JuddAshley McBrydeTyler Hubbard and Jelly Roll have been announced as additional performers for the upcoming show. 

Darius and The Black Crowes will deliver a collaboration of the band’s hit "She Talks to Angels," while Wynonna and Ashley will perform a duet of an as-yet-unannounced song. 

Previously announced performers include Blake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodCarly PearceCody JohnsonKeith UrbanLainey Wilson, and co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, as well as Kane's wife and "Thank God" duet partner, Katelyn Brown

Rising newcomers Avery AnnaChapel HartJackson DeanLily RoseMegan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards air live on CBS April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Livestreaming and on-demand streaming options will be available via Paramount+.

View the full list of nominations and vote for your favorite artists on CMT's website.

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Get a peek into 'My Kind of Country' with Mickey Guyton


Mickey Guyton joined CBS Mornings Thursday, March 23, to share more about Apple TV+’s new country talent competition, My Kind of Country.

The series, which is executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, will feature contestants from India, South Africa and Mexico, with Mickey, Jimmie Allen and Orville Peck serving as mentors and scouts for the next big country star.

"Country music is universal and there are so many people that love country music outside of America that don't necessarily have access to it, and this is giving them that opportunity," Mickey said. "It's really holding the door open and giving listeners that love country music another version of it."

Additionally, the "Black Like Me" singer shared what she and her fellow mentors will be looking for.

"We're definitely looking for tones. We're looking for the stories," Mickey noted. "You know, country music is stories about life, and we want to hear that within the artists. We want to hear, you know, a little twang in their voice like what you hear in country music. That's stuff that we look for, for sure."

My Kind of Country premieres Friday, March 24, on Apple TV+.

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All aboard: Join Old Dominion on their train ride to "Memory Lane"

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Old Dominion has dropped a cinematic music video for their single "Memory Lane."

Directed by Mason Allen and Nicki Fletcher, the visualizer spotlights a madly in love couple dancing their way through multiple cabins on a train, before others join in on their free-spirited fun. Old Dominion is also featured in the clip performing the song in an empty container on a freight train.

"'Memory Lane' has already become such a special song for us. This is one of the most ambitious videos we’ve ever put out as we took a different approach in telling our story visually," shares the band's Matthew Ramsey. "There are so many memories and very personal touches intertwined in the visuals. It’s a special one to us and we hope it is to you too. Big thanks to Mason Allen, Nicki Fletcher, and GEMINI for knocking this out of the park!"

"Memory Lane" is the lead single off Old Dominion's latest four-track EP, Memory Lane (Sampler). The song is currently approaching the top 20 on the country charts.

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Never experienced a Carly Pearce concert? Fret not, she's got a live album for you


If you've never had the chance to attend a Carly Pearce concert, don't worry, she's got you covered.

On Friday, March 24, Carly will drop her anticipated live album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City). The collection will feature live versions of tracks from her monumental 2021 record, 29: Written In Stone, including "What He Didn't Do," "Never Wanted To Be That Girl" and "Dear Miss Loretta."

Because these songs are so special to Carly, she wanted her live performances recorded on an LP and made available to fans who haven't been to a Carly Pearce show yet.

"It was just a record that's so much about the storytelling, and so much about those live experiences, that I wanted to bring it finally to life in a way that if fans never came to see me live, they could have that special moment in time. And it's just a way for me to again say thank you because this album completely changed my whole world," shares Carly.

Of course, Carly is also a fan of live albums. 

"I love live records," she says. "Music just comes to life in a live way. A lot of my favorite records were live records."

29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City) is available for preorder and presave now.

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Nashville notes: Chris Janson's fifth Opry anniversary + Brett Eldredge's new vinyl


Chris Janson celebrated his fifth year as a Grand Ole Opry member in style by arriving in Minnie Pearl’s Cadillac. He also wore Johnny Cash's coat while performing a cover of "Folsom Prison Blues" onstage. View photos from Tuesday night's event on the Opry's Instagram post.

Brett Eldredge is dropping a brand new vinyl exclusively for his The Locals fan club members. The two-track LP will feature an unreleased song, "Cinnamon," as well as a work tape of "The One You Need." Watch Brett's announcement on Twitter and join The Locals via the sign-up link.

Jimmie AllenDrake Milligan and Jay Allen have been added to the Live In The Vineyard Goes Country (LITVGC) lineup. The three-day event will take place in Napa Valley, California, from April 25 to April 27. For the full list of performers, visit the LITVGC website.

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Ingrid Andress takes the NPR Tiny Desk spotlight


Ingrid Andress is the latest country artist featured on NPR's celebrated Tiny Desk concert series.

Premiering March 22, the live performance features Ingrid on the piano with a guitarist and steel guitar player as she delivers acoustic renditions of her number one hit "More Hearts Than Mine," as well as "Yearbook" and her new single, "Feels Like This."

"Ingrid Andress writes songs that have a way of digging up clear-headed truths; here, she performs three tracks from across her catalog," NPR Music shared in a collaborative Instagram post with Ingrid.

Ingrid is currently on the road on her The Good Person Tour. The trek, which includes both U.S. and international dates, will wrap in Norway on May 24.

Ingrid's latest album, Good Person, dropped in 2022 and received the deluxe treatment earlier this month with three additional songs, including the JP Saxe-assisted "Runnin."  

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Peek into Dolly Parton's wardrobe with her new book

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Get a peek into Dolly Parton's wardrobe and signature fashion style with her upcoming new book, Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones.

Arriving on October 17, the special publication will chronicle Dolly's longtime love for fashion, and share how her quintessential and universally beloved Dolly style came to be. Fans will also get stories about the global icon's life and career, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at her private costume collection, which includes memorable wigs and high heels.

"I am happy, proud, and excited to present my book Behind the Seams to the public," Dolly shares in a statement. "It is my hope that you will enjoy a look at my life in costume and hair and get to know some of the great people who have helped shape my life and my look. Enjoy!"

Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones serves as the second installment in a trilogy of books that started with 2020’s Songteller: My Life in Lyrics.

Dolly's Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones is available for preorder now.

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Carly Pearce announces 100th Opry performance + new merch line


Carly Pearce has announced that her milestone 100th Grand Ole Opry performance will be on April 11. Now an Opry member, Carly first made her debut on the hallowed stage on May 30, 2015.

"When I made my Grand Ole Opry debut in 2015, I had hopes and dreams that I would be able to align with them in a much larger way as my career progressed," Carly shares. "To now be at my 100th performance and to think about everything that has happened in the years that followed my debut, I am so proud to be a member of the Opry and know that they are a true partner of mine."

Carly's 100th performance show will also feature special guests such as Ricky Skaggs and The Isaacs, and will be aired on Circle Television's Opry Live on Saturday, April 22.

Additionally, the "What He Didn't Do" singer has launched a new Opry merchandise line, The Carly Pearce Collection, which includes items such as T-shirts and sticker packs. 

"I am also so excited to have a new merchandise line launching with the Grand Ole Opry," notes Carly. "It will forever be a huge part of my story & a huge passion in my life to continue to keep the Opry at the forefront of our genre."

To view the collection, visit the Opry's online shop.

Carly's new live album, 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City), drops on Friday, March 24.

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