Artist Quickies-Updated Every Wednesday


You may have heard BRETT ELDREDGE covering Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on a Peloton commercial.  Well, you’re going to hear more of it because he released it as a single.

BLAKE SHELTON answered a bunch of personal questions for “People”.  Well, not too personal.  He said his first job was roofing houses, his first concert was SAWYER BROWN, and his favorite thing to “cook” is nachos.

BLAKE SHELTON will help mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special when he hosts the Elvis All-Star Tribute Special this February.

BLAKE SHELTON credits being a coach on The Voice for 15 seasons for helping keep him excited about making music. Blake says helping guide aspiring artists helps him stay energized about making new music himself.

BLAKE SHELTON will host a special concert at the Grand Ole Opry January 9 to benefit the TROY GENTRY Foundation. EDDIE MONTGOMERY, RASCAL FLATTS, JON PARDI, CRAIG MORGAN and others will perform.

BRAD PAISLEY and wife Kim plan to open a free grocery store in Nashville. Called The Store, the facility will offer fresh and perishable foods to those in need who are referred by a non-profit organizations or government agencies. The store will also offer an aisle of toys during Christmas as well as job training. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.


Here’s a stocking stuffer for the CHRIS STAPLETON fan in your life.  It’s a candle named Stapleton X Apothia, and it’s designed by his wife Morgane.  There are notes of African ginger, rich mahogany, deep Taboti wood, and grains of paradise.  (???)  It’ll run you $58, but they’re promising 60 hours of burn time.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD plans to hunker down with the family this Christmas.  Quote, “This year we’re going to relax a little more and we’re going to be home, because we usually [travel] to Oklahoma or Canada or both to spend time with all of our family, but this year we’re going to [stay] in one place and just be together.”

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says she’s so pregnant she now must wear husband Mike Fisher’s clothes in public because her own no longer fit.

CARLY PEARCE and MICHAEL RAY are teasing a potential duet to be included on Carly’s sophomore album and suggest the new music could be available in 2019.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD has confirmed she is having a baby boy. Due date is Christmas day!

CHRIS STAPLETON has been named Waffle House Jukebox “Country Artist of the Year.”  He says it’s a dream come true.

CHRIS LANE is dating Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor. Chris’ representative has confirmed the relationship to People. Lauren appears in the music video for Chris’ new song, I Don’t Know About You.

Chris Stapleton is going to be a Daddy again.  He announced last week that he and his wife are expecting child number FIVE!

COLE SWINDELL has partnered with SUGARLAND’s distilling company for Cole Swindell’s Peppermint Moonshine, which is out this month.


DUSTIN LYNCH is the latest country music singer to become a member of The Grand Ole Opry.


FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubbard says (to Billboard) that the duo’s fourth studio album is expected to be out in early 2019.


GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD have a new member of the family.  It’s a rescue dog they named Millie.  They also have a dog named Emmy.

GEORGE STRAIT’s definition of the word retirement must be different than ours.  For 2019m He has announced stadium shows in Dallas, Atlanta and Columbus.


JAKE OWEN revealed the baby he and girlfriend Erica Hartlein are expecting will be a girl.

JASON ALDEAN will perform from New York City as part of FOX’ New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey.

JASON ALDEAN’s wife Brittany is launching a clothing line. The initial products will be winter related, but a full line of The Brittany Aldean collection is expected sometime in 2019.

JASON ALDEAN’s unborn daughter will be named Navy. She’s due in February.

JUSTIN MOORE is hitting the road with ERIC PASLAY, CODY JOHNSON and RILEY GREEN early next year.


KELSEA BALLERINI will help ring in 2019 as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.

Now that KENNY CHESNEY has conquered stadiums, it’s time to get small again.  Kinda.  He’ll be doing coliseums and arenas on his Songs for the Saints 2019 Tour.

KELSEA BALLERINI will set out on a 14-city headlining tour next April. The Miss Me More Tour will include special guest BRETT YOUNG and takes its name from Kelsea’s latest single.


LUKE COMBS and his girlfriend of more than two years, Nicole Hocking, are engaged.

LADY ANTEBELLUM hope to head into the studio after the first of the year to record a new album. The trio have spent much of 2018 writing.

LUKE COMBS has one of the hottest tickets in country music. His Beer Never Broke My Heart has sold out 27 of its 28 stadium dates for 2019

LUKE COMBS has quit dipping <tobacco>.  Two reasons why.  His girlfriend hated it, and it was bound to harm his singing voice.

LAUREN ALAINA is engaged to longtime boyfriend Alex Hopkins. The couple have been dating since 2012.

LUKE COMBS has recorded 20 songs for his sophomore album and plans to record more this fall. Luke hopes to narrow the field of tunes to the best dozen after the first of the year and put out new music sometime in 2019.

LUKE COMBS has teamed with iconic outdoor apparel company Columbia Sportswear, spotlighting Luke’s passion for fishing and the outdoors.


MAREN MORRIS hit up Instagram on Saturday with a photo of herself and her husband RYAN HURD in Paris.  And then to make it interesting, she captioned it, “Gonna have your babies.”  Obviously, people wondered if it was an announcement . . . but it wasn’t.  She came on the thread later and wrote, “Definitely not.  My pregnancy announcement will be way more fun than this caption.”

MORGAN WALLEN will perform as part of the 16th Annual Tribute To the Troops, December 20 at Fort Hood, Texas. The event will air on the USA Network.

MIRANDA LAMBERT has added two four-legged friends to her family. The two cats named Mac and Cheese bring her total number of animals to 19.

MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.


RILEY GREEN (There Was This Girl) will make his Grand Ole Opry debut December 11 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.


SCOTTY MCCREERY and his wife Gabi will grace the cover of the winter/spring issue of Southern Bride magazine, on stands in early January.


TIM MCGRAW will headline two shows in Havana, Cuba, May 23-27. Tim McGraw: One Of Those Havana Nights will have Time performing along with several Cuban acts. One show during the festival will be private, with the other open to the public.

Tim McGraw has partnered with SnapGym to open a new chain of workout locations across the USA.

THOMAS RHETT has announced his Very Hot Summer Tour.  Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Thomas’ dad Rhett Akins.

THOMAS RHETT is country music’s Sexiest Man of 2018 according to People. Topping the poll this year is actor Idris Elba.

TIM MCGRAW is currently focused on Tim McGraw the country singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done being Tim McGraw the movie actor. Tim says, “There are some things kicking around. It’s just finding time … more after the first of the year, some stuff coming up.”