Artist Quickies-Updated Every Wednesday
BLAKE SHELTON was given the 2019 Artist Humanitarian Award at yesterday’s 50th Country Radio Seminar. He was recognized for his work in raising millions of dollars for children’s hospitals . . . and for Oklahoma tornado and flood victims
BLAKE SHELTON’s Ole Red bar and music venue in Nashville is getting sued over an alleged zoning violation. The Nashville Metro Historic Zoning Commission has filed suit against the venue’s parent company, Ryman Hospitality, over the red lights that light the exterior of the building at night.
BRAD PAISLEY will launch his 2019 World Tour in Albuquerque, New Mexico this May. CHRIS LANE will join Brad for all dates with RILEY GREEN (There Was This Girl) appearing at U.S. stops on the trek.
BLAKE SHELTON has established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Center at Oklahoma University Hospital in Oklahoma City. He created the program in honor of his young cousin, Aspen, who underwent treatment for cancer at age five months and is now getting ready to turn three.
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 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.
CHRIS YOUNG says his next studio album will have elements of his past recordings, but will also tackle subject matter he hasn’t address on prior albums. For instance, Chris is particularly proud of one song he co-wrote for the project called Drowning. The song is about the loss of one of his close friends. The album is expected later this year.
Sounds like CHRIS LANE is ready to take the next step with his girlfriend, LAUREN BUSHNELL. Or maybe he already has. He posted a photo of himself and her dad playing golf . . . and he captioned it, “Great day on the course with my potential future father-in-law.”
CARLY PEARCE is keeping details about her wedding to MICHAEL RAY under wraps but does say the planning process is a joint effort and that Michael is very into giving input.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD and GRETCHEN WILSON appear and perform with rock group Heart on the newly released CD and DVD, Live In Atlantic City, out now. Carrie pairs with the duo on the song Alone while Gretchen joins them for a pair of tunes.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD and Mike Fisher have welcomed a new addition to their family: a dog. Mike shared a photo of the couple’s new furry friend, a German Shepherd named Zero
CARRIE UNDERWOOD says it’s a privilege to juggle motherhood with her careers in music and the clothing industry (Calia By Carrie). Carrie says she’s just like other moms who wear several hats at the same time and she cherishes every minute.
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!
DARIUS RUCKER will be given the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz Awards on May 7th, in Nashville. He’s being honored for his charity work on behalf of children.
When it comes to sleeping, there’s no place like the road for DUSTIN LYNCH. The Good Girl singer says he’s so used to being on a bus that when he’s at home in his non-moving bed he doesn’t sleep all that well.
DUSTIN LYNCH doesn’t know how to ask a woman out because he’s always been the guy on stage performing and never had the chance.
DIERKS BENTLEY has been developing two different TV shows. One is a reality-type show that would feature his ’90s cover band Hot Country Knights. The other is a comedy like “Cheers” that’s set in a fictional Nashville bar.
DYLAN SCOTT will release a six song EP, Nothing To Do Town, April 26. Dylan co-wrote five of the six songs on the project.
DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.
DAN + SHAY have sold out all 21 dates on their Dan + Shay: The Tour for 2019 so far.
ERIC CHURCH’s first three albums are being re-issued on colored vinyl.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE have four “comedy skits” on their new album, “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country”. They’re courtesy of a friend of theirs who goes by the name Brother Jervel.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour kicks off June 13. The duo will play 36 dates this summer with special guests DAN + SHAY and MORGAN WALLEN.
GARTH BROOKS thinks it’s time we have a woman president. He was talking about it recently at a private show. He said, quote, “I think a woman should run the country. Not to get political, but a woman is going to use [her brain]. A man is going to use [his fist], and that never works.”
GEORGE STRAIT will release his 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, March 29.
GARTH BROOKS’ next album will be titled Fun and is expected out this spring. Garth came up with the album’s name because he had so much fun making it in between live shows.
GARTH BROOKS plans to release more of his musical catalog on vinyl in 2019.
GEORGE STRAIT’s definition of the word retirement must be different than ours. For 2019, He has announced stadium shows in Dallas, Atlanta and Columbus, OH.
Does HUNTER HAYES have a new lady? An Instagram post suggests he could be dating Alyssa Bonagura, daughter of BAILLIE & THE BOYS founders Kathie Bailey and Michael Bonagura (husband and wife).
JASON ALDEAN has sold his Columbia, Tennessee property for $7 million. He paid $5.35 million to acquire the 120 acres, so he made a nice profit for the 8,900 square foot mansion with six bedrooms, a two lane bowling alley and 10,000 square foot equestrian center. The property also includes a two bedroom guest house. Jason and wife Brittany are in a temporary house while they build a kid friendly dream home that should be ready sometime in 2020.
JUSTIN MOORE has revealed his new album will be titled Late Nights and Longnecks. While shooting the album’s cover, Justin got stepped on by a horse and showed the bruises to prove it on his Instagram page. He says the album will be his most traditional country sounding effort to date, a style he prefers and says is best suited for him
JIMMIE ALLEN lived in his car, and then in a trailer with no electricity when he first moved to Nashville. It took him 10 years to get a record deal.
JERROD NIEMANN will return to the road this spring for the Tall Boys and Short Stories Tour. Dates begin March 15 in Kansas City.
JAKE OWEN gifted tourmates CHRIS JANSON and JORDAN DAVIS with golf carts. Chris and Jordan joined Jake last summer for the Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour of minor league ballparks.
JAKE OWEN will co-star with Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson in a movie called The Best Friend. Filming for the movie begins in February in Alabama.
JASON ALDEAN will headline the Ride All Night Tour, starting May 3. KANE BROWN and CARLY PEARCE will serve as openers for the more than two dozen dates that include stops in Boston, Denver and Chicago.
JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY is on vocal rest for the next three months after successful surgery to remove a polyp from one of his vocal cords. He’s looking forward to getting back out on the road in April.
JAKE OWEN revealed the baby he and girlfriend Erica Hartlein are expecting will be a girl.
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.
KEITH URBAN has agreed in principal to jump out of a birthday cake at LORETTA LYNN’s April 1 celebration concert marking her 87th birthday. Loretta tweeted out her excitement for the star-studded concert and said the only thing that would make it better was if Keith would jump out of her birthday cake, to which he said her wish is his command.
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 was “feeling sorry for himself” when he didn’t win a Grammy. Well, he’s over it. Quote, “I realize how blessed I am, win or lose. So the next time that envelope opens and ‘The Grammy goes to . . .’ someone else, I’ll be okay with it. I won’t let it get the best of me.”
LUKE BRYAN and his wife Caroline have taken in an 18-year-old dog named Poochie. The dog was left at a nearby shelter after his family became allergic to him. He was then taken into hospice care by another organization because of his age, but when Luke and Caroline read about him, they were happy to take him in and let him live out his days on their farm.
LITTLE BIG TOWN’s in the studio working on a new album.
LAUREN ALAINA and Alex Hopkins have called off their engagement. The couple released a joint statement explaining that while they still have love for each other, they’ve grown into two different people and plan to make fresh starts in their own directions.
LUKE BRYAN, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry return to American Idol for a second season starting March 3 on ABC.
LUKE COMBS and his girlfriend of more than two years, Nicole Hocking, are engaged.
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.
LUKE COMBS has teamed with iconic outdoor apparel company Columbia Sportswear, spotlighting Luke’s passion for fishing and the outdoors.
MAREN MORRIS says there are three woman she looks up to: DOLLY PARTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT and her mom, Kellie Morris. Maren says she looks up to Dolly and Miranda because they’re strong, unapologetic, and not afraid to show vulnerability in their music. She says her mom taught her the value of believing in herself and becoming self-sufficient and independent.
MIRANDA LAMBERT and Brendan McLoughlin kept their marriage a secret for three weeks. The couple tied the knot on January 26 after meeting last November when Miranda and the PISTOL ANNIES were in New York to perform. They were appearing on Good Morning America, where Brendan was assigned for security.
MIRANDA LAMBERT and her new husband, Brendan McLoughlin, will be living apart for much of their marriage. According to TMZ, sources close to the couple have told the celebrity gossip site that although Miranda and McLoughlin are married, he will continue to live in New York City, where he works as a police officer, while she will live on her 400-acre estate outside of Nashville. The couple will travel back and forth to spend as much time together as they can while they pursue their separate careers.
We know Midland singer MARK WYSTRACH used to be a Calvin Klein underwear model . . . but he has another “used to be” that’s just as interesting. Before he was in Midland he was a bouncer in a honky-tonk.
MIDLAND is finishing up their second album, which will be out later in the year.
MAREN MORRIS will launch Girl: The World Tour March 9 in Chicago. CASSADEE POPE and RAELYNN will serve as openers for the more 40 dates that include stops in Nashville, Atlanta, Los Angeles Australia and Europe.
MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.
RANDY HOUSER and wife Tatiana have revealed the baby they’re expecting in June will be a boy. This is the couple’s first child together, but Randy has a son from a previous marriage.
RASCAL FLATTS has cut ties with RF Restaurants LLC, a development company they partnered with in 2017 to license the development of a restaurant chain in their name. Gary, Jay and Joe Don say they wanted to be transparent with fans in case the developer tries to use their name in the future
OLD DOMINION is postponing three tour dates in February because singer MATTHEW RAMSEY is having surgery. Nothing serious, it’s an old leg injury.
Here’s a pregnancy reveal that would be tough for most people to pull off. RODNEY ATKINS ends his new “My Life” lyric video with a framed photo of his two sons holding an ultrasound pic of their soon-to-be third sibling.
Rodney’s sons are 17-year-old Elijah from his first marriage, and one-year-old Ryder with his current wife, Rose Falcon.
RUSSELL DICKERSON was asked how his faith impacted his life in 2018, which was his breakout year. He credits God for giving him the dream to write music, be on stage . . . and get him his first tour bus.
RANDY HOUSER and his wife Tatiana are expecting their first child together. Randy has a 6-year-old son named West with his first wife. The new baby is due in June.
RUSSELL DICKERSON says the secret to his successful marriage is that he and his wife don’t worry about who’s right or who’s wrong in an argument. It’s about “laying down your pride and apologizing.”
SCOTTY MCCREERY has a couple of choice words for the thieves who broke into his truck the other day . . . and those words are, “I’m sorry.” He actually apologized because there wasn’t much in the truck worth stealing.
SCOTTY McCREERY and his wife, Gabi, only tied the knot in June and already they have a new addition to the family. Both Scotty and Gabi posted cute photos of their adorable new puppy, with Scotty calling him “my whole world.” Meanwhile, Gabi joked, “2019 is off to a ruff start.”
TYLER HUBBARD told CMT that he and his wife Hayley DON’T know the gender of their second child. However, their nanny does. She found out when they got their blood work back, and he’s “still trying to get it out of her.”
TYLER RICH and his fiancée Sabina are getting married in the fall, and he’s more involved than he thought he’d be. At first he said SHE could do all the wedding planning . . . and then his OCD kicked in and now he’s “heavily involved” and full of opinions.
THOMAS RHETT will be the musical guest on the March 2 episode of Saturday Night Live.
THOMAS RHETT had a childhood dream come true. He got to visit “Sesame Street” . . . AND sing with the cast. They did a song called “This Is My Street”, which celebrates the show’s 50th anniversary.
THOMAS RHETT may have matched LUKE BRYAN, BRAD PAISLEY and BLAKE SHELTON with five number one singles from one album, but he’s not going for Luke’s record of six. TR says his next single will be from his upcoming fourth album.
TRACE ADKINS will headline the Don’t Stop Tour this spring and summer. The 40 dates will include stops in San Antonio, St. Louis and more. In addition, Trace will serve as support on BLAKE SHELTON’s Friends And Heroes tour this February.
TRACY BYRD will mark 25 years in music with his first tour outside of Texas in several years. Kicking off in early February and running through mid-December, Tracy will team with MARK CHESNUTT for 34 of the dates.
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.
THOMAS RHETT has announced his Very Hot Summer Tour. Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Thomas’ dad Rhett Akins.
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.”
ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the Legends concert May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day prior to the Indy 500 race.