BRAND-Artist Quickies


BLAKE SHELTON is bringing his Ole Red bar and restaurant to Orlando. It’s scheduled to open in the spring of 2020.

BRETT YOUNG’s 13-track sophomore album, Ticket To L.A., is scheduled for release on December 7.

REBA MCENTIRE will return as host of CMA Country Christmas in 2018. Artists already scheduled to perform include MARTINA MCBRIDE, DUSTIN LYNCH, BRETT ELDREDGE and BRETT YOUNG.

You can now start referring to BRETT YOUNG as “country singer slash model.”  He’s the new face of Justin Timberlake’s clothing line, which is called William Rast.  Brett models the fall campaign of the men’s collection.

BROTHERS OSBORNE will do more than 20 headlining shows starting August 26 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The duo will visit cities and provinces in both the United States and Canada on the trek.

BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD will return to cohost the Country Music Association Awards for the 11 straight year. The show will air November 14 on ABC from Nashville.

BROTHERS OSBORNE just bought their mom a house. Brothers John and TJ Osborne bought their mom Trish a house in Nashville, fulfilling a longtime dream of hers (and theirs) for her to be closer to Music City and to her sons.

BRETT YOUNG’s wedding to Taylor Mills will happen toward the end of 2018 and he’s nervous about one important part of the ceremony: singing for the big day. Brett says he doesn’t want to dip into his own catalog unless he writes something new between now and then, so he’s not sure what song he might sing to his bride.

BLAKE SHELTON and KELLY CLARKSON will return as coaches for season 15 of NBC’s The Voice. They will be joined by Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson. Premiere date: September 24th.

BRETT YOUNG says he’s taking a hands off approach to his upcoming wedding to Taylor Mills. He says those details are all up to her. He’ll just keep doing the honey-do list and let her handle the rest.


CHRIS YOUNG has received “The Patriot Award” for his work with United States Military.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD will perform October 9 at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles.

CHRIS LANE will headline the Laps Around The Sun Tour this fall. The 21 dates begin October 12 in Florida.


Carly Pearce Has Fallen in Love with . . . Running Arena Stairs.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD tells Redbook she didn’t have plastic surgery after falling and injuring her face in 2017 — wishes she had. Carrie received 40-50 stitches in her face after she suffered a fall at her home in Nashville last November.

BRAD PAISLEY and CARRIE UNDERWOOD will return to cohost the Country Music Association Awards for the 11th straight year. The show will air November 14 on ABC from Nashville.

COLE SWINDELL will hit the road this fall on the Reason To Drink…Another Tour with openers DUSTIN LYNCH and LAUREN ALAINA. Dates begin October 4 in Alabama.

CHRIS YOUNG has added more dates to his Losing Sleep Tour with openers to be KANE BROWN and MORGAN EVANS for those shows.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is headed to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. She’ll be inducted during a ceremony in Tulsa, November 15.

CHRIS YOUNG’s German Shephard, Porter, is following in the footsteps of BRETT ELDREDGE’s dog, Edgar, and has his own Instagram account.

According to “People”, CASSADEE POPE is dating actor SAM PALLADIO. You may know him for playing Gunnar Scott on “Nashville”.  They’ve been spotted around Music City.

CHRIS STAPLETON may have a few songs in some movies and some cool collaborations on the horizon, but don’t expect a new full-length album anytime soon. Chris says he plans to tour off the two volumes of his From A Room album, which have plenty of life in them.


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

REBA MCENTIRE will return as host of CMA Country Christmas in 2018. Artists already scheduled to perform include MARTINA MCBRIDE, DUSTIN LYNCH, BRETT ELDREDGE and BRETT YOUNG.

DEVIN DAWSON (All On Me) headlines his first tour this fall. The Stray Off Course Tour begins November 1 in Columbia, South Carolina and runs through December 15.

DUSTIN LYNCH says at age 33, he’s longing to find that perfect lady to settle down with. In fact, his new single, Good Girl, was drawn from that idea of finding his own Good Girl.


ERIC PASLAY and his wife Natalie are expecting their first child.

ERIC CHURCH will release a new album, Desperate Man, October 5.


FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Brian Kelley is selling the home where he married Brittney Cole. The couple have put their 70-acre compound on the market for $6.24 million. It includes three homes, a party barn, a saloon and a recording studio. Pete Nelson from Animal Planet’s Treehouse Masters built the 500-square-foot treehouse recording studio in 2014. It’s connected to the main home by a 30-foot bridge… Two single family homes (3,981 square feet and 2,665 square feet) surround “the shack,” or the main home. The shack is a 1,500-square-foot space with one bedroom and one bathroom. It’s all tucked into the side of a mountain just 25 minutes from downtown Nashville.

FRANKIE BALLARD has scored a key to the city of his hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan.

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

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s hinting that an FGL Boat House could be in the works in Florida. On their Instagram the duo posed the question: Anyone think there needs to be an FGL Boat House in Florida? The post also includes several images that would indicate FGL Boat House is in the works, including a building with large outdoor pool, cowboy hat, beer mugs and more. The duo’s FGL House in Nashville opened last June.


GARTH BROOKS’ October 20 concert at the University of Notre Dame football stadium sold 84,000 tickets in under two hours.

GARTH BROOKS has spent the last six months in the studio putting together a live album. The album will consist of performances from 391 shows on his recent world tour.

GEORGE STRAIT’s San Antonio home is up for sale. The almost 8,000 square foot home is on 12.2 acres and has three bedrooms — each with its own fireplace — six and a half bathrooms, sports courts, a gourmet kitchen, an outdoor kitchen, a pool, a sauna, a guest house and more.

GEORGE STRAIT will close the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with a performance March 17.  It will be his 30th appearance at “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”  *The Houston rodeo is credited with giving Strait his “big break” when he had the chance to fill in for an ailing Eddie Rabbit.  The exposure to a crowed of almost 70,000 people put his career in overdrive.


USA Network’s Real Country singing competition will debut November 13. JAKE OWEN, SHANIA TWAIN and TRAVIS TRITT will judge with TRACE ADKINS, WYNONNA, BIG & RICH and WILLIE NELSON serving as special guests. Each episode of the show will include a different special guest with more to be revealed soon.

JASON ALDEAN and his wife Brittany are having a girl. The couple shared a gender reveal video on social media. In the video, one of Jason’s daughters from his first marriage nails a softball which explodes with pink powder.

JASON ALDEAN, LUKE COMBS and LAUREN ALAINA enjoy playing softball to relax at various stops on their High Noon Neon Tour. Jason says the three, along with members of the band and crew, take on a local group, usually a fire department or group of some sort in cities where the tour visits

JASON ALDEAN’s 8,900 square foot home in Columbia, Tennessee, is on the market for just under $8 million. The home has 6 bedrooms, 8½ bathrooms, a horse stable, bowling alley and more. Jason bought the home in January of 2016.

JASON ALDEAN says it’s nice to have a lot of stuff, but it doesn’t change who he is or where he’s from.  Quote, “It doesn’t matter how many cars you drive.  It’s all nice stuff to have, but underneath it all, you are who you are, and you’re from where you’re from.

According to Nashville Business Journal, a restaurant concept named JASON ALDEAN’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar is in the works for the downtown area. If this reported plan goes through, Jason would join a number of country artists with Nashville eating and drinking establishments, including DIERKS BENTLEY, BLAKE SHELTON, JOHN RICH, LUKE BRYAN, ALAN JACKSON and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE.

JASON ALDEAN is looking forward to having his youngest child, Memphis, out on the road with him. Back when is daughters were born, when he was touring he was on one bus with his whole band — 12 on the bus. Jason said that baby-proofing his tour bus has been “new territory,” but they’re slowly getting there.


KELSEA BALLERINI will open 19 shows for KELLY CLARKSON’s Meaning Of Life Tour in 2019.

KELSEA BALLERINI will serve as the fifth coach on the next season of NBC’s The Voice, debuting September 24.

Is a collaboration between KELSEA BALLERINI and The Chainsmokers in the works? -yes.

KEITH URBAN’s got three more albums now available on vinyl. Graffiti U, Be Here, and Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Thing can be purchased in that format, joining Golden Road, Fuse and Get Closer.

Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will appear on “The Voice” this fall!

KIP MOORE has partnered with a friend to create Bedrock At the Red in Rogers, Kentucky. The lodge area is equipped for hiking and rock climbing as well as weddings and private events.

KIP MOORE has been writing new music and says he could wind up putting together as many as three different projects. Kip says his musical influences have a wide range and how he decides to disperse the new material will determine just how many projects fans can expect in the months ahead.

Graffiti U-Keith Urban’s 2018 tour is now underway. The tour will make more than 50 stops across the U.S. and Canada with Kelsea Ballerini opening up. Keith says the tour will have a U-shaped stage, allowing everyone in the house a better view. He also promises to collaborate with Kelsea each night.

KANE BROWN has revealed his sophomore album will be released November 9.

KELSEA BALLERINI admits to being star struck around famous people. Kelsea says while her interactions typically turn out for the good, she isn’t one to just approach a musical hero or celebrity of any kind.

KANE BROWN says the idea for his latest, Heaven, came from missing his fiancée, Katelyn Jae, while he was touring. He says to him, Heaven is simply spending time with Katelyn and their dogs at home and maybe paying a visit to their favorite Mexican restaurant in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.

KEITH URBAN owns more than 100 guitars. Actually, he’s not even sure of the exact number but says he tends to get a lot of them from eBay.

KELSEA BALLERINI posted a photo of her favorite “travel tools” that she takes on the road.  She captioned it, “My picks for staying healthy, feeling trendy, and capturing it all on a trip.  Not an ad, just sharing.”  We noticed sunglasses, a camera, a passport, Smart Water, and green tea.


LUKE COMBS’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour has sold out 23 of the 28 dates announced in less than a week.

LINDSAY ELL will headline the final leg of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour beginning in late October.

LADY ANTEBELLUM has signed signed with a new record label, Big Machine Label Group, leaving Capitol Nashville, their home since 2008. The group’s currently writing and recording new music for their debut BMLG project.

LINDSAY ELL’s new single, Champagne, available now to stream.

LUKE BRYAN tops Forbes’ list of the top earning country stars of 2018. The list is based on estimated income from June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018 and looks at touring, endorsements, record sales and other outside ventures.

LOCASH has signed to Broken Bow Records, label home to JASON ALDEAN, DUSTIN LYNCH and JOE NICHOLS.

JASON ALDEAN, LUKE COMBS and LAUREN ALAINA enjoy playing softball to relax at various stops on their High Noon Neon Tour. Jason says the three, along with members of the band and crew, take on a local group, usually a fire department or group of some sort in cities where the tour visits

LITTLE BIG TOWN has set up lemonade stands at their concerts and will donate $1 from every glass sold to children in Africa to help provide food and water.

LADY ANTEBELLUM relies on group therapy and counseling to maintain good communication and a strong relationship. The trio have been utilizing therapy since returning to the road together after the break that saw CHARLES KELLEY and HILLARY SCOTT each record separate projects

LUKE COMBS’ debut album, This One’s For You, has sold one million copies.

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

LUKE BRYAN is country’s top earner over the past year with $52 million earned. He comes in at No. 45 on the Forbes magazine list of top-earning entertainers, which is topped by boxer Floyd Mayweather. Other country artists to make the cut include KENNY CHESNEY (87) and GARTH BROOKS (59).

LUKE COMBS has three number ones and is now looking to invest in a house in the Nashville area. Luke says he hopes to find a place with several acres so he can do some hunting and have some quiet space on the property.

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 BRYAN says his road crew and band are like an extension of his family. Luke says it takes everyone working together to make his concerts a success and he likes to create a positive vibe of encouragement and good relationships to help make that happen.

LUKE BRYAN’s 10th Annual Farm Tour will begin in Irwin, Ohio, September 27. He’ll visit six farming communities through October 6 awarding scholarships to farming families within each community.

LUKE BRYAN’s 5th Annual Crash My Playa is set for January 23-26th, 2019 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two nights of concerts with special guests.  Tickets are on sale now.

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


Miranda Lambert’s partnership with Boot Barn, Idyllwind Fueled By Miranda Lambert (CAT 11/14), is now available nationwide. The collection includes apparel, accessories and cowboy boots.

MORGAN EVANS will release his debut album, Things That We Drink To, October 12. Morgan co-wrote every song on the album and played all the instruments as well.

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.

MIRANDA LAMBERT says despite her love life being a roller coaster ride, she wouldn’t trade the ups and downs for anything. Miranda says the down times have given her a lot of material for songs and the good times have allowed for some amazing memories.

MIRANDA LAMBERT is shooting down rumors that she’s dating someone one. In a new interview in The Tennesseean newspaper, Miranda describes herself as “single and happy”.

MICHAEL RAY will play the Concert For a Cure, October 15 at the Loveless Barn in Nashville. Proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsons.

During MIDLAND’s recent sold out concert at Billy Bob’s Texas, the group members added to the Handprints of the Stars Wall. The club started the tradition back in 1989 for any artist who sold out a show.

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

MAREN MORRIS and husband RYAN HURD have kids in their future. Maren says she’s blocked out a section of 2019 on her calendar.

MAREN MORRIS will perform as part of an all female festival in Riviera Maya, Mexico early next year. The festival will be called the Girls Just Wanna Weekend and will run from January 30-February 3. Others who will perform include the Indigo Girls, Carlile, Patty Griffin and MARGO PRICE.

Don’t look for MIRANDA LAMBERT to share details of her personal life on social media. She feels her music is the one and only time and place for her to do that and isn’t a fan of using social media or other means to express personal feelings.

MAREN MORRIS has taken notice of all the star-powered bars in Nashville and thinks she should open her own. Maren shared on social media: “There are so many dude artists opening bars downtown. When I’m rich, I’m seriously opening one called My Church. All we’ll serve is wine…”

MAREN MORRIS is at work on her sophomore album and says she hopes to maintain a balance of musical styles while remaining true to her signature sound.


RUSSELL DICKERSON is learning by example when it comes to the music business. Despite a degree from Nashville’s Belmont University, he’s watched friends THOMAS RHETT and FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE to get an idea of how to handle elements of his career, from daily schedules to song writing to performing.

RUSSELL DICKERSON says the most country thing he’s ever done, he said, “Probably pop a beer bottle open with a shotgun shell.”

RASCAL FLATTS will go with Boise, Idaho as the next location for a Rascal Flatts restaurant. The trio, who recently opened a location in Connecticut, have also requested permits in St. Louis, Orlando, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.


SCOTTY MCCREERY and new wife Gabi are already planning a new addition to the family in January: a golden labrador retriever. Scotty hopes it won’t stop there, as he’s always wanted an English bulldog.

SCOTTY MCCREERY will embark on his Seasons Change Tour November 29 in Dallas. The tour will make 13 stops this winter with openers JIMMY ALLEN and HEATHER MORGAN.


THOMAS RHETT tells People his daughter, Willa, may have been adopted from Uganda, but she fits in so naturally with the family that it feels like she’s always been their daughter. Thomas says Willa gets excited when he plays his guitar and is very close with her younger sister, Ada.

Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will appear on “The Voice” this fall!

KRYSTAL KEITH is expecting her second child with husband, Andrew Sandubrae. The couple have a daughter, Hensley, born in 2015. The baby will be TOBY KEITH’s fourth grandchild.

THOMAS RHETT’s latest is called Life Changes and he expects to be singing about even more life changes in the next five years or so. Thomas expects to see his family of four grow considerably because his wife, Lauren, wants five kids.

TRAVIS DENNING is 25 years old, and has never had a crappy day job.  Quote, “When I was 16 all the way through high school, my job was playing music . . . that’s how I made money.  My weekends were spent in restaurants, bars, clubs, and my parents would be there, schlepping around my gear for me and helping me out.  [I’m] very fortunate to have folks like that.”

TYLER FARR has partnered with boot brand Durango to be a 2018 Durango Boot Country Music Ambassador. Tyler will release Livin’ Hard — a special five-song EP presented by Durango and available to Durango boot purchasers.

THOMAS RHETT has added a string of fall shows to his Life Changes Tour with special guests BRETT YOUNG and MIDLAND. The shows begin September 13.


ZAC BROWN BAND member Jimmy De Martini says the group is working on new music and plans to stretch the boundaries again.