Lifegroup/Artist Events

MAREN MORRIS and RYAN HURD will host Brunch and Burn November 10 at DIERKS BENTLEY’s Whiskey Row Bar and Restaurant. The hour-long workout session will be followed by mimosas and breakfast, with proceeds benefiting the Country Music Association’s efforts to keep music in public schools.

Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, and Jason Aldean will be featured on the ABC special, “Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts”.  It’ll feature new interviews and “updates on ten years of memorable country music moments.”  It airs November 11th, which is the Sunday before the CMAs.

RANDY HOUSER, MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE will be among artists preforming at a benefit concert in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, November 11. The show will raise funds for victims of Hurricane Florence.

KEITH URBAN will compete for both Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Country Performer at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards, airing November 11 on E! Voting is underway at E! Online now. Keith will compete against Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes and Drake. In the Favorite Country Performer category, Keith is up against BLAKE SHELTON, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, LUKE BRYAN and THOMAS RHETT.

Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are the first round of performers for the 52nd CMA Awards, hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. The show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Nov. 14 on ABC.

LUKE COMBS’ album This One’s For You Too, the deluxe edition of his debut album, This One’s For You, will be released on vinyl on November 16. The vinyl version will include two additional tracks.

GARTH BROOKS’ concert TV special on December3nd  (at Notre Dame Stadium) will include plenty of his hits plus some legendary classics by The Beatles and Bob Seger.

The 9th Annual CMA Country Christmas will debut December 10 on ABC. BRETT ELDREDGE, DAN + SHAY, OLD DOMINION, MARTINA MCBRIDE and others will perform; REBA MCENTIRE will host.

USA Network’s Real Country competition series will begin November 13 with SHANIA TWAIN, TRAVIS TRITT and JAKE OWEN serving as judges. A group of 21 contestants, three each week, will compete for a $10,000 prize and a slot to perform at the 2019 Stagecoach Music Festival. The grand prize winner will receive $100,000 and perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

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.

MITCHELL TENPENNY will be among those performing November 19 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in the Christmas 4 Kids concert. The event raises money so that underprivileged children in Middle Tennessee can go Christmas shopping.

MARTINA MCBRIDE, SUGARLAND and KANE BROWN will be among those performing as part of the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, November 22.

LUKE COMBS, JON PARDI and KIP MOORE will perform in Las Vegas as part of events surrounding the National Finals Rodeo. Their shows are set for December 14-15.

COLE SWINDELL will perform following the Gator Bowl on December 31 in Jacksonville, Florida. The game will air on ESPN.

LUKE BRYAN’s 5th Annual Crash My Playa is set for January 23-26 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two nights of concerts with special guests Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and others.

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.

GEORGE STRAIT will close the 2019 Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo with a performance March 17, 2019.  It will be his 30th appearance at “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

The 54th ACM Awards will broadcast live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena April 7 (((2019))) on CBS.

KENNY CHESNEY, SAM HUNT and THOMAS RHETT will headline the 7th Annual Tortuga Music Festival, April 12-14 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Others performing at the three day event will include DANIELLE BRADBERY, KANE BROWN, CARLY PEARCE, MICHAEL RAY, DAVID LEE MURPHY, MORGAN EVANS and others.

Album/Single Releases

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

KIP MOORE will release a seven song EP on November 16: Room To Spare: The Acoustic Sessions. He will also embark on a four city tour to support the project.

TOBY KEITH’s 1993 self-titled album will be re-issued on November 30 as Should’ve Been A Cowboy with three rare tracks added and a new cover. The re-issue coincides with the 25th anniversary of Toby’s breakthrough hit.

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




  • November 9: World Chess Championship (November 9-28) in London
  • November 12: Veterans Day
  • November 21: Hanksgiving. Always the day before Thanksgiving, Hanksgiving is a day to give thanks for one of the world’s most beloved actors, Tom Hanks.
  • November 22: Thanksgiving
  • November 23: Black Friday
  • November 24: Small Business Saturday
  • November 26: Cyber Monday
  • November 27: Giving Tuesday
  • December 2: Hanukkah starts
  • December 6: Time Person of the Year
  • December 6: Golden Globe nominees announced
  • December 21: Winter begins (5:23 PM ET)
  • January 6: Golden Globes
  • January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

CMA Nominees 2018


  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban


  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban


  • Lady Antebellum
  • Lanco
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion


  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Sugarland


  • From A Room, Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton
  • Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
  • Graffiti U, Keith Urban
  • Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
  • The Mountain, Dierks Bentley

Single Of The Year

  • “Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
  • “Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland
  • “Drowns The Whiskey,” Jason Aldean f/Miranda Lambert
  • “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
  • “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

Song Of The Year

  • “Body Like A Back Road,” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  • “Broken Halos,” Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
  • “Drowns The Whiskey,” Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
  • “Drunk Girl,” Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
  • “Tequila,” Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

Musical Event

  • “Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley f/Brothers Osborne
  • “Dear Hate,” Maren Morris f/Vince Gill
  • “Drowns The Whiskey,” Jason Aldean f/Miranda Lambert
  • “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy w/Kenny Chesney
  • “Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line


  • “Babe,” Sugarland f/Taylor Swift
  • “Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood
  • “Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson
  • “Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett
  • “Tequila,” Dan + Shay

New Artist

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Janson
  • Midland
  • Brett Young