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CMT special celebrating Vince Gill's career features Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs + more

A slew of country A-Listers are joining forces to celebrate country music sensation Vince Gill.

CMT has announced an upcoming special to honor the hitmaker’s career, “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill,” airing Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET.

Some of the artists who will appear include Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Brad Paisley, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson and Ricky Skaggs, who will perform Gill’s hits during the 90-minute special.

Gill, a 22-time Grammy winner, has made — and continues to make — an immeasurable impact in the music industry in both his solo career and his time in bands Pure Prairie League, The Cherry Bombs, The Time Jumpers and the Eagles.

During the upcoming CMT special, other top artists, including Keith Urban, Reba McEntire and Sting, will share their thoughts on his impact and some of their favorite memories of working with him.

Along with special photos and videos from notable performances throughout Gill’s career, the program will also include a new interview with Gill about “his career, his classic songwriting, musical influences and his future plans,” the network said.

Other artists who have been celebrated in the “CMT GIANTS” franchise include Reba, Hank Williams Jr., Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers and Charley Pride.

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Dolly Parton announces new Dollywood roller coaster Big Bear Mountain, the longest in the park

On Friday, Dolly Parton announced a new roller coaster called Big Bear Mountain, which is coming to her Dollywood theme park next spring. At 3,990 feet, it'll be the longest coaster in the park.

Big Bear Mountain is based on the legend of a massive black bear who roams the Smokies, leaving signs and clues as to his whereabouts, though no explorer has ever seen him. That just might change with the construction of the new coaster, which invites Dollywood guests on a rollicking ride through the wilderness.

Featuring immersive on-board audio, a first for the park, a top speed of 48 mph and a pass behind a waterfall, Big Bear Mountain will be filled with thrills, twists, turns, steep drops and near encounters with the black bear.

“The Smokies are all about adventure and going exploring,” Dolly says. “I'm excited our guests will be able to head out on their own trip into the Smokies to see if they can find that Big Bear! Whether he's out there or not, I'm sure they'll find a lot of memories along the way that they'll keep forever.”

Big Bear Mountain has an anticipated opening date of spring 2023. Guests can preregister for their 2023 Dollywood passes from August 5 to September 30.

Those who register early will have access to an exclusive Big Bear Mountain ride event when it opens, as well as the guaranteed lowest price on passes.

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Breland slows it down for new duet with Lady A, “Told You I Could Drink”

Breland shows off his slow jam chops with “Told You I Could Drink,” a new collaboration with country trio Lady A.

Attended by the group's signature vocal harmonies, Breland captures the sting of a breakup in his heartache ballad, with lyrics that recount memories of turning to the bottle, first to toast a new relationship and then to mourn its loss.

“I told you I could drink / Told you I'd be fine / Told you I would move on if you left me behind,” Breland sings in the chorus. “Cause you pushed me to the brink / And I ain't got no time / To sit around and wait for you to make up your mind …”

“Told You I Could Drink” brings out some R&B elements — a relatively new turn for Breland, but one that's consistent with his commitment to genre-bending country music.

Fans already got to know his rafter-raising vocal runs and sing-a-long country chops on “Beers on Me,” a collaboration with Dierks Bentley and Hardy, which was the up-and-comer's first #1 at country radio.

He also showed off his gospel leanings on “Praise the Lord,” a duet with Thomas Rhett, and pop stylings with “Cross Country,” released both as a solo version and as a duet with Mickey Guyton. Through it all, Breland is establishing himself as a lyrical master with a fresh spin on country songwriting. He'll paint a more complete picture of his artistic identity with the release of his full-length debut, Cross Country, due out in early September.

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“The Little Things”: Kelsea Ballerini's bubbly new song sings the praises of “simple love”

Forget swoon-worthy tales of romance, white horses and steamy love scenes: Kelsea Ballerini's latest song is all about the little moments that make a relationship great.

“It's when we're in a crowded room, put your hand on my back / And waiting on me in the morning with my coffee black,” Kelsea sings in the chorus of her song. “Back to the basics, cause they're bigger than they seem / Give me that typical, simple love, it's the little things.”

“The Little Things” is the latest song to come off of Kelsea's forthcoming new project, Subject to Change, which comes out in full on September 23. Fans have already heard a couple of other new songs off the album, including “Love is a Cowboy” and the lead single, “Heartfirst.”

“Let's not go big, let's just go home,” Kelsea wrote on social media when she shared her new song. “My little 90s inspired windows down giddy song The Little Things' is out now.”

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Kane Brown unfurls his 'Different Man' track list, revealing collabs with his wife, Blake Shelton


Kane Brown's Different Man album is slowly coming into focus: the singer shared the track list for the project on his social channels this week.

The 17-song collection includes several tracks fans have heard already, such as “Whiskey Sour,” current single “Like I Love Country Music” and chart-topper “One Mississippi.” But there's plenty on the list that fans haven't heard yet, including unreleased tracks “Bury Me in Georgia,” “Go Around,” “Pop's Last Name” and “Dear Georgia.”

Kane has been teasing a long-awaited duet with his wife, Katelyn, hinting that fans would be able to hear her voice on Different Man. As promised, she's a featured duet partner on a song called “Thank God.”

But Katelyn's not the only guest artist on the project: The title track, “Different Man,” is a duet with Blake Shelton.

Different Man is due for release September 9. Most recently, Kane dropped a pop-focused single off the project called “Grand.”

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Jackson Dean's been on the 'Yellowstone' soundtrack, wouldn't be opposed to an on-screen role either

There's no question about it: Jackson Dean's song “Don't Come Lookin'” being featured on the Yellowstone soundtrack definitely gave him a leg up toward country music success.

“It played a massive, massive part in it,” the singer affirms, citing one recent appearance he made at Hwy 30 Fest in Idaho, when he was one of the only acts in the lineup who didn't hail from Texas.

“We were, like, the black sheep,” he remembers, but adds that he had an in with the crowd. “Massive, massive Yellowstone fans at that festival. It was great. It was really awesome.”

Multiple fans who recognized him from the soundtrack for the TV series approached him at that show. “I had probably 30 people come up to me and be like, Hey man, we know you from Yellowstone. And that's how we found you.'”

Jackson's already had a song feature in the hit TV series, and the singer says he's not opposed to participating in the show in an on-screen capacity, too. After all, there's plenty of precedent for country stars scoring acting gigs on Yellowstone: Lainey Wilson is on the upcoming season, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are the co-stars of 1883, the recent Paramount+ prequel.

“You know, I mean, if Kevin Costner wants to shoot a bad guy — I mean, I can play a good bad guy,” the singer continues. “I am not opposed at all, in any way, shape or form.”

For now, Jackson is enjoying a career as a rapidly rising country star. “Don't Come Lookin'” is currently nearing country radio's top 10.

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Nashville notes: Michael Ray drops a new EP, Jeannie Seely makes Grand Ole Opry history + more

Michael Ray has announced the release of a live EP called The Warehouse Sessions. The five-song collection arrives Friday, and that same day he's performing as part of Fox & Friends' All-American Concert Series.

Jeannie Seely is now officially the artist who has made the most appearances on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. The country legend will celebrate her 55th anniversary as an Opry member this September.

Gary Allan has parted ways with UMG Nashville, his label home of over 25 years. On social media, the singer told fans that he's excited about the new music that’s in store and plans to share more information soon.

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Tim McGraw + Faith Hill's daughter Audrey proves her musical chops with Pat Benatar cover

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill may be country music royalty, but their talented daughter Audrey's got a flair for rock n' roll.

The 20-year-old put her vocal talents on full display on Instagram this week, sharing a cover of Pat Benatar's “Fire and Ice,” a hit single from 1981. In the black-and-white clip, Audrey accompanies herself on piano as she belts out the song, showcasing multiple musical talents in one performance.

“Put on a pretty dress and attempted to sing a Pat Benatar song on piano…ATTEMPTED!” she wrote in the caption. “Excuse my yelling but I gotta have some rock on there.”

Audrey is no stranger to the spotlight. Last year, she co-starred in her dad's music video for his single “7500 OBO.”

Tim and Faith share three daughters: Audrey, 25-year-old Gracie and 23-year-old Maggie.

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Naomi Judd's family files to keep “graphic” records pertaining to her death sealed

Naomi Judd's family members are headed to court in order to stop the details of her death investigation records from being made public.

Legal records obtained by ABC reveal that Larry Strickland — Naomi's widower and the sole executor of her will — as well as her daughter and The Judds bandmate, Wynonna, are suing Williamson County Sheriff Dusty Rhoades to keep the records pertaining to her death investigation sealed.

Naomi died by suicide on April 30 at the age of 76. She used a firearm to end her life, a detail that her daughter Ashley Judd subsequently shared during an emotional Good Morning America interview.

After her death, per standard procedure, the sheriff's office conducted an investigation, which involved creating records that include “photographs, video recordings, audio recordings and written reports,” according to the filing.

The family is seeking to prevent the release of those records to the public, as they contain “Mrs. Judd depicted in a graphic manner” and their release would cause “irreparable harm in the form of emotional distress, pain and mental anguish.”

The filing also expresses concern that media outlets “have or have planned to file records” to make the information contained in the death investigation public. Plaintiffs say the release of this information would go against their right to “legitimate privacy” as the surviving family members of the country star.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or by visiting 988lifeline.org. You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. 

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Lady A postpone their Request Line Tour to support Charles Kelley's “journey to sobriety”

Lady A's Request Line Tour, originally scheduled to begin on August 13, is being postponed to 2023.

“Being on the road with our fans is our greatest joy, so it was a hard but important decision to make,” the country trio said in a statement posted to their social channels on Thursday.

The postponement is due to the group's decision to support bandmate Charles Kelley during an important life change.

“We're proud to say that Charles has embarked on a journey to sobriety,” the statement continues. “So, right now in order to be the healthiest, strongest and most creative band we can be, Lady A will take the time with the support of our families and team of professionals to walk through this together.”

They added, “It's early on this road, but we are determined to do what will best set us up for many more years together. We're grateful for your patience.”

The group also told fans that more information regarding ticketing details for the new Request Line tour dates will become available in the days ahead.

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