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Jon Pardi and wife Summer are expecting their first baby in early 2023

It's going to be a “Pardi of three” for country star Jon Pardi and his wife, Summer: The couple is expecting their first child early next year.

“I'm ready to start a new adventure with my wonderful wife Summer and our new little one — Pardi of three!” the singer tells People, which shared the news this week. “I'm really excited to meet our baby and to have someone to ride around the ranch with.”

Summer also explains that getting pregnant wasn't the easiest journey for her and Jon, who got married in late 2020 and have been trying to have a baby ever since.

“It was definitely an interesting two years of ups and downs — the constant letdown month after month can be really hard on a couple,” she says. “After years of no luck and meeting with doctors who just didn't feel like the right fit, we decided to take a break, leave it in God's hands and just enjoy each other and this crazy, fun life we live together…and then surprise, we're pregnant!”

Now, she adds, she can't wait to see Jon become a dad. “He's such a big kid at heart, always the life of the party and has such positive energy so I can only imagine how much fun this little Pardi addition will be for him and our family,” she adds.

In music news, Jon’s Mr. Saturday Night album came out earlier this month.

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Unflinching honesty, 90s bops + a “roller coaster” of emotion? That's 'Subject to Change,' says Kelsea Ballerini

When fans finally get their ears on Subject to Change, Kelsea Ballerini hopes it'll take them on a whirlwind of emotions.

“I loved the idea of having a record that takes you through a roller coaster — of growing up, and love, and a lot of inward conversation and maturity,” the singer tells ABC Audio. “Just airing all that out there in a way that feels witty and poetic and honest.”

As the title suggests there's a major theme of change on the record — good change, bad change and all the growing pains that make us who we are.

“I never really have a start and stop date for writing [for my albums],” Kelsea explains. “When it's time to make an album, I listen through to the demos that I've written over the last year and a half, and I see what they say.”

In the case of the “80 songs” that Kelsea wrote during the Subject to Change era, the songs were talking about different kinds of change. “I was noticing a lot of contrast and a lot of juxtaposition and a lot of change,” she notes.

Any artist would hope that each record sharpens and matures their sound, and Kelsea says that's the case for Subject to Change, too.

“I'm really proud of what this record says about me in the last couple of years,” she notes. “Because I feel like it's really honest. And also I feel like, sonically, it is so heavily 90s-influenced, and I hope it brings people nostalgia, too.”

Subject to Change arrives on Friday. Kelsea previewed the new album, which features lead single “Heartfirst,” before releasing it in full.

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Nashville notes: Maddie & Tae's stop on 'TODAY' and more

n case you missed it, Maddie & Tae made a stop on NBC's TODAY on Wednesday to perform “Every Night Every Morning.” Their new project, Through the Madness Vol. 2, comes out on Friday.

Country singer Luke Bell died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, according to an autopsy report from the Pima County medical examiner's office. Bell, 32, was found dead in Tucson, Arizona, on August 26. During his career, he held support slots for Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam and more.

Nashville-based guitar company Gibson has committed to donating $1 million to combat drug overdoses in the music industry, according to the Tennessean. The effort is a partnership with international pharmaceutical company Hikma.

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Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton + more sign on for 2022 Heal the Music Day

Keith Urban, Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Vince Gill and more are all on deck for this year's Heal the Music Day, the fifth annual fundraising initiative for the Music Health Alliance.

The event, spearheaded by country star Rodney Crowell, is a push to raise awareness and support for the medical needs of those in the music industry — 76 percent of whom are self-employed or employed by a small business.

The Music Health Alliance provides resources for working professionals in music, including life-saving health and financial support.

Heal the Music Day is set for October 21. Other participating artists include Ronnie Dunn, Lauren Daigle and more. From the start of October leading up to October 21, donations to the Music Health Alliance will be matched up to $25,000 by an anonymous donor.

To become a Music Health Alliance partner, make a pledge at the initiative's website.

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Luke Combs leads a list of special guests on the new season of Clint Black's 'Talking in Circles'

Luke Combs is helping to kick off a new season of the Circle Network's Talking in Circles With Clint Black, a show in which 90s superstar Clint Black chats with his fellow country artists about their careers.

Luke will be the show's guest for the first episode of Season 3. During the conversation, he'll discuss his humble beginnings as a guitarist, his songwriting process and much more.

The rest of Talking in Circles' new season will feature guest artists such as Chris Janson, Deana Carter, Bill Anderson, Peter Frampton and more. The roster of star appearances isn't entirely limited to musicians: Olympic legend Scott Hamilton will also make a stop on the show on October 22.

“I'm truly humbled by my friends, old and new, who sit and talk shop with me,” Clint says of his show's next season. “I give much credit to the network — Circle — where I'm encouraged to depart from the regular interview format and have the kinds of conversations I would have backstage with a fellow artist or musician.”

Tune in to the Circle Network to watch Talking in Circles With Clint Black beginning October 1.

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Maren Morris might not attend the CMA Awards this year: “I don't feel comfortable going”

Maren Morris' Humble Quest is up for Album of the Year at the 2022 CMA Awards, but she says that she might not attend the ceremony this year — even though she's grateful for the nomination.

“Honestly, I haven't decided if I'm gonna go,” Maren tells the Los Angeles Times in a new interview. “I'm very honored that my record is nominated. But I don't know if I feel [at] home there right now.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Maren spoke about her recent feud with Jason Aldean's wife, Brittany, regarding some transphobic comments that Brittany made in an Instagram reel. It's not the first time that Maren has spoken out against racism, sexism or other hate-filled speech and actions in the country music industry.

“So many people I love will be in that room, and maybe I'll make a game-time decision and go,” the singer says of the CMAs. “But as of right now, I don't feel comfortable going.”

She went on to say that she's at peace with that decision, especially because she's previously felt uncomfortable at awards shows.

“I think I was more sad going last year,” Maren admits. “Some nights are fun. Others I'm just crawling out of my skin. I'm not good at those events because I'm awkward. But this time I kind of feel peaceful at the notion of not going.”

The 2022 CMA Awards will air live from Nashville November 9 on ABC. Luke Bryan is set to co-host the show alongside Peyton Manning.

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Carly Pearce, Kane Brown + Walker Hayes among the honorees at 2022 CMT Artists of the Year

Carly Pearce, Kane Brown and Walker Hayes are three of the stars who will be honored at the 2022 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, an annual event tributing those artists who dominated the country music industry over the course of the last year.

Luke Combs is another of the evening's honorees, and Cody Johnson rounds out the five acts at the center of the show. Each act has had a banner year in their career: They have all found major success at country radio this year, been at the head of A-List tours and expanded their careers in new and diverse ways within the country format.

Cody, Carly and Walker are all first-time Artists of the Year nominees, while Luke and Kane are both being honored for the third time. A variety of yet-to-be announced performers will be on hand at the show to tribute each artist.

The event will take place at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, premiering Friday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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As Luke Combs scores another #1 hit, he's “real thankful” for his team behind-the-scenes

As Luke Combs‘ career continues to skyrocket, he’s intentional about keeping trustworthy people around him, especially the songwriters he’s been working with since the start of his career. 

Since moving to Nashville in 2014, Luke continues to work with the same songwriters that he did when he was an unknown artist, including Ray Fulcher, Randy Montana and Dan and Randy Isbell. Noting that his circle of songwriting collaborators is close-knit, Luke says that he feels grateful to have that sense of consistency in his life. 

“I’m lucky that those people have been really talented and willing to share their ideas with me and share their songs and stories with me and be willing to go out of their way to make time to write with me, especially when they didn’t have any reason to, other than that they believed in what I was doing or believed in my voice or my shows,” Luke expresses. “So I would really give all the credit to those folks.” 

In addition to his writing partners, the hitmaker also acknowledges the team of people behind-the-scenes who’ve made his career a success, sharing that the only pressure he feels is to honor their hard work and dedication.  

“There’s so many other people that make this thing tick, and I think those people hardly ever get the credit that they deserve. I’m the guy that gets to be on the interviews and on the album covers, but there should be 250 faces on the front of that thing to make it happen,” he says. “I’m real thankful for those people and the only pressure I would feel is to continue to make those people proud.”

Luke achieved his 14th consecutive #1 hit this week with “The Kind of Love We Make.”  

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Nashville notes: Reba on 'Seth Meyers,' Dustin Lynch presale & more

Reba McEntire is appearing on ?Late Night With Seth Meyers ?Tuesday night. It airs at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC. 

Presale tickets for the new dates on Dustin Lynch‘s Party Mode Tour are available Wednesday at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday at 10 p.m. local time. Tickets for the general public go on sale on September 23. 

Breland has booked the Here For It Tour in support of his recently released debut album, Cross Country. The eight-date trek kicks off November 16 in Oxford, OH and concludes on December 3 in Philadelphia, PA. 

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“So excited”: Kelsea Ballerini shares videos from Heartfirst Tour rehearsals

Kelsea Ballerini is prepping for her Heartfirst Tour, and she’s giving fans a look inside. 

This week, the singer has been in tour rehearsals. In one video, she can be seen performing her new song “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too)” into a black sparkly microphone while showing off a band of instruments, including a fiddle, steel guitar and snare drum. 

“I’m so excited to play this one,” she says. 

Kelsea also shares that she has six new band members and will be revealing one fun fact per day leading up to the tour launch. She introduces Georgia Webster, her opening act on the tour who’s releasing her new EP, Chapter 1: Things We’re Not Saying, on Friday. The Knoxville native also teases that they will likely collaborate on the road.

Kelsea will release her new album, heartfirst, on Friday. The lead single and title track is currently climbing up the top 30 on country radio. 

The 10-date tour begins on September 24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and concludes on October 14 at Foxwoods in Connecticut.  

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