Country Music

Trisha Yearwood has recovered from COVID-19

Michael Loccisano/Getty ImagesTrisha Yearwood is COVID-19 free. 

The singer shared on Instagram Monday that she's tested negative for COVID-19. Her husband, Garth Brooks, announced in late February that Trisha had tested positive for the virus and was diagnosed when she was "on her way out of the tunnel." 

"I got the official news that I am COVID negative. Thank you all for your love, support messages and sweet tweets!" Trisha writes while comparing her "incredible husband" to "Superman," since he didn't contract the virus but still took precautions to keep their loved ones safe. 

In the interest of spreading good news, the country superstar also unveiled the cover for her new cookbook, Trisha's Kitchen, that shows her posing in a kitchen by a marble counter adorned with flowers and baked goods. 

"Garth said, good news begets good news, let’s share it with the world today and spread the love!" Trisha concludes. 

Trisha's Kitchen will be available on September 28.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Ashley McBryde, Brantley Gilbert donate items to Grammy Museum auction

ABCAshley McBryde and Brantley Gilbert are among the artists who have donated items to the Grammy Museum Foundation's online auction via Charitybuzz, ahead of the 2021 Grammy Awards.

The "Girl Goin' Nowhere" singer is auctioning off four tickets and a meet-and-greet to one of her concerts this year, while Brantley has offered up an autographed black Epiphone acoustic guitar.

Among the other items up for auction include a special edition folklore guitar signed by Taylor Swift, a pair of VIP tickets and meet-and-greet with Brandi Carlile at a 2022 show, and a guitar signed by both Brandi and Tanya Tucker.

Alicia KeysJames TaylorPaul SimonLady Gaga and bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers are among the other artists who have donated items. The auction ends on March 23.  

Ashley is nominated for Best Country Album for her 2020 project, Never Will. The Grammys air Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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"Let's go, girls!": Shania Twain launches TikTok challenge for Women's History Month

Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesIn honor of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, Shania Twain is launching the #LetsGoGirls challenge on TikTok. 

Soundtracked to her iconic hit, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman," the challenge calls upon TikTok users to share the most empowering aspects of being a woman by creating a transition, or stitch, reacting to the song's famous opening line, "Let's go, girls!" 

Shania herself has taken the challenge with a video that shows her attempting to make her bed, but as the classic line plays, she abandons the covers and dances her way out to her oceanfront patio. 

“TikTok is a place where everyone has a voice. It is more than a platform, it is a community. Somewhere to celebrate creativity and have fun - so I’m in!" Shania shares. "TikTok and I are spending March supporting all those who 'feel like a woman,' so join me loudly when I say ‘Let's go, girls!’”

Released in 1999, the hit single reached the top five on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and was also a hit on Billboard's Hot 100, Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2000. 

By Cillea Houghton 
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Niko Moon performing on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' tomorrow

Sony Music NashvilleNiko Moon is heading to late night with a performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow night. The show airs on ABC at 11:35 p.m. ET.

The performance comes just as Niko's debut single, "Good Time," which is certified Platinum by the RIAA, reaches the #1 spot on the country radio airplay chart. 

"GOOD TIME is the #1 song on country radio!! Thank y’all for all the support and love on this song  I couldn’t have done it without y’all! Thank you for being the best FAM," he writes on Twitter

Before topping the country charts as a solo artist, Niko began his career as a songwriter in Nashville, penning such tracks as Zac Brown Band's #1 hit, "Homegrown," Rascal Flatts' "Back to Life" and Dierks Bentley's latest single, "Gone."

By Cillea Houghton 
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Kenny Chesney finds solitude by the sea in "Knowing You" video trailer

Warner Music Nashville Kenny Chesney heads to the coast in the trailer for the video for his latest single, "Knowing You." 

Filmed last fall in the fishing town of Gloucester, Mass. and the island St. Croix in the Caribbean, the clip shows the superstar strolling through the mist along a jetty in the middle of the ocean, with a lighthouse offering a glimmer of light in the background. 

“Not everything is meant to last. You don’t think about that when it’s perfect. And when it’s over, there’s a huge hole, but there’s also a pair of wings," Kenny says in a voiceover. 

The camera then moves to a sailboat floating on the water at sunset. "Knowing you, wherever you are, I know you're happy. You're flying, and free. And I'm here still grateful for knowing you," Kenny says as the video fades into a view of the gray ocean. 

The official video, which premieres on Friday, features footage of Kenny and his boat captain, Ben, working on a fishing boat off the East Coast. 

"Knowing You" is the fourth single off Kenny's 2020 album, Here and Now, the title track of which is his 31st number-one hit.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Miranda Lambert's Casa Rosa to open this summer

Becky FlukeFollowing the announcement last week that she's the first female country singer to open a bar and restaurant on Broadway in downtown Nashville, Miranda Lambert is sharing more details about Casa Rosa. 

The Texas-inspired eatery doubles as a four-floor venue, three of which will feature live entertainment, along with a rooftop bar, slated to open in summer 2021.

The complex will be decked out with memorabilia from Miranda's illustrious career, including costumes from her videos and the birdcage featured in the video for her latest #1 hit, "Bluebird."

True to its name, the "Pink House" boasts tufted pink booths, along with a rhinestone saddle modeled after one of the singer's favorites that hangs inside Billy Bob's Texas, and an Instagram-worthy yellow rose wall.

The menu will feature Tex-Mex items such as tacos and one of Miranda's favorite libations, tequila.

“I’m so excited to have a honky tonk with my name on it! Casa Rosa will be a little taste of Texas in Tennessee," she says. "This place is special to me and I’m happy to be representing  the ladies here in Music City! See y’all down there!”  

To create Casa Rosa, Miranda is working with TC Restaurant Group, the company that's also behind FGL House, Luke's 32 Bridge and more. 

Additionally, Miranda is releasing The Marfa Tapes on May 7, an album with singer-songwriters Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Morgan Wallen remains at #1 on 'Billboard' 200

ABCMorgan Wallen continues to sit in the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with his album Dangerous

Morgan is spending his eighth consecutive week at the top of the all-genre chart, earning 82,000 equivalent album units this week and marking the first time a country album has spent its first eight weeks in the top spot on the all-genre chart. That makes Dangerous one of six country albums to spend at least eight weeks at #1 on the chart: it's currently in a tie with Garth BrooksThe Hits, which also logged eight weeks.  

Garth's Ropin' the Wind album, Billy Ray CyrusSome Gave All and Taylor Swift's Grammy-winning Fearless have all spent more than 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. 

The news arrives weeks after Morgan was caught on video using a racial slur, leading to multiple stations across the country removing his music from its playlists. His label, Big Loud Records, suspended his recording contract indefinitely and he was dropped by talent agency, WME.  The Academy of Country Music also deemed that Morgan and Dangerous were ineligible for nominations at the 2021 ACM Awards.  

A week after the video surfaced in February, Morgan asked his fans in an Instagram video to stop coming to his defense. "I appreciate those who still see something in me and have defended me. But for today, please don’t. I was wrong. It’s on me to take ownership of this, and I fully accept any penalties I’ll face," he said.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1992, one of the biggest country artists of the ‘90s was at the top of the charts with his single, “What She’s Doin’ Now.” The song came off his third studio album, Ropin’ the Wind. Can you name this Oklahoma native? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.

By Carena Liptak
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Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris & more to perform at Grammy Awards

CBSMiranda Lambert, Maren Morris and Mickey Guyton will perform at the 2021 Grammy Awards.

They join an all-star roster of performers that also includes Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Lil Baby, Maren's fellow The Highwomen member Brandi Carlile, and more.  

Miranda is the most-nominated country act, with three nods, while Mickey makes history as the first Black female solo artist to be nominated in a country category, for "Black Like Me," which is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance.

Maren has two nominations in the category of Best Country Song, for "The Bones" and The Highwomen's "Crowded Table." 

The Grammys will also pay tribute to live venues that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with employees from the Troubadour in LA, Nashville's Station Inn and more presenting various categories throughout the show. 

The 2021 Grammy Awards will be hosted by The Daily Show's Trevor Noah and air on March 14 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

By Cillea Houghton 
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Thomas Rhett's "Country Song" is just the beginning of a double album -- and a trip down memory lane

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As Thomas Rhett namechecks more than a dozen country smashes in his latest hit, "What's Your Country Song," he's sharing his story -- as well as yours.

For TR, one of the cornerstones is his dad, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins.

"It was really interesting the way that we started to progress the song," he explains. "I actually threw one of my dad’s song titles, 'That Ain’t My Truck,' in the second verse."

"So, we picked a lot of songs that I feel like really shaped me as an artist," he continues, "and put those into the verses. And then hopefully when the listener’s listening they don’t really hear the song titles, but it sounds more like a story."

Thomas also hopes "What's Your Country Song" will set you on a trip down memory lane -- and make you feel young again.

"The more they listen to the song, I hope they can kinda go through and be like, 'Oh my gosh, I love that song.  I love that song,'" he reflects.

"But I'm also wanting them to make their own interpretation of the song," he adds, "and go, 'Man, what were my songs that kind of defined my life? What songs did I hear on the radio, that when I hear 'em today as a 30-year-old or a 40-year-old, it makes me feel 17 again?'"

"What's Your Country Song" is just the first taste of TR's upcoming double album, Country Again, with the eleven-track Side A set to arrive April 30.

If that weren't enough to keep the father-of-three busy, he's also just launched his own Dos Primos brand of premium tequila with his cousin, Georgia pecan magnate Jeff Worn.

By Stephen Hubbard
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTravis Tritt dropped his newest single, “Smoke in a Bar,” last week. The song comes off of his forthcoming album, Set in Stone, which will arrive on May 7.

Brooke Eden shared a new song, “Sunroof,” on Friday. It’s the second release of a new musical chapter that began in January with “No Shade.”

In case you missed it, Willie Jones and Waylon Payne hit the Grand Ole Opry stage on Friday night to perform a classic hit from another Willie/Waylon duo: “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.

By Carena Liptak
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“Truth Be Told”: Carly Pearce spotlights faith, vulnerability in her new duet with Christian artist Matthew West

Courtesy of Matthew West & Carly PearceCarly Pearce makes a guest appearance on a new duet version of “Truth Be Told,” a song that was previously a hit for Christian artist Matthew West.

On the new version, Carly and Matthew trade verses, harmonizing over the song’s message of choosing honesty in a world where so many people choose to share only the “highlight reels” of their lives.

That’s an especially timely message for Carly, who confronts the pain of her divorce from Michael Ray in her newly-released project, 29. In her own recent work, the singer has doubled down on how important it is to tell the truth in her music.

Plus, she’s been vocal about what an important role faith plays in her life, and Carly adds that collaborating on “Truth Be Told” felt like a great way to highlight that side of her identity.

“I’ve been praying for the right opportunity to share more of my heart, and ‘Truth Be Told’ felt meant to be,” the singer says. “Not only am I such a fan of Matthew’s, this lyric has been the anthem of my life over the last year. Being transparent and vulnerable is how we connect with others. I’m so excited to be a part of this collaboration!”

The original version of “Truth Be Told” comes off of Matthew’s 2020 album, Brand New.

By Carena Liptak
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Justin Moore, Tracy Lawrence join forces to mount a free arena show for frontline workers

Courtesy of Shore Fire Media/Pepper EntertainmentIn a time when in-person concert events are few and far between, Justin Moore and Tracy Lawrence are planning an arena show for a good cause.

Along with opening act Lainey Wilson, the two performers will head to South Dakota's Sioux Falls Arena on April 10 for the Salute 2 Frontline Workers concert. Tickets will be available beginning March 12 via a unique passcode on Ticketmaster, and healthcare workers, law enforcement and frontline workers will receive an email from their employers with details on how to download free tickets.

It's not the first time Justin and Tracy have teamed up: In fact, Justin's long been vocal about what a musical hero the "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" star has always been to him.

The two Arkansas natives also hit the road together during their Late Nights and Longnecks tour in January of 2020, a run named for Justin's Late Nights and Longnecks album. Prior to that, Justin was also a guest vocalist on a re-recording of Tracy's '90s hit, "Alibis," which the latter singer included on his 2017 Good Ole Days album.

The Salute 2 Frontline Workers show is a partnership with Pepper Entertainment. Any frontline workers who haven't received info about how to attend by March 18 can request an email invite to download tickets on the venue's website.

By Carena Liptak
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The Country Music Hall of Fame mounts a video special to take fans inside the new 'American Currents' exhibit

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent many country fans from visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a special video will premiere this spring to offer a virtual look into its new American Currents: Celebrating the State of the Music exhibit.

Each year, the CMHOF’s American Currents documents the previous year in country music history, spotlighting the artists who helped shape it. 

Opening later this month, this year’s exhibit will feature artists such as Eric Church, Dan Shay, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and more. The video special will introduce fans to the exhibit with the help of a diverse roster of artists.

Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will introduce the new American Currents, with the help of rising bluegrass star Billy Strings. Meanwhile, Luke Combs and Rissi Palmer will appear in conversation during the program, discussing the past year and how it changed and shaped their perspective as artists. Luke, Rissi and Billy will all perform during the video special, too.

The video special premieres on March 19 on YouTube and Facebook, and it will be available to watch after the premiere on CMHOF’s YouTube channel.

For more information about the exhibit, which opens March 12, visit the museum’s website.

By Carena Liptak
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Ashley McBryde previews her live album with the smoky, villainous “Martha Divine” video

Daniel Meigs In May 2021, Ashley McBryde will drop her Never Will: Live From a Distance EP, a six-song selection of tracks off her 2020 acclaimed sophomore album.

But before she reveals the full project, Ashley’s sharing the live performance video of her single “Martha Divine,” which clocks in as track five on the live EP. “Martha Divine” is a seething, villainous revenge anthem, told from the perspective of a daughter seeking vengeance on her dad’s extramarital love interest.

Performing the song on a smoky stage in front of a neon green, larger-than-life backdrop of her logo, Ashley captures all the hard-driving, murderous energy of the song, giving fans a glimpse into what being in the front row of her show would have been like had she been able to tour in 2020.

“We released Never Will on April 3 of last year, so we went straight from rehearsals for a tour to not seeing each other in person for months,” Ashley previously shared of the decision to record a live EP. “Getting together to rehearse and record these live versions safely was our way of giving the fans a taste of what they would have seen had the world not changed so much.”

Of course, creating the live album is still no substitute for performing live, Ashley adds.

“Man, did it feel good to strap on the guitar and see my guys and just play,” she says, “but we cannot wait to do it again with our incredible fans in person soon.”

Never Will: Live From a Distance arrives on May 28. Other live songs included on the EP are “First Thing I Reach For,” “Shut Up Sheila,” “Velvet Red,” “Voodoo Doll” and “Sparrow.”

By Carena Liptak
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"In His Arms": Miranda Lambert shares the rugged, acoustic first taste of her project with Jack Ingram, Jon Randall

Sony Music NashvilleJust one day after announcing The Marfa Tapes, her upcoming musical collection with fellow Texans Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Miranda Lambert is offering a first look into the project.

That song, "In His Arms," is a stripped-down, quiet ode to restless love, recorded outdoors around a campfire with only the trio’s vocal harmony and an acoustic guitar. That raw and rugged approach to music-making will be a hallmark of the project when it arrives in full on May 7, the three musicians explain.

"I’ll never forget pulling into Marfa that first night at 4AM," Miranda remembers. "The stars were like nothing I’d ever seen before, just this endless blanket hanging so low you could reach up and touch them. I immediately understood why this place was so special."

Adds Jon, "There’s no TV, no radio, nothing to do out there but pour a cocktail, sit around the campfire and talk. Eventually, that just inevitably leads to songs."

In order to further transport listeners to the special environment in which they wrote the song, the trio head outdoors with a guitar for a simple, mesmerizing music video for "In His Arms."

The Marfa Tapes includes 13 never-before-songs from the trio, all recorded in Marfa, Texas. Additionally, the project includes two tracks written in Marfa that fans already know and love: "Tequila Does," from Miranda’s Wildcard album, and her 2018 ACM Song of the Year, “Tin Man.”

Here’s the full track list:

"In His Arms"
"I Don’t Like It"
"The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow"
"Am I Right or Amarillo"
"Homegrown Tomatoes"
"Breaking a Heart"
"We’ll Always Have the Blues"
"Tin Man"
"Two-Step Down to Texas"

By Carena Liptak
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Thomas Rhett sets his sights on a double album in 2021, beginning with 'Country Again: Side A'

The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett has a double album in the works, and this week, he clued fans in to all the details about the first half, Country Again: Side A

Featuring his current Top 5 hit single, "What’s Your Country Song," the new, 11-track collection will arrive in April. A number of the songs should feel at least a little familiar, as Thomas has performed acoustic snippets of tracks like "Ya Heard" and "To the Guys That Date My Girls" on social media in recent weeks.

The track list also includes a duet with Hardy, called "Put it On Ice."

Thomas is known for his deeply personal lyrics, and the new music will be no exception: He says that Country Again: Side A traces his journey into adulthood and how his life on the road ultimately brought him back to his roots.

"Country Again: Side A is everything that I wanted to say when I was 19 years old, but hadn’t lived enough to know how to say any of those things yet," the singer explains. "It's about the crazy journey that took me out into the world over the last ten years and ultimately brought me back home, more centered and content than ever, with a deep understanding for what’s important in life."

Ahead of the album's release, Thomas Shared two new songs: the heartbroken “Want it Again,” and “Growing Up,” a reflective look back at how life changes over time.

Country Again: Side A is due out on April 30; it’s available for pre-order now. Here’s the full track list: 

"Want it Again"
"Growing Up"
"What’s Your Country Song"
"Where We Grew Up"
"Heaven Right Now"
"To the Guys That Date My Girls"
"More Time Fishin’"
"Country Again"
"Put it on Ice" (featuring Hardy)
"Blame it On a Backroad"
"Ya Heard"

By Carena Liptak
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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1963, a country legend in the making died in a plane crash at only 30 years old. A decade later, she would be posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Patsy Cline.

By Carena Liptak
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"Workin' man's anthem": Chris Janson's "Waitin' on 5" is a "deep party song" for the "nine to fiver"

Warner NashvilleIf you've been working all week and you can't wait to blow off some steam, well, Chris Janson's latest hit was written especially with you in mind. 

"'Waitin’ On 5’' is a workin' man’s anthem," the Missouri native explains. "It is a nine to fiver's song. It is the guy or the girl who goes to work all week, and is literally waiting on five o’clock to roll around."

"Now, there’s a whole other sentiment of it, too," Chris continues. "'Waitin' on 5' to get started on six, and we all know what that means. It could be six o’clock, it could be a six-pack, it could really be whatever you want it to be."

Even though the "Buy Me a Boat" hitmaker wrote "Waitin' on 5," he admits it wasn't his idea.

"I gotta be honest with you," he reveals. "That was not my idea coming into it. That was a title that was brought to me by some friends of mine. And as soon as I heard it, I thought 'Well, that’s probably a hit!'  And, man, I was right in the middle of writing this album."

"And it really ends up feeling kind of like a party song," he adds, "but it’s actually a little deeper than that. It’s kind of a deep party song. But it’s just for any nine to fiver out there, man, who works a day job and is in the grind of life and wants to take some time off and enjoy it."

"Waitin' on 5" is the third single from Chris' Real Friends album, following the number ones "Good Vibes" and "Done." 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockParker McCollum has teamed up with Napa Valley’s Christeni Vineyards for an exclusive collaboration on a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon named for his newest release, “To Be Loved by You.” You can pick up your bottle online.

In case you missed it, Brad Paisley stopped by ABC’s The View this week to perform his latest single, “Off Road.”

By Carena Liptak
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Best of Phathead and Cande in the Morning! 3.8.21 pt 4

Vaccine discussion, National Days, Elijah is auditioning for Wonka JR, and more!

Best of Phathead and Cande in the Morning! 3.8.21 pt 3

Thomas Rhett has a double album on the way, Michael Stanley passed of lung cance

Best of Phathead and Cande in the Morning! 3.8.21 pt 2

A Phathead movie review (he hated the movie) and Cande saw a movie she loved ove