Country Music

Chris Lane celebrates son Dutton with "Ain't Even Met You Yet"

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Chris Lane is paying musical tribute to his newborn son Dutton with "Ain't Even Met You Yet." 

The song reflects how Chris felt as a father-to-be and looks ahead to the future when he buys his son his first baseball glove, gives him his first beer and assures him that he's going to "earn that first truck." He also admits that tears will fall the day his son moves away.

"I feel ready/But I feel scared to death/All I know is I love you/And I ain't even met you yet," Chris professes in the gentle acoustic number. 

"I've been waiting to meet Dutton for nine months now, and the easiest way for me personally to describe my feelings and emotions is to write about it! So naturally, I wrote a song," the country singer shares with People. "It's called 'Ain't Even Met You Yet' and sums up how I've been feeling over the last few months. I can't wait to share it with him one day."

Chris and his wife Lauren Bushnell Lane welcomed Dutton on June 8.

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"Footprints on the Moon": Gabby Barrett shares single #3

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Gabby Barrett is leaving "Footprints on the Moon" in her latest single. 

The American Idol alum revealed on social media that her third single off her 2020 debut album, Goldmine, is "Footprints on the Moon," an empowering anthem about overcoming obstacles to achieve one's dreams. 

"The voices in the night, in your head/ Yeah, they'll beg you to quit," Gabby belts in the defining chorus. "And they'll tell you that it's hard/ 'Cause it is/ But you can do anything, anything you want to/ There's footprints on the moon."

The inspiring track appears to be a fan favorite, with many fans commenting on the singer's Instagram post announcing the new single. One fan writes, "Best on the planet!!" while another says, "One of my favorites! Love this song." 

"Footprints on the Moon" follows Gabby's back-to-back #1 hits "I Hope" and "The Good Ones." The 21-year-old took home the trophy for Female Video of the Year for "The Good Ones" at the 2021 CMT Awards last week.

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Cody Johnson adds 2021 tour dates

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Cody Johnson is expanding his tour schedule.

Following a series of dates in June and July, including two sold-out headlining shows at the Ryman Auditorium, the "On My Way to You" singer has added a string of new tour dates August through December.

He'll perform at Springfield Raceway in Missouri on August 21, the ExtraMile Arena in Boise, Idaho on October 14, and Celeste Arena in Columbus, Ohio, where the tour wraps on December 3, visiting several other towns along the way. 

Easton Corbin and Ian Munsick join Cody as supporting acts for most dates.

“There are few feelings more amazing than being on stage with my friends in front of all our fans. I can’t tell you how excited the whole gang is to finally be back on the road playing country music for you," Cody says in a statement. 

The Texan will release a double album later this year. He recently dropped "'Til You Can't" and "Longer Than She Did," along with a cover of Willie Nelson's “Sad Songs and Waltzes" that he recorded with the country legend. 

Cody's current single, "Dear Rodeo," featuring Reba McEntire, is currently climbing the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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"Better Together": Luke Combs returning to perform at 2022 Daytona 500

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NASCAR has announced that Luke Combs will perform at The Great American Race next year ahead of the Daytona 500, marking the first time an artist has performed two years in a row at the iconic event. 

The hitmaker made his Daytona 500 debut in 2021, but played for a limited capacity audience due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions at the Daytona International Speedway have since been lifted. 

In a Twitter video, Luke shares memories of watching NASCAR races with his grandfather and cites his desire to play for a full audience at the famed race track as one of the reasons he wanted to come back. 

"I never could've imagined playing before the Daytona 500...and while carrying on the tradition was something that I'll never forget, it just wasn't the same without a full house, and that's why I'm excited to come back," he expresses. "To feel the energy of the excitement, the atmosphere. To connect with the crowd and get them pumped up for The Great American Race, moments like this are what I live for and it's why I do what I do." 

The 2022 Daytona 500 is scheduled for February 20. 

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Dan + Shay, Luke Combs & more to receive ACM Honors

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Dan + Shay, Luke Combs, Lady A and Rascal Flatts are among the 2021 ACM Honors recipients. 

Luke is slated to receive the Gene Weed Milestone Award for his outstanding achievements in the genre by becoming the first artist to have his first 10 singles reach #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

The "Tequila" singing duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney will be bestowed with the Jim Reeves International Award for their impressive global streaming numbers with hits like "10,000 Hours," and previous sold-out U.K. tours, while Rascal Flatts is set to be honored with the esteemed Cliffie Stone Icon Award for advancing the popularity of country music throughout their 20-year career. 

Lady A will receive the Gary Harber Lifting Lives Award for their philanthropic efforts through Lady Aid and working with ACM Lifting Lives. Loretta Lynn has been selected for the Poet's Award, which recognizes songwriters and the impact they've made on the genre through their lyrics, with Toby Keith selected for the Merle Haggard Spirit Award for his individuality that embodies the spirit of the country legend. 

The honorees will be presented with their awards at the ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on August 25. Tickets go on sale Friday. 

Additionally, ACM is moving its annual Party For a Cause event to Nashville for the first time to coincide with the ACM Honors. The series of charitable events that raise money for ACM Lifting Lives typically occurs in Las Vegas during the ACM Awards, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Country star trivia

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On this day in 2002, this husband-and-wife duo that was named Top New Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2010 ACM Awards and won a 2017 Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album were married in Tennessee. Duo member Joey Feek passed away from cancer in 2016. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Joey + Rory. 

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Kelsea Ballerini and LANY sing in the rain in "I Quit Drinking" video

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Kelsea Ballerini and LANY share the reason "I Quit Drinking" in the video for their new collaboration. 

The singers take to the hills of California, Kelsea walking among the mountains in an elegant orange gown. As the sun goes down and rain starts to fall, the country star is met by LANY frontman Paul Klein, who is just as emotional over a breakup as she is. 

"You're the reason I hate champagne/Never used to turn it down/You're the only thing I want/When one drop hits my mouth/Baby, you're the reason I quit drinking," the two passionately sing to each other in the pouring rain. 

"The 'I Quit Drinking' music video with @thisisLANY is out now (apparently we're really upset about about not being able to pop bottles)?" Kelsea quips on Twitter. 

"So crazy that the cameras caught this moment of @kelseaballerini and I absolutely breaking down about not being able to drink anymore," LANY adds.  

The video arrives days after the pair premiered the song during the CMT Awards last week.

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Darius Rucker admits son Jack doesn't introduce him to new music: "I can't handle it"

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Darius Rucker is close with his youngest son, Jack, but that doesn't mean they have the same taste in music. 

The crossover country star shares that during a recent trip to the golf course, he allowed his 16-year-old son to be in charge of the music during the drive, but admits he was not a fan of the selections. 

"He plays six songs as we're driving to the golf course, and we get to the golf course and I turn to him and I said, 'Jack, that's 24 minutes of my life I'm never going to get back. Every song you played sucked," Darius laughs with his signature giggle. "'I don't ever want to hear any of those songs again as long as I live.'" 

Apparently, this isn't the first time Jack has tried to introduce modern music to his famous father. The "Wagon Wheel" singer says his son has also played him songs by Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott that he had a hard time grasping. 

"Jack definitely doesn't turn me [onto music], he tries, but I keep telling him...he was playing some Travis Scott or somebody the other day and I said, 'this kid is not speaking English. You can't tell me this is English. I do not believe it. He's not speaking English.' I just couldn't believe it. I was like, 'that's not English,'" Darius adds with a chuckle. "But they're awesome. Jack definitely doesn't bring me music. I can't handle it." 

On the country music front, Darius scored his ninth #1 single earlier this year with "Beers and Sunshine," while his current single, "My Masterpiece," is climbing the charts.

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Nashville notes

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Tenille Townes is releasing her new song, "Girl Who Didn't Care," on June 25. It will be featured on a forthcoming project.  

Tyler Rich is embarking on the Two Thousand Miles Tour this fall with Shy Carter. Tickets go on sale June 21. 

In honor of Father's Day, Drew Baldridge is releasing "Stay at Home Dad" on Friday. He previewed the song on Tik Tok over the weekend. 

Restless Road, the new country trio signed to Kane Brown's label, 1021 Entertainment, will make their Grand Ole Opry debut on June 22.

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Toby Keith teams with Brantley Gilbert & Hardy on "The Worst Country Song of All Time"

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Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert and Hardy are set to release "The Worst Country Song of All Time." 

On Monday, Brantley confirmed that his new single will be the fan-requested song, sharing a teaser ahead of its Friday release that finds him singing the song's title that leads into a country rocker. "Y'all ready to have a little fun with this one #bgnation?" the Georgia native posed in the caption.

"Everybody was wrong. THIS is the #WorstCountrySong," Toby adds.

Additionally, Toby continues on his Country Comes to Town Tour next week with a stop in Prescott, Arizona, on June 20, followed by appearances at a variety of festivals and fairs across the country this summer before wrapping up on December 3 at the Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida. 

The Country Comes to Town Tour is named after Toby's hit single from his platinum-certified 1999 album, How Do You Like Me Now?! 

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"Things Dads Do": Thomas Rhett releasing new song on Wednesday

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Thomas Rhett is celebrating Father's Day early this year with the release of a new song, "Things Dads Do." 

Thomas made the announcement during an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry Saturday night, alongside his father, hit songwriter Rhett Akins. Co-written with his dad, the country superstar initially teased the song on social media last year and will officially release the studio version on Wednesday. 

"Of all the songs me and dad have written together, this is one of my favorites," Thomas shared from the Opry stage of the song that finds him reflecting on the lessons his father taught him growing up, only to find himself in the same position as a father of three daughters and another on the way. 

The hitmaker will release the song on Wednesday ahead of Father's Day on Sunday. Thomas announced in May that he and wife Lauren are expecting their fourth girl in November. She'll join older sisters Willa Gray, Ada James and Lennon Love.

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Brooks & Dunn announce dates for rescheduled Reboot Tour

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Brooks & Dunn are poised for a "Reboot." 

The iconic country duo has announced details for the rescheduled Reboot Tour, marking their first nationwide tour in a decade. Originally slated to take place in 2020, the tour was moved to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes seven new dates.  

The "Boot Scootin' Boogie" singers will make stops in Chicago at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Atlanta, the BB&T Pavilion in Philadelphia and more. The tour begins on September 2 in Indianapolis and concludes on October 9 at The Wharf Amphitheater in Orange Beach, Alabama. 

Travis Tritt and "My Boy" singer Elvie Shane join the legendary team as opening acts. 

Tickets for the new dates go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets purchased for previously announced shows will be honored at the new dates. Visit the Brooks & Dunn website for a full list of shows.

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Florida Georgia Line and Nelly have a "Lil Bit" of fun in new video

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Florida Georgia Line is reuniting with Nelly in the video for "Lil Bit." 

Set in Nashville, the video sees FGL's Tyler Hubbard picking the rapper up in his truck, after which the two cruise around town as the hip-hop-meets-country number plays in the background.

The video spotlights hip-hop dancers and local haunts, including Shop Hands Barber Shop. The guys later meet up with Tyler's FGL partner Brian Kelley, singing and hanging by their tour buses before heading to a backyard party flush with twinkle lights and red Solo cups.  

"It's always great when we get a chance to get together because our chemistry is genuine," Nelly shares with People about the country duo. "They are family, they are like little brothers and it's really great when you can see people who you care for so much, grow and become single bachelors into these married guys with kids, and being able to make their dreams come true. Not just for themselves, but also for their families as well." 

"Lil Bit" is the lead single off Nelly's country-leaning EP, The Heartland, expected to be released this summer. 

The two acts first joined forces in 2013 for a remix of Florida Georgia Line's hit single "Cruise," which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Carrie Underwood to share 'My Savior: Live from the Ryman' DVD

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Carrie Underwood's performance of her gospel album, My Savior, at the Ryman Auditorium will soon be available on DVD.  

Set for release on July 23, My Savior: Live from the Ryman features footage from the powerhouse singer's livestream concert on Easter Sunday, including performances with CeCe Winans on "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and Bear Rinehart of Needtobreathe on “Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.” Carrie also sings the traditional hymns “Amazing Grace," “How Great Thou Art" and more. 

Additionally, PBS, Circle and other networks will air a TV special featuring performances from DVD the same day it's released. 

“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” Carrie says in a statement. 

Following its arrival in March, My Savior gave Carrie her ninth consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, making her the first artist to do so. The project also reached the top of the Billboard Christian Albums chart and top five on the all-genre Billboard 200.

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Jimmie Allen calls on Keith Urban, Little Big Town & more for 'Bettie James Gold Edition'

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Jimmie Allen has tapped into a new group of all-stars for his upcoming album, Bettie James Gold Edition. 

The album serves as an extension of his 2020 EP, Bettie James, which features current single "Freedom Was a Highway" with Brad Paisley, along with collaborations with the late Charley Pride, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton and more. Jimmie has added nine new tracks to Gold Edition, in addition to the seven songs on Bettie James. The projects are named in honor of his late grandmother, Bettie, and father, James.

Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Lanco, Lindsay Ell and LoCash are all featured on the album, in addition to country newcomers Breland and Lathan Warlick. The country star also reaches across genre lines with collaborations with Pitbull, Babyface, Monica, grunge metal band Neon Union, pop duo teamwork. and Latin pop artist Vikina.

Keith appears on a song called "Boy Gets a Truck," while LBT harmonizes with Jimmie, Monica and Vikina on "Pray." Jimmie recently teased his collaboration with Lanco, "Home Sweet Hometown," and he joins forces with Breland and Lathan on "Somebody."   

"When I was writing some of the songs, I was trying to picture each moment. I went to each artist to work with them so they could be who they are on the song and bring their greatness to the song – I feel like that’s what makes the songs better," Jimmie describes. "I’m super proud of the body of work of this album and can’t wait for people to hear it.”

Bettie James Gold Edition arrives on June 25.

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