Damn it! #RIPHalKetchum

From Hal Ketchum’s Facebook page:

With great sadness and grief we announce that Hal passed away peacefully last night at home due to complications of Dementia.

May his music live on forever in your hearts and bring you peace.

Andrea

I remember talking with Hal in McAllen Texas a few weeks before my mom passed away at a show of his. He said no matter what. She’ll always be with me.

I definitely know where love lives. #RIPHal

CONGRATS To Jon Pardi And Summer Duncan On Saying “I Do”

Who doesn’t love a good wedding!

Congratulations to CAPITOL NASHVILLE artist JON PARDI and hairstylist SUMMER DUNCAN, who said I do at SADDLE WOODS FARM in Murfreesboro, TN, on SATURDAY (11/21) night. The wedding, rescheduled from an earlier date in MAY due to this pandemic, was downsized to just immediate family and close friends.

PEOPLE.com reports that the couple chose PARDI’s “yet-to-be-released song ‘Look At You’ for their first dance as a married couple. PARDI wrote the song for Duncan this past June in California and recorded it earlier this month.”

DUNCAN posted two wedding photos on INSTAGRAM, writing, “Best day of my life.”

The couple got engaged onstage during his show at NASHVILLE’s RYMAN AUDITORIUM in October 2019, after dating for three-and-a-half years (NET NEWS 10/3/19).

The 2020 CMA Awards Were Pretty Damn Good!

Fist off. Congrats to every winner at last nights 54th CMA Awards.

The classic country tributes was everything needed in a country music award show. Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie and Kenny Rogers would’ve been proud. Country music fans definitely were.

Seeing Charley Pride at CMA Awards performing and receiving the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award made almost every country fan cry…at least a little…or you don’t have a heart.

And finally seeing Eric Fucking Church win the big Entertainer of the Year was simply perfect.

Church’s speech was the speech we all needed to hear.

Morgan Wallen’s 7 Summers Video Is Everything We Needed!

Morgan Wallen’s video for his song “7 Summers” tells a real story perfectly like a music video should. Reminds of a 1990s Travis Tritt video (“Anymore” and “Tell Me I Was Dreaming” were two of the best). Our VHS tapes are somewhere and as soon as we find them we’ll be watching them too.

This video is a country music mini movie and it’s worth your time to watch. No mullet is necessary in watching. We promise.

A great video always makes any song come to life. You feel like you’re living the song in real time. MAKE VIDEOS GREAT AGAIN (MVGA).

Blake Shelton And Gwen Stefani Are ENGAGED!!


Blake Shelton tweeted, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”

Couldn’t be happier for Blake and Gwen! Seeing happiness in people is a beautiful thing. “Happy Anywhere” has a new meaning now. We will be getting Blake Shelton drunk to celebrate this great news! Hopefully we’ll see our wedding invites in the mail…any day now.

Josh Turner Just Resurrected ‘90s COUNTRY

If you like ’90s country line dancing, and who doesn’t, you’ll love JOSH TURNER’s “I Can Tell By The Way You Dance” video.  You might even think you’re watching the “Club Dance”show from back in the day . . . except it was filmed at the Nashville Palace.  It’s one of the tracks from Josh’s “Country State of Mind” album. 

Reba McEntire And Darius Rucker To Host ‘The 54th Annual CMA Awards’

The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION revealed this morning (10/5) that REBA MCENTIRE and DARIUS RUCKER will host “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. The announcement was made by the two Country stars live on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning AMERICA.” The awards show will air live from downtown NASHVILLE’s MUSIC CITY CENTER from 8-11p (ET) on ABC.

MCENTIRE will be making her fifth appearances as the show’s host, while RUCKER is hosting for the first time.

“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with DARIUS RUCKER,” said MCENTIRE. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great Country music, and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”

Added RUCKER, “I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in Country music. To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside REBA — are you kidding me?! — It is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we’re all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won’t disappoint!”

CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN said the duo’s “playful chemistry and genuine warmth are exactly what we know our viewers want to see this year. We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other. We cannot wait to share more details about our show in the coming weeks.”

Watch the 2020 CMA Awards host announcement video here.

Your Winners For 55th Annual ACM Awards Are Here

Congrats to all of the winners of last night’s 55th ACM Awards:

  • Entertainer(s) of the Year: Carrie Underwood & Thomas Rhett 
  • Male Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
  • Female Artist of the Year: Maren Morris
  • Group of the Year: Old Dominion
  • Duo of the Year: Dan + Shay
  • New Male Artist of the Year: Riley Green
  • New Female Artist of the Year: Tenille Townes
  • Single of the Year: “God’s Country” (Blake Shelton)
  • Song of the Year: “One Man Band” (Old Dominion)
  • Album of the Year: “What You See is What You Get” (Luke Combs)
  • Music Event of the Year: “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” (Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, & Elle King)
  • Music Video of the Year: “Remember You Young” (Thomas Rhett)

Nominees For ’54th Annual CMA Awards’ Are Here

7B48BA62-AFDA-4827-86E3-1AA0FE73F170

Nominees for the “54th Annual CMA Awards” were revealed this morning (9/1). LUKE COMBS and CARLY PEARCE kicked off the announcements live from the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning AMERICA,” and INGRID ANDRESS and GABBY BARRETT wrapped things up on CMA’s YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK pages.

The show will air Wednesday, November 11th on ABC-TV. See all nominees below:

Entertainer Of The Year

  •  ERIC CHURCH
  •  LUKE COMBS
  •  MIRANDA LAMBERT
  •  CARRIE UNDERWOOD
  •  KEITH URBAN

Female Vocalist Of The Year

  • MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • ASHLEY MCBRYDE
  • MAREN MORRIS
  • KACEY MUSGRAVES
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD

Male Vocalist Of The Year
• ERIC CHURCH
• LUKE COMBS
• THOMAS RHETT
• CHRIS STAPLETON
• KEITH URBAN

Vocal Duo Of The Year
• BROOKS & DUNN
• BROTHERS OSBORNE
• DAN + SHAY
• FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
• MADDIE & TAE

Vocal Group Of The Year
• LADY A
• LITTLE BIG TOWN
• MIDLAND
• OLD DOMINION
• RASCAL FLATTS

New Artist Of The Year
• JIMMIE ALLEN
• INGRID ANDRESS
• GABBY BARRETT
• CARLY PEARCE
• MORGAN WALLEN

Album Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist And Producer(s))
• “Heartache Medication”–  JON PARDI
Producers: BART BUTLER, RYAN GORE, JON PARDI
• “Never Will” – ASHLEY MCBRYDE
Producers: JAY JOYCE, JOHN PEETS
• “Old Dominion”–  OLD DOMINION
Producers: SHANE MCANALLY, OLD DOMINION
• “What You See Is What You Get”– LUKE COMBS
Producer: SCOTT MOFFATT
• “Wildcard” – MIRANDA LAMBERT
Producer: JAY JOYCE

Single Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist(s), Producer(s), And Mix Engineer)
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER)
Producer: DAN SMYERS
Mix Engineer: JEFF JULIANO
• “Beer Never Broke My Heart” – LUKE COMBS
Producer: SCOTT MOFFATT
Mix Engineer: JIM COOLEY
• “Bluebird” – MIRANDA LAMBERT
Producer: JAY JOYCE
Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
• “The Bones” – MAREN MORRIS
Producer: GREG KURSTIN
Mix Engineer: GREG KURSTIN
• “I Hope” – GABBY BARRETT
Producers: ROSS COPPERMAN, ZACH KALE
Mix Engineer: BUCKLEY MILLER

Song Of The Year (Award Goes To Songwriters)
• “Bluebird” Songwriters: LUKE DICK, NATALIE HEMBY, MIRANDA LAMBERT
• “The Bones” Songwriters: MAREN MORRIS, JIMMY ROBBINS, LAURA VELTZ
• “Even Though I’m Leaving” Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, WYATT B. DURRETTE III, RAY FULCHER
• “I Hope You’re Happy Now” Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, RANDY MONTANA, CARLY PEARCE, JONATHAN SINGLETON
• “More Hearts Than Mine” Songwriters: INGRID ANDRESS, SAM ELLIS, DERRICK SOUTHERLAND

Musical Event Of The Year (Award Goes To Artists And Producer(s))
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER), Producer: DAN SMYERS
• “Be A Light” – THOMAS RHETT featuring REBA MCENTIRE, HILLARY SCOTT, CHRIS TOMLIN & KEITH URBAN, Producer: DANN HUFF
• “The Bones” – MAREN MORRIS with HOZIER, Producer: GREG KURSTIN
• “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – MIRANDA LAMBERT (feat. MAREN MORRIS, ELLE KING, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, TENILLE TOWNES & CAYLEE HAMMACK), Producer: JAY JOYCE
• “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – CARLY PEARCE and LEE BRICE, Producer: BUSBEE

Music Video Of The Year (Award Goes To Artist(s) And Director)
• “10,000 Hours” – DAN + SHAY (with JUSTIN BIEBER), Director: PATRICK TRACY
• “Bluebird” – MIRANDA LAMBERT, Director: TREY FANJOY
• “Homemade” – JAKE OWEN, Director: JUSTIN CLOUGH
• “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – CARLY PEARCE and LEE BRICE, Director: SAM SISKE
• “Second One To Know” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Director: DAVID COLEMAN

Musician Of The Year
• JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle
• PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel Guitar
• ROB MCNELLEY, Guitar
• ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Guitar
• DEREK WELLS, Guitar