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Jason Aldean is the 2022 recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters Humanitarian Award. Each year, the honor celebrates a country artist who has made significant humanitarian contributions over the course of their career; Jason’s charitable efforts include contributions to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, ACM Lifting Lives, GA’s Children’s Hospital and more.

Jimmie Allen will make a stop at Ole Red Nashville on Thursday for a free show with Neon Union, the flagship act he signed to his new JAB Entertainment. On Twitter, Jimmie teased that the event will be “celebrating something,” and promised more details to fans who make it out to the show.

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Kane Brown + his wife debut new tattoos they got for their daughter Kodi Jane


Kane Brown is showing off some new ink that he and his wife, Katelyn, recently got in celebration of their youngest daughter, Kodi Jane.

The singer posted a photo on Instagram, showing himself and his wife holding hands. Kane has got fresh ink on his left hand, with bold letters reading "KODI." Meanwhile, Katelyn's got the same name in a similar font, plus Kodi's middle name, tattooed on her right forearm.

Kane and Katelyn welcomed Kodi late last year, after keeping Katelyn's pregnancy a secret. Kodi is the couple's second child: Their first daughter, Kingsley, arrived in October 2019.

Both Kane and Katelyn had tattoos already. Katelyn's are relatively small, while Kane has long rocked full sleeves. After the couple got married, Kane got a tattoo of Katelyn's name on his right hand, with the "y" stylized into the shape of an infinity symbol.

Of course, the country-star couple didn't forget their oldest daughter: They've got matching "Kingsley" tattoos, too.

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Dolly Parton now has her own cake mix line, and her custom baking collections sold out in just hours

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Dolly Parton fans can have their cake and eat it, too. The singer just launched a partnership with baked-goods line Duncan Hines, offering two cake mix flavors and buttercream icing to match.

The mixes, Southern Style Coconut Flavored Cake Mix and Southern Style Banana Flavored Cake Mix, will hit shelves this March. Plus, Dolly has assembled special baking collection boxes, including both flavors of cake mix, plus buttercream and chocolate buttercream icings, a custom spatula and a tea towel. Those boxes went on sale Wednesday morning, and by 10:30 a.m. ET, they had sold out.

Dolly, who also recently announced the second round of her Jeni's Splendid custom Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream flavor, tells People that sweets were a rare treat in her home growing up.

"Growing up poor, we didn't have a lot of sugar, so we didn't have cakes all the time," she remembers. "So when Mama made special cakes, we loved being in the kitchen."

The singer still loves cake, but she admits that her biggest culinary weakness isn't necessarily a dessert.

"If I've been on a low-carb diet or something for a while, the first thing I want to do when I break it is have some cake -- or potatoes. That's my weakness," she admits. "Usually that's why I fall off any diet, is for the love of some sort of a potato."

Dolly's also got a new book coming out. Her first novel, Run Rose Run -- which she co-wrote with James Patterson -- will be published in March. She's also releasing a companion album of the same name.


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“Maybe I wasn’t so cool”: Tim McGraw reacts to his old music videos

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Mutton chops, “mad farmers who can’t get to their fields” and “me trying to be GQ”: Tim McGraw takes a walk down music video memory lane in a new reaction video the singer posted to his YouTube channel.

The singer looks back at three videos -- 1994’s “Down on the Farm,” 2003’s “She’s My Kind of Rain” and 2016’s “Humble and Kind” -- in the clip. He takes plenty of cracks at his fashion sense and youthful sensibilities throughout the video, but Tim has some sentimental stories to share, too, like how Oprah Winfrey helped inspire the music video for “Humble and Kind.”

“I knew that when we did the video, we had to figure out some way to make it special,” he remembers.

He got inspired after watching the trailer for Oprah’s Belief documentary series, which featured footage of people across the world, from a variety of different cultures.

“I thought, ‘Boy, that’s the way I want this video to look,’” Tim explains. So he sent the song to [producer, director and actor] Tyler Perry, a partner in Oprah’s OWN network, asking if it would be possible to use some of the footage from Belief for his video.

“I sent him the song, and he called me back, and he was crying on the phone about how wonderful the song is,” the singer recounts. “And he said, ‘I just sent it to Oprah, I hope you don’t mind, and she said you can have any of the footage that you want.’”

Tim concludes, “I just think it’s one of the most beautiful videos that we’ve ever shot.”

“Humble and Kind” won several awards, including Video of the Year at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.

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Catch a day in the life of Old Dominion’s tour with the return of CMT’s 'On the Road' series

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Fans can go behind the scenes on a late 2021 stop on Old Dominion’s We Are Old Dominion Tour, thanks to a new episode of CMT’s digital series, On the Road.

The cameras follow along as Old Dominion heads to St. Augustine, Florida for back-to-back sold-out shows. The concerts took place last December, and were the last two stops on the band’s tour.

In the episode, Old Dominion share what goes on when they’re not onstage, too: Viewers can watch the band mates golfing, riding motorcycles and spending time with their road family.

It’s the return of CMT’s On the Road series, which pivoted to an Off the Road spinoff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally, the show follows artists for a day in the life on tour, but amid pandemic-related shutdowns, it showed how touring artists were navigating the pandemic and life at home.

Old Dominion’s On the Road episode airs Wednesday at 5 p.m. ET. You can watch it on CMT’s social channels. Before it airs, check out the trailer on Facebook.


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Miranda Lambert is ready to “just live my life,” though the pandemic has taught her to expect the unexpected


After a tumultuous couple of years of pandemic-related shutdowns and uncertain touring conditions, Miranda Lambert is getting back into the swing of her live show with the return of The Bandwagon Tour, a co-headlining run with Little Big Town.

The singer knows that another COVID-19 surge could affect those plans, but she’s ready to get back to doing what she does best, she explains in an interview with Rolling Stone.

“There’s constant changes. I’m constantly Googling things,” Miranda notes. “...The biggest point is, we’re in control of nothing. For all those people who are planners like me, I have to really find my inner Zen.”

She’s not downplaying the severity of the pandemic. In fact, the singer reveals, she’s had a bout with the virus herself. “I know [COVID is] a real thing; I’ve had it,” she explains. Still, she adds, she’s “ready to move ahead.”

“All the conversations and all the battles and all of that, it comes down to I want to do my job and I want to just live my life,” Miranda goes on to say. “I’m proceeding as if that’s happening.”

The Bandwagon Tour will launch in early May.


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Jordan Davis recalls the "special day" writing "Buy Dirt" -- and its connection to "Fancy Like"

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Jordan Davis and Walker Hayes have a special connection thanks to Walker's hit, "Fancy Like": songwriter Josh Jenkins.

"One of the co-writers on 'Fancy Like,' Josh Jenkins, helped me write 'Buy Dirt' too, so I'm just over the moon for him," Jordan praises. 

For Jordan, writing "Buy Dirt," his hit collaboration with Luke Bryan that is #1 at country radio this week, was a family affair, as he got to write the meaningful song with his own brother, Jacob Davis, alongside the brother duo of songwriters Josh and Matt Jenkins

"The brother duo, we had a special day that day. Those are three of the best songwriters, in my opinion, in Nashville, and so we don't get that song if I don't have those guys with me. I can't write a song like that by myself. I kind of just got out of their way on that one," Jordan describes of the writing session.

While Josh is one of the masterminds behind "Fancy Like," it was his brother Matt who pitched the idea for "Buy Dirt," Jordan knowing instantly that this story needed to be told. 

"Matt Jenkins came in and was like, 'what if it's something, 'Buy Dirt,' like what you do with the piece of dirt that you have? What you do with your house, what you do with the way you raise your kids, what you do with the way you spend your time?'" Jordan recalls. "And when he said that, we all were just like, 'that's what we're writing today.'" 

"Buy Dirt" marks Jordan's fourth #1 single following "Slow Dance in a Parking Lot," "Take It From Me" and "Singles You Up."  

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Nashville notes

Members of Keith Urban's official fan club will have special access to pre-sale tickets for the newly announced dates of his "Keith Urban Live - Las Vegas" show, beginning on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. 

The cover art of Kacey Musgraves' multiple Grammy Award-winning album Golden Hour appears on a new package design for M&Ms that features the green M&M posing like the singer on the front of the album. 

Cody Johnson is teaming up with Ian Munsick on the latter's new song, "Long Live Cowgirls." The ballad will be released on Friday. Ian opened for Cody on tour in 2021.

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Miranda Lambert on writing "Y'all Means All" for 'Queer Eye': "I'm really honored to be part of it"


For Miranda Lambert, getting to write "Y'all Means All" for season six of Queer Eye was pure joy. 

The hitmaker called on frequent collaborators Shane McAnally and Luke Dick to help her write the inclusivity-themed song that appears in the new season of the Netflix show, which was filmed in her home state of Texas.

Prior to writing the song, the singer says she "binged" the "feel-good" show over the course of a weekend, and was up for the challenge when Netflix contacted her to pen the original tune. 

"We just got to bring out our fun, inner Texan. Netflix was great about sending some notes and making sure we were getting the message across for the show," Miranda explains to Billboard. "I haven't done a lot of writing for specific things for television and movies and stuff, so it was fun to try something different."

In fact, Miranda has a familial source to thank for the song's title -- her brother Luke, who is gay. Miranda reached out to him asking if he had any catchy phrases to offer, and he replied with the winning title.  

"My brother texted me a few and 'Y'all Means All' was one of them. I called my brother and I was like, 'I owe you a beach trip somewhere, because we're using your line.' But I guess right then, all around Texas, there were T-shirts with 'Y'all Means All,' so it was perfect timing," she points out. "The song is just really fun and I'm really honored to be part of it."

"Y'all Means All" appears in two episodes of Queer Eye. 

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Kenny Chesney introducing "Everyone She Knows" as next single

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On Tuesday, Kenny Chesney unveiled the news that the light-hearted "Everyone She Knows" will be his next radio single, following the chart-topping "Knowing You."

The song tells the tale of a free-spirited woman who's uninterested in settling down in life as she watches those around her getting married and starting families, the lyrics referencing Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy Onassis as Kenny sings, "she's stuck between 17/And everyone she knows."  

“I think there’s nothing as awesome as a woman living life the way she wants to. To see someone so in love with life, so in love with the adventure, out there doing it? That’s an incredible thing," Kenny reflects in a statement. "I know so many women who are their own compass...and this song is for them. Wherever you are, however you are, just love the adventure and don’t worry what people think." 

"Everyone She Knows" marks the fifth single off Kenny's 2020 album, Here and Now. It will officially be released to radio on February 14. 

The superstar is set to launch his Here and Now Tour in April visiting stadiums across the country, beginning on April 23 in Tampa, Florida and wrapping up with a two-night stay at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on August 26 and 27. 

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Thomas Rhett reflects on anniversary of "Die a Happy Man": "Changed my life and career forever"


Thomas Rhett is looking back on the anniversary of one of his biggest hits. 

The singer took to Instagram to reflect on the origins of his 2015 single, "Die a Happy Man," that became a multi-week #1 hit. Thomas shares that he wrote the song in January 2015 with Sean Douglas and Joe London and debuted it live a couple days later, knowing by the crowd's reaction that the song was special.  

"This video is from the very first time I played it live in Little Rock a few nights later…y’all embraced this song in a way that changed my life and career forever, and I’ll always be grateful to you guys for that," he expresses alongside a throwback video from the show where he's performing "Die a Happy Man" acoustically inside a packed arena.

"Die a Happy Man" was released as the second single off Thomas' sophomore album, Tangled Up. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts and became a crossover success, peaking at #21 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.    

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Breland says it's a "really exciting time" to be in country music


Breland may be a newcomer on the country music scene, but he's already making an impact with his breakthrough debut single, "My Truck," and as featured artist on Dierks Bentley's hit, "Beers on Me." 

In a new mini-documentary, Nashville Hat TrickBreland reflects on his place in country music, acknowledging how he's breaking down barriers with his multi-genre sound. 

"It's a really exciting time. I feel like the flavor that I'm adding to country music is unique," he describes. "There's not a lot of people who are blending country with R&B, hip-hop, pop, gospel and other genres in the way that I'm doing it." 

In the two years since he arrived in Nashville, Breland has made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and performed "Beers on Me" with Dierks and Hardy at the 2021 CMA Awards. The hit collaboration is currently climbing up the top 30 on country radio. 

Breland is also gearing up to open for Russell Dickerson on his All Yours, All Night Tour, kicking off tonight in New York City and concluding with a show at the Ryman on March 25.  

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Keith Urban adds new dates to Las Vegas show


Keith Urban continues to expand his Las Vegas show. 

The country superstar has added five new dates to his Keith Urban Live - Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in March and April. The new shows take place on March 25, 26 and 30 and April 1 and 2. They join previously announced shows on May 27, 28, 29. 

Keith will take to The Colosseum to perform many of his hit songs, bringing his arena show to a theatre setting. 

Keith Urban Live - Las Vegas launched in January 2020, but several shows scheduled throughout the year were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He resumed the residency in 2021. 

Tickets for the new dates go on sale January 31 at 1 p.m. ET. 

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Sam Hunt was originally feeling "22" when he wrote "23": "That was the thing that broke it open for us"

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Sam Hunt's hit single "23," was years in the making. In fact, it originally had a different title and hook until he and co-writers Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Chris LaCorte landed on the defining version of the track.

"That was one that I've tried to write for a couple of years. I started writing it, it was '22' originally. 'I'll never be 22 with anyone but you,'" Sam describes of the initial approach. "And for whatever reason, one day we decided to try '23,' and that was the thing that broke it open for us and [we] ended up writing it in a couple of hours." 

While the Georgia native has a skill for writing hit songs, he reveals that the songs he writes evolve over time and sometimes end up on future projects.

"You try to write a good handful of songs and then you hope a few of those songs end up making it on the record," he explains of his songwriting process. "Then you also have an excess of ideas that maybe are skeletons or bones that never really get finished and they float around, and then you hope one day maybe they will get finished." 

"23" is the lead single from the superstar's forthcoming third studio album. It's currently climbing its way up the top 10 on country radio. 

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Nashville notes

Garth Brooks is resuming his weekly Facebook Live show, Inside Studio Gtonight. It airs at 7 p.m. ET. 

Runaway June's Jennifer Wayne has opened a custom hat store, American Paint, in Nashville. 

Presale tickets for the new dates added to Jimmie Allen's Down Home Tour go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets for the general public are available on Friday. 

Members of Jordan Davis' fan club, The Parish, will have early access to tickets for the new leg of his Buy Dirt Tour beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. local time. Tickets will become widely available on Friday. 

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