Chris Stapleton proves you can go home again, and he did so in a huge way this past weekend. After a two-year delay, he was finally able to headline his benefit show, A Concert For Kentucky, which was held at Kroger Field at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The first-ever music concert at the field, featuring over 55,000 in attendance, also showcased performances by Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow and newcomer Madeline Edwards.

    Proceeds from A Concert For Kentucky went to Chris and Morgane’s Outlaw State of Kind Hometown Fund, established to support local and national organizations. The fund has helped thousands of organizations including, but not limited to, Red Cross, Farm Aid, City of Hope, Blue Grass Community Foundation, Music Health Alliance, MusiCares, Mr. Holland’s Opus, March of Dimes, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.

    Chris also surprised the senior class of his alma mater, Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky, by giving tickets to the entire class of 2022 to attend the show, even providing transportation to and from the concert.

    The Kentucky native, who is making his way up the charts with his latest song “Joy of My Life,” is taking his All-American Roadshow north of the border this weekend with shows on Thursday (April 28th) in London, Ontario, Friday (April 29th) in Ottawa, Ontario and Saturday (April 30th) in Montreal, Quebec.

    Audio / After winning several trophies at this year’s ACM Awards, Chris Stapleton talked about what it was like getting back on the road after the pandemic shut everything down for two years.


    Chris Stapleton (getting back on the road after COVID) OC: …it again. :28
    “Well, you certainly gain an appreciation for what we had lost, which was getting to interact with people every night and hear people sing songs back to you and see smiles on their faces and people having a good time and the communion that that brings. It’s a wonderful thing. And we certainly missed it. It was 504 days, I think, we didn’t play a show. So, we were certainly counting the days and the hours until we got to do it again.”


  • NEWS AND NOTES: Jordan Davis, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brothers Osborne, Kassi Ashton

    Jordan Davis will perform his recent two-week No. 1 song, “Buy Dirt,” on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday (April 22nd).

    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the headliners at this year’s Pilgrimage Festival in Franklin, Tennessee. The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival will return for its eighth year on September 24th and 25th at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Artists, including Brandi Carlile, The Avett Brothers, Jon Batiste, Elle King, Marty Stuart, Brittney Spencer and more, are scheduled to perform across five stages during the two-day festival.

    Keith Urban joined wife Nicole Kidman at the L.A. premiere of The Northman at the TCL Chinese Theatre earlier this week. Nicole, who appears in the film, will also appear on ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday (April 22nd).

    Brothers Osborne‘s TJ Osborne will serve as a Grand Marshal of this year’s Nashville Pride Parade. The parade kicks of June 25th at 10am on Broadway and 8th Ave. Other Grand Marshals include Leslie Jordan, Greg Cason and Alberta Hardison.


    Brothers Osborne
    were among those recognized at the seventh annual AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) Awards in Nashville earlier this week. Also honored were HARDY, Lee Brice, Tenille Arts and Morgan Wallen. Jordan Davis, Kassi Ashton, Jimmie Allen, Callista Clark, Lee Brice, Matt Stell and HARDY performed during the event.


  • NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker

    Kacey Musgraves is among the many artists who joined together on Friday (April 8th) to Stand Up For Ukraine, a social media movement powered by Global Citizen. The Weeknd, Jon Batiste, Jonas Brothers, Katy Perry, Billy Porter, Ellie Goulding, Jon Bon Jovi, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and many others also joined the movement. The online event took place just a day before a “pledging summit” to aid displaced Ukrainians.


    Chris Stapleton picked up four nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards, including Top Country Artist, Top Country Male Artist, Top Country Tour and Top Country Song (“You Should Probably Leave”). Carrie Underwood also has four nominations, including Top Country Female Artist, Top Christian Artist, Top Christian Album (My Savior) and Top Country Song (“If I Didn’t Love You”). Luke Bryan has two with Top Country Tour and Top Country Song for “Buy Dirt,” which is also a nomination for Jordan Davis. Eric Church picked up a nomination for Top Country Tour. The BBMAs will broadcast live coast-to-coast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15th at 8pm ET/5 pm PT on NBC and will stream live on Peacock.


    Priscilla Block, who is performing at tonight’s (April 11th) CMT Music Awards, is set to open the 2022 Downtown @ Sundown Concert Series in Clarksville, Tennessee on May 6th. The Concert Series is free to the public and will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month May through October.

    University of South Carolina alum Darius Rucker will perform a free concert for students to celebrate the women’s basketball team’s national championship. Darius suggested the concert in a tweet April 1st after South Carolina beat Louisville for a spot in the championship game. The Gamecocks went on to defeat UConn 64-49 to take their second national title in five years. Students can sign up for a lottery here to win a ticket to the concert, which will be held April 24th at Colonial Life Arena.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Dierks Bentley, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton

    Dierks Bentley was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on Tuesday (April 5th). He, along with musicians Keb’Mo, Bobby Bare and Connie Smith, were recognized for their contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville with their own star on the Walk of Fame.


    Reba McEntire scored her 28th Top 10 album on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart as My Chains Are Gone debuts at No. 9.

    Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline, along with NASCAR legend Darryl Waltrip, helped break ground on Williamson Medical Center’s $200 million expansion earlier this week. The project will be the largest renovation to date for the hospital, which has been at its current home on Carothers Parkway since 1986. Luke and Caroline will help raise $50 million dollars via a capital campaign for the reno. Caroline Bryan, who serves as co-chair of the campaign, said her family settled on moving to Franklin when they realized how close their potential new home would be to Williamson Medical Center. “This is where our children were born. This is where their doctors are. This is where my doctors are,” Caroline Bryan tells The Tennessean. “Anything from a routine visit to the ER visits, everybody is just fantastic, and watching this getting ready to expand is so needed. It’s time. It’s exciting.” Luke added, “We get to have a voice to make sure this is the best health care you could ever dream of,” Luke Bryan said.

    Chris Stapleton is one of the headliners for Kentucky’s Bourbon & Beyond Festival taking place September 15th-18th. Also headlining are Kings of Leon, Pearl Jam and Jack White. Additional performers include Elle King, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Yola, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and many more. Tickets are now on sale at bourbon.frontgatetickets.com.



    Chris Stapleton won three GRAMMY Awards including Best Country Album for Starting Over, Best Country Song for “Cold” and Best Country Solo Performance for “You Should Probably Leave” — both songs from Starting Over. During his acceptance speech for Best Country Album, Chris spoke about the sacrifices everyone in the room had made chasing their musical career. In fact, his twins’ fourth birthday was on Sunday (April 3rd).  “Hopefully we’re all doing it so it would make the world a better place and the people that live in it will love each other and have a good time together and come together.”



    Brothers Osborne took home a GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Younger Me.”


    Carrie Underwood won a GRAMMY for Best Roots Gospel Album for My Savior.

    Backstage talking to the media, an emotional Carrie says this is probably one of the most important award wins she’s had in her entire career. “I feel like it’s more important because I feel like this is one of the most important bodies of work I’ve ever been a part of, been able to do. This is what one thing that I’ve wanted to do literally my whole career. I’ve wanted to make this album and I got to, and this just means the world to me.”


    Audio / Backstage at last night's Grammy Awards, Chris Stapleton talks about winning awards, particularly at The Grammys.


    Chris Stapleton (Grammys 2022) OC: …those guys. :36
    “You know, anytime that you are even nominated for a award or someone thinks enough of you to invite you to these kinds of shows, particularly the Grammys, it’s, you know, it’s a very surreal moment and we had a very surreal moment all day today. And so it was it was a very and to get to play a song, you know that I wrote with the guys in the band on the show, won a Grammy for it earlier in the year and in the evening, and it was a special night for it. For me. For me, it’s special and it’s special. Get it to do with those guys.



    Chris Stapleton (theme of Starting Over album) OC: …as humans. :54
    “I’ve never really looked at records necessarily as having a theme.  I’ve never made a record in that kind of a constraint necessarily. And there are a lot of great records that have this theme and this overlying thread that kind of runs through them.  Maybe the thread for me is just I’m singing. I wrote a bulk of the songs. It’s the same guys playing all the songs. If there’s a theme – if there’s a theme it’s hopefully there’s a theme of truth somewhere in it. And what I mean by that is hopefully we’re conveying in the songs some experiences that feel real and hopefully people can find themselves in those songs and in the album. And for me if I’m looking for a theme it’s that kind of, I don’t know, that thing that binds us all together as humans.”

    Audio / Backstage at last night's GRAMMY AWARDS, TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne talks about winning their first Grammy Award and especially for the significance of it being for the song, "Younger Me."


    Brothers Osborne (Grammys 2022) OC: …on myself. :52
    “We, John and I have taken, I think, a lot of risks in our career and sometimes don’t always pay off and we try to just stick with who we are and what we do. And this was the validation that you got for that hard work and the sacrifices that we made. It felt like they were suddenly weren’t all for nothing. And I’m so incredibly grateful for it. And I think on top of that, with the song that we were nominated for younger me was a song that my brother and I both wrote really kind of as a letter to our younger selves. If they could just see where we are now, that would have saved themselves a lot of heartbreak and strife. And and then the add on to that to be accepting a Grammy also does adds to that story that if I could just tell my younger self that this would be here, this is where I would be in my life here on the stage right now. I would certainly not believe it, but I would also be a hell of a lot easier on myself.”



    Brothers Osborne (Younger Me) OC: …made it through. :38
    TJ: “The inspiration behind ‘Younger Me’ was really inspired by both, really kind of both of our stories and just the different things that we struggled with in our youth and we just made things overly complicated. I truly didn’t think I’d get to this point in my life, and I’m sure John would probably say the same for himself. And we really just wanted to really kind of almost in some ways write a note to our younger selves and just kind of tell them to hold on, hold tight, and hopefully in an effort for maybe other people out there that are going through that currently to realize there will be a moment in your life where you can look back on this and be happy that you made it through.”

    Audio / Backstage at last night's Grammy Awards, an emotional Carrie Underwood says the win for My Savior is probably the most important win of her career.


    Carrie Underwood (Grammys 2022) OC: …world to me. :24
    “I’m probably immediately going to start crying, OK? I feel like it’s more important because I feel like this is one of the most important bodies of work I’ve ever been a part of been able to do. This is what one thing that I’ve wanted to do literally my whole career. I’ve wanted to make this album and I got to, and this just means the world to me.”



    Carrie Underwood (hymns feel like home) 1:05
    “These particular songs for My Savior, you know, I grew up singing these in church and my church that we go to right now they play a lot of very contemporary Christian songs, praise and worship songs, and it’s great. But every once in a while, they’ll kind of throw in like a chorus or something of some hymn that I grew up with and there’s an immediate sense of home when I hear that. And that’s kind of where I was at when we were recording this. It should be like a warm hug, and I feel like there’s so many people that are like me that kind of long for that. You think back to that sense of home and your church that you grew up in with the pews. I mean it’s just one of those things that it just feels like home. And after a year like last year, I feel like people are definitely searching. A lot of people were thrown out of their daily routines and trying to figure life out and be more introspective or kind of slow down. We were all forced to slow down.”


    Chris Stapleton has been added to the list of performers at this year’s GRAMMY Awards. Also announced as performers are Jon Batiste, H.E.R., Foo Fighters, Nas, Ben Platt, Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Rachel Zegler.

    They’ll join previously announced performers Brothers Osborne, BTS, Brandi Carlile, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow and Olivia Rodrigo.

    Chris has three nods including Best Country Album (Starting Over), Best Country Solo Performance (“You Should Probably Leave”) and Best Country Song (“Cold”).

    The 64th Grammy Awards will take place live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3rd at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on CBS.


    Chris Stapleton released his new single “Joy Of My Life,” on Monday (March 21st). The follow-up to his recent No. 1 single, “You Should Probably Leave,” “Joy of My Life” was originally written and recorded by John Fogerty for his 1997 album, Blue Moon Swamp.

    “Joy Of My Life” is featured on Chris’ latest album, Starting Over. Chris takes his All-American Road Show Tour to Atlantic City for a two-night stay on April 8th and April 9th.

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  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton

    Reba McEntire has released a lyric video for the Oscar-nominated, Diane Warren-penned song “Somehow You Do.”


    Brothers Osborne will perform on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday (March 22nd). Tune in at 11:35pm ET/10:35pm CT.


    Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne are set to hit the road on select dates of Willie Nelson & Friends’ Outlaw Music Festival Tour this summer.  For complete information on tickets and guests details, go to: http://outlawmusicfestival.com



  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, Vince Gill, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and more

    Luke Bryan and Chris Stapleton honor Lionel Richie in an upcoming PBS special concert celebrating the music icon’s Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The tribute concert, which was taped earlier this month and will air May 17th on PBS, featured Luke singing “Lady,” the hit Lionel wrote for Kenny Rogers, and Stapleton performing “Say You, Say Me.” Other performers include Gloria Estefan, Yolanda Adams, Boyz II Men, Andra Day and many more.

    Kacey Musgraves is the recipient of this year’s GLAAD Vanguard Award. The presentation will be made at the 33rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton on April 2nd. Vanguard Awards are given to allies who have made a major contribution to the advancement of LGBTQ rights. GLAAD praised Musgraves’ efforts, including her use of her platform to collect cash for GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying Spirit Day campaign and to raise awareness of anti-LGBTQ. Previous recipients include Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez.

    Vince Gill and Amy Grant will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for their holiday residency, Christmas At The Ryman, in December. The pair will perform holiday classics for the shows spanning December 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20 & 21. Tickets are on sale now.

    Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt and Parker McCollumare among the artists performing at Cheyenne Frontier Days, taking place July 21st – 31st in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Check out the entire schedule here.

  • UMG NASHVILLE 2022 ACM AWARDS WINNERS: Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Parker McCollum

    There were lots of big wins at Monday night’s ACM Awards, and some incredible and moving performances.

    Chris Stapleton won his third ACM Male Artist of the Year, which is his 13th ACM Award overall. He also performed a fiery, moving and pulse-inducing performance of “Watch You Burn,” which he wrote with Mike Henderson after the devastating mass shooting at the Route 91 festival in 2017. The performance was introduced by Jason Aldean, who was on stage performing at the festival when the shooting took place.


    Carrie Underwood picked up an ACM Award for Single of the Year with Jason Aldean for “If I Didn’t Love You,” which they turned in a spectacular performance of during the show. This makes her 16th overall ACM win.

    Brothers Osborne’s win for Duo of the Year marks their third win in the category, and sixth win overall. John and TJ performed twice on the show. First, they played the title track from their latest album, Skeletons, complete with light up outfits. They also closed the show performing a cool version of “These Boots Were Made For Walking” with Brittney Spencer.



    Parker McCollum was named New Male Artist of the Year, his first-ever ACM Award. He also performed his No. 1 “Pretty Heart.”


    Eric Church performed a 16-song medley on the show, which featured Ashley McBryde and included songs such as “How Bout You,” “Guys Like Me,” “Love Your Love The Most,” “Smoke A Little Smoke,” “Drink In My Hand,” “Springsteen,” “Talladega,” “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Mr. Misunderstood,” “Round Here Buzz,” “Record Year,” “Desperate Man,” “Some Of It,” “Hell Of A View,” and his latest single “Heart On Fire.”

    Luke Bryan performed his latest single, “Up,” before joining Jordan Davis on the two-week No. 1 “Buy Dirt.”




    Fans can relive all of the excitement of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards ceremony now on Prime Video and on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service on March 8th beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

    Audio / Backstage at this year's ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood talks about her performance with Jason Aldean on "If I Didn't Love You" on the show.


    Carrie Underwood (ACM 2022 performance with Jason Aldean) OC: …the performance. :46
    “It’s my home away from home with our residency not too far from here, so I feel like I’ve gotten a taste for Vegas showmanship. And it’s just so much fun, and we were trying to think of ways to make this performance fresh and fun and what else can we do. The song has such a huge success and we love it so much, we really just wanted to take the moment and celebrate it. When somebody said, ‘How would she feel about descending from the ceiling?’ I was like, ‘I feel good about that.’ I was excited. It’s something I’ve never done before, and I’m always up for trying new things; adding a bit of danger in to the performance.”

    Audio / Brothers Osborne's TJ Osborne talks about closing the ACM Awards with Brittney Spencer.


    Brothers Osborne (closing  ACM show) OC: …room was fun. :24
    “We knew with Brittney (Spencer) and her vocal ability and just her stage presence, we liked the arrangement that we came up with, and it was something that I genuinely just wanted to play. I was like this is gonna be exciting and fun to play. We also knw there was going to be confetti cannons at some point. I’ve never experienced that. But I felt really excited about the whole thing. I thought the night, just us aside, I thought the whole night went very well and the energy in the room was fun.”

    Audio / Backstage at Monday night’s ACM Awards, Parker McCollum says he’s realizing a dream come true.


    Parker McCollum (ACM Award) OC: …good feeling. :18
    “Since I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was play country music for a living and work my butt off and my team’s worked their butt off. So, to get to have a night like this after putting out a record like that, just to know that it worked a little bit? I don’t know what else anybody could ask for. It’s, I don’t know, that’s a good feeling.”