• NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Nate Bargatze, Eric Church

    Luke Bryan performed a John Mellencamp classic, “Small Town,” on Sunday night’s (April 21st) ’70s-’80s theme night episode of ABC’s American Idol.


    Brothers Osborne will be featured in the new Beyoncé documentary, Call Me Country, which is scheduled to premiere on MAX on Friday (April 26th).

    Chris Stapleton
    ‘s “Weight Of Your World” from his latest album, Higher, was featured at the end of the CBS show, Fire Country.

    Comedian Nate Bargatze will perform a pair of special shows with Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalco at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. on May 1st and May 2nd as part of Netflix is a Joke Fest, which showcases hundreds of comics at different venues for the first half of the month.

    Eric Church will appear on CBS Mornings on Tuesday (April 23rd) in a sitdown with the network’s Jan Crawford. The segment was filmed at his new Nashville venue, Chiefs, to discuss his residency at the Broadway Bar.

    Eric Church will healine the Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff on August 31st at the Caesar’s Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde will also perform. Church Choir members will be able to participate in a special presale beginning Monday (April 22nd) at 1pm ET/Noon CT. General on-sale begins Thursday (April 25th) at 11am ET/10am CT.




  • NEWS AND NOTES: Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Kassi Ashton, Nate Bargatze, Chrissy Metz

    Chris Stapleton and George Strait are among the artists taking part in the 90th Birthday Celebration of Willie Nelson. The star-studded special, filmed live earlier this year across two nights before a sold-out crowd at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, celebrates Nelson’s milestone 90th birthday and the 12-time GRAMMY® Award-winner’s contributions to popular culture and music. This historic concert event features unforgettable collaborations and once-in-a-lifetime performances by Chris, Strait, Willie, Beck, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Snoop Dogg, Norah Jones, Miranda Lambert, Dave Matthews, Nelson’s sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson and Keith Richards. The two-hour special, hosted by stars Jennifer Garner, Chelsea Handler, Woody Harrelson, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren and Owen Wilson, will air December 17th beginning at 8:30pm ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand).

    Fans of Chris Stapleton can listen to his new album, Higher, before it’s available on November 10th. Indie record stores across the country will be holding a special listening party on Tuesday (November 7th).


    Kassi Ashton has released her own version of Christina Aguilera’s “Genie In A Bottle.” The song was recorded with her band and produced by Oscar Charles.


    Maddie and Tae will be in Kansas City on December 1st to perform at the 19th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. The event is an annual holiday fundraiser started by a group of volunteers to support Operation Breakthrough — with a goal to raise funds and awareness for kids/families living in poverty in Kansas City’s urban core. The ladies just released the extended version of their holiday collection, We Need Christmas.

    On the heels of his much-lauded debut as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, comedian Nate Bargatze will be ESPN’s College GameDay Celebrity Guest Picker on Saturday (November 4th) in Alabama.

    Chrissy Metz is heading out on select dates on Jim Brickman’s A Joyful Christmas tour, hitting such cities as Nashville, Pensacola and Cleveland, among others. Go to chrissymetz.com for more information on tour dates.




  • NEWS AND NOTES: Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Nate Bargatze

    Brothers Osborne performed “Goodbyes Kickin’ In” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (October 23rd).  The song is from their new self-titled album.


    Chris Stapleton has been announced as one of the headliners for the inaugural “Heroes & Headliners” concert, which will pay tribute to veterans and their families. The concert, which will also feature Imagine Dragons and H.E.R., will be held at Tampa’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheater on Veteran’s Day (November 11th). Fans will be able to stream the show beginning at 6:15pm ET/5:15pm CT on Walmart.com/Live, Facebook, Youtube and X/Twitter.


    Comedian Nate Bargatze has just announced dates for his 2024 tour. Presale for all new shows begin Wednesday (October 25th) at 10am local time, using the code FUNNY.







  • NEWS AND NOTES: Reba McEntire, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker, George Strait, Mickey Guyton

    Reba McEntire‘s new book, Not That Fancy: Simple Lessons on Life, Love, Eating and Dusting Off Your Boots, has landed on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

    Reba McEntire joined her fellow Voice coach Gwen Stefani as she receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week.


    Jon Pardi appears on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown talking about his new single, “Cowboys And Plowboys” with Luke Bryan. Tune in on Saturday (October 21st) and Sunday (October 22nd) at 9am ET/8am CT.


    Darius Rucker appears on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday (October 23rd). He talks about his new album, Carolyn’s Boy, his favorite Halloween costume, Halloween candy and if he believes in ghosts. Check your local listings for times.



    Brothers Osborne will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday (October 23rd). NFL greats and sports commentators Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long, as well as actor-comedian Ronny Chieng, will also appear on the show. (check local listings for times)

    George Strait and Jon Pardi will take part in a tribute show celebrating the late singer-songwriter-musician-producer Keith Gattis at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl November 28th. Sheryl Crow, Wade Bowen, Randy Houser, Dean Dillon, Jack Ingram and Kendell Marvel, among others will also perform.

    Comedian Nate Bargatze appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show on Monday to talk about his first time hosting Saturday Night Live (this weekend), his Be Funny comedy tour and much more.



    Mickey Guyton recorded a new holiday duet with Michael Bolton. “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” is out now and will be featured on the pop singer’s new album, Christmas Time, which will be available November 3rd.


  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne, Travis Denning, Nate Bargatze

    Luke Bryan appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to chat about hosting next month’s CMA Awards, the new season of American Idol and his upcoming Crash My Playa event.


    Brothers Osborne will perform at this year’s Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration. Trisha Yearwood and John Prine will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the celebration that will take place at The Moody Theater in Austin, Texas on October 26th. Don Henley will induct Trisha Yearwood; renowned actor Ethan Hawke will induct John Prine posthumously. Several other artists will take part in saluting the honorees including Jo Dee MessinaRonnie DunnTyler ChildersAllison RussellKurt VileBrandy ClarkBrothers Osborne, Nathaniel RateliffValerie June and Tommy Prine.


    Travis Denning just released an acoustic version of his song, “Things I’m Going Through.”

    Comedian Nate Bargatze will experience a “dream come true” when he hosts NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 28th. The Foo Fighters will be the night’s musical guest.








    Capitol Comedy Nashville launches with Grammy-nominated comedian Nate Bargatze.
    Photo ID: UMGN’s Cindy Mabe, Nate Bargatze, UMGN’s Rob Femia, UMGN’s Chelsea Blythe
    Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

    Universal Music Group Nashville announces the launch of new label Capitol Comedy Nashville with flagship comedian Nate Bargatze. Capitol Comedy Nashville, a new comedy-centered imprint for the label group, brings Bargatze’s Hello, World! audio album to the masses on September 15th. Pre-Save HERE

    “Country music and comedy have always had a throughline connecting lifestyle and culture, sharing stories and character habits through humor,” says UMG Nashville Chair & CEO Cindy Mabe. “We’ve been forever linked going back to the early days of the Grand Ole Opry and classic country shows like Hee Haw where comedians shared billings with musical acts and helped us laugh at ourselves.  As we are looking for further ways to reach audiences through storytelling, I feel there is no better time to re-link our comedy history together with the start of our new label, Capitol Comedy Nashville.”

    “It is a great honor to announce Nate Bargatze as our first comedian signed to Capitol Comedy Nashville,” Mabe continues. “Nate is an amazing storyteller who uses his own hysterical anecdotes from his life to connect with audiences everywhere. Through his unassuming, self-deprecating humor, Nate has built an incredible fanbase with his stand-up comedy and he most recently broke attendance records in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena. We are so excited to welcome Nate to our label, and we can’t wait to grow the next era of storytelling through comedy.”

    “I have wanted to expand not only my comedy but also build a world with the many talented comedians I know,” shares Bargatze. “This partnership is one of the first steps and I’m very thankful to have a guide and platform with Universal Music Group Nashville.”

    Bargatze is a Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian with over twenty years of stand-up comedy success including Netflix specials “The Tennessee Kid”, “Greatest Average American,” and “The Stand-ups.” His latest special “Hello, World,” broke the record as Amazon’s most-streamed original comedy special and earned critical praise from The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Decider, Deadline, Vulture, and more. Bargatze also recently set a new attendance record at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville with nearly 20,000 tickets sold. He has been hailed as “The Nicest Man in Stand-Up,” by The Atlantic Magazine and a “Rising Star,” by CBS Morning, and now his Hello, World! special releases on all DSPs Sept. 15 and serves as the first release for Capitol Comedy Nashville.

    Hello, World! Track List:

    1. Scheels
    2. Old Hickory
    3. Turtles Cold Blooded
    4. Left & Right Part Of Brain
    5. Being The First Born
    6. No Happy Meal
    7. Waitress Quitting
    8. Nates Christian Parents
    9. S*CKS
    10. Middle Brother
    11. Buying Ice
    12. Being 40
    13. Dr. Visits
    14. Having Only Child
    15. Eagles
    16. Walking Dog
    17. Nate Stays Up Late
    18. Golfing With Wife
    19.  Nate Doesn’t Listen
    20. Front Door Refinished