The annual Christmas 4 Kids Benefit Concert is set for November 20th at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium with performances by Hunter Hayes, Brett Young, John Berry, Halfway To Hazard and Lindsay Ell. All proceeds benefit the Christmas 4 Kids organization, which provides shopping sprees, a winter coat and celebrity meet-and-greets for underprivileged children during the holidays. 
http://www.christmas4kids.org/

President Donald Trump made a point of tweeting a happy birthday message to country singer Lee Greenwood, best known for his 1984 hit, “God Bless the USA.” The only problem is that he sent the message to the wrong Lee Greenwood.
 
Trump tweeted, “Happy birthday to the great @leegreenwood83. You and your beautiful song have made such a difference. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

The Lee Greenwood he tagged, however, was not the country singer, but a lawyer and accomplished fantasy football league commissioner.

The mistake was caught by CNN journalist Jake Tapper, who reached out to Lee Greenwood the lawyer after the gaffe.

“I get this a fair amount, but not at this level,” the lawyer said.

After being deluged with corrections and jokes, Trump deleted the errant message and posted a new one with the correct Lee Greenwood tagged.

Lee Greenwood the singer performed at Trump’s Make America Great Again celebration on January 19th.

Kenny Chensey was asked if he'd like to perform during the Super Bowl halftime show. Surprisingly, Kenny’s not sure.

During a recent interview, Kenny said “There was a couple of years where there were talks about that, about me doing it, but I don’t know man. I’ve always felt like it would be an honor and if I was asked, I would probably do it. Probably. But I can tell you that I’ve always felt like a performer singing the halftime show was the kiss of death, because it’s just never worked out. There’s always something negative.”

“Even Springsteen played the Super Bowl and did a great job and all he heard was negativity. I don’t know why it’s turned into that. I would rather go to the game and have one too many beers and enjoy it.”

Brad Paisley acknowledges the challenges of co-hosting the 51st Annual CMA Awards weeks after the tragic loss of life that took place at Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas on October 1st.
 
Brad tells Rolling Stone, "There's pressure if you don't handle it right. If you deal with it wrong, there's an enormous amount of pressure."

On November 8th, Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the awards ceremony for the 10th year in a row. And according to Paisley, honoring the 58 festival attendees who died at the Route 91 mass shooting will be a part of the pair's responsibilities.

"We're not going to ignore it, but we're not going to also dwell on that," he says. "We have to make sure we honor those we've lost, but we also [have to] celebrate this music, which lives on, and do a good job having the heart we need to have on that night. And also the theme of the show this year is very much about unity and coming together as a format."

But the CMAs will have their lighter moments too. Paisley and Underwood have developed a chemistry as co-hosts.

He explains, "With us, we have this thing, we have this shtick now, which we can build on. When you do something like this, we take on personas a little bit beyond who we really are, as a duo. So I get to play the idiot...  And [Underwood] gets to sort of be the voice of reason up there.

"This is a challenging year in some ways, but at the same time I'm really honored we have the keys."

The CMA Awards will be broadcast live Wednesday, November 8th, at 7:00 p.m./CT on ABC.

Merle Haggard’s family and Icon Entertainment, the group behind the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum, have announced plans for the Merle Haggard Museum, which is tentatively slated to open in the summer of 2018. The Merle Haggard Museum will feature performance wardrobes, instruments, professional and personal possessions and interactive exhibits.

Located at 121 Third Avenue South, the building will also house Merle’s Meat + 3 Saloon on the ground level, with the Merle Haggard Museum on an upper floor. The restaurant will be operated by the Swett family, which has run Swett’s Restaurant in Nashville for 62 years.

If you believe RadarOnline.com....

Kenny Chesney is at the center of a runaway bride scandal!

After cameras caught Chesney with up-and-coming country cutie Naomi Cooke at his Malibu beach house, she called off her two-year engagement just weeks later!

"Adding to the love triangle buzz, Chesney hasn’t been seen with longtime honey Mary Nolan since the Country Music Association Awards together last November! "

Thomas Rhett will launch the "Life Changes" tour in 2018, hitting 30 cities.

Brett Young plus a combination of Jillian Jacqueline, Carly Pearce and Russell Dicerson will open shows with Midland also appearing.

First tickets will go on sale beginning this Friday in select markets at 10 a.m. local time.

www.ThomasRhett.com.

 

Kelsea Ballerini will embark on her headlining The Unapologetically Tour in February 2018.

The nationwide trek kicks off February 8 at the Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, AL, and wraps April 27th at the annual Stagecoach Festival in Indio, CA (on-sale now), with stops in Nashville, TN, New York, NY and Seattle, WA.

Walker Hayes will serve as the opener, and Bailey Bryan will join Kelsea and Walker in Nashville on February 14th.
https://kelseaballerini.com/events.

 

Blake Shelton will support his new album "Texoma" Shore with a brand new 2018 tour beginning in February. Country artists Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins will join Shelton on the ‘Country Music Freaks Tour’.

The 14-date tour will focus in the Midwest and Southeast, beginning in Tulsa’s BOK Center from his homestate of Oklahoma 

Scores of artists saluted Kenny Rogers at Wednesday night's All In For The Gambler in Nashville, which he's described as his farewell performance. Rogers and Dolly Parton performed "Islands In The Stream," saying it was the last time they would perform the duet together. Lionel Richie, Hillary Scott and Linda Davis, Don Henley, Little Big Town, Charles Kelley, Idina Menzel, Elle King, Chris Stapleton, Justin Moore, Reba McEntire and Kris Kristofferson were among the performers. The concert was filmed and recorded for broadcast, music and digital distribution.

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The concert featured performances by the Oak Ridge Boys (“Love or Something Like It”), Elle King (“Tulsa Turnaround”), Justin Moore (“Lucille”), Billy Currington (“Morning Desire”), Jamey Johnson (“Sweet Music Man” and “Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In”), Reba McEntire (“Reuben James”),  Wynonna Judd (“You Turn the Light On”), The Judds (“Back to the Well”), Linda Davis and Hillary Scott (“Twenty Years Ago”), Alison Krauss (“Love the World Away”), Kris Kristofferson (“Me and Bobby McGee”), Lionel Richie (“Lady”), Chris Stapleton (“The Gambler”), Lady Antebellum (“She Believes In Me”), Little Big Town (“Through the Years”), Idina Menzel “(You Decorated My Life”), Idina and Charles Kelley (“We’ve Got Tonight”) and more.

Dolly Parton and Kenny performed “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” before Dolly serenaded Kenny with “I Will Always Love You.”

Chris Stapleton and his wife Morgane Stapleton are expecting twins. 

Morgane celebrated their 10-year anniversary with a heartwarming social media post (and babies announcement!) dedicated to her man.  She wrote, "14 years, 2 babies, & 2 more on the way. Happy 10 year anniversary babe! You make my whole world go round."

The country music couple already have a son and daughter. 

Chris also shared the wonderful news during a recent concert stop when Morgane joined him onstage to sing a tune. 

Thomas Rhett has had to cancel three of his 2017 Home Team Tour dates due to an illness. The postponed shows include dates in St. Paul, Minn.; Brookings, S.D.; and Omaha, Neb., originally scheduled for this week.

Rhett has already rescheduled all three of the tour dates for November and December. He'll return to St. Paul on November 29th, Brookings, S.D. and Omaha, Neb. have been rescheduled for December 1st and December 2nd., respectively. Original tickets will be honored at the new shows.

 

Luke Bryan will kick off the first leg of his What Makes You Country Tour February 16th in Springfield, MO.   Kip Moore and The Cadillac Three will join him. 
http://www.lukebryan.com/tour