Cole Swindell has had a great 2017 as he is wrapping up another career defining year. However, there will be little downtime as he will be preparing for his already sold-out Down Home Tour which kicks off January 11, 2018 and his just announced first major career headlining tour - Reason To Drink Tour - which launches February 15, 2018 with special guests Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. 

Cole says, "What an amazing and incredible year it's been. I'm rarely at a loss for words, but when I sit down to think about what we have gotten to do and what we have accomplished I honestly can't put in to words how I feel. I have the best team and band around me and the best fans supporting me. I am so fired up for 2018 and the launch of my first headlining tour! Can't get here fast enough!"

Chris Young counts his induction as the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry at the top of his bucket list for 2017. The banner year also included the release of his highly anticipated seventh studio album, Losing Sleep, his third record in less than two years and second consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart. Chris says, "This year has been such an emotional one for me on so many levels. All I can say is that I am grateful. Thank you to country music fans, my friends at radio and in the industry, and the Opry. I feel so blessed."

Carrie Underwood is back at the gym after injuring her wrist last month. Carrie was recently photographed at the gym wearing a brace on her wrist, and the actress alongside her had no idea the star was even injured! Adrienne Gang, star of Season 1 of Bravo's Below Deck, snapped a picture with Underwood and shared it on Twitter this week saying: "Just worked out next to @carrieunderwood," she writes. "NBD ... she is adorable and so gracious... LOVE HER

On Wednesday (12/20) morning, Michael Ray was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Ray was also in possession of marijuana when police picked him up at a McDonald's in Eustis, Florida. He was released from the Lake County Jail earlier in the day, where he was being held on $6000 bond. Michael quicky took to his socials to apologize for his behavior. He wrote, "I want to apologize to my fans, family, and my hometown community for placing myself in this situation. I am so very sorry for the disappointment these events have caused everyone. I know it will take time; however, I will do everything I can to rebuild your trust."

Police say Ray crashed his 2012 Jeep into the car in front of him in the McDonald's drive-thru line around 4AM.

 

 

Devin Dawson's debut Dark Horse is set to arrive on January 19th via Atlantic Records/Warner Music Nashville. CMT has again named Dawson one of country music's most promising acts for the second year in a row with Pandora, MusicRow, AXS, Sounds Like Nashville, The Boot, and Nashville.com all predicting that 2018 will be his breakout year. Dawson is touring in 2018 with Brett Eldredge.

Maren Morris chatted with Taste of Country recently about being a woman in country music. She said, 
"I think being a woman (in country music) has its ups because there are so few of us, that the few that there are get attention, but it's still a very lopsided chart. I think this week for instance, Kelsea Ballerini and I are the only two women in the Top 20." Morris also talked about performing live, "Everything shapes your album. Every conversation, every tour. I know after touring with Keith (Urban) and Sam (Hunt) I think playing live things change in your mind as a writer because you're like 'OK this works live, this really works live. This doesn't as much as I thought it would ... So that stuff really gets into your brain and it's filed in back."

To All Of Our Listener's Who Make Each & Every Day So Special...Merry Christmas !!!

 

Reba McEntire is being honored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

The award is bestowed on “admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities” (via HAA).

McEntire has thrived as a country music superstar, despite early hardships including a 1991 plane crash that killed seven of her band members and a tour manager.

Reba explains, “I always say that you need three things to succeed in life: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. These qualities have served me well in every part of my life, and I have no doubt my fellow honorees would agree. I am honored to be inducted into the Horatio Alger Association, and I can’t wait to meet our 2018 Scholars and help them in any way I can to reach their own dreams.”

Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum will headline the inaugural Snowmass Celebrity Ski Fest charity event, to be held in the Colorado Rockies on February 21-22, 2018. Singers, songwriters and celebrities will come together for the annual event to raise money for LadyAID, a philanthropic effort founded by the members of Lady Antebellum - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott. Created in 2012, the multi-level organization garners awareness and support for children in need locally, nationally and globally, as it is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

 

Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton are featured on the “2018 Grammy Nominees” album, set to be released on January 12th.

The 21-track album features more than two dozen of the Grammy’s top contenders, including a strong country music contingency: Little Big Town (“Better Man”), Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris (“Craving You”), Kenny Chesney (“All the Pretty Girls”), Chris Stapleton (“Broken Halo”) and Lady Antebellum (“You Look Good”).

The album is available for pre-order now.
http://www.2018grammyalbum.com/