The Country Music Association inducted Alan Jackson (modern era), Jerry Reed (veteran era) and Don Schlitz (songwriter) into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night.

PLEASANT SURPRISE!  Country icon Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Alan Jackson. Lynn, who cancelled her tour dates this year to recover, said Jackson was the only person that could make her leave her house.

She recalled meeting Jackson when he was a nervous young artist decades ago and knowing then that he would "be one of the greatest singers in country music."

"He hadn't let me down," she said.

 

John Rich is set to grow his chain of honky tonk bars he calls ‘Redneck Riviera’.

More American Hospitality based out of Nashville, Tennessee, will oversee the developments and operations of Redneck Rivera on the Las Vegas strip and the under-developed property on Broadway in Nashville. More American Hospitality currently owns and operates Fontanel in Nashville, TN, and the Deadwood Mountain Grand, a Holiday Inn Resort in Deadwood, SD.

The bars will serve food based on the location and will have live music entertainment every day and night. 

The Las Vegas bar is open in the Grand Bazaar Shops adjacent to Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip.  

Redneck Riviera Nashville is expected to open of late 2017/early 2018 at 208 Broadway where Mike’s Ice Cream used to be located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues right in the heart of Honky Tonk Row.

 

Shay Mooney, one half of country duo Dan + Shay, married former Miss Arkansas Hannah Billingsley on Friday.

Shay confirmed the marriage on his Twitter early Saturday morning, writing "Last night was perfect. Thanks for all the well wishes! Now off to our #honeymooney."

The pair also posted social media images, which include Hannah's stunning sparkler, while en route to their honeymoon.

The ceremony was held between two oak trees on the Shay's family property in Arkansas, and it was followed by an outdoor reception with a backdrop of Ozarks.

The couple's 9-month-old son Asher James was carried down the aisle, while Dan Smyers (the other half of the duo) and the band's guitarist Justin Richards stood up as groomsmen for their bandmate. Bridesmaids wore blush bridesmaid dresses and the bride wore a gown by Ravini.

The country artist proposed to his girlfriend in August 2016.

 

Kenny Chesney announced the stadium portion of his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour, set to kick off his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour April 21st at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, one of 18 stadiums on the run.  Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay will join him. More dates and venues will be added. 
https://kennychesney.com/triparoundthesun

 

Parmalee announced their first-ever headlining tour, the Hotdamalama Tour, which will kick off November 3rd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Kasey Tyndall will open for the band.
http://www.parmalee.com/

 

George Strait has added two more dates to his Strait To Vegas concert series, performing February 2nd and 3rd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open.
http://www.straittovegas.com/

 

Reba McEntire’s 2017 double-disc album, "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope", won the Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year.

The 48th annual Dove Awards recognized the work of Christian artists in a range of music genres.

All five living former U.S. Presidents, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were in attendance for Saturday night's Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal, a special concert for hurricane relief efforts held at Reed Arena at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The concert featured a variety of musicians, including Alabama, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Cassadee Pope, Sam Moore and Yolanda Adams. Singer Lee Greenwood was emcee for the event.

The big surprise of the night was an unbilled appearance from pop superstar Lady Gaga, who posed with the presidents for her Instagram account, and received a standing ovation from the audience for her three-song performance.

President Donald Trump was not in attendance, but he thanked the former presidents in a taped message for their "tremendous assistance."

He added, "This wonderful effort reminds us that we truly are one nation under God, all unified by our values and our devotion to one another."

As of Saturday evening, more than $31 million was raised from more than 80,000 donors, according to CNN (Lady Gaga herself says she has donated $1 million to the cause). Funds collected through concert ticket sales will be distributed through various organizations in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

You can watch the full concert up top, and donate directly at the OneAmerica site.
https://www.oneamericaappeal.org/#media

Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood are among the first wave of performers announced for this year’s CMA Awards.

Other acts slated to perform include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Old Dominion and Jon Pardi.

The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air November 8th on ABC at 7 pm CT. The ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting for the 10th year in a row.

Dolly Parton has announced that she is assisting with hurricane relief efforts in the United States and its territories.

The country music legend will be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief, an organization launched by all five living former American Presidents to aid in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and has been expanded to include Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
 
Parton will also be providing 500,000 books through a partnership via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to those impacted by the hurricanes. Her foundation initially donated 165,000 books and the shipping costs so books could be made available to educators quickly.
 
To learn more or donate to this effort—or if you work with a school or program affected by the storms, please visit support.firstbook.org.

 

Miranda Lambert will be featured in the November issue of Redbook and she opened up on a variety of personal topics, including how she feels about being a celebrity.
 
“I’m not actually a very good famous person at all,” she told the magazine. “I hate cameras. I don’t love the spotlight. It was a big shocker to me that the music business is 80% business and 20% music. I was like, ‘I didn’t know I signed up for all this other stuff.'”

On her favorite way to spend a night:

"Shark Tank and yoga pants, and I'm the happiest person. I watch Tiny House Nation on a Friday night, and I'm like, 'This is it! Frozen pizza. Woo!'"
 
You can check out more of what Lambert had to say when the issue hits newsstands on October 24th.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn    “Echo in the Valley”  

Willie Nelson with Lukas and Micah Nelson    “Willie and The Boys: Willie’s Stash Vol. 2” (much of the album was recorded six years ago, featuring covers of country music standards and classics, including seven by Hank Williams Sr.)

Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes    “Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You” (Americana artist Chris Porter and bandmate Mitchell Vandenberg were killed in a van crash on their way to play a show in Baltimore in October 2016


Margo Price    “All American Made” (guests: Willie Nelson, The McCrary Sisters)


Darius Rucker    “When Was the Last Time” 


Lindsey Stirling    “Warmer in the Winter” (guests: Trombone Shorty, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G; Target-Exclusive CD, with two extra songs)


Tyminski (a 25-year member of Alison Krauss’ Union Station)    “Southern Gothic”

 
Chris Young    “Losing Sleep” 
 
    
Alan Jackson    “Let It Be Christmas” (2002 album)

 

Marshall Tucker Band    “Carolina Dreams Tour ’77 (Expanded Edition)” (three-CD set)  


Charley Pride    “Country Classics / Night Games / Power of Love / Back to the Country” (1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986 albums on two CDs)

Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban will be honored during “CMT Artists of the Year”, which will air live tonight at 7pm on CMT.   The television special will also focus on the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack, in which at least 58 were killed and 500 were wounded. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 

 

Kacey Musgraves shared her wedding photos on Twitter, with the caption:   "Saturday, in a sacred place where 2 rivers meet, I married my best friend..surrounded by the deepest kind of love and magic...."
Musgraves and Ruston and Ruston Kelly tied the knot on Saturday. Kacey took to Twitter to share some pics from the ceremony. The same pictures can be seen on her instagram.