Blake Shelton offered a message of support and condolences to a group of Massachusetts high school students mourning the death of three friends in a fatal car accident.
 
Shelton recorded a video message while in the woods of Oklahoma, explaining that he can relate to their grief, having lost his own brother, Richie, in a car crash as a teenager.

He says, “It breaks my heart. I completely know how it feels. I lost my brother in a car accident. I can understand how you guys feel. It’s the worst possible feeling. It’s confusion. It’s anger. It’s just an overall brokenness that’s just gonna take a lot of time to heal. If you can find comfort in anything, it’s just knowing that they’re all in a better place now and God has a plan.”

“I still miss my brother every day, and you’re going to miss those guys every day,” Shelton added. “I just wanted to say I’m thinking of you and it gets easier, it just takes a long time. Just always honor their memory and never forget about them. God bless you guys. I’m praying for you.”

Trace Adkins has twice appeared on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” but has no advice for the President. And he certainly doesn’t want the gig.

Adkins says, “I don't think anyone should want that gig. To tell you the truth, anybody who comes out and says 'I want to be President of the United States', that should disqualify them from being President of the United States.”

Adkins explains, “I think we should all vote on who we think it the most qualified guy tap, him on the shoulder and say ‘Sorry about your luck pal, it's your turn.’”

Tonight, the country music superstar performing at Wall Street Rocks Benefit Concert, a benefit for veterans.  Trace Adkins is set to perform with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

 

Tracy Lawrence's 12th Annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry and 3rd Annual Concert raised more than $148,000 for the Nashville Rescue Mission. 

Glen Campbell, who died in August after a battle with Alzheimer's has excluded three of his eight children from his will.

After Campbell went public with his diagnosis in 2011, a rift between his family members also became increasingly public. Campbell was married four times and fathered eight children. Debby, his oldest, was born in 1956 to first wife Diane Kirk, and his youngest daughter, Ashley, was born in 1986, the third of his children with fourth wife Kim, whom he wed in 1982. Now, three of Campbell's children have been "specifically excluded" from the entertainer's will, and an estate estimated to be worth $50 million or more. 

According to the Tennessean, records filed in Nashville's Davidson Probate Court show that Campbell's daughter Kelli, and sons William Travis and Wesley Kane, Campbell's children with second wife Billie Jean Nunley, are excluded from any direct benefit from the estate. The 13-page will, which is dated September 1st, 2006, also names Kim Campbell as executor. A hearing on the will is now scheduled for January 18th. 

Thomas Rhett was recently interview by London-based digital magazine Taylor, in whic the country singer talks about the music and the shows that influenced his own music and shows.

Rhett says of his dad Rhett Akins: “My dad definitely had a lot to do with my inspiration, but my first concert was The Rolling Stones.”

“To this day, they’re still my favorite band. I think Mick Jagger has had a lot of influence in the way that I move around stage.”

Rhett also shared that when he was just a little kid, he was inspired by The Darkness, an English rock band that brought their tour to the U.S. “They were in Nashville and at that time,” he said, “they were my favorite band (I was such a rock n’ roll kid), and I remember being really inspired by them.”

 

Little Big Town ended their year-long residency, “LittleBig Town at the Mother Church,” from Nashville’s prominent Ryman Auditorium Monday evening. The final, sold out show featured a surprise performance by Gladys Knight, as well as performances from special guests Eric Paslay, Jamey Johnson and opening act Kelleigh Bannen.

Little Big Town can next be seen on their upcoming The Breakers Tour, launching in 2018 with opening acts Kacey Musgraves and Midland.

For more information on Little Big Town, visit www.littlebigtown.com.

Chris Stapleton’s “From A Room: Volume 2” is streaming in full exclusively as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series (link below).  The set is out  this Friday, December 1st on Mercury Records Nashville.

 

Nominations for the 2018 Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning. Chris Stapleton was the leading Grammy nominee among country artists with three.  Sam Hunt and Miranda Lambert each grabbed two.

Stapleton garnered nominations for Best Country Solo Performance for "Either Way," Best Country Song for "Broken Halos" as the songwriter and Best Country Album for "From a Room: Volume 1."

The 60th annual Grammy Awards air live from New York City on January 28th on CBS. For a full list of nominees, visit Grammy.com.

Blake Shelton, girlfriend Gwen Stefani and Congressman Paul Ryan were spotted at a restaurant together in Tishomingo, Oklahoma the night before Thanksgiving. 

Ryan and Shelton both wore matching camouflage outfits.
 
Resident Bobbie LaFevers told KXII that this was not the first time she has seen Shelton in Tishomingo, but she was shocked to see all three of them in town.

Shelton held a block party back in September to celebrate the grand opening of Ole Red.

When Cole Swindell wraps up his fourth annual "Down Home Tour" at the end of January, he won't be staying idle for too long. Immediatley following the trek, Cole will aunch into his first career headlining tour, the "Reason To Drink Tour," kicking off February 15th in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The nationwide arena tour will run through April and will also feature Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina as the opening acts. Tickets will go on sale to the public in most markets this Friday (12/1). 

Swindell has hit the road with artists such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley in the past, and he's excited to finally head out on his own headlining tour. Cole says, "I can honestly say I've learned from the very best in the business. I'm ready to get out there with two of my friends, Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. Start to finish, it's going to be an amazing show and we're ready to share it with you all."

Cole Swindell's "Reason To Drink Tour" dates:

February 15 Allentown, PA PPL Center
February 16 Manchester, NH SNHU Arena
February 17 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
*February 22 Brookings, SD Swiftel Center
February 23 Madison, WI The Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
*February 24 Columbia, MO Mizzou Arena
March 2 Hershey, PA Giant Center
March 3 Kingston, RI Ryan Center
*March 8 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
*March 9 Fayetteville, NC Crown Coliseum
*March 10 Columbia, SC Colonial Life Arena
March 15 Saginaw, MI Dow Event Center
March 16 Kalamazoo, MI Wings Event Center
*March 17 Bloomington, IL Grossinger Motors Arena
March 22 Huntington, WV The Big Sandy Superstore Arena
March 23 Roanoke, VA Berglund Center
March 24 Corbin, KY The Arena
April 6 Temecula, CA The Summit at Pechango Casino
April 7 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theater

Glen Campbell, Tom Petty and Chuck Berry will be honored as part of ABC-TV’s “The Year In Memoriam 2017”.
 
Country stars Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker will pay tribute to Campbell, while Alice Cooper and Hunter Hayes will unite to honor both Berry and Petty.

The program will also honor Mary Tyler Moore, Don Rickles and Jerry Lewis.

“The Year In Memoriam 2017” airs Monday, December 18th at 9pm CT on ABC.

 

Family, friends and fans gathered Monday afternoon at the Mount Hermon Baptist Church in Clarksville to bid country music star Mel Tillis farewell. Tillis, 85, died Nov. 19.

Following a three-hour visitation, daughter Pam Tillis said, “This has been a long day...  Daddy never did a short show, and I don’t see why we should.” 

In her eulogy, she said that the outpouring of love the Tillis family has received from her father’s fans around the world has been “nothing short of amazing,” and read a letter from one of his most famous admirers: Dolly Parton.  

Daughter Carrie Tillis, songwriter Bobby Tomberlin and two of Mel Tillis’ “Stutterettes” backup singers sang gospel music during the ceremony. Tomberlin's performance segued into "Detroit City," and the entire room softly sang along to the chorus: "I want to go home, Oh Lord, I want to go home."

After the funeral, Tillis was laid to rest during a private burial service. Another memorial will be held in Nashville in January; details will be finalized in the coming weeks.