ABC/Image Group LAMusic runs in Thomas Rhett's family, and it seems he's passed this passion on to daughters Willa and Ada.
In an interview with his label, Big Machine Label Group, Thomas reveals that his home with wife Lauren Akins is often filled with music, whether it's his own or from his daughters who love to sing and play their toy instruments.
"Anytime I get a guitar out like I can’t keep it in tune because they just want to turn the knobs and play the strings," he explains. "And Willa Gray has a little baby piano that she plays a lot out of key. And they both sing a ton and, like, they remember the words to my songs at such a young age."
Since they're constantly surrounded by music, the "Life Changes" star predicts that both his toddlers may one day grow up to be a part of the music industry, even if it's out of the limelight.
"I think when you’re around it as much as they’re around music, like I think they’re gonna grow up to do something," says Thomas. "They may not be a musician, but I think they would love to be in and around the entertainment business in some fashion.”
Thomas wil embark on his 2020 Center Point Road Tour beginning May 29.
ABC/Todd WawrychukThe famed Grand Ole Opry radio show will be welcomed home to the Opry house by a collection of stars.
The Opry show, which returned to its original home of the Ryman Auditorium for Opry at the Ryman over the past several months, will head back to the Grand Ole Opry complex on Friday. Several Opry members are set to perform that night, including Vince Gill, Trace Adkins and Terri Clark.
Several other acts are slated to appear in the following weeks, including 2012 inductee Darius Ruckerand 2019 inductee Luke Combs, for two shows on February 11. Meanwhile, newly invited member Gene Watson will officially be inducted into the Opry on February 7.
Jake Hoot, winner of season 17 of The Voice, will make his Opry debut on February 4. Tickets for the shows are on sale now at Opry.com.
Ryan SmithFor Riley Green, the celebration doesn't stop after the ACM Awards are over.
The chart-topping singer has revealed that he will perform a special showcase on April 5 after the ACM Awards. The show, titled Riley Green & Friends, will take over the House of Blues inside the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas at 10 p.m. PT.
Additional members of the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.
“I heard we’d be in Sin City for a few days so I figured my time might be better spent putting on a show than sitting at the tables for too long,” says Riley. "I’m looking forward to having a couple friends jump up on stage and wrap up the weekend Vegas style."
Tickets for Riley Green & Friends go on sale January 31.
The 2020 ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
ABC/Image Group LARunaway June has booked a fashionable new gig.
The trio has been announced as the headline performer for the 2020 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show. The "Buy My Own Drinks" singers will perform during the Nashville Symphony's annual fundraiser at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, as models strut down the runaway wearing designs by Zang Toi.
“To be able to bring music and fashion together with an organization as highly respected as the Nashville Symphony is exciting to be a part of. We are looking forward to an incredible night bringing these two worlds together all for a great cause," Runaway June says.
Money raised through the event benefits the Nashville Symphony's educational programs for students in Middle Tennessee through classroom activities, free concerts and more.
The 2020 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show takes place on April 14. Tickets go on sale in March.
Country Music Hall of FameThe Country Music Hall of Fame has announced the 2020 lineup for its rotating American Currents exhibit.
American Currents: State of the Music highlights the artists who helped shape the genre over the past year. Memorabilia from a variety of modern country artists that range across the music spectrum will be featured, including superstars Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Kacey Musgraves.
Additionally, several new acts such as The Highwomen, "Old Town Road" hitmaker Lil Nas X, and "The Git Up" star Blanco Brown will sit alongside such legends as Billy Ray Cyrus, Tanya Tucker and John Prine. Luke Combs, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line and Chris Stapleton are among the many others who are part of the exhibit.
American Currents: State of the Music opens on March 6. It also includes Unbroken Circle, which chronicles the connection between the past, present and future of the genre.
This marks the first exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. American Currents originally launched in 2017.
ABC/Image Group LAAshley McBryde offers a sense of encouragement in her new song, "Hang in There Girl."
Co-written by Ashley and Jeremy Bussey, "Hang in There Girl" tells the story of a young woman anxious to grow up and escape small-town life.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music Beats 1, Ashley shares that the song was inspired by a woman she saw on the side of the road who appeared frustrated with life as she kicked the dirt around her mailbox.
"I remember being 15 and being frustrated with the world and I thought if I could just pull over and tell her that in three years you’re going to have a car and you’re going to get out of here. You’re going to look back really fondly on growing up in the middle of nowhere. If you’ll just hang in there, you’re going to be okay," the singer explains.
"Hang in There Girl" is the latest sample off Ashley's upcoming sophomore album, Never Will, set for release on April 3.
ABC/Image Group LA Maren Morris's baby boy isn't due until March, but she's already thinking about the kind of mom and dad she and fellow artist Ryan Hurd will be.
While it's hard to speculate, Maren's guessing parenthood will probably mimic the relationship she and Ryan have with their fur babies, Pancake and June.
"I think that I am probably gonna be the rule-setter," Maren tells ABC Audio, "and Ryan's gonna be the fun one that they go to, to hang out. I don't know. I think I'm a little bit of both."
"We have two dogs, so I feel like that's our chemistry now," she laughs. "So maybe that will transfer to a kid, a human kid. I have no idea."
Maren admits it's pretty hard to know exactly how she and Ryan will adjust, since this is their first child.
"The thing about being a new parent is you have no context of how you will be with your own," she explains. "It's different from like holding a friend's baby or being around friends' kids, because it's not your 'copy.' So I don't know. I'll tell you in a year."
The GIRL hitmaker's on track to have her next number one before her son arrives, since "The Bones" is currently at number three on the chart. Ryan also has a top twenty single of his own with the song he wrote about Maren, "To a T."
ABC/Image Group LABlake Shelton is the ultimate Nick Jonas fan in a humorous new promo for The Voice's upcoming 18th season.
Fellow coach John Legend approaches Blake outside of his dressing room, asking if he's excited to meet the show's newest coach, Nick.
"Who's Nick?" Blake says, confused. Kelly Clarkson then comes down the hallway in a Nick Jonas T-shirt, asking Blake and John if they're "pumped" about having Jonas join the show, to which Blake continues to act puzzled.
"Why are you being weird about it?" Clarkson asks as John pushes open Blake's dressing room door -- revealing that the room is covered in Nick paraphernalia, with photos of the Jonas Brothers star plastering the walls, along with multiple cardboard cutouts.
Nick himself then comes to greet them all, causing Blake to strike a deer-in-the-headlights look in the presence of the superstar singer.
"Hi," Blake responds sheepishly at commercial's end.
Nick will fill Gwen Stefani's coaching seat when the new season of The Voice debuts February 24 on NBC.
ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris is taking some well-deserved R&R before her baby's arrival.
"The Bones" singer shared on Instagram that she's currently on a baby moon at the scenic Blackberry Farm in Tennessee. Maren posted a photo of herself cupping her pregnant belly as she looks off into the distance on a beautiful waterfront deck overlooking a forest of trees. "Back at the farm. #babymoon," she writes next to the serene photo.
Many of her famous pals shared positive comments, including Lindsay Ell, who writes, "You are a goddess," while Jana Kramer adds, "Stunning."
Pistol Annies' Ashley Monroe chimed in with a simple "Gorge," with Randy Houser adding, "Love it. Excited for you and @ryanhurd."
Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, RaeLynn and model Lily Aldridge were among the others who sent encouraging words to the star.
Maren announced in October 2019 that she's expecting a baby boy with husband Ryan Hurd. The baby is due in spring.
Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town has once again ascended to the top of the charts.
The quartet sits in the number-one spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with their latest project, Nightfall, following its January 17 release. This marks the group's fourth album to top the chart.
Lead single "The Daughters" was also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards, where LBT they presented the award for Song of the Year to Billie Eilish for "Bad Guy," alongside Smokey Robinson.
Little Big Town is currently on the Nightfall Tour in support of the album, visiting several historic theaters in the U.S. including The Met in Philadelphia, Wang Theatre in Boston and the Chicago Theatre, among others. The tour continues through May 2. Visit their official website for the full tour itinerary.
ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert is commemorating her one-year anniversary with husband Brendan McLoughlinwith a thoughtful social media note.
The country superstar shared a snap of the couple from their wedding day on Instagram Sunday, walking hand-in-hand along a dirt road surrounded by trees, Miranda in her white lace wedding dress and Brendan in a velvet suit coat and maroon pants. In the caption, Miranda writes a touching tribute to her husband.
"1 year. I’m so happy to walk through this life with you. Thank you Brendan for making me the proudest wife and stepmom. You are the reason for all my new smile lines," she shares. "I love you."
Miranda and Brendan were married on January 26, 2019 at a farm just outside of Nashville. They didn't reveal the news publicly until Miranda posted about it on Instagram a few weeks later. The couple met when fellow Pistol Annies members Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley invited Brendan to their show in New York after performing on Good Morning America where he was working as a security guard in November 2018.
Brendan, a police officer, is on a leave of absence from the NYPD. Miranda is currently traveling the country on her Wildcard Tour through early May.
ABC/Image Group LADolly Parton scooped up another Grammy Award on Sunday night for her collaboration with For King & Country.
Dolly and the Christian duo's song "God Only Knows" was named Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song during the Grammy Awards pre-show on Sunday afternoon. The song was originally released by For King & Country in January 2019 before Dolly joined them for a remix, released in August.
Dolly has yet to respond to the win, but shared on Twitter days prior that she was "excited" by the nomination. The country legend was also up for Song Written for Visual Media for "Girl in the Movies" from her 2018 film, Dumplin.'
For King & Country also turned to Twitter following the win, writing "We couldn’t be more grateful for a pair of wins tonight at the Grammy Awards...and of course to the dearest @DollyParton for collaborating on this one with us."
This marks Dolly's ninth Grammy win overall and her first in the Christian category.
Monty Brinton/CBSTanya Tucker won her first-ever set of Grammy Awards on Sunday, and it was a monumental moment for the 61-year-old star.
Tanya picked up wins for Best Country Song for "Bring My Flowers Now" and Best Country Album for While I'm Livin' during the Grammy Awards pre-telecast ceremony on CBS. She later turned to Instagram to share her excitement over the news, posting a photo of herself holding the new hardware while being kissed on the cheek by her While I'm Livin' producers, Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings.
"Hi, I'm Tanya Tucker, I'm 61, You're gonna hear from me. LOL!" she begins. "Crossed a pretty big one off my bucket list tonight. Blessed to be sharing the win with these two and the entire team!!"
Brandi, her "Bring My Flowers Now" co-writer, also shared a congratulatory post on Instagram, explaining how it's a sign of a more progressive future for country music.
"Tanya won tonight but we all won... and COUNTRY won! Because this says everything about what we’re capable of as a genre. We want to hear from women and ALL kinds of women, all shapes, colors and ages," she describes. "Congratulations Tanya Mother Tucker. You’re my hero!"
Tanya and Brandi also performed "Bring My Flowers Now" during the Grammy Awards.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLast Friday, CMT shared its “Listen Up” list for 2020, rounding up the new artists the organization is most excited about this year. Among them are Hot Country Knights, Blanco Brown, Hailey Whitters and Gabby Barrett.
Kassi Ashton dropped her new song, “Hopeless,” last Thursday. The up-and-comer was out on the road last year with Maren Morris.
The War and Treaty shared two new tunes late last week, “Jealousy” and “Hustlin,’” off their upcoming Rounder Records debut. The reigning Americana Awards Emerging Act of the Year put out the new music just before performing as part of an all-star tribute at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Americana stalwart Nathaniel Rateliff also shared a new tune, “What a Drag,” off his forthcoming album And It’s Still Alright. The full-length project is due out on Valentine’s Day.
ABC/Image Group LA"Lonely If You Are" just might be the perfect song for The Bachelor. And tonight, Chase Rice performs his latest hit on the ABC dating show.
Friday, Chase surprised fans with his seven-song EP titled The Album: Part I, with Part II set to follow later this year. That comes on the heels of an unforgettable 2019, when the North Carolina notched his first number one with "Eyes on You."
"It's been the best year of my career, for sure. And that's even going back to 'Ready Set Roll,'" the singer says, mentioning the song that was previously his biggest hit. "That was when it all started to blow up."
"It's been a huge, long course. for real..." Chase tells ABC Audio. "Between band, crew, we've all worked so hard. We all deserved it. And thank God it happened. And now we've got to do it again."
Now, Chase has his eyes on "Lonely If You Are."
"It's like 'What's gonna happen?' It's the first thing off the next album," he explains. "Nobody's heard it yet. Drop it, send it to radio. Immediately, it's doing really well streaming. But the last three or four weeks, something is happening where it's like, 'Oh, this is starting to look like "Eyes on You,"' man."
As usual, Chase sees his die-hard fans gravitating toward the song, even before it really catches on at radio.
"That's the way it's always been for us..." he reflects. "The biggest thing for me is, I'd rather have THAT than ten number ones that people are like, 'Oh, that's a good song.' I'd rather have passion behind the music. And that's what we have with our fans."
Tune in to watch Chase on The Bachelor tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Timothy Kuratek /CBSCountry didn't have a huge presence at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards Sunday night, but there were some notable wins for one veteran performer.
Tanya Tucker won the very first Grammys of her career Sunday night. She'd been nominated for her very first one back in 1973, and prior to this year, had received 10 nods in all. Going into the Grammys, she had four nominations; she ended up with two. In the pre-telecast ceremony, Tanya won Best Country Album for her latest, While I'm Livin', and Best Country Song for "Bring My Flowers Now," which she co-wrote.
Tanya performed the latter song on the telecast with her musical collaborator and co-writer Brandi Carlile...and then randomly gave out the Grammy for Best Comedy Album.
Willie Nelson, meanwhile, won the Best Country Solo Performance Grammy for "Ride Me Back Home," the title track of his 2019 album. It was Willie's ninth career Grammy.
Dan Shay won the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for "Speechless." On the podium, Dan Smyers thanked his wife Abby for inspiring the song and called the win "one of the coolest moments ever." Shay Mooney thanked his wife Hannah, who's expecting their second child; he also shouted out the couple's son, Asher. The two men embraced before leaving the stage.
Blake Shelton and his girlfriend Gwen Stefani had one of the first numbers of the night, singing their new duet "Nobody But You." They sweetly held each other's hands through the performance.
Little Big Town didn't win for their song "The Daughters," but at the podium while presenting Song of the Year, they got to harmonize with Motown legend Smokey Robinson...so there's that.
Tyler Farr returned on Friday with his new single, “Only Truck in Town.” A high-octane anthem of small-town love, the song fits perfectly into a catalogue of hits including 2013’s “Redneck Crazy” and 2014’s “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.”
This time around, though, there’s something extra special about the new song: It was produced by Jason Aldean. He and Tyler are good friends, and they’ve been in the studio for quite a while working on Tyler’s next batch of songs.
“Everyone knows Tyler’s voice but they haven’t heard him like this before,” says Jason. “We all had such a blast working on this and I’m excited for fans to crank this one up.”
More information about Tyler’s next album is expected to come out in the weeks ahead. It’s not Jason and Tyler’s first time working together; Jason has previously brought Tyler on the road as an opening act. Outside of country music, Jason was also the best man for Tyler’s wedding in 2016.