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Jimmie Allen and wife Alexis welcome daughter Zara James

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Jimmie Allen and his wife Alexis have welcomed their second daughter together, Zara James Allen, born on October 16.

Allen’s fans were informed that his show scheduled Saturday night in Forest City, N.C., was canceled, just hours before the country star was due to take the stage. Allen posted to Instagram that the concert would be rescheduled due to a “family emergency.”  The emergency turned out to be Zara’s birth, which Jimmie later posted about on social media.

Zara joins her almost 2-year-old sister Naomi, as well a 7-year-old brother, Aadyn, from a previous relationship. Jimmie and Alexis have been together since the spring of 2019, after his cousin’s wife introduced them. The couple were engaged in July of that year and were married on May 27, 2021, at Pennsylvania’s Lake House Inn.

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Luke Bryan set to host the 2021 CMA Awards in Nashville this November

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Luke Bryan is confirmed as the host of this year’s 2021 Country Music Association Awards (CMAs). The 45-year-old Bryan posted on social media that he will host the 55th annual awards show live in Nashville this November. The event will mark Bryan’s first time hosting the CMA Awards. Bryan tweeted:It’s an honor to announce I’ll be hosting the 55th annual #CMAawards for the first time! Tune in to the live show Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC. Don’t miss Country Music’s biggest night! @CountryMusic”

Bryan said in a press release: “The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for country music. Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down. I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make country music shine.”

Bryan is a previous two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year award winner; this year he is nominated at the CMA Awards for Musical Event of the Year for “Buy Dirt” with Jordan Davis. The CMA Awards will air live Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. EDT from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Luke Bryan To Host CMA Awards In Nashville This November

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Jon Pardi has emotional surprise visit from Randy Travis as he performs some of his greatest hits

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Jon Pardi honored Randy Travis with a performance of two of his iconic country hits, paying tribute to Travis during CMT’s Artist Of A Lifetime. In a video clip recorded at The Nashville Palace in Tennessee, Pardi pays homage to the country music legend days ahead of the CMT’s Artist Of The Year special, which aired last week.

In the near 10-minute long clip, Pardi performed two of Travis’ iconic hits, including “On the Other Hand” and “Forever and Ever, Amen,” which he called two “big ol’ hits.” During the video, he also honored Travis, saying,
“Randy Travis is country. When you think legendary country, it’s Randy Travis. I’m such a big fan of Randy, it just goes to show… your influences will guide you to what you want to do if you do it right. Being a part of country music now, with all the new artists, and then you got our legends like Randy. We’re all a part of this big community and my names in that big hat with Randy and that’s a big deal.”  Click to watch Pardi’s tribute performance – here.

What Pardi didn’t realize is that there would be a very special audience member for his performance: Travis himself. In the middle of a song, Travis entered the building along with his wife, Mary. Said Jon: “Well, hey Randy! This is a surprise. Wow.” At the end of the video, Pardi is overcome by tears, singing “He Walked on Water” while Travis is sitting beside him. “Everybody needs a good cry every now and then, right, you know? Happy cry,” Pardi adds.  You can watch the clip of  Pardi’s surprise from Travis – here.

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Lee Brice earns his 9th consecutive No. 1 with “Memory I Don’t Mess With”

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Lee Brice has earned his 9th consecutive No. 1 with the ballad “Memory I Don’t Mess With.” The song has now simultaneously reached the top of the charts on both the Billboard and Mediabase radio charts.

Lee said via social media, “Y’all…We have the #1 song on country radio!! A huge THANK YOU to country radio, my team, and every single one of you who called your local radio station to request ’Memory I Don’t Mess With.’ I cannot thank y’all enough for showing this song so much love! I’m forever grateful.”

In June, Brice released an acoustic version of Memory I Don’t Mess With back in June, accompanied by a music video; the song  premiered in its original version in October 2020.

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George Strait with special guest Willie Nelson to headline new Austin venue grand opening

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George Strait is set to headline Austin’s newest venue, the Moody Center, next April as part of their grand opening ceremony, and Strait will be joined by Willie Nelson & Family, as well as Randy Rogers Band. The manager of Moody Center says, “While planning our grand opening celebration, we knew we had an obligation to the Lone Star State. George Strait, Willie Nelson and Randy are all Texas natives who have built legendary careers while having an unbelievable impact on the country music industry. It doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

Willie Nelson & Family is currently on the road with ‘Outlaw Music Festival.’ Said Strait: “I’m so glad I’ll get to ‘sing one with Willie’ and I can’t think of a better place to do it than Austin Texas. Willie is an incredible musician so I know this will be a great night together along with our friends from Randy Rogers Band.”

Moody Center opens April of 2022 at the University of Texas. Exclusive VIP Packages and tickets for the ‘Strait from Moody Center’ Grand Opening Celebration Presented by Bud Light go on sale Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can also sign up for the Moody Center newsletter between now and Monday, Oct. 18 to receive venue pre-sale access from Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. CT until Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10 p.m. CT.

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Kacey Musgraves reacts to her ‘Star-Crossed’ album being deemed ineligible in country categories for the 2022 Grammy Awards

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Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. made the decision last week that Kacey Musgraves’ latest album ‘star-crossed’ is ineligible for the country album category at the upcoming Grammys. Members of the screening committees can reject recordings if they do not feel they fit into the genre, though they remain eligible for the all-genre Album of the Year category. Musgraves, who released ‘star-crossed’ on Sept. 10, already has six Grammy awards — two of those wins are in the country album category – in 2014 for Same Trailer Different Park, and in 2019 for Golden Hour. Golden Hour also won Album of the Year that year.

Kacey’s label — Universal Music Group Nashville — expressed their displeasure at the decision, with label president Cindy Mabe penning an open letter to the Recording Academy that made a case for ‘star-crossed’ to be considered a country album. Now Kacey has offered a brief ‘reply’ on social media about the controversy, tweeting a snapshot of herself as a child wearing a broad, pink cowboy hat along with the caption: “You can take the girl out of the country (genre) but you can’t take the country out of the girl”.

The 64th annual Grammy Awards will be held Jan. 31.

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Chris Stapleton teams up with Carlos Santana for new track ‘Joy’

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Chris Stapleton has joined Carlos Santana for a new song titled “Joy.” Santana uploaded an animated lyric video for the song to his official YouTube channel; “Joy” will appear on Santana’s upcoming album Blessings and Miracles, which is set for release this Friday, October 15th.

Santana gives a signature guitar solo on “Joy” while Stapleton provides the lyrics. Blessings and Miracles will also include collaborations with Rob Thomas, G-Eazy, Diane Warren, Steve Winwood, Chick Corea, Rick Rubin, Corey Glover, Kirk Hammett, Ally Brooke, American Authors and Narada Michael Walden.

To pre-order/pre-save Santana’s Blessings and Miracles, head HERE.

Chris Stapleton Teams Up With Carlos Santana For New Song “Joy”

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CMT announces presenters for 2021 “Artists of the Year” event including Eric Church, Garth Brooks and more

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CMT has revealed its presenters for the 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” celebration, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 13th at 9p/8c on CMT.

Garth Brooks will honor friend and country legend Randy Travis with the “Artist of a Lifetime” award. Connie Britton, Eric Church, Lady A, Michael W. Smith, Misty Copeland, Morgan Evans, and Nelly will all participate – both in-person and remotely – to honor this year’s “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees, which include: Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, and the previously mentioned Travis. The ceremony will also feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations with artists including Boyz II Men, Jonas Brothers, and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix. Walker Hayes and Yola are scheduled to perform, along with Barrett, Brown, Ballerini, Combs, and Guyton.

The 90-minute special returns to its original format; for more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, use hashtag #CMTAOTY and ’like’ CMT Artists of the Year on Facebook.

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Reba McEntire announces ‘Reba: Live in Concert’ tour

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Reba McEntire will be hitting the road again for a new, multi-city tour across North America. The Reba: Live in Concert tour will begin with two shows at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Okla., on Nov. 26 and 27 before wrapping up at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., on March 19. Brandy Clark, Hannah Dasher, Caylee Hammack, Reyna Roberts, Caitlyn Smith, Brittney Spencer and Tenille Townes will be joining McEntire for various dates across the tour.

McEntire posted on social media with the caption: “JUST ANNOUNCED: More 2022 dates are coming! Get all the details at the link in my bio including information about presale tickets and who is going on the road with me.”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. local time through LiveNation and Reba.com.

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Midland’s Mark Wystrach expecting second child with wife Ty Haney

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Midland singer Mark Wystrach and wife Ty Haney are expecting a baby boy. The couple made the announcement on Instagram, writing: “Greatest joy and thrill to announce that my incredible wife @ty_haney is pregnant and we’re having a baby boy in December! Sunny is very pumped to be a big sis as you can tell!”

The couple first became parents in 2019 when they welcomed Sundance “Sunny” Leon into the world. Wystrach’s twin brother and Midland bandmate’s wife had a baby girl right around the same time.

Midland launched ‘The Last Resort Tour’ last week, which continues through December 16.

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