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Nashville notes: Miranda Lambert to perform on 'Kimmel', Jon Pardi's RIAA certification & more

Miranda Lambert will perform her current single, "Strange," on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. It airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC. 

Jon Pardi's third studio album, Heartache Medication, has been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies. He was surprised with a plaque in Nashville during the final stop on his Ain't Always the Cowboy Tour.

Presale tickets for Reba McEntire's 2023 tour dates are available Tuesday at 10 a.m. local time for fans who sign up for her email list. Sales are open to the public Friday at 10 a.m. local time. 

Chris Young will perform at the fourth annual Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards Dinner on October 26 in Nashville. The event benefits Daniels' nonprofit, The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project, which provides resources and support services to veterans. 

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"Your Heart or Mine": Jon Pardi releases new single to radio, reflects on end of Ain't Always the Cowboy Tour

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Jon Pardi is looking ahead to his next single. 

Jon has released "Your Heart or Mine" to country radio, serving as the second single off his new album, Mr. Saturday Night. 

The edgy, fiddle-heavy number has the singer finding love in the neon lights of a downtown bar with a woman he keeps going back to, the lyrics referencing whiskey and wine and late night phone calls.   

"Girl, we're playin' with fire/Love ain't too far behind/It's just a matter of time 'til it finds/Your heart or mine," he sings in the chorus. 

"Your Heart or Mine" follows the album's lead single, "Last Night Lonely," which became his fifth #1 song. 

Jon shipped "Heart" as a single days after concluding his three-month Ain't Always the Cowboy Tour at Ascend Ampitheater in Nashville, calling it "a tour i’ll never forget."

"What a show in Nashville to celebrate the final night…thanks to everyone who was a part of it!!" he remarks, giving a shout-out to tour openers Lainey Wilson, Priscilla Block and Hailey Whitters. "So proud of these girls, their talent and all the hard work they put in!" 

Mr. Saturday Night was released on September 2 and reached the top five on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. 

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Cole Swindell drives to #1 with "She Had Me at Heads Carolina"

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Cole Swindell has claimed the #1 spot at country radio with "She Had Me at Heads Carolina." 

Officially reaching #1 on country radio this week, "Carolina" has sat in the top spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for three straight weeks. It marks Cole's third consecutive #1 hit off his latest album, Stereotype, following "Single Saturday Night" and his CMA Musical Event of the Year-nominated duet with Lainey Wilson, "Never Say Never."

The song is inspired by Jo Dee Messina's hit debut single, "Heads Carolina, Tails California." Cole co-wrote his track with original "Heads Carolina" writers Tim Nichols and Mark D. Sanders, as well as Thomas Rhett, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure.  

“The reaction to this song has blown me away. From the minute I released it you all raised your hand in support of it, and it means the world to me," Cole says in a statement. "Getting to stand in front of you night after night hearing you sing it back is the best feeling in the world! So thankful for my team and everyone that makes these moments possible.”

This is Cole's 12th number-one single overall. The hitmaker is currently on his Back Down to the Bar Tour that wraps November 19 in Florida. 

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Kelsea Ballerini is on an "active healing journey" after filing for divorce from Morgan Evans

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Kelsea Ballerini is opening up about the mixed emotions that come with divorce. 

In August, Kelsea announced that she and husband Morgan Evans were divorcing after nearly five years of marriage. In an interview on CBS MorningsKelsea alludes to the fact that the separation was a long time coming. 

"I think that when there's a big life decision like that, it's not a sudden one, and there's a lot that happens before that becomes public," she says.  

The 29-year-old describes herself as a "peacemaker" and "people pleaser," adding that it was "really difficult" to go against those traits during the divorce. Though "rough," she says the situation is "not chaotic" or "volatile," and she's "really proud" of herself for how she's handled it. 

"It just didn't work and that sometimes is a difficult narrative to get your head around," she explains. "This is a good person and I'm a good person, and this is just no longer good anymore." 

Despite the pain that comes with a divorce, Kelsea says this is also a "celebratory" time in her life as she continues to share her new album, Subject to Change, with fans. Its lead single, "Heartfirst," is climbing up the top 30 on country radio. 

"I'm on my active healing journey and a big part of that is showing up for this album and showing up for myself like I never have," she says. "It's easy to shame yourself and it's easy to want to hide. I just want to be proud of myself in 10 years on this season of my life."

Kelsea is currently on her headlining Heartfirst Tour through October 14. 

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Reba McEntire will make Madison Square Garden debut on new leg of tour

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Reba McEntire is keeping the fun going with the extension of her Reba: Live in Concert tour. 

After launching the tour in November 2021 with several sold-out shows throughout 2022, the country legend has added 14 new dates in 2023, including her debut headlining show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

The new leg takes Reba to arenas across the U.S. in March and April, beginning in Jacksonville, FL on March 9 and wrapping up on April 15 at MSG. Terri Clark and gospel group The Isaacs will open for her along the way. 

"I'm just having so much fun out the road that we've decided to add more dates and continue the fun on in to 2023," Reba shares on social media. 

Tickets for the new shows go on sale October 7. Reba will embark on the previously announced fall leg of the tour on October 13 in Lafayette, LA. 

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HARDY injured in tour bus crash

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HARDY is asking for prayers after his tour bus was involved in an accident. 

"Following last night’s show, our tour bus was in an accident on our way home from Bristol," he tweeted on Sunday afternoon. "There were just four of us, including myself, on the bus, however we were all treated for significant injuries."

"Our friend, and bus driver, needs your prayers as he is still in the hospital," HARDY continued. "His family is with him while he is being treated and we’re all pulling and praying for him."

The "wait in the truck" singer added that he's been released from the hospital but was "ordered by doctors to recover for the next few weeks which may cost us at a couple of shows."

"My team and I will keep the fans updated on that as I rest in the coming days," he shared. 

"Please keep our road family in your prayers and I promise to keep you updated in the days to follow," he concluded. "God bless our medics and local and state officials for their quick response and incredible service."

HARDY and his team were traveling from Bristol, Tennessee to Nashville early Sunday when the incident occurred. His next scheduled appearance is on October 8 with Morgan Wallen. It's unclear if that will still happen. 

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“Baby’s coming fast” for dad-to-be Scotty McCreery and he can’t wait

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Scotty McCreery and his wife, Gabi, are gearing up to welcome their first baby -- a boy -- this fall, but it’s hard for Scotty to believe it’s almost time for his son to arrive.

“Baby is coming fast, I tell you,” the singer remarks. “It seems like just yesterday that Gabi showed me the pregnancy test, and she was like, ‘We’re having a kid.’”

The couple is busy setting up and preparing to welcome a child into their home. “We’ve got to build a nursery and get all this stuff ready,” Scotty continues, but says that he couldn’t be more excited for the challenges ahead.

“It’s going to be the biggest blessing,” he says. “I can’t wait to teach this kid things. Get him on the ball field, play him some music, teach him guitar. We’ve already got a little music stand for him to play with. So yeah, we’re pumped.”

But there’s one thing about the impending new arrival that excites Scotty even more than the prospect of becoming a dad. “I’m so excited to be a dad, but probably more so excited to see Gabi be a mom, because she is going to absolutely crush it,” he continues.

“Just how caring and thoughtful she is -- she puts everybody’s needs in front of her own,” the singer notes. “She’s just going to be the best mom.”

Scotty and Gabi’s bundle of joy was originally due in early November, but after a growth scan this summer that showed the baby measuring ahead, their due date was moved up to October 31 -- aka Halloween.

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Nashville notes: Darius Rucker’s collaboration, Dustin Lynch’s merch for charity and more

Darius Rucker has a new song out called “Ol’ Church Hymn,” which features up-and-coming act Chapel Hart.

If you’re planning to grab some Dustin Lynch merch this weekend, your money will go to a good cause: The singer’s donating all proceeds from his merch sales over the weekend to Volunteer Florida to help Floridians recovering from Hurricane Ian.

Trisha Yearwood will “flip the switch” on the Grand Ole Opry’s signature barnyard backdrop to turn things pink for Opry Goes Pink. The annual event is a partnership with Susan G. Komen in the fight against breast cancer.

Jon Langston has a new song out Friday, called “Give You My All.

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With 'Lindeville,' Ashley McBryde avoided doing “the expected thing” after a number-one radio hit

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Ashley McBryde knows that her new album, Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, is a left turn from what anybody expected her to do. But in a new interview with Billboard, she says that’s exactly why she wanted to do it.

“The expected thing, especially coming off having a No. 1 with Carly, is to shoot straight down the middle,” the singer says.

Of course, she’s talking about her hit duet with Carly Pearce, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” which topped the country charts and notched a whopping five nominations at the upcoming CMA Awards.

But instead of following up that success with another radio-ready hit in the making, Ashley chose to lean into her songwriter side, teaming up with musical pals like Brothers Osborne, Caylee Hammack and Brandy Clark to bring the fictional world of “Lindeville” to life. The album is a collection of story songs about the characters who live in a certain small town, and it’s unlike any other project coming out in the country genre in 2022.

“When you do a love project like this, it’s supposed to be, like, album five or six, or 10, which is another reason to do it now,” points out Ashley, who’s got two full-length studio albums other than Lindeville under her belt.

“Because f*** ‘should,’ write?” she adds.

Lindeville arrived on Friday.


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Zac Brown Band drops their star-studded 'The Comeback (Deluxe)' album featuring a Jimmy Buffett duet

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Zac Brown Band’s long-awaited deluxe edition of their The Comeback album arrived Friday, and it features an all-star cast of duet partners.

Ahead of release day, ZBB previewed several of the songs, including a version of “Out in the Middle” featuring Blake Shelton, “Any Day Now” with Ingrid Andress and several others. To celebrate the full release, the band is highlighting a collaboration with legendary singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett on a version of the band’s song “Same Boat.”

When they first released “Same Boat” as part of the original The Comeback track list in late 2021, the song became ZBB’s 16th career chart-topper on country radio. The album originally boasted 15 tracks; ZBB bumped that number up to 21 on the deluxe version of the project.

The album -- and duet with Buffett -- comes the same week that Buffett announced he’s canceling the remainder of his 2022 tour dates due to health issues. The 75-year-old singer didn’t specify the exact issues that are keeping him off the road but told fans that he was briefly hospitalized and is taking time off to rest, per doctor’s orders.

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Russell Dickerson’s self-titled third studio album is officially on its way

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Russell Dickerson returns this week to announce his third studio album, a self-titled project boasting 15 tracks -- all of which he co-wrote.

The singer says the new music will continue to share his story with his fans, fleshing out his introspective side while also delivering the energetic onstage personality that concertgoers already know and love.

“No matter how far we get into this, I want people to know it’s still me,” Russell reflects. “I’m still the hyper, outgoing, fun-loving crazy dude onstage. But also these songs are so meaningful to me. It’s not all hype and smoke and lights. I am a songwriter, I trust my instincts, and now my instincts are telling me to share 100 percent me, and creatively just let it flow.”

Russell Dickerson is set to arrive on November 4, but ahead of release day, the singer is sharing one of its tracks, the anthemic “I Wonder,” along with a music video to match.

Russell’s new album is available to pre-save and pre-order now.

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Hardy introduces fans to “Jack” in another sinister new song

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With Halloween fast approaching, it’s only fitting that Hardy’s new music is embracing some dark and scary undertones, but some of his subject matter is much scarier than haunted houses or things that go bump in the night.

He got the ball rolling on those themes in late August with the release of “Wait in the Truck,” a murder ballad featuring Lainey Wilson that tells the story of a guy who meets an abused woman and kills the man who hurt her.

Now, Hardy is continuing to release dark and sinister music with “Jack,” a love story turned sour about a person’s relationship with alcohol.

“I love the story it tells -- it’s got some deep undertones about alcohol and how it can have a strong grip on people and really bring you down,” the singer reflects. “I hope people can kind of read through that lyric and understand it. It rocks, and I’m excited for the world to hear it.”

The song also embraces Hardy’s hard rock and metal influences. He’s previously blended those musical styles with his country foundation on tracks like the fan-favorite “Sold Out.”

“Jack” arrived on Friday along with an equally hard-rocking music video.

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Brothers Osborne talk “Play Ball,” story songs and working on 'Lindeville' with Ashley McBryde

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Ashley McBryde and her gang of collaborators will invite fans to Lindeville this week with a new batch of story songs and collaborations.

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville was produced by Brothers Osborne’s John Osborne, who says he jumped at the chance to lend his skill set to the project. In fact, he tells ABC Audio, he was so excited about the concept that he would’ve been happy to be involved with it on any level.

“Honestly, when I was asked to be just the bandleader on it, I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to do it,’” John recounts. Once he signed on as producer and got to listen to all the work tapes, he only got more enthusiastic.

“And no one’s doing anything like that in Nashville at the moment, too,” he points out. “They nailed it on that record.”

John’s brother and bandmate, TJ Osborne, wasn’t about to pass up a trip to Lindeville, either: John says he and Ashley immediately agreed that one of its tracks, “Play Ball,” would be perfect for TJ to sing.

“It fits his range perfectly. We know how well he can sing anything, but this part of his range is just butter,” John says, also saying it reminds him of childhood memories he and his brother share. “TJ and I grew up playing Little League Baseball in our hometown. So every time we hear that song, it takes me back to the ball fields where we would play baseball,” he adds.

As for TJ? It’s just fun to step into a new musical character, he notes. “Cool story. I like the lyrics and it’s really, really country,” the singer adds. “That’s where I cut my teeth, singing really country songs.”

Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville arrives on Friday.

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Parker McCollum will headline a special, Houston-themed opening day for RodeoHouston 2023

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Parker McCollum is returning to RodeoHouston for 2023, where he’ll headline the first day of the extensive, star-packed festival proceedings.

It’s not the first time Parker’s headlined the rodeo, but next year’s performance will be a little bit different, as plans were unveiled this week for an opening day packed full of special events celebrating all things Texas.

That includes a performance from a local band on the Stars Over Texas stage, plus an early bird giveaway of custom-made Howdy bobbleheads for the first 10,000 people to show up to the festival.

Of course, it’ll all close out with Parker’s performance. He’s the perfect performer to celebrate the hometown theme: He hails from Conroe, Texas, just 40 miles north of Houston. The singer also proved to be a crowd favorite when performed at a previous RodeoHouston to a packed crowd of 73,243 fans.

Parker’s headlining set will kick off RodeoHouston 2023 on February 28. Tickets go on sale to the public on October 6.

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