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Nashville notes: Miranda's lyrics + the return of Jason Michael Carroll

Miranda Lambert's signed, handwritten lyrics to "Bluebird" are just one of the items included in the MusiCares Charity Relief Auction, which will take place Sunday, February 5, leading up to the Grammys. You can find out more details at

"Alyssa Lies" hitmaker Jason Michael Carroll is back with the new track "Pass It On Around," a prelude to his first new album in seven years, which is set to arrive this fall.

"Keep It Safe" is the first new track released from Zac Brown Band member Caroline Jones' forthcoming solo album. 

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Chase Rice tackles mental health struggles in dramatic "Bench Seat" video

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Chase Rice's new song, "Bench Seat" — and its accompanying video — were inspired by a friend who was going through a tough time.

“My buddy was in a really dark place, to the point where he was ready to end his own life," he explains. "It took a lot for him to take me back to that moment, but when he told me what stopped him it stopped me in my tracks: his dog came and laid his head on his lap, and that connection saved him.”

The music video is essentially a short film that tackles addiction, substance abuse and self-harm, and even comes with a warning that it's only meant for mature audiences.

“For the first time in my career, I could envision the whole video as I was writing the song,” Chase recalls. “I wanted to shine a light on the topic of mental health because this is something that makes way too many people feel alone and especially when addiction becomes part of the picture, one bad moment can have horrible consequences."

Chase is also taking the opportunity to encourage anyone who's struggling to visit or call or text 988 if in crisis.

"Bench Seat" is one of only three solo writes on Chase's I Hate Cowboys & All Dogs Go to Hell album, which comes out February 10.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988, by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or by visiting You can also contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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Chris Janson's "All I Need Is You" is a tribute to wife Kelly

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Chris Janson's first new music on Big Machine has finally arrived. Just like his chart-topping hit "Done," the new single, "All I Need Is You," is a tribute to his wife, Kelly.

“There are so many things we all want,” Chris says, before quoting a couple things mentioned in the song's beginning lyric. "We’ve all gotten caught up in the biggest buck of the season, the newest Chevrolet, or whatever’s caught our eye — and that’s half the fun of living."

"But when you strip it back," he continues, "when you look at what really matters, it comes down to that one ride-or-die person who believes in you and your dream, no matter what happens. I’m blessed because my person is my wife, my manager, and my best friend.”

In late September, Chris announced he was leaving his longtime label, Warner Nashville, to sign with Big Machine. The "Buy Me a Boat" hitmaker promises there's "so much more music coming this year."

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Jake Owen's "Boots Miss Yours"


Jake Owen's ushering in 2023 with a brand new track called "My Boots Miss Yours."

"My boots miss yours/ What ya say we get 'em back together/ Make a little trail of clothes and leather/ Let 'em hang out on the bedroom floor/ My boots miss yours," the Florida native sings in the uptempo two-step.

“It's a new year, so it's only appropriate that we put out some new music to go with it,” Jake says. “I've loved this song from the moment I heard it; excited to finally share it with you today.”

He's also partnering with Texas boot maker Lucchese to give away a pair of engraved cowboy boots; four tickets to a headlining show, including a meet and greet; and an autographed guitar. You can find all the details on Jake's socials.

He also hints that "My Boots Miss Yours" is just the beginning of more new music set to come out later this year.

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Luke, Cody and Keith have a Watershed moment


Luke BryanCody Johnson and Keith Urban will headline this year's Watershed Music and Camping Festival August 4, 5, 6 at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington.

Carly PearceLainey WilsonTravis DenningErnestKameron MarloweParker McCollumNiko MoonKylie MorganConner SmithTenille Townes and more will also perform that weekend.

Newcomers Avery AnnaChayce BeckhamPillbox PattiMacKenzie PorterAaron Raitiere and others will play the Next From Nashville stage, as well. 

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 3. You can find out more at

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Cole Swindell's stereotype is broken

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Cole Swindell's new single, "Drinkaby" — which rhymes with lullaby — is out now, and his new deluxe album will be out soon.

Stereotype Broken comes out April 28 and adds a track called "Broken," a remix of his smash "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," as well as "Sad A** Country Songs" and the new single.

"Drinkaby" was written by fellow artists Jon Pardi and HARDY, along with Jordan Schmidt and Hunter Phelps.

“'Drinkaby,' from the first time I heard it, I pictured it being a huge show opener,” Cole says. “The guitar lick in the intro just grabs you and doesn’t let you go."

"I’m not sure if there is such thing as a fun breakup song but that’s kind of what this is," he observes. "Glad it’s finally out and can’t wait to get out there and play it live.”

Of course, Stereotype Broken also features all the songs on the original album, which came out last April, including the number ones "Never Say Never" with Lainey Wilson and "Single Saturday Night." 

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Tyler Hubbard channels a dance party with his kids into his latest hit

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Tyler Hubbard's put out five albums as part of Florida Georgia Line, but now he steps into the spotlight by himself as his self-titled debut solo album arrives.

Among the mammoth record's 18 tracks are his first solo #1, "5 Foot 9," and his latest hit, "Dancin' in the Country." He wrote it with recent tour mate Keith Urban and a couple of A-list songwriters.

"Keith and Ross [Copperman] really kinda dove into the music side of things," Tyler recalls. "And Keith was doing what he does with his guitar, and he picked up the bass. And he just kinda brought this song to life and inspired me and Jon [Nite], who were really kinda working on lyric."

"It was a very collaborative effort," he adds, "but they were definitely honing in on the music and just had a lot of fun."

Ultimately, "Dancin'" was inspired by the fun Tyler often has with his three children.

"I just told the guys, I said, 'I wanna write something that feels fun and makes you wanna dance, you know?'" he remembers. "And this was at a time where — we're still doing this — where we have dance parties with my kids every night. So I wanted some more material for that, something that just made you feel good."

There are no doubt more parties on the horizon for Tyler, who'll turn 36 on Tuesday, January 31, the same day he's scheduled to sing on ABC's Good Morning America.

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Nashville notes: Kelly loves Hailey + Conner's gettin' romantic

You can check out Hailey Whitters making her late-night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as she performs her hit "Everything She Ain't." You can also count Kelly Clarkson as a fan, since she recently covered the song on Kellyoke.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil the latest edition of its American Currents: State of the Music exhibit March 8, featuring memorabilia from HARDYCody JohnsonWynonnaParker McCollumLainey Wilson and more.

Newcomer Conner Smith's romantic new music video for his hit "Take It Slow" is out now.

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Four years in, "Settling Down" never looked better for Miranda Lambert


Miranda Lambert marks four years of wedded bliss on January 26.

"Celebrating 4 years married today with my main squeeze @brendanjmcloughlin," she shared on her socials Thursday. "Happy anniversary babe! You are the best."

In the accompanying photos, Miranda and Brendan McLoughlin are standing on a balcony overlooking the beach. In the first picture, she's beaming, wearing pink shorts and a pink bandana, showing off her wedding ring, as her hubby kisses her on the cheek.

In subsequent snapshots, the former New York City policeman sheds his shirt, which has become a bit of a running gag with the couple.

"Y’all are welcome for the last two pics," 'Randa slyly adds.

The "Settling Down" hitmaker has indicated she doesn't plan to tour much this year, outside of her extensive Vegas residency. Her first cookbook, Y'all Eat Yet?, is set to arrive April 25. 

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Your chance to hear Lady A and Little Big Town sing like The Beach Boys


Who better to pay tribute to the distinctive harmonies of The Beach Boys than Lady A and Little Big Town

Both country super groups will lend their distinctive blends to A Grammy Salute to The Beach Boys, which will air later this year on CBS. It'll be recorded February 8 at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, just a few days after the Grammys.

LeAnn RimesBrandi CarlileNorah JonesJohn LegendCharlie PuthBeckMy Morning JacketWeezer and others will also offer their takes on signature Beach Boys tunes like "California Girls," "Good Vibrations," "In My Room" and "God Only Knows." 

Tickets for the once-in-a-lifetime event are on sale now. 

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Hey baby, let's go to Vegas: 'American Idol' season 21's headed to Sing City


Luke Bryan's ready to roll the dice on a new season of American Idol.

"21 years of making dreams come true on @americanidol! Can’t wait to get this season started on Feb 19th on @abcnetwork," he shared on his socials, along with the show's new art and a new promo.

The photos show Luke, Katy PerryLionel Richie and Ryan Seacrest posing alongside a retro slot machine. That's perhaps a sly nod to the fact that both Luke and Katy have ongoing Vegas residencies at Resorts World, while Lionel's had one at the Wynn. 

The new promo continues the same theme, adding a "g" to transform Sin City into Sing City.

Season 21 of American Idol kicks off Sunday, February 19, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Get ready to "Drinkaby" with Cole Swindell


What's a "Drinkaby"? Well, it's Cole Swindell's new single, and it rhymes with lullaby or rockabye.

"Jack, gin, 'quila, lime, apple pie, this is my/ Gettin' over her 'til I'm passed out drinkaby," Cole sings in the uptempo track. While it won't be out until Friday, you can get a sneak peek in a video that recaps his recent Crash My Playa experience. 

Stay tuned to see what's next from Cole albumwise. Interestingly, "Drinkaby" is not on his most recent record, Stereotype, which came out in April last year. It does contain his smash "She Had Me at Heads Carolina," of course, as well as his previous number ones, "Never Say Never" with Lainey Wilson and "Single Saturday Night."

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Luke Combs is 'Gettin' Old' on his new record

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Luke Combs just revealed the title and cover art for his new album, which comes out March 24. 

The CMA Entertainer of the Year's fourth album will be called Gettin' Old and depicts half his face on the cover, in front of a farmhouse at night. 

"This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now," Luke reveals in an Instagram post. "One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through. It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy."

"Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record and I hope you love it as much as we do," he adds.

The title track, “Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Old,” comes out on Friday, which seems to make the new record a companion piece to his previous one, Growin' Up, which came out last June. Earlier this week, Luke shared a performance of the song on his socials.

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Elle King talks "fistfights," "throwing elbows" and 'Come Get Your Wife'

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The explanation for the title of Elle King's first full-length country album, Come Get Your Wife, is every bit as colorful as you might expect from the "Ex's and Oh's" rocker.

"In the past 10 years of my life, the only fistfights I've ever gotten into were at concerts," she begins. "And it was usually sticking up for somebody else. But that's kind of what happened. You know, people giving elbows."

This time, however, it was Elle who was throwing a few jabs.

"In the sense of the title of my album, the elbows I was throwing were just inappropriate jokes," she recalls. "And, you know, somebody shouted over me to my partner, 'Come get your wife!'"

"And I was like, 'Oh, that's a good album title,'" she laughs.

Come Get Your Wife comes out Friday, January 27, and features Elle's second country #1, "Drunk (And I Don't Want to Go Home)" with Miranda Lambert, as well as her current single with Dierks Bentley, "Worth a Shot." Elle's first country #1 was 2016's "Different for Girls" with Dierks.

Friday morning, Elle celebrates her new record's release with an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America.

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Nashville notes: Faster Horses for Luke, Shania & Zac

MacKenzie Porter will perform the track "One Night Left" with the Cheat Codes Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. It's one of the tracks from the LA-based trio's One Night in Nashville record, which comes out this Friday.

You can check out the new video for Texan Randall King's "You In A Honky Tonk" now. It was shot in Cahoots Dancehall and Honkytonk in Lebanon, Tennessee, on the outskirts of Nashville.

Luke BryanShania Twain and Zac Brown Band will headline this year's Faster Horses Music Festival July 14-16 in Brooklyn, Michigan.

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