Kacey Musgraves and Brandi Carlile are both scheduled as musical guests for the upcoming season of Saturday Night Live. Kacey will perform on the premier episode October 2nd, which will be hosted by Owen Wilson. Brandi is set to appear October 23rd, which will be hosted by Jason Sudeikis.
Scotty McCreery admits that he had another album ready to go before Same Truck, but when the world shut down because of the pandemic everything changed. He found he had a lot of time on his hands. "So I picked up a guitar for a lot of it and just wrote, basically, a whole new album, and that's most of what you're hearing," he shared in a recent interview. "A couple of 'em were before, but most of 'em were COVID writes." Scotty says the songs that he had before are now just sitting there waiting to be used at another time.
The nominees were announced yesterday for the 2021 CCMA Awards. The Reklaws have the most nominations with six. Linday Ell, Brett Kissel and Dallas Smith each have five. The show is being held in London on November 29th. Here's a look a complete list of the nominees: Entertainer of the Year Dean Brody Brett Kissel MacKenzie Porter The Reklaws Dallas Smith Album of the Year The Demos - Jess Moskaluke Heart Theory - Lindsay Ell The Lemonade Stand - Tenille Townes Sometimes I Don't, But Sometimes I Do - Tyler Joe Miller Timeless - Dallas Smith What Is Life? - Brett Kissel Fans' Choice Tenille Arts Dean Brody Jade Eagleson High Valley Brett Kissel Tyler Joe Miller MacKenzie Porter The Reklaws Dallas Smith Tenille Townes Female Artist of the Year Tenille Arts Lindsay Ell Jess Moskaluke MacKenzie Porter Tenille Townes Group or Duo of the Year High Valley Hunter Brothers The Reklaws Tim & The Glory Boys The Washboard Union Interactive Artist or Group of the Year Lindsay Ell Aaron Goodvin James Barker Band Nice Horse The Reklaws Male Artist of the Year Dean Brody Jade Eagleson Brett Kissel Tyler Joe Miller Dallas Smith Rising Star of the Year Shawn Austin Andrew Hyatt Tyler Joe Miller Robyn Ottolini Tim & The Glory Boys Alternative Country Album of the Year After Midnight - Callie McCullough Agricultural Tragic - Corb Lund The Ride - Ryan Lindsay Who I Am - Cory Marks Without People - Donovan Woods Single of the Year Can't Help Myself - Dean Brody & The Reklaws Grew Up On That - High Valley Like A Man - Dallas Smith No Truck Song - Tim Hicks Where I'm From - The Reklaws Songwriter(s) of the Year Patricia Conroy, Ester Dean, Andrew DeRoberts, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Shane McAnally, Madeline Merlo, Tina Parol, Hillary Scott, Ryan Tedder, Dave Thomson - Champagne Night (performed by Lady A) Marc Beeson, Daniel Tashian, Tenille Townes - Come As You Are (performed by Tenille Townes) Aaron Goodvin, Ed Hill, Jimmy Ritchey - Every Time You Take Your Time (performed by Aaron Goodvin) Lindsay Ell, Sam Ellis, Micah Premnath - Good On You (performed by Lindsay Ell) Zach Abend, Jess Moskaluke, Liz Rose - Mapdot (performed by Jess Moskaluke)
Mark Chesnutt is doing much better after a couple of health issues this summer. He was forced to cancel his shows for July, August and September for major back surgery. In mid-August Mark revealed that he and his wife had also tested positive for COVID-19. He seems to be doing much better now, and is ready to get back on the road. "I had a great check up with the Dr. today," Mark writes in a Facebook post. "And he is telling me based on my recovery that I can get back on the road at the end of September."
Keith Urban has been announced as this year's recipient of the Country Radio Broadcasters Artist Career Achievement. The award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership, has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. Previous recipients include Rascal Flatts, Steve Wariner, Martina McBride, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Brooks & Dunn, Charlie Daniels, Dolly Parton, Reba and more. Keith supports many charities. His All For The Hall benefit concerts for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum have raised over $4.2 million. He is the first Ambassador of the CMA Foundation, an advisory board member at St. Jude's Children's Hospital, and is a longtime supporter of The Mr. Holland's Opus Fund and The Grammy Foundation. Keith will be presented with the award during the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Awards Ceremony on October 13th in Nashville.
After losing his mom Betty Carol Rainey last week, Cole Swindell paid tribute to her during his set in Boston on Saturday. During his song "You Should Be Here", Cole talked about writing that song for his dad, who died in 2013. He told the crowd that his mom would have wanted him to be playing for his fans just three days after her funeral. "There's no way I'm missing being up here in front of a crowd like this. These people have had my back since Day one," Cole says. "She would want me on stage in front of a crowd like this. People who care. People who matter." Fans lit up their cell phone flashlights as they sang the chorus of the song for him.
Carly Pearce always takes time to choose her dress for awards shows because she is afraid to end up on the worst dressed lists. "It's stressful because I don't want to get on a worst dressed list. It's like my biggest fear," she admits. "It's fun to work with stylists and your team to figure out what you want to look like. For me, I feel like the belle of the ball. Maybe I'll just come in Belle's dress." The CMA Awards are the next red carpet Carly will have to walk. She's nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for 29. That show is taking place November 10th in Nashville.
Sam Hunt says that when it comes to writing songs he won't write songs about anybody he knows. He tells People, "When I write songs, I'm really intimidated to write songs about people I'm really directly involved with. My songs tend to be an amalgamation of a lot of different experiences." Sam finds song writing inspiration with movies, culture and people in general.