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Jelly Roll predicts ongoing toy drive will be the biggest in Nashville history

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Jelly Roll is fully embracing the charity spirit this holiday season.

The "Need a Favor" hitmaker recently launched his Nashville holiday toy drive. The drive is happening through December 15 and collects and gives donated toys to underprivileged families.

"Oh man, the toy drive is incredible here in Nashville," Jelly tells ABC Audio as he beams with pride for his endeavor. "We've already done a couple of Walmarts. There's eight locations in Middle Tennessee that have the bin set up [where] you can buy a toy and donate it here and there now. We've already raised thousands, tens of thousands of toys."

Besides the behind-the-scenes planning and a November 4 live performance, Jelly's pouring personal financial resources into an expected unprecedented Music City toy drive.

"I'm going to put a lot of money up myself. I've got a lot of friends putting up a lot of money," shares the 2023 CMA New Artist of the Year. "It's going to be the biggest toy drive in Nashville history by a country mile." 

For a full list of Jelly's toy drive donation locations, head to

On the music front, Jelly's #2 and ascending to the peak of the country charts with his Lainey Wilson-assisted single, "Save Me."

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Nashville notes: Caitlyn Smith's newborn + Ian Munsick's buckling up

Caitlyn Smith has announced the arrival of her son, Jacob Roland Gaalswyk. "Our little 7lb. 4oz angel was born on 11/26/23 - turning us into a family of 5! Tom and Louie are so excited about their new baby brother," she captions her Instagram carousel of photos of her newborn. 

Ian Munsick is hitting the road in 2024 on his headlining Boots, Buckles & Bolos Tour. The trek kicks off January 19 in Grant, Oklahoma. "I know how hard country music fans work for their money and their weekend, so when you choose to spend it at an Ian Munsick concert, I wanna make sure you get every penny’s worth of every minute," Ian shares in a press statement. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1, at 10 a.m. local time. For the full tour schedule, visit

A "new era" is on the horizon for Cole Swindell. Check out his tease now on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for more clues on what he's readying to roll out.

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Create your own country music-inspired ornaments

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Think your Christmas tree needs fresh new ornaments? Then make plans to create your own from scratch at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

On December 17, the museum is hosting a two-hour ornament-making session at its Taylor Swift Education Center. The all-ages event will give visitors the chance to decorate a wooden, die-cut instrument with paint and sequins or dream up something from scratch. 

Entry is included with every museum admission ticket purchased.

For more information, visit

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Cody Johnson's "The Painter" offers room for listeners to "paint your own picture"

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As much as "The Painter" reminds Cody Johnson of his wife, he's also a fan of its open-ended lyrics that allow fans to creatively identify who their painter is.

“I think the thing I loved about 'The Painter' the most when I first heard it was how organic it is. I think that it kind of artistically relates back to the lyrics, you know, 'For every wall I built, she saw a canvas,'" Cody shares.

"[It leaves] the song kind of blank and open that way that you as the listener can paint your own picture of who or what this song is about," he says.

Coming up, Cody will kick off his headlining The Leather Tour January 19 in Sacramento, California. For the full list of dates and tickets, visit

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Get ready to hear two Dylans on country radio

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The latest Dylan-squared collab is set to arrive at country radio soon.

Dylan Scott and Dylan Marlowe's "Boy Back Home," which arrived in October, will serve as Marlowe's debut single.

"Insanely pumped to announce 'Boys Back Home' is my first ever RADIO SINGLE! Comin to some air waves near you, call and request it 45 times a day!" Marlowe shared with fans on Instagram. "Huge thanks to @dylanscottcountry for hopin on this and @sonynashville for making this happen! Let’s ride!!"

"Thank you @_dylanmarlowe for letting me hop on this song with you!!!" Scott posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, alongside a clip of him jamming out to the track on its release day.

Scott recently scored his fourth career #1 with "Can't Have Mine." Meanwhile, Marlowe's currently on the road opening for HARDY on the mockingbird & THE CROW Tour.

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Dolly sets sights on 2025 Broadway musical

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There's really nothing Dolly Parton can't do or hasn't done yet in her multi-decade career.

This year, she released her debut rock album, Rockstar, which arrived at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart and received critical acclaim. So, what else does the global music icon have up her sleeves? 

"I’m doing my life story as a musical on Broadway," Dolly tells Vulture in a recent interview. "I’ve written all the songs, and we have the script. We’re hoping to be on Broadway in 2025. That’s very ambitious because there’s about 30 or 40 pieces of music in it."

"I’ve been involved in writing the book as well as choosing all the songs. I’ve been working really hard on it — about ten years’ worth of work. I’ve really buckled down over the past two years, and we’ve got it pegged down," she shares.

"We’ve just been in the studio recording the music. Once we get it on its feet, we’ll have to cut and change some things and whatnot," Dolly adds. "I’m so ready for it."

While you wait for it, you can check out Dolly's Rockstar wherever you listen to music.

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Elvis Presley is a big inspiration to Kane Brown


Following the recent release of his "Blue Christmas" collab with Elvis PresleyKane Brown spoke to Billboard about his introduction to the King of Rock 'n' Roll and how he is inspired by him.

“My nana is a huge Elvis fan and always has been," Kane shares. "My earliest memories of Elvis and his music were of listening to him with her, and how excited she is and still gets hearing his music."

As Kane grew up and became a music superstar like Elvis, he grew inspiration and respect for the "Love Me Tender" hitmaker.

"Now being an artist, having a better understanding just how amazing what he was able to accomplish was, and how he did it with his talent and by being so unique — that’s still so inspiring," says Kane. "It would be hard to pick just one song, but it is still something I am trying to wrap my head around that I have a duet with ELVIS."

"And hear my daughters sing it at home now too — what an amazing feeling," he adds.

You can catch Kane, Lainey WilsonKacey MusgravesThe War and Treaty and more delivering tribute performances to Elvis on Christmas at Graceland, airing live Wednesday, November 29, at 10 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.

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Darius Rucker's headed to Hollywood soon

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Darius Rucker is set to receive his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.

The announcement arrived via a press release on November 28.

"The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to honor the very talented Darius Rucker," shared Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I think he will be happy to know that his mentor and friend Charley Pride’s star is a few feet away from his star."

The "Wagon Wheel" hitmaker joins the ranks of country artists with a Hollywood Walk of Fame star, including Dolly PartonTim McGrawShania TwainBlake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.

Darius' dedication ceremony takes place December 4 at 11:30 a.m. PT and will be livestreamed at

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Riley Green reflects on the success of "Different 'Round Here" + touring with Luke Combs

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As "Different 'Round Here" cracks the top 10 of the country charts, Riley Green is reflecting on the impact of his Luke Combs-assisted collab and how it's breathed new life into his 2019 track.

"Well, it added quite a bit to have Luke Combs on the song. I'll be honest with you, it was such great timing for that [to happen] too because I just was going out on a stadium tour with him and obviously I've been a fan of Luke for a long time," Riley tells ABC Audio.

"So him being on that song was huge for me, but also I think [it was] really cool for fans because a lot of them knew that song already," he says. "When you have somebody like Luke get on the song, you got to go hear that version of it, you know?"

As Riley comes off Luke's recently concluded World Tour, he's beaming with gratitude for the stadium-sized opportunity he had.

"I didn't realize it at the time, but it was really special to be in front of that many people every week. You know what I mean? Every once in a while you're doing a festival or something where there's 30 or 40,000 people there, but to play in front of 50,000 every night and see that energy," Riley shares in awe.

"And for me specifically, to see people singing those songs back to me and realize that Luke was where I was not too long ago," he adds. "So it's pretty cool to see his quick rise and obviously that we're on the right track, people are relating to the music."

"Different 'Round Here" is currently #9 on the country charts and off Riley's latest album, Ain't My Last Rodeo

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Nashville notes: Kylie Morgan's 2024 tour + George Strait's new merch

Kylie Morgan is hitting the road in 2024 for the spring run of her headlining Making It Up As I Go Tour. The trek kicks off February 29 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and will wrap up in Indianapolis, Indiana, on May 11. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1, at 10 a.m. CT.

George Strait has rolled out a new 2024 calendar and Christmas ornament. You can grab them for yourself or your loved ones now at George's merch store.

Riley GreenPatty Loveless and The War and Treaty have been added to the All for the Hall benefit concert lineup. The Keith Urban and Vince Gill-hosted event will take place Tuesday, December 5, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. For the full list of performers and tickets, visit

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Get Christmas ready with new Wanda June Home plates


In need of new festive plates for the upcoming Christmas gatherings? Look no further than Miranda Lambert's Wanda June Home's dessert plates.

The newly released items are 8.5 inches long and come in a set of four red and green stoneware plates or a set of four white ceramic plates. Each set costs $16.97.

You can spruce up your Christmas mealtime table with these holiday plates and other Yuletide products available now at

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Cole Swindell's got something up his sleeves


Cole Swindell's set to roll out something on December 1.

The "You Should Be Here" singer recently shared a cryptic Instagram post of a grainy, retro-tinged photo of a young boy playing with toys while watching his parents conversing. The faces and facial expressions of the boy's parents are not shown in this picture, further bolstering the post's mystery.

While Cole only captioned it "12/1," songwriter Jordan Walker commented, "Appreciate you, buddy." Cole responded with a handshake emoji, alluding to the possibility that Jordan penned a song he recorded. 

Cole's latest album is 2022's Stereotype, which received the deluxe treatment, Stereotype Broken, the same year. The project spawned the #1 hits "She Had Me at Heads Carolina" and the Lainey Wilson-assisted "Never Say Never."

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Kenny Chesney will hit soccer stadiums for Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour

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Kenny Chesney is heading to three soccer stadiums in 2024, and it's not to play actual soccer games.

The country superstar has added three soccer stadium dates to his Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour. The first show takes place Saturday, June 29, at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium. The second will be on Tuesday, July 16, at America First Field in Salt Lake City, and the third is slated for Thursday, August 8, at Columbus, Ohio’s Historic Crew Stadium.

"In a lot of ways, soccer stadiums are the best of both worlds. You have the same kind of intimacy that you get in an amphitheater, but it’s big enough you have the ability to really hit the accelerator in terms of energy, music, connecting," says Kenny, who recently released "Take Her Home" to country radio.

"It’s a relatively new thing for us to have soccer stadiums, but these are markets where I know there are people who aren’t getting tickets – and everyone in No Shoes Nation knows how I feel about no citizen of our crew left behind," he adds.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 8. The presale for Kenny's No Shoes Nation fan club begins Monday, December 4, at 10 a.m. local time.

For the full Sun Goes Down Tour, visit

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Join Chayce Beckham at the "Rodeo" on Friday


Saddle up, y'all. It's time to hit the rodeo with Chayce Beckham.

The American Idol alum and fast-rising country newcomer is set to release his new song, "This Ol' Rodeo," on Friday, December 1.

Chayce shared the news on social media alongside the single cover art, which features him clad in a beige shirt, white outer shirt, jeans and a belt buckle. 

Earlier this year, Chayce released "Whiskey on the Wall," "Little Less Lonely" and "Till the Day I Die." He's currently #17 and ascending the country charts with his autobiographical single, "23."

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Brothers Osborne announce Might As Well Be Us Tour

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Reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne are set to hit the road in 2024 for their Might As Well Be Us Tour.

Named after their song "Might as Well Be Me," the trek will kick off March 28 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will hit Atlanta, Georgia; Boston, Massachusets; Las Vegas; Buffalo, New York; and more, before concluding in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 29.

Jackson DeanCaylee HammackThe Cadillac ThreeMadeline EdwardsStephen Wilson Jr. and Zach Top will open on select dates.

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1, at 10 a.m. local time. Members of Brothers Osborne's The Family fan club will have presale access from Wednesday, November 29.

For the full Might As Well Be Us Tour schedule and tickets, visit

Brothers Osborne are currently approaching top 20 on the country charts with "Nobody's Nobody," the lead single off their self-titled album.

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