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Nashville notes: Dolly Parton’s TV appearances, Chris Janson’s harmonica tutorial + more

Dolly Parton has a string of talk show appearances planned for this week. Catch her on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, The TODAY Show on Thursday morning and The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday afternoon. She’ll be discussing her upcoming holiday movie, Dolly Parton’s Magic Mountain Christmas, which airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the harmonica, you’re in luck: Chris Janson just posted a short video tutorial with beginner harmonica tips on his social media.

In a new, behind-the-scenes video, Brett Eldredge explains how his latest album, Songs About You, differs from the albums he’s put out in the past.

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After co-hosting in 2021, Carly Pearce is ready to fly solo as the CMA Country Christmas host this year

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It’s up to Carly Pearce to set a festive tone for ABC’s CMA Country Christmas special this year, but she’s feeling confident because she’s had practice.

“I feel like last year was so helpful for me to kind of get my bearings of what it even is like to host something that big,” Carly says in an interview with her record label. The singer split hosting duties with Gabby Barrett during the 2021 special.

“Having Gabby Barrett there with me, we kinda were learning together,” Carly continues. “And so I feel really ready to be able to step out on my own and do this.”

With performances from the likes of Maren Morris, Dan + Shay and Carly herself, this year’s CMA Country Christmas will likely be a holly, jolly good time. Carly says she's hoping to showcase a little bit of her personality to viewers who might not know her that well.

“Maybe they know my music but they don’t know me as a person,” she adds. “They can get to know me a little bit better.”

The holiday special will air on ABC on December 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

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Kane Brown joins the lineup for the 2023 Super Bowl Music Fest

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Kane Brown is repping country music at Super Bowl LVII.

The singer is joining the lineup for the 2023 Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest, a three-day festival leading up to the big game. He’s splitting the bill with headlining act Imagine Dragons on Saturday, February 11, the final day of the festivities before the Super Bowl takes place Sunday, February 12.

The Music Fest is set for February 9-11; Aside from Imagine Dragons, Paramore and Dave Matthews Band are each headlining a day. Anderson .Paak is performing under the stage name DJ Pee.Wee, and the Paramore-helmed night features a yet-to-be-announced “special guest.”

More names are expected to be added to the Fest, which has a reputation for producing surprise guest stars. The Super Bowl itself will take place in Glendale, Arizona, at State Farm Stadium. Rihanna is booked to play the halftime show.

Tickets to the festival go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. local time.

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Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean + Brooks & Dunn to headline 2023 TidalWave Festival


It might be chilly and gray in Nashville, but Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean and Brooks & Dunn are already looking ahead to summer fun.

The three superstar acts have been announced as headliners for the 2023 TidalWave Music Festival, which is set to take place in Atlantic City Beach, New Jersey, next August. The beachside event will feature two stages and 30 country artists, spread across a three-day schedule.

Also on the lineup are Cole Swindell, Jo Dee Messina, Dustin Lynch, Jelly Roll, Priscilla Block and many more. Singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard will play a special set during the festival.

Now in its second consecutive year, the 2023 TidalWave fest is offering layaway plan passes for $43 down to festivalgoers who buy before January 3. The general on-sale date is December 16, but fans who attended the festival last year will have access to a special pre-sale on December 13.

Visit the festival’s website to view a complete lineup and ticket packaging details.

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Brett Eldredge explains why he gives back during the holidays: “There are people that are just trying to get by”

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Country’s very own “Mr. Christmas” is back with his annual Glow Tour this holiday season, but that’s not all: Brett Eldredge has also got a line of Minted holiday cards and gifts available for fans to shop this year.

The festive new line is about more than just getting into the holiday spirit. It’s also Brett’s way of giving back: 20% of the proceeds will be donated to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

The singer tells People that giving back, especially during the holiday season, has been instilled in him from a young age.

“Growing up, I used to do the food pantry in my hometown and it just kind of stuck with me that there are people that are just trying to get by at this time,” he explains. “And if you can lend a helping hand, it’s so, so powerful.”

He adds, “Knowing that if you just help one person, that’s a major thing -- I want to do that for many years to come.”

Meanwhile, in music news, Brett’s Glow Tour kicked off in Nashville with three consecutive sold-out nights at the Ryman Auditorium. You can also catch him bringing holiday cheer to New York City on Wednesday, as he is participating in NBC’s Christmas at Rockefeller Center special.

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Jessie James Decker addresses critics who body shame her children for having abs

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Jessie James Decker is clapping back at those who criticized her children's bodies. 

The country star, who says she didn't plan on addressing the matter, changed her mind after it gained traction in the news. 

"When I posted the pix of our vacation and included the kids being silly flexing on the beach on our thanksgiving trip I had NO clue it would get the reaction it did," Jessie, who shares eight-year-old daughter Vivianne and sons Eric Jr., 7, and Forrest, 4, with NFL star Eric Decker, explained in an Instagram caption on Monday. 

"Being accused of photoshopping abs on my kids (I can’t help but laugh) or … the polar opposite over “overtraining” our kids makes me realize how bizarre our world has gotten regarding the body and what’s normal and what’s not," Jessie continued. 

The "I Still Love You" singer said she wants her kids to "feel proud of their bodies and hard work," which she attributed to genetics and muscle gained through athletics. 

"Let’s not pick and choose what we normalize regarding bodies and be accepting of all people and children," she added. "If we wanna do “better” then do better. I’m proud of my children and encourage them to live their dreams. So we’ll see y’all at the 2032 Olympics, and wearing Bubbys jersey in the stands and dancing at Forrests rock concert."

The post comes after Jessie shared a photo of her little ones in their swimsuits flexing with their toned abs on display. However, some social media users took the moment to body shame the children with one commenting, "That's not normal sorry." Another wrote, "I find this so strange."

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"There are no words" for Jackson Dean as "Don't Come Lookin'" becomes his first #1


You'll have to forgive Jackson Dean if he's a little speechless these days. His debut single, "Don't Come Lookin'," has become his first number one. 

"There are no words to, like, explain how it feels to... like be this close to the top," he tells ABC Audio. "...I feel extremely humble and grateful, like that people have believed in it and believed in me and someone like me from the last place that you would expect I'd be from."

That place is Jackson's hometown: Odenton, Maryland.

"I've walked a lot of miles to get here," he continues, "and I'm just extremely grateful and just very appreciative of all the love that it's gotten."

"And yeah, that's about all I can say about it," he adds with a smile.  

"Don't Come Lookin'" is the lead release from Jackson's debut album, Greenbroke. The song was previously featured in an episode of Yellowstone.

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Nashville notes: Country mamas get the spotlight, Old Dominion adds some shows + more

Moms of country superstars like Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett take their turn in the spotlight in a new, interview-format podcast called Got it From My Mama, hosted by Jennifer Vickery Smith. The bi-weekly podcast launches November 29.

Old Dominion have added a few new dates to their early 2023 No Bad Vibes Tour. Check out their website to see the updated tour calendar.

An AXS TV special called Home for the Holidays heads up the channel’s lineup of holiday content this Saturday. The feel-good special features Ashley McBryde, Travis Tritt, Runaway June and more, and it benefits the families of first responders via the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

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Blake Shelton lends his voice to GoodNoise Tom Petty cover for a charitable cause

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Blake Shelton takes lead vocals on a new, all-star cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down,” as part of an initiative celebrating the launch of philanthropic-driven music station

The EaglesJoe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit join the country superstar on guitar and bass, while Guns N’ RosesMatt Sorum contributes drums to the performance. Also featured on the track are the musicians of Miraculous Love Kids, a nonprofit school that supports young women from Afghanistan who have faced violence and discrimination.

Proceeds from this single support Miraculous Love Kids’ continuing mission. adopts a “pay what you want” business model, so listeners can choose their donation amount -- or donate nothing at all -- when they listen to the song.

Miraculous Love Kids will continue to work with in soon-to-come endeavors, including an NFT project.

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Brett Young counts down to 2023 headlining trek, 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1

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Brett Young has unveiled a series of headlining dates for spring 2023. Billed as the 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour, the trek kicks off in Columbus, Ohio, on March 30.

Over the next couple of months, Brett will hit 17 cities, wrapping in late May with a stop in Los Angeles. It’s possible he might add more dates, as he invited fan suggestions for more stops when he announced his new tour.

“Any cities we missed? Drop it in the comments below,” Brett wrote. “See y’all soon!”

Morgan Evans is joining Brett on all the dates of the 5, Tour, 3, 2, 1 tour, and Ashley Cooke is rounding out the bill for all but one show. Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 2, at 10 a.m. local time.

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Shania Twain adds five dates to her 2023 Queen of Me Tour

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As dates on Shania Twain’s upcoming Queen of Me Tour are quickly selling out, the singer announced on social media that she’s adding five stops to the trek to accommodate fan demand.

Shania’s new dates beef up her string of shows both in the U.S. and internationally. She’s now playing second nights in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Glasgow in the U.K. She's also adding Bethel, N.Y.; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Leeds, U.K., to her list of destination cities.

Tickets for the recently-added shows go on sale December 2 at 10 a.m. local time, but Citi cardholders will have access to a special pre-sale.

The Queen of Me Tour kicks off in April in Spokane, Washington. The trek takes its name from Shania’s upcoming Queen of Me album, which will come out in February and is her first full-length collection of new music since 2017.

In the meantime, Shania is tiding fans over with the release of a deluxe edition of her 1997 album, Come On Over, featuring a handful of live additions to the track list. The newly-added songs are all live duets: Versions of “You’re Still the One” with Chris Martin and Elton John are included, as is a rendition of “Party for Two” that Shania performed with Nick Jonas in 2017.

The deluxe version of Come on Over arrives as part of Apple Music’s From Apple Music With Love holiday series.

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“New Friends”: Lainey Wilson tucks another new song into a 'Yellowstone' episode


During Sunday night’s Yellowstone episode, Lainey Wilson fans might have picked up on something exciting and new: The singer had a new song, called “New Friends,” featured in the soundtrack of the episode.

“Surprise!” she wrote on social media after the fact. “I had another new song hiding in tonight’s episode when Jamie and Sarah were flirting at the bar.”

Yellowstone has featured Lainey’s music in its soundtrack ever since season three; tracks like “Small Town Girl,” “Straight Up Sideways,” “Workin’ Overtime” and, most recently, “Smell Like Smoke” have all made appearances in the show.

Lainey herself appears in the show’s current season, too. When season five premiered, she made her acting debut as a musician named Abby.

Not only is “New Friends” featured in the TV show, but Lainey also added the song to the track list of her recently-released album, Bell Bottom Country. That project came out at the end of last month. It's available to listen to now.

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Sam Hunt's ready to "Start Nowhere" unleashing new music

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Fresh off his recent number one with Ingrid Andress, "Wishful Drinking," and with "Water Under the Bridge" now in the top-25, Sam Hunt's unleashing new music. 

"It's called 'Start Nowhere,'" he says of his latest track. "It's a song about going home."

"I've just spent the last several days putting together a music video for it," he adds, "and it's all these clips -- all these VHS clips -- of my family and I growing up. So that was fun."

It's a tune the Georgia native believes is perfect for the kickoff of the holiday season.

"That's why I wanted to go ahead and get it out," he explains. "It's nostalgic and it seems like culturally, we're longing for a simpler time right now, as crazy as the world has been."

"And this sort of feels like the simple time[s] past," he continues, "just real family-oriented and just the VHS thing, and it's just pretty cool."  

While Sam's not quite ready to put out a full-fledged follow-up to 2020's Southside, he says he does have quite a few songs he finished over the pandemic he's hoping to record and put out in the not-so-distant future. 

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Nashville notes: Tracy Lawrence’s charity turkey fry, Morgan Wallen’s Thanksgiving donations + more

Tracy Lawrence’s 17th annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry and Benefit concert took place earlier this week, raising over $250,000 to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission. With help from over 250 volunteers, the event produced over 1,200 fried turkeys, which will be distributed across middle Tennessee this holiday season.

Just in time for the holiday, Morgan Wallen teamed up with Greater Good Music to provide Thanksgiving meals for over 400 families in need in his hometown of Sneedville, Tennessee. The initiative was a partnership between Morgan’s More Than My Hometown Foundation and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.

Eric Church has some exciting merch deals available this week for Black Friday and CyberMonday. Check out his merch store for clearance deals, holiday bundles and more.

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Garth Brooks sells out every show of his 2023 Las Vegas residency in just one day

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Just days after Garth Brooks announced his Garth Brooks/Plus ONE Las Vegas residency, all shows for the 2023 run sold out in the first day of presale.

The singer shared the news on this week’s installment of his Facebook Live series, Inside Studio G.

“First of all, thank you. What an unbelievable day this was for us,” Garth told viewers. “Every show in ‘23 is pretty much...done. A whole year in one day. That’s nice.”

The singer also said that he’d been “on the phone all day” with people associated with his Vegas residency, and that he's hoping to be able to accommodate the fans who weren’t able to snag their tickets due to the rapid sell-out. According to CMT, over 60,000 fans -- all of whom had to register through Ticketmaster to participate in the sale -- weren’t able to secure their seats.

“How do you take care of those people who weren’t taken care of?” Garth continues.

Garth mused that the remedy for that might be to extend the residency into 2024, but he stressed that nothing is confirmed just yet.

“If ‘24 comes around and Caesars [Palace] is sweet enough to want to do this for another year...[I] wasn’t planning on it, but hey, I got nothing to do!” he said, adding that he'd like the verified fans who tried to get tickets this time around will have first priority for any subsequent shows.

Garth’s residency is set to launch in mid-May at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and will continue through December. He previously played a multi-year Vegas residency, which ran on and off from December 2009 to November 2013, at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.

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