Alan Jackson's daughter, Mattie Jackson Selecman, has released a book called Lemons. She will share how she dealt with the death of her husband just 11 months after they married. Ben Selecman was helping a woman onto a boat while they were vacationing in Florida when he fell and hit his head. He was just 28 years old. Alan and Denise Jackson wrote the foreword for the book, and he also co-wrote a new song called "Racing In the Dark" with his daughter. Alan recorded the song and a limited number of readers who pre-order the book will get a copy.
Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Chris Stapleton have been selected as 2021 CMT Artists of the Year. Between the five artists they have more than a dozen CMA Awards nominations for this year. During the show, they will be honoured with live performances and tributes from their fellow artists. More details will be announced in the coming weeks. The show is set for October 13th and will air live beginning at 9pm.
Loretta Lynn's Hometown Rising concert brought in more than $900,000 and donations are still coming in. Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Combs and more came together for the September 13th concert to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County. The money will support those in need after the August 21st floods that killed 20 and damaged more than 500 structures. The Loretta Lynn Ranch was one of the areas damaged and her ranch foreman, Wayne Spears, was killed in the tragedy. Loretta wasn't at the concert, but says she loved all of the performances.
Time Magazine has revealed its 2021 list of the 100 Most Influential People, and Kane Brown and Dolly Parton have made the list. Miley Cyrus wrote the profile for Dolly, who is her godmother. "Dolly is not only my idol because of her incomparable career. She's also my role model because of her steadfast morals and values. At her core, she is the definition of a humanitarian," writes Miley. "There's a theory that you shouldn't meet your heroes, but I wish everyone had the chance to meet Dolly Parton, because she's even better than your sparkliest dreams." Darius Rucker wrote the profile for Kane Brown, calling him a role model for the next generation of country artists. "Kane Brown has that unquantifiable 'it' factor," Darius writes. "He's so laid back and doesn't take himself too seriously, but he also really cares about his craft and other people. I'm sure there are kids looking up to Kane right now just like when I looked up at Charley Pride. Kane is setting the bar so high for the next generation. I hope kids see him now and think, 'I can do that.'"
Reba McEntire had to be rescued by firefighters on Tuesday after an old building she was visiting in Atoka, Oklahoma partially collapsed on the inside. Reba and her boyfriend, Rex Linn, were among seven people inside the historic building when a staircase caved in. Firefighters had to rescue them from a second story window. One person suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital. The building, which is at least 100 years old, is in the process of being renovated.
Luke Bryan is bringing home the bacon...as a bust of himself. He was presented with "pork-Luke" over the weekend in Marshall, Wisc., ahead of a stop on his Farm Tour. Fifty pounds of bacon was used to create the two foot tall sculpture. It is not edible, as it takes the artist weeks to perfect this masterpiece. This is not the first time a country artist has been turned into a bacon statue. Five years ago a meat artist created Bacon Chris Stapleton as part of a challenge for festival-goers to guess how many strips of bacon were used.
Dolly Parton won her first Emmy Award on Sunday night during the third and final installment of the 2021 Creative Arts Emmy Awards. She won as an executive producer of Dolly Parton's Christmas on the Square, a Netflix Original Film that won in both categories it was nominated in: Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Choreography for Scripted Programming.