Florida Georgia Line says that Carrie Underwood has passed on their offer to collaborate on one of their forthcoming songs. In February, they made a plea to Carrie, saying, "Whether you know it or not we are huge fans of you and we have always wanted to do a song with you." Carrie didn't publicly respond at the time, but during a recent interview, FGL said that she declined their request. "I think she said it was amazing and she'd love to, but it was right around her book tour release and so she was super busy and didn't really have time," Tyler Hubbard explains. "But who knows, who knows where it will go. Now it's just open game."
During last night's episode of The Mask, Hunter Hayes was revealed as the astronaut. Nicole Scherzinger figured it out, noting that she and Hunter once played a Fourth of July party together. Hunter said after the show that he was in Los Angeles recording his next album while the show was taping, so it was easy for him to explain his absence to family and friends. When he was asked about his costume, Hunter said there were some challenges wearing it. "It was very hot, it was a giant heater," he shares. "The lady that was helping me in and out of my suit every day, told me that every time she would take the backpack off, there was steam coming from the suit."
Tenille Townes' debut album, The Lemonade Stand, is being released on June 26th. The record has 12 songs, all of which she co-wrote. "The Lemonade Stand is a collection of songs that mean so much to me and are the way I see the world in this season of my life right now," Tenille says in a press release. "I want this music to be like a gathering place, where people can come and be filled up. I hope this record reminds people of who they are, that they are not alone, and reminds them of their dreams. This record is the dream that I had when I was a 7-year-old kid singing along in the backseat of the car. She would be really freaking out right now." Jay Joyce produced The Lemonade Stand, and Tenille says their collaboration was "an adventure I will hold onto and smile at for the rest of my life."
The Grand Ole Opry will be empty, but Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will be live on the stage Saturday night. Their show will air live on their Facebook pages starting at 8PM ET. The Grand Ole Opry is closed to the public, but since the shutdowns began, the Opry's Saturday night performances have continued. The lineup has consisted of only 2-4 performers, who are spaced apart onstage and just a minimal number of crew practicing social distancing are on hand.
Miller Lite was supposed to be a tour sponsor for Luke Combs, unfortunately those plans have had to be put on hold. So, they are teaming up for a live stream performance on May 1st (Friday) at 8pm. The show will support out-of-work bartenders nationwide.
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani are celebrating their first number one as a couple and Gwen's first number one country single. "Nobody But You" is number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. "I knew the moment I heard this song that I wanted to record it," Blake said. "Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, you wrote a perfect song in which every lyric has meaning in my life, and I thank you. Finally, thanks to Gwen for joining me and making this one of the most special songs I've ever recorded."
The Academy of Country Music Awards were supposed to take place in Las Vegas on April 5th with Keith Urban as the host. Because of the pandemic, they moved the show to September 16th. Yesterday the Academy of Country Music announced that they will be held in Nashville at three different venues. The awards show, which will air on CBS starting at 8pm, will take place at the Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry House and the Bluebird Cafe. There's no word on if fans will be able to attend.
Harold Reid, the singer from The Statler Brothers, has died at the age of 80. According to a statement on the band's website, he died April 24 after a long battle with kidney failure. The group got their name from a box of kleenex and made the move to country music after meeting Johnny Cash and becoming part of his live show as backing vocalists in 1964. The group is one of the most-awarded acts in country music winning ACM, CMA and Grammy Awards. They were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. The Statler Brothers retired from performing in 2002.