Neal McCoy's tour bus caught fire early on Saturday morning. Fortunately, nobody was injured. They were headed to a show when the bus, nicknamed "Old Glory", caught fire. "Physically we are good. But that is the bus that has taken us a million miles, and it is ugly," Neal said as he showed the burning bus on Facebook. The bus was completely destroyed, but the trailer that they were pulling and some of his equipment appears to be okay.
Midland re-opened The Palomino for a special concert on October 15th, and now they are celebrating the show with a new album, Midland Live From the Palomino, which will be released on February 28. "Places like this are disappearing, so you want to remember, to grab the moments while you still can," says Mark Wystrach. "You think about who's been on that stage and you can't help but feel connected to so much greatness. We live for hardcore honky-tonks, and to be able to hold onto that night and bring a little slice of it through this album to our fans is special for us."
Mackenzie Porter closed out 2019 with back to back number one songs at Canadian Radio. She became the first Canadian female artist to do that since Shania Twain 22 years ago. Mackenzie is currently touring in the U.S. with Chris Lane, and in the spring she'll be heading back to Canada. This time, it will be to join Brad Paisley for the Western Canadian stops on Brad Paisley's World Tour 2020. The tour will make stops in Penticton, Abbotsford, Grand Prairie and Moose Jaw. Her final show on the tour will take place in her hometown of Medicine Hat.
The Country Music Association will visit the Pacific Rim in March with an international showcase featuring Cassadee Pope, Mitchell Tenpenny, Abby Anderson and Niko Moon. The tour, Introducing Nashville, will visit Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Each stop will replicate a writer's round, with artists onstage together in an acoustic lineup to introduce their songs and talk about their careers and personal stories.
Shania Twain has added another 14 dates to her Let's Go! Las Vegas residency at Zappo's Theatre at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The shows have been added in August, September and December. Shania will be the creative director for the new shows.
Kane Brown will be able to show off his basketball skills at the 2020 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on February 14th. Kane will join a number of stars from music, film, TV and sports in the game, which will be televised starting at 7pm on ESPN.
After they lost their youngest son River in a drowning accident at their home in 2019, Granger and Amber Smith decided to sell the house. Recently, Amber shared a surprised she received from the people who bought their home: The wall panels that she and Granger recorded their children's height on over the years, including the last measurement of River at 2 years and 11 months.
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd are expecting their first child in March, and apparently in Nashville there is a superstition that having a baby on the way can bring good fortune to an artist or songwriter's career. Ryan says he believes in "baby luck" because he was one of the writers on Lady Antebellum's recent number one song, "What If I Never Get Over You". "They talk about baby luck in this town, and I think we just experienced the first little piece of that with this song going number one right now when this baby boy's headed our way," Ryan said during a celebration for the song.