Trisha Yearwood will be hosting the 10th annual CMA Country Christmas, a two-hour music celebration that will air on ABC during the holiday season. This year's lineup includes Kristin Chenoweth, For King & Country, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young.
The Academy of Country Music have awarded Song of the Decade to Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for "The House That Built Me". They consider success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit, ACM Award recognition and more. The song won ACM's for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. Back in April, Jason Aldean was named ACM Artist of the Decade.
Chris Lane will be on the road this fall and winter for his Big, Big Plans Tour. The tour kicks off October 31 and will make 29 stops. Gabby Barrett, Blanco Brown and Ernest will open for him on select dates. "After a top-notch summer touring with Brad Paisley, I couldn't be more excited for my Big, Big Plans tour to kick off," says Chris. "Having artists like Gabby, Blanco and Ernest out with me will make it a fun show from start to finish. I'll be bringing the energy and may even have some surprises in store. We've amped up the production to a new level and I can't wait for people to see it!"
Maddie & Tae's Taylor Dye is getting married! She got engaged to songwriter Josh Kerr on September 2. Both shared the news on Instagram. Josh has co-written Kelsea Ballerini's "Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Dibs" and Dylan Scott's "My Girl". The couple have been dating for more than a year.
Midland's sophomore album has debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. After releasing their debut album, On The Rocks, they have had the opportunity to tour with George Strait, Tim McGraw, Dwight Yoakam and more. "Everything we've learned out on the road touring On The Rocks is all right here on this album," says Mark Wystrach. "These songs are deeply personal and from the heart."
The whole thing started with a fake Randy Houser Twitter account. "I had the FBI contact me one time about a lady that, apparently one of these accounts had been talking with her for a while, and they had this relationship goin through Twitter or something like that and her husband died," Randy shared. "She got his life insurance and had given like 90 grand to this guy." He went on to say that many of the victims are sad and lonely women. Remember if there is no blue checkmark beside the name, chances are it's a fake.
Jake Owen will be hosting his 9th annual benefit concert in his hometown of Vero Beach to raise money for the Jake Owen Foundation. The event runs two days and is called the Jake Owen Homemade Weekend. This year it will take place November 1 & 2 and will include an acoustic concert featuring Jake Owen and Jimmy Buffet, along with Jake's annual golf tournament and a silent auction. The foundation has raised more than $1.6 milliion since 2010 and it helps local youth programs, education, crisis care and more.
Jason Aldean was scheduled to perform Saturday at the Gulf Coast Jam, but had to cancel his appearance because of the flu. He took to Instagram to let his fans know that he'd been looking forward to playing the festival, but "unfortunately I'm down for the count with a stomach virus.. It's just not in the cards for us this year. Hope to be back as soon as I can. Thank you to everyone who came out." Most fans were understanding except for one fan who thought that they could have let them know earlier. Jason did respond saying," I was trying up until 9:30 to get it together to play for you guys. Bags of fluids, shots of finnegran and B-12, popping Zofran. We waited that long because we didn't want to cancel. We finally didn't have a choice. Sorry for the inconvenience but we were trying everything."