Brantley Gilbert's latest album, Fire & Brimstone, debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The album features 15 tracks, including his collaboration with Lindsay Ell, "What Happens in a Small Town". You'll also hear guest vocals from Colt Ford, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson. "With this record, the goal for me was to let each song just be what it was - uninhibited and unfiltered," says Brantley. "We just followed the song's instincts. I like to be able to write, and if it feels like the song is leading a certain way, then let's go chase it."
In his career, Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, earned 21 Grammy nominations and had five Billboard Number One albums. Broadcast Music Inc. will present him with the President's Award at the 67th BMI Country Awards in Nashville on November 12. This is given to songwriters who have "distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry." Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Harlan Howard, Billy Sherrill, Pink, Toni Braxton and more have received this honour in the past.
Kane Brown's drummer, Kenny Dixon, died after a car accident on October 12. He was just 27 and leaves behind his fiancee and their son. It would appear that speed was a factor in the accident. Kane's representitives released a statement saying, "It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm that we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic car accident. Kenny was a member of our family from the very beginning and our hearts are with Sarah, his son, and everyone who knew and loved him. He was truly one of the greatest and kindest people on and off stage we've ever known." Kenny and Sarah had planned to marry on November 30.
Trace Adkins and actress Victoria Pratt got married in New Orleans on October 12. The ceremony was officiated by Blake Shelton. The couple met in 2014 on the set of The Virginian, which they both starred in.
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been helping to build houses for Habitat for Humanity for more than a decade. They first volunteered in 2007 in New Orleans to help build post-Katrina homes. Last week, they worked alongside hundreds of volunteers during the 36th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which constructed 21 houses in the Nashville area. "This is beautiful," said Garth. "What these guys build are a lot more than homes. They build hope. The build love."
When Dierks Bentley isn't on the road, he's just a regular dad taking his kids to their appointments and activities. Recently, he was tasked with taking his daughter Jordan to get her ears pierced. In a post on Instagram, Dierks shared pictures and video that shows his daughter's range of emotions as she goes through the process. Jordan went from fear to pride pretty fast.
Keith Urban says that it is all about balance when it comes to social media. He tries to give his fans at look into his life without bombarding them with every little detail. "I try and just keep all of that in a good, healthy balance in my life, if that makes sense. Social media in general," says Keith. He also doesn't plan his posts and prefers to just let them happen naturally.
Dolly Parton is celebrating 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member with a special show tomorrow at the Opry. The event will be taped and will air as a two-hour special on NBC November 26th. The show will feature interviews and performances from Dolly, Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jr. and more. Dolly was inducted into the Opry on January 4, 1969.