Runaway June's "Buy My Own Drinks" has just broken into the top five on the Mediabase Country chart, making them the first female trio to do that since the Dixie Chicks in 2003 with "Travelin' Soldier". This is also their first top five hit as songwriters.
Phil Vassar and Lonestar are heading out for a Christmas tour, called the Holiday & Hits Tour. They will play 14 shows throughout the U.S. in December. They will perform a number of holiday classics, some of their own hits and an original single called "Not So Silent Night". That song was released last year in support of their inaugral holiday tour. Proceeds from the single and the tour will be donated to the Salvation Army.
The Highwomen, a group featuring Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hembley, has reached number one with their debut album. The self-titled album also hit number 10 on the Billboard all-genre Top 200 chart. Their name is a play on The Highwaymen, a group that featured Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. "Anyone can be a Highwomen," Brandi Carlile says. "It's about banding together, abandoning as much ego as humanly possible, holding one another up and amplifying other women every chance we get. Shoulder to shoulder. One push, one love."
Billy Currington wanted to help out people in the Bahamas who are trying to recover after the damage from Hurricane Dorian, so he took part in a benefit concert on Saturday. Proceeds are going to help the island of Green Turtle Cay, which Billy became familiar with during the video shoot for "People Are Crazy". He announced his participation in the show just a few days before with a post on Instagram. "After seeing the impact Hurricane Dorian had on the Bahamas, I feel we gotta do something," he explained. "I saw that my friend Paul Menta is heading up fundraising efforts with Key West Cares and putting on a show at the Key West Theatre. I want to be a part of what they're doing, so headed down to play a few songs at the theatre this Saturday night."
For the fourth consecutive year, Keith Urban will ring in the New Year in Nashville. He will headline a star-studded lineup for Music City's Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve. The ball drop is done a little differently in Nashville. Instead of a ball they drop a music note. That is followed with a fireworks display.
Jason Aldean has announced his We Back Tour, which kicks off at the end of January. Twenty dates have been booked so far, but it looks like that is just the first leg of the tour. If that is the case, look for more dates to be announced in the near future.
Sammy Kershaw and his girlfriend Mendy Gregory are celebrating the birth of their daughter. They have named her Natelia Mae. Sammy is 61 and his other children are all grown up, so needless to say he's pretty excited about the new baby. "She is a gift from God," Sammy said in an interview with People. "Natelia was my grandmother's name and Mae was Mendy's grandmother's name." He also feels like this is a second chance for him. "I guess the hardest thing that I've gone through with this business is I missed my children growing up because I was gone so much," he admitted. "I have great kids but I was gone all the time so I can't really take all of the credit for having great children."
Carly Pearce and Lee Brice share a duet on her forthcoming sophomore album. The song, "I Hope You're Happy Now", will be released at the end of the month. Carly co-wrote the track with Luke Combs, Jonathon Singleton and Randy Montana.