Sam Hunt released a new single today called "Kinfolks". He wrote the song with Zach Crowell, Jerry Flowers and Josh Osborne. This is his first new single since "Downtown's Dead" in 2018. Sam says that his sophomore album is due to his label on January 1. He feels that the break from the studio and the road has put him back in touch with family members, friends and his musical roots.
Eric Church was playing a show September 28 in San Fransico, when he noticed 10-year-old Makenna Wallace in the crowd. She was holding a sign asking him if he would sponsor her in her school's fundraiser. Eric told her from the stage that he would be happy to sponsor her for her jog-a-thon. The family gave their information to one of Eric's people, who then emailed to get the information for the fundraiser. They got a second email saying that Eric and his wife, Katherine, would be sending a cheque for $10,000 to sponsor Makenna. The school unveiled the donation by presenting an oversized cheque during a school assembly.
Dolly Parton's theme park, Dollywood, is being sued over the use of the holiday song "Christmas Time is Here". Lee Mendelson, who is the executive producer of the Peanuts animated specials, co-wrote the song that is featured in A Charlie Brown Christmas. Lee Mendelson Film Productions owns the copyright to the song and they are suing Dollywood for using the song in their annual Christmas play. The company is claiming that Dollywood has been using the song without a proper licensing agreement since 2007. They warned the theme park in 2018 to stop using the unauthorized song and only brought the lawsuit when Dollywood failed to secure permission following the warning. They want payment for past uses of the song and want Dollywood to stop using the copyrighted material until an agreement has been reached.
The Music of Randy Travis Tour with James Dupre was scheduled to begin October 16 and continue until November 2. Most of the dates have been cancelled because of production issues. This would have been the first time that Randy was on the road since his stroke in 2013. His band was set to join Dupre on stage each night and Randy was going to make an appearance, as well as meeting VIP fans before each concert.
Midland's lead singer Mark Wystrach married Ty Haney in a small ceremony on Tuesday. Photos show him wearing a tan suit and she is dressed in a flowy white dress. The couple will welcome their first child, a girl, in November.
Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey are joining together for the 70th episode of CMT Crossroads, which is being taped October 11 at Nashville's Ascend Amphitheatre.They will collaborate on each other's hits, share stories and more.
Morgan Wallen will hit the road in 2020 to headline his Whiskey Glasses Roadshow Tour. It starts January 2nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan and will run coast to coast. Jon Langston and Ashland Craft are the supporting acts.
Carrie Underwood's son, Isaiah, is making the most of his time while he is out on the road with his mom. Carrie shared in an interview with Stephen Colbert that the whole family loves being on the road with her and that Isaiah is having fun riding his scooter around the venues. He's even making friends with the crew backstage and they have started to call him the "mayor of catering" becuase he says hi to everyone.