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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1994, Tim McGraw scored his first number-one hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this heart-wrenching song, which also became a top-20 pop hit. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Don't Take the Girl."

By Cillea Houghton
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Carrie Underwood reveals she was hesitant to have kids, and opens up about a major conflict in her marriage

ABC/Image Group LAMike Fisher wakes up every morning around seven, and Carrie Underwood gets up about the same time, though he alleges it takes about six alarms for her to do so.

He craves sushi, while she craves "not sushi" -- namely, more southern fare like biscuits and chocolate gravy like her mother makes.

Those are just two of the revelations from the faith-based mini-documentary Mike and Carrie: God & Country, whose first part premiered Wednesday night at

The happy couple immediately addresses one of their biggest conflicts: he's an avid hunter and she's a passionate animal lover. 

"He grew up hunting and being outdoors, and it's a big part of his life..." Carrie explains. "I love animals and I love life so much that I always swore I would never marry a hunter... not in a million years."

Ultimately, Mike and Carrie say it's their faith that helps them navigate the disagreement.

"We learn from each other and we have spirited discussions about things that we disagree on..." Carrie reflects.

"That's where our faith comes in too" Mike points out. "I think it gives us kind of a center ground... I know your heart. You know my heart. There's always a way. And it's... always God working in it." 

In a surprising twist, Carrie confesses she wasn't all that eager to have children, though that all changed more than five years ago when their son Isaiah arrived. 

"I was never good with other people's kids," she reveals. "Why would I be good with one of my own? But... the second Isaiah was born, it was like, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm in love!"

In next week's installment, the power couple opens up about the painful miscarriages they suffered before the birth of their son Jacob in January of last year. 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Lane has unveiled the live video for his hit duet with Tori Kelly, "Take Back Home Girl," which was filmed in January during a tour stop in Chicago on his Big, Big Plans Tour. Opening act MacKenzie Porter sings Tori's part in the clip.    

Americana singer Courtney Marie Andrews has debuted the video for her song, "It Must Be Somebody Else's Fault." It's featured on her upcoming album, Old Flowers, set for release on July 24.

By Cillea Houghton
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In new video, Trace Adkins and band are "Better Off" social distancing

Kristin BarlowTrace Adkins is taking fans inside the recording studio with his latest single, "Better Off." 

The burly country star released the official music video for the song in March, but now he's giving it a social- distancing spin that shows each of his band members performing solo in the studio while the singer takes the mic. 

Trace gives some attitude to his delivery as he croons in his signature voice, "But those thoughts in your head /And those pillows on your bed/And that dress, these lights/They're all better off." 

"When the band wants to play but we’re all 'better off stayin’ in!'” Trace said of the video on Instagram

"Better Off" is Trace's first solo single release since 2017. He joined forces with Blake Shelton last year for the duet "Hell Right," featured on Blake's 2019 album, Fully Loaded: God's Country. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Cam preps "magical" new song, "Redwood Tree"

RCA RecordsCam has a new song she's sharing with fans this week. 

The California native revealed on social media that she's releasing a track called "Redwood Tree" on Friday, which will be featured on her upcoming album.

The singer also shared the single's cover art, which boasts a childhood photo of her in a pink dress sitting cross-legged in the yard, offering a closed-mouth smile to the camera. 

"It’s heavy, magical, raw and heartfelt. One of the most personal songs off my upcoming album," Cam says of "Redwood Tree" in a statement.  "I’m being reminded just how special music is, and I am even more committed to giving you something meaningful." 

Cam is working on her sophomore album, which serves as the follow-up to her 2015 Untamed debut that included her breakthrough song, "Burning House."  She released the album's lead single, "Till There's Nothing Left," in February.

By Cillea Houghton
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Thomas Rhett calls wife Lauren Akins his "hero" in candid motherhood photo

ABC/Image Group LAIn Thomas Rhett's eyes, his wife Lauren Akins is a superwoman. 

Thomas has long been vocal about his admiration for his wife, with whom he shares three young daughters. The country hitmaker took to Instagram to share yet another praiseworthy post in honor of Lauren: It's a picture of her holding their three-month-old baby Lennon in her arms; her clothes are covered in spit-up.

"@laur_akins you are my hero," Thomas captions the candid moment.    

Many of the couple's friends and fans were quick to chime in, with Tyler Hubbard's wife Hayley writing "Mine too  love you Laur," while Russell Dickerson, who is expecting a baby later this year with his wife Kailey, remarks "OHHH MUH GUH! Welp. That’s what I got to look forward too." 

"The truth about motherhood in one picture!" comments one fan, while another adds "Mommas are the original superheroes."   

Lennon was born in February, joining her two older sisters, four-year-old Willa and two-year-old Ada

By Cillea Houghton
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Gabby Barrett receives congratulatory call from Trisha Yearwood

ABC/Image Group LAComing off her debut number-one hit "I Hope," Gabby Barrett received a special surprise from a trailblazing star who helped pave the way for her: Trisha Yearwood

During a recent appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Gabby was surprised with a video message from Trisha, congratulating her on all the success.

"I'm just one chick singer to another telling you I'm really happy for you and congrats on your number one and I'm so proud of you, you're awesome," Trisha raved, much to Gabby's excitement.  

The country icon also offered some sage advice to the young star, encouraging Gabby to live in the moment and reiterate that there is a team of fellow female artists supporting her. 

"It's important that the next generation know that we're in this with you and we're here for you. You're the next generation, you've got to carry the torch, that's the plan," Trisha adds, smiling. 

Gabby will release her debut album, Goldmine, on June 19.

By Cillea Houghton
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Brad Paisley crashes Zoom call to thank Vanderbilt staff

ABC/Richard CartwrightBrad Paisley continues to pay it forward to the medical staff at Vanderbilt. 

During the Nashville-based hospital's 2020 State of Nursing event held earlier this month, Brad surprised the more than 600 nurses on the virtual call to share his appreciation for the powerful work they do, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"I've always had this feeling of just reassurance that Vanderbilt is in our town. I don't think many cities our size have something this fine-tuned and and exquisite," he declares in the just-released video

The country star also delivered an acoustic performance of his song "No I in Beer" that includes a verse that proclaims, "To the farmers and the first responders/To the truck drivers shiftin' gears/Every nurse that needs a break, let me buy you a drink/There ain't no 'I' in beer."  

In April, Brad took part in the month-long program, Gratittunes, that saw artists and fans alike submitting uplifting songs to a special playlist that is played for the Vanderbilt staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Cillea Houghton
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Tim McGraw hits home with emotional "I Called Mama" video

Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw has unveiled the sentimental video for his single, "I Called Mama," featuring fan-submitted clips.

The video opens with Tim surprising a mother and daughter on a video call, leading into a series of emotional clips of fans honoring their own mothers.

Soldiers excitedly surprising their mothers and a nurse video chatting with her mom while on duty are some of the shots that add weight to the song's message of honoring the valiant women who raise us.

A mother and daughter shedding tears through the window as the new mother holds her baby, children paying a socially-distanced visit to their parents and grandparents, and a bride on her wedding day holding a framed photo of her mother also capture the song's message. 

The singer completes the video with throwback photos of him and his mother, Elizabeth, along with home footage of Faith Hill, Tim's wife and the mother of their three daughters.  

“It’s a great reminder that hearing someone’s voice who knows you and loves you can help you get through anything," Tim explains. "I think it’s at these very difficult times that music can help and the power of a song can give someone a moment of clarity or comfort, or just a smile. Especially now, when we seem to need it more than ever.”

"I Called Mama" was released on May 8.

By Cillea Houghton
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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 2011, this breakthrough song by The Band Perry was certified double platinum. Written solely by group member Kimberly Perry, the song topped the country chart and also crossed over to the pop charts, reaching the top 15 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100. Can you name it? ANSWER: "If I Die Young."  

By Cillea Houghton
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'Here's to the Good Times,' again: Florida Georgia Line offers a '6-Pack' preview of fifth album

Katie KaussYou'll have to wait a little longer for Florida Georgia Line's full-length follow-up to last year's Can't Say I Ain't Country. But Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are offering fans a taste of what's ahead with their new 6-Pack EP.

"We’ve been workin’ on our fifth record for this past year," Brian explains, "and we’re getting pretty close to being done."

BK and Tyler wanted to give their fans a substantial preview of their next album, with tracks that showcase a variety of moods, from "a serious vibe" to "a party vibe" to "a love vibe." Overall, BK says he and Tyler just wanted to "put a smile on the world's face" as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you love the FGL sound that goes all the way back to the duo's debut smash, "Cruise," then it sounds like the full-length album is made for you.

"I think the 6-Pack is an indication of what’s to come on this album," Tyler says. "It’s kind of diverse, it’s well-rounded. It still has a little something for everybody, and that’s kind of what this album is."

"It’s also kind of a throwback to where FGL started with our first album, Here’s to the Good Times," he adds. "And we kinda think it sort of takes us on a journey."  

Florida Georgia Line's 6-Pack features their top fifteen hit, "I Love My Country."

By Stephen Hubbard
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced it will remain closed to the public through June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum will continue to host events online, including the weekly Songwriter Sessions on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Instagram Live.   

Matt Stell, Eli Young Band and Maggie Rose are among the artists hosting live stream events this week. Matt is hosting a set this evening at 5 p.m. ET on Facebook for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as part of the new livestream series #SingForStJude. EYB goes live on Facebook tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET, while Maggie hosts a virtual release party for her new single, "Help Myself," also at 10 p.m. ET on her YouTube channel. 

Father-and-son bluegrass duo JB & Jamie Dailey are releasing Will the Angels Play Their Harps for Me” as the second single from their debut album, released on May 8, Step Back In Time. Jamie is also known as a member of the award-winning bluegrass band, Dailey & Vincent.  

By Cillea Houghton
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'Mike and Carrie: God & Country': Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher share their story in new I Am Second series

ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood and Mike Fisher offer a look into their journey in the trailer for the new I Am Second series, Mike and Carrie: God & Country

I Am Second is a nonprofit organization that shares stories of people and faith. In the four-part series, Carrie and Mike engage in honest conversation about their marriage, similarities and differences and the struggles they've endured along the way. 

One of the topics they address include Mike's desire to have a big family while Carrie was at one time unsure if she wanted to have children.  Both reflect on the awe and love they felt when welcoming eldest son Isiah into the world.

The couple also speaks candidly about the pain they endured following three miscarriages Carrie experienced in 2017 and 2018. 

"You have all these mountain tops, but we hadn't had a ton of valleys like this," Mike explains in the clip. 

"I just had an honest conversation with God. I was hurt. I had told him how I felt," Carrie remarks tearfully. 

Episode one of Mike and Carrie: God & Country premieres tomorrow on I Am Second at 8 p.m. ET.

By Cillea Houghton
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Carrie joins Mike in @iamsecond’s 4-part digital series, “Mike and Carrie: God & Country," beginning tomorrow at 8/7c. More details at -TeamCU

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 26, 2020

Garth Brooks to receive Songwriter Icon Award from National Music Publisher's Association

ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is being honored for his talents as a songwriter. 

The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) will bestow Garth with its Songwriter Icon Award during a virtual ceremony in June. The award is given to artists who have made a significant impact on the craft of songwriting.  

Garth will receive the award during NMPA's Annual Meeting next month, which will be held virtually for the first time, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event usually takes place in New York City, the night before the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.  

Garth is in some esteemed company: Past recipients of the Songwriter Icon Award include Bon JoviSteven TylerAlicia KeysPharrell and more.  

The legendary country star was also honored for his songwriting craftsmanship when he was given the Library of Congress' Gershwin Award for Popular Song earlier this year.

By Cillea Houghton
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"Does to Me": Luke Combs and Eric Church ascend to number one on country chart

Sony Music NashvilleLuke Combs is back on top.  The country superstar has clinched the number-one spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week with his latest single, "Does to Me," featuring Eric Church

This marks Luke's eighth consecutive number-one hit, a first-time feat in the chart's history. It follows previous chart-toppers including "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Beer Never Broke My Heart," and "Beautiful Crazy."

The dynamic duo shared the music video for the song last month, which features fan-submitted clips showcasing sentimental moments ranging from one's wedding day to their first guitar. 

"Does to Me" is the third single off Luke's sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, which that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and all-genre Billboard 200 in 2019. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Travis Denning catches a spark in "Sittin' by a Fire" video

Mercury NashvilleTravis Denning is fanning the flames of love in the video for his new song, "Sittin' by a Fire."  

The song opens with the singer scoring an invite to a bonfire party with his friends. He ultimately turns down the invitation, as he's already basking in the glow of firelight with the woman he loves, with Travis painting images of burning smoke, windshield hearts and the "spark in her eyes."

"Whatever this is I got my arms around/It's burnin' too hot to let it go out/And I ain't ever felt the way I'm feelin' right now/Sittin' by a fire," he croons.

Travis captures the song's theme with a social distance-friendly video that shows him plucking an acoustic guitar while singing solo around a campfire -- until his leading lady shows up at video's end for an affectionate embrace.

"Sittin' by a Fire" is featured on Travis' debut six-song EP, Beer's Better Cold. "It's one of my favorites," he says  of the track on Instagram.    

Travis' current single, "After a Few," is in the top five on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

By Cillea Houghton
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Little Big Town raise a glass to "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" in new single

Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town is getting swanky with their new single, "Wine, Beer, Whiskey."  

With a stomping, mariachi-esque melody anchored by a vibrant horn section, the lighthearted tune sees the group name-dropping a few of their famous friends, including Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan, knowing they'll carry them through any situation.

"The wine, the beer, the whiskey/Are the only things that fix me/I'm not saying it's a problem/I can stop it if I wanna/But the wine, the beer, the whiskey/They always get me," the band chants over an exuberant groove. 

"Wine, Beer, Whiskey" is featured on LBT's latest album, Nightfall, released in January. It debuted at number one the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

In a Fireside Chat series discussing the creation process for Nightfall, Jimi Westbrook refers to "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" as a "party jam" that was written in roughly 30 minutes. "Every record should have levity on it," adds Karen Fairchild. "You have to have that in life." 

Little Big Town will serve up the TV debut of the track with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition on June 1.

By Cillea Houghton
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Morgan Wallen apologizes following his arrest over the weekend

John ShearerMorgan Wallen has issued an apology following his arrest in downtown Nashville on Saturday. 

The "Whiskey Glasses" singer was at Kid Rock's Big A** Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse with a few friends when he was removed from the premises for "kicking glass items," according to a police report obtained by WKRN

While on the street, police report that Morgan got into verbal fights with pedestrians who were passing by. The warrant states that officers gave Morgan multiple opportunities to walk away from the situation, but he "refused." Morgan was then arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.  He was later released from jail on a $500 bond.

Wallen turned to Twitter Sunday to apologize for the incident.

"Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected," he writes.

Morgan also extended praise to the Metro Nashville Police Department for how they handled the situation. "Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class," he says. "Love y’all."

Morgan's single, "Chasing You," reached number one on the country charts earlier this month.

By Cillea Houghton
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Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected.

— morgan wallen (@MorganWallen) May 24, 2020

Alan Jackson launching drive-in concert series in June

Kristy Belcher Alan Jackson is among the rising list of artists who are staging drive-in concerts during the era of social distancing. 

The country music legend will host the Small Town Drive-In concert series next month with two shows in Alabama. On June 5, he'll perform at the open air site of the Rock the South Festival in Cullman and at the 300-acre Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope on June 6.

The shows will adhere to CDC and state guidelines regarding social distancing. Roughly 2,000 cars will be allowed on site and while guests are allowed to sit outside of their cars to watch the show, they'll have to stay with their vehicles and follow social distancing protocols.

Event staff will wear protective masks and provide contact-free scanning of tickets at the door. 

Alan will donate a portion of the proceeds at each show to various food relief efforts in the regions where the shows are taking place. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. 

Keith Urban recently staged a show for healthcare workers from Vanderbilt at Stardust Drive-In outside of Nashville.

By Cillea Houghton
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Country star trivia


The country-fried Southern rocker nicknamed Bocephus, who's the son of another country legend, is celebrating his 71st birthday today. Can you name him? ANSWER: Hank Williams Jr.

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