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(sources: AllAboutCountry.com, CMT.com, MusicRow.com and others as noted)

JOHN BERRY TO HAVE OWN TV SHOW

(April 25th)

John Berry is set to launch his own television show, Songs And Stories With John Berry, this summer. The 30-minute program will be taped this May at Nashville's Douglas Corner, and will debut in July on Heartland TV, The Family Channel, The Country Network, the Angel Two Network, AMG Network, and VTN Network. Songs and Stories With John Berry will highlight the the songs and music that have inspired artists and careers. The first season will feature Berry and guests Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Clay Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Mo Pitney, Neal McCoy, Billy Dean, and more. The idea began in 2001 as a two-week run of shows, and has developed into two years of concerts, and two-disc CD set (released in 2003), a short story book (2012), and now a television program. "As an artist whose life and career direction was profoundly changed by a song, I am thrilled to bring the world an opportunity to see and hear firsthand from some of my friends and fellow artists the stories surrounding the importance of some of their favorite and most meaningful songs," says Berry. "For me and so many others, songs help us express what we feel inside and stories are the inspiration for the song that lies within." Admission to the live show tapings is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Douglas Corner is located at 2106 8th Ave. S. in Nashville.

"Songs And Stories with John Berry" Taping Schedule: Monday, May 15 5:00 pm: Billy Dean, 7:00 pm: Mo Pitney, 9:00 pm: Neal McCoy, Tuesday, May 16, 5:00 pm: Suzy Bogguss ,7:00 pm: Collin Raye, 9:00 pm: Craig Morgan. Wednesday, May 17, 5:00 pm: Mark Wills, 7:00 pm: Delbert McClinton, 9:00 pm: Billy Ray Cyrus, Thursday, May 18, 5:00 pm: Jason Crabb, 7:00 pm: Clay Walker, 9:00 pm: Lee Roy Parnell. (Source: MusicRow.com).

GEORGIAN'S ALAN JACKSON & JERRY REED TO ENTER HALL OF FAME

(April 6th) Georgia country legends Alan Jackson and Jerry Reed have been named to enter the Country Music Hall Of Fame, in an press conference yesterday, hosted by Vince Gill. Often called the "modern Hank Williams", Jackson, a songwriter, recording artist, and performer, he brought tradition-drenched country music into the new century. Jackson was born and raised in Newnan and part of the I-75 highway has been named afterhim. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Jackson has sold more than sixty million albums and notched twenty-six Billboard #1 country singles. His often-autobiographical songs are marked by humility, humor, and eloquent simplicity. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, and his plainspoken "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" won a Best Country Song Grammy. Jackson revived songs recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Tom T. Hall, George Jones, and Don Williams, and he wrote gems including "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," "Livin' on Love," and "Remember When," all of which mined personal experience in communicating communal truth. In a recording career that began in 1989, he has lived by a simple edict: "Keep it country." Jackson also is in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

Born in Atlanta, Jerry Reed made indelible marks on country music as a recording artist, a songwriter, and a virtuoso guitarist. Reed's guitar work was marked by syncopation and complexity, while his songwriting and stage persona conveyed strutting wit and backwoods intelligence. Raised in Georgia, he moved to Nashville in 1962, taking jobs as a session guitarist and writing songs for country heavies including Porter Wagoner. Encouraged by guitar great Chet Atkins, Reed developed an instantly recognizable and idiosyncratic guitar style that suited humor-filled compositions including "Guitar Man" and "Amos Moses." He and Atkins won a 1970 Grammy for instrumental album Me and Jerry, and Reed followed that a year later with a Grammy for country male vocal performance on "When You're Hot, You're Hot." A third Grammy, this one for country instrumental performance, came in 1993 for another duo effort with Atkins. Other major Reed hits include "Lord, Mr. Ford," "East Bound and Down," and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)." He also won positive notice for his acting roles in films including W.W. and the Dixie Dance Kings, and Smokey and the Bandit. "Every move he made was to entertain, and make the world more fun," said Reed devotee Brad Paisley. "Because he was such a great, colorful personality with his acting and songs and entertaining, sometimes people didn't even notice that he was just about the best guitarist you'll ever hear."

Also entering is songwriter Don Schlitz. The Medallion Ceremony, which officially inducts the newest members, will be held in the fall. (Sources: Country Music Hall of Fame press release)

JASON ALDEAN & THOMAS RHETT COME UP BIG AT THE ACM AWARDS

(April 3rd) Georgia stars continue to dominate the country awards with Jason Aldean & Thomas Rhett winning big at last nights ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Jason Aldean took home the Entertainer of the Year and Thomas Rhett won his first Male Vocalist of the Year award. Little Big Town repeated as Vocal Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett also won for Song Of the Year with "Die A Happy Man". Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw won for Event of the Year with their song "May We All". FGL also won with Single of the Year with "H.O.L.Y". For Jason, it was his first Entertainer of the Year in any award and the same with Thomas, winning his first Male Vocalist of the Year.

COLT FORD FEATURED IN NEW COUNTRY NETWORK SHOW

(March 30th) The Country Network is set to premiere its newest field party-inspired series, titled "Saturday Night Field Party" on Saturday, April 15 at 9 p.m. The weekend show will feature Average Joes' recording artist Colt Ford as guest host in the first four episodes leading up to his album release, "Love Hope Faith," to be released on May 5. The hour-block Field Party will showcase the best of videos that will speak straight to the heart of rural America--make you want to shut down the John Deere, spark up the bonfire, and crank up those tunes! The Country Network's Cary Rolfe comments, "Every Saturday night, in fields across America, trucks are bring circled, tailgates dropped, bonfires lit, and this kind of music is blaring from the speakers," continuing, 'Saturday Night Field Party' is meant to bring that party to your living room, and what better way to kick it off than with the King himself, Colt Ford." "I'm excited to introduce The Country Network's 'Saturday Night Field Party,'" said Colt Ford. "Country fans will love this new series where they can get down and party with their favorite artists. What a great way to spend a Saturday night in the heartland!" So grab a cold one from the fridge and park it on the couch, and tune in every Saturday at 9 p.m. for a "Saturday Night Field Party." Colt Ford is the first to take the reins, but other musical guests will also be guest hosting the show throughout its inaugural season. New episodes will be re-aired that following morning at 1 a.m. (Source: Avergage Joe Entertainment).

GEORGIA ARTIST STILL DOMINATE ACM AWARDS NOMININATIONS

(Feb 16th) Georgia artist still dominate the ACM Awards with nominations that were announced this morning by Lady Antebellum. Up for Entertainer of the Year are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. For Male Vocalist of the Year, Jason Aldean and Thomas Rhett. Vocal Duo of the Year, Florida Georgia Line ., Vocal Group of the Year, Lady Antebellum and Little Big Town., New Male Artist of the Year, Kane Brown., New Female Artist of the Year, Lauren Alaina., Album of the Year, "Dig Your Roots" by Florida Georgia Line., Single of the Year, "H.O.L.Y" by Florida Georgia Line. Song of the Year, "Die A Happy Man" Thomas Rhett. Video of the Year "Forever Country" Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Vocal Event of the Year, "Forever Country., "May We All" Florida Georgia Line with Tim McGraw. The show will air April 2nd from Las Vegas with Luke Bryan co-hosting again with Dierks Bentley. For a full list of the nominees, go to acmcountry.com

LUKE BRYAN TO SING NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL

(Jan 23rd) Luke Bryan announced prior to the Atlanta Falcons / Green Bay National Conference Championship yesterday, that he would be signing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 51 in Houston. The Super Bowl will be between his homestate Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots. Luke becomes the first male singer to sing the anthem since Billy Joel in 2007. Also, Lady Antebellum annouced they will be performing at the Pre Game party at the NRG Center prior to the game.

GEORGIA ARTIST NOMINATED FOR PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS

(Jan 2nd) Several Georgia artist have been nominated in the 2017 People's Choice Awards. Luke Bryan & Sam Hunt are both up for Favorite Male Country Artist. Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band are nominated for Favorite Country Group. The 43rd People's Choice Awards, honoring the best in popular culture for 2016, will be held on January 18, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast live on CBS at 9pm EST.

THOMAS RHETT NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY AWARD

(Dec 7th) Thomas Rhett has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the 2017 Grammy Awards, Feb 12th from Los Angeles. Thomas, along with fellow co-writers, Sean Douglas and Joe Spargur, all co-wrote "Die A Happy Man", which is nominated for Song of the Year. The Awards show will air on CBS at 8pm EST.

THOMAS RHETT AND LITTLE BIG TOWN WIN AT CMA AWARDS

(Nov 3rd) Thomas Rhett won his first CMA Awards last night when he won for Single of the Year, for "Die A Happy Man". He also performed the song on the show. Little Big Town continued their reign as Vocal Group Of the Year with their win. They also performed, with their new song "Better Man". The show marked the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. With being the 50th year, the show opened with a melody of top hits over the years with appearances by Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, Bill Anderson and many more legends of country music. For a full list of nominees and winners, go to cmaworld.com/cma-awards/nominees/

THOMAS RHETT WITH FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE RAISE $250 MIL FOR ORPHANS

(Oct 7th) Thomas Rhett raised over $250,000 during his first-ever charity concert event Thomas Rhett & Friends on Tuesday (Oct. 4). Held at The Old School just outside of Nashville, the concert and dinner event benefited the organization 147 Million Orphans. Guest performers included Dierks Bentley, Russell Dickerson, Walker Hayes and Shane McAnally as well as a surprise performance from Florida Georgia Line. Guests enjoyed a farm-to-table dinner, limited edition merchandise, and a post-show s'more roasting with Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren. "Last night was an unreal experience for me and Lauren, to see our hometown, as well as people from all over the country, coming together to support something that's so important to us," said Thomas Rhett. "Tuesday nights are like Saturday nights to artists, so I want to be sure to thank Dierks, Brian and Tyler, Shane, Walker and Russell for giving up part of their weekends to make it such a special night, and help us raise money and awareness for this amazing cause." (Source: MusicRow.com)

GEORGIA ARTIST LEAD CMA NOMINATIONS

(Aug 31st) The Country Music Association will celebrate its 50th year of the CMA Awards in November. Georgia artist once again lead the field of nominees, which was announced this morning by Keith Urban, Cam and Dierks Bentley. Luke Bryan is up for Entertainer of the Year. Thomas Rhett is nominated for Single and Song of the Year (Die A Happy Man). Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band are up for Vocal Group of the Year. Florida Georgia Line once again is nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Luke Bryan is also nominated with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild for Musical Event of the Year ("Home Alone Tonight"). Cole Swindell is up for New Artist of the Year. The Awards show will air live on ABC, November 2nd at 8pm EST.

GEORGIA STARS WIN AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

(May 23rd) Thomas Rhett and Luke Bryan won big at the Billboard Music Awards, held last night in Las Vegas. Thomas won Top Country Song for "Die A Happy Man". Luke took hope Top Country Artist.

LUKE BRYAN AND JASON ALDEAN AMONG HIGHEST PAID ENTERTAINERS

(May 17th) According to Billboard's "Top Money-Makers List of 2015", Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean placed #7 and #11 for earnings by entertainers last year. Bryan, a Leesburg, Ga., native, came in at No. 7 of this year's list of highest earners. He earned a total of $23.1 million in 2015 -- $4 million from sales, $511,500 from streaming, $694,900 from publishing and $17.9 million from touring. "Bryan isn't just one of the top live acts in music," Billboard wrote. "He finished sixth among all artists in combined physical and digital sales ($4 million) and is country's No. 1 streaming act -- 13th among all artists -- after generating a massive 667 million streams in 2015." Aldean, a Macon, Ga., native, came at No. 11 on the list earning $18.9 million in 2015 -- $1.6 million from sales, $161,500 from streaming, $23,500 from publishing and $17.1 million from touring. "Aldean's recorded output generated more than $1.7 million in sales and streaming revenue but only $23,500 in publishing royalties, because the indie country artist relies heavily on outside songwriters," Billboard reported. There is no word about when Aldean will be coming to Georgia for a show, but he is in the process of recording his seventh-studio album while Byran is slated to play May 20 and 21 in Atlanta at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Other Georgia acts that where listed were: Florida Georgia line at #19 with $11.5 million, (Sources: Atlanta Business Chronicle)

GEORGIA STARS UP FOR CMT AWARDS

(May 12th) Many Georgia stars once again were nominated for the CMT Awards. Florida Georgia Line is up for Video of the Year with "Sippin' On Fire" as well as Jason Aldean's"Tonight Looks Good On You", Luke Bryan's "Strip It Down", Little Big Town's "Girl Crush", Sam Hunt's "Break Up In A Small Town" Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man". Luke Bryan is up for Male Video of the Year for "Kick The Dust Up", also Sam Hunt "Break Up In A Small Town" and Thomas Rhett "Die A Happy Man". Florida Georgia line is nominated for Group / Duo Video of the Year for "Sippin' On Fire"., Little Big Town "Girl Crush" and Zac Brown Band "Loving You Easy". Brantley Gilbert is nominated with Lynyrd Skynyrd for Performance Video of the Year for "Whats Your Name" as well as Jennifer Nettles with Cheap Trick "I Want You To Want Me". The awards show will air June 8th on CMT from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

JASON ALDEANS WINS ACM ENTERTAINER OF YEAR, ALONG WITH OTHER GA WINS

(April 4th) Jason Aldean finally won his ACM Entertainer of the Year Award, last night at the Academy of Country Music Awards, in Las Vegas. Florida Georgia Line once again was Vocal Duo of the Year. Little Big Town repeated as Vocal Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett's "Die A Happy Man" was Single of the Year and Little Big Town also won with Miranda Lambert for Vocal Event of the Year for "Smokin' & Drinkin'. For a complete list of winners, go to www.acmcountry.com,.

BILL ANDERSON TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

(Feb 18th) Bill Anderson, a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, will release an autobiography in September. Titled Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life in Country Music, the book traces Anderson's life from his Georgia roots to his achievements as one of Nashville's most enduring songwriters. Music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper served as a contributing writer on the book, which will be published by University of Georgia Press. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and personal stories from Anderson's early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI's first ICON Award winner in the country music genre. "I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me, bring the book, and let me tell you about it," said Anderson. With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney's "Country," the 78-year-old Anderson is the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive decades. At age 23, he was the youngest writer to ever be named BMI's Songwriter of the Year, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift. He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1961, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1975 and the County Music Hall of Fame in 2001. (Source: MusicRow.com)

LITTLE BIG TOWN EARNS GRAMMY AWARD

(Feb 16th) Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" picked up Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Its trio of writers (Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna) earned Best Country Song. Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild said, "Thank you the beautiful writers for this gorgeous song. Thank you for bringing us to this big ole party. Jay Joyce for killing this record in the studio, you just made the most beautiful music." "This is the best thing ever," said Phillip Sweet. The band also performed "Girl Crush" on the show.

GEORGIA STARS GAIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

(Feb 5th) Several Georgia artist received Grammy nominations this week. Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" is up for Overall Song of the Year as well as Best Duo/ Group performance and Best Country Song. Charles Kelly is up for Best Duo/ Country Performance of "Driver". Sam Hunt is nominated for Overall New Artist of the Year. Sam Hunt's "Montevallo" CD is up for Best Country Album.

GEORGIA ACTS LEAD LIST OF ACM AWARD NOMINEES

(Feb 1st) Georgia's top acts once again lead the list of nominees for the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards, coming April 3rd. Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean are once again nominated for Entertainer of the Year. Jason is up for Male Artist of the Year. Florida Georgia Line is once again nominated for Duo of the Year. Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band are up for Vocal Group of the Year. Thomas Rhett is nominated again for Best New Artist of the Year. Sam Hunt's cd "Montevallo", Thomas Rhetts "Tangled Up", are both nominated for Album of the Year. Thomas Rhett's single "Die A Happy Man", Sam Hunt's "Take Your Time" and Little Big Towns "Girl Crush" are all up for Single of the Year. Little Big Town's video of "Girl Crush" is up for Video of the Year. And Luke Bryan with Karen Fairchild (of Little Big Town), song, "Home Alone Tonight" is nominated for Vocal Event of the Year. For a full list of nominees, go to www.acmcountry.com

ZAC BROWN ENTERS THE WINE BUSINESS

(Jan 29th) Zac Brown is in the wine business. He has partnered with winemaker John Killebrew and is making Z. Alexander Brown wines. "Wine has always fascinated me because of its inherent connection to the land and the artistry necessary to craft a distinct and memoriable experience," says Brown. "As a long-time wine enthusiast, I am excited to unveil the first of many vintages to come." The website for his wine, is Zalexanderbrown.com. (Source: AllAboutCountry.com)

TRISHA YEARWOOD TO STAR AS IN FOX'S "THE PASSION"

(Jan 15th) Trisha Yearwood has been selected to play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in The Passion, a two-hour musical event airing live from New Orleans. The Passion will air on Palm Sunday, March 20, at 8 p.m. ET live on FOX. Prince Royce will play the disciple Peter. Yearwood and Royce join Tyler Perry, who was previously announced as the event's host and narrator. The Passion, written by Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical), tells the story of the last hours of Jesus Christ's life on Earth through a variety of popular music, sung by the cast including Yearwood and Royce, and arranged specifically for this event by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages). Robert Deaton (executive director of the CMA Awards) will serve as executive producer and showrunner for the special. (Source: MusicRow.com)

KENNY ROGERS TO OPEN THEME PARK NORTH OF ATLANTA

(Dec 23rd) Kenny Rogers may be retiring from touring, but the Gambler still has something up his sleeve -- a Dollywoodesque theme park in Georgia. Rogers told The Guardian newspaper "40 miles north of Atlanta, on an island, [will be] Kennyland or Kenny World. It's going to be something really special." Rogers, who is currently on tour promoting his "Once Again It's Christmas" album, added the park will be "more high-tech" than Dollywood and will have a theme similar to Austin, Texas' South by Southwest (SXSW) "where singers and songwriters will want to come..." "We have an avatar of me on the stage," he added.

TRISHA YEARWOOD'S "Southern Kitchen" RETURNS

(Dec 10th). Trisha Yearwood returns with the seventh season of her Emmy-winningŪ series, Trisha's Southern Kitchen, premiering Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10:30 a.m. ET/PT. The 13-episode season will feature a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame, a down-home dinner with Reba McEntire, a Graceland visit honoring Elvis Presley and a Habitat for Humanity build. In the premiere episode, Yearwood is honored with the ASCAP Voice of Music Award. Tour her Nashville kitchen and go behind-the-scenes at FoodNetwork.com/Trisha. (Source: MusicRow.com)

KENNY ROGERS TO RECEIVE CMT'S "ARTIST OF A LIFETIME" AWARD

(Nov 18th). Kenny Rogers will be honored with the "Artist of a Lifetime" award, presented by Ram Trucks. Rogers, who earlier this year announced his retirement from touring, will be honored for his extensive music career spanning across multiple genres for decades. The entertainer is the second recipient of the honor, with Merle Haggard receiving it in 2014. "You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions. You don't always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can't thank you enough," said Rogers. CMT will honor Kenny on Dec 2nd, as their CMT Artist of the Year show will be broadcast live at 8pm from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. (Source: CMT.com)

LUKE LEADS GEORGIA ACTS IN WINNING CMA AWARDS LAST NIGHT

(Nov 5th). Luke Bryan repeated as Entertainer of the Year at last nights CMA Awards in Nashville. Florida Georgia Line continued to be the winner of the Duo Of The Year. 1/2 Georgian's, Little Big Town, again was Group of the Year. Other winners were surprised winner Chris Stapleton winning Male Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. Miranda Lambert won Female Artist of the Year. Little Big Town also won Single and Song of the Year with "Girl Crush".

GEORGIA ACTS NOMINATED FOR AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS

(Oct 14th) Georgia acts once again, dominated the country categories at the American Music Awards, announced yesterday. Luke Bryan is up for Artist of the Year and Country Male Artist of the Year. Sam Hunt is up for Best New Artist of the Year and Country Male Artist of the Year. Jason Aldean made it an ALL Georgia artist in the Country Male category. Zac Brown Band and Florida Georgia Line joined Little Big Town for Duo or Group Country Artist of the Year. And Jason Aldean "Old Boots, New Dirt", Florida Georgia Line "Anything Goes" and Sam Hunt "Montevallo" are up for Country Album of the Year. The American Music Awards winners are voted entirely by fans. Voting opened today in all categories except those listed below. Fans can vote for each category once per day, per platform in any (or many) of the below ways: Via AMAvote.com, Posting a status on FACEBOOK that includes the nominee's name and the category's hashtag within the post(s). Posting a tweet on TWITTER that includes the nominee's name or TWITTER handle, the category name and #AMAs within the post(s).Voting for New Artist of the Year Presented by KOHL's and Collaboration of the Year Un-leashed by T-MOBILE will open on NOVEMBER 1st at 12:01a (ET). The awards show will broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 22nd at 8 pm (ET) on ABC.

CHARLES KELLEY OF LADY ANTEBELLUM TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM

(Oct 6th) Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum has announced he will release his first solo single "The Driver" to country radio. Kelley clarifies that this is no sign that Lady Antebellum is breaking up, just a side project for his talent. "The perspective seemed like a Crosby, Stills, and Nash story song," Kelley says of the lyrics. "We went in the studio to record it with no agenda. I thought maybe it'll be the start of the next Lady Antebellum record, maybe we'll scrap it, maybe I'll pitch the song to other singers." "Having Hillary and Dave's support means a lot to me," adds Kelley. "We love each other and we're having a blast. This was just a pure musical detour, to take myself out of my own head and off the treadmill for a minute. I hope and think it can bring in a fresh perspective when we go back in to make the next Lady Antebellum record." To listen to "The Driver" click play below.

KENNY ROGERS TO RETIRE FROM TOURING

(Sept 25th) 77 year old Kenny Rogers will soon leave the tour bus behind. After 57 years spent on the road, Rogers announced on NBC's The Today Show this morning (Sept. 25) that his 2016 world tour will be his last. Dates and information for Rogers' final World Tour will be announced at a later date. Rogers is set to ring in the upcoming holidays with his first Christmas album in 17 years, Once Again It's Christmas (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville). Even though Kenny was born in Houston, Texas, he has spent the last number of years living in Georgia, from a farm in Athens to a home in Atlanta. In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

TRISHA YEARWOOD GETS A STAR ON MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME

(Sept 14th) Trisha Yearwood, with superstar husband, Garth Brooks, hit a very special milestone this week as they officially earned their stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. The country icons now have their own shining stars in Walk of Fame Park just outside downtown Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. They join fellow Nashville musicians Loretta Lynn Jack White as inductees this year. "It's pretty sweet in the fact that its right there, it's right next to Miss Yearwood," Brooks tells CountryMusicIsLove. "So, to kind of put it in cement and then to know that right to the left of us is Loretta Lynn, the queen of country music. That's a pretty good neighborhood to be in. I'm the luckiest guy on the planet, in between Trisha and Loretta." Yearwood was just as thrilled to have her name permanently etched in the polished stone plaque. "It's awesome. You know, awards are great. You take them home and put them in a special place, but something that's actually in cement, that is in the city forever is surreal and amazing," she explains. "As a young girl, all I wanted to do was to move here and be a singer and to be a part of the community. So today really kind of brings it all home for me. It just feels like 'Wow, we actually did all that.' It's really special." A free public ceremony was held Sept. 10, 2015 to honor the country music couple, who are the proud owners of stars No. 65 and 64. The Music City Walk of Fame honors musicians of all genres who have made significant contributions to the music scene and have a connection to Nashville. Inductees are nominated through the Visit Music City website. (Sources: TasteOfCountry.com)

GEORGIA ACTS AGAIN DOMINATE CMA AWARDS NOMINATIONS

(Sept 10th) Georgia acts once again dominated the CMA Awards nominations, announced yesterday from New York City. Luke Bryan was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. Jason Aldean is up for Album of the Year ("Old Boots, New Dirt"). (He didnt make the Male Artist of the Year category). Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett both were nominated for Best New Artist of the Year. Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band both are again nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. Florida Georgia Line was nominated again for Vocal Duo of the Year. Sam Hunt also was nominated for Single of the Year and Song of the Year, for "Take Your Time". The awards show will be broadcasted live on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wed night, Nov 4th.