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Ray Wylie Hubbard Drops Video for Ashley McBryde Duet "Outlaw Blood"

Ray Wylie Hubbard has shared another track off his forthcoming LP, Co-Starring, and true to the album's name, this one co-stars Ashley McBryde.

 

The two team up on vocals for the new song "Outlaw Blood," although as Rolling Stone notes, they shot its official visual from their separate homes to follow social distancing guidelines.

 

Co-Starring, which arrives on July 10 via Big Machine, will also feature guest appearances by Ringo Starr, Don Was, Chris Robinson, and Joe Walsh. All four of those artists appeared on Hubbard's previously released song off the project, “Bad Trick.”

 

Waylon Jennings Got Fired From a Radio DJ Gig for Playing Little Richard Too Often

Back before he became a country-music icon, Waylon Jennings was a teenage disc jockey at KVOW-AM in his hometown of Littlefield, Texas.

 

In his autobiography, Jennings recalled, "Every time I played a Little Richard record, the owner would come all the way back to the station from home. He wouldn't even call. He'd just cuss me, until one night I played two of them in a row and he fired me."

 

Saving Country Music notes that Jennings recorded Richard's "Lucille" as "Lucille (Why Won't You Do Your Daddy's Will)," which went to #1 in 1983.

 

Should Country Fans Be Upset About Gwen Stefani Playing the Grand Ole Opry?

On May 9, the Grand Ole Opry will continue its coronavirus-altered concert series with featured performances by Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton.

 

While the former two artists will perform together on the Opry stage, Shelton will play "Nobody But You," his hit duet with romantic partner Gwen Stefani, from his ranch in Oklahoma.

 

Some purists are upset over a pop star's inclusion in the sacred telecast, but Saving Country Music notes that nobody voiced similar objections when Vince Gill performed with Christian-pop artist Amy Grant.

 

"Despite what some may think about Gwen Stefani, she will undoubtedly draw many eyeballs and attention to a good cause," writes SCM. "Let’s bite our tongues for a more appropriate moment to rage against the incursion of pop into country, and see the bigger picture during this unprecedented time--because the Grand Ole Opry is ultimately for everyone."

Johnny Cash's Daughter-in-Law Cuts New Track "Brand New Pair of Shoes" From His Unused Lyrics

The Man in Black is back...sort of! Ana Cristina Cash--who's married to John Carter Cash, son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash--uses some of Johnny's never-before-heard lyrics on a new track called "Brand New Pair of Shoes."

 

Says Ana Cristina, a former Latin music prodigy, "My husband brought 'Brand New Pair of Shoes' to me on a piece of paper...It was very short, very few words. I sat with them for a while, and I really just wanted to do them justice."

 

She adds, "It sounded very playful and flirtatious. John Carter told me 'He's definitely talking about my mom.' Those lyrics are playful yet sarcastic at the same time.

 

It was really an honor to put them to music.” "Brand New Pair of Shoes" will appear on Ana Cristina's new album Shine, due out this coming Friday on the couple's Avondale Records.

Willie Nelson's Virtual Farm Aid Raises More Than $500,000 for U.S. Farmers

Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid concert had to move to social media this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but Billboard reports that the country icon still managed to raise over $500,000 for America's farmers.

 

The free livestream, held this past weekend, reportedly brought in donations from all 50 states and 15 countries--money that Farm Aid will use to offer emergency grants to family farmers and ranchers in need.

 

Legal, financial and mental-health resources are also funded by the event and can be accessed via the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline.

 

The online event featured performers like Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.

 

Dolly Parton Calls Kenny Rogers the Best Singer "in the History of Music" on "Biography"

Dolly Parton pays props to the late, great Kenny Rogers on A&E's Biography: Kenny Rogers.

 

In a clip from Rogers' 2017 All in for the Gambler farewell concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Parton tells Rogers onstage, “I don’t think anybody in the history of music has ever had a better ear for hit songs, nor could they sing ’em better than you."

She adds, "All the years I’ve worked with Kenny, I never get tired of hearing him sing.”

 

For his part, Rogers said about Parton at the event, “I’ve known Dolly for 30 years, so I think it’s so sweet of her to come here so I can say goodbye properly.”

 

The two-hour Biography: Kenny Rogers premieres April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. 
 

Lady A, Lily Tomlin Praise Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in "Biography" Sneak Peek

Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" is still one of the most iconic country songs of all time, and now some of Parton's closest friends and biggest fans are paying props to that classic track on A&E's upcoming Biography: Dolly. 

 

“A song like ‘9 to 5,’ everyone could relate to,” Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott says in a preview. “From a woman’s standpoint, a lot of those lyrics are hitting on some hot buttons that we’re still talking about today.” 

 

Adds bandmate Charles Kelley, "She gave country music a wider audience; she made it even more popular.”

 

Meanwhile, Parton's 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin adds about her role in the hit movie of the same name, “She was a big musical star and now a movie audience, with a huge hit as 9 to 5 was, just makes her better. A queen, an empress." 

 

Biography: Dolly premieres Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET.

Country Star Joe Diffie Dies From Coronavirus at Age 61

Grammy-Award winning country singer Joe Diffie died Sunday at the age of 61 from the coronavirus, USA Today reports. A rep for the singer confirmed the death, after he'd been hospitalized on Friday.

 

Diffie scored early '90s hits with songs like "Pickup Man," "Home," and albums like Honky Tonk Attitude, and Third Rock From The Sun. Diffie broke into Nashville first as a songwriter penning hits for artists like Ricky Van Shelton, Alabama and Holly Dunn, before signing a three-record deal with Epic.

 

He won a Grammy in 1998 for his collaboration with Marty Stuart called "Same Old Train." He was also an influence on many country stars who followed, including Jason Aldean and Chris Young.

 

Most recently he hosted a mid-day show on a Tulsa radio station starting last year. 

Travis Tritt Signs New Record Deal, Will Put Out Album Produced by Dave Cobb

The Travis Tritt comeback continues! Billboard reports that the country icon has just signed to a new label and will team up with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb to put out his next album. 

 

“I’m very excited about recording the new album with Dave Cobb. I’m also glad to be partnering with the Big Noise team and I’m looking forward to promoting this album with them in my corner,” Tritt said in a statement.

 

Tritt is now the first country artist to sign with the L.A.-based Big Noise label, which is also home to The Used, Ashley Tisdale, DJ Holiday, and New Politics.

 

Earlier this year, Tritt returned to the country charts for the first time in 13 years when he teamed up with Dierks Bentley's Hot Country Knights on their debut single, "Pick Her Up." 

 

Tritt's also touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd this month before joining Brooks and Dunn on their tour in May. 

Shania Twain Says She's "Found a New Voice" Since Throat Surgery

Shania Twain opens up about how vocal cord surgery has changed her personally and professionally in a preview for Sunday TODAY. "I’m never going to have my old voice again, and that’s just the way it is," Twain tells Willie Geist. "I mean, it's there. I have to go with it. I don't mind it."

 

In fact, the 54-year-old country icon thinks her voice actually sounds better after the surgery, which she underwent after contracting Lyme disease. "It's given me more room to play, to be honest," she explains. "I have gravel; I think it's kind of sexy."

 

Twain was originally misdiagnosed with a vocal cord disorder called dysphonia in 2011 and has since undergone two open-throat surgeries. This past June, she told Extra about her ordeal, "That was really, really, really tough and I survived that, meaning emotionally I survived, and am just ready to keep going."

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