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Dolly Parton Commits $1 Million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 Research

Dolly Parton Commits $1 Million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 Research

Dolly Parton revealed via Twitter on April 1 that she is donating $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 research. “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a…

Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Country Music Association—through its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation—has pledged $1 million to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events. The funds will be used to provide support to those…

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Unlike Jeff Bridges’ character The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Morgan Wallen loves the Eagles, man. Morgan has been turning heads with music, mullet and easygoing manner since bursting on the scene two years ago. The 26-year-old native of Sneedville, Tenn. (population 1,346) scored back-to-back No. 1 singles with “Up Down” (June 2018) and “Whiskey…

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

Nashville’s 2020 CMA Fest on June 4–7 has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. The Country Music Association issued the following statement on March 31: After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020.…

Sara Evans to Drop New Album and New Book in the Coming Months

Sara Evans to Drop New Album and New Book in the Coming Months

Sara Evans will be keeping busy over the next few months with the release of a new album, Copy That, and the release of a new book, Born to Fly. Copy That, which will drop on May 15, is a 13-song collection that features Sara covering country and pop songs that have inspired her career,…

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, 69, revealed via Facebook on March 31 that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Well folks, the bad news I’ve contracted the corona virus!!” said Ray. “Been feeling tired for about 10 days! Went to be tested on the 21st! No tests so went home! Went back yesterday…

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan scored the 24th No. 1 single of his career as “What She Wants Tonight” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Luke, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite—and produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens—“What She Wants Tonight” is the second…

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville singer/songwriter Kalie Shorr revealed via Twitter on March 30 that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19,” said Kalie in her initial tweet. “I’m feeling significantly better, but it’s proof how dangerous and contagious this…

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