Dolly Parton has announced that she is assisting with hurricane relief efforts in the United States and its territories.

The country music legend will be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief, an organization launched by all five living former American Presidents to aid in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and has been expanded to include Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
 
Parton will also be providing 500,000 books through a partnership via Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, First Book, and Penguin Young Readers to those impacted by the hurricanes. Her foundation initially donated 165,000 books and the shipping costs so books could be made available to educators quickly.
 
To learn more or donate to this effort—or if you work with a school or program affected by the storms, please visit support.firstbook.org.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn    “Echo in the Valley”  

Willie Nelson with Lukas and Micah Nelson    “Willie and The Boys: Willie’s Stash Vol. 2” (much of the album was recorded six years ago, featuring covers of country music standards and classics, including seven by Hank Williams Sr.)

Porter & The Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes    “Don’t Go Baby It’s Gonna Get Weird Without You” (Americana artist Chris Porter and bandmate Mitchell Vandenberg were killed in a van crash on their way to play a show in Baltimore in October 2016


Margo Price    “All American Made” (guests: Willie Nelson, The McCrary Sisters)


Darius Rucker    “When Was the Last Time” 


Lindsey Stirling    “Warmer in the Winter” (guests: Trombone Shorty, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low, Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G; Target-Exclusive CD, with two extra songs)


Tyminski (a 25-year member of Alison Krauss’ Union Station)    “Southern Gothic”

 
Chris Young    “Losing Sleep” 
 
    
Alan Jackson    “Let It Be Christmas” (2002 album)

 

Marshall Tucker Band    “Carolina Dreams Tour ’77 (Expanded Edition)” (three-CD set)  


Charley Pride    “Country Classics / Night Games / Power of Love / Back to the Country” (1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986 albums on two CDs)

 

John Rich is set to grow his chain of honky tonk bars he calls ‘Redneck Riviera’.

More American Hospitality based out of Nashville, Tennessee, will oversee the developments and operations of Redneck Rivera on the Las Vegas strip and the under-developed property on Broadway in Nashville. More American Hospitality currently owns and operates Fontanel in Nashville, TN, and the Deadwood Mountain Grand, a Holiday Inn Resort in Deadwood, SD.

The bars will serve food based on the location and will have live music entertainment every day and night. 

The Las Vegas bar is open in the Grand Bazaar Shops adjacent to Bally’s on the Las Vegas Strip.  

Redneck Riviera Nashville is expected to open of late 2017/early 2018 at 208 Broadway where Mike’s Ice Cream used to be located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues right in the heart of Honky Tonk Row.

 

Kenny Chesney announced the stadium portion of his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour, set to kick off his 2018 Trip Around The Sun Tour April 21st at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, one of 18 stadiums on the run.  Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay will join him. More dates and venues will be added. 
https://kennychesney.com/triparoundthesun

 

Parmalee announced their first-ever headlining tour, the Hotdamalama Tour, which will kick off November 3rd at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. Kasey Tyndall will open for the band.
http://www.parmalee.com/

 

George Strait has added two more dates to his Strait To Vegas concert series, performing February 2nd and 3rd at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open.
http://www.straittovegas.com/

 

Reba McEntire’s 2017 double-disc album, "Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope", won the Dove Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year.

The 48th annual Dove Awards recognized the work of Christian artists in a range of music genres.

Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood are among the first wave of performers announced for this year’s CMA Awards.

Other acts slated to perform include Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Brothers Osborne, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Old Dominion and Jon Pardi.

The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air November 8th on ABC at 7 pm CT. The ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hosting for the 10th year in a row.

 

Miranda Lambert will be featured in the November issue of Redbook and she opened up on a variety of personal topics, including how she feels about being a celebrity.
 
“I’m not actually a very good famous person at all,” she told the magazine. “I hate cameras. I don’t love the spotlight. It was a big shocker to me that the music business is 80% business and 20% music. I was like, ‘I didn’t know I signed up for all this other stuff.'”

On her favorite way to spend a night:

"Shark Tank and yoga pants, and I'm the happiest person. I watch Tiny House Nation on a Friday night, and I'm like, 'This is it! Frozen pizza. Woo!'"
 
You can check out more of what Lambert had to say when the issue hits newsstands on October 24th.

Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban will be honored during “CMT Artists of the Year”, which will air live tonight at 7pm on CMT.   The television special will also focus on the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival attack, in which at least 58 were killed and 500 were wounded. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. 

 

Kacey Musgraves shared her wedding photos on Twitter, with the caption:   "Saturday, in a sacred place where 2 rivers meet, I married my best friend..surrounded by the deepest kind of love and magic...."
Musgraves and Ruston and Ruston Kelly tied the knot on Saturday. Kacey took to Twitter to share some pics from the ceremony. The same pictures can be seen on her instagram.

Reba McEntire's former Wilson County, TN home might become a wedding and concert venue.

A potential buyer is seeking approval to use the home as an events venue. The proposal is scheduled to go before the Wilson County board of zoning appeals meeting on Friday.

The request seeks allowance for the former McEntire home and approximately 13 acres near State Route 109 and the Sumner County line to be used for events such as weddings, corporate retreats and charitable activities according to those working with the buyer.

Garth Brooks offered a preview of his ‘The Anthology Part 1, The First Five Years’, with a special, impromptu show at Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe.  Available November 14th,the intimate evening shared insight into the the first volume of a five-part anthology written by Brooks, which reflects on his meteoric rise and includes the music from the first five years of his career.

Highlights from the evening also streamed live on “Inside Studio G."  Fans experienced performances and personal accounts by Brooks, who was also joined by songwriters including Pat Alger (“The Thunder Rolls”), Tony Arata (“The Dance”), Kent Blazy (“If Tomorrow Never Comes”) and Victoria Shaw (“The River”) who all took to The Bluebird Cafe’s infamous round throughout the evening.

Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean have never had children of their own. And according to Parton, that's the way it was meant to be.

In an interview with the "Today" show, Parton talked to host Matt Lauer to promote her first children's album, "I Believe in You". She also works with kids through her charity Imagination Library, which has provided nearly 100 million free books to young children.

During the interview, Parton said fate led her to be a mother to everyone instead of just a mother to her own children. "God has a plan for everything," she said. "I think it probably was his plan for me not to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine. And they are now."

Parton, at age 71, says she's now in her "second childhood," which made it a perfect time to release songs for children. All the proceeds from the album go to Imagination Library.