Garth Brooks opened up the first of seven dates in Nashville on Saturday night, and before taking the stage to a sold-out crowd at Bridgestone Arena, he and wife Trisha Yearwood answered some questions at a pre-show press conference. 

When asked if the string of Music City shows would include any special guests, Brooks answered: "There’s a dream of mine that started with a Carrie Underwood post of her husband [retired NHL player Mike Fisher] singing 'The River' three years ago. And I told him, come on, let’s finish it here!"

Fisher apparently just couldn't get over his cold feet. Garth said, ”I bet you, the phone calls, there’s been a hundred of them. 'I’m heading out again...I'm heading out again...' Nope! He’s scared to death.

"I don’t think there’d be a better joy for me though," Brooks smiled. "You’re talking artists, I’m talking a kid who represents his talent great and classy, and has a pretty good singing voice too." 

 

Carrie Underwood has shared a new video montage set to the song, “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.”

The clip is the same one shown on the big-screen during Underwood shows on her massive Storyteller Tour during the song, and is taken from the singer’s recently-released live concert film, "Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour – Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden".

The warm, nostalgic montage chronicles the country star’s family life, with intimate photos featuring husband Mike Fisher, son Isaiah and even the dogs, Ace and Penny.

A link to the video is below...

https://youtu.be/E_iinWhok9k

Sugarland will release a new song, "Still the Same," on December 21st That's in addition to a new tour launch in 2018. The duo, comprised of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, are also in the studio recording a new album.

Sugarland is set to perform at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2018 from New York City’s Times Square on December 31st. For more information about upcoming music and tours, visit SugarlandMusic.com.

It was a Blake Shelton song that helped 8-year-old Sammy Hodgett get through his toughest days during cancer recovery, and now the young Illinois boy will actually get to meet Blake in person. After being diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia three years ago, Hodgett faced an uphill battle when a reaction to his chemotherapy forced him into a medically induced coma for nearly six weeks. As Sammy was in the coma, his family would continue to play him music from his favorite country star, Shelton. Eventually, Hodgett recognized Blake's famous hit "Boys Round Here" and even started singing it as he faced the tough road to recovery. 

Well, according to WQAD-TV, word of Sammy's incredible story has now reached Shelton, who agreed to meet him and his family at his upcoming show in Moline, Illinois, in February. When Hodgett's mom Becky heard that her Facebook campaign to set up the meet and greet had actually worked, she was speechless. She told the news station, "It's crazy, I just can't even believe it and you know, he's this big star and you feel like they don't always have time to look at that kind of thing." 

Sammy's cancer is in remission, and he has less than seven months of chemotherapy treatment left.

Chris Stapleton has the top selling country CD in the U.S. and second on the overall Billboard list with "From a Room, Volume 2."  The disc moved 125,000 units with 116,000 in pure album sales. "From a Room: Volume 1," which came out in May, also debuted in second with 219,000 units.

Garth Brooks' "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," a five-CD set of outtakes and more, fell from 4th 10th with 40,000 units, down 30 percent.

U2 scored its eighth number one release with "Songs of Experience" moving 186,000 equivalent album units for the week ending December 7th. The charts will be out on Tuesday.

While Variety reports that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman aren't the buyers of a lavish, $39 million townhouse in Manhattan, the couple does appear to be selling one of their homes in the Nashville area. According to the publication, Keith and Nicole have put their Franklin, Tennessee, home on the market for a cool $3.45 million. Located roughly 30 minutes outside of Nashville, the secluded home boasts more than 5,000 square feet of living space and is nestled on nearly 36 acres of wooded land. Among the home's many amenities are a separate cottage next to the main residence, a large fitness room, and a galley-style kitchen.

Dierks Bentley is set to receive a significant honor during the 2018 Country Radio Seminar. The country star has been selected as the recipient of the CRS 2018 Artist Humanitarian Award for his extensive charitable work.

The honor is awarded by the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals to a country music artist who has "exhibited exceptional humanitarian efforts during their career." Bentley is receiving the accolade for his Miles & Music for Kids motorcycle ride and concert, which has raised more than $4 million for children's hospitals across the country.

Dr. Ralph Stanley, the Judds, Emmylou Harris and Little Big Town are among the artists to be featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2018.
 
The Nashville country music institution has announced its full slate of exhibits for next year, which kicks off March 9th with “American Currents: The Music of 2017.” Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Randy Travis and Chris Young are among the artists featured in the contemporary show.

Little Big Town will be featured in an exhibit launching June 29th, followed by a display spotlighting Dr. Ralph Stanley, which starts July 13th.

The Judds will be the featured artist beginning August 3rd, with a look at Emmylou Harris’ storied career set to open on October 5th.

Charlie Daniels' 2018 Volunteer Jam will be a tribute concert in his honor. The annual event has been dubbed "Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie", and is set to take place on March 7, 2018, at 7PM CT, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Artists who have signed on for the show so far include Alison Krauss, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, the Oak Ridge Boys and Ricky Skaggs; of course, Daniels and his band will also perform, and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The Volunteer Jam serves as a fundraiser for the Journey Home Project, a military and veterans organization. Tickets for the 2018 Volunteer Jam will go on sale today at 10AM CT; visit VolunteerJamXX.com for more details.

Pop singer Bebe Rexha teamed with Florida Georgia Line to debut at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be" for the week ending December 16th.   Rexha was the first female to debut at number one on the Billboard country songs chart.

Rexha took over for LANCO whose "Greatest Love Story" fell to second. "What Ifs" from Kane Brown, featuring Lauren Alaina, stayed third. "When It Rains It Pours" by Luke Combs fell from second to fourth. Sam Hunt was fifth with "Body Like a Back Road."

Garth Brooks was first on the albums chart with "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," which includes alternative takes of previously released material.