Josh Turner suffered a “devastating loss” after one of his tour buses carrying his road crew crashed in California leaving one dead and seven people injured.

The country singer and his band were traveling in separate buses when the crew’s bus went off the roadway and crashed into an embankment. 
 
The bus was headed to Washington State Wednesday night following Turner's show in Paso Robles. The cause of the accident is under investigation.  

David Turner died in the crash.  

Turner (no relation to the singer) had been the sound man for the band for 12 years, and before joining Turner’s crew, he had worked with crews for Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams Jr., Conway Twitty, Patti Loveless for more than 40 years.
 
A representative for Turner said in a statement, “Please keep the crew, band and Josh in your thoughts and prayers. All remaining shows in September will be rescheduled for a later date.”

Luke Combs has added 10 dates to his schedule that will follow his massive 2019 Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour that kicks off next week in Arkansas. The newly announced dates for his What You See is What You Get Tour will begin in February and run through April of 2020.

Combs will hit Missouri, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Michigan, New Mexico and Colorado before closing out in Houston, Texas with a April 25th show at Toyota Center. The 2020 dates will include support from special guests Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker.

The new dates join 35 previously announced shows for 2019. 
http://lukecombs.com 

Brad Paisley is the subject of a new ABC TV special titled, "Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special". 

The hour-long, prime-time "variety special will showcase the energy of Music City from Nashville's iconic War Memorial Auditorium through a combination of Paisley's signature humor, unexpected surprises, heartfelt field pieces and rousing musical performances." Country stars Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Carrie Underwood will all be part of the TV special, as will Rucker's band Hootie & the Blowfish, the Jonas Brothers, The Bachelor host "Chris Harrison", football player Peyton Manning and others.
 
"Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special" will air on ABC later this year.  

Chuck Dauphin, a Billboard contributing writer since 2011, died Wednesday (Sept. 18) of complications from diabetes. He was 45.

The longtime radio and music journalist was an esteemed Nashville fixture, well known for his passionate support of country music.

During his last days at Nashville’s Alive Hospice, he was kept company by a steady stream of music community friends including John Schneider (who sang The Dukes of Hazzard theme to him); one of his heroes, former WSM-Nashville DJ and Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey; and country superstar Randy Travis. “If ever you needed a friend...or a kind word, you could count on Chuck Dauphin. A gentleman through all the years of my career, who always focused on the best in everyone,” Travis said in a statement. “Chuck was a gift to this world and leaves us all better because he crossed our paths. Rest now in peace and perfect health, Brother Chuck—Forever and Ever,  Amen.”

In 2014, Dauphin received the CMA Media Achievement Award, an honor voted on by the CMA member publicists in appreciation of journalists who promote country music.

"I can't carry a tune or play an instrument, but I have always loved telling people about music -- whether a superstar like Tim McGraw or Lee Ann Womack, a legend like Kenny Rogers or a brand-new artist that nobody has ever heard of -- yet," Dauphin told Billboard at the time.

“We will remember Chuck as first and foremost a true country music fan, second only to his skills as one of our genre’s most beloved journalists,” CMA CEO Sarah Trahern told Billboard upon hearing of Dauphin’s passing. “We are grateful to have had the honor of awarding him with our CMA Media Achievement Award in 2014 in addition to his many contributions to CMA Close Up throughout the years. 

Dauphin’s health had taken a turn for the worse in summer 2018, when he had to have his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes and an infection. Until his death 13 months later, he was in and out of the hospital and rehab, but he continued to write for Billboard, most recently interviewing Vince Gill just weeks ago about his latest album, Okie.

 

 

The piece was one of more than 1,000 articles Dauphin estimated he had written for Billboard and other publications, including Rolling Stone, Sounds Like Nashville and The Boot. “Despite his poor health, all Chuck wanted was to get back to writing and highlighting the artists he believed so passionately in,” says Melinda Newman, Billboard’s executive editor, West Coast & Nashville. “Country artists had no better friend than Chuck. The love and regard he held for acts -- whether they were newcomers or veterans -- came through in every story that he wrote. Chuck was a true believer in country music and his faith never wavered. The depth of his knowledge greatly enhanced our coverage and we will miss him dearly.” 

Dauphin, who grew up in Burns, Tenn., outside of Nashville, was equally passionate about radio, often spending hours at night trolling for tunes.

"I would scan down through the AM band at night, and find stations such as WBAP/Dallas, WWL/New Orleans, and WLW/Cincinnati. Each of those stations had live bodies on the air back then. I used to think it was so neat that at 12:30 a.m., you could hear them talking 500 miles away,” he said in 2014. “I actually developed my own imaginary radio station, WBRQ -- W-Burns (my hometown in Tennessee)-Q. I would take my boom box that my grandmother had bought me, and would read ads from the local paper, and do intros and outros of the songs." 

These skills served him well when he started working as a radio broadcaster in 1991, during his junior year in high school, at WDKN, Dickson, Tenn. He worked there for 18 years, rose to program director and was known to everyone in Dickson County by his on-air personality, “Crazy Chucky.” His radio career also included stops at WNKX, Centerville, Tenn., and Nashville’s WSM-AM.

Among the survivors are his father Charles F. Dauphin, Jr.; his stepmother, Marcia Dauphin; stepson Zach Heath and stepdaughter Isabella Heath. Memorial service and funeral information will be announced later.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations in Dauphin’s name be made to Music Health Alliance, MusiCares, Alive Hospice, The Opry Trust Fund or Nashville Humane Association.

Luke Bryan will help the Grand Ole Opry in the fight against breast cancer next month by flipping the switch that turns the Opry pink.

The 11th annual Opry Goes Pink show on October 22nd in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will feature two performance by Bryan at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Additional performers include Anita Cochran, Sara Evans, Craig Morgan and the Oak Ridge Boys.

The Opry will donate $5 from each ticket sold—beginning today—to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Brothers Osborne have canceled three weekend performances due to a personal matter. The real-life brothers will no longer be performing at Farm Aid 2019 and two Outlaw Music Festival shows.

A tweet from John and TJ Osborne's official account explains that the duo is canceling their Friday (Sept. 20) and Sunday (Sept. 22) appearances at the Outlaw Music Festival stops in Indianapolis, Ind., and Cincinnati, Ohio, respectively, "due to personal reasons." A rep for Brothers Osborne confirmed the brothers will also no longer be playing Saturday's (Sept. 21) Farm Aid 2019 event.

Brothers Osborne's rep did not elaborate further as to the reason for their cancellations. However, she says they will be back out on the road with Chris Stapleton in a couple of weeks.

For Kelly Clarkson's "Kellyoke" segment of her new talk show, the singer belted Kelsea Ballerini's moving on anthem, "Miss Me More."

Ballerini freaked out, writing, "welp, that’s it for me folks. #shetooktheoctave," alongside a skull emoji. Kelsea added, "I love you and loved being on your show...especially this part!"
 
Ballerini also took part on a fun segment of Tuesday's episode, in which she, Clarkson, Jessica Alba, Miss Virginia Camille Schrier and 9-year-old science enthusiast Amoy Antunet made a nitrogen cloud.  
Ballerini, freaked out over hearing the cover tweeting, "welp, that’s it for me folks. #shetooktheoctave.  I love you and loved being on your show...especially this part!"

Before being dubbed "country music," the musical stories passed down the hills of Tennessee from generations of working-class Irish and Scottish decedents held a different name: Hillbilly music. 

Episode one of Ken Burns' expansive PBS documentary "Country Music" identifies "hillbilly" as deriving from a 1925 recording session between Ralph Peer, a pioneer of commercializing country music, and a string band fronted by early country player Al Hopkins. 

Magazines and newspapers ran with the term, often describing subjects of hillbilly stories as "quaint and quirky." Variety magazine pushing as far as calling some "Illiterate and ignorant, poor white trash." 

The segment raises a time-tested debate: Is 'hillbilly' an offensive term?

Dolly Parton, a country icon rooted in Eastern Tennessee culture, explains, "It doesn't offend us hillbillies, it’s our music. But if you’re an outsider and you’re sayin’ it’s hillbilly music because you don't know any music, it’s almost like a racist remark. If we're hillbillies, we’re proud of it, but you’re not allowed to say it if you don’t really know what you’re talkin’ about." 

Jason Aldean launches his 20-date 2020 We Back Tour Jan. 30 in Columbia, SC. Joining him for the first leg are Morgan Wallen, Riley Green and Dee Jay Silver. 
https://www.jasonaldean.com/tour

 

The Highwomen—Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris and Natalie Hemby—reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the release of their self-titled debut album.
The new album moved 34,000 equivalent units, according to Nielsen Music.

 

Sara Evans kicks off her 10-city Blue Christmas Tour Dec. 5 in Huntsville, AL, with Temecula Road opening.  
https://saraevans.com/tour/

Billy Currington was in Key West Sunday to help load relief supplies for the people impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The country star partnered with the group Key West Cares, which was founded by residents of the Florida Keys to aid victims of the hurricane.

The group loaded 7,000 pounds of goods -- ranging from generators to roofing supplies -- in a vintage DC-3 aircraft.

Currington and the coordinator of the Key West organization flew to the Bahamas to oversee the distribution of the supplies.

Key West Cares says it has delivered 20 tons of supplies to the Bahamian people.

Currington filmed the video for his hit song "People Are Crazy" on Green Turtle Cay, which was hit hard by the storm.