Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will play the 2020 edition of MerleFest.

MerleFest, which will be held April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C. announced its initial line-up.

Also playing are...  The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Jim Lauderdale, Kruger Brothers, The Waybacks, Scythian, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce, Tommy Emmanuel, Shinyribs, Charley Crockett, Darrell Scott, The Steel Wheels, Robbie Fulks, Amythyst Kiah, Cordovas, Alison Brown, Andy May, "B" Townes, Banknotes, Bill & The Belles, Bryan Sutton, Carol Rifkin, Charles Welch, Chatham Rabbits, Che Apalache, The Cleverlys, Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt, David Holt, Fireside Collective, Flattop, Happy Traum, Hogslop String Band, InterACTive Theatre of Jef, Irish Mythen, Iron Horse Bluegrass, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jody Carroll, Joe Smothers, Ken Crouse, Laura Boosinger, The Local Boys, Los Texmaniacs, Mark Bumgarner, Mary Flower, Mitch Greenhill, Pete & Joan Wernick, Piedmont Bluz, Presley Barker, Rev. Robert Jones, Roy Book Binder, Sierra Ferrell, String Madness, T. Michael Coleman, Tony Williamson, Wayne Henderson, The Moore Brothers, The Williams Brothers, and Wyld Fern.

The complete lineup for MerleFest 2020 will be announced over the next few months.

Hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Dolly Parton, along with about a dozen other female artists, opened the ABC broadcast with a medley of country hits.  They performed a stripped-down rendition of Pam Tillis' "Those Memories of You."

Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Nettles performed Loretta Lynn's "You're Lookin' at Country" as Lynn smiled at them from the audience.

The Highwomen performed Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad".  Tanya Tucker then began performing her hit "Delta Dawn" before the Highwomen and Parton joined in.

Gretchen Wilson came out to the stage to rock out to “Redneck Woman," which most of the audience joined in singing along. Crystal Gayle slowed things down with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

Terri Clark appeared with her guitar at hand to sing her hit, "Better Things to Do."  Sara Evans performed “Born to Fly,” with the performers on stage humming along.

Martina McBride appeared from backstage and walked out to the main stage to finish things off with her smash hit, "Independence Day." All of the female performers came in and finished the chorus out together for a truly special moment to kick off the evening.

Also, Little Big Town invited Lindsay Ell, Maddie & Tae, Kelsea Ballerini, Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce and Runaway June on stage and used the moment to showcase the next generation of country music's most promising female artists.

The women performed LBT's 'Girl Crush'.

Garth Brooks won the top prize of Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville on Wednesday.

Kacey Musgraves was named Female Vocalist of the Year and Maren Morris' "Girl" earned the Album of the Year honor.

Luke Combs took home the statuettes for Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Beautiful Crazy."

Old Dominion was voted Vocal Group of the Year and Dan + Shay won the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy.

The Musical Event of the Year award went to "Old Town Road (Remix)" by Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus.

Blake Shelton won the Single of the Year prize for his song "od's Country" and Ashley McBryde was named New Artist of the Year.

Reba McEntire has announced a series of shows planned for the new year.

McEntire will begin her 2020 tour dates on March 20th in Evansville, Ind. Shows are scheduled in Toledo, Ohio; Biloxi, Miss; Peoria, Ill., and elsewhere through early May.  

Tickets for McEntire's 2020 shows will go on sale on November 22nd, but a pre-sale will be available to members of her mailing list starting on November 19th. Visit Reba.com for full details.

CMT revealed its 2020 Next Women of Country class during its seventh annual showcase at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Martina McBride introduced the 2020 class, which included Abbey Cone, Avenue Beat, Caylee Hammack, Gabby Barrett, Hailey Whitters, Kylie Morgan, Madison Kozak, Renee Blair, Sycamore, Tiera and Walker County.

CMT also announced that Tanya Tucker will headline the 2020 CMT Next Women of Country Tour. Supporting acts, venues and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, Brandi Carlile received CMT’s 2019 Impact Award for her “contributions to songwriting, recording, radio airplay, record sales, streams, media impressions, awards and touring in country music over the past year.

Miranda Lambert's "Wildcard" tops Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, becoming her seventh total and consecutive #1 on the list, encompassing her entire chart output.  

In its first week, ending November 7th, the set earned 53,000 equivalent album units, with 44,000 in album sales.
 
As Lambert lands her seventh No. 1 on Top Country Albums, she matches Carrie Underwood as the only artists in the list's 55-year-history to debut at #1, with seven consecutive albums. Underwood added her seventh out-of-the-gate No. 1 when "Cry Pretty" opened atop the tally dated September 29, 2018.

Ingrid Andress, Morgan Evans, Riley Green, HARDY, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Rich, Runaway June, Matt Stell and Mitchell Tenpenny were announced Monday as nominees for the Country Radio Seminar 2020 New Faces of Country Music Show. 

Since 1970, the annual showcase features performances from only five emerging country artists with impressive résumés on country radio. Voting for the 50th-anniversary show will open November 18th at 10 a.m. CT and run through the end of the day November 22nd at 11:59 p.m. CT at CountryRadioSeminar.com. 
 
The New Faces of Country Music Show will be held during CRS 2020 at the Omni Nashville Hotel. 

Jimmie Allen and his fiancee, Alexis Gale, have a baby on the way! The country star revealed on Monday morning that the couple is expecting a baby girl.

Allen shared his and Gale's happy news with a video posted to social media. The clip shows the couple, at Disney World's Beach Club Resort, surrounded by family and friends, popping a black balloon that's filled with pink dust as their loved ones spray pink silly string on them. The video ends with a sonogram photo and the caption: "We're having a girl"

Allen and Gale's baby girl will be his second child. He also has a son, Aadyn, from a previous relationship.

Maren Morris is just a few months away from giving birth to her first child with husband Ryan Hurd, and she took to Twitter on Monday to give an adorable baby update.

Morris uploaded a video of her sonogram, in which her baby boy appears to be waving at his mama.  The singer wrote,  "I got a wave today."
 
The baby is due in March 2020. 

RaeLynn has signed a worldwide recording deal with Round Here Records -- the new label from Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard -- and Kobalt’s recording company AWAL. The AWAL partnership will offer a full range of services including marketing, campaign coordination, A&R, radio and global distribution.

In celebration of the deal, on Friday Raelynn released “Bra Off,” a new song co-written with Josh Kerr and Emily Weisband. She's currently prepping the release of her EP, which is expected early next year.

Raelynn appeared on Season 2 of "The Voice" and later toured with her Voice coach Blake Shelton; she also enjoyed a two-month run on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour in 2018.