After more than 200 performances inside the Grand Ole Opry's hallowed circle--and becoming an official member in March 2018--it's safe to say that Chris Janson feels at home on the Opry.

One of perks of becoming an Opry member is a personalized mailbox at the Opry Post Office, a tradition carried over from when the Opry was at the Ryman Auditorium (1943-1974). The mailboxes serve as a place for fans to send letters and packages to their favorite member.

As Chris says, having a mailbox at the Opry is such an honor that he personally reads every letter sent to him.

"There is a mailbox, and it's awesome," Chris. "It's just like the old-time postal service boxes. You would be surprised at how many people write the Grand Ole Opry. It's pretty awesome. And, just in case anybody is listening and wants to know, I do read all the stuff and go through it and sift through it and make sure that I give everything a fair read."

If you'd like to contact Chris--or any Opry member--send your letter to:

Grand Ole Opry
[Member Name]
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214.

Riley Green will kick off his Get That Man A Beer Tour September 5th in Statesboro, GA with support from Travis Denning. Tickets go on sale Friday.
https://www.rileygreenmusic.com/

Dierks Bentley, Chris and Morgane Stapleton, John Berry, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris and Amy Grant are among the artists supporting the 3rd annual Heal The Music Day October 18th, pledging a percentage of their single day earnings to support Music Health Alliance. The "goal is to raise $500,000 this year to meet the continued increase in critical need".
http://www.musichealthalliance.com/donate-to-heal/

Russell Smith, singer, songwriter, and co-founder of roots-rock band Amazing Rhythm Aces, died Friday at age 70 after a lengthy cancer battle. The Amazing Rhythm Aces were known for their pop-country Top Twenty hit, “Third Rate Romance”.

Smith later launched a solo career, reaching country’s Top 40 with “I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight.”
 
He was also a hit songwriter, co-penning Number One hits for Randy Travis (“Look Heart, No Hands”), T. Graham Brown (“Don’t Go to Strangers”) and Ricky Van Shelton (“Keep It Between the Lines”). With Dave Loggins, he co-wrote “Heartbeat in the Darkness,” which would be the final chart-topping hit for country legend Don Williams. His songs were also recorded by Tanya Tucker, Rosanne Cash, Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge Boys and many others.

Amber Smith, wife of country singer Granger Smith, shared that the couple decided to donate their 3-year-old son River's organs after his tragic drowning accident, last month. The couple has since learned that the organ donation saved the lives of two people.

Amber wrote,  "When 3 different neuro specialists told us that River had 0% chance of brain recovery (yes 0, not 10 or 1%, 0) after shock and reality set in, I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others? His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives."
 
Smith went on to describe the experience, explaining that "the doctors said donation was quite a process. We would have to search for viable recipients and it could take days. We knew River’s spirit was in Heaven, but we couldn’t bear to watch his tiny, earthly body be pumped full of all the medicines for 3 or more more days while they searched. They tried to expedite the process so our family could be in peace, told us they would take him back to operate the next morning, but we wouldn’t know what organs could be used until after. With such a small body, organs had to be measured physically, not just by X-ray."

The family's decision resulted in the gift of life to two individuals who were in need of new organs to survive.

She added, "We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49 year old woman and a 53 year old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love."

Smith is encouraging others to visit OrganDonor.gov for more information about becoming an organ donor.

Actor Chris Pratt turned up onstage at two of Nashville's most legendary honky-tonks to perform covers of Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks.

The "Avengers: Endgame" star took the stage at Robert's Western World on Lower Broadway in downtown Music City sometime around 11:30PM on Thursday night. He joined Sarah Gayle Meech and her band for a surprise performance of Cash's classic, "Folsom Prison Blues," and some of the lucky fans in attendance captured the performance and shared it online.

Pratt also made a stop at Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge where he jumped onstage with the band that was playing on the second floor of the venue, fronting them for a rendition of Garth Brooks' "Papa Loved Mama." 
He performed Garth Brooks' song "Papa Loved Mama" at Tootsie's, and here's a clip of him singing Jhnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" at Robert's Western World.

Luke Combs is extending his Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour with five new dates, including a second show at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Tickets will be available for verified fan pre-sale starting July 16th at 10am local time. 

Special guests throughout the tour include Morgan Wallen, The Cadillac Three, Flatland Calvary and Jameson Rodgers.
https://www.lukecombs.com/

The country rock band whose logo with Confederate flags got it banned from a southern Illinois state fair will perform at a nearby private venue.

Confederate Railroad will play September 5th at Black Diamond Harley-Davidson in Marion, Illinois.

The band was removed from the DuQuoin State Fair’s August 27th Grandstand lineup last week by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration.
 
Pritzker told reporters at an event in Chicago Wednesday that the “Confederate flag is a symbol not just of slavery, but of treason against the United States.” He says it remains an emblem of white supremacists today.

The co-owner of Black Diamond Harley-Davidson says booking Confederate Railroad was not a matter of showing anyone up, but simply giving southern Illinois fans the show they wanted.

Miranda Lambert's new single is titled "It All Comes Out in the Wash", and will be released July 18th.

Lambert sampled "It All Comes Out in the Wash" for fans on Thursday, posting another of her Glam Jams that shows her in an unknown backstage area, mouthing the lyrics into an old-timey phone while her team sings backup. The song is a cowrite with "the Love Junkies," songwriting geniuses Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose.

Two country stars are featured on Forbes’ 2019 list of the Top 100 World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities.

Luke Bryan ranks #78 after earning $42.5 million,, while coming in at #95 is Zac Brown Band with $38.5 million.

Taylor Swift topped the list with $185 million, while Kanye West (#3, $150 million), Ed Sheeran (#5, $110 million) and The Eagles (#8, $100 million) rounded out the Top 10.