Thompson Square has a new record deal, signing with Reviver Entertainment.

The husband-and-wife duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson released the disc "Masterpiece" last year. They are best known for their 2X-PLATINUM number 1 hit "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not" and "If I Didn't Have You."

"Masterpiece" was inspired by the birth of their son Cooper in 2016.

Reviver's roster includes David Lee Murphy, Big & Rich, Johnny Cash and John Carter Cash.

CMT has ordered new game show “Nashville Squares,” which is a spinoff of the old “Hollywood Squares.”

The former Country Music Television has greenlit 10 episodes of its new game show. “Nashville Squares,” which is a working title, is slated for summer.  Contestants rely on celebrity help to win money playing a giant tic-tac-toe game.

FOLLOW-UP: Rascal Flatts have terminated plans for a restaurant chain in their name. The country trio were set to open establishments in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Des Moines and Orlando before an exposé on the developer, Frank Capri, was published by the Arizona Republic.

Capri, an alleged mobster, has also been linked to Toby Keith’s failed restaurant chain Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill.

The article shares NSFW voicemails from Capri, who walked away after collecting millions of dollars while his restaurant development plans imploded. The article states that Capri received witness protection and used his new identity to “wreak havoc on developers.”
 
Rascal Flatts have since severed ties with the developer.  According to their publicist, "The band terminated the license agreement and is no longer in business with this company or Mr. Capri."

Keith Urban, Foo Fighters and the Killers are among artists scheduled to perform at the fifth annual Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival.

The all-genre event returns to the Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, Tenn. Sept. 21-22. Tickets go on sale this Friday (March 15) through the festival’s website.

The initial lineup has 36 acts representing Americana, blues, Christian, country, rock and soul performing on six stages.  

A portion of each ticket sale will support a series of philanthropic initiatives through the festival’s non-profit arm, the Pilgrimage Foundation. The beneficiaries include the City of Franklin, Friends of Franklin Parks and MusiCares.

A new report from the Arizona Republic notes that Rascal Flatts restaurants have failed nationwide, and a Mafia soldier may have pulled the strings.

Frank Capri received witness protection and used his new identity to wreak havoc on developers of Toby Keith restaurants. Then, he did it again, hurling threats in order to get as much money as he can out of an unfinished Rascal Flatts restaurant in Cleveland-- before the project collapses.

Capri is not publicly connected to the restaurant. He works behind the scenes from his Arizona home, directing contractors who serve as his fronts on developments across the country.  

Capri focused on squeezing developers for payments — mobilization fees, or "draws," as Capri calls them. Upfront cash meant to pay for construction of restaurants bearing the name of the country band Rascal Flatts. 

Projects were planned in Hollywood, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Des Moines, Boise, Orlando, St. Louis and a dozen other cities. Only one restaurant opened. It closed about a year later. The others never were completed.

And money meant to pay for construction? Gone. Part of a plan apparently orchestrated by a mob turncoat who walked out of prison and into a new life years ago, courtesy of the Federal Witness Protection Program.

Turns out, Capri was behind the epic failure of another country-themed restaurant chain: Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. 

Capri's Phoenix companies built 20 Toby Keith restaurants beginning in 2009 and announced plans to build 20 more that never opened. By 2015, all but one had closed. Allegations of fraud and theft followed. 

In lawsuits, developers claimed he stiffed contractors, broke lease agreements and took millions of dollars meant to pay for construction.

Capri's name does not appear on corporate documents tied to the Rascal Flatts restaurants. He isn't listed on business licenses, liquor applications or building permits filed in cities across the county.

But an investigation found Capri controlled key aspects of the projects before they, too, collapsed.  

Capri relied on his girlfriend and her business associate to front the restaurants, phone recordings, text messages, documents and interviews show. Working behind the scenes, Capri oversaw hiring, firing, employee payments, permits, construction schedules and collection of development fees.

He also threatened to sic lawyers on developers who didn't bend to his will.

George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and Chris Stapleton were among the first artists named to perform at the upcoming Academy of Country Music awards.

Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett also will take the stage to perform.

ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award winner Jason Aldean will perform on the telecast. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The awards show will be at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th, at 7pm Central on CBS.

Rachel Wammack got engaged this week.

The singer is "going to be Mrs. Noah Purcell."

Rachel is a native of Muscle Shoals, Ala. She released her four-song debut EP in April 2018, which featured her debut single, “Damage.” 

Darryl Worley will release is his first album in eight years, "Second Wind: Latest & Greatest", a combination of fresh takes on old songs and new material, on April 26.

Among the songs Worley re-recorded were "Have You Forgotten," "Awful Beautiful Life," "Tennessee River Run," and "I Miss My Friend." The project also contains seven new tunes.

Worley recently announced his "Coming to Your House" tour, a series of concerts that brings Worley to your living room.
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Brett Young and Boyz II Men songs have teamed for the newest "CMT Crossroads". Boyz II Men, the best-selling R&B group of all time, take the lead on their 1991 debut, “Motownphilly,” in a clip from the special released online.

The newest "CMT Crossroads" premieres March 27th at 10 p.m. ET

Dolly Parton says that her iconic hit '9 to 5' was not approved for use by Senator Elizabeth Warren during her campaign kickoff in February, or a New York City town hall event this past Friday.

The country legend's team noted it does not approve requests of a political nature, and Parton even has a history of avoiding political stances.

Dolly has explained, in the past, 'I've got as many Republican friends as I've got Democrat friends and I just don't like voicing my opinion on things. I've seen things before, like the Dixie Chicks. You can ruin a career for speaking out.'

When she was asked specifically about the president, Parton responded, 'I ain't talking about Trump.'