Eric Church’s late brother, Brandon, died as a result of chronic alcoholism. He had a history of suffering seizures when he would binge drink and then try to quit.

Brandon suffered two seizures when he passed away in June at the age of 36. He suffered the second seizure while on the way to the hospital and then went into cardiac arrest.

Brandon’s family has set up a scholarship memorial fund in his memory.

Newlyweds Scotty McCreery and wife Gabi added a new puppy to their family.

Scotty revealed the news via Instagram with a pic of Gabi holding the new pup named Moose.

Scotty and Gabi married in June 2018. The couple met in kindergarten in Garner, N.C., and grew up together in the close-knit community. They began dating six years ago during their senior year at Garner High School. Gabi has appeared in several of Scotty?s music videos, including "The Trouble with Girls," "Feelin' It" and "Five More Minutes."

One day before the historic running of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26th, Zac Brown Band will headline the annual Legends Day concert on Saturday, May 25th, on Turn 4 of the infield stage at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Additional acts will be announced soon.  

Check out the 103rd running of the Indy 500 on May 26th.

The Grand Ole Opry's most energetic performer, Chris Janson, needs your help.

After performing at the Opry over the holiday break, Chris' Fender guitar was stolen out of his car.

Chris posted a notice on social media, saying, in part, "If anyone sees or hears about it, please notify local PD and me! Thanks y'all. And if by chance the thieves read this post, please know that I forgive, and will accept an apology and a return, with no repercussion."

While it sounds like Chris is willing to forgive and forget if the stolen guitar is returned, no update has been reported since the initial Facebook post on January 3rd. Chris became a member of the Opry in March 2018.

Kacey Musgraves, John Prine, The Avett Brothers and Maren Morris will be among the country and roots acts playing this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee in June.

Other acts slated to play include Brandi Carlile, Trampled by Turtles, Shovels & Rope, Ruston Kelly, who is Musgraves' husband, and a Grand Ole Opry set with special unnamed guests.

Phish. Childish Gambino and Post Malone will headline the fest, which is June 13th-16th in Manchester, Tenn. This will mark the 18th year of Bonnaroo.

Bonnaroo tickets go on sale tomorrow (January 10th) at 11 a.m. ET.
https://www.bonnaroo.com/

Steve Ripley, leader of the country rock band The Tractors, died Thursday at his home in Pawnee, Okla. at the age of 69, surrounded by his family. He had been suffering from cancer.

In addition to his work as a recording artist, Ripley was also a songwriter, producer, engineer, studio owner, radio host and inventor of the “stereo guitar” favored by such fellow musicians as Eddie Van Halen, Ry Cooder and Dweezil Zappa.

Owner of The Church Studio in Tulsa for 19 years, Ripley additionally distinguished himself by playing guitar with Bob Dylan and producing and/or engineering projects for Leon Russell, J. J, Cale, Roy Clark, Johnnie Lee Wills, and many others.

Ripley is survived by his wife Charlene, his children, Elvis Ripley and Angelene Ripley Wright, son-in-law Jonny Wright, his grandson Mickey Wilder Ripley Wright, and brothers Scott Ripley and Bobby Ripley and their families.

Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley are set to perform on NBC’s “Elvis All-Star Tribute”, which will air on February 17th.

The two-hour musical showcase will pay homage to Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special, which recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

Hosted by Blake Shelton, the special will feature a number of country artists, including Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood. Additional artists include Shawn Mendes, Post Malone, Alessia Cara, John Legend and more.

"Born Ready" singer Steve Moakler and his wife Gracie recently welcomed their first child.

The Moaklers' first baby is a boy, named Jackson Thomas Moakler. Dad jokes, "His buddies call him Jack."

Running from February 25 to March 17....yes, 21 days--Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one of the largest rodeo and livestock exhibitions in the world. Rodeo Houston features a carnival, a bar-b-que contest, 10K race and some of the best live entertainment in the country. The event pulled in more than 2.4 million attendees during last year's festivities and more than 1.3 million showed up just for the concerts.

And why wouldn't they? Country music dominates the week's lineup at NRG Stadium, and this year is no exception with a star-studded cast that includes George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Luke Bryan, Turnpike Troubadours, Old Dominion, Luke Combs, Tim McGraw, Kane Brown, Zac Brown Band, Brooks & Dunn, Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett, Brad Paisley and more.

Tickets for the event go on sale January 10th at 10 a.m.

William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk from the original 'Star Trek' TV series is set to make his debut on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

The 87-year-old actor will perform at the Opry on February 15th alongside Alabama co-founder Jeff Cook. Shatner and Cook previously collaborated on a 2018 country album titled "Why Not Me".

Like his past albums, including 1968's "The Transformed Man", the songs on "Why Not Me" focus on Shatner's quirky spoken-word delivery, mixed with stronger background vocalists. The album features tongue-in-cheek songs with titles including "Too Old to Be Vegan," "Beam Me Up" a drinking song with a twist and "I Hate to Waste Good Beer," but it's balanced out by several more serious tracks.