UPDATE:  Jake Owen will make his feature film debut in the upcoming movie "The Friend", which is currently in production in Fairhope, Alabama.

Owen is part of a cast that includes Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson and Oscar winner Casey Affleck.

"The Friend" is based on Matthew Teague’s award-winning essay for Esquire, “The Friend: Love is Not a Big Enough Word.” It’s Teague’s true story about his terminally ill wife and the support of his best friend, who moves into their home following her diagnosis. Additional details on the role and film’s release are forthcoming.

Amanda Shires has teased a collaborative project by a group of female artists, dubbed the Highwomen.  In an interview with Louisville, Ky., radio station WFPK, Shires shared that the Highwomen project came together after she shared the name, a nod to the country supergroup the Highwaymen, comprised of Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash -- and idea with longtime friend Brandi Carlile. 
According to Shires, she and Carlile had written two songs together for the project, and she was also writing music for it with Jim Lauderdale. She hinted during the interview that the Highwomen are aiming to "play more country music," and to involve a wide range of special guests.

Shires said at the time that she and Carlile had asked Margo Price to join them, "and she said yeah," making the Highwomen a trio; however, Shires later admitted that she "jumped the gun" on announcing Price's involvement. 

She shared "Brandi and I do have something in the works, and we will announce the exact details when it comes to fruition."

On Tuesday (March 5), Carlile shared a photo of Maren Morris, Shires and herself together, capturing it "Highwomen." Shires, meanwhile, shared a snap of Carlile and herself -- or their feet, anyway -- seated at a piano, while Shires' husband, Jason Isbell, posted a photo of Carlile, Morris and Shires with producer Dave Cobb, along with the caption "Fun at work."

"It’s not what you think ..... butwe all need it," Carlile wrote under another Instagram photo of a "Highwomen" tattoo on the back of her neck.

Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn is venturing into rock. 

In an interview with Billboard at his barn in Nashville with bandmate Kix Brooks, Dunn revealed that he’s recording an album of rock covers. The album has no street date yet, but will come out after the April 5 release of Brooks & Dunn’s duets project, "Reboot". The 12-track Arista Nashville project features collaborations with country artists including Kacey Musgraves, Luke Combs and Kane Brown, among others, covering the duo’s biggest hits.
Dunn is bringing country’s tendency to focus on enunciation to rock. He says, "I can't tell you how many of the songs I have cut where people come back and they go, 'I had no idea what that song said [before].' Which is kind of good.”

The ex-wife of Miranda Lambert's previous boyfriend, Evan Felker has reacted to the singer's quickie marriage to Brendan McLoughlin

Staci Felker, shared her thoughts on Lambert’s secret wedding to Brendan McLoughlin, nearly one month after they tied the knot.

Staci was once married to Lambert’s ex-boyfriend Evan, and was asked about the newlyweds’ sudden nuptials during an Instagram Story Q&A session on Wednesday. One follower wrote: “How are you able to hold your tongue on ‘you know who’s’ quickie wedding!!!!”

She replied, “I have had a year’s training of holding my tongue. I did think the dress was really pretty and I wish she would call me and tell me how it was so easy for her to get over my ex because it hasn’t been so easy for me.”
Staci and Evan got married in 2016, but the Turnpike Troubadours lead singer left her for Lambert in April 2018. Lambert was still in a relationship with Anderson East at the time.
A source told Us Weekly one month later that the pair had been “trying to have a baby” before Evan’s band went on tour with Lambert. Staci found out that Evan filed for divorce through a local newspaper in May. The case was finalized three months later.

In August 2018, Miranda  admitted that she and Evan had split.  
Six months after she said she was “happily single,” Lambert shocked the world when she revealed that not only had a new man in her life, but they secretly got married as well. 

McLoughlin, a 27-year-old New York Police Department officer, was introduced to his now-wife when she performed on "Good Morning America" in November 20018. Three days later, he welcomed son Landon with his ex Kaihla Rettinger.

Kelsea Ballerini has a Barbie designed after her!

Barbie, who is celebrating its 60th anniversary, launched a "Be Anything" tour that is "inspiring this new generation of girls to let them know that they can be anything and they can dream big and set their sights on careers that are big and bold and they are capable of reaching those goals."

Other women in the U.S. being honored by Barbie include Yara Shahidi and tennis pro Naomi Osaka.

Ballerini described why Barbie's "Be Anything" campaign means so much to her and really resonates with not only her core beliefs but her music, too. 

She explains, "I've also tried to put female empowerment into every song I write and especially into every single I put out. I really wanted it to be a big part of my journey and to be able to partner with Barbie and use these few days to really empower these young girls."
Ballerini's specific Barbie is focused on her "Miss Me More" music video, which takes place in a boxing ring.

"The song is all about fighting for yourself after a relationship, but the more that I've kind of grown with the song, I made this video to be fighting against yourself, for yourself. No matter what chapter of life you are in, you're always up against yourself more than anything else."

The Barbie "Be Anything" Tour began this past weekend on Barbie's 60th anniversary at Walmart in Bentonville, Arkansas. The tour will come to 34 Walmart parking lots across the country.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT... Kelsea Ballerini was surprised by Little Big Town with an invitation to become the newest member of the Grand Old Opry when they changed the final lyrics of "Girl Crush" to "Kelsea Ballerini, do you wanna join the Opry?" 

Kelsea later wrote, “I don’t have the right words yet, but @littlebigtown just asked me to become the newest member of the @opry. This has been at the very top of my bucket list since I wrote my first songs at 12 years old, and tonight the heart of country music wrapped their arms around me and asked me to be family. In tears over how much this means to me. Thank you thank you thank you.”

Kelsea’s formal Opry induction is set for Tuesday, April 16th. At 25, she will be the Opry’s youngest member, a title currently held by 32-year-old Chris Janson.

Keith Urban has confirmed that his song "Gemini", from "Graffiti U", is about his wife, Nicole Kidman.

In the song, Urban sings: "She's a maniac in the bed/But a braniac in her head."

Now, Urban has revealed that the song "is actually about Nicole – and she loves it.

"It's a fun song," Urban continues. "My co-writer Julia Michaels asked me to describe Nicole and that's what came out. 'She is Gemini, but she's not a contradiction. She can roll with things.'"

(Kidman really is a Gemini, she was born on June 20!)

Lindsay Ell posted video to her 'What the Ell?' vlog, chronicling her surgery to have pre-cancerous cells removed on February 28th.

The abnormality was diagnosed during a routine doctor’s checkup a couple of weeks ago. Lindsay’s vlog serves as an unofficial PSA to go get a checkup.

She explains, “Getting an annual checkup can be the difference to saving your life and catching something early, you honestly never know."

Lindsay is back on her feet and performing at Country2Country Festival this week. It has also been announced that she will be performing at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Fest in Nashville on June 6-9.

Clare Dunn and Jackson Michelson will perform at Stoney’s Rockin’ Country in Las Vegas as part of this year’s nationwide ACM Lifting Lives Club Shows tonight and next Friday, respectively. A portion of each ticket sold from both shows will be donated to ACMLL. Fans who purchase tickets to each show will automatically be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 54th ACM Awards.

Jason Aldean will receive the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award and perform at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

The 13-time ACM Award winner is to be recognized for his decade of success at radio, digital media, sales and streaming, distinguishing events, touring, television appearances, and artistic merit. He joins five other honorees that have received the ACM Artist of the Decade Award - Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2008. 

The award was renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award after Clark passed away in 2012, in recognition of his many years as the ACM Awards producer and early host.

The awards telecast, hosted by Reba McEntire, will be held April 7th.