Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban and Kane Brown will head to the Big Apple in the coming months to headline "Good Morning America"’s Summer Concert Series set for NYC’s Central Park. All concerts are free to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America", from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET.

Country music artists:

July 26 – Lady Antebellum
Aug. 9 – Keith Urban
Aug. 30 – Kane Brown & Marshmello

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus told "TODAY" hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager that writing his new memoir "Shotgun Angels" was like “being in therapy” because of having to relive the painful moments of his life.

The memoir is a tribute to his mother, whose strong Christian faith served as the seedbed for his own relationship with Christ.
 
DeMarcus said,  “I attribute a lot of who I am today to the foundation that she laid early on in my life by dragging us to church like three or four times a week. Sometimes I thought we should just have a bed there and save money on the gas and time going back and forth.”

“I realized later on in life that she was planting seeds of faith in me that would take really, really strong roots the older I got and I really, really leaned on it through some really tough times there in Nashville trying to make it in the music business."

DeMarcus said that he is not ashamed of being a Christian.

“I find my hope in a relationship with Christ,” he said. “Being a believer is not about being perfect by any means. It’s simply admitting that we need help.”

“For me, I found the toughest times of my life to be better by having a strong relationship with Christ that I could lean upon."

Randy Travis celebrated his 60th birthday with a crowd-pleasing appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday, where he celebrated on stage with a big smile, and sang the final "Amen" in his signature song "Forever and Ever, Amen."  Carrie Underwood was among the artists who sent video greetings. 

Travis has made few public appearances since suffering a massive stroke in 2013; he was left with impaired speech and had to learn to walk again.  

On May 14, Travis' memoir will be released. He says he learned about himself in writing "Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith and Braving the Storms of Life". He explains, "I understand that whatever I have done for myself will pass with me, but, whatever I do for mankind will remain." 

After revisiting his history, he says, "in my waning years of ability, I have a clearer picture of the past."  

Kacey Musgraves has experienced her share of legal issues.  The country singer was once sued for breach of contract, fraud and more by Zodiac Spirits, LLC.   

The company alleged,   “Defendant Musgraves contracted with Plaintiff to promote and endorse Plaintiff’s product, Zodiac Vodka, as brand ambassador through various means, including without limitation, personal appearances by Defendant Musgraves at brand events held in Texas."

In late 2015 through 2016, Zodiac allegedly began to express concerns regarding Musgraves’ “level of commitment” in promoting the Zodiac brand.

“As of December 2015, Zodiac had spent over $3 million between Defendant Musgraves and Defendant TCS, with little to show for it beyond the initial launch."

Breach of the agreement by the singer has allegedly included failure to support Zodiac cocktail video by promoting across all of Musgraves’ social media accounts, failure to promote video created to showcase the Nashville Zodiac brand launch party and more.

The company filing claimed, “Zodiac made several attempts in 2016 to address its concerns with both Defendant Musgraves and Defendant TCS. Rather than committing themselves to undertake actions designed to promote the Zodiac brand and enhance the value of the brand, both Defendant Musgraves and Defendant TCS demanded payment of monies from Zodiac.”

Zodiac terminated its endorsement agreement with Musgraves in March 2016.

The case was settled on September 17, 2018.

Dierks Bentley took to social media on Thursday to share that his family's beloved dog, George, has died.

Bentley admitted that he had been delaying posting about George dying, saying it made it feel "too formal and final." He shared what his wife, Cassidy, wrote about George, posting in part:

"King George, you wrecked so much havoc, incited so much laughter in so many difficult moments. You reigned in our house and in our hearts for 14 years and right now your absence feels like a hole the size of an entire Dachshund-shaped universe. We are trying to fill that hole with gratitude and with the wildest hope that your spirit has already been reunited with Jake's in what lies beyond."
 
Bentley and his family lost another longtime companion, Jake, in June of 2016. 

In March of 2017, Bentley shared online that he and his family had adopted a new dog named Patch Adams.

Luke Combs topped the country music win total during the Billboard Music Awards, scoring awards in three of his four nominated categories. Combs earned record-breaking chart success this year by being the first artist to send his first five singles to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart. 

Dan + Shay were winners for Top Country Duo/Group. 


COUNTRY WINNERS:


Top Country Artist:
Luke Combs 

Top Country Male Artist:
Luke Combs 

Top Country Female Artist:
Carrie Underwood  

Top Country Duo/Group:
Dan + Shay

Top Country Tour:
Kenny Chesney

Top Country Album:
Luke Combs “This One’s For You”

Top Country Song:
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line “Meant to Be” 

Alan Jackson was the subject of a recent documentary, "Small Town Southern Man", which premiered on AXS TV in October 2018. As of today, it is available via digital services (Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime, Amazon Video Direct).  A DVD release is set for June 2th8.

The feature-length documentary chronicled Alan’s life from his upbringing in Georgia in the 1950s and ’60s to his Hall of Fame induction in 2017. The film is primarily narrated by Alan and includes interviews with family members, musical colleagues and country stars, including Carrie Underwood, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack and more.

Jennifer Nettles will sing the national anthem before the start of the 145th Kentucky Derby on May 4th.

Jennifer’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be broadcast live on NBC and take place in front of approximately 160,000 fans attending the 2019 Kentucky Derby. Jennifer will perform the anthem in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5 p.m. ET, immediately prior to the race.

Little Big Town are returning as hosts of the "CMT Music Awards", airing live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena June 5.  Carly Pearce will announce this year's nominations Tuesday (May 7) on NBC's "Today" show alongside hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.

Woodstock 50 has been canceled.

The group funding the multi-genre festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y., made the announcement on Monday, saying in part: "We don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees."

Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price are two of the country artists who were slated to perform during the Aug. 16-18 event. Headliners were the Killers, Dead & Company and Jay-Z. Previously the Black Keys pulled out of an announced headlining slot for the return of Woodstock. The on sale date for tickets was also delayed, prompting speculation of a cancellation.
 
Other artists set to play Woodstock with ties to country music included Brandi Carlile, Anderson East and Miley Cyrus.