Country singer Drake White was hospitalized on Friday night after he nearly collapsed on stage during a performance.

White was approximately 15 minutes into his set at Elmwood Park’s amphitheater in Roanoke, Virginia when the incident happened.

After stumbling on stage, the “Makin’ Me Look Good Again” singer was caught by one of the members in his band before he was transported to a local hospital.

Following the scary incident, White tweeted a message to his fans:

“Hey friends- sorry we had to cut it short tonight. I’m getting checked out by some of Roanoke’s finest docs and will keep you posted. Thanks for your prayers and continued support. Love ya!”
 
White is currently on tour and was the opening act on Friday for "American Idol" alum and fellow country singer Scotty McCreery.

Taylor Swift and Keith Urban shared a warm exchange on Twitter, over the weekend.

First, on Saturday morning, Urban posted his heartfelt, personal feelings about her new song “Lover.”  He wrote, “Huge shoutout today to @taylorswift13 on the SUPERB new single LOVER. When a song so exquisitely written becomes a record so gorgeously crafted I feel such a deep sense of gratitude for the “art” of making music."

Swift responded in all caps: “ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS THE NICEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID. You’re just the best and so kind to say this.” She followed up the tweet with emojis full of tears, hearts, prayers, and a cat

Trace Adkins will co-star in the upcoming film, "Bennett’s War", which hits theaters nationwide on August 30th.

Trace plays Cal Bennett, father of the titular character. According to the movie’s synopsis: Marshall Bennett (Michael Roark) is a young soldier with the Army Motorcycle Unit who survives an IED explosion in combat overseas, and is medically discharged and sent back to the U.S. When he gets home to his family farm, he discovers that his dad, Cal Bennett (Trace Adkins), is behind in the mortgage and may lose the farm. Against all odds, Marshall Bennett pledges to help his family by the only means he knows how, as a motocross racer.

]Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have founded Round Here Records. The label’s flagship artist is Canaan Smith.

Last year Smith signed to Tree Vibez Music – the duo’s publishing arm founded in 2015 – and Kelley says the pair have believed in him for years as a songwriter and artist. Previously signed to Mercury Records Nashville, Smith saw success in 2015 with his second single, “Love You Like That,” which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.   
 
FGL remain signed to Big Machine as artists and have plans to put out records from other writer/performers signed to Tree Vibez.  They will also sign talent beyond the publishing company. Hubbard and Kelley declined to mention names, but say they have three more acts "we're about to put music out on real, real soon.” 

Miranda Lambert's seventh studio album, "Wildcard", will be released on November 1st.

The project is her first collaboration with Jay Joyce (Brothers Osborne, Little Big Town) and promises to include some rock 'n' roll edge from her time spent living in New York following her marriage to New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin.
 
In addition to the album announcement, Lambert has released a new song titled “Bluebird." It follows the reveal of previous songs “Locomotive” and “Mess with My Head” as well as current single “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter John Berry is officially cancer-free!

Berry was diagnosed with throat cancer in early 2019, after twice being treated for a tonsil infection at the end of 2018. When the antibiotics and steroids didn't work, the singer sought further treatment in January, and a CAT scan revealed a mass that appeared to be a tumor in one of his tonsils.

Berry underwent surgery to have his tonsils removed on Jan. 10, and a portion of his soft palate was also removed during the procedure. Soon after, a biopsy report confirmed that the mass on both tonsils was malignant. However, there was good news: Berry's course of treatment was short, and had a more-than 90 percent cure rate.

He wrote in Instagram,  "Today was a GREAT DAY! Thank you all for the continued prayers."

During Carrie Underwood's Tuesday night set at the Grand Ole Opry, she invited ’90s country star Bryan White to perform with her. Both artists grew up in Oklahoma, and White served as a musical role model for Underwood — who revealed that she was once a member of the Bryan White Fan Club.

On her Instagram account, she wrote: “This pic pretty much sums up my night at the @opry This was my #FullCircleMoment !! Growing up, I was a member of the @bryan_white Fan Club and even sang to him in a meet and greet. Tonight, I sang WITH him in the circle!”

White’s No. 1 country hits include “Someone Else’s Star,” “Rebecca Lynn,” “So Much for Pretending,” and “Sittin’ on Go.”

The Grand Ole Opry paid homage to icon Ray Charles in October 2018 with a special showcase that was hosted by Darius Rucker and featured performances by Darius, Cam, Brett Eldredge, Ronnie Milsap, Lukas Nelson, LeAnn Rimes, Allen Stone, Travis Tritt, Charlie Wilson, Leela James, Trisha Yearwood, Jessie Key, Chris Young and Boyz II Men.

The night’s performances were filmed for a PBS television special, "An Opry Salute to Ray Charles", that will premiere tonight on Nashville Public Television (8 p.m. CT), in advance of national syndication on public TV stations nationwide beginning on September 5th.

The 90-minute TV special also features behind-the-scenes footage, a visit to the Ray Charles Library and iconic footage courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation.

Atlanta's newest venue, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, is planning a massive three-day benefit concert November 15th-17th to help raise money for veterans groups and fight homelessness in the city. The three-day ATLive concert series will open Friday with an all-star country concert headlined by Keith Urban and Blake Sheltonand close Sunday with Eric Church and Luke Combs. Artists for a Saturday concert, which will not include country music, will be announced soon.

ATLive will will benefit Johnnie Mac Soldier’s Fund, providing scholarships to veterans, military family members and the children of fallen and disabled veterans, and the Quest Community Development Organization which develops affordable housing and provide needs-based community services in Atlanta. 

Visit mercedesbenzstadium.com/concert-series for more information.

George Strait will extend his Strait to Vegas residency into its fifth year with the announcement of two new dates in 2020 on January 31st and February 1st. Tickets will go on sale on August 23rd at 10 a.m. local time.

 

Lee Brice, Hunter Hayes and Easton Corbin will perform during The Love of Dogs Benefit Concert at Nashville's CMA Theater Oct. 10 to benefit the Pedigree Foundation, as part of Hallmark Channel's Adoption Ever After initiative. The show airs on Hallmark October 14th.
https://www.pedigreefoundation.org/