Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem tonight at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Bryan will perform as part of Hockey has Heart Congenital Defect Awareness Night before the Predators face the Islanders at 7 p.m.

Two young CHD patients will join Bryan for the anthem.

Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan lost a niece, Sadie Brett Boyer, to CHD in 2017 and work with her parents on The Brett Boyer Foundation.

CHD is caused when the heart or blood vessels near it don't develop normally before birth. It affects 40,000 newborns in the U.S per year, including more than 760 in Tennessee.

"The Hunt", a film that features singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, will be released after all. The satirical thriller will now come out via Universal Pictures on March 13th.

The story line depicts a group of wealthy liberal elites who track down and hunt conservative and less privileged human prey for sport, referring to their "red state" targets as "deplorables" and the President (who is never named as Donald Trump) as "our ratf---er-in-chief."

The film received overwhelming criticism following the release of its trailer in July of 2019, and the planned September release date was canceled due to criticism of its subject matter in the wake of three mass shootings that summer, in Gilroy, Calif. (July 28), El Paso, Texas (Aug. 3) and Dayton, Ohio (Aug. 4.)

Now, producer Jason Blum and co-writer Damon Lindelof believe that the right time has come for audiences to finally see the film. They believe "The Hunt" has been mis-characterized as a "dangerous" movie or one likely to incite violence, and that the mischaracterization comes from the simple fact that people reacted to the movie before they'd even seen it.

The 7th All for the Hall benefit concert on February 10th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which was hosted by Keith Urban, helped raise more than $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s education programs.

The all-star lineup featured performances by Keith Urban, Ingrid Andress, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Tenille Townes, Tanya Tucker and Morgan Wallen. During this year’s concert—which was themed Under the Influence—each artist performed a song that was recorded by an artist who strongly influenced them, in addition to one of their own hits.

Over the years, Keith’s All for Hall concerts have raised $4.2 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program

Tim McGraw has left Sony Music Nashville after three years, four singles and just one studio album.

Billboard cites unnamed sources in announcing the separation. McGraw and wife Faith Hill signed with Sony in early 2017 and released an album of duets called "The Rest of Our Life" that November. Radio reception to the two singles from that album and McGraw's two subsequent singles was tepid.

Faith Hill remains with Sony Music Nashville.

Toby Keith launches the Country Comes To Town Tour May 1st in Estero, FL.  
https://www.tobykeith.com/
 

Greensky Bluegrass and Mavis Staples are among the final additions to the MerleFest line-up.

Paul Thorn, Cane Mill Road, Sweet Potato Pie, The Barefoot Movement, Nefesh Mountain, and Smitty and the Jumpstarters also were added to the fest, coming April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

The line-up already includes Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, The Marcus King Band and Jim Lauderdale.

 

The Mavericks' 30th Anniversary World Tour will conclude with a final run of dates starting April 3-4 in Austin. 
https://www.themavericksband.com/

Garth Brooks will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tribute concert March 4th in Washington, DC. The initial lineup includes Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Keb' Mo', Jay Leno and a performance by Brooks.

PBS stations will broadcast "Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" March 29th at 8pm CT.

Chris Young has added a handful of dates to his upcoming Town Ain’t Big Enough Tour, which will now get started on April 30 in Columbus, Ohio, with new dates in Missouri, Iowa, Washington and Idaho.

The 35-date tour will make additional stops in Chicago, Seattle, Dallas, Atlanta and more.

Scotty McCreery will serve as direct support, along with opener Payton Smith.
https://www.chrisyoungcountry.com/

Neal McCoy's tour bus caught fire early Saturday morning. Fortunately, the singer and his crew are all safe.

McCoy was in Mansfield, La., and headed to a Saturday night show in Alexandria, when his bus, nicknamed "Old Glory," caught fire shortly after 6AM. He posted to Facebook, "Physically, we are good. But that is the bus that has taken us a million miles, and it is ugly."
 
"That is our lifeline, but we will live on," McCoy added. "We’re just grateful everyone is okay and got out safely.”

In his Facebook Live, McCoy noted that he's been traveling on Old Glory for more than a decade. McCoy has a new tour bus on order, he shared, but it is not yet ready.

The cause of McCoy's bus fire is under investigation.

Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line have launched Wolf Moon Bourbon. 

The 80 proof's flavor profile was chosen by the trio’s favorite whiskey flavors and "offers sweet corn grain and candied fruit, with a finish of baking spices and caramel." It's currently available in select markets.
https://wolfmoonbourbon.com/

Midland announced new live album project.

The band performed at legendary Hollywood venue the Palomino last year and recorded the event for a new record, set to debut on Big Machine Records on Feb. 28. The release will feature 10 recordings from their exclusive concert.

The trio is currently on their headlining Let It Roll Tour with support from Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights. The band will then support Tim McGraw on his Here on Earth Tour this summer alongside Ingrid Andress, and Luke Combs on stadium dates.