We're exactly one month away from the arrival of Trisha Yearwood's new album, "Every Girl," which will drop on August 30th. 

The album's lead single, "Every Girl in This Town" is currently No. 39 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. 

"I think 'Every Girl in This Town' sets up this sense of confidence that I feel," Trisha says. "The album is very personal to me for that reason. There's something in every song and there always has been."

Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild teamed up with rising star Ingrid Andress for a performance in celebration of Cracker Barrel's 50th anniversary.  Called "Five Decades, One Voice," the musical showcase features contributions from some of country music's most prominent female artists.

The three singers covered The Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces."  

Cracker Barrel's "Five Decades, One Voice" showcase will continue throughout August 2019, featuring team-ups from Brandi Carlile and Tenille Townes as well as Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott with up-and-comer Bailey Bryan.

Randy Travis’ new book, "Forever and Ever, Amen: A Memoir of Music, Faith, and Braving the Storms of Life", was recognized by AudioFile Magazine with their Earphones Award, which is given out monthly to “titles that excel in narrative voice and style, characterizations, suitability to audio, and enhancement of the text.”

Randy’s new book was narrated by Rory Feek.

Randy, with the help of author Ken Abraham, shared stories of his working-class childhood, country music career, medical problems, broken marriage and more in the new biography that was released in May.

Carrie Underwood stopped by the rehearsal of Andrew Jackson Elementary School's Eagle Honor Choir before their performance at CMA Fest, giving them the surprise of a lifetime.

The third- and fourth-graders from Old Hickory, Tenn., caught the attention of Underwood with their video performing her song "Champion" earlier this year. As a recipient of the CMA Foundation's grant to ensure music education for every child, the choir got the opportunity to perform at this year's CMA Fest. 

Directed by three-time CMA Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence winner Franklin Willis, the choir performed in front of 50,000 people at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on June 9.

CMA Fest airs on ABC on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET. 

Kenny Chesney is releasing a high-end, museum quality coffee table book exclusively to his fans.

Dubbed “Kenny Chesney: Living In Fast Forward,” the book is limited to 3,500 copies — all of which are signed, numbered and include 571 pictures that span his first days on the road, emergence as a headliner, and his path to sold-out stadiums. The pages also get up close with the fans and the glee they feel when experiencing Chesney in his element. 

“Kenny Chesney: Living In Fast Forward” is only available to Chesney’s fan club members. To join, visit kennychesney.com/join.

A week after canceling two shows in Canada, Alabama canceled weekend shows in Columbus, Ga. and Bristol, Tennessee, as frontman Randy Owen continues to deal with vertigo and migraines.

Alabama’s management company, Conway Entertainment Group, released a statement on behalf of the Hall of Fame group: “Unfortunately, the group Alabama has to announce the postponement of this weekend’s concerts in Columbus, Georgia, and Bristol, Tennessee. Randy Owen has been advised by doctors that he can not perform this weekend as he continues treatment for vertigo and migraines. We apologize for any inconvenience for those that have tickets to these shows, but wish to reassure fans that Alabama is trying to reschedule these shows as soon as possible.”

 

Dolly Parton made a surprise appearance at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on Saturday, joining Brandi Carlile during a set featuring a number of female country, Americana, folk and bluegrass stars.  

At the close of the 75-minute set, Parton invited all of Carlile's guests -- the three other members of the Highwomen, Sheryl Crow, pop-folk singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers, singers Yola, Molly Tuttle, Jade Bird and Candi Carpenter and more -- to join her onstage for her hit "9 to 5."  

Parton's surprise appearance at the 2019 Newport Folk Festival began with a rendition of "Eagle When She Flies" with the Highwomen: Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires.  

Parton, the Highwomen and Linda Perry also sang "Jolene," and Parton and Carlile performed "I Will Always Love You."

People at Saturday night's  Newport Folk Festival got a surprise when they waited for mysteriously titled act called "The Collaboration."  It ended up being Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Maren Morris and Dolly Parton.

Zac Brown Band's new album titled, "The Owl" is slated for release on September 20th. 

The collection includes collaborations with Skrillex, Andrew Watt, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Max Martin, Benny Blanco and Ryan Tedder, among others.

Brown explains, “We are always pushing ourselves as musicians by blurring genre boundaries and incorporating all kinds of music we are personally inspired by, elevating what we are capable as a group. This album will have something for everyone.”

Their new digital single, a piano ballad titled, “Leaving Love Behind,” was released at midnight and is available on digital platforms. It is ZBB's first new release since “Someone I Used To Know” in November 2018, which won the 2019 CMT Award for group video of the Year.

Gainesfest, a Chris Gaines fan celebration is being planned in Nashville, 20 years after Garth Brooks assumed the alter-ego of “Chris Gaines,” a troubled rock star with jet-black hair, soul-patched chin and a falsetto croon.

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Garth released a full album as Gaines, which was accompanied by a real VH1 “Behind the Music” laying out his fictional backstory, an appearance on “SNL” and plans for a feature film.

Even though the album went double platinum and scored Brooks his first and only pop hit, fans and critics didn't get Chris Gaines. Within six months, his alter-ego vanished, for good.
 
However, a group of fans in Nashville are bringing Chris Gaines back — in spirit, at least — for one night.

On September 28, "Gainesfest 2019: A Celebration of The Life of Chris Gaines" will be held at East Nashville bar The Cobra.

The free event will feature a tribute band, a Chris Gaines look-a-like contest and Gaines-inspired art for sale. 

The event falls precisely on the 20th anniversary of the release of the album "Garth Brooks in...the Life of Chris Gaines." 

Fans can RSVP to "Gainesfest" on Facebook. Attendees must be 21 or older. 

The Southern country-rock group Confederate Railroad lost a second gig in less than a month after objections over the use of the Confederate flag in its logo.

The band's performance on August 1st at the Ulster County Fair in New York has been canceled.

Earlier this month, Illinois canceled a state fair appearance by the band, whose logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags.

Both performances were cancelled because fair organizers objected to the Confederate flags on the Grammy-nominated band’s logo.