Lauren Alaina and boyfriend John Crist have split.  She made the announcement hours before she is set to make her debut on "Dancing with the Stars" season 28 premiere.

When asked what Crist thinks about her appearing on DWTS, Alaina revealed, “I don’t have a boyfriend anymore.”

She added, “I mean, there’s, like, no big story. We were like, best friends before we dated, and we’re still best friends. It just didn’t work out. I guess that’s how dating goes, right?”
 
When asked whether she had fallen in love with her dance pro, Alaina replied, “No, no. I have not. I have not fallen in love with my dance partner."

Country legend Loretta Lynn 'was so tickled' when a legendary rock band covered one of her songs.

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett was recently interviewed (by Neil Shukla, Paul Luis and Mark Hebert of the Toronto musical instrument superstore Cosmo Music) as part of "Rockstars In Cars".

When asked about his live "doodles" with Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo, Hammett explains:

"We never really know what the response is going to be. You have to understand... we're picking some song that's seemingly random and abstract to us, and we're learning this song that we've never heard before from this artist that we've never heard before, and we're taking a chance and playing it in a stadium in front of 60,000 people, and we're hoping that we make the right choice. The last, I would say, three legs [of the tour], we've been hitting it out of the park, but before that, there were some growing pains." 

Hammett adds, "We were in Nashville, and we played a Loretta Lynn song... The next day, we got a message from Loretta Lynn, who said she was actually at the show with her family and was so tickled when we broke into her song. She said she might think about covering one of our songs sometime, but in the meantime, we should do more of her songs."

Keith Urban surprised the crowd during Foy Vance’s 2019 AmericanaFest set on Friday evening. Midway into his performance, Vance began singing Urban’s praises, explaining:  “I’m just going to go ahead and say it: I didn’t know I needed this guy in my life until I met him. “And now that I met him, I can’t fu--in’ do without him. Please welcome Keith Urban.”

After screams from the audience and a quick hug, the pair segued into Vance’s stirring ballad “Burden,” featured on the Irish singer-songwriter’s 2016 album "The Wild Swan". While the Irishman sat down at the keyboard, Urban assisted on electric guitar and vocals beside him.  
 
Urban ended the performance with a rave review of Vance and the other musicians on stage. “That’s a fine-ass band,” he said.  

Charlie Daniels hosted his second Patriot Award Dinner at The Palm Restaurant this week, which raised $200,000 for his veterans nonprofit The Journey Home Project.

The evening included performances by Daniels and fellow country singer Darryl Worley and remarks from Benghazi survivor Mark "Oz" Geist, who is retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former New York City Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik. 

During the event, Charlie Daniels Patriot Awards were presented to Nashville businessman Donnie Mingus of Team Construction and music industry international talent buyer/promoter Judy Seale of Judy Seale International and Stars for Stripes. Chris Young, who won last year's inaugural Patriot Award, surprised guests with an appearance to present a third Patriot Award to the Shepherd's Men, an organization that raises funds and awareness for the SHARE Military Initiative at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. 

Miranda Lambert has been teasing a new collaboration on the rock classic "Fooled Around and Fell in Love", available today, and features the entire all-female lineup that is accompanying her on the road.

Lambert's Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour 2019 begins tonight in Uncasville, Conn., and runs through November 23rd, with Maren Morris, Elle King, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes and Ashley McBryde all joining Lambert on various dates in a rotating roster.

Lambert posted to social media on Wednesday, sharing a clip from in the studio that depicts each woman taking turns at the mic to add their vocals to the chorus for "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," which reached  #3 on Billboard's Hot 100 when Elvin Bishop released it, in 1976.

Luke Combs will release his second full-length CD, "What You See Is What You Get," on November 8th.

The new disc will contain 17 songs, including all five from his EP, "The Prequel," which came out in June.

Combs also has a new track, "1, 2 Many" featuring Brooks & Dunn.

Combs will continue his sold-out "Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour" this fall.

Kacey Musgraves is one of Marie Claire's cover stars for the magazine's October issue. In her cover story, Musgraves reflects on her career, standing up for what she believes in and... taking psychedelic drugs.

The 31-year-old singer explains, "From the get-go, I wasn't going to sign a record deal unless I could completely do it on my terms. And yeah, there've been moments when I've been asked to change lyrics or to do things I wasn't into. But I'm not going to bend in hopes that it's going to reach more people or whatever. It's just not worth it."

Looking back on the album "Golden Hour", Musgraves shares the inspiration behind her song, "Oh What a World."
 
"It was based on this idea that while I was sitting on the tour bus, somewhere plants were popping out of the ground and northern lights were changing colors up in the sky. We don't know why we're here, how we got here. And it's beautiful, because it's one thing we all have in common."

When asked about her metaphysical spirit, Musgraves admits experimenting with psychedelics.

According to Kacey, "They've brought me closer to our planet and to humanity. I've walked away with a lot of little gifts."
 
Musgraves, who is a big fan of "RuPaul's Drag Race", says she feels her best "when I basically look like a drag queen."

And when it comes to the future, Musgraves shares, "There are a lot of things that could make me happy. The future is wide open."

However, as she explains, "If I go down in flames for being me, well then, hey, I f--king tried. At least I went down in flames for something that I was rather than something I wasn't."

She adds, "I have a soft place to land."

Rosanne Cash is opening up about the highs and lows of growing up with her superstar father, Johnny Cash.

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the singer-songwriter remembers the toll her father’s meteoric rise to fame in the 1950s and ’60s took on their family life.

“My childhood was chaotic, number one,” Rosanne says. “I understood from a really young age that [my dad] was an artist and that his mind worked differently. And … that scared my mother.”

Rosanne grew up mostly in Southern California, where her mother Vivian Liberto and father moved from Memphis with their growing family in 1958. Two years earlier, Johnny had written his hit “I Walk the Line” about Liberto’s fears that he would stray on the road. (Liberto’s suspicions later came to fruition when Johnny struck up an affair with fellow country star June Carter.)

Suspecting Johnny’s affair with Carter, who was part of his touring ensemble, Liberto filed for divorce in 1966. Two years later, Johnny married Carter after he got clean.

Despite the circumstances of how Carter’s relationship began with Johnny, Rosanne says she felt no resentment towards her new step-mother.

“It seemed inevitable, though it was so painful for my mom. I had two really good examples from women in my life. My mom gave me this powerful sense of discipline, family, mothering and detail orientation. And June gave me this sense of expansiveness and how to live life as a performer.”

Despite some lingering resentments about her father’s absences during her childhood, Rosanne says they were healed after her father asked her to join him on stage one night to sing “I Still Miss Someone.”

“He worked out all his problems onstage, and that happened with me that night with him. It just all got fixed.”

FOLLOW-UP:  A television series focused on the career of country superstar Garth Brooks is set to air on A&E this winter.

"Garth: The Road I'm On" will be part of the network's Biography series in the form of a four-part TV special highlighting Brooks' award-winning career.  It'll include interviews with Brooks, his wife and fellow country star Trisha Yearwood, Brooks' original band and other family and friends. The series' crew was also given behind-the-scenes access to the singer and his road crew during Brooks' current Stadium Tour, which will be included along with historical footage.

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