Darius Rucker, Randy Houser and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush are just a few of the many artists who will come together for a star-studded benefit concert next Monday (Sept. 16) at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Announced Monday (Sept. 9) by songwriter Patrick Davis, the concert will also showcase the talents of Devin Dawson, James Otto and Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan, and benefit victims of Hurricane Dorian.

Davis is also the founder of Songwriters in Paradise, a music festival that has taken place in Hope Town on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas for the last eight years. The Abaco Islands experienced utter devastation as a result of the catastrophic Category 5 storm, with countless people still missing nearly a week after the hurricane. The Abaco Islands are normally home to over 17,000 people.

At least 44 people were confirmed killed during the storm, but that number is expected to rise in the days, weeks and months ahead.

In addition to this benefit concert, Davis and members of the Songwriters in Paradise family have also set up a GoFundMe campaign that has already raised more than $350,000 — money is already helping those who need it the most as they continue to wait for government aid.

Tickets for the September 16 benefit concert are on sale today at 10am at both Ryman.com and ticketmaster.com.

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Little Big Town announced a new album, single and tour on September 9th.

LBT will release their ninth studio album, "Nightfall", on January 17th. 

In addition, the foursome will embark on a 34-date tour dubbed The Nightfall Tour, which kicks off on Jan. 16 in New York and makes additional stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Chicago, L.A. Denver and more. Caitlyn Smith will serve as support.  General tickets go on sale on Friday (Sept. 13) at 10 a.m. local time (Carnegie Hall ticket sale begins at 11 a.m. ET).
http://www.littlebigtown.com/tour

Brad Paisley is set to star in and executive produce the TV comedy pilot "Fish Out of Water", which has landed at Amazon, following a multiple-outlet bidding war.

The comedy is described as a Larry Sanders take on celebrity vanity projects and a behind-the-scenes look at country music star Paisley's struggle to produce a simple little fishing show.

Should "Fish Out of Water" move forward, it would mark Paisley's series-regular debut following guest gigs on shows including "The Crazy Ones", "According to Jim", "King of the Hill" and "Nashville".

Brantley Gilbert will embark on his Fire't Up Tour next year with support from Dylan Scott, Chase Rice and Brandon Lay. The tour kicks off January 23th in London, ON.  
https://www.brantleygilbert.com/

Darius Rucker's new album with Hootie & the Blowfish titled, "Imperfect Circle", will feature songs penned by, among others country artists Chris Stapleton and Eric Paslay.

Hootie & the Blowfish shared their new album's track listing on Friday (Sept. 6).   Also featured as a songwriter on the album is pop star Ed Sheeran.

"Imperfect Circle" is set for release on Nov. 1. Hootie & the Blowfish have been spending their summer on the road together, on their Group Therapy Tour.

Kylie Rae Harris is at fault in the three-car accident last Wednesday that killed the singer and a 16-year-old woman. Officials say both speed and alcohol were factors in the fatal accident, though they are awaiting a toxicology report to confirm details.

Harris and 16-year-old Maria Cruz of San Cristobal, N.M., were killed on Wednesday evening around 9PM local time in the accident that also involved a third, unidentified and uninjured driver.  
 
Harris was driving south on State Road 522 in a black 2017 Chevrolet Equinox when she clipped the back of a black Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by the unidentified third driver. That caused Harris' vehicle to move into the northbound lane of the road and hit Cruz's white 2008 Jeep head on. The Taos County Sheriff's Office says that all three drivers were wearing seatbelts.

Court records show Harris had a 2017 DWI conviction in Collin County, Texas, after which she was ordered by the court to install an ignition interlock device in her car to prevent her from driving while intoxicated. Although Harris' mother tells People that her daughter had driven "11 or 12 hours that day" and was likely "exhausted," she also notes alcohol is "something [Kylie] struggled with on and off over the years." 

Because Harris died in the crash and there'sno rush to press criminal charges.  Officials say the toxicology report could take "several months up to a year." 

Kelly Clarkson's new talk show, "The Kelly Clarkson Show" premieres Monday, September 9th on NBC stations.

In a new promotional ad for the show, Kelly is featured singing Dolly Parton's "9 to 5."
 
The show's premiere episode will feature Dwayne Johnson, who left his honeymoon early to replace scheduled guest Kevin Hart, who couldn't make the show after sustaining major back injuries in a car crash.

The Kelly Clarkson Show' premieres Monday, September 9th on NBC stations. 

Darius Rucker is joining Team Blake for Season 17 of "The Voice". The country singer and Hootie & the Blowfish frontman will be advising Shelton's team of competitors during the upcoming season of the TV singing competition.

Shelton calls Rucker "the perfect choice for, I would say, anything in my life," noting that Rucker "literally has proven that if he decides whatever it is he wants to do in life, he conquers it."
 
Rucker says he and his family watch the show "religiously."  

"The Voice"'s 17th season will begin on September 23rd. The show airs on NBC at 8PM ET.

Country music singer Kylie Rae Harris died in a car crash in New Mexico which also claimed the life of a 16-year-old girl. 

Harris was only 30-years-old and had a young daughter.

She was on her way to perform at a music festival in Taos when she got into the crash on Wednesday around 9pm. 

Police say alcohol was a factor in the crash but they have not indicated who they suspect was drinking.

Three cars were involved, Harris' vehicle, the 16-year-old girl's car and another. The third driver escaped unharmed. They have not been identified.    

Hours earlier, she tweeted that she was running out of gas and was on the road. She also shared a haunting final Instagram story about how all her relatives died in the town of Taos

Harris' representative released a statement saying, “We are heartbroken to confirm that Kylie Rae Harris passed away in a car accident last night. We have no further details to share, and ask for privacy for her family at this time. Everyone that knew Kylie knew how much she loved her family and, beyond that, how much she loved music. The best tribute to her unmatched enthusiasm for both is to spread as much love as you can today, and listen to music that fully inspires you.”
 
No additional details have been released. 

The Academy of Country Music announce the ACM Song of the Decade has been awarded to Miranda Lambert and songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin for “The House That Built Me.” The tune earned Miranda her first # 1 single in 2010.

The ACM Song of the Decade Award recognizes a song that has impacted country music over the decade. The factors considered include success at radio, commercial media, sales and streaming, creative integrity, artistic merit, ACM Award recognition and more. Miranda is the most-awarded artist in ACM history, with a total of 34 wins. “The House That Build Me” won three ACM categories, including Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year.

Recipients of the other categories – ACM Album of the Decade, ACM Artist-Songwriter of the Decade, ACM Breakout Artist of the Decade, ACM Single of the Decade, ACM Songwriter of the Decade and ACM Music Event of the Decade – will be announced in the coming weeks.