Lanco's's lead guitarist Eric Steedly recently got engaged to longtime girlfriend Jessica Wardwell.

The romantic proposal took place on Monday, when the guitarist got down on one knee during the couple's trip to Aruba.

Steedly shared pictures of the proposal on his official Instagram account.

Dolly Parton is making plans for what will happen to her enormous catalogue of music -- both released and unreleased -- after she dies.

In the final installment of "Dolly Parton's America", a nine-episode podcast hosted by Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad, Parton explains that not only does she have a large reserve of songs that haven't yet been heard, but she's thinking of ways to continue to collaborate with other people in the music industry, even after she's no longer living.
 
Dolly explains, "There's enough stuff to go on forever with my music, to do compilation albums, to do, actually, new and original stuff, and I am purposely trying to put songs down for that very purpose. To have a click track and my vocals, to where any arrangement can be done. So I think ahead."

She add, "Anybody could produce that. Anyone, any producer in the world -- a hot shot producer, when I'm gone, they could take my songs, just the click track of my vocal, and build a complete arrangement around that. So that will go on forever."

Parton points out that she's had the chance to see what happens when other musical icons die, leaving legacies behind them. When it's her turn to go, she wants control over her music.

"I'm one of those people that believe in being prepared," she says. "I don't ever wanna leave my stuff in the same shape like Prince, or Aretha [Franklin], or anybody that don't plan ahead."

Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Kane Brown are among 16 recipients of the 11th annual CMA Triple Play Awards, an honor presented to songwriters who pen three number one songs within a 12-month period based on various country charts.

Ross Copperman, Justin Ebach, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley, Michael Hardy, Shay Mooney, Jon Nite, Josh Osborne, Bobby Pinson, Matthew Ramsey, Jordan Reynolds, Trevor Rosen and Dan Smyers also will be honored.

Copperman will host a CMA Songwriters Series performance, taking place Tuesday, February 25th at Marathon Music Works in Nashville at 7 p.m. and also featuring Ebach, Gorley, Nite, Pinson and Reynolds.  

In celebration of the Triple Play Awards, $3 of each ticket sold will benefit the CMA Foundation, CMA's philanthropic arm, which is committed to improving and sustaining high-quality music education programs across the country.

The 2020 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will include a handful of country-centric performers, including Jason Isbell, Morgan Wallen, Mandolin Orange, Orville Peck, Yola and more.

For the third year in a row, Bonnaroo will feature the Grand Ole Opry stage on June 11th, with special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2020 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will take place June 11th–14th at Great Stage Park, the 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles south of Nashville in Manchester, Tenn.   

Bonnaroo tickets go on sale on January 9th at noon ET.
https://www.bonnaroo.com/lineup/

Garth Brooks has become the first artist to have appeared on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in the 1980s, '90s, 2000s, '10s and, now, the '20s, as "Dive Bar" with Blake Shelton, moves from #24 to #.21 on the January 11th-dated survey.  

Brooks first appeared on the chart with "Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old)" on March 25, 1989, at No. 94 (when the ranking ran 100 positions deep). The track peaked at #8 that July, becoming Brooks' first of 36 top 10s. He has posted 89 appearances overall, including 19 #1s.

Rascal Flatts will mark their 20th anniversary with a 25-city farewell tour this year.

The "Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life is a Highway Tour" will kick off in Indianapolis on June 11th, stretch coast to coast, and end in West Palm Beach on October 17th.

During the tour, lead singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney say they’ll reflect with fans on their catalogue of hits like “Bless The Broken Road,” “My Wish,” and “What Hurts The Most.”

DeMarcus told "CBS This Morning" that the band is looking forward to spending the entire year loving on fans and thanking them for their amazing career over the last 20 years.

Tickets will be available first as part of the Live Nation Country Megaticket and more ticket information will become available at RascallFlatts.com.

In addition to performing during halftime of the Liberty Bowl in Memphis on December 31st, Scotty McCreery was presented with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl Outstanding Achievement Award for his continued service to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Scotty was recognized with the award during the President's Gala on Dec. 30 at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Past recipients of the award include Elvis Presley, Alabama, Clint Black, LeAnn Rimes and more.

"Both my wife Gabi and I have visited St. Jude and have seen firsthand the amazing work that goes on there," said Scotty. "I'm always glad to help St. Jude and spread the word about what they do."

Over the past two years, Scotty has helped raise $50,000 for Jude through his participation on Celebrity Family Feud ($25,000 in 2018) and via a social media promotion with Bumble ($25,000 in 2019). Scotty has also participated in St. Jude's This Shirt Saves Lives campaigns for several years.

Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman are donating $500,000 to help fight the devastating bushfires in Australia.

"Our family's support, thoughts, and prayers are with everyone affected by the fires all over Australia," said Keith via Twitter. "We are donating $500,000 to the Rural Fire Services who are all doing and giving so much right now."

According to the Associated Press, at least 25 people have been killed and 2,000 homes destroyed by the blazes, which have so far scorched an area twice the size of the U.S. state of Maryland.

Keith, who was born in New Zealand, moved to Australia with his family as a toddler, while Nicole is an Aussie native.

The opening date of Blake Shelton’s new Southern-style restaurant in Orlando has been announced.


Ole Red will open April 13th at ICON Park on International Drive, near the 400-foot Wheel.

When it opens, the 17,289 square foot Ole Red will offer a live music experience and feature concert-quality lighting, up-to-date acoustics and seating for about 500 people. Guests can also expect private event space for weddings and other gathering plus three bars.
 
The Orlando location is the fourth Ole Red to open, with the other three calling Tishomingo, Oklahoma, Nashville, Tennessee and Gatlinburg, Tennessee home.

Cadillac Three drummer Neil Mason and marketing director Chelsea Eager are married.

They tied the knot at Eager’s parent’s hotel, Gruene Mansion Inn Bed & Breakfast, in her hometown of New Braunfels, Texas, on Saturday.

Mason and Eager said their “I Dos” in front of an intimate group of 40 guests, which included his Cadillac Three bandmates Jaren Johnston and Kelby Ray, Cubs baseball player Tony Kemp and singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes.

The newlyweds met through mutual friends and have been together for five-and-a-half-years. From their very first date, they knew each other were “the one.”