“Opry Salute to Ray Charles” with Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood and many more legendary performers premieres nationwide, today.
 
The Grand Ole Opry paid homage to icon Ray Charles in October 2018 with the night’s performances filmed for a PBS television special airing on public TV stations nationwide.

The 90-minute TV special also features behind-the-scenes footage, a visit to the Ray Charles Library and iconic footage courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation.

Trisha Yearwood will host the 10th annual CMA Country Christmas.

"CMA Country Christmas" will be taped on September 25th at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. This year’s lineup includes Kristin Chenoweth, for King & Country, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young.

The two-hour music celebration will air on ABC durng the holiday season.

Chris Lane will launch his Big Big Plans Tour this fall.

Lane will begin the tour October 31st in Cincinnati. He will play 29 cities around the country with Gabby Barrett, Blanco Brown and Ernest opening on select dates.
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Maddie & Tae’s Taylor Dye is an engaged woman. The singer shared the exciting news on Tuesday, after longtime boyfriend Josh Kerr popped the question on Labor Day.

 Dye captioned several photos of the proposal, “I’M ENGAGED to the man of my dreams y’all.”

Kerr also posted some photos of the special day on his personal Instagram from their new house in Franklin, Tenn. “Bought the house. got the ring. asked her dad. got the girl. ---- forever started Sept 2nd. I love you @taylordye.”
 
The couple have been dating for more than a year. 

Kerr is a respected songwriter himself. He has co-written Kelsea Ballerini’s previous singles “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” as well as Dylan Scott’s “My Girl.” Kerr has also been teasing new music of his own. 

Maddie & Tae, meanwhile, released their five-song EP "One Heart To Another" in April.

Dierks Bentley went on a little fishing trip in Colorado before performing at Seven Peaks Music Festival, but got himself into some trouble.

The country star took to Instagram over the weekend to upload a video of himself sitting in a patrol car. He said, “Hey Luke [Bryan], those fish we caught in the Cottonwood Creek this week here in Buena Vista, we should probably getting a fishing license next time because I just got pulled over. You're next."
 
Before getting busted, Bentley uploaded a photo of himself holding up a fish he caught, poking fun at fellow country singer Luke Bryan for not catching as many gilled creatures. "@lukebryan only caught one and this is my third in 30 mins... not that it’s a competition... totally not... fishing and Seven Peaks is all about community and good vibes... but if it was a competition... I would be crushing him. But it’s not. But if... just saying."

In a since-deleted tweet, Bentley assured that he'll be "all licensed up next time!" 

Miranda Lambert ain't sad these days.

At a show at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. Saturday, Lambert told the crowd that, although she's a sucker for a good sad song, but added, "Lucky for me, I’m not in a sad time anymore in my life. Thank you to my sweet husband — from Staten Island, by the way!”

Lambert was referring to new husband Brendan McLoughlin, a former New York police officer she secretly married earlier this year. She added, "Even though I’m not sad anymore thanks to Brendan my husband, I still love a sad country song with all my heart, "So I’m going to sing a sad one, if you want to get sad with me."

Lambert then launched into "Tin Man," from 2016's "The Weight of These Wings", a work that drew largely from her 2015 divorce from first husband Blake Shelton.

Jason Aldean was forced to cancel his headlining set at the Gulf Coast Jam Saturday night, in Panama City, Fla.  

Aldean explained to fans on Instagram that he'd been looking forward to playing the festival, but "unfortunately I’m down for the count with a stomach virus. It’s just not in the cards for us this year. Hope to be back as soon as I can. Thank you to everyone who came out."
 
When one fan complained that it would have been more convenient if they'd been told earlier that Aldean wouldn't be playing, the singer responded, "I was trying up until 9:30 to get it together to play for u guys. Bags of fluids, shots of finnegran and B-12, popping Zofran. We waited that long because we didn’t want to cancel. We finally didn’t have a choice. Sorry for the inconvenience but we were trying everything."

Aldean's wife, Brittany, also responded to the post, letting fans know that the entire family was down for the count. "It’s been two solid days of in our household... and props to u, babe for trying to pull yourself together. I couldn’t even make it out of bed.. you’re stronger than me."

Aldean's next scheduled date is on Thursday (Sept. 5) in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

At the Washington State Fair Saturday Night, Keith Urban took the stage and performed a cover of Taylor Swift's new song "Lover."  

Keith captioned the Instagram video on Sunday, "Every now and then you hear a song that you love and wish you'd written…. And a HUGE thx to my band as well- we didn't get to rehearse so.... this is us fully winging it - KU #Lover⁠ ⁠@taylorswift."

Taylor replied,  "Keith Urban covering Lover flawlessly. I am screaming. This is so beautiful." 

From Our Staff To You...
 
Happy Labor Day !!!

Sheryl Crow    “Threads” (she says this might be her final album; guests: Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson, Keith Richards, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, etc.; first single: “Redemption Day,” with Johnny Cash)
 
The Grascals    “Straighten the Curves"

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver    “Live in Prague, Czech Republic” 

Trisha Yearwood    “Every Girl” (her first all-new country album in more than a decade)