Garth Brooks posted a picture of himself in a Sanders jersey after his packed show Saturday night in Detroit, which created a bit of misguided outrage and confusion online.

Brooks wore the No. 20 jersey of former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders -- a football legend in the city and NFL Hall of Famer -- which caused some of his Instagram followers to mistakenly attack him for being a Bernie Sanders supporter.

The NFL legend was honored during the concert.

Maren Morris is scheduled to spend the majority of the fall on the road as part of her newly announced "RSVP: The Tour". The trek kicks off June 5th in Boston and runs through October with stops at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

The tour borrows its name from the song “RSVP,” which is featured on Morris’ 2019 album "Girl". Joining her on the trek will be husband Ryan Hurd, James Arthur and Caitlyn Smith. Tickets go on sale March 6th at 10 a.m. local time.

In addition to a new trek, Morris will headline the Houston Rodeo on March 7th, as well as appear at several festivals later this year including Governors Ball and Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Experience.
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Garth Brooks will be honored with the ICON Award at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards on April 29th. He will be the ninth person to ever be bestowed with this accolade, an award that was given to Mariah Carey just last year.

As part of being given the award, he will take the stage to perform some of his greatest hits, with fans crossing their fingers that "Friends in Low Places" will be included. 

The Academy of Country Music will announce this year’s host and full list of nominees for the 55th ACM Awards via social media accounts at 8 a.m ET, followed by a press conference to announce nominees at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde, Bobby Bones, 'Entertainment Tonight’s Cassie DiLaura and Kevin Frazier and 'CBS This Morning’s Gayle King will announce select ACM Awards nominations categories via videos posted in real time.

The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5th (live 8–11 p.m. ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
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Lauren Alaina is joining Yuengling as a brand ambassador to help launch their new light beer, Flight by Yuengling. The multichannel advertising campaign includes appearances, performances, meet-and-greets, promotions and sweepstakes.  

Jamey Johnson, Hayes Carll, Allison Moorer and 400 other artists will descend upon Nashville on March 23rd–28th for the 28th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival.

During the six-day festival, 10 Nashville venues will play host to 100 shows, featuring some of the industry’s best singer/songwriters.  

Tickets to many of the shows will be available via the venues’ websites, including Analog at Hutton Hotel, The Bluebird Cafe, Cross-Eyed Critters Watering Hole, Douglas Corner Cafe, Fat Kat Slims, The Listening Room, The Lounge at City Winery, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon, 3rd & Lindsley and True Music Room & Bar.

Florida Georgia Line are hoping to collaborate with Carrie Underwood on a new song they've written, and they pitched the idea via social media.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley wrote, "@carrieunderwood whether you know it or not, we are huge fans of you and we have always wanted to do a song with you we’ve just been waiting on the right one."
 
"We think this is it".  They accompanied the text with a PSA video (Public Song Announcement, in this instance) in which they personally plead with Underwood to consider a collaboration.

They wrote the song last week with Julia Michaels.

Hubbard says in the video, "We'd really love for Carrie Underwood to hear this song. We think it would be a massive collaboration.  "We'd love to send it to you. We don't have your email or your phone number, so we're gonna just play a little."

The mid-tempo track appears to be titled "Feels Good."

Underwood has not yet publicly responded to Florida Georgia Line's song pitch.

George Strait announced he will perform a concert at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on August 15th.

The upcoming show, which is dubbed Strait to South Bend, will feature special guests Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne.

Tickets for the new show go on sale on March 6th at 10 a.m. ET, with pre-sale for American Express Card Members beginning on February 28th at 10 a.m. local time.

George's previously announced concert dates include shows at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 22nd with Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton, followed by two dates in Las Vegas with Caitlyn Smith as part of his 5-year Strait to Vegas residency.

George Strait 2020 Tour Dates

Aug. 15 | Notre Dame Stadium | South Bend, Ind.
Aug. 22 | U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minn.
Aug. 28 | T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas
Aug. 29 | T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas

Carrie Underwood was moved to tears during a surprise presentation as her 2018 album, Cry Pretty, was certified Platinum by the RIAA.

UMG Nashville CEO Mike Dungan and president Cindy Mabe surprised Carrie with a plaque commemorating her album's new platinum designation--which represents 1 million units--during her artist interview at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Feb. 21. In addition, four singles from Cry Pretty were also certified by the RIAA, including the Platinum-certified The Champion (1 million units) and the Gold-certified Cry Pretty, Love Wins and Southbound (500,000 units).

Carrie co-wrote nine songs on Cry Pretty, which she co-produced with David Garcia.

"This means a lot, because I feel like this is the project that I've done, and the album that I've done, that is the most 'me.' I'm honored and I'm humbled, and God is good," said Carrie.

Cry Pretty reached No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart in September 2018, joining Carrie's three previous No. 1 albums on the chart: 2007's Carnival Ride, 2009's Play On and 2012's Blown Away. She is the first woman in country music history to top the chart four times.

Scotty McCreery is trying to score his third consecutive No. 1 single with "In Between," which is currently #22 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart after 45 weeks. Penned by Scotty, Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander and Jonathan Singleton, "In Between" follows previous No. 1 singles "Five More Minutes" and "This Is It." All three songs are from Scotty's 2018 album, Seasons Change.

With lyrics like "I'm in between / Friday night wild / And quiet Sunday morning / Between / Done after one / And keep on pouring / Ain't too high / Ain't too low / Just holding down the middle / I'm steady as I go," the tune conjures up references to those years in your early 20s when you're on your own for the first time and trying to find a balance in your life.

As Scotty told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, his wife Gabi, whom he married in June 2018 after six years of dating, helps keep him balanced now.

"Oh, she's incredible," says Scotty. "I mean, she's just a breath of air for me and the crazy world I see every day I travel, but when I come home, I just have a consistent love and an amazing woman that I get to come home to every day. She works hard--she's a nurse--I mean, she's doing the hard stuff. I get to sing for a living, but she's really changing lives."

Scotty says that Gabi's job as a nurse helps keep things in perspective when he's on the road.

"We get to complaining about little things on the road, like if our bus Wi-Fi's not working. And, we're like, 'Man, that's such a little thing compared to what a lot of folks are dealing with,' so when I hear what she sees at work, you realize what's important in life."