Orville Peck, Lucinda Williams, and Margo Price will join Willie Nelson at the 2020 Luck Reunion, a daylong festival held on Nelson’s Luck Ranch outside of Austin.

Slated for March 19th, the Luck Reunion will also feature the Haden Triplets, Sierra Ferrell, Early James, S.G. Goodman, the Still Tide, Shooks, Ian Ferguson, Jeremie Albino, and Jonathan Wilson.

Nelson will close the event on the World Headquarters Stage, which features a daylong lineup of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Shooter Jennings, Particle Kid, Angel Olsen, Parquet Courts, Paul Cauthen, and Devon Gilfillian.

Lucinda Williams, Orville Peck, Amanda Shires, Colter Wall, the Black Lips, Ian Noe, Terry Allen, the Mastersons, Katie Pruitt, and Margo Price & Friends featuring Jeremy Ivey are also scheduled to play the other stages scattered across the property.

As in years past, the Luck Reunion takes place during the SXSW Music Festival, which runs March 16th through 22nd in Austin.

Darius Rucker was surprised with a plaque celebrating the RIAA's recent 8x-Platinum certification of his hit song "Wagon Wheel" during a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Wednesday.

Since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks in 2013, "Wagon Wheel" has now become one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time. Rucker is now the only solo male country act to achieve the honor of an 8x-plus multi-Platinum song in RIAA's history.

Chris Stapleton says news songs are written, and he's now in the studio.

Stapleton also told Rolling Stone that some of the songs were created with legendary Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, his "favorite guitar player of all time". 

Stapleton has also been working with country-rock super-producer Dave Cobb though he can't firmly commit to new material coming out in 2020. He added, "I don’t want to make any promises, but there is probably some new music on the way."

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins have welcomed their third baby girl, Lennon Love Akins. He shared the news on social media with a sweet tribute to his daughter and their family.

Lennon joins their daughters Willa Gray, now 4, and Ada James, age 2.  

Luke Bryan will sing the national anthem tonight at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

Bryan will perform as part of Hockey has Heart Congenital Defect Awareness Night before the Predators face the Islanders at 7 p.m.

Two young CHD patients will join Bryan for the anthem.

Bryan and his wife Caroline Boyer Bryan lost a niece, Sadie Brett Boyer, to CHD in 2017 and work with her parents on The Brett Boyer Foundation.

CHD is caused when the heart or blood vessels near it don't develop normally before birth. It affects 40,000 newborns in the U.S per year, including more than 760 in Tennessee.

"The Hunt", a film that features singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson, will be released after all. The satirical thriller will now come out via Universal Pictures on March 13th.

The story line depicts a group of wealthy liberal elites who track down and hunt conservative and less privileged human prey for sport, referring to their "red state" targets as "deplorables" and the President (who is never named as Donald Trump) as "our ratf---er-in-chief."

The film received overwhelming criticism following the release of its trailer in July of 2019, and the planned September release date was canceled due to criticism of its subject matter in the wake of three mass shootings that summer, in Gilroy, Calif. (July 28), El Paso, Texas (Aug. 3) and Dayton, Ohio (Aug. 4.)

Now, producer Jason Blum and co-writer Damon Lindelof believe that the right time has come for audiences to finally see the film. They believe "The Hunt" has been mis-characterized as a "dangerous" movie or one likely to incite violence, and that the mischaracterization comes from the simple fact that people reacted to the movie before they'd even seen it.

The 7th All for the Hall benefit concert on February 10th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which was hosted by Keith Urban, helped raise more than $800,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s education programs.

The all-star lineup featured performances by Keith Urban, Ingrid Andress, Luke Combs, Lauren Daigle, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Tenille Townes, Tanya Tucker and Morgan Wallen. During this year’s concert—which was themed Under the Influence—each artist performed a song that was recorded by an artist who strongly influenced them, in addition to one of their own hits.

Over the years, Keith’s All for Hall concerts have raised $4.2 million in support of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education program

Tim McGraw has left Sony Music Nashville after three years, four singles and just one studio album.

Billboard cites unnamed sources in announcing the separation. McGraw and wife Faith Hill signed with Sony in early 2017 and released an album of duets called "The Rest of Our Life" that November. Radio reception to the two singles from that album and McGraw's two subsequent singles was tepid.

Faith Hill remains with Sony Music Nashville.

Toby Keith launches the Country Comes To Town Tour May 1st in Estero, FL.  
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Greensky Bluegrass and Mavis Staples are among the final additions to the MerleFest line-up.

Paul Thorn, Cane Mill Road, Sweet Potato Pie, The Barefoot Movement, Nefesh Mountain, and Smitty and the Jumpstarters also were added to the fest, coming April 23-26 at Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, N.C.

The line-up already includes Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, John Prine, Melissa Etheridge, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Jerry Douglas Band, Sam Bush, Billy Strings, The Marcus King Band and Jim Lauderdale.

 

The Mavericks' 30th Anniversary World Tour will conclude with a final run of dates starting April 3-4 in Austin. 
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Garth Brooks will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during a tribute concert March 4th in Washington, DC. The initial lineup includes Trisha Yearwood, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton, Keb' Mo', Jay Leno and a performance by Brooks.

PBS stations will broadcast "Garth Brooks: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" March 29th at 8pm CT.