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Jim Casey is the managing editor at Nash Country Daily. Formerly the managing editor at Nash Country Weekly and FIGHT! magazines, Jim is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (B.A., 2001) and University of Memphis (M.A., 2004). When he’s not attending Dwight Yoakam or Robert Earl Keen concerts, Jim can be found sipping George Dickel on the Elk River while he works on his first book of Southern fiction.

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Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Country Music Association—through its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation—has pledged $1 million to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events. The funds will be used to provide support to those…MORE

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Unlike Jeff Bridges’ character The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Morgan Wallen loves the Eagles, man. Morgan has been turning heads with music, mullet and easygoing manner since bursting on the scene two years ago. The 26-year-old native of Sneedville, Tenn. (population 1,346) scored back-to-back No. 1 singles with “Up Down” (June 2018) and “Whiskey…MORE

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

Nashville’s 2020 CMA Fest on June 4–7 has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. The Country Music Association issued the following statement on March 31: After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020.…MORE

Sara Evans to Drop New Album and New Book in the Coming Months

Sara Evans to Drop New Album and New Book in the Coming Months

Sara Evans will be keeping busy over the next few months with the release of a new album, Copy That, and the release of a new book, Born to Fly. Copy That, which will drop on May 15, is a 13-song collection that features Sara covering country and pop songs that have inspired her career,…MORE

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, 69, revealed via Facebook on March 31 that he has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Well folks, the bad news I’ve contracted the corona virus!!” said Ray. “Been feeling tired for about 10 days! Went to be tested on the 21st! No tests so went home! Went back yesterday…MORE

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan scored the 24th No. 1 single of his career as “What She Wants Tonight” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Luke, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite—and produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens—“What She Wants Tonight” is the second…MORE

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville singer/songwriter Kalie Shorr revealed via Twitter on March 30 that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19,” said Kalie in her initial tweet. “I’m feeling significantly better, but it’s proof how dangerous and contagious this…MORE

Kenny Rogers Tops Billboard Country Albums Chart for First Time in 34 Years

Kenny Rogers Tops Billboard Country Albums Chart for First Time in 34 Years

Kenny Rogers may be gone, but the country music icon is definitely not forgotten. One week after Kenny’s death on March 20, his 2018 album, The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The 20-song offering moved 31,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music,…MORE

Thomas Rhett Teams With Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott & Chris Tomlin for Bright New Tune, “Be a Light” [Listen]

Thomas Rhett Teams With Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott & Chris Tomlin for Bright New Tune, “Be a Light” [Listen]

Thomas Rhett teamed with Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban to record a bright new tune, “Be a Light.” Thomas Rhett, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today (March 30), co-penned the song with Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem. TR and the song’s collaborators will donate all proceeds…MORE

John Prine’s Wife Provides Update on His Condition

John Prine’s Wife Provides Update on His Condition

John Prine’s wife, Fiona, provided two updates on her husband’s condition via Twitter on March 30, one day after a post on John’s official Instagram account revealed he had been hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms. “I have recovered from Covid-19,” said Fiona, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19. “We are humbled by the outpouring…MORE

Joe Diffie Reflects on Biggest Career Milestone During One of His Final Interviews

Joe Diffie Reflects on Biggest Career Milestone During One of His Final Interviews

We lost a good one. Joe Diffie passed away on March 29 from complications of COVID-19. The Oklahoma native topped the charts with “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles” in the 1990s. Joe also struck a chord with his Top 5…MORE

Jennifer Nettles Releases Hopeful New Rendition of Broadway’s “Tomorrow” [Listen]

Jennifer Nettles Releases Hopeful New Rendition of Broadway’s “Tomorrow” [Listen]

Jennifer Nettles released a new rendition of the show tune “Tomorrow,” which originally appeared in the 1977 musical, Annie. Jennifer recorded the song with Tony- and Grammy-winning composer/producer Alex Lacamoire on March 12 as part of an upcoming album of theater songs. “In this strange and scary moment, I wanted to make an offering in…MORE

Country Stars Remember Joe Diffie, Including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw & More

Country Stars Remember Joe Diffie, Including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw & More

A number of country artists shared their sentiments regarding Joe Diffie, who passed away from complications of COVID-19 on March 29. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and many more shared their love on social media and via statements. Carrie Underwood “Absolutely no…MORE

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April 2: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Old Dominion & More

April 2: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Kelsea Ballerini, Jon Pardi, Old Dominion & More

Country stars are trying to do their part to keep us entertained during our self-quarantines (hopefully) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect as some of our favorite stars perform live and chat via social medial.

April 2 (updated throughout the day)

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Ray Benson Releases Statement After COVID-19 Diagnosis: “I Am Filled With So Much Love & Gratitude”

Ray Benson Releases Statement After COVID-19 Diagnosis: “I Am Filled With So Much Love & Gratitude”

One day after revealing his COVID-19 diagnosis on March 31, Asleep at the Wheel frontman Ray Benson, 69, released a statement via his publicity firm on April 1 to provide additional details and thank fans for the outpouring of support. You can read Ray’s new statement below. Wow, I am filled with so much love…Continue Reading

Tenille Townes Enlists Abby Anderson, Kassi Ashton, Adam Hambrick & More for Friendly Cover of “Lean on Me” [Watch Video]

Tenille Townes Enlists Abby Anderson, Kassi Ashton, Adam Hambrick & More for Friendly Cover of “Lean on Me” [Watch Video]

Bill Wither’s 1972 No. 1 hit, “Lean on Me,” has often served as a soundtrack of hope during charity events and times of need. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in a time of need. Tenille Townes recruited a handful of her musically gifted friends—Abby Anderson, Kassi Ashton, Keelan Donovan, Alex Hall, Adam Hambrick and…Continue Reading

Dolly Parton Commits $1 Million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 Research

Dolly Parton Commits $1 Million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 Research

Dolly Parton revealed via Twitter on April 1 that she is donating $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center for COVID-19 research. “My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a…Continue Reading

Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

Country Music Association Pledges $1 Million to COVID-19 Relief Fund

The Country Music Association—through its philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation—has pledged $1 million to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created by The Recording Academy to help people in the music industry affected by the coronavirus disease outbreak and subsequent cancellation of music events. The funds will be used to provide support to those…Continue Reading

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Morgan Wallen Loves the Eagles, Man

Unlike Jeff Bridges’ character The Dude in The Big Lebowski, Morgan Wallen loves the Eagles, man. Morgan has been turning heads with music, mullet and easygoing manner since bursting on the scene two years ago. The 26-year-old native of Sneedville, Tenn. (population 1,346) scored back-to-back No. 1 singles with “Up Down” (June 2018) and “Whiskey…Continue Reading

April 1: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Lindsay Ell, Drake White & More

April 1: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Lindsay Ell, Drake White & More

Country stars are trying to do their part to keep us entertained during our self-quarantines (hopefully) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a rundown of what to expect as some of our favorite stars perform live and chat via social medial. April 1 (updated throughout the day) Stephanie Quayle: 10 a.m. CT – Facebook John…Continue Reading

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

CMA Fest 2020 Has Been Canceled

Nashville’s 2020 CMA Fest on June 4–7 has been canceled. It will not be rescheduled. The Country Music Association issued the following statement on March 31: After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020.…Continue Reading

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan Scores 24th No. 1 Single With “What She Wants Tonight”

Luke Bryan scored the 24th No. 1 single of his career as “What She Wants Tonight” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Luke, Ross Copperman, Hillary Lindsey and Jon Nite—and produced by Jeff and Jody Stevens—“What She Wants Tonight” is the second…Continue Reading

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville Singer/Songwriter Kalie Shorr Reveals COVID-19 Diagnosis

Nashville singer/songwriter Kalie Shorr revealed via Twitter on March 30 that she has been diagnosed with COVID-19. “Despite being quarantined (except for a handful of trips for groceries) for three weeks, I managed to contract COVID 19,” said Kalie in her initial tweet. “I’m feeling significantly better, but it’s proof how dangerous and contagious this…Continue Reading

March 31: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Townes, Craig Campbell, Chris Lane & More

March 31: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Mitchell Tenpenny, Tenille Townes, Craig Campbell, Chris Lane & More

Country stars are trying to do their part to keep us entertained during our self-quarantines (hopefully) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a rundown of what to expect as some of our favorite stars perform live and chat via social medial. March 31 (updated throughout the day) Stephanie Quayle: 10 a.m. CT – Facebook Sam…Continue Reading

Kenny Rogers Tops Billboard Country Albums Chart for First Time in 34 Years

Kenny Rogers Tops Billboard Country Albums Chart for First Time in 34 Years

Kenny Rogers may be gone, but the country music icon is definitely not forgotten. One week after Kenny’s death on March 20, his 2018 album, The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The 20-song offering moved 31,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music,…Continue Reading

Thomas Rhett Teams With Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott & Chris Tomlin for Bright New Tune, “Be a Light” [Listen]

Thomas Rhett Teams With Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott & Chris Tomlin for Bright New Tune, “Be a Light” [Listen]

Thomas Rhett teamed with Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban to record a bright new tune, “Be a Light.” Thomas Rhett, who is celebrating his 30th birthday today (March 30), co-penned the song with Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem. TR and the song’s collaborators will donate all proceeds…Continue Reading

John Prine’s Wife Provides Update on His Condition

John Prine’s Wife Provides Update on His Condition

John Prine’s wife, Fiona, provided two updates on her husband’s condition via Twitter on March 30, one day after a post on John’s official Instagram account revealed he had been hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms. “I have recovered from Covid-19,” said Fiona, who tested positive for COVID-19 on March 19. “We are humbled by the outpouring…Continue Reading

Joe Diffie Reflects on Biggest Career Milestone During One of His Final Interviews

Joe Diffie Reflects on Biggest Career Milestone During One of His Final Interviews

We lost a good one. Joe Diffie passed away on March 29 from complications of COVID-19. The Oklahoma native topped the charts with “Home,” “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock From the Sun,” “Pickup Man” and “Bigger Than the Beatles” in the 1990s. Joe also struck a chord with his Top 5…Continue Reading

Jennifer Nettles Releases Hopeful New Rendition of Broadway’s “Tomorrow” [Listen]

Jennifer Nettles Releases Hopeful New Rendition of Broadway’s “Tomorrow” [Listen]

Jennifer Nettles released a new rendition of the show tune “Tomorrow,” which originally appeared in the 1977 musical, Annie. Jennifer recorded the song with Tony- and Grammy-winning composer/producer Alex Lacamoire on March 12 as part of an upcoming album of theater songs. “In this strange and scary moment, I wanted to make an offering in…Continue Reading

March 30: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Caylee Hammack & More

March 30: Live-Stream Show Calendar With Thomas Rhett, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Caylee Hammack & More

Country stars are trying to do their part to keep us entertained during our self-quarantines (hopefully) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a rundown of what to expect as some of our favorite stars perform live and chat via social medial. March 30 (updated throughout the day) Stephanie Quayle: 10 a.m. CT – Facebook Logan…Continue Reading

Country Stars Remember Joe Diffie, Including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw & More

Country Stars Remember Joe Diffie, Including Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw & More

A number of country artists shared their sentiments regarding Joe Diffie, who passed away from complications of COVID-19 on March 29. Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley and many more shared their love on social media and via statements. Carrie Underwood “Absolutely no…Continue Reading