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Dierks Bentley Gives Back to First Responders

Posted on: October 11th, 2017 by jenna

What happened October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas shook up a lot of country music stars, including Dierks Bentley. Bentley wanted to help the victims of the mass shooting. He donated blood at the Red Cross blood drive.

However, Dierks decided that wasn’t enough. He wanted to give something back to the first responders who were at the Festival. So, on Monday, October 9th, Dierks flew to Las Vegas to perform for those first responders.

Dierks went to instagram and posted pictures with this in the caption: “Thank you @UMCSN for letting me stop by and hang with y’all for a little bit”, and “Thank you for sharing your stories and your time. I needed that.”

Texas’ ACL Music Festival Offers Ticket Refunds

Posted on: October 5th, 2017 by jenna

Image result for route 91 shootingollowing the deadliest mass shooting that took place at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas the Texas’ ACL Music Festival, held outdoors, decided to offer refunds to ticket holders for the upcoming ACL Music Festival scheduled for October 6-8th and the 13-15th.

Austin360 reports that organizers of the ACL Music Festival, which is to be held Austin’s Zilker Park, announced they would issue refunds for the festival. Despite the shooting and the offer of refunds there were only two requests for refunds as of October 3rd.

The city of Austin announced that safety of festival goers is a priority at the upcoming ACL Music Festival.

Prior to the events that unfolded at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, the Texas’  ACL festival announced that security measures would be stricter. These restrictions include the ban of e-cigarette use and only allowing certain sized bags be carried into the festival.

ACL Music Festival refunds are issued via Front Gate Tickets.

Little Big Town Picks Opening Acts for ‘The Breakers Tour’

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by jenna

Apparently if you want to go on tour with Little Big Town you just have to make music they enjoy.

Sounds too easy, but it’s really that simple. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild told ET Online said that she “love(d) the first songs off (Midland’s) record, the traditional country sound” and thinks that Kacey (Musgraves) is a songwriter and entertainer that will “be around for a long, long, long time”.

Kacey Musgraves and Midland (Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach), joined Little Big Town to appear on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Sept. 20 in celebration the LBT’s tour announcement. All the artists took to the stage for a medley of Midland’s hit “Drinkin’ Problem,” Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” and also performed the 1979 Electric Light Orchestra hit “Don’t Bring Me Down”.

The Breakers Tour begins February 8th in Oklahoma City and includes almost 30 cities.

He said “Yes!” to ‘American Idol’: Luke Bryan to be Second Judge

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by jenna

Country music star Keith Urban was a judge when the show went away… So obviously, it only makes sense that another country superstar would join Katy Perry on the panel, right?

With American Idol set to premiere March 2018 on ABC, the show needed to start locking in judges and picking air times. Sundays and Mondays are the days the revived show is said to be airing, and the search for judges is almost locked in too.

Luke Bryan is going to be the second judge on next year’s season of American Idol. Luke’s schedule is set to be open for American Idol auditions and hopefully this will take things to a new level in the upcoming auditions.

He will be joining Katy Perry and the returning show host Ryan Seacrest. The third and final spot has not been filled yet.

Jake Owen helps Floridians affected by Irma

Posted on: September 19th, 2017 by jenna

Jake Owen partnered with Florida governor Rick Scott to raise and donate funds to help those affected by hurricane Irma.

According to a press release, “Jake reached out to the governor to find out the best way to help people in his home state who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.”

‘Bring Back the Sunshine’ is a campaign that donates all of the raised funds through the Florida Disaster Fund to help victims in Florida.

Governor Scott said that they are “thrilled” that Jake is “lending a helping hand to Floridians in need”.

The campaign on Jake’s Instagram through a video that told fans how and where they can help.

Jake said, “Florida thrives on tourism and people visiting our state” and that “We aren’t just rebuilding homes. Together we are rebuilding jobs, schools, infrastructure,… we are rebuilding LIVES.”


Chase Bryant Engaged

Posted on: September 14th, 2017 by jenna

Well, it seems like everyone is either having babies, getting married, or getting engaged. With all the excitement we can barely contain ourselves, and now we have another name to add to the list! Chase Bryant!

Chase Bryant popped the question to his girlfriend Kourtney Kellar. If you watched Chase’s music video “Room To Breathe”, then you should recognize her because she starred in it!

Chase told People He was best friends with Kourtney, but wanted to take their relationship to the another level so he decided to invite her to be in his video. This was where they had their first kiss and Chase decided to use that moment as inspiration for his proposal.

The proposal was just like the scene from the video, then he got down on one knee and now… THEY’RE ENGAGED!!!

CMA Award Nominations 2017 – see the full list of artist nominees here!

Posted on: September 4th, 2017 by Candy

The 2017 CMA Awards nominations were announced on today’s “Good Morning America.” See the full artist list of nominees below!

Cat Country 98.7 is proud to be nominated as CMA Station of the Year and Brent and Candy are proud to be nominated for Morning Show of the Year.

Brothers Osborne, Lauren Alaina and Dustin Lynch appeared on “GMA” on Labor Day to announce the nominations for the 51st annual show, which will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are returning to host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 7,800 members of the Country Music Association, which was founded in 1958 to heighten awareness for country music and support musicians in the genre. For the CMA Awards, there are three rounds of voting to narrow down to five finalists in 12 categories. In addition to the awards show, every summer the CMA also hosts a four-day music festival featuring performances from some of biggest stars in country music.

In addition to announcing the nominees on Monday, Brothers Osborne also performed their hit song “It Ain’t My Fault” live from Times Square. The 51st annual CMA Awards airs live Wednesday, November 8 on ABC. In the coming weeks, Gossip Cop will report on who will present and perform at this year’s ceremony. Check out the full list of CMA Awards nominees below, as well as video of the nominations being announced on “GMA.”

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton

Album of the Year
The Breaker – Little Big Town
From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton
Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsey Ballerini
Miranda Lambert Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year
“Better Man” – Songwriter(s): Taylor Swift
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Songwriter(s): Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Olsen
“Body Like A Back Road” – Songwriter(s): Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Dirt On My Boots” – Songwriter(s): Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
“Tin Man” – Songwriter(s): Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Brothers Osbourne

New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young
Lauren Alaina

Single of the Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots” – Jon Pardi
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert

Musical Event of the Year
Craving You – Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris)
Funny How Time Slips Away – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
Kill A Word – Eric Church (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)
Setting the World on Fire – Kenny Chesney (with P!nk)
Speak to a Girl – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Music Video of the Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett (feat. Maren Morris)
“Vice” – Miranda Lambert
“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Lauren Alaina with Brent and Candy for Fan Jam Announcement

Posted on: August 7th, 2017 by brent

52nd ACM Nominations

Posted on: February 16th, 2017 by brent

From the ACM:

ACM Nominees: Capitol’s Keith Urban leads nominees for the 52nd Annual ACM Awards, which air April 2 from Las Vegas on CBS-TV. RCA’s Miranda Lambert and Columbia’s Maren Morris each have six nods, BMLGR’s Florida Georgia Line and Sony’sTim McGraw each have five, with Capitol’s Dierks Bentley, Valory’s Thomas Rhett and Mercury’s Chris Stapleton having three nominations each. The full list:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban.

Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Big & Rich, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae.

Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts.

New Male: Kane Brown, Chris Janson, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Brett Young.

New Female: Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris.

New Vocal Duo/Group: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, LoCash, Maddie & Tae.

Album: Black, Dierks Bentley; Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line; Hero, Maren Morris; Ripcord, Keith Urban; The Weight Of These Wings, Miranda Lambert.

Single: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “H.O.L.Y.” Florida Georgia Line; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “My Church,” Maren Morris; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert.

Song: ”Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “Kill A Word,” Eric Church f/Rhiannon Giddens; “Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert.

Video: “Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton; “Forever Country,” Various Artists; “Humble And Kind,” Tim McGraw; “Peter Pan,” Kelsea Ballerini, “Vice,” Miranda Lambert.

Songwriter: Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey, Shane McAnally, Lori McKenna.

Vocal Event: ”Different For Girls,” Dierks Bentley f/Elle King; “Forever Country,” Various Artists; “May We All,” Florida Georgia Line f/Tim McGraw; “Setting The World On Fire,” Kenny Chesney f/P!nk; “Think Of You,” Chris Young f/Cassadee Pope.

Holly Dunn has died from a rare form of cancer

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by brent


“Daddy’s Hands” singer Holly Dunn has passed at age 59 after battling a rare form of cancer.

A close family friend told WSMV-TV that Holly passed away at a hospice facility in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by friends and family members.

She revealed she was fighting ovarian cancer back in March.

Holly was a major contributor to Country Music in the 1980s with hits like “Daddy’s Hands” and “You Really Had Me Going.” However, she tired of the music business and went on to pursue a career as a painter.