Check out this paddle boarder’s close call with a duo of whales off the coast of Australia!

Of course, Tom thinks this is fake :)


The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate its 90th birthday this weekend beginning tonight with performances by Little Big Town, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Joe Diffie, Lorrie Morgan, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The party continues tomorrow night with Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Charles Esten, The Oak Ridge Boys and more.

Carrie has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008 when she was inducted by fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks.

Cast members from the hit ABC show Nashville are scheduled to salute the Opry on Saturday when Charles Esten, Sam Palladio, Chris Carmack, and Aubrey Peeples mark the occasion with Plaza performances, headlining a day full of free music in the Plaza.

For more information on the Opry Birthday Weekend visit opry.com/birthday.




Lady Antebellum may be stepping away from the spotlight for a while, but group member Charles Kelley is using the break to release a solo album. The debut single is called “The Driver,” and it features Dierks Bentley and Eric Paslay. Eric co-wrote the song with Charles.

The song is available on iTunes and Spotify.

According to Charles, Lady A is definitely not breaking up. They are still working on their next project as planned.


The demand to see George Strait in Las Vegas next year is so great that the superstar has added two more shows to his schedule at the Las Vegas Arena — December 2nd and 3rd. The Country Music Hall of Fame member will be among the first entertainers to perform at the Las Vegas Arena, with a series of previously announced exclusive concerts on April 22, April 23, September 9, and September 10th.  Kacey Musgraves will open all of George’s Vegas dates.

Tickets for the 2016 concert series will go on sale on Friday (October 2nd) at 10 a.m. PT at straittovegas.com and range in price from $75 to $200 plus applicable fees. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets for the December 2nd and 3rd shows before the general public through tomorrow (Thursday, October 1st) at 10 p.m. PT.

George’s new album, Cold Beer Conversation, is available now at Apple Music and Walmart. It is the first new studio album in two years.


George Strait‘s brand new album, Cold Beer Conversation, was released in all Walmart stores on at Apple Music on Friday. The superstar waited until just a few days before release to surprise fans with the news.

In celebration of the album drop, George launched the “Strait from Texas” pop up store, open for a limited time at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville. The shop is stocked with new merchandise including t-shirts, memorabilia and catalog albums along with the new Cold Beer Conversation. The store opened Friday morning and will remain for at least 10 days.

George will perform four exclusive engagements at the new Las Vegas Arena beginning on April 22nd. Ticket pre-sale is currently underway. Public on-sale begins on Friday (October 2nd) at 10 a.m. PT.  For more information, visit StraitToVegas.com.


In case you missed it, Andy and Becky had the chance to chat with Jon Pardi this morning! Jon will be at the “Backwoods Beach Party” on Sunday, October 4th with Gary Allan and Love and Theft! Tickets and info still available!

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The group Old Dominion is climbing the charts with their own hit, “Break Up With Him,” but members Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi have another hit song to celebrate. The two co-wrote labelmate Kenny Chesney‘s current Number One hit, “Save It For A Rainy Day.”

Matthew, Brad and co-writer Andrew Dorff changed the song just a bit after getting some personal input from Kenny. Matthew said: “I get a call telling me that I’m going to get a call from Kenny about it because there were some things that he wanted to tweak, lyrically, to make it more his. So, I had a couple phone conversations with Kenny and then a couple phone conversations with Brad and Andrew to where we kinda whittled it down to somethin’ that he felt like he wanted to sing, which is amazing.”

Old Dominion spent the summer out on Kenny’s The Big Revival tour, where they were invited to join the superstar in singing “Save It For A Rainy Day.”

Old Dominion’s debut album, Meat and Candy, will be released on November 6th.


Following a headline show at London’s Roundhouse as part of the Apple Music Festival on Monday (September 21st), yesterday (Tuesday, September 22nd) Carrie Underwood performed an exclusive set of hits, including her new single, “Smoke Break,” to an intimate crowd at the city’s The Edition Hotel to launch her new album, Storyteller. The project will be released worldwide on October 23rd, while “Smoke Break” is available digitally now.

Carrie will also headline three performances at Country to Country 2016. She performed at the inaugural event in 2013 and she will return to play all three nights of the festival. C2C will be held at London’s O2 Arena, Dublin 3 Arena, and for the first year, an additional 3rd night, at Glasgow’s Clyde Auditorium.


Brett Eldredge‘s brand new album, Illinois, debuts at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart, giving the singer his first chart-topping album. Sales of the project were spurred by his current hit single, “Lose My Mind.” Illinois also sits in the Top Five on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart.

Brett said, “I started thinking about this album the day my first album came out, more than two years ago. I couldn’t be happier with that album and it started it all for me, but I wanted Illinois to be more. It’s more adventurous, better version of me and I loved the whole process of making the album. I have to thank my fans, my family and friends for all of their belief and support they have given me over the years.”

Brett co-wrote and co-produced every song on Illinois, and wrote the title track out of love and reverence to his home state. He said, “It’s the place where I grew up, where my roots are planted and it will always hold a deep place in my heart. We all have an Illinois and no matter how far you go in life no matter how far you travel no matter where you go, your roots always hold close to your heart and pull you back. That’s what I wanted to write and that’s what I wanted this album to be.”

Next month, Brett and co-headliner Thomas Rhett will kick off the Suits & Boots tour in New York City.


Brantley Gilbert performed an emotion rendition of his hit, “One Hell of An Amen” during Wednesday’s (September 16th) Chattanooga Unite: A Tribute on the River benefit concert. The show honored fallen soldiers who lost their lives during the tragic shooting at a military recruiting center and Navy Marine training center in Chattanooga in July. At the end of the song, Brantley listed all the names of the victims and took a special moment to honor them by telling the crowd, “Put your finger in the air one time. Tell ‘em you love ‘em, that you miss ‘em, and we’ll see ‘em again soon. God bless y’all, Chattanooga.”