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ACM announces rebroadcast of ‘ACM Presents: Our Country’ as COVID-19 response fund tops $1 million

ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, has announced that its COVID-19 response fund reached $1 million less than a week after the special broadcast of ACM Presents: Our Country on Sunday night.  The TV special, which aired on CBS, featured intimate, from-home performances from the likes of Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda…

Willie Nelson will helm a special Farm Aid broadcast to help farmers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

Willie Nelson’s non-profit organization to support agriculture in America, Farm Aid, is joining forces with AXS TV to launch a special broadcast called At Home with Farm Aid.  The hour-long special will feature performances from Willie along with his fellow famous Farm Aid board members John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Neil Young. Also making an appearance will be Willie’s musical…

Kip Moore kicks off his ‘In the Wild Sessions’ with scenic, acoustic ‘Wild World’ performance

Kip Moore has launched an acoustic video series called the “In the Wild Sessions,” giving new perspective on the songs on his upcoming album, Wild World, through acoustic outdoor performances directed by the singer’s longtime collaborator, PJ Brown.  The first installment of the series is a take on the album’s title track that Kip filmed in Southern California’s…

In a new Instagram series with co-writer Shane McAnally, Sam Hunt recalls writing ‘Hard to Forget’

Just days after dropping his highly-anticipated sophomore project, Southside, Sam Hunt is offering some insights into his songwriting process in a new interview with songwriting giant Shane McAnally.  Their conversation is the first installment of Shane’s new Instagram series, Behind the Hit, which features conversations with artists with whom he’s written about the writing sessions that led to some of…

Dustin Lynch torches his hometown in blazing “Momma’s House” music video

Heartbreak takes a fiery turn in the music video for “Momma’s House,” the latest single from Dustin Lynch’s new album, Tullahoma.  Shot in Lafayette, Tennessee, the clip finds Dustin brooding over a bad breakup, and tempted to set fire to the town that holds all his painful memories. No mailbox, park bench or apartment building is safe…

Russell Dickerson’s ‘Love You Like I Used To’ music video is a love story with a twist

The music video for Russell Dickerson’s new single, “Love You Like I Used To,” tells the story of a guy who’s packing up his suitcase and leaves a note by his sleeping wife’s bedside.  But it’s not because he’s fallen out of love.  Instead, the song is an ode to love that gets sweeter as years…

Miranda Lambert mourns the loss of John Prine: ‘He did set my world on fire. All of ours…’

After news broke that John Prine had died of COVID-19 complications on Tuesday, artists of all descriptions turned to social media to pay tribute to the songwriting icon. Among them was Miranda Lambert, who has long considered John an inspiration who set a high bar when it comes to great songwriting. Sunday night, Miranda posted a pair of…

What a “Catch”: How the video for Brett Young’s next #1 foretold his future

The video for Brett Young‘s latest hit, “Catch,” retells his love story with his wife, Taylor, recapturing the part of his life when the California native played baseball for Ole Miss.  While it’s basically true-to-life, Brett warns it’s not necessarily 100% accurate. “We crack up about it all the time,” he tells ABC Audio, “because with songwriting and with music…

John Prine, influential singer-songwriter, dead at 73 due to COVID-19 complications

Influential Grammy-winning singer/songerwriter John Prine has died at 73, ABC Audio has confirmed.  Known for folk/country songs that often featured humor and social commentary, Prine influenced giants like Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.  His rep confirmed on behalf of Prine’s family that his death was due to complications due to COVID-19. In late…

Luke Bryan postpones album release, tour

Luke Bryan is delaying the release of his new album and his summer tour in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer announced today that his album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, will now be released on August 7. It’s original release date was April 24.  Additionally, Luke is delaying the start of his Proud to Be Right…