Vince Gill teamed up with James Taylor recently to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, according to Rolling Stone. The duo came together to perform Taylor's "Bartender's Blues" for the ninth annual L.A. installment of All for the Hall. Originally Taylor recorded it for his 1977 JT album. Later the track was taken by George Jones.
Blake Shelton has added contestant Austin Allsup to his team on The Voice, according to Taste of Country. While Allsup auditioned on the show, this isn't the first time he's spent time with Shelton, as he served as the opening act for the country singer before. Shelton has served as a coach on The Voice for 11 seasons.
Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are back in friendship mode. The two have not gone so far as to rekindle their past romance, but they are talking. Sources close to the two former lovers have revealed that friendly text messages are being exchanged. It is unclear who initiated the contact and exactly what dialogue has been exchanged.
Kacey Musgraves announced she will be touring during the upcoming holiday season. The tour is to coincide with the release of her Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas. The Christmas album will be a blend of new material and traditional Christmas songs. A couple of Musgrave originals include "Christmas Makes Me Cry" and "A Willie Nice Christmas."
Thomas Rhett announced plans for his upcoming Home Team Tour. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United States. It kicks off February 23 in Saginaw, Michigan and wraps up in Nashville, Tennessee on April 21. The tour will feature guest appearances from Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd.
Kenny Chesney is set to receive the BMI President's Award. He will be honored at the BMI Country Music Awards this November. According to BMI, the award is given to those who "have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry." Chesney has sold more than 30 million albums and has had 28 number one hits in his career.
Justin Moore has earned his sixth number one with his track "You Look Like I Need A Drink," according to Taste of Country. The country singer reached the top of the Billboard charts this week with the song, which is included on his latest album, Kinda Don't Care. "Thank you to country radio for always supporting this Arkansas boy," he says in a release.
George Strait and Jim Lauderdale recently performed the song "The King of Broken Hearts" at the 2016 Americana Music Awards, according to TheBoot.com. "The King of Broken Hearts" is a special one for Strait because it's one of the first songs of Lauderdale's that he ever recorded. The duo teamed up and took the stage together on Wednesday, September 21 to perform the song.
Garth Brooks has made history with his seventh diamond-certified album, according to TheBoot.com. The country singer is now the artist with the most diamond honors, according to Recording Industry Association of America's Gold & Platinum Program. Brooks' seventh diamond release became his 2007 The Ultimate Hits collection on September 21.
Blake Shelton has released his new single "A Guy With a Girl," according to TheBoot.com. The country singer has selected this track as the next single from his latest album, If I'm Honest. "I'm just a guy with a girl everybody wants to know / Wishin' you were there alone / Wonderin' how I ever got your little hand in mine / Lookin' over at ya, like 'Ain't she beautiful?'"
Brett Eldredge has revealed the details for his upcoming Christmas album, according TheBoot.com. The country singer is set to release his first holiday album titled Glow. "I've been inspired for this record from a very young age," Eldredge says in a press release. "I dreamt of the day I could record all these classic songs that I've loved since I was a little kid."
Jake Owen and Chris Stapleton have released their duet track "If He Ain't Gonna Love You," according to TheBoot.com. Owen has selected the duet as the second single off of his new album American Love. "Girl, I need to talk to you / 'Cause I've got a question / See, it's more like a suggestion," Owen sings in the song's chorus.
Montgomery Gentry's Eddie Montgomery collapsed during a show over the weekend, according to TheBoot. After the collapse, rumors were being spread that Montgomery had suffered a heart attack. The band quickly took to Twitter to clear up the rumors. "There are false reports floating around that Eddie had a heart attack last night," the band writes on Twitter. "NOT TRUE."
Naomi Judd has reportedly opened up about her struggles with depression in her forthcoming new memoir. The new book is titled River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope and is set for release on December 6 via Hatchet Books. "I wanted to be completely honest that if someone took out a gun and killed me on stage, they would be doing me a favor."
Rascal Flatts have announced their plans to release a 2016 Christmas album, according to TheBoot. The holiday album, which will be titled The Greatest Gift of All and includes ten of the trio's favorite Christmas songs, is due out on October 21. "It probably seems crazy that we waited this long to release a Christmas record," says Jay Demarcus in a press release.