Kid Rock has announced that he has canceled his previously confirmed appearance at the upcoming 2016 Detroit Music Awards. The event is scheduled to take place on April 29 and Rock pulled out of the event following the sudden passing of his assistant Mike Sacha. Sacha was killed in an ATV accident on Rock's property in Nashville earlier this week.
Justin Moore has opened up about his life saying that these days his kids are the most import thing by far. Moore is also an advocate for the children at Nashville's St. Jude Hospital and spoke with The Boot about his passion for working with the kids. "This could be me in this situation tomorrow. I could be that family," Moore told The Boot.
Jason Aldean has thrown his weight behind the efforts of a children's hospital in his hometown. The Macon, Georgia native donated $500,000 to that city's children's hospital this week.
Blake Shelton has confirmed that he plans to make a special appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame during the upcoming CMA Music Fest. Shelton broke news of the appearance earlier this week. It will take place at 3 p.m. on June 6 and will include a live performance and discussion.
Both Trace Adkins and Kris Kristofferson have signed on to act in the upcoming film Traded. The film is a Western set in Kansas during the 1880s and was directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. He opened up about the film with theboot.com and explained his influences.
Scotty McCreery has offered up his own personal tribute to the late Merle Haggard, covering the classic track "Mama Tried" during a show at the Grand Ole Opry. McCreery hit the legendary stage on April 12 and offered up the famed track much to the crowd's approval.
Dolly Parton says that she will not be cancelling the Greensboro, North Carolina stop of her Pure & Simple Tour, despite the state's new anti-LGBTQ law. "I have no plans to cancel the show," Parton tells the Winston-Salem Journal.
Craig Morgan has announced that his upcoming ninth studio album will be titled A Whole Lot More To Me, which is due out June 3. Morgan co-produced the new album with Byron Gallimore (Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack). "I've got a renewed energy with this record," he says of the project.
Kacey Musgraves admitted that she is a Justin Bieber fan in a new interview, adding that she feels that Mister Rogers "would be pretty cool to hang out with." "Well, I just recently got the new Justin Bieber album, and I actually really like it a lot," she admits in a new interview with Piper from the YouTube series Kids Interview Bands.
The Dixie Chicks recently paid tribute to Prince by covering his song "Nothing Compares 2 U." The country singers performed the track at their show in Horsens, Denmark last Friday, a day after Prince was declared dead. "Nothing Compares 2 U" was originally released by Prince and the Family in 1985, however, it was Sinead O'Connor who made it famous in 1990.
Kenny Chesney stopped by a fraternity at Auburn University and gave a surprise performance while he was in town for his Spread the Love Tour. A night before he was set to take the stage at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, Chesney surprised the brothers at the Lamda Chi Alpha house with an impromptu performance, singing fan favorites like "Keg in the Closet" and "American Kids."
Blake Shelton welcomed Randy Travis on stage during his set at the Off the Rails Country Music Festival in Frisco, Texas on Saturday, April 23. "Ladies and gentlemen, this is Randy Travis. You tell me miracles can't happen. You're looking at one right here, man," Shelton told the audience while holding Travis' hand on stage.
Kid Rock was "devastated" when he found the body of his assistant on his Nashville property on Monday, April 25. Michael Sacha died in an apparent ATV accident, according to police. The 30-year-old assistant had been directing guests from a cookout on Rock's Whites Creek estate to an Uber in the driveway at around midnight.
Dolly Parton has announced the first dates of her Pure & Simple Tour, her largest North American trek in over two decades. Parton's first Pure & Simple Tour stop will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, with stops along the East Coast in Ohio, New York, Virginia and more. According to a press release, the tour's first leg will include a total of 16 dates.
Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris will receive the American Eagle Awards from the National Music Council, which bestows the honor to "an individual or organization's long-term contribution to America's musical culture and heritage." "Whether it be Country, Rock, Bluegrass, or Gospel, there is no genre of music that Vince Gill hasn't excelled in during his much-heralded career."