On Monday (Mar. 30), just one day after Joe Diffie passed away from complications from COVID-19, friends, fans and family members held a parade in Nolensville, Tenn., to celebrate his life. The community, which Joe lived in, held a drive-by parade that featured dozens of cars, pickup trucks, emergency vehicles, motorcycles and John Deere tractors.
The 2020 ACM Awards were supposed to take place on Sunday, but have been moved to September because of the COVID-19 outbreak. CBS will air a 2 hour special this Sunday that will feature 20 performances from some of country's biggest stars. Each was filmed ahead of time from their homes. There will also be a Kenny Rogers tribute by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. The show starts at 8PM ET.
Darius Rucker and Jennifer Nettles voice characters on an upcoming country-themed episode of Puppy Dog Pals on the Disney Channel. Jennifer plays a guitar guru dog named Capo who can identify the owner of any guitar just by giving it a strum. Darius plays Ramblin' Rhodes, who is one of the most popular musicians in Nashville.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher appear together in a video posted to the Nahsville Predator's Instagram page, which Carrie then shared on her Instagram account. In the video, the couple talk about the importance of social distancing. "To help the health of our community, we're asking everyone to stay at home as much as possible and practice social distancing," Mike says in the clip. "Working together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19," Carrie adds. The video ends with them both saying, "Do your part, stay apart."
On Saturday, Brittany Aldean posted a video on Instagram asking followers what they needed. "We know that it's a very trying time right now for everybody and a lot of people are out of work and people are in need of things," she said in the video. She asked people to leave comments with what they needed and they would go through them and do their best to help some families. Fans asked for everything from disinfectant wipes and diapers to groceries and a little extra money to pay their rent. A pharmacy technician from Hamburg, N.Y. named Patty commented that she and her co-workers have been "working their tails off" during this time. She said that Brittany contacted her saying that she wanted to help. Patty said that she asked for a nice meal for her and her co-workers because they don't have a chance to sit down and eat. So, the Aldean's arranged for lunch to be delivered to the pharmacy staff.
The 2020 CMA Fest has been cancelled. The announcement was made yesterday in a press release. The next one has been booked for June 10-13, 2021 and tickets purchased for 2020 will be honoured. This is first time in 48 years that the festival has not happened in Nashville. Organizers could not in good conscience move forward at the risk of jeopardizing the health of fans, artists and staff.
Jon Pardi has decided to postpone his wedding to Summer Duncan. The couple was supposed to get married this May. The announcement was posted on Summer's Instagram page. They just feel that they can't risk the health of their wedding attendees. "Somewhat of a relief not having to stress every day with the news of the virus and whether or not it passes by the end of May," Summer wrote.