High Valley fans were sad to find out today that Curtis Rempel is leaving the band. He says that he and his wife, Myranda, had a lot of time to talk about their dreams during the pandemic. As a result, they have decided to move back to their hometown in Alberta, and they are starting a business called Curt+Myr Co. Curtis wished his brother, Brad, and the remaining members of the group all the best and he hopes "that they always wear my handcrafted belts onstage!"
Congratulations to Chris Lane and his wife Lauren Bushnell. They welcomed their first child, a son named Dutton Walker Lane, on Tuesday. He weighed 9lbs and measured 19.5 inches long. "Watching Lauren go through the birthing process - from the beginning to the moment she delivered - was the most incredible thing I've ever witnessed," Chris shares in an interview with People. "I experienced an emotion I've never felt before." He also told People that he's written a song for Dutton, "Ain't Even Met You Yet," which sums up how he was feeling waiting to meet his baby boy.
Hunter Brothers' new album, Been A Minute, is being released on June 30th. Hunter Hayes produced and co-wrote three tracks off the album. "We truly hope this collection of songs brings hope, joy, and light to those listening, and that it allows people to look forward to the day when we can all safely gather again and enjoy the beauty of human connection," says Ty Hunter. There are 10 tracks on the album, including "Hard Dirt," and the title track "Been A Minute."
A Texas man has filed a lawsuit to dispute the will of Charley Pride, who died in December. Tyler Pride, a 41-year-old police officer from Tyler, Texas, filed the lawsuit in May, alleging that he is Charley's unacknowledged biological child. The Dallas Morning News has uncovered court records dating back to 1992, when Tyler was 13, in which a Texas court cited DNA results to declare that Charley Pride was his father. The court ordered his legal name to be changed from Tines to Pride, and ordered the singer to pay $92,000 in back child support and to begin monthly support payments to Tyler's mom, Joyce Ann Tines. He says part of his motivation for filing the lawsuit is to "find out what I'm entitled to" financially. The other part is more personal. Tyler claims that nobody let him know about his father's illness and he was discouraged from attending the funeral. Charlie's widow, Rozene, claims that Tyler is acting out of greed. She says that it's "heartbreaking" for him to "try to tarnish Charley's reputation and break Charley's estate plan in the hope of getting more money for himself," adding that he "only called Charley when he wanted money" and viewed him as a "cash cow."
Lady A announced yesterday that they are ready to release their next album. What a Song Can Do is set for release on June 25th and features seven tracks, including their latest, "Like a Lady." All of the songs were co-written by one or more members of the band. Thomas Rhett and Ryan Hurd also have co-writing credits. This is first release under the group's new name.
Chris Young's eighth studio album is finally coming soon. Famous Friends is due out on August 6th. It's been almost four years since he put out his last album, Losing Sleep.
Brett Young and his wife, Taylor, have been working on a children's book inspired by his song "Lady." He said the publishers came to him after hearing the single. The book titled Love You, Little Lady is a love letter to their daughter, Presley, and what it's been like to watch her grow. The website says the book reflects the boundless love parents have watching their tiny daughter grow into a "little lady." Love You, Little Lady will be available on August 24th.
The CMT Music Awards were held last night at various locations and venues around Nashville. The show was hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini. Here's a look at the winners:
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood & John Legend - "Hallelujah"
Female Video of the Year: Gabby Barrett - "The Good Ones"
Male Video of the Year: Kane Brown - "Worship You"
Group/Duo Video of the Year: Little Big Town - "Wine, Beer, Whiskey"
Performance of the Year: Kelsea Ballerini & Halsey - "The Other Girl"
Collaborative Video of the Year: Chris Young & Kane Brown - "Famous Friends"
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Dylan Scott - "Nobody"
CMT Equal Play Award: Linda Martell
Best Family Feature: Taylor Swift - "The Best Day"