During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live this week, Luke Bryan confirmed that he did give Katy Perry a BB gun as a baby gift for her little girl, Daisy Dove. Luke says it's a "daisy BB gun." "It just seemed to be the right gift," he joked. He did say later that he doesn't believe that Katy or Orlando Bloom will ever allow their daughter to use the gift.
Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen were both very surprised and happy to find out that they were named the ACM's New Female and New Male Artist of the Year award winners. Keith Urban gave them the good news in video messages delivered yesterday. Jimmie was so surprised he had to go back and watch it a second time.
Kane Brown will be on the road this fall and winter for his Blessed & Free Tour. There are 35 dates scheduled, with 29 of them happening at NBA arenas. Kane's tour will stop at Scotiabank Arena on November 19th. Jordan Davis and Restless Road will join him for shows through December 4th. Chase Rice will replace Jordan for the remainder of the shows. Tickets go on sale April 16th.
Dolly Parton shared on Facebook yesterday that her uncle, Bill Owens, had died. In her tribute to him she wrote, " I wouldn't be here if he hadn't been there. He was there...there in my young years to encourage me to keep playing my guitar, to keep writing my songs, to keep practicing my singing. And he was there to help build my confidence standing on stage where he was always standing behind me or close beside me with his big ol' red Gretsch guitar." Dolly says that her Uncle Bill wrote at least 800 songs, including his collaboration with her on "Put It Off Until Tomorrow." Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Ricky Skaggs and Kris Kristofferson are just some of the artists who cut his songs. He also performed at Dollywood for years. Dolly finished her post saying, "I'm sure that Uncle Bill's friends, fans, his wife Sandy, grandkids and great grandkids will join me when I say that we will always love you. Rest in peace, Uncle Bill."
If Blake Shelton could go back in time what advice would he give to himself? In an interview with People he says, "I would have told that kid, 'Hey man, the mullet's not as cool as you think it is. And I would have told myself to get more rest back then. When I started I was 24 and lived life to the max back then. It's probably why I ran out of battery so soon." Blake is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his debut single, "Austin."
Eric Church has planned an arena tour starting this fall. He's calling it the Gather Again Tour, and it will hit 55 cities. It starts September 17th and wraps up May 20th. The concert will be stopping in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena on January 14th. It will feature a stage in the centre of the floor to accomodate more people. Eric says, "I just want to play shows. Politics' job is to divide...that's how you win elections. Those things that unite us are music and sports. The times when, whether you're a Democrat or Republican or whatever, you throw your arms around the person next to you. We need that. I need that."
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are sharing the secret to their happy 18-year marriage. In a recent interview with People, Kimberly says that she and Brad keep a journal of their special moments. "Our greates hits," she shares. "We record the meaningful moments, the best laughs. That's a big part of our relationship...focusing on the laughter and keeping a sense of play." The couple are on the cover of the newest issue of People magazine, which is available on Friday.
Carrie Underwood's new album has knocked Morgan Wallen's album from the top of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. My Savior is number one this week, making that nine straight albums that Carrie has released that have debuted on top of the charts. Carrie and CeCe Winans will sing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" at the ACM Awards on April 18th.