Mackenzie Porter put together a collection of her biggest hits and released it as a surprise on Friday. Drinkin' Songs: The Collection features seven tracks including her three number one's and platinum certified "These Days". Also on the album is a new song called "The One". Mackenzie says it is her "favourite track she has ever written." "I can't wait for the world to hear this song. It's been in my back pocket for over a year and I think it's my favourite release yet," Mackenzie says. "May you never be the 'one before the ONE' but for those of us who have been...this one's for us!"
Even though Dierks Bentley recently released a new single, "Gone", he says there is no full album coming anytime soon. He admits that the pandemic has affected his creativity. "I just put an album out with the hot Country Knights, and it was just a big - nothing even happened. We didn't get to do anything. The whole taking it on the road, the whole process of releasing the album, the work, the excitement, the fun of doing that, just - poof, nothing," Dierks admits. "The idea of doing that again? That doesn't make me very excited at all. I'd rather wait until we can acutally go out there and do the work and see the people and have fun and do it the way it's supposed to be done." Dierks has been writing via video chat. He says it's not ideal but you still have to do it.
The Country Music Association has announced that Jon Pardi will do a performance at the upcoming awards show to honour Joe Diffie, who passed away in late March. His tribute is one of three that will happen on the show. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne and reigning CMA Musician of the Year Jenee Fleenor will open the show with a tribute to Charlie Daniels, who died in July, and Little Big Town will do a performance in memory of Kenny Rogers, who passed away in mid-March. The CMA Awards show is taking place on November 11.
According to pictures shared on Instagram by musician and producer John Carter Cash, Carrie Underwood and Reba McEntire are working together at the Cash Cabin Recording Studio on a secret project. No further details have been revealed, so fans are going to have to wait to find out what they have been up to.
Luke Bryan has Tim Tebow's Heisman trophy in his house for six months. It all started when Luke's wife, Caroline, bid and won the right to have it in their home as part of auction to donate to the Brett Boyer Foundation. The timing of the trophy arriving at their house is perfect. Luke is a die-hard University of Georgia football fan and Tim won the trophy back in 2007 when he played for the Florida Gators. "He delivered it last week - the week before the Georgia/Florida game," Luke explains. "I feel it was an effort to bring bad mojo into my household." So in order to stop any bad vibes, Luke wrapped the Hiesman up in a Georgia hoodie.
Dierks Bentley says that he is such a failure at social media that the only reason he posts anything to keep his social media manager happy. "I'm not very good at posting stuff on social media," he admits. "And she's like our numbers are going down, mostly due to lack of posting. If you could find a way to post you eating dinner with your family or playing guitar. I just laugh because I'm such a disappointment to our social media team." Dierks has plenty of photo opportunities now, as he and his family are temporarily living in the mountains in Colorado.
According to his wife, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks is so thoughtful when it comes to Christmas gifts for her. One of her favourite gifts was a shopping cart. The story behind it is that they were talking one day about grocery carts and how it would be easier to carry the groceries in the house if they had one. Garth remembered the conversation and contacted Trisha's mom about an old grocery store in her hometown that was called Red and White. The place was no longer in business, but Trisha's mom talked to the guy who used to own it, and he had some of the grocery carts left. The guy wouldn't charge them for it, because Trisha's dad, the late Jack Yearwood who was a small-town banker, had given him the money to start the business 40 years before. Trisha said the grocery cart sits in their garage and they use it every week when they bring home the groceries.
Miranda Lambert shared some pictures on social media to show the special way she is remembering her late dog, Waylon. She has planted a tree at her farm in Tennessee in his memory. Miranda posted a picture of the newly planted tree and an oval tag that she had made, with the inscription, "Your paws left prints on our hearts Waylon."