Nitty Gritty from Music City – Thurs. Aug. 22nd

Alabama has postponed the remainder of its 50th Anniversary Tour due to lead singer Randy Owen’s ongoing battle with migraines and vertigo. The band plans to reschedule the dates remaining and will announce those new shows in the coming weeks.

Garth Brooks will receive the inaugural George H.W. Bush Points Of Light Award during the organization’s gala September 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. The honor recognizes Garth for his philanthropic works, particularly his Teammates For Kids Foundation, and his work alongside Trisha Yearwood with Habitat For Humanity.

Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney and wife Hannah are expecting their second son early next year. The couple have a boy, Asher James, who was born in January of 2017.

When Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman decide to hit the town for a date night, they know how to do it up right. Keith took his lady love out for a night of rock in Nashville Monday, catching the legendary band Iron Maiden at Bridgestone Arena. Not only did Keith and Nicole enjoy a nice dose of classic metal, they apparently were able to meet the band as well, as evidenced by a photo Keith shared on Instagram showing the couple posing with the group.

Kane Brown hopes to be a hands-on father when daughter Kingsley arrives this fall. Kane says he looks forward to coaching little league, helping with homework, and being there to pick up the pieces when she gets her heart broken.

Lauren Alaina will compete in Season 28 of ABC’s Dancing With The stars. The former American Idol alum will go up against Christie Brinkley, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Sean Spicer, and others. The season starts September 16

Drake White is battling a condition called Brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation), which causes circulation issues and, if left untreated, could have caused a stroke. He was diagnosed with the condition earlier this year and has been undergoing treatment with 75 percent of the mass being taken care of so far. Drake hopes to have the mass completely gone by the end of this year and expects to continue touring between treatments.

Martina McBride will serve on the House of Blues Ambassadors Council. She’ll mentor aspiring artists, speak at workshops, and donate a portion of ticket and merchandise sales to help the non-profit.

Australian duo Seaforth will make their Grand Ole Opry debut on September 6.

Maren Morris’ Girl will compete for Power Anthem at the MTV Video Music Awards. The awards will take place August 26.

Matt Stell will do his debut hit, Prayed For You, on the Bachelor In Paradise episode airing August 27 on ABC. During the show Bachelor alums Crystal and Chris exchange vows in Mexico while Matt serenades them.