Nitty Gritty from Music City – Thurs. Oct. 3rd

Garth Brooks will receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Garth is the youngest recipient of the prestigious prize.

… Bestowed in recognition of the legendary songwriting team of George and Ira Gershwin, the Gershwin Prize recognizes a living musical artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of entertainment, information, inspiration and cultural understanding. Previous recipients are Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Billy Joel, Smokey Robinson, Tony Bennett, and Emilio and Gloria Estefan.

As Morgan Wallen gets ready to switch from Florida Georgia Line’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour to Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour, he’s achieved several certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. Morgan’s hits Up Down and Whiskey Glasses have both been certified platinum, while his debut song, The Way I Talk, and his debut album, If I Know Me, have each achieved gold status.

Ashley McBryde will receive the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award from CMT during its Artists of the Year ceremony October 16 in Nashville. Ashley is the third to receive the honor, following Kelsea Ballerini in 2016 and Chris Stapleton in 2015.

The first new music from Dan + Shay’s forthcoming album will be out on Friday. The new song, 10,000 Hours, will be a collaboration with Justin Bieber. Dan + Shay have yet to reveal details of the next album, which will follow their self-titled 2018 effort that produced three number one hits.

Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young will attend the October 15 T.J. Martell Honors Gala in New York City. Chris will perform and Trisha will present an award.

Florida Georgia Line are no stranger to collaborations, having worked with Bebe Rexha, The Backstreet Boys, and Hayley Steinfeld. The duo say they’d next like to work with John Mayer.

Following a successful tour overseas, Ingrid Andress will launch the U.S. leg of her Lady Like Tour later this month.