Nitty Gritty From Music City – Wed. Jan. 8th

Rascal Flatts stepping away from touring. The guys posted on social media Tuesday: “When we started out 20 years ago, we could not imagine all of the people, places and gifts we would encounter. As we head out on the Rascal Flatts Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour, there is no sadness. Just new chapters, new journeys, and new beginnings.”

… Rascal Flatts’ Farewell: Life Is a Highway Tour kicks off in Indianapolis on June 11 and runs through October 17 when it wraps up with a final show in West Palm Beach, Florida.

… The group is also planning to release new music in 2020.

Blake Shelton’s Fully Loaded: God’s Country remains the top selling country album on the Billboard Country Albums chart. Released on December 13, the set was the third best selling country album of 2019.

Dustin Lynch scores his seventh number one this week with Ridin’ Roads. The tune comes from his upcoming album, Tullahoma, which drops January 17.

Maren Morris will headline the Nashville Ballet Ball February 29 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The invitation-only event helps raise funds for education opportunities in the area of dance for Middle Tennessee children of low income families.

Luke Combs’ Even Though I’m Leaving and Dan + Shay’s collaboration with Justin Bieber, 10,000 Hours, are included on the upcoming Now 73 compilation due out January 24. The set also includes tunes by Post Malone, Halsey and Taylor Swift.

Lanco lead guitarist Eric Steedly is engaged after popping the question to longtime girlfriend Jessica Wardwell during their vacation in Aruba.

Morgan Wallen and a lineup from the Grand Ole Opry will perform as part of this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival, June 11-14 in Manchester, Tennessee along with acts from other styles of music.

Chase Rice plans to release a 7-song EP, The Album, Part 1. More details about the project will be revealed in the coming weeks.