Nitty Gritty from Music City – Wed. Oct. 7th

A number of country artists have shared their sorrow over the death of legendary rock guitarist Eddie Van Halen, who died Tuesday at age 65 after battling cancer. Kenny Chesney shared on Twitter: “I am devastated at the news of the passing of my friend Eddie Van Halen. He was a friend and a hero to anyone who has ever picked up a guitar and had a dream. Eddie and his brother Alex joined up on stage at one of our stadium shows in Los Angeles and it was one of the highlights of my touring life in all my summers on the road. I will never forget that night and how happy we both were that our musical paths crossed that night on stage. Rest in Peace to the best guitar player that ever lived. We will miss you Eddie Van Halen. Your music will live forever!”

… Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus shared: “My God. Another legend taken away from us. This is absolutely heartbreaking. 2020 just keeps on and on and on. RIP peace, one of the absolute greatest of all time…”

… Keith Urban: “Just heard the news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing … this hit me hard. There are lots of great guitar players in the world, but very VERY few true innovators. Players who seem to have arrived from a far distant planet and who bring a completely new color to the rainbow. Eddie Van Halen was this and so much more…”

Mavericks trumpet player Lorenzo Molina Ruiz and a friend were allegedly assaulted at a bar in Franklin, Tennessee, on Sunday. According to a report from a member of the band’s inner circle, two men beat up the pair after they were overheard speaking Spanish. Betty Malo, wife of Mavericks leader Raul Malo, shared an account of the incident on her Instagram account and said the bar “did nothing about it. They actually kicked Lorenzo out and his friend. They begged for help or at least for the bar to call the police but the bouncers refused and threaten[ed] [them] if they didn’t leave.”

Gabby Barrett’s I Hope is No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (streaming, sales and airplay-based) for the 11th week, which is the second-longest run by a solo female artist in the history of the chart. Only Maren Morris’ The Bones enjoyed a longer reign with 19 weeks atop the chart.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood learned to be masters of quick costume changes during their 11 years as CMA Awards co-hosts, but according to Brad, they had a lot of close calls. Carrie in particular would often appear onstage at the very last second thanks to her frequent wardrobe switches.

… Brad shares: “There was a moment one year where Carrie could not get her dress on, and so I basically … had to kind of edit an entire script without her out there and read, like, what would have been her lines, and had to do the math in my head … and then read the whole thing by myself. She was still getting zipped back there and she was having a conniption.”