Nitty Gritty from Music City – Fri. Nov. 19th

Garth Brooks is returning to Ireland for two massive stadium shows that will actually serve as makeup dates of a sort. Garth will perform at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, eight years after having to cancel a string of dates at the venue that were supposed to help launch his three-year comeback World Tour.

… Garth will perform two shows at Croke Park on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10, 2022, as part of his ongoing Stadium Tour.

Garth Brooks’ stadium tour was shut down by COVID this fall, but Garth, The Ryman & You, an intimate evening at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, is set for 7PM tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night (Saturday).

Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins have welcomed their fourth child, a baby girl named Lillie Carolina Akins. She was born on November 15. The couple now have four girls under the age of six.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards will be held Monday, March 7 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. The show will be live-streamed exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

Brett Young has joined the ranks of country stars wanting Major League Baseball in Nashville.

… Brett is no stranger to the game — he was a high school draftee of the Minnesota Twins but instead decided to attend Ole Miss on a baseball scholarship. However, an elbow injury and surgery ended his baseball aspirations.

… Other country stars who are working to bring an MLB team to Music City: Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Darius Rucker, and Mickey Guyton.

Danielle Bradberry lost a friend Houston’s Astroworld Festival. Posting on Instagram, Danielle revealed that someone who was once part of her friend circle was trampled and killed. At the time of her post, only eight people were confirmed dead. More than 50,000 people attended the festival headlined by Travis Scott. The most recent death was that of a 9-year-old boy who was critically injured during the concert.

Scotty McCreery’s hit song Five More Minutes has been turned into a Hallmark holiday movie that we can see this Saturday (November 20) on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

… The Hallmark version of Scotty’s song is about an art teacher who comes home for the holidays, only to stumble across her late grandfather’s journal, revealing a romance she never knew about. Scotty’s not in the film, but serves as an Executive Producer.

Willie Nelson’s 96th studio album is available today. The Willie Nelson Family album features his sister Bobbie Lee, and kids Lukas, Micah, Amy, and Paula. The album will deliver “12 favorite spirit-driven songs from the Nelson Family repertoire.”

Randy Travis releases a deluxe edition of his classic Christmas album An Old Time Christmas today and it includes three never-before-released songs. The album was originally released in 1989.

Lee Roy Parnell is reuniting with his original band, The Hot Links, at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, tomorrow.

The 2021 American Music Awards air Sunday night on ABC.

Favorite Male Country Artist
• Chris Stapleton
• Jason Aldean
• Luke Bryan
• Luke Combs
• Morgan Wallen

Favorite Female Country Artist
• Carrie Underwood
• Gabby Barrett
• Kacey Musgraves
• Maren Morris
• Miranda Lambert

Favorite Country Duo or Group
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Lady A
• Old Dominion
• Zac Brown Band

Favorite Country Album
• Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
• Gabby Barrett “Goldmine”
• Lee Brice “Hey World”
• Luke Bryan “Born Here Live Here Die Here”
• Morgan Wallen “Dangerous: The Double Album”

Favorite Country Song
• Chris Stapleton “Starting Over”
• Chris Young & Kane Brown “Famous Friends” Gabby Barrett “The Good Ones”
• Luke Combs “Forever After All”
• Walker Hayes “Fancy Like”