Nitty Gritty from Music City – Wed. Dec. 22nd

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are officially major TV actors now. The new Yellowstone prequel series 1883 set new records for Paramount+ with its premiere on Sunday, posting numbers that were double any previous premiere in the history of the streaming network.

… According to a press release, in addition to the numbers on the Paramount+ streaming service, the premiere of 1883 drew 4.9 million viewers to its televised premiere on the Paramount Network following the most recent episode of Yellowstone, making it the most popular new series premiere on cable since 2015.

… 1883 stars Tim and Faith as James and Margaret Dutton, the great-grandparents of Dutton family patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) on Yellowstone. The show follows their family’s journey West from Texas to Montana, where they will establish the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch that serves as the setting for the hit show. Sam Elliott also stars as Shea Brennan, the Pinkerton agent who helps shepherd the wagon train they join.

Dustin Lynch and McKenzie Porter are spending a third week at number one on the Billboard country airplay chart with Thinking ‘Bout You.

Blake Shelton and wife Gwen Stefani teamed up to bring some fun-loving joy to this holiday season, performing a bouncy duet on You Make It Feel Like Christmas. The husband-and-wife duo sang it as part of Gwen’s Live From the Orange Grove holiday series, released on Monday. The Live From The Orange Grove series features four videos from the pop star, performing tracks from a festive set. • VIDEO

Brett Eldredge was the kid that was singing at 7AM Christmas morning so he could get his sleeping parents up.

Walker Hayes has been booked as a performer for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022. He’ll take the stage live from Los Angeles.

Brothers Osborne released Skeletons in October of 2020 — and at the time TJ and John Osborne felt the album got lost because of everything else that was happening in the world. But as 2021 came around the brothers’ efforts were recognized as their third studio release was honored with CMA and ACM nominations for Album Of The Year. Skeletons also received a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album.

… Now Brothers Osborne have announced a deluxe version of the album. Along with the original 12 tracks on Skeletons, the deluxe version adds three new songs, including their current radio single Younger Me. The deluxe version of Skeletons comes out next year.

Jon Pardi and his wife will spend Christmas in Tennessee this year at their ranch outside Nashville. Jon says they normally do Christmas at his mom’s in Northern California, but with COVID on the rise they decided to stay home.