Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have made it officially official — they are getting the band back together. The pair took to the Sugarland official Facebook page to share a brief Facebook Live video yesterday morning (11/17) with fans to reveal that they have been writing and recording together, and that new music will be forthcoming.
Mel Tillis, famed for his recording career and songwriting as he was for his lifelong stutter, died early Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida, following a lengthy illness. A representative confirmed the singer’s death, citing respiratory failure as the suspected cause. He was 85. As a songwriter, he was known for hits that included the Bobby Bare single “Detroit City,” Webb Pierce’s “I’m Tired” and the 1969 crossover tune for Kenny Rogers & the First Edition, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”
Taylor Swift is coming back to country, or at least to country radio. It was officially announced on Thursday, 11/16 that Swift’s song “New Years Day,” is being serviced to country radio by her label Big Machine, in the hopes to rekindle Swift’s history and success with the format. “New Year’s Day” is the final track from Swift’s sixth studio album Reputation.
Miranda Lambert can officially add fashion designer to her resume as she teamed up with Boot Barn to release her clothing line, called Idyllwind, through their stores. Idyllwind embodies Lambert’s edgier style within the country spectrum by providing the feel of comfort with the trendy look of retro vibes. Lambert named the line “for all the confident, adventurous, perfectly imperfect badass women who have many sides and are ready to move.”
Thousands of country fans came together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for Country Rising. The sold-out benefit concert served as a fundraiser for those affected by devastating hurricanes this year, as well as for victims of the shooting at Harvest 91 Festival in Las Vegas. More than 4 million dollars was raised to support these various charitable initiatives thanks to help from Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and many more. Garth Brooks sent a video telling the crowd he would donate the proceeds from two headlining shows. Additionally during his performance, Chris Stapleton announced that he and wife Morgane are donating $250,000 to the causes.