Today in Country Music
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12/6/2018
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA 

CHEERS

Happy Birthday to FlyteVu co-founder Laura Hutfless. The Country Music Association has announced its new Board of Directors for both CMA and the CMA Foundation. Jody Williams, Vice President, Creative, Nashville at BMI, assumes the post of Chairman of the CMA Board. Kurt Johnson, Senior Vice President of Programming at Townsquare Media, will become CMA Board President. Mary Hilliard Harrington, Senior Manager at Red Light Management, has been named CMA Board President Elect, while Clay Hunnicutt, President of Big Loud Records, has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the CMA Board. Jennie Smythe, CEO of Girlilla Marketing, assumes the post of CMA Foundation Chairperson, while current Chair Joe Galante, CEO of Galante Entertainment Organization, becomes CMA Foundation Vice Chair in 2019. 

SOUND-CHECK

  • Dolly Parton will be on today’s edition of GMA and will be a guest on tonight’s episode of CBS’ The Late Late Show with James Corden 
  • Aaron Watson will perform songs from this brand-new Christmas album on today’s Hallmark’sHome & Family” morning show at 10/9c
  • Nominations for the 61st GRAMMY Awards will be announced tomorrow!
  • Shania Twain appears on tomorrow’s edition of Live with Kelly & Ryan
  • Cole Swindell performs his new single “Love You Too Late” on Monday’s edition of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Don’t miss Reba host the annual CMA Country Christmas special airing on ABC on Monday night
  • Keep an eye out for Reba in ABC’s “The Year in Memoriam 2018,” hosted by Robin Roberts, airing on Monday, December 17th at 10 p.m. EST
  • Brett Eldredge performs “Do You Hear What I Hear” as part of the “Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade” special airing Christmas morning on ABC
  • Kelsea Ballerini will ring in the New Year by performing on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019″ West Coast edition with The Chainsmokers from the Hollywood Party beginning at 8/7c on ABC

ON THE JUKEBOX

Does anybody in country music do Christmas better than Brett Eldredge? Watch this new touching music video for “The First Noel”
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HOUSE PLAYLIST

Check out the Morning Hangover’s “Discover Playlist” on Spotify feat the latest from country music’s brightest up-and-coming stars including Chris Bandi, Dylan Scott, Seaforth, Lauren Jenkins, Julia Cole, and Devin Dawson
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ON THE HOUSE

Keep up with the @morninghangover on #Instagram tonight for #InstaStories from the “Losing Sleep World Tour” from Baltimore, MD

FRONT OF THE HOUSE

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TAILGATE WATCH

Kenny Chesney has asked Caroline Jones to join him on his 2019 Songs for the Saints Tour!

AT THE BAR

BAR TALK

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ON THE BAR WALL

The CMA Songwriters Series Presented by U.S. Bank visits Showbox SoDo in Seattle for a performance featuring Barry Dean, Cassadee Pope, Walker McGuire, and Bailey Bryan (Photo credit: Sunny Martini/CMA). During the trip, Bryan, Dean, and Pope met with 150 music students from Seattle Public Schools’ Cleveland High School and Rainier Beach High School. As part of the CMA Foundation’s Places to Play partnership with U.S. Bank and its Community Possible giving platform, U.S. Bank surprised students with $25,000 worth of musical instruments for both schools’ music programs. 

CRUSHIN IT

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BUZZIN

Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery and his bride Gabi Dugal McCreery will grace the cover of the Winter-Spring 2019 issue of Southern BrideThe couple was married in June in North Carolina.

NEAT

Morgan Evans has released the first in an all-new series of videos titled the Highway 1 Sessions. Featuring the track “Young Again” from his debut album THINGS THAT WE DRINK TO, Morgan puts a live acoustic spin on the carefree song with an impromptu performance under the marquee of a historic theater in a coastal town. This song feels like an anthem you’d hear sung in Irish bars.
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MIXED DRINKS

Maggie Rose is joining Kelly Clarkson’s tour for her March 9th stop in Allentown, PA and Uncasville, CT dates on March 14th and 15th!

WITH A TWIST

Radio Disney Country has launched a new show called “Let The Girls Play” hosted by Kalie Shorr and Savannah Keyes. These two spark-plugs of positivity talk all about women in country music and introduce the Radio Disney Country audience to up-and-coming female voices in the industry. 

ALL ACCESS

Critically acclaimed country music recording artist Charlie Worsham may call Nashville home, but he’ll never forget where it all started – and that’s why he returned to Grenada, MS to host his third annual Follow Your Heart gala. The event, which raised $50,000 toward the Follow Your Heart Scholarship Fund, celebrated three scholarship recipients as well as the distribution of 50 Fender guitars to promising young music students in the area. Two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Vince Gill and GRAMMY-winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Schlitz joined Worsham for the occasion. 

BACKSTAGE PASS

Big news for my buds Jon Loba & Kos Weaver as it was announced that they will officially be running BMG’s Nashville division starting January 1st amid a restructuring of BMG US creating three divisions, the other two being in NY and LA.

AFTER PARTY

Pictured (L-R): Aaron Kinssies (Longshot Management), Jason Owen (Monument Records), Katie McCartney (Monument Records), Teddy Robb, Shane McAnally (Monument Records), and Rob Baker (Longshot Management) Photo: Susan Berry

On Tuesday night, singer/songwriter Teddy Robb was surprised on stage with an official offer to sign with Monument Records. Teddy has been working alongside Monument on a developmental basis for the last year. With the official recording contract in place, new music will continue to release in 2019.

LAST CALL

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