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ABC/Image Group LACarrie Underwood and Mike Fisher offer a look into their journey in the trailer for the new I Am Second series, Mike and Carrie: God & Country

I Am Second is a nonprofit organization that shares stories of people and faith. In the four-part series, Carrie and Mike engage in honest conversation about their marriage, similarities and differences and the struggles they've endured along the way. 

One of the topics they address include Mike's desire to have a big family while Carrie was at one time unsure if she wanted to have children.  Both reflect on the awe and love they felt when welcoming eldest son Isiah into the world.

The couple also speaks candidly about the pain they endured following three miscarriages Carrie experienced in 2017 and 2018. 

"You have all these mountain tops, but we hadn't had a ton of valleys like this," Mike explains in the clip. 

"I just had an honest conversation with God. I was hurt. I had told him how I felt," Carrie remarks tearfully. 

Episode one of Mike and Carrie: God & Country premieres tomorrow on I Am Second at 8 p.m. ET.

By Cillea Houghton
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Carrie joins Mike in @iamsecond’s 4-part digital series, “Mike and Carrie: God & Country," beginning tomorrow at 8/7c. More details at https://t.co/0THCzi0rkx. -TeamCU pic.twitter.com/PZhnYehnKJ

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) May 26, 2020

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ABC/Image Group LAGarth Brooks is being honored for his talents as a songwriter. 

The National Music Publishers' Association (NMPA) will bestow Garth with its Songwriter Icon Award during a virtual ceremony in June. The award is given to artists who have made a significant impact on the craft of songwriting.  

Garth will receive the award during NMPA's Annual Meeting next month, which will be held virtually for the first time, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event usually takes place in New York City, the night before the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.  

Garth is in some esteemed company: Past recipients of the Songwriter Icon Award include Bon JoviSteven TylerAlicia KeysPharrell and more.  

The legendary country star was also honored for his songwriting craftsmanship when he was given the Library of Congress' Gershwin Award for Popular Song earlier this year.

By Cillea Houghton
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Sony Music NashvilleLuke Combs is back on top.  The country superstar has clinched the number-one spot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week with his latest single, "Does to Me," featuring Eric Church

This marks Luke's eighth consecutive number-one hit, a first-time feat in the chart's history. It follows previous chart-toppers including "Even Though I'm Leaving," "Beer Never Broke My Heart," and "Beautiful Crazy."

The dynamic duo shared the music video for the song last month, which features fan-submitted clips showcasing sentimental moments ranging from one's wedding day to their first guitar. 

"Does to Me" is the third single off Luke's sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, which that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and all-genre Billboard 200 in 2019. 

By Cillea Houghton
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Mercury NashvilleTravis Denning is fanning the flames of love in the video for his new song, "Sittin' by a Fire."  

The song opens with the singer scoring an invite to a bonfire party with his friends. He ultimately turns down the invitation, as he's already basking in the glow of firelight with the woman he loves, with Travis painting images of burning smoke, windshield hearts and the "spark in her eyes."

"Whatever this is I got my arms around/It's burnin' too hot to let it go out/And I ain't ever felt the way I'm feelin' right now/Sittin' by a fire," he croons.

Travis captures the song's theme with a social distance-friendly video that shows him plucking an acoustic guitar while singing solo around a campfire -- until his leading lady shows up at video's end for an affectionate embrace.

"Sittin' by a Fire" is featured on Travis' debut six-song EP, Beer's Better Cold. "It's one of my favorites," he says  of the track on Instagram.    

Travis' current single, "After a Few," is in the top five on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

By Cillea Houghton
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Capitol Records NashvilleLittle Big Town is getting swanky with their new single, "Wine, Beer, Whiskey."  

With a stomping, mariachi-esque melody anchored by a vibrant horn section, the lighthearted tune sees the group name-dropping a few of their famous friends, including Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan, knowing they'll carry them through any situation.

"The wine, the beer, the whiskey/Are the only things that fix me/I'm not saying it's a problem/I can stop it if I wanna/But the wine, the beer, the whiskey/They always get me," the band chants over an exuberant groove. 

"Wine, Beer, Whiskey" is featured on LBT's latest album, Nightfall, released in January. It debuted at number one the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

In a Fireside Chat series discussing the creation process for Nightfall, Jimi Westbrook refers to "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" as a "party jam" that was written in roughly 30 minutes. "Every record should have levity on it," adds Karen Fairchild. "You have to have that in life." 

Little Big Town will serve up the TV debut of the track with a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition on June 1.

By Cillea Houghton
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John ShearerMorgan Wallen has issued an apology following his arrest in downtown Nashville on Saturday. 

The "Whiskey Glasses" singer was at Kid Rock's Big A** Honky Tonk Rock N' Roll Steakhouse with a few friends when he was removed from the premises for "kicking glass items," according to a police report obtained by WKRN

While on the street, police report that Morgan got into verbal fights with pedestrians who were passing by. The warrant states that officers gave Morgan multiple opportunities to walk away from the situation, but he "refused." Morgan was then arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.  He was later released from jail on a $500 bond.

Wallen turned to Twitter Sunday to apologize for the incident.

"Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected," he writes.

Morgan also extended praise to the Metro Nashville Police Department for how they handled the situation. "Thank you to the local authorities for being so professional and doing their job with class," he says. "Love y’all."

Morgan's single, "Chasing You," reached number one on the country charts earlier this month.

By Cillea Houghton
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Hey y’all just wanted to clear the air. I went out downtown last night with a few old friends. After a couple bar stops, we were horse-playing with each other. We didn't mean any harm, and we want to say sorry to any bar staff or anyone that was affected.

— morgan wallen (@MorganWallen) May 24, 2020

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Kristy Belcher Alan Jackson is among the rising list of artists who are staging drive-in concerts during the era of social distancing. 

The country music legend will host the Small Town Drive-In concert series next month with two shows in Alabama. On June 5, he'll perform at the open air site of the Rock the South Festival in Cullman and at the 300-acre Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope on June 6.

The shows will adhere to CDC and state guidelines regarding social distancing. Roughly 2,000 cars will be allowed on site and while guests are allowed to sit outside of their cars to watch the show, they'll have to stay with their vehicles and follow social distancing protocols.

Event staff will wear protective masks and provide contact-free scanning of tickets at the door. 

Alan will donate a portion of the proceeds at each show to various food relief efforts in the regions where the shows are taking place. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. 

Keith Urban recently staged a show for healthcare workers from Vanderbilt at Stardust Drive-In outside of Nashville.

By Cillea Houghton
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The country-fried Southern rocker nicknamed Bocephus, who's the son of another country legend, is celebrating his 71st birthday today. Can you name him? ANSWER: Hank Williams Jr.

By Carena Liptak
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Disney Channel/Image Group LAMonday marked 15 years since Carrie Underwood’s American Idol win, and the country superstar marked the anniversary by sharing a video put together by one of her fans.

"WOW, I cannot believe it’s been 15 years since my @americanidol win!!!" Underwood, who beat out runner-up Bo Bice in the season four finale back in 2005, tweeted in a response to the YouTube clip, titled "Happy 15th 'Idol-versary' Carrie."

"It’s been an incredible ride and I couldn’t have made it through without all of you guys!!" added Carrie. "THANK YOU so much for this sweet video!!"

The clip, which starts off with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest announcing her as the season four champ, followed by a montage of Carrie’s fans congratulating her on the anniversary, and sharing touching stories of the impact she’s had on their lives.

Since winning Idol, Underwood, 37, has become one of the show's most successful alumni. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," made her the only country artist to debut at Number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to top the Hot 100. 

She's also won seven Grammy Awards and has become one of the bestselling female artists of all time.

By George Costantino
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With live shows on hold for now, Brothers Osborne have found themselves with some time on their hands. In fact, TJ and John say it's the first time they can remember when they've had the chance to pursue anything other than the career that they love.

"I think it's the first time we've ever done anything non-musically to pass the time," TJ tells ABC Audio. "I mean, it's always music, music, music."

But ever since the wheels on the tour bus stopped turning, TJ's been able to enjoy one of the perks of his success.

"I just moved into a new home at the end of last year," he reveals, "And I've been getting... all of the little tiny trinkets...set to how I like it. I've had some rooms set up and I tore everything out and would redo it another way -- those little fine things that make a house feel like a home."

"Typically, I don't have the time to really do that kind of stuff," he explains, "or I'm home and I don't want to. So I've done a lot of that, and hung out with our friends and family a lot."

Meanwhile, John's been picking up his paintbrushes.

"I've always loved art, ever since I was a kid, but then...music became everything," he says. "And it's nice to do something just because you want to do it."

"You know, I'm not painting because I have to get this hung in an exhibit or I have to do this because of any other reason than just feeling like I want to do it," he adds. "It's been great. It's been a creative exercise."  

Brothers Osborne just put out their new single, "All Night," with their third album set to follow. 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Lauren Alaina joined King Calaway for their latest installment of their Nashville's House Band series, which finds the group serving as backing band for a rotating cast of country stars as they offer renditions of beloved hits. Together, Lauren and the band performed "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Morgan Evans and Caroline Jones recently teamed up with a number of artists of all genres for a virtual, Memorial Day performance for a good cause. Called Save the Children’s Virtual Benefit Festival for COVID-19 Relief, the event called on fans to donate to relief efforts during the pandemic. You can watch the show on Save the Children USA’s YouTube page.

Atlanta-based hip-hop and country singer-songwriter Breland dropped his self-titled debut EP last week. Last month, he turned heads when he teamed up with Sam Hunt for a remix of his song, “My Truck.” Breland's new EP also features guest spots from Lauren Alaina and Chase Rice.

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and ten-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally has announced plans to drop a new album, Once in a Lifetime, on July 31. The title track, which features a guest spot from Drake White, is out now. 

Starting Tuesday, The Bellamy Brothers’ livestream, “Hangin’ Out with the Bellamy Brothers,” will be available for viewing in the U.S. The hour-long pay-per-view event originated in Europe, via a partnership with Scandinavian Entertainment Service on Entertainment.no TV.

Just in time for Memorial Day, brand-new country singer Jay Allen shared his patriotic debut single, “War for You.” It’s the follow-up to his grassroots hit, “Blank Stares,” which garnered over 200 million views on social media.

By Carena Liptak
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By CARENA LIPTAK, ABC News

Jordan Davis explores his spiritual side in the music video for his new song, “Church in a Chevy,” but the religious experience he describes doesn’t take place in a house of worship. 

Instead, the singer finds connection to his faith when he’s driving alone through the middle of nowhere. In the clip, Davis drives his truck down a back road, parks it, and wanders through a field as he reconnects to God and begins to feel a little more grounded. 

On social media, Jordan explained that when he and his co-writers wrote the song, that solitary, spiritual connection to nature and faith was something he’d lost touch with a bit. 

“I was traveling like crazy and our daughter Eloise was about to be born and to be honest, I was overwhelmed,” he reflects. “Great things were happening, and I knew how fortunate I was, but I felt like life was flying right by me."

"When we sat down and wrote ‘Church In A Chevy,’ I felt like my co-writers Matt and Josh were reading my mind," he adds. "And the song that came out that day punched me in the face.”

“Church in a Chevy” is one of the tracks on Jordan’s self-titled, six-track EP, which he released on Friday.

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Amid the stress of everyday life, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be difficult to see the positive side of things. But Brett Eldredge is reminding fans to remain optimistic in his music video for “Good Day.”

“I wrote this song when I was searching to find positivity in my life instead of focusing on a day being dark and stormy and your emotions being in a tough spot,” he explained to People, which premiered the clip. 

For Brett, finding his way out of that negative spiral meant making a conscious decision to focus on the good things in life.

“I make the decision to have a good day, even in the darkness, and that awareness gives me a better outlook on life,” he says.

“Good Day” follows Brett’s newest single, “Gabrielle,” which he shared last month, along with two other new tracks. The new batch of tunes belong to the singer’s next full album, Sunday Drive, which is due for release in July.

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By CARENA LIPTAK, ABC News

Kane Brown and his wife Katelyn have a surprise for fans coming soon, but it’s not baby number two. The singer hinted at a potential collaboration with Katelyn on Twitter this week, writing simply, “Kane Brown featuring Katelyn Brown in the works.”

The news immediately got fans buzzing, especially since some wondered if the singer was hinting at a forthcoming pregnancy announcement. The couple welcomed their first child, Kingsley, back in October of 2019, and Kane has since posted a number of adorable photos and videos proving just how much he loves being a dad. 

“This feels like a sneaky way to announce that Kingsley is gonna be a big sis,” replied one Twitter user to Kane’s collaboration tease.  But Kane made it very clear that he and Katelyn aren’t in a rush to add to their family anytime in the near future.

“HAHAHA NO SIR,” he responded. 

That leaves a few other possibilities, the most exciting of which might be new music. While Kane’s musical skill is world famous, not as many people are aware that Katelyn is also a talented performer who was trying to establish a career of her own as a pop and R&B singer when the couple met.  While she's said she has no plans to return to a solo career at this point in her life, it’s possible that a new duet with Kane could spotlight her vocal talents. 

For his part, Kane has proven his versatility with a number of different collaborations. Most recently, he teamed up with Thomas Rhett and Ava Max for a song on the soundtrack of SCOOB!, the newest Scooby-Doo movie.

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Kane brown featuring Katelyn Brown in the works ❤️😎

— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) May 21, 2020

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By CARENA LIPTAK, ABC News

It’s been a while since Cole Swindell fans got a taste of new music from the “Love You Too Late” star, but now he’s back with the uptempo and summer-ready “Single Saturday Night.”

The irrepressible anthem tells the story of a guy thinking back on his last night out as a single man, which also happens to be the same evening he met his leading lady. Cole says he hopes the song’s bubbly subject matter will help fans take their minds off of a stressful and uncertain time, and give them something to dance along to as they head into warmer months.

“I am excited to have some good news to share with fans with the release of ‘Single Saturday Night,’ the singer says. “The past few months have been hard for everyone and I wanted to give the fans something fun to kick off summer.”

It will likely still be a while before Cole has the chance to introduce fans to his new song in person. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he's rescheduled the remaining dates on his headlining Down to Earth tour for this fall, and his planned opening spot on Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road Tour has been pushed to 2021. 

Still, Cole is making the most of quarantine. The singer says he’s been using the unexpected free time to polish some new music, including “Single Saturday Night.”

“Y’all crank this one up and have a great weekend wherever you are in the world. Here’s to you and your last single Saturday night...and mine...whenever that day comes,” he wrote on social media upon the song’s release.

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Chris Lane may not be able to tour right now, but that doesn’t mean he can’t think back to pre-pandemic good times: The singer has shared another live video from the sold-out Chicago stop on his headlining Big, Big Plans Tour. 

This time around, it’s “I Don’t Know About You,” which became Chris’ second number-one single in 2018. The song changed everything, he explained on social media, especially when it came to the energy of his live show. 

“‘I Don’t Know About You’ has changed my career in a way that more people than ever before are showing up to my shows,” he said in a clip announcing the release of the live video. 

The live treatment of “I Don’t Know About You” follows a video of “Big, Big Plans” that was recorded at the very same show. The latter song is just as special to Chris, in a very different way: He wrote and performed it as part of his proposal to his now-wife, Lauren.

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Ashley McBryde is the featured guest on Saturday’s episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen with Trisha Yearwood, and the pair grill up some perfect-for-summer dishes and sizzling conversation during the show. 

On the menu is a charred tomato and scallion salad, grilled potatoes, a Porterhouse steak with horseradish sauce, and raspberry chocolate rice cereal treats for dessert.

As they work, the two stars discuss everything from life in the music business to their favorite movies. They think back to the weirdest jobs they ever held before getting their start in the music industry. 

“My weirdest job was, I worked for an agri-sales company,” recalls Trisha. “And I ordered, like, feeding troughs for pigs. You know, it’s really easy to order a feeding trough for a pig because they’re not particular.”

While Ashley has had her share of strange side gigs in the past, including a stint as a security guard for a hospital, she’s doing her dream job these days. Last month, the singer released her stellar sophomore album, Never Will

Furthermore, she and Trisha are long-standing fans of each other’s musical talents. Trisha recorded one of Ashley’s songs, “Bible and a .44,” for her 2019 Every Girl album.

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As we roll into Memorial Day weekend, Florida Georgia Line has the perfect “sampler pack” of love songs, party songs, and songs of unity and togetherness. The superstar duo’s new EP, 6-Pack, arrives today.

The six-song collection features their current single, “I Love My Country,” which is currently rising up the Top 20 at country radio. The band mates also lean into their patriotic side with the timely “U.S. Stronger,” a sentimental power ballad celebrating the American way of life. 

The track listing also features “Second Guessing,” a love song that the band chose during their week as featured artists on TV songwriting competition, Songland. “Second Guessing” bows in the top spot on iTunes’ all-genre Top Songs chart this week. 

The 6-Pack EP is a prelude to FGL’s next full-length album, which is expected later in the year. 

In the meantime, Florida Georgia Line is celebrating Memorial Day Sunday afternoon, uniting with a star-studded roster of country stars for an epic, from-home performance of the national anthem during NBC’s Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again.

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On this date in 2011, one of country music’s living legends was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name this Oklahoma native who's also a talented actress? ANSWER: Reba McEntire.

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Since both of Justin Moore's grandfathers served in the military, it's only fitting the Arkansas native would write a thoughtful song like "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home."

Justin sang it at last year's National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C., before it topped the country chart in September. The father of four admits he's still astounded at the effect the song's had on both his life and career. 

"When we wrote it, I knew it had a chance to be a special record," he tells ABC Audio. "But the platform that the industry and radio's given this song has kind of blown me away."

"It's arguably our biggest record of my career," he adds, "which is kind of a mouthful this far into it."

Even more, Justin's enjoyed bonding with servicemen and women and their families because of "The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home." 

"It's been fun to go out and talk to people and hear them share their stories with us of real life situations, how it got them through a difficult time with one of their loved ones lost," he says.

"And I'm certainly thankful that it did as well as it did," he continues. "And it provided us a lot of opportunities to do stuff with the military, and it's been a blessing."

"The Ones That Didn't Make It Back Home" was the debut single from Late Nights & Longnecks, the album that also features Justin's top twenty hit, "Why We Drink."  

On Monday, the U.S. remembers those lost in service by observing Memorial Day. 

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