“Truth Be Told”: Carly Pearce spotlights faith, vulnerability in her new duet with Christian artist Matthew West

Courtesy of Matthew West & Carly PearceCarly Pearce makes a guest appearance on a new duet version of “Truth Be Told,” a song that was previously a hit for Christian artist Matthew West.

On the new version, Carly and Matthew trade verses, harmonizing over the song’s message of choosing honesty in a world where so many people choose to share only the “highlight reels” of their lives.

That’s an especially timely message for Carly, who confronts the pain of her divorce from Michael Ray in her newly-released project, 29. In her own recent work, the singer has doubled down on how important it is to tell the truth in her music.

Plus, she’s been vocal about what an important role faith plays in her life, and Carly adds that collaborating on “Truth Be Told” felt like a great way to highlight that side of her identity.

“I’ve been praying for the right opportunity to share more of my heart, and ‘Truth Be Told’ felt meant to be,” the singer says. “Not only am I such a fan of Matthew’s, this lyric has been the anthem of my life over the last year. Being transparent and vulnerable is how we connect with others. I’m so excited to be a part of this collaboration!”

The original version of “Truth Be Told” comes off of Matthew’s 2020 album, Brand New.

By Carena Liptak
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Justin Moore, Tracy Lawrence join forces to mount a free arena show for frontline workers

Courtesy of Shore Fire Media/Pepper EntertainmentIn a time when in-person concert events are few and far between, Justin Moore and Tracy Lawrence are planning an arena show for a good cause.

Along with opening act Lainey Wilson, the two performers will head to South Dakota's Sioux Falls Arena on April 10 for the Salute 2 Frontline Workers concert. Tickets will be available beginning March 12 via a unique passcode on Ticketmaster, and healthcare workers, law enforcement and frontline workers will receive an email from their employers with details on how to download free tickets.

It's not the first time Justin and Tracy have teamed up: In fact, Justin's long been vocal about what a musical hero the "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" star has always been to him.

The two Arkansas natives also hit the road together during their Late Nights and Longnecks tour in January of 2020, a run named for Justin's Late Nights and Longnecks album. Prior to that, Justin was also a guest vocalist on a re-recording of Tracy's '90s hit, "Alibis," which the latter singer included on his 2017 Good Ole Days album.

The Salute 2 Frontline Workers show is a partnership with Pepper Entertainment. Any frontline workers who haven't received info about how to attend by March 18 can request an email invite to download tickets on the venue's website.

By Carena Liptak
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The Country Music Hall of Fame mounts a video special to take fans inside the new ‘American Currents’ exhibit

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent many country fans from visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a special video will premiere this spring to offer a virtual look into its new American Currents: Celebrating the State of the Music exhibit.

Each year, the CMHOF’s American Currents documents the previous year in country music history, spotlighting the artists who helped shape it. 

Opening later this month, this year’s exhibit will feature artists such as Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, Mickey Guyton and more. The video special will introduce fans to the exhibit with the help of a diverse roster of artists.

Hall of Fame member Vince Gill will introduce the new American Currents, with the help of rising bluegrass star Billy Strings. Meanwhile, Luke Combs and Rissi Palmer will appear in conversation during the program, discussing the past year and how it changed and shaped their perspective as artists. Luke, Rissi and Billy will all perform during the video special, too.

The video special premieres on March 19 on YouTube and Facebook, and it will be available to watch after the premiere on CMHOF’s YouTube channel.

For more information about the exhibit, which opens March 12, visit the museum’s website.

By Carena Liptak
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Ashley McBryde previews her live album with the smoky, villainous “Martha Divine” video

Daniel Meigs In May 2021, Ashley McBryde will drop her Never Will: Live From a Distance EP, a six-song selection of tracks off her 2020 acclaimed sophomore album.

But before she reveals the full project, Ashley’s sharing the live performance video of her single “Martha Divine,” which clocks in as track five on the live EP. “Martha Divine” is a seething, villainous revenge anthem, told from the perspective of a daughter seeking vengeance on her dad’s extramarital love interest.

Performing the song on a smoky stage in front of a neon green, larger-than-life backdrop of her logo, Ashley captures all the hard-driving, murderous energy of the song, giving fans a glimpse into what being in the front row of her show would have been like had she been able to tour in 2020.

“We released Never Will on April 3 of last year, so we went straight from rehearsals for a tour to not seeing each other in person for months,” Ashley previously shared of the decision to record a live EP. “Getting together to rehearse and record these live versions safely was our way of giving the fans a taste of what they would have seen had the world not changed so much.”

Of course, creating the live album is still no substitute for performing live, Ashley adds.

“Man, did it feel good to strap on the guitar and see my guys and just play,” she says, “but we cannot wait to do it again with our incredible fans in person soon.”

Never Will: Live From a Distance arrives on May 28. Other live songs included on the EP are “First Thing I Reach For,” “Shut Up Sheila,” “Velvet Red,” “Voodoo Doll” and “Sparrow.”

By Carena Liptak
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“In His Arms”: Miranda Lambert shares the rugged, acoustic first taste of her project with Jack Ingram, Jon Randall

Sony Music NashvilleJust one day after announcing The Marfa Tapes, her upcoming musical collection with fellow Texans Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, Miranda Lambert is offering a first look into the project.

That song, "In His Arms," is a stripped-down, quiet ode to restless love, recorded outdoors around a campfire with only the trio’s vocal harmony and an acoustic guitar. That raw and rugged approach to music-making will be a hallmark of the project when it arrives in full on May 7, the three musicians explain.

"I’ll never forget pulling into Marfa that first night at 4AM," Miranda remembers. "The stars were like nothing I’d ever seen before, just this endless blanket hanging so low you could reach up and touch them. I immediately understood why this place was so special."

Adds Jon, "There’s no TV, no radio, nothing to do out there but pour a cocktail, sit around the campfire and talk. Eventually, that just inevitably leads to songs."

In order to further transport listeners to the special environment in which they wrote the song, the trio head outdoors with a guitar for a simple, mesmerizing music video for "In His Arms."

The Marfa Tapes includes 13 never-before-songs from the trio, all recorded in Marfa, Texas. Additionally, the project includes two tracks written in Marfa that fans already know and love: "Tequila Does," from Miranda’s Wildcard album, and her 2018 ACM Song of the Year, “Tin Man.”

Here’s the full track list:

"In His Arms"
"I Don’t Like It"
"The Wind’s Just Gonna Blow"
"Am I Right or Amarillo"
"Homegrown Tomatoes"
"Breaking a Heart"
"We’ll Always Have the Blues"
"Tin Man"
"Two-Step Down to Texas"

By Carena Liptak
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Thomas Rhett sets his sights on a double album in 2021, beginning with ‘Country Again: Side A’

The Valory Music Co. Thomas Rhett has a double album in the works, and this week, he clued fans in to all the details about the first half, Country Again: Side A

Featuring his current Top 5 hit single, "What’s Your Country Song," the new, 11-track collection will arrive in April. A number of the songs should feel at least a little familiar, as Thomas has performed acoustic snippets of tracks like "Ya Heard" and "To the Guys That Date My Girls" on social media in recent weeks.

The track list also includes a duet with Hardy, called "Put it On Ice."

Thomas is known for his deeply personal lyrics, and the new music will be no exception: He says that Country Again: Side A traces his journey into adulthood and how his life on the road ultimately brought him back to his roots.

"Country Again: Side A is everything that I wanted to say when I was 19 years old, but hadn’t lived enough to know how to say any of those things yet," the singer explains. "It's about the crazy journey that took me out into the world over the last ten years and ultimately brought me back home, more centered and content than ever, with a deep understanding for what’s important in life."

Ahead of the album's release, Thomas Shared two new songs: the heartbroken “Want it Again,” and “Growing Up,” a reflective look back at how life changes over time.

Country Again: Side A is due out on April 30; it’s available for pre-order now. Here’s the full track list: 

"Want it Again"
"Growing Up"
"What’s Your Country Song"
"Where We Grew Up"
"Heaven Right Now"
"To the Guys That Date My Girls"
"More Time Fishin’"
"Country Again"
"Put it on Ice" (featuring Hardy)
"Blame it On a Backroad"
"Ya Heard"

By Carena Liptak
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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1963, a country legend in the making died in a plane crash at only 30 years old. A decade later, she would be posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Patsy Cline.

By Carena Liptak
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“Workin’ man’s anthem”: Chris Janson’s “Waitin’ on 5” is a “deep party song” for the “nine to fiver”

Warner NashvilleIf you've been working all week and you can't wait to blow off some steam, well, Chris Janson's latest hit was written especially with you in mind. 

"'Waitin’ On 5’' is a workin' man’s anthem," the Missouri native explains. "It is a nine to fiver's song. It is the guy or the girl who goes to work all week, and is literally waiting on five o’clock to roll around."

"Now, there’s a whole other sentiment of it, too," Chris continues. "'Waitin' on 5' to get started on six, and we all know what that means. It could be six o’clock, it could be a six-pack, it could really be whatever you want it to be."

Even though the "Buy Me a Boat" hitmaker wrote "Waitin' on 5," he admits it wasn't his idea.

"I gotta be honest with you," he reveals. "That was not my idea coming into it. That was a title that was brought to me by some friends of mine. And as soon as I heard it, I thought 'Well, that’s probably a hit!'  And, man, I was right in the middle of writing this album."

"And it really ends up feeling kind of like a party song," he adds, "but it’s actually a little deeper than that. It’s kind of a deep party song. But it’s just for any nine to fiver out there, man, who works a day job and is in the grind of life and wants to take some time off and enjoy it."

"Waitin' on 5" is the third single from Chris' Real Friends album, following the number ones "Good Vibes" and "Done." 

By Stephen Hubbard
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockParker McCollum has teamed up with Napa Valley’s Christeni Vineyards for an exclusive collaboration on a 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon named for his newest release, “To Be Loved by You.” You can pick up your bottle online.

In case you missed it, Brad Paisley stopped by ABC’s The View this week to perform his latest single, “Off Road.”

By Carena Liptak
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Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and his wife Abby adopt a senior dog facing “serious medical concerns

ABC/Image Group LAIt’s a well-known fact that Dan + Shay and Dan Smyers and his wife, Abby, are huge dog lovers and passionate advocates for shelter pets. Last week, they added a fifth member to their pack by adopting a 16-year-old, two-pound chihuahua.

“16 years old. Emaciated. No teeth. Etc. All alone and terrified at the shelter,” Dan wrote on social media, along with a slideshow of pictures of his furry new family member. “We weren’t going to let her live the rest of her life like that.”

The couple started out by fostering the chihuahua, who goes by Missy, Tiny or Little Dog, according to an introduction post on Abby’s Instagram.

But after getting some worrisome news from the vet about her health, Dan and Abby decided to make the little foster dog a permanent addition.

“She was dealt a tough hand in her previous life, but we’re going to make up for lost love the rest of the time she has left,” Dan wrote. “We’re unsure of whether she had a family before, but we’re happy to say that she does now as we’ve decided to officially adopt her as our 5th dog.”

As for the other four dogs -- Joy, Chief, Ghost and Mac -- who call the Smyers' household home?

“They have been so calm around her and let her 2 pound self take an entire couch,” Abby shares.

When not spreading love and positivity to animals at home, Dan is spreading musical love and positivity with his bandmate, Shay Mooney: The pair recently shared their newest single, a message of gratitude toward their fans called “Glad You Exist.”

By Carena Liptak
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