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• 2005: Annoyed by travel delays, JOE NICHOLS drank more than a fifth of vodka and downed a number of pills in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, becoming angry and incoherent. Joe remembered little of the incident; his manager convinced him to begin therapy.

• 2012: KEITH URBAN and Nicole Kidman shocked locals by attending a minor-league hockey game at the Wesbild Centre in Vernon, British Columbia.

• 2012: TAYLOR SWIFT had dinner with actor Zac Efron at a Los Angeles restaurant, leading to speculation that the two were a couple.

• 2018: RASCAL FLATTS’ Gary LeVox was forced to evacuate his bus when it caught fire on the way to a hunting excursion.

Jett Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Sr., is 69.

GARTH BROOKS shared Wednesday that he’ll be playing San Diego this winter. It’s the only remaining Stadium Tour stop on the west coast. On March 5, Garth will take the stage at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

TOM T. HALL passed away this past August at the age of 85 and new details regarding the circumstances of his death have come to light. In response to a number of comments on his annual “In Memoriam” article, stating that Tom’s cause of death was by suicide, Saving Country Music writer Kyle Coroneos reached out to Williamson County, Tennessee, officials and received confirmation via the Williamson County Medical Examiner’s office. Coroneos reported that Tom had in fact died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

… Hall was know for iconic country songs like Harper Valley PTA, I Like Beer, Little Bitty, and more

MORGAN WADE has released a brand new single to country radio. Run is a song in which she sings about wanting to get away from the memory of a previous relationship with her new significant other.

… Run is the first track of six new ones on her upcoming deluxe edition of Reckless, which comes January 28.

LUKE COMBS wanted to thank ASHLEY MCBRYDE with a custom and very person end-of-tour gfit. After a show backstage Ashley was stunned to find not only Luke, but also a custom-made bar cart displaying her logo, framed by LED lights. • VIDEO

… The cart features a fridge, cooler and drawers with all of the mixers and bar accessories you could want.

… Ashley opened for Luke on the What You See Is What You Get Tour, which began in 2020, before dates were moved to 2021 due to the pandemic. She stayed on as an opener for the rescheduled dates and balanced them with her own This Town Talks Tour. Her trek with Luke wrapped on December 16.

KANE BROWN’s wife, Katelyn, has revealed how she told her husband that she was pregnant with their second child. In a sweet video that she shared online, she showed fans the actual moment that she gave him the joyous news.

… The video begins with her holding a positive pregnancy test in front of her camera. Viewers can see her famous husband asleep in bed in the background, and she makes her way over, trying to roust him by gently calling out, “Hey babe … hey babe.” Once he’s finally awake, she simply shows him the positive test in lieu of words, and a smile spreads across Brown’s face as he realizes what he’s looking at.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s song Y’all Means All is the new theme song for season six of Queer Eye on Netflix. • VIDEO

JON PARDI grew up in Dixon, California, and now has something in the town named after he and his grandfather. Grandpa owned the town’s old grocery store and the area will now be known as Pardi Market Plaza. The entertainment portion will be named Jon Pardi Stage.

WALKER HAYES is working on a book, titled Glad You’re Here. The title comes from a line in his song Craig, which Walker wrote about his friend, Craig Cooper. The song details the two meeting at church, and after getting to know Walker’s story, Craig gifted his family a minivan. Walker and his family were struggling to make ends meet, and the van ensured that all six of his children would be properly belted in.

… Walker says the book “documents our life together and what an impact [Craig] and his family had on us and why, which is just because of Christ.” The book will be “a deep dive into the history of their friendship.”

For the second consecutive year, COVID concerns have caused the the 64th annual Grammy Awards show to be postponed. A joint statement from The Recording Academy and CBS stated, in part: “Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on January 31 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating Music’s Biggest Night on a future date, which will be announced soon.”

…Some of the nominees in country categories:

Best Country Solo Performance

  • Forever After All – Luke Combs
  • Remember Her Name – Mickey Guyton
  • All I Do Is Drive – Jason Isbell
  • camera roll – Kacey Musgraves
  • You Should Probably Leave – Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

  • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
  • Younger Me – Brothers Osborne
  • Glad You Exist – Dan + Shay
  • Chasing After You – Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
  • Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) – Elle King & Miranda Lambert

Best Country Album

  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Remember Her Name – Mickey Guyton
  • The Marfa Tapes – Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall & Jack Ingram
  • The Ballad Of Dood & Juanita – Sturgill Simpson
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton