Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, another all-new episode of the “The Pickup” features a look inside the performance list announced for the 50th Annual Country Music Awards, the birthday sing-along for the Grand Ole Opry’s 91st birthday, Dolly Parton’s new children’s book as well as stories featuring Aaron Lewis, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The 50th Annual Country Music Awards will air November 2 on ABC. The first list of performers have been announced and include some of the hottest acts in country music, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Maren Morris, Keith Urban and more.
The Grand Ole Opry, the largest house that country music built, celebrated its 91st birthday on October 7 and 8. The birthday celebration involved a star-studded rendition of “Happy Birthday.” This sing along included Larry Gatlin, Jeannie Seely, Jan Howard, Riders In The Sky, and many, many more.
From a song to a movie, Dolly Parton is now bringing her classic “Coat of Many Colors” to a children’s picture book. Parton released the book as the latest part of her mission to improve childhood literacy. You can find the book in stores beginning October 18.
As Halloween approaches, artists have been known to get in the spirit with their costumes. This includes Tanya Tucker dressing as Dolly Parton on stage singing “I Will Always Love You,” Lady Antebellum dressed as Reba and Brooks and Dunn and more.
Aaron Lewis had a big month with the release of his newest studio album, “Sinner.” The Pickup was on hand to celebrate with him and a packed house at SiriusXM’s Music Row Happy Hour with Buzz Brainard at Margaritaville on Nashville’s famous Broadway strip.
Reba McEntire recently received another accolade. McEntire was named Nashville Business Journal’s 2016 Artist of the Year. “The Pickup” was on hand to speak and celebrate with McEntire at The Women In Music City Awards.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are celebrating after receiving stars in Nashville’s elite Walk of Fame Park. In the same week that the power couple received their stars, Tim and Faith announced their Soul 2 Soul World Tour kicking off in New Orleans in April. For more information go to http://www.soul2soultour.com.
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Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today’s stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications’ 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.’s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman’s Las Vegas Television Network.