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    Date: Jun 01, 2022
    Posted By: Paige Davis

And then there were three.

Country singer Drew Baldridge and his wife Katherine are expecting their first baby. The announcement comes on the heels of the couple’s first wedding anniversary. Baby Baldridge is due in December.

“We couldn’t be happier!” the country singer shared on social media.

The ”She’s Somebody’s Daughter” singer told People that he and Katherine found out about the unexpected pregnancy on March 31.

“Katie took a test the night before I was going out on tour, and she didn’t expect to get a positive result,” he said. “She screamed my name upstairs and came downstairs holding the test and we both about fell over with shock and excitement.”

The couple doesn’t yet know if the nursery should be pink or blue, but said they are planning a gender reveal event. They haven’t solidified name choices, either.

The singer said they have a “couple of names that we’re thinking on.”

The couple told People that the mother-to-be was experiencing some morning sickness but that it was getting better as time went on. Now, they are concentrating on making a place in their home of the baby and hope to take a few small trips together before his or her winter arrival.

“We started talking about starting a family and a life together, and we knew we needed to take this next step so we could make that happen,” Baldridge said of the marriage. “Katie makes me a better man. She reminds me to put others first and to love with a bigger heart. I really can’t picture my life without her anymore and I know if she wasn’t in it, I’d feel empty.”




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    Date: Apr 19, 2022
    Posted By: Paige Davis

Multi-platinum artist Darius Rucker will enjoy “Beers and Sunshine” with fans this summer, as he is set to hit the road again. Early Monday morning (April 18), Rucker announced that he would be embarking on a 14-date tour come June with several Nashville newcomers.

The hitmaker called in rising stars – Tyler BoothLarry FleetCaylee HammackRyan HurdJameson RodgersElvie ShaneTenille Townes, and Daves Highway to hit cities across the United States and Canada. The dates are officially divided among the opening acts, making each show unique and different.

The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman will kick-start his headlining tour on June 23 in Cleveland, Ohio, and will wrap on September 10 in Camdenton, Mo, with Tyler Booth. To go along with his must-see show, Rucker will also be making appearances at several fan-favorite festivals, fairs, and special events.

On Monday, June 6, the three-time GRAMMY Award winner will host his 13th annual “Darius and Friends” benefit concert at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. The affair has raised over $2.5 million to date for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“I can’t wait to be back at the Ryman with all of our friends from St. Jude,” Rucker previously mentioned in a statement. “This show is always a highlight of the year for me because it not only raises funds for a very important cause, but it also allows me to bring together some of my best friends in Nashville for a fun night of incredible music.”

The upcoming show will serve as the unofficial beginning of CMA Fest week in music city. Rucker will be joining the CMA Fest party, as he is one of many A-listers taking the Nissan Stadium stage on June 9.

Before he jet-sets to the Midwest to headline, the singer-songwriter will perform on the Brooks & Dunn Reboot Tour 2022 at Bridgestone Arena in the honky tonk town.

Tickets to several dates are on sale now, with tickets to most newly announced dates on sale to the general public beginning this Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. local time via DariusRucker.com.

Upcoming Darius Rucker Tour Dates

* denotes newly announced dates on sale April 22
^ denotes newly announced dates on sale May 6
# denotes newly announced date with on sale information TBA

June 6 Nashville, Tenn. | Ryman Auditorium (Darius and Friends)
June 9 Nashville, Tenn. | Nissan Stadium (CMA Fest)
June 18 Nashville, Tenn. | Bridgestone Arena (Brooks & Dunn Reboot Tour 2022)
June 23* Cleveland, Ohio | Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (with Tyler Booth)
June 24* Huber Heights, Ohio | Rose Music Center at The Heights (with Tyler Booth)
June 25 Interlochen, Mich. | Interlochen Center for the Arts (with Tyler Booth)
June 29 Anchorage, Alaska | Backyard Country BBQ
July 8 Cavendish, P.E.I. | Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 15# Memphis, Tenn. | venue TBA
July 16* Rogers, Ark. | Walmart AMP (with Ryan Hurd & Elvie Shane)
July 21 Paso Robles, Calif. | California Mid-State Fair (with Lindsay Ell)
July 22* Phoenix, Ariz. | Arizona Federal Theatre (with Caylee Hammack)
July 28* Bend, Ore. | Hayden Homes Amphitheater (with Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
July 30 Cowichan, B.C. | Sunset Music Festival
July 31 Merritt, B.C. | Rockin’ River Music Festival
August 25 Tryon, N.C. | Night in the Country Carolinas
August 26* Wilmington, N.C. | Live Oak Bank Pavilion (with Larry Fleet & Tyler Booth)
August 27* Doswell, Va. | Meadow Event Park (with Larry Fleet & Tyler Booth)
September 2* Bridgeport, Conn. | Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)
September 3* Bethel, N.Y. | Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)
September 4* Gilford, N.H. | Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion (with Jameson Rodgers & Elvie Shane)
September 9^ Tulsa, Okla. | Paradise Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort (with Tyler Booth)
September 10^ Camdenton, Mo.| Lake Ozarks Amphitheater (with Tyler Booth)




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    Date: Mar 31, 2022
    Posted By: Paige Davis

Multi-platinum artist Miranda Lambert is set to bring her Texas twang to sin city for a 24-date residency starting in September of 2022. Velvet Rodeo: The Las Vegas Residency is expected to take place at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The must-see show will kick off on Friday, September 23, and will run until April 2023. Lambert’s live performance is designed exclusively for the Zappos Theater, as ticketholders will receive an up-close and personal opportunity to see chart-topping tracks and fan-favorite hits from her seven No.1 studio albums.

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year, will also be sharing singles from her forthcoming collection, “Palomino.” The highly anticipated project is slated to be released on April 29 – leaving enough time for country fans to learn every sing-along anthem.

“When you’ve been touring as long as I have, there’s something really creative about imagining a residency in a city like Las Vegas,” shared Lambert in a recent statement. “I’ve had a lot of fun designing our sets, merchandise and clothing, and boot lines – and even my place on Broadway in Nashville, Casa Rosa – so, this opportunity allows me to lean in a bit more into that side of myself and think about how to really bring country music to life in this room. I think everyone will like what we’ve dreamed up. I’m really excited about this!”

Party-goers could snag their tickets starting Thursday, April 7 at 10 a.m. PT. Fan club members will have access to presale on Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m. PT.

“Miranda Lambert: Velvet Rodeo The Las Vegas Residency” Dates

September 2022: 23, 24, 28, 30
October 2022: 1, 5, 7, 8
November 2022: 26, 27, 30
December 2022: 3, 4, 8, 10, 11
March 2023: 24, 25, 30
April 2023: 1, 2, 6, 8, 9




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    Date: Mar 11, 2022
    Posted By: Paige Davis

Bobbie Nelson, 91, peacefully passed away on Thursday morning, according to a statement from Willie Nelson’s publicist. She was a pianist and singer who performed with her brother for more than five decades.

Bobbie was an original member of the Willie Nelson and Family Band and integral to helping create her brother’s unmistakable sound. While she spent most of her time behind the piano blending in with the other players, she occasionally led the band and wowed crowds with her skillful playing.

Bobbie was about two years old than her little brother, and the pair were raised by their grandparents in Abbot, Texas.

“My grandfather had said to me when I was learning to play the piano: You know, if you really work at this, you could earn your living playing music one day,” the provided statement quoted Bobbie as saying. “And I never forgot that.”

The siblings were teenagers when they started playing in honky-tonks together alongside Bobbie’s husband Bud Fletcher and their father, Ira Nelson, who played guitar. Bud died in a car accident, and Bobbie quit the band to care for their three sons and attend business college. When she graduated, the Hammond Organ Company hired Bobbie to help in the office and demonstrate the company’s instruments. With her children older and her feet wet again as a performer, Bobbie began playing shows again and could eventually earn a living as a pianist in Austin and Nashville.

“It was a fabulous thing because I was back really playing music again, not just demonstrating and selling organs,” she explained. “I was very happy to be able to sit down and just play from my heart and soul.”

Willie invited Bobbie to join his band in 1972 when he signed his record deal with Atlantic Records.

“I was just so happy to be playing music with Willie again,” she said.

Bobbie released her debut album “Audiobiography” in 2007, and two of the 12 songs included Willie singing and playing with her.

She was recently featured on “The Willie Nelson Family” (2021, Legacy Recordings), a collection of country gospel-flavored songs performed by Willie’s Family Band.

Willie and Bobbie also wrote two books together that were published in the last two years — the memoir “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of The Family Band” and “Sister, Brother, Family: An American Childhood in Music.”




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    Date: Jan 13, 2022
    Posted By: Paige Davis

The music talent for Carlyle’s Morgan Robertson was evident early in life and kept developing from there, recently solidifying into the first professional steps.

Robertson, who just graduated from high school this past summer, released her first country single, Goodbye Train, in October, and now will be playing her first-ever solo show.

The Mercury spoke to the young musician about her successes and plans.

She said to have her song professionally recorded and officially released first felt a bit weird, but it was a good weird and soon it became just normal,” as making the next step in her music career was a matter of time for Robertson.

My friends have bothered me for years now to put my stuff on Apple Music, release my music. So I have something out there now for them, Robertson said.

Going from writing a song to releasing it was a big process, Robertson said, which became possible after Goodbye Train won a songwriting competition. From winning that the young musician got to record the song. Robertson recorded the vocal track in Regina, and the studio that was holding the competition did the instrumental part.

It was all remote. One of the guys is from Nashville, one’s from Toronto and ones from I want to say Victoria or Vancouver, somewhere in B.C.  We all did it separately. They recorded their drums, bass guitar parts and then we put it all together. And I want to say, in June I got the final copy back, Robertson recalled.

She was graduating from Gordon F. Kells High School in Carlyle in 2021, which kept her occupied for some time last summer, slightly delaying the final steps.

I was really busy with school, so I didnt really have time to try to release it. And I wasnt sure if I wanted to. But everyone wanted me to. So I really got to try to figure that out in late August-early September, Robertson continued.

She talked to some friends in the music industry about all the steps a musician has to take to have a song officially released and distributed on different streaming platforms. She got through it and had Goodbye Train officially released on Oct. 22, 2021.

Local radio stations have picked up the song after it was professionally recorded, and Robertson said hearing it on the radio was exciting.

Ill never forget that feeling, Robertson said.

The next thing on the agenda is a full two-hour solo concert at the Mac Murray Theatre in Arcola, where Robertson will play a mix of her songs and covers. It will be her, her guitar and some good country music.

Ive done one-hour sets before, but Ive never done two hours, Robertson said.

Robertson is currently residing in Saskatoon, where she is obtaining her red seal as an electrician while continuing to grow her musical career. The school takes up a lot of time, but she said she still finds time to progress her talent.

Ive been going to an open mic every Tuesday in Saskatoon and Ive been meeting a lot of people and I think Im going to start jamming with a band. We are going to start playing my stuff … and see how that goes, Robertson shared.

Shes done her first semester of school and is now onto a work term, which means shell have a bit more time to focus on her music.

Im excited. I hope I can get some more gigs lined up, she said.

A potential first EP or an album is in discussion now, but nothing is set in stone yet, Robertson added.

The Mac Murray Theatre will have Robertson play a full program on Jan. 15. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from Blake at (306) 577-9904, via e-transfer to macmurray@sasktel.net, at Michaels Coffee Shop and Bakery in Carlyle, Kings Department Store in Carlyle and the Carlyle Pharmasave.




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