This week is a golden new week in country
DEBUT ALBUM: Mitchell Tenpenny’s lead single, “Drunk Me,” from his upcoming debut album, Telling All My Secrets, hit No. 1 on the Mediabase chart this week. Co-penned by Mitchell, Jordan Schmidt and Justin Wilson, the tune has accumulated more than 120 million streams. Mitchell will drop Telling All My Secrets tomorrow. The debut album features 11 songs, all of which Mitchell co-penned. In February, Mitchell will join Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour.
TOUR: Kip Moore will extend his Room to Spare Acoustic Tour into 2019 with more than 25 dates, including stops in Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and more. One of those stops will be on March 22 at Memorial Auditorium in Athens, Ohio. The tour will also make four stops in the U.K. Charlie Worsham and Muscadine Bloodline will serve as support. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Kip released a new EP, Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions, on Nov. 16. The seven-song EP features six never-before-released songs, including five that were co-penned by Kip.
GOLDEN GLOBE: Dolly Parton’s new song, “Girl in the Movies,” from the Netflix movie, Dumplin’, received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture. In addition to re-recording six songs from her iconic catalog for the movie’s soundtrack, Dolly co-penned and recorded six new songs, including “Girl in the Movies.” Dumplin’, which is based on Julie Murphy’s 2015 best-selling novel of the same name, stars Danielle Macdonald as the plus-size daughter of Jennifer Aniston, a former Texas beauty queen. The daughter is a Dolly fanatic who competes in her mom’s former beauty pageant as a protest. The 12-song soundtrack features collaborations with Miranda Lambert, Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray and Dorothy. The album was released on Nov. 30.
NEW YEAR NASHVILLE: You can ring in the New
Year in Nashville with a free show featuring Keith Urban, Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers The free event—dubbed the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville—will take place at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. This will be the fourth year that Keith headlines the event. Gates will open at 4 p.m. CT on Dec. 31, followed by the raising of the Music Note (Nashville’s equivalent to NYC’s ball drop) to kick off the live music. The event will include the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display to ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the iconic State Capitol building and unique view of the Nashville skyline. The Nashville show will be featured on NBC’s New Year’s Eve national broadcast from Times Square in New York, with hosts Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen and Leslie Jones.
Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.