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February 7, 2019
Julie REEVES

Grammy performers

During a promo that aired during the Super Bowl, the Recording Academy revealed three new performers for the 61st Grammy Awards this weekend: Little Big Town, Maren Morris and Ricky Martin. The new additions join previously announced performers Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monae. Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Baby Aldean

Jason Aldean and wife Brittany welcomed baby girl Navy Rome into their family on Monday, Feb. 4, at 12:45 p.m. Brittany shared a photo of the little bundle of joy via Instagram, saying: “We welcomed our daughter Navy Rome into the world today at 12:45pm..7lbs 12oz.” Jason and Brittany welcomed their first child, a son named Memphis, in December 2017. Jason also has two daughters, Kendyl, 11, and Keeley, 15, from his first marriage.

Country music documentary

After an eight-year exploration, Ken Burns announced his 16-hour country music documentary will premiere on PBS on Sept. 15. Ken and his team spent eight years researching and producing the film, as well as conducting interviews with more than 100 people, including 40 members

of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Interviewees include Marty Stuart, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Merle Haggard, Dolly Par-ton, Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson and Naomi and Wynonna Judd, as well as studio musicians, record producers and others. The film uses more than 3,200 photographs and more than two hours of archival footage, including rare and never-before-seen photos and footage of Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash and more. In honor of the fall release, Ryman Auditorium will host an all-star concert on March 27 that features performances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brenda Lee, Kathy Mattea, Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel, Holly Williams and Dwight Yoakam. Tickets to Country Music: Live at the Ryman, a Concert Celebrating the Film by Ken Burns will go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT. The concert will be recorded for broadcast on PBS at a later date. In addition to the live performances, the event will be hosted by Ken Burns and will include select clips from the film.

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.

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