WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2022

I don’t want to sound an alarm here, but if seeing Shania Twain in concert is on your bucket list, then you should make it happen . . . while she still has her voice. In a recent interview she said the open-throat surgery she had in 2018 may not be a permanent fix.  “I don’t know if the procedure that I had will last forever.  With age, it could just not hold up, and that could be it. “I’ll have to make another decision.  Will I do the operation again or not?  Do I just now write music for other people’s albums at that point?  I will gladly do that, and, again, it will be another decision that I will have to make.” It’s easy to forget how this all started.  In 2003 she was bitten by a tick while horseback riding, and contracted Lyme disease.  One of the effects was a vocal cord disorder called dysphonia.  The surgery was to help fix that. So, here’s your prompt to check out the 2023 dates of Shania’s “Queen of Me Tour”.

Lainey Wilson is Tractor Supply’s newest brand ambassador.  She’ll help launch the Emerging Artist Program next year.  She’ll be joined by other country stars to mentor aspiring country singer and songwriters.

  Zach Bryan got snubbed by the CMAs last week, and it almost happened again yesterday with the Grammys.  His song “Something in the Orange” DID get a nod for Best Country Solo Performance, but that’s it. If he doesn’t win a Grammy this year though, he’ll be in good company.  Here are seven country LEGENDS who’ve never won . . .

1.  Eric Church.  Ten Grammy nominations.

2.  Kenny Chesney.  Nominated six times without a win.

3.  Blake Shelton.  Eight nominations, no wins.

4.  Dierks Bentley.  He’s in the top ten for most nods without winning a Grammy.  He’s been nominated for 14 and never taken one home.

5.  Martina McBride.  She’s tied with Dierks on that list.  14 and no wins.

6.  Bill Anderson.  He’s 85, been nominated three times before, and never won.  But maybe it’s his year.  His song “Give It Away” is up for Best Country Song.

7.  Patsy Cline.  But she did get the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995, more than 30 years after she died.

Brothers Osborne has partnered with Whistle Pig Whiskey to create a single barrel, limited-edition 100% Rye Whiskey.  It’s part of Whistle Pig’s PiggyBack Legends Series . . . and it’s “fun, warm, and inviting, with the perfect balance of sweet, spice, and smoke.”

I’ve never thought about this before, but there’s a chance you’ve seen a country artist take the stage seconds after they’ve changed a diaper.  Obviously, we’re talking about the ones with kids . . . like Tyler Hubbard. He brought his wife Hayley and their three little ones along on Keith Urban’s Speed of Now Tour . . . and he found himself doing the “diaper duty thing” before and after shows. “It is wild.  I’ll be putting babies to bed and changing diapers right after [my set].  I’m still sweating from the show, or I’m about to go on stage, or putting one to bed or changing a diaper . . . it is fairly comical. “Everything that people think a rock star life is, is exactly what I’m NOT doing right now, but it’s a lot of fun.  It’s those special years [in their lives] and I’m just trying to make the most of them.”

Singers like to test out new music on people they trust.  So I guess Brett Eldredge trusts his baby nephew.  He shared a clip of the little boy sitting on a bed and listening patiently as he does a new song called “You’ll Be Mine”.  No word if he’s going to release it, but the kid didn’t cry, so that’s a good sign.

Pete Davidson is 29. 

Maggie Gyllenhaal is 45.  Rachel Dawes in “The Dark Knight”

Oksana Baiul is 45.  Retired Olympic skater.

Lisa Bonet is 55.  Denise Huxtable on “The Cosby Show”.

Dwight Gooden is 58.  Retired baseball pitcher.

Marg Helgenberger is 64.  Catherine Willows on “CSI”.

Terry Labonte is 66.  NASCAR commentator.

David Leisure is 72.  The amazing super-liar “Joe Isuzu” and Richard Mulligan’s neighbor Charley Dietz on “Empty Nest”.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2022

Should Kentucky rename a state park after the late, great Loretta Lynn?  Fans say yes, and so does her family.  They just posted a link on her website to a Change.org petition encouraging lawmakers to do it.  The park they have in mind is Paintsville Lake State Park, a few miles from Butcher Hollow, where…