FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2022

If there’s a downside to dating a hot model, it might be finding a “suitable replacement” after that relationship hits the skids.  Dustin Lynch had a nice run with Kelli Seymour, but it’s been a minute since they broke up. He opened up about his love life, or lack thereof, during a recent interview with Evan Paul on Taste of Country Nights.  Quote, “Man, I wish I could say I have good news and say I’m off the market, but I don’t.  I’m lonely.” I can’t imagine a country star using a dating app, and neither can Dustin.  It’s not his thing.  Then again, he’s not exactly breaking a sweat trying to find someone. “I’m terrible at knowing how to meet people right now, because when I come off the road, I just need to veg and chill and recluse.” He does have a type.  He said he’s “a sucker for brunettes with light eyes” so if you fit the bill, reach out.  But not through a dating app.  He met Kelli Seymour by sliding into her DMs, so hit up his Instagram and see what happens.

Toby Keith got the “Icon Award” at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville last week.  And they posted an interview where he talks about the advice he’d give rookie songwriters trying to break in. You should write one song every day, and do your best to finish them.  It felt like he “wrote 200 songs” before he wrote a good one.  Then it took 150 more to write his second good one.  You have to practice to really get good at something. Now that he’s got three decades and over 30 number-one hits under his belt he says it does come easier.  For example, he knew his song “Don’t Let the Old Man In” could be a hit as soon as he had the title.  But even then, he knew it wouldn’t be a good song unless he could “nail it.”

Cody Johnson is a Pandora billionaire, which is not as cool as being an ACTUAL billionaire, but it’s still a big accomplishment.  He’s had more than a billion streams on Pandora . . . and really, he’s up to 1.5 billion.  Cody is celebrating by thanking his fans for their support.

“CMT Crossroads” is celebrating its 20th anniversary with Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.  They have a 90-minute special premiering November 29th on CMT.  They’ll perform songs like “Can’t Let Go” and “High and Lonesome”, and Led Zeppelin hits like “When the Levee Breaks”.

Carrie Underwood loves working out and staying fit.  But on Thanksgiving, she “eats a lot” just like the rest of us.  She also celebrates it twice, because she does the Canadian Thanksgiving a month earlier with her husband Mike Fisher’s family.

NEW MUSIC

“Same Truck: The Deluxe Album”, Scotty McCreery.  The Deluxe edition of his 2021 album includes six new tracks.

• “Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection”, Dolly Parton.  She calls these “23 essential recordings”. It includes her hits with Kenny Rogers on “Islands in the Stream” and “Real Love” . . . Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette on “Silver Threads and Golden Needles” . . . and her 2020 collaboration with Swedish electropop dance duo Galantis on “Faith”.

T.J. Osborne of the Brothers Osborne is 38.

Owen Wilson is 54.

Mickey Mouse is 94.

Blogs

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2022

Sometimes a new take on an old classic feels right.  Here’s Tim McGraw and a couple of musicians doing an unplugged version of Merle Haggard’s, “If We Make It Through December”. If you like Alan Jackson and whiskey, well, you’re a friend of mine.  But also, you should watch his daughter Mattie make a “Freight…

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…