THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2023

Ashley McBryde’s rep as a skilled songwriter was put to the test during her appearance yesterday on “The Jennifer Hudson Show”.  Jennifer asked an audience member to tell a true story, and then challenged Ashley to turn it into a song. Luckily, the audience member had a good one.  She said a co-worker once set her up on a blind date, and when she got to the restaurant, it was her cousin.  Ashley jumped on that, saying, quote, “It’s already a country song.” Then she took the premise and crafted a song.  The audience loved it, and even Jennifer said it was “amazing”.

Don’t you love it when people are honest with themselves like this?  Luke Combs’ wife Nicole was talking to fans on Instagram yesterday, and someone asked when she’s going to team up with him on a song.  Meaning sing with him. Her response was she’s NOT going to . . . because she SUCKS at singing.  Quote, “Literally never.  I can’t sing.” That doesn’t mean she doesn’t sing at all though.  She said she does sing around Luke all the time . . . and called it “borderline torture.”

Earlier this week, Tim McGraw used a playlist to tease a surprise that would be revealed on March 10th.  Fans noticed that the playlist had a secret message that said “Standing Room Only” . . . and Tim couldn’t keep the secret any longer.  Yesterday, he revealed that it’s a new song, and he asked fans to pre-save it.

Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, and Lil Nas X are headlining the 2023 NCAA March Madness Music Festival.  There will also be performances from Mickey Guyton and Maggie Rogers.  The free ticketed three-day event takes place March 31st to April 2nd in Houston.

Are you ready for a newer version of Jon Pardi?  Good, because his baby daughter Presley looks just like him.  Jon’s wife Summer shared a photo, and when you see it, you’ll agree.  Here’s what she wrote in the caption, “She’s her daddy’s twin, but at least she got my dimple.”

Brett Young says he’s flattered that “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Lady” are very popular wedding songs.  But he hears it so much from people that he’s starting to think he should just go all-in and write an entire wedding soundtrack.

Jennifer Nettles is still doing double duty as a country singer and actor.  Although the acting thing does seem to be taking over.  She has a “key role” in the new “Exorcist” movie.  It’s scheduled to come out in October.

Luke Combs is 33

Ben Roethlisberger is 41.  Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback.

Bryce Dallas Howard is 42.  Ron Howard’s daughter. 

Rebel Wilson is 43.  Fat Amy in the “Pitch Perfect” movies. 

Chris Martin is 46.  Coldplay superstar.

Daniel Craig is 55.  James Bond. 

Jon Bon Jovi is 61.  Full name and real spelling:  John Francis Bongiovi.

Jay Osmond is 68.  The Osmonds.  Brother of Alan, Merrill, Wayne, Jimmy, Donny and Marie.

Laraine Newman is 71.  Part of the original cast of “Saturday Night Live”.

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