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Trace Adkins’ “Monarch” Series Postponed

Trace Adkins’ country music drama Monarch will not be debuting on FOX at the end of the month as expected. The network said COVID-19 concern was the reason the series would be pushed to launch in fall.

“Unfortunately, due to the unavoidable realities of the pandemic and the profound impact COVID-19 continues to have on our industry and around the world, it is necessary to reschedule Monarch’s January 30 debut to the Fall,” a Fox spokesperson said. “As the cornerstone of Fox’s new 2022-23 slate, shifting a show of this magnitude allows us to have its entire first season produced, create additional, high-profile content and promotional windows to support launch, and give our viewers the best opportunity to enjoy the series as intended with a non-compromised run of episodes. We thank our cast, producers, writers and the entire crew for their tireless work and continued dedication to the country music-filled world that is Monarch.”

Monarch was created by Melissa London Hilfers and is a multigenerational country music drama about country music’s most influential family. The Roman family is led by tough and talented Dottie Cantrell Roman, played by Susan Sarandon, and her husband Albie, Adkins’ character. Their success is at risk, and the family comes together to protect its legacy and future.

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Grand Ole Opry Criticized for Surprise Morgan Wallen Performance

The Grand Ole Opry is under fire for Morgan Wallen’s performance at the iconic country music venue over the weekend.

Wallen, who has become a controversial name in country for his use of a racial slur on camera, has exited a temporary ban from certain organizations and returned to both touring and radio play as one of the most popular artists of 2021 across genres.

Many country artists, including Yola, Allison Russell, Rissi Palmer, Noelle Scaggs of Fitz and the Tantrums, Joy Oladokun, Chely Wright, as well as Grammy winners Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell, have spoken out against the Opry’s silent compliance with Wallen’s re-emergence into the music scene and its negative effects on the inclusivity of country music as a whole.

“Morgan Wallen’s thoughtless redemption tour is the nail in the coffin of me realizing these systems and this town is not really for us,” wrote Oladokun on Sunday.

“It’s the idea of a young Black artist walking into that venue and wondering if ANYBODY is on their side,” wrote Isbell. “What a lot of us consider to be a grand ole honor can be terrifying for some.”

In June 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, the Opry said in a tweet, “Racism is real. It is unacceptable. And it has no place at The Grand Ole Opry.”

The Grand Ole Opry has still yet to comment on Wallen’s controversial appearance on its historical stage.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals Premiere Date for Upcoming “The Marfa Tapes” Documentary, Announces “The Bandwagon Tour” Revival 

Miranda Lambert has just revealed the premiere date for the documentary that will go inside the making of The Marfa Tapes, an album released in 2021 by Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingham, and Jon Randall. It is directed by Spencer Peeples. 

“I think you just let your guard down out here a little bit,” Lambert said in the documentary. “You’re free to be you. It’s scary, it’s risky and very, very vulnerable and not have any fixes and not have any production, it’s just let the wind blow and the birds and the cows. I feel like we’re taking people on a raw and intimate journey.”

The film, which features candid interviews and behind-the-scenes footage from the five-day, outdoor recording session in November of 2020, will arrive on Paramount+ on January 20th. 

Lambert also confirmed more dates in a “round two” of The Bandwagon Tour, her co-headlining tour with Little Big Town that initially hit the road back in 2018. 

“The Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town is BACK,” she announced to fans. “This is one of the most fun tours I’ve ever done. See y’all for round two! Presale begins Jan 11.”

See the list of show dates below.

April 27: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater | Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Lambert and The Cadillac Three only)
April 28: FirstBank Amphitheater | Franklin, Tenn. (Lambert and The Cadillac Three only)
April 29: William Green Football Stadium | Johnson City, Tenn.
May 6: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman | Houston, Texas
May 7: Dos Equis Pavilion | Dallas, Texas
May 8: Walmart AMP | Rogers, Ark.
May 12: Credit One Stadium | Charleston, S.C.
May 13: MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre | Tampa, Fla.
May 14: iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre | West Palm Beach, Fla.
May 20: Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre | St. Louis, Mo.
May 21: Ruoff Music Center | Noblesville, Ind.
May 22: Riverbend Music Center  |  Cincinnati, Ohio
June 2: Budweiser Stage | Toronto, Ont.
June 3: DTE Energy Music Theatre | Detroit, Mich.
June 4: Blossom Music Center | Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
June 9: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater | Wantagh, N.Y.
June 10: PNC Bank Arts Center | Holmdel, N.J.
June 11: BB&T Pavilion | Camden, N.J.

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Shania Twain Congratulates Taylor Swift for Beating Her Country Charts Record

Shania Twain, who maintained a 97-week on the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart, congratulated Taylor Swift for just having achieved a total of 99 weeks, surpassing Twain’s record for having the most weeks at No. 1. 

“Let’s Go Girls!!!! Proud of you @taylorswift13. Historical records are meant to be made and then broken. The baton is meant to be passed on to new generations. Unstoppable young female country artists are [fire emoji] in spite of the hurdles,” Twain wrote on Twitter, adding the hashtag, “#trailblazers.”

Swift is now the female country artist with the most weeks at No. 1, with Garth Brooks, Alabama, and Willie Nelson, holding the all-time records at 169, 125, and 106 weeks, respectively. 

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Country Legend Tom T. Hall’s Cause of Death Revealed 

Country Music Hall of Fame Tom T. Hall passed away on August 20th, 2021, at the age of 85. At the time, after his death was announced by his son Dean Hall, no further reporting was done to follow up on any cause of death. 

Now, after an autopsy report was uncovered by the media, it is known that Hall’s cause of death was ruled as a suicide. According to the report, the renowned songwriter was found dead at his Franklin, Tennessee, home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Hall—known as country music’s “storyteller”—wrote many classics, including “That’s How I Got To Memphis” and “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” eventually earning himself a spot in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1978. A few years prior to that, Hall also won a Grammy Award for his Greatest Hits album in 1972 in addition to being nominated for five other awards. He was, then, in 2008, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and, in 2019, into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

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