Country Music People December 2018 - Page 6

News Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner Husband and wife duo Kelly Lang and T. G. Sheppard are slated to co-host a new TV series of one-hour specials Look Who’s Coming To Dinner, starting Nov. 21 on Heartland, The Family Channel, The Country Network, AMG-TV, Ride-TV and Cayman 27. He explained, “We’ve invited some of our good friends to join us for these TV specials... We wanted to give people a chance to be a ‘fly on the wall,’ so to speak, and to experience what goes on when we invited our celebrity friends to dinner.” Reportedly, VIP dinner guests will include Moe Bandy, Gretchen Wilson, John Rich, Charlene Tilton, Paul Shaffer and Gus Arrendale, the latter president of Spring Mountain Farms, which will serve as a sponsor for the series. Kelly says they have hosted many such parties, “inevitably someone breaks out in song and/ or tells an incredible story that a fan would love to have heard. These specials allow someone to take a behind-the-scene peek at what these dinners are like and how celebrities interact.” The premiere episode being produced by Jeff Moseley of CJM Productions, was filmed on location at Fontanel Mansion (once home to Barbara Mandrell) on Nashville’s outskirts. Kane Brown Marries Singer Kane Brown, 25, and Katelyn Jae were married Oct. 12, at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn. His new RCA album Experiment, released Nov. 9, he describes as a “love letter” to his bride, having penned 11 of the 12 tracks himself. His spin-off from that sophomore CD, Lose It, is already Top Five. His self-titled 2016 debut album, also produced by Dann Huff, hit Platinum, while its #1 duet single (with Lauren Alaina) What Ifs, went three times Platinum, and his solo single Heaven twice Platinum. The future looks promising indeed. 6 cmp - DECEMBER 2018 Women Of Country It was a first: CMT chose to honour only women artists at the 2018 Artists of the Year awards, Oct. 17. The ladies praised for career achievements included Carrie Underwood, Karen Fairchild, Kelsea Ballerini, Kimberly Schlapman, Hillary Scott, Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris. Loretta Lynn was presented CMT’s Artist Of a Lifetime Award, with special notation of her new CD Wouldn’t It Be Great. Inspirational Willie Willie Nelson is being saluted by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ Producing & Engineering Wing for his career achievements come Feb. 6 in Los Angeles at The Village Studios. Neil Portnow, academy president, said, “Willie Nelson has inspired generations of musicians and fans, and continues to set precedents of excellence within the music industry.” Sitcom Dierks We bid goodbye to the Nashville TV series last summer, but reportedly Dierks Bentley is teaming with producer Jack Burditt (Last Man Standing) to develop a new sitcom set in a fictitious Nashville bar, where “singers and songwriters go to chase their dreams, or maybe to fall in love if only for a night.” No, it won’t be called Bobby’s Idle Hour (a real-life Music Row tavern haunted by such hopefuls), but Burditt’s unnamed site will first be a Fox pilot to test its series potential. Bentley, of course, recently opened his own bar Whiskey Row on Lower Broad, but no word yet on the part he’ll play in this opus. Meantime, Burditt’s Last Man Standing, starring Tim Allen, is in its seventh season for Fox.